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UnChained Hart: A Long Lonely Time

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Chapter Three


It was was going to be a long recovery for Dr Zoe Hart. Her Doctor then when her Mother who had tears running down with the biggest smile Zoe had ever seen on her face had both told her that. With the muscle atrophy it would take weeks if not a month or longer to build up muscle back. Her Mother who had just happened to be visiting at just the right time was taking charge asking the Doctor all the questions Zoe wished she herself could.

It seemed like everything was happening so fast, Zoe could hardly keep up she was being transfer to a hospital so they could do the tests she needed done. Her eyes were growing tired again "It's okay Zoe, Mother will be here when you wake up"

When she did wake again she wasn't in the same room she had been in. This time Zoe could hear beeping and could clearly see she was in a hospital room. Her lips felt so dry she tried to lick them but her mouth was so dry it didn't really help. She could hear her Mother's voice speaking to someone from the doorway of her room. "Are you sure she can make a full recovery?"

"All the test show she is making wonderful progress, her brain swelling is going down. She should be able to stay awake longer stretches now"

Zoe took in the information she had just learned it did make sense she had a brain injury that was healing. Hopefully soon she would be able to speak again and learn just what had happened to her, and how long she had been in this shape.

She stayed in the hospital for a month as she had progressed well above and beyond. Her feeding tube had been removed once she had gotten the hang of eating again. Speaking had taken her over two weeks to get her first word out which had been "Mom"
Candice Hart had lived at the hospital the whole month only leaving to get clean clothes and to shower.

Zoe's brain swelling had gone completely away and her head felt clear she could think straighter now. Her Mother had decided it was time for her to return to the nursing facility she had awaken from her coma in. They had a top notch physical therapy department on site to help her get walking again, and to help with all the other troubles she was bound to have in her recovery.

Candice Hart felt awful she wouldn't be able to see her daughter everyday once she returned to the nursing facility, but Zoe told her it was okay she was going to be so busy getting therapy anyway. So that's how Zoe found herself once again looking at the ceiling but this time she could turn her head and look around her room. She had been awake when they returned her from the ambulance ride over. The room was very clean and nice and even had a tv in it. But it felt like a prison to Zoe because she could not leave here under her own two feet.

The Nurse who had discovered Zoe had awaken came into the room "Hi I'm Jess, I'm your on call nurse"

"Nice to meet you Jess, I'm Zoe but I'm guessing you already know that"

And that was the start of a beautiful friendship, Jess was a hard working nurse and she like to talk and share her life troubles with Zoe. It was good for her to have a patient around her age to have a real conversation with who could understand the troubles of dating in this day and age.

The physical therapy was hard work it wasn't easy, for now she was starting to set up on her own. Next would be walking again, first with the help of a walker, then a cane if she needed it. She had a long road ahead of her.

Zoe found as the months so slowly went by she was very lonely, the highlight of her week was when her Mother visited, and she could only stay for half the day when she did there was always some type of work she had to get back too. Once she had asked her Mom if her Dad knew about what happened to her? While the only reply she had gotten from her Mother was she hadn't heard from Ethan Hart in about six months and she didn't want to talk about him anymore.

That had hurt Zoe knowing that the man she still thought of as her Father didn't care enough about her to even call about her for a update on her condition. You can bet Harley Wilkes would have called about her if he had been still alive. But he wasn't and the only Father she had ever known didn't love her tears ran down her face with those thoughts.

In the last few months though she had with physical therapy been able to walk leaving the walker behind now, she did use a cane for the weakness she still had on her right side but knew soon she would build up enough muscle that she wouldn't need that much longer either. Zoe was sure before she left here she would be walking without needing any help at all.



"Wade wait up" Zoe yelled as she kept trying to get to him he was always out of reach though just a few steps ahead of her. He would turn and smile that cocky grin at her then take a few more steps further away.

"Stop Wade wait for me" he must have finally understood what she wanted because he did stop and just as her hand touched his outstretched hand.

Zoe's eyes suddenly opened at the noise of something dropping. She turned and seen Nurse Jess bending over picking up a clipboard. Their eyes met when she got straighten up to her normal height. "Did I wake you Zoe? I'm sorry I didn't mean too"

"That's okay" Zoe said trying to forget her newest dream of Wade Kinsella. It was hard though when he popped up on her mind constantly. There was something about Wade, that she couldn't remember but it was important. It was just setting there at the edge of her mind but every time she tried to remember it gave her a headache.

"Where you dreaming about Wade again?" Nurse Jess teased.

"Wha... how do you know about Wade?" Zoe asked confused knowing she had never mentioned Wade to Nurse Jess before.

"You call his name out in your sleep" Jess answered wanting to know who this mystery man was, because he had never been in to visit Zoe not once the whole time she been here.

"A ex-boyfriend" Zoe replied not really wanting to reopen all the pain that went with thoughts of Wade Kinsella.

"He must be not just a ex-boyfriend, but the ex-boyfriend" Jess said looking Zoe in the eyes. "You know the type that hurts you so bad you decide it's time to take a break from dating"

"That's Wade alright" Zoe said feeling all the hurt over his betrayal again. He had destroy them then had wanted a second chance just to do it all over again.

"Must not been much of a guy, he has never visited you once" Jess said still smarting for her own recent breakup with Josh. Maybe her and Zoe could compare rotten men together.

