On The Inside

Harry Styles is a human trafficker that is known throughout England and America. The name Harry Styles has the power to petrify people with fear. As soon as Harry got his hands on someone, they were as good as gone. Harry liked seeing fear in the eyes of his hostages.

That is, until a girl came along that made Harry question his morals and everything he ever knew.

Her name was Lia James.

Warning: This story will be intense, so please proceed with caution

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1. Chapter One: Taken

"Harry Styles?"

"Yeah, I know him"

"You don't want to run into one of his men. If you ever do, well, it was nice knowing you"

Everyone knew his name. Everyone new the name Harry Styles. Around every street corner, you could always find people whispering the words "Harry Styles" with a hint of fear in their voice. His name was thrown around all over the place. After all, the famous, or rather infamous, Harry Styles was the most well known human trafficker in England and America. He had people in every part of the two countries. You mentioned his name to anyone and they knew him. They either worked for him or they knew him by reputation, most often it was the latter. A person was lucky if they lasted even two days in Harry's house because he usually sold them before the two days was up. He was a sadist, and a big one at that. He liked it. He liked watching his hostages wail in agony. 

That is, until one girl came along that made Harry questions his morals and everything he ever knew.

Her name was Lia James.

Lia's POV

We found another lifeless person with similar injuries to the last victim. All of these recent kidnappings are believed to be the work of well known human trafficker and sadist Mr. Harry Sty-

"We were watching that, mom", I grumbled as my twin brother Alex snatched the remote and turned the TV back on.

"Look, I know you guys are 18, but not even an adult needs to hear what that man does", my mom said as she took the remote back and turned the TV off. "Besides, your father will be home soon and he gets enough of that during his work hours". 

Mom was right. Dad was a detective, one of the best. He was head detective of Harry's case, or cases rather. It was all on him to work out how to put Harry behind bars for good. He always hated it whenever I had the TV on the news channel because, more often than not, Harry was the top story.

The clock angrily beeped, signalling that it was 7:00 pm. As if on cue, I heard the jingling of keys and seconds later, my dad walked through the door.

"Hey, darling. Hello, my lovely children", he said as he locked the door behind him. 

"Hi dad", Alex and I said in unison from the couch.

"Hello, honey", my mom said, giving my dad a kiss of the cheek. "How was work today?"

"More intense than usual. More victims are turning up every single day. I know it's because of that sadist Harry Styles", he growled. "I swear, if he even tries to come anywhere near this house-"

"Honey, why don't come sit down and relax? I'll make a fresh pot of coffee for you", My mom said as she guided my dad to the breakfast bar. Dad always got heated whenever he talked about his work. 

Ding Dong

"Oh Hank, could you please get the door?", my mom said as she prepared the coffee. "I'm expecting a package".

"Sure thing, Anne", my dad said as he slowly walked over to the front door. 

"Hello, where am I supposed to si-"

Before my dad could finish his sentence, there was a deafening BANG that echoed throughout the house. The room was spinning as my dad fell to the floor, lifeless. Two tall men in dark suits pushed their way into the house, stepping on my dad's dead body as though it was nothing. They turned their heads towards Alex and me and nodded to each other. 

"No. You're not getting anywhere near my children", my mom said as she stepped in front of us.

"I don't think you understand", one of them said. "We work for Harry Styles. We are taking these kids one way or another".

"No you're no-"

The one who had not spoken yet took my mom's neck into his giant hands and began to suffocate her.

"Stop! What do you think you're doing?", I cried as I tried to pry the man's hands from my mom's neck. Alex just sat there, blankly staring at the man choking our mom. 

"Don't try to save your mother, young lady", said the other man as he pulled me by the hair and threw me against the wall. "Or we'll kill you".

"I...caaa...can't...I...love...", my mom said just before the last ounce of life drained out of her.

Both of my parents were gone. Just like that. I had just spoken to both of them mere minutes ago, and now they were both out of my life forever.

"How could you, Alex?", I screamed. "How could you just sit there and let her die?"

"Believe us, Lia James. There was nothing that either of you could've done. Now, You'll be coming with us", said the man that had just killed my mom.

If they really thought that I was just willingly going to go with the-wait. How did they know my name?

"How do you know my name?", I asked shakily.

"Harry has been watching you for a long time. Now, you'll both be coming with us", he said.

"If you think that I'm going anywhere with either of you, you're out of your minds", I said through tears.

"Can I just have a minute with Lia?", Alex finally said.

They both glanced at each other. It was as though they were having a conversation with just their eyes. Then after about ten seconds, the man on the left said, "You've got exactly sixty seconds".

Alex took me by the arm and led me up the stairs. He shoved me into my bedroom and locked the door behind him.

"What is wrong with you?", I hissed through tears.

