My exams came and went, I got a distinction in Anatomy, my father was so proud, Serena got two and Rebecca had a resit in biochemistry. Martins was by my side all through the three week long exam though I hadn’t said yes to him. Serena has been following me to fellowship most Wednesdays and though her lifestyle still continued I hoped someday she would be completely devoted to God. My sister graduated and was posted to Kaduna for NYSC, I wished it wasn’t so far away because I missed her.
Rebecca and I were revising some past questions in school for the resit exam in three weeks, even though I went to the hospital for my clinicals I still read with her to encourage her..my cell rang as I was explaining Krebs cycle , I picked it up
“Hello..” My face changed
“Who’s that?Rebecca asked with concern
My lips went dried “Serena..she had an accident”.
We hurried to the hospital,the nurse had decided to call the last number she dialed, we were told she was in the theatre,her car had ran into a tree and Serena was unconscious, I paced outside the theatre as Rebecca calmed me down, I decided to call Theodora who called her brother, I didn’t know how to contact the parents. I was scared, really scared, I looked up to God” God please don’t let her die..she’s not ready”
Rebecca had to go after we waited for hours and more of her friends came but I sat alone after filling them on the situation of things, they left to buy food later and I was left alone waiting ..and praying. I was wriggling my fingers and biting my lips when he breezed in
“Where is she?” he asked, he hadn’t changed at all, if you minus the stubble that made him look older, it didn’t stop my stomach from recoiling at how good looking he was..I couldn’t believe myself, I stood up
“Took you long enough, she’s in the operating room” I told him
“Why is she in there…its that serious?”
“The doctors haven’t said anything to me”
“Oh god” he roved his face in pain”how long has she been in there”
“That long..” He glared at the closed door then started pacing again”
“Your pacing is making me anxious..I’m sure she ll be fine”
“Who signed the consent for the operation?”
“Me..there was no family here”
“I was out of town..came immediately I heard” I wondered what he was doing. The door opened and we quit bickering and faced the doctor, he was still scrubbed with a case note in his hand.. He looked at me
“who’s the young man?”
“Sean..her brother..please how is she?”he asked
“Had a ruptured spleen, we had to remove it..transfuse her then repair her broken leg but she ll live” we both heaved a sign of relieve.
“She ll be in ICU for a couple of days till she wakes up..for now we wait”
“Thank you doctor..can we see her?”
“Just family for now, maybe you should inform your parents”
“They not ..around… We family”he said, I looked at him
” ok..you can see her after she’s been moved, you need to get her clothes and other personal items then make deposit at the revenue, we attended to her because she’s a student here” Sean nodded, “if you are Christians you can pray “he added as an afterthought.
” Thank you doc”I said We watched him go, Sean sat down and I sat beside him in a long silence
“I think you should inform your parents”
“Yea I would, when she’s stable, they ll worry”
Ok..I knew if something happened to me my parents should be the first to know, something seemed off but I didn’t ask
“She’s the only thing I got..she can’t die” he said
“She ll wake up, let’s just pray”
The friends finally returned and we filled them in, after we saw her he offered to drop me off in the hostel and I obliged, the ride was a silent one.
“Thanks” I said when we got to my hostel
“I should say thanks..if you hadn’t been there on time nothing would have been done for her”
“She ll be fine. don’t worry too much” I got out and he drove away.
When I went back there the next day Sean was already there, he clearly hadn’t slept at all, he had dark shadows under his eyes and his stubble had increased, he was staring at Serena, they were transfusing her again I saw plus the vital monitor was beeping, he told me he had paid deposit and paid for more blood
I sat down with him”you should quit worrying, you have done your best”, but he stared at her still, the nurse told us we had to leave and return
“When can we come back?” I asked
“4’oclock” she said, we went out of the ICU ward outside, I couldn’t believe Serena was in there, she wouldn’t believe it herself, she was so full of life, just glad it wasn’t worse than that.
“You should go home, get a bath and something to eat” I suggested
“You sound like my mother”he said, I was slightly taken aback
” sorry I just..I just..”I had been rude to him previously, I had no right to tell him what to do, he looked away from me as two cars pulled up, his friends came out, they came and embraced him one by one.
I decided to go home, my cell rang and it was Martin, I told him about Serena
“Wow is she alright?”
