Until you know

Part 1

He woke up to the pungent smell of hospital disinfect. The room was silent apart from his heavy breathing and the beeping sound of the heart rate monitor, indicating that he was alive. He slowly opened his eyes, squinting in an attempt to sharpen the blurred images before him. He glanced around and took in the deserted, blue and white color-schemed hospital bedroom. How long have I been here? He shut his eyes, trying to remember what had happened. But it was no use, he had no memories of the past. 

“To be walking on the mountain path in this season, you must be one hell of a hiker.” A sudden female doctor appeared from behind the curtain, greeting the patient with a smile. 

The man, startled, immediately sprung up and started at the doctor. The patient was still in shock, having no desire to talk to the young woman. A several minutes passed in awkward silence. After the few moments that felt like an eternity, the doctor finally stepped towards the patient and helped him lie back down properly. Eventually, the silence was broken.

“Forgive me if I startled you,” she said. “My name is Dr. Lance Caylor. Pleasure to meet you.”

Gathering the courage to speak, the patient used the little energy he had to move his mouth to speak. “My name is” he paused. What? What was my name again? The man returned to silence. 

The doctor let out a soft chuckle. “I can tell you’re in shock. Don’t worry, I understand.” She flashed her pearly white teeth at the patient.

“What happened to me?”

“You were found unconscious at the bottom of the cliff. Seemed to have lost your footing. In this season where there’s lots of rain, it’s easy to slip on that mountain path. You’re lucky someone happened to pass by and find you.” The patient was struck with confusion. He had no memory of him hiking.

“You’ve been out for several days. Other than a moderate concussion, you have very minor injuries. You seem to also be suffering from slight memory loss. But don’t worry, you will be able to recollect some things in time,” The woman attempted to reassure the man. “We’ll keep an eye on you for a couple more days, and you should be out of here by next week.”

“Feel free to watch some TV. Maybe it will help you remember something.” The doctor left the room and closed the door behind her.

As soon as she left, the man grabbed the remote from the bedside table and pressed the power button to turn on the television in front of him. He surfed through TV programs until the evening news caught his attention.

⎯⎯note was found near the scene. It contained hints of a couple planning to throw themselves off the cliffs in a suicide pact attempt. The woman was found dead upon arrival and was discovered to have injuries so severe that analysts are still unable to identify the subject. No evidence of the spouse was found. The public believes the cause of this tragedy was⎯⎯

The man turned off the TV. Finding nothing that interested him, he laid back down and drifted back into a deep sleep.


Part 2

“You are free to leave now, sir.”

Now being able to properly control his movements, the man was discharged from the hospital and escorted to the taxi that was waiting for him outside. The hospital staff helped carry the man’s belongings as the patient entered the vehicle. Just before his departure, Dr. Caylor came to wish the man a farewell. 

“You remember where you live at least, correct?” the doctor asked. 

The man nodded in response, though not having any idea what his house looked like or where it was. He planned to have the taxi driver drop him off at a hotel in the next city. 

“Please call me if you have any questions.” The man nodded again. 

As the taxi driver took off, the man waved goodbye to the hospital staff. He then told the taxi driver of his plans to be taken to the nearest town. During the trip they drove along the coast, passing by many steep overhangings of rock.Then, as the man stared out the window, he noticed a woman near the edge of the road, skipping happily up the flat land. As he took a closer look he realized the woman was not skipping, but running full speed towards the edge of the cliff, showing no signs of slowing down. In a panic, the man shouted at the driver, “Stop the car!” 

The taxi driver rapidly hit the breaks, causing the car to come to an abrupt stop. The man swung the door open and rushed towards the mysterious woman. 

“Stop! Don’t do it!” the man yelled at the lady. He ran as fast as he could while stille shouting at the woman. From a distance, he could see that she halted and turned to look back at the sudden voice. As he continued to approach her, he was able to clearly make out the features of her face. When he looked at her, he became speechless. She had pale white skin and long black hair that flowed in the soft wind. She was beautiful, but she was crying. 

“My husband,” the woman wept. “He said we would be together. But then…then he left me!”

“I’m sorry,” the man firmly replied. “But I won’t let you do this.” The man ran behind the woman and towards the edge of the cliff, using his arms to block the women from moving any further. Suddenly the man saw a human figure emerge from behind the woman, about fifty feet away. It was the taxi driver. 

“Hey!” the man yelled at the onlooker. “Help me hold her back! She’s trying to kill herself!” He moved side to side, trying his hardest to make sure he kept the woman within reach as he talked to the driver. 

“Umm sir, what have you been doing here all by yourself?” the cabbie asked calmly. 

The man stared blankly at the taxi driver. By myself? To his horror, he looked up to see the kind woman’s face change to a malicious grin. Her eyes raged with lunacy. The women placed both her hands on the man’s chest and using all of her strength, shoved him backwards off the cliff. 

Panic exploded within the man, consumed him. He screamed⎯⎯ yelling at the top of his lungs⎯⎯ but it was too late.

On the way to his descent, it all hits the man with a bang. The memory of it all starts to occupy his thoughts. The image of a beautiful young woman with smooth pale skin and stunning black hair instantly appeared into his head. I was supposed to go with her. I was supposed to jump. But I couldn’t. I was too afraid. Time seemed to slow down as he became immersed in his thoughts. I left her there to die. The cold air hit his face as he plummeted towards the ground. With the last few seconds he had, he looked up towards the top of the cliff to see the sinister smile of the young woman staring directly back at him, happily watching his descent into hell.