EYE OF THE STORM, Chap. ThreeAccepting the TruthJust as Chloe had predicted, the emergency room was packed. People with all kinds of injuries, from burns to cuts to broken bones, filled every chair, every bench, and most of the floor inside the waiting area. There were several charred-looking characters still standing in line at reception as well."Well
" said Bernard, looking around contemplatively, '
let's go get me checked in!"Chloe sighed. She thought that seeing so many people in much greater need of medical assistance would change Bernard's selfish mind, but clearly she was wrong. Trying to avoid eye contact, she led him to stand in line at the reception desk. Five minutes later, they came face-to-face with a big nurse in scrubs, her elbow resting on the desk in front of her, and her tired face cradled in her hand. She looked like she was asleep. Beside her head rested a small buzzer, and Bernard rang it impatiently.The nurse sighed, opened her blood-shot eyes, and fixed Bernard wit
Eye of the Storm, Chapter TwoDenialOver the past month, Chloe had forgotten just how obnoxious Bernard had been when she first met him, but it was all coming back to her now.* * *"I see you have received a degree in Journalism at the University of Michigan
." Bernard said in his usual uninterested monotone as he gazed absent-mindedly at her resume."Yes," Chloe said enthusiastically, edging forward in her chair, "I was one of the top in my program." She usually was not one to boast, but extreme circumstances called for extreme measures. This interview was her last resort and final hope of doing something even remotely in her field, and she already had a stack of resumes prepped and ready to be distributed to bars and restaurants around the city if something did not go right. Indeed, she was going all out in trying to impress. She wore a light yellow dress with big black buttons down the front, black stockings, and shiny gold dress shoes, and her hair fel
Eye of the Storm, Chapter One Rude AwakeningIt looked like the kind of night that no girl should have been out alone, yet there she was. It must have been three or four o'clock in the morning, which was dangerous enough on its own, but the state of ruin that the city found itself in made matters even worse. Several buildings have collapsed to the ground, others looked like they were about to, and firefighters were still busy putting out "Tightenville" in the downtown area after the second "i" had sparked a very serious fire. N