Wolf Gatekeeper

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Summary

Emma was a student nurse working in the EMR department at Grenville, a private hospital in Greenwood Prencilton. Janet, her work colleague, gave Emma rooms eight to twelve because the department that they worked in was short staffed and they needed all the hands that they could get on that Friday evening. She said that she would train Emma on the job. What did Emma do when a patient was rushed in with Brain stem death and she had to pronounce the handsome hunk dead at 11.12pm before taking him to the mortuary downstairs in the basement. She did her job. She had no option but to follow procedures. To care for those who needed her. What she wasn’t paid to deal with was the handsome hunk waking up and causing havoc in her life which first started with him ripping the metal tag off his wrist. That couldn’t have been possible. Every nurse knew that a grinder would be needed to remove that tag. He used his bare hand! Staring into his navy blue eyes, Emma knew that the man was different. What she didn’t know was that the man named Levi was actually half wolf, half vampire. He was also the wolf gatekeeper, his family was the biggest and his blood was dangerous. Poor innocent Emma started her shift feeling happy and relaxed. By the time she reached the end, she was a nervous wreck. What could possibly happen?

Genre:
Romance / Fantasy
Author:
Ivy White
Status:
Ongoing
Chapters:
12
Rating:
n/a
Age Rating:
16+

Chapter 1

Emma was a student nurse working in the EMR department at Grenville, a private hospital in Greenwood Prencilton. Janet, her work colleague, gave Emma rooms eight to twelve because the department that they worked in was short staffed and they needed all the hands that they could get on that Friday evening. She said that she would train Emma on the job.

What did Emma do when a patient was rushed in with Brain stem death and she had to pronounce the handsome hunk dead at 11.12pm before taking him to the mortuary downstairs in the basement. She did her job. She had no option but to follow procedures. To care for those who needed her. What she wasn’t paid to deal with was the handsome hunk waking up and causing havoc in her life which first started with him ripping the metal tag off his wrist. That couldn’t have been possible. Every nurse knew that a grinder would be needed to remove that tag. He used his bare hand! Staring into his navy blue eyes, Emma knew that the man was different. What she didn’t know was that the man named Levi was actually half wolf, half vampire. He was also the wolf gatekeeper, his family was the biggest and his blood was dangerous.

Poor innocent Emma started her shift feeling happy and relaxed. By the time she reached the end, she was a nervous wreck. What could possibly happen?

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The wolf gatekeeper

“Not coming in. And.....your not coming in. Neither are you, or you. I will just fucking eat you mate, oh and she can get fucked too.”

Placid wolf. As he stood at The Wrought Iron Gates that redefined craftsmanship, Levi spoke to himself making a judgement on every human that approached his post. A friend they would call him, their hands would land on his bulky shoulders. He would push their hands off of his muscular lean frame , his nostrils would flare, their scent made him feel sick. Levi wasn’t a friend to humans and never would be, nor did he care about their feelings. For him, feelings never did exist and not once had he felt them so, he would tell humans bluntly that he despised them. He truly didn’t care and wasn’t the happy, carefree, social person that everyone wanted him to be. Humans were annoying creatures that were there to get in his way. The worst creation of them all. If Levi could have had it his way, the human population would have been extinct.

Time was taken for granted. He knew that he could easily live to watch a generation grow older and meet the tenth generation that would follow hundreds of years later.
Sneezing, Levi wiped underneath his nose. Vile. Spitting on the floor, he growled deep in his throat.

“What is she wearing?” Snarling, he stared at the girl deadpan in the eyes. Lavender. Why was she wearing the one scent that could kill him. He nearly died. Coughing, Levi stepped to the side arching over forwards with his arms wrapped around his waist. He needed to force it up and out of his system quick smart but he got ready to go for the kill instead. Raising his line of sight up her body, he touched the roof of his mouth with his tongue.

“Time for your fight. Pine is taking your position until you get back,” Maddison bounced towards him. Levi held his hand up. Arching forwards, Levi turned his back to Maddison and glanced over his shoulder at the girl he wanted to send to the grave. His cough would be described as the whooping cough of hell. Snapping his head up, he viciously growled, his eyes were a deep blue. He wanted blood.

Maddison tensed his stomach sending a sharp frequency through Levi’s body making him shudder and fall to the floor. A blow to the stomach is what it felt like for him. In fact, if you want more of a description, think of it as being kicked in the balls with a pair of steel toe capped boots on. Agonising torture.

Levi waved his hands to tell Maddison to stop hurting him. Maddison was concentrating and didn’t notice.

