For those of you that are reading this because I am on your author alert, I apologize for not updating His Secret in a while. I was busy with two different stories (this being one of them).
I hope everyone who reads this enjoys it!
Sadly the summary got cut off, so here is the full version:
After ending a relationship with her mysterious, abusive ex boyfriend, Arielle moves to the opposite side of the country to small town La Push, Washington. When a small accident leaves her drowning in the river behind her house, who else saves her but a certain young werewolf who will show her that her 'normal' life is anything but.
Disclaimer - I do not own the Twilight Series, but some of the characters in this story are mine.
Because of you
I find it hard to trust not only me, but everyone around me
Because of you
I am afraid
Because of You - Kelly Clarkson
I stepped out of the car, looking up at the big white house surrounded by woods. This was going to be a long day.
"Arielle, come on! We need to get the boxes inside so the movers can bring in all the big stuff." My mom yelled from the front door of the house.
I sighed and walked to the moving truck before picking up a box. It was relatively heavy, but I didn't notice; I was lost in thought.
I couldn't believe that all of this was happening to me.
One minute, I was Arielle. Popular, pretty, smart Arielle. The girl that the hot new guy with a mysterious past was head over heels with. The next minutes, I was the girl that was being abused by that hot new guy.
He spread rumors about how I was easy, even though I had never slept with anyone in my life, let alone him. Then he told all of his friends that he planned to use me and then dump me. He ruined my life and all of my life-long friendships, all in a matter of weeks.
When he got angry, he hit me, and he got angry a lot. I once suggested anger management classes. That gave me a bruise on my arm and a matching one on my leg, both of which stayed for weeks. I hated him with every single cell in my body.
My parents realized something was up and told him our relationship was done and he was never to speak to me again. When he wouldn't leave me alone, my parents threatened to get a restraining order.
Soon, it got too bad for even that, and my parents decided the best thing was to pack up and move across the country. Not that I minded—I wanted out of that town more than I could say.
The only thing that kept me going after all of that was the thought of leaving that god awful town and all of the people in it. Well, that and my photography.
I planned to go to college to become a photographer. It was one of my favorite hobbies, and I hoped to make a successful career out of it someday.
"Arielle!" My dad yelled.
I turned to see what he was yelling about, just as I tripped over the stairs.
The box I was carrying landed safely a couple feet away. I unfortunately was not so lucky. I got a scrape on my leg that I knew was going to need to be cleaned out right away.
"You are the biggest klutz I ever knew." My mom said helping me up. "Are you okay, honey?"
"Yeah, Mom, I'll be fine. Where is the bathroom?"
"Right over there." She said pointing to a door a couple of feet away.
"Can you get me the first aid kit? And a washcloth?"
"Of course. I'll get some Advil too. I brought it with me in the car."
I limped over to the bathroom and cleaned out my wound. I put a big band-aid on it when I was done and cleaned up the counter.
By the time we moved everything into the house and got cozy, it was pitch dark outside. We still had some boxes to unpack to complete the house, but that was a job for the rest of the week.
I started school tomorrow so I decided to get all of my stuff together before heading to bed.
We set up the new house pretty similar to the old one, but it was still a little confusing finding everything that I needed.
After getting everything together, I took a shower, hoping the hot water would relax my muscles. It didn't.
I brushed my hair and my teeth, washed my face and changed for bed. I walked down the hall to say goodnight to my parents when I heard them talking.
"How could she not have told us right away?" My mom whispered.
"I don't know, honey. Maybe she was just scared. I couldn't imagine going through something like this. It's going to scar her for life." My dad said.
"I know. I just hope she likes it here. I want her to be happy and have a new start. I don't want her to hide for the rest of her life." She sighed.
I knocked on the door lightly, hoping they didn't know I was standing there the whole time.
"Mom? Dad? I just came to say good night."
"Come on in, dear!" My mom said.
I opened the door before walking over and plopping down on the bed in between them.
"Are you all ready for school tomorrow, honey?"
"Yeah, Daddy." I said giving him a kiss on the cheek.
I turned to my mom and gave her a kiss on the cheek and a hug before getting off the bed.
"Good night, Arielle." They said at the same time.
"Good night." I said quietly. "And guys? " They looked at me. "Thank you. For everything you have done, and not just recently."
"Honey, you know we would do anything for you." My dad said softly.
"I know. But thank you again." I said before closing the door.
I walked down the hall back to my room.
I turned off the lights and slipped under the covers.
I tossed and turned for what seemed like hours before I got up and grabbed my iPod from the desk that was right next to my bed.
I put in the head phones and turned on some quiet music.
I knew it was going to be a long night, and one that involved little to no sleep.
I could tell right there and then that tomorrow was going to be an even longer day than today.
I hope that you are enjoying it so far! Review and let me know! :) (pretty please!)
P.S. I suggest listening to the song that I have posted at the top while you read the chapter; it sort of sets the mood :)