I was driving home from work when a semi truck slammed into the back of my car. It happened so fast. It was so late, the highway was nearly empty. I swear I peaked out the rear view mirror seconds before the accident occurred, but saw no cars behind me. It’s like the vehicle came out of no where. Like I said, it was late, so my senses were off. I drank mountain dew and half a red bull to keep myself awake, but no amount of caffeine could get me prepared for what happened next.
As I toyed with the radio, a bright light came into my view. I glanced up and noticed a massive semi truck rushing straight toward me like a runaway Bull. The dude was flying. I assumed he was drinking or on drugs. Whatever his problem was wasn’t helping my situation. I pressed my foot on the gas pedal, but there was no way I was getting out of this, so I said a quick prayer and boom! The Semi Truck slammed into my car, but the nightmare had only started.
From the impact my car shook, and swerved across the road. My head also slammed into the door. I started to see stars. Stars of many bright colors. Then the lights went out. For now lets say I remained unconscious, until my vision came back into focus. My eyes finally opened. But I was no longer in my car. I was laying in a bed in some room with white walls and medical equipment. Obviously someone brought me to a hospital. Thank God.
” Oh my gosh,” I muttered to myself, thinking back on what had just happened. I moved my arms and legs, making sure I still had them. My arms were sore and my legs weren’t exactly 100 percent, but luckily they were still in tack. My neck ached as I turned my head and glanced around the room. Crap. I’d lost vision in my right eye. Uncle Jerry’s blind. Maybe he could teach me how to cope with my loss of vision. I tried calling for help, yet no one listened. My voice sounded different. I muttered a few words, yet the tone of my voice was vastly different.
I couldn’t stay in this bed much longer. Someone had to give me some answers, so I slide to the side of the bed and tried to stand, but couldn’t move, because of the heavy amount of wires stuck inside of me. It was like I’d turned into Doctor Octopus. A red light blinked above me. A nurse finally noticed me and entered the room. She looked me up and down as if I were a ghost.
” Oh my gosh,” she said. She glanced down the hallway screaming” He’s awake!” A horde of doctors and nurses rushed into the room. Even a few patients stood outside the door, peaking inside. Guess I was pretty famous around here. The doctor told me to remain calm and asked if I wanted water or food, but I shook my head. I’d never been so afraid in my life. The doctor instructed me to take a pill and he’d come back in a few minutes to explain what happened to me. By the tone of his voice and the reaction of his staff I knew something was wrong.
The doctor returned. He sat down and smiled at me” I’m sure you’re excited to be awake. We never thought you’d wake up. Do you remember what happened?”
” Yes,” I said, thinking back” I was in a car accident. A semi truck hit the back of my car…. I was pushed off the side of the road. That’s pretty much all I can remember,”
The doctor nodded and wrote down notes” Yes, your memory seems to be fine. That is good news. It’s practically a miracle you’re still alive,”
” Do you know what happened to the other driver? I asked” Is he here?”
No, sir. He’s dead,”
” Dead? Oh my gosh,”
The doctor laid a hand on my shoulder” Please relax, Mr. Jenkins. This wasn’t your fault. It’s been so long since you were brought to us. Your family will be excited to finally see you,”
” My family,” I gasped. Up until this point, I hadn’t thought about my family. My wife and two children. Tears dwelled in my eyes. I looked at the doctor and asked him a question,” sir, what year is it?”
” 2030. The date is August twenty seventh, sir,” 2030? Holy crap! I’d been in a coma for twelve years! No way. This couldn’t be true, could it?” A lot has changed since that night sir.” the doctor handed me a mirror. I groaned at the sight of my aging face. Wrinkles and all.
I screamed,” No, nooo!” So many years I’d missed. So many memories. My life was ruined. At least I thought it was. A week later I was allowed to go home. The doctor was right. A lot had changed. Abagail’s hair also turned grey. I was amazed she waited on me to wake up. I didn’t deserve such a loyal and kind wife. We had a lot to catch up on. Jimmy was now fourteen years old. He started high school two weeks before I woke up. The biggest change was Harper. Harper’s now in collage and engaged. His name is Joel. We will meet soon enough.
I’ll never be sure what happened that night. Why some crazy truck driver drove like a maniac down the highway and slammed into my car, trapping me in a coma for twelve years. Why I had to wait twelve years to return to life. Why did it happen to me? What am I suppose to do now? Forgetting my emotional past and moving on won’t be easy, but I’m glad to be alive again.
( So, what do you think of this story? Talk about a thrill ride. The idea came out of no where. I love when that happens. I plan to start posting more short stories on Tuesday, so here is the start of something special. Have a wonderful day and watch out for those crazy truck drivers 🙂