The elevator took them to the basement of the hospital, and she followed the orderly left through the open doors and down the pale green hallway. He was speaking, but she found the hum of the overhead fluorescent lights and the exquisite clarity of her heels striking a staccato rhythm against the linoleum floor distracted her, and she missed most of what he said.
"...not uncommon for the initial emotional response to be overwhelming, but you'll find the dampeners will help balance it out if it gets too much. You'll find a comfortable level once you learn to control it..."
A set of double door swung open in anticipation of their approach, and closed silently behind them once they'd passed.
He stopped near the end of the hall at a single solid door, and turned to face her.
"Are you ready? I'll be right here if you need me."
"Yes," she spoke, the sound of her voice unfamiliar in her ears, "I'm ready."
He pushed through the door and stepped into the room beyond, holding the door for her un