Fanfiction – Scalpel & Needle II


Scalpel & Needle (Arc I: Incision), Previously

Scalpel & Needle II

Part XII – Deep Tissue

Jamie didn’t know how he came to be there, looking from the outside into the life he had wanted.

After finishing his surgery – a simple affair, finding suitable concentration the only difficulty posed by it – his footsteps had led him to the maternity ward on the third floor. He had visited it seldom, as he recalled; once to call on an OR nurse who had just given birth, and on one occasion to consult on a recent mother with abdominal pain. It was the gate of life and surgeons tended to work closer to the other side.

Several newborns occupied the nursery. Some with tufts of soft, creamy, brown hair; some with a cowlick made of sunflower yellow; a couple with an endearing bald scalp, that left the family to wonder and coo about possible resemblances to their progenitors; and in one case, that left Jamie’s chest painfully constricted at the sight, a mass of conspicuous red hair. The ward was sweltering, seemingly emanating the heat of a mother’s womb – fooling the babies into forgetting the traumatic experience of coming into this world, after inhabiting a room that was theirs alone. But above all, it heated his skin with the warmth of promise. Could, should, will.

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