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...

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3. 30th March 2013

30th March 2013

“That’s not fair mum! Why can’t I go shopping? It’s not like I’m going to spend a fortune, I promise. All my other friends are going, so why can’t I? You said you wanted things to get back to normal as quickly as possible, so I should go shopping; shopping is normal! You’re so mean!” Yelled Zhen at her mum from downstairs; her voice was so loud it made my ears ring.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Zhen, you know we can’t afford it. Your Dad has left us no money, and we can barely survive on what we have got. I’m not working as I have to look after Tao. You will just get upset if you go shopping and all your friends buy new clothes and you can’t. Can’t you see that I’m trying to do my best for you but all you do is throw it back in my face!” Jia said calmly but with a hint of desperation in her voice.

Amaya went and closed the door, but we could still hear the argument clearly. Her family had been fighting a lot recently. “It’s always bout Tao. Tao this, Tao that. He’s the reason we have no money, he’s the reason you and dad spilt up. If he wasn’t so different then we would be fine. He’s a freak mum! He can’t even speak let alone read or write. I hate you, and I hate him!” Zhen screamed, tears clogging up her throat.                                                                                                                                         “Tao is disabled and you know that. Now I won’t have you calling your brother names! Do you understand? You’re definitely not going shopping now! Go to your room, and don’t come down until you are ready to apologise. Now!” Jia shrieked at her 12 year old daughter.

“I can’t, can I? Amaya and her stupid friend are in there. I’m going out!” Zhen roared as she slammed the front door with an almighty bang. She ran down the street disappearing into her ‘secret’ hiding place which was near a gang of late teenage boys; all were smoking and most had nasty looking tattoos. It was too late for Jia to do anything but she pounded the wall in frustration and started crying; quietly so Tao wouldn’t get more upset than he must have been already. I pitied Jia, I really did.

We sat in silence on Amaya’s bed, unsure of what to say. It seemed unreal that all of this was happening to Amaya all at once and I felt guilty that I might have made the situation worse by being there. But then again, I don’t think Amaya would have been strong enough to cope on her own.

I had got this horrible text from an unknown number two weeks ago. It had read: HAHAHA NECE EXCAPE. DONT TINK U R GETIN AWAY WIH IT THO. U LEFT A NOTBOK ON TE WINDOSIL. IT HA URE NUMER IN. DONT EVEN TINK BOUT TELIN ANY 1 BOUT DIS CUZ U HAZ NO PROF ITS UZ. U R DED NEX TIM I C U. DED! They must have thought they would frighten me by sending that text, but it was too badly spelt that I actually laughed when I read it. However I had lost a notebook with a few things in, but none majorly important besides from my number. They were too stupid to realise what any off my other notes were about anyway. Nevertheless I knew they were serious about hurting me the next time they saw me. They had been threatening to do this for ages. Personally I didn’t think they had the guts but I didn’t like the threat of being attacked at all. I couldn’t tell Amaya of course.   

 I tried to stop thinking it but the dull hush of the room was so harsh and bitter that I had to break it; it was making my head burn. “Hey, when did you start liking Little Mix?” I asked, honestly surprised by the collage of posters she had all over her plum coloured walls. She had several huge pictures of what looked like Jade plastered on her wardrobe on her side of the room. Jade had fiery dyed red hair, deep mahogany eyes and a pretty smile. She wore geek chic clothes like short chequered shirts with fuchsia demin shorts, red bow- ties, braces and big black glasses. Only an inch of her wallpaper could be seen because the rest was plastered with posters of Jade or little mix. To be fair, her room was only tiny with two beds crammed in, so it didn’t take too many posters to cover her bit of the room. In fact there was posters on the ceiling too, and on all of her shelves and drawers. Wow. How had I never known about this obsession before?

Amaya seemed very embarrassed about it though, not looking me in the eye as she spoke. “I-I-I-I-I-I-I don’t know really. U-m-m, for quite a while actually. I’ve even got tickets to go see them...” she looked at me like she was afraid of what I was going to say. I didn’t really know what to say.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “Wow. If they make you happy, well then that’s the only thing that counts. Who are you going with?”

She let out a huge sigh of relief, as if my answer meant everything to her. “Well... I’ve got two tickets but I haven’t invited anyone yet. I was thinking that maybe you might like to come? I mean you don’t have to at all, I know you’d rather see One Direction but I don’t really want to go on my own. Its ok, I shouldn’t have asked; it was stupid, forget about-”                             “Of course I’ll come, stupid! When is it?” I squeaked butting in.

“Yay! It’s in June and it’s at the Echo arena in Liverpool and we are standing on the ground in the middle and it’s going to be so amazing! Oh my god!” She started screaming; jumping up and down on her bed. I had never seen her so excited in my life. But it was nice to see her happy again.

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