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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12. My Crazy Friends

"Where are you?" He demands.

"Like you care, I'm surprised you found out so soon." I say.

"Oh, I've known the whole time. It just took until now for me to even care." That hit hard, my own father. 

"Well, if you didn't care then you shouldn't care now." I say, fighting back tears. I hear someone get up behind me and I'm pretty sure that it's Zayn.

"I barley care Layla, I just don't want your stupid little friend to go around and tell everyone that you ran away and then me getting in trouble for not filing a missing person's report." He says with a huff. The person gets closer and I can feel that they are right behind me.

"My friend has a name. Like you would remember it. I don't care what happens to you, you deserve what ever you get." I say. I try to talk quieter but my voice is rising with anger.

"That is no way to speak to your father young lady." 

"How can you call yourself my father?" I cry, "You were never there for me after mum left! I bet that you don't even know that I was elected president last year." I say. I feel a hand on my shoulder. I turn to see Zayn's worried face, a tear escapes and after that they all start coming out.

"I don't care about you and your life." He says.

"If you don't care about me then don't talk to me ever again." I say, and with that I hung up. 

"Was that your father?" Zayn asks me, I nod my head.

"How can he not care for you?" He asks, "you are his beautiful daughter. One day he will regret that." Did he just call me beautiful?!? He pulls me close to him as I cry. I just can't stop crying. He rubs my back as I cry into his shoulder. 

"What's wrong?" I hear Kelli ask. I look up at her, "Nothing." I say. I wipe away the tears and go to the bathroom. I close the door and splash cool water on my face. I hear Kelli and Zayn talking.

"Do you know what happened between her and her dad?" He asks.

"No why?"

"Because he dad just called her and now shes like that. I only heard her say that he doesn't care about her and that he shouldn't talk to her again." 

"She has never said anything about him except that he lives in Brighton." 

I slide down the wall and sit on the floor, I put my head in my arms. I don't want them to know about any of this, ever. I might have to tell them, I just met Zayn and Kelli. I don't want to tell them my life story or make me sound like some helpless little girl.

I hear a soft knock at the door, "Lay, are you alright?" I hear Kelli ask. I'm glad it's her and not him. 

"Yeah" I say. She opens the door and comes in. I look up at her.

"What happened between you and your dad?" She asks. I really don't want to tell her. So I'm going to have to lie to her.

"Before I moved in with my mum I got into an argument with my dad. He never got over it." I say with a shrug as if it's no big deal.

"Oh, well just forget him. You don't  live with him anymore and you won't see him." She says with a smile. She hugs me and we walk back to the guys.

"Hey, you alright?" Zayn asks when he sees us.

"Yeah." I say quietly. Kelli looks at me and goes back to eating. I sit down on the couch and realize that I don't have my phone. Zayn walks over and hands it to me.

"Thanks." I say.

"No problem." He sits down. 

"You probably want to know what happened." I say.

"You don't have to tell me if you don't want to."

"No, I want to. Before I left I got into a fight with him, he said some hurtful things, and so did I.  I just never thought he actually meant them." I say. That was believable  I never did actually think that my dad didn't care about me. I just thought he didn't care enough to do anything about our lives and our situation.

"Well, he's not here anymore to say those things." He says with a smile.

"Yeah." I say with a laugh.

Zayn hugs me, "Hey!" I hear Louis cry.

We turn around and see food all over his face. Abi is laughing so hard. "Come on babe that's not fair!" He says. He grabs some food and starts chasing her around with it. 

"Lou! I swear if that get's in my hair you are so dead!" He finally catches up with her and grabs her.

"Oh I don't think so. You love me too much to kill me." He says with a smile.

"So" Abi says quietly, Louis's hand creeps up and without Abi even noticing he pushes the food in her face and smears it. 

"LOUIS!" She screams. He starts laugh and so does everyone else, "It's not funny!" She says.

"No it's not, it's hilarious!" Harry howls. I laugh so hard I nearly fall off the couch.

Kelli just stares at them like they are maniacs, which they are. She shakes her head and gives a small giggle. I knew I was really going to get to know they crazy people I would soon call my friend, maybe more than that. I'm still so confused.

 

**A/N** Hey guys!!! I'm trying to do my best with this whole British thing. I'm American, so no hate! Haha, I'm so happy that I have so many views!! Thx guys!!

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