Chapter One: Prologue
I am Charlene Marie Rose and this is my story of the day when my life changed forever.
It was the day after my thirteenth birthday and my parents had thrown a big party with the few friends and close family I had to celebrate this special day with me. But before I could make a special birthday wish and blow out the candles there was a huge explosion and several people were thrown to the side never to get up again. Some of those people lost to me were my closest friends but most of them lost to me were close relatives. I had no time to shed tears as I saw three men enter the house and they immediately left me with the most horrible choice. Do I go with them and have the most miserable life working for their boss but for what purpose I wasn’t too sure or do I lose my parents by refusing their orders? I shook my head with tears falling heavily down my cheeks knowing I couldn’t make a decision under so much pressure.
“Come on child make your choice! You are trying our patience!” They yelled.
“Please don’t make me choose!” I begged pleadingly.
“You will choose or we will make the choice for you!” They demanded. I looked them in the eye and had a feeling they were completely serious with their intent although I wasn’t completely certain whether the feeling was right or not. I then heard a gunshot that stopped my heartbeat for a split second. I looked up and saw one of the men put a gun away. I cried out in anguish as I saw the bodies of my parents lying on the floor. I ran towards their bodies and knelt by their side.
“No! No! No! You can’t leave me! I need you! Please wake up I couldn’t bear it if I lost you!” I pleaded whilst tears fell heavily down my cheeks. I didn’t even hear the men leave or notice anyone come in; all I could focus on was the sheer feeling of loss I felt as I had lost pretty much all of the people I cared about in my life.
“Come on Miss we need to examine the scene for any evidence.” I faintly heard someone exclaim to me gently.
“No I will not leave them!” I yelled angrily at whoever dared disturb my moment grieving over the death of my family and friends.
“Please we know you are grieving but if we are to catch the men who committed this crime then we need to look for evidence before the scene is too contaminated.” They explained gently again. I was then led away gently by someone whilst some other people went into the room to; I presume look for evidence.
After an hour and a half or so I was allowed back into my house. But after all that had occurred I couldn’t bear to live in the house that held so many painful memories for me. I then decided to leave my home and find a job as a maid or something where my employer would provide accommodation for me to live in. But where could I go to live in? Could I even handle living with complete strangers? I then knew I couldn’t handle living with complete strangers and I also knew that there was a high possibility that no-one would employ a girl of thirteen.
Well I guess there is only one way to find out and that is to go out into the world.......