He walked in and sat down at his desk, glancing up at her and then back down.
“Well that doesn’t look good”, he said nonchalantly.
She didn’t bother responding.
“How long has it been bleeding like that?” He asked, still not looking up.
On and off for eleven months and 9 days.
“And it was broken, correct?”
“Well, that just makes things…”
He glanced over at the instruments spread out on the tray beside him.
Makes things what? I mean, you can fix it, right?
He shook his head.
“I’m afraid not. That’s like asking me to fix a shattered window. Your only option is to try and let it heal the way it is, and then wait and see. It will most likely function again, on some level, but just not like it did. The good news however, is that the pain will eventually go away and you probably won’t feel anything at all”.
What do you mean, ‘won’t feel anything at all’?
“Most times in these cases, it just goes numb when the bleeding finally stops. But that’s a good thing, right? I mean if it feels as bad as it looks…”
She slid off the table and made her way to the door. She couldn’t even look at him, suddenly feeling an overwhelming sense of shame that she had let this happen.
He offered her something to take that would numb the pain more quickly. She paused, considering it.
No. I guess if this is the last thing I’m going to feel, I should ‘enjoy it’ while it lasts. I mean, it can’t last that much longer, right?
“It’s hard to say. But to be honest with you, yours is in pretty bad shape, so it could be awhile. The good thing though, is that no one will know but you. All you have to do is keep a smile on your face and the world will think you are completely normal.”
She closed the door behind her just in time to hear his final words echo down the hall.
“Remember to smile”, he said light-heartedly. “People might think your heart is broken.”
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