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"Yes," Sara says, "but Anna wasn't even aware of it."

"How old was Anna the next time she donated some body part to Kate?"winces, just as I have expected. "She was five when she gave donor lymphocytes."

"What does that involve?"

"Drawing blood from the crooks of her arms."

"Did Anna agree to let you put a needle in her arm?"

"She was five years old," Sara answers.

"Did you ask her if you could put a needle in her arm?"

"I asked her to help her sister."

"Isn't it true that someone had to physically prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница hold Anna down to get the needle in her arm?"looks at Anna, closes her eyes. "Yes."

"Do you call that voluntary participation, Mrs. Fitzgerald?" From the corner of my eye I can see Judge DeSalvo's brows draw together. "The first time you took lymphocytes from Anna, were there any side effects?"

"She had some bruising. Some tenderness."

"How long was it before you took blood again?"

"A month."

"Did she have to be held down that time, too?"

"Yes, but—"

"What were her side effects then?"

"The same." Sara shakes her head. "You don't understand. It wasn prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница't like I didn't see what was happening to Anna, every time she underwent a procedure. It doesn't matter which of your children you see in that situation—every single time, it breaks you apart."

"And yet, Mrs. Fitzgerald, you managed to get past that sentiment," I say, "because you took blood from Anna a third time."

"It took that long to get all the lymphocytes," Sara says. "It's not an exact procedure."

"How old was Anna the next time she had to undergo medical treatment for her sister's well-being?"

"When Kate was nine she got prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница a raging infection and—"

"Again, that's not what I asked. I want to know what happened to Anna when she was six."

"She donated granulocytes to fight Kate's infection. It's a process a lot like a lymphocyte donation."

"Another needle stick?"

"That's right."

"Did you ask her if she was willing to donate the granulocytes?"doesn't answer. "Mrs. Fitzgerald," the judge prompts.turns toward her daughter, pleading. "Anna, you know we never did any of these things to hurt you. It hurt all of us. If you got the bruises on the outside prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница, then we got them on the inside."

"Mrs. Fitzgerald," I step between her and Anna. "Did you ask her?"

"Please don't do this," Sara says. "We all know the history. I'll stipulate to whatever it is you're trying to do in the process of crucifying me. I'd rather just get this part over with."

"Because it's hard to hear it hashed out again, isn't it?" I know I'm walking a fine line, but behind me there is Anna, and I want her to know that someone here is willing to go the prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница distance for her. "Added up like this, it doesn't seem quite so innocuous, does it?"

"Mr. Alexander, what is the point of this?" Judge DeSalvo says. "I am well aware of the number of procedures Anna's undergone."

"Because we have Kate's medical history, Your Honor, not Anna's."DeSalvo looks between us. "Be brief, Counselor."turn to Sara. "Bone marrow," she says woodenly, before I can ask the question. "She was put under general anesthesia because she was so young, and needles were put into the crests of her hips to draw out the marrow."

"Was it prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница one needle stick, like the other procedures?"

"No," Sara says quietly. "It was about fifteen."

"Into the bone?"

"Yes."

"What were the side effects for Anna this time around?"

"She had some pain, and was given some analgesics."

"So this time, Anna had to be hospitalized overnight… and she needed medication herself?"takes a minute to compose herself. "I was told that donating marrow isn't considered a particularly invasive procedure for a donor. Maybe I was just waiting to hear those words; maybe I needed to hear them at that time. And maybe I was not thinking as prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница much of Anna as I should have been, because I was so focused on Kate. But I know beyond a doubt that—like everyone else in our family—Anna wanted nothing more than for her sister to be cured."



"Well, sure," I reply, "so that you'd stop sticking needles in her."

"Enough, Mr. Alexander," Judge DeSalvo interjects.

"Wait," Sara interrupts. "I have something to say." She turns tom e. "You think you can lay it all out in words, black-and-white, as if it's that easy. But you only represent one of my daughters prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница, Mr., and only in this courtroom. I represent both of them equally, everywhere, every place. I love both of them equally, everywhere, every place."

