CHAPTER ONE: THE PARKING LOT

    It was 14:20 on Saturday afternoon. The Sun was shining in the September sky, and the temperature was a warm 27º Celsius in the parking lot outside Piermont Hall.

    Eric saw the disaster happen. A tot broke away from her parents and darted between parked vehicles. Just then the driver of a pickup truck swung the truck door open, into the child’s face. The kid fell down and began screaming.

    Eric reached into his pocket and retrieved his telephone as he returned to his car to get his first aid kit. The 9-1-1 dispatcher answered just as Eric returned to where the child lay. The driver had emerged and was apologizing profusely. The child’s parents were horrified.

    “9-1-1 Emergency. What is the location of your emergency?” the dispatcher asked.

    “University of West Dakota at Talleyville, Piermont Hall parking lot, one three five North University Avenue, Talleyville.” Eric recited, then he stood up to look for a section sign on one of the overhead lights.

    The nearest one said, “T23.”

    “Section Tango two three.” Eric continued, as he opened the first aid kit and poked around.

    “What is the nature of your emergency?” the dispatcher asked.

    “Request ambulance. Female victim approximately three years of age has been struck in face by pickup truck door when swung open. Child is conscious and responsive, bleeding from nose and left eye. Repeat, request ambulance. Pickup truck license plate Alpha Foxtrot Zulu five two seven, West Dakota. Driver remains on the scene.”

    After terminating the call, Eric cried out, “Could somebody please bring some ice cubes?”

    “I have some ice cubes in the freezer in my dorm room.” one student volunteered.

    “Well, they won’t do us much good sitting in your freezer, now will they? Could you kindly go get them?” Eric asked her.

    “Yes, I will.” the woman replied, and ran to the building.

    Eric used gauze to wipe up the blood, and then took another piece of gauze to hold the girl’s nose closed to stop the bleeding. The driver continued apologizing, mentioning that he couldn’t have seen the child approaching. The girl’s parents spoke comforting words to her.

    In two minutes, the woman returned with ice cubes. Eric accepted them and held one onto the facial cut under the girl’s eye. Eric and the parents took turns speaking comforting words, as the sound of sirens began filling the air.

    When police and the ambulance arrived, Eric turned first aid duties over to them. “Thanks for the ice cubes.” he said. “What’s your name?”

    “Sarah.” she answered.

    Eric told the cop what happened, as did the driver and the girl’s parents. Then Eric walked away.

    En route to the dormitory, some classmates greeted Eric, “Good work, dude!”

    Eric looked back at the scene and shrugged, “Yeah, I guess.”


HOME PAGE      
CHAPTER TWO: THE COMPUTER
CHAPTER THREE: THE LOUNGE
CHAPTER FOUR: THE CAFETERIA
CHAPTER FIVE: THE PARTY
CHAPTER SIX: LUNCH
CHAPTER SEVEN: MELISSA WORRIES   
CHAPTER EIGHT: MELISSA’S PROJECT
CHAPTER NINE: THE TEMPLE
CHAPTER TEN: RECRUITMENT
CHAPTER ELEVEN: THE PLANNING
CHAPTER TWELVE: OPERATION UNDERWAY
CHAPTER THIRTEEN: OPERATION MOVED
CHAPTER FOURTEEN: GLORIA
CHAPTER FIFTEEN: THE DISCUSSION
GLOSSARY


Copyright 2007 Tom Alciere