End Up Here


3. The Past Returns

Lia's POV

I glared at New Kid as my brother complimented his singing. Traitor.

I stood up quickly making me dizzy and stormed out of the room making sure to slam the door behind me.

"Lia, what's going on?" Michael asked coming from behind me.

"Oh nothing," I spat sarcastically. "Why don't you just go back to your new best friend."

"Lia," Michael said in his reasoning voice.

"Just forget it," I sighed. "I'm just going home."

"What about school?" Michael questioned.

"I'll just get James or Andi to say I went home sick."

"It's that day, isn't it," Michael said coming to a realisation.

I bit my lip and nodded.

Michael rushed me into a hug. "I'm so sorry," he whispered in my ear. "I completely forgot."

"You don't need to remember," I whispered back. I could feel the tears start falling from my eyes but I held them back as best I could. I couldn't cry. Not here. Not now. Not ever.

"What're you going to tell Calum?" Michael asked.

"Just that I don't feel well."

Michael nodded and we went back into the other room.

"James," I said tapping my older brother on the back.

He turned around and looked at me in concern. "What's up, Li?"

"Can you please take me home? I don't feel well."

"Yeah sure," he replied. "Hey, Ashton, can you look after the store for ten minutes?"

"Yup," Ashton, our neighbour and James' co-worker, replied with a smile showing off his dimples. I noticed him come in while we were singing before.

"Thanks, mate," James smiled.

"You okay, Lia?" Calum asked.

I nodded. "Just need some sleep, I think."

Calum got up and gave me a hug. "I hope you feel better soon, Lili,"

"Don't worry, I'll be back causing trouble tomorrow," I replied with a fake smile. I pulled out of Calum's hug just to be pulled into another embrace, this time it was Michael.

"I'll come over after school to see how you are, okay?" Michael told me.

I nodded into his shoulder. "Don't bring Cal, please," I whispered so the boy I was talking about wouldn't hear. The only one of my friends that had ever been to my house is Michael. Only because he was the only one that knew about my past, because he was actually in it. There were just some things I didn't want Calum to know.

"Hope you feel better tomorrow, Amelia," Luke said sincerely.

I found it in myself to give him an actual, genuine smile. It was a small one, but it was still there. Then I followed James out to his car.

"I thought I was going to make it today," I told James sadly.

"You'll get there one day, bub," James comforted me. "I know it's difficult, but you will."

"I was doing fine until New Kid turned up," I growled.

"Who? Luke?" James asked. "He seems like a nice kid."

I rolled my eyes. "You think anyone who can play guitar is a 'nice kid'."

"I'm being serious, Amelia," James said flicking his eyes to me for a second before returning them to the road. "Why do you hate him so much anyway?"

"I just do, okay," I replied.

"Mum and Dad would-"

"Don't bring them into this!" I screamed before the flashbacks started.

9 years ago

"Mum, Dad, when are we gonna be home?" I whined.

"Soon, bub," Dad replied.

"I wanna show James and Andi my awesome painting!" I exclaimed, a huge smile plastered on my little face.

Mum chuckled from her seat in the front of the car. "Are you going to show Michael, too?"

I nodded frantically. "Did you know, one day me and Michael are going to get married!"

This time it was Dad's turn to chuckle. That was the last thing I heard before there was a loud crash and everything went black.

"Lia, what's going on?" James asked worriedly. He'd pulled the car over to the side of the road.

"They've started again," I whimpered.

"Shit," James muttered before pulling out his phone. "Andi, hey, look, I need your help. No, no, he's at the store. I need help with Lia. The flashbacks have started again. I don't know what to do, you dealt with them last time. Andi, please. I'm bringing her home now. Thanks, Ands, see you soon." He hung up the phone and looked me dead in the eye. "I promise, your sister and I are going to help you get through this again, okay."

I was still too freaked out from the flashback to do anything more than nod.

James started the car up again and pulled out onto the road. Once we got home, Andi ran straight towards me and wrapped me up in a hug.

"Are you okay?" She asked me.

I nodded, still unable to speak properly.

Andi ushered me inside and straight up to my room without another word. James followed behind.

"Lia, get into your pyjamas and get straight into bed and I'll bring up the medication," Andi ordered before rushing out of my room.

"I've gotta get back to work, but I'll come see you at lunch, okay," James promised. I nodded again. "Love you,"

"Love you too," I said hoarsely. James kissed my forehead before walking out of the room.

Andi soon came rushing into the room with my meds and a glass of water. She gave them to me and helped me sit up.

"Andi, I can manage," I laughed quietly.

Andi back away a little and shook her head. "Yeah, I know, sorry," she said. "I'm just worried because of last time."

I nodded in understanding. "Hey, I'm just gonna go to sleep for a bit," I told my sister.

Andi nodded and kissed my forehead before leaving the room and leaving me to my thoughts. Eventually, sleep overcame me even though it was nearing the middle of the day.

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