“Angie, if you don’t dump that boy…” Aaron said to his daughter. They were all sitting in the waiting room at the hospital. Andrew still hadn’t woken up and it was the morning after it happened!
“Dad, I can’t. He didn’t mean to hurt anybody! He was just trying to…” Angie’s father interrupted her.
“Now, Angela. I am tired of that boy hurting your brothers! What’s going to happen when you are alone with him? What if he hurts you?”
"He would never hurt me, Dad! His dad beat him. He would never put anybody through that.”
“How do you know that?”
“Because I do!”
“He loves me, Dad. Can’t you just accept that?” Angie got up and went to the bathroom.
“Dad, is that Andrew’s nurse?” Alex pointed at the nurse walking their way.
“Yes, it is,” Aaron got up and walked over to the woman. Alex followed him over to her. “So, what’s going on with Andrew?”
“He woke up about ten minutes ago. We are asking him basic questions like his name, birthday and if he remembered what happened last night. He seemed to know all of that so we think he will be just fine,” the women said.
“Oh, thank goodness! Thank you, ma’am,” Aaron walked away and sat down. He called Allison to let her know that Andrew would be alright. Allison couldn’t come to the hospital because she was at the school signing up Lukas, Janna and Suzanna.
About seven minutes later, Angie went over by her father, “Did you here anything about Andrew?” she asked.
“He woke up a little over fifteen minutes ago. They asked him some stuff and he seemed to know who he was. So, they said he’s going to be just fine,” Aaron told her.
“She put the phone up to her ear, “The doctor said he’s going to be fine!” she said cheerfully.
“Who is that, Angie?”
“Calm down, Dad, it’s Nancy,” she said. It really was Nancy. “Hey, I have to go,” she said into the phone, “Bye.”
“As long as it wasn’t that Derek fellow, you’re okay.”
“Whatever,” Angie walked over to the other side of the waiting room. She called the middle school, “Hi, may I please speak to Aden Anderson?”
“Yes you may,” the secretary said.
Angie waited a while before she heard Aden say, “Hello?
“Hey, it’s Angie,” she said to her brother.
“Okay, what do you need?”
“Andrew woke up. He’s going to be just fine.”
“Yeah, so I want you to do something for me.”
“I’m not talking to Derek. I will get grounded. I’m not as good of a liar as you! And besides I don’t need you to get me in trouble again! I’m already not allowed to leave the house for two weeks for sneaking him in!”
“That was your choice! It was either that or you get no money. Speaking of money, I will give you as much money as you want for doing this!”
“I want a million bucks then.”
“You will get twenty and like it. Anyway, after school go over by his car and tell him that Andrew is alright! Please and thank you. Got to go, bye,” Angie hung up the phone. She walked over to her father, “Dad, can we go in and see Andrew yet?” she asked.
“Um, I’m not sure. Go and ask the nurse,” her father answered.
Angie walked over to the nurse, “Excuse me, ma’am,” the nurse turned around.
“May I help you?” she said.
“Yes, is Andrew Anderson able to have visitors?”
“Family visitors only; are you family?”
“I’m his twin sister.”
“Then you may go and see him. He is down that hall,” the nurse pointed, “third door on your left.”
“Thank you,” Angie began walking down the hall that the nurse had pointed to. “One, two, three,” she counted the doors on her left. When she got to the third one she saw “ANDREW ANDERSON” on the door. She opened it and went inside.
“Angie!” she heard a weak voice say. “That’s my twin sister. Her name is Angela Katelyn Anderson.”
“Great!” the nurse sitting on the side of Andrew’s bed said. “Do you have any other siblings that you know the names of?”
“My older brother, Alex,” Andrew said quietly. “Alexander Jacob Anderson is his full name. Can I go home now?”
“What about Aden? You remember Aden, don’t you, Andrew?” Angie asked.
“Aden who?” Andrew looked very confused.
After he said that, Angie got very upset. Almost in tears she said, “Our little brother. You have to remember him, Andrew!”
“Angie, I think you should leave now,” the nurse said.
“No, he has to remember Aden!” Angie was so worried.
“I’m sure Andrew will remember your little brother over time.”
“Over time? Aden lives with us. Andrew has to remember him.”
