Secrets and Lies

Casey is a teenager with an amazing will to succeed. She is an incredible runner and is determined to enter a marathon. However it is not that easy. Her world is upturned as her friend's life begins to break down and only Casey can help, Casey is madly in love with a man she thinks will never want her and a sad turn of events results in a huge blow. But Casey is still determined to follow her dream...


27. 17th August 2013

17th August 2013

I was back at the tiny sand cave where I last saw Amaya. It was her funeral tomorrow. The police had questioned me when I was ready to talk. I was forced to tell them everything I knew, including what Amaya did to me on that night. The body was found by Nico that evening and was proved to be dead for six hours. They came to a conclusion quickly that nobody killed her; there was no sign of struggle or injuries. Before I even found out about this. They found a note left by her.

I was given it as it was addressed to me.

To Casey

I don’t think I can do this any longer. My whole family is broken and my life is hell. I have tried and tried to be strong, but I can’t any longer. Even self harming doesn’t provide any escape. I want you to know Casey that this is not your fault at all; I am begging you not to blame yourself. If it wasn’t for you I don’t think I would have held on so long. You have been the most amazing friend and were there for me when nobody else was. I can’t thank you enough. I want you to know that I love you with all my heart and even though you don’t love me back in the same way, I love you just the same. Please can you do one more thing for me? Run that marathon and never give up.



This proved to the police that it was suicide. When I read the letter I was too heartbroken to cry. Despite what she said, I was beating myself up furiously for not noticing all the signs of what was coming. How could I have not seen the cuts on her arms? I could never understand why she didn’t talk to me about any of this sooner when I was always there for her. Was I too caught up in my dreams of Bruno to notice the obvious signs she gave me. I couldn’t forgive myself for not helping her, for not being open enough for her to talk to me. Maybe if I wasn’t training so much then I could have helped and realized what was happening before it was too late? But I don’t think anybody could have stopped her.

I did know one thing though. Her death would not be waste. It showed me that life can disappear in a blink of an eye and that nothing lasts forever. I have to do what always should be and ignore all the rules. I have to be with Bruno, because I think that is how it is meant to be. And all my training will not go to waste. I will finish this marathon for Amaya, and nothing will stop me. Nothing.

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