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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.

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13. Bad Dreams and Lazy Days

Sarah’s POV:

 

His footsteps got closer as I got slower. I had been running for hours and my lungs were screaming for air. I couldn’t stop though. He was right behind me. I looked behind me. My mistake. There he was, with a knife and a smug grin. He wanted me dead.

 

In front of me was Louis, holding on to Autumn’s and Lilliana’s hands. But every time I reached for them I felt my hand touch an invisible wall. I finally gave up and just used them as my motivation to keep running. If I kept running he would get tired and I would be able to escape, right? No such luck. If fact, he was gaining on me.

 

Tears poured down my face as I silently hoped that I would live. My hoping stopped shortly after with the feel of a hand on my arm, pulling me back towards him.

 

I caught one more look at Louis and the girls before being spun around and thrown to the floor. That’s when he put it to my throat. The knife. Tears streamed down my face at a pace they never had before. As he pressed it into my skin I heard him whisper in my ear, “I will never love you.”

 

And the last thing I saw before the world went black was my father’s grinning face as he finally completed his goal.

 

Louis POV:

I woke up to go to the bathroom, and when I got back I saw Sarah twisting and turning around in the bed. When I got closer I saw she was crying too. She was having some sort of nightmare.

 

"Sarah, Sarah please wake up. Wake up Sarah," I said as I shook her lightly. Her eyes fluttered open and found me in the dark room.

 

"What's happened?" I asked.

 

She opened her mouth to speak but no words came out. Instead tears came out of her beautiful eyes. I immediately wrapped my arms around her petite figure and rocked her back and forth, whispering "Shhhh. It's okay. Nothing is going to hurt you now. Shhhh. It's okay. I'm going to protect you," in her ear.

 

It took about 15 minutes of this, but she eventually stopped crying. I looked in her eyes and said, "I promise I will protect you. Don't be scared. Go back to sleep, okay?" She nodded her head and then leaned on me as I stroked her hair and she fell back asleep.

 

Sarah’s POV:

 

I got up a couple more times last night to throw up. Every time I got up though, Louis would follow me into the bathroom and hold back my hair and rub my back until I had thrown up everything in my stomach. When I was done, he would pick me up and carry me back to his bed. He would then retreat to the bathroom to clean up and then he would come back and sing whatever song came to mind until I fell asleep.

 

I woke up this morning to be greeted by an empty bed. I could’ve sworn Louis fell asleep next to me. I flipped over onto my stomach and smelled something wonderful. It almost smelled like pancakes. Whatever it was, it smelled pretty good. I checked the clock to see that it was 10 o’clock. Oh no! Autumn had to be at school at 7! I flicked the sheets off and stood up. I immediately felt the cold air on me. I was freezing. I grabbed the nearest thing to keep me warm, which just happened to be Louis’ sweatshirt. I ran down the stairs and into the kitchen. There’s where I saw Louis in the kitchen in his pajamas making pancakes. He didn’t see me at first, but then I started coughing and he turned around.

 

He ran over to me and cupped my face in his hands. "Are you okay? How are you feeling? Can I get you anything?" he asked rapid fire style, his voice a little rough, probably because he sang to me for so long last night.

 

"Ummm yes, I've been better, and can I maybe get some breakfast?" I responded all at once.

 

"Oh of course! Here I made pancakes earlier for everyone and have some batter left. I'll make you some." He sat me down at one of the bar stools and went back to his cooking.

 

"Hey Louis?"

 

"Mmhm."

 

"Where is everyone?"

 

"That my dear, is an excellent question. Zayn and Niall took Lilliana to the park and Liam and Harry took Autumn to school. They're going to join Zayn and Niall when they are done. I texted Lexi last night and she said she is going to pick them up when she brings over work for you because I told her you will be out sick today," he said smiling a crooked smile. I looked at him amazed that he managed to pull all of that off and I didn't even know! "The boys are all going to keep Lilliana out today so we have the house all to ourselves. Since you're sick I was thinking lazy day? If you wanna."

