Love At First Sight

Rachel was a normal 16 year old girl, her life was perfect. She had everything she could have possibly asked for; a boyfriend, a best friend, and and awesome dad. Then everything changed with the blink of an eye when an incident that happened 2 years ago come back to haunt her.

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12. Him

   Rachel’s P.O.V

I couldn’t focus on anything but the phone call Aiden had earlier. Should I ask him about it? If I do him he might get mad and think I was spying on him and not speak to me anymore. Who could he have been speaking to? And why had they asked about me? Was it Niall checking in? No, he would have called me instead of Aiden. Maybe it was just a friend of his that is going to meet up with us at the carnival. But wouldn’t he have told me if we were going to meet someone there? It’s his business maybe I shouldn’t ask him, but then again they were talking about me. Maybe I should just ask him, what’s the worst that could happen?

 

Aiden’s P.O.V

The whole car ride I was debating on what I should do about the phone call. He was angry with me for taking so long to get to the carnival, he wanted this over already. I can’t say I blame him, but I don’t think we have the same ending in mind. I really don’t want Rachel to get hurt, at first she was just part of the job. I hate that I’m putting her through this; I know that he’ll hurt her tonight. Maybe I should call someone, ask for backup; I have to set this straight. If she died because of my stupidity... I don’t think I could live with myself. What the hell am I going to do?

I mechanically parked the car and tried to focus on the task ahead of me. I looked over ad Rachel and she seemed to be thinking about something, but I couldn’t figure out what. “You okay?” She looked troubled.

“What? Oh, uh- yeah, yeah I’m fine. Great.” She babbled getting out of the car. I sat there for a second thinking about what just happened but shrugged it off.

We walked up to the gate and I paid for some tickets while Rachel was staring wide eyed at the park. “Like what you see?” I smirked.

She looked at me, her face still happy and shocked, and nodded. “Come on,” I said putting my hand on the small of her back, pushing her forward. “What do you want to ride first?”

“Hmm.. how about,” her brow furrowed and she bit her bottom lip in concentration as she turned in circles examining the park. “That one, definitely that one!” she pointed to the biggest roller coaster there and looked at me expectantly. I raised my eye brows at her, is she crazy?

“What are you on? You want to ride the biggest roller coaster here first thing? Half of it is upside down!”

“What are you, scared?” she smirked jokingly. I blushed a little and rubbed the back of my neck with my right hand.

“I may have a tiny ordeal with, uh, heights.” I said averting her gaze.

“Aw it’s okay,” she said reaching up and attempting to pat my head.

“Rachel, I’m 6 foot 3. You can’t reach the top of my head,” I laughed at her.

“Oh shut it,” she joked smacking my chest. I put my hand on my heart and pretended to be hurt.

“Abuse! Someone help, she’s hitting me!” I screamed while trying not to laugh.

“Shh! You know that didn’t hurt you,” she laughed. “But seriously, if you’re too scared I guess you’re just going to have to sit here and wait for me to get off.” she shrugged and backed away towards the ride slowly.

I groaned, “Fine, I’ll ride it.” I suddenly had a thought and a mischievous smirk crossed my face. ”But only if I get to choose the next ride, no matter what.”

“Yay! Deal, it’s a deal!” she jumped up cheering before grabbing my hand and towing me to the entrance. I laughed at her.

“You’re such a child.” She glared at me and I tried to hold in my laughter unsuccessfully.

When we got of the ride I felt like the carnival was moving in circles. I bent over and put my hands on my knees and groaned. “I am never riding that thing again.”

“Oh come on, it was fun and you know it,” she said pulling me up straight. “Now, what would you like to ride?” she asked sweetly.

I smirked at her knowing she’s hate this. “Slaughter Clown.” I watched her smile drop, her face go pale, and her eyes grow in disbelief.

“B-But there are c-clowns in there; clowns of death.” She said calmly, but I could tell she was freaking out.

“Exactly,” my smirk grew into a smile when I had to throw her over my shoulder to get her to move.

“Put me down! I refuse to go in there! I take our deal back!” she yelled slamming her fists to my back.

“The more you struggle the more times we’ll ride it,” with that she stopped all of her movements. When we got to the ling I sat her down, pushing on her shoulders trying to glue her to the ground. “Stay put.”

She huffed and crossed her arms over her chest, “Fine but just know that I’m not responsible for injuries I cause while I’m terrified.” She declared squinting her eyes at me, “You’ve been warned.” And with that she turned back to me, looks like I’m getting the cold shoulder. I couldn’t help but laugh at her. I laughed so hard I had to bend over and hold my side.

She faced me and I could tell she was trying to suppress a smile, “What’s so funny?”

“You- really- should not- get mad.” I said in between laughter. Once I calmed down to just a chuckle I try to speak again. “Sorry, anger just doesn’t suit you,” I shook my head.

“Oh, and why’s that?”

