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brace 39 Debra Bruce Emergency Room 2 A.M. His van drags its shadow under a red light, leans around a corner, slams into a space in the lot. He sprints ahead ofher through disappearing doors to tell the nurse what happened: She fell. Her cheek is blue, her lips split as she steps up beside him. He stares at her until her one line cracks loose through her lips and dangles like spittle over the nurse's pen: She says she fell. She fell. And he glances down as the nurse begins to write. His pockets are full of his hands. ...


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