Chapter One: You Have to Lie Down
DUKE UNIVERSITY, DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA
"Please lie down," I begged Zelda. "Please."
Wearing nothing but a shiny coat of sweat, the young black woman stood upright on her hospital bed, stomping from the lumpy pillow to the foot rail and then back again. For the past fifteen minutes she'd been running laps on top of her bed, towering four feet above me as I raced along the floor with my arms outstretched in the futile hope that I might catch her if she fell.
"It's against the rules to do that," I whined, aware of how prissy and juvenile I sounded, but I was just a...