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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19. I will protect you

"You think you can just run away?" My dad yells. He comes up to me and slap me across the cheek and grabs my arm tightly. "Your stupid little friends have been coming to my house almost everyday asking where you are!" He hits me in the jaw and kicks me in my side. I fall to the floor and I see his hand go up again. 

I see Zayn walk down the hall and stop, my dad's hand comes down and hits me right in the eye. Then Zayn runs over to me. He pushes my dad away from me, "What is wrong with you?" He screams at my dad.

"Get away from me." My dad says and hits Zayn right in the face. Zayn falls back but gets right back up and punches my dad. 

"Get away from her." Zayn yells him. He punches him again then pushes him out of the door and slams it shut. After he locks the door he runs over to my side. "Are you okay? Who was that?"

I start crying, just curled up in a ball shaking and crying. "My, my dad." I say. I can't read Zayn's expression. He picks me up and sets me in his lap and rocks me like a little baby.

"It's alright, I'm here for you. He won't hurt you ever again." He says to me. I just sit there pressed again his shoulder crying.

"Did you ran away from him?" He asks me after a while of silence.

I pull away from his shoulder and look at him. "Yeah." I say so quietly you can barley hear me.

"Is that why you didn't want to be with me? You thought I was going to hurt you?" He asks. I look into his eyes.

"No, I thought I would get hurt if I let you in my life, you don't deserve me, I would make your life complicated. I didn't think you would hurt me they way he does." I say.

"Did."

"What?"

"They way he did. He won't be hurting you anymore Layla. I'll make sure of that." He stares into my eyes. He looks so sad. "I will always be here for you. Remember that." I fall back into his arm and cry even harder.

I never had someone to protect me, I felt safe with him. "Why didn't you tell me about him?" He asks quietly.

"I didn't want you to think I was weak. My mum doesn't even know."

"I don't think you're weak. I think he is weak for hurting his own daughter. And your mum will know, you are going to tell her and he will be arrested." 

"I will tell my mum, but I don't want him to be arrested." I say.

"Why? What he did to you is wrong." Zayn pulls me back so he can look into my eyes.

"I know what he did was wrong. but he's my dad. I don't want to see him go to jail. I just want to know that I'm safe and that he can't hurt me anymore." I look into his eyes.

"You are safe with me Layla. He can't hurt you anymore, ever. I will make sure of that, I don't care if I have to fight him again." I smile. He wipes away my tears with the back of his hand. 

"Do you trust me?" He asks me.

"Yes." I say. He leans in and kisses me. And this time, I don't pull back. I wrap my arms around his neck. He pulls away and looks at me.

He smiles. I hear the front door unlock and I tense up, I of course think it's my dad. I see my mum walk in. She looks at me and see's that I've been crying and that I wrapped around Zayn. How was I going to explain this to her?

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