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Jennifer is an shy and average college student who has recently moved to the harsh surroundings of Hackney. Soon after, Jennifer finds herself in a game of cat and mouse with multiple local gangs. When the secluded and mysterious new girl, Alex arrives offering her support, Jennifer thinks she's found a friend when in fact Alex could be even more deadly than she could ever imagine...

All is not what it seems in this game of deadly lies...

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3. Afraid

 

For the remainder of that day, I decided I'd done enough 'sightseeing' (if you could call it that) and I treated myself to a night in. After a quick yet tasty dinner of spaghetti bologonese, I curled up on my sofa with a cup of hot chocolate and my favourite magazine.

It was silent but not a harsh silence, a warm one.

About ten minutes in, I heard a bang. Like rain falling on a tin roof, almost. There was a second clatter and I jumped, spilling  a drop of steaming hot cocoa on my knee. I scowled and placed the mug down on the table as I uncoiled my legs from their comfort and headed out to my front garden, following the noise.

Outside, it was slightly chilly yet I felt a tinge of warmth as if some sun rays still lingered in the night air. There was no sign of the noise or where it came from. I leant against the white wooden frame of my door, eyeing up the rest of my street. I noticed that every house in my view had the curtains pulled back fully, their gates close with their latches hooked and not a light in sight. 

It was then I realised for the week that I had lived here, I had never seen even a glimpse of my neighbours. I had no idea who they were, what they looked like and it shouldn't have bothered me- but it did. 

Then, just as I was about to brush off the noises and shut the door, I heard a loud scream. 

By instinct, I dashed forward to the gate and stumbled through the gate.

I headed for noise which sounded like it was coming from alley opposite the road. I crept along the wall slowly before stopping; I could hear voices.

"Give it here" someone growled, followed by rustling.

"Give us the purse. Hurry" another voice urged,

There was a whimper that sounded like a woman and then a shriek as the rest descended into laughter. 

I craned my neck round to see a young woman surrounded by a gang of hooded figures on bikes. I stood rigid, unsure whether to confront them or back away and pretend I never saw. In the end, I decided the latter, not wanting any trouble or enemies in my first week. I retreated slowly, trying not to make any noise which of course, everyone knows, is much harder when you are trying not to make any noise. 

As I edged back, I suddenly hit a nearby dustbin which clattered loudly. I ducked down rapidly using a nearby bush as my shield. I heard the furious spinning of the gang's bike wheel's as they hurtled out of the alley and up and down the street looking for the noisy culprit. 

I kept my head down and kept silent as I heard the soft panting and delicate footsteps of the woman running away. After a few minutes, when there seemed to be no signs of the hooded bike demons, I popped my head up to see the clear, derelict street. I jumped up nimbly and hurried over to the opposite sign of the road and back into my house. 

Safe and sound, I took deep breaths and calmed by fast paced heartbeat until it was steady once again. I walked stiffly to my light brown sofa and settled down into the soft leather. I picked up my slightly colder hot chocolate, closed my eyes and took a sip.

It was still silent but not a warm silence- a harsh one. 

 

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