Fragments Chapter 19 Page 27

to Steve, both in agreement with his statement and both relieved somebody said something.

But Steve just stands there looking back. He knows that he can’t talk and the grunts he could make would only serve to shock them further. A new awkwardness begins on his part and adds confusion on theirs. Sarah attempts again: Are you ok? You look kinda sick. We can get you some medicine in the pharmacy below. I was training to be a nurse. We could probably help you. And those bruises…

She turns to the others and her voice crackles while her eyes fill with tears: He… got them saving me. Tommy holds her into his chest, the hug still locked in and whispers down to her: I don’t think he can talk.

Steve is