“Go to the hospital!”
Scared stiff, Sara swung around. Who had spoken? She was alone in her apartment. And yet, she had heard a voice, loud and clear, coming from right behind her.
She calmed down, decided that her imagination had played a trick on her and proceeded with her preparations. Today was the day she would visit her son and she was eager to leave.
In the second she put her hand on the doorknob, ready to leave, the voice spoke again, “Go to the hospital!” This time, it sounded even more determined.
‘Who is there?” she said aloud. “Who is talking to me?”
Only silence surrounded her.
*
In the car, Sara was pondering what had happened. How could a voice, coming from her own imagination, sound so real?
She set out on the highway in the direction of her son, trying to focus on the traffic.
After a few minutes’ driving, she heard the order, “Go to the hospital!” again, this coming from the back seat. She almost swirled off the road, again shocked by the mysterious voice.
This time, she decided to obey.
*
As she walked into the emergency department, Sara wondered, “What am I going to say? There is nothing wrong with me. This is ridiculous!”
“I have a terrible headache,” she told the receptionist, feeling embarrassed for telling a lie.
*
After having studied various lab tests and examined her carefully, the doctor sat down with Sara.
“I’m sorry, Mrs Svensson, but we just can’t find anything,” he said. “I suggest that you come back later if your problem persists. It could be the effect of stress or weather changes.”
*
Next thing she knew, she woke up in a hospital bed. Feeling a thick bandage over her skull, she slowly opened her puffed-up eyes. She saw her son sitting by the bedside with a worried look on his face.
Sara made an effort to speak, “What… happened?”
“Mother, you had a very severe rupture of a blood vessel in your brain. If you hadn’t already been in a hospital, nothing could have saved you!”

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Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

Wow! I love how you built the tension in the story. Of course, I was expecting she would find her son at the hospital. A great twist and very lucky she listened to those mysterious voices. Well done – I thoroughly enjoyed reading it 🙂

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

I think you honoured her with your story, Christer. It makes it even more special knowing it is based on fact. Although not always as dramatic, we often have a voice or feeling that we should go down a particular path; how or why is a mystery but a very fortunate one!

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Greene M Wills
Greene M Wills(@greene-m-wills)
1 year ago

A spirit guide? A guardian angel? One might wonder but it doesn’t really matter. I loved the way you build the tension with your invisible deus ex machina’s stark advice and the resulting good outcome for the lady. Inspired!

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Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
1 year ago

Yes, Christer, I think we were all sitting on the edges of our seats as we read through the paragraphs. Then to find out that this is based on a true story – incredible. You do seem to have the most amazing situations in your real life that lend themselves beautifully to your skill with the written word. Congratulations on another well-written story!

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

A very powerful story Christer. It goes to show that, every now and again, we really ought to listen to the voices in our head. One of the ladies I used to look after always seemed able to predict when her husband was going to have another stroke. Well written and captivating read.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

They’d been married for sixty years and she’d cared for him like a child all their married life. She knew every nuance of his behaviour, so anything even slightly out of the ordinary made her worry. I believe that helped her with her predictions. It was really extraordinary to observe.

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
1 year ago

This story is wonderful. There is so much, as humans, that we don’t understand. I found the build-up in this story exciting. Whether it was luck or something else I feel you’ve given the reader something to think about. Another great story Christer, congratulations!

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Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart(@melissa-taggart)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

I absolutely agree with everything you’ve said. I’d only add that knowing everything there is to know would make things terribly boring. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

A gripping story Christer with an unexpected twist. Like others, I too was imagining the worse for her son. I was also thinking exactly what Fuji commented re. your life experiences. You say you are grateful to share them. We are equally as grateful to read them. Keep them coming!

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

It is great Christer and you are so right, some conversations really do impact you and stay with you always.

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
1 year ago

Wow! I love this story. It just reminded me of a story I should have written. My younger sister has also had a similar experience.

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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
1 year ago

Though my sister’s wasn’t surgery, it was that of hearing a guiding voice. When she narrated her encounter to me, it sounded so incredible. I’m glad you are confirming her story.

Clare Marsh
Clare Marsh(@clare-marsh)
1 year ago

I found myself willing her to listen to that insistent voice – thank goodness she did!

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

What a nice twist in the end, Christer. I love it so much.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Christer Norrlof
1 year ago

You’re welcome, Christer.

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