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Heartless// Z.M. AU


"I don't want to be involved in this!" I screamed as I turned to run away from him. He quickly grabbed my wrist and pulled me closer to him. "I wouldn't leave if I were you, baby." He whispered into my ear. I tried to get out of his grasp. "Let me go!" I yelled as I punched him. He tightened his jaw and grabbed my wrists, sending a sharp pain through them. He held my hands behind my back and forced me to look up at the cieling. "Would you rather stay with me and the others, or be killed as soon as you leave?" He whispered into my ear. I stayed silent. He chuckled and breathed against my neck. "Choose wisely, baby girl." *** WARNING: This book will contain some heavy themes such as: self harm, alcohol abuse, child abuse, descriptive violence, trauma and medication Read at your own risk

Romance / Action
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Chapter 1

I groaned as I slammed my fist against the table of the café. I hated this so much. Ignoring the multiple heads that were facing me, I closed the book in front of me and put it in my black backpack. Maybe I should have been an office worker instead of a medical student. It seems like it would be easier. Suddenly, my phone began to ring, making me jump out of my seat and almost scream. I felt so bad for the people that were in here. I smiled awkwardly at the people giving me weird looks.

"Good job, Nova." I muttered under my breath as I looked down at my phone. Sighing, I answered it and put it up to my ear. Yeah, I quickly regretted it.

"Where are you!" My best friend screamed into her phone. I quickly pulled the phone away and rubbed my ear. Before I answered her question, I grabbed my backpack, slung it over my shoulder, and walked out of the café.

"Chill out! I was at the café." I said as I turned to walk down the sidewalk. I pushed passed a few people as they bumped into me. I've always hated having to squeeze through people, it always triggered my claustrophobia side.

Before I could start freaking out and hyperventilating, I squeezed through and crossed the street. Thankfully, the other side didn't have a huge crowd of people. Once I got to the other side, I looked at the many things being displayed. Sunglasses, hats, and scarves were on a few racks. I walked up to them and grabbed a pair of sunglasses from the rack. I examined it and placed it on my face.

"Have you gotten the message from Shawn?" She asked me as I examined my appearance in the little mirror in front of me. I hummed and took off the glasses, setting them back on the rack.

"I haven't been on my phone." I said as I looked at the other pairs. I grabbed a pair that has a bit of red on the sides.

"Seriously? Girl, check!" She said as I heard her move around her place. I sighed and shook my head, putting the glasses on my face. They looked good. I smiled at myself and took them off, walking into the store so I could pay for them.

"Why?" I asked as I walked up to the female cashier. She smiled at me and smiled back as I held the phone to my ear. I placed the pair of sunglasses on the counter and grabbed my bag as she took the glasses.

"What do you mean 'why'? It's Shawn Tarver! The super hot guy in our class that got our numbers, because we studied with him for a test." She said as if I was crazy. I sighed and shook my head. The lady handed me the glasses and I silently thanked her.

"So? That doesn't mean I need to give him my full attention. We don't even talk to each other at all." I said as I grabbed the glasses, putting them on and walked out of the small store. People looked at me, probably curious about my conversation. I ignored them and walked down the sidewalk with my phone to my ear.

"Seriously? You are an idiot." She said, surprised and a bit annoyed by my response. I rolled my eyes and continued to walk forward.

"I know." I said with humor. She chuckled, making me smile a bit. Looking around, I saw that it was getting later. What time was it? After a moment of silence I heard Diana sigh.

"I have to go. You better check that message Nov! He might be making a move on you." She teased. I could just picture her smirking. I scoffed and shook my head.

"Yeah, right. Like he would ever like me." I said as I rolled my eyes. I don't even know why she was trying to get me to be with Shawn. This isn't the first time she's done this to me with some other guy.

"Girl, a lot of guys would love to be with you." Diana stated. I stopped at the crosswalk and waited for the red hand to form into a person walking.

"Sure. If you're actually telling the truth then too bad for them I guess. I'm not looking for a relationship, Deedee." I said as I tapped my foot on the concrete below me.

"You have to get yourself out there one day, Nova. You can't just ignore or bark at any guy that tries to make a move on you because of-"

"I thought you said you had to go?" I cut her off. I didn't want her to finish the sentence. I didn't need to hear it, again.

"Yeah. I'm sorry I shouldn't have mentioned it." She apologized. I swallowed hard and started walking once the sign changed.

"It's fine." I said once I reached the other side. The sun was already starting to go down. I'm guessing it was about seven thirty or eight o'clock.

"Okay, I'll talk to you later." She said.

"Bye." I said with a small smile. The phone beeped and I slipped it into my back pocket. Thankfully, it was small enough to be, almost, invisible in my back pocket.

