He needlessly whispers, “Goddam smell,” for June is no longer conscious of this world.
She lays sunken-faced breathing heavily; snorting really.
The attendant arrives to flutter about, possibly a ruse to assure relatives the patient is receiving the best of care.
“What the hell is that smell?”
“Anti-bacterial disinfectant keeps June safe.”
“Why’s her breathing labored?”
“Has the flu.”
“So much for the anti-bacterial, you folks’ve any idea how much longer?” asks Lew.
“No way to judge, we keep her comfortable.”
“Goddamn smell,” Lew smiles when touching June’s crepe skin.