Always and Never

Ariel Tanner believed that love was nothing but an illusion, a sick prank your brain pulls on you. But when she meets Harry Styles she begins to question everything she has put together about love. This frustrating boy was the only truly genuine person she'd ever met. How someone like him could even exist blew her mind. Harry, on the other hand, was amazed at how closed off Ariel acted. He made it his mission to knock down the walls she'd built around herself, because behind the flirting and the sarcasm, he got a glimpse of a girl that he wanted to become as close as humanly possible to. But did he really want to know everything behind those walls?

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21. Age 17

Ariel Flashback.

What is this??” My mother exclaimed, her right hand was wrapped tightly around the neck of an empty beer bottle, so tightly that her knuckles were turning white. She didn't drink alcohol- ever- and my father was dead, so you can guess who the bottle belonged to.

I sat on my bed, a bored look on my face. In my 17 short years, I've gotten this speech many times. Many times. I decided a few years ago that I might as well learn to enjoy it.

“Cranberry juice, what the hell does it look like?” I answered. Her anger heightened. Only a few more months, and I'll be out of this damned house.

“You've been doing this for years Ariel! When are you going to finally smarten up and realize how horrible your behavior is?! Drinking at your age is illegal!!” She replied.

“I don't know mum, but you've lectured me enough about it. You should understand by now that telling me it's horrible doesn't change anything.” I rolled my eyes. I can't wait until I can leave and never have to hear her annoying voice again.

“I haven't even began! Do you know what I found in the washroom bin??” She shouted. Uh oh, I can definitely guess...

“Maybe a bloody tampon? Wait, I'm sorry, am I too young for those as well?” Sarcasm dripped off my words. My mother took an angry step forward. My eyes dared her to come closer. She didn't intimidate me.

“I found a pregnancy test.” She seethed. Ah, yes. That was mine.

“It was negative.” I shrugged. 

“You've been having sex! That's a sin!!! Do you realize what that means?!!” She screeched, her left hand flew up to grasp her cross necklace. I should have known better than to do the test in this house, I should have done it at Kate's...

“No, but I assume you're going to tell me.” I replied with a sigh. I knew exactly what she was gonna say, and I knew it was gonna hurt. But it's not like I haven't heard it before.

“People who sin are sent to the gates of hell! You will be the Devil's slave for the rest of time!" She bellowed, her mortified expression looked permanent. And there it was... 

“I'll meet you there.” I mumbled. Just get out of my damn room, I begged internally.

What did you just say to me?!” She screamed. Her pitch made me jump. I was not expecting such a dramatic reaction, though I suppose I should have.

“I said I'll meet you in hell because if that's where I'm headed it's definitely where you'll end up as well!” I shouted back.

“You are wrong. I will sit up next to the Lord, I have not sinned! Except maybe by letting my daughter turn out like this!!” She exclaimed. That one was new, the new insults hurt just a little bit more than normal ones.

“I'm begging you to get out of my room.” I made my voice a monotone, like I was bored again.

“No! I will not let you just get away with something like this!” She raved on. She backed away when I stood up, and her voice faltered. I was a few inches taller, but I've never been violent with her- with anyone really... No matter how much I wanted to slap her, I didn't.

She soon continued just as loud as before, but I tuned her out. Before she really registered what I was doing, I had my window open and jumped out. She screamed out the window as I took her car. Dumb bitch...

I drove to Kate's house. She lived about a half an hour away, in an apartment in London. She wasn't all the way moved in, a few boxes were still at her parents house, but she lived there none-the-less. My mother didn't know I was friends with Kate, so she wouldn't know where to find me. Mom'll have to use a cab to get to work tomorrow morning...

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