"Doctor?" came the worried sound of a female nurse as she knocked on the newly painted white door of Laurie's new form of housing, "Doctor Jezzel, your patient is prepared for you."
"Please come in," Laurie spoke in reply as she opened the door to her room, "There is no need for you to wait outside. I'm still not fully comfortable living here yet, so it's pretty odd treating this room as a home." The nurse just listened with a small nod of understanding as she silently entered what once was a patients room, but was now used as the lady doctor's live in area.
"Chandler Romano is a very serious case though, Doctor Jezzel. You'r-"
"Laurie, please. I hate formalities."
"Very well then, Laurie," the nurse responded before continuing, "He's a very serious and unpredictable patient and in need of 24/7 care and watch. It's only right that you live in." The brunette doctor listened intently as she moved about her room gathering the paperwork and the file she had been reading through the night before, trying to catch up on her new patient. Chandler Romano was indeed a very serious case. His mind had been so broken at such a young age that behind what was seemingly described as a 'gentle and well rounded mind' was a volatile being that no living man could bring themselves to harness, even the very man himself.
His very life had been spent mostly on the clock of the Psych Ward, in the care of the constantly changing staff but behind the same walls. From what Laurie could tell his very existence seemed like nothing but bleek turmoil from day one. It took everything in her body to rid herself of the pity that weighed down her heart when it came to that compassion within her that reached out for him. She knew she should be compassionate and care for the man, but a part of her couldn't stop thinking of the past.
Chandler reminded her so much of that patient that ruined her so long ago, that one that brought an end to her career putting her the position she was in now. Sure she was more then willing to lend a helping hand to anyone who admitted that they needed it, but this this was like a repeat of what had already happened, and there was such a high chance of the same thing happening again that she couldn't bring herself to think of Chandler in a high regard what so ever. It was true he had had a tortured life, but so had most of the other patients she had once had before they left her, and it was two faced people like him that only made things worse for her and hard on those who once trusted her.
"I know for a fact that you didn't have Dr. Normandy living in before his... accident," responded Laurie, letting her voice fade as she named the doctor she could only consider as her senior when it came to Mr. Romano's case, "Apparently he was free to leave."
"Yes, that is true but circumstances have changed since then... I'm sure you understand." A sigh was the only response Laurie could make at the statement, fully in agreement with the nurse's logic and succumbing to her own defeat. Things had changed indeed. Unlike Dr. Normandy, Laurie was not a well respected doctor like she used to be. She didn't have loads of patients in other places that she needed to deal with. In fact, the truth was that she was fortunate for these circumstances. Before this chance of a free housing and well paid salary fell into her lap she was facing eviction notices and a drowning pool of endless bills, and it was for that very reason she got this job. She had no other choice but to take it, and the Greensdale Psych Ward was more then aware of that.
"I understand," Laurie replied in a defeated manner as she stacked Chandler Romano's ridiculously large and still unfinished file and tucked it away in a drawer of her desk within the room before grabbing up her prepared clipboard and heading out the door, letting the nurse escape before her as she shut the door to her sanctuary. "I'm sorry, Miss..." she looked at the name tag, "Ms. Lee. I know the situation very well. There was no need for me to question you." The nurse just smiled as she turned her head behind her.
"Choi, please, and it's alright. I know we are taking advantage of your talents in this matter. You had quite a reputation before and circumstances made it so you couldn't refuse."
"Yeah," Laurie smiled as she followed the nurse down the halls, "At least you admit to the using of me. For some reason I find that respectable..... Also I can't help but like the fact that I need to be used for once." There was a shared mixing of chuckles between the two before they stopped at a room, a small window along the door and two guards standing at either side, making the situation feel all the more heavier then before. She knew Chandler was dangerous but this was the first time it seemed to hit her.
"Here you are, Laurie," began Choi as she turned on her heels to the newly added doctor, "Mr. Romano has been sedated and strapped on the inside, and your time spent with him will be frequently monitored and recorded for saftey's sake. You understand I'm sure."
"As long as I get a hold of each copy of the recordings like I asked and nothing between the two of us is shared publicly, then yes I understand."
"Alright, you may enter when ever you like," the nurse responded before letting a smile come to her face, "Good luck, Laurie, and welcome again to Greensdale." A thank you was all that Laurie could manage as she split ways with the nurse, giving a prompt and gracious nod to both guards before entering the room to see the three nurses awaiting her along side the very man who was still sleeping soundly.
"Good morning," she said quickly to more of the staff she wasn't familiarized with yet, "Thank you for holding him for me. How long has he been sleeping?"
"Not long, doctor," spoke the blond, "He should be waking up soon."
"Alright," Laurie responded as she took her seat in front of the wheelchair that held her new patient captive and began to write on her pad, "I'll just wait until then. In the mean time could I ask one of you to get both of us something to drink?"
"Yes, doctor." It was at this that the three left, a word of thanks once more leaving Laurie's lips before she was consumed by the silence of waiting finally, waiting for the man who granted her freedom from financial devastation to wake and introduce himself.