"But you admitted that you've always considered Kate's health, not Anna's, in making these choices," I point out. "So how can you claim to love both of them equally? How can you say that you haven't been favoring one child in your decisions?"

"Aren't you asking me to do that very thing?" Sara asks. "Only this time, to favor the other child?"YOU ARE. A KID you have your prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница own language, and unlike French or Spanish or whatever you start learning in fourth grade, this one you're born with, and eventually lose. Everyone under the age of seven is fluent in Ifspeak; go hang around with someone under three feet tall and you'll see. What if a giant funnelweb spider crawled out of that hole over your head and bit you on the neck? What if the only antidote for venom was locked up in a vault on the top of a mountain? What if you lived through the bite, but could only move your eyelids and blink prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница out an alphabet? It doesn't really matter how far you go; the point is that it's a world of possibility. Kids think with their brains cracked wide open; becoming an adult, I've decided, is only a slow sewing shut.the first recess, Campbell takes me to a conference room for privacy and buys me a Coke that isn't cold. "So," he says. "What do you think so far?"in the courtroom is weird. It's like I've turned into a ghost—I can watch what's going on, but even if I prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница felt like speaking no one would be able to hear me. Add to that the very bizarre way I have to listen to everyone talk about my life as if they can't see me sitting right there, and you've landed in my surreal little corner of earth.pops open his 7 UP and sits down across from me. He pours a little into a paper cup for Judge, and then takes a good long drink. "Comments?" he says. "Questions? Unadulterated praise for my skillful litigation?"

I shrug. "It's not like I expected."

"What do you mean?"

"I guess I prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница figured when it started, I'd know for sure that I was doing the right thing. But when my mom was up there, and you were asking her all those questions…" I glance up at him. "That part about it not being simple. She's right."if I was the one who was sick? What if Kate had been asked to do what I've done? What if one of these days, some marrow or blood or whatever actually worked, and that was the end? What if I could look back on all this one day and feel prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница good about what I did, instead of feeling guilty? What if the judge doesn't think I'm right?if he does?can't answer a single one of these, which is how I know that whether I'm ready or not, I'm growing up.

"Anna." Campbell gets up and comes around to my side of the table. "Now is not the time to start changing your mind."

"I'm not changing my mind." I roll the can between my palms. "I think I'm just saying that even if we win, we don't."I was prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница twelve I started baby-sitting for twins who live down the street. They're only six, and they don't like the dark, so I usually wind up sitting between them on a stool that's shaped like the stubby foot of an elephant, toenails and all. It never fails to amaze me how quickly a kid can shut off an energy switch—they'll be climbing the curtains and bam, five minutes later, they're conked out. Was I ever like that? I can't remember, and it makes me feel ancient.now and then one of the twins will fall prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница asleep before the other one. "Anna," his brother will say, "how many years till I can drive?"

"Ten," I tell him.

"How many years till you can drive?"

"Three."the talk will split off like the spokes of a spiderweb—what kind of car will I buy; what will I be when I grow up; does it suck to get homework every night in middle school. It's totally a ploy to stay up a little bit later. Sometimes I fall for it, mostly I just make him go to sleep. See, I get a round hollow prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница spot in my belly knowing I could tell him what's coming, but also knowing it would come out sounding like a warning.second witness Campbell calls is Dr. Bergen, the head of the medical ethics committee at Providence Hospital. He has salt-and-pepper hair and a face dented in like a potato. He is smaller than you'd expect, too, given the fact that it takes him just short of a millennium to recite his credentials.

"Dr. Bergen," Campbell starts, "what's an ethics committee?"

