I Am Not Afraid To Walk This World Alone.

Riley Hicks is a different type of teenage girl. She wants to fit in, but no one likes her. To get through the day of torture she suffers at school, she listens to the words of her saviours. My Chemical Romance. When listening to them, the school's horror fades away, but that all changes when she gets home. With her mother gone from the fear, Riley is left in her father's abusive hands. But what will happen when she finally escapes, just to find a "stranger" that helps her... *My entry for the Battle Of The Fandoms competition.*

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13. Chapter Twelve - Presents!

"She's awake!" Frank cheers. They all whoop and come over to the bed. I sit up more and stare shocked at masses of bags now put on my bed.

 

"We got you a few things." Pete says, climbing on the bed next to everything. "We had help though. Gerard's wife helped." 

 

I look up shocked. "Lindsay?" I look at Gerard, who just shrugs. 

 

"Open the presents!" Mikey cries, pulling over a seat.

 

I laugh, still shocked at the thoughtfulness of them and reach towards a medium sized box. I open the blue wrapping and lift the lid to find a pair of black, high top Doc Martens. In the bottom is a note. I pull it out and read,

 

Dear Riley,

Hang on in there! I've been told what happened and I wanna say that I will always be here if you ever need to talk! You are the bravest person I've ever met and you deserve the best. I hope you like the shoes. 

Hang in there girl!

Pete xx

 

At the bottom of the note he put his number for if I needed to talk. I look up at him, tears pricking the backs of my eyes again.

 

"Dammit Pete! First thing and I'm already crying." I chuckle and wipe my eyes. He just smiles. 

 

I pick up a soft package next and squeeze it, confused. On it, it says:

Get well soon! 

Lots of love, 

Andy and Joe xxxxx

 

I rip it open to see a black Fall Out Boy hoodie and My Chemical Romance T-shirt. I start laughing at them.

 

"We are very creative, leave us alone!" Andy chuckles.

 

"Hey! I ain't judging!" I laugh and pull the hoodie over my head. It's too big for me, but I love how soft it is.

 

There is another slightly bigger package, just under where I found Andy and Joe's present. I pull it open and get covered in sequins. Taken aback, I look bag in the present and find a letter,

 

Got ya! ;P

Sorry that was mean. I do have an actual present for you though.

Frank xxx

 

I look up and see Frank holding a package out to me. Dumbfounded, I thank him and open the gift. Inside is a pair of Fall Out Boy joggers and two pairs of black skinny jeans. I laugh and look up. 

 

"Guys. Why are you doing this for me?"

 

"Because," Gerard starts, "You have been through a lot of crap lately and deserve something good in your life."

 

Tears pour down my cheeks again as Mikey sighs.

 

"Thanks Gee! She's gonna cry all over my gift now!" He winks at me and passes me two boxes. One was small, the other medium sized. I take them from him and wipe my eyes. I open the small one first to find a black diamond necklace on a sparkling silver chain. I gasp.

 

"Mikey! How much must this have cost?"

 

"That doesn't matter! It's a gift for a reason! Open the other one!"

 

I do as he asks and pull open the box.  Inside are two jackets. I pull one out to see it's a beautiful leather jacket with gems in the zips. I thank him and pull out the other jacket. I gasp again, looking at the Black Parade jacket laid on the bed in front of me. 

 

"You are an official member of the Black Parade!" Mikey cheers, obviously pleased with himself. 

 

"Oh my God, Mikey! Thank you so much! I love it!" I lean over and hug him. He gives me a bear hug back.

 

As I sit back, Ray pushes a large, heavy box in my direction.

 

"I don't know what you like, but if you're anything like Gee, you should like this. If not hopefully it'll keep you busy when you're bored."

 

"I'm sure I will love it, Ray!" I pull off the wrapper and see an amazing, expensive looking art set. "Oh, wow! Ray this is amazing! This must of been really expensive!" As I look through the box, I find three canvases, an A4 notepad and an A3 notepad.

 

"Anything for you!"

 

"Thank you so much!" I look up at Patrick and Gerard. "I'm not gonna lie. I'm kinda scared by the last two." 

 

On the end of my bed, is a small heavy box and standing next to the bed is a very large box.

 

"Go for Gerard's first. His is the smaller one." Patrick says, rubbing my arm.

 

"Okay..." I look at him, warily as I reach for the box. I pull open the paper and see the box of an iPhone in my hand. I gasp. "You didn't!" I look at Gerard, who is smiling from ear to ear. 

 

"Well, your Dad doesn't have this number meaning, he can't find you." He leans forward and hugs me and whispers in my ear, "We will get you safe." 

 

"Thank you so much. I don't know what to say."

 

"Just open the last one." Mikey laughs. They pass me the massive box very carefully. I'm about to open it when Patrick stops me.

 

"This last one, was a joint effort. Mine is back at Gee's house."

 

"Okay, but the details are Patrick's idea!" Gerard says, quickly.

 

"Okay, okay! Calm down!" I laugh and pull open the paper. Inside the box is a black guitar. I gasp and pull it out. My name is carved into it in silver. "Oh my God. You guys!" I look up them.

 

"Gerard told us how your Dad broke yours. We wanted to get you something really special."

 

"This is! Oh my God! It's amazing! Thank you!"

 

We all start looking through the gifts again and we all look up when we hear the door open. A nurse walks in smiling.

