She woke hours later as she was being wheeled down the hospital. “What? What’s going on? Where are you taking me?” asked Lena.
“No hablo Ingles,” said the attendant as he shook his head vigorously back and forth. “No hablo Ingles.”
She assumed it meant he didn’t speak English. She was in Costa Rica so that made sense. She was glad she remembered where she was and that her name was Lena Drake. It was a relief her short term memory still worked. She was wheeled into a room with a large, circular machine. It was large and looked worrisome.
Another man came into the room and said a few words to the attendant who had brought me down the hallway. He took the clipboard from the man and then looked over the paperwork there.
“Hola, Senorita,” said the second man. “My name is Doctor Lopez. Doctor Aguilar has requested a C-scan to check your brain.”
Lena could tell he was having a hard time with English but was glad he was making an effort.
“Thank-you for telling me what is happening,” said Lena. “I asked the other guy but he didn’t speak English.”
“Yes, yes, well I need you to go in the machine and just relax and we take pictures so to give them to Dr. Aguilar. It will make noise but it okay. Okay?” asked Dr. Lopez.
She nodded her head. What else could she do? She needed to be well so she could get answers. When we finished, Dr. Lopez had her wheeled back to her room but not before he asked her for her autograph. She signed his doctor’s pad with her name Lena Drake. She was glad she remembered her name. It was a small triumph among all this overwhelming confusion and sense of loss.
The attendant rolled her down the hallway in silence, which was fine with her since neither of them spoke the same language. As they approached her room, she noticed a woman pacing back and forth who was wringing her hands and talking to herself. She hoped she had answers and not more problems for her. She had enough of those right now! When she was wheeled into the room, the lady stopped and stared at her. The woman didn’t move, just stared. It was a little disconcerting.
“Lanie, Lanie, it’s really you, isn’t it?” asked the young woman, for she appeared very young now that we were in the room together.
“You’re going to have to tell me. I don’t really know who I am or who you are. It’s been a very bad week but I thought my name was Lena,” I tried to laugh but couldn’t quite manage it.
“Lanie, it is you. I’m so glad,” she said as she tried to give her a big bear hug.
Lena let out a little moan and the strange woman jumped back. Her hug had tugged at Lena’s shoulder a bit too much.
“Sorrrry, sorry, Lanie, I didn’t mean to hurt you,” she said. “I’m just so glad you’re alive. I thought I’d never see you again.”
“Why don’t you start by telling me who you are and what happened to me because I don’t remember a thing. Is my nickname Lanie?” I asked.
“You may not remember much but you are still acting just like you. Okay, business it is. I’m your younger sister Lily. I am three years younger than you which makes me 21, although people say I could easily pass for 15 which might be great when I’m 50 but not so exciting right now. You have a twin sister name Lena and we have an older sister, Lavinia. Yes, our parents had a thing for the letter L. Our sister Lena is a very, very famous actress. She is kind of the benefactor of the family, since Mom and Dad died. They were killed in an auto accident about three years ago. Anyway, we all live with her in Hollywood and have a big, happy family of women,” said Lily.
“So I’m not a famous movie star but the twin sister of a famous movie star?” she asked because her head was swirling in confusion.
“Yep, but we let the press think that Lena had been kidnapped because we didn’t want the pirates to kill you. We wanted them to think you were valuable, which you are, to us, and Lena would have paid any price to get you back.”
“What is this about pirates?” Lena/Lanie asked. Things were getting very confusing.
“Well, Lena has a boyfriend and his name is Jason Buren. He’s an actor too. It was his yacht we were on when the pirates came aboard and kidnapped you. We were headed to the island San Andres off the coast of Nicaragua, where Lena likes to vacation since it’s away from prying eyes. Lena was below deck reading a new script and the rest of us were up sunbathing and enjoying the beautiful weather when this boat pulled along beside us. It was just like the movies. The pirates threw up these rope ladders and climbed aboard the yacht. They were dressed as pirates, like the Disney Pirates of the Caribbean.
We think they were probably Columbian drug lords looking for drugs on the yacht but when they recognized you, they grabbed you instead. Once we realized they were going to take you, we tried to trade them for the drugs Jason had but they said you were far more valuable than drugs. They started dragging you off the boat and that’s when Lena came up top and hid and took some footage of the pirates dragging you off the boat. We gave the footage to the FBI and CIA so they could try and find you but some of it got leaked to the press and you’ve been on every channel all over the world. You are just as famous as Lena, although you were thought to be Lena in that footage so that might mean Lena is just more famous. But, it was you Lanie, in the video, so you’re still famous, just in disguise,” said Lily.
“Okay, now my head really is spinning,” said Lanie.
Check back tomorrow to see if Lanie's head ever stops spinning! It can't get any crazier, can it?