Forever Young

Marie was an average girl. Until she wasn't.

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5. Chris

Niall put his hands above his head, which really stunk for me. His hand holding mine was the only thing holding me together.  I was on the verge of a breakdown.  Everything was going so well, then Chris had to come ruin it.  Again.

"Come here, Marie."  Chris said, in his version of a soothing voice.  I knew that if I didn't go to him, he would shoot Niall.  Just like he shot my brother.  The thought brought tears to my eyes.  I stood up, and walked over to him.  "Kiss me."  He said, rather menicingly.  I did as he said, and then he walked away.  I went back over to the table.  "Can we go back now?"  I asked, tears rolling down my face. Everyone nodded and stood up.

****Back at the Flat****

"I suppose I have to tell you guys what that was about." I started, "When I was 16, Auntie set me up with Chris.  That was 2 years ago.  He was the boyfriend that I had never had before.  He was perfect.  Then, around 6 months after we started dating, he bacame abusive.  He never let me talk to anybody but him, so I couldn't tell anyone what was going on, but my brother.  Then, my brother stood up for me.  Chris shot him.  Then he kept me under lock and key."  By now, I had everyone in tears.  Including myself.  I continued, "Around month 8, I ran.  His abusing was getting worse and worse, so I ran.  I ran, and I kept running.  I ran wherever my feet would take me.  He was chasing after me.  I ran into a dead end. He came at me with a knife in his hand, and he gave me this."  I lifted the bottom of my shirt, to show the boys the scar running from the bottom of my rib, to my hip, then to my other hip, in an L shape.  "L for love" is what he told me.  "I'm lucky I didn't die."  I said, quietley.  "He was arrested for a year, but he got out on bail for good behavior.  And now, here he is."

Niall reached over to me, and wrapped me in a hug.  "That should never have happened to you.  You don't deserve that." he whispered in my ear.  I tried to pull away from the hug, because the boys seemed to be feeling a little bit awkward.  "NO!  YOU ARE MY CAPTIVE NOW!"  He said, trying to lighten the mood.  I laughed through my tears.  Niall was my rock, my steady spot when things were getting bad.  I didn't want to admit it before, but there is no use in pretending.  I love him.

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