Sarah is 18, but her life is far from any other high school senior's. Her mother died when she was 16; her father became a drug addict, smoker, alcoholic, and Sarah's worst nightmare. Why? Well, he abuses her.

Sarah doesn't tell anyone though, not even her best (and only) friend Lexi because her father told her that he would hurt her little sisters that her mother left her to raise when it became clear her father wouldn't be able to.

Sarah goes to work one day expecting it to be like every other day. Little does she know she is in for one heck of a surprise.


22. Airplanes

I was rudely awoken by someone sitting on me.  I slowly opened my eyes, letting them adjust to the light before I opened them completely.  The first thing I heard was Louis’ quiet snores, signaling he was still asleep.  The first thing I saw when I opened my eyes was Autumn, sitting on me while shaking me to try to get me to wake up.  I shoved her off of me and onto Louis who was slowly coming back to reality.  He looked over at the clock before readjusting Autumn so they were both more comfortable.  “What are you doing Autumn?  It’s six o’clock in the morning.  Why aren’t you asleep?” he asked her, his voice groggy considering he had just woken up.

“But I couldn’t sleep!  I was too excited!”  As soon as she said that, it hit me like a ton of bricks.  Today was the day.  Louis, Autumn, Lilliana and I were all leaving for Louis’ mum’s house in Doncaster in three hours!  And we still hadn’t packed anything!

The realization of this must have hit Louis and I at the same time because he and I both looked at each other with wide eyes before flinging the duvet off of us and running to the closet where I put everything I got yesterday, leaving Autumn on the bed by herself.  She knew where Louis hid the remote though so within seconds Louis and I heard Sponge Bob playing.  Louis chuckled as he came over to me and wrapped his arms around me.  I rested my head on his chest and he put his chin on the top of my head.  We were perfectly comfortable in our little ‘closet of silence’ before we heard little feet outside of the door, coming close.  The door opened to reveal a two year old.  She walked straight over to Louis before sitting on him.  He laughed as he wrapped his arms around her.  “Good morning Lilli.  Are you ready for your very first plane ride?” he asked.  I remember telling him it was going to be her first time on a plane, and he was so excited.  Lilliana nodded.

He tickled her before standing up and grabbing my hand.  We went to put Lilliana by Autumn and then went back to the closet.  This time however, we were actually packing.


We had finished our packing about an hour before we had to leave.  All four of us walked downstairs to the kitchen where Louis sat the girls down and I started making us breakfast.  Just then the boys and their girlfriends walked into the kitchen.  They were all laughing about something as they sat down too.  After they calmed down I turned to face them.  “You know, if you’re expecting me to make you breakfast, some of you better get over here to help.”  Lexi, Katie, and Liz walked over to me as I had expected.  There was no way the boys were going to help make breakfast.

After we had all finished breakfast, I had just enough time to take a shower and get ready.  The other girls took my sisters to help get them ready for the plane.  Louis was spending a couple of minutes with the boys before he came upstairs to get ready too.

I stepped into the shower I was waiting for to get warm once I decided it was hot enough.  It had to be a quick shower since Louis needed one after me.  I stepped out of the shower feeling refreshed and ready to go.  Just as I was walking out of the steam-filled bathroom, Louis was walking in.  I allowed him to get in before I went back in quietly to get my stuff I had left out to use.  I stopped once I realized Louis was singing under his breath.

Let us die young or let us live forever, 
We don't have the power but we never say never, 
Sitting in a sandpit, 
Life is a short trip, 
The music's for the sad man.

I smiled at myself before going to grab my things.  I went back out to our bedroom and locked the door before beginning to change.  I slid on some washed out skinny jeans and pulled on my navy blue, cream, and baby pink striped jumper and stepped into my white converse.  I put on minimal make-up, just some mascara, light pink eye shadow, and foundation; considering I was just getting on a plane.  I fishtail braided my hair and completed my look by putting on my baby pink scarf and matching beanie.  I packed up Louis’ and I’s chargers for our phones and put his laptop in our carry on.  I slipped my phone in my back pocket before going to the other room to get my sisters before we had to leave.  “Lilliana, Autumn, we have to go!” I said as I walked into their room.  They grabbed their little roller bags and walked to the front room.  Louis had just walked out of his room and was getting Liam and Zayn to help with our bags.  They piled everything in the car and we had to say our goodbyes.

The boys group hugged Louis telling them they would see him in a week.  Liz and Katie came over and gave me hugs as they told me to call them if I needed anything; even if I just wanted someone to talk to.  I nodded and tried to hold back the tears.  The boys gave me a tight group hug and told me their goodbyes.  I was really going to miss them.  Lexi was going to drive us there, so Lexi got in the shotgun seat while Louis gets in the backseat with Lilliana and Autumn.

We pulled into the area where people drop others off.  Louis got our bags on a cart, picked up Lilliana, and grabbed Autumn’s hand, taking them inside so I could have some time with Lexi before we left.  The tears were already streaming down both of our faces.  I just hugged her tightly, knowing it would say more than my words ever could.  She returned it whispering, “I’ll miss you,” in my ear.  I just nodded, not fully trusting my voice as I walked inside.

I saw Louis and my sisters at the front desk, checking in our bags.  I walked over to them right as he finished and had paid.  His smile left his face once he saw the dry tears on my face and my puffy eyes.  Grabbing our carry-on bags and my sisters’ hands he walked over to me, only to drop it all and gather me in a tight hug.  I cried into his shirt for a couple of minutes before we all make our way over to security.

We had made it to the gate just in time.  We walked over and handed the woman our tickets before boarding the plane; first class of course.  Louis wouldn’t have it any other way.  The seats were three across.  Autumn picked the window seat with Louis in the middle and me on the aisle.  Since Lilliana was under the age of three, she had to sit in someone’s lap.  She picked Louis’ lap.  We all got settled in and take-off.

Louis wrapped his arm around me and I cuddled in close to his side.  It was only a three hour flight to get to Doncaster, but with the combination of lack of sleep last night and Louis’ soft humming, I fell asleep.


“Sarah, Sarah wake up,” I heard and accented voice whisper as he shook me.

“But I don’t want to get up,” I complained back.

“But Sarah, we’re here.”  I shot up after that.  He smiled at me and I smiled back.  We gathered up everything and picked up my sisters as we walked out of the plane.  First we went to baggage claim and collected our bags before heading to where family and friends wait to pick up their loved ones.

We walked down the hallway hand in hand, him holding Autumn and me holding Lilliana while an airport staff member rolled the luggage cart.  Once we were about twenty or so feet away I saw the five people who I would be calling my family for the next three months.  Well, I guess it’s now or never.


(A/N: Hi guys! I'm so sorry it's taken so long for me to post this chapter. I had the biggest case of writers' block and rewrote this chapter six times. But I've updated now so I hope you enjoy! Okay so if I have to do more author's notes I want to call you guys something... So leave a comment below on what you want to be called, yeah? Okay I love you guys! xx)

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