Katie's Hellion (Chapter Two, page 2 of 47)

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"That makes no sense."

"We've gone over this several times," he said. "You'll have to take my word on this."

"Do I usually do that?"

"No, but I'd like to get home to my wife before midnight. And I called the judge on your behalf and volunteered you to go to counseling. The judge liked that option rather than jailing a single mom."

Jailing a single mom, like her. She managed a nod. He gave another warm smile.

"Get dressed and take your file to the nurse. Please call me if you experience any other problems. I'll tell my receptionist to make you an appointment for next week. Your blood test results were unusual."

He handed her a business card and left. The antiseptic pine-laced air from the hallway made her nose wrinkle. She looked at the door, the familiar scent disturbing her, then down at her file.

Everything was documented, every visit, every doctor-scrawled record, every prescription she'd ever taken.

It was too real not to be real, yet it didn't feel real at all! She followed his instructions and traded the file for two prescriptions to drugs she'd never heard of. She considered debating with the nurse at the front desk, whose friendly grey eyes were familiar. Toby hopped up from his chair and waved to the nurse. Tired and confused, Katie left without asking what the drugs were for and stepped into the chilly fall evening. Toby trailed silently.

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