To Ellie's mind she was still 16. She was still with her American transfer boyfriend, Lance Tokson. She imagined that he was with her in hospital, she only woke up when he had nipped out for a coffee. He was always making coffee that boy. And because he didn't come back until she was asleep again she imagined that he was caught up chatting up a nurse. Even though he was young enough to be many of nurses son he truly was irresitible. He was so hot that Ellie imagined all the nurses that came to see her falling over themselves to talk to him. She laughed to herself. So why did she wake up with a stranger looking at her so worriedly? One of Lance's friends. Must be.
She had explained to the doctor that she had her dress for her school prom. It was a beautiful amethyst colour - a light shade of purple. She was shocked to see her face in the mirror that the doctor handed to her. She saw the shock of red hair, but it had been mousy when she was 16 and those wrinkles can't be hers. She liked to laugh a lot but there was less laughter lines than real wrinkles. 'Very funny,' she announced as soon as she saw it. She looked around herself to see whether it was possible for the mirror to be reflecting someone else. They were on their own in the room and the doctor was standing over by the windowsill. Her mum opened the door to her room at that moment. The doctor had a few quiet words with her that Ellie couldn't hear. The doctor passed her mum and said he'd check in on her tomorrow. Mum smiled at her when it was just the two of them in the room. She pulled the chair the doctor perched on over to the side of Ellie's bed. Linda moved some tendrils of red hair from Ellie's face. 'All right, sweetheart?' she asked.
'I don't understand,' Ellie managed before bursting into tears.
'What? What don't you understand?' Linda cooed.
'My reflection. He showed me. What's happened to me?'
'You've grown up. Into a gorgeous human being,' Linda said tentively.
'Where's Lance?' Ellie asked, almost viciously.
'Well...' Linda bites her tongue. How does he tell her?
'I could really use seeing him.'
'Well y'know Jamie is still here. Waiting outside the door,' Linda said awkwardly.
'Why's he there?' This made no sense to Ellie. Who was Jamie anyway?
'He cares about you. He told me you heard him?'
'Yeah I heard. But I don't know him,' Ellie spat. She was so mad at the situation. It didn't make sense. Any of it.
*Sorry it's so late! But I hope you like this part and it was worth waiting for.