Just Stay Positive

Calvin Nicholls is an ordinary guy in not so ordinary surroundings. Living around drugs, gangs and street warfare, it's only a matter of time before he becomes controlled by East London's feared gang leader Leo Curtis. Can he escape the hell he finds himself in or will he sink into oblivion? With the girl of his dreams an innocent bystander, doing anything to protect her will he go one step too far? With backstabbing friends, nonsupporting family and ruthless villains Calvin most do his best to survive the dark underworld and redeem himself and his life.

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7. Part One- The Oblivion

Lily lay on my chest and I stared down into her adorable face. She looked so happy and peaceful and for the first time that day I felt the same. What I had just experienced made me tingle with excitement and joy. I’d shared an intimate experience with someone I cared a lot about and it felt so comforting and so right.

“Thank you Calvin. Thank you for being the best friend anyone could have had.”

“I’m always here for you. You know that.”

I cuddled her more closely into my body. I was her protector and wanted no harm to ever come to her. As we lay in a happy, blissful silence my heart jumped a beat. The dead man’s face appeared in my mind. A shiver shot through my system and I jerked nervously.

“Cal… What’s up?”

Lily sprang up and wildly turned to face me with a distressed look on her face and a worried tone evident in her voice.

Could I tell her? I mean we had just shared an unbelievable, trusting and loving experience. Surely I could tell anything in the world and it wouldn’t affect how she felt about me. Yet I could not bring myself to speak the truth to her.

“It’s nothing honestly. I’m just a little surprised that this actually happened. I never knew you felt this strongly for me. I guess I’m just scared that it might affect us and how we work.”

Lily merely smiled and said the words I never thought I would hear.

“I love you Calvin.”

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After saying goodbye to Lily, I swiftly made my way back towards my house. Every step I took had a joyful jumping feel. I was ecstatic and felt so incredibly happy. She loved me. I loved her. We’d made love and it was now official that we were an item. Nothing could touch me. I was on top of the world.

Then I was brought back into grim reality and my world started to look less bright once again.

AARON flashed on my mobile. The vibrating sound an annoying reminder of what I’d stupidly become embroiled in. It was just so typical. The best thing in my life to happen to me had to happen after the worst thing I’d ever done and I needed to live with both for the time being.

“Hello?”

“Calvin? Look mate I’m sorry for what happened. I was ….”

“Do you even realise the effort I’ve gone too to help you out you bastard! I sometimes wonder who is more stupid. You, for being involved in crap or me to deal with yours. If I just left you and never bothered, my life would be so normal and trouble free!”

I was absolutely seething at Aaron. He hadn’t even asked how I dealt with his mess.

“Look man I know. But you did a good clean up job so thank you.”

Clean up job? How the hell did Aaron know I’d got rid of the body? Had someone been watching me?

“Clean up job? What are you on about Aaron? Aaron… You best not have… No.”

Silence on the other end of the line.

“You… You set me up?”

I recoiled in horror. I couldn’t breathe properly and my palms were sweaty.

“Cal…”

“You just couldn’t get your hands dirty could you Aaron. Prick!”

Suddenly in my mind everything became crystal clear. Mr Curtis had done his speciality on me and he’d done it good. My stomach was twisting and turning in huge knots as it dawned on me about what last night was really about. Leo Curtis loved recruiting school boys to run his errands and do his dirty work. They had the energy, enthusiasm and eagerness to impress. Most of his recruitment was aimed at boys from broken homes like Aaron, because when with him they felt important and valued. However this was still not enough to satisfy Curtis and his hunger and greed to build his empire. He wanted every school boy to run under his rule. With Aaron probably talking about me around him, he would have definitely enquired about my availability. Aaron would have replied that I was not interested in that sort of business, but Leo would make sure I knew about that business by setting up a trap to recruit me.

“He wants to meet you tonight at the London Docks. 10pm. I had no choice but to set you up mate. I’m sorry bruv.”

With a click, the phone call was ended.

I began to wander aimlessly around the streets of East London. I watched as the late night shoppers grabbed their bargains and tourists snapped viciously at the garish attractions of the capital. I had just less than two hours until I would greet Leo Curtis. Could I avoid it? He would only catch up with me in the end anyway. I was isolated, sick and at a loss how my life had gone from being so normal to so frightening in the space of 24 hours.

I continued to amble trying to collect my thoughts. I could just tell the police and finally get Curtis banged to rights. Aaron would hate me and we’d both get custodial sentences but they would finally get the confession or evidence they needed to show Curtis being involved. However I knew that I would probably end up in a casket and even if I survived that outcome, I didn’t fancy prison. I could tell Lilly but I wanted no harm to come to her. If she mentioned anything to anyone about it, she would be washed away by Curtis and I knew it.

“’Excuse me mate, are you alright?”

A pale scrawny man, wearing a horrible turquoise jumper with ginger hair and black framed glasses, drew me out of my dark thoughts. Warily, I moved away from this man. Was he one of Leo’s men? I couldn’t believe how frightened and twitchy I was being.

“I’m fine mate.” I snapped angrily at the interfering nerd.

“Are you sure? Look at your hand mate. Have you been in a fight or something?”

I gazed down at my fist and saw it bloodied and bruised. Shocked, I stared at the wall in front of me. It had a blood stain smeared across it. Had I just been punching this wall without realising? What was happening to me? I was losing control of not just my mind but also my body. The nerd continued to stare at me impassively but with concern. My world was spinning and I just needed to run away. Without another look I took off away from the nerd and headed to London Docks.

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