"A diverse group of doctors, RNs, clergy, ethicists, and scientists, who prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница are assigned to review individual cases to protect patients' rights. In Western Bioethics, there are six principles we try to follow." He ticks them off on his fingers. "Autonomy, or the idea that any patient over age eighteen has the right to refuse treatment; veracity, which is basically informed consent; fidelity—that is, a health-care provider fulfilling his duties; beneficence, or doing what's in the best interests of the patient; nonmaleficence—when you can no longer do good, you shouldn't do harm… like performing major surgery on a terminal patient who's 102 years old; and finally prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница, justice—that no patient should be discriminated against in receiving treatment."

"What does an ethics committee do?"

"Generally, we're called to convene when there's a discrepancy about patient care. For example, if a physician feels it's in the patient's best interests to go on with extraordinary measures, and the family doesn't—or vice versa."

"So you don't see every case that passes through a hospital?"

"No. Only when there are complaints, or if the attending physician asks for a consultation. We review the situation and make recommendations."

"Not decisions?"

"No," Dr. Bergen says.

"What if prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница the patient complaining is a minor?" Campbell asks.

"Consent isn't necessary until age thirteen. We rely on parents to make informed choices for their children until that point."

"What if they can't?"blinks. "You mean if they're not physically present?"

"No. I mean if there's another agenda they're adhering to, that in some way keeps them from making choices in the best interests of that child?"mother stands up. "Objection," she says. "He's speculating."

"Sustained," Judge DeSalvo replies.missing a beat, Campbell turns back to his witness. "Do parents control their children's health prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница-care decisions until age eighteen?", I could answer that. Parents control everything, unless you're like Jesse and you do enough to upset them that they'd rather ignore you than pretend you actually exist.

"Legally," Dr. Bergen says. "However, once a child reaches adolescence, although they can't give formal consent, they have to agree to any hospital procedure—even if their parents have already signed off on it."rule, if you ask me, is like the law against jaywalking. Everyone knows you're not supposed to do it, but that doesn't actually stop you prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница.. Bergen is still talking. "In the rare instance where a parent and an adolescent patient disagree, the ethics committee weighs several factors: whether the procedure is in the adolescent's best interests, the risk/benefit scenario, the age and maturity of the adolescent, and the argument he or she presents."

"Has the ethics committee at Providence Hospital ever met regarding the care of Kate Fitzgerald?" Campbell asks.

"On two occasions," Dr. Bergen says. "The first involved allowing her to enter a trial for peripheral blood stem cell transplant in 2002, when her bone marrow transplant and several other options had failed prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница. The second, more recently, involved whether or not it would be in her best interests to receive a donor kidney."

"What was the outcome, Dr. Bergen?"

"We recommended that Kate Fitzgerald receive a peripheral blood stem cell transplant. As for the kidney, our group was split on that decision."

"Can you explain?"

"Several of us felt that, at this point, the patient's health care had deteriorated to a point where major invasive transplant surgery was going to do more harm than good. Others believed that without a transplant, she would still die, and therefore the benefits outweighed the risk prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница."

"If your team was split, then who gets to decide what will ultimately happen?"

"In Kate's case, because she is still a minor, her parents."

"During either of the times that your committee met regarding Kate's medical treatment, did you discuss the risks and benefits to the donor?"

"That wasn't the issue at stake—"

"What about the consent of the donor, Anna Fitzgerald?". Bergen looks right at me, sympathetic, which it turns out is worse even than him thinking I'm a horrible person for filing this petition in the first place. He prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница shakes his head. "It goes without saying that no hospital in the country is going to take a kidney out of a child who doesn't want to donate it."

"So, theoretically, if Anna was fighting this decision, the case would most likely land on your desk?"

"Well—"

"Has Anna's case landed on your desk, Doctor?"

"No."advances toward him. "Can you tell us why?"

"Because she isn't a patient."

"Really?" He pulls a stack of papers out from his briefcase, and hands them to the judge, and then to Dr. Bergen. "These are Anna Fitzgerald's hospital records prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница at Providence Hospital for the past thirteen years. Why would there be records for her, if she wasn't a patient?". Bergen flips through them. "She's had several invasive procedures," he admits., Campbell, I think. I am not one to believe in knights who ride in to rescue damsels in distress, but I bet it feels a little like this. "Doesn't it strike you as odd that in thirteen years, given the thickness of this file and the fact it exists in the first place, the medical ethics committee never once convened to discuss what prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница was being done to Anna?"

