Sunny Side Up
(unedited excerpt, copyright T.L. Christianson 2022)
I was in a freaking jail cell, but it didn't bother me for some reason. I knew it should bother me, but I couldn't seem to muster up any fear or anxiety.
When the door suddenly burst open, I sat there staring at the two men who entered the room. They wore dark blue scrubs and were clean-cut like nurses or doctors. Grabbing me by the arm, they hauled me up so that I sat against the wall.
After one of them shoved a pillow behind my back, he smiled, the gesture not reaching his eyes. “Nous vous avons apporté quelque chose à manger. Avez-vous faim?"
We brought you something to eat. Are you hungry?
"Idiot! She can't understand you," the other spat in French.
They were wrong. Because of my bond with Ashe, I understood them just fine.
Only, I couldn't speak. I could only blink as I watched their interactions.
Then, speaking in a thick French accent, Idiot turned back to me. "You are hungry, yes?"
I blinked again in reply.
"Julien?" He motioned to his partner, who pushed a hospital tray into the room.
After Idiot adjusted the table, he pushed it toward me before setting a tray on the surface. The plastic platter contained some green mush that once was a vegetable, a hunk of beef, and a small roll. A dish filled with pills and a small, weak plastic fork was off to the side.
Julian pulled me up higher before filling a plastic cup with water and bringing it to my mouth. I gulped greedily before coughing and sputtering and pushing his hand away.
"Wh-where am I?" I whispered hoarsely.
Both men shared a look before Julian answered in unaccented English, "You're safe. That's all you need to know."
"What are these," I cleared my throat when my voice gave out, "what are the pills you're giving me?"
My heart nearly stopped inside my chest.
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