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Love Struck – Chapter Twenty

    “Memory Loss”

John drops his phone and rushes to my side. Paula holds my head and lays it upon her laps.
“Call an ambulance!” John yells.
I felt disoriented, my eyes felt uncontrollably heavy. Alas! I collapsed.

*      *      *       *

I opened my eyes only to find myself on a hospital bed, strapped. The doctors holding me down as another injected me, i felt that shiver once more and began shaking uncontrollably on the bed.

Eventually, my eyelids succumbed to closure.

*       *        *

“Good morning Daniel, my name is Dr Linda.”

I blinked my eyes, i couldn’t quite decipher my current location. I hesitated.
“Where am i? Who are you?”
“You are Daniel, you survived an accident,” she responded.
“Me, accident?”
She exhales and departed the room with her notepad.

I looked around but everything seemed unrecognizable.
Then a lady walked in slowly, staring at me as though i knew her.

“Daniel, i am so glad you are alive, you got me worried.” She hugged me.
I pushed her away, “Get away from me! Doctor!!!”

She reached for me, i pushed her away so that she stumbled upon the ground.
The doctor rushed in and pull her up and out of the room.
‘Who was she, i thought?’

I noticed the doctor was talking to her outside and tears streamed down her cheek as she stumbled upon the floor.

A nurse pulled her up and took her away.
Then came a guy facing backwards. He seemed familiar but i couldn’t quite say.
He entered the room, he came closer towards me.Then i remembered him, it was “John!”
“Hallelujah!” Finally a recognizable face.
I reached for him, throwing my hands around him.

“Bro, everything seems crazy. There was this girl, she came in. I don’t know her, i mean..”
“It’s Okay. The Doctor says you have a short-term memory loss. I am even surprised you remember me. Who knows if you will recognize your parents.”

My mind clicked, “My parents, sure! I am the only son of the family. I-I cant remember when i last spoke to them though,” i responded.

The Doctor called him out, he left the room.
I saw her again through the transparent glass. She kept staring at me. I had to turn the other way.

*       *       *

“So this is our room, i’m your roommie”
He chuckled, “Roommate. Some things never change”
“Oh, have i asked that before?”
A knock echoed from the door. A shadow revealed itself below the door.

“Expecting someone?” I asked
He opened the door, i looked back. It was her again, i felt pity for her.
She wanted so bad to be remembered but my mind wouldn’t succumb.
“Can i come in?” she asked.

John let her in and she moved closer to me. She apologized for her behaviour at the hospital. I was the one who pushed her, i should be sorry.

However, i laid my hand on her shoulder an something struck me.

A flashback of the shooting, i removed my hand pronto.
They both stared at me.
“Was I Shot?”

To be Continued

.. #Anticipate the Second Installment of the Lovestruck Series.

About Praise

Praise Osawaru is a writer, poet, content developer and entrepreneur-in-training. His works have appeared in Black Youth, Nantygreens, Sprinng Literary Movement and Writers Space Africa. He was longlisted for African Writers Award 2019 and Shortlisted for The Zi Prize 2019. Follow him on Instagram/FB/Twitter: @wordsmithpraise

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