#SnippetSunday – As Yet Unnamed WIP (Noir/Vigilante) – July 6, 2014
Snippet Sunday is a Facebook group for writers I’ve been privileged enough to have been accepted into.
From the group guidelines;
“Welcome to Snippet Sunday, where writers come together to share a few sentences of their current project–whether it’s a recently released novel, a WIP (work in progress), or an older manuscript that’s being revived. Intended to hook readers, gather feedback and build an author’s fan base, Snippet Sunday is the FB group that does all three.”
This week’s snippet sheds a little more light on that, “ex-dead guy”, thing alluded to in my snippet from last week.
Here goes nuthin’…
That’s what the people at the hospital told me.
I croaked in the ambulance and stayed dead for twelve minutes. It was the cold that saved me, they said. The hypothermia. It slowed down cell death and prevented brain damage while I stumbled around in the dark, looking for the way back.
The emergency room doc who worked on me– a young Chinese woman with a grip like a vise– dropped by the next day. She told me more about the preservative qualities of hypothermia, about how sometimes doctors will even induce hypothermia to buy themselves more time for resuscitation efforts.
Getting shot in the winter had been a lucky thing, lucky being a relative term.
“Like we say in the ER,” she’d joked, “you’re not really dead ’til you’re warm and dead.”
Then we laughed like a couple of idiots. Laughing hurt like hell that day, but I did it anyway. It kept me from screaming.
Thanks for stopping by….