Paul’s first day

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  • Published 20091123
  • ISBN: 9781921520860
  • Extent: 264 pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm)

PAUL WAS ALWAYS the first person to be killed. I met him at his practical exam. The trainees were waiting for their names to be called.

Scenes of carnage outside – trainers lying around pretending to have broken legs, blocked airways, bleeding organs. Trucks parked at unusual angles, planks piled up like sculptures: the set of a theatrical catastrophe. Whenever I supervised the trainees I remembered my first exam. It was uncanny how real it felt. I could almost smell the burning rubber of braked tyres, the smoke from a chemical fire. As I knelt down to check an airway my hand would shake; I would convince myself a life was ebbing away in front of my eyes. Once I was about to simulate a glucagon injection. The trainer, who was supposed to be unconscious, coughed. I was so surprised I dropped the syringe. The trainer was kind. I went to pick up the syringe and she moved her shoulder slightly, to make it look as though I was checking her vein. I don’t think I’m quite so merciful.

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Georgina Luck

Georgina Luck is an award-winning playwright and published fiction writer.Her short stories have been accepted for publication inSoutherly and Etchings and published in Overland, Famous Reporter, Woorilla and The Broadkill Review.She has...

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