"You're right," Will sighed and faced the low stable wall, putting his arms on the top. "There is nothing else that I can do." He paused and glanced up at Brielle. She tried to give a comforting smile, but found it hard to do no more than a wry smile.
"There is nothing else that you can do, except pray," Brielle murmured.
Will nodded, gave a small smile and maneuvered out of the stall. Even an intern can remind me of the things I should be doing.
Brielle moved toward the horse. She was lying on her side, which was heaving up and down with every breath. Her glassy eyes reminded Brielle of puppy eyes. Her life was going away like the tide receding. Sadness swept over her and she pushed away a stray tear. It was times like these that twenty-one year old Brielle questioned her calling to be a country vet. She stood up, shook her head, as if to shake away the sadness and departed.
"So, how's the mare?" Dr. Jessica Hills, whom everyone addressed as Jess, asked as Brielle entered the room. Brielle had somehow found herself back in the office section of the clinic. Before she responded Brielle looked over Jess. Classic doctors white coat and colorful tennis shoes. Her hair was arrayed in her preferred style: a messy bun. Very stylish indeed, Brielle decided thoughtfully.
Aloud, "There is nothing else we can do for her, sadly."
Jess laid the folders that she had in her hands down and her face creased into a worried look, "Bri, it's not that bad, is it?"
"It is," William's voice answered before Brielle. He walked in, folding his arms as he did so.
Jess glanced from William, then back to Brielle. She softened visibly and reached out to fold Bri in a comforting hug. Brielle was on the brink of tears. Don't cry, you silly girl. Whether you like it or not this is part of a veterinarian's life. Taking a deep sigh, she continued rambling in her head. Just get used to it!
"Brielle, I've been doing this for nearly ten years and I still haven't gotten used to this..." Will spoke quietly.
Brielle just nodded numbly.
Dr. Jack Morgan stared at the ground. Had it really come to this? Why now... just when things had been going great. He jerked his head up when footsteps sounded around the corner. His eyes met those of Will and two others. Jack shoved his iphone back into his pocket and tried to appear a little more sociable.
"Hey Jack! Just the man I wanted to see!" Will's smile faded, as he noticed Jack's downcast face. "Everything going okay?"
"Oh, I'm fine," Jack forced a big smile.
"Hmm... " Will wasn't convinced.
Jack shook his head, "Really, Will, I'm fine."
Will decided not to push the subject and instead went on.
"I wanted to introduce you to the new interns. This is Brielle Freeman and Timothy Winslow. I don't think you've gotten a chance to meet them since you got back from your trip."
Jack stretched out his hand to Brielle first. "Good to meet you both. I'm Dr. Jack Morgan."
Brielle smiled her warm smile, pushed back some brown strands of hair and shook his hand. "Good to meet you, sir!" Something in Brielle's eyes caught Jack's attention. What was it? Joy?
Turning to Timothy, Jack found that Timothy's bright blue eyes seemed to have the same feature. "A pleasure to meet you as well, doctor," Timothy returned Jack's forced smile with a genuine one of his own. "I've heard you specialize in horses, but have also worked with dogs, cats, cows, goats, pigs, monkeys and peacocks."
Well this fellow has certainly done some research about me! Jack chuckled, "Yeah, I worked temporarily at a zoo in Georgia, where they had monkeys and peacocks. The rest of the animals I worked with were in a clinic in Iowa and California."
"So you've also got to travel a bit, as well as become a very good veterinarian," Brielle commented.
Jack simply nodded.
During this whole exchange, Will had been studying Jack intently. Jack's face was pale and there was a worried look behind his forced smile.
"Well, now that you've gotten to meet, I was wondering if you two would both leave us for a moment. I'll be meet up with you in a little while." When the two interns were out of sight, Will faced Jack.
"Jack, you really don't look well. What is going on?"
Jack's chest heaved in frustration. Just because Will is older and the head doctor, didn't mean he needs to get all over me.
"My Mom is just not doing well," he replied.
"I thought you said she was doing great, at least that is what you said when you got back," Will suspected more was going on.
"Why do you want to know?!" Jack suddenly burst out in anger. "Why do you even care?"
Will was surprised by the out burst. "Um, because you're my friend. I care because, well that is..." Will paused for a moment, then continued. "That is what Jesus would want me to do," he said softly.
"Oh, so now you're going to bring in your "Jesus" religion! I don't have time for this.. I gotta go," Jack turned as if to go, then stopped. "How's that one mare?"
Will shook his head. "She probably won't see another day." And with that Jack walked off.
Will gazed compassionately after his colleague. "Lord, You know Jack doesn't believe in You, but Lord he needs you. Please show him the way to You!"
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