(I’m not sure how I feel about writing this one as a distraction while my husband was having his gallbladder removed. Nevertheless, here it is…)
Laura watched the young man’s eyes drift closed as she administered the medication.
“Just like hypnotizing chickens,” she murmured.
“What?” The doctor stopped to look at her.
“Oh, nothing, Doc,” Laura said. “Just something my crazy uncle would say about being put under. He says all pain is in the mind. Pain drugs are just tricking the mind into believing what isn’t true. Like tucking a chicken’s head under its wing to make it think it’s nighttime.”
“Huh. I thought that was an old wives tale or urban legend or whatever. Does that really work?” Dr. Haversol arranged the tools on his tray.
“I don’t know, Doc,” Laura laughed. “Does it look like I spend a lot of time down on the farm?” She shifted the patient’s arms slightly under the blanket. “Okay, I think he’s ready.”
“I guess we’ll find out whether your uncle was right,” said the doctor as the young man’s eyes opened again, filled with confusion and fear. “Don’t worry, son,” Dr. Haversol said. “It’s for science. You’ll be a hero.”
He reached out one gloved hand, palm up. “Scalpel, please, Nurse Laura. Let’s make history.”
*7/10/17 prompt: “that’s like hypnotizing chickens”