Forgiving Justice

"...So it came a bit of a shock to me when I saw what was happening between Bella and Theo. No one would have guessed that anything like that could happen to us: the happy go lucky Balmers and Kensits living in the big house on the corner. But that’s the funny thing about life.
You never know what’s coming next."

Fifteen year old Natalie Balmer/Kensit has never really felt like she belongs. Throughout her childhood she was continually bounced from one home to another- whilst keeping a terrible secret that her older sister Bella was being brutally abused.
Now, living in care, seperated from her family and in a steady relationship with boyfriend Jasper, Natalie is shocked to find her past being dragged out in front of her.

Theo is back. And his story's in court.

Natalie, as the only witness to Bella and Theo's injustice, is now compelled to make a life changing decision- Keep her families together?

Or serve Bella justice and send her sister to prison?

Coming soon!


30. Am I Going To Get Charged?

Breathing heavily, my chest feeling as hard and as heavy as a rock, I leant against the white walls of the corridor, shaken. Bella's speech had done more to me than I had let on, and I was more grateful than anyone in that room when the judge called a half hour postponement to court. I had felt faint, dizzy, and I clutched the paper cup of grimy water in my hand as if it was the Lord Saviour.

I'm sure my collapsing on the marbled floor would not have helped Bella whatsoever. 

Suddenly I heard a stifled, muffled sob coming from inside the court room. I leant up on the tips of my toes and peered through the slightly frosted glass. Bella was standing there, clutching her lawyer by the shoulders, her face the very image of absolute fear and dread. Hot tears were streaming endlessly down her thin cheeks, and she looked so frightened that it brought a lump to my throat. All I heard were he shaken words, muffled and suppressed by the hands she now brought to her mouth.

"Am I going to get charged?"

Her lawyer looked sad for a moment. I hoped for Bella's sake that he could at least lie. But to my astonishment, he kept to the strictest truth. He placed a hand lightly on her shoulder. "I don't know. But if you do, it's better than living with a guilty conscience."

I turned away now, unable to keep my tears from flowing any longer. It hurt me to see that Bella's lawyer was being more like family to her than any of us had throughout the whole of her life. But at least she was getting the care and attention that she deserved, even if it was ten years too late. 

Then I saw Jasper walking down the corridor towards me, a grim look covering his face. I wiped my eyes ferociously, and smiled. But Jasper didn't smile back.

Because behind him, bouncing and bubbly as usual, a huge grin plastered across her rosy cheeks, was Eden. I realised Jasper's distaste at his younger sister being here. Jasper was as protective over Eden as he was with me.

I smiled at Eden gratefully, not wanting her to feel guilty for coming somewhere she wasn't wanted, especially as she had travelled all this way in the biting wind and frozen snow. "Eden, what are you doing here?"

"I was just about to ask the same question," Jasper agreed through gritted teeth. Eden shook out her pretty blonde curls, and smiled at us through her perfect pearly white teeth. "I wanted to come and watch," she explained, "since it's so much of a big deal and that..."

"It's not a cinema trip, Eden." Jasper grunted unpleasantly, taking his little sister's arm forcefully, "Come. You need to get home, you shouldn't be seeing this."

Just then, right on cue, a low moan from Bella escaped the closed doors to the courtroom. Eden stepped back slightly, her eyes wide. Jasper released his hand, and looked at her a little kindly. 

"Exactly," he murmured gently, "you don't really want to see this. You're just bored."


"Look, Eden," I cut in sharply, "By tonight, everything will be back to normal, you see. We'll come back home tonight, when this is all over, and I'll order us a chinese. We'll have an evening in."

Jasper took my hand and squeezed it gently, as if to say, 'thank you.' Eden came over to me and enclosed me in a big hug. I gripped her hard, wanting her near me, wanting to know that she was real. Softly, she kissed me on the cheek. "I love you, Natalie," she whispered, "It doesn't matter what your family thinks. I'm your sister."

She was already trudging down the corridor before I could take in the remark. I watched her pink sequinned snow boots make their way to the swinging doors, and then Eden was gone; out of sight.

"Jasper." I broke the silence us two were bathing in. "Eden just called me her sister."

He kissed me on the head. "And so you are," he agreed, "you've been more of a sister to her than I've been a brother." he took his head in his hands. "I'm always pushing her away. She's good, really."

"You don't push her away, Jasper!" I took his hands in mine. "You just love her, that's all."

He looked at me a second, and for a moment I thought I saw tears in his eyes. Then I blinked, and they were gone. He didn't look at me as I spoke. "We'd better go back in. It's starting again."

I turned around just in time to see Eden's face pushed up against the glass of the door, looking at me, trying to reach her brother she loved oh so much. 


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