Crystal Lake, California

Crystal Lake is a close knit community of 8000 people. Our friends, Dolores, Feliz and Juan Lucero live and work there. They live with their mother and work at the Crystal Lake General Hospital. The girls in the housekeeping department and Juan in maintenance. They witness the daily drama involving the staff and patients. Today the drama involves the girls

The thunderclouds had been gathering all day and now at three o’clock in the afternoon, mother nature was putting on a spectacular light show accompanied with amazing sound effects.

The girls were cleaning in room 103 when the room lit up with lightning and after a thunderous clap of thunder shook the walls,the lights flickered and promptly went out leaving the room in darkness.

“Don’t move” Dolores said, “The generator will start and bring up the lights.”

“Are you sure?” Feliz said. “That was a big noise and a big light.”

“See, I told you.” The lights came back on.

Feliz walked to the bed and peered down at the patient. “Don’t worry Mrs. Gray, I heard April showers bring May flowers.”

She stepped back from the bed.  “Call the nurse, there is something wrong with Mrs. Gray.”

Ramona edged up to the bed, stepped back quickly and gasped. Her hand flew to cover her mouth as she stood transfixed staring at the bed.

Feliz picked up the room phone.”Great! I always have to do things myself. No not you, operator.  There is something wrong with the patient in room 103. Call the nurse.” Feliz looked at the phone. “No I didn’t press the call light.” She pressed the call light. A harried voice came over the intercom.

“How can I help you, Mrs. Gray?”

“This is Feliz Lucero from housekeeping. Something is wrong with your patient, you better come see.”

Dolores was frozen in horror.  Feliz grabbed her by the arm and backed out the door

“Is she dead?” Dolores whispered.

“I am no doctor, but I have never seen anyone that color before.”



4 responses to “Crystal Lake, California

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