Chapter 2:

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic

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Chapter 2

I woke to shouting, lots of it. Once I got over the bleariness of sleep I recognized the shouting as my fathers. I sat up sharply, the blanket which Zach had draped over me the night before slipped off the couch to the floor. I looked through the door which had been left open slightly to see my father, who looked livid, standing in the hallway and Zach who’s back was facing the door, I could see by the way that he was standing that he was furious. They were in the middle of a full blown argument. I started to listen to what they were saying, or rather shouting.

“She’s my goddamn daughter! I don’t care what you think; she’s coming home with me!” “She doesn’t want to go with you!” Zach replied. “I don’t care about what she wants, she’s my daughter and she belongs with me!” “She’s 18, she’s old enough to make her own decision, so if you wouldn’t mind buggering off!” I mentally cheered Zach on, but a thought interrupted me; how in the world did my dad know where I was? And that’s when I saw him; my brother stood cowering in the corner looking both guilty and slightly scared. I couldn’t believe that he’d ratted me out! Now I was mad.

I jumped off the couch, strode to the door and pulled it open. My father stopped mid-sentence and glared at me. I glared straight back and stepped round Zach who had been half standing in front of me and started to walk towards my brother; my dad however caught me by the arm and yanked my sleeve up. I instinctively tried to pull my arm out of his grip but he held on. It was eerily quiet as he gapped at my scars, I turned my head to my brother and gave him the death glare, I saw him back into the corner and lower his head in shame.

“I can’t believe you told him.” I spat “How could you? I thought I could trust you.” “I’m sorry, I’m so, so sorry, but I had to you need help sis.” He looked up, his eyes filled with tears, pleading with me. I looked to my father, for the first time in my life he was speechless. “Let go of me, now.” I spoke as evenly as I could, or tried to, but my voice was filled with anger. Never hearing me like this before, he dropped my arm and took a step back. This was when Zach stepped up behind me and slipped his arm around my waist. My arms fell to my side and Zach pulled my sleeve down. I suddenly felt exhausted, I leaned into Zach and he held me tighter. I looked to my father, “I’m not going anywhere with you, I’ve had enough of living with you. I’m staying here and there’s nothing you can do.” My father looked me straight in the eye.

“What happened to you?” he asked. “I grew up.” I replied. I saw his eyes fill with tears and he angrily wiped them away. “Fine, you are no longer welcome at my house, Matthew will clean out your room and bring your stuff here. Goodbye Danielle.” And with that he opened the door and stepped out, slamming it behind him. Matthew who had slid to the ground started sobbing. I looked down at him I felt nothing but pity for him. He betrayed me, with the one thing I trusted him with. But I didn’t hate him, not really. I moved toward him and held my hand out, he looked at it and sobbed harder. I reached down and grabbed his hand, and helped and half pulled him up.

“I’m so sorry.” He sobbed. “It’s ok.” I replied curtly. I lead him into the living room. I sat him down on the couch and sat across from him on the table. Zach who’s been in the kitchen handed us both a scotch and slumped onto the couch with one of his own, I took a large gulp from mine and watched Matthew. We sat in silence for a while, each waiting for someone else to talk first. I replayed the mornings events in my head, listening to the lasts words my father said; you are no longer welcome in my house. I replayed those words over and over, subconsciously taking sips from my glass.


Submitted: August 31, 2009

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