Tough Love

April Parker's life is a mess... Then she meets a boy, and he helps her through life. Will she learn how to love again? Or will the one person she starts to love leave? April doesn't want to take chances. She doesn't want to be left behind again... Will she make thing better? Or end up pushing him away?


16. Chapter sixteen: Finding you

I tried to sneak out of the house alone to find April, but I had to bring Jade along with me. She caught me, and wouldn't let me leave without her. For the last three days she had stayed with me to make sure I was okay. This was the least I could do for her. I followed the address April told me and pulled up to a beat up looking house. 

"I'm coming with you." Jade said from the passenger seat. 

"No," I stated. "It's too dangerous, stay here." 

Jade glared at me. "I can take care of myself." I couldn't help but chuckle. 

"I'm sure you can." 

"So I'm going." 


"I'm her best friend, I should go." 

"Look, I don't want anyone to get hurt again." I pleaded. "Stay here, If I don't come out call the cops." 

"...Alright." Jade stared at me for a moment, "Be careful." 

I nodded and got out of the car and tried to go in the house, but the door was locked. My anger, fear, worry, and revenge finally got let out as I kicked the door open with a loud bang. "April?" I called out. I didn't hear anything as I walked in and looked in the living room. I noticed the house was empty and dead silent. "Hello?" I yelled. My hope slowly started fading as no one answered me. She's not even here... Paul probably moved her somewhere else after she called me. All I was doing was yelling at an empty house. I walked the entire floor and didn't find anything so I decided to check the basement. I heard a noise behind me. I jumped, and turned around when I heard a familiar voice behind me. I felt my breath stop and I shivered. 

"Look who showed up. It's loverboy!" I glared at him. 

"Where is she?" I yelled. Paul snickered. I balled my hands into fists and was shaking from anger. "I swear if you touched her-" 

"What? What are you gonna do, pretty boy?" He interrupted. It only took me a second to react. My anger boiled over and before I realized it, my clenched fist connected with his jaw. Hard. Paul stood for a moment, stunned, his hand pressed against his jaw. Then his expression turned from shock to anger. "That’s it! You’re going to get it!"

My heart sank when I realized Harry came alone. Why the hell would he come here alone? I hear grunts and curses. All I knew for sure was someone's ass was being kicked. I silently hope that it's not Harry. The sounds continue and I watch the door fearfully, bringing my legs to my chest. I hear someone's hand on the doorknob and prepare myself for what's on the other side. If it's Harry, I'll be all right. If it's not... We're both as good as dead. With a sigh of relief, I see a bruised yet familiar face. It's so good to see him again. 

"April!" Harry smiles, running over to me. A tear drips down his cheek and I break into tears of joy. He pulls the tape from my mouth and he gasps at the awful cut on my arm and bloody clothes. "Holy fuck, did he do this to you?" He gasps and his jaw tenses, I nod slowly, not being able to speak through tears. He quickly unties the ropes from my wrists and ankles, as soon as I'm free I fall into Harry's arms.

"Harry," I sniff, my tears staining his shirt. One word was all I could mutter out. I was so weak from the blood loss I could hardly keep my eyes open. 

"I... I don't know what I'd do if I lost you," he says softly. He calmingly rubs circles on my back and holds me in his arms. I winced in pain, Paul had left bruises all over my body I could barely hug Harry. He put my arm over his shoulders and helped me out of the basement. 

Oh April... What did he do to you? Is it even possible for someone to look that bad? My beautiful girlfriend couldn't even be identified. She was covered in a sticky layer of blood yet looked paler then I'd ever seen her. She was a sickly gray and she looked so skinny that it was unhealthy. Bruises and cuts were everywhere. I could barely see her face. Her beautiful blonde curls were knotted and bloody. I could tell she was struggling to keep awake. We continued down the hall. But when we made it to the front entrance, Paul was blocking the door. Why can't this guy stay down! I looked at April, who passed out on my shoulder leaning all her weight on me. 

"You two aren't going anywhere." Before I can think of what he meant he pulled out a gun. Just as he was about to pull the trigger, sirens filled the air. "Guess you didn't listen to me huh? I should have known better than to trust you. But, I made a promise that I have to fulfill."

"Don't!" Was all I could say before he turned the gun to face April. 

"You were never my daughter." I dived just as he pulled the trigger. All I could feel was pain. I hissed in agony, blood was all around me. Both me and April fall to the floor. 

"You idiot!" Before he could pull the trigger once again… 

"Drop your weapons! You are under arrest for child abuse and murder." Everything after that was a blur, my brain just shut off.

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