Demi's mum runs off unexpectedly to be with her boyfriend and leaves Demi and her two brothers alone in a small run down flat in the suburbs of downtown Los Angeles and doesn't leave any contact or information. So Demi and her brothers are left with no food and no money and left to fend for themselves that is until Justin comes along.

How will Demi cope? Will Justin be her saviour? Will her mother ever come back?


1. Stranger

Mum had been acting weird lately, she hadn't been herself. She was never at home and she was constantly on the phone talking to some guy. We never dared ask who it was not after Dad left us three years ago.

We were all fine until I heard Mum and Dad talking about some missing money from his bank account. The night after the argument everything was strange, they didn't speak to each other, only when Dad finished his dinner and went to bed Mum finally spoke to me and said dad was going away for a while, I was only 12 I didn't understand fully I thought he was just going to work away on a special job or something I had no idea.

When I woke up the next morning, Dad had gone. There was no trace of him ever living there all his clothes had gone everything, even the pictures of us all in the living room had vanished, but I never questioned it. Mum said he had to go and live with some friends for a while but by then I knew exactly why he left. I might have been young but I wasn't that stupid.

Mum was never really the same again she seemed transparent, like she was just going through day to day life because she had to, but now she's met this new guy she's completely different. She's so happy and smiling all the time it's weird but I love seeing her like this, it's so much easier for me, Jackson and Adam. We were all so much happier.

The one thing we didn't like was how much time we got to spend with her she always left us during the night at stupid times and she'd come back drunk and shouting or crying, this wasn't my mum this was somebody else. I could put up with this but then she started going on during the day, which wasn't so bad because Me and Jackson were at school and Adam was at pre-school. The weekends were the worst, she's go out at 3pm and come back at 4am slurring here words and making so much noise, the neighbours even called the police a couple of times due to her 'drunk and disorderly behaviour' this wasn't the life I wanted for me and my brothers at all this was another world a parallel universe compared to what I was used to and I couldn't get out of it.

Mum constantly told me about how amazing this guy was and told me stories about how we might finally get a normal life and move into a house instead of living in old run down flats. It sounded amazing and I really looked forward to the day it would finally happen. I pictured how my room would look down to the last detail everything was perfect almost too perfect.

I was glad mum was happy I know dad always told me never to judge a book by its cover but ever since I heard about this guy I knew there was something wrong and that he was wrong for my mother, but I didn't want to say anything I thought it was just a feeling, how wrong was I?

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