Remembering Katy Perry

Sixteen year old Maddie has lived a hard life. She also keeps a big secret. When she finds out the boy she met two years ago at a concert is Harry Styles, her life turns to chaos. She has to chose between her brutal, unforgiving past or the new, shining future with her love. It's an easy choice! At least it is until her past comes to haunt her future..


10. Bruises

Maddie's Pov 

We get to the little hole in the wall ice cream shop and step in. It's a little more crowded than I thought it was going to be and turn towards Harry apologetically. "I didn't think it was going to be this crowded. We can go to a different place if you don't want to wait in line." I say in a hushed voice. 

"Ah, don't worry about it, love. It's no big deal." he mumbles, while looking at all the different ice cream flavors. Most of the people in shop arnt ready to order, so Harry and I get to the front of the line pretty quick. 

"Hi! Can I have one scoop of Very Cherry and one scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough, please?" the short, redheaded girl behind the counter sighed out of annoyance and went to grab my ice cream. 

"What's her problem?" I whisper to Harry, making sure she doesn't hear us. He shrugs and let's go of my hand, wrapping his arm around my waist. 

The redheaded girl comes back with my ice cream and I've never been so excited for ice cream in my life! I was starving! She hands it over the counter and I take it, practically drooling. The first bite is like heaven in my mouth!


"Is that good?" Harry asks amused, taking his ice cream. I look at him with a mouthful of Very Cherry and nod. 

"This is so good!" I try to say but it comes out as a mess of words that no one can understand. He laughs at my weakness for ice cream and I give a small smile. 

He pays for the two cones and we walk out. I wasn't paying attention to where I was walking and run into a big man who looks in his mid forties. He's on the phone and dressed in a nice suit. I fall to the ground and land on my hands, dropping my ice cream. 

"I'm so sorry sir! I wasn't watching where I was go-" I started to apologize but am cut off by the man yelling at me angrily. 

"God! You stupid kid! I'm late for a meeting and here you come running into me! Watch where your going next time will ya?!" 

I feel tears sting my eyes and look away, not wanting Harry to see me like this. 

"Listen mate," I hear Harry say, in a tone I've never heard out if him. I look up and see him in the business guys face. "The first thing you need to do is apologize to my girl." My girl? "Then you need to hurry up and get out of here before I make you." 

The business guy shakes his head, and storms off, mumbling something about stupid kids. I see Harry's hand extended to me and grab it, pulling my self up. 

"Are you alright? That guy was a prick." he says, looking my over. I nod and quickly wipe the tears from my eyes. 

"I'm okay. Thanks." I notice he hasn't let go of my hand and is gently holding my wrist. He rubs his fingers along my bruises one by one. 

"What happened to you?" he whispers in a strained voice. 

I start to panic. Harry cant find out about Ryan. I wont let him find out. He'll tell the boys and then the police and then the last part of my old life will be gone forever. I wouldn't be to Harry ever again, and right now I couldn't imagine a life with out him. No. That can't happen. I won't let him find out. 

When I don't respond, he looks up at me, eyes are filled with concern and anger. He gently lifts his hand and cups the left side of my face and I cringe away. It's still tender to touch. I feel his thumb wipe away the make up I had put on to try and cover the black eye, and I close my eyes. 

"Please tell me. What happened to you Maddie?" 

Harry's Pov 

Who the hell does this guy think he is!? Making Maddie fall, then yelling at her!  I storm up to this prick and get in his face. "Listen mate," I say through gritted teeth, as I clench my fists. It's taking everything I have in me not to punch this guy in the face. "The first thing you need to do is apologize to my girl. Then you need to hurry up and get out of here before I make you." 

I smell the mans minty breath before he turns and walks away. I watch him for a moment then remember Maddie's still on the ground. I rush toward her extending a hand and she grabs it, pulling herself up. 

"Are you alright? That guy was a prick." I look her over to make sure shes not bleeding and stop at her wrist. She has five dark, identical bruises that wrap around her wrist and forearm. I gently trace each one. Who would do this to her? She's such a sweet, kind girl. Who would hurt her? 

I'm suddenly filled with rage toward the person who hurt her. 

"What happened to you?" I ask, trying to control my voice. I look up waiting for her answer and see tears sliding down her cheeks. Her normally shining, care free eyes, are now filled with pain and worry. "Who the hell did this to you!?" I want to scream it, but force my self to stay calm. 

I take my hand and softly place it on her cheek and she cringes, shutting her eyes tight. I glance away, feeling tears stinging my eyes. Seeing her in this much pain kills me inside. All I want to do is hurt the person who did this to her. 

I force myself to face her and wipe away the make up she had caked over her eye. I see a dark purple circle that goes all the way around. Ill kill them. Who ever did this to my Maddie will pay. 

"Please tell me. Who did this to you, Maddie."

She broke down in sobs. I felt horrible. I didnt know what to do to comfort her. She gently grabbed my hand and pulled it off her cheek. 

"I'm sorry Harry." she whispered, then took off running. What the hell is she doing? Why is she running from me? I sprint after her. 

"Maddie! Stop! Please!" 

She doesn't let up on her pace and quickly turns a corner. I turn the same corner a few moments later to see her laying on the ground, crying uncontrollably. 

I sprint over to where she is and sit next to her, pulling her into my lap.

"Shh, it's ok. It'll be ok." I whisper to her soothingly, holding her in my arms. 

"I don't want to go back! Don't take me back, Harry. Please! Don't take me back to him!" she chokes out, eyes filled with panic. Shes grabbing my shirt and trying to get back up. I gently pull her back down and wrap my arms around her. She buries her face in my chest and sobs. 

My mind spins with a thousand questions. Take her back to who? Who hurts her like this? What happened? Why is she trying to run? I decide it's best to leave my questions for later and focus on calming Maddie down. 

"I won't take you back. It'll all be okay. I won't let him get you." I whisper to her, rubbing her back. She looks up at me with puffy, red eyes and running make-up. 

"Don't take me back to him, Harry. Please." 

I hardly hear her pleads to stay away from him and my heart breaks seeing her like this. She looks so sad, and scared. Someone really has messed this girl up. 

"Don't take you back to who?" I ask gently. 

"Ryan! Don't let him hurt me anymore, Harry!" she says, voice escalating into a shout, panic written clearly on her face. 

"Look at me." I tell her firmly, and she locks eyes with me. "I would never let him hurt you, Maddie. I haven't known you but two days, but there's something between us, something special. I don't know how to explain it. Ever since I met you two years ago at that concert, I haven't been able to get you off my mind. When I seen you last night, I knew I had to be in your life and now I am. I feel like I've known you forever, and I couldn't imagine a life with out you. I love you, Maddie and Ryan will never hurt you as long as your with me." 

I can see her panic has turned to happiness and that she's beaming. Her eyes are shining again and I know she feels the same way. 

"I love you too, Harry." she whispers, smiling. I stroke her cheek and pull her close to me. I lean in and touch my lips to hers. An electric current runs down my spine and sparks fly. My mouth fills with her sweet taste and I know this is right. 

I am meant to be with this girl. 
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