One night, the son was driving his father in their car when an oncoming vehicle swerved and crashed through the driver’s side. It was a devastating accident. The driver of the other vehicle was a globally-known celebrity, and was fatally injured that night. The father miraculously escaped with only insignificant wounds. The young man, however, sustained serious head wounds, was rushed to the nearest hospital, and was to remain there for years.
In the days that followed the accident, word was spread worldwide about the death of the celebrity. The date of his death became as iconic as the celebrity himself, and the story continually repeated about how he ended up hospitalizing another man as well.
Meanwhile, this man had suffered so much trauma that he no longer was able to act like an adult, his mental capacity quite deteriorated, to the point where he had to continually remain under hospital care. His father, angered, stressed, and already consumed with an impossible schedule, decided that he could not make ends meet and pay for his son’s care at the same time. So, as soon as his son had become remotely coherent, the father calmly told him that he was leaving. The son, in a childlike state, asked when he would return, to which the father replied that he didn’t know, but he would return. He left, never to return.
The young man was eventually given a new guardian, an elderly man who was very kind toward him. Eventually, he convalesced to the point where he was able to leave the hospital, but for only a day or two at a time. Hence, from time to time, the old man would take the young one to his social gatherings and such, and while there, the old man’s friends would see his mentally impaired companion and ask “what happened.”
Now, if the young man were able to know “what happened,” it would be very devastating and harmful to him mentally. Thus, the old man would merely say the date of the accident and all would be understood. If the young man asked what the date meant, the only reply he would get would be, “I can’t tell you.”
Over time, the old man himself became ill, and the young man was left alone in the hospital, a place he grew to abhor.
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