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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6. Secrets

 

Rachel’s P.O.V.

I really don’t want to tell him this story. He’ll just leave because my life is so messed up. I hated thinking about that night, let alone talking about it. But, I’m going to have to tell him sooner or later. Might as well get this over with, I sighed and then said the worst name in the world. “Emmet.”

“Wait, who’s Emmet?” Niall asked confused.             

“About a year ago he was my boyfriend, my first boyfriend actually. I thought I loved him. But I was wrong; I didn’t know what that word meant.” I turned from him as a single tear escaped my eye, yet to be followed by others. I didn’t want to go on, so I just sat silent for a while. Then Niall turned me to face him and wiped my tears away.

“It’s okay. Tell me, I want to know.” I looked into his blue eyes full of concern and hurt. He’s a better friend than I thought he was.

“We dated for maybe 2 months before it all happened. We had a great relationship until he started to control me. He wouldn’t let me go out with my friends, or even my family. I lost every friendship I had, except for Hannah” I smiled as I thought of how she helped me. She was so brave and calm at the time, and never left my side. A true friend.

“She’ll always be my best friend.” My grin grew into a smile and I could feel Niall was waiting for me to continue. “I tried breaking up with him but he literally wouldn’t let me.”

“What do you mean, he wouldn’t let you?”

“He thought, and still thinks, that I’m the only one for him and he’s the only one for me. So every time he saw me even look at a guy, he’d hit me and tell me never to do it again or he’ll kill me. I thought he was bluffing so I didn’t give it too much thought.” I had to pause because I didn’t want to cry, but I know I’m going to.

“Then one day..” tears flowed freely off my cheeks now and Niall embraced me in a big hug while rubbing circles on my back to calm me. I looked up at him and his eyes were blood shot from crying, this made me cry even more. I didn’t want him to feel my pain.

“Keep going” Niall urged.

“One day I went to the store to buy some groceries and my cashier was a boy with dark brown hair and blue eyes. He was a little taller than me and had a great smile. He was hitting on me and wasn’t trying to hide it. I tried to hurry so Emmet wouldn’t come in and see me speaking to him, but he wouldn’t quit talking. I finally got out the door and next thing I know the cashier is right behind me, handing me a piece of paper with his number on it.” A sob escaped my lips when I thought of what happened next. I was scared, not of telling him, but that he will find me again. Talking about this made my mind wonder, and I didn’t like that.

I decided to continue. “I got into the passenger side and once I got in I heard the door lock. I looked at Emmet and I could tell he was angry. All he said was ‘you slut’ before he smacked me and began to yell. Asking if I was sleeping with him and calling me multiple names. He smacked me again and with that, drove off.” I shuddered because I couldn’t bear the thought of having to tell Niall the next part. I just looked at him with pleading eyes.

“What? What is it?” he said a little worried.

“Please. Please don’t make me tell you what happened next. Once we got home.” A started to cry even harder and he hugged me tighter. “I didn’t want to do it” another sob spilled out of my mouth. I hated crying, but I couldn’t stop.

“Shh it’s okay. You don’t have to say it.” I looked up and kissed him on the cheek. He blushed a bit, as did I.

“Thank you” I smiled a fake smile. I sighed again as I began. “After about a month more of that I got the courage to leave him again. This time I wasn’t going to do it alone. This is the part I regret most. I involved my friends; my only friends.” I looked at the floor and cried silently at the thought of Hannah… and Jared. Niall lifted my chin up to look him in the eye.

“It’s not your fault. If they didn’t want to help you they wouldn’t have.” He kissed my forehead and I went on.

“Hannah helped me escape, and so did Jared.”

“Jared? The one you were dreaming about?”

“Yes, he was my best friend, and I was in love with him. But we never got the chance to be anything more than friends.” I turned away from him as I shut my eyes and pictured Jared in my head. Light brown hair, mesmerizing brown eyes, I could stare at them all day. His perfectly straight teeth. The red snap back he seemed to always be wearing.  His favorite pair of great Air Maxes, jeans, and Hollister shirt. I looked back at Niall he was looking at me funny. Like he wanted to kiss me? No, that’s not possible. I shook my head and before I could say something Niall interrupted.