"Oh no Wade would be here if he lived in New York" Zoe said confident in what she was saying knowing that Wade was a lot of things but he had always been there for her in time of need. "He lives in Alabama, I don't even know if he knows I was hurt"

"How did you meet him if he lives all the way down in Alabama?" Jess asked feeling there was more to this story of Zoe's ex then she had thought moments before. The way Zoe had seemed so sure he would be here if he knew she had been hurt. That didn't sound like a rotten guy.

"I live or I guess lived down there for awhile, my birth Father in his will left me his half of his medical practice." Zoe said not really feeling in the mood to talk more about Wade. Zoe wasn't sure just how long it had been since she had left Alabama for New York. She had been told a few times in the hospital how much time had passed but her brain injury kept making her forget so she just stopped asking. And in the months since she hadn't asked she was afraid of just how much time had passed.

"I think I'm going to try to sleep again Jess, can we talk about this another time" Zoe asked closing her eyes not waiting for a respond.


It had taken over a month but finally Jess had gotten Zoe to talk about Wade Kinsella, she learned from the good doctor how they had met and from there almost every little detail Zoe would spare. But Jess knew Zoe was holding back a lot more of the story. She knew they had dated and he had cheated and broke poor Zoe heart, that Zoe had a fling with him a few days before leaving for New York for the summer.

But something was missing from this story Jess couldn't understand how Wade could cheat on Zoe with the way she talked about how great their relationship had been up until he cheated.

Then one day after Zoe's Mother had left from a visit Jess could see Zoe was very upset. Candice Hart had only been able to stay for two hours before leaving.

"I asked my Mother how long it's been since my accident" Zoe said tears falling "has it really been two year?"
Jess nodded her head 'yes' sadly knowing this was hard for Zoe to accept.

"It's doesn't matter anymore if I can forgive Wade or not he's already moved on by now" Zoe whispered the last part as she sobbed.
"And it wasn't all his fault, some of it was my fault too."

And that was how Jess learned the true story of the love affair of one Zoe Hart and Wade Kinsella. Zoe had told Jess how when she had been telling her all about Wade she could look back now and see just how unfair she had been to him. Zoe recounted how she had thought she loved George Tucker, how she had hurt Wade not wanting a real relationship with him at first.

Looking back Zoe Hart could now see she had hurt Wade very badly time and time again, she had put almost everything before him. He had his reasons for doubting her. George Tucker was a sore spot in their relationship and what had she done instead of thinking he could win that battle of the bands on his own. She had pushed him to get George's help, like he wasn't good enough. And then she didn't even get there on time for him. She had not been the world's best girlfriend.

She remember how upset he had been when he told her he cheated that he wished he could take it back. That he had been drunk. And while it hurt thinking about it Zoe finally could do what she thought impossible with Jess' help talking about it. She had finally forgiven Wade.


Zoe Hart six months after waking from her coma was packing her bags with Jess' help waiting for her Mother to come check her out. She had been walking without the help of a cane for the last two weeks. It had been a long lonely time these last six months without Jess' friendship Zoe was sure she would have gone crazy.

"Are you going to call him?" Jess asked making sure they had everything packed for Zoe.

"Call who?" Zoe dodge the question with, this wasn't the first time Jess had asked it.

"You know who?" Jess responded with, knowing Zoe needed closure on her relationship with Wade. "Here use my phone call him"

Zoe took the phone looking at it she couldn't believe she actually still remember his number but she did dial it. Then waited for him to pick up. Then without warning she dropped Jess' phone and let out a cry like her heart had been shatter in a million piece never to be put back together again.

Jess picked up her phone and could hear "Hello anyone there?"
"Sorry wrong number" Jess said hanging up as Zoe collapsed to the floor in tears. Jess just bend down and pulled her into a hug.

"Zoe I'm sorry I shouldn't have pushed you" Jess said thinking her friend's break down was her fault.

"I remember Jess, I remember" Zoe said over and over the accident kept replaying in her mind. "My baby, I lost my baby" with that said the tears came out even stronger for the child she would never know.

"Oh Zoe, I'm so sorry sweetie" Jess said just holding her friend close. The worst thing that could happen to someone was to lose a child.

"I had just found out I was pregnant, I had tried to call Wade to tell him but I couldn't get him. He was calling me back when the accident happened" Zoe said having spend all her emotions out in the open for the world to see. Jess just held her for twenty minutes letting Zoe cry her broken heart out.

Wiping her tears away Zoe stood up knowing her Mother would be coming to pick her up at anytime she didn't want her Mother seeing her like this.

"I'm okay Jess" Zoe said as she heard a knock at her door. "Beside if I need someone to talk to I've got your number"

Candice Hart enter the room "You ready to come home Zoe?" she asked cheerfully she couldn't wait to get her little girl home with her. She could see Zoe had been crying thinking it was because she was leaving her new friend behind Candice didn't mention it.
"You're room is just how you left it that morning, the maid has only been in there to change the sheets and vacuum."

"I'm ready Mom" Zoe said eyeing Jess.
"Don't forget to call me Zoe" Jess said feeling like crying and hating that she couldn't go with Zoe right now she knew her friend needed her after just remember her loss.

"I won't I promise I will call you" Zoe said right before she and her Mother each took a bag and walked out of the room and into what Zoe was sure was her future.