Writing Prompt: Faith and Tiger

Writing Prompt: Faith and Tiger

Faith double-checked her patient list for the day. She did a double take. Surely there was a mistake. She read through the list four more times. It remained the same. Samson Howell. It just couldn’t be possible that he would be somebody she would be doing a check up for. She made her way to the front desk to talk to the receptionist.

“Trudy, I think there’s a mistake with my patient list for today.”

“Are you saying that my booking skills aren’t meeting your standards today, Miss Briggs?”

“No need to be formal with me Tru. Even if you’re miffed with me. I would never question your skills. You know me better than that.”

“Then what is the meaning of your question?”

“Well, it would appear I have a Samson Howell on my list.”

“Oh yes. He got here about an hour ago. Specifically asked for you. Refused to have anybody else look at him.”

“Oh dear. I guess I better go check in on him right away. Thank you, Trudy.”

She heard Trudy’s sassy no problem as she hurried back to Samson’s room. Once there she knocked tentatively. His brisk tone telling her to come in sent a shiver down her spine. It was definitely him. Delicious and untouchable Samson Howell. The question was, what was he doing in her urgent care and why. She opened the door and quickly shut and locked it.

“Samson. What are you doing here?”

“I am in need of medical assistance. I thought that was obvious.”

“Don’t play with me. I know your kind has your own doctor. You don’t need to come see us human doctors.”

“You wound me. I am part tiger. I’m not a monster. Why do you hate me so?”

“I don’t hate you. I’m just confused as to why you’re here. If anybody else had looked at you, there’s no telling what would be going on right now.”

“Precisely why I had the forethought to request Dr. Faith Briggs specifically. I refused to see anybody else. I may have even given a certain Trudy a little special something to ensure I’m seen by nobody but you.”

“Damn that Trudy and the ability to pay her off. Okay fine. What can I assist you with Mr. Howell.”

“I need you to come to my home with me. There’s a sickness that’s spreading that nobody can figure out. Not even our doctor. You’re the best in the field. We know if anybody can find out what’s going on, it’s you.”

“I- What? I-”

“Please just say yes, Faith. You’re the only one I trust with this. Something bad is going on.”

“Fine. Tell me everything and leave nothing out.”

“Two weeks ago, a child became ill. Nothing was really thought of it at the time. We all get sick now and then. It’s part of life. It wasn’t until he changed into a tiger form years before he was supposed to that we realized something was wrong.”

“Is he….”

“He’s fine. He’s forever altered thanks to the early transition, but he’s fine. We think that somebody is poisoning our people so that they can speed the process up. We aren’t sure why or how.”

“You said nobody knew about your kind outside of your area.”

“I said not many people knew. Obviously we have to turn to outside sources now and then. We wouldn’t exist today if we didn’t.”

“That’s fair. What can I do though?”

“You can come and investigate our foods and waters to see if they have been tainted.”

“What’s in it for me?”

“We will pay you. Handsomely. You can also have your pick of any man or woman to have relations with that you wish.”

“What makes you think I would want to procreate with your kind.”

“To start with, I can read your thoughts. Also, I still remember our time together, my little vixen.” 

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