What would you do if you were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time? Run? That's what Lucy and Nina did. Running led them to One Direction. Now, becoming best friends with the boys is easy. Lovers, amazing. But when names get to the press on a trip to Italy,  everybody better run because stories will be told and horrors will be relived when someone shows their SCARS.


41. Chapter 40

(Nina's POV)

The first thing I noticed when I woke up was that the bed was extremely empty.

" Niall?" I called out.

" I'm in the kitchen babe." he called back.

Eventually I pulled myself out of the bed and made my way to the bathroom, flinching with every step. I looked in the mirror and groaned. I was still in my sweats from yesterday. My hair was sticking out in about 50 different directions and beginning to return to the corkscrew curls I grew up with.

"great" I muttered, reaching under the cabinet and pulling out my Chi straightener. I plugged it in and scurried to the door, locking it before Niall saw my hair. I sat on the toilet, inspecting my feet. Little cuts graced my foot. I reached in the medicine cabinet above the toilet and pulled out the pain killers. After taking 3 I saw my Chi was warm and began straightening my hair. I was halfway through when were was a knock on the door.

"babe are you OK?" Niall's soft voice. called through the door.

" yeah. I'm fine." I said, speeding up the strand I was working on.

" can you let me in?" 

"um... no." 

"why not?"

"because..... um.... because I'm taking a shit." I blurted out. I face palmed. Really? I'm about to start college and that's the best lie I could think of?

"oh," he paused, "OK well hurry up. We need to get to the police station."

"Why do we..." I could feel the blood running from my face as the events came to the forefront of my mind. The phone call. The storm. The ransom note. My best friend, missing.

"OUCH!!! SHIT FUCK DAMN!!!" I had paused, allowing the straightener to burn my scalp.

" Nina? open the door or I'll break it down." Niall shouted.

"no! I'm fine!"

Suddenly Niall was standing next to me, helping me sooth my burning scalp.

"I'm fine."

He ignores me.

"Niall, really I'm fine."

Still ignores me.


He stands back, shocked.

" I'm sorry. I'm just.... freaking out. I'm sorry." 

All he does is stand there, looking hurt like a lost puppy. I sigh and finish straightening my hair. He was still standing there when I was done.


"you should eat before we leave. It's on the table," he said, then abruptly turned to leave.

"I said I'm sorry. What else do you want?" I yelled, following him out of the room.

"I want you to not take all your anger out on me! I haven't done anything but be there for you and all you do is snap at me! I just want you to calm down and realize who you are talking too!"

"I said I'm sorry OK!? I just.... I feel like I have the entire future on my shoulders. I have to worry about you and keep my past hidden from people who judge. Then I always have to worry about Lucy -"

"you don't have to worry about Lucy. That's something you choose to do! Lucy is becoming a grown woman. Just like you. She is fully capable of handling herself. She doesn't need someone like you to be breathing down her neck her WHOLE LIFE!!"


"There is nothing you could have done Nina. you need to get over it."

"get over it? get over it. You think its easy to just get over it? I assume you've never had your best friend take from you?" he nods, " well it hurts Niall. It fucking kills you from the inside out But you assume its something you can just 'get ove-'"

'And I just ran out, of band AIDS.
I don't even know where to start 
Cause you can bandage the damage,
 you never really can fix a heart.'

I was interrupted by my phone blaring Demi Lovato's 'Fix A Heart'. I quickly ran across the room and picked up my phone.

'Leeyum' the front screen said. I slid my finger across the screen.


"Nina! how far are you from...  134 Willow Creek Drive?" he asked urgently.

"um.... about 10 minutes, why?"

"you and Niall need to meet us all there. Fast." and he hung up.

I quickly put down my phone. I grabbed my hoddie and high tops. 

"who was that?" I heard Niall say.

"Liam, now let's go"

The car ride was silent and what should have taken 10 minutes took 5. We pulled up and saw the boys were all there, plus Eleanor, Perrie, and some girl I had never seen before.

"Liam, what the hell is going on?" I said as soon as we got out of the car.

"Lucy's here" he said without looking away from the old abandoned house.

"Liam. You don't know that." 

Then he threw an envelope in my face. It was addressed to this address to a Tom Whitaker.

"what's this?"

"I'm not sure. But it was in my pocket when I woke up. I just... knew."

Then he was gone. He ran into the house and we all followed him. he paused in the living room then bounded up the stairs. I heard Perrie and Eleanor stop Lou and tell him they were staying down to call the cops but I was hot on Liam's tail as he entered what looked like the only room in the house.

Liam flung the door open and stopped abruptly, causing me to ram into his back. 

"damn Liam" I whispered as he moved forward. I craned my neck to look around Liams moving figure as I felt the rest of the gang file in behind me. All I saw was Liam throwing a naked burly man onto the floor.

"wh-what are you doing here?" I heard a faint whisper from the bed. I turned and saw Lucy, laying there, with no clothes and tears streaming from her eyes.

"Lucy..." I heard Liam whisper before her head lolled and her eyes shut.

I could see bruises littering her body and I groaned.

"what? what happened?" Louis asked. He was at the end of the group so he couldn't see.

"she was raped. Again."

I heard the police sirens coming as Liam picked up Lucy. I looked at Harry, then the girl standing next to him.

"Hello. My name is Nina. I guess Harry forgot his manners. I'm sorry you had too come into this."

She gave a slight smile. " I'm Dakota. Its nice to meet you."

I smiled and went to follow Liam who was making his way down stairs. I felt someone grab my hand and turned around to see Niall.

"can we talk for a second?" he muttered, looking at the ground.

"not now." I said, yanking my hand from his grasp and following my friends to the living room.

I know I shouldn't of let her go.
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