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Doreen knelt in front of her bed with her hands clasped together, tears streaming down her face.
“Please don’t take my girls away from me. They haven’t even lived yet. If I lose one of them, I lose both of them. Please don’t turn me motherless at this age. Have mercy upon me and save my girls. Wherever the other is, be it Panyin or Kakra, please help the search team find her. Please hear my prayer in Jesus’ name.”
She opened her tearful eyes to meet the innocent eyes of her granddaughter. She smiled.
“Let’s go and see your mother.”
“So who is it at the hospital?” Doreen asked when George returned home.
“I don’t know.”
“What do you mean you don’t know?”
“You know I can’t tell them apart,” he said as he sat down.
“I’ve never been able to understand why you’ve made no effort to know your own children all these years! For crying out loud, how can you even prove you’re their father if you can’t tell them apart?” Doreen asked on top of her voice.
“Calm down. I know you’re upset because of the incident but don’t take it out on me. Even your son-in-law couldn’t tell who it was.”
“Oh how, he knows them very well. He doesn’t even his eyes to figure who is who.”
“Well, someway somehow, he can’t. She has a head injury and was still unconscious when I was leaving. Kobby said he can’t tell without looking into her eyes.”
“Head injury? Oh God, please don’t let it be serious. And no news about the other sister?”
“Nope. We called the officer and he said there’s no trace of her.”
“This can’t be happening. Not now when everything was going so well. Kakra was going to get married…Panyin is a new mother…everything was fine. Why now?”
“God is in control.”
“He has to be or else…” She began to sob.
“Kobby said he’d stay by her side till she wakes up.” She nodded. She wondered how he must be feeling.
“Stay strong, man. Everything will be fine.”
“Quick question: if the other twin never turns up and you were to pray for the one lying on the bed right now, who would you want her to be? Your wife or the one your heart beats for?” Kobby’s best friend asked.
“I don’t know…Daphne is the mother of my child and the baby needs her…but I can’t think of never seeing Delphine again. It’s heartbreaking just to think it,” Kobby confessed.
“Let’s hope they find the other sister.”
“Talk to you soon, buddy.”
“Sure, thanks for hearing me out.” He ended the call. He stared at the unconscious face.
Who did he want her to be? Who did he need her to be?
“I’m sorry, sir but our search has been futile. We couldn’t find anybody near the accident scene and nothing shows there was another person in the car. We will keep looking though,” the police officer assured the Coleman parents.
“Thank you sir. Please don’t give up on my daughter. If she dies, the one in the hospital will surely follow if she hears of it. Please…” George pleaded.
“I understand. We will do our best.” They shook hands.
Doreen looked at her granddaughter who had finally fallen asleep after a restless night. She was sleep-deprived and anxious. Though she had a daughter safe at the hospital, she couldn’t help but feel she had lost both of them. Who was it out there? Who did she wish to be in the hospital?
She groaned and touched her bandaged head. Kobby rushed to her side.
“Hey…you’re awake.” Her eyes fluttered open and met his eyes.
“Del…Daph?” She blinked and stared blankly at him.
“How are you feeling?”
“My head hurts.”
“Of course. Let me get you the doctor.” He rushed outside and came back with the doctor in charge of her. He checked her eyes.
“Can you tell me your name, Miss?”
“I’m…I’m…I’m…” Kobby and the doctor shared a look.
“That’s alright. What’s the last thing you remember?” She blinked as she tried hard to recall.
“I…I don’t remember,” she said shakily, tears forming in her eyes.
“That’s okay. Don’t get upset over that. I’m sure it’s the trauma over the accident. The memories will return as you recover. Don’t worry. We’ll have to perform a few tests to evaluate the extent of your head injury. Will be right back.” He nodded at Kobby and left the room. Kobby went to her side.
“Hey…” He took her hand in his.
“What is my name?” She asked.
“Daphne…no, Delphine. No…”
“I have two names?”
“You have a twin sister. I don’t know why I can’t seem to confidently say you’re Daphne or Delphine.”
