GENERAL HOSPITAL - TALBOT'S OFFICE
you see that?" Judith Linford asked -- more of an order than an actual
question -- as she carefully pushed Dr. Talbot Campbell back into his office,
shutting the door behind them. "Did you see the way he was
talking to that nurse?"
"Judith, it's not that unusual to see a
doctor talking to a nurse. This is a hospital, after all."
However, despite Talbot's rationalizations, he certainly had noticed the odd
familiarity that had existed between Dr. Fred Rutherford and the young nurse.
"Well, I know that! But...but, did
you see the way they were standing? Did you see the way they
touched? Surely you're not going to stand there and tell me that's the
typical way your staff interacts with one another!"
have no way of knowing what was going on between them or what was being
said." His head turned towards the closed door as he began to sort
through his own suspicions. "I think that to jump to a conclusion
based on just a few seconds would be doing a great disservice."
"Oh, honestly, Talbot!"
Judith shook her head, unable to believe that someone so bright and intuitive was acting so naive. After a few moments of silence, she decided on a
different line of questioning. "So, who's that nurse? I'm not
sure I've ever seen her here before."
"Um...she's new," he
explained. "Just moved here from Madison a few weeks ago."
"Judith, I really don't see what you're
trying to get at."
"Just curious. That's
all." She walked back over to the door and opened it just a tad so
that she could peer out into the hallway. Seeing that both Fred and the
nurse were nowhere in sight, she heaved a sigh of relief that he hadn't seen her
and, therefore, didn't know what she'd witnessed. "So, Talbot, who is
she?" She paused and waited. "If you don't tell me, all I
have to do is talk to anybody on staff here and point her out. They'll
"Her name's Donna
finally revealed as he followed Judith out of his office and down the hallway. "Like I
said, she's only been on staff here a few weeks. She's very quiet about her
"...but I've been very pleased with her
work. She's a good nurse."
seems to be good at playing doctor," Judith muttered under her breath.
"Judith, you can't read too much into
this. To jump to conclusions based on one...."
"Well, well, well! What do we have
here?" came the voice of Corinne Campbell as she walked up behind Talbot
and Judith. "My darling husband and his...patient."
"Hello, Corinne," Talbot responded
coolly, not even attempting to turn around to look at her. "What
brings you down to the hospital today? Auxiliary business?"
"Partly," Corinne nodded while she
carefully examined the scene between her husband and Judith that she'd walked up
on. "But mostly because I wanted to see my wonderful husband."
"I've got a very full schedule today and
don't have time for idle chit-chat."
"But you do have time for small talk
with her?" Corinne glared at Judith. "Here for a full
physical today, Mrs. Linford?"
"I needed to discuss some personal
matters with Talbot. That's all." Judith folded her arms across
her chest and took a defiant stance. As much as she valued Talbot's
friendship and respected his opinion, her views about his wife were an entirely
"Personal matters?" Corinne
cocked an eyebrow. "Why doesn't that surprise me?"
"Oh, honestly, Corinne, do you have to
do this here?" Talbot groaned, more than a little embarrassed by his wife's
thinly veiled insinuations.
"I could ask you the same
"Mrs. Campbell -- Corinne," Judith
cooed with viperous innocence, "green really isn't your color."
With a sly smile, she leaned over and gave Talbot a gentle peck on the
cheek. "Thank you for all you help, dear. I think I should
leave you to your...wife."
As Judith strolled off towards the elevator,
Corinne's eyes burned with hatred.
you still going to try to insist to me that there's nothing between the two of
you?" she snapped angrily in a forceful whisper.
"There isn't anything going on between
us! I've told you before -- she was my patient and now we're just
"Look, do you have an actual reason
for being here?" He spun around and glared at her. "I
don't have time to stand around and listen to a bunch of wild accusations."
"Actually..." she paused and took a
deep breath, "I wanted to go over some of the plans for the
fundraiser. I wanted to get your opinion on...."
"I told you, Corinne, whatever you and
your auxiliary decide is fine with me." He stopped and made a quick
check of his watch to note the time. "I've really got to get moving
on my rounds."
Before Corinne could say a word of protest,
Talbot walked away from her and down the hallway without as much as a
"good-bye". As she watched him walking away, she could barely
contain her fury and outrage. She was now more certain than ever that
Judith was trying to take away her husband -- if she hadn't started making
progress already -- and that was something that Corinne was determined to put a
stop to no matter how she had to do it.