The Friend Trap

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It was almost a week from their lunch date when she heard from her brother again. It often would forget until the last minute and then he would call and leave a voice mail for her on her work phone. Which is exactly what he had done this time. He had left her a message while she had been busy running a few tests at the hospital she had worked at for the past four years. Chris’s friends were going out in about two hours from when she had got the message.

There was no way she could go home and change to make herself look half way decent. She looked up at the ceiling trying to think of something to say to him that he would accept as her not trying to get out of it. Thoguh right now she was battling a headache and now this. As she continued to look at the ceiling her boss walked in and looked at her.

“Something up there?” he asked as he knew she was not dramatic. She would see something like a drop of water and then she would try to figure it out before she raised the alarm on the fact that the ceiling was leaking.

“No.” she replied.

“Then what is going on?” he asked as he looked at her.

“I am supposed to go out with my brother to meet his friends. He forgot that I work and made the time right after work. I can’t get home and change.” She said. “I mean I really don’t want to go but I said I would.”

“Go in your scrubs.” He said with a laugh. “I can’t tell you how many times that has actually saved me from a thing I didn’t want to be at.”

“How did the scrubs save you?” Henni asked as she looked at him with widened eyes.

“Kid, All you have to do is say you are on call. Then you can fake a phone call and say you have to leave because of work.” He laughed. “You are a doctor. Use that in your favor.”

“Oh, I see now.” She said as she looked at him. “Thanks that might help.”

“It is good to see you at least going out.” The man said as he walked to the door. He looked back at her at the desk and he smiled, “You need to be young. This job ages everyone enough.”

“I do act young.” She said.

“Compared to the most of our patients you might be. Sometimes though I think you are even older than them.” He chuckled as he walked away and down the hall.

“Most of our patients are elderly.” She said to herself. “Most of all they are all dead.”

She had to think of that when she again looked at the ceiling as if it was going to give her the answers she was searching for. She had been so different from everyone when they had figured out that she was special with her mind. That hadn’t been an issue to her except when she was a younger teenager and in university. There had been no one there her own age and the others all looked at her like she was a freak. She had gotten used to those types of looks.

Mediical school wasn;t much better for her. Thoguh people did realize she was different and she was slightly better than everyone else there. There was no reason to treat her any different than they would have a peer. That was how they saw her for the most part. Now she felt like she was one of them. Though still nearly a decade younger than even the closest in age fresh out of medical school co worker she was seen as one of them. She had fought for this. She was now even sought out to help others and consult. She knew she had proved herself.

Going out and having fun was relative. She didn’t need to do that to have fun. She could do that when she found the reason or cause of a death. It was a release of it’s own. She didn’t think there would be a person who could understand that as it was hard to explain. Her twin brother didn’t. That was for sure. He had always been popual within his own age group of peers. He could fit into any clique. She almost hated that about him.

He could go out and meet people and then just want to see them or have them want to see him again. She was the opposite. She would rather not meet people. Staying at home and reading or working was what she really liked to do. This was going to be hard for her.

Christian sent her a text telling her about each person that she would meet that night. She looked at each thing and thought at least she would know something about everyone. There was another set of twins that were going to be there. She smiled at that. He had given her a website to look at that was supposedly their store that they owned. As soon as she pulled it up she laughed. Then she pulled up the website she had been looking at earlier and saw what she needed too. The photo of the coming soon was actually a stock photo from the other website. They were getting their stock from another store that was a discount place and reselling it and calling it their designs.

Henni looked at the two sites and laughed at herself. This was why she didn’t like people all that much. She knew that she now had something to say if provoked. Though she would keep it to herself for now. Somehow looking at the few pictures of the sisters she knew that ammo would come in handy. They both had a look that she knew well. She had seen it a few times before.

They simply thought they were better than everyone else. They were the type that looked at the outside and made it difficult for people like her to be out in public.

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