In Your Shadow

Not only are Taylor and Louis twins, they're also best friends.
But with Louis getting even more perfect everyday, will Taylor manage to escape his shadow?
Or will she always be known as just 'Louis' twin sister'?


1. Prologue

Apparently the chance of having twins is three in one hundred, or 3%, so I guess that makes me and my brother kind of special. My mum did always call us her two little miracles from the moment we were born.


He was my best friend, and I was his. There was nothing I couldn't tell him and vice versa. I guess sharing our mother's womb for nine months gave us some sort of unbreakable bond which held us together through thick and thin. So why did everything have to change?


We've not only shared a room ever since we were born but we have shared interests and hobbies. Vanilla being our favourite ice cream flavour, and peperoni being the only topping we would have on our pizza. Supporting Manchester United, having Jake as our favourite out of all of the Tweenies; everything with us was the same apart from our appearances.


If it was based on personality; you would be able to tell in an instant that Lou and I are related but if it was based on looks you would never be able to tell. We look nothing alike, despite being twins. I have deep brown eyes whereas Louis has piecing blue ones. My skin is pale and always has been, but Louis tans easily.


Our grandma used to call us 'the terrible two' because we would always be causing some sort of trouble with our mischievous ways. Louis, being the older twin, was of course the ring leader and I was his trusty sidekick and I wouldn't have changed it for the world. But then I started to notice that things were changing despite me not wanting them to.


I used to be happy with being the sidekick because me and Louis were still equal, right? But as we got older and went to high school it seemed that we weren't equal like we used to be, and that Louis was always the shining star in our family, who never did anything wrong. I, on the other hand, became the awkward girl who always managed to embarrass herself and her family in public.


Louis suddenly found all of these incredible talents and I got left behind in his shadow. I could never live up to all of his amazing achievements and everyone knew that, so didn't expect me to even try. There seemed to be nothing that I could do to make my family proud. Every decision I made was frowned upon, especially when I dyed my hair a bright shade of red. I wanted to try and stand out, to escape the loneliness of Louis' shadow but it seemed that everyone wanted to keep me there. I started to feel useless and talentless.


I may be Louis' twin sister but I'm never going to be as perfect as him, am I?

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