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.