I opened my eyes gently, taking my time before the shape of open eyes were fully realized and the first thing I saw were strange and unfamiliar ceiling patterns.
"Where am I?" I spoke out softly without any strength in my words
The room was considerably in low lighting so that my eyes wouldn't hurt because of light adjustment when I open them
Still having no idea what my current location was or why I was there lying on my back I thought of the best option which was to think logically.
I couldn't really move my body the way I wanted but with the few minute motions I could make I decided to go with them and what I could move with the strength I had was just my fingers and maybe my hand a bit with my eyes and head
Because of how high I assumed I was and the warmth and texture of what I was laying on and the way it felt on my skin and fingers I concluded that I was on a bed.
"Bed? All signs point to that conclusion but whose is it? Amanda's? If that's the case then when did I—? I sad then got flashbacks of what happened up until I lost consciousness in the car.
"So that's what happened? Then that would mean that I'm actually in the..." I slowly turned my head to the right and saw Brian who positioned himself on a small couch like a contortionist doing what seemed to be him sleeping "... hospital" *BLINK*
"Ouch" I felt a tiny sting in my hand like a sharp objects that was inserted into my skin so I tried stretching forward to check it but couldn't then wet with the opposite option of pulling my hand and raising it to where I could see instead
A sound came from beside me and it sounded like a metallic object hitting a plastic surface.
I pulled my hand with more force but felt resistance so I looked to the side and saw a drip stand with a drip bag on it whose tube ran downwards. "Oh"
I followed the tube and found it ran to my hand until it met a piece of cotton with yellow tape over it.
"What the..." I took a second to process before continuing "So that's what it was" I said before I raised my hand following the direction the tube was coming from in order not to pull on it and brought my hand closer to my face to see where the tube had penetrated my skin.
"hmmmmm!" Brian mumbled in his sleep while I tried clenching my hand but wasn't able to strengthen the fist
"Brian...Umm dad" There was not enough strength in my words to allow him hear me so I tried for a second time "Dad!" and he woke up
"Why am I here?" He woke up with the sound of my voice
"Amanda?" He muttered blinking at a fast pace and then rubbing his eyes
"Why am I in the hospital? What happened to me?" I was lackluster but tried to form a panic in aims of keeping appearance. Of course I had an idea as to what caused my black out but I wasn't going to say it.
"Calm down Amanda, everything's going to be Okay... You had a seizure sorry I mean you slipped and fell right after we got home and lost consciousness. I brought you here to get checked after I didn't know what to do" Brian leaned in closer to the bed
"Seizure?" I whispered after getting the hint that Brian was trying to hide the fact "Lost consciousness? Wait, what do you mean? How long was I out for?" I looked him straight and earnestly in the eyes.
I knew that I had lost consciousness but not for how long and not that I had a seizure before hand as I wasn't able to remember that part.
If the host ever fought back it was through mild headaches at the beginning before it got to migraines and then their mind would forcefully push me away, at least that was what I theorized because this was the first time I had ever stayed in a host for a protracted amount of time and after the first headache.
"Not very long, an hour and a half or something like that" Brian answered but it had actually been two and a half hours since I lost consciousness inside the car
"One and a half hours? Damn!" I turned the other way then whispered to myself making sure that Brian couldn't hear me
The door opened and then someone came inside. It was a feminine figure with the stereotype doctor's attire down to the stethoscope wrapped around the neck.
"Hello Amanda" The lady said politely
"Hello?" I replied
"I'm Doctor Miracle. You don't know me but we met while you were still unconscious and I'm a friend of your dad's" she smiled
"Ooh, is that right"
"Yes. I was the one who ran the tests on you...So I came to see how your head is feeling, any pains or headaches?" Miracle gestured at her head
With opened eyes I unconsciously mimicked her movements "Not at the moment, no" before I realised what I was doing and dropped my hand which made Miracle to let out a little smile
"You are very mature for someone your age aren't you, other kids would not have been able to answer me so calmly" she stuffed her hands into her coat
"Thank you, I get that a lot"
"You should get some rest, I have something to discuss with your dad" she ended our conversation with a smile then looked to Brian
"Mr Nevel can we talk outside for a minute" Miracle gestured to the door with only the movement of her head
"Sure thing doctor" he replied "Amanda? I will just be a minute"
Both of them went outside the room then closed the door halfway. I could still see parts of their clothing through the opening but their conversation was inaudible to me so I just leaned back and got some needed rest
Outside my room Brian was having a discussion with Miracle and he looked on edge
"What's the result doctor?"
