Shadows

Will the Secrets ruin her future or just brighten it?

“Nicquila" I heard my name no more than a whisper...
“Who said that?" I questioned worried.
“Nicquila come find me" They said again.
“Who's there? Show yourself! This isn't funny."
After living five years without either parent - who were also The King and Queen - Nicquila is lost without her parents and her old best friend.
As she is celebrating her 17th birthday at a masquerade ball, that her adopted cousin, Violet organised. All Violet wanted to do was surprise her best friend but she soon realises she is going to get tagged along for the ride.
Nicquila thought her problems couldn't get any worse, but she thought too soon, she soon discovers a family secret and is on the run of her life to get away from her past and now to gain freedom.

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2. Reunion with Eric Ryan

Nicquilia’s POV

Sitting on my bed going through photos from when I was a little kid wasn't the plan I was expecting to do today. Two young kids, a girl and a boy that looked a little older, playing in the sand pit brought back so many memories. I miss them, I miss my parents and I miss my best friend. I am sixteen I have lived four years without any of them. I can do this but I don't know how to fix it. I have to get in contact with Eric Ryan. I felt tears running down my cheeks and could taste the bitterness; I quickly turned around to wipe away the tears as I heard a knock at the door before my best friend Violet busted into the room with a glass of orange juice.

"Hey Honey, what's wrong? I miss them too, please don't cry. Everything is going to be all okay." Violet had assured me while wiping away my tears and fixing up the make-up runs that were on my face.

"Yeah, I miss them heaps I know it has been a while but I haven't heard from him since he told me we couldn't be friends and then he disappeared." I replied sniffling.

"He tried, Eric Ryan tried, and he was there on the same road he tried to help them get out. But he couldn't get them out. The car smashed into the power pole and then flipped and rolled down the hill and landed on its roof, I lost my parents too remember? They were all coming back from the orphanage, they were helping the sisters" Violet said with her teeth sparkling as she smiled at me.

I felt bad, because whenever I cried about the accident she cried, yes she is my cousin by adoption and her father was my uncle, but over the years since the accident we have decided to move in and live with each other, it had been hard at sometimes. But we are the princesses. My father was the prince but after he died I became the next royalty in line. Violet has been there for me since the year she was adopted at the age five. We are both now 16 years old, this year we are turning 17.

We quickly ran to the other side of the room, and sat down on our bean bags and ate our cereal and toast and a glass of orange juice.

"So, what are your plans for today Missy moo!?" I asked while sipping my orange juice. I looked up to see Violet smiling at me with a grin on her face. I started to get worried she wasn't going to ask about my birthday again was she? We have been through this topic.

"I'm going to go shopping, Want to join me?"

"What are you going to buy?" I questioned.

"Oh nothing just trying to find the perfect present for someone that's too stubborn to tell me what she wants, Want to help me?"

"Again on this subject?" I groaned, "You know what I want, and you also know that you can't get it for me... So why should I bother acting like anything else can take their place, I miss them." I replied, shoving a spoonful of coco pops into my mouth.

"Well, okay then I know I can't fix and replace them. But let's just go shopping for a pretty dress for the ball gown birthday party. Okay are you with me?" Violet asked while batting her eyelashes.

"Fine, yeah whatever as long as I get to pick your lovely little dress for you? Okay deal?" I said flicking a spoon of coco pops at her. Violet looks at me with her 'it's on!' face. I quickly jumped up because I know her plan; I don't ever trust her with orange juice! I quickly ran down the hall way and hid in the bathroom. I heard her footsteps come in but then it was all quiet. And I heard the footsteps, I peeked outside the bath tub corner to see if the coast was clear, I jumped out from my hideaway and walked into the hallway walking down to the bedroom, I walked to my closet to get changed I opened to the door, but something went flying into my face. It felt wet and sticky; I screamed and dived for covers, I heard her fall to the ground laughing.

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"I personally like the green one, but what one do you like?" I asked while twirling around fake modelling the two dresses. I looked up to see Violet on the phone I wondered about whom she could be on the phone too. She looked at me and turned away quickly and then quickly finished her phone call. She then spun around acting like she wasn't on the phone.

