Author's Note: You haven't seen a new story from me in a while, huh? Well, not a chaptered one anyway. But yes, I am back. I'd been wanting to write this for a long time, and finally decided, 'why the hell not?', so here it is.
I know I still have a lot of stories that need updating, but don't worry, I haven't forgotten. The only reason I haven't updated most of them is because the chapter outlines for them is stuck on my broken computer, and I haven't gotten all the data back yet.
That right there, is why I allowed myself to write this one. It probably won't be amazingly long, but I have a feeling I'm going to really enjoy writing this.
Also, tiny spoiler: Don't let what you read in this chapter fool you into thinking this story is a Brooke/Nathan. It is far from, trust me.
Couples: -Cough- Let's just say it's a fan favorite. Hehe.
Background Notes: There are almost no spoilers in this story. It's completely alternate universe. Nathan and Lucas are full brothers (Nathan is two years younger), and their parents are Dan and Deb. Keith is of no relation to them. And no one knows each other like they do on the show. They didn't go to high school together, etc, etc.
Disclaimer: Obviously, I don't own One Tree Hill. And this story is based on the movie 'The I Inside' starring Ryan Philippe. It's an amazing movie and I recommend it to everyone. The title of the story as well as the lyrics at the beginning belong to Pinback, one of the best bands in the universe.
Dedication: This story is dedicated to Ange. A late birthday present, if you will. Love you, my little Londoner.
Summary: Nathan Scott awakens in a hospital not recalling the last two years of his life, and with the ability to travel back and forth through the time period, finding a link between him and a life he never agreed to join.
Gnawing on the prey
I think about you some
Where to put you
All backed up data for a raining time
Insulate a fragile mind
Capsulize a broken find
"Hey. Don't worry, okay? I'm going to take you on a little ride. You're going to be just fine, buddy."
His eyes snapped open, instantly surveying their unfamiliar surroundings. He was obviously in some sort of hospital, judging by the equipment around him. The room was painted an off-white, with a border of flowers under the ceiling.
Nathan quickly turned to look at the person sitting in the chair beside his bed. His hair was dark, and he had the slightest amount of facial hair. His eyes were a dull shade of brown. A white coat hung comfortably from his shoulders, and a pad of paper sat in his lap.
"Who are you? What is this?" He struggled to sit up, rubbing his head. It hurt to talk, and he found one hand at his throat.
"Calm down, Nathan. It's okay. I'm Doctor Keith Roe, and you've been in a car accident. We had to operate on you, but you're doing okay."
"Car accident?" He looked down at his arms, covered in black and blue bruises.
"Yes. Last night. We, um, lost you for a few moments. But we quickly got you back. You're one of the luckier ones. I guess," He smiled warmly. "You could call this your second chance at life."
Nathan swallowed. "Can I please have some water?"
"Of course." The doctor nodded, pouring Nathan a cup of water from the jug already beside him.
"Thank you." He laid back down, squeezing his eyes shut.
"I just have a few questions for you, if that'd be alright."
Keith Roe pulled a pen out of his jacket, and looked towards the pad of paper in his hands. "Okay, so, obviously, we've established that your name is Nathan. Do you know your last name?"
Nathan made a face. "Scott."
"Okay. You don't remember last night?"
"Not really." He shrugged.
Keith nodded. "Do you know where you were born? Or where you-"
"Doc, I know who I am. My full name's Nathaniel Martin Scott, and I was born and raised in Tree Hill, North Carolina. My mother's name is Deb, and my father's was Dan. I have one brother, and his name is Lucas." Nathan shrugged confidently.
"Good. Okay. Just a couple more questions. Do you know what day it is?"
"Sure, it's.. uh.." He frowned. "Wednesday?"
Doctor Roe bit his lip, looking down. "Do you know the month?"
Nathan looked out the window. "Uh…man, I'm so terrible with dates. But judging by how it looks outside, I'd say.. some time around summer?"
"Do you know what month of summer?"
Doctor Roe shrugged, smiling. "It's okay. How about the year?"
It took him a while. "Well, if last year was 2003, then.. It'd be the year 2004, now."
"How about your wife's name?"
Nathan looked more confused than he had when he'd first woken up. Doctor Roe studied his expression intently. "I'm married?"
"For just under two years." The doctor nodded.
"Oh.." He wasn't sure what else to say.
Keith Roe was silent for a few moments as he wrote in his pad of paper. "Nathan, the date is Friday, July 24th, 2006, which makes you twenty-seven years old. Your wife's name is Brooke."
Nathan repeated the name slowly under his breath. He had no memory of a Brooke. "I don't understand.."
"I believe that you're suffering from short term memory loss that seems to have taken the past two years from your memory. The last date you remember is sometime in 2003 or 2004, a little before you met your wife."
"So what? I'm never going to know what's happened to me in the past two years?" This was bullshit. Absolute bullshit.
"Don't worry. Most victims of short term memory loss gain their memories back. Really, it's like a," Keith paused. "It's like a puzzle. It's all just a matter of fitting the pieces back together."