Chapter 4: Introspection

"Good morning! You seem to be doing well today. Let me check on your IV fluids. Looking good, but you need a new bag. Let me run out and get you one." I can see a little clearer now, and I know for a fact that this is a vision. The nurse turns around and walks off quickly and I sit up in the bed. I seem to be rubbing my hands together... it's so funny how I can't control myself in here... I have no control over my life... Oh look, the nurse has come back.

"Hello" I smile to her, she seems happy today.

"Let me just take out the old one, and, oops, butter fingers! Let me just slide that in... erfk... It's not... going... in..." She was trying to force the tube into my had piece, and now that she has it in just enough she breathes, "There. Good enough. Would you like something to drink?"

"Can I have orange juice?"

"Sure thing dear. I'll be right back." Again, she quickly walks out of the room. My arms raise to try and rub my eyes I think, but the IV tube is caught on the bar, and I end up tugging at it pretty hard.

"Oww." I mutter to myself as I rub my bruised hand. I lift up the remote, and begin cycling through channels, not really paying attention to what is on the screen. These visions are always really boring when I'm not doing anything in them, so I tend to just space out. Ha, spacing out in your own dreams, how very very sad. Theres nothing to ever do here. Strange, my hand has raised, and i seem to be adjusting the IV input. Wait, are those bubbles in the tube? There are three bubbles in the tube, and I know thats not good. IVs go to your blood right? Air bubbles in your veins are bad right? They can cause you a heart attack right? Oh god, no... This can't happen... Wait... it can't happen... I've seen the future past this... My hands are grabbing my chest, there are lights flashing, sounds buzzing, alarms beeping, and people rushing in to the room to save me.

"Good morning! You seem to be doing well today. Let me check on your IV fluids. Looking good, but you need a new bag. Let me run out and get you one." No. No, this can't happen, but I can't go anywhere. I start rubbing my hands. What am I going to do, I can't stop this from happening...

"Hello," I nervously smile to her, she seems so happy for what she's about to unwittingly do.

"Let me just take out the old one, and, oops, butter fingers!" Oh god... what if... I have to do something. I can't let her just do this. I can't let her hurt me, or kill me, or what ever the hell is about to happen. But I can't change what's supposed to happen. I can't. It's not possible. Or is it? No... thats a stupid idea. "Let me just slide that in... erfk... It's not... going... in..."

"Why don't you try another one?" My stomach fell, my head felt dizzy, and I took a sharp breath. I just changed my future.

"Hmm... I think you're right. Lemme grab a new one. Hey, you look flush white, are you okay? Goodness, you're running a fever. Let me call the doctor and we'll have you checked out." I may just explode from the panic. I just defied my future, changed something that was supposed to happen, and altered reality...

And I chuckle to myself, for god knows what reason other than the fact that I sort of expected the universe to start falling apart around me. Like I tore a hole in the fabric of time. Apparently, altering your destiny means nothing.

"You seem really shaken up, are you okay?" The doctor had arrived while I was laughing at myself, and seems to be inspecting my pupils. "What happened?"

"Well, I saw my future, this nurse here was fumbling with the IV, and she made a mistake. Then some bubbles got into the tube and I had a heart attack and almost died I think. Well, while it was happening in real life, I changed what had happened, so now I WON'T die. It's actually quite funny, see?" The Doctor cycles various masks of concern, fear, confusion, and a sarcastic roll of the eyes now that I'm finished talking, but after what I just escaped, I really don't care.

"When do my parents get here?" I ask him politely.

"I don't rightly know. There is a phone here," He lifts the phone off the counter and sets it on my lap."so how about you call them and find out. Once you're done, ring for the nurse and she'll take you down to get an MRI. I will see you later." He seemed to be in quite the hurry. No matter. I'm safe now, I'm alive, and I'm curious to see what'll happen next.

The End

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