Earth needs you

#writing #prompts:

One of the daily prompts from: www.sarahselecky.com

Instead of using the first line from the last paragraph on the page, I used the first sentence from page 51.

She presses the heels of her hands against her eyes. “Why is there always so much blood?”

The White Rose by Amy Ewing


She presses the heels of her hands against her eyes. “Why is there always so much blood?”

Catherine squeezes Desdemona’s shoulder. “We’re doctors, love. Scientists. It comes with the job.”

“Don’t you dare baby her any further,” Napoleon says, throwing down towels and linen to mop up the blood. “She knew what she signed up for.”

“We never agreed to hurt anyone.” Desdemona pulls the sheet from the alien’s corpse. It’s chest still open, and its heart silent. “We have no right to do this.”

“If it’s for the good of the people,” he says. “Then we have no choice. It’s us or them. If we can find a cure…”

Catherine places herself between them. She looks at what they had done and takes the sheet back from Des to cover its face. “We’re very close to a cure. We only need to find a handful more to make the cure. It won’t be for nothing.”

Napoleon’s eyes are still burning holes into Des. “Without you we’re all doomed.” Their names are being called. There’s already a fresh body in the other room. He holds out a scalpel to her. Catherine turns to Desdemona.

“We need you.”

Desdemona’s hand reaches out. Her fingers brush the metal for a second before she takes it from his hand.


The boyfriend and I might have been watching a lot of X-files lately.  Make of it what you will.

 

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