I Will Come Back To You

The amazing series Noughts and Crosses has become a reality. What will happen when popstar Niall Horan is caught in the thick of it?


3. Just The Beggining

Niall's P.O.V:


I've now been stuck in this cell for nearly a week. Charlie has been the only thing that has been keeping me going. It took me a couple of days but I think I have finally realised why I was so glum and what was missing in my life. I think I have a crush. Yes I know Charlie's 14 and I'm 20 but age is just a number and I really like her so that's that. Also, if you think about it, talking realistically, 6 years isn't such a big gap.

Suddenly, guards (or lunatics as I liked to call them) unlocked the cage and everybody started walking out, single file. Since the day I met her, l haven't let Charlie out of my arms, not that she wanted to either, and having to walk out single file was not going to change that. We stood up, super glued to each other, not knowing what was going to happen next, scared for our lives, as we edged our way out into open space. It seemed we were inseparable as no-one tore us apart.

It was only then did I realise how slight she was. She was so thin that I don't think they even noticed her. She looked like she hadn't eaten for weeks. Come to think of it, when was the last time I had something to eat. Will I ever taste Nando's again? The horror infected my mind.

It was only when we had been walking for a few minutes did I actually take in my surroundings. We were going on to a boat. The lunatics were shipping us away somewhere. Will I ever see the lads again? I don't remember leaving the party so they must be in our position right now too. But where? The lunatics obviously don't know who we are because, not only with the amount of people missing, but, not trying to sound big headed or anything, people are going to notice our absence and people from across the globe are going to be searching.

Charlie doesn't deserve this, she's 14 years old. Right now, she should be frolicking around with mates without a care in the world. The closer we get to the ship, the more tense she gets.

"Are you alright?" I ask her, worried.

"Are they making us go through EXACTLY what their ancestors went through?"

"Basically. Why?" I know we had a hard time ahead of us, but surely it couldn't be that bad. Surely we weren't that mean to them.

"I was doing black slavery in History just before they brought me here. I think we are about to suffer through the Middle Passage."

"What's the Middle Passage?"

"Worse than actually being a slave. I'm surprised the black people survived the journey between their homelands and the West Indies. You'd have thought the sea would have claimed more lives."

"What are you talking about?" Now I was growing really tense too.

"Be prepared to be treated worse, and I mean 10 times worse, than the worst case of animal cruelty you've ever heard of. It's that bad."

I could tell she was close to tears. I was about to say something comforting to her when we were mere centimeters away from stepping on to the raggedy, wooden boat.


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