Hope you all had a good week! I'd say Happy Friday, but today's sort of a somber day in history so we'll leave it at that.
Last night was special because I sent the manuscript for my next Kennedy Stern novel out for feedback. It's always exciting to get to that stage in the project.
Today, since it's the 11th, I have a snippet from page 11 of my next Kennedy Stern novel. Kennedy is talking with the campus doctor.
He pursed his lips and squinted while he scribbled on his pad. “I’ll email your professor a medical excuse. When did you say you fly out?”
“Tomorrow.” Kennedy wondered why it felt like she was back in high school and he was writing her a detention slip.
“Well, then, within your first week on campus next semester, I want you to make an appointment with one of our therapists. I’m writing you a prescription for counseling right now.”
“Counseling?” Couldn’t he have handed her a bag of cough drops, given her a note for Adell, and wished her happy holidays?
He ripped the page noisily off its pad and handed her the pink slip. His handwriting was large and scrawling, nearly as sloppy as Professor Adell’s, but the largest words right in the middle of the page were as clear as a beaker.
Post-traumatic stress disorder.
“That’s not an official diagnosis,” he explained. “But after what you’ve been through, it’s worth ruling out.”
Kennedy’s throat constricted.
“You’ve had a rough semester.” He glanced at her meaningfully. “That’s nothing to be ashamed of.”
“I’m not …” Kennedy began but stopped. If she tried defending herself, she’d only come across looking even guiltier. She forced a smile. “Thank you.”
He answered back with a half-smile of his own, and she walked out the room, conscious of his eyes on her. How do normal people, those without PTSD, walk? Could he tell if she was infected just by her gait? She wasn’t sick. She wasn’t stressed. Well, no more stressed than usual. And besides, it was finals week. Who wasn’t anxious, at least just a little?
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