“Why not?” I knew he was going to ask that, but I was hoping he wouldn’t.

“Because he’s dead.” Niall went wide eyed while he put his thoughts together.

“I- I’m so sorry.” He shook his head and a tear ran down his cheek.

“It’s okay, you didn’t know.” I looked away from him as more tears streamed down my cheeks. I took a deep breath and exhaled, knowing what he was about to ask.

“What happened to him?” I could hear the concern and curiosity in his voice. I looked back at him, only to find eyes full of sorrow staring back at me.

“This is the thing I have been trying to hide from you. I never wanted you to know this about me. That’s why I distanced myself from you and Harry, but now I can see that I’m going to have to tell you.” I struggled with the next part; explaining everything that happened. “After I finally escaped Emmet, I thought it was over. I thought I was free. But I was completely oblivious of how… maniacal and psychotic he was.” I shook my head at my stupidity. “I was blind; I should’ve been more aware.”

“He put his arm around me a pulled me closer to him. “It wasn’t your fault. I could’ve happened to anyone.” I just nodded; too scared to speak afraid my voice would break at our sudden closeness. My heart was racing; my mind went blank for a split second, forgetting all the pain and misery. Then it all came flooding back in. I began to cry harder and Niall began to wipe my tears away.

“I was never carful enough, I didn’t know it at the time; but looking back I realize my mistakes. One night it was just Jared and I went to a local carnival, to get my mind off everything. That was the worst decision I ever made, and I’ll regret it every day for the rest of my life.

“We spent all night there, while Hannah was hanging back at a hotel we had rented. She knew I had a huge crush on him so she offered to stay home and keep an eye on things; I can’t tell you how thankful I am she stayed there. I don’t think I could’ve handled losing both of them.”

“So Emmet, he was there; at the carnival?”

“Not really. See, the carnival wasn’t open at the time. They had closed up for the night and at first, I had no idea where he was bringing me. We had parked pretty far away, so we had to walk a good distance and the whole time I felt as if someone was watching us. I told him about it several times, but he just told me I was being paranoid; and I believed him.

“Once we had got there all I could see was a big space filled with darkness. Then everything came to life.” My face lit up as I pictured the image in my head. How bright it was, almost blinding at first; the music that flowed through the speakers overhead that reminded me of when my dad used to bring me there. I thought of the way he smiled at me when he saw how surprised I was. He was wearing casual attire; dark jeans, his favorite pair of Nike shoes, and a cherry red Hollister hoodie. I remembered how he kissed me for the first time while we were on the top of the Ferris wheel.

I was shaken out of my thoughts when Niall spoke. “So where does Emmet come into this?”

“We spent several hours at the carnival, participating in every event that was there. The last thing we rode was the Ferris wheel; once we got down we headed over to the main power source to shut everything off. About half way there Jared had to use the restroom, so I stood outside the door to wait for him.

“Then, out of nowhere, it went dark. All the lights in the park shut off; I couldn’t see anything but blackness all around me. I began to hear footsteps getting closer, gradually picking up their pace. I panicked; I didn’t know what to do, so I ran. I ran as fast as I could go. With each step the fear in me grew to an overwhelming size, the foot steps behind me at a dead sprint now. Even though I was blinded by the darkness, I knew who it was. There’s only one person it could’ve been. So I screamed as loud as I possibly could to warn Jared. All the while going over the many ways to take an attacker down; knee to the groin, finger to eye, even pepper spray.” I laughed a little at the last part. “I brought pepper spray everywhere with me, afraid he would discover me. I’ll probably start carrying it again in about year or so.” I realized I was no longer crying, I had no tears left to spare.

“Why would you start carrying pepper spray again?”

“That comes on later in the story.” I yawned and he realized how tired I was and layed me down under the covers.

“Sleep now, you can tell me the rest I the morning.” He got up to leave but I grabbed his hand to stop him.

“Please, don’t leave. I don’t want to stay alone.” I said barley able to keep my eyes open. He nodded and laid down beside me.

“I’ll stay as long as you want me to.” He kissed the top of my head, or did I just imagine that? Before I could open my eyes to ask, I fell into the darkness.

A/N:

Wow I think this will be the quickest I’ve ever updated this! im a little afraid this chapter is too boring and lacks action. 

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