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...


16. 27th July 2013


“Casey, can you come downstairs please. There is someone we would like you to see.” U-r-g-g-h-h-h. Typing: BRB to Nico on Facebook; turning of my music and then trailing downstairs at 11 o’clock in the morning, I wasn’t expecting much.

It was probably just the old women from next door complaining about me kicking a ball over her fence for the hundredth time. I walked into the front room. “Hello Casey.” said a man who I recognized, of course, but I wondered what the hell he was doing in my house. “H-I-I, Mr Horan.” I stammered shaking his outstretched hand that then gestured for me to sit down. In my own home. In my own living. On my own sofa. What was happening?

He was wearing different clothes than usual, a light blue polo shirt that showed off his muscles and cargo shorts that showed his tanned legs. Dad started speaking, “Well Casey, your mum and I have been thinking,” uh-oh “And think and know that you are a very good runner; you compete and win all of these competitions and ran on the treadmill for charity. Also winning that award at school, really gave us a wakeup call on how good you are at running. Now I know you are keen on entering the marathon for this Christmas, which is a big step from your normal competitions but because you did so well on the treadmill we think you will more than succeed. But because your skill level is getting so high, and a marathon I hard work we thought you needed a trainer.” Well he wasn’t being modest about me which was awkward, I mean I wasn’t that great. This still didn’t explain why my P.E teacher was sitting in my living room though; grinning like an idiot.

As if reading my mind, Mr Horan spoke next: “And that’s where I come in! As well as being a teacher I am a professional trainer from 14- 18 year old teenagers because I am trained to work with young adults. So, your parents knew of this and called me to ask me to be your trainer. Immediately I said yes, it would be a privilege to work with someone with such high level of talent. So what do you say, want to win this marathon?”

I didn’t know what to say, I was speechless. Wow. Just wow. “I know it’s a lot to take in Case.” Said mum kindly. Quite a lot to take in, I would say.                                                                                                          

Finally I exclaimed, “Yes! Of course! Really? Thank you!” trying hard to contain my excitement and not jumping up and down and screaming like a lunatic.                                                                          “ Only if it’s what you want, and you want  to put in all the hard work but not push yourself too hard” beamed mum.                                                                                                                                    

“And you remember to do all your revision for next year’s exams and to absolutely have fun this summer too!” grinned Dad                                                                                                                 


 “Of course!” I laughed.

“Well then, Casey, we start next Monday. Oh and one more thing. Since we are not at school and I am your trainer call me by my first name; Cody. I will see you Monday then, 8 o’clock. Thank you, Mr and Mrs Lowe.” Said Cody, shaking our hands and leaving.

After waiting 20 years for him to shut the door I suddenly imploded and ran to thank my parents hugging them. This summer was going to be amazing!

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