Today’s Deadly Destination is from Cassie Alexander‘s Edie Spence on County Hospital from SHAPESHIFTED (published on June 4, 2013 by St. Martin’s Press). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.
Cassie Alexander’s Edie Spence on County Hospital from Shapeshifted
Hey there. I’m Edie Spence, another nurse on Y4. Who’re you again – and do you have your ID badge?
Pull it out of your pocket and show it to me. You might as well keep it out on this tour – it’ll glow a little if you’re in danger, or near a supernatural creature, which is pretty much the same thing. Follow me.
This orange elevator’s the only one that can take us down to Y4 – that, and the badge. It won’t open up for normal people, or you, if you come back without the badge, so don’t forget it in your car, you’ll have to walk back out into the snow for it.
I know, the light’s a little dim, and the elevator’s a little long. No, I’m not nervous. I just always like to count things out. Because there are other floors –
Oh look! Here’s ours. Come on, come on. Okay. Over there’s the bathroom and the locker rooms, so you can change. You don’t want to get blood on your nice scrubs, do you? I didn’t think so. I’ll wait out here until you’re in green.
Green suits you – over here are the doors to the floor. It’s daytime, so they’re going to be really busy. That’s when most of the work happens, even if the patients aren’t all up. Follow my lead.
We’re an 8 bedroom unit, with an ancillary wing out the back for when there’s wars. Don’t worry, I’ve only see us open it once. We mostly treat daytimers here, vampire exposed humans whose masters are too stingy to give them blood.
Yeah, we do have vampire blood on the premises. Why do you ask? Um, no. I’m not showing you where it is. That’s above our paygrade, okay? Don’t get any ideas. Being a daytimer’s not as awesome as you think.
So we keep the tranquilizer guns over here. Ever used one before? They’re just like a rifle. You should put some time in at the range. If you ever have to use one, you want your aim to be really, really, good.
No, no one mentioned that to me either before I signed on. It’s not just you.
There’s a few net guns behind the charge nurse desk, as a last ditch measure. And the badges make the lights above the rooms go on, so we’ll always know if you’re in one. We won’t know if you’re still breathing in there necessarily – I’m kidding, I’m kidding. It’s not that bad.
Ignore the howling. It does kind of sound like a lion, doesn’t it? You’re not a vet, so you won’t be assigned that room.
Yeah, that’s about it. Eight rooms isn’t very big. We’re a tight knit group here. You seem smart though, so I’m sure you’ll fit in. I’ll let you change, and take you back upstairs – then we’ll see you again tonight.
There – use your badge for the elevator. Just like that.
No, we’re not supposed to be going down. Get behind me, okay?
The cable’s not broken. Try not to panic. It’s not like we’re falling into the center of the earth.
That was a bad joke, wasn’t it.
Look, when the doors open up again, it’ll probably be better for you if you just keep your eyes closed. It’ll be scary, and that’s what they want, to get a rise out of you, so they can feed on your fear. I would report this to kind of harassment to someone if I could, but I’m not sure who.
Okay, don’t look, don’t look – okay now? Stop screaming. I know it’s creepy down here, but screaming’s just encouraging them. I’m hitting the button, eventually it’ll –
There. See? The doors are closing.
And yes, that sound is them laughing at you. They’re incredible jerks like that.
Look, it’s just the way things around here work. But it’s not all like that. We really help some people. Even weird patients need nurses too – it’s not all bad. There was this one time I helped kill a dragon —
And here we are again! Ground floor!
I’m not hazing you, honest. You wanted the tour, right? Oh, don’t give me that — please, you have no idea how short staffed we are, and with the holidays coming up – I don’t want your badge, I want you to keep it and come back tonight.
No, I can’t guarantee you won’t die. But it has been awhile since we lost anyone, I swear.
Cassie Alexander is a registered nurse and the author of the Edie Spence urban fantasy series about a nurse working with supernatural creatures, comprised of Nightshifted, Moonshifted, Shapeshifted (just released!) and Deadshifted and Bloodshifted forthcoming.
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Nurse Edie Spence is once again called upon to save a life…and this time, it’s personal. Can her new community of zombies, vampires, and shapeshifters come to her rescue when she needs them most?
When Edie was fired from her paranormal nursing job at County Hospital, her whole world came crashing down. Now she’s is once again shaken to her core. Her mother is deathly ill and there’s only one thing that will save her: vampire blood. But with the paranormal community shunning Edie, where can she obtain it…without losing her own life in the process?
Edie hopes to procure it at her new job at the clinic across town, where the forces of evil loom large. Vampire gang wars are rampant. Old underground enemies are rising to the surface. And Edie’s zombie ex-boyfriend has arrived at the scene—but is he the same man he used to be? And what should she make of the enigmatic doctor with whom she shares an unexpected connection? She’ll have to figure it out soon, because all hell is about to break loose—literally—and time is running out…
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