The patient, on the couch. The doctor behind seated in a chair.
PATIENT: Sometimes I see dead people
DOCTOR: I beg your pardon
PATIENT: There’s a dead man right here
DOCTOR: In this room?
PATIENT: He’s watching us
DOCTOR: Oh, then, do you mean a spirit?
PATIENT: Did you think I was referring to a cadaver? Do you hide a corpse, doctor? If so, don’t worry, I haven’t discovered it.
DOCTOR: It’s a relief. So you see a dead man. Can you describe it to me?
PATIENT: Medium stature. Striped suit. Shell glasses. A great head of hair. Sharp face … Does it remind you of someone?
DOCTOR: Freddy. A former patient. Is here?
PATIENT: Not anymore. It is gone
DOCTOR: Since when do you see dead people?
PATIENT: Since I saw that light in the sky
DOCTOR: Go on. Tell me about that light
PATIENT: It got into my brain. Since then my life hasn’t been the same again. I see dead people, and a rubber ducky
DOCTOR: Are you seeing a rubber duck right now?
PATIENT: No, not now. But it can’t be too far
DOCTOR: Do you like rubber ducks?
PATIENT: Not especially
DOCTOR: And why do you think you see a rubber duck and not anything else? A teddy bear, for example
PATIENT: I see that you are more interested in rubber ducks and teddy bears than in the dead ones
DOCTOR: No, well, it’s not usual to see rubber ducks
PATIENT: Seeing dead people is usual?
DOCTOR: No, of course. That is not usual either. But about seeing dead people there is some literature. Whereas there is no literature about seeing rubber ducks …
PATIENT: I see you don’t believe me. Oh, look! Freddy is back. Do you want me to send him a message?
DOCTOR: Ask him why he didn’t finish the treatment
The patient whispers and listens.
PATIENT: He says it was for a greater cause. He had to leave it when he died. Besides, he no longer needs it, his phobia has disappeared completely.
DOCTOR: I’m glad to hear that. But then, why is he here? What does he want?
PATIENT: He wants to thank you for applying to him the reduced rate
DOCTOR: (Surprised) How-how do you know that?
PATIENT: Freddy just told me
DOCTOR: But are you really seeing Freddy?
PATIENT: See, you don’t believe me
DOCTOR: Well, the thing is that you and Freddy coincided for a while in the office. I thought you might have seen him in the waiting room and you remembered him
PATIENT: And how could I know he was dead?
DOCTOR: Yes, I-I didn’t realize. So Freddy is here…
PATIENT: He says don’t worry about him. He’s fine. At last he has achieved peace
DOCTOR: (Moved) Oh, you don’t know how happy those words make me!
PATIENT: He’s leaving. He says goodbye to you. It seems that he appreciates you
DOCTOR: I’m … The truth is, I’m stunned. You never told me you saw dead people…
PATIENT: Well, I didn’t want to scare you. But seeing one of them here, I thought I should tell you.
DOCTOR: Yes, it’s … It’s something that I should have known. You must have told me from the beginning. This requires a totally different approach to your therapy
DOCTOR: (Alarmed) What? Another dead?!
PATIENT: No, the rubber ducky!
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