Into the Woods … (Part 3)

At last, Part 3, the ending of the story! I hope you all enjoy it. Here is the link to Part 2, if you missed it. Into the Wood … (Part 2)


Out of the Woods

Samantha squinted her eyes against the bright lights. Everything was white.  Who were the people staring down at her?

“Samantha, Samantha, can you hear me? It’s Dr. Richards, can you move your fingers?”

Move her fingers? Why does she need to do that, of course she can do that. She was surprised to find out that it did actually take some effort, but she did move them a little. Why was she in a hospital room?  Why did her Mom have tears in her eyes and her Dad looked like he was losing his composure as well. What was going on? Her mind was in a whirl.

“Mom! What happened? Why am I here?”

Her Mom came over to her giving her a big hug and a kiss on the cheek.

“You are at the hospital dear, we were so worried about you. You were involved in a serious car accident, we didn’t know if you were going to pull through! You have been in a coma for the past 3 days.”

At these words her Mom’s voice broke,  and her Dad reached out and pulled Samantha close to him enveloping her in a big hug. Samantha felt the wetness on his cheek.

Wow! A serious car accident, comatose for 3 days! As Samantha was trying to wrap her mind around all that she heard Dr. Richards speaking again.

“I am sure this feels very overwhelming to you right now. Do you have memories of the accident at all? What do you remember?”

“I was in the woods, I remember I had the need to run as hard and fast I could to the woods. That my lungs craved oxygen. I made it to the woods and everything felt so silent and still.

“Do you remember anything before the woods? ”


“Everyone has different experiences when they are comatose. Its my guess that your memory of being in the woods was your mind’s way of reacting to the severe trauma that your body was going through. In your mind you were running desperately, needing to breathe. While you can vividly recall being in the woods, it is very normal for you  to not remember the traumatic event that led to you being in a coma.

The memories of the car accident may come back to you and they may not, the important part is that now you are  “out of the woods” he said, with a wink and a smile.

“We will need to run some tests, but I am very glad to say that I believe you will make a full recovery.  It will take time though, you will need a lot of patience and your body will need a lot of rest.”

Dr.Richards patted Samantha’s shoulder as he walked out of the room. Her Mom took Samantha’s hand in hers giving it a gentle squeeze.

“I don’t have the words to say how full my heart feels right now. I was so scared. I love you!

Samantha felt the tears come to her eyes as she slowly moved her fingers again in her Mom’s hand. Her head started feeling heavy as she lied back down on her bed. Her eyes closed and she was at peace. She wasn’t running, gasping for air, and there was no hole. There was only a peaceful feeling, as if she was at the ocean, listening to the waves. Their soothing sound made her fall into a deep sleep.



9 thoughts on “Into the Woods … (Part 3)

  1. I’ve had the advantage of reading the whole story in one sitting! Lovely story and I do like Samantha’s (subconscious) realisation that “sometimes you just had to take a deep breath and take a step forward” and yes, to leave unnecessary bags and baggage behind. Very good.

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