p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Another Saturday Night/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';" /span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Saturday, 11:35 pm./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"That's when I pulled her out of storage./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"I stared, amazed./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"I looked at the note again,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"the boss had listed the cases quickly/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"as he walked to his car and I from mine./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"You see, they bring the patients in/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"during operating hours,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"but I'm only here for a couple of them./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"I work nights./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Alone./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';" /span/p
p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;" align="center"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"***/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';" /span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Lunch with Stephanie at 12:30,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"unemployment line unless it would/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"run into her half hour at Starbucks/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"when that really really really really/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"cute guy walks in –/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"A car runs the light, but she's thinking/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"of that gorgeous Starbucks style="mso-spacerun: yes;" /spanThe/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"driver was late to an interview./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Didn't see her./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"The car was travelling fast for the zone,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"39 mph at least./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"She turned to face him at the last second,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"the Starbucks guy, in his car, charging towards her./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Her body impaled his car, but it sent her/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"a couple dozen yards back, breaking open her skull./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"He really knocked her off her feet./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';" /span/p
p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;" align="center"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"***/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';" /span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Yep, open casket for a hit and run./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';" /span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Her torso looked like a rift/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"in a massive glacier,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"once smooth to the touch,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"now frozen sharp jagged edges/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"bordering a deep blue chasm,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"filled with stagnant seawater;/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"maybe polar bears or penguins had played on that glacier,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"but they had abandoned it once they heard the cracking./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"The posterior of her cranium was shattered,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"little shards of bone piercing what was left of her brain,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"some had probably liquefied in the crash,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"some fallen out in transport,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"the rest bruised and punctured – useless./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Broken, bruised, bloody all over./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';" /span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Somehow I needed to make this look –/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';" style="mso-spacerun: yes;" style="mso-spacerun: yes;" /spanLiving./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';" /span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Her parents would pick out clothes,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"probably from the back of her closet,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"that they wished she had worn more,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"clothes that would make her look the way/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"they wanted her to look./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"And there wasn't a damn thing she could do about it./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"I would embalm her, manipulating her limbs/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"to relieve rigor mortis, gluing her eyes and sewing her mouth/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"shut./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"I slit her veins, drain the blood, then force/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"formaldehyde into her arteries./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Stab into her abdomen with the trocar,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"relieving the body of gasses that might cause her to rise/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"during the wake or funeral, or groan./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"I would reconstruct her –/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"No/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"I would turn her into a middle school science project./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Glue, rods, padding, bone/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"I'd use them to build a shell like her body,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"so that no one else would see her broken./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Dyes, paint, and makeup would be used/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"to give her coloration, look natural./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Her family and friends would view her,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';""oh she looks as if she were only asleep"/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"then they would close the lid and bury her deep,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"deep in the ground with a stone at her head,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"leaving flowers on holidays./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';""We will always remember her./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"We loved her."/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"'We just can't deal with her like this./span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"We will turn her over to a stranger,/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"just take care of this and get rid of it.'/span/p
p class="MsoNormal"span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman';"Twenty-first century Saturday night special./span /p