"No need to panic Mr Nevel but after I analyzed Amanda's brain scans I found something very peculiar"
Almost having his jaw and shoulders drop "Peculiar? In what sense?" he inquired
"Remember I said peculiar so keep an open mind okay? So it appears that your daughter Amanda has two sets of brainwaves floating around in her head." Miracle dropped the ball without thinking twice
"What do you mean by two sets of brainwaves? Is that normal?" Brian made the number two with his fingers raised to chin level. He of course knew that having two sets of brainwaves wasn't normal but he was in a panic so his mind wasn't in the right place at the moment
"Not in the least Mr Nevel. People only have one set of brainwaves but for some reason your daughter has two, a dormant and an active one."
"!!" Brian from this point remained speechless waiting for Miracle to finish talking
"At first it was difficult identifying it and without thorough inspection we would have missed it but it's definitely there" she nodded with her eyes closed
"Was it from the fall doctor?" Brian asked nervously
"That seems very unlikely, no! And I know what you must be thinking but no, our machine isn't having any technical issues, I checked"
"OK, so what does that mean doctor?"
"Well, apart from the bizarre nature of it this would have been nothing to make mention of yet but the thing is that the active brainwave seems to be sending signals to underdeveloped regions of her brain and forcing a response from them which is causing her headaches... Another problem is the dormant set of brainwaves"
"Problems? There's another?" Brian looked utterly destroyed
"It's trying to become active and interfers with the other set and the clash of both sets of brainwaves in turn causes the seizures"
Brian became befuddled and wide eyed "Isn't there anything you can do doctor?"
At Brian's question Miracle lowered her head and exhaled slowly then she raised it with a deep inhale through her mouth
"I'm sorry Mr Nevel but at our current medical capabilities there's nothing we could possibly do as this is the first time we are seeing anything like this"
"And if this continues?" Brian asked
"I'm sorry to say but if this continues Amanda stands a possible chance of becoming brain damaged and in other cases fall into a vegetative state".
It finally happened, Brian's jaw dropped and his shoulders became deflated "Brain damaged? What do you mean brain damaged? How can a couple of seizures result to that?""Calm down Mr Nevel or do you want Amanda to hear you" Miracle leaned back and closed the door completely *CLICK*"I'm saying that brain damage is a possible outcome but I'm not a hundred percent certain, this is uncharted territory after all. We could make a medical breakthrough tomorrow or in the next hour somewhere else in the world nobody knows" she said as she placed her hand on his shoulder "Are you calm now?""...""Sometimes miracles that go beyond the scope of science can happen. Amanda might just wake up in the morning without any trace of the intrusive set of brainwaves anymore and this will all turn into a bad memory to laugh about in years to come" She gave a reassuring smile"!!"Miracle after see
*TSK*"These are starting to get uncomfortable" Using the heel of one foot to press against the tip of the other foot I took off both shoes and felt the cold of the floor on the bottom of my feet which got me more relaxed as I moved my shoulders and rolled my head cracking my neck in the process *CRACK**CRACK*With one foot planted on the floor I raised the other with only the toes making contact with the floor then I moved the leg around causing my ankle to crack and free up until I was satisfied then I alternated and did the same for the other foot"Now that's better" I smiled*STEP*I picked up the shoes and walked a little further in the corridor before I came to the spot where I was having three room doors in front of me, two to my left and one to my right spaced in the the order that the first was by the left then the next by the right and finally the last by the left a
"You want to prove difficult huh? I guess that you must not know who you're dealing with but I'll let you know anyway, I'm motherfucking Samuels" I said under a breath then smiled and took out one of the two hair pins I had in my hair.There were three originally but something must have happened to one from all the things that happened today.I bent and arranged the pin in the right manner for the job then jammed it into the keyhole and started to jiggle in a particular pattern which was meant for lock-picking until I heard the *CLICK*A skill I learnt when I was a kid in the orphanage and used when we wanted to play with our presents the guardians hid from us until it was ChristmasThe moment the door was unlocked I got another rush of mixed emotions from Amanda but that wasn't going to stop me from my quest so I inhaled deeply and exhaled slowly to calm myself."You're not going