“Because you’re as scary as a baby penguin,” I joked.

She started to laugh and said, “Yeah, you’re probably right.”

“Next.” I looked up and we were already up to get onto the ride. It was a seat that fit three people and it was supposed to be scary.

“Please, please, please, please, please, don’t make me do this!” she whined.

“Oh come on you big baby.”

All through the ride Rachel jumped and screamed at every little thing, she ended up hiding underneath my arm; not that I’m complaining. But we could never be together, and not just because she has a boyfriend. Who she thinks I am is a lie; everything she knows about me is just something I made up. And she’d hate me forever if she found out the truth about me.

When the ride ended it was starting to get dark outside; the sky was a beautiful pink color. I heard Rachel gasp while looking up at the sky. “Don’t you just love sunsets?” she said smiling.

“Yeah, they’re almost as beautiful as you.” Snap out of it, Aiden. You have to separate your personal life and work life.

“Let’s go get something to eat,” she suggested.

The whole walk to the food stand I was looking for him, he said he’d be here. Maybe he got held up and couldn’t make it; I hope not I’m ready for this to be over. I want to get back to my life. I didn’t see any sign of him until we sat down with our food when my phone buzzed. It was from him.

Take her to the Ferris Wheel so I can follow you to your car. It’ll happen there.” As I read the message my hand shook, I still haven’t come up with a plan to save her. Maybe I shouldn’t.

 “Consider it done,” I replied.

We finished eating and I was about to suggest the Ferris wheel when she did, “Ooo, let’s go on the Ferris wheel!”

“Sure thing malady,” I smirked.

“You’re so weird,” she giggled.

“Sure, sure,” I said shrugging my shoulders.

We went on the Ferris wheel and headed back to my car, I still haven’t seen him. “I think Niall will want you back pretty soon, we’d better leave.” I said nonchalantly.

“Oh he’ll be fine, I’m a big girl. I’m allowed to have some fun.”

“Yeah but I really don’t want to argue with him.” Why can’t she just take a hint?

 “No, Niall isn’t my father and can’t set a curfew.” She wasn’t budging.

I mentally groaned, “Well, he doesn’t seem to think so and, like I said, I’m not getting into an argument with him. So can we please just leave?” I begged.

“Fine, I guess you have a point.”

ON the way back I had my eyes searching everywhere for him, but her was know where to be seen. I was going to open the passenger door for Rachel when I heard a twig snap, my head snapped up to the direction of the sound, and I knew he was there. “Are you okay?” she asked.

“Yeah, but there’s something I need to tell you.” She looked confused.

“What is it?” she reached out and put her hand on my forearm.

“I-I, you’re never going to forgive me, but I have to say this anyway. I’m so so sorry, this is all my fault.” I could feel tears brimming at the bottom of my eyes.

“What are you talking about? You haven’t done anything,” she shook her head confused.

“Yes I have, I led him to you, and I’m so sorry. He threatened me; I didn’t know what else to do.”  I felt tears run down my cheeks while she stood there in shock.

“Y-You what? Is ‘he’ E-Emmet?” she took my blank stare as a yes and yanked her hand off me like I’d burnt her.

“Yes, and I can’t tell you how sorry I am,” I pleaded. “You don’t have to forgive me, but you do have to listen to me; I’m going to help you.” A sob threatened to escape from my throat.

Rachel’s P.O.V.

I can’t believe he did this to me. We were supposed to be friends, friends don’t do this. He didn’t even have to say his name, I already know who he’s talking about. Suddenly it all made since; the phone call, how he rushed me to get out here, and how he seemed to be looking for someone everywhere we went. “Y-You what? Is ‘he’ E-Emmet?” I stuttered.

“Yes, and I can’t tell you how sorry I am,” he silently begged me to forgive him. “You don’t have to forgive me, but you do have to listen to me; I’m going to help you.” He whispered the last part. I couldn’t do anything, say anything. All I could do was weakly nod. I didn’t trust him, but he was the only one there who offered me help. Might as well take the risk; there’s no hope either way. I know I’m going to die tonight one way or another. I love you dad, I’m so sorry. Mom and I will watch over you. “Here’s what I want you to do; run, run far away from here call your boyfriend and tell him to get you out of here. When you’re safe, call the police.” The mention of Niall brought me back to my senses, there was hope; there had to be. What situation didn’t have at least one ray of sunshine? It may not always be as obvious at times like this, but that’s the test isn’t it? To find the good mixed in with all the bad; to find the will to live. I just have to find the loop hole.

“What the hell are you doing?!” a stern voice said. I didn’t have to turn around to know who had said those words; I’d know that voice anywhere. It’s the one that’s haunted my dreams for the past 2 and half years. The one that used to mean happiness, now all it brings is endless pain. It’s the voice I couldn’t get out of my head, along with his face. It’s the one that belongs to Emmet.

