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...


18. 3rd of August 2013


Bang, bang, bang. Somebody was knocking at Amaya’s door. We were in the front room watching a film called FIT, and were rudely disturbed by the people impatiently waiting for someone to let them it. The knocked again, louder this time. For goodness sake!

“Mrs Lü, open up please. It’s the police.” They demanded. Amaya’s mouth opened in a silent whimper and my blood froze; what did the police want? Peering through the broken net, I saw two thin but stern looking men waiting on her doorstep. And one was holding something or someone. Twisting my neck I saw who it was. Zhen. And she looked awful; her black hair all scraggily and skanky, her mascara ( She was only 11)  smudged around her red eyes so she looked like a creepy demon and red lipstick spread across her face. What was she doing here, dressed like that and with two angry police officers?

“Amaya, look. It’s Zhen.” I whispered gesturing for her to see. She took a sharp breath then immediately got up and ran upstairs. “Mrs Lü, we know you are in there. Please answer the door.” Yelled the police hammering hardly on the door. Moments later, Jia appeared; trying to compose herself but her hands were noticeably quivering. She opened the door.

Apologizing to the officers she let them in, welcoming them into the front room where I was sat. Jia giving Zhen the hardest stair and most deadly stare she could concur sat down next to me. “I’ll just go, upstairs.” I muttered, hastily clambering out of the room and up the stairs. I didn’t want to be there when it all kicked off.

Amaya wasn’t in her room, nor was she on the landing or in the bathroom. A door that was almost always shut, painted inky blue and decorated to look like a police box so famously known from Doctor Who which the owner of the room has always loved, was now slightly open. I really didn’t want to intrude but it seemed like the only thing I could do. I entered.

I had never been in Tao’s room before. It was Doctor Who paradise. He had a Tardis wardrobe, huge 3d posters of Matt Smith, David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston with their corresponding companions, countless figures and toys, huge teddies of Darleks and Cybermen and sitting on Bad Wolf bed set were Tao and Amaya. Tao seemed to be communicating with Amaya by some sort of music device and was happily playing the Doctor Who theme tune on a kind of colourful keyboard. Just because he was disabled didn’t mean he wasn’t clever.

Putting her finger to her lips, Amaya gestured for me to sit down and listen quietly. For a few odd minutes I was lost in a trance off the music as if I was travelling through the whole of space and time like the Doctor always did. “Tao is it okay if we leave you to it?” asked Amaya softly. He clumsily waved at me, and then slowly nodded.

Silently we made our way to Amaya’s room shutting the door softly. Tao was seriously one of the sweetest people I had ever met. I knew Amaya wanted to talk, wanted to block out the argument that was sure to come once the police had closed the door and left. I caught on quickly and began to natter on about how hard my new training was while Amaya just nodded trying to listen but being constantly distracted. After a while I just faded out, not really knowing what I was talking about anymore.

Then we heard the police officers say goodbye and the door close. Immediately, I expected an uproar. But there was nothing but an eerie silence. Even with the door closed I could hear Zhen say “I’m sorry mum.” I could just imagine her hanging her head in shame of whatever she had done.

“I don’t think sorry quite cuts it though, do you?” She said so quietly I could barely hear her but could sense the livid tremble in her voice.                                                                                                                  

“ But mum, I wouldn’t have done it if I wasn’t desperate.”                                                                                        

“ Desperate? Desperate! Do you want to know what desperate is? When I don’t have enough money to feed your ungrateful mouth because your father left us without a penny. Desperate is when you are forced to gain benefits which will be soon cut dramatically because Tao didn’t fit the bill of being ‘disabled’. It’s when soon I won’t be able to afford things we need like shoes, coats and school uniform.”                                                                                                                  

“ There we go again, always about Tao!”                                                                                                                                          

“ Don’t you dare back chat me! You are in enough trouble as it is!”                                                                                                                                                   

 “ In trouble for what though? Taking some clothes from a shop because I have hardly any at all!”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “ You have got more then you need, Zhen! Don’t be so selfish! You got arrested by the police for shop lifting! This is not something I can take lightly. Stealing is wrong and you know that!”                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

“ I’m sorry ok?”                                                                                                                                                                                 

 “ No, it’s not okay! You are grounded for the rest of the holidays! Now go upstairs and take that horrific make up of your face!” Jia yelled at her daughter.                                                                                                                               

 “ That is so unfair! I hate you! I wish you were dead!” Screamed Zhen storming upstairs into the bathroom in a fury, slamming the door so loudly that Tao’s music stopped playing. She left her mum in a world of anguish and hate, leaving her distraught as she tried to cope with her out of control family.

Amaya and I just sat in silence. I had no idea it had got this bad. And I had no idea how I could help.

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