Abby: Chapter II

Here is the next chapter.  If you haven't read the first chapter then I suggest you start here: Abby: A Short Story

Sorry it has taken so long for this as I am slow at editing and my grammar is very rusty.  If anyone has any suggestions feel free to email me as any and all suggestions are welcomed.

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Photo by: Christy Thompson sxc.hu

Abby

"Can you believe the nerve of that guy?" I set our drinks down without spilling a drop and take a seat in the corner booth. I can't wait for the alcohol to work it's magic and make me numb.

Sarah takes a long exaggerated pull from the straw. I am sure she's longing for the same thing--anesthetization. "We really should thank Bob and Doug. Had they not been there our asses would have been grasses!" She raises her glass in a silent toast to our saviors, giggles and sucks in another long slurp.

"Can you believe how quickly we got a patient back in the same bed, after all that? They didn't care there was no glass in the door." I run my finger along the rim of my margarita, taste the salt and sip my drink. Whoever invented the margarita was a damn genius.

"They abuse us in the chase of the almighty dollar. Do you think the new patient wonders about the fate of the person in the bed before she got there? I don't think I'd want to know." Sarah leans forward. "Abby, have you ever thought about that?"

I am only half listening to Sarah and wishing I could drown out all the other things clamoring in my head. "Yes, I do..." I raise my glass and clink hers. " At least we go home after all is said and done, we're not stuck in the bed at the tender mercy of someone else."

The fries I have ordered arrive and I dump salt on them (I know, I know, salt bad). If not for the fact that I vowed I would never smoke again, I would fire up a marlboro right now.

Sarah stares with a disgusted look on her face. "How do you eat all that crap and still look as good as you do?"

I shove another fry in my mouth. " For me to know and you to find out." I give her what I hope is a devilish look.

The waiter returns with two more margaritas. Sarah and I exchange a look of inquiry.

The waiter, as if on cue, points toward a corner in the restaurant. "They're from the gentlemen at the table over there."

I don't look, don't acknowledge the gift and i am not impressed. The thought of dealing with a couple of drunks tonight when we've been coping with unhappy people all day is too much. I need to unwind over a couple of drinks with my friend. No strings attached.

Sarah rises from her seat and gawks in their general direction.

"Sit down you dummy. I am not in the mood!" I hiss the words through my teeth to ensure she understands how strongly I feel.

Taking no notice of my attitude Sarah has plopped back into her seat. "They're not creepy."

I don't care what she says I have already felt some vibes that I'm not sure of-enough to jangle my nerves. I am a sensitive; I receive messages about things, and they serve me well. One of the reasons that I work in the small environment of the ICU is I get overwhelmed by too many auras in one place--not something that I advertise. Alcohol quells these feelings, dampens my receivers and quiets my mind when I become deluged with too many impressions.

"Sarah, I'm not getting a good vibe." I take a big gulp of my drink. Come on margarita work your magic.

"You're no fun!" Sarah narrows her eyes.

I stick my tongue out at her. "Men can't resist me." I raise my glass. Sarah lifts her glass to mine. I lean back in my seat happier amused with my own wit.

"Amen to your ir-re-sis-ti-bili-ty. Is that a word?" Sarah is acting as though the tequila has started to work on her.

I bring the margarita glass to my lips. Finally, I begin to feel the numbness only tequila seems to give me. I can almost feel the alcohol rushing through my veins. Starting at my stomach and slowly rising through my system.

I fret about the guys that sent us the drinks, and pray they keep their distance. Shit, I gave it too much thought, I assume one of them approaches, seeing Sarah is smile at something or someone.

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Photo by: Vivek Chuh sxc.hu

A tall blonde-haired man stands next to the table. He captures my gaze and as much as I want to look away, I can't. Something is not right.  The negative intuition is stronger now this man has entered my space.

Sarah of course, smiles, trying her best to present herself as demure and charming. For Christ's sake Sarah please stop encouraging him. He is good looking; I can't blame her.

Sarah speaks, breaking the man's fixed regard. "Hi, I'm Sarah and this is Abby." She holds out her hand. "Thank you for the drinks."

"It's a pleasure. My name is Terry." His attention turns immediately back to me. "Abby, I"m sure I know you from somewhere."

"I don't think so." I want him to go away."

"We're nurses at the U; maybe that's where you know her from."

Shut up Sarah! I wish she just had even one ounce of the sensitivity that I have. The negative energy this person emits is overwhelms me.  Though he looks friendly from the outside, something isn't right.  I know, just as I knew Miss Annie was living her last few moments. Maybe if I fake not feeling well we can get out of here.

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Comments 44 comments

"Quill" 6 years ago

Great chapter...looking forward to number three...smiles...

Blessings


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I am hooked, completely hooked..more..more..more!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Quill...Wow that was quick...Thank you I will try to get the next one out sooner. Thanks again!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

breakfastpop...What's on the menu? I need to go and see. Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. I am glad you like it.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Wow, Tammy, I couldn't stop reading. You have a real talent that just draws you in. Really, really terrific writing. I am enjoying this story very much.

