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By Loveville Gambalan


Chapter 1

"This must be the place." Lily Garcia looks back and forth between the address she wrote down and the building.

Lily got a call from the best hospital in New York from her previous home in Pennsylvania. One of the head surgeons saw her in action when he needed help with his daughter. He was so impressed that he talked to the board of committee of the hospital to consider transferring her to the hospital. Of course, she didn't know that at the time. She was doing her job like she has done for about 10 years now. When she got the call to transfer to the hospital, she packed all her valuables and sent a two week notice, for her old job, on the same day. The employees, now friends, were and are still supportive for her. They all knew, as much as it hurts them, she is better off working in a better hospital.

"Okay, here we go." She walks into the hospital.

The hospital is huge, about 4 floors all covered with employees and patients. After sanitizing her hands, Lily walks in a little bit further to notice that she couldn't see the end of the hallway. She is truly amazed at how big this hospital is. After a few minutes, she walks up to the registration table.

"Hi." She greets.

"Hi, may I help you?" The reception lady greets back.

"Yes, I am looking for the Head of the hospital. I am the new Pediatric nurse from Pennsylvania they are transferring here." Lily shifts her weight from one leg to the other frequently.

"Oh right, he did talk about that; you are Lily Garcia, right?" She checks his schedule.

"Yup that's me."

"Well, welcome to the best hospital in New York. Please take a seat and I'll page him that you're here."

"Thank you." Lily sits down and starts to read her favourite book.

She loves reading. It is one of her influences of her wanting to be a nurse. She read about fascinating skills and jobs that nurses do during their careers. They can sometimes make miracles happen along with the surgeons. She wanted to be part of those moments, so she started classes and got all the books she needed for nursing. Each day and section that passed by made her passion grows even more. When she graduated, all she needed was a major. She was balancing her options between a Pediatric and a Cardio nurse. Both were the top two that popped into her mind when anyone asked which department she wanted to be in. After shifting from both departments for about a year, she finally chose the most satisfying department for her, which is Pediatric. She loves hearing and seeing parents light up when they get good news about their babies, especially the babies that are incubated. The joy that she sees, Lily couldn't explain how it makes her feel inside and she knew she couldn't feel this amount of joy in Cardio.

As Lily is about to turn the page, her tenth page she read already, she sees an about four-year-old girl just sitting across from her twinkling her thumbs.

"Why would someone leave a four-year-old alone in such a big hospital? Maybe her parents are in the washroom or getting something to eat." Lily thinks not want to be involved in case her parents come back. She is about to go back to read her book, when she hears the little girl's stomach growl. Lily giggles a bit and checks her bag for her still left over sandwich from her last stop.

"Sweetie, you can have this sandwich if you want, until your parents get back." She hands the little girl the sandwich.

"No thank you, I'm not hungry." The little girl stomach growls louder proving that she lied.

"Ah, well then you have taught your stomach to play music. I am very impressed at your talent." Lily smiles at the girl.

The girl giggles "No, I didn't, that would be awesome, but my dad said to never accept food from strangers." She still holds her empty stomach.

"Ok, well if you change your mind it will be right here." Lily puts a cloth on the seat beside her before putting the sandwich down. She continues to read, but keeps one eye on the little girl.

The little girl keeps on eyeing the sandwich while she rubs her stomach and lick her lips. She then eyes the sandwich and the clock nearby.

Few minutes later…

"Umm… excuse me." The little girl interrupts her reading.

"Yes sweetie." Lily puts her book down to give her, her full attention.

"I would like to take your offer about the sandwich. I analyzed my time and I can't wait any longer." She smiles innocently.

"Well, I guess the offer is still on the table, on one condition." Lily picks up the sandwich. "You get a drink with it too; you must be dehydrated too." She hands her the sandwich.

"Thank you and I accept those terms. I am Emma, Emma Reigns." She extends her hand towards Lily.

"Lily, Lily Garcia. Please to meet you Emma." She shakes her hand "While you enjoy the sandwich I will to get us the drinks." Emma nods enjoying her sandwich. Lily returns back to her just in time for the reception lady to call her.

"Miss Garcia, you can go up now he is waiting for you. He is on the fourth floor at the back of the hospital; room 405." The receptionist lady informs her.

"Thank you, but what about Emma; her parents haven't come to join her yet?" Lily questions not wanting to leave her alone.

"It's okay Lily, I'll be fine here now that I've eaten. Thank you again for the food and the drink." She finishes the last bite of her sandwich.

"You're very welcome. I'm glad I can help with your musical stomach. You are one of the politest children I've met, here you go." She hands her the drink as they both giggling.

"Maybe when you get back or next time I see you, I can play you a song with it." Emma continues to giggle.

"I can't wait, bye." Lily waves bye to her after she picks up her bags.

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