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The Doctor Who Has No Chance by Victoria Quinn

The Doctor Who Has No Chance by Victoria Quinn

Author:Victoria Quinn
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Hartwick Publishing


When I stepped into his office, Dex was leaning against his desk, his face turned to look at the wall of photos I’d hung up when we first opened the place. His hand cupped his chin, and his fingers moved slowly over his jawline, like he was deep in thought, so absorbed that he didn’t even hear me step inside.

I came closer until I was directly in front of him. “What are you thinking about?”

He turned at the sound of my voice, regarding me instead of the photographs. “Our trip in a couple weeks.”

I couldn’t believe I was going to Africa. Never in a million years had I thought something like that would happen. “Yeah?”

“I’m worried what will happen when I arrive.”

“Meaning?”

He shrugged. “Just a lot of patients. More than I can handle. I’m not there long enough.” He turned back to look at the photos again. “Just wish there was something more I could do…”

I stared at his side profile, seeing his mind working furiously through his eyes. This was the very reason Zach and I could never work. The only time Zach wore a look like that was when he was thinking about his next payday. All Dex cared about was helping people—plain and simple. I’d rather live in a shack with Dex than a penthouse with Zach. “Is there more that you could do?”

He shook his head. “Other than moving there, not really.”

“But what if you set up permanent health care there? Like some kind of partnership with Doctors Without Borders? Even a hospital?”

He absorbed what I said while keeping his eyes on the photos. Then he slowly turned to me and stared at me just as long.

Dex didn’t have a personality disorder, but he definitely had two different personalities. Off the clock, he was carefree, flirtatious, outgoing. But when he was on the clock, he was quiet, contemplative, serious…intense. I loved both versions of him. “That’s…not a terrible idea.” He stared me down for a long time.

“It would require a lot of funding, but maybe it could work.”

He nodded slowly. “It would be easier if it were a for-profit company so it could be self-sufficient, but I don’t see how that would happen.”

“Unless it provided some other kinds of services. But I don’t see how that would work.”

“Other services?” He continued to think in silence. “Other services…coffee.”

I stared at him blankly.

“Some of the world’s best coffee comes from there. Maybe we could get funding to set up coffee farms, people pay for the coffee, and all that money goes to run the hospital, which would be set up as tax-free because it’s a nonprofit. We could make it an American corporation to utilize all the loopholes.”

“How would we get people to work the farms?”

“We would pay them. Just a regular job.”

“You think that could work?”

“I think we could at least try to get it organized and see what happens.”

“Okay, I’ll do that.” It was another project on top of all my other responsibilities, but I was happy to do it because I knew it meant the world to him.



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