“Well, do you have pictures of your brother?”
“My dad has pictures of all of us kids and our mom, uncle, aunt and cousins. Maybe we should let him take a look at those.”
“Good idea. Go and get those from your father.”
Angie left the room to go get the pictures. When she got back she gave them to the nurse, then the nurse asked her if she could leave. “Ok, Andrew, we are going to show you some pictures. Tell me who you know and who you don’t.” The nurse pulled out ten pictures and laid them out in front of Andrew. “Which people do you know?”
Andrew looked at the pictures for a good two minutes, and then he looked up at the nurse. “How many do I know?”
“Well, look at them,” Andrew looked down at the pictures, “Now you tell me how many you know.”
Andrew reached for a picture, “This is my sister, Angie,” He set it down next to him. Then he reached for two more, “This is my older brother, Alex, and this one is my girlfriend, Nancy.”
“Good, now do you know anyone else?”
He looked down at the pictures again. “This is my mom,” he picked up the picture of his mom and sat it next to the other ones, “And that’s all I know.”
“Good job, Andrew!” the nurse picked up the six pictures of strangers laying on the bed. “Now look at these ones.” She set ten more pictures in front of Andrew, “Tell me who you know.”
Andrew grabbed four pictures out of the pile, “This is my dad, Luke, Janna and Suzanna.”
“Correct, now do you know anyone else in this pile?”
Andrew reached for one more picture, “He is the reason why I’m here,” Andrew said as he held the picture of Derek in front of the nurse’s face. “And that’s all I know.”
“Are you sure that’s all you know?” the nurse asked.
Andrew looked one more time. He reached for one last picture, “This is Aden, my little brother.”
“There you go!”
A doctor came in the room and asked the nurse to leave, “I have to go check up on another patient, but I will be right back. Push this button if you need anyone,” the nurse pointed at the button.
Andrew stared blankly at it for a few minutes until Angie crept around the corner and into the door. He looked up at her, “The nurse will be coming back shortly. She had to check up on another patient. One who isn’t here because his sister’s boyfriend decided to kick his…”
“Derek didn’t mean to hurt you, Andrew. I’m sorry but if someone jumped on my back like that, I would have done the same thing!”
“You would’ve hospitalized them? He could have broken my neck, Angie! We already made it clear he was violent!”
“Me? You’re the one dating the guy who put me here, Angie.”
“Derek never meant to hurt you. He’s a great guy, Andrew.”
“Great guy? Are you serious, Angela?” Derek came from around the corner. “What are you doing here? I specifically said he can’t come in here! Nurse, nurse!” Andrew looked all over for the button he could push to call the nurse in.
Angie put her hand over the button, “Seriously, Andrew, just here him out. Then we will be on our way, I promise.”
“We? You are leaving with him, Angie? Dad’s not going to let that happen, little sister.”
“Dad doesn’t have to know, Andrew. Don’t sink down to Alex’s level and go tell on me.”
“Don’t compare me to Alex.”
“Well, you are acting like him.”
“I will never be Alex, let alone never want to be like him.”
“Then, please, Andrew, just hear me out. I didn’t mean for this to happen, man. You jumped on my back, what was I supposed to do?” Derek pleaded. Andrew looked down at the floor. “Andrew, will you ever forgive me? It’s kind of hard to date your sister when her whole family hates me, you know?”
“You could dump her for all I care,” was the only response Andrew could say.
“What, are you serious?” Angie cried.
“Besides, it wasn’t like my family liked you anyway, am I right?” Andrew looked up at Derek.
“Look, I’m not going to get down on my hands and knees and beg for your forgiveness, Andrew. But I would have liked it we could have become friends. I really liked you, and I would never want any of this hospital stuff to happen. If I could take it back, trust me, I would. They finally find out the truth about what happened with me and Alex, and then this happens. I bet they all think I’m some sort of a monster. That was never my intention,” Derek looked over at Angie, “I finally found the girl of my dreams, and it turned into nothing but a nightmare. I’m sorry, Angie. I have to go. I will call you later.” Derek kissed Angie on the cheek, and then gave her a hug.
“Please, Derek, take me with you. I don’t want to be here any more,” Angie began to cry.
