“Surina, I have to dash as my first patient is already waiting for me,” Nieves added as she frantically darted towards the door. “I’ll see you at the clinic this afternoon.”
“My clinic will begin in another hour as well, but at least we can talk a little while longer,” Tamarind added in a low soft voice so as not to disturb those who were meditating. “I organize the lectures at the Gnaritus University’s Medical School, so may I add you to the roster of lecturers? These medical students possess a genuine thirst for knowledge and are such a delight to teach! By the way, just over there is Fergus Wittenberg!”
Dr. Fergus Wittenberg was Surina’s former classmate at the University of London Medical School. Both of them had secured a position at the Greysville Quadrant Hospital after graduating from their subspecialty training in cancer. Although he built a very productive research laboratory, he ran afoul of Stinguard by challenging his research methods. Consequently, Stinguard’s political machin...
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...n left Toben and Diola struggling for words.
“We are blessed with two grandchildren already!” Diola said, wiping away the moisture from her eyes. “The messages from Earth seem to be fewer and further between, over the past fifteen years. Communication will cease altogether between the two planets eventually, and we will go our separate ways. In essence, we already have. Does Mercy even know about Toben’s diagnosis of lymphoma?”
“No, she never mentioned anything to me and I’m sure she would have,” Surina revealed as she glanced at the laboratory results. “It is too sad for words that she doesn’t even know.”
“Perhaps a reason for them to filter messages about births or illnesses in families is to curtail requests for travel between these two planets,” Toben suggested. “Or maybe, they just want to limit all communication regardless and keep it at a bare minimum.”
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