With Deadly Purpose - Action Thriller
Lieutenant Kramer, nurse, United States Navy, was tired, very tired. She was irritated when she heard hard heels in the darkened hallway. 'Now who can that be,' she wondered, 'no one is supposed to be here this time of night.'
Kramer peered over the counter in front of her desk. A Marine in summer dress uniform with staff sergeant stripes stepped out of the dark. 'My god, the man is huge,' thought Kramer. The Marine stepped up to the counter, “Good evening Lieutenant; I would like to see Sergeant Early.”
“How did you get in here? Visiting hours were over hours ago.”
He doesn't answer her question. “Ma'am, I'm shipping out in two days. I just found out that Sergeant Early is here. He's my brother-in-law, and I won't be back for some time.”
Lieutenant Kramer's eyes were drawn to the Staff Sergeant's display of ribbons and devices. Four stood out, the BUDS (Basic Underwater Demolition/Seal), Parachute (jump qualified), the Silver Star with combat V, and the Purple Heart with a star (two). She had seen them before and knew what they were, but never had she seen them all on the same Marine. “What's your name sergeant?”
“It's Behr, Ma'am; Staff Sergeant Behr.”
“Are you a Recon Marine like Sergeant Early?”
“Well, Sergeant Early is sedated and restrained; he won't even know you're here.”
“Yes, Lieutenant; but I'll know.”
Kramer studied Behr's face, 'Marines…he'll just find a way if I don't let him see him.' “Against my better judgment, you can see him for a few minutes. Don't be shocked when you see him.”
Behr's face broke into a smile any Hollywood actor would want to have, “Yes, Ma'am! Thank you.”
Kramer picked up her keys and with the touch of a smile said, “It's a Marine thing I suppose, Staff Sergeant Behr?”
“Yes, it's a Marine thing, Lieutenant.”
Behr and Lieutenant Kramer began walking; Behr fell-in to the left and a step behind her. He skipped, getting in step with the Navy nurse. Nurse Kramer stood a little straighter while she and the respectful Marine moved along the darkened passage, wondering a little about both these men.
Kramer stopped at a door with a small window. After looking through the window, she fingered through her ring of keys, found one and unlocked the door.
Behr stepped into a stark room containing only a white metal chair, a white nightstand, and a hospital bed. There were no windows. In the bed was Sergeant Early, United States Marine Corps. Behr had a surge of sadness, nearly bringing tears to his eyes. Early wore restraints on his ankles and wrists. Early's pajama top was open exposing bandages, and drainage tubes that led from his body down to covered containers under the bed. Behr's brother-in-law mumbled with his eyes closed.
“He's heavily sedated. His wounds are amazing; he's been shot multiple times, but not one bullet struck a vital organ. He has three broken ribs, and his left leg was fractured, but the doctor was able to save it, and it appears to be healing well.”
Nurse Kramer moved to the bed bumped the chair causing the metal chair to screech across the floor. Early, his arms restrained, tried to sit up and when he couldn't he began violently thrashing about. Startled, Kramer backed away, as Behr moved closer. In a commanding voice, Behr said, “Sergeant Early, at ease Marine, that's an order!”
Kramer watched in disbelief as Early stopped thrashing around, his eyes never opening, but his head turning as if he were observing something. Behr moved closer, “It's all right Marine we'll take it from here, you rest.”
Slowly Early relaxed and lay back down, his facial features softening, and the mumbling stopped.
Kramer moved in close to Early and checked his tubes and bandages. Satisfied all was well she signaled to Behr that they should leave.
After locking the door to Early's room, she turned to Behr. “Thank you, he could have seriously hurt himself. I'm so sorry that I bumped that chair.”
“Things happen; will you tell him I was here when you can? I'm headed out, and I don't expect to be back for some time.”
“I'll let him know and thank you.”
As Behr walked away down the dark hallway, Lieutenant Kramer called out, “Stay safe.”
Behr turned and gave her his Hollywood smile. “Not part of the job description ma'am, but thanks.” Behr turned and disappeared down the dark hallway.