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LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE
 
CHAPTER ELEVEN
 
I skipped dinner that night and opted to stay in my room where I felt safe but that safeness left me the moment my eyes closed and the dreams started.
 
Reece looked all most hypnotized as he lent towards me his eyes smoldering as he stared into mine “baby you are the most exquisite creature I have ever seen” I laughed shaking my head as I wrapped my arms around his neck “honey you are exaggerating again” he shook his head then gently pressed a kiss to my lips “no you are absolutely the most beautiful girl living in this city and I was blessed on the day that I walked into the class room to find you sitting there” I looked into his eyes lovingly “I love you Reece” he smiled pressing another kiss to my lips “I love you too and I promise from now on I will never hurt you again” I pulled back from the kiss looking at him pleadingly “you promise Reece?” He nodded stroking my hair back from my face “I promise baby from now on I will never lift a finger to you unless it is to caress your beautiful body” I searched his eyes not truly believing him after all his promises but when he smiled at me warmly then bent down kissing my head my doubts fell away and I again believed every word he told me.
 
Opening my eyes I sat up burying my face into my hands as sobs shook my body, I didn’t hear the door open or anyone enter the room so I jumped when something stroked the top of my head “don’t cry Bell.”
 
Pulling my hands away from my eyes I looked through my tears in disbelief “Kane what are you doing in here?”
 
He shook his head giving me a small smile “I heard you crying and I hate to see such beautiful girls like you crying because of scum bags.”
 
Blinking away my tears I moved away from him as far as the bed would allow “you know nothing about Reece and I or what sort of life I had with him.”
 
Kane gave me an angry look while getting to his feet “what is there to know Bell except that the guy you supposedly loved so much was the one that hurt you and made you this thing that you are now” I cringed away from the disgusted look in his eyes “I heard some of what you were saying to Nigel downstairs like how that asshole held a knife to your beautiful body and how he threatened to take the life of your baby.”
 He looked me up and down his eyes holding pain in them “and since there is no baby I am guessing he carried through with that threat and took it from you” I nodded as more tears streamed down my face “he said that he was doing me a favor that with a small life to take care of I wouldn’t be able to do the things for him I should be doing, that a baby would come between us that it already was so if he got rid of it we could be happy again.”
 
Kane cursed and slammed his fist into the palm of his hand “that god damn asshole said that to you” I nodded then slowly almost shyly I lifted my shirt to reveal my stomach “this is the only reminder I have that I ever had a small life growing inside of me.”
 
Kane followed the large scar across my stomach with his eyes, his face growing pale then he lifted his eyes looking at me fiercely “you have that hideous scar there to remind you of the man that he was but you still act like you love and miss him after he took away your babies life, how could you love someone like that and hate someone like me?”
 
Dropping my eyes I answered him sadly “Reece only hurt me when I did something wrong but I always knew what kind of man he was and what he did to get his money but you are just as dangerous as him but more so because I do not know what you do or what kind of man you are.”
 
Kane grabbed my chin and made me look at him “I am the kind of man that knows not to hurt the woman he loves I am the kind of man that would love not just the woman but the baby growing inside of her and I am the kind of man that will protect her from harm, that is the kind of man I am Bell.”
 
He moved away looking down at me all most hatefully “while Nigel is working for my family and living here we will keep you from harm.”
 
His words were clear if for any reason Nigel was to stop working for them family I was on my own and he could careless what happens to me.
 
In the morning I reluctantly made my way downstairs looking for my brother and food, I found him in a large kitchen sitting at the bench while he talked to Blake who was cooking something at the stove.
 
I moved to stand beside my brother making him jump when he caught sight of me standing beside him “god damn it Annie do I have to put a bell on you?” I laughed softly “I wasn’t sneaking Nig you just were to busy inhaling those pancakes to notice me enter the room.”
 
He chuckled wrapping his arm around my waist and hugging me against him “okay baby girl I have been talking to the guys and we all feel that it would be in your best interest to stay away from school for awhile or at least while the gang is in town.”
 
