Lie To Me

Annabelle seems like your average 17-year-old girl, she has a good friend, a great brother who she’s really close with, a mother that just wants everything to be perfect, and a dad who’s a hero. But she has a secret that she can’t bear to tell anyone. No one knows who Annabelle really is, not even her. You see what she wants you to see. That is until she meets Liam, the undeniably hot boy who just so happens to be in the soon-to-be biggest boyband in the world. He breaks down all her walls, and helps her realize it’s okay, and everything will be all right. What you see is her perfect little world, but once you peel all of that away, your left with a girl who’s scared of her own parents, and is scared to let anyone in. What will happen when her secret is exposed and everything she holds dear is gone?

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2. Chapter 1

 

TWO YEARS BEFORE

 

ANNABELLE’S POV

 

“Mom, do I really have to go?” I asked the night before we were leaving.

“Yes Annabelle, you really have to go”

“But, it’s the first day, and it’s only a half day, and no one’s gonna be there”

“Annabelle must you always make things so difficult?” she sighed, “You're going and I don't want to hear another word about it” My mom was a tough lady. She wasn't my favorite person in the world; she could be such a pain. She always felt like she was right and everyone else was wrong. She never wanted to hear the other side of the story; in her eyes the only one that mattered was her own. Most of all, I hated the way she made me feel, of course I loved her, but most of the time she made me feel useless, like I could do nothing right. In her eyes, I was never good enough.

When I was thirteen I made a promise to myself to never, ever be like her. In some ways we were, we had the same long wavy brown hair, the same small mouse like nose, and the same dull brown eyes, that’s where our similarities stopped. My brother Jake, he was the lucky one, he was the spitting image of my dad, he was only a year younger than me and he was already a real heartbreaker. He had light brown hair and was taller then me at 6 feet. Ask any girl at school, the best thing about him were his eyes. While mine were dull muddy brown, his were blue, this deep vibrant blue, like the color of the ocean. All the girls loved him because of them, and he loved them even more, because it helped him get girls.

I finished eating as fast I could. After my mother had said her piece the silence that followed was deafening, All our meals were like that nowadays, the scraping of our forks and knives against our plates, no one saying a word, the tension just building.

 

“Annabelle, did you really have to ask mom if you could stay home?” Jake asked. We were in my room after dinner, he was helping me find my school stuff, or rather I was looking and he just criticized on what I was going to take. “Well I don’t want to go, that’s why” I stated.

“Annabelle, come one, don’t get mad. Dad’s coming back tomorrow.”

“Yeah I know, but come on, what’s the big deal if I miss one day?”

“You know Dad wouldn’t want you too.”

“I guess…”

“You know he’ll be happy to see you.”

“I know, it’s been like 9 months since we’ve seen him.”

“Technically it’s been 8 months 2 weeks and 4 days.”

“Geek.”

“Nerd.”

“God, don’t you have to find your school stuff?” I asked, annoyed.

“Nope,” he said with a grin. “I finished this morning.”

“Like I said. Geek.”

 

The next morning, I waited for half an hour for Jake to get ready. I never really had any close friends. I couldn’t handle people getting close to me because I was scared that if they got to close, they would find out. I couldn’t let anyone find out, because if that happened everything would fall apart. I was just about to leave the house when I saw my dad’s car come up the drive way.

 

“Daddy!” I squealed, dropping my bags so I could hug him.

“Hi sweetie! How have you’ve been?” asked my dad.

“I’m good. So how was Iraq?”

“It was good, you know considering.”

“Hey dad,” Jake said coming down the stairs.

“Hiya kiddo! You’ve gotten taller.” He observed, “So how’ve you been? You must be a heartbreaker.”

‘Oh you know it.” Jake replied with a secretive grin.

“Please, the only heart that was broken was his own, when half of the girls he dated dumped him.” I said teasingly.

“That did not happen.” Jake protested

“Did too.”

“Did not.”

“Did too.”

“Ah, jut like old times.” My dad said interrupting us. I haven’t seen my dad in such a long time; it was good to see him again. My dad was in the army. He was stationed in Iraq, so he was gone for most of the year. It was a good feeling to have him back, to know he was safe, even if it was just for a little while.

“I thought you weren’t coming until later tonight,” my mom said.

“I know, I caught an earlier flight because I couldn’t wait to see you guys.”  My dad said.

“Well I’m glad you’re here.”

“Yeah, me too.” He said, giving her a kiss on the cheek.

“Mom, we’re going now.” Jake hollered as he walked out the door

“Ok, be good.” My mom said. “And don’t forget your lunch, and your book bag; and stay out of trouble, we don’t need to visit your principal on the first day.”

“That’s right” my dad said chuckling.  “You have all year for that.”

“So,” I said. “You ready for all them high school girls?” Jake and I were pulling into the school parking lot. “I have no doubt that I’ll get lucky, Ana” Jake replied

“How many times have I told you I don’t like nicknames?” I said, starting to get annoyed.

“I dunno,” Jake said. “As many times as I’ve done it.”

Ok I thought now I’m really getting annoyed. I took off sprinting down the path with our Jake’s bag in my hands. Jake ran after me yelling at me to stop. I’ve always been a faster runner than Jake, even with his longer legs. When I finally turned around I couldn’t see Jake, but I could sure hear him yelling. I turned my head for a second and next thing I know, I slam into something and come crashing down on top of a random stranger.

 

“Omigod!” I exclaimed. “I am so so sorry.”

“Oh, it’s no problem,” he replied. “I don’t mind getting hit by a pretty girl every once in a while, but um, could you get off of me?”

“Oh yeah, sorry.” I said, getting to my feet.

“I’m Liam. Liam Payne.” He said reaching his hand out.

“Annabelle Crest.” he didn’t look familiar to me, but then again there was over two thousand kids at my school. The first thing I saw were his eyes. They were this chocolate brown. I’m a sucker for good eyes, and Liams were by far the best I’ve seen.

“Um, earth to Annabelle?” Liam said snapping his fingers in front of my face.

“Oh sorry, what did you say?” I asked coming back to reality.

“I was just asking if you were ok,” he said “but by the way you zoned out, I think I should take you to the hospital.” He teased.

“Oh no, it’s ok I just zone out a lot.” Nice one Annabelle, real smooth I thought. I could hear Jake coming closer; finally he caught up with us. “Hey, loser.” He said

“Hi dork,” I replied. “Took you long enough.”

“Ha ha real funny.” He sneered.

“Hey, I’m Liam.” Liam said.

“Jake.”

“So uh, I guess I should let you get back to your boyfriend?” Leo said

“Boyfriend?” Jake said laughing, “Who would date her?”

“Liam, I’d like you to meet my little pest of a brother.”  I said

“Hi little pest of a brother.” Liam said. I laughed.

“Hey so I’ll se you around.” He said walking away.

“Yea I’ll see you.” I said waving.

“Looks like someone has a crush.” Jake teased when Liam was out of earshot.

“I do not.”

“Do too.”

“Do not.”

“Do too.”

Jake turned down the hallway while headed off to find my locker, the whole time I kept thinking about Liam and his gorgeous eyes.

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