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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic
After an abusive childhood, a teenage boy runs away from home to support himself on his own. On the way, he befriends a shy, strange and wealthy girl his age who is broken down with
fear. Once he finds out who she is, he must do everything in his power to protect his best friend.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Submitted: August 02, 2018

  For as long as I could remember, I lived on a farm with my family in the heart of Alabama. We were located... Read Chapter

Chapter 2

Submitted: August 02, 2018

A heavy noise jarred me awake. I turned my head to the side and sat up, rubbing my eyes. My heart skipped a beat when I saw my stepfath... Read Chapter

Chapter 3

Submitted: August 02, 2018

I finished gathering together all of the corncobs and dragged the heavy crates towards the porch, stacking them neatly on top of each o... Read Chapter

Chapter 4

Submitted: August 02, 2018

The years slowly passed by. The beatings continued on. I would get beaten four to five times a week with that belt. Purple bruis... Read Chapter

Chapter 5

Submitted: August 02, 2018

I was stuck in bed for about four days. It rained a lot during that time; and the day my fever broke the sun came out through the cloud... Read Chapter

Chapter 6

Submitted: August 06, 2018

Ever since I lashed back, my father and siblings began to get more agressive towards me underneath Mama’s eye. I had a feeling that t... Read Chapter

Chapter 7

Submitted: August 06, 2018

“Mason! No!” Mama’s voice echoed in my ears. She rushed over to me, trying to hold back my arms. It was of no avail, and I ke... Read Chapter

Chapter 8

Submitted: August 12, 2018

The doors were locked. I tried everything I could to get them open. Threw several heavy objects at the wood. Slammed my own body... Read Chapter

Chapter 9

Submitted: August 13, 2018

I felt light. My arms and legs seem to leave the ground and float in the air. I was in a world full of blurred colors and sounds. I... Read Chapter

Chapter 10

Submitted: August 15, 2018

For the next three months I was paranoid. Every single night, before I went to sleep, I bolted the handles of the double do... Read Chapter

Chapter 11

Submitted: August 17, 2018

The point of the pencil made a slight mark against the surface of the paper, leaving a dark smudge against it when I tried to smea... Read Chapter

Chapter 12

Submitted: August 18, 2018

I had to wait for the perfect moment to carry out my plan.  This was extremely frustrating, because my family was at h... Read Chapter

Chapter 13

Submitted: August 20, 2018

I buried the backpack deep into the soft moist earth, feeling it cling to my palms and get stuck underneath my fingernails. The wind bl... Read Chapter

Chapter 14

Submitted: August 30, 2018

The sun was beginning to rise, streaking blue and purple over the sky. My bare feet dragged across the wet grass in the open fie... Read Chapter

Chapter 15

Submitted: September 03, 2018

  When I opened my eyes, I thought I was back at the barn for a minute. Are we really here? Did we actually make it? I b... Read Chapter

Chapter 16

Submitted: September 08, 2018

The boxcar began to slow down, and the wheels squeaked loudly against the train tracks. It finally came to an abrupt stop, causing... Read Chapter

Chapter 17

Submitted: September 13, 2018

I woke up to Randy shaking my arm. ”Wake up, son,” he said, opening the door and taking a puff from his cigarette. “We’re her... Read Chapter

Chapter 18

Submitted: September 18, 2018

It only took them two days. It was a rainy Thursday morning, with the sky looking like a gray canvas. We hadn’t left the building s... Read Chapter

Chapter 19

Submitted: September 23, 2018

The breathing grew heavy and slow, coming out in soft little puffs. The person took another step towards me, hesitating. Why w... Read Chapter

Chapter 20

Submitted: September 26, 2018

The sounds of cars and people passing by filled my ears as I walked down the busy sidewalk, keeping my head down. It was a ve... Read Chapter

Chapter 21

Submitted: October 05, 2018

When I came back to the shelter around five, splotches of paint stained my fingers and arms, including my jeans. The canvas board was t... Read Chapter

Chapter 22

Submitted: October 13, 2018

Roy walked in long strides down the sidewalk. Michael began hacking again, and I kept patting his back. My nerves were all over ... Read Chapter

