Dark Side

Riley Anne Smith is in her junior year of high school. Her parents are divorced, her mom a emotional mess that becomes a workaholic to mask her feelings. A dad that's getting remarried. An alcoholic brother and a insecure sister. The only normal one seems to be her younger sister who's only 4. On the outside Riley seems normal but on the inside she's having a battle with herself. When she's alone it's not very pretty. Riley's bullied. She feels as if she doesn't fit in. She has friends but she can't trust them. She has trust issues, she feels everyone's against her, she wants to tell someone. But she tells no one. When a certain Yorkshire lad from a famous boy band stumbles into her life will she let someone in on her dark side? Or will she crumble to pieces holding in her secrets.

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22. Chapter 22

Niall's POV

We all sat spread out in the living room, as we watched Finding Nemo, Riley's choice of coarse! I had my head in her lap, and she continuously ran her fingers through my hair, at times massaging my scalp. I let quiet moans. All she did was giggle behind me. I could feel Louis' glare. It was becoming too much. I sat upright and far from her, like end of the couch. She furrowed her eyebrows, looking at me confused. I just returned my gaze to the movie. I glanced at Louis who looked quite pleased and returned to the movie. Riley on the other hand, looked deep in thought. I frowned, and watched her. She finally sighed and stared down at her lap, fiddling with her thumbs. Look what I did.

Riley's POV

I don't know what I did wrong. I mean, he liked my fingers in his hair, I was gonna stop at one point but he put my hand back in his hair and told me to continue, so it can't be that. So what did I do wrong? I shook it off and I suddenly didn't feel like watching the movie anymore. Everyone laughed at a part in the movie. I curled up in a little ball, and shut my eyes, holding me close. Yes, I was cuddling myself, cause Niall couldn't do that for me.

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When I opened my eyes someone's arms were wrapped around my waist. I slowly turned around to find Niall, sleeping soundly. I smiled. He looked adorable sleeping. His eyes slowly opened revealing his beautiful blue eyes. There was a lump in my throat. I swallowed hard and kept staring him in the eyes. Before I knew it our lips were moving in sync. How this felt was...indescribable. It was amazing, breathtaking even. I just felt whole inside. When I woke up in the hospital I felt like I was...missing something. I felt pretty empty. Niall made me feel full, happier even. "NIALL!" I pulled away so quickly I fell off the couch and onto the floor, landing flat on my stomach. I groaned as I looked up to find Louis standing there, infuriated. "L-Louis. I-" He cut Niall off, grabbing him by his collar. Niall was petrified. No, this is all going wrong. "Louis, stop." My voice was firm. He turned to me, his expression changed completely. It went from 'I'm gonna kill you' to 'how could you'. There was a pain in my chest. I shut my eyes tight. All I saw was his face, his eyes, pooling in sadness. If I just had stuck to what's his face that I met at the party everything would have been fine. "Riley." I opened my eyes, looking at him. He was so close to breaking. "Fuck." I cursed. I walked out of the house slamming the door. I couldn't do this. Not at all. This was too much. I'm just a girl. I don't even know who I am anymore. When I look in the mirror I know I'm Riley, just not the same Riley. I have the freckles and everything, but it's just not me. I'm reminded that everyday. I used to like to cook and bake, I was over protective when it came to my sisters, everyday I'm reminded something that I used to do, that I'm supposed to do. No one knows how hard I'm trying. I'm trying to piece everything together. But I can't. I'm always missing something. I never get anything right.

Everyone has this high expectations for me. I mean, apparently before I went through my rough patch my life at home was good. I was listening, helping out at home, even looking for a job! Now that I've finished with that patch they expect it to go back to normal. They expect me to be the picture perfect child I was as earlier in my life. But it's not like that. At all! I'm just put under so much pressure and no one understands!

I froze on the sidewalk I've walked all the way to the little kiddy park. I walked over to the pair of swings. I sat down on one and shut my eyes swinging gently.

 I ran and hid under the slide, sitting down under the slide. "READY OR NOT HERE I COME!" My mum screamed turning around and looking around the park for her children. I giggled to myself. She'll never find me I thought. She'll find Jake first, he's hiding behind a pole. What a do-do head! "I wonder where Jake could be?" "I'm right here mommy!" He hopped out from behind the pole. Dummy. Mommy laughed and held his hand walking over to a big tree, Leah hid behind there. "I sure do miss my Leah." "Don't miss me! I'm right here!" Leah hugged mommy. Big Dummy. They both looked around the park but couldn't find me. Yay! I'm the best hider ever! I thought. "Huh. Looks like I can't find my adorable little Riley. It's too bad, I wanted to push her on the swings!" I squealed and jumped out from my hiding spot. Mommy laughed and hugged me. I grabbed her hand, dragging her off to the swing set. "C'mon mommy! Push me!" Mommy picked me up and placed me in it. "Ready for take off Captain?" "Yes Mommy!" I hung on tight. "Three! Two! One! Blastoff!" She gave me one big push. I screamed as I flew forward and she pushed me again. " Higher mommy! Higher!" "Alright sweetie!" We went really high till my feet touched the sun. "Mommy! We on the moon now!" I squealed. She stopped the swing, taking me out. I jumped around playing with the sand. I grabbed a handful, showing it to mommy. "Look mommy, moon sand!" She laughed and nodded. She checked her wrist. "It's time to head back home Captain! We'll be late for Pizza Night!" I gasped, and we ran back to the swing. She placed me in it and counted down. "BLASTOFF!" We screamed together.

Tears streamed down my face at the memory. A family with a little boy and two little girls and their mum walked into the park. They all spread out, the youngest and smallest ran over to me, frowning. "Why you crying?" She was so curious and was missing her two front teeth. I couldn't help but smile. "Don't worry about it." I sniffled, wiping away all the tears. "You okay?" "Yeah, I am. Thank you for asking." She smiled a toothy grin. I giggled. "Welcome." "Well, I gotta go now. Have fun." I stand up and hug her, walking away. "BYE FRIEND!" She screams, I turn around to find her waving and smiling. I wave back. Another tear escaping my eye. I let it roll down my cheek. That little girl, for some reason, gave me hope.

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