My Saving Grace

When Arianna is stuck in an abusive marraige at only 19 and she decides to dissapear... who will be her Saving Grace?

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8. Chapter 8

    My eyes slowly fluttered open but the room was very dark.  I gasped and sat up. “Arianna?” I heard someone ask. They light turned on and I saw Liam at the door. I propped myself up on my elbows and furrowed my eyebrows. “What happened?” I asked rubbing my temples. “You passed out.” He said walking over to me. I crouched down next to me and smiled. “Want to meet my Mum? She’s quite nice! She just got back from the States!” He said. “Sure!” I said throwing the covers off.

   “ARIANNA!!!” Audrey screamed running over to me. “You’re ok!” she said hugging me. “Yeah, I’m fine.” I smiled. “You have A LOT of explaining to do.” She said raising her eyebrows. “Mum! I want you to meet the newest member of our clan, Arianna!” He said. I looked over to her and my jaw dropped. “Karen Payne?” I asked. “That’s my name. How was your flight?” She asked walking over to me and giving me a hug. “Erm, have you guys met before?” Harry asked. I was speechless but managed to nod. “It was- oh my god!! I can’t believe it!” I said clasping my hand over my mouth. “How did you manage to find this pretty girl Li Li?” She asked Liam. “Audrey was talking to her.” Liam said still confused with what was going on. “You saved my life.” I said, a tear rolling down my cheek. She gave me a warm smile and then gave me a hug. All the guys and Audrey were staring at us, confused with what was going on. “I guess I should explain.” I said. “No- I mean, not if you’re uncomfortable.” Liam said. “I’m fine.” I smiled, causing him to blush.

    “Well, I don’t even know where to start. Um, well, I had been married. Yes, married. My parents forced me to get married at 18 because the man had a lot of money. I had dated him for only 4 months before getting engaged. But, he abused me, he hit me so much.” I said starting to cry. Audrey came up and sat next to me, rubbing my back as well. “His dinner was cold, I’d get hit. I didn’t look good enough, I’d get hit. I took his alcohol away, I’d get hit. He wasn’t even old enough to drink for Christ’s sake! He’s the reason I have the bruises and cuts I have.” I said wiping my tears. “I had tried running before, but he had placed a tracking device in my phone and car. I thought I was gonna die that night, he beat me so bad. The night I had left, he had choked me until I passed out, and then he basically raped me.” I said trying to keep in tears. “He passed out drunk after dinner so I took the chance to run. I threw on my workout clothes and took some money from him. I ran as fast as I could from the house and took a bus to the airport.” I said taking a breath. “He beat you?” Harry asked, his eyes threatening to spill tears. I nodded.

   Liam got up and started pacing around the room. Tears fell from his eye but he quickly wiped them away. “Well, I got on the bus and quickly fell asleep. Then I was woken up by Mrs. Payne and we went our separate ways. I got into the airport and found a ticket station. I needed somewhere far from the States so I chose the U.K. The ticket was SO expensive and I didn’t have enough money for it. I was freaking out because I knew that Konnor was gonna find me. That’s when Mrs. Payne literally saved my life. She gave me her ticket and said I needed it more, and she was right when she said I was running from something or someone. I took the ticket and now I’m here away from him.” I said wiping tears from my eyes.

   “Damn, he’s lucky he’s in the U.S or I’d beat his ass!” Niall said. “Agreed.” Audrey said. I saw Liam with his back facing all of us and his hands running through his hair. “Liam, you alright mate?” Zayn asked. Liam turned to us with tears streaming down his face. “How could someone do that to her?” He asked, his voice cracking. “Some people are bloody idiots.” Louis muttered. I got up and walked over to Liam and gave him a hug. “I’m safe now.” I said.

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