“Pack it in!” Levi shouted. Maddison stepped back, realisation hit him in an instant.

“Sorry,” Maddison apologised. Levi smirked, a breathy laugh followed and then he left the gate. Maddison ran behind him to catch his quick steps .

“Wait for me.” Maddison yelled to Levi. Levi wouldn’t look at him.

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The emergency telephone line rang at the small private hospital of Grenville. Emma rushed across the chaotic hallway filled with patients to grab the phone off the wall. Stepping out of the way of a patient being rushed to the operating theatre, Emma reached the wall and picked up the cordless phone.

“EMR One two One, Emma speaking.” She spoke professionally with a hard tone.

“Emma, hi.” The medic spoke.

“Tell Janet we have a 30 year old male. I will tell her everything when we arrive. Two minutes away.” The line turned to silence and Emma sighed.

She was new to the Emergency Room but the medics never would give her details. She would have to let Janet know that they were going to arrive in two minutes flat. She felt as if she was in the way because she would make the 30 year old man’s treatment take longer than necessary. She simply wasn’t experienced enough to take notes.

Walking across the EMR, Emma felt discouraged but threw her feelings to the side for the sake of her job.

“Janet, 30 year old male on his way in.” Emma spoke loudly.

“Do you know what for?” Janet glanced over her shoulder at Emma who shrugged her shoulders. “Of course not,” she answered her own question. Pumping air into the arm cuff that was wrapped around her patients upper arm to check her blood pressure, Janet worked quickly.

“Zelda you are doing a brilliant job. We will be done in a couple of minutes.” Janet reassured her terminally ill patient with a confident yet worried smile on her face.

“I’m sorry Emma but I need you to take the new patient from Edric. Can you take rooms eight to twelve.” She knew who the medic was. The only medic that wouldn’t tell Emma what the patients name was.

“Happily,” Emma gave Janet a swift nod and left the room.

Walking over to get the report from the day shift nurses, Emma found that both of them were busy saying goodnight to their patients. She didn’t want to disturb them which she could have. Smiling she turned in the opposite direction and decided that it would be for the best if she was to sit at her table reviewing charts for her new group of patients who had been admitted earlier on in the day.

Tapping the black pen on the desk oblivious of her surroundings, Emma was waved down by Janet.

“Remember back to what you did when you was in education. Follow that list. I’m sorry that I can’t be of much assistance to you but we are short staffed tonight and can’t see to everybody as well as teach you. I will have to train you on the job. Erm, if you don’t feel comfortable with doing something then give me a shout and I will try to help or guide you.” Emma nodded her head glancing over her left shoulder. She was nervous. The pressure was intense for her. She was under qualified and had no previous hands on experience.

Grabbing a pile of papers for all of her patients, she did quick assessments of the rooms that they were staying in. Jotting down a list of stock items that she would need, she double checked them over. That night was one of the busiest that she had ever seen. People genuinely did seem to be more sick on a weekend but this night was notorious for her and the other nurses that worked alongside her.

Eight PM time came around and Emma managed to discharge one of her patients with a prescription in his hand. She removed the IV from his arm, educated her patient providing instructions to him on how to follow up if he was to get stomach pains again. She told him the warning signs and gave him a step by step guide as of how to get admitted if he did need to return to the EMR. Finally, Emma gave him some medication to take in the room with some water. Wishing him a speedy recovery, Emma filled out his discharge papers and ticked him off her list. One down, three more to disperse.

Two hours later Emma received a new patient with wrist pain. She was a walk in patient and Emma assessed her needs which ruled out Phlebitis superficial thrombophlebitis (inflammation of a vein.) Propping her patient up, Emma placed her patients arm on a pillow with hopes that her wrist would show up a tell tale sign as to what the problem was without the need to having to take her to the x-ray department.

Three CT scans later, a overcrowded waiting room and patients needing to be discharged, Emma made herself and all of her patients a cup of tea. Sitting down on her chair, she looked over one of the Ultrasound reports as two cops dragged a patient in through the main double doors. Her first thought was “why are they dragging him in here like that?” the next was “he needs support now!” He was in a comatosed state. Running towards them Emma was distracted when a nursing bed was pushed through the double doors that were used for ambulance services to access the EMR instantly.

“How can-“

“JANET! We need-“ Edric ignored Emma shoving her to the side. Janet glanced over her shoulder catching Edric moving Emma out of his way.

“Tell Emma. I am busy! She’s taking rooms eight to twelve.” Janet put Edric in his place and left Emma standing next to him rubbing her right arm.

