Coop finally calls it, reluctantly, as Zoey looks on. They all check Jackie' face for a reaction before walking away, leaving her alone with him. He's young; there's a paper bag between his legs on the bed containing a rental copy of Marley & Me, razors, some mail. A list says, "Marley & Me, stamps." So he was at the post office. His phone's got a green rubber case; she answers it when it rings but it's just a text, one in a series: See you in five.
Don't forget marley and me
It's been 30 min?! r u ok?
Chris?! Been 45... getting pissed
1 hour. So typical. U suck.
That is a short novel indeed. You thought the person wasn't paying attention and that's all they were doing. You thought you were in a parallel universe, where nothing you did mattered. Out of sight, out of mind. Jackie breathes and thinks, then calls the number and tells the person that she has Chris's phone at All Saints, and that he needs help, and to come immediately. She leaves her name and tucks the sheet in around him tightly, then tighter. Like a hug. It's hard to walk away, because he is her brother. She walks away, then comes back for the paper bag. Peace offering.
Then it's later, and Jackie's snorting some shit in the bathroom. A lot of it. She leans her head back and tries again, but between the ongoing failure, the frustration and whatever's up her nose, she's nearly crying with rage. She tears at it blindly, hurting herself, but she keeps going.
There's a beautiful woman in the chapel hall with a giant bouquet of white flowers whom Jackie remembers, after a bit of prompting, as "Fitch's girlfriend," Melissa. Jackie immediately asks after her mother, and she rolls her eyes: "She's having a third of her colon removed, but I'm the one who's a wreck!" Which deserves sympathy, compassion, but she doesn't know from a wreck. I'd like to see her sister next week, when mom goes into the hospital. So then who are the flowers for? Why, Coop of course. "How's my lady!" he smarms, kissing her, and they giggle and are super creepy and weird for a bit.
Coop drags Jackie down toward a junction in the hall, asking about the donor he never certified last week, which the transplant team ratted her out about. Jackie lies and says they're only bothering him to close the insurance paperwork, that everything's fine, but he will not be calmed! He starts talking about the legalities and Jackie points out that they didn't need the family's consent anyway, but he's troubled by the idea that the family will freak out because he "told them to take a beating heart" out of somebody's body without proof of brain death. Which may or may not be true, even, but Jackie's still right that saying it that way is just ridiculously dramatic. But if you think you've seen drama you don't know Fitch Cooper. "I will turn on you so fast it'll make your head spin," he spits out of a sort of spiraling craziness, and she grins, telling him to be careful: "You'll scare your 'girlfriend'!" She waves goodbye to Melissa and grins at Coop, and leaves.