"Ashley you better come here right now!" I heard my step dad, Rob, yell from my bedroom. Tears started forming in my eyes as I walked down the hall to find him sitting at the kitchen table. It was only me and him ever since my mom died and my brother went off to college. "Where did you go last night?" He yelled as I slowly walked towards him.
"I don't know what you're talking about.." I said quietly, but not quiet enough for him not to hear me. He walked over to me and slapped me across the face, which released the tears that were sitting in my eyes.
"I'm not stupid Ashley! I know you snuck out last night!" He said waving his finger in my face.
"I went to Jade's we had a school project that's due on Monday and YOU wouldn't let me go over, we had to finish it tonight since she is going away for the rest of the weekend!" my voice was rising.
"You're grounded." he said walking past me.
"That's new!" I yelled after him. Bad idea. He came back and slapped me again.
"Don't backtalk. It's not ladylike" He was trying to be funny. Ha. well two can play at that game.
"Yeah you would know about being a lady wouldn't you!" he pushed me over
"You think that's funny!?" He yelled but I didn't answer him so he then kicked me in the stomach making the tears come faster.
"No!" I answered, my voice shaking. With no more words said he started walking towards his room, tears streaming down my face. I didn't even care if he heard me this time, I got up and ran outside. It was raining and I could hear Rob yelling after me, Threatening me, but I didn't care. I needed to get out of there.
I ran until it hurt, and by that time I wasn't really sure where I was. I pulled my phone out of my pocket and looked at the time, it was almost midnight.
I came up on a small park and decided to rest. I think I am far enough away from my house that I won't be found by Rob, if he was even out looking for me that is. I sat down on a swing for a while and thought about where to go. I can't go to Jade's.. that would be too obvious and she is gone anyways. She is my only friend... other than Jade's I have no where to go. Not only should I have thought about where to go, but I should've thought about bringing some money or clothes, but I guess all that really matters is I got out of there. I didn't know what was going to happen so I decided to just keep walking until morning.
I was looking out my window from my house, thinking about the past couple of months with the boys. I never thought it would get any better, but our second album has been released and we are going on tour again in a couple of months. "Harry! Breakfast!" I ran down to the kitchen and kissed my mum on the cheek. "Morning" she said.
"Morning!" I grabbed some eggs and tea and sat at the table and was soon joined by my mum.
"How did you sleep?" She asked.
"Good" I smiled as I took a bite of my eggs. I was looking out the window just loving the fact that I'm home when I saw a girl walking. She was soaked.. she must have been walking in the rain showers last night. She looked rather tired as well. I could tell she had no idea where she was going and she had been crying. "Excuse me mum" I said getting up from the table and going up to the girl. I completely forgot I was wearing only sweatpants until the chill hit me. "Um, excuse me, are you okay?" I asked her, she looked at me with a confused face.
"I-I'm fine." she said shivering and trying to continue walking, I stepped in front of her.
"Are you sure? You don't really look like you know where you're going."
"Yeah I'm just-" she looked at me and sighed. "You're right, I don't but I'll be fine. Don't worry about me." She walked around me so this time I grabbed her arm to stop her.
"Why don't you come dry off." She turned to face me, there was a short silence, but she slowly nodded her head and followed me inside. I brought her to the kitchen, "Mum this is.. uh" I hesitated, I had forgotten to get her name.
"Ashley." she interrupted shaking my mum's hand.
"Hi Ashley" My mum answered.
"Ashley isn't really sure where she is going and is a little wet from walking in the rain last night I'm guessing." I looked at her for confirmation and she nodded. "Do you think she could dry off a little?"
"Yes, of course! Come with me!" she motioned for Ashley to follow her, and brought her up to Gemma's bedroom. "You can borrow a few of Gemma's clothes." She handed Ashley sweatpants and a long sleeve shirt then brought her to the bathroom so she could change. "What did you mean when you said she wasn't sure where she was going?" My mum asked whispering. We were standing in the hallway, a few doors down from the bathroom.
"Well, when I saw her walking, she looked lost so I thought I would see if she needed help. She didn't know where she was-" Ashley walked out of the bathroom with her wet clothes in her hands and her wet brown hair in a bun.
"Here let me take those" My mum said taking the wet clothes from Ashley and bringing them to the dryer.
"Thank you." Ashley said to me.
"You're very welcome." I said giving her a warm smile. We stood there for a short time in silence until my mum quickly rejoined us.
"Ashley, Why don't you stay here. Harry's sister is away so we have a perfectly good room for you to stay in-"
"I couldn't.. I don't want to take advantage of you or anything.." Ashley said.
"You wont be! And you would only have to stay a couple days or until you figure things out, okay?" Ashley looked at me then back at my mum.
"Okay..." She said quietly. My mum smiled and showed Ashley to her room, I think she was happy a girl will be in the house for a while with Gemma being away and all. But there was a little piece of me hoping she would stay longer than she planned.