You're My Light

When Zayn stumbles upon a girl who has many secrets and cuts herself he decides to take her in. She doesn't trust him at first and is quick to try to escape. But he keeps her firmly trying to protect from herself. As she realizes she can overcome the hurt, the two fall for each other. Then a horrible event occurs, but the boys don't see it as too tragic. Will her secrets all be revealed? Only Zayn can bring the light back to her darkness and vanquish the evils that haunt her.

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21. Discovery

 

 Zayn POV

            Charlotte was really starting to worry me. We woke up and she practically bolted down the stairs. I caught her and lead her back but then she got upset with me when I mentioned Belle and Emilie so she ran upstairs. After about ten minutes she worriedly called me upstairs and I saw that she had hurt herself again. I seriously needed to find out how so I asked her friend Emilie.

            Once I had Charlotte under control again I went upstairs to wake everyone else so that we could go have fun for the day. When I came down Charlotte made it obvious that she was upset by giving everyone hugs except for me.

            At the amusement park I still hadn’t received a text from Emilie. Eleanor talked to Charlotte and then Charlotte and I were back to normal. She said she was upset but would deal with it tomorrow. We went on a rollercoaster and she said some very hurtful things, but when we got off she apologized for it. I got a text from Emilie saying:

            Was I right?

            So I sent back:

            About what?

            But then Charlotte started acting really weird and said no phones before taking my phone in her pocket. I tried not to say anything about it, and just enjoy my day with her. She waved to all of the little boys and girls and made me (not really I was the one who wanted it) buy her a princess costume. When she put it on, a bunch of little girls and boys came up to her and asked her for her autograph. She told them that they were all little princesses and princes themselves too.

            “Excuse me, miss,” A man with a business suit came up to her.

            “Yes?” She replied, leaning into me.

            “I would like to offer you a job as a model,” He said handing her a business card.

            “Really?” She asked.

            “Yes. With a face and pardon me, but body like yours I’m sure we could get you a fantastic contract with England’s most read magazine and – if you’d like, a job here,” He told her.

            “Thank you. I will…think about it. Have a good day,” She smiled at him as he walked away. Then she reached over and threw the business card in the trash.

            “What did you do that for?” I questioned.

            “Normal,” She pointed to herself, “and not normal,” she pointed to the trash can with the business number on it.

            “Oh my god! It’s Zayn Malik from One Direction!!” A girl shouted and a bunch of fan girls started running towards us. I grabbed Charlotte’s hand tightly, and took off running towards a security unit. Charlotte hid behind a security guards as fan girls surrounded me left and right. When they had finally gone so was Charlotte. I looked around frantically and started to panic. Then I saw her walk out of a nearby bathroom and I ran over to her, pulling her into a hug.

            “What’s wrong Zayn?” She laughed, hugging me back.

            “I thought you left,” I breathed kissing her forehead.

            “Ferris Wheel?” She pointed to it on the other side of the park. I nodded but she made us stop in the gift shop to get disguises. We both got beanies and sunglasses. She also got a souvenir tank top and changed before we made our way there.

            We went on the Ferris Wheel ten times, never getting off. We just sat, watching as the clouds got closer and farther away. Charlotte always kept her eyes on the clouds and I always kept an eye on her.

            After a while we got food and then played arcade games. She refused to go to the water park which was okay with me because I didn’t like swimming. “Can I have my mobile now?” I asked her. She shook her head. I pulled her in for a hug and took my phone out of her pocket.

            “Zayn! No!” She protested as I checked my mobile.

            Nails = wrist? Was the message from Emilie on my phone. I looked at Charlotte and she was a couple of feet away, looking out at the clouds. I walked over to her and took her right hand in mine. “Is that how you’ve been doing it?” I questioned. She didn’t acknowledge me. “Charlotte. Answer me please,” I said in a pained voice. I pulled her to face me and tried to loosen my grip because I wasn’t sure if it hurt her. “Is this true?” I raised my voice.

            “You’re scaring me,” She whispered. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath, letting all of the anger slip away.

            “Come on,” I said, grabbing her hand lightly.

            “Where are we going?” She asked.

            “To ride a rollercoaster,” I answered simply, deciding to address this matter at home. We went on a ride and then someone called Charlotte over. She went over and said hi to the person, coming back to me shaken and upset. “Who was that?” I asked.

            “Nobody,” She answered but she didn’t fight me when I pulled her into a hug. An hour later, we were finishing ice creams when we met up with all of the boys plus El and Dani.

            “Ready to go back?” Lou asked. Charlotte shook her head because she knew what was going to happen. I helped her into the car and wrapped an arm around her in the seat.

            “You’re crazy if you think I won’t fight you on this,” She announced when we got back and I pulled out my nail clippers.

            “Which is why I brought reinforcements,” I said as Louis and Harry took my flanks. She ran to the other side of the room and I chased after her. I pulled her into my arms and onto the bed. I held her legs while Louis took her arms and Harry clipped the nails. When we were done they took the clippings and left as Charlotte was left crying.          I laid down and pulled her towards me into an embrace.

            “I’m sorry for scaring you today,” I told her.

            “It’s okay. I know you would never hurt me like Josh did,” She replied.

            “We don’t have to talk about him,” I assured her.

            “He broke my wrist you know,” She said as I pulled her closer to me. “He always said he loved me but then he would hit me. It got to a point where I felt like I couldn’t tell anyone. He threatened that if I did, we would disappear and I would never see my family again.” Charlotte started hyperventilating in a flashback.

            “Hey, Charlotte. Look at me. He can’t hurt you anymore,” She sobbed into my shirt and I waited for her to calm down.

            “He raped me,” She told me. “More than once too. If I didn’t cooperate he would tie me up and make it hurt more. Most of the time I just blocked it out and took the pain,” She finished.

            “We don’t have to talk about this, love,” I stroked her hair and she clung to me.  We sat in silence for a while just so that I could comfort her and she fell asleep in my arms. With her asleep, I shed a few tears at what she had gone through. Her parents’ death, being ignored by her friend, being abused, forced to run away to avoid suicide.

            I slipped out of the bed and down the stairs. “How is she?” Harry asked.

            “She’s sleeping,” I answered.

            “Are we ready for our concert in two days?” Liam asked, being responsible. We all nodded even though none of us were sure.

            “We all need to keep a special eye on Charlotte. She could become very unstable, very quickly. She could hurt herself by taking off her brace, sneaking out in the middle of the night to get a knife, driving off by herself…” I trailed off naming different possibilities.

            “Doesn’t that mean someone should be upstairs to watch her?” Niall pointed out.

            “Got it,” Harry said already walking upstairs. We talked about who would watch Charlotte when and I had the most amount of shifts because I was with her practically all of the time.

            My mobile started ringing. “Hello?” I answered.

            “Was I right?” Emilie’s voice came from the line.

            “Yeah. We took care of it,” I said.

            “How is she holding up?” Emilie asked.

            “She’s had better days,” I answered. Charlotte came trotting down the stairs, followed by Harry. She grabbed the phone from my hand and started talking.

            “Stop calling. You can’t make things better by suddenly caring,” Charlotte snapped and then hung up the phone. “So what’s for dinner?” She asked, switching moods like lightning.

            “Nandos!” Niall yelled. We all groaned. He got Charlotte’s order and then left to get the food. We all went into the living room and sat down to watch the tellie. Charlotte sat right next to me and I wrapped an arm around her.

            We turned Finding Nemo to watch and waited for our food. Charlotte glanced at me every once in a while and I would smile reassuringly. “You’re safe with me,” I whispered to her. 

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