Anna lay there, her forehead purple, and her eyes fluttering. She didn't understand; I could see she didn't understand, but her confusion hit me like a wave and a brick wall all at the same time. Anna didn't know who I was. She didn't know who anyone was, but most of all, she didn't know who I was. Her best friend. She'd known me all her life, and now, she didn't know me at all.
"You're my best friend?"She asked, and the pain hit me again.
"Yes." I muttered, before Ali put her arm around my shoulder and squeezed.
"And I'm your girlfriend Anna." She added, looking down at Anna as though she couldn't quite believe this was happening. Neither could I. But Ali had found her on the bathroom floor, and had held her hand all the way to the hospital, as though her life depended on it. And now Anna was staring at her as though she didn't exist.
"Girlfriend? I'm gay?"
Ali gulped, and I turned away. I couldn't look at Anna, couldn't see the confusion. It was too painful. Liam came over and hugged me, while Jak and Callum looked at Anna awkwardly, not knowing what to say.
The sound of Anna crying reaached my ears, and I couldn't handle it anymore. I untangled myself from Liam, and walked out. I couldn't stand being in that room anymore.
"Miss, are you alright?" I looked up and found a doctor peering down at me. He was middle aged, and had a strange handle bar moustache.
"Um..." I couldn't stop staring at the thing.
"Oh, it's fake." He pulled it off and grinned. "I was in the children's ward. Sorry. Have you just been with Miss Hawman?"
"Yes, I'm her friend. Her best friend."
"Ah. I'm sorry. Would you like to know about her condition?"
"Um, yes I guess?"
"She has temporary amnesia. We don't know how temporary, or when she'll remember, but the important thing is to give her as many sensory triggers as possible, to try and spark any recognition."
"So... we should try and do everything the same?"
"Well, it would be best. But since your friend is at university it is much more difficult. You don't have a secure routine or place. We might suggest sending her home until she recovers."
"But surely it would be better if she were with us? She's been with us all of this time..."
"But being with her family might be better for her. We don't know. In any case, she must spend the night in hospital, so we can monitor her brain activity; see if there is any lasting damage."
I nodded, aware that half of what he had said had not yet properly sunk in.
"Doctor, someone in ICU needs you." A female doctor had appeared; she looked to be in her twenties. The doctor who'd been talking to me nodded at me, then disappeared. The female doctor sat next to me. "Thought you'd like some space."
"No on needs him?"
"They probably do. Someone always needs him. He might be a good doctor, but he doesn't realise when people need space."
"No problem. I'm Katy."
"Well Cara, I hope your friend feels better." She smiled and stood up, heading back down the corridor. I watched after her and then saw Sam coming through the door. She saw Katy first, stopped, smiled, then caught my eye and hurried over.
"How are you?" She asked. I saw Katy looking over as Sam hugged me.
"I don't know."
"She has... amnesia... temporary amneisa. She doesn't know who I am."
"Oh Cara..." I had started crying, and leaned in to Sam's shoulder. When I had stopped, she gave me a tissue and I wiped my eyes and blew my nose. "Do you want to go back in?"
"Yes. I need to see her again. She has to stay overnight."
"Alright. Do you want to come back to mine?"
"Could you come to mine?"
"If that's what you need, I'm there." I gave her a quick kiss, and then stood up.
"Right, I'm ready." I saw Katy looking over again; she smiled at me and nodded sympathetically. I smiled back and then Sam stood and took my hand. We walked in together.
"Anna. This is Sam, my girlfriend. Do you remember her?"
Anna shook her head. Liam came over and muttered:
"She can't remember anything. We've asked, shown her photos, but she can't remember." He looked very sad, and I put my hand comfortingly on his arm before going to the bed.
"Anna, the doctor said they might send you home. You have to stay in tonight, for observation, and then they might send you home so your parents can look after you. It might be easier for you to remember, that way." I rolled my eyes at the others; I obviously didn't believe that.
Anna started crying again, so I turned away. I couldn't bear to see her cry. The doctor was there.
"Your friend is right Miss Hawman. We have to keep you awake tonight, to check for signs of concusion. Your friends will have to go home now." I started to complain, but the doctor shut me down. "You really must go. I'm sorry."
Sam rubbed my back and I conceeded.
"Let's go." Liam said, and we all left, waving goodbye to Anna as we did so.
As we walked down the corridor, Katy was there again.
"Cara." She said stopping me. "I'll look after her, don't worry."
"Thank you." I said with a small smile.
"Sam." She nodded her head to Sam and then went past us, in to Anna's room.
"You know her?" I asked as we left the hospital.
"We used to date." Sam said matter-of- factly.
"Oh. She's pretty." I felt a little jealousy rising in me.
"Not as pretty as you." She replied warmly, kissing my head.