“Do you believe in God?” She was earnest. She wielded a clipboard.
A grin skipped up beside. “Ca va?” He sounded young. A green mask covered half his face but I remember him grinning. From my back, on a bed, in a hallway, I replied automatically. “Comme ci, comme ca.”
The doors opened. “It is time, Miss Tankard.”
Lights, white tile, stainless steel. I remember the windows. It hurt, so they found another vein. An older voice told me to picture a happy place – to imagine my family – and they counted, backwards.
The grin on the left waggled a vial. “Maziwa...”
I swam upwards to translate. “Milk?” Split second having managed it, before she came in from the right, put her face to my ear, and whispered through her mask.
“Believe, Miss Tankard, believe. He is real.”
And then I was out.