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  • Church ends:
    A walk home.
    A blackout.
    (Not a fainting spell, she says. That's different.)
    A heart monitor.
    An obsession.
  • A landline phone hovering over a heart monitor.
    A landline phone hovering over a heart monitor sending beats to a technician.
    A patient 85 year old.
  • A storm rolls in.
    The carport clamors like a ribcage.
    A heart murmur?
    A heart "event" as the manual calls it.
    A summer storm and an ice tea calm her down.
    A heart monitor strapped to her breast.
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