WITHDRAW

Written by Jafei Pollitt

DR. PONG - A real catch.

GRACE - Sucks to be her, really.

INT. DOCTORS ROOM - DAY


GRACE sits on an uncomfortable patient's table in a gown. Her hands' sweat and her eyes dart.


There is a knock on the door.


DR. POND

Hello? May I come in?


GRACE

Oh, yeah. Yes.


DR. POND enters with a clipboard and an overenthusiastic smile.


DR. POND

How are we doing today?


GRACE

Good. Not bad. A little nervous I guess.


DR. POND

Oh, nothing to be nervous about.


GRACE

Okay.


DR. PONG

So we ran your blood test last week and I just want to go over the results with you and next steps.


GRACE

Next steps for what?


DR. PONG

Well

(smug laughter)

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.


DR.PONG puts down the clipboard and puts on a pair of latex gloves in the slowest, most aggressive manner.


GRACE

I’m-


DR. PONG

SO, let’s get into it. We ran your blood and you know what happened?


GRACE

Uh, no. I-


DR. PONG

We couldn’t catch it!


DR. PONG’s face freezes in an open smile.


DR. PONG (CONT')

Did ya like that one?


GRACE

Um. Yeah.


DR. PONG

No, but we did run your blood and it looks like you have something in it.


GRACE

Oh, god.


DR. PONG

Yeah, looks like you have just an inch of bone cancer. Just a little, smudge on a glass window of bone cancer. Just a fly on the wall of bone cancer.


GRACE

(Taking deep breathes)

Okay, okay. I can. Wow. Bone cancer?


DR. PONG

Like I said. Barely any.


GRACE

That’s - okay. Treatable?


DR. PONG

Eek. Yeah, so that’s the next step. It's a complicated thing.


GRACE

What?


DR. PONG

It's just a pain to try and “cure” really.


GRACE

Oh my god.


DR. PONG

We do have a solution, however.


GRACE

Chemo? Oh god, I’m going to lose my hair.


DR. PONG

No, no. Nothing that dramatic. We’re going to go right to the source.


GRACE looks on in concern.


DR. PONG

We’re going to remove the bone


GRACE

Oh, um. Okay, yeah I guess if you remove the part of the bone with cancer that would stop the spread. Oh, Jesus. This is too much for me -cancer?


DR. PONG

So, actually, we will be removing 100% of the calcium structure.


GRACE

What’s the calcium structure?


DR. PONG

Bone.


Big beat.


GRACE

I’m confused. 100% of the bone?


DR. PONG

Well, bones. You’ve got multiple - right?


GRACE

Yeah, yeah-


DR. PONG

Let’s get them out a here!


GRACE

This is a lot.


DR. PONG

That’s what my gal pals say when I’m out at the bar with them!


DR. PONG gives another open smile with dead eyes.


DR. PONG (CONT')

Did you like that one?


GRACE

I don’t know.


DR. PONG

Right. Well, this is a lot to process, I understand. But the sooner we get on it - the sooner I can have your bones.


GRACE

Right.


DR. PONG

And of course, by have your bones I mean get you healthy and back to normal.


GRACE grows suspicious.


GRACE

Can I take a look at the chart?


DR. PONG

Unfortunately, another patient vomited on it before I came in here and it’s highly contagious. Especially to someone with bone cancer.

DR. PONG nods their head with concern.


DR. PONG (CONT')

Right - let’s get you all dressed back up and I’ll meet you in the lobby to schedule the de-boning.


GRACE

I - okay.


DR.PONG picks up the chart and opens the door.


DR. PONG

And remember, a second opinion is bad luck for people with bone cancer!


GRACE

Is that a thing?


DR. PONG

It’s okay - you learn that stuff in doctor school. See your bones later! I mean see you later!


DR. PONG leaves. GRACE sits at the table trying to process it. We hear DR.PONG yell from the hallway "BONES!"


END


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