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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36. The Secret Is Out

Months had passed; I kept fighting, Harry kept trying to get in touch with me; he kept showing up to my fights, calling me, showing up at my doorstep and would knock and sit out there for hours, show up to my practices, but I would never respond. I had way too much baggage to handle for him. I had finally gotten rid of my brother to take care of and now I had someone else I was trying to help; Jared. This was the brother of the girl I had killed in the ring. I had helped him out a couple times which lead me to meeting his parents, who were completely amazing, which only made me feel worse for what I had done.

They had dedicated their lives to trying to help Jared so they didn’t lose him because losing Crystal, the girl of course I had to kill, was a big burden on them. However, what surprised me is that they wanted to meet the person who had done it so they could help that person out too. I don’t know if that meant they wanted to put my ass in jail, or if they just wanted to help her like they are helping Jared. I was soon to find out what exactly it all meant.

“Come for dinner.” Jared said one day when we were leaving my gym. He had become my gym buddy to keep him out of trouble.

“Really?”

“Yeah, sure. You’ve helped me out a lot recently, I can at least give you a decent meal.” Jared shrugged and looked over at me. What struck me as odd about Jared is that he never once questioned why I had started helping him. He never questioned once why I appeared out of the blue to help him.

“Sure…” I said slowly as we made our way to his car to drive to his house.

“Oh, Harry’s waiting for you again.” Jared pointed out. I looked up and saw him standing by Jared’s car and I sighed. I knew at this point, there was no avoiding it. “Want me to give you a few minutes?”

“Yeah…” I whispered. Jared nodded and walked away and I walked up to Harry and stood there in silence.

“Why won’t you talk to me?”

“Why won’t you disappear?” I asked in return.

“I asked you first; and you can’t answer a question with a question. Will you not talk to me because that’s your new boyfriend?”

“That’s a friend.” I said, trying to sound convincing. Though we were not dating, I didn’t need any more questions about Jared.

“You’ve been spending a lot of time with him recently.”

“Are you stalking me now?”

“I wanted to talk to you. You’ve been avoiding me for months so I figured the only way for you to actually talking me is to be somewhere I knew you would be and where he would kind of force it upon you. Hey, why does he look familiar?”

“Harry, this is not a good time to talk about this.”

“No, like I know him from somewhere…why do I know him?” Harry said, dropping what we were talking about and staring Jared down, making me nervous and jittery.

“Please stop…” I shouted, drawing his attention back to him.

“What the hell, Bethany? I’m not doing anything!”

“Not doing anything?! You’re following me around like a damn puppy! You need to stop!”

“If you want me to stop, then tell me why you’re avoiding me.”

“Because I’m not good for you.” I said. Harry went quiet and just stared down at me reaching for my hands. “Harry, I’m serious.” I whispered, looking down. “I don’t want to hold you down. You have a whole career ahead of you and I will only hold you back and I promise you of that.”

“Bethany, you haven’t said a word to me since you brought my sister back to me; why?”

“Because there’s more to my story and I’m not about to tell you. And I know you will get it out of me sooner or later and I can’t have that happen so you need to just let me go…”

“I can’t let you go…I’m in love with you…” Harry whispered, leaning closer to me. My eyes fluttered. His smell was intoxicating.

“You need to leave…please…” I said, teas pricking my eyes. “I answered your question, now please respect it.” Harry bit his lip and frowned, however nodded.

“Fine…” He said, clearly upset or angry; I couldn’t figure out which one, but he sauntered off, leaving me be for the first time in months.

“So is he gone for good?” Jared asked, walking back up to us.

“I feel like he’s gone, but now I’m going to go running back to him.”

“That’s always how it works with you girls.”

“No…I’ll go running back to him after everything gets out.”

“About you killing my sister?”

“WHAT?!” I demanded, turning to face him, scared shitless.

“Look, I’m not angry. I used to be, but I’m not anymore.”

“How did you know?!”

“I had seen you in the news with Harry, and I recognize him because one of his friends is my sisters ex…”

“You didn’t tell your parents? How are you not mad?!”

“Because you are my sister.”

“Okay, are you crazy? Did you do drugs today?”

“No, I didn’t. I’m saying it like…you kind of took her place in our family. No one can ever be Crystal, but you did come step in with me when no one else would. She died doing something to help me…”

“I do it for the same reason she did…”

“Jailbait family member?”

“Brother, actually…”

“Why don’t you just leave that life?”

“Because I’m staying until I go the way Crystal went…”

“You want someone to kill you in that ring?”

“Yeah…”

“My sister would not have wanted that.”

“Do your parents know about me?”

“They have their hunches, but I promise they have already forgiven you.”

“This is not how I expected this conversation to be going…”

“Look…just come clean with my parents, and at that point, Crystal will have forgiven you. She probably already has.”

“What are you talking about?”

“My sister was a good person. That’s all I’m saying.” I nodded and we climbed into his car and started the ride back to his in silence. So, I guess I was about to come clean to Crystal’s family…

 

Harry:

“Did you get a chance to talk to her?” Louis asked when we were sitting in his room once I got back to the house. I was still going crazy over why that guy she was with looked so familiar up close.

“Yeah, for a few minutes. Hey, this is an odd request but do you happen to have any pictures with you and Crystal’s family?”

“Uh, yeah…but why are you asking?”

“I need to check something.”

“Okay…?” Louis said slowly, going to his closet and pulling out a box and handing it to me. I started shifting through pictures and finally pulled one out. It was a picture of Louis, Crystal’s brother, and Crystal the night she died.

“Louis, was this taken the night…?”

“Yeah mate…” Louis suddenly got very sad, then looked up with me with a questioning look. “Why…?”

“Bethany was with Crystal’s brother today…”

“Wait…what…?”

“I think Bethany is the one who killed Crystal…” I said slowly, staring down at the picture. Because right in the corner of that picture, Bethany was standing there with Mike; plain as day.                

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