Nine Lives

Victoria Parker is an 18 year old girl, surrounded by a life of sex, drugs, and con artists. Her father was killed when she was young leaving herself, her brother Luke and her fragile mother wrapped up in the twisted world he trapped them in. Now, instead of going to school like normal teenagers, they live a life of lies and violence. Until one day, something happens to Victoria leaving her on the side of a road, forgetting who she is and what she does. Saved by Caleb, a shy soul who tries to help her remember who she is, they form an unlikely friendship that bonds them. But if Victoria remembers who she is and what she does, is this the end of their friendship for good?


7. Making friends

I retrieved my clothes from the dryer and put them on. I heard a couple of people in the kitchen, I stepped out cautiously to see who was there. I saw Caleb leaning on the counter and three boys sitting on the island. They must have heard me because they turned to look at me. Caleb walked over to me and put his hand around my waist and guided me towards them. 
"Guys this is Victoria my friend from camp last summer"

One guy stepped down from the counter and smiled at me. 

"Well hey there beautiful, I'm Elijah, but you can call me Eli."
Caleb ran his hands through his thick hair and looked at the ground. "This is Ben and Isaac, my friends from school." 
They smiled at me and said hey.
"So man, is she coming with us today?" 
"Yeah, I am."
"Cool let's go! We're meeting Heather and Chrissy at the mall by the way."

We all walked out of the house and took a subway to the mall. As we entered, two girls ran to us and hugged the guys. Then they looked at me. Ben stepped forward and introduced me to them. "Ohh well any friend of Caleb is a friend of ours" And they hugged me. The rest of the day we spent talking and laughing and eating. Then Chrissy and Heather decided they wanted to go shopping so we split up from the guys for a couple of hours. 
"So are you going to buy anything?" Heather said to me. 
"Uhh, sure, I suppose." 
They threw some clothes at me. "Here you would look so cute in that." "Oh this colour would look great on you!"
I never had a girl friend before to do this with, except Anna and my Mother was always a recluse, it was quite refreshing. 
"So Victoria, where are you from?" Asked Chrissy. 
" I'm from..uh.." 
She turned to me, "You don't know where you come from?" She raised an eyebrow at me. 
"I suffered and injury quite recently, I don't remember anything really." 
"I can tell" She came out of her cubicle and sat next to me. "You have so many cuts and bruises." 
"Yeah I know.." 
Heather strutted into the dressing room looking angry. 
"We are leaving now!" 
"Why what's happened?" 
"Jason is here with that slut!"
"Oh my God, okay come on we're going."

Chrissy grabbed my hand and we left. We ran into the boys near the LEGO store and they could tell something was up. 
"What's happened?" Asked Isaac
"Jason and Macie are here" Replied Heather
"Ugh what a dick, come on let's go grab some ice cream and head to the park."
And that's what we did. We ate our ice creams on the sub way and headed to a nearby Park. The sun had come out and it was quite warm, we laid down on a patch of grass and just chilled, and talked about nothing in particular. Heather was still talking about Jason, so I got curious and asked. "What happened between you and him?"
"Oh my god, so basically, what happened was Macie was my friend and Jason liked me, or so he said. So he was like "Oh I totally like you I wanna date you"" She said in a mocking tone. "So I gave him a chance and I actually begun to like him! But of course that was the biggest mistake ever. There was a party a couple months ago and we went together. Half way through the night Jason needed to go charge his phone." She said using finger quotes. "It had been a while so I went looking for him, and I opened the door to the bathroom and there they were, fucking, on the stupid fucking counter top!"
"Oh wow, what a dick." 
"I know right!? Some friend"
"Aww baby it's okay you deserve better, and tomorrow night we'll find you someone." 
"Are you coming tomorrow night Victoria?" Ben asked. 
"Coming where?"
"To Ivy Van Der Cruz' party?" 
"I don't know who that is."
"It doesn't matter, she's our friend she'll let you come. Maybe we can find you a guy" Heather chuckled and I saw Ben nudge Caleb and wink and he scrunched up his nose.

It was getting a little late so we all decided to go home. I hugged Ben, Isaac, Heather and Chrissy goodbye. 
"I like your necklace by the way, it's so cute!" Heather said. I looked down at the crescent moon and blue gem, I forgot I had it. It was glimmering under the street light. I fingered it and tried to remember where I got it from. 
Caleb and I got the subway home and chatted about nothing in particular. I found out he likes to read, loves to draw, listens to music constantly and he likes to cook. He lives with his Mother, Father, and Sister, but his parents are on holiday for the next two weeks leaving him and his sister with the house. He's really shy and quiet, apart from when he's drunk which is rare apparently. 
"You'll probably see tomorrow night, Ben and Isaac love to get me drunk, they find it hilarious." 
I started laughing and he said "I'm glad someone finds my throwing up and splitting hangovers funny" He smiled and he had the cutest dimples.
We walked home and I got ready for bed, I took some painkillers and got into Caleb's bed which he's let me borrow. I looked at my necklace again. Where is this from? It seems important, I just can't pin point why..

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