“I have a twin sister? Where is she?”
“She…we can’t find her. The police is still looking.”
“You two were involved in an accident. You were returning from this retreat of a sort and you had an accident.”
“And you are?”
“I’m Kobby; your husband…” Her eyes widened. “…or my sister-in-law.”
There was a slight knock on the door. They both turned their heads. George and Doreen entered.
“She’s awake!” Doreen said happily.
“Hello baby girl,” she said as she went to her bedside.
“Your daughter has missed you.”
She looked at her in confusion and turned to look at Kobby.
“She doesn’t remember.”
“She doesn’t remember she’s a mother?” Doreen asked, alarmed.
“She doesn’t remember who she is. Are you sure she’s Daphne?” Kobby asked.
“Of course, I’m sure.” Doreen took a closer look at her on the bed.
“Wait…I think it’s Kakra.” She took her hand and examined it.
Both men watched her, holding their breath. Only she could tell them who she was.
“I’m not sure…” Doreen said, after several minutes. Both men released the air they were holding on to.
“I’m your mother. And this is your daughter…niece.” Doreen showed her the baby.
“I don’t remember her…” she said, about to cry.
“It’s okay if you don’t remember. The doctor says your memories will come soon,” Kobby assured her.
“You said I have a twin sister? Please find her.”
“We will. Now concentrate on getting better.” The doctor came in with a nurse.
“We would ask for you to kindly excuse us whiles we examine her.”
“Sure, doctor.” The three stepped out.
“Are you sure it’s Panyin?” George asked his wife.
“No…I think it’s Kakra.”
“How do you know?” She didn’t reply. Kobby buried his head in his palms.
“Hey…Kobby right?” She asked when Kobby entered. He smiled.
“Yes. How are you feeling today?”
“Better though I still don’t remember anything.”
“That’s fine. You’ll soon remember.” He held her hand. They smiled at each other.
“Thank you for taking care of me.”
“Well, it’s my job. I’m either your husband or your brother-in-law; so either way, I’m family.”
“In case I never…remember, who would you want me to be?”
He stared at her as he pondered over the question.
“Honestly, I don’t know. In case you never remember…who would you want to be?”
“The one you want me to be,” she said, squeezing his hand. He chuckled.
“Any news about my sister?”
“None. It’s been a week now and I fear the trail is growing cold.”
“How’s the baby?”
“Missing her mother.” She nodded.
“I’d love to see her. She could keep me company.”
“Be careful what you ask for. You would want to hand her over in the next five minutes.”
She chuckled. He looked at her finger.
“Searching for a ring mark?” She asked, watching him. He gave her a thin smile.
“I’m not her, am I? That makes me Delphine, right?”
“I don’t know,” he said to himself.
“I’m sorry I’m not her.”
“Don’t be. I need you to get well.”
“I will.” He brought her hand to his lips and kissed it.
“Okay sure. See you tomorrow.” Kobby ended the call.
“Who was it?” Doreen asked as she rocked the baby to sleep.
“Robert. He wants to see her tomorrow.”
“Okay. What are you worried about then?”
“If Daphne is really gone…this baby needs her mother and you know Del and I…”
“I know. Are you saying you want Kakra to take the place of your wife?”
“Would that make me a bad person?”
“That would be stealing her from her man.”
“They are not married yet,” Kobby said.
“What if Panyin is to show up? What would you do then? Unless you’re praying she doesn’t.”
“Of course not. I’m just saying…”
“Who did you tell Robert the one in the hospital is? Your wife or your in-law?”
“I told him I didn’t know.”
“But you do know.”
“No, I don’t. Sometimes, she talks like Delphine; other times, she says things that only Daphne would say. I’m tempted to think that they are both alive in her.”
“I keep praying to God that he brings her back to me; that wherever she may be, she’s getting the best care.”
“I pray for that too.”
“I think you should leave the choice to her, Kobby. Let her decide who she wants to be with…even without her memories,” Doreen advised. Kobby nodded.
