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LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE 
 
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
 
 
Beeping and hushed voices greeted me as I woke from my nightmare, I groaned as I tried to move and pain grabbed me in the stomach.
 
Someone stroked my hair but I didn’t know who it was until they spoke “Annie just stay still honey you have been shot and are probably in a lot of pain” I forced my eyes open to find Nigel standing over me “Nig.”
 
He lent down kissing my head “you don’t know how good it is to see you awake sis” I licked my lips and tried to look around the room “where am I?” He stroked my hair again “you are in hospital baby girl.”
 
Someone else moved to the other side of the bed and I looked up to find Tony standing there with tears in his eyes “you scared the hell out of us babe” I blinked away tears “sorry” I muttered making them both shake their heads “you do not have anything to be sorry for honey” I felt a tear slide from the corner of my eye “I stuff everything up.”
 
Nigel grabbed my chin giving it a gentle squeeze “don’t you dare say that Annie you haven’t stuffed anything up, you did not ask for Reece to abuse you and you sure as hell didn’t ask his gang to shoot you” I stifled a painful sob that grabbed me in my stomach “if I was a better girlfriend he would never had acted that way.”
 
Nigel stepped away from the bed with angry tears in his eyes “how the fuck can you lay there and justify what that fucking asshole put you through Annie, he beat you anytime you didn’t do something that he wanted, he killed your fucking baby how can you lay there and blame yourself” I closed my eyes blocking out his angry face “because it was my fault it was always my fault Reece told me it was.”
 
Someone’s fist slamming into the wall made me give a startled jump that made me cry out in pain.
 
Tony stroked my hair and kissed my cheek whispering softly to me “they are just angry babe they will get other it, you just get some more sleep so you can get better.”
 
While I was in hospital Nigel, Dad and Tony were the only ones to come and see me, when I asked Nigel why the others didn’t come he looked at me and shook his head still angry with me for saying that it was my fault for what Reece did to me and I guess the others were angry too.
 
When I was finally discharged from hospital Nigel and Tony picked me up in the truck but I soon found out they weren’t taking me home instead they took me to the bar.
 
Nigel had his arm wrapped around my waist as we stepped into the bar that was for once oddly empty.
 
Nigel let my waist go and stepped away from me giving me a small smile “you stay here honey while Tony and I go find Larry and Dana” I nodded moving to sit at a table facing the bar.
 
While I was sitting there the lights went dimmer then I heard loud music start to play before a voice started to sing.
 
Took It Like A Woman Alice cooper
I bet ya never thought
That it would never turn out like this
Mama's little girl
Daddy's little princess

But somewhere in your fairy tale
Everything went wrong
Now the sun don't shine
The words don't rhyme
You're out of time

You've been beaten down
Kicked around on the ground
But you took it like a woman
Victimized, terrorized, paralyzed
But you took it like a woman
Pushed too far pulled too hard
Deeply scared
I know you must have felt the pain
But you took it like a woman

Ya thought you had your Mr. Right
But he was really Mr. Hyde
Ya gave him your most precious gift
You were his bleeding bride
He tied you up pulled your hair
He slapped your innocent face
Yeah, you were black and blue
He laughed at you
So what'd you do?

Aw you've been beaten down
Kicked around on the ground
But you took it like a woman
Victimized, terrorized, paralyzed
But you took it like a woman
Pushed too far pulled too hard
Deeply scared
I know you must have felt the pain
But you took it like a woman

And so its over
Your fantasy life is finally at an end
And the world above is still a brutal place
And the story will start again

You been beaten down
Kicked around on the ground
But you took it like a woman
Victimized, terrorized, paralyzed
But you took it like a woman
Pushed too far pulled too hard
Deeply scared
I know you must have felt the pain

Felt the pain
I know you must have felt the pain
But you took it like a woman
You took it like a woman
I know you must have felt the pain
You took it like a woman
I know you must have felt the pain
You took it like a woman
I know you must have felt the pain
You took it like a woman.
Kane’s voice came to an end then I heard him clear his voice “Bell, baby I know that we may never make you believe that you weren’t to blame for what Reece did to you but honestly you weren’t and we want to help you get through this one day at a time if you will let us, baby we love you so much and we always will.”
Tears spilled down my face and I started to sob as the lights came on and I saw not just Kane but Blake, Nigel, Tony, Dana, Amber, Larry, my father and the band standing on the stage.
Kane took the mike from its stand and slowly started to walk towards me while singing
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry

When you're down and confused
Nothing seems right
And it's you who decides
Who's going to make it right

Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry

Well life ain't no joke
But it's good when you smile
Steal everything
But you won't get far

Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry

Sometimes you will fall
What cha gonna do?
Give your friend a call

Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry

We know that you can smile
Even though it takes a while
To lose your fears and say
Gonna lose your fears and say

Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry

Do you know who you are
And where you're going to
Don't you know that love
Gonna pull you
Gonna pull you through now baby

Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry

Baby don't cry, Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry, Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry, Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry. Baby don't cry

Face to face
Anything is possible
Not political, or analytical
Never giving up on the wrong
You got a choice
Why don't you use it
Change, is an attitude
Guaranteed to take hold of you
So welcome, to the turnstile
Take a turn with a new vow
Hey, I know what you know
All the sympathy
Made a mess of me
Respect the sacrifice
Before the number one
Now it has begun

Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry
Baby don't cry.
 
When he had finished he was standing right in front of me, he dropped to his knees cupping my face between his hands wiping away my tears “don’t cry baby” I started to sob again as I saw the love in his eyes.
He lifted me off of the seat then sat down gently pulling me into his lap then he curled his arms around me “baby I know that you are going to be angry and will try to be stubborn but honey we are sending you to a place that will help you” I started to shake my head as more sobs shook me “Bell you need help to get past this, you need people that understand what it is like to be in that kind of relationship.”
Feeling defeated I dropped my head sobbing harder, Kane kissed my head and the others moved to join us “Annabelle Roberts we love you so much but we can not stand by and watch you be this way anymore please under stand baby girl” my father pleaded bending to kiss my head.
Pulling out of Kane’s arms I stood up looking around them all “fine I will go pack my bags and go where ever you want me to go, I will not fight you.”
Kane stood up turning me gently and pulling me back into his arms “Bell please understand we are not doing this to hurt you we just want to help you” I pulled away from him blinking away more tears “oh I understand I am getting in the way of your business and we can not have that can we Kane, I mean how can you do your illegal dealings with me around.”
Kane grew stiff in anger and started to take an angry step towards me before his brother put a restraining hand against his chest “don’t bro just leave it until we get her better” Kane gave a stiff nod then turned and walked out of the bar.
Not long after I went with my father and brother to grab my things before they drove me to a place that they assured me would be able to understand and help me with getting over Reece.
 
 
 
 


Submitted: April 06, 2011

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