"Is the patient awake?"
Ken opened his eyes and turned his head to the door. "Yes, nurse, I am."
A smiling nurse, middle-aged, entered the room with a package in hand. "A man stopped by while you were asleep. He wanted to give this to you, but didn't want to disturb you."
"I didn't think that the hospital was in the habit of acting like a hotel." Ken let out a chuckle.
The nurse brought the plain-wrapped package to his bed and put it on the table. "Security found nothing out of line, so we held it at the desk for you. There's even a little gift card."
Ken marked the dimensions of the package: two inches tall, one foot across, six inches wide. Security here is incompetent. This package alone is a warning. I need to get out of here immediately. he thought, and then he opened the simple card:
Who knows what lurks in the hearts of men?
Ken saw nothing else on the card. The answer is the contents of this package. he figured.
"Lunch will be ready in an hour." the nurse said, "I'll be back then."
Ken waited for the nurse to leave, closing the door behind her. He looked about a moment, seeing no obvious cameras, before he carefully took apart the plain paper wrapping the package. Then he opened the cardboard box underneath, which revealed a very thin layer of film. Tearing that away revealed the contents: a brand new CZ 75 SP-01 Shadow, along with three full magazines and a concealed-carry holster. Attached, on a Post-It note, read: "They're coming. Get out, now! If you make it, get in touch." - SDL
"The Shadow knows!" indeed. Ken thought as he quickly put the kit together, Scrubs will do until I get out of here.
Ken swung himself out and on to his feet. He wobbled a bit, and then grabbed a sash from a robe to use as a baldrick. He looked into the mirror in the bathroom, saw that he looked like he'd been a blanket party guest of honor, and sighed. It will have to do. Holster at his chest, and a pouch on his hip to hold the spares, Ken was as ready as he could get.
Bring it. Ken thought as he drew the Shadow and racked the slide, I'm ready for Round 2.