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Dr. B, Medicine Woman

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Brianna stepped out of the train station and looked all around, trying to gather her bearings. True, she’d been to Denver several times, but never alone, and it was a little overwhelming.

“Excuse me,” she hailed an attendant. “I need a carriage to the University of Denver.”

“Sorry, mum,” the man said distractedly. “Aren’t any available just now.”

Before Brianna could get worried, however, there was a light touch on her elbow, and she spun around to see a kind-faced gentleman with his wife. “I’m sorry, I couldn’t help but overhear,” he said. “We’re headed that direction ourselves, you’d be more than welcome to share our carriage, Miss.”

Brianna grinned in thanks, and before long she was seated in the cab beside the wife, and across from the husband and their two children, a boy and a girl.

“Are you going to work at the school?” The wife asked.

“No, ma’am,” Brianna replied, with a mixture of pride and trepidation. Mama had warned her that not everyone would be impressed by a woman going to college. “I’m starting school there.”

The man and woman’s eyes widened in surprise, but not scorn. It was the expression on the little girl’s face that caught Brianna’s attention however. She looked around ten or eleven, and was eyeing Brianna with the type of amazement a child might have for a fairy.

“You’re going to college?” She asked. “And everything?”

Suddenly Brianna was transported back to when, for the first time in her life, she was introduced to the idea that being a girl could mean so much more than just being a wife and mother. A world of opportunity was opened for her the day Dr. B., Medicine Woman walked into their lives, and for that she was forever grateful. 

With that in mind, she leaned over, grinning as she spoke to the girl as if she were sharing a very important secret.

“And everything .”