So, as I was telling you, Stella and Alex were friends since they were toddlers. The friendship that their fathers had for years only pushed their bond further. If I talk about their relationship, Stella was always the spoiled, stubborn child and Alex was like a responsible and caring dad to her. Stella would demand the most impractical things and Alex would always counsel her about the practicality of the situation. I just wish that Stella would have heard Alex in one of the most important decisions of her life.
“Stella! Stella! Look at the toy my father gifted me!”
“Wow! Alex, this car is amazing! I love it!” Stella stared at the car with eyes full of amazement accented with want. Alex, as usual, was quick to read the deep desire her eyes tried to hide.
” You like it? I know you like cars!”
” I absolutely love it, Alex!” Stella, the enthusiastic five-year-old tried hard to look into Alex’s eyes as she said this. All she could manage was a clumsy gaze as she stealthily looked at the plastic treasure that Alex kept in front of her.
Was Alex convinced? I don’t think so! It only made this five-year-old kindergartener more firm on his decision.
Alex looked at his car for the last time and said, “Here! Have it! This is for you!”
As Alex said this, he was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the beautiful emotional roller coaster that Stella just went through. Her eyes went from want, to greed, to excitement, and to guilt at the speed of light.
” What do you mean?” She gasped, almost immediately and continued, “……….No……..This is you present……..I will not…………”
“Stella! It is not for me, it is for you! I was just making sure that I bought the perfect gift. I told my father to buy this for you.”
Alex, unlike Stella, was not the most expressive child. This attribute, though considered unusual at times, did him numerous favors at that moment. How did a child hide his disappointment and covered it with joy? Only Alex would know!
It took some time and some white lies but Stella was finally convinced.
“Thank you, Alex! You are so sweet.” Stella was very happy. Let’s say, that is just Stella!
“By the way, how is aunt now? She told me that once she will be fine, she will cook my favorite pasta for me.”
” She is fine now. It was just a minor fever! I think she is planning to invite your family to an Italian dinner tomorrow.”
“Yay!” exclaimed Stella and immediately started coughing.
“Wow! You have a terrible cough!” Alex touched her forehead, “…..and also the worst fever ever! Did you visit the doctor?”
“No! Actually, dad is out-of-town and you know, mom is always busy with work. I don’t want to trouble her.”
” Are you kidding me? You did not want to trouble her! Stella does not want to trouble people! This is the biggest lie I have ever heard from your mouth! Just admit that you are scared to visit the doctor. Scared of injections! Right?” He giggled as he teased her.
Stella looked away to avoid giggling with him but finally burst out laughing.
” Come, I will take you to the Doctor!”
“No! No!” Stella screamed pulling Alex to another direction.
” Stella! No Doctor! No pasta!”
” You are a terrible person!”
“Yes, I am!”
Alex held Stella by her waist, her arm around his shoulder and started to walk towards their family clinic.
“I am ill, not injured! I can walk!”
Stella giggled. Alex was being such a dad.
“Madam! We have reached the hospital.”, said the driver of the ambulance, pulling Stella out of her memories. She looked around, realizing that she was in an ambulance with a badly injured Alex. A tear trickled down her cheek as she thought that.
Stella quickly ran to the reception as they were taking Alex down the ambulance. She was shouting crazily. “Emergency! Emergency!”
He was quickly taken to the emergency ward. In no time, he was surrounded by machines and Doctors. It was concluded that he had to be operated upon. There was a sudden rush in the hospital lobby. Everybody ran around in panic as a stretcher transferred Alex to the operation theater. Standing there, helpless, looking at her injured friend, made Stella’s heartache.
The light above the operation table got switched on, but everything went dark for Stella! The nurse handed over a syringe to the Doctor and he quickly injected it in Alex’s arm.
“Come-on! Stella! Don’t act like a baby!”
“But Alex!”, a teary-eyed Stella looked at Alex.
“Shh…..Quiet…….Doctor, when will her fever go away?”
“A week! I have prescribed some medicines. Make sure that she takes them regularly.”
“Don’t worry Doctor! I will make sure that she follows her prescription.”, said Alex in an affirmative tone, beating his chest like a soldier.
The Doctor smiled. “I must say, Ms. Stella, you are very lucky to have such a caring friend like Alex!’
“Ms. Stella!”, a hand came on Stella’s shoulder, interrupted her thoughts and pulled her back to the present.
“Some forms have to be filled regarding the patient you just came with.”
Completing all the formalities gave Stella a break from the entire emotional turbulence that she was going through. When all the forms were filled, she avoided going back to Alex and rather chose to step out in the open to get some fresh air.
Sometimes you wish to go back, to go back to the point in time where you chose to travel on a different road altogether. You wish to go back to the turn where you decided to leave everything behind. You wish to cherish those relations again, which were broken by you, mercilessly, to let yourself free to fly. You wish! But, Alas! That is all that you can do!
Stella was sitting on the front lawn of the hospital, sobbing! Someone came running to her in panic.
“The Doctor is calling you, QUICK!”
Stella was able to sense the rush in the person’s eye. It prompted her to run! Every single step added to her worry. The fear of the worst started creeping upon her. She ran even faster!
“What happened Doctor? Is Alex fine?”
“Actually…….He is critical…..Many bones are broken…….He has a head injury too…….but the most worrisome thing is that……he has lost a lot of blood and his blood group is very rare! We don’t have enough blood of that group in the blood bank! Do you know any of his relatives who share the same blood group with him?”
Panic gripped Stella as the Doctor said this. She started thinking quick! The Diary!
“Don’t worry Doctor! I have the phone numbers of some of his relatives. I will try to do something. Please try to save him!”
Stella rushed to her house. She found the diary in her cupboard. She quickly picked her phone and started calling every single number, one-by-one.
The numbers were quite old. Some were abandoned now, some unreachable, some switched off and the few others who picked up the call did not seem interested in helping!
Tears filled her eyes. She grew pale as she disconnected the last call. Her fear started to grow up on her.
Was she going to lose Alex forever?
Will Stella be able to find a blood donor? Will she be able to save Alex? Who were those people who tried to harm him? What are they up to? Find out in the upcoming chapters of “When I walked through”. Follow the blog to receive an e-mail every time we release a new chapter.