By William Bernhardt
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Who knows? Multiple lacerations, severe abrasions, internal bleeding-did this mean anything? They were just words, they had nothing to do with my body, with the life essence I could feel seeping away from me. This much I know: My clavicle is broken in two places. At least two of my ribs, also. My shoulder is dislocated and something traumatic has happened to my left leg. I not only can't move it-I can't feel it any longer. That leg is gone; no science known to man could bring it back to me. I feel an aching in my gut that the scientist within recognizes as kidney failure, the sure product of dehydration.
Dennis rushed forward, still holding the right side of his face. " "Not good," Torres replied, "but she's alive. " He led Dennis past the barricade back toward the car, where attendants were lifting Joslyn's broken body onto a stretcher. "Medics say she has broken bones, a severely lacerated and infected leg. She's dehydrated, malnourished. " "They just don't know. " Dennis rushed forward, grabbing the gurney. "Joslyn! Can you hear me? " Her eyelashes fluttered briefly, barely signaling a trace of life still residing inside.
Possibly not even rational. "I hope you're not contemplating doing something... " Ben felt his heart speed up a beat. " "Yeah. Look, all I want is a pardon. " Ben took a deep breath. "In the first place, Dennis, you won't get life. You kill a cop, you'll almost certainly be executed. In the second place, what are you talking about? " "He refused to investigate. Wouldn't even open a file. I asked him repeatedly. Every day from the moment she disappeared. " "He had lots of reasons. But he didn't do it because he didn't want to.