“Not every moment here is a pleasure,” his gruff voice says above my head.
I shrug. “Right. But, it’s not meant to be a pleasure though, is it?”
“No, I suppose not,” Rush answers.
We both stare at the wall, and he reaches out to touch the picture of Mallory’s face as it comes up. “She’s a good friend.”
I shrug again. “Yeah. And a good volunteer, even though things didn’t go so great with me, obviously. That’s not her fault though.” I pause to take a long sigh, bringing the air deep into my lungs before letting it back out in a loud puff. “I don’t know how she can stand to look at my face after what I did. Maybe Sloan’s right – volunteers really shouldn’t be friends with their failed cases.”
Rush nods. “I can see how that makes things…difficult. In a perfect world, none of you would be here. And I’ll admit with more than a little embarrassment, that sometimes I wonder how different both our lives would be if you’d not arrived at the Station at all.” His voice is quiet, pensive. Whatever else is going on inside his mind, he’s keeping it to himself.
My own thoughts are racing circles around its own silent track. “You know, I think about things like that all the time. Part of me wishes I’d never woken up here, but then I feel grateful to have this place. The Station is a second chance for those of us who felt no chances were left.”
– Dying to Know, Coming Soon
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