“Servere head injury. No response, on a ventilator.” Edric told Emma who nodded her head.

“Name?” Emma asked Edric as him and his colleague pushed the bed towards the ICU department.

“No name. Found inside a building. We got a call to go to the woods and we took a shortcut through one of the buildings. Fallen trees were making it impossible to gain access to another patient. On our way through the building, we seen him on the ground.” Edric told Emma breathlessly pushing the bed. Emma walked quickly next to them.

“Hello my name is Emma. I am a nurse at Grenville. I will be seeing to you today. Can you hear me?” Emma told the patient. Zero response. Pinching his arm, Emma shook her head. The man who lay on the bed was that of a lifeless thirty year old with a full life ahead of him. Shaking her head again, Emma checked to see if he had any basic reflexes such as coughing and swallowing. Minimal. No communication. Switching the ventilator off for a brief moment, Emma took note of how he breathed on his own but struggled after ten seconds.

“Patient was of perfect health until seven PM.” Edric spoke calmly and Emma glanced up at him. He was the patient that was supposed to arrive within minutes of her receiving a phone call at the start of her shift. Checking his eye movement, Emma scribbled down in her notepad. One. No eye movement at all. He showed no signs of awareness, verbal response was one, voluntary movement in response to a demand was one scoring him a overall total of three out of fifteen.

"I will do some tests. His score is three.” Emma looked up at Edric through sad eyes. He sighed, his colleague let the bed go.

“Brain stem death.” Edric whispered stepping away from the bed, those words striked him hard. Emma didn’t let those words scare her and moved to stand behind the bed. Pushing it down the hallway leaving Edric and his colleague behind, she made her way to a empty room on the ICU department.

“What’s the issue here?” Janet ran behind Emma and grabbed the side of the bed with a worried look in her eyes. Emma gave her a sad smile in return.

“Brain stem death Janet.” Emma's voice was shaky and Janet stopped. Catching Emma's quick steps, Janet looked down at her patient shocked.

“Erm Emma, switch the machine off.” Dragging the bed to a stop, Emma raised her eyebrows in amazement.

“You can’t do that Janet!” Emma shouted in the quiet hallway. Janet pointed at her with disbelief in her eyes. She was disappointed because Emma wasn’t listening to her.

“I told you to switch the machine off Emma.” Janet placed her hands on her hips sighing.

“I believe that he could make a full recovery.” Emma told Janet confidently. He needed to be given a fair chance at survival.

“What’s the score?” Janet asked Emma who held three fingers up.

“Three out of fifteen?” Nodding her head, Emma looked down at the pale man who’s chest raised and fell with each puff of air that the machine dispersed into his lungs.

“He has no brain functions. He will never gain consciousness or be able to breathe without support. That man is legally confirmed as dead Emma.”

“I haven’t checked his brain function.” Emma spat through gritted teeth. She couldn’t kill an innocent man in cold blood and by switching that machine off, she would be ending his life. At least the machine was keeping his body alive by giving him the air supply that he needed. In her eyes, his heart was still beating, his skin was warm to the touch and his muscles were still twitching which still happens once that person has passed away. They call it muscle spasms but Emma didn’t want to believe that the man who lay on the bed was dead.

Checking the man over, Janet sighed.

“He’s gone hun. Let him rest. Take him to the mortuary.”

It was the first time that Emma had ever heard about a hospital removing air supply and allowing a patient to die in a mortuary all alone and on their own. It was against the law in her eyes but who was she to argue with Janet about her treatment of care. She obviously wasn’t doing her job correctly and Emma put it down to her being stressed out.

She told herself that she would take him down there and leave him with the oxygen but Janet walked around the bed and switched off the machine that was clipped on the side of the bed. Grabbing the tube, Janet twisted it and removed it from the man’s mouth without a second thought. Emma watched her helplessly. Taking the machine from the bed, Janet walked away from Emma leaving her to watch the thirty year old patient in her care die.

He took slow breaths and then they started to get weaker and weaker until the death rattle could be heard. Janet appeared again and Emma looked to her feeling confused about what she was witnessing. Janet didn’t speak a word and injected the man with a clear fluid. That’s when his breathing came few and far between until he stopped breathing all together. The man was officially gone.

“Time of death, 11:12pm,” Emma mumbled to herself.

Janet walked down the hall away from Emma as she stood next to the bed staring down at the man. Grabbing the white blanket, she pulled it up his body and covered his face with it before she rolled him down the hall to the mortuary.
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