An old friend

As a kid Harry had always been there for Lacie. He was the only one she ever told about her life: how her parents were struggling to meet ends meet, her sisters eating disorder and her abusive boyfriend. He was her shoulder to cry on. That all changed the day he left for the X factor and never looked back, leaving Lacie alone to deal with everything alone. So when she runs into Harry at a local bar she wants nothing to do with him. But Harry's determined to win her friendship... and her heart.

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6. what happened while you were gone

I told Harry about Lauren and how she'd been attending a therapy group for her eating disorder and how she had been pissed at all of us and refused to talk to anyone for weeks. Then I told him about how my dad lost his job and so my parents had to use my college money to help make ends meet. I dropped out of highschool and took up the job at Lula's Lounge, I never wanted to work there but my hand was forced, my family needed the money.

Harry listened to me, not interuppting me once, keeping his compassionate eyes locked on mine. I paused from my rambling taking in a much needed breath. It felt good to be able to talk to Harry about everything. "What about Jake, how are things going with him?" Harry questioned, narrowing his eyes. Jake just the sound of his name makes me feel like my world will come crashing down. I look down at my hands, my breathing rapids and I feel vile rising in my throat. "Umm uh..." is all I can manage to get out. I feel like I'm going to get sick and my eyes began to search for a distraction, anything to keep my mind off the question. Harry takes one of my hands into his using his other hand to turn my face back towards him "What happened" his voice is serious, and I know I'll have to answer him. "I can't even look at myself anymore Harry" I whisper, a tear escaping my eye and gently trailing down my cheek. "What did he do to you?" he demands, his voice rising.

"It was 5 weeks after you left" I begin "We were out at a bar and he got really drunk." my voice breaks and I can feel my lip quivering. "My luck, it was the night I told him I wanted us to break up. We were walking out to the car, cutting through an alley to get to the parking lot we parked in. I told him we needed to take a break. He flipped out and started yelling at me. Then it was like a possesion came over him because he suddenly became calm and a smile creeped up on his lips. He reached out towards me and twirled my hair around his finger. He pushed my up against the wall and started talking about how pretty I was." I spat the last 3 words is disgust. " And then he... he..." I couldn't finish, tears were streaming down my face and my body was shaking uncontrollably. I looked at Harry his eyes were filled with sorrow. "I'm so sorry" was all he said before gathering me into a hug. I burried my face in his shoulder, gasping for breath. He rubbed his hand soothingly across my back. I grasped at his shoulders, clinging to him as if I might fall apart if he let go of me. "He had no right to do that to you, no right" Harry whispered into my ear. I nodded in response. Harry then pulled away cupping my face in his hands "Did you tell the police?" He asked, I could hear the concern in his voice. "Yea" I breathed. "He got a 15 year sentence." Harry used his thumbs to wipe the tears from my eyes. "I won't let anyone hurt you like that ever again". I gave him a weak smile. "Sorry for putting a damper on the day" I said shoving my hands in my jacket pocket. "How 'bout we go do something fun" Harry says gently.

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