Chapter 23

Submitted: October 21, 2018

When my eyes fluttered open, sunlight was spilling through the window. It was bright in the room, around twelve in the aftern... Read Chapter

Chapter 24

Submitted: October 25, 2018

The smell of paint filled my nose.  My fingers reached into the plastic bag to grab a larger paint brush. Looking down, the cars... Read Chapter

Chapter 25

Submitted: November 04, 2018

Mornings at the shelter never went well.  Dozens upon dozens of people caused the bathrooms to overflow, who were all getti... Read Chapter

Chapter 26

Submitted: December 16, 2018

After dropping Michael off for school, I stood in front of the brick wall, examining my tree. Relieved that I didn’t have t... Read Chapter

Chapter 27

Submitted: January 09, 2019

My hand felt sore throughout the next couple of months, and doing everyday tasks were becoming increasingly more difficult. At wor... Read Chapter

Chapter 28

Submitted: February 02, 2019

The sound of static buzzed in my ears, and tiny black and white dots danced in front of my eyes. It gave me a headache, but I couldn’... Read Chapter

Chapter 29

Submitted: February 06, 2019

I sauntered from one street to the next, hearing the cars driving by on the street. There were an unusual amount of police cars this we... Read Chapter

Chapter 30

Submitted: February 18, 2019

My brother was frightened. He didn’t look up as we entered the large mansion. As Roy made us sit down on the couch in the deco... Read Chapter

Chapter 31

Submitted: February 20, 2019

It was quiet. I placed Michael on my lap, where he curled up into a ball. Feeling my way in the dark, I quietly moved up towards th... Read Chapter

Chapter 32

Submitted: March 26, 2019

What am I going to do? The thoughts wouldn’t leave me as I wandered in the woods from the mansion, wiping the sweat off my f... Read Chapter

Chapter 33

Submitted: May 11, 2019

I really didn’t deserve it, but Caroline actually allowed me to stay. In her cramped apartment, a mostly rotten wooden&nb... Read Chapter

Chapter 34

Submitted: June 07, 2019

  On the morning of Michael’s fourth birthday, I dried him off with a towel after his bath and helped him get dressed. He wa... Read Chapter

Chapter 35

Submitted: June 17, 2019

The soles of my shoes squeaked against the wooden floors as I ran through one furnished room after another. Flustered fr... Read Chapter

Chapter 36

Submitted: June 21, 2019

I didn’t know how long my eyes were closed, but when I opened them again it was dark outside. The headlights from the cars passing do... Read Chapter

Chapter 37

Submitted: July 30, 2019

I wandered aimlesssly from one sidewalk to another, inhaling the smell of urine and marijuana that settled deep into the air from all t... Read Chapter

Chapter 38

Submitted: September 30, 2019

I stayed in bed. The mattress and the partially stained bedsheets gave me warmth, comfort, and joy. It didn’t matter when Michael ... Read Chapter

Chapter 39

Submitted: October 11, 2019

There were so many vivid colors around me. I reached out to touch them, trying to ignore the ringing in my ears. They swirled around me... Read Chapter

Chapter 40

Submitted: October 14, 2019

Once again, the shock of the freezing cold water against my skin allowed me to open my eyes. My curls were damp, clinging to my forehea... Read Chapter

Chapter 41

Submitted: October 17, 2019

I saw him.  I saw him on the ground, being placed on a stretcher, fighting to keep his eyes open. Water was sprayed onto the b... Read Chapter

Chapter 42

Submitted: November 04, 2019

I walked down the road, leaving the hospital behind me. People walked right through me like I was nothing. I couldn’t stop crying. ... Read Chapter

Chapter 43

Submitted: November 13, 2019

Those were the longest three months of my life. They were full of hospital visits, appointments with the psychiatrist, the court dat... Read Chapter

Chapter 44

Submitted: November 14, 2019

I waited.  For so long I waited. I waited when the boy and his younger brother finally came back to Long Beach. I had wandered... Read Chapter

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