This one was easy to write. The one about Sam . . that one's going to be a bit harder. Lisa
"She's Gonna Make It"
A sequel to the earlier story "Injured". I think that this could stand alone, but it makes more sense if you've read "Injured" first.
Lisa Wilson firstname.lastname@example.org
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~~~~~~~~~~ Timeline: four months after the assassination attempt. ~~~~~~~~~~
Reading the newspapers every day isn't something I used to do. Now I'm a current events junkie. It all started the day after *that* night - and there's only one *that* night. I don't know how others remember it, but for me it was a life affirming experience. Being in the right place at the right time never seemed as important as it did then. I belive that Ms. Cregg, one White House Press Secretary, might well not be alive today if not for me. Call it hubris if you wish.
The press, naturally, was all over the story. Thank God, it isn't every day that a bunch of kids decides to assassinate the President of the United States. For weeks it was all you could see or hear on the headlines and in the news. It wasn't too difficult to vicariously follow the lives of my two "proteges". Ms. Cregg has been out of the hospital for 3 months and back at work for 2. I've also seen a few of her press briefings. Physically, she looks very well indeed - a far cry from the pallid, bloodsoaked victim of so few months ago. "A remarkable recovery!" the press community trumpeted, as if she were magically transported from patient to health in the blink of an eye. If only it were so easy. She made a long, tough journey back to herself, but then I understand that she's a pretty tough lady.
Mentally, though, that's harder to tell. It's not like I'm one of the Inner Sanctum, so to speak. I can't help but believe that, even though she was the only staffer seriously injured, in those first days she had it easier in some ways than the rest of them. They were manic, practically crazed with work and worry about her. She, on the other hand, has *no* memory of that evening. She didn't have to sit there in that waiting room, wondering whether a friend and co-worker was going to slip out of her life in so horrible a manner.
I can't say how she feels. I don't know how *I* would feel. Nothing like that has ever happened to me. But she appears well - and happy - and I wish her the very best of luck.
Reference to the song "She's Gonna Make It" borrowed courtsey of : Kent Blazy, Garth Brooks and Kim Williams.