For the love of a runaway

In this town. In this town where you can never tell a lie from the real truth. Everyone has a secret, and everyone knows the truth, that none of us will ever know what the truth really is. This could be a lie, this could be a secret. But who will ever know? You can't trust anyone, and everyone else can't trust you. It's all just a phantom secret and it's really good at hiding. They're all just secrets in the wind.

Radly Myers has had enough of this town. After the mysterious death of her father, her mother becomes the new couch ornament. Always saying she would find a job when in reality she won't. That leaves Radly to take care of her Eight year old sister, Zoe. She can't handle it anymore, finding out that her mother has been repeating the abuse done to her, onto Zoe. She packs up and takes her sister with her, now taking over the role of mother and big sister. Skipping towns to make sure her mother never finds them, will she find someone who can't let her go. Will she stay for him?

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9. Chapter Nine

"One room, please." I ask the office lady.

"How many nights."

"I'm really not sure yet, I'll just keep paying every night."

She nods. "Alright. Here you go, room 3." She says and hands me the key with a little tag hanging off of it.

"Thank you." I grab Zoe's hand and we walk out of the office door and into the dark night. We walk up to the second level and find our door.

I put the key in the lock and we walk inside. Zoe walks over and sets her bags down, then walks over and jumps on the bed. I set my bags down next to hers and take off my jacket.

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After we both take a shower and put on a change of clothes, I sit Zoe down in front of me and grab a brush. I smile at the faces she makes when I catch a snarl, I know it hurts but it is exactly the same face I would make when mom would pull a snarl while brushing my hair.

I was ripped from my thoughts as Zoe started talking. "Radly?"

"Yeah, Zoo Zoo?"

"How long are we staying, I want to go home. I miss Liam."

"We can't go home. I'm sorry. I don't know how long we are staying, it depends on if mom is looking for us." She just pouts. I stop brushing and look down at her face and she looks up. "I'm sorry Zoo Zoo, but I know how you feel. I miss Brandon like crazy and maybe someday we will see them again, just not any time soon."

She just nods with the same sad face and lets a tear slide down her cheek.

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When I wake up it is still dark out. I look at the time, 6:42. I get up quickly and take a fast shower. When I am dressed and ready, I look over at Zoe as she lays in bed asleep. She should be fine until I get back. Just in case, I leave a note.

Dear Zoo Zoo,

I went to work. If you get hungry, just order room service. But not too much, I get my first pay check this Friday. I love you. Be good.

-Radly <3

When I get to work, I see Rosey working the cash register.

"Hey, Rosey." I greet.

"Hello, Radly. I'm sorry, I must have forgotten to give you a time to come in but you did a great job. We opened about five minutes ago."

I smile. "What would you like me to do?"

"Umm. Start by restocking the shelves." I nod and grab the cart full of stuff.

***

After a while she had me working the register. I grab the scanning gun and scan the items for the customer.

"That will be 12.88." I set the little slip down with a pen for her to sign. She signs the paper and slides them both back. "Thanks for coming." I smile and hand her her bag. I keep my head down as I put the slip of paper in the box under the counter. When I look back up I can't believe my eyes.

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