Jamie McLaren lost her entire family in the shooting last year- even her twin brother. Nobody knows why the McLaren's were targeted, or why Jamie is the only one who survived, but they all think she's next. Niall Horan is worried about Jamie. ever since her brother-his best mate-passed away, she's been avoiding him and getting herself into all sorts of trouble. Niall blames the crowd she's been hanging around, but Jamie insists she isn't good enough for anything.


2. more chapter 1 and chapter 2

Jamie ran down the alleyway to where her car was parked. she threw her violin on the backseat and then just sat there with her head on the wheel, a million thoughts running through her mind at once.

Damian. her brother. her twin.

just hearing his name out loud again brought back so many memories. it hurt. it was one thing to lie in bed at night and think about all the good memories. in the dark, it was like she was just replaying a good day in her head. she would wake up and they would all be there--Damian would be there, and the two of them would get through the day together and have wild adventures with Niall.

in the daylight, hearing his name spoke out loud reminded her of the harsh reality that her brother wasn't there anymore, and that she wouldn't wake up the next day in her old home, she wouldn't me walking to school with her brothers, and nothing would ever go back to being the way it was before

Jamie almost hated Niall for mentioning Damian, but it was so hard to hate Niall. after all, he had been very close to her brother as well...

chapter 2

Jamie would never forget the night it all happened, it was bout 10PM last July. she'd just gotten home from work and was wandering through the kitchen, humming softly to herself. the rain beat steadily against the windows. her older brother Ryan and her twin Damian were upstairs making a terrific racket out on the fun, Jamie shut the fridge and kicked off her shoes before running upstairs.

the phone rang. she stopped halfway up the steps.

"Jamie, get the phone!" Ryan shouted.

"you get it!" Jamie whined. "there's one closer to you anyways!"

"I'm busy!" he shouted back.

Damian, you get it!" Jamie yelled.

"I cant! her twin shouted down the stairs. muttering, Jamie shuffled back into the kitchen and picked up the phone.

"hello?" what happened next, she couldn't exactly remember. work, urgent voices, and a sudden feeling of fear were all she remembered.

".. just shot 10 minutes ago... didn't survive.." were the only clear words, but they were enough.

"Ryan! Damian!" Jamie's voice shook with panic. "guys!" the fighting upstairs stopped and her brothers came thundering in.

"Jamie! what's wrong?"

"who's on the phone?"

"... not safe at home... backup way..." the voice continued.

"mum and dad--they've-- I think they've ben sh--" Jamie struggled to keep her voice steady. "we're not safe here."

"Jamie? what are you talking about?" Ryan was now obviously worried.

out of the corner of her eye, Jamie saw a shadow dart across the sunroom window.

"get down!" she screamed. she reached out for Damian. there must have been a silencer on the gun because the bullet came from nowhere and lodged itself in Ryan's neck. He clutched Jamie's arm as he went down, pulling her to the kitchen floor.

"Ryan!" she screamed.

barley half a second after the first shot, another bullet came tearing through the air and hit Damian in the chest just as they were ducking behind the counter.

"oh god, Ryan no!" his eyes were wide as he kept clutching Jamie's arm, blood gushing from his neck. "please don't go! don't leave me!" she shouted. but a second later his eyes went motionless and his grip on her arm loosened.

"no! Ryan, no!" she sobbed. another gunshot went off and bounded off the counter. sirens sounded outside. Jamie turned to Damian. he was breathing heavily and had his hand over the bullet wound in his chest.

"Jamie." he gasped.

"don't." Jamie whispered as tears ran down her face "don't you dare, Damian. I need you to stay."

more gunfire

paramedics flooded the kitchen and before Jamie could do anything, they'd loaded her brother into the back of their ambulance and were gone. somebody came and out a body bag over Ryan. someone else told her to stay down. one last gunshot, flashing lights, sirens, and radio static. everything was happening too fast for Jamie.

the gunfire had stopped and some of the sirens had drifted away.

"leave me alone!" Jamie screamed when someone tried to approach her. she reached for the phone again and frantically dialled a number-- Niall's

back at his house, Niall was stretched, out on his bed with his feel on the headboard. the TV was on, but he wasn't really paying attention to it. his phone ran. he looked at the screen. it was the McLaren's house number. strange.

"uhh, hello? he answered.

"Niall, you need to get over here. now." it was Jamie and her voice sounded funny. Niall sat up quickly and flicked the TV off.

"Jamie? are you ok?" he asked, there was a pause before she finally answered. he could hear a lot of commotion in the background. what was going on?

"N--no I'm not!" she sobbed. Niall frowned, something was seriously wrong. he grabbed his keys and slipped his shoes on

"ok, just hang in there, kid. I'll be right over." and he hung up without even waiting for a response.

in the car on the way over he kept trying to think what had happened at the McLaren house. what had happened that had made Jamie McLaren his best mates tomboy twin who wasn't afraid of anything cry like that? he imagined all sorts of horrible things, but he hadn't expected any of them to be true as he pulled up at the bottom of the driveway. bright yellow crime scene tape and police cars surrounded the McLaren's house. lights were flashing and people were running around everywhere.

he got out of the car and ran towards the house, ducking under the tape before anyone could catch him. he bolted up the porch steps and into the kitchen where he found Jamie on the floor with her head in her hands, sitting next to a body bag covered object.

"Jamie?" he touched her shoulder and she jumped.

"niall." she looked up. he sank down on the floor next to her

"what's happened?" he whispered with shock. "who's is that?2 he indicated the body bag. Jamie's eyes were squeezed shut like she was trying to imagine it all away. 

"it's ryan. shot." her eyes were still closed. "my parents too. I don't know where they are."

"wait both shooting happened at the same time?" he asked. Jamie nodded, her eyes still shut tight. "and where's Damian?" he asked

"hospital. I don't know what's going to happen to him." Jamie covered her mouth to muffle the sobs. Niall put an arm around her shoulders.

"c'mon, lets go find him." he said gently. Jamie's eyes flew open and she moved her head to look at niall. there was a starled, fearful look in her eyes.

"but... ran." she whispered. niall put his head close to Jamie's and whispered into her hear.

"you'll see him late." Jamie knew what he meant: the wake. "right now we need to get to Damian." he continued, Jamie nodded. "C'mon, kid." and he helped her to her feet.


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