“I’m so sorry!” I said. “I don’t know what happened. Suddenly, you were there and I… I couldn’t stop.”
“Nah, it was my fault. I soared over this stupid hill and into the road. I took a chance there would be no car there and I was wrong.”
It was at this moment I noticed how handsome the stranger was. He was fit and athletic with a sweet smile, great dimples, and emerald colored, green eyes.
“I’m calling an ambulance,” I said.
He shook his head. “I’m not sure that’s necessary.”
As he started to move his body slumped back down and he cried out in pain. “Ugh… maybe I was wrong…”
“Just lie still. Do not move. We have no idea how hurt you might be.”
I pulled out my phone from my pocket and quickly dialed nine-one-one and reported the accident.
“Thanks,” he said. “By the way, I’m Ted Ridgeway. We might as well exchange names, right?”
I smiled. I was so relieved that I had not killed this man and from the looks of things it was not technically my fault, but a freak accident caused by a miscalculation of an adrenaline junkie.
“I’m Leia,” I said. “Leia Daniels.”
“So am I going to live?”
I teased the doctor as he shone the bright light from that little flashlight that all doctors are in a never ending supply of into my eyes. My head was hurting just a little bit (the light was not helping) and I felt a little slow to move, mostly because my body felt like it had just been dropped in a meat grinder. But for the most part I was fine.
What had I been thinking? I could have been killed making that stupid jump. I was lucky I hit that car just right, or it could have been much more serious. Hell, I think I was almost as shaken up as Leia was.
Leia… Leia Daniels. Wow… now she was beautiful as could be. She could have easily have been a cover model. Amazing face, smooth features, pouty lips, bright eyes, soft, smooth skin, and a curvaceous, healthy looking figure. And of course I couldn’t stop dreaming about her luscious looking chest. Even in a T-shirt and Jeans she was stunning. In a way I was glad I had to go through this to meet her. She was well worth the pain.
The doctor smiled and put his flashlight back in his pocket. “Oh, I think you will be just fine.”
He placed his hands under my jaw and felt my lymph nodes, and then checked my pulse before grabbing a tongue depressor and making me say “AAAHH!”
“Any loss of vision during the accident? Feeling faint? Dizziness?” He asked.
I shook my head. “No, I feel fine, just a bit sore.”
“Well, I’ll say you are a very lucky guy. This could have been so much worse.”
“I believe you,” I said.
He took out a stethoscope and listened to my heart and then to my breathing.
After that he pulled out a pad and began to write up a prescription.
“What’s that for?”
“Well, you might be in some pain the next few days. According to your x-rays, you didn’t break anything and you didn’t tear anything, but there is some fluid and inflammation around the joint. You might not be feeling it yet, but give it a day or two and that right knee is going to be doing some singing.”
“Wow, that sounds like a great thing to look forward to,” I remarked sarcastically.
He smiled and finished out the prescription. I took it from him and shook his hand before he headed for the door.
“They can take care of checking you out up front. You have a good one, Ted.”
I put on my jacket and made my way towards the front office. After I finished paying my fee with the limited insurance I still had left (thank you credit card) I went out by the waiting area and headed for the front door, but I noticed something in my peripheral that really caught my eye.
The beautiful girl from the accident, Leia—she was sitting there nervously reading a magazine.
“Hey, there,” I said.
Leia quickly jumped to her feet.
“Wow, are you ok?” She asked.
She was so cute, still hyper concerned about me.
“I’m fine,” I said. “My knee is a bit banged up, but I’ll be alright.”
“I’m so sorry,” she said.
“Don’t be; it happens. You didn’t have to come here. I’m fine,” I said.
Leia shook her head. “No, I had to. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep without knowing you are ok.”
I opened the door and stepped out into the bright sunshine in front of the hospital. The day looked flawless. It was true; we lived in paradise. I never wanted to be anywhere else.
Leia followed right behind me.
“I appreciate the concern, but I think I’m ok. The doctor thinks my knee got a bit screwed up during the accident so he gave me some pain pills, but other than that I think I’m fine. But to be honest, I feel a lot more pain in my lower back than my knee, but the doctor didn’t seem too concerned with it.”