Struggling To Let Go

September Bright moves to Boston after her father passes, leaving her best friend Niall Horan behind. Her mum moves on to an abusive step father, what will happen when she runs into Niall again? Will he be able to help her? Could she ever be happy again? But nothing lasts forever, and there always seems to be something or someone in the way..

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2. Chapter 2

“Woah, wait September Bright?” Niall asked excitedly. Of course! “Niall Horan?” I smiled, remembering him from Ireland; we were like best friends, till I moved. “Your hair is blonde now!” I said shocked. “I’ve missed you. Did you know I cried myself to sleep for a month when you left!” He laughed. I remembered the pain of having to leave him, my dad.. and home. If I hadn’t left, Dan wouldn’t be in my life right now. “Aw, me too.” I tried another smile, but winced in pain. “You okay?” Liam asked concerned. No, absolutely not. “Yeah, I tripped down the stairs this morning and hurt my stomach!” I tried to fake a laugh. “We should check it, it could be infected.” Niall asked worried. But I was worried to, I wanted to know, get a second opinion. And who else could I ask? Everyone here hated me. A doctor would call my mum, Dan would laugh and hurt me more.. Before more tears fell I nodded slowly. “Do you want me to do it September, after all in year 6 you looked at my broken leg for me!” I laughed remembering that day, I slowly nodded. He gently rolled up my t-shirt. He gasped when he saw the bruises, and had horror in his eyes.

“I thought you said you fell down the stairs?” He said knowing I was lying. “I did” I tried to sound honest. I looked down, I think Niall guessed it was somebody that did it to me, not stairs but he went along with it. “I don’t really know to be honest. Shall I get Liam?” I immediately shook my head – I could trust Niall, but not Liam, yet. He understood and just said “Sorry, I wish I could help.” He looked apologetic. “It’s fine, it doesn’t hurt that much.” I lied. We joined the others again. “So, how about we all have one of those sleep over party things? Remember September?” Niall asked me. Of course I remembered. But what about Dan? He’d kill me. “I don’t know, my step, I mean my mum might not let me.” I can’t believe I almost let ‘step dad’ slip. “I’m sure she would. Your mum loved me.” He smiled, he was telling the truth, my mum got on well with his family. I could ring my mum and ask her. Face Dan tomorrow.. “I’ll ring my mum now.” I say, glad to be getting away from Dan. “Mum?” I say when she answers. “Yes darling?” “I bumped into Niall, from Ireland remember?” “Oh yeah, Maura’s son!” “Yeah, could I stay at his tonight?” “Sure, but any other days ask Dan cause you know what the signals like in Ireland!” She laughed. I gave a thumbs up to Niall who cheered.

 “Thanks, have a good time – love you.” I said hanging up. “So it’s going to be me, you, Liam? Zayn?” “Yeah, but what about Harry and Louis?” Liam asked. I honestly didn’t care who came, just as long as I wasn’t getting brutally beaten. “Bright?” I laughed at Niall’s nickname for me. “Sure, the more the merrier.” I joked. I felt slightly happier, but still not with it. The bell went and I got up to go to Science. “Hey Louis’ got Mrs Redner!” Zayn exclaimed. Great. “Cool” I say putting on my best ‘enthusiastic’ tone. Niall laughed, knowing I was being sarcastic. Louis was actually alright with me in this lesson, maybe it’s just Harry? I don’t know.

“Hey mind if I sit there September?” Kayleigh said wanting to sit in my seat next to Louis. “I’ve always say here Kayleigh.” I sighed staying put. “Lou, tell her. Do you really want to sit by a mug like her for the rest of the year? I mean it’s embarrassing to be honest.” She laughed. I said nothing, but I wanted to scream out at her “I’d actually like to sit by September. I mean I don’t want to be embarrassed by sitting by a bitch who looks like a drowned rat, but thanks for the offer.” Louis said, I laughed at him silently. Kayleigh stormed back to her usual seat. “You didn’t have to do that for me, I’m used to it.” “Oh I’m not doing that for you; sitting next to her would completely ruin my reputation.” Louis joked and I laughed again.

After Science I had drama with Niall. I was happy, because maybe he’d go with me in pairs.. I mean I’m always everyone’s last and unwanted choice… “For this you need to pair up.” I looked towards Niall, “Work with me Bright?” He asked and I nodded walking over to him. “What’s up with September’s face?” The group of ‘popular’ girls started to laugh at my bruised face. Niall looked at me sympathetically. “She looks so stupid, what does Niall see in her?” One girl said “I know, I mean she probably did that to herself for attention.” What? As if I would bring more pain on myself. “Would you care to shut the fuck up?” I spitefully said back at them. They looked at me with surprise, and then laughed and turned away. “You okay?” Niall asked. “Mm” Is all I could say.

Niall’s P.O.V

I really needed to talk to September privately. I needed to ask her who gave her all her bruises, and her stomach! It was terrible, I felt like crying when I saw it first. I know it’s not her ‘stairs’ that did that, maybe tonight I’ll get the chance to. Could it have been her mum? No. She’d never do a thing to hurt her. Maybe the girls from this school? I don’t know, but I need to find out. We all walked to September’s house after school to get some stuff. “Is anyone going to be in?” I asked “I don’t think so..” She answered, but looked worried for some reason. We were outside her house when she suddenly stopped. I saw a car on her drive. She looked at it, and then put her attention back to us. “Em, I’m just going to quickly get some stuff, could you wait here?” She said sounding a bit nervous. “Sure” Zayn said as the others nodded. 

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