"We were under the impression that donation was her wish."

"Are you telling me that if Anna had previously said she didn't want to give up lymphocytes or granulocytes or cord blood or even a bee sting kit in her backpack—the ethics committee would have acted differently?"

"I know where you're going with this, Mr. Alexander," the psychiatrist says coldly. "The problem is that this kind of medical situation hasn't existed before. There is no precedent. We're trying to feel our way as best we can.”

“Isn't your job prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница as an ethics committee to look at situations that haven't existed before?"

"Well. Yes."

"Dr. Bergen, in your expert opinion, is it ethically right for Anna Fitzgerald to have been asked to donate parts of her own body repeatedly for thirteen years?"

"Objection!" my mother calls out. The judge strokes his chin. "I want to hear this." Dr. Bergen glances at me again. "Quite frankly, even before I knew that Anna didn't want to be a participant, I voted against her donating a kidney to her sister. I don't believe Kate would live through the transplant prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница, and therefore Anna would undergo a serious operation for no reason at all. Up until this point, however, I think that the risk of the procedures was small, compared to the benefit the family as a whole received, and I support the choices the Fitzgeralds made for Anna."pretends to consider this. "Dr. Bergen, what kind of car do you drive?"

"A Porsche."

"Bet you like it."

"I do," he says guardedly.

"What if I told you that you have to give up your Porsche before you leave this courtroom, because that action will save Judge DeSalvo's life?"

"That prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница's ridiculous. You—"leans in. "What if you had no choice? What if, today, psychiatrists simply have to do whatever lawyers decide is in the best interests of others?"rolls his eyes. "In spite of the high drama you're alluding to, Mr. Alexander, there are basic donor rights, safeguards put into place in medicine, so that the greater good doesn't steamroll the pioneers who help create it. The United States has a long and nasty history of the abuse of informed consent, which is what led to laws relating to Human Subjects Research. It keeps people prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница from being used as experimental lab rats."

"Then tell us," Campbell says, "how the hell did Anna Fitzgerald slip through the cracks?"I was only seven months old, there was a block party in our neighborhood. It's just as bad as you're thinking: Jell-O molds and towers of cheese cubes and dancing in the street to music piped out of someone's living room stereo. I, of course, have no personal recollection of any of this—I was plopped down in one of those walkers they made for babies before babies started overturning them and cracking prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница their heads open.any rate, I was in my walker, tooling around between the tables and watching the other kids, so the story goes, when I sort of lost my footing. Our block is canted at an angle, and suddenly the wheels were moving faster than I could make them stop. I whizzed past adults, under the barricade the cops had put up at the end of the road to shut it off to traffic, and I was heading right for a main drag full of cars.Kate came out of nowhere and ran after me. She somehow managed prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница to grab me by the back of my shirt moments before I got hit by a passing Toyota.now and then, someone on the block brings this up. Me, I remember it as the time she saved me, instead of the other way around.mother gets her first chance to play lawyer. "Dr. Bergen," she says, "how long have you known of my family?"

"I've been at Providence Hospital for ten years now."

"In those ten years, when some aspect of Kate's treatment was presented to you, what did you do?"

"Come up with a plan of action that prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница was recommended," he says. "Or an alternate, if possible."

"When you did, at any point in your report did you mention that Anna shouldn't be a part of it?"

"No."

"Did you ever say this would hurt Anna considerably?"

"No."

"Or put her in grave medical danger herself?"

"No."it's not Campbell, after all, who will turn out to be my white knight. Maybe it's my mother.

"Dr. Bergen," she asks, "do you have kids?"doctor looks up. "I have a son. He's thirteen."