One look in his eyes told me that there would be no point in trying to argue, his decision was final so with a tight nod I agreed to stay away from school.
 
He hugged me tighter before releasing me “okay honey have something to eat then I am afraid we all will have to leave you for the day” I nodded while giving Blake a weary look “you are working today?” Nigel nodded also glancing at Blake “yes while Kane and Amber are at school I will be helping Blake with a couple of things so we need you to stay inside and do not open the door to anyone” I nodded then thought of something “what about dad wont he be in danger?”
 
Nigel pushed his now empty plate away and shook his head “dad will be fine he is working nearly everyday and night surrounded by other police so no one would dare try to mess with him” I sat down and sighed sadly “when Reece died that night I thought that would be the end of it never even thinking about the gang and his family until I faced them in court.”
 
Nigel patted her arm gently then kissed her head “don’t worry honey I may have been to late to stop Reece from hurting you but I will never allow anyone else to hurt you” I gave a weak nod then took the plate of pancakes that Blake past me “we have to go please do as your brother said and stay inside the house and do not allow anyone in” I nodded at Blake’s words then watched as they left to do what ever they were doing for the day.
 
Not long after they left and while I was eating the pancakes that Blake gave me, Kane and Amber entered the kitchen  dressed and ready for school “hey Annie how did you sleep?” Amber asked, I shrugged not daring to look at her brother “I didn’t really sleep that well but then again I haven’t for awhile now.”
 
Amber looked at me sympathetically then looked at her brother “we should get going so we are not late.”
 
Kane sat down next to me at the bench “you go sis and you can even use my car” she frowned looking between her brother and me “what are you going to be doing if you are not going to school?”
 
Kane glanced at me then away his eyes still filled with anger “uncle Stan asked me to do something for him which will take most of the day.”
 
Amber grabbed an apple from the basket on the bench before heading for the door “okay well I will see you both when I get home.”
 
When she was gone we sat in silence with me just pushing my uneaten pancakes around my plate while Kane glared down at the bench then suddenly he grabbed my wrist stopping me from playing with my food “why don’t we get out of here for awhile?” I frowned “um didn’t you just tell Amber that she could use your car?” He nodded then grabbed another set of keys from his jeans pocket “I have more then one car Bell.”
 
Yeah I just bet he did but the question was how did he come about those cars but some how I didn’t think I would like the answer to that question.
 
When I remained quite he got to his feet looking down at me “so are you coming with me or not?” Nodding I got to my feet.
 
He led me through a door just of from the kitchen and I found myself standing in a large garage that was filled with flashy looking cars all of them looked to be sport cars.
 
He led me to silver one “what sort is this one?” He grinned running his hand along it “it’s a spider and trust me you will want to wear a seat belt and hold on once we get on the open road.”
 
Folding my clammy hands into my lap I watched him nervously as he brought the car to life and zoomed out of the garage hardly even slowing for the curve in the driveway.
 
When he just kept driving without saying anything I finally found the courage to ask him “where are we going?” He shrugged without taking his eyes of the road “I thought that you could do with a change of scenery and knowing how much you love to sing I know about this place that allows people to walk in of the street and sing so that is where I am taking you.”
 
He wanted me to sing why would he want me to sing while he was watching and how could I without my band there to back me up like they always were.
 
Pulling into the car park of what looked to be a little pub designed for attracting tourist he pulled me from the car and into the dark interior of the building.
 
It was so smoky even for day time my eyes burned and I started coughing “don’t worry you will get used to it” Kane assured me as he led me to a big bulky guy that had hardly any hair left on his head “hey Larry I have someone here that would like to sing for you and your customers, I started to open my mouth to say I didn’t want to do any such thing but got no chance to as I found myself pulled to a small stage with a mike sitting on it.
 
Damn was I really going to do this, to sing without the guys for Kane and these people I didn’t even know and what the hell would I sing?
 
