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Someplace within the distance an army band performed “Hail Columbia. ” James reached into the breast pocket of his jacket and pulled out his silver flask. Flames mirrored off its glossy floor as he unscrewed the cap and tilted it to his lips to drink. “Don’t,” Julia whispered. “Pardon me? ” She’d visible him in poor health on sufficient mornings to understand that if he acquired under the influence of alcohol this night he might get up feeling depressing the next day. apart from performing impolite and ill-tempered, he wouldn’t be ready to focus and his palms could shake—he’d be of little use as a doctor. She had won quite a bit admire for him after staring at him along with his sufferers and dealing along him within the box clinic all day, and he or she didn’t wish him to degrade himself by way of getting under the influence of alcohol. She longed to forestall him from destroying the higher a part of himself. “I don’t imagine getting under the influence of alcohol is the answer,” she stated. “Oh, rather? ” he stated acidly. “The solution to what? ” whilst she didn’t answer he held up the flask. “I feel you recognize why I hold this round? ” She desired to say, convinced, it’s as a result of what occurred in New Haven. yet she remembered his response on the farmhouse in Sharpsburg, the deep ache she’d visible in his eyes. She wouldn’t point out the homicide back. “You’re a talented doctor,” she stated. “It’s a secret to every body again at Fairfield health center why you reason your self such distress through getting inebriated so usually. ” “Have you ever attempted it, Mrs. Hoffman? do you want a bit style? ” He held the flask out to her. “No, thanks. ” “Go forward, take a drink. I insist. probably you’ll be the 1st to free up the secret of why I drink. ” He shoved it in entrance of her face. “Take a sip. ” The steel felt chilly as he shoved it approximately opposed to her lips. He tipped it up. She opened her mouth to avoid him from pouring the liquor down her chin—and simply because she was once scared of angering him. She swallowed, anticipating the sour flavor, the burning fireplace of sturdy drink. as a substitute, she tasted not anything in any respect. “It’s water,” she acknowledged in shock. “Ah! first-class. Now you’ve solved the secret of why James McGrath beverages. ” She seemed up at him. “Because I’m thirsty, Mrs. Hoffman. ” “But …it’s no longer consistently water. I’ve obvious you with a hangover on lots of mornings. you come back to paintings all rumpled, as though you’ve slept on your outfits, and also you sit down on your workplace with the curtains drawn, telling us to not shout. we all know it’s since you bought inebriated the evening ahead of. ” “Don’t think every thing you pay attention. ” “But I’ve noticeable you with a hangover. ” “No. You haven’t. You’ve visible me with a migraine headache. ” “You have a pitcher in your table with—” “Willow bark tea. it sort of feels to aid my migraines. ” She stared at him in disbelief, suffering to slot what he used to be telling her with what she’d noticeable. “Have you ever had a migraine, Mrs. Hoffman? ” he requested. “The ache is incapacitating. It starts off at the back of your eyes, and it feels as if a brilliant mild is shining on your face, even if your eyes are closed. occasionally the sunshine starts off to glitter, including to the soreness. because the headache builds, the slightest sound, the slightest stream, intensifies the discomfort tenfold, until eventually you’re nauseated with it.