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Running, as fast as she could down the dark, damp, and broken sidewalk of New York. The only thing that depicted her path was the yellow, faded street lights. Not paying attention to the ground below her, she tripped and fell. Her first instinct was to pull herself up, but was stopped short because of a throbbing pain in her ankle. She basically crawled over towards a wall of a building and sat up against it, cradling her ankle. She pulled out her cell phone and called the one person she knew that she could count on.
"Hello?" Came the voice of her best friend, Nat Wolff.
"Nat," Her strained voice came through the phone, with tears now falling down her face.
"Rosalina...what's wrong?" His voice was oozing with concern, and she was relieved.
"I-I, I need help. I was running over to your house and I tripped. I think I broke my ankle...or sprained it, but I can't walk on it."
"Rosie, it's raining. What are you doing out in the rain?"
"I'll explain when I see you, I promise. Just please, come help."
"I will, I promise, okay? Just stay there, and stay dry. Where exactly are you at?"
"I'm only a block away from your apartment, I can see the building from here."
"Okay, I'll be there soon. I promise okay?" She noticed he was beginning to repeat himself, which only happened when he was either lying or nervous.
After hanging up with Rosalina, he looked frantically around his apartment for something of her's, something she left here that he could use to keep her warm when he got to her.
Alex walked into the living room, with a glass of milk in his hand. "What's wrong, bro?"
"It was Rosalina who called. She's in trouble, Alex. I need to go get her."
Alex, being two years younger then Nat, didn't exactly understand the problem. "But, Nat, this is supposed to be an all boys sleepover."
Nat shook his head at his brother, and finally found one of Rosalina's jacket's in his room. "Tell the guys where I went, Cooper's in charge of you while I'm gone, they'll understand. Okay, Alex?"
Nat rushed out of the apartment and down the street. He ran down the block until he spotted the one girl he'd know from miles away. "Rosalina!"
She looked up and relief flooded her face.
Nat bent down in front of her and gave her the jacket which she gladly accepted and put on. He looked at her ankle. "How'd you sprain it?"
"I tripped when I was running," Rosalina said, slightly embarrassed.
He shook his head, not wanting to know why right then, and helped her up. "Do you think you could walk if I helped you?"
"I think so...,"
He wrapped an arm around her waist, and she put her arm around his shoulders.
They walked a few steps, but to Rosalina's dismay, she almost slipped, but Nat caught her. "You okay?"
She nodded, not letting her pain show.
They made their way back to the apartment, and with Nat's help, Rosalina sat on the couch.
The band came running into the living room. "Rosalina are you okay?" Everyone asked.
"Yeah, yeah, I'm—" She was cut off with pain, when Nat gently put some ice on her ankle. "fine," She finished.
"What happened?" David asked.
"I was on my way here, and I tripped, and I think I sprained my ankle, it's nothing serious." Rosalina said, still hiding her real pain. She could tell Nat had noticed, but he didn't say anything.
"I always knew you were clumsy." Thomas said.
Rosalina laughed. "You have a joke for everything, don't you, Thomas?"
"You guys can go back to the game room, I'll be right there," Nat said.
The band walked back into the other room.
"So, tell me the real story," Nat said.
"Well, I was running over here, and I tripped and fell."
"The more detailed version, please. Why were you running?"
"Um...well, um, my step-brother...you know Josh...he...he...he got mad...and he started...hitting me," She whispered the last part, hoping Nat wouldn't hear it.
"Speak up, Rosie."
Nat was surprised. "Repeatedly, or just once?"
"For how long?"
"How long has this been going on?"
"About a month," Rosalina whispered.
"A month? Rosalina! A month? Why didn't you tell me?"
"I wanted to, but he threatened me, and I-I couldn't do it. Everytime you asked why I hadn't got any sleep at rehearsals, it was because I was staying up at night, scared for my life. Everytime I had a bruise or a cut, it was when he didn't like it when he got in trouble or didn't like when something happened. I just couldn't tell you," She said, with tears in her eyes.
"Rosie...I don't know what to say...where's your dad?"
"He doesn't know. He's out of town for a few days."
Nat nodded, "You can stay here until we get this sorted out. I'm sure my dad won't mind."
Rosalina nodded too and laid her head on his shoulder. "I always mess up everything for you."
"What are you talking about?"
"Well, you were supposed to have a fun night with the guys and I ruined it," Rosalina said.
"No you didn't. It's fine. They don't mind."
They sat in silence for a few minutes until Rosalina spoke up, "Go have fun with the guys. I'll just sit here, and read or something."
"No, I couldn't leave you," Nat said.
"Yeah, you can. I promise, I'll be good."
Nat laughed. "Only if your sure. If you need anything just call me. And I'll come back and check on you in a bit."
She could tell he was reluctant, but she was glad he was going. She didn't want to make him feel like he had to sit with her when the guys were here.
