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?


2. The Perfect Life


Today Mum was gone for longer than normal, I put Adam to bed and me and Jackson waited up for mum to come home, Jackson fell asleep early but I stayed awake sketching up my design for my room, I'd been doing this a lot lately, I never had any friends and all my family had either passed away or never stayed in touch. So, this little room meant a lot to me and was the only thing I had left.

It was always the same drawing just in more detail, a king-size bed in the middle of a purple and white room with a small desk in the corner for my art work. A huge walk in wardrobe to the left with huge amounts of designer clothes and shoes, beautiful Persian rugs and satin curtains everything any teenage girl would and could ever dream of. Everything was perfect, to me. It was all I could think about, this little piece of my heaven. My little piece of heaven.

I didn't want to tell Jackson or Adam that I thought the house story was a load of bullshit because I really didn't think they'd cope, whereas I could. Although it would be nice to tell someone else and not give them false hope, I just couldn't do this to them, this was the only hope they had left, so who was I too take that away from them?

When mum finally decided to show her face it was very late in the morning,

''What the fuck are you doing up so late? You should be in bed!'' she yelled, you could tell she was mad by the way she stood her arms folded across her chest with her right leg slightly bent, I was used to this, her being mad. She got mad a lot lately, I hoped it was the alcohol but I knew it was something else.

''I was just waiting up for you I was worried that's all, Jackson waited up for a while but he fell asleep, we're just worried about you that's all'' I mumbled strolling over to the door, I couldn't deal with her mood swings at this time so I thought I'd stay out of it.

''Awww, baby you didn't have to do that, you will be shattered tomorrow'' she said and kissed me on the cheek.

I stayed up for a little but there aren't any good shows on at five in the morning  so I put on Alice in Wonderland it had always been my favourite film ever since I was a little girl, I used to watch it with my dad all the time when I was upset or angry, it calmed me down. He bought it me for my sixth birthday he always  to said I was Alice because I looked just like her, I always told my dad that I was Alice and he was the Mad Hatter because he was completely insane.

I fell asleep half way through and didn't wake up until 3pm the next afternoon and when I woke up mum was sat next to me stroking my hair and singing to herself.

''You know mum, singing and talking to yourself is the first sign of craziness and  mental illness'' I joked.

''Oi, you cheeky bugger, it's a good job you aren't in school isn't it!'' she said laughing at me.

She's snuggled up next to me on the couch and put Friends on, it had always been our favourite show we used to joke around and say that I was Rachel, always stern and crazy and she was Phoebe, just plain crazy. We sat in silence for a while and it suddenly came to me that this would be the perfect opportunity to ask her about her new man, but when I turned around to ask her, she was fast asleep. I'm sure it could wait until tomorrow.

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