In The Arms of You

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Chapter 6: Bruises

I woke up laying in a white bed.

White bed. Hospital. My mother. My birthday. Her death day.

I started freaking out and quickly sat up, which caused me to get light headed and I had to lay back down. Someone came into the room. “Good, you’re awake. I’m Nurse Hamilton, the school nurse. I heard you got hit pretty hard in PE today and then you passed out on your way here.” She told me.

I held my head in pain for a moment hoping it would go away. “I passed out?” I asked confused. “Yes, don’t you remember?” The nurse asked.

“A little, who was I with?” I said.

“Zach Holt, I must say, he looked pretty worried when he brought you in here.” She said with a small smile.

Zach, worried, yeah right. “Oh, okay,” I said since I didn’t know what to say.

She then gave me a bag of ice. “Put this on your head sweetie. Now I’ve called your father-” I stopped listening after the word father. She called him, him the one who is going to kill me when I get home. Who will do anything to make sure I get the pain I deserve.

“Now I am a little worried as to why you have bruises on your stomach, Miss. Mercer.” The nurse said bringing me out of my thoughts.

“Oh, that, yeah well I’m a very clumsy person, so I tend to get a lot of bruises, no worries though,” I said fetching the best lie I could. She looked at me as if she didn’t believe me, but didn’t push on. Thank God!

The door opened and there revealed Zach. “Okay, well I’ll just leave now, Lena, I’ll be back in a few minutes to let you know when your dad’s coming.” And with that, she left the room.

I froze in place, so he was coming here! To pick me up. This is going to be a lot worse. I guess Zach sensed my freezing up because he waved a hand in front of my face.

“Princess, you there?” He said.

I snapped at that. “Don’t. Call. Me. Princess.” I said pissed off at him.

“Sorry princess, but you froze there for a moment.” He said sending a smirk my direction.

I rolled my eyes before speaking. “Why did you help me instead of just leaving me there?” I asked wanting answers.

He shifted a bit. “Because your brother would have killed me if I let his sister pass out onto the floor and not get any help.” This caused me to let out a little laugh, but I quickly covered it up.

“What’s so funny, princess?” Zach said.

“Nothing,” I said a little too quickly.

“Are you sure?”

I nodded my head this time instead of speaking. Afraid if I say anything, the problem would get worse. He looked at me like he knew it was a lie, but brushed it off. The nurse then came into the room with a small smile on her face. “Your dad’s here sweetie,” she said.

I felt myself freeze for a moment before slowly nodding my head. “Are you alright, Miss. Mercer? You look a little pale.” The nurse asked before I got to leave the room, both Zach and the nurse were looking at me.

“Y-yes, I’m fine. Thanks for the help, Zach.” I said before quickly leaving the room. I had to get out of there. I saw my father standing not too far from the door waiting for me, my brother was standing there too.

Great, just great, now I’m in for it.

My father looked at me, more like glared at me. “So you managed to get hurt, well you’ll get what’s coming to you, don’t you worry about that. Don’t you dare think of doing that again, do you understand!” He said quite enough for anyone to hear.

“Y-yes, Sir,” I said stuttering a bit.

His facial expression didn’t change, still glaring at me. “Hey, Mercer.” I heard Zach’s voice from behind me. I felt his hot breath on the back of my neck.

“Hey Zach, what are you doing in here?” Mack asked.

“Well, you see, your clumsy little sister here,” Zach said looking at me with a smirk, “Decided she’d get herself hurt and well, I was forced to bring her to the nurse. On the way here, she decided she was going to pass out on me to stop from talking, it’s that right princess?”

I felt my father and brother glaring at me as I looked towards that floor, not saying a word. What was I supposed to say, that it was all a lie, and get into bigger trouble than I was already going to be in? “Lena, are you going to say anything?” I heard Mack say in a disgusted tone.

I didn’t lift my head. “Say what?” I said quietly. I heard Mack growl at my response, which caused me to shut my eyes, waiting for the pain, and I took a step backward, hitting Zach in the chest in the process.

“Seems like you just want to get closer to me, don’t you Princess Mercer, hm?” Zach said in my ear. I did the best I could to shrug it off.

“Lena,” my father said. “We’re leaving, now.” He said grabbing my arm, causing pain to shoot through my body, and took me; no, more like dragged me out of the office and to his car.

I didn’t argue with him, knowing I will be getting a horrible beating tonight, not buts, or ifs about it. Oh, and guess what! Mack’s coming home as well, so this should be a night full of pain, waiting to happen.

Why did my life end up like this?


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