A recent divorce and the constant work with dying patients has Dr. Fiona Porter heading straight for a burnout. When she takes over tending to a young cancer patient through Christmas, she decides that she will at least save this one – the patient’s own wishes be damned.
Doctor’s Call was originally my first time contribution to a holiday anthology by Ylva Publishing, called Unwrap These Presents. It must be said that it stuck out like a sore thumb, as the story is saturated with that kind of grim realism that keeps reminding you that happy endings belong into fairy tales. The good endings, at least, well, you’ve got to work hard for those, and it’ll suck pretty hard until you get there. Though, of course, sticking out had been my devilish plan to begin with! Still this story is for people who know that all lives aren’t sweet like candy, and have an according idea of what makes an uplifting story. Some people find it too depressing, though. If you’re one of those, skip this one.
If you want more lesfic by more authors, check out the entire anthology, which you can find either at the Ylva Publishing ebook store or, both in print and as an ebook, on your country’s Amazon. Alas, my contract has run out and so I can also offer you this story for free.