My body tensed up as I turned to face the beast behind me. When I looked into his eyes all the memories came flooding back; all those nights that I cried out for help but no one was around to hear me. The times he handcuffed me to the bed for days, leaving the ugly scars I have on my wristed today from me trying to get lose. The night a waiter smiled at me while we were on a date, and when we got home he tried to drown me. All those night, and so many more, I felt helpless. There was nothing I could do to stop it, and I knew he was going to kill me; he just never had the chance.

“Still looking beautiful I see,” he smirked stepping closer and I stepped back.

“Let’s just forget about this and just go home man,” Aiden tried to convince him. But I knew it would never work.

“Oh, I’m sorry. You can go home, but she has to come with me. You see, she’s mine, and always will be. And there’s nothing you, her, or anyone else for that matter, can do about it. I own her.” I flinched at the word ‘own’, he told me that all the time; acted like I was nothing more than a piece of meat.

I felt helpless again; like I was 2 inches tall. I didn’t like the feeling. All I could focus on right now was not cry; I will not give him the satisfaction of seeing me cry.

You’re going to live; you just have to find a way. I told myself. I looked at Aiden, I was still angry with him for doing this, but I couldn’t blame him. I know how persuasive Emmet can be, and I can’t let him die for something that doesn’t involve him. So I quickly came up with a plan and set it in motion.

“He’s right, I am his.” It killed me to say that, but I had to. “So you should leave.” I looked at both of them and they both looked shocked for a minute, but Emmet put on a smirk.

“See; just do what the lady wants. We’re in love, there’s nothing to worry about.” He tried to sound convincing but you could hear the venom in his voice.  

“I-I don’t think so.” Aiden stood his ground. “I know what you did to her, and I’m not leaving.” Emmet stepped forward and I jumped between them and put my hands on Emmet’s chest, I felt bile rise in my throat at the contact.

“Let me handle this,” I smiled. I turned to Aiden, “Look, everything you’ve heard is just exaggerated, I asked him to do that stuff. Didn’t I sweetie?” I turned to Emmet for him to conform.

“Hell yeah she did, enjoyed every minute of it too.” He said stepping up beside me, placing a hand on my butt while I tried not to flinch away.

“So you see there’s no problem, you can go home now.” I smiled, “Here I said grabbing Aiden’s arm and pulling him to the other side of the car, I opened his door for him. “Thank you for being worried, but there’s no need.” I wrapped my arms around his waist and whispered in his ear, “Call cops, then Niall.” I backed off and by the look he gave me I knew he understood. I hope this works out, because I’m going to pay for that hug.  

“Alright,” I could hear the double meaning in his words.

He backed out of the parking lot and I hoped he would call fast enough. Emmet grabbed my upper arm and yanked me towards him, “what was that hug for?” he ask calmly, that’s when he was the scariest; when he was calm.

“N-Nothing, I was just trying to get him to leave.”

“Well, you’ll pay for it tonight.” Where are those cops? “What did you just say?” his grip tightened. Please tell me I didn’t say that aloud.

“W-What are talking about honey? I-I didn’t say anything.”

“Did you say ‘cops’?” my arm was numb now and I couldn’t feel my fingers. I shook my head furiously. Just then I heard sirens and saw flashing lights on the road. “I’m not done with you just yet sweetheart, I’ll be back.” There was a sharp pain in my stomach, my knees went weak and I fell to the ground; fighting to keep my eyes open when I see him run into the woods. I was fighting to keep breathing, but I was just so tired and I finally shut my eyes.

When you’re dying, it’s easy; much easier than life. All I have to do is lie here and let time take its toll. It’s easy, until you see your life flash before your eyes. I see my mom, singing me a lullaby like she every night I couldn’t sleep. Dad and I, holding hand, at my mother’s funeral; I had never seen him cry before that day. My first date with Emmet, I was so happy; I had a crush on him for years before he gave me the time of day. I remembered the first time he hit me, promising that he would never do it again, and I believed him. And then I saw Jared, his beautiful smiling face that shone brighter than the sun. I remember how he and Hannah helped me escape Emmet. I saw the night he told me he loved me, and then he died for me. Seeing all the bad events happen over and over in your head again, was not worth it.

When I finally thought I was over, I remembered all the things I never got the chance to do. I never got to tell Hannah how much I appreciate her, or how I think her and Harry will get married one day and have curly headed children. I didn’t get the chance to tell my dad goodbye, he didn’t get to walk me down the aisle or even see me graduate. Aiden doesn’t know that I appreciate him trying to help me, he thinks I hate him. And Niall, there’s so many things that we never got to experience together. I won’t ever get to see him win XFactor and hear millions of girls scream his name. And the one I most regret; he doesn’t know I love him.

With all the strength I could muster I whispered, “I love you Niall, with all my heart.” Then the dark waters of the sea pulled under into a dark abyss that I knew I couldn’t come out of.

  

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