 

I nodded my head vigorously. "Yes please," I told him as he placed a plate of pancakes in front of me.

 

I looked up to see that Louis was looking down at me. "You know, you look better in my sweatshirt than I do," he whispered. I blushed and looked down. After I was done eating my pancakes, Louis picked me up bridal style and carried me into his room.

 

He placed me back in the bed and went around to the other side. He grabbed the remote and turned on the TV playing Beauty and the Beast, which I remember telling him was my favorite movie. He looked over at me and I was shivering, making it seem like the sweatshirts and blankets weren't helping anything. "Are you cold love?" I nodded my head yes and he scooted over and wrapped his arms around me. I immediately felt warmer. We stayed that way for a while but I eventually fell asleep.

 

~

 

Louis POV:

 

She had fallen asleep in my arms again. I hated that she was sick, but I could get used to it. She looked so peaceful and beautiful when she was sleeping. I unwrapped one of my arms from around her and started to run my fingers in her hair. I wrapped my other arm around her torso tighter. I had abandoned the movie and was focusing on her right now. She must have been so tired. Poor Sarah. After about 5 minutes of this, I went downstairs to make lunch. She may have just had breakfast, but I was starving. While I was down there I made her lunch too and grabbed water, medicine, a couple of movies, and all of the extra blankets we had. I took all of it upstairs with me, including my lunch.

 

When I walked into my room, I saw Sarah was still asleep. I ate my sandwich quickly and decided now would be a good time to take a shower. I quietly turned on the water and let it run over me. I thought about Sarah and her sisters and how I was going to fix this for them. We would have to schedule a court date, and that would mean her father would have to come. If I got my hands on him he would be in so much trouble. I thought about Autumn’s nightmare last night. I couldn’t stop the nightmares and the worries that their father has caused but I would always be there to protect them. I made a promise to Autumn that I would never let anyone hurt her again, and I was going to keep that promise.

 

After I stepped out of the shower and pulled on my sweatpants, I went out to my room to find Sarah lying in my bed on my phone. Not that I cared. I slipped under the covers next to her and put one of my arms around her waist. “What are you doing?” I asked.

 

“I was just checking your twitter. There happens to be pictures going viral of four members of the hottest boyband with a baby at the park this morning. I wonder who?” she said looking at me with a smirk on her face.

 

My eyes went wide as I realized she was talking about the boys and Lilliana. “Oh my gosh Sarah I’m so sorry!” I tried saying more but she put a finger to my lips, stopping me from saying anything.

 

“It’s okay. You’re just going to have to give Autumn a day out too. She will be so jealous,” she said laughing.

 

“Okay okay! I will! I promise,” I said throwing my hands up in surrender. “So what do you want to do now?”

 

“I dunno. Can we watch movie?” she asked as she looked at me with hopeful eyes.

 

“Sure! What do you want to watch?”

 

"Whatever you want to watch," she said timidly.

 

"Okay." I turned on Love Actually and got settled in. I still had my arm around Sarah. I leaned my head on he shoulder and closed my eyes. I hadn't had much sleep last night and I was exhausted. I tried to stay awake but I eventually fell asleep.

 

Sarah's POV:

 

I looked down when I heard soft snores escaping Louis' mouth. I felt so bad for him. He probably didn't get much sleep last night because of me. I didn't want to move him in fear of waking him up, but I was really uncomfortable. I eventually decided to try to move him so that his head was in my lap, and luckily for me he was so tired he didn't wake up and I was able to get the job done. I gently traced circles on his arms as I watched him sleep.

 

After a while I turned back to the movie. I loved Love Actually. It was one of my favorites. I was about halfway through when I heard Louis mumble something in his sleep. "I promise Sarah. I won't let him hurt you." I smiled when I realized he was dreaming about me. He really did want to protect me.

 

I settled back in to finish the movie, but I barely paid attention. I was too busy thinking about what Louis had said in his sleep. He really was too good for me. He was my knight in shining armor.

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