The emergency-call ploy seemed to work. Mike knew it would. He pulled
out of Dr. Levy’s car slot and headed toward the exit. It was a pretty
smooth day. Bartholomew was pretty impressed with his skills at
differential diagnosis. He thought it might be nice to head to the gym
after a quick bite. Yale University had a pretty decent gym. He hardly
used it, but tonight, he wasn’t eager to run through the dangerous
streets of New Haven at 6:30 p.m. on a cold January night.
The streetlights were on most all the streets in New Haven. Mike emerged
from the gym, bearing his gym bag. He took a quick glance around and
headed for his car. He drew up short when he saw the figure standing by
his car. Mike’s step slowed slightly.
“Excuse me, I need to get into my car,” he said in a no-nonsense
“You parked in my parking slot.”
Mike looked at him closer. So this was Dr. Levy.
“I was late. Emergency call,” Mike explained.
Levy was a thin wiry-haired man. He was wearing gym clothes. It looked
like he had been running. Sweat marks stained his shirt.
“I could write you up for this, Oates. That’s your name, isn’t
it?” The voice was sneering. “I looked you up! You’re one of the
residents at the hospital.”
Mike thought quickly. “I won’t do it again. I can make it up to
“You got some nerve. It’s residents like you that give New Haven
Hospital a bad name.” Levy leaned into him. “I could get you kicked
off the staff.”
“My apologies, Dr. Levy. It’s not going to happen again”—he
shifted his stance—“because you’re dead now.” He swung his fist
at Levy and hit him squarely between the eye. Levy tottered back, blood
spurted from his nose, and he uttered a small cry. With a sudden move, a
switchblade appeared in Mike’s hand. It was a quick in and out. Levy
crumpled to the ground, blood and guts spurting out of his abdomen.
Mike looked about quickly. His heart was beating rapidly. Relief cooled
his senses. Nobody was around. Quickly he pulled Levy’s body and
dragged it to the corner behind a post.
Excerpted from "The Loveable Resident" by Mary Faderan. Copyright © 2017 by Mary Faderan. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.
Mary A Faderan PhD is a writer, journalist, blogger and author of two books, The Loveable Resident (Xlibris, 2017 November) and Life Lessons: Ruminations on Life as a Human on Earth (Merryagnes, 2017 November). Her love of writing stems from her youth when she wrote romance stories in high school. She majored in science at Indiana-Purdue University and went on to get her PhD in Pharmacology. Her life journey spanned several decades in cancer research, laboratory scientific research and most recently, regulatory affairs. She retired from her full time work in August 2017 to devote to writing full time. She lives in West Lafayette, Indiana where she lives with her family.
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