Chapter 12 - Wren
Wren sat in the lab and waited for David. Her leg was getting worse, but honestly she had been too worried about Paul and the other wolves to give it much thought. Now that she was here waiting for the x-ray she was getting slightly nervous. She hoped nothing was seriously wrong, because she couldn’t afford to be laid up. If she couldn’t check on the wolves and help them, they would be even worse off then they were now.
With nothing to do but wait, Wren stood and wandered around the lab. On the far wall was a small fridge with a clear glass door. All the blood that had been collected was stored in there and labeled. She cringed at the number of bottles that were in there, knowing that several of the wolves were now dead. She moved to the desk and looked for a phone, but of course there wasn’t one. The only people allowed to use phones had cells, for the same reason she was looking for one now. Her uncle and David didn’t trust anyone.
She huffed and started opening drawers, looking for keys or jump drives, anything that would help her. The first drawers just contained paperwork, and the last drawer in the bottom was locked. She ignored it, and moved onto the cabinet on the far wall. There was no use wasting her time on a drawer that she couldn’t open, even if it was locked for a reason. The cabinet contained tools of all kinds, and she cringed and closed the doors again as quick as she could. It was obvious right away that David didn’t keep anything of importance in here.
Just as she went to sit back down, the door opened and David stepped inside. “What are you doing”, he asked as he eyed her.
“My leg hurts”, she said, as she took a seat. “I was looking for a pain killer.”
“Honey, you don’t need a painkiller. If its that bad, we need to get a look at it.” He moved closer to her then. “Can you take your pants off, there’s a blanket in the corner you can cover yourself with. I’ll wait next door and we’ll get that x-ray done.”
She nodded and waited until he left before removing her pants. She found the blanket and covered herself, then made her way to the room next door. David signalled for her to lay on the table, so she moved to it. Once she was settled he came close.
“Relax honey, this will only take a minute”, he said, as he moved a machine closer. “You’ve done this so many times now you’re a pro.”
She closed her eyes, and moved the bottom of the blanket out of the way. He only touched her when he had to tilt her leg to get different angles, and she was grateful. Once he was done she covered up again, and waited as he went over to a computer. In seconds the x-rays of her leg appeared on the screen he had erected in the corner. He studied them for a minute, then moved closer to get a better look and frowned.
“Come here”, he said, as he continued to study the picture. She moved closer and stood beside him. He pointed to something on the screen, and she peered at it.
“It looks like there’s a small piece of bone that’s rubbing against the muscle in your knee. Your uncle shattered the bone good, and its either a piece that was missed, or a new piece that’s chipped off. Either way it needs to come out now”, he told her.
“We can’t wait”, she asked as she looked at him.
“If we wait it will do more damage”, he told her. “If you let me we can do it now. It’s a simple procedure and won’t take me long at all.”
“What about recovery time”, she asked. “She’d been through this enough to know he was probably right.”
“You’ll be down for about a day. After that you’ll be good to go with your crutches for awhile. It shouldn’t affect your job, except that I’ll need to put your brace back on. You know that means no bending for a while, you’ll need to keep it straight”, he told her.
She nodded. “Fine, but if I’m down so are you. No experimenting on the wolves until I can get to them again.”
“Now Wren”, he started, but she cut him off.
“No, promise me”, she ordered.
He looked at her, then hung his head. “I can agree to that. I’ll need to keep a close eye on you anyway for the first twenty four hours.”
She smiled. It wasn’t exactly how she’d planned to keep him away from Paul and the others, but she’d take whatever she could get.