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Caused by a Car

By @ColorfulAlpaca

Four years later

I blinked and opened my eyes. My muscles were stiff and aching. Where was I? It’s too loud, and too quiet. I closed my eyes again, wanting to block out the silent noise. I heard a noise coming from the left of me, and opened my eyes again. “Ava! You’re awake!” A tall women came over to me. I opened my mouth, but what came out was barely a whisper. “Shh,” she said hanging a bag full of clear liquid on a machine hooked into my arm. “Who are you?” I asked. “I’m your nurse,” She replied calmly. “Why? Am I sick?” She shook her head and turned to look at me. “Not exactly. Would you like to see your parents?” I stared at her. “Sure.” She nodded and left. A few minutes later, three people entered the room, and sat down. “Who are you guys?” I asked. The boy who looked a few years younger than me started crying. So did the woman. “Ava,” She said through tears. “We’re your family.” I felt my cheeks burn up as memory of my parents flooded back to me. “I remember.” I said. The boy sniffed. “Mom she probably wants to see Corbin.” Who’s Corbin? My mom shook her head and sniffed. “Alright. Let’s go ask if he can.” The boy stood up and waited for my parents to leave. “Are you okay, Ava?” I nodded. “Why wouldn’t I be?” He shrugged, and sniffed. “You’ve been in a coma for four years, Ava.” He reached over to hug me, and as he did, he whispered, “When you come home please be the same big sister you always have been.” with that, he turned and left the room.

A little while later, the women from earlier entered the room. “I’m sorry, but Corbin is not available to talk today.” My brother stood behind her. “Nurse?” He said. “Can I be alone with her?” The nurse nodded and he sat down. “Jake?” I said sitting up. “What?” I sighed. “I probably shouldn’t have to ask, but… who’s Corbin?” Jake looked up and wiped his face. “Your best friend.”

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