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My name is Carter Matthews. I'm 17 years old and incredibly strong(that's what people have told me). I have shoulder length, straight, black hair. And when I save the Niall Horan from two guys trying to hurt him, he wants to hire me as a body guard. But along the way... I feel something... not just a friendship... but something more...
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8. 7)Cuts, Drugs, and Beatings

{Carter's POV}

The last thing that I remember before falling asleep was Niall kissing me, then screaming at me. I felt really hurt but I don't know why. He just wants to help me and I just turned down his help. Even with me asleep, I could hear Niall and the guys singing to me. They are way too good for me. They don't even know the half of it. First of all, the only reason I died my hair purple was so that when people looked at their year books, they wouldn't just see another kid they picked on and beat up in the hallways. I didn't really have any friends. Who am I kidding, I didn't have any friends. I was a total LFL (a.k.a loner for life). My existence was a total mishap. My parents totally hate me and want me dead, and the kids at school couldn't care less about me. I got beaten every day, whether it was by my parents or by the kids at school. I kinda just hang around in the shadows. I started to cut about four years ago, but I only quit one year ago. I promised myself I would never do that again. I did drugs for a little while but I completely stopped when I almost died from all of the drugs. I couldn't handle everything that was happening in my life and many times I really considered cutting again. But I never did. I dragged myself through it and eventually dropped out of high school when I was a sophomore. Every day I would pretend to go to school but never did. I would go to the park and just relax and get everything off of my mind. Emily was my only friend.

Emily. I can't believe she's gone. I guess I was crying in my sleep because one of the guys was trying to get me to wake up and telling me it was alright. I could only just make out whose voice it was. Niall. "Hey, hey, Carter wake up, baby. It's just a dream, it's not real. It's okay. We're right here. Please wake up." I opened my eyes and I could tell right away that the guys wanted to know why I was crying. I couldn't sit up and I hated it so I just lied there.

"Why were you crying, love?" Niall asked me.

"Just thinking" I said.

"About what?" Liam asked.

"Just... Stuff" I said.

"What kinda stuff?" Liam asked urgently.

"Oh, not much. Just how every time I messed up, someone would tell me I was a mistake and I don't deserve to live"

"You are not a mistake! Your life is not a mistake! Why would you believe that?" Niall asked. Just knowing that they were so worried about me made me cry even more. Niall wiped my tears away gently with his thumbs. I told the guys about everything that has ever happened to me. I told them about the beating, the cutting, the drugs, my purple hair, and how Emily was my only friend in the whole world. "Wow.... Carter that's horrible" Niall said.

"But, we're your friends now, Carter" Louis said.

"And, you have to go to school, Carter!" Zayn said.

"No! I can't! I won't! Please don't make me!" I pleaded. Niall took my hand in his.

"Carter, you have to. I'm sorry. Trust me. This will all turn out fine." He reassured me.

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{Niall's POV}

I hated to do this to her. Before her operation too. But she had to go back to school. I wanted to keep her safe. "Carter, I'll drop you off at your school after you get out of the hospital and are in the right condition, okay?" She didn't say anything but she nodded.

"Do I have to go back to school?" She asked.

"Yes, baby. I hate to do this to you, but you can't run away from your problems" I said.

"Well, couldn't you just homeschool me?"

"Baby, please, do this for me. I want to protect you, but you have to go to school."

She sighed," okay, I'll try to go back to school." I kissed her on her forehead and told her to relax.

"Okay Carter, are you ready for your operation?" She nodded and they put her on a gurney and pushed her out of the room leaving me alone.

"It'll be okay, Niall." Louis said.

"I know. I just hate seeing her so upset. She really doesn't want to go back to school. I can tell she's really scared" I said.

"She'll be fine, Niall. She's a fighter," Liam said.

"That's what I'm afraid of, I don't want her to get into any fights," I said.

"She's never gotten into fights before why would she now?" Louis asked.

"I don't know. She's older and she's more grown up now. It's only been a year so the people that picked on her will be in the same school." I said.

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