Life Blood: Cora's Choice Book 1 (Chapter Five, page 1 of 9)


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"So, remember-Spence says that school's primary value isn't to make you smart or even well-trained but to signal that you already have the qualities of intelligence that an employer is looking for," the professor said, summing up. "See you next week."

"So, basically, she's saying that what she teaches us doesn't really matter," said a guy two rows below me. His friend snorted.

I gathered my coat and shoved my notebook into my bag. I thought of the distance to my next class with a sick feeling in my stomach.

It was Thursday, six days since I had left Mr. Thorne's office bewildered and confused. Six days since the doctor told me that I had five months-maybe five months left to live.

I had tried very hard to keep all thoughts of that day out of my mind, and now that I didn't have to go in for an intravenous injection three times a week, I found that it was just possible to pretend, most of the time, that nothing was wrong.

Most of the time. As the one-week mark approached, though, I waited for news of the test with mounting anxiety. My last chance. As strange as the meeting with Mr. Thorne had been, and as much as I suspected a hidden agenda, I still believed he might be able to save me.

"Spence's job market signaling is only the first type that we will cover as applied to economics," the professor continued, raising her voice as we all clattered to our feet. "Next week, expect to cover the other applications discussed in Osborne, and don't forget to check the course site for the links to relevant online content. You will be responsible for all the material. Thank you!"

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