The Reason I Can Sleep at Night

18 year old Carter has been through a lot in the last month. When she finally is able to go back to school she goes through a lot of different things that she thought she would go through before, meets people she could only dream about.


8. Dinner Plans


*****************Carter’s P.O.V***************


“What are you two doing here?” I ask Jade as her and Ethan both stand at my front door. Jade is wearing a green-stripped shirt, along with a frilly black lace skirt and a pair of black suspenders to top it off. And Ethan is wearing a pair of black jeans along a plan white t-shirt. “We are here to kidnap you.” Ethan says with a big smile but the moment he says the word kidnap my mind goes to a very far away place. A place that I had been trying to escape for a very long time.


 I think that Jade could guess what I was thinking and came closer to me and whispered into my ear “It’s all over now Carter, no one is going to hurt you.” I looked at her and then Ethan than back at her and for some reason I didn’t believe her. I mean I knew that they would never try to hurt me and all that but I didn’t really think that I was safe. I never did even when I got back home and I probably never will feel safe again.

“Well, what are you two doing here?” my mother questions as she walks up behind me. “Me and Ethan are here to take Carter to get something to eat with us if that’s okay?” Jade says, “That sounds like a great idea!” my mother exclaims with a little too much excitement but I try not to think about it. “Lets go then!” I say with the same amount of excitement as my mom. “Maybe you should change first.” Jade suggested. “What’s wrong with what I’m wearing” I ask as I look down and see the same clothes I’ve been wearing all day. “Well maybe you should just change into a skirt and switch into a different shirt.” Yamane suggests. “FINE!!” I say. I’m little pissed but I head to my room anyway. I pull my closet door open and find a red and light pink polka-dotted shirt. I also slip on a pair of jeans and go.

“Are you ready yet?” Jade whines.

“No. I’m just going to watch some MTV for a little while. You know, so they can teach me how to ‘Dougie’.” I say sarcastically, but I don’t think that Ethan caught my drift because he comes over to the couch and picks me up bridal style and carries me to his car.

“I was being sarcastic, you know, Ethan.”

“What’s sarcasm?” Ethan says confused

“It’s when you say something jokingly and you don’t mean it.” I explain

“OH! I know what that is.” Ethan smiles.

“So can you put me down?” I ask.


“Why not?” I question

”Cause we are almost late!” he says as he plops me into the back seat of his car.

 “Lets go!” Yamane says hoping into the drivers seat.

“Ah, no! I don’t trust you driving my baby.” Ethan says.

“But-“ Ethan cuts her off by saying, “No. Get out.”

Jade sits next to Ethan in the front. “Why don’t you come in the back and sit next to me?” I ask.

“You’ll see soon enough.” She smiles looking through the mirror.

After a couple minutes of driving we finally arrive at a beautiful, elegant restaurant. “Umm, you guys? Is this the right spot?” I question them.

“Yeah. Just stay here.” Ethan says.

I’m a little nervous. Jade’s not staying in the car with me. I’m still a little shaken up about the whole kidnapping thing. And we still don’t know who did it.

Jade gives me a reassuring look and takes Ethan’s hand while they go into the fancy restaurant. I look awkwardly around the parking lot. The women are walking out in semi-formal clothing and the guys in tuxes.

I should have worn more.’ I think to myself.

Getting a little anxious, I look over to the door and see a taller guy with black, spiky hair in a white tux. He looked vaguely familiar, kind of like… ‘Damn it!’ I think to myself.

“I hope you remember me.” Zayn says taking my hand.

“How could I forget?” I smile back at him.

God! Why can’t I actually act smart around him! He’s going to think I’m a complete idiot! But then again, we’re eating with Yamane. I think I’ll be fine.’


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