THE RETURN TRIP – Episode 16
…In the world of prankster-dom , the name McKinney has become the gold standard…
“You’re welcome Miss,” Sam tells her facetiously. He manages to look past the messy situation caused by the simulator.
The Infirmary is situated nearby, a wise placement and within minutes of the doctors, who work their magic on tummies.
Sampson McKinney heads for the washroom to rid him of what must have been Miss Sweden’s breakfast that involved pickled herring and lingonberries, while the ill patient sleeps away the next hour.
Since his triple-knit jumpsuit is beyond salvage, he helps himself to a set of doctor scrubs, though finding a pair to fit his 6’4” takes a little sorting. In the world of prankster-dom , the name McKinney has become the gold standard. Chances are that someone is saying, ‘Did you see what McKinney did to Peculiar Pete at the meeting yesterday?’, or some other hilarious recollection.
The intern on duty, who is beholding to him for taking one for the team, consents to allowing a scam to be hatched, joining a nurse who had committed to the charade.
‘Doctor’ Sam stands over the slowly rousing victim, whose eyes are still closed, but conscious. A cold stethoscope is placed on her tummy, “I am glad you called me in, Nurse Betty. This is a case of digestive reversal. I haven’t seen one this bad in years.”
“And to think it’s Rare Disease Day,” the nurse plays up the gag.
The victim cracks a lid ever-so-slightly to steal a glimpse of the medical team. The ‘Doctor’ is wearing a surgical cap and mask that conceals his warped identity.
“You don’t mean…?” Nurse Betty plays on..
“Yes I do Nurse Betty; we are going to have to operate, get these organs back in place; a complete Visceral Inversion to restore normal digestive function.”
“And she was so young.”
“I want a second opinion doctor. I am feeling much better.” Panic is setting in.
“Relax my dear, and your name is what?”
The cruel joke has run its course. The doctor removes his clinical disguise, thereby revealing himself, even though they had met but briefly, “2nd Lieutenant Sampson McKinney at your service.”
“You **#!&^!!**______g ___s!!!!”
He extends a hand. It was all in good fun, after all…