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!




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5. Come On Bella, Help Me Out Of This One.

 

“Where are we going today then?”

Jasper and I were walking hand in hand down the High Street, a whole day ahead of us.

“To my house. That alright?”

“Sure. I need to see Eden again. I’ve been meaning to give her back the book she leant me.”

 

Eden was Jasper’s younger sister, a couple of years younger than me. We had been friends since I was in year seven, and I felt exactly like her older sister. At least Eden was a better sister than mine was.

 

“You know that I find it seriously weird?”

“Find what weird?”

Jasper kissed my hand. “You being all matey with my sister?”

“Well that’s too bad.” I laughed. “You keep on inviting me round, I keep on being ‘matey’ with Eden.”

We had reached the door. I heard Jasper mumble something under his breath. “What?” I nudged him in the ribs.

“Nothing,” Jasper shrugged. I raised my eyebrows. “Well, I said… You’ll really be her sister soon.”

 

I exhaled deeply. Come on, Bella; help me out of this one. He was really pushing it. “Jasper, enough with the marriage stuff, okay?”

He grinned. “Calm it, Kermit. But don’t mention it to my parents. I haven’t told them anything yet.”

I snorted. “Too right you haven’t! I haven’t even accepted.”

Jasper leaned over and kissed me on the top of my head. “Not yet,” he said. “But you will.”

I shook my head, pushed ahead of him and unlocked the door with my key. I didn’t see Jasper roll his eyes.

 

“Hi Mum, I’m home!” he called, chucking his jacket over a chair. I shrugged mine off too. I figured I’d be here for a while.

Julie, Jasper’s mother, came bustling in to the room holding a tray of steaming hot muffins. “Natalie, honey,” she smiled at me. “Welcome home.”

 

I liked hearing that. I breezed forward and kissed Julie on both cheeks. “Morning, Mrs. Murray,” I said, “How are you?”

“Julie, dear, and I’m very well, thank you. What are you two doing…?”

“Natalie!” Eden came charging down the stairs and enclosed me in a mammoth hug. “How you doing? You’re just in time for my…”

Jasper pulled me behind him protectively. “Hold up a minute, Eden, Natalie’s mine today.”

 

Eden stuck out her bottom lip. With her pretty curls, dimples and china doll skin, Eden looked alarmingly like a toddler. She growled at her brother, stamping her foot. “But Jasper! You always get Natalie!”

“Well maybe it’s because Natalie’s Jaspers’ girlfriend,” Julie sighed, taking Eden’s shoulders and hurrying her out of the room. She paused, turning to stare at Jasper’s arm draped around my shoulders. “So what are you two up to today, eh?”

 

Jasper looked at me. I looked at Jasper. “I think we’re just going to hang around here today, mum.”

Julie passed Jasper and me a muffin. “Well that’s okay, then,” she said, “I have to drop Eden at the pool, then I have the allotment this afternoon.” Julie said. “I’ll be gone all day, I’m afraid.”

I threw a meaningful glance at Jasper. He purposely ignored it. “Thanks for the muffin, Julie,” I said, taking a huge bite. The cinnamon melted on my tongue, and instantly I felt happier. The whole marriage situation didn’t seem so scary now.

“It’s a pleasure, honey. At least someone appreciates my cooking.” Julie narrowed her eyes at Jasper. He put his muffin into his mouth in one. “Yum,” Jasper mumbled, his mouth full. Julie shook her head, gave me a grin and strolled through into the living room. Jasper swallowed, grimacing.

 

“What?” he grumbled at me when I hit him on the shoulder.

“You’re mum’s a great cook.”

“Well…”

“I’m being serious!” And before he could say anything, “Don’t you dare say anything about the…”

Jasper wound his fingers through mine. “Wedding?”

I muttered curses under my breath.

“Come on, sweetheart. Let’s go upstairs.”

 

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