Certainly they tasted fine, at least Marian made the same happy sounds she always made when she plopped a seedless red into her mouth and squeezed it with her teeth. The anomaly occurred when they opened her visor.
"Dr. Schwartz?" It was one of the new nurses. "Dr. Schwartz, Marian's parents are here. They said you called?"
"What? Yes, yes, I did call them." Schwartz sighed, tapped a few more notes and slid the stylus back into the sheathe on the side of his tablet. "How is she?"
"Asleep. The sedatives have taken hold."
"Good. I'm going to bring Marian's parents in to see her. I would appreciate it if you could remove her restraints for a bit, just until they leave. Would that be a problem?"
"Of course not, doctor. I'll take care of it."
Schwartz shook her father's hand with a tight grip, looking the man in the eye. He set his other hand reassuringly on her mother's shoulder, saying
He had been flying to Bei Jing for an Electronic Arts Exhibition a friend of his was hosting when lightning had struck the left wing of his private jet. Within minutes the entire plane was dead and falling out of the sky like a rock. It hit the ground with a bang and he was certain that he'd died. But miraculously, he was the sole survivor. The giant tin can had managed to crumple in such a way that Peter had been protected from crash. Now he could live forever on this tiny isle littered with trees and bushes.
Since then he'd had to learn to survive here. Luckily it seemed as thought there was no shortage of fish and crabs here. He had a little sort of mattress thing made of lea