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Time of Death This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Grace Hoo H, Palatine, IL

The first death on your watch isn’t even your fault. You’re just one of the many interns who rush to the bedside when the code is called, peering at the doctors crowding around. As the patient gasps and chokes, you too gasp and choke as each electric shock blasts through the body. The doctors are grim-faced but determined; you hopelessly wonder why they even bother. Again and again the voltage is cranked up, but thunderbolts can only do so much.

The doctor holding the paddles slowly turns away from the flaccid flesh and another quietly asks, “Time of death?” You back away, feeling as if the defibrillator was really meant for you as your heart pounds out its own furious pace. A devastated mother takes your wrist. “Time of death?” she whispers, mis­taking you for a doctor, someone who tried his best to resuscitate her darling daughter, someone who knew what he was doing, someone with guts enough to challenge death.

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12 comment(s)
That was amazing. I really wasn't expecting the last part. Keep up with the good work! ;)
Apr. 28, 2016 at 10:38 PM • Report
Wow. Tears in my eyes at the last part.
Nov. 18, 2015 at 9:00 PM • Report
Apr. 10, 2014 at 8:43 PM • Report
This was a great short story and deserves to be put in the magzine!! Nice job!
May. 25, 2013 at 6:12 PM • Report
This is so sad.
Apr. 30, 2013 at 6:34 PM • Report
Wow! That was amazing. It was really powerful and brought tears to ny eyes ay the end. :(
Apr. 14, 2013 at 10:30 PM • Report
In all of my searching on Teen Ink, I must say that this is the best piece of literature I have EVER read. It is fluent, amazing, speaks to your heart, and is 100% fantastic. Thank you for submitting this. It is incredible.
Jan. 30, 2013 at 9:42 AM • Report
Oh my god this is amazing
Jan. 12, 2013 at 9:13 PM • Report
Wow this is very realistic and your grabber keeps me clinging on to the last string. Emotional and outstanding, especially if you are interested in health like myself. Keep up the great work, you inspire me.
Dec. 30, 2012 at 4:09 PM • Report
I myself am a nursing student and the way you presented this.. idea, is so true! you never really think about how hard and unglamorous such jobs can be.. definitely an accurate perception and so beautifully written! you have an amazing gift!
Nov. 08, 2012 at 2:03 AM • Report