A/N Thank you to my beta, Staysa, for helping me find the obvious mistakes! :p

It was dark as I tiptoed down the stairs, trying not to wake everyone. Although being quiet and graceful as I moved was not normally a challenge for me, it seemed to be tonight as my overly caffeined mind worked overtime, taking its toll on my usually quick reflexes. I know it's stupid to drink so much coffee the night before school started, but I didn't want to sleep. I didn't want to look approachable tomorrow. I didn't want my first day at a new school to make me popular; I just wanted to blend in. No one gets close, I don't get hurt. That had always been my philosophy, ever since… well let's just leave it at always. Dad left me years ago, there's no reason he should exist now. I'll just always remember not to get close, and most importantly, not to get hurt.

My house wasn't small, but it wasn't huge. 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a reasonably big lounge room, which I just stepped into.

It wasn't until I turned on the light that I realised someone else was already in the room. I tried to stop myself from gasping as I saw my dad standing in the corner near the bookshelf.

"What are you doing here?" I managed to whisper.

"Not like you to be up this late Ally..." He said as he turned around calmly, with a framed picture of me when I was 7 in my ballet costume in his hand. It was taken the day before he left. "It's been a long time" he snarled "ten years to the day"

I hadn't forgotten. Ten years to the day that I told my mother I'd seen him cheating on her. Of course I'd never told her the monstrous things he'd done to me. I'd never be able to give myself completely to a man because of him.

I didn't see it coming, his hand swung, the picture frame striking the side of my head. I fell to my knees as the pain rippled through my body.

"I'm going to teach you what happens to little girls who lie Ally." I really wished he wouldn't use my old nickname as he pulled my small pyjama pants from my body . I wasn't Ally anymore.

"It wasn't a lie" I managed to hiss as I felt the familiar excruciating pain between my legs. I knew from experience better than to scream out. I'd just get hit harder. I felt his hand pull my hair to turn my head so I faced him. His eyes were black. I knew if I struggled it'd be worse, so I stayed still.

Suddenly he pulled away from me, getting up and walking out the door, hissing "remember little girls who tell lies get punished Ally" before he closed it behind him. I was left lying there for only a second before I jumped up trying to right everything in the room. Suddenly I heard the rain outside, and all my emotions came over me, I crumbled to the floor as my chest heaved with my sobs.

"Alice, sweetie what's wrong?" I heard from the doorway, before Bella, my adopted sister ran to my side.

"It's nothing, just hormones, you know how I get" I replied meekly hoping she didn't see the blood beneath my hair. She giggled slightly as she commented on my PMS. "Well come on, we only have a few more hours before school anyway, I'm making hot chocolate, want one?"

"Um, I'm just going to have a shower first but sure"

A/N. So this is my first story. Tell me if you want me to keep going. Also I appreciate constructive criticism but any abusive reviews will be deleted/reported. thanks you all!