Crumbling Walls (1D not famous)

Mariella thinks she is all alone in her life. She gets bullied every day and abused by her stepfather, all because she's Irish. She had no one until she met him - Niall. Pretty soon she has a whole crew of friends by her side - Jannsen, Jolene, Abby, Perrie, of course Niall, with Louis, Harry, Liam, and Zayn in his band called One Direction. Enjoy the love, drama, and friendship in store. (that sounds cheesy but i promise it's not)


NOTE:
I DO NOT SUPPORT ANY NEGATIVE ACTIONS PERFORMED IN THIS MOVELLA. I STRONGLY DISAGREE WITH THE IDEA OF CHILD ABUSE, BULLYING, AND SELF HARM.


ANOTHER NOTE:
If you saw the movie Brave, it would be easiest to read Mariella's parts in Merida's voice. (i just realized how close their names are.)


WARNING!!!
SOME SCENES MAY BE GRAPHIC OR TRIGGERING! READER'S DISCRETION IS ADVISED! (is that a thing? it is now!)

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5. Standing My Ground

 

  Mariella's P.O.V.

  During class, Mr. Glenhill left the classroom to make some copies. As soon as he leaves the room, my phone buzzes in my pocket. I unlock it to answer the texts and I am horrified by what is on the screen. One was a picture of my face pasted onto a cow's body. The text below it reads, "MARIELLA (noun) def: An ugly, fat, slutty tramp who is loved by no one. Should consider this a wake-up call. The world would be exactly the same or better if she was not here to waste precious space and oxygen. Needs to go cut herself or something because she's an emo, flat-chested, fat cow! <3, the rest of the world." Every word seems to send another wrecking ball into my wall. Without any thought, I text back, "I know. I already have cut myself."

 I pack up my things and run to the bathroom. I storm into a stall and slide down the wall, sobbing into my sleeve. I stand up, take my pencil sharpener out of my bag, and throw it onto the floor. I stomp on it, sending shards of blue plastic all over the floor. I pick up the metal blade, roll up my sleeve, and slid the blade across my skin again and again. The pain of the cuts isn't even half the pain of those words. I instantly think of the old saying, Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. I realize this is the biggest bullshit told to anyone, I change it to be true.

"Sticks and stones will break my bones, and words will rip my soul in half and smash my wall to pieces" I whisper to myself. Class is almost over, so I clean the blood and plastic from the floor and continue having my nervous breakdown.

When I leave the bathroom, the hallway is lined with kids laughing at me and doing something with their hands. I look closer and see they are pretending to cut themselves. All except 4 girls, who were looking around the hall in horror. One girl with long, brown hair with the tips dyed blue motioned me over to her and her friends. I walk over to them cautiously, unsure if they were like the others. when I came over to them, they welcomed me with open arms and wide smiles, despite how much hate they were getting for talking to me.

"Hi, I'm Jannsen. Don't listen to those kids, they're stupid." says the girl.

"I'm Jolene." says a girl with long, and I mean long black hair and blue glasses. "This is Perrie and Abby." she continues, gesturing to a blonde girl with a nose piercing, then to a dark girl with short, wavy, black hair and bangs that cover her left eye. We had just worked out that we would all hang out at the mall this Saturday when the bell rang and we went our separate ways. For once I could walk through the hall with my head held high, knowing I had friends.

The remainder of the day whizzed by, concluding with the playing of the song "Friday" instead of a bell. Somehow, someone found out about my date with Niall tonight and told Stephanie all of the details. On my way home, Stephanie grabbed my ponytail and yanked me down. She kicked me in the ribs while I was still on the ground and punched me in the stomach when I stood back up. I guess Jannsen was walking on the other side of the street. She ran over to us, pushed Stephanie away, and helped me catch my breath. Stephanie shoved Jannsen onto a car parked on the curb and punched her in the stomach. If Stephanie has a problem with me, then she needs to confront me about it. But when she picks on my friends, that's where I draw the line. I punch Stephanie in the face as hard as I can. The blood is just escaping from her nose when I knee her in the stomach and push her onto the ground. I grab Jannsen's arm and we run as fast as we can. When we arrive at my house, Jannsen and I say goodbye until tomorrow. I think about how good it felt to finally stick up for myself and my friend. I realize I need to rebuild my own wall, as well as with help from other people. When I go inside, I grab a can of soda from the fridge and give myself a toast.

"To no more crumbling walls",I say to myself as I take a hearty swig.

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