It was 4:38 am when Carlos Gabriel awoke. He had been dreaming of his father, witnessing the heart attack that had landed his father in the hospital because of piles of unpaid invoices and a once blooming business suddenly deep in the red. In Carlos’ dream, he was present just as his father’s heart attack began, and being in medical school, Carlos recognized the symptoms and immediately drove his father to the nearby hospital and saved his life.

Death was inevitable, he knew, but not at forty-two, not if he could help it.

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