I grabbed my black leather jacket and tugged on it as a chilling breeze came through. I then adjusted my backpack so it could sit on my back comfortably while I walked to my house. People looked over at me and smiled, greeting me as I walked passed them. I gave them a small smile and continued with my walk.

"Let me go!" A quiet voice said to my right. It was distant. I looked around and saw a couple walking on the other side of street. Everyone else was gone.

I looked over to my right and saw an alleyway, leading to the back of a locked building. Taking my sunglasses off because it was dark out, I put them in my bag and slowly made my way down the alleyway.

I jumped immediately when I heard a loud bang. It sounded like someone was thrown against a vehicle or something. Breathing heavily, I slowly walked towards the sound. This was probably a bad idea, but my curiosity was getting the best of me.

"Tell me where he is." A man said with a British accent. I stopped at the edge of the building and peeked past the wall.

A guy about my age was holding another male by the neck, pinning him against a dark van. He was accompanied by two others that stood there with a huge black bag next to them. One had short brown hair and the other was blonde. My jaw dropped and I quickly pressed myself against the brick wall, covering my mouth.

"I told you that I don't know." Who I assumed was the man pinned to the van said. I quickly pulled out my phone and opened the camera app. Swallowing hard, I pushed the record button and started to record the situation.

"What do you mean you don't know." The black haired guy said as he tightened his grip on the other's neck.

"I have no clue where he is! Are you deaf?" He said angrily. The black haired man stood completely still for a little bit. Everything was silent and all I could hear was the sound of my own heartbeat.

A few seconds passed and I immediately widened my eyes. A gun. The black hair man cocked the gun back with one hand and pointed it at the, now terrified, man. Bringing the gun to the middle of the man's head, the black haired guy chuckled.

"Let's try that again, shall we?" He said. I swear my heart stopped. I held my breath and watched with wide eyes as I continued to record, so I could show the police when I report it.

"I told you I don't know." The man responded with a voice full of fear. I leaned forward a bit so I could see what was happening. Big mistake.

A loud gun shot broke the silence. The man fell to the floor with a small hole in his forehead, blood flowing out. I started breathing heavily and I bit my cheek to keep from screaming.

"Get rid of the body." The black haired man said as if what he did was completely normal.

The blonde man unzipped the large bag while the brown hair man walked over to the body and dragged him over to the bag. My hand shook as I put it over my mouth. I should've just left and pretended like I didn't hear anything. I really didn't want to see the death of someone.

Not again.

Loud music started playing, making my heart stop.

My ringtone.

My eyes went wide and I quickly tapped the red button, hanging up on Diana. I swallowed hard and put my phone in my back pocket.

I started to panic. They had to have heard that. There's no way they didn't. I swallowed hard and looked at them to see if they were looking my way.

"Get her." The brown haired man said. The blonde one nodded and stood up. My eyes widened and I quickly turned around to run.

"Help!" I called out to anyone that could possibly hear me. I looked behind me and saw the blonde man quickly catching up to me. I whined and looked forward, my eyes widening again. Construction site.

I then felt two arms wrap around my 5'3" body. I squirmed as he picked me up and carried me to the alleyway I ran out of.

"Let me go!" I screamed as I tried to kick him. Sadly, my backpack was in the way. I whined and wiggled violently in his arms.

He brought me over the dark haired man. He had hazel eyes and a sharp jaw line with trimmed facial hair. I froze and stared into his eyes.

"Well, well, well." He said, crossing his arms and keeping eye contact. He smirked, probably sensing that I was about to poop my pants.

"Put her in the truck." He said as he motioned to the black van. My eyes widened and I quickly started to kick.

"No! Leave me alone!" I screamed as I struggled to get out.

"Zayn, I think we might need to knock her out or something." The blonde hair boy said, sounding like he was struggling to hold me in his arms.

The black haired man, Zayn, sighed and pulled out a white cloth.

Oh no. No! Do something to get them away! I thought, freaking out.

He looked at me with a straight face and lifted to white cloth to cover my nose and mouth. My eyes widened as I frantically looked for something that would help me escape. Anything.

Once he got closer I did what I usually do when a guy doesn't know what "stop" or "no" means.

I barked.

Yes, I barked like a dog. I barked twice actually. Don't judge me.

Zayn gave me a weird look and furrowed his eyebrows.

"Don't touch me." I said as I continued to try to break out of the blonde boy's arms. Zayn shook his head and brought the white cloth closer to my face. It finally made contact with my nose and mouth and I squinted my eyes shut.

Do not breathe! Don't breathe in, Nova!

I was running out of air. Finally, when I couldn't hold my breath in anymore, I inhaled and slowly passed out in the blondie's arms.

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