"Lia, I'm so sorry that I didn't try to save mom. But what could I have done?", Alex said.

"Are you kidding me, Alex? You son of a-"

"Lia, I think we need to just go with them", Alex said.

I couldn't believe that he just said that. He knows what Harry does to people. He knows that as soon as Harry gets his hands on us, he'll sell us to someone even worse than him. If such a person even exists.

"But Alex, you know what'll happen to us?", I croaked.

"Lia, we're probably going to die right now at the hands of those two men if we don't go with them to Harry. We get a chance of living if we take that route", Alex said.

Knock Knock

"Time's up. Are you coming or do we have to kill you ourselves?", one of the men said through the door.

I slowly opened the door and said, "We...we'll go with you".

The man on the right nodded and grabbed Alex roughly by the arm and led him towards the stairs. The other man tried to take my arm, but I quickly jerked it away and said, "Don't you even think about touching me".

He let out a low grumble as I walked ahead of him and followed Alex and the other man down the stairs and towards the front door. There was a big black SUV parked outside our house with it's engine still roaring. The humming of the engine became louder and louder as we got closer to the car. One of the men opened the door to the back seat and shoved Alex and me inside. The other man slammed the door shut and they both took their seats in the front. The entire car smelled like cigarette smoke and another strange smell that I just couldn't put my finger on.

"Um, excuse me?", I squeaked. 

"What is it?", said the man who was driving.

"Wh...what are your names?", I  asked.

"There's no need for you to know, so shut up you useless slut", the driver said.

"Don't you dare talk to my sister that way", Alex growled.

"You're all acting like immature children. I'm Andy and this is Daniel. How about you all shut up? We're nearly there", the one called Andy said.

We pulled up in front if this fancy gate with a pinpad. Daniel rolled down his window and began to punch in some numbers. With a few beeps here and there, the gates creaked open and we were in. We slowly drove forward and we were now driving along a narrow ominous road. None of us could see anything past the glow of the headlights, especially with all of the curves.  Daniel almost hit a deer that was crossing the road and let out a string of swear words. Andy mostly remained silent.

"We're here", grumbled Daniel.

We drove up in front of a house that looked like it was big enough to take up an entire block. There was a round-a-bout with a water fountain and two lion statues at the foot of the stairs that led up to the chocolate colored front door.

"This is-"

"Yes, this is Styles Manor", said Andy. 

Daniel brought the car to a stop in the round-a-bout right in front of the door. Both men jumped out of the car, slamming the doors behind them, and yanked the back doors open. Andy grabbed my arm, surprisingly gently, and pulled me out of the car. We were led up to the intimidating front door and Daniel banged on the door three times. Almost immediately, the door was answered by a man with styled blond hair who was wearing a plain white t-shirt and ripped black skinny jeans.

"Dan, Andy, you're late. You know Harry doesn't like to be kept waiting", he said through a thick accent.

"We know, but these weren't the easiest ones to get", chuckled Andy.

"Bring them inside. Harry's waiting upstairs in his office", the blond guy said as he stepped aside and held the door open wider.

The house was pretty quiet and empty, except for the sound of a few men talking in the lounge and the TV. I smelled the same exact scent I smelled in the car, but I still couldn't place it. We were led up a spiral staircase and down a long hallway. Most of the doors were the same boring color, but the set of double doors at the end of the hall sent a chill down my spine. We were within arms reach of the door when it flung open and another large man and screaming girl emerged from the room.

"No please!"

"I'll do anything!"

"What's all that about?", I said as calmly as I could.

"That's what happens when Harry doesn't think you'll make him enough money", said Andy. "He kills you. Except he doesn't like to get his hands dirty, so he has one of his men do it for him".

My breath caught in my throat as soon as I heard those words. I knew that there was no chance that I would be able to live. Just then, a man poked his head through the door and said, "Bring in the boy".

Alex was forcefully led into Harry's office. The doors slammed shut and I was left in the awkward silence of the hallway.

Silence...

That meant the girl had been killed already...

I then finally realized what the weird smell was. It was the smell of blood.

The door opened slowly and out came Alex and Daniel. Alex had a blank expression on his face and he wouldn't look in my direction.

"Harry's ready for her", Daniel said as he led Alex away.

Andy took a deep breath before taking my arm and leading me through the double doors. Harry's office was surprisingly organized. On one side, there was a large shadow box hanging on the wall that contained a set of sharp knives. On the other side, there was an old cabinet, but it was locked for some reason. And in the middle of the back of the room, was a large desk accompanied by a large leather chair that was facing the window.

"Harry?", Andy said.

The chair slowly turned around and revealed a rather young looking guy with longer hair. He was wearing black button up shirt and black skinny jeans. He locked eyes with me and a large smirk grew on his face.

"I've been expecting you, Lia"

Author's Note:

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