Across The World || Dan Howell

Dan and Phil move into a bigger apartment because they decided to take in an exchange student. Meanwhile, Avery is on her way to London to meet her host family, who happens to be Dan and Phil. What happens when she gets there is more than she expected.


17. Remember

Chapter 14


Autgor's Note:

Sorry if this was unclear, but Phil was in the coma for 2 weeks and Rachel left the hospital a week and a half ago :) 

Dan's POV

"You know I hate it when you squeeze my hand that hard", Phil said weakly. I couldn't believe it. He was awake. My best friend was awake. He was back.

"Phil, I'm so glad you're alright!", I said excitedly.

"I'm happy you're back, Phil! Rachel is going to be so happy!", Avery said.

"Um, pardon me, but who is Phil and who is Rachel?", Phil asked.

"Wh-what?", I asked.

"And who are you?", Phil asked Avery.

" don't remember who you are? And you don't remember your friends", Avery said.

"Not really, but for some reason, I remember you Dan", Phil said.

Just then, the doctor poked his head in and said, "Excuse me, Dan? Could I speak to you outside for a minute?". So I stood up and followed the doctor out if the room.

"Is there something wrong?", I asked.

"Actually, yes. The head trauma that Mr. Lester suffered was more severe than we assumed. He has amnesia, as you have seen. Unfortunately, there is not much we can do for him here. I would suggest taking him home and showing him some familiar surroundings to jog his memory. That is the best I can do", the doctor said.

I took a deep breath and said, "Well...okay doctor...?"

"Smith. Doctor John Smith", he said.

"Oh okay", I said as I looked at the door that led to Phil's room. I looked up to tell the doctor thank you, but he had already started walking down the hallway with a short-ish woman with shoulder length blond hair who was wearing a jean jacket. So I just went back into Phil's room.

"Is everything alright?", Avery asked.

"Hm? Oh yeah. Hey Phil, good news. You can go home now", I said as calmly as I could.

"Oh good. I'm ready to leave this place", he said with a smile.

So we went to the front desk and checked Phil out of the hospital. Then we got a cab and went back to the apartment.

"Where are we going?", Phil asked.

"We are going back to our apartment. I'm not sure if you remember, but we live together, and about 3 and a half months ago, she came to stay with us. Her name is Avery", I said, hoping Phil would remember at least something. 

"I don't remember you, so...uh...nice to meet you again", Phil said. Avery and I just sighed at our failed attempt to jog Phil's memory.

Avery's POV

We walked up the stairs to apartment. Phil walked in the door and he had kind of a confused look on his face.

"Sorry,'s my room?", he asked.

"Oh um it's over here. Follow me", I said. Then Dan led Phil down the hallway towards his room.

I decided to call Rachel and tell her how Phil was doing.

"Hello?", Rachel answered.

"Hey Rachel it's me", I said.

"Oh hi Avery! How are you?", she said.

"I'm fine. How are you?", I said.

"Good, thank you. So glad to be out of that hospital", she said

"That's good", I sighed.

"What's the matter? You seem sad", Rachel said.

"Well...I called to tell you know how Phil is doing", I said.

"Oh gosh is he alright?", Rachel asked.

"Um...not exactly", I said.

"Wh-what happened?", she asked worriedly.

"He kind of lost most of his memory", I said.

"What do you mean 'most' of his memory?", she asked.

"It's just that he doesn't remember anyone. Not even himself. He only remembers Dan", I said.

"Hm. That's really strange", Rachel said.

"Very", I said.

"Well, I gotta go now. But you keep me updated on how Phil is doing", Rachel said.

"Of course", I said.

"Mkay. Bye, Avery", Rachel said.

"Bye", I said. Then I hung up.

"Who was that?", Dan asked as he walked into the lounge.

"That was Rachel. I just wanted to let her know how Phil was doing", I said.

"Mm", Dan mumbled.

"So how is he doing now?", I asked.

"I took him to his room, but nothing's made him remember anything. I tried showing him our book, but he acted like he had no idea what it was. I tried showing him and old picture of him and his mum, but all he said was 'Who are they?'", Dan said sadly.

"Well, we just have to keep trying", I said.

"Yeah I guess", Dan said weakly.

"Where is he now?", I asked.

"He said he smelled like hospital and insisted that he needed a shower. He's in there now", Dan said.

"Mkay. Have you told his family anything?", I said.

"No not yet. I'm going to do that tomorrow", Dan said.

"Oh okay", I said, "Maybe some of his favorite animes will help him remember. It's a bit of a long shot, but it's worth a try".

"That's a good idea", Dan said.

"What's a good idea?", Phil asked as he walked into the lounge in his Star Wars pajamas.

"We're going to show you some of your favorite shows and see if they help you remember anything", Dan said.

"Oh um okay", Phil said.

We started with Attack On Titan of course. One of his favorite animes ever. While the show entertained him, it didn't jog his memory at all. So we tried Parasyte The Maxim next. Again, he loved the show, but he still didn't remember anything. 

"Maybe showing him some old home videos from when he was little or taking him to his favorite places around London will help him remember", I thought to myself.

"Mkay I'm going to go to bed. Goodnight guys", Dan said.

"Already? It's only 10:30", I said surprised.

"Yeah I'm just tired", he said.

"You haven't even aimlessly browsed the internet today", I said, shocked.

"Like I said. Just tired. See you in the morning", Dan said quickly. Then he was off.

"What's wrong with him?", Phil asked me.

"I think he misses someone", I said.

"Who?", Phil asked.

"His best friend", I said.

Author's Note:

I can't believe this story is already at chapter 14! :D Unfortunately, I think I'm going to have to limit my updates to once a week :( However I will occasionally upload 2 chapters when I'm on vacation. Anyways thank you so much for reading my story :) Please fan, comment, like, favorite, and share :)

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