I Know You're There

At every single school, there's always an emo that gets bullied. The one at Tori's school is different. He still gets bullied, and he never speaks, and no one ever sees him outside of school. There are rumours. Many of them. The main one, his parents have abandoned him. Tori starts suspecting that he lives in the abandoned house next to hers. As she starts getting close to him, and unveiling the horrific truth, she realised his pure beauty. If only everyone else could too...

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13. 'To break Daniel's neck.'

It was December the ninth. It was the day Daniel went too far. He'd already gone too far, but this... 

My parents were out, Ollie was out, and I was left alone with Daniel. It was a scary thought, he could hurt me however he wanted and there was no one there to save me. 

He had me pinned against the wall, roughly kissing me. It was honestly disgusting. I kissed him back, not really having much of a choice. I almost gagged. He was a terrible kisser. Reuben was better.

"Stop," I told him. I didn't mean to say it. It slipped out, like when I told Reuben I loved him. 

I slapped my hand over my mouth, shaking in fear. What the hell had I done!? A shine of evil was in Daniel's hazel eyes, glaring me down. I actually shuddered, feeling helpless. Maybe I could hit him back. No, he had me pinned against the wall, I had no escape.

"What did you say?" he spat through his gritted teeth.

Whatever I said, or whatever I didn't say, would be the wrong answer. I just bit my bottom lip, bracing myself for the pain. Nothing came. Just a sudden blackness and a throbbing in my temple. I didn't see him swing a punch, I just assumed, and my body slumped against the wall. I came into contact with the floor, and a rough pair of hands picked me up. Then everything went blank. 

*

My entire body was aching. From my head to my toes. I could hear myself groaning, but I didn't have the strength to open my eyes. I guessed it had been an hour or so. For all I knew, it could have been days. 

Slowly, I cracked an eye open. I was laying on my side, so I checked my alarm clock for the time. It had been three hours. That was one heck of a punch. Wait... if he'd hit me once, why was my whole body hurting?

Even slower, I sat up, my back bone cracking in effort. I massaged some feeling into my body, relieving the pain. My thighs were hurting the most. After some stretching, I stood up, but immediately fell back down again, a throbbing agony in my inner thighs. I moaned, wishing for it to go away. At least Daniel was gone, as far as I could see.

Next to my alarm clock, there was a folded piece of paper. Reaching out for it, I grabbed it and unfolded it.

I'm dumping you. Thanks for the fun, though ;). Love, Danny.

Yes! He was dumping me! Wait... fun? What fun? 

Slowly, everything fell into place. The pain, the 'fun', I was naked. He actually... He raped me whilst I was unconscious. Oh my God. Oh my God. Oh my God.

Quickly, I dialled Reuben's number. He picked up within the first ring, and agreed that I could come over. My whole body was trembling in fear. There was no way I was telling anyone, other than Reuben. I actually felt physically filthy. This was just...

I pulled some clothes on, just trackie bottoms and a hoody. No top, just a hoody. I hid from my Mum who had gotten home, and silently went outside.

I breathed in the crisp air, just standing still for a few moments. I needed time to think. My mind was too clouded to think, so I just knocked on the front door of Reuben's place. He answered, smiling sweetly. He was just so innocent, and I broke down, crying. With a look of empathy, he pulled me into a hug, rubbing my back soothingly. I shook with each sob, and he pulled me inside, closing the door behind me.

He kept a supportive arm around my shoulders, and we headed upstairs to his converted room. Not being able to stand any longer, due to fear and the pain, I sat cross legged on the floor. Reuben sat on the end of his camp bed, pulling his guitar onto his lap. He strummed it once, and frowned. He repeatedly plucked the top string, tuning it on the end of the neck.

"Are you ready to tell me?" he asked once I'd shut up. Tears still fell, but the sobs were silent.

"He..." I couldn't say it. It was a horrible word and I wasn't prepared to say it out loud.

"He what?" Reuben was concentrating on tuning the top string, still, but I knew he was listening.

"He raped me," I whispered, barely audible.

Reuben turned his hand sharply, tightening the string to much. It snapped with a pinging sound, and whipped the back of his hand. I could see a red mark already developing where it hit him. His bottom jaw tightened and he continued staring at the body of his guitar. With a deadly gentlness, he placed his guitar on the floor and stood up. He walked out of the room, and I quickly followed him. We ended up back outside.

"Where are you going?!" I asked, trying to kep up with his extremely quick pace.

"To break Daniel's neck."

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