17 Year old Ashley hasn't ever had a childhood. She spent most of it taking care of her little sister, Amelia. Before that, her and her sister were abused by her step dad when their mother died. Now that Ashley's in school, she's had a unwanted, sexual abuser. She doesn't know his name, his age, his reasons for hurting her like he has been. All she knows is if she tells anyone, or if she doesn't do exactly what he tells her too. He'd kill her. Her whole life she's only felt harm, hate and beatings from the male species, that is until Niall. No male has ever been so gentle with her. She gets caught up in what she thinks is her trying to protect and take care of her little sister that she forgets to take care of herself. Can Niall help her with all this damage she's been forced to live through? Or will she shut him out like everyone else in her life.


18. Chapter 18


Ashley's POV:

"No way! So how was it?" My cousin Julia shouted at me through the computer. She was my only true friend, ever since we were little we always stayed by one another. But once everything went down hill for me, we kinda lost touch. I stopped calling her, stopped texting her, stopped video chatting her. But now that I was back on my feet, Niall encouraged me to call. He said it'd make me feel better, if I had any problems or anything. So I did, I started to call her. This was about the third time we talked this week, I got her caught up with my life as she did the same with me. She was so beautiful, I always envied her looks. Even when we were children I always wanted her life. "Ashley?! How was it?!" She repeated herself. I laughed. "Um it was-" I couldn't quite talk about it casually yet. "He was perfect." I whispered, she laughed loudly. She was always way too loud, even for a normal person. "So this is the same guy you were talking about before, right?" She asked, I laughed. "Yea, Niall, but I think it was perfect to me because it was him, ya know?" She nodded. "Yea, I know. Oh, hold on." She scurried off her computer screen. A couple minutes pasted and she returned with a boy. "Ash, this is Liam." She pulled him in front of the screen. "Hi Liam." I smiled politely at him. "Hi," He said quietly, Julia looked at him and laughed. He looked at her. "What?" He asked, she smiled. "Nothing." She giggled, placing her lips slowly onto his. I awkwardly coughed as she separated quickly out of embarrassment. Guess they forgot I was there. "Sorry." She said, I laughed. "It's okay." I laughed even harder. "I'm gonna go get some ice cream, you want some?" Liam asked, she nodded. "Thank youuuuuuuu" She said like a child, he laughed. "So, that's Liam huh?" I asked. "Yea, he's pretty great." She looked at her lap. I was about to go into the subject more until I noticed a shadow creep into the room. "Ashley?" An Irish voice called, before I even thought of answering Niall, I turned toward the screen and pointed my finger at Julia. "Keep your mouth, shut." I demanded, she laughed. "Okay, okay." She said. "In here," I said, I felt his presence enter the room as he shoved his hands in his pockets. "Hey," He said, I smiled at him. "What're ya doin'?" He sat on the bed with me. I smiled as he held his hand on my waist. "Hi!" Julia shouted at Niall. Niall looked at me. "That's Julia" I said, he nodded. "Ohhh, hi Julia" He smiled at her. "Hi Niall!! Ashley has told me alot about you, and I mean ALOT." She said annoyingly. "Shut up, Jul!" I wined. She couldn't stop giggling. "Oh yea?" Niall laughed, I looked at him. "Shut up." I nearly whispered as I looked down. I felt Niall's hand leave my waist as he placed his fingers on my chin, shifting my head toward his. He smiled and began to lean in. Our lips touched as the obnoxious sound of Julia's teasing annoyed me. "Ooooo...." Julia screeched. I saw Niall's thumb reach upward and over the camera. I giggled against his lips. "Hey!" She shouted. I laughed. Niall looked deep into my eyes, hand still over the lens, as he kissed me once more. "I love you." He whispered, I smiled. "I love you, too." I said. "I'm hungry" He said, I laughed. "Okay." I said, Niall took his thumb off the lens and waved to Julia. "Bye Julia, nice meeting you finally." She laughed. "You too!" She waved. I laughed at her. "You're so stressful Julia," I murmured. "Oh be quiet, you know you love me!" She shouted, I laughed. "Yes, I do!"


"Soo... Julia's um.... She's nice." Niall said as I walked down the stairs. "You talked to Julia today!" Amelia jumped up. I laughed. "Yea, she says hi." I smiled. "Tell her I say hi!" She shouted. "I will." Niall gestured for me to sit next to him on the couch as he dug into a bag of popcorn, I politely took the seat beside him as I watched Amelia skip away. "Julia's a handful." I said, Niall laughed. "She sure is, but she's nice." Niall said. "So..." He started. "Perfect, huh?" He looked at me, my cheeks started heating up bright red as I looked at him and frowned. "Y-Y-Yo-You heard th-that?" I stuttered, he laughed. "Yes." He kissed my nose. I couldn't help but blush even more now. Damn I hated that power he had over me. "You're literally too cute." He mumbled under his breath. "Shut up." I murmured out of embarrassment. "Hey," He lifted my head and shifted it to face him. "You were perfect too." Hi said before softly kissing me. I smiled between kisses. "Ash?" Niall called my name. "Hm?" I parted from him. He had a strange look on his face as he struggled to get out his next words. "Don't be mad, okay?" He started, I frowned. "Okay...?" I said. "I um-" He nearly whispered. "I g-g-got a hold-" He couldn't quite get it out. "I got a hold of your dad." He said. I didn't know what to say. How did he find him? Why did he find him? Did he call him? I've always wanted to meet my dad. Always. It makes me go crazy sometimes, not knowing who he was or what he's doing now. "Y-Y-ou." I stuttered. "I know, I should've asked you first its just-" He stuttered as he stared at the surprised look on my face. "This may sound a little old fashion but-" He looked deep into my eyes. "I don't know- I guess I just thought that a man should know who his daughters with. And after the other night, I figured it was necessary. To meet him. Introduce myself. Make an impression." I was touched that Niall wanted to meet my dad, and I'm gonna be honest. I did too. Something came over me as I rushed into Niall's arms. "Thank you." I whispered, digging my head in the crook of his neck. He smiled and began wrapping his giant arms around me. "No problem..." He said. "How did you find him?" I asked, backing away from him. "Um... Google." He joked with me, I laughed. "Did you like- talk to him?" I asked. "No, I figured that should be your position. I mean, I can if you want me too but-" "No, th-th-that's fine, I-I'll do it." I stuttered, he placed his hand on my shoulder. "You sure?" He asked, I nodded. "Yea, I want to." I said, he smiled at me. "Okay." He wrapped his arm around me as we continued watching television together.

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