I Won't Speak

A suitcase. A mystery. A popstar. A selective mute. And a friendship everlasting.

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24. Chapter Twenty-Four: The Cafe

I hadn't realized it, but my breathing had quickened as we made our way down the streets, heading towards the bakery.

"Hey." Niall nudged my shoulder. "You okay?"

"Yes. No." I sighed. "I don't know. Maybe?"

"It'll be alright." Niall said, but he couldn't say anything else, for once again the fans started to swarm us. 

I knelt down. "C'mere, Lynn." I said. She let go of my hand and jumped on my back. 

"Only one more street, lads!" Liam yelled over the roar of fans. "Let's hurry up, yeah?"

Harry was carrying the suitcase, holding it out of reach of the fans. "Girls, no." He kept saying. "Can't you wait to mob us until tomorrow?" 

We pushed through until we made it to the bakery. Security followed close behind us, locking the bakery doors behind us.

The bakery fell silent. Every head turned our way.

"Um...hi." I said, waving as best I could. I slowly let Lynn down off my back, and waved again.

"So now what? We go around, asking people of this is their kid?" Niall said.

I shrugged. "I guess."

"C'mon lads." Liam said, beckoning with his hand. "Let's ask around."

I turned to face Lynn. "Are you excited to find your mum and dad?" We stood in an empty corner of the bakery. I managed to give her a small smile, although inside I felt sick, knowing that today might be the last day I get to spend with her.

I watched her face carefully. At the word "dad", Lynn flinched.

"Hey." I said, shaking her shoulder, both playfully and in concern. "You alright? You do want to see your parents, don't you?"

Lynn nodded, but then shook her head.

I bit my lip. "Okay, let me rephrase that. Do you want to see your mum?"

Lynn gave an enthusiastic nod.

"What about your dad?" 

Lynn stiffened, and shook her head wildly.

"Why not?" I said. I quickly looked around, scanning for eavesdroppers. "What happened?" I whispered.

Lynn sniffed, and I could see tears forming in her eyes. "He gets mad. And-" Her voice cracked. "He hurt me and mommy."

My eyes widened, and I struggled from letting out a gasp. "He abuses- hurts you?"

Lynn nodded, small tears slipping down her face. I pulled her into a hug. "Where is your dad?"

Lynn shrugged, but didn't say anything. I felt a tap on my shoulder, and saw Liam standing behind me, smiling.

"We found- I think- I mean- come on." He said, tugging my arm like an excited 5 year

 old. I obliged, standing up and pushing aside the pit in my stomach. 

"Yeah, Lynn." I said, taking her hand. "Let's go see if we've found your parents." My voice trembled, but still I smiled.

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A/N: It's worth mentioning to you all that this story is NEARLY DONE HOLY COW. AND 8000 views?!?!? Thank you sooo much for all your support. 

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