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.


3. Presents!

Sarah’s POV:

I gathered all my things and checked my phone.  Lexi had just pulled up 5 minutes ago and had the girls inside.  At least that's what her text told me.  And that was sent 5 minutes ago.

I got to Lexi's house in record time as I ran all the way there.  I got out the spare key that Lexi had given me.  As I placed the key in the hole, memories of all the times Lexi had opened her house to me and my sisters flooded my mind.  I made a mental note to thank her in some way this weekend.

Once I got in I put our bags down in the guest room (which has slowly turned into Autumn, Lilliana, and I's room) across from Lexi's red and white colored bedroom and next to the nautical-themed bathroom.  I ran back down the stairs and into the basement where I knew Lexi and the girls would be, considering that's where we always hung out.

"Lilliana! Autumn! Lexi! Hey!" I half shouted at them as I burst through the door.

"SARAH!" They all fully yelled at me with smiles on their faces.

"Hi guys! How was your day Autumn?" I asked, hoping for the best but expecting the worst.

"It was fantastic Sarah!  Ms. Kate told me I had a great voice today!" Autumn exclaimed while Lexi passed me Lilliana.

Ms. Kate was Autumn's music teacher at school, whom Autumn adored.  "That's great A," I responded using my nickname for her.  "And what about my favorite birthday girl?" I asked Lilliana tickling her stomach getting a giggle in response.  What more could I expect really?  She was only two.

"Okay SarBear, what do you want to do first?" Lexi asked me using the nickname she gave me 3 years ago.

"I don't know LexiBug.  What do you think we should do?" I asked back placing Lilliana on the floor next to me.

"PRESENTS!" Autumn shouted, almost deafening me and Lexi.  That girl sure did love presents, even if they weren't for her.

"Okay, sounds good," Lexi replied, pulling out the bag that held three boxes, one from each of us, inside.  She handed them to Lilliana to let her pick.  Lilliana picked the stripy-red package, which was obviously a clothes box.  This one was clearly from Lexi; her favorite color was red.  Once Lilliana finally got the paper off, we found out what the contents were inside: 3 outfits; a purple dress with pink flowers on it and matching pink tights, a pink shirt with the words "I'm loved" in fancy black print, and a black shirt with "I <3 One Direction" printed on the front in white and "mini directioner" printed on the back, matched with some leopard print leggings.

"Oh my gosh Lexi, these are so cute!  Where did you get them?" I exclaimed holding them up to Lilliana to take a picture.

"That is for me to know and you to never find out!  That way I have a special place where I can go to spoil my littlest sister!"  She said with a smirk.  That's the thing about Lexi.  She treats my sisters like hers, and I don't mind it one bit.

Lilliana then reached for a purple sparkly package, about the size of an shoe box.  Inside was a teddy bear almost identical to Autumn's, but this one was a little bigger and there was something sown onto the back.  I turned over the bear and saw a pocket.  Inside was a picture of mom with Autumn and I holding onto her big stomach.  We were all dressed in white and were in a green, grass filled field.  I smiled through the tears that were threatening to pour down my face.  I hugged her and Lilliana tightly before handing Lilliana her present from me.  Mine was wrapped in pink polka dotted paper and was about the size of an iPhone box.  Inside was a silver bracelet with her name engraved on it.  She would grow into it of course, but mom gave me and Autumn one when we were 2, and I intended to do the same thing for Lilliana.  "Happy birthday Lil," I told her as we all hugged her.

After cake Lexi and I put Autumn and Lilliana to bed and put in "Letters to Juliet" which may be one of my favorite movies of all time.  She popped popcorn and sat down next to me.  "And now for you.  You deserve a break.  Endless junk food and movie world!" She laughed, using the name we made up for our make believe "feel better" land.  I laughed as well, who wouldn't?  For just that night I allowed myself to forget everything.  The bullies, my mom, my dad.  For in the moment, everything was perfect.

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