Plumber Sees Painting Of Himself In Mansion, Uncovers Disturbing Past


A Good Listener

Dana never imagined that her decision to become a nurse would bring her in contact with her perfect match. She had a history of being a reclusive individual who found it difficult to make connections.

It had been simpler with him, though. He was constantly there for her to see, and he listened to her intently without interjecting. He was obviously in a coma for this, though.

Finalizing Her Studies

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While finishing her nursing degree, Dana Wheatfield met Grant at the trauma center of her neighborhood hospital. She was in her final hours at the hospital when the ambulance arrived.

She still had vivid memories of that evening. The county’s roads were slick and damp due to the recent rain. He had a severe head injury when the EMTs transported John Doe, who appeared to be in his late 20s.

A Small Crush

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It is always possible despite the rarity of medical professionals being emotionally attached to their patients. Dana’s attraction to the patient other nurses called Grant, initially manifested as a mere crush.

After graduating, she went back to the hospital and was preparing to enter the workforce. And the hospital assigned her to Grant, who was still in a coma.

Keeping Things Interesting

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The routine Dana did with Grant was simple enough. She would arrive in the morning to examine his health status, shave him, and clean him. She would then make sure he got his drinks and food before double-checking his daily medication.

Dana began conversing with him to make things exciting and lively as the routine quickly grew boring. But she would discover something in these silent discussions that she had never known.

Things Changed

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Unable to put her finger on it, Dana felt a bond with her patient. She was pulled to him throughout the months, needing to talk to him or play relaxing music in his room as the hours ticked by.

He was even more beloved by Dana because no family or friends had shown up to claim him. But everything would abruptly halt one day.

Waking Up From His Coma

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When Grant awoke, it had been two years since he had been taken to the hospital. Dana had been playing music in his room, but as she got up to switch the playlist, he asked her to play the previous track again.

She did so before hurriedly contacting the physicians. After a few early examinations, it was determined that the man’s severe short-term memory loss was caused by his head trauma. But the physicians gave him their word that he would eventually remember. They were unaware of the secrets his mind might be hiding.

The Beginning Of Something Special

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Grant eagerly embraced Dana’s offer to assist him in adjusting to his new life because he had no idea about himself and neither a buddy nor next of kin who could offer assistance. She relocated him to a new room, where she gave him things to read and music to listen to.

But as the weeks passed, the two started interacting more. On weekends, they would visit the movies, and in the evenings, they would take long strolls about the hospital. It became apparent quickly that they had a romantic relationship.

Putting A Stop To It


She made an effort to stifle her developing feelings for Grant, as any nurse in Dana’s position would. But every time he would glance at her, she would flush; whenever he spoke to her, she would grin.

When he left her side, she would become suddenly frigid, which would keep her captive until their next encounter. Dana recognized her predicament.

Blowing Up In Her Face


Dana repressed the emotions whirling inside her as they started to hang out as normal. She worried about a conflict of interest because many people still thought of her as Grant’s nurse.

Nevertheless, she ought to have understood that the worst course of action was to repress her emotions. The situation would quickly blow up in her face.

She Had To Do Something


Weeks went by, during which Grant and Dana hung out. Nevertheless, despite Grant beginning to understand all Dana was explaining, Dana was finding it difficult to keep up her lie.

She used to conceal small emotions, but those sentiments had grown and consumed her. She had to tell the truth or go crazy. However, following such a course would result in a number of issues.

Talking It Out


As the months passed, Dana decided she needed to come clean. But she feared she’d lose her job or credibility as a nurse if she did. Needing to talk to someone, she approached one of her superiors, with whom she’d always been close. 

After a few conversations, her superior assured her that nothing was wrong with what she was doing. As far as the hospital was concerned, Grant was no longer in critical condition or in Dana’s direct care. She could pursue him without taking any professional blows.

Should She Come Clean?


Talking to her superior was a load off of Dana’s back. But now, she needed to come clean to Grant, which presented its issue. 

For the many weeks that Dana and Grant had spent together, they’d become really close. But as much as Dana wanted it to be more, it was only platonic. Would Grant be open to moving the relationship to the next level, or would he stop talking to her because of her advances

Coming Clean


Hoping for the best, Dana ripped the bandaid once and for all. She confessed everything to Grant, telling him of the many grueling days she spent next to him with all her feelings bottled up.

She told him she understood if he wanted to end their arrangement. Little did she know that Grant was sitting on his own secret, one that would change their lives forever

His Side Of Things


Grant told Dana that he liked her as well. He revealed that throughout the latter days of his coma, he could hear her talk to him. He could also hear the songs she played by his side.  

Without knowing it, he’d formed this attachment to her, imagining her as a guardian angel watching and guiding him through his endless dream. He confessed that his attraction had only grown stronger once he laid his eyes on her

Moving Forward In Life 


With their confessions, the two walked past the friendship barrier into something none of them would have ever thought possible. Their lives became ten times brighter, always filled with laughter and good times. 

Even Dana’s workmates were happy for her, saying they all hoped the two would end together, given how close they were even before Grant woke up. 