*GASP*The sight of the gun caused my heart to skip a beat and accompanying that experience was a mini heart attack as my sight became hazy and I gasped for air and started to pant.The cold and the hard texture of the gun in my hand against the skin of my palm caused my veins to firm up trying to force more blood to flow to my palm in order to warm it up."He actually wanted and tried to go this far" I dropped the gun on the floor beside me gently and laid down on my back and faced the ceiling with my hands netted and placed my my stamach.Too many emotions and questions ran through my head and they wouldn't let me think of the plan I needed the Black box codes or how to execute it..Thirty minutes passed and I was still lying down in deep thought. The time now was almost getting to 2am in the morning and I was so mentally and physically drained that I didn't realize whe
*KCHH*I gritted my teeth and groanedThe bullet flew right through my hand leaving a clean hole as it's entry and exit points and me in a lot of pain"F*CK!!" I shouted as I crunched over pressing my injured hand between my other hand and my abdomen bloodying my shirt then I took the towel and wrapped around my injured hand and wound firmly but in the process the pain was so unbearable that I almost dropped the gun and drop on my knees as well and all the while Brian was left speechless and in awe as he looked at me."W-What did you do?"*RING* *RING*The house telephone behind Brian rang out filling the entire room but it couldn't do anything to change the intense atmosphere.*PANT* *PANT*"D-Don't touch it... let it go to v-voicemail" I spoke out with a cracking voice after I successfully managed to stop the bleeding while constantly panting an
*STEP*Brian walked out of the house completely infuriated and confused wondering if what just happened moments earlier was even real or he was still in bed having an existential crisis type dream.He couldn't tell if it was really someone else controlling his baby girl or if it was the thing in her brain that was causing the change in personality but it was too erratic to be coincident.*Ahh*He exhaled as he rubbed his hand against his forehead in a circular pattern then he brought out the flashdrive from his trouser pocket and looked at it scrutiny wise observing each area of it "there's no way that my Amanda could have made a programmed execution-on-insertion flashdrive like this and those things I found in her backpack as well..."He fell his hand to his thigh in hopeless subjugation and raised his head to face the clouds as he sighed "please, not again!"His dreadf
Whenever he was with Gabriel Valestein Jerry Stringer usually goes from the role and persona of a security official to a dignified Butler and even the way he speaks changes to fit the role. This showed how much respect and revere he had for Valestein"Umm... sorry... it's nothing, I was just talking to this kid who said his stuff were seized...""...Where are my manners good morning Mr. Jerry" He continued to bow his head a bit and greet Jerry who was behind Valestein and he was also replied with a "Good morning Mr Nevel" and a small head bow as well"Do not get all stuffy Jerry, Brian must be going through a lot so we can at least things easier for him" Valestein smiled"If I am not mistaken I heard you say a property was seized? Why and by whom?" Valestein asked with a tone which you could tell that he was serious but it still came out playfully as he squated down to Brian's and Michael's level<
"Hmm!?" Brian widened his eyes and raised his eyebrows which made his forehead to wrinkle and fold as he pressed his lower and upper lips against each otherSeeing as his question was not taken in properly by the man standing next to him on first utterance Valestein repeated himself while taking a side step waving his hands and gesturing for Brian to take the lead in entering into the elevator first "What do you think the human limit is?"Still hesitant because of the situation he find himself in Brian looked at the smiling middle aged man in front of him and at the elevator in a suspicious manner then lackluster in entering with the way he flinched his bodyWith Valestein taking notice of this he sighed and took the initiative to get into the elevator first inorder to placate Brian of his suspicions then seeing how paranoid he had been he also followed behind then the both of them while inside turned around and faced the outs