"I think the yellow one because yellow suits you and it's your favourite colour. So why don't you get the yellow one?" Violet asked not even looking at the dresses. The phone call must have done something to her, because she became real distant throughout the evening.

We were getting ready for the ball; I chose the cute little yellow dress with white elbow high gloves while Violet chose the knee long plum purple dress, her favourite colour of course with black laced gloves. Violet put her hands over my eyes and said "Do you want an early present?" I giggled and said "Okay but no orange juice!" we both laughed and she handed me a box. As I opened it I was amazed at the necklace I saw, it was a white gold chain with my name on it. It had a yellow gemmed heart at the end.

"Omg, I love it! Thank you so much Violet!" I turned around and hugged her. "Now come on let's go to the ball and blow everyone's minds away with our killer outfits!" Then Violets phone rang she quickly grabbed it "I'll be right back." Then she went into the next room but forgot to shut the door properly. "Yeah I know, Yeah she's here. I'll see you there, Okay, Okay bye." I opened the door "Who was that Violet?" She spun around startled "Oh umm no-one just umm Bec" she walked into the bedroom. "Come on let's go, Oh and don't forget your mask!" I looked at her puzzled "What are you talking about? We don't have masks..." She grabbed two masks from a bag and handed me one. "Well I took the liberty of getting you one, so come on let's go, and yes I've told everyone it's a masquerade ball" she dragged me out of the room and we headed for the ball room. I was so nervous; this was my first ball without my mum and dad by my side. And I would have to greet everyone as they entered; I really wasn't up for the small chat with the adults telling me about my parents and what they did. I just wanted to have fun for my seventeenth birthday. Violet must have sensed my nervousness and grabbed my shoulder "Hey it's going to be okay, I'll be right by your side and you never know, something special might happen tonight, You might even get your heart's desire" Violet whispered to me quietly as she hugged me and grabbed my hand as we walked to the door before she opened it, she winked at me. Everyone was looking so beautiful I was so glad that I wore the cute little yellow dress.

"Hello and Welcome everybody, Thank you for coming to enjoy and celebrate my seventeenth Birthday. This is a night I hope we all remember and look back at, with heaps of memories and laughs. This is also the 5th anniversary of my parents passing who also were your King and Queen. And I hope they watch over all of you like they watch over me" I said with so much excitement in my voice more than I felt. I seen two people walk in after my announcement and thought they looked so familiar but different, I heard one of them say 'Sorry' as I turned away to look at Violet, the sudden sound of his voice shocked me, it can't be him, I must be hearing things because he disappeared and I didn't think he would be back here after the funeral. Violet grabbed my hand and walked me over to the drink area, we both were glad that we brought the punch fountain. I grabbed a glass and filled it, I also filled Violet's glass; we were facing the wall, looking at it silently. I shivered as someone's hands found their way to my waist. I turned around and looked at the boy that was looking at me with a smile on his face. I removed my mask, as he did his. I smiled and screamed in excitement, I was so glad he was here for me; he was here to celebrate my birthday. Violet's and Eric's voices ran together as they both mumbled 'happy birthday's' to me. I looked at Violet, she knew about this? What was she thinking; I could've had an early heart attack. I grabbed at my purse and then hit her arm with it.

"OUCH! You should be more thankful. You want me to get the orange juice out and get you again?" Violet's voice was all giggly as she laughed. "Do you like your present? 'Cause it took a lot of planning and organising." Violet said all cheery.

"And plus check out his mate, he is such a babe!" Violet whispered while linking arms with Kyle.

"So, I haven't seen you in ages, what has been happening in the life of Mr Eric Hayden Ryan?" I asked while hugging him again.

"Well I will tell you after I get the first dance because of the way everyone is looking at you, they would like to dance but they can't unless you dance first. So is that okay?" Eric said while grabbing my hand and walking me to the middle of the dance floor. I followed him, looking at everyone with a smile on my face, murmuring 'sorry' here and there. I turned and faced him, he touched my left hand and then grabbed it and then put his right hand on my lower back as we danced.

