The Fighter

Harry is dragged by Zayn to a female boxing match to see one of the best female fighters-Bethany. Harry watches Bethany as she fights and realizes by the way she moves, something about her is off but she's still powerful. When he gets the chance to meet her, and their relationship takes off, can they fight to keep their relationship together or will they be pulled apart because they both lead two totally different lives and Bethany's deep, dark secret?

*Includes sex, alcohol, self harm references/actions, and cursing*

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5. Running

 

Bethany:

When I woke up the next morning to my alarm at six, I dragged myself out of bed and got ready for my morning run. I tied my hair up, changed into a hoodie and shorts, and tied up my sneakers. I grabbed my iPod and turned the volume up. I pulled the hood over my head and walked downstairs and outside. I took a deep breath and started running.

My legs felt as if they weren’t even touching the ground; I felt like I was flying. When it was just me and my music, I seemed to enter a whole new world- a perfect world.

After about two hours of running, I noticed I was in the nicer part of London. I pulled my headphones out of my ears and looked around. I wondered to myself what it would be like to live here. It was only about eight in the morning and pretty quiet, but it was still beautiful; peaceful even. Where I lived, it wasn’t a night until you heard at least one gunshot and a few sirens.

“Are you that fighter…Bethany?” I turned and saw a few teenage boys looking at me. I nodded and they came closer to me. “Can we have a picture with you?” I nodded wordlessly again as they grouped around me. Some random person out on the street took pictures with all their phones. “Thanks!” They all called. I nodded again before slowly walking away.

Being known was sort of weird. I didn’t really like being noticed; I never have. I wasn’t the best looking girl…and I sure as hell wasn’t one you wanted to get mixed up with. I wouldn’t let myself be with anyone just for the simple fact that I was nothing. I had been nothing since day one. The only thing I was good for was beating the shit out of other people. That was made very clear to me when I was a little kid.

“Bethany? Is that you?” I turned around and saw Harry standing there with a few other guys. I grew shy immediately, not wanting to talk to him.

“Hi.” I said simply. He and his friends walked up to me. I gulped, realizing how good he looked…even at eight in the morning.

“What are you doing over here? How did you even get over here?” Harry asked, surprised.

“I ran.” I said, shrugging.

“Really? How long did that take you?”

“Two hours.” I was trying not to make conversation, but I couldn’t find any excuse to leave.

“Wow…impressive.” Harry nodded, still looking at me. I felt myself begin to blush. “Oh, this is Louis and Niall.” Harry said suddenly. I nodded and waved.

“Nice to meet you.” I said quietly.

“Harry…who is this?” Niall asked.

“Bethany; one of the fighters from the fight Zayn dragged me too.” Louis and Niall both nodded.

“You don’t really look like a fighter.” Niall pointed out. I looked down, sort of ashamed.

“I get that a lot.” I whispered. But the thing was, what Niall said was true. I was only about 5’ 6”, I had black hair, and bright blue eyes; basically, I looked like a normal sixteen year old girl…since that’s what I was.

“Where did you go to school?” Louis asked. “I feel like I’ve seen you before.” I blushed even more, knowing that I had seen Louis before too, but I wasn’t about to say that I knew him too.

“I dropped out of school. I didn’t have the time.”

“How do you not have the time? Isn’t that what teenagers are supposed to do…?” Niall asked, surprised.

“I’m not a teenager.” Which was the truth. I had been taking care of myself for so long, I felt like I was an adult.

“How old are you?” Harry asked.

“Sixteen.” All their eyes grew wide and I looked away. “Look, it was nice to meet you all but I need to get to the gym.” I said quickly.

“Let me give you a ride.” Harry said quickly.

“No…it’s fine. I like running.” I said quickly. “I have a fight tonight anyway; I need to get prepared.”

“You have another fight tonight?” Louis asked suddenly. I looked at him and nodded. “I’ll see you there.”

“Wait…what?!” I gasped.

“Yeah…we’ll bring the whole gang.” Louis said to me, than looked at Harry. “Is that alright? It isn’t like we had plans tonight anyway.”

“Yeah…I can take us.” Harry said, shrugging. “See you tonight, Bethany.” I nodded before putting my headphones back in and slowly backing away. What the hell did I just get myself into?

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