Divine Organ

Divine Organ
by Madeline Popelka

1. Haruspex: The Body is a Forecast

First, there was darkness. Then came a light, followed by the sputtering of a blue screen above Jake’s eyes. There were two words on the screen: “Stay awake.” Then came an angry shriek of pulsing metal. A short silence followed, then a tinny voice vibrated through the headphones.

“You doing okay, Jake?”

He almost nodded before he remembered they had told him to stay still. Even if he had wanted to move, a plastic harness kept his head tightly clamped to the narrow bed. He pressed the little green button they had given him to hold in his right hand.

“Great. Hang in there for ten more minutes and we’ll be done with the scan.”

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