After about a half an hour of reading a random magazine she managed to get off the table nearby, Rosalina decided to try to go to the bathroom. But the question was how? Just as she was about to call for Nat, she stopped herself. Do you know how awkward that would be? Especially in front of the guys? No, she had to do this herself. Carefully slipping the ice off her ankle, and regretting it, she began hopping towards the hallway to the bathroom. Using the wall as her support, she almost made it to the bathroom, but missing the the doorframe, she fell. She caught herself just before she hit the floor and paused. Did anyone hear that? No, she was safe. She tried to pull herself up, fully aware of the throbbing of her ankle, and failed. Rosalina pulled herself into a sitting position against the wall. "Nat!"
She didn't expect an answer on her first call, so she tried again. "Nat!" She could hear his sneakers hitting the hardwood floor and then squeaking to a stop. She slowly looked up at him.
He looked a little disappointed in her, but she couldn't really tell. He bent down in front of her, just like he did when she was outside. "What did I tell you?"
Rosalina sighed. "I know, but I think I should be able to go to the bathroom by myself."
"Hate to break this to you, but you can't," Nat joked.
"Ha-ha, very funny. Now could you please, help me up?"
He grabbed her hand and pulled her up, and helped her into the bathroom. "Now, no offense but I'm not helping you from here."
"Are you sure you didn't switch places with Thomas?"
Nat smiled and shut the door.
Once she finished she opened the door and Nat was still waiting out there for her. He wrapped an arm around her waist again, and helped her back to the couch. "Since you weren't good, I'm not leaving you alone now." He said, putting the ice back on her ankle.
"What'll the press say?" She asked, suddenly, still trying to ignore her pain.
"No one cares. I just care that you're okay."
"But Nat, I can't play with a broken ankle. I can barely crawl with it,"
"It's fine, we'll just have to lay off the gigs for a while."
"It'll be okay, I'll talk to Cooper and we'll work something out." Nat interrupted.
Rosalina sighed, defeated.
"How's your ankle?"
"Besides the pain, it's just great," Rosalina said, with sarcasim in her voice.
"Do you think you broke it?"
"I hope not, if I did, it's all...his fault." With that, tears started falling freely down her face.
"Oh, Rosie," Nat whispered.
"I don't know why I'm crying," Rosalina said, wiping her tears. "because the worst is over."
He carefully pulled her into a hug and said, "Always know that I'm going to be there and I'm going to help you, no matter what you do. You're stuck with me."
Rosalina laughed, "I'm glad."
The guys came into the room. "Hey, Rosalina, hey Nat."
"Is there anything we can do to help?" Cooper asked.
Rosalina smiled a the offer but shook her head, "No, I've got everything I need. Plus, Nat's grounded me."
The band laughed.
"Since when is he the boss?" Thomas laughed.
"Since she didn't listen to me when I told her she couldn't go anywhere," Nat said, pretending to be mad at Rosalina.
Everyone laughed, including Rosalina.
"Oh no, whatever will I do?" She said, pretending to be upset.
"Don't worry, I forgive you," Nat said.
"Let's stop joking around, people! We're trying to have a party! And what's a party without a movie?" Alex shouted, running towards the TV.
"Ok, Alex, what movie do you want to watch?" Nat asked his little brother.
"What else? Our movie!" Alex said, pulling out the DVD and putting it in the TV.
Thomas and David laughed.
Nat groaned. "Oh no, this is so embarrassing!"
"Well, why not? Qaasim's never actually seen the movie!" Alex said.
Even though he was reluctant, Nat agreed.
Everything was going great, everytime Rosalina came up in the movie, she buried her head in Nat's shoulder, embarrassed. Nat was embarrassed at all the stuff he did in it. But then came some of Josh's scenes. Nat could tell Rosalina was a little nervous, besides the fact that she would grip his hand so hard that he would loose feeling, he could tell by the look in her eye that she was nervous. He watched them too, closely. How could this little boy, innocent, mean at one point, but pretty innocent, hurt someone like Rosalina?
"If you don't want to watch it, we could go sit in my room," Nat whispered in her ear.
She looked like she was in a trance, set on the TV but she whispered back, "Please?"
Nat making up the excuse that he was the one who was tired, helped Rosalina into his room and onto the bed. After fighting about who was going to sleep on the actual bed, it was settled that Nat would sleep on the floor and Rosalina would sleep in the bed.
"Are you sure, Nat because I could—"
"You're not sleeping on the floor, I don't care what you say. It'd be bad for your ankle, and I'm not taking any chances."
Rosalina sighed. "Do you think I'm going to have to go to the doctor?" She asked, lying down.
"It depends on whether or not your ankle's broken or not."
"Ow," She whispered, moving her ankle a little bit.
"You okay?" Nat asked, picking his head up from the floor.
"Yeah, my ankle just hurts...I just want to fall asleep so I can forget for a few hours and not worry about the pain." She said, burying herself beneath Nat's blankets.
Nat rubbed her back, sitting up on the bed. "I know...I wish I could help."
"So do I," Her muffled voice came through the blankets. "I'm too used to falling asleep to screaming...or Josh hitting me...this isn't normal for me anymore."
"It should be," Nat said.
"But it's not."
Suddenly, Rosalina's vision went blurry. She could hear a soft voice, saying something...something she could barely make out.
"I don't want you, I need you
I don't care for you, I love you
I'll be there for you, because of you
I'll do anything for you, you, you
I'll do anything for you,"
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