Erase My Memories

You would think Bethany is a typical American teen girl, until she attempts suicide. She spends a couple months in a psych ward, and when she is let out, her parents send her to live with her mom's best friend in London, who just happens to have a son her age, Niall Horan. The two become very close friends, but when Bethany gets to know Niall's best friend, Harry Styles...Bethany starts to grow attached, much to her horror. And much more, Harry too has quite the past. Can the two over-look the past and present problems, or will life itself destroy their relationship?

*Includes self harm, alcohol, sex, and cursing*

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23. Chapter 22

 

Bethany:

After my shower, I decided I was going to go on a walk. I wanted to get out of the house for a bit but I wanted to be alone. I was walking around when I saw a park. I decided to walk over and hang out on the swings for a bit.

I was on the swing for awhile thinking about Harry. I wanted to figure him out but at the same time I knew I should keep my distance. Harry wasn’t someone you wanted to get mixed up with- and I knew that.

A few minutes later, a soccer ball came rolling over to me. I looked at it and looked up seeing five teenagers- two boys and three girls. One of the boys came running over to me as I picked it up. He smiled as I handed it to him.

“Here.” I whispered.

“Hey, thanks.” He flashed me a smile but stayed there. “Do you want to join us? We need one extra person to make even teams.” I looked over and everyone seemed friendly enough.

“Yeah, sure.” He nodded for me to follow him so I did.

“So, where are you from? I haven’t seen you around before.”

“I only got here a couple weeks ago.” I pointed out.

“That’s cool.” He said as we reached the rest of his friends. “Okay, I’m Gabriel; this is Aaron, Bailee, Mabel, and Cady.”

“I’m Bethany; nice to meet you guys.” They all smiled and said hi to me.

“Where are you from?” Bailee asked me.

“America; the east coast.”

“Lucky! I’ve always wanted to visit America.” Cady said. I smiled. Already feeling accepted.

“Are you staying for the summer with your family?” Aaron asked. I shook my head. “Then who are you here with?”

“Do you know Niall Horan?” They all nodded. “I’m staying with their family.”

“So you must know Harry Styles?” Mabel said slowly. I nodded and they all sighed. “He used to be one of the sweetest boys I knew until everything happened with his family.”

“What happened?”

“He hasn’t told you…?” Gabriel asked, shocked. I shook my head, not sure how to respond. “It was bad…ask him. He only told certain people.”

“You were friends with him?” I asked Mabel.

“We dated for a couple years but…it was a mutual break up.” I nodded and bit my lip.

“So, shall we play?” Aaron asked, breaking the silence. Everyone cheered and Gabriel grabbed my arm.

“You can play on my team with Cady.” I nodded and smiled.

“Okay.” I walked over to Cad with Gabriel and we decided Gabriel was going to be the goalie. After that, we started playing. I played soccer back in America, so I knew how to play…and well. You could tell that by the end of the game, they were all impressed. Our team won by three points, thanks to me.

“Wow, you’re pretty good!” Aaron said, wiping sweat off his face.

“Thanks.” I smiled proudly. After we all cleaned up a bit, we went back to Gabriel’s house to go swimming in his pool. Cady had lent me a bathing suit since her and I are the same size. We spent the afternoon swimming, tanning, dancing, and talking. It felt nice to have made my own friends here so I didn’t have to hang around the house all the time.

Around dinner time, we cleaned up and went to the local pizza place. We hung out there for a few hours before Gabriel drove me home.

“I had a lot of fun today.” I said on the way home.

“I did too.” Gabriel flashed me a smile. “Here, take my phone and put your number in it so we can hang out again soon.” Gabriel said, handing me my phone. I smiled and typed my number in.

“Here you go.” He took his phone back and put it in his pocket. We were quiet the rest of the way back to my house. When we got there, he said goodbye and I hopped out of the car with a big smile on my face. I waved as he drove away before walking inside.

“Who was that?” Maura asked. She was sitting at the kitchen table cutting coupons.

“I made some friends today.” Maura smiled.

“That’s good. Niall and Harry are downstairs with Louis, Zayn, and Liam right now if you want to join them.” I nodded and made my way downstairs, still smiling.

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