Chapter 1: A New Life
"You've made a big mistake coming home late today Ali. I told you what would happen once you would do that again!", my stepdad literally spat those words in my face. "Keysha, go up to your room and wait there for me!", he yelled. He looked and me and smirked. He had that devilish glint in his eyes and i knew what he was about to do to my little sister. As always i jumped in to her rescue. I would never let that psycho lay his hands on her in ANY single way. "Kesh, stay there. I will handle it", i said. I didnt even hear Kesh's footsteps to begin with. She already knows the drill. At least once a day, my stepdad calls her to come up and i tell her to stay downstairs because i'll handled it. I'm not sure if she knows what he's doing to me because she's just five years old, but i think she is growing suspicious of the cuts and bruises on my thighs and belly and about the fingerprints and hickeys on my neck."That's my girl", he said and stalked towards the door. He closed it and gestured me to sit on my bed. "Take those clothes off for me girl, were going to have fun today!", he said and started laughing like a maniac. Oh lord, please help me find a way to get my sister and myself out of this hellhole. Whatever i have to do, I'll do.
I woke up with sweat running down my face. I got up and opened my bedroom door. I ran down the hallway and quietly opened Keysha's bedroom door. She was still sound asleep. I let out a breath i didn't know i was holding. I closed her bedroom door and made my way to the kitchen to get a glass of water. Tomorrow was Kesh's seventh birthday, and i had to decide what to get her and where to take her to.
I woke up by someone shaking my body. I was so tired but then Andrews face flashed over my face and i jolted up, only to be greeted with a smiling Keysha jumping up and down screaming "Today is my seventh birthday! I'm seven years old. Come on Ali, you promised me pancakes with syrup and scrambled eggs with bacon for breakfast!", and she already ran out of my room. Trust me, she can eat like a madman. When i heard the bathroom door shut, i slowly got out of bed. "Damn, what time is it? Feels like it was just an hour ago that i went to kitchen to get a glass of water!", i groaned and took my phone from the nightstand. It was 9:12 am. Ugh i am soooo tired...wait 9:12 am? Shit! I was late! Why didn't i hear my alarm? I only had till 9:40 to fix my sister up some food before we had to leave for school. I quickly went to my closet to fix myself a cheap but fancy outfit.
I got dressed in three minutes and was able to fix Key up some pancakes and bacon with scrambled eggs in only fifteen minutes and she was done eating in 7. We were out by 9:37 am and got to the bus stop on time. We catched an earlier bus and i dropped her of at school. Damn I'm good, 9:53! Now i can walk to work.
I just finished working on a section of our Magazine BLK Beauty, when i got a call from Keysha's school.
"Hi, yes it is. Is everything all right with my sister?", i asked hysterically and already got up because i thought that Andrew had finally found us.
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