13. Why Now?
~8 years ago, inside the wall~
"Where's your daddy now Kiali huh? He can't save you now~" Voices rang out after me as I ran for my life, my face streaked with tears and my clothes covered in mud. The kids behind me laughed and ran harder, soon cornering me against the school wall. "Whatcha gunna do now?" The meaner of the four asked, his dirty blond hair in a short buzz, as the others laughed; pinning my arms down. "Stop! Let me go!" My cries where met with a sudden blow to cheek, causing me to scream out in pain. Another hit my jaw and I spat out blood, more tears falling down my cheeks. "P-please just let go of me!" One of the boys hit me in the stomach and I groaned, trying to control my breathing. "No, you're gunna get what's comin to ya. You got us all in trouble, so take it." I closed my eyes and sobbed as hit after hit sent pain down my body, wishing to end it now. After what felt like a year I was dropped onto the ground where I curled up into a ball, covering myself. I could hear the boys voices and laughter fading away as I sobbed quietly, unable to move. Sudden footsteps caused my heart to beat quicker and I whimpered as they stopped right at my face, and I knew what was coming. "No! Please don't!" I cried out, trying to move away but hand reached out and held me there, and a boy moved in front of me, his blue eyes wide with worry and his hair covering them. "What happened to you?!" His voice was full of anger and fear, something that caused me to burst into tears again. Dropping into his arms I sobbed loudly and gripped his shirt, and he held me close. His body gave off warmth and his arms were gentle around me. "It's okay....it's okay..." He kept saying, trying to calm me down and slowly it worked. I hiccupped again and rubbed my eyes, now looking up at him. "I'm Jacob." He said with a smile, taking my hand and standing up. "K-Kiali..." I muttered, looking at the ground. "I can tell we're going to be good friends Kiali, I just know it."
Real tears ran down my cheeks as I leaned against the same school building as the day we first met, my body shaking with choked up sobs. Why did I have to remember that now of all times...right when he told me we would never be friends again? No one was around, as I had snuck out the Wall, so no one heard me crying my heart out. All I could think of was him...Jacob. His warmth, his smile, his was with words...all gone. Reaching into my pocket I pulled something small and golden out, looking at it. It was a locket, the one Jacob had given me on our one year of friendship. He had always been funny like that, but I loved it. Inside was a picture of me and him that my father had taken, Jacob was carrying me in a piggy back and my hair was tied up in two horrible pig tails. More tears ran down my face and I dropped my head into my knees, crying loudly. The ground suddenly shook with such power that the locket dropped from my hands. Looking up and I gave a loud scream of fear, a Titan had found me...and it was feet from me. Looking down at me with huge eyes it opened its mouth wide, showing deadly teeth and I was shaking. With a swoop it shot its hand out and grabbed me, then turned around and began to run off. Stiff with fear I could think of only one thing to say; "JACOB!!!!!!!" And I blacked out.