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Molly's Dreams

By DayleAshton All Rights Reserved ©

Other / Romance


On the morning of her sixteenth birthday Molly wakes feeling sad and unloved. She is late to school and while sitting in lunchtime detention begins to write in her journal. If only she can work out what happened to make her shy and unpopular she could undo it all and become the girl she dreams about. Then she auditions for the school play and accidentally kisses the boyfriend of the most popular girl in school and everything begins to unravel. After an accident on her bike she switches schools and her life begins to turn around. Now a senior at high school she meets the twins, Debbie and Rose, who take Molly under their wings and encourage her to reach her dreams. When she meets Andrew everything seems to be perfect and Molly can see her fairytale ending. But when school finishes and all of her friends move away Molly soon discovers that her dreams were just illusions. Her world quickly begins to unravel and she falls into a nightmare that she can’t wake herself from. Soon she makes the biggest mistake of her life. All she can think of doing is running away before it is too late.

Chapter 1

A rocky headland stood above the long curve of beach, brooding and sinister in the dull light of late afternoon. A pathway rose from the beach, carefully climbing through the rocks to reach the windswept grassland where occasional low bushes crouched like old men over a campfire.

A young family was out for an afternoon walk along the cliff top path. The husband and wife were holding hands and talking, their heads leaning toward each other lovingly. I could hear their children laughing and squealing as they ran past the spot where I was standing silently. They didn’t notice me though; I was invisible to them.

I watched the family walk on, before moving myself slowly to the edge of the cliff, arms open wide to reach for the clouds drifting in the baby blue sky. My skin was pale against the dark bushes that clawed at my legs and left red scratch marks. The late afternoon breeze whipped long auburn hair around my face, its chill blowing through my thin cotton dress and pressing it against the curve of my belly. But I didn’t feel the cold. All I could feel was the ache in my heart and the roaring confusion of painful words in my head, the taste of salt on my lips.

Wild surf on the rocks far below beckoned to me, promising an escape from all the turmoil, the loneliness, the bruises on my heart and face. All I needed to do was take a step forward to make my next move and sink gracefully into the waiting depths. That was the only choice left, the only path that was clear to me. My hands had stopped shaking; there was no more fear, just quiet certainty and all the time in the world.

I closed my eyes and felt the tears on my cheeks. From a distance I heard a voice calling out across the coastal heath. ‘Molly,’ the voice called desperately, rising and falling with the wind. ‘Molly, where are you?’

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