Black Heart

Ellie's life is great. She has great friends, family and nothing seems to go wrong on her life until the day she meets Louis. Ellie thought things couldnt get any worse, but then she met Louis's four friends and now everything is complicated and she cant make up her mind.

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24. Chapter 24

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We were all gathered in the loung room. It was the middle of winter and the fire was blazing, but yet we were all still shivering. No one knew what was happening, the teachers seemed really on edge and uneasy. 

"Shhh." One of the teacher began. "Everyone be quiet!"

Everyone turned their attention towards the front of the room where Mr Starch was standing awkwardly. 

"We don't quite know how to tell you this, but... It turns out things have gone very wrong." He said. 

Mr Starch looked so nervous, this was enough to put us all on egde.

"What do you mean?" Someone began. 

"Explain!" Another person called out.

We were all talking at once, creating so much noise that no one could really hear him explain.

"Everyone just shut up and let the man explain!" Niall shouted over the noise.

It went deathly quiet and all attention was on Mr Starch. Mr Starch cleared his throat.

"Uh thank you Niall." He said with a nod towards Niall. "Well..."

"Look, here's the deal." Another teacher cut in. "Our country has been under war threat for some while now, but the government made sure no one knew about it, and early this morning some of the government satellites have found an enemy camp in the woods at the end of our property. The government has contacted us with this information and told us that there is an extremely likely chance they might overtake this property. It is too late to escape as they'd most likely gun us down if we tried. Our only hope is to stay here and wait for help, no matter how long that takes. We need to keep you safe." 

No one said a word as this all sunk in. I could feel myself slowly realising how much danger we were in. 

"You may contact your families and friends after we are done here. We are so sorry, we have no idea what is happening next. We have told you everything we know. We need you all to stay in the house for the time being just incase. We will do anything to keep you all safe and we will try our absolute hardest but we do need your co-operation. From now on food will be rationed off, as well as water, because we have no idea how long we will be here." Mr Starch added. 

I looked up at my friends. Jazz and Doris were clinging onto each other, shaking. And the boys were giving each other sad, moping looks. We all knew how serious this was.

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"Mum? Mum, please pick up!" I said as i tried calling her for the millionth time.

I had left her over a dozen voicemail messages, hoping she would call back. But she never did. I tried John but he must of been in a meeting because he phone was turned off. The only person who did end up answering my calls was Julie.

"Julie!" I exclaimed as i heard her voice on the other end of the phone line.

"Ellie? Is that you?" She inquired.

"Yes! Now listen, i dont have long and this is important."

"Ok, tell me."

"The country is under a war threat and there is an enemy camp situated in the woods near to the house we are living in. The government has informed us that is is most likely they will take over the house. We are not allowed to leave, the enemy already knows we are here and if we try to leave they might gun us. It's too risky. Please don't come anywhere near here and try not to tell too many people as the government is trying to keep this under a hush. I'm so sorry and i love you. Please tell this to mum and John as well, tell them i love them too and hopefully i will be home soon!"

"I-I don't know what to say.." 

"Julie, listen to me, it's going to be ok. I will be fine, we all will be. I just need to to tell mum and John and to keep them calm and safe. Please do that for me. Please." 

"I will, i will do it for you Ellie."

"Thank you! I have to go, i've got to go help the others with food rationing. I love you Julie, i will see you soon."

"Keep safe!"

I hung up and made my way to the kitchen to help the other girls with sorting through all of the food while all of the guys went to lock and secure all of the windows, doors, entries and exits. I went up to one of the teacher's who's name was Mrs Fellows.

"What can i do to help?" I asked, looking around at what everyone was doing.

"You can go with Lily and help her bring everyone's luggage down into the food hall." She replied.

"Why do we need to put our luggage there?" Lily asked as she walked over after hearing her name being mentioned.

"We are getting everyone to stay together in the food hall as a pro-caution. We don't want something happening and us not being to able to get you all to safety." Mrs Fellows replied.

"That's a really good idea, actually." I say with a nod. "Come on Lily, we'll start with our rooms."

