Karl came home after dinner that day. He was extremely angry at me. He told me to go to bed early. Then, he started kicking me.
I wept silently. I ended up spending the night in the bathroom.
When I woke up, I was in the bathroom. I took a shower and came out. Karl was angry. He hit me some more and then I ate breakfast, alone.
I got ready to go to school quickly. I sighed as I stared at my bruises. I tried to hide them as much as possible.
Then, without a word, I ran out of the house. I ran as fast as I could to school. Today, I wasn't going to come home early. I would only get hit more.
I'll go to one of the boys' house and play with them. I'll enjoy the part of the day when I'm safe.
It doesn't really matter if I come home early or not. Karl would hit me the same.
I met Niall at the front door.
He asked me, "Are you sure you were okay yesterday, Amber? You didn't text me back. Who do you live with?"
I gulped. Should I tell him the truth, or not?
"I was fine, Niall. Honestly. And I had some stuff to do."
But I didn't tell him who I lived with.
Niall asked me, "Who do you live with?"
I gulped. I didn't know what to do. Then I decided to just tell him a random last name. Who knows? There might really be a family with that name.
"I live with the Swiswallies. They are very nice people."
That was really random. I mean, Swiswally? Who would have a last name like that?!
Niall raised an eyebrow.
"I never heard of them. Well, I'm glad that you like them."
We walked into the school building.
There, we spotted Zayn, with a girl with dark brown hair and dark brown eyes. She was very pretty.
I asked Niall, "Is that girl Zayn's girlfriend?"
"Her name's Olivia Jones. She's the leader of the cheer-leading squad. They've been together for a couple of months now."
I asked Niall, "Do you like Olivia?"
He shook his head wildly.
"She makes me sick. She flirts too much."
I laughed. Suddenly, Niall spotted one of my bruises on my arm.
He grabbed my arm. It hurt. I squinted.
"Let go, Niall. Please. It hurts."
Niall said, firmly, "I won't unless you tell me how you got these."
I gulped and said, "I bumped into a table."
He rolled his eyes.
"Yeah right. And you got bruises all over your arm? I don't think so. What is the truth, Amber? Tell me!"
I started to cry and ran away. I didn't want to talk to anyone. My life was so miserable. I ran into the bathroom and locked myself and sobbed.
I didn't want to lie to Niall, but I also didn't want him to worry about me.
Those bruises on Amber's arm... They were not made because she bumped into a table. There was something more to it and I was going to find out.
I was so shocked when she started to cry and run.
I shouted after her, "Amber! Wait! I'm sorry! Come back!"
But she didn't seem to hear anything. She kept running. I ran after her. But then, I spotted Harry, Liam and Louis.
I said, "I gotta go. I'll talk to you guys later!"
They looked at me like I was crazy. But I had to find Amber.
I followed Amber. But then I realized that she had walked into the girls' bathroom. I decided to wait until the bell rang and the students had to go into their classrooms.
I hid in the janitor's closet until I heard the bell. I waited until the hallway was completely quiet. Then, I walked out of the janitor's closet and took a deep breath.
Silently, I opened the door to the girls' bathroom. I could hear Amber's sobs.
I said, "Amber? It's me, Niall. I'm sorry I upset you, but I was just worried. It's really none of my business. I'm sorry I've been so nosy. Can you forgive me?"
Amber said, "I'm so sorry, Niall. It's none of your fault. It's all mine... I just hate talking about those bruises. Can we just forget about them?"
Then, she added, "And why are you in the girls' bathroom???"
I said, "Because I was worried about you. I love you, Amber. I really do. I care about you. Would you please come out? Because if I get caught in here, I'll be in big trouble."
I sighed and opened the door. Niall was standing there, looking a bit embarrassed. I ran up to him and hugged him.
Niall hugged me back. He smiled.
Then, he pressed his lips against mine. I kissed him back. His lips were soft. They felt wonderful.
I said, "I love you, Nialler. Thanks for making me feel better."
Niall smiled and said, "Anything for my only love. Let's go to class now. I don't think it'll be very wise to get the teacher mad at us."
I laughed as we walked out of the girls' bathroom. Everything was perfect.