Cause and effect

A man waves us down as we approach the scene.

“Hurry! He’s really sick!”

Yeah, famous last words.

“He’s in here.”

A man is sitting on the couch. He looks fidgety and a little uncomfortable. I wouldn’t call it “really sick.” A light bulb flickers over my head.

“Sir, I know you.”

It’s one of the neighborhood transients. What he’s doing here in this man’s run-down ground-floor apartment, I don’t know. None of my business anyway.

“What’s the matter with you today?”

“I’m sick!”

“Well, can you be more specific? ‘Sick’ covers a lot of stuff…”

“I ran out of money for heroin. I don’t feel good.”

“That’ll do it every time. Get on the gurney.”

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