Bex Fisher looked over at her sister, Jessica, who was sleeping on the sofa. She wanted nothing more than to pour her heart out to her, tell her all the pain and suffering she had to endure, but her fear stopped her.
Fear of Jess being pulled into the world she so desperately wanted to leave.
Fear of her family rejecting her and hating her.
Fear of Dylan finding out and carrying out his threats to harm her family.
With all of these thoughts racing around her fragile mind, she didn't notice Harry sit on the arm of the chair she was sat on until he touched her shoulder.
She gasped in shock and looked at him. "Hey..." she smiled a little.
Harry forced a smile. "Hey..."
Bex shuffled over a little and pulled him down next to her in a hug. "What's wrong?" she asked, somehow knowing something was wrong.
Harry lazily put his arm across his sister's stomach. "Can I talk to you...?"
"Course you can?" she smiled.
"And you won't tell mum?"
Bex bit her lip and shook her head. "No I won't." She said reluctantly.
"I've started it again... being sick..." Harry admitted quietly.
Bex's arm tightened around him. "Why?"
Harry shrugged. "Because I don't feel worth it... it's my escape..."
Her bloody ran cold. "Who's telling you you're not?"
"No one. I just see it every day... Everyone is noticed one way or another and I'm not." Harry said. "I'm the only fat one in my classes and I hate it."
Bex slid off the chair and sat in front of him, facing him and she took his hands in her own. "Listen to me. Look at me Harry."
He forced himself to look at her.
"Nobody is perfect. No one has the perfect body. People get noticed for good and bad reasons. And all of this?" she looked at him. "You'll grow out of it. All of this will just disappear as you get taller and you won't ever have these feelings anymore."
"What if I don't, Bex? What if I'm never gonna get noticed and I'll never find a girlfriend and I'll just stay looking this horrible forever and hate myself?"
Bex just looked at him; both had tears in their eyes.
"I don't want to be this anymore, only being loved by my family... I want to escape this body into someone else's." Harry continued.
Neither of them knew Karen was listening to everything. She had intended on asking Bex to go to the chip shop for dinner, only to stumble upon brother and sister talking.
Bex looked at him as a tear rolled down her cheek. "Harry listen to me... we can help you... We can help to take all these feelings away if you let us. In time all of these feelings will go away. I promise you." She hugged him.
Harry hugged back.
"I'm gonna go see what's for dinner." Bex said quietly and stood up.
Bex walked out and gasped when she saw Karen standing there. She shut the door and let her mum hug her. "I dunno what to do mum..."
"Everything will be alright, I promise you." Karen said gently.
"I hope so..." Bex muttered.
"Look, why don't you take him with you to the chip shop, and you can take him into town tomorrow." Karen said softly, handing her the money. "Treat him to something."
Bex nodded, taking the money and walked back into the living room. "C'mon." She looked at Harry.
"Where we going?" he asked.
"Chippy." Bex grinned. "And I'm dragging you out tomorrow as well."
Harry nodded, smiling a little and stood up, walking out with his sister, leaving Jess still sleeping and Karen alone with her thoughts.
A/N Chapter 2 is currently a work in progress, please read and review x