Moving In Together

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Grant moved in with Dana as the eighth month came to a close. He still didn’t know who he was but knew he was great with his hands. He’d shown unmatched prowess in anything that needed him to get hands-on and suspected it’d been a massive part of his previous life.     

But living with the love of his life proved more difficult than he’d expected. Dana needed help with bills, and Grant would have to get a job soon. This would open a jar of worms bigger than the two could’ve ever imagined.    

Going To Work

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Through Dana’s connections, Grant found work as a plumber’s assistant. He loved the premise of fixing bathrooms, and Dana’s cousin, who ran a plumbing business, needed help with some projects. 

With Grant by his side, they took a contract on one of the biggest mansions in their city, looking to expand their company portfolio and get Grant some hands-on experience. They had no idea what awaited them at the house

The Mansion

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It was a fine morning when Grant and Dana’s cousin showed up at the mansion for work. The house was massive as it was beautiful, but more than that, it struck Grant as familiar.

He pushed the thought aside and got to work, but the more time he spent within the mansion, the more he felt like he’d been there. Everything would soon make sense

Up The Staircase 

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Grant and Dana’s cousin were on lunch break when Grant went to use the bathroom. After a quick word with the mansion’s steward, who had given Grant weird looks throughout the day, he hurried upstairs to one of the guest rooms. 

But he wasn’t halfway up the mansion’s staircase when his sight landed on a towering painting of himself across the living room. His brows furrowed, and then it happened.

The Memories Come

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Like an avalanche racing down a mountain, memories barraged his mind. He clutched his temples as the pain built up, seeing flashes of who he used to be before his head injury. 

He saw a life where he’d been a wealthy painter under a pseudonym. He’d also been married! His sight darkened with black splotches as the pain became too much to bear. And then he woke up in a hospital bed

He Wakes Up

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Grant woke up with Dana by his side. He was back in his old room in the hospital, with medical equipment beeping by his side. Dana’s cousin, a doctor, an officer, and the mansion’s steward were also present.

Grant’s head was still in pain. But he could remember everything that had happened to him. He was about to talk when the officer interjected.

The Officer’s Report 

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The officer reported that Grant’s family filed a missing person’s report after they couldn’t find him for a week. They’d searched all over the country, from his penthouses to his favorite hotels but came up short. His family held a funeral service a year later. 

But Grant could remember in excruciating detail what happened that fateful night and couldn’t wait to share his story.  

What Really Happened


Before Grant could open up, he told Dana he needed to speak to her privately. His eyes dimmed with tears as he remembered his past self fully. 

He had a wife that he loved, a beautiful woman he’d been dating well before he began his painting career. But he was with Dana now and wouldn’t keep her in the dark about who he used to be.

Telling Her 


Grant shared his past. He told her about Esme, the woman he was married to. But he also revealed that although he didn’t feel any romantic attraction to her at the moment, he didn’t know what would happen once he saw her. 

Dana’s eyes grew wet. She chewed on her bottom lip, listening to the man she loved reveal that he was married. But before she could get her head around everything, Grant revealed something that gave her hope

It’s Over 


“I don’t think Esme and I are on speaking terms,” shared Grant as he scratched his head. “I remember everything now.”

He asked Dana to call the rest of the people back in, stating that whatever he was about to say would need police in the vicinity. His tone had suddenly changed. This was a side of him that Dana rarely saw.

A Sad Reality 


Grant explained that his accident hadn’t been an accident at all. His car’s brakes had been tampered with. He sat upright on the hospital bed, asking Dana to come to sit by her. 

After she did, he told her that he and his wife had signed a prenup because of his financial situation. It had been her idea at first, but through their three-year marriage, he suspected she wasn’t being faithful to him. 

Finding Out The Painful Truth


A few days before the accident, he discovered the truth about Esme. She had a relationship with Grant’s driver. Of course, Grant, whose real name was Danny McCallister, confronted her about it. 

He learned that her dark ways spanned their years together and talked to her about filing a divorce. That was the last conversation the two had before Danny’s accident. 

What She Did

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Knowing the prenup barred her from getting a massive slice of Danny’s fortune, she sought to end his life. The police said they never found Danny’s car, which was still an open case back at the station.  

He also shared that among Danny’s family, her wife acted odd when she found out he was alive. She’d left the country shortly after.

The Whole Truth


Grant explained that his car had veered off a sleek mountainside into a massive river because of the faulty brakes. He was confident it was under the charge of Esme.  

He’d decided to jump out at the last minute. Dana revealed that the night the EMTs brought him in, they reported that a passerby found him bleeding in the thicket several feet from the river.  

Choosing The One


The police issued an arrest warrant for Esme as they officially opened a case for her and Danny. On the other hand, Danny continued his relationship with Dana, introducing her to his family and moving her to his residence. 

A few weeks later, the police located Esme. She signed the divorce papers and is facing several charges, one of which is attempted murder. Danny finally got his life back. But he knew everything that happened was for a reason: to lead him to the love of his life, who, despite knowing he had nothing, stayed by his side. 

Disclaimer: To protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events, places, or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.