“Hey, I need to take a look at your wounds and determine whether or not you need to go on a ride to the hospital, sir.” Jacob looked up, grimacing as he attempted to stand. Stirling stood with him, allowing him to lean on her and relieve some of the weight off of his leg. “Looks like you hurt your leg,” the EMT continued on. Jacob rolled his eyes as if to say ‘Obviously.’ The EMT moved to stand on the other side of Jacob while talking. “Here, let me help you. On three, okay?” Together, the EMT and Inspector Stirling helped Jacob onto the gurney as quickly as they could. Through the pain Jacob looked around, curious to why there wasn’t another EMT with this one. They usually work in pairs, right? Maybe I’ve been watching too much NCIS in my downtime… The EMT was talking to him as he began to lift the gurney into the ambulance, but Jacob tuned it out as he took in the view of the library engulfed in flames as the fire fighters used dual hoses to battle it.
“Wait a moment, would you?” Inspector Stirling said to the EMT. He nodded, allowing her to step into the ambulance for a moment. “Look, Jacob. I didn’t get to ask you any questions regarding the happenings of this situation, so here.” She reached into her breast pocket and pulled out a card, placing it in his hand. “I know you’re traumatized and in pain, I get that.”
Jacob focused on her as the EMT pulled his jacket sleeve up to insert an IV into his arm. He winced, but immediately covered it with a mask of forced calm. “But?”
“Smart kid.” She smiled sadly. “Once they get you settled in at the hospital, please give me a call.” Jacob nodded, frowning at the half closed door of the ambulance. He could still see some of the flames licking at the air as if it were hunger driven to take as much as it could with it before the fire department wiped it out. He didn’t know if he would ever hear or see Alex again. After spending two years with him on the campus, they had become something of best friends. He shook his head, his hand tightening around the business card Inspector Stirling had given him.
“You have to go now, detective, we need to get him to the ER immediately!” Just as he finished that sentence, another EMT appeared with Sara in tow. She took one look at Jacob and immediately attempted to scramble into the back of the ambulance.
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