SETTING: Nighttime in the hospital room.
AT RISE: PATRICK is in a chair by the window.
His legs are up on another chair and he has a blanket wrapped awkwardly around him. He looks very uncomfortable.
(Walks into the room and stops when she sees PATRICK looking back at her. More defensive than defiant.)
I just came in to check on her. I don’t care what the doctor says. She is still my patient.
(When PATRICK doesn’t say anything, she approaches the bed and looks at MARY. She reaches down and straightens the bed-covers in a motherly way. PATRICK is sitting up now, watching her like a hawk. NURSE JUNE steps back from the bed but keeps her eyes on MARY – fascinated.)
She looks so peaceful. . .
(She turns to PATRICK but he doesn’t respond. After a few seconds she lowers her gaze and leaves the room.)
(PATRICK shakes his head and scrunches down in the chair.)
(END OF SCENE)
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