A New Life

Piper McLean, the newest actress/singer, is a born-to-be star. But then her drug-addict step father had to ruin everything. What did he do? He murdered her mom. So she ran away. Max, her stepfather, finds her and tries to kill her. But five guys and their body guard save her. She takes a wild journey full of love, sadness, romance, and lots of tears, and ends up....(drum roll)...well, you'll have to read to find out.


1. Chapter 1

I am 18, my name is Piper Ariana McLean. I have long, brown, wavy hair, and blue eyes. 
Picture this: Everything is perfect. The Back Up Plan had just come out, and I was the star. I also sang in the movie, and people said I had an amazing voice. Even my stepfather, Max Jackson, wasn't acting up. 
He's addicted to drugs, guns, and alcohol. He has hit my mom, and the only reason she hasn't left him is because he has a gun and a permit and is not afraid to use it. She told me she was getting tired of it though, and it may have cost her her life. If you do not understand, or can not guess what happened, I will tell you. And it will be told with no lies, no lies to make Max seem bad because i don't like him. What you read REALLY happened. There are three parts to my story, Part 1: I run away, Part 2: Good can come from Bad, and Part 3: What Happened to Me?
It all began on January 10th, 2011.

Max came home angry because he lost his job. Of course my mom made up her mind that she would tell him she wanted a divorce that very day. He started to yell after she told him, and i crept into my room.
Later, it was quiet. I was scared for a second, my mom had stopped in mid-sentence - "What do you think you're do-" and then all was silent. My door was closed, I thought maybe they were now speaking in hushed tones. I wanted to hear what they were saying, so i crept back out of my room to see my mom in a ball on the floor, crying with Max's gun pointed right at her. I hid behind the couch, not daring to look above it. I heard mom moan, "What will you do with Piper if I die?" 
"Oh, if she comes in and tries to stop me, she'll die too. Then you can still be together, in wherever you go to. Or, if she doesn't try, she'll be forced to quit acting, forced to. She'll be my little slave at night, coming home from her bar attender's job."
"No!" my mom cried. "You-you can't."
He sneered. "I'm her stepfather, of course I can." I debated what to do. If I tried to stop him, i'd die also. So i gulped, crept back to my room, packed clothes, and went through the window. It wasn't a long drop, thankfully we were still living in a one-story house. 
And i ran. I ran anywhere, desperate to get away. I didn't want to hear it, but of course i heard it. The gunshot that decided my fate. If i didn't hear it, i would have turned right around. I didn't know it then, but there where sacrifices in order to make what would be my fate. I ran in the direction of California, knowing that the filming for my new movie started in the summer in California. I USED to live here, Arizona. Now, it was California for me. No going back.
That night, i slept in an ally. I tried to remember WHY, just WHY had my mother married that awful man. She had married him when i was six, and i have very few memories of my own father who died when i was four. When i was seven, i saw Max hit my mother. I was scared, and only the next day did i speak to her about it. Later, when i was older, i asked my mom. I was eleven. 
I was sitting on my mother's lap. "Mom, just WHY did you marry that awful man?" i asked.
"Oh, honey," she said. "Oh, where should I start?"
"From the beginning."
"Ok. Well, when your father died, i was a mess. I drank, I slept, and thats about it. One day, at the bar, i decided i was done with drugs. I hadn't ordered yet, and when the waitress came, i said, 'I think i want to lay off the drugs.' There was this one man, one man, that decided to get the door for me. He had seen me, and overheard my answer. I looked into his eyes. Back then, he had better eyes. He smiled and said,'I think i want to lay off them too,' and then asked me on a date. You were five. I remember feeling happy again, and after a year, he asked me to marry him."
By now i knew "he" was Max.
"Oh, our marriage worked out just fine, for the first year. Them he decided to show his true colors. He drank. Carried a gun. Brought alcohol home. I didn't know what to do. Finally i told him to stop, and he hit me. And i still don't know what to do."
I said promptly,"Call the police."
Mom shook her head. "I can't. Then i'll be in heaven before you know it."

Only later did i get what she was saying. And if you don't get it, i pray it didn't come true. My mom was in Heaven before i knew it.

I finally understood right there in that alley, she had married him to be happy. 
Sleeping in an alley is uncomfortable. I used a backpack as a pillow. I had earned a lot of money from,"The Back-Up Plan," so i decided to, the next night, go to a motel.

I traveled toward Hollywood both day and night, trying to get there before filming was supposed to start. And two weeks before filming, i saw it. The tv showed me, missing. Max issued an award to anyone who found me. I ran away from there as quick as possible. That was just great. He knew filming started. Where, when, and where i was headed. He knew I ran away. I was toast.

Now, a day before filming, i was right there. I was in a hotel, waiting. But i decided to take a walk, first mistake. Second mistake: going into an alley. I heard a gun clicking, and i whirled. There, with an evil grin on his face, was Max Jackson.
I immediately dropped to my knees. "How'd you find me?" i asked, my voice cold and hard.
"Not too hard, if i just asked around here, a lot of people saw a girl walk into a hotel. And guess what?" he asked, his smile ever more evil, if that was possible,"This ally's abandoned."
And that, was when i started to cry.
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