Ann Marie Tajuddin

Beth waited for more, but Verbena wasn't offering yet. "Al had a headache last
night when he went to bed, `Bena. A headache!"

Verbena swallowed. "Now he has a 104 degree fever."

"Can I see him?" Beth asked, sacrificing the battle in hopes of winning the

"In a minute. Can you tell me exactly what happened?"

"I told you already!" Beth paced the room like a caged animal.

"Tell me again," the psychiatrist said evenly. Beth wondered if she knew how
annoying that tone really was.

"Sam leaped out last night and when Al came back, he had a pretty bad
headache. Soaked in the tub for almost 40 minutes before I convinced him to go
to bed."

Verbena nodded. "Was he upset?"

"A little, I guess, because of Sam's last leap. Then when I woke up this
morning he was-" she choked "-on the floor a few feet from the bed. And his
face was so was the only thing that-" She broke off again and cleared
her throat.

"That told you he was alive?" her friend asked softly.

"I want to see him," she demanded firmly. "When can I see him?" 

Verbena put a hand on the small of Beth's back. "Now."

Beth resisted the guiding pressure for a minute. "He's - he's not going to
die, is he?"

Verbena was torn, but she bit her lip, then said, "I don't know, Beth."



Book I - Part I
Book I - Part II
Book I - Part III
Book I - Part IV
Book I - Part V
Book I - Part VI
Book I - Part VII
Book I - Part VIII
Book I - Part IX
Book I - Part X
Book I - Part XI NEW January 26, 1999

Book II - Part XII NEW January 26, 1999
Book II - Part XIII NEW January 26, 1999
Book II - Part XIV NEW January 26, 1999
Book II - Part XV NEW January 26, 1999
Book II - Part XVI NEW January 26, 1999

Epilogue NEW January 26, 1999

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