The girl that was now Audrey looked up at Nathan with a blank expression. In her eyes you could see it was Audrey even though they were vastly different in colour but she didn't seem to know who Nathan was. "Who are you?" she asked in a higher pitch than her voice used to be. She stared at him as she took her hand away unconprehending. "Where's Tanner?" she asked in a quieter voice.
Tanner was her last boyfriend before Nathan; the one who she had left with the help of Nathan. He was very abusive to her and they'd been engaged before she and Nathan were. The doctor just stood back and observed what was happening in front of him.
"Audrey, you left Tanner a while ago. It's me, Nathan. Don't you remember?" Nathan's voice was choked as he looked at her. He gently brushed his thumb over her cheek. "Nathan...your fiance...the man who loves you more than any other man..." He was still fighting back tears. This was difficult for him.
Audrey cringed away from Nathan's touch moving away again. "No... I-I'm engaged to Tanner." she whispered looking over at the doctor for help. He was her family doctor and had been around from her birth. "Audrey dear this is your fiance." he said gently. When he saw that Audrey's expression wasn't changing he looked to Nathan. "Mr. Cross I've called her parents. They're on their way to help her sort through this."
Little did the doctor know was that Audrey's parents didn't like Nathan. They'd always thought that he'd taken Audrey away from her family. Back before Audrey had met Nathan she was going to law school and engaged to Tanner. Nathan had helped her see that she wanted to pursue an art career and she ended up dropping out of college to take classes in the city at an art institute. That wasn't the way that her parents had seen it though.
Nathan sighed. "I wouldn't put it past them to tell her lies to get her to do what they want." He muttered, looking back at Audrey. "Tanner hurt you, remember? You didn't want to marry him but you were afraid. I helped you Audrey. I helped you do all the things you wanted instead of what people were making you do."
"I've already told them that it is of the upmost importance that they act as if everything was how it was. It will help her heal better if you all just act normal." the doctor spoke to Nathan but looked at Audrey. She looked confused and her eyes kept darting back an forth between Nathan and her doctor. "But I must warn you Mr. Cross... She may never get her memory back. The brain is a mysterious organ that I doubt anyone will ever fully understand."
Nathan whimpered like a child, closing his eyes. "As if things weren't already bad enough..." He whispered. "I can't make her fall in love with me twice..." He felt like holding back tears was soon to no longer be an option, and he certainly didn't want to cry in front of anyone.
The doctor's eyes were old and crinkled around the outside edges with sadness. "Don't give up hope." he said trying to comfort Nathan again.
Audrey hadn't seen her parents in a few years because of past issues. It wasn't just that she'd quit collage though that was a main part. No she stopped talking to her parents after she found out of the affair her father had with a friend of hers. The fact that her mother still kept her dad made it hard to associate with her mother and not just her father. Nathan obviously knew all of this; they had been engaged.
When Audrey's parents walked in a few minutes later though she seemed to forget all about the affair. She'd found out about it shortly after Tanner and she had broken up and all she could remember was being in love and engaged to Tanner so far. "Mom." she whispered when the two people walked in. Audrey's mother, Serra, immediately went to her and hugged her close. "My girl." she whispered even though Audrey was so different now. Her father, Winsten stood back by Nathan with the disapproving attitude he'd always had. He didn't say anything but that he blamed Nathan for all this was no mystery and radiated off him for everyone to see.
Nathan was tense, wishing Audrey trusted him. Wishing he'd had the chance to warn her about her parents. But he could do nothing. He had no control. No trust. No one there even liked him. "Good to see you again too." He muttered sarcastically.
Serra gave Nathan a sincere smile. Audrey's mother didn't hate Nathan and always had tried to be civil with him in the past. "It's nice to see you even through these circumstances." she said. Audrey looked at her mom with confused eyes. "You do know him?" She looked over at Nathan trying her hardest to remember something about this male but there was nothing.
Nathan hung his head. It was like a nightmare. The girl of your dreams completely forgetting you. Might as well be a completely different person. "Of course she knows me, Audrey. I'm your fiance." He muttered, halfway to just giving up and leaving.
"Yes we know him Audrey." Serra said gently ignoring the hard look her husband gave her. Winsten had found this to be the perfect opportunity to cut Nathan out of Audrey's life for good. "He is your fiance. You were set to be married in just a few weeks." Audrey looked up at her mom and then at Nathan again. "You... We live together?" she whispered. To her it was like talking to a complete stranger.
Nathan sighed and nodded, grimacing. "Yes, we do." He murmured. Pain shone clearly in his eyes as he looked at the face of a stranger who believed him to be a stranger when he wasn't. "We have for a while..."
Audrey studied Nathan wishing she wasn't so confused and clueless. "So what does this mean?" she whispered to her mom still watching Nathan with new eyes. Her dad was the one to talk. "I think it would be best if you came home; moved back in with us. We can help you sort everything out."
Nathan sighed deeply. "He's right actually. It's probably better you stay with someone you remember than to go living with someone you see as a stranger." He hated this. Really, really hated this.
"I don't think that that is such a good idea." the doctor cut in through Winsten's triumph. "I think it would be best if Audrey went home with Nathan. It would increase the chances of her getting her memory back. She needs to go back to her normal routine as much as possible." Audrey listened to the doctor and nodded slowly. She was always a more reasonable thinker and this seemed to make sense.
Nathan winced. Yeah, let her come home with him and rub it in his face she doesn't remember anything. He'd lost his fiance, he was sure. There was no more Audrey. Not the girl he fell in love with. He sighed. "Very well, I'll take her home."
"Well if you don't want her we'll be happy to take her. You ruined her life anyway." Audrey's dad told him in a nonchalant manner. Serra frowned at her husband. "Winsten... Be civil please." the doctor looked at Nathan a little surprised that he seemed so willing to just give Audrey up whether she was the same or not.
"I didn't ruin her life!" Nathan said, raising his voice a little. "I helped her chase her dreams! I helped her get the life she wanted! You should be supporting her in her dream rather than being such an a.ss about it! You want her with the very man who abused her! Who she was afraid of! At least I love her and I want her to be happy above all else." He shook his head, "I need fresh air." He headed for the door.