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...


22. 22nd August 2013


The soft waves rippled around our feet as Nico told me about last night. It seemed it was the perfect first date with his nearly-girlfriend called Honey, and that they had got on like a house on fire. He seemed keen to tell me every single detail about her, and loved to exclaim how similar they were. I was happy for him, I really was.

Most of the day’s in-between training I have been spending down on the beach with him or Amaya. And what better way to relax? The only sound was the seagulls squawking when we get out food, the waves splashing against the rocks and the steady tapping noise of Nico drumming on the soft sand.

Today he was wearing a mahogany straw trilby hat just placed perfectly on top of his quiff and his glasses were swapped with awesome black shades. “Because you painted that incredible picture of me, I decided it was only fair that I give something back to you” He said grinning as he opened a crimson case in which lay a golden musical instrument. A saxophone.

“Did I ever tell you that I am grade seven at saxophone?” He smiled. And then he started playing. I had never heard anything like that enchanting music, the birds stopped singing and the waves stopped splashing. The world went quiet. He was playing ‘you’re beautiful’. Every note was flawless and he seemed to play with ease as the music cast a spell on me. It was amazing. Once he had finished, we sat in silence. I didn’t really know what to say.

“That is the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for me” I said, suddenly turning shy. And it really was. “You better not let Honey hear you playing that to me”.                                                                                      


“I can play whatever I want to you. Besides she knows we are friends. And she accepts that.” He said truthfully. I was glad he found himself such a nice girl.

“Hey Nico, hey Casey!” Yelled Ethan running over to us; slightly wobbling and nearly tripping over a rock. He looked utterly hung-over. His shades couldn’t hide the huge bags under his eyes nor could they hide that they were red and hardly open; his skin was slightly yellow and when he sat down I smelt the stench of stale beer wafting off him. Someone had a good night.

Before we could even say something, a shadowy figure was charging across the sand screaming her head off. Amaya of course. “You horrible cheating little piece of scum! I trusted you!” she screamed at Ethan and started punching him with enough strength as she could muster. Which wasn’t a lot. What the hell had Ethan done?

Ethan yelled at Amaya to stop and to explain but he carried on; her high pitched crying echoing around the whole beach. After a long while, she gave up and slumped onto the ground; nasty red tears bled from her eyes. “Explain this then!” She shrieked throwing her phone at Ethan. It said: I had a great time with your boy-friend last night! He was amazing, better than anyone I have ever slept with before! – Kristy. Ethan’s face drained of colour; turning a ghastly grey. How could he have slept with the class slut? That’s disgusting!

“I-I-I-I can explain!” Ethan cried, trying to get up and hug Amaya. She rejected him of course.                                             

“Go on then!” Amaya yelled, pushing him harshly.                                                                                                  

  “I-I-I-I-I don’t really remember how it happened. Everything is blurry. I was hammered, and she just came onto me. I was wasted. All I remember is stumbling upstairs and then the next morning waking up in Harry’s sister’s bed with a slut. I was appalled of what I had done. I got out of there as fast as I could. I swear I never meant to! I love you!” He screamed his eyes actually stinging with tears. Ethan never, ever cried. He was obviously sorry.                                                                     “I-I don’t care! You still did it! Our first time was meant to be special, but it won’t be anymore! How could you do this to me? And do it with her? You’ve probably got an STD from her. You should go to the doctors!” Amaya cried. I could understand that she was angry, she had that right of course, but it was clear that Ethan was really, really sorry. He loved her.                                                                                                                                                                    “And it will be! We probably used conception anyway, because if she never used it with anyone else then she would be pregnant with anyone’s baby! But of course I will go to the doctors if you want me too. I know she is a vile person but she wouldn’t stoop that low. She probably just wanted to break us up. But we can’t let her do that!” He cried desperately. He really loved Amaya, why couldn’t she see that?                                                                     

 “Now you are sticking up for her! I tell you what, you can go and sleep with her again for all I care! We are over!” She screamed, getting up to run away; tears rapidly falling down her face.                                                                                                                                                                                     

“Amaya, no! I’m sorry! Don’t do this! I love you!” he sobbed running after her, trying to change her mind. But Amaya was as stubborn as a cow.                                                                                                      


“Leave me alone Ethan!” She screamed and left him standing there actually crying. How could she be so cruel!

I ran after her forcing her to talk to me. I tried everything I could to make her change her mind, to show her what she was destroying. She simply refused to see though, and with all her might she tried to stay strong. But it wasn’t working. Her whole body was shaking, tears spluttering and lips trembling. Pulling away from me she left, and this time I didn’t run after her.

When I went back to the beach, I could see Ethan quivering on the sand being comforted by Nico. His crimson eyes were spitting tears and I could see his heart shattering. I shook my head as his eyes asked me the question but that only made him sob harder. We stayed there for a long time just letting Ethan cry out his sorrows. I hated this.

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