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CONTINUED: 3.
NURSE1
(detached)
Sixyearsago.Headtrauma.Hitby
acarontheSantaMonicaFreeway.
HewasatSt.Marksforamonthor
two.
Abeat.Thenurseinspectsoneofherfingernails.
NURSE1(CONT’D)
NoID,nomoney...nothing.Noone
evercametoaskabouthim.They
senthimtousaboutthetimeI
startedworkinghere.
Zitteraalputsthefiledownontheemptynightstand,takes
outasmallpenlight,bendsoverJohn,opensoneofhis
eyes,takesabrieflook.
CuttoJohn’sPOV:Wevaguelyseethepenlight,thenthe
lightfromthepenlightgrowsinsizeuntilwecansee
nothingelse,then,suddenly,darknessagain.
Cutbackto:Roominnursinghome.Zitteraalturnsoffthe
penlight,standsupstraight,takesoutahospitallancet
fromhiscoatpocket,opensthepackage,startstogently
pricktheendsofJohn’sfingers.Johndoesn’tmove.He
triesanotherspot.Noresponse.
Zitteraaldropsthelancetinanearbywastecan,picksup
theclipboard,makesanotation.Hetakesafinallookat
John.
ZITTERAAL
Nooneknowsanythingabouthim?
Thenurseshakesherhead.
NURSE1
No,doctor.Aftertheaccident,no
onecametoaskabouthim.That’s
whytheybroughthimhere.
Zitteraalcockshisheadquizzically.
ZITTERAAL
Ahumanbeingdisappearsfromthe
faceoftheearth.Strange.
Heturnstolookatthenurse.Thenurseshrugs,obviously
notinterested.
(CONTINUED)
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