"I am sorry it has taken me this long to get back here." He whispered into my ear. I slowly rested my head on to his shoulder, I moved my hands to round the back of his neck and he moved both of his hands to my lower back, I looked up and looked around to see everyone dancing, I heard Violet and Kyle talking, they looked cute together and I smiled, my eyes were pulled back to Eric's eyes as he touched my face and pulled the hair out of my face and tucked it behind my ears. He slowly kissed my forehead and then looked back down into my eyes. The rest of the world stopped right then, he made me feel so different and so weird it wasn't familiar.

"I haven't stopped thinking about you at all, I have missed you heaps" Eric said while looking into my eyes and then kissing my lips.

I pulled away after his lips touching mine, I can't do this, he left me, yes he came back but he left me when I needed him the most and he wasn't even there! I needed someone to talk too and I wanted him to be the person I talked to but he wasn't there!

"Sorry I can't do this, not after you left me, and you didn't even tell me you were going, you didn't even say goodbye, I needed you here but you weren't here, I wanted to talk to you but I couldn't!" I said looking at him with a little amount of disappointment in my voice, I ran away then, I had to go somewhere, where no-one would find me, I had to get out of here. I was running, I didn't know where I was running too but my feet lead the way I found myself running to a stop, I was near the hedges this pathway was only dirt but it brought back so many memories. I followed the path to find a big oak tree at the end of the path. I looked up at the tree; I quickly climbed up the tree and walked into the door of our little tree house. I quickly moved over to the bean bags and sat down. I was thinking so much about how mean I just was to Eric that I didn't notice I was crying. The tree house hasn't changed much since he left; I didn't really come up here because the memories of abandonment hurt too much. I found an old photo album filled with when we had played in here and pictures we had made the last day we were up here. I was crying so much I didn't realise he had entered the tree house and was standing in the door way.

"Do you remember when we were up here one time and we played prince and princesses and I had to save you from the dragon but I fell over and broke my arm?" he said standing in the doorway of the tree house.

"Yeah and we told mum and dad it was the dragon but it was okay because you killed him and saved me" I began to laugh. "Why did you leave me? You knew I needed you, so why? The last day we were here you promised me you would always be here when I needed you."

"I left because I thought I hurt you, because I couldn't save them, and I couldn't deal with you looking at me with disappointment and anger in your eyes." Eric was now moving over to be in front of me, he grabbed my hand and helped me stand up, he wiped the hair out of my face, wipe my tears away. He always used to do this. When I was crying he was there and was fixing my hair and wiping the tears away. I bit my lip and looked up at him. I thought if I bit my lip it would stop me from crying. But as I seen his face he was looking down at our feet. His hair in his face, I lifted his chin so that he was looking at me, I realised he was crying as well.

"Now Mr Ryan what is making you cry I remember that nothing ever scared you or made you cry but why are you crying tonight?" I asked while looking in his eyes with a smile on my face. I was glad that I knew something could scare him and make him cry.

"I lost you once and it pained me every day to know you would never forgive me for the choice I made, I know it wasn't the best one but it was at the time, and I just can't lose you again. I love you" he said no more than a whisper, like he was scared I wouldn't forgive him. And at that moment I couldn't help but laugh. He looked at me puzzled.

"I'm sorry but it's funny that you think you would lose me and I wouldn't forgive you! You're my best friend and I love you." And at that moment I leaned in and kissed him. He surprised me by kissing me back, it was like old times when he used to try and make a move on me. I felt his hands moving from my face to neck and running down my body. I suddenly shivered as the cool nice breeze came through the door and touched my body; he stopped kissing me and then laughed and brought me closer to him so my head was resting against his chest. He always was warm so I embraced the warmth and how he made me feel.

"Thank you." I said while hugging him. One of his hands moved to my head as he was playing with my hair. He then stopped and looked at me.

""For what? All I have done is made you cry, and you're thanking me for it? I don't deserve it." He said while walking me over to the bean bags, he then sat down and pulled my hand so that I sat on him. I was just sitting there thinking.

"Well Mr Eric Hayden Ryan, Will you promise me something and never look back on it?" He smiled and replied "Yes anything". I looked at him and grabbed his hands.

"Well do you promise to never leave me and always be here when I need you?"

He grinned and said "I do" I giggled at him and he kissed me.

"Thank you" I said smiling and kissing him. I slowly closed my eyes as I felt his hands run through my hair and down my arms, it was so great to have him back and to be in his arms once .

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