Holding on to what I have

Layla looks like any other teenage girl, she's pretty with long brown hair and green eyes. She's smart and has plenty of friends. But that's just the outside, on the inside she's breaking. Her parents just got a divorce and she lives with her dad who abuses her. Her mom just moved to London, Layla has had enough and she runs away and goes to her mother's house. While she's there she runs into the one and only Zayn Malik. She becomes friends with hum, but it seems like there is a romance brewing between him and her. Will she be too scared to let him into her life? Or will she finally open up to someone and let them in, let them help her with everything that has happened.

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10. Getting Ready and Meeting Brad

I walk up to my mum's flat not bothering to use the elevator. I run to the door and unlock it. I throw my shoes and purse in my room and walked into the den. I saw my mum sitting on the couch with a scrapbook in her hand. She had tears falling down her face. I walked up to her, "Are you okay?" I asked. 

She looked up at me, "Oh, yeah." She said. She wiped away her tears and set the book down, "How long have you been home?" She asks.

"I just got home."

"Oh, so where did you go?" She asked smiling.

"I went to a Cafe and then over to the little pond." I say taking the seat next to her.

"That sounds like a dare, how many people were there?" She asks grinning.

"It was just me and a guy." I say with a giggle, "But it wasn't a date date. We are just friends and it's going to stay that way." I say.

"But do you like this guy?" 

"Honestly I don't know, I mean I want to be his friend, but right now I don't want a boyfriend." I say.

"Huh, well I better go to bed, gotta work tomorrow." My mum says with a smile. She pats my knee and gets up and heads to her room. I get up and walk into my room, I pull out my phone and see that I have a text from Zayn and Kelli,

I really had a good time 2nite, do you want to go out again sometime soon? ~Zayn 

So how did the date go???? ~ Kelli

I laughed, I replied to Zayn first,

So did I, yeah that would be nice. I'm not really doing anything 2mrw, maybe Kelli could come. ~Lay

Really good, papz where every where when at first. I got really scared. Think I might hang out with him 2mrw, if I do would you mind coming? ~Lay

I walked over to my closet and put on my PJ's and climbed in my bed,

Yeah, me and the guys have 2mrw off. I'm sure Liam would love 2 see Kelli :)~Zayn

Yeah, I'm not doing anything 2mrw until the afternoon. I could hang out with them, but I have to be back home by 6. ~Kelli

I smiled, I really didn't want to be alone with them. I only wanted to be friends with Zayn and if I was alone with him that might not be good.

Yeah, he seemed pretty fond of her. Kelli's in so wht time do u want 2 meet up and where? ~Lay

Okay sounds great. I'm texting Zayn about the details. I will let you know more soon! ~Lay

I wonder if Kelli and Liam would be together, he really likes her. But I'm still unsure if she likes him. My thoughts were interrupted by a text from Zayn,

Yeah, he did. How about mine and Niall's flat? At like 12? ~Zayn

I hurried to reply,

Sounds great! I just need the address. ~Lay

Zayn responded and gave me the address and I texted Kelli and told her where and when. I said goo-night to both of them and turned my phone off. 

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I was running from him and screaming. He kept getting closer and closer, it was as if I wasn't even moving. He finally caught up to me and pushed me to the ground. He hit me in the jaw and yelled at me for whatever I did. His foot came up to kick, he brought it down...... down...

I woke up with a start. I look around and realized that I was okay and that my dad was no where near me. He couldn't hurt me. I was all sweaty so I got up and took a shower. I dried myself off and put on some clothes. I walked out into the kitchen and grabbed an apple. I sat down at the table as the dream replayed in my mind.

I heard my phone ring and I walked back to my room to answer it. Its Jackie.

"Hello?" I say.

"Hey Layla, so what happened? Your old friend just showed up out of the blue and you go run off with them without telling anyone? I went over to your house yesterday and you dad didn't even know where you were." She says.

"Wait, you talked to my dad?" I ask.

"Yeah, he seemed really mad. Did you run away or something?" She asks worried now.

"What no. My dad has been forgetting things lately, I think it's because he's getting old. I'm with, my old friend Kelli." That wasn't a complete lie. I was with Kelli, but I only meet her this week.

"Oh, okay. Well I gotta go, I'm going shopping with Gracie." 

"Okay, bye."

"Bye."

I hang up and check the time, 10:50 text Kelli,

Want me 2 go over 2 ur house & meet u there? We can hang out before we go over. ~ Lay

I walk over to my mirror and I brush my hair and braid it back. I put on some moisturizer and apply a little bit of mascara. My phone buzzes,

Yeah sure, I'll text you where I live ~Kelli  

I wrote it down and put my phone away after I texted her back and told her I would be there soon.  I grabbed my purse and slid on some toms and headed to the door. I picked up my keys from where I put them last night. I'm just so glad that my mum works and she doesn't ask me about what I was doing for school. I lock the door and make my way to the elevator. I hit the L for Lobby and it starts to descend.

I walk up to Kelli's flat and knock on the door. I hear someone inside yell, "Kelli! There's someone at the door! can I get it?" It sounded like a little boy.

"Yeah. Let them in, it's my friend." I hear Kelli yell back. I hear the door unlock and the door open. I little boy in a superman shirt and jeans is standing there, "Hi! I'm Brad!" He says. "Hi Brad, where's Kelli?" I ask. 

"She's in her room." He says, he lets me in and closes the door behind me. I look around and see pictures everywhere. I follow Brad to Kelli's room. "Here it is!" He declares.

The door's open and I see Kelli standing in front of a mirror. "Thanks Lou." Kelli tells Brad. I look at her confused, "His middle name is Lou, I only call him Brad when he's in trouble. Which is all the time!" She says with a giggle. Brad laughs and walks away. It's 11:15 and we have to take a bus to get to Zayn and Niall's flat.

"Okay, I'm ready." Kelli says. I look around her room and see pictures of her and different people. I see a few of her and the same guy, maybe it was her cousin or something. 

"Okay," I say. "We should go now so we won't be too late." We laugh and head towards the front door. "Now Lou remember, don't open the door for anyone. Watch the telly or something, don't get into any trouble." She says. He laughs as we walk out. Kelli locks the door and we walk over to a bus stop and sit down on a bench and wait for the bus.

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