“Doc says she ll be fine but needs our prayers” I told him, looking back at Sean I got in a taxi.
If somebody had told me this was going to happen to Serena I would have laughed out loud, I kept going to the hospital, sometimes with Rebecca, sometimes alone. Erica called me and I told her
“How’s she?”, she asked, she hadn’t woken up and it was the 6th day, I guess she hit her head pretty bad, and her car was very much damaged
” she’s fine I think ”
“You know most people go from there” she said
“Erica your not helping”
“Iv not met her but Im routing for her so she ll be fine”
“I hope..her brother is going nuts with worry”
“She has a brother?, is he hot?”
“No” I couldn’t believe her”the fellowship is praying, she ll be fine”
“She has to or a lot of person would begin to doubt God, she was attending church rii”
“She ll be fine” she said, we spoke on other things before she cut
We both stared at her
“Did you talk to Serena before the crash?”
He glanced at me”yeah..she wanted to travel to Lagos, I told her to book a flight but she wanted to drive, she hasn’t been stable lately”
“Why isn’t David here?”
He was silent” They broke up..he cheated on her”.
I was shocked, who would cheat on Serena” with who?”
“With her friend Trisha” I couldn’t believe it, was it possible Serena wanted to kill herself, not likely, she had a lot to live for
He suddenly stood up”I have to get something to drink” I watched him go”
Serena woke up that night, we were so excited,She asked for water and I called the nurse, after the ET was removed, I held her hand*you gave us a scare”
She squeezed it”you cant get ride of me easily”
I laughed, she was moved into the ward so all her friends could come see her, she finally slept off again and the nurses shooed us away
“You should go..I ll stay till she wakes again” he said, where the hell were the parents
“No..we both should go..shes awake now, you need some sleep” he frowned”I’m not your mother but I insist ”
I brought fruits for Serena the next day, Sean was already there
“I didn’t know if you could eat yet..so I didn’t bring food”
“I’m fine.. I could even go home now” she said then looked at her brother
“I didn’t tell mom and Dad” he said stroking her leg
“Thanks” she said, I wondered why but I didn’t ask, I decided to make fruit salad for her
“When did the doc say you ll be discharged?” he asked
” Are you tired of coming to visit me already.. I actually like it here, like all the attention am getting especially from you busy”she teased, he glared at her but she continued “I only know you love me when I’m hurt”
“That’s so not true, you know am busy”
“You work..where?” I decided to ask, they looked at me, I discovered I didn’t even know what he did for a living
“You a lawyer? My father and brother are lawyers too”
“Really..I didn’t even know that” Serena said
“who’s your father?”he asked
” Reverend Paul Badmus”.
He drove me to my hostel in silence
“I never knew you read law” I said
“I never knew your Dads a preacher..” he paused “explains a lot” he said as he turned into my street
There was silence again as he bit his lip, I discovered he did that when he was thinking, then he glanced at me
“Emilia do you think..”
“No..Sean” The tension’s been building between us and I wasn’t surprised he brought it up
“We can’t even be friends”I said
“Why..cos your a preacher’s daughter”
“Cos I love God, and you don’t”
“Is that gonna change anything?”he asked with a chuckle
I paused “it would”
“Meaning you not interested because I’m not Christian ”
“We shouldn’t talk about this” I couldn’t tell him I liked him back and he was giving me sleepless nights..
He was silent again then he said”glad she’s awake ”
“Yeah..God answers prayers”
He packed in front of my hostel
“I think you are judging me”he said, I looked at him surprised
“You are..and its pathetic.. thought you were different”he said, I got out and shut the door, he drove off.
The rest of the time in the hospital, we hardly spoke to each other, if Serena noticed the rension she didnt say anything about it, she was recovering fast and soon started her physiotherapy, learning to walk on crutches was next and I was beside her all through it, she pecked me one day and said
” your my bestfriend, you know that rii?”
I smiled,she was strong and was soon used to the crutches, the doctors discharged her home to continue the physiotherapy and drugs. As we left the hospital I was grateful to God she had lived because it weighed on my mind that she would have gone to hell, the burden laid on me now more than ever to lead her to Christ. As for her brother I felt he was a lost cause, he didn’t even know he needed God, or that he was a sinner.
“Congratulations Serena on your first day out” her friends said as she was put in the car
Sean drove off, it was a week now since we last spoke.
To be continued