"Have you ever looked at these cases that come to the prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница medical ethics committee and put yourself in a patient's shoes? Or better yet, a parent's shoes?"

"I have," he admits.

"If you were me," my mother says, "and the medical ethics committee handed you back a piece of paper with a suggested course of action that would save your son's life, would you question them further… or would you just jump at the chance?"doesn't answer. He doesn't have to.DeSalvo calls a second recess after that. Campbell says something about getting up and stretching my legs. So I start to prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница follow him out, walking right past my mother. As I pass by, I feel her hand on my waist, tugging down my T-shirt, which is riding up in the back. She hates the spaghetti-strap girls, the ones who come to school in halters and low-riders, like they're trying out as dancers in a Britney Spears video instead of going to math class. I can almost hear her voice: Please tell me that shrank in the wash.seems to realize mid-tug that maybe she shouldn't have done this. I stop, and Campbell stops, too, and her prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница face goes bright red. "Sorry," she says.put my hand over hers and tuck my shirt into the back of my jeans where it should be. I look at Campbell. "Meet you outside?"'s giving me a look that has Bad Idea written all over it, but he nods and heads down the aisle. Then my mother and I are nearly alone in the courtroom. I lean forward and kiss her on the cheek. "You did really great up there," I tell her, because I don't know how to say what I really want to: that the prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница people you love can surprise you every day. That maybe who we are isn't so much about what we do, but rather what we're capable of when we least expect it.MEETS TAYLOR AMBROSE when they are sitting side by side, hooked up to FVs. "What are you here for?" she asks, and I immediately look up from my book, because in all the years that Kate has been receiving outpatient treatment I cannot remember her initiating a conversation.boy she is talking to is not much older than she is, maybe sixteen to her fourteen. He has prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница brown eyes that dance, and is wearing a Bruins cap over his bald head. "The free cocktails," he answers, and the dimples in his cheeks deepen.grins. "Happy hour," she says, and she looks up at the bag of platelets being infused into her.

"I'm Taylor." He holds out his hand. "AML."

"Kate. APL."whistles, and raises his brows. "Ooh," he says. "A rarity."tosses her cropped hair. "Aren't we all?"watch this, amazed. Who is this flirt, and what has she done with my little girl?

"Platelets," he says, scrutinizing the label on her prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница IV bag. "You're in remission?"

"Today, anyway." Kate glances at his pole, the telltale black bag that covers the Cytoxan. "Chemo?"

"Yeah. Today, anyway. So, Kate," Taylor says. He has that rangy puppy look of a sixteen-year-old, one with knobby knees and thick fingers and cheekbones he hasn't yet grown into. When he crosses his arms, the muscles swell. I realize he's doing this on purpose, and I duck my head to hide a smile. "What do you do when you're not at Providence Hospital?"thinks, and then a slow smile lights her up prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница from the inside out. "Wait for something that makes me come back."makes Taylor laugh out loud. "Maybe sometime we can wait together," he says, and he passes her a wrapper from a gauze pad. "Can I have your phone number?"scribbles it down as Taylor's IV begins to beep. The nurse comes in and unhooks his line. "You're outta here, Taylor," she says. "Where's your ride?"

"Waiting downstairs. I'm all set." He gets out of the padded chair slowly, almost weakly, the first reminder that this is not some casual conversation. He slips the prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница piece of paper with our phone number into his pocket. "Well, I'll call you, Kate."he leaves Kate lets all her breath out in a dramatic finish. She rolls her head after him. "Oh my God," she gasps. "He is gorgeous."nurse, checking her flow, grins. "Tell me about it, honey. If only I were thirty years younger."turns to me, blooming. "You think he'll call?"

"Maybe," I say.

