Hey guys! I'm soooooo sorry for not updating in a while. Actually, I fell off the stairs of my home and sprained my hand. Typing was being a pain in the ass. I know, I can get really clumsy. But, I'm feeling better now. Thank you all for waiting. Here it is. Enjoy!!!
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Tamara's POV:

Currently, I was walking down the empty halls of the Hospital.

Last night had been bitter for me. And as a result, I was barely awake today. But I didn't fail to notice the silence that had seemed to envelope the Hospital today.

I was surprised. The Hospital had never been this silent. Something was wrong.

As I continued to walk towards the changing rooms, suddenly the doctors and nurses of the Hospital popped up in front of me. They had huge smiles on their faces and two of them were holding a big 'Happy Birthday Tamara' sign in their hands.

My mouth was wide open and my eyes were matching the current state of my mouth.

"Happy Birthday, Tamara!" They shouted happily in unison.

I tried to recover from my shocked expression as quickly as possible and plastered a fake smile to my face.

Honestly, I had forgotten all about my birthday. And my mood, well, it was the worst in the history of the world.

I walked up to the doctors and nurses who were now grinning at me.

"How did you guys know that it was my birthday?" I asked, pretending to be happy about it.

Maya, one of the nurses replied, "It was in your staff record. I was ordered to go through the employees' files yesterday, and I found out that it was your birthday today."

Actually, being ordered to look through the employees' files, seemed kinda fishy and made up, to me. But I decided to just go with it.
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I discovered later that everyone had arranged a party for me, afterwards. To be honest, I was not looking forward to it.

Dr Pretsel made her way up to me and said, "Honey, I know that it's not the best time to celebrate. But its your birthday, cheer up a little."

I just smiled at her as I reply.

I turned around and saw that the huge 'Happy Birthday, Tamara' sign was hung right at the entrance of the Hospital halls.

My eyes went from the banner to the person who was now entering the Hospital halls.

His eyes scanned the huge birthday banner and his posture visibly stiffened.

As he turned away from the banner, his eyes landed on me. And I was sucked into the liquid black pools of his eyes - Ryder.

My breath hitched in my throat as I took in his miserable form.
His clothes were baggy, hanging loosely from his muscular form. His hair was a disarray of black, still somehow gorgeous. His flawless tan skin looked pale. And his always beautiful eyes, had black bags under them.

He looked like he hadn't slept for days.

I was expecting him to be fine, since he wanted time apart. But it seemed like, he wasn't doing really well either.

His tall frame took large steps towards me and he halted just a few inches away from me.

He didn't say anything for a few minutes, just gazing intently at me through his black gaze.
I felt that he was taking me in, just like I was taking him in, a few minutes ago.

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