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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5. Chapter 5

Niall’s P.O.V

I wanted to kiss her, but she was so vulnerable at the moment - and I didn’t want it to look like I’m taking advantage of her. I don’t know if I can keep my promise I made too her. It’s not just a light slap, its rape – stabbing her if she doesn’t do as she’s told. Its sick and I wanted to kill this man. Anyone who goes out of their way to hurt somebody - is disgusting. “When is this going to end?” I ask after quite a long silence. September just shrugged in reply. “Look, if you’re staying tonight, please can we not talk about this?” She looked at me with teary eyes. I hated seeing her upset; it killed me to think of her being hurt and having nobody there for her for so long. “Fine, have you got any food in?” She shook her head laughing at my stomach rumbling. “But we could order something?” I smiled “I’ll pay, and Chinese?” I offer “Yes!” She happily answers. “Has your favourite changed Niall?” She asked me. “No, of course not!” I say laughing sarcastically as I pick my phone up to ring for a Chinese. “Do you want me to get Paul to get you a new phone?” I ask remembering her old one being broke. “Do you think he’d mind?” She said politely. “Nope. Right let’s watch Grease!” I suggested excitedly. “Some things never change.” She said laughing. “I’ll go find it and get changed.” She said walking out the room.

Ring! Ring! I answered my phone, not bothering to check who it was. “Niall!” Liam said. “Yep?” I said down the line. “Where the hell are you? I’ve been looking for you for ages!” he said, I’d forgotten I hadn’t told anybody when I left early this morning. “Oh, erm I’ve been at September’s.” “Would you mind if I came? Just for an hour or so. I’m so bored at your house. Louis and Harry are on Fifa, Zayn’s out with Perrie, you’re at September’s – and then there’s me.” He complained. “Okay, if you bring lots of films from mine, my Elmo onesie and a change of clothes?” I ask. “Yep, coming now.” He said hanging up. “September, Liam’s coming for an hour or so, I’m sorry I couldn’t really say no.” I shouted down stairs. “That’s fine.” She called back up at me. Then 2 minutes later came back in her room where I was. “You’re in your elmo onesie! Liam’s bringing mine too!” I smiled remembering how we always when we had sleepovers wore Elmo onesies. “Yes!”

Knock. Knock. September nervously looked out the window. “Liam.” She said relieved “Maybe I should tell him, he’ll see me in this state and jump to conclusions anyway.” She said which kind of relieved me. If she did, Liam could help persuade her to stay with us, and leave Dan. “That’s a good idea.” I say not hiding that I’m relieved. “But only Liam and you.” She said, I nodded and walked downstairs to open the door for Liam. “Hey!” He said shoving my stuff I asked him to bring in my hands. “Hey and thanks.” I smiled putting the stuff on the floor. “Liam are you staying the night?” September shouted from upstairs. “Would you mind?” He said, not wanting to come across as rude. “Nope, that’d be great!” She replied. I showed Liam upstairs to where September was. She had her back turned to him; I knew she was nervous about telling him. “Hey.” She said turning around to Liam, pointing her head slightly towards the floor. “How are you, I didn’t see you this morning.” He asked slightly confused. I looked at September who wasn’t actually looking at anything but a loose floor board. “Eh, same old.” She said, not exactly lying.

Liam’s P.O.V

There was something not right, Niall or September were lying to me. I could tell. Something’s happened, but September wouldn’t even look at me. I tried to pretend I didn’t notice. But it was bugging me for ages. “We ordered a Chinese before we knew you were coming, but I don’t mind sharing, I can never eat more than half anyway. But Niall on the other hand.” September laughed. She looked up at me, and that’s when I saw. Her bruised face, her holding her stomach and you could see from her onesie some blood surrounding her stomach. I looked down in horror. “September..” I start. “mm.” She replied, probably knowing what I was about to say. “What happened to you?” I ask, then remembered how her face was bruised yesterday - and how she complained about her stomach hurting. How could I not have realized sooner? I looked up at September and she looked upset. Niall was looking down and I – well I was just in shock. I put one arm around her and sat next to her on the bed, Niall on her other side. She let out some tears, and Niall wiped her eyes.

0“Shall I tell him?” He offered. September nodded and walked out the room. “Well, basically. She’s had a tough life since moving here, not ever got on with many people. And her mum met this guy who she married, Dan. And he’s been beating her ever since she can remember. And it’s got worse as she’s growing up. It’s starting to involve being st-stabbed and” He stops, not wanting to continue. I looked to the floor, how can she be so brave? How can she put up with this day after day? A few tears rolled down my cheeks, I just don’t understand. September’s been so nice, and I’ve only known her for 2 days. How could anyone lay a finger on her? Anger rose inside me. I could feel myself burning up inside. “Rape her, he has raped her..” Niall said through tears. “Right, that’s it. We need to sort this out.” I say, my voice getting louder. And angrier. “We can’t. It will make things even worse for her. What September wants right now – which is what’s important, is some friends who are there for her. You have to swear not to tell anyone.” He says seriously, I nod unsure. How can I make a promise that will keep my friend in danger? But then again, if I don’t keep my promise, will she be in even more danger?

“Shit.” September shouted, “He’s here, you need to hide, please – don’t come out until I’ve told you he’s definitely gone.” I looked out the window quickly and noticed a car pulling up on the driveway. Niall looked at me, and pointed to the wardrobe as he slid under the bed. I couldn’t really hear anything; I was just praying September would be okay. 

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