February 18, 2014

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Code Name: Ellie Hollins Chattaoway

Date of Birth: June 15, 1870

Age: 20

Place of Birth: Kingston, ON

Occupation: Time Traveler

Meet Ellie, a time traveler who's never on time.

Hello! I'm Ellie. You'll have to forgive me, I usually don't look like this. White doesn't agree with my skin tone. Nor do I approve of a woman's knees being out in plain view. I think they should be kept under layers of fabric. Also, I'd like to note this abominable polyester material gives me a rash. I really don't hold much regard for the 1970s. Such a horrible time for fashion. But I very well can't walk into George Washington Hospital wearing a tulip bell skirt and a straw hat. Oh, I do apologize, but I must place you on hold––my case assignment has just entered the scene . . .

"Hello, Dr. Ashmore. I'm Ellie Hollins Chattaoway, I'll be assigned to you for the next few days."

"Pleasure to meet you, Ms. Chattaoway. Are you my new nurse?"

"Yes, doctor. I'm here to help you with a patient of yours named Melanie Palmer. She's been on the wait list for a new kidney and I'm here to help you obtain one."

"Oh, dear. I'm sorry, Ms. - what was your name?"

"Ellie Hollins Chattaoway."

"Yes, well, Ms. Chattaoway, I'm regret to inform you that Melanie Palmer passed away yesterday. I'm afraid you're a bit late."

Okay, I know what you're thinking: I'm a time traveler, can't I just get into my time machine and go back a few days and start over? You think this would be the case. After all, I have a bloody TIME MACHINE. However, the system is not set up that way. For some ridiculous reason, I only get one chance per each case assignment. In most instances my tardiness isn't so devastating––not everyone dies. But my silly little problem with not showing up on time usually complicates matters. I'm working on it. Really I am. This time and space continuum stuff can be a bit thorny.

Stay tuned for more on Ellie––I'm late for an appointment . . .

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