Continued from previous page "Where're you going?" Jared asked. "I have to tell her. She needs to know." "Are you nuts? There's no reason to ..." "It's their last chance.-Jared! What if it's her sister who's in the hospital? Or her daughter? Or her mother?" That's all Sara had to say. It was just as Jared had thought: After what had happened to Sara's own parents, she wasn't going to let it happen to someone else. Not if she could prevent it. Goodbyes meant too much. Jared once again looked at his wife. The tears were already welling in her eyes. "Do you want me to come?" he asked. "No — you stay here and keep trying her number. If you get through, give her the news." In a flash, Sara was gone. Within five minutes, Sara was in a cab, racing toward 127th Street. Another glance at her watch. Almost 7:30. And it'd take 15 minutes to get there. Time was running out. "Can we go any faster?" she said to the driver. "It's important." As the taxi cut through the steaming night air, Sara thought about Michelle and what she was going to say to her. Hi, you have to get to the hospital. Hi, your relative has only about 15 more minutes to live. Hi, you don't know me, but I'm about to , give you the worst news of your life. Lost in her thoughts, Sara didn't even notice the taxi had come to a stop. "You sure you're OK in this MORE ON THE WEB: Read each story in the Summer Fiction Series as its published every Friday. Also at www.us9weekend.com: the five Student Fiction Contest finalists, and a fiction-writing guide for students. NEXTWEEK: "Pinkie; by Dean Koontz Sara thought about what she would say: Hi, you don't know me, but I'm about to give you the worst news of your life. neighborhood?" the driver asked, looking around at the dilapidated houses that dotted the block. Sara stuffed a $20 bill in his hand and got out of the cab. One last glance at her watch. Twelve minutes to go. Sara ran up the front walk toward the beat-up old tenement. At full speed, she headed straight for 1G. Standing in front of the door, she took a deep breath. This was it. But just as Sara was about to ring the doorbell, the door flew open. An older woman with warm eyes stared straight at her. "You're Sara, aren't you?" "How'dyou..." "Just got off the phone with your husband. He told me the whole story. It was real nice of you to come up here." The woman stepped out of the apartment and locked the door. "I don't mean to run, but I've got to get to the hospital." "No, I understand," Sara stuttered. "I'm sorry about your ..." "Ain't nothing to be sorry about! I may have missed the birth, but that doesn't mean I'm missing the baby!" "Excuse me?" "She's not dying, girl — she's living! Five pounds, seven ounces. Call me Grandma!" A wide smile flushed Sara's face. "So the woman in the hospital — she's your daughter?" "My one and only!" The woman ran down the hallway. "They've had her flat on her back for the past month." "Tell her congratulations," Sara said, waving goodbye. The woman stopped and turned around. "Don't you want to come?" Sara's smile went wider. "You sure?" She grabbed Sara by the wrist and dragged her along. "Don't give me that nonsense — you didn't come all this way not to see this baby. Besides, we gotta think of a name. Something classy. Like Sara." As they ran to the street, Sara noticed it was starting to rain. Just like before: warm, sticky and unexpected. The first thing she did was stick out her tongue, ea they're d scovering more about estrogen loss. That's why I'm glad •UTERMV CHAIR" ANSWERS: (A) Price, (B) Naylor, (C) Keillor, (D) Schuchman. (E) Koontz, (F) Zlgman, (G) Meltzer 6 USA WEEKEND • June 6-7. 1998 vts HOT FLASHES N 5 /GHT OWEATS G1N-AL D STEOPOROS1S "1 started taking PREMARIN a number of years ago. My hot flashes went away, and I've felt wonderful ever since. 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