White gloves peeled away soft bandage. The wound sat fresh across my stomach—a black gash surrounded by wet shades of red and dry purples. It had been sewn, but not with much care. I drank breath in short sips and scanned the green tile walls, the steel-framed hospital bed, the leather straps which bound my limbs.
I struggled to free myself, but escape was not to be accomplished. A deep breath desired inhale, but my lungs would not accept.
“Just keep clam.” I heard the words but they made no sense. Their speaker wore a sack over his head; a stained, white coat hung from his back.
I tried to scream for help, attempted to communicate with anything but frantic eyes, yet my voice fell silent within my throat.
“No, no, you won’t be able to talk,” the voice said, caressing my neck with hard fingers. “Just lie there, nothing…
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