I sit in the corner, my knees covering my bare body, watching as my uncle pulled his pants up. " Don't be scared..." He appeared in front of me and ran a hand along my cheek.
I was disgusted. This disgusting man came into my room in the middle of the night... Violated me... And acted as nothing had happened.
I was shaking and in pain as he leaves the room. I wait to hear the click of my door before rushing over and grabbing my shirt and underwear.
I put them on and crawl back into bed. I couldn't even attempt to fall asleep... All I could think about was what that man had done to me. I sit up, finally giving up on trying to sleep, and grab my phone.
I click on my best friend Levi's number and wait for him to pick up the phone and answer my call. After the third ring, he finally picks up.
" Maddi? What? It's three o'clock in the morning." He whispers.
" I can't sleep... Can you come over?" The line went silent for a while and I almost thought he had hung up or gone to sleep when he sighed.
" I'll be there in five. Do I use the front door or?"
" No... Just knock on my window when you get here." He agrees before I hang up and wait for the knock on my window. I was pacing around my room anxiously afraid my uncle would come back for more.
I hear a quiet knock on my window and instantly rush over and unlock it. I open it fully and Levi climbs into my room. When he's fully in I fall into his arms and start to cry. He hugs tightly clearly concerned.
" Maddi? What's wrong?" I couldn't speak so he just held onto me. After a while, he lifts me off the ground and carries me to my bed. He climbs under the covers with me still hugging me tightly.
I don't remember when I fell asleep but when I open my eyes Levi was asleep his arm still around me. The sun was coming up, meaning my family was going to be up soon. I quickly shake Levi and his eyes open. " Lev... You have to go." I whisper in fear.
" I- My parents... their gonna be up soon." He nods and stands up. He wraps me in a tight embrace before climbing back out the window and disappearing down the road.
I climb back into my bed after shutting my window and wait until the sun comes up and shone brightly into my room. I sit up and walk out of my room.
My dad was asleep on the recliner with a beer bottle in his hand and the tv on. I sigh and quickly grab my school book bag. I rush back to my room and start getting ready for school.
I pull my hair into a ponytail and I grab my school clothes - A sweater and a pair of ripped jeans. I pull on my boots and I quickly grab my phone off the bedside table and put it in my pocket.
As I was heading towards the front door when I pass my dad in the kitchen. He quickly grabs ahold of my wrist tightly. " Why did you have him here last night?" My eyes shut and I take a deep breath getting prepare for what was about to happen.
When I don't answer him he slaps me. " I didn't raise a whore!" He punches me and I stumble backward, falling to the floor. He storms out of the kitchen, slamming his bedroom door.
I quickly stand up and rush out the door, not wanting to miss the bus. I make it to the bus stop with time to spare. I watch as Levi walks up the street.
" Hey, Maddi!" He says when he reaches me.
I didn't look him directly in the eye. " Hi, Lev." He tilts his head in confusion.
" What's wrong... Why won't you look at me?" I shake my head and turn to face him. When he sees the bruise on my eye he stiffens up. " Maddi!"
I turn away as he wraps his arm around me. " I'm fine..." I quickly wrap my arms around his waist and hug him tightly. As I did this the bus comes into my neighborhood. Levi pulls away and grabs his bag that he had set on the ground.
The bus comes to a complete stop and the doors open. Levi grabs my hand and we walk onto the bus. We take the first free seat that we saw and the bus starts moving.
I set my head on his shoulder and he sets his on my head. He takes my hand pushing my sweater sleeve up slightly. He flinches away and I open my eyes wanting to see why he had moved away.
Then I realize that he had uncovered my cuts. " Maddi... Wha- Why?" Tears glistened in his eyes. I turn away but he turns my face back to face him. " Maddi... Why?"
" Because Lev! My lives a living hell... And I can't talk to anyone because every day my dad beats me... My uncle comes for me in the middle of the night... And if they find out... It will get fucking worse... So I'm sorry for wanting to escape that pain."
" Your uncle... He comes for you? What does that mean?" I stare into his eyes and I saw his face fall. " Fuck... I'm sorry Maddi." He pulls me into his arms and kisses the top of my head.
I start to cry. The bus comes to a stop and when more people start to fill the bus I pull away, wipe my tears, and just hold his hand.
In about thirty minutes we arrive at school and everyone piles off the bus.