“Apparently, a jealous boyfriend. He held the cops at bay for a while, then slipped out theback.” The bastard had done a real number on her, and Luke hoped the police caught the guy.He’d be facing assault charges if she lived, homicide if she didn’t.Marge, who walked with them, asked, “Does she have any family members coming in?”Luke knew the RN was asking about next of kin.“She’s got a friend coming in behind us, driving her own vehicle. Her name’s Lonnie, Ithink. The patient’s name is Carrie Summers.”Luke nodded, then ordered a battery of tests and scans. The patient—or rather the victimin this case—had suffered a dislocated jaw, a head injury and possible internal bleeding.Luke wasn’t sure whether he could save her life, let alone that of the baby she carried.But he was up for a fight. In fact, he always had been, only now he battled death.“Who’s the resident neurosurgeon?” Luke asked Marge.“Dick Wofford. And I’ve already called him. I also paged Arlene Gray. She’s on duty inobstetrics tonight.”Luke liked working with Marge. She seemed to know what he was thinking. During thedowntime, when they were free to make light of things, he called her “Radar,” like thecharacter on M.A.S.H.Always one to dish it back, Marge referred to him as Hot Lips, although he suspected ithad nothing to do with the classic television show and everything to do with a particularblonde lab technician who’d kissed and told.As Luke worked on the patient and ordered more tests and scans, Dick Wofford arrived,followed by Arlene Gray. Together, they decided the best treatment for mother and child.Neither specialist was any more optimistic than Luke, and both commended him for histreatment thus far.Marge, who’d slipped out of the room momentarily, returned. “The victim’s friend justarrived, and I sent her to the waiting room near the ICU.”It was, Luke realized, the best place for the friend to wait. The neurosurgeon would bemaking the call on whether the critically injured woman needed surgery or not, but eitherway, she would be spending time in intensive care.After passing the patient on to the specialists, Luke headed for the waiting room to findCarrie’s friend.