Thinking quickly as I stepped onto the stage I stepped up to the mike and took a deep breath “hello my name is Annabelle and I am going to sing for you, the first song I am going to sing is Going Under by Evanescence I hope that you like it.”
 
Now I will tell you what I've done for you –50 thousand tears I've cried.
Screaming, deceiving and bleeding for you -And you still won't hear me.
(Going under)
Don't want your hand this time - I'll save myself.
 
Maybe I'll wake up for once (wake up for once)
Not tormented daily defeated by you
Just when I thought I'd reached the bottom

I'm dying again

I'm going under (going under)
Drowning in you (drowning in you)
I'm falling forever (falling forever)
I've got to break through
I'm going under

Blurring and stirring - the truth and the lies.
(So I don't know what's real) So I don't know what's real and what's not (and what's not)
Always confusing the thoughts in my head
So I can't trust myself anymore

I'm dying again

I'm going under (going under)
Drowning in you (drowning in you)
I'm falling forever (falling forever)
I've got to break through

I'm...

So go on and scream
Scream at me I'm so far away (so far away)
I won't be broken again (again)
I've got to breathe - I can't keep going under

I'm dying again

I'm going under (going under)
Drowning in you (drowning in you)
I'm falling forever (falling forever)
I've got to break through

I'm going under (going under)
I'm going under (drowning in you)
I'm going under.
 When I had finished I dropped my head to embarrassed to look at anyone but suddenly there was clapping and cheering and Kane was there beside me “ladies and gentlemen Annabelle Roberts now who would like her to sing another song?”
 
Everyone started cheering and calling for more so with a small smile I took the mike back from Kane “okay this song is from 30 seconds to mars and is called the kill I hope that you like it.”
 
What if I wanted to break
Laugh it all off in your face
what would you do? (Oh, oh)
What if I fell to the floor
couldn’t take all this anymore
what would you do, do, do?

Come break me down
bury me, bury me
I am finished with you

What if I wanted to fight
Beg for the rest of my life
what would you do?
You say you wanted more
what are you waiting for?
I'm not running from you (from you)

Come break me down
Bury me, bury me
I am finished with you
Look in my eyes
You're killing me, killing me
All I wanted was you

I tried to be someone else
But nothing seemed to change
I know now, this is who I really am inside.
Finally found myself
fighting for a chance.
I know now, this is who I really am.

Ah, ah
Oh, oh
Ah, ah

Come break me down
Bury me, bury me
I am finished with you, you, you.
Look in my eyes
You're killing me, killing me
All I wanted was you

Come break me down (bury me, bury me)
Break me down (bury me, bury me)
Break me down (bury me, bury me)

(You say you wanted more)
What if I wanted to break...?
(What are you waiting for?)
Bury me, bury me
(I'm not running from you)
What if I
What if I
What if I
What if I
Bury me, bury me.
Giving everyone a smile as they again clapped and cheered I caught Kane’s eyes “okay folks this last song is for the guy that brought me here today and is another one of Evanescence songs called Bring Me To Life but this time I will need my friends help to sing it so if he can come up here please.”
Kane shook his head giving me a look of horror but with the encouragement of everyone in the bar he finally came on the stage and grabbed another mike “I hope you know this one” I whispered “yeah I know it so I guess that I am singing the parts that the guy usually sings?” I gave a nod then took a breath before starting.
how can you see into my eyes like open doors
leading you down into my core
where I’ve become so numb without a soul my spirit sleeping somewhere cold
until you find it there and lead it back home

(Wake me up)
Wake me up inside
(I can’t wake up)
Wake me up inside
(Save me)
call my name and save me from the dark
(Wake me up)
bid my blood to run
(I can’t wake up)
before I come undone
(Save me)
save me from the nothing I’ve become

now that I know what I’m without
you can't just leave me
breathe into me and make me real
bring me to life

(Wake me up)
Wake me up inside
(I can’t wake up)
Wake me up inside
(Save me)
call my name and save me from the dark
(Wake me up)
bid my blood to run
(I can’t wake up)
before I come undone
(Save me)
save me from the nothing I’ve become

