Joanna’s heart pounded violently in her chest as she stood in front of Room 145.

She clenched and unclenched her fists at her sides. Once she stepped into the room, her life as she knew it would cease to exist. She tried to take a breath, but her nerves were stretched too thin to be soothed by a breath.

After living as a single child for sixteen years, she’d found out only last week from her parents that she had a sister – a twin, no less! They’d been born as Siamese twins and had to undergo separation surgery. Joanna had come out of it basically unscathed, but Julia hadn’t been so lucky. As a result, she’d had to spend all of her life hospitalized.

Joanna still hadn’t forgiven her parents for keeping it from her for so long, but she wished they had come up with her instead of waiting downstairs. At least their presence would help calm some of her nervousness.

After many agonizing minutes, Joanna let out a long and heavy breath then shook out her hands. Before she could talk herself out of it, she grabbed the door handle and pushed. There, laying on the bed and staring at her with wide eyes was the twin sister she’d never met.

Time stopped as they stared at each other, both unsure how to make the first move. Then to Joanna’s surprise, Julia broke into an amiable smile and said, “You really do look like me.”

Just like that, time started again, and Joanna let out a nervous laugh. She liked her already. Slowly, she walked toward the bed until she was sitting beside Julia. She was the picture of frailty as she lay there with IVs and wires hooked up to her, but her brown eyes were bright with curiosity and her smile was sure.

It was that smile that gave Joanna the boldness to speak. “It’s nice to meet you, Julia.”

“You too, Joanna.” She shifted slightly so that she was facing Joanna. “So, what have I missed in the last sixteen years?”

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Allan Neil
Allan Neil(@allan-neil)
6 months ago

Welcome to the unique world of flash and micro fiction Jesunifemi. What a nice start. Twins are fascinating, Siamese twins a complete mystery, but I felt the immediate warmth between the twins in your story. A very encouraging start.

Greene M Wills
Greene M Wills(@greene-m-wills)
5 months ago

Fascinating story, Nifemi! Twins are just made of magic… My hubby is one but his brother didn’t make it at their birth. He told me many times that he feels like something is missing, that he he is incomplete… I guess your story reflects just the strong bond twins have, whether they know it or not…

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
5 months ago

What an exciting story, Nifemi. Since I have an identical twin brother myself, it was particularly interesting for me to take part of it. While reading, I was thinking that something like this situation could have been our fate. You have described Julia’s emotional state very well, as well as Joanna breaking the ice with her loving question. Very well written!

Daniel Onchoka
Daniel Onchoka(@daniel-onchoka)
5 months ago

A very touching story. One is left pondering all the emotions that they shared during their encounter, all the places their conversation could go, and beyond that, how they shared their lives thereafter.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei(@margarida-brei)
5 months ago

Welcome to Voice.Club, Nifemi. I like how you take the reader into the protagonist’s feelings of fear of entering the room, anger at her parents and other mixed sensations. Yet, the last line ended on a humorous tone.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
5 months ago

Wow! It was very interesting first story, Nifemi. Truly the twins bond to each other is very mysterious. You perfectly portrayed every emotion. I love it. Very well done.

A warm welcome to voice club. I am excited on reading more stories from you.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Nifemi Banigbe
5 months ago

You’re most welcome, Nifemi.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
4 months ago

Welcome to, Nifemi. This is a wonderful story. I wonder if Joanna felt as though she had something missing from her life all those years. Nicely done

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