Her heart missed a beat when she saw her face on the TV screen. She took the remote control and increased the volume.
“…Coleman who got missing after being involved in an accident with her twin sister. Anyone who has sighted her anywhere should kindly contact the following numbers…”
“Knock knock.” She quickly switched off the TV.
“Come in.” Kobby entered.
“Hey…how are you doing today?”
“The headache is going down which is a good sign.”
“That’s good. You have a visitor.”
“Who?” Robert entered.
“Hi, I’m Robert.”
“Hi…nice to meet you. Robert is my…” she said, waiting for Kobby to fill in the blank space.
“Robert is Delphine’s fiancé.”
“Oh I see. Hi.”
“Hi…I hear you don’t remember?”
“Yeah which is quite overwhelming. It’s either I’m his wife and mother of his child or your fiancée. That’s a lot to take in.”
“I’ll leave you two alone to talk,” Kobby said and left the room. Robert walked to the bed.
“Unlike Kobby, I couldn’t tell you apart as twins. And even he said, he’s not sure which twin you are.”
“Maybe he is but he doesn’t want to accept it.”
“Anyway, I want you to know that I’m here for you no matter what.”
“Even if I’m not your fiancée?”
“Let’s not think about that right now, okay?”
“Yeah sure but I wouldn’t want you to waste your time on me if I’m not the twin you’re hoping me to be.” Robert sighed.
“Why does it sound like you’re already rejecting me? Is it because Kobby got to you first?”
“This has nothing to do with Kobby. This is about me, being checked on to see who I belong to.”
“How did it go?” Kobby asked when Robert came out.
“I don’t think she’s Delphine. She doesn’t sound like her. It must be your wife. I’m out of here,” he said and walked away. Kobby entered the room.
“Are you okay? Did your conversation go well?”
“I don’t know…whoever he is, I’ve no interest in him. If I’m really Delphine, then I’m definitely not going to marry him.”
“I don’t think I can live with him for the rest of my life.” Kobby shook his head.
“Now you’re beginning to sound like Daphne.”
“Awww…must be frustrating for you, huh?”
“Do you remember or not?”
“Oh you think I’m faking it? I have a sister who is still missing and I’m stuck on this bed with people trooping in telling me they are my this or that and you think I’m enjoying it? I may be a mother or an aunt for all you know and look at me here. I wish all this is a really bad dream that my sister and I can laugh about tomorrow because everyone looking at me weirdly thinking that it would somehow jog my memory is driving me crazy!”
“Calm down. There’s no need to get all excited, okay? We’re all at our nerves’ end here.”
She slumped back into her pillow, crossed her arms and sighed. None of them spoke for a while.
“How’s the baby doing?” She asked, her voice gone soft.
“She’s fine, I guess.”
“May I see her?”
“Of course. I’m sure she’d like to see you too.” They smiled at each other.
Kobby got out of his car and locked the doors. He took off his shades and noticed a hand waving at him. He walked towards Robert’s table and sat down. He ordered for ginger ale.
“How’s she doing?” Robert asked.
“She’s good. Was discharged two days ago.”
“You know the twins better than I do. Is she your Daphne or my Delphine?”
“I don’t know.”
“Come on, you do know. You once said, you see with your heart and not your eyes. You know if she’s your wife or my fiancée unless it’s my girl your heart is really after.”
“I understand how it’s hard for you to believe but…”
“Was she wearing the ring I gave her or was she wearing your ring?”
“She had no ring on.”
“So what now?”
“The ball is in her court. The fact that her sister has still not been found is giving me sleepless nights. One minute, she speaks like Delphine; the next minute, she’s all up in your face like Daphne.”
“And nothing has triggered her memories so far?”
“Is she even making the effort to remember?” Kobby stared at him in reply.
“What if the other sister was not in the car at the time of the accident? What if she refuses to remember? Do you wish her to remember?” Robert asked.
© Josephine Amoako 2017