“Oh, honey, don’t cry. You’ll be fine. You have your family, at least,” Derek let go of Angie, “I’ll talk to you later. I will call your cell tonight, I promise.”
Angie watched as her boyfriend, her best friend, walked out of the door, “Why can’t you just forgive him, Andrew? He didn’t mean to hurt you! You know that, but you just have to be the center of attention. You can’t stand to see me happy, just because you and your girlfriend are having relationship problems.”
“Who told you we were having problems?” Andrew asked.Nancy. Right before I got off the phone with her. It was maybe an hour ago,” Angie looked over at her brother. He looked very upset. “Well, are you having problems?”
“Not problems, more like one, big problem.”
“And what is this one, big problem?” Andrew didn’t say a word. “Talk to me, maybe I can help.”
“There’s nothing you can do, Angie. It’s not a fixable problem.”
“What are you talking about?”
“It doesn’t matter.”
“Apparently it does since Nancy was almost in tears just telling me you guys were fighting. Do you want me to call her and ask her myself?”
“No, Angie, please, just stay out of it. It has nothing to do with you,” Andrew yelled. He looked at the picture he had of him and Nancy on the table next to his bed. Then he started crying. Angie hadn’t seen Andrew cry in a long time. He didn’t even cry when their uncle had died.
“Oh, Andrew, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to make you cry.”
“No, it’s not you it’s just,” Andrew paused, “there was an accident that happened; a big, life changing accident.”
“What do you mean ‘life changing’?”
“I mean it could change my life dramatically. It could change all of our lives.”
“Andrew, tell me what’s wrong.”
“I’m fourteen, I don’t need this! I can’t do this! I’m not ready.”
“Not ready for what?”
“Nancy is pregnant.”
“What? Are you serious? Andrew, what were you thinking? You are a freshman in high school!”
“We have to tell Mom and Dad.”
“No, Angie, my life would be over!” Andrew was still crying. “What am I going to, Angie?”
“What do you mean by that? Oh, Andrew, are you crying?” Allison came in the room. “Honey, what’s wrong?”
“Mom, look, Derek didn’t mean to do this. He came here and apologized. I blew everything way out of proportion,” Andrew admitted.
“What? You’re in the hospital because of that boy,” Aaron said.
“I know, but it was an accident. I would have done the same thing to him if he would have jumped on my back like that.”
"He could have broken your neck. Does that mean nothing to you, Andrew?”
“Dad, seriously, he was here and we worked everything out.”
“He was here?” Allison asked.
“Did he like hit you in the head to make you believe he did nothing wrong or something?” Aaron said.
“No, Dad, he didn’t do anything,” Andrew protested.
“Oh, so that’s why you are in the hospital then, huh?” Aaron walked over to the door and said, “Alex and Aden and coming soon. I’m going to go in the lobby where I can turn my cell phone on.”
“I will come with you dear,” Allison leaned in and kissed Andrew on the forehead, “He just needs some time. He hates to see when you kids are hurt. I realize this was an accident, but was it when he punched your brother?” Andrew and Angie said nothing. Allison grabbed her purse and then walked out the door.
“I thought you weren’t going to back him up,” Angie was shocked by her brother’s actions.
“Yeah, well, I changed my mind,” Andrew smiled at his sister. She was smarter than that though. She looked over at Andrew with a puzzled look on her face. “Okay, I figured that I would help out Derek, if you keep your mouth shut about Nancy.”
“I never made this sort of deal with you.”
“Yeah, but, Angie, please! I can’t have them knowing that I got Nancy pregnant. We are fourteen; we shouldn’t be in this position.”
“Well, whose fault is that, Andrew? And besides, Mom could find a great adoption center or whatever for you guys.”
“Adoption? You think I would put my child up for adoption? I would never do that.”
“So, what, are you planning on keeping it?”
“Well, why not?”
“You are fourteen!”
Aden and Alex walked in the room, “Do we need to leave?” Aden asked.
“Seriously, Angie, you are going to fight with a hospital patient?” Alex joked. “What is this about anyway?”
“None of your business, Alex,” Angie said. She looked over at Andrew. “How could you be so stupid?” Andrew had nothing to say after that. He just watched Angie walk out of the room.