The Bar Owner's Daughter

Clarke Stevenson is the daughter of the owner of the popular bar in London. Ever since she was 16 she would watch a local guy, Harry Styles get drunk and get into bar fights. One night after a violent bar fight Clarke takes care of Harry. They later develop a friendship that know one seems to agree with.

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24. The Trial

Clarke's P.O.V

The trial is today. My sister and mum don't know that dad beat me. I still can't believe he actually did that. I'm supposed to be his doll.

"Case 24, Harry styles. Charged for rape and assault." The judge says. Harry is in a suit, he's with Gemma and their lawyer.

"All witnesses, accusers, victims and all those people please stand." The judge says. I stand along with Harry, Kennedy and my dad. "Raise your right hand." He says. "Do you promise to speak the truth and nothing but the truth?"

"I do." We all say.

"Then please sit down." He says. It doesn't seem like he likes his job very much.

"You know what to do Clarke." Dad whispers.

"Harry styles, step up please." The person I didn't bother to know their name or what they do says. I'm not good with law stuff anyways why bother. Harry gets up and sits in a booth next to where the judge sits. "Harry what happened the night of March 18th 2014?" The guy asks.

"I was on a walk, and ended up at the Stephenson's bar." Harry answered.

"Why were you at the bar in the first place?" The guy asks.

"I was going out to dinner with Kennedy and Clarke." Harry answered. He looks so professional and he finally got a haircut too.

"Now, when you walked in what did you do?" The guy asks.

"I just got off the phone with Kennedy, Clarke's little sister. I went in their room and Clarke wasn't there, so then I went in their bathroom and she was there." Harry said.

"And what did you do when you found her?" The guy asks.

"She was laying on the bottom of the shower, she had fallen. So I took her out and held her for a moment trying to think of what to do." He answered.

"Did calling someone not come to mind?" A smirk grows on the guy's face.

"I was in shock. I don't do well under pressure." Harry grows angry.

"Maybe you raped her when you had the spare time?" The guy said.

"Maybe I didn't!" Harry raised his voice.

"Mr. Styles, you have a history of criminal activity, care to explain?" The guy says changing the subject.

"I was 16 to 19, I'm 22 now." Harry says. Not a very good reason, but it's something.

"Yes, now your older, capable of more things, perhaps rape?" I am really starting to hate this guy, I know he's just doing his job.

"I didn't do it. Why would I do that to my best friend, I'm not-"

"Best friend. Maybe you targeted her because she would keep her mouth shut to protect you?" The guy smiles.

"Just shut the fuck up!" Harry stands while clenching his fist.

"Harry calm down." I stand. Everyone is looking at me, the judge, the jury, the people in the background.

"Fine." He says while taking a deep berth and sitting back down. I don't know if that helped the trial or made it worse.

"I think we've heard enough. Clarence it's your turn." The judge said. Great. I get up and walk with a slight limp, ever since dad threw me, my leg has been killing me.

"Clarence, tell me what happened March 18th?" This time it's a woman asking the questions.

"I took a shower. My thoughts clouded my mind, and I slipped on my body wash." I say as calmly as I can.

"What happened when Harry came, if you remember." She says. I look at my dad. I know that look, he's expecting me to say Harry raped me, expecting me to say Harry is a monster. I look at Harry. I know that look, he's excepting me to do what my father said to say, he raped me, and that he's a monster. If I tell the truth, Harry will be free, and dad will make my life a living hell. If I lie, Harry will be put in prison, and dad will worship me. I look at them again. This time I see something different, I see Kennedy. I know that look, she's excepting me to do the right thing, to be the best big sister ever. But the problem is, I don't even know what the right thing is anymore.

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