“Now then, the moment of truth.”
Dr. Ronald smiled reassuringly at the anxious family huddled around the hospital bed.
Gary sat quite still as he felt the bandages around his eyes being slowly unwrapped.
He felt the cloth slip away and his mother squeezed his hand, her grip tightening as his eyes flickered open.
Dejected he gazed once again into darkness.
“Don’t worry Gary, give it time,” Dr. Ronald said soothingly.
A few more seconds, nothing.
Gary’s sister was the first to speak.
“I-it’s OK Gary, it w-was a long shot anyway,” Nancy tried to keep her voice steady.
Silence. Then Gary spoke.
“You’re right Nancy,” he said soberly.
“Besides, no one wants the first thing he sees to be that ugly red tie!” Gary grinned, gesturing towards his brother
It took his stunned family a few seconds to comprehend the situation and then shrieks of delight filled the room.
Later, Gary recounted how the blackness had suddenly turned into a mesh of blurry, psychedelic colours, just before his darkened life was rekindled forever.