It Started With A Call

Grace Thompson is a 17 year old girl that lives in Chicago. Well, she lived a normal life until she finds out her mother dies on the way home from work, which causes to move to London with her Dad. Trying to dial her best friend's number in shock and worry, she accidentally dials the one and only, Niall Horan. The two become great friends over the phone, and eventually fall in love after meeting each other face to face. But Grace finds something about her dad that she never knew before. Her dad becomes furious and as punishment for finding out, he does something tragic to Grace. Grace starts living a horrible life, and is trapped inside a world of abuse and hunger. Niall and the boys get suspicious from all the marks on her body, but Grace is forbidded from telling anyone. What will she do? Will Niall find out?


7. The Girls



I slid down the wall, my head in my hands. According to my dad he was driving past the boys' house to pick me up, and he looked through the window, right at the moment me and Niall were kissing. Apparently he got angry, and to what I saw yesterday, when he was drinking beer, I wasn't allowed to see. He's been, cranky, drinking beer, being lazy, and etc. ever since my mom had died. He loved her very much. He got super mad, and just yelled at me and gave me lecture about kissing boys, and how I wasn't allowed to date. I don't think my Dad is the same innocent man I knew a few months ago, before he went to London. Guilt and anger surged through my body. Sure, it was my fault I kissed Niall, but he didn't have any right to look in other people's windows! I mean it was a dare, and I can never back down on a dare. 


I sighed. I needed a break. As if on cue, my phone chimed. I slid my finger across the screen, unlocking it. It took me straight to my messages.


Danielle: Hey Gracie! El and I are pretty bored, and we were wondering if you'd like to go shopping with us Xxx


I smiled and typed a reply.


Grace: Of course! I need a break anyway. My Dad is not in the best mood as of right now. When should I get ready? Xxx


Danielle: In about 30 minutes; we'll come by and pick you up. xx


Grace: Thanks Dani! Bye xx


Danielle: Anytime. By the way, Niall says hi. im pretty sure he likes you ;) xx


Grace: Oh not you too! x


Danielle: Well, you do like him back.. You two should definetly go out!!! xx




Danielle: lol sorry. It's the truth though...


I jumped out of my seat on the floor and raced to my closet. I finally decided on wearing this:




"Hey, Grace! I love your outfit!" Danielle praised me, as I did a twirl and smiled proudly. 


"Of course you do." I replied cheekily.


She playfully rolled her eyes as Eleanor spoke up."Hey, isn't that the outfit I chose for you when we first went shopping together about a month ago?"


"Pshh. No!?"I replied sarcastically."You did not. I chose this outfit for myself. Because I totally can choose an outfit myself. I mean I do have style!"


"We all know Grace can't choose an outfit, even if her life depended on it." Danielle stated as we entered a random store. (A/N: Ok I don't really know of the stores in London. So, I'm just going to list stores in the U.S. that I know of. Don't judge xx)


"Ohh!"Eleanor cried, running to a rack of clothes."This is cute." She said, pulling out a purple shirt and inspecting it. 


"It is." Dani agreed."You should buy it."


"Me?" I asked. 


"Uh..yeah. I think so."


"It's fine. I'm just gonna keep looking."


"Okay Grace." Eleanor replied, debating on whether or not she wanted to buy it.


"I think you should get one in blue, since you have those shoes that match.." Danielle mumbled, her brows furrowing at the decision. 


"You're so serious about clothes!" I exclaimed, smiling at the two.


"How can you not be serious about clothes?" Eleanor questioned, putting the shirt she was holding back on the rack and selecting a new one, this time a neon green with neon pink stripes."Ew, Dani look at this one."


"Um, I don't really like the clothes in here. Let's go to Forever 21. I found this shirt the other day that was SO cute." 


"Oh! Let's go then! C'mon Gracie, maybe you can find some clothes too!"


"Yeah, maybe impress Niall..." Danielle muttered, only meant for Eleanor to hear.


"Hey!" I protested."I heard that!


"I didn't say anything." Danielle said as sweetly and innocently as she could.


"Yes you did. I heard you say 'Yeah, maybe to impress Niall.' to Eleanor!"