"Where do you think we'll go out?"think of Brian, who has always said that Kate can date… when she's forty. "Let's take one step at a prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница time," I suggest. But inside, I am singing.arsenic, which ultimately put Kate into remission, worked its magic by wearing her down. Taylor Ambrose, a drug of an entirely different sort, works his magic by building her up. It becomes a habit: when the phone rings at seven P.M., Kate flies from the dinner table and hides in a closet with the portable receiver. The rest of us clear the dinner plates and spend time in the living room and get ready for bed, hearing little more than giggles and whispers, and then Kate emerges from her cocoon prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница, flushed and glowing, first love beating like a hummingbird at the pulse in her throat. Every time it happens, I can't stop staring. It is not that Kate is so beautiful, although she is; it's that I never really let myself believe that I would see her all grown up.follow her into the bathroom one night, after one of her marathon phone sessions. Kate stares at herself in the mirror, pursing her lips and raising her brows in a come-hither pose. Her hand comes up to her cropped hair—after the chemo, it prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница never grew back in waves, just thick straight tufts that she usually cultivates with mousse to look like bedhead. She holds her palm out, as if she still expects to see hair shedding.

"What do you think he sees when he looks at me?" Kate asks. I come to stand behind her. She is not the child that mirrors me—that would be Jesse—and yet when you put us side by side, there are definite similarities. It's not in the shape of the mouth but the set of it, the sheer determination that silvers our eyes prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница.

"I think he sees a girl who knows what he's been through," I tell her honestly.

"I got on the internet and read up on AML," she says. "His leukemia's got a pretty high cure rate." She turns to me. "When you care more if someone else lives than you do about yourself… is that what love's like?"is hard, all of a sudden, to pull an answer through the tunnel of my throat. "Exactly."runs the tap and washes her face with a foam of soap. I hand her a towel, and as she rises from the prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница cloud of it, she says, "Something bad's going to happen."alert, I search her out for clues. "What's the matter?"

"Nothing. But that's the way it works. If there's something as good as Taylor in my life, I'm going to pay for it."

"That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard," I say out of habit, yet there is a truth to this. Anyone who believes that people have ultimate control of what life hands to them needs only to spend a day in the shoes of a child with leukemia. Or her mother prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница. "Maybe you're finally getting a break," I say.days later, during a routine CBC, the hematologist tells us that Kate is once again throwing promyelocytes, the first slide down a steep slope of relapse.have never eavesdropped, at least not intentionally, until the night that Kate comes back from her first date with Taylor, to see a movie. She tiptoes into her room and sits down on Anna's bed. "You awake?" she asks.rolls over, groans. "I am now." Sleep slips away from her, like a shawl falling to the floor. "How was it?"

"Wow," Kate says prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница, and she laughs. "Wow."

"How wow? Like, tonsil hockey wow?"

"You are so disgusting," Kate whispers, although there's a smile behind it. "But he is a really good kisser." She dangles this like a fisherman.

"Get out!" Anna's voice shines. "So what was it like?"

"Flying," Kate answers. "I bet it feels just the same way."

"I don't get what that has in common with someone slobbering all over you."

"God, Anna, it's not like he spits on you."

"What does Taylor taste like?"

"Popcorn." She laughs. "And guy."

"How did you know prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница what to do?"

"I didn't. It just kind of happened. Like the way you play hockey.", finally, makes sense to Anna. "Well," she says, "I do feel pretty good when I'm doing that."

"You have no idea," Kate sighs. There is some movement; I imagine her stripping off her clothes. I wonder if Taylor is imagining the same, somewhere.is punched, cover yanked back, sheets rustle as Kate gets into bed and rolls onto her side. "Anna?"

"Hmm?"

"He has scars on his palms, from graft-versus-host," Kate murmurs. "I could feel them when we were holding prose_contemporaryPicoultSister's KeeperYork Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally 17 страница hands."

"Was it gross?"

"No," she says. "It was like we matched."first, I can't get Kate to agree to undergo the peripheral blood stem cell transplant. She refuses because she doesn't want to be hospitalized for chemo, doesn't want to have to sit in reverse isolation for the next six weeks when she could be going out with Taylor Ambrose. "It's your life," I point out to her, and she looks at me as if I'm crazy.

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