Welcome to Three Word Thursday #16. This week, joining the quondam word-list, we have niddering; amanuensis & tyro. We also have a whole list of perspicacious writers. If you enjoy reading my story, leave a comment then click on the names of the other players and go see how they used the words. You’ll be entertained (and possibly educated) all at once.
A Startling Revelation
Copper, took his self-appointed station in front of Janice Wheeler’s door. He would have preferred going inside and questioning her, but without medical clearance, and without a witness present, he couldn’t act on anything she said.
He grabbed his cellphone and dialed. When the ring sounded in the Bluetooth receiver clipped to his ear, he reholstered the phone and counted the rings. As he waited, he rocked back and forth, toe to heel, toe to heel. Copper wasn’t one for standing still.
“Chief!” he said when the phone was answered. “Send me an amanuensis!”
Back in his office, the chief looked at his speaker phone and raised his eyebrows. “If I do,” he asked, “Will I have to arrest myself?”
Copper laughed. “No. A stenographer, or your secretary. I need someone to record Janice Wheeler’s testimony and witness it.”
“Where’s Argyle?” The chief demanded.
“I sent him to check out the sit-in that damn environmental group is stageing in the lobby.”
“Sit in! What the hell are you talking about?” The chief demanded. Copper heard him bellow, “Anybody out there know anything about that Green Panther environmental group stageing a sit-in at the hospital?” Then the chief said into the phone, “Apparently Tremmel and Hollis are on it.”
“Tremmel and Hollis?” Copper queried. “They’re newer than Argyle! We’ll have every tyro in the department working on this and it might never get sorted out.”
“Well, why the hell did you send Argyle downstairs then instead of going yourself?” The chief demanded.
Copper filled him in on the Doctor’s sudden heart-attack and the sit-in. “It just seemed too much of a coincidence,” Copper said. “There was no way I was leaving Janice Wheeler’s door.”
That is probably best,” the chief agreed. “I am on my way over. Stay put.”
“Will do,” Copper said. He rung off just as the elevator doors slid open and disgorged two young men dressed in Green Panther t-shirts. Copper took a step backward. Janice Wheeler’s room was dark. The young men were unable to see him, but he could watch them.
“Can I help you?” the perky red-headed nurse that greeted Copper when he came in treated the boys to her thousand watt smile.
“Yeah, uhm, our friend is here. Her name is, uhm … ” The tall, brown-haired kid turned to his shorter companion. “She’s your friend, man. What’s her name?”
The shorter man looked startled. Before he had a chance to answer, the nurse interrupted. “This is the intensive care unit. None of our patients are seeing visitors today, gentleman. I’m afraid I am going to have to ask you to leave.”
From his vantage point, Copper watched the taller of the two young men give his surroundings a careful once over. “Pretty quiet here,” he said. “You all alone?”
“No, I am not.” the nurse answered. Copper noticed approvingly that she took a step back, away from the nurse’s station. They wouldn’t be grabbing her over the counter.
“Oh, hey! Did I scare you? ” the tall young man asked. “Man, I’m sorry. And we aren’t looking for a patient.”
“No,” the other kid said. “We’re looking for a nurse. A beautiful brunette with eyes cold enough to freeze lava. She borrowed the Professor, man. Stuck him in a lab coat and asked him to come play doctor with her.”
“Maybe you’ve seen him,” the other kid asked. “He’s short, fat and bald.”
“Professor?” The nurse queried. Copper could tell by her posture that she realized they were talking about the supposed Dr. Kilgare.
“Yeah. He’s not really a professor though,” the tall kid said. “We just call him that because he talks like an encyclopedia. Anyway,” the kid waved his arm to encompass the unit at large, “We figure he must be passed out in one of these beds by now. He’s a niddering fool and hyperventilates and passes out whenever get gets a bit nervous.”
“Yeah, and just talking to that nurse was scaring me!” The other kid said. “We figured he’d have melted into a quivering pool of jelly by now.”
Copper had heard enough. He reached into his breast pocket, palmed his badge, and stepped out of Janice Wheeler’s room. “Gentlemen, do either of you have any idea what Nurse Spanner wanted with your friend?”
Three Word Thursday #17:
Every Thursday I will give you three new words. You have until the following Thursday to compose a story using all three of the words. Then, on that following Thursday, post your story. After you post, come by here and sign in to Mr. Linky. If you sign in and don’t post a story. I will delete your link.
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