Separated at birth

Harry looked at me with intensity in his eyes, “I don’t know why you’re here, or who you are. I don’t know if you’re telling me the truth, or if it’s a pack of lies. But I do know for the first time in my life, I feel complete. I feel like I’ve finally found you Marty, this is crazy and I know it is. But it’s true. You could be my twin like you say, or you could be another person, but whatever it is I don’t feel empty anymore.”

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12. Chapter 11

“Stop” I cried.

“Sit there and don’t move” she spat.

I peeked down at the file still in my hands

“I’ll take that” the file was stolen from my hands and placed back where it belongs.

I didn’t want to think about how much trouble I was in, because all I could think about was Harry. Why did they decide to split us up? You should never split up twins, never. But what if they decided to keep him and it was just me they didn’t want? I couldn’t let myself think that, I’d rather make up some story in my head. Because the truth could be so much worse.

“You’re in a lot of trouble young lady” a nurse appeared.

She looked friendly, for some odd reason I wanted to hug her. I wanted her to hold me and give me ice cream. This is what my mum did whenever I was upset, adopted mum. My conscious reminded me for the millionth time. Why did I have to label her though? What does mum really mean, is it the woman who gives birth to you. Or is the woman who raised you, who taught you everything, who put a roof over your head and who comforted you when you were sad?

“Why did you steal it love?”

“I wanted to know who I was, I couldn’t take not knowing.”

A tear fell from my eye.

“Why are you crying honey?”

“I have a twin brother, and I have spent 17 years not knowing he even existed.”

She wrapped one arm around my shoulder. My only instinct was to rest my head on hers.              

“You were adopted I hear?”

I nodded “and no-one will tell me anything, like it’s some big secret.”

“Honey it’s so no one gets into trouble. If the birth mum found out we went against her, we could lose our jobs.”

I looked at her “you know who she is?”

“No I don’t” she tried to smile.

Throughout my life I have never been good at anything. I have never been special. I have never been picked for anything important. But one thing I have been good at is that I can always tell when someone is lying.

“Yes you do” I challenged her.

I sat up and turned to face her, my arms crossed over each other.

“How are you so sure?”

“Because I know a liar when I see one, Anne that’s her name.”

“You know her name?” she seemed stunned.

Even though she knew I stole the file, did she think I found out nothing?

“It was in my file?” I raised my eyebrow.

“Your twin brother, was his name there too?”

I nodded “Harry Cox.”

Screams came from every direction. I backed away against the wall staring at the screaming girls. The nurse placed her hand on my shoulder as I looked around, my body trembled.

“They can be kind of scary huh?”

I nodded “why are they here?”

“For the One Direction charity event, you a fan of them?”

I shrugged “never really listened to their music.”

“Would you like to?”

“I don’t know” I couldn’t think about anything other than my twin.

“Come on, you need to take your mind off of it.”

She led me to the place where all the fans were held. Many girls cried hysterically, others jumped up and down in excitement.

“You will be safe here. I hope you find who you’re looking for.”

“What’s your name?” I asked.

“Paula” she smiled.

That was another name I saw on my file a long with all the other information. She was my midwife, she delivered me. She knows who my mum is.

“Paula, what was I like when I was a baby?”

“I don’t know I…”

“Don’t lie to me” I closed my eyes.

She sighed “you were a beautiful baby, so beautiful.”

“Was I loud? Was I not good enough?”

She frowned “your mother loved you Marty so very much.”

“Did she die?” I gasped.

She shook her head “she’s very much alive, and so is your twin brother.”

“You know them?”

She nodded “I am a family friend Marty. This is the main reason why I can’t tell you.”

“My twin lives with her?”

She nodded.

My heart punched repeatedly, over and over again until the pain was unbearable.

“Oh.”

“There’s a lot you don’t understand Marty.”

“That’s because no one will tell me anything” I growled.

Screams burst through my eardrums as One Direction came on the stage. I wanted to cover my ears but I needed to try and speak to Paula. She lent close to me and brought her lips to my ear.

“Sometimes you need to see what’s staring you right in the face”

I creased my eyebrows and looked at her. She smiled and turned me around to face the stage. Harry was talking about the charity event. My eyes bulged from their sockets.

“You have got to be…” I realised she had left me alone.

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