"She's awake!" Frank cheers. They all whoop and come over to the bed. I sit up more and stare shocked at masses of bags now put on my bed.

 

"We got you a few things." Pete says, climbing on the bed next to everything. "We had help though. Gerard's wife helped." 

 

I look up shocked. "Lindsay?" I look at Gerard, who just shrugs. 

 

"Open the presents!" Mikey cries, pulling over a seat.

 

I laugh, still shocked at the thoughtfulness of them and reach towards a medium sized box. I open the blue wrapping and lift the lid to find a pair of black, high top Doc Martens. In the bottom is a note. I pull it out and read,

 

Dear Riley,

Hang on in there! I've been told what happened and I wanna say that I will always be here if you ever need to talk! You are the bravest person I've ever met and you deserve the best. I hope you like the shoes. 

Hang in there girl!

Pete xx

 

At the bottom of the note he put his number for if I needed to talk. I look up at him, tears pricking the backs of my eyes again.

 

"Dammit Pete! First thing and I'm already crying." I chuckle and wipe my eyes. He just smiles. 

 

I pick up a soft package next and squeeze it, confused. On it, it says:

Get well soon! 

Lots of love, 

Andy and Joe xxxxx

 

I rip it open to see a black Fall Out Boy hoodie and My Chemical Romance T-shirt. I start laughing at them.

 

"We are very creative, leave us alone!" Andy chuckles.

 

"Hey! I ain't judging!" I laugh and pull the hoodie over my head. It's too big for me, but I love how soft it is.

 

There is another slightly bigger package, just under where I found Andy and Joe's present. I pull it open and get covered in sequins. Taken aback, I look bag in the present and find a letter,

 

Got ya! ;P

Sorry that was mean. I do have an actual present for you though.

Frank xxx

 

I look up and see Frank holding a package out to me. Dumbfounded, I thank him and open the gift. Inside is a pair of Fall Out Boy joggers and two pairs of black skinny jeans. I laugh and look up. 

 

"Guys. Why are you doing this for me?"

 

"Because," Gerard starts, "You have been through a lot of crap lately and deserve something good in your life."

 

Tears pour down my cheeks again as Mikey sighs.

 

"Thanks Gee! She's gonna cry all over my gift now!" He winks at me and passes me two boxes. One was small, the other medium sized. I take them from him and wipe my eyes. I open the small one first to find a black diamond necklace on a sparkling silver chain. I gasp.

 

"Mikey! How much must this have cost?"

 

"That doesn't matter! It's a gift for a reason! Open the other one!"

 

I do as he asks and pull open the box.  Inside are two jackets. I pull one out to see it's a beautiful leather jacket with gems in the zips. I thank him and pull out the other jacket. I gasp again, looking at the Black Parade jacket laid on the bed in front of me. 

 

"You are an official member of the Black Parade!" Mikey cheers, obviously pleased with himself. 

 

"Oh my God, Mikey! Thank you so much! I love it!" I lean over and hug him. He gives me a bear hug back.

 

As I sit back, Ray pushes a large, heavy box in my direction.

 

"I don't know what you like, but if you're anything like Gee, you should like this. If not hopefully it'll keep you busy when you're bored."

 

"I'm sure I will love it, Ray!" I pull off the wrapper and see an amazing, expensive looking art set. "Oh, wow! Ray this is amazing! This must of been really expensive!" As I look through the box, I find three canvases, an A4 notepad and an A3 notepad.

 

"Anything for you!"

 

"Thank you so much!" I look up at Patrick and Gerard. "I'm not gonna lie. I'm kinda scared by the last two." 

 

On the end of my bed, is a small heavy box and standing next to the bed is a very large box.

 

"Go for Gerard's first. His is the smaller one." Patrick says, rubbing my arm.

 

"Okay..." I look at him, warily as I reach for the box. I pull open the paper and see the box of an iPhone in my hand. I gasp. "You didn't!" I look at Gerard, who is smiling from ear to ear. 

 

"Well, your Dad doesn't have this number meaning, he can't find you." He leans forward and hugs me and whispers in my ear, "We will get you safe." 

 

"Thank you so much. I don't know what to say."

 

"Just open the last one." Mikey laughs. They pass me the massive box very carefully. I'm about to open it when Patrick stops me.

 

"This last one, was a joint effort. Mine is back at Gee's house."

 

"Okay, but the details are Patrick's idea!" Gerard says, quickly.

 

"Okay, okay! Calm down!" I laugh and pull open the paper. Inside the box is a black guitar. I gasp and pull it out. My name is carved into it in silver. "Oh my God. You guys!" I look up them.

 

"Gerard told us how your Dad broke yours. We wanted to get you something really special."

 

"This is! Oh my God! It's amazing! Thank you!"

 

We all start looking through the gifts again and we all look up when we hear the door open. A nurse walks in smiling.

 

"Hi, Riley. How do you feel sweetie?" She looks kind of taken aback when she sees all the gifts on my bed, but regains herself.

 

"Yeah. I'm good. When can I get changed and get out of here?"

 

"We just need your carer to sign some forms and we are good to go." The nurse looks up at everyone around me. I also look up as Gerard steps forward.

 

"That's me." He says.

 

"Okay. Can you tell me what your relationship with Riley is please?"

 

"Close family friend."

 

The nurse and Gerard talk while Patrick whispers in my ear.

 

"Close family friend?"

 

"Long story." I giggle.

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