"I didn't hear anything she said." Eleanor raised her arms in surrender.


I crossed my arms and pouted."But why would I want to impress Niall?" I said as sadly as I could, trying to gain sympathy from the 2 girls. But on the inside I was laughing evily, trying to get some dirt.


"Well..."Dani hesitated, looking to Eleanor for help."Uhh.."


Eleanor cleared her throat and gave Dani a look that read," I'll explain this."


Eleanor then looked back at me and tried to explain."Well, you see.."


"Niall likes you..." Danielle said.


"And you like him back." Eleanor finished, looking pleased at what she and Danielle just told me.


A look of confusion crossed my face. Damn, I thought. "I don't like anyone."


Danielle nudged Eleanor. "I told you. She does like him. Now let's get moving. We're here to shop, and Grace needs a break. C'mon!" She chirped, grabbing our wrists and pulling us into Pacsun.


Eleanor laughed. "Sorry Gracie."


Danielle looked at me."Stop blushing."


I groaned, and covering my tomato face with my hands, went and examined some studded combat boots on a shelf.


Checking the price, I sighed and wandered throughout the store. Danielle and Eleanor were squealing over some denim shorts that were "so freaking cute!" I laughed at their craziness as the sales associate told them to quiet down. I went to the opposite end of the store so I wouldn't get into trouble. I saw a crop top I really liked with a reasonable price that I decided to buy. I picked 3 other shirts from the rack, a pair of jeans, and a cute charm bracelet. I went to the front counter to pay for my things. 


"Thank you for shopping at Pacsun, please shop with us again soon." The sales associate said in the fakest voice ever, flashing me a phony, pearly white smile. She handed me my items in a bag, and I took it from her, flashing her a weak smile. I turned around in search of Eleanor and Danielle to tell them that I was ready. I heard a sudden crash, and I whipped my head around, my instincts telling me it was Eleanor and Danielle who caused it.


"Eleanor!" I heard a voice, possibly Danielle, say.


"Danielle!"Another voice complained, this time maybe it was Eleanor.


I whipped through the racks and people in the store, to see where the shouts were coming from. I finally found them, sprawled across the floor in a pile of fallen clothes and shoes. 


I raised my eyebrows, giving them the, 'WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU!?' look.


"Just help us!" Eleanor whisper-shouted at me."Make sure the sales lady doesn't catch us."


"We don't want to get in trouble! Hurry Grace."Danielle added, still whisper shouting.


"Uh yeah. Sure. Whatever you say."


I was in the process of throwing shoes and clothes around, trying to get Eleanor and Danielle untangled, when I heard quick, angry footsteps. 


"Oops, gotta run girls. Angry sales lady on the loose out to get you two."


I sprinted from my seat as Danielle and Eleanor struggled to rip the clothes off of their bodies.


I heard El squeal as Danielle accidently hit her with a clothes hanger.


"What are you two girls doing? Look at all the commotion you've caused. Look," the woman yelled, angrily holding up a shirt, "You tore this shirt. You now have to pay for it-"


The woman rambled on and on, and from my place behind a clothes rack, I shook my head and smiled. What those two would do for clothes at Pacsun. I rushed gracefully through the store and exited, relief washing over my shoulders. At least I didn't get in trouble.









We were sitting in Louis' bedroom at the boys' house, just gossiping and laughing about whatever. We were in the process of talking about boys when my phone rang.


It was my dad.


"Grace, where are you?"


I sighed."Dad. I told you. I'm shopping with my friends Danielle and Eleanor. I'm at the mall. I'll be home in 20."


I hung up at looked at the two girls in front of me."You heard that right?"


The nodded there heads sadly."We want you to stay a little longer, but I guess your dad is pretty strict, huh?" said Eleanor.


"He actually isnt." I said soflty. "But I think it's because of my mom..."


"Oh. I'm so sorry Grace." Danielle said. 


"I'm sorry, as well, for your loss." Eleanor added, both of their faces looking sad.


They leaned in to hug me, and I tried to forget about my mother and I thankfully stopped the unshed tears in my eyes to roll down my face.







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