It Isn't What It Seems (ON HOLD!!!)

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Nikki is just your average 16 year old. That's what it seems, but if you were to look closer you would see that so many things in her life go wrong. She is actually a very sweet girl, but because of her appearances people assume she is a bad girl. So she has to play that role, but she is tired of it. Tired of being someone she's not. Tired of her father abusing her. Tired of life itself. She faces challenges, like every person. But the question is, will she over come them?

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11. Chapter 10

   I got off the train, and looked around. It was already 10 a.m, the train ride wasn't that long. And since in Michigan it is an hour ahead from North Dakota, Keith probably wasn't up yet. I'm scared of what his reaction will be, I hope that he can understand why I did this. I walk out of the train station and down to the road, I see a dollar store and deiced to go in and see what they have.

   I'm standing in the aisle, looking at different things when something catches my eye, red hair dye. I grab it and run to the cash register and buy it. I walk back over to the train station and go into the bathroom, I quickly lock myself in the handicap stall, since it has a sink and mirror in it. I quickly dump out the contents of the box and set to work on dying my hair. I mean why not? New place, new me right?

   When I'm finished I look at my reflection in the mirror. I left a few pieces black, and it does look really good. After I washed up and threw away the box I stand outside and look at the map on my phone. My mom's friend's house is only a few streets away, but the thing is she doesn't know that I'm coming. I hope she will let me stay, I don't want to think about it so I just start walking in the direction of her house. 

  When I come up to her house I stand there for a few moments, I haven't really planned on what to say, I mean I can't just walk up and be like, 'Oh hey, you remember me right? I'm Kelsey's daughter, Nikki. Yeah, I was wondering if I could crash here for a while since I ran away and my dad abused me.' I roll my eyes at the thought, but there wasn't anything else I could think of. 

  I take a deep breath and knock on the door, I hear a muffles voice from inside the house and then the lock on the door clicks. "Yes?" She says and steps out. 

 "Um, hi, I don't know if you remember me. But I'm Nikki-"

  "Kelsey's daughter, I know who you are. You look just like her." She says with a smile, as she folds her arms across her chest.  "So what are you doing here?"

  "Um, something happened and I had to leave home. I was wondering if it was okay if I stayed here for just a few nights."

  "Yeah sure, what happened?"

  "Uh, I'll tell you inside." I say. Becky nods. She steps aside and opens the door wider for me to go inside. Once I step inside and Becky has closed the door she turns to me.

  "So what happened?"

  I sit down on the couch and look at her, "My dad, he uh." I didn't know how to tell her. I didn't know how to tel anyone, I really didn't want to tell anyone.

  "What did he do?" She asks urgently with so much concern in her voice.

  "He hit me, a lot. I-I couldn't deal with it anymore. I went to my boyfriends house, then I left."

  "He hit you?"

  "Yeah." I mumble.

  "Oh Nikki, I'm so sorry!" She sits down next to me and hugs me. "Did your boyfriend know?"

  "Yeah, I told him before I left."

  "Does he know you left."

  "Not yet, I left him and his mom a note. I told him I would call him when I was somewhere."

  "Has he tried to contact you?"

  "I don't know." I check my phone to see that I have 3 missed calls from his mom, 6 text messages from her. I read the last one, 

 <TO:NIKKI><FROM:JACKIE> Nikki, I'm really worried about u! Im going to wake Keith up and tell him ur gone, he wont take it well. Just plz call us!

  I sign and nod. "Call him." Becky tells me. I look at her, she is staring in my eyes.

  "Okay." I get up and walk into her kitchen, I dial Keith's number and he picks up right after the first ring.

  "NIKKI! WHERE ARE YOU?" He shouts, he sounds frantic, so scared. 

  "I'm fine baby, don't worry."

  "How can I not worry! My mom woke me up and told me you ran away! I just found a note on my desk, how could you leave! Please come back!" He begged. I tear slide down my face.

  "I can't baby, I just can't"

  "Why? Are you hurt? Please tell me you aren't I will never forgive myself if you are!"

  "No Keith I'm fine. Please calm down, what I did is what is best for us. I can't be in your life."

  "Why? I want you in my life! I love you Nikki!"

  "That's why I had to leave!" I cry out.

  "Because I loved you?!"

  "Yes! You don't know the pain I have, I can't love anyone. Not after what happened, it doesn't make much sense. But I'm so afraid that I will finally love someone, and they will just slip away. I had finally just gotten back to normal with my dad, and he does that again."

  "Nikki, I would never hurt you. You know that! Think about how much fun we had last night at the party!"

  "Keith, I didn't have fun. You did, I didn't want to go."

  "What? I-I thought you did."

  "No, I never wanted to go to any of those parties, I never wanted to break into any of those stores. Steal beer from gas stations, do street art. I never wanted any of that."

  "I, I only did that because I thought you wanted to."

  "No, that's me. That's not who I am. I never liked to drink, or ditch class. I did it because everyone expected me to."

  "I'm so sorry baby. Please come back home, everything will be okay. I won't make you do anything you don't want, ever. Please just come back." His voice was strained at the end, like he was crying. It really broke my heart making him cry. But I would break his heart coming back.

  "I can't, I hope that one day you can understand why."

  "It's not that you can't it's that you don't want to right?"

  "No baby, please don't think like that."

  "How else am I supposed to think! I woke up this morning to find my girlfriend ran away from me! And now she's telling me she doesn't want to come back because I love her!" He yells. Even though he's so far away, I flinch at the sound of his voice.

  Now I start crying, "Please don't yell at me, I'm only doing what it best."

  "It's not what's best if I'm crying and so are you."

  "Sometimes what the best, may hurt the most."

  "Nikki, don't do this."

  "I have to go." I say looking up to see Becky standing there, with her hand over her heart and a few tears sliding down her face.

  "Please Nikki don't go, I love you!" I shake my head.

  "Bye baby." I whisper.

  "Nikki! PLEASE! DON'T I LOVE YOU! DON't DO THI-" I hung up. I set my phone down and fall to the floor crying.

   I feel Becky's arms wrap around me, "Shhh, it's alright." She whispers. I sob, I don't know if I can do this.

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