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!


19. Pain Was Good.

“Do you regret going?”


It was late. The streetlights made a butter-coloured light pool on the pavement. I was sitting with my knees up under my chin in the front seat of Jasper’s car, listening to Iron and Wine. Jasper was in a reflective mood; and was trying to question all that had happened today. As usual, he could see how I was feeling, and tried his best to hide his gleefulness at the fact that I had stood up to my own brother concerning him.


I looked at Jasper. His face was beautifully illuminated in the evening shadows, and he was smiling questioningly at me with his perfect lips...


It took me a moment to realise that he was waiting for my answer. I rolled my eyes. “Of course I don’t regret going.”

He lifted my chin up so that I was looking straight up into his deep eyes. “Then what’s the matter?”


I unbuckled my seatbelt, avoiding eye contact. “Nothing’s the matter.”


Jasper then unbuckled his own seatbelt, and got out of the car. He had my own door opened before I could say anything. “Natalie?”

I folded my arms. I spoke in a rush. “I just don’t like saying goodbye.” I shrugged. “Makes me the criminal of the century, does it?”

Jasper sighed, rolling his eyes upwards towards the starless sky. “Of course not. I’m just worried about how you’re taking everything.”

“Well let’s tell Sally then. She is my care worker.”


As I got out of the car Jasper was mumbling nervously. I hid a smile. “But Natalie, do you really think...? I mean she doesn’t...”

I grabbed his hand. “Don’t be such a wet blanket. She knows I have someone.” I elbowed him teasingly. “She just doesn’t know that it’s you.”


I would be lying if I said that I didn’t enjoy the sudden lack of smugness on Jasper’s expression as we made our way slowly up to the big double doors of Sunningdale House. I rang the bell.

“Hello?” Sally’s crackly voice answered at the other end. “Hey, Sally, it’s me.”


The door buzzed immediately. I pushed it open and pulled Jasper through firmly. As I had first imagined, all of the kids were waiting behind the door to the kitchen. It was sad to think that just a few years ago that was me: waiting by the kitchen door every single time a stranger walked through the door, hoping, praying that they were looking for a sweet preteen to adopt.


“Natalie?” Sally called from the kitchen, “Are you there?”

“Coming, Sally.” I pulled Jasper’s face close to mine. “Act normal,” I whispered, emphasising both words as if I was speaking to a complete idiot. Jasper looked at me as if I was one myself.


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“Well, love, has it been a long day?” Sally asked me, handing me a cracked mug full of strong tea. “You have no idea,” I laughed, taking a long glug, even though it burned my tongue.


Pain was good. It reminded me that I was real.


“So what are you studying, Jasper?” Sally looked down her glasses at him, holding his mug of tea possessively.

Jasper seemed unprepared for this question. He rubbed his hand over his head uncomfortably. “Um, history, Spanish and graphics.”

“Along with all the others,” I added quickly. Sally seemed impressed. She passed him his mug, now lukewarm I imagined. “What are you planning to study at university?”

“Joint degree in history and politics.”


I yawned suddenly, stretching out my arms and standing on the very tips of my toes for full effect. Sally looked at me.

“Natalie?” She said. “Are you okay?”

I rubbed my eyes. “I am so sorry to interrupt, Sally,” I murmured, “But I am just so tired!” I winked at Jasper. He narrowed his eyes at me, obviously confused. He’d better be thankful for this. I was a really, a very bad actress.


Luckily Sally didn’t appear to notice.


“Oh darling,” she soothed, kissing me on the nose, “Please don’t wait up. I’ll let you go home, Jasper, darling.”


Oh? Jasper was a darling now. Sally must like him.


“Yeah, I’m pretty tired too, Sally,” Jasper yawned, “Thank you very much for the tea though.”

Sally beamed. “You’re welcome, poppet. Please, feel free to come round any time.”


Jasper widened his eyes at me; in a what did I tell you? Way.


“Alright then. Thank you.” Jasper pulled his jacket collar close around his neck. “See you later, Sally,” Jasper smiled.

Sally smiled wider. I could tell that she approved. “Goodbye, Jasper.”


I panicked. Wasn’t Jasper staying tonight?


He moved closer to me, kissed me on the cheek like a perfect gentleman, and whispered, “See you in a minute,” in my ear.


He was out of the door before I could grin.

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