(Short story)
Rhiannon Turner hasn't been to the Cornish village of Pur Lowen in years, not since her Grandfather died. In that time a lot has changed, and Rhiannon has found himself, and become Ryan.
When Ryan returns to Pur Lowen for the summer holidays he finds himself oddly drawn to Raven June, the beautiful girl next door, who's unsettling past keeps her, and her sister Mapelli, silent most of the time.
But Ryan knows a thing or two about overcoming challenges, and he's determined to reach Raven, despite her selective mutism.
What Ryan doesn't realise is that there's more to Raven and her sister than that which meets the eye...and Raven has a secret


10. Chapter 10 ~ Zoe

I’ve known Ryan for what seems like my entire life, I can’t remember a time where I didn’t know him. I knew him when he was Rhiannon, an uncomfortable a little girl who never really belonged. I was next to him the day he came out to his parents, I held his hand as he spat out the words, and I joined the group hug as his parents praised him. I taught him how to surf, I showed him how to sail, and he was my best friend for so so long...then, ten years ago, is grandad died, and he didn’t come back to Pur Lowen after that.

A short while after the incident that took his grandad and my uncle Mapelli and Raven June moved to town, inhabiting the old south-facing house. They never mingled, they never attended any village events, and they barely ever left the house. All anyone knew about them was that they had difficult childhoods, and that they couldn’t speak to anyone but eachother, they had selective mutism, they had been silenced by their pasts. Raven always stood out a bit, Mapelli always seemed to be happy in her situation, but Raven had this energy about her that just didn’t sit right. Her curiosity, her openness, her wide variety of expressions, they all told you that she didn’t want to end up like her sister, that she wanted to be free.

But recently, Raven June broke free for the first time.

She left her sister’s side and joined Ryan out on the open waves, and you know what? She couldn’t stop smiling. I hadn’t seen her smile before, I almost thought she couldn’t, but she did.

Then, a couple of days later, Ryan turned up at my door. He said Raven wasn’t replying to his texts, that Raven wasn’t meeting up with him anymore, that he was worried.

“It’s not like her to be this quiet, not around me anyway.” He said.

I told him to relax, that maybe leaving the house might have daunted Raven, that she might need a few days to register it. I told him that facing fears can be exhausting, and can impact people in strange ways. I think it half calmed him down, which is all I could expect, because I only half believed it.

The friend I’ve known forever, lost over the strangest of strangers. I suppose it’s my job, as the supportive best friend, to show him the way.


Author's Note: I know this chapter was short, it's meant to be, I'll get another one up at the weekend to make up for the tiny update.

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