You're Mine

*Not Famous*
Zoe and her cousin Niall have always been close, as close as they can be with Niall living all the way Ireland. When an unexpeected event brings Zoe to Ireland to stay with Niall, no one could have ever predicted what could've happened. Not only will Zoe fall for one of Niall's friends, she will be ripped away from everything she's ever known.

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6. Josh

Jogging out of the bathroom to meet Seth, I start to get a nervous feeling in my stomach. The swelling in my face is now prominant and noticable. The purple that starting forming on my delicate skin only five minuets ago, is now dark and has a blackish tint to it.

There's no way my friends aren't going to notice! What about Niall? He'll throw a fit! Ugh.

The sunlight hits me as I push outside, blinding me. Crap, where is he? I blink a few times, trying to focus my vision. There it is; trees, grass, my friends, Niall. I see everyone but Seth. Maybe I can just head back over with out him? He wouldn't be mad right?

I nervously glance around me, looking for the rough looking boy with a lether jacket on in eighty degree weather.

"Seth? Where are you?"

It's hardly louder than a whisper. My voice is hoarse and dry coming out my scratchy throat. What is going on? Why am I so nervous? I've never felt like this before.

I start to stumble back, feeling dizzy, but am caught by strong, sturdy arms. Ones that are fimiliar, yet distant and nearly unrecongizable. They pull me back up in a standing position and so I'm standing back on my feet. My head still swims as I turn to see Josh behind me.  

"Hey, you o- What the fuck happened to your face, Zoe?!"

He reaches up and gently runs his hand over my bruises. I flinch and pull away as the skin is still tender. Why the hell would Josh touch it? I mean, come on. It big and swollen and purple. Normally, someone doesn't see that and think, "Oh, yeah! Let me touch that and see if it hurts them!" Stupid kid.

"Nothing, Josh. Don't worry about it" I snap back, turning to walk away.

He grabs my wrist and pulls me back toward him. HIs soft brown eyes are pained and worried as they run over my my damaged face. I try to pull away from him, but he keeps a firm grip.

"Zo.." It's hardly a whisper as he pulls me into a tight hug. The nervous feeling I had earlier drains away as my best friend wraps his pudgy, comforting arms around me. Josh and I have been friends since we were in our mothers stomachs pratically. Katie Frankel, Josh's mom, and my mom, Jennifer Welsh went to high school together. They grew up as best friends and even when my mom moved to Ireland, they stayed in touch and made sure to see each other at least four times a year.

"J-Josh.. It hurts.." I sob into his chest. He rubs his hand across my back, letting me cry it out.

"He did this, didn't he?"

I nod, not knowing what to say. Josh is the only person I've told about Seth and how he throws his temper tantrums. It really makes josh mad, but I beg him not to say anything. My face still throbs as I let the fear and hurt leak out onto his now damp t-shirt. Why would Seth hit me so hard! He used all his strength and knocked me to the ground! You don't do that to someone you love! "Why would he hit me so hard, Josh!? I didn't mean to make him mad! Niall's my cousin! I wouldn't do anything with him!" I cry out, shaking. "Shh, it's okay Zo. He won't do it again, I promise." Josh whispers the comforting words in my ears and I feel myself start to relax. I'll just have to be good, extra good around Seth. If I don't do anything stupid he won't have a reason to hit me, right? I feel a small wave of relief run through me at the thought. He won't hurt again, Zoe. He loves you, remember? The tears slowly dry up as I calm down. He won't hit you again. Josh promised he wouldn't and Josh has never broke a promise to you in his life. I pull out of his grip and wipe underneath my eyes, not that it'll matter much under your left eye. The runny make up blend right in. "What am I supposed to tell Niall?" I wonder aloud. I didn't really expect an answer back, but Josh says, "The truth. He'll beat the shit out of Seth." ; "Who will?" We both turn toward the menacing voice and see Set h standing a foot away, fuming. Josh protectively steps in front of me and calmly answers. "Zo's cousin, Niall. As soon as he finds out you did this to her," he points toward my face and I drop my gaze in shame. "He'll be coming after ya, bad boy." Seth scoffs at Josh's warning and pushes him aside, grabbing my arm. The nervous feeling I had earlier returns with a vengeance. I feel as if any moment I'm going to be sick. I don't want to go with Seth. I'm now terrified of being alone with him, the throbbing in my face increasing. I look at Josh desperately, silently telling him not to let me go with Seth. Nothing good can come of it. With out hesitation, Josh rips Seth's hand off me and shoves him away. Seth goes stumbling back and nearly falls. "You need to leave her alone, dude. You can't just hit a chick like that and not expect someone to kick yo-" Seth swings and collides with Josh's jaw, sending him flying back. With a hard thud, Josh lands on the ground, out cold. "Josh!" I scream, falling on the ground next to him. No, no! Josh! Oh my god, this is my fault. Seth wouldn't of hit Josh if I hadn't told him! I'm sorry Josh! I shake him a little, tears running down my face. Wake up, Josh! Come on, buddy, wake up! I feel someone roughly grab my hair and pull, yanking strands of hair off my head. "Get up you little fucking bitch. I guess we need to have another little talk."

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