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.
9. Chapter 9
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I sat on my rock. It was nearly morning and I was glad. Nights reminded me of Alice. I was still worried about Niam. A girl had knocked her over and she started having a fit? I sighed and picked up a pebble. I randomly tossed it into the air. A twig snapped behind me and I spun around.
"Niam? It's the middle of the night!" I said, forgetting my vow of silence.
"Oh...hi Jasper. Sorry to disturb you, I'll leave," She sounded subdued, particularly troubled.
"What is it?" I slid off my rock and walked over to her. She let out a quiet sob but muffled it with her hand.
"I'm sorry. Bye" she turned to leave and I slipped in front of her.
"What is it?" I repeated.
"It's my life!" she shouted "My entire bloody life!" her tears were coming thick and fast.
"Sit down and talk," I said. She shook her head rapidly.
"I have to get back...if Lance..."
"Never mind him. Sit, talk" I pushed her gently onto my rock and sat beside her. She started to talk, her speech punctuated by gasps as she continued to sob.
"When I was little, my dad used to abuse me and my sisters, in more ways then one. And he beat up my brother often too. But I was always his favourite. Mum knew but she couldn't do anything so she told us to keep quiet about it or we'd be taken away. I wanted to tell someone but if we left, Mum would get it bad. And dad always was a good actor" I clicked. I got what she was talking about and I felt feelings of anger coursing through me.
"So, one night I went out for a walk, determined to run away. I felt so guilty leaving my siblings there but it couldn't be helped. I planned to go to my grandma's, she never liked dad much. But on the way, I realized that I couldn't leave my sisters! My mum was pregnant again and I knew, she was worried about all of us and didn't want to have another child. Dad had made her. She needed me. But I wanted to be free, so I sat down and started to cry. Then this man appeared" I stiffened.
"He asked me why I was sad and I told him. He said...he said..."she broke off, floods of tears pouring down her face.
"It's okay, go on. Take your time," I urged her.
"He told me he could get rid of dad. It was stupid for me to agree but...I was desperate. My mind created this perfect life we could have without him...so, he said he'd get rid of dad and then he vanished. A few weeks later, dad and mum took me to my flute recital in Miami. They left the rest of the family with our aunt. On the way back, the car was in an accident. I was the only survivor"
"And you think it was your fault because of this guy? It's not Niam! It's not, it's just a coincidence!"
she looked at me, eyes red, swollen, and said "It is my fault. I know it was him. I didn't finish. You see, he rescued me from the wreckage. And he said to me...I've fulfilled my side. But there is a price. You must come with me. I shouted at him...he had lied, killed my mum. And he said, that he hadn't said no one else would die, just that he'd get rid of my dad. Then he told me that he'd come and get me when the time was right. And he gave me a bracelet, a silver chain. Told me it was his sign that I belonged to him. I've tried a thousand times to get rid of that stupid thing but I never can...and now...I live here and Lance is just like my dad"
"He...does the same things?"
"Yes...but worse. The others have all gone away and he's supposed to be looking after me this week. That's why I need to get back. If he wakes up and I'm not there...he'll get mad and it will be worse"
"Niam, you don't have to stay silent. You could tell someone and you'd be away from him in a second"
"And leave my siblings behind again! I haven't even told them this. Cara knows Lance is mean to me but she doesn't know what he does! When we were taken into care, we were given two options. This is the only place that will take us all together. If I leave, my siblings will want to come with me but they won't be able to. Don't you see Jasper? I have to stay!"
"No. I shouldn't have told you anyway"
"I'm glad you did"
"I really have to go," she said. I nodded, reluctant to let her leave but I understood why I had too. She smiled once before disappearing through the shrubbery. I sensed her fear as she left and a form of light relief. As much as she was reluctant to admit it, she was glad she'd told someone.
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