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On the surface

Niam has no one, except the memories of her dead parents. On the surface she seems fine. hardworking, friendly. but she's not. she's upset with herself. And lonely. She needs someone who will look into her soul and save what she has left. Teen rating for darkness...

This was exceptionally easy to write. So lots of updates i hope. This is before Bella comes on the scene (and no, Edward is not going to get off with Niam) and before the Cullen's go to Forks.

16. Chapter 16

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"Mark? Soraya? Safira? What are you doing here?" I asked with amazement.

"You're supposed to be the clever one! We're your family! We were worried about you," said Soraya.

"Seriously sis" said Mark

"Natalie will flip when she finds out" I said.

"Yeah, we know. She came home the other day all riled up about you accusing Lance of stuff. We of course, believe you"

"I knew she wouldn't believe me about him raping and
beating me"

"Hold on...did you just say raping?"

"I thought she told you?" I said, freezing.

"She said about you saying he had beaten you instead of his story about you getting mugged. She never said anything about that!"

"Oh my god! I am not staying in a house with him," said Safira.

"No, you guys have to stay. Don't you remember this was our last chance to stay together!"

"But we're not together!"

"This is as close to together as we'll get. Besides, I don't want you guys to be homeless too" Jasper glanced at me

"Aren't you staying here? That's what Natalie said"

"I'm staying here until the social sort this out, assuming Natalie's been talking to them?"

"Yeah, she was on the phone a few days ago. We'd have come to visit then but she had us on lock down. Lance had been driving us to and from school," said Mark.

"Today, Mark got to drive because Lance was sick," said Soraya

"Probably suffering from a hangover" cut in Safira.

"Not that that's what Natalie thinks" added Soraya.

"When you two do that, it is so weird," said Mark. All four of us laughed.

"I still don't want to stay with him," said Safira.

"If he ever touches any of you girls, I'll beat him up!" said Mark.

"I think he's a bit strong for you," said Jasper "Besides, I've got that basis covered. I had a run in with him when I went to pick up Niam's stuff. I told him if he ever hurt her again, I'd make him suffer like he made her suffer" he smiled at me and I smiled back.

"Please, can you have your lovey-dovey moment when we're gone?" said Soraya.

"It's nauseating," added Safira.

"But seriously, I will" said Mark, still annoyed by our lack of faith in his strength.

"Aww. And if he does the same to you, we'll beat him up for you" teased Safira.

"Excuse me, what's your name?" asked Mark.

"This is Jasper. He's been looking after me"

"Well, Jasper can we talk to our sister alone for a minute?"

"Sure" Jasper glanced at me.

"I'll be fine Jazz. Just go," I said. He left.

"Is that guy like your bodyguard?"

"Kind of. He just watches out for me. I don't know why"

"It's kind of obvious he likes you"

"We're friends, so of course we like each other or we wouldn't be friends"

"No, I mean he like likes you!"

"He doesn't"

"Okay, how often is he with you?"

"Well, he comes here straight from school and he leave for school the next morning"

"And he's there the whole night?"

"Well he's there whenever I wake up"

"Doesn't he ever sleep?"

"I've only woken up in the night once or twice. He probably sleeps during the night and those nights he was just...awake" I finished lamely.

"Anyway, are you sure you can't come home?"

"No way am I going back there" I said.

"But can't we stay with you? I'm sure if we kicked up enough of a fuss they'd find us a group place to stay"

"No. you guys are treated nicely here and there are no guarantees. I'll be fine on my own. I'm a survivor" Soraya's phone beeped, followed by Safira's and Mark's.

"It's Natalie. She wants us home," said Soraya, illustrating my thoughts.

"Bye Soraya, Safira. Mark" they all hugged me and left. Jasper came back in.

"Um...can I talk to you?" he asked.

"You talk to me every day" I said, confused.

"No, this is about something really important" he said.