Date: May 21st, 2312 (21-5-300)
The Doctor's Question,
I woke up at the crack of dawn with extreme pain. I was curled in a ball hugging my stomach, my face soaked with tears. The pain reminded me of the pain I felt before waking up in the future, but on a lesser scale. I could hear Gabriel speaking, "Mom, she's bleeding is she's hurt?"
"Don't worry Gabriel, it's normal for women to bleed, she'll be fine."
"It's normal to bleed like that?" asked Gabriel.
"It depends on the person, dear. Now go off to the edge camp and give Evelyn some privacy. Go over what you learned yesterday and make sure you didn't forget anything or miss something."
"Fine." I heard the sound of feet leaving.
"Evelyn, how are you feeling?" asked Shelley.
I forced myself to talk. "Like shit." I said between clench teeth. It was difficult to even to speak. "What's wrong?"
"Well, it looks like you started your period. Has it been like this before?"
"I've never felt…" I gasped in pain, "pain like this during my period." I squeezed my eyes shut tighter as more tears rolled down my face. "I never had cramps like this."
"I know it's difficult for you to speak, take your time. Now, how badly do you usually bleed?"
I was sobbing by this point. In between sobs and gasps of pain, I said. "Probably around average for a female."
"It'll be fine, Evelyn. Take deep breathes. Breath in, and out. I'll be right back." I could still hear Shelley's voice as she spoke a distance away. "I'm worried about her. I've never seen anyone bleed that much from their period, especially at her age, accompany with the pain she seems to be in. I think we should be worried, but I don't know if it's serious or not."
"Get her cleaned up and ready to leave. I know of a doctor that lives close by, we'll take her there. If we leave now, we should get there before dark," said Chase.
"How are you going to get her there? She won't be able to walk."
"I'll carry her."
"Will you be able to carry her so far?"
"It won't be a problem."
"If you say." Shelley sounded skeptical. "Take Gabriel somewhere out of sight with you and give us some privacy. I'm sure this is very embarrassing for Evelyn, not that she can do anything about it." A few seconds later, Shelley's voice was next to me. "Evelyn, I'm going to get you clean up and pack. We're going to take you to a doctor. Chase said he'll carry you, but it'll take all day to get there. I'm going to change you in some clean clothes and wrap a clean blanket around your hips and thighs. Okay."
"Thank you," I gasped, "and sorry."
"Don't apologize, it's not your fault. It happens to all women at one point or another. As a fellow woman, I promise you I'll make this as least embarrassing as I can for you. So relax and try to sleep."
The rest of the day was a long and painful one. Sometimes I was in so much pain I black out. When the pain wasn't so bad, I try to talk. I don't know or remember what I was saying, just that I did talk at times. By the time we arrived at the doctor's place, I was so exhausted I couldn't keep my eyes open.
"What a very unexpected visit and visitors," said a man at the door of a house we stopped at. "Follow me. Liz, can you get the other two of our guests some food and settle in." The voice sounded like an older man. After going up what felt like stairs and into a room, the old man said, "Lay her on the bed and tell me what's wrong." Chase explained the situation to him. "Anything else I should know about?"
Chase hesitated. "She's 19, born March 7th, 1991."
There was silence. "If it was anyone else, I would assume they were joking or misspoke." He sighed. "I don't want to know how you found her or where, but I'll tell you right now, her symptoms don't sound good. Chances are, she's going to die. I'll be surprised if she doesn't. Don't give me that look; I didn't say I wouldn't try to save her. There's a still a possibility she'll live, but I've got to ask you a question."
"Don't," only a fool or very brave man would ask a question after hearing that tone.
"I'm still asking, Aaron. Do you think it's best to let her live knowing what kind of life awaits her in the future?" I supposed I should have been worried that my life hanged in the balance, but I was in so much pain, I didn't care what they decided just as long as the pain stopped.
"You have become a sympathetic man since you left. The orders are to bring her back alive." Chase's tone was blunt, no emotion in it.
"I suppose I have, but if I wanted to be the same man as I was before, I wouldn't have left. Wasn't that why you left? Yet, you haven't changed much. The only difference is whose orders your following. So tell me, what do you think? And don't say it doesn't matter what you think."
When Chase answered, he spoke just above a whisper. "You know the answer, she's probably better off dead, but that's not our decision. Let her decide what she wants to do with her life, throw it away or try to live in this godforsaken world."
"Well, I should have expected you would choose throw the world into chaos, if she lives through this ordeal." The older man laughed. "You can wait in that corner while I work. It's going to be a long night, but if she gets through it, she'll probably live." Suddenly the pain was too much and I heard myself let out a scream before blacking out again.
A/N: I was so busy with school last semester I had no time to update. So here's one now and it's all I have done. I know I have all the other chapters plan out but I need to find the paper I wrote it on. :P