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"Who would of thought that moving people's luggage around could be so stressful?!" Lily groaned as we carried yet another suitcase out of the boys rooms.

We'd already finished all of the girls rooms and we now had moved onto the boys.

"Boys are meant to pack light! Turns out, they're just as bad as us." I laughed.

Lily nodded.

"They sure are! God, what do they even have to pack anyway? It's not like they need the stuff we need." She said.

We set the suitcase down in the food hall and went back up to the boy's rooms to grab yet another bag. 

"This has got to be the most boring thing to do." Lily moaned.

"Well at least we don't have to do what the boys are doing! That would be a lot of pressure, one screw up and all of our safety would be at risk." I replied with a shrug.

I don't think this situation had sunk into Lily's brain yet, she seemed to oblivious to what was going on around her. Everyone was in panic mode, yet she was so calm and conserved. 

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"Thanks for that girls, you really helped us out." Mrs Fellows said with a smile.

"It's no problem, honestly, i want to do anything i can to help out." I said. 

"Well, you deserve a break from all of that hard work so you two are free to go." Mrs Fellows replied.

"Thank you." I nodded.

I turned to Lily.

"I think i'm just going to go and try call my family again, i'll catch up with you later." I said.

Lily nodded.

"Sure, come and find me later then!" She called after me as i walked off.

But, i wasn't going to call my family. I was going to try and find Niall. I needed someone to cheer me up. All the stress of everything going on was getting to me. I need a break.

"Niall!" I called out after the figure walking off down the hall infront of me.

The figure stopped and turned around to wave at me. I ran up to him and embraced him in a huge hug. Niall wrapped his arms around me and rubbed my back.

"Don't you worry princess, i won't let anything happen to you." He coaxed.

Niall sat down against the wall and took me with him.

"Can you cheer me up?" i asked looking up at him.

Niall smiled sweetly.

"Of course i can!" He replied. "Nothing else could make me any happier." 

"Thank you." I said quietly.

"Let's talk about something to get this all off of your mind, what shall we talk about?" Niall  asked.

"Let's ask each other questions?" I suggested.

"Sure! Great idea." Niall replied. "You ask first."

"Hmm, well, would you rather not eat Nando's for a month or wrestle a shark?" I asked.

"This one's a no brainer - wrestle a shark." He replied instantly. "Your turn, where is your most favourite place to be in the world?" 

I thought for a minute.

"A library." I replied.

"Why a library?" Niall asked.

"I love reading, it take me to all of these new and wonderful places! You never need to go anywhere when you've got books." I said.

"You know, i've never thought of that before." Niall said.

"Haha, well that's something new for you then!" I laughed. "What sport do you love to play the most?" 

"I think that my answer would have to be Football," Niall replied. "You play Football don't you?"

"Yes, i do." I said. "I'm meant to be playing a game this weekend but i don't think i will get to now." 

I looked away from Niall and sighed.

"But at least you'll be here with me!" Niall said cheekily. 

I laughed and looked back up at him.

"What is one thing you really want to do right now?" I asked him.

"I want to kiss you." He replied.

"Niall?" I asked.

"Yes?" He replied.

"Kiss me then." I said.

Niall looked shocked at first, but then realised i really did want him to kiss me. Well, i think i did. He leant down and placed his lips on mine. His lips tasted so sweet, i just wanted more and more. I wrapped my arms around his neck and leant into him as he kissed me even more. 

*THUMP*

I pulled away from Niall as soon as i heard that noise.

"Niall," I whispered. "What was that?"

Niall didn't reply.

"Niall." I hissed. 

"I don't know." He finally whispered.

We were completely alone in that hallway, everyone was already downstairs in the food hall. We could hear footsteps, and they were getting closer and closer with each passing second. My breathing got quicker and quicker. My body wouldn't move, it was frozen with fear. I could feel Niall rigid and stiff beneath me, he wasn't going to move either. The footsteps sounded closer than ever, they were just around the corner. They weren't anyone that we knew, i know that much. They were foreign footsteps and they were so close to us.

"Niall," I whispered as quietly as i could. "What do we do?!"

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