Great visualization the entire read. I am looking forward to reading more. Love it very much, can't say enough about it.

You go girl!

Sage


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

A cliff-hangin' chapter if I ever read one, Tammy, and not your usual 'tall dark stranger' either!

Loving this,

Laurel


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sheila b. 6 years ago

Good storytelling. I'm looking forward to the next chapter.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

You are irresistible like Abby, Tammy, hehe. I like the way the conversation is made, lightly and alive, Good friends and nice conversation plus margarita, Nice one Tam, Let see what Terry is all about, Maita


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

I like the humor in this and the camaraderie between friends and co-workers...I just wish it was longer wish is of course a good thing!

Keep it up, Tammy. I'm interested to see how this story will continue to unfold.

Dohn


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Sorry...I meant to say Which is a good think, haha! Editing comments before hitting "Submit" is a good thing too :D


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

Excellent dialog and visuals. I like to be able to see what I read......... you do a great job with that. I'll be looking forward to the next installment!

Kaie


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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

brilliant work-More ,More-:)Looking forward to no. 3.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Sage...Wow I hope I can keep it up and do more. I am working on number 3.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Laurel...You are too kind. I am waiting for something new from you. Hope all is well.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Maita...Maita you are so sweet. I am working on the next one right now. Thank you for your wonderful comment. I am always glad to see your pretty smile.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Dohn...talk about needing a good think, I just read "Revenge Inc" for this week. Thank you for stopping by and reading. I always look forward to seeing you!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Kaie Arwen...Thank you so much. I am working on the next installment right now. I really enjoyed your hub on poetry. Thanks again.


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Ghost Whisper 77 6 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

Hey ROCKSTAR...this was a great part2, I loved it! Yes, addicting...will be waiting for the next. Ahhhhhh you have it too!(don't like being in crowded rooms do you?--understood-yes, it is what you know it is-a sensitive.)


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Ita...Thanks my friend. Working on the next one I will have it faster than this one. I am always so glad to see you!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Ghost Whisper 77...Hi warrior princess. Hmmm...well you know we writers all put a little of ourselves into our characters. I don't like crowds sure but I wouldn't call myself sensitive especially today at work...I wish I was. I am so glad you were drawn in that is exactly what I was trying to do.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hi Tammy, your hair and smile is a knock out as well, I want you also to write about health this monthm since you are a nurse, hehe, but I know youre very busy as well, So its ok, if you cant, Thanks for this story, Night, Maita


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resspenser 6 years ago from South Carolina

Sorry I am just now getting to this but I am enjoying the story. Abby is an interesting character and I am curious to see what kind of trouble she gets into.

Keep on hubbin'!!!


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

My dearest Tammy...

You really caught me in your story´s web. I found myself screaming to jump at the girls and take them away from the darn place. That Sarah...She oughta keep her mouth zipped!

Well threaded! Nice suspense and tension...Looking forward to the next delivery!

Thumbs up!

warmest regards and blessings,

Al


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Tubbs Merouge 6 years ago from Louisiana

Good chapter, suspense starting to build. Looking forward to 3!!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Maita...I have one written but it is on healthy diet so it won't be published until the end of the month. Thank you for your wonderful comments my friend.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Ok, I will wait for it, excited, Maita


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

resspenser...Glad you are enjoying and thank you. It's good to see you.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

AL...Thanks that is exactly the reaction I was looking for. Nice to see you.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Tubbs Merouge...Now that's a cajun name if I ever saw one. When I saw your comment and your name I just had to go and see what you had going on. I have started reading your story, and I am flattered that you like mine. It's nice to meet you. I will be back to read some more of your story.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Bad_Company...You old softy you! Thanks my friend I was hoping I would see you. Thanks for the terrific comment!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Maita...You are so sweet. I will be looking for your next one too.


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pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

I can't wait for the next installment. This is riveting.


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

pmccray...You are too kind! I am working on it maybe before the weekend.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Hey- I'm on the edge of my seat here! You got any idea how hard it is to stay on the edge of your seat while you're drinking Margaritas? Ya got any.. hic.. idea! oosp? Noow ya cee whhas ahppnin hear/ NNoww I"em bside mselves!!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Mickey Dee...LOL you are so funnnneeee...You need to lay off the margaritas!!!


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Waiting for chapter 3!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Holle...Gotta edit this one...He ya it's written just has to be typed into word and edited. Just got through March break and family was visiting from Canada. Maybe I can git er done next week.


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

You are definitely keeping my interest. On to III...Thanks and very good. Linda


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Linda...Thanks for reading and for the encouragement.


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Great read! Roll on chapter 3!


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Cheeky...Thanks I really appreciate your encouragement. I must stop in and catch up on your stuff...


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Ok that had a twist I wasn't expecting! Good job, won't wait to read number three, off now to find out what happens next.


ralwus 6 years ago

it's getting hawt in here now. Margaritas, salt, fries . . . you sinful girl. LOL


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago Author

Ralwus...LOL nothing like a margarita with extra salt.

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