Bring me to life
(I've been living a lie, there's nothing inside)
Bring me to life

frozen inside without your touch without your love darling only you are the life among the dead

all this time I can't believe I couldn't see
kept in the dark but you were there in front of me
I’ve been sleeping a thousand years it seems
got to open my eyes to everything
without a thought without a voice without a soul
don't let me die here
there must be something more
bring me to life

(Wake me up)
Wake me up inside
(I can’t wake up)
Wake me up inside
(Save me)
call my name and save me from the dark
(Wake me up)
bid my blood to run
(I can’t wake up)
before I come undone
(Save me)
save me from the nothing I’ve become

(Bring me to life)
I’ve been living a lie, there’s nothing inside
(Bring me to life.)
When we had finished Kane gave me a smile before taking a bow as everyone got to their feet and cheered.
 Larry rushed towards us his big chubby face spit into a smile “well done that was the best singing we have had in here in along time.”
He grabbed my hand squeezing it in his large beefy one “please tell me that you will come back and sing for me again one day little lady” I looked at Kane who just smiled at me before turning to Larry “I will bring her back very soon to sing for you again but now I believe that we have some business to discuss.”
Larry shook his head “my business is with your uncle, Kane” Kane nodded but had a hard look in his eyes “today he has sent me to see to it instead so please shall we go and discuss it in private?”
Larry nodded then gestured towards a locked door “yeah let’s go to my office.”
Kane looked at me “stay here but be careful if you have any concerns for any reason you come to that door and knock is that clear?” I nodded not wanting him to know that he scared me more then any of the people in here.
After giving me a stern look he followed Larry and they disappeared into the room the door closing behind them keeping outsiders like me out.
Instead of just standing there looking lost I walked over to the bar and sat down smiling at the lady behind the bar.
She poured a glass of coke then slid it across the bar to me “your drinks are on the house after that performance that you just gave the will be anytime that you are in here.”
I blushed at her kind words “thank you but I wasn’t that great I mean I usually have my band with me” she shook her head pointing towards the door where Kane had disappeared “Kane Morgan obviously sees something in you and as far as I could see honey you don’t need a band since you sound good without one.”
Smiling softly I took a sip of my coke and looked around “how long has Larry had this place?” She looked of into space thoughtfully “well let’s see I was only just nineteen when we moved here and took this place over and that would have been about twenty two years ago” I looked at her in disbelief “really you have been here that long?” She nodded chucking at the look on my face “honey I may not look as old as my husband but I am that old and we love living here and running this place.”
She reached across the bar patting my hand gently “besides if we didn’t run this place we would not get the chance to meet people like you” I shook my head sadly and looked down “trust me my singing is the only thing that I have going for me and that is only to keep my mind of things.”
She gave my hand a squeeze “listen honey you remind me of mine and Larry’s youngest daughter she was a sad confused girl that felt like the world was out to get her but trust me honey with people like Kane looking after you no one and nothing would dare try to hurt you.”
When Kane came back with Larry he looked between me and the lady that I now knew was Dana and half owner of the bar “are you ready to go Bell?” I nodded getting to my feet after giving Dana a soft thank you for the talk.
Kane took my arm as we left the bar keeping me close beside him as we walked to the car “those songs you sang they were about Reece weren’t they?” I nodded while staring of into space “singing about what Reece made me feel, what he did to me is away to get past the pain and there are a lot of good songs out there that let me tell my story.”
Kane tightened his hold on me “but that last song was for me correct?” I nodded blushing slightly “yes but please don’t read to much into it” he gave my arm a squeeze before letting it go so he could open the car door for me “Bell how can I not read something into that song you were singing to me about saving your soul” I sighed shaking my head sadly “no one can save me” he brushed his fingers across my cheek in a gentle caress “do not be so sure of that because I am going to try.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Submitted: March 28, 2011

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