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Salvation From A Friend

"Come on Elise, you need to get ready to go..." My mom called.

"I don't want to go.." I whined.

"Elise I know being around those kids is hard but you are there to learn.." My mom said.

"You wouldn't understand.." I said quietly, brushing my hair.

"Have you thought about talking to Luke?" She asked.

"No, I have to learn to take care of myself mom.." I said, looking at the floor.

"I understand that you want to keep this from Luke but I think it would be best if you told him. He might be able to help.." She said, rubbing my shoulders.

"Mom, tour is stressful for him and I don't want to add to it. And to add to that I don't want to
make him think that this is his fault.." I said.

"Okay honey but just try not to get into any trouble today.." She said, kissing my forehead.

Luke was only going to be touring for a few weeks this time and they decided that it was best for me to stay home and go to school. Whenever I went to school I only had a few people that would talk to and be nice to me, the rest teased me and call me a loser because I didn't go on tour. The worst ones were Brenson George and his all around bitch girlfriend Emily Farren. Neither of them had any respect for me and my family because all they cared about was being bitchy andself absorbed. I had two friends, Rose Bengler and Austin Blakely, they were the most amazing people in the world.

"Yes Luke I understand.." I heard my mom say.

"Hey mom.." I smiled.

"Oh Elise, got someone here to talk to you.." She beamed.

"You didn't mention the whole...situation did you?" I asked.

"No, now here. He wants to talk to you before you leave.." She said, handing me the phone.

"Hey Luke," I said, going and sitting on the porch.

"Hey Elise, how are things?" He asked.

"Things could be better but things will be great when you come back here in a week..." I said, looking at the ground.

"I'm sorry that I'm always gone Elise, I promise that when I get back we will spend tons oftime
together.." He said sadly.

It was never that he was gone it was things that went on while he was gone and I couldn't bring myself to tell him. I wasn't sad because he was gone, I was sad because I was without the protection of my older brother and his band. Ever since I met them we became good friends and Ashton was like another brother but not as protective like Luke. Some part of me wished that he could see through the heartache and save me without me telling him but it wasn't an option.

"It's fine Luke, don't worry about it.." I said.

"No Elise, you have put up without me for too long and you deserve to be here with me. I'm sorry that we don't get to see each other that much anymore.." He said.

"I have to head to school and I want you to calm down. I'm fine and you are having fun. Things
work out for everyone right?" I laughed.

"Alright, see you next Friday.." He laughed.

"Yeah, I love you Luke.." I smiled.

"Love you too Elise.." He said as I hung up the phone.

The drive to school seemed long and boring but before I knew it the school parking lot was in my sights. Before I even got out of the car I could see Brenson and Emily waiting for me by the door just like the did everyday. I couldn't see Rose or Austin so I tried to slip in unnoticed.

"Well what do we have here. If it isn't little Ms. Elise Hemmings, popstar's annoying little sister.." Emily sneered.

"Leave me alone Emily, I don't understand bitch.." I said, walking by.

"Woah, feisty are we.." Brenson said, grabbing my shoulder and pulling me back.

"Get your damn hands off me before I kick you in your balls.." I said, shoving his hand off.

"Better calm down feisty kitty, wouldn't want your brother to be upset with you would you?" She asked.

"What the fuck are you talking about?" I asked, crossing my arms.

"Oh you know, be such a shame for him to find out his little sister has secrets too.." He said, throwing a bag of weed at me.

"Where the fuck did you get that because it isn't mine.." I asked, glaring at him.

"We have our ways. Pretty sad actually, upset because your brother loves his bandmates more than you?" Emily whispered.

"You don't know anything about Luke. He loves me more than anyone could ever love you
two..: I snapped.

"Mmhmm, it shows when he doesn't take you with him. How's the romance?" Brenson laughed.

"Oh go fuck yourself. You don't have a clue!" I snapped.

"Obviously neither do you or else you would be on tour with your brother right now.." Emily

"No because unlike you two I have good grades and I don't even come to school half the time.."
I sneered.

"Right. Good grades or not, your brother left you here and he left you with us.." Brenson said, grabbing my arm.

"Get your hand off me.." I said, slapping him.

People began to pull out there cameras like they did everyday. No one ever sided with me because they knew better than to defy Brenson and Emily. This was an everyday thing. He would grab me and pull on he, sometimes sexually to. Emily's jealousy showed but she never spoke, just watched. I fought back all the time, never letting it get far enough to do damage.

"You're going to pay for that.." Emily said, shoving me against the wall.

"Oh yeah, at least I have a brother. Didn't yours leave you?' I asked, spitting blood.

"You don't know a damn thing about Laken. Shut your mouth you bitch.." She said.

"Neither do you, none of you have any idea how Luke feels about me. I bet if he knew he would
show you all you needed to know.." I was cut off.

"But he doesn't.." Brenson cut in.

"What did you just say?" I asked, anger flaring.

"He doesn't know because you won't tell him.." He laughed.

"That isn't your concern.." I growled.

"Such a big mouth for such a little person. Big temper, attitude. You won't tell him because you are afraid of what he's going to think.." He said, pushing me against the wall and smacking me.

"Leave her alone Brenson.." I heard someone say.

"Austin, so nice of you to join us. Come to save your little girlfriend?" Brenson laughed.

"Kiss my ass Brenson. Go find a stripper to fuck and leave her alone.." Austin snapped.

"You might have more friends if you took our side.." Emily said.

"I have all I need and you would never be half the person that she is. All of you disgust me, don't we go through this everyday? This isn’t okay and you are all to busy kissing ass to realize
it.." Austin said, taking my hand and pulling me inside.

Austin was always there and I couldn't ask for a better friend. Looking in the mirror my lip was swollen a bit and there was a little bit of blood but other than that I was okay.

"Thank you.." I muttered, wiping the blood away.

"Are you okay?" He asked, lifting up my chin.

"Just a little swollen but I'm fine," I said, hugging him tightly.

"I'm so sorry Elise.." He said, kissing my forehead.

"It isn't your fault.." I whimpered.

"Have you told Luke yet?" He asked.

"My mom wants me to but I just can't Austin. He'd be so upset with me.." I cried.

"Then he never cared. You have to tell him Elise.." Austin said stroking my hair.

"I know but I just can't. I can't bring myself to do it.." I said sadly.

As much as I really wanted to tell Luke about everything that had happened over the past year I just couldn't do it. I would try but then I would freeze no matter how hard I tried and things got worse. I hated hiding it from him but I didn't know what else to do. It wasn't his job to take care of my problems but Austin had a point, I couldn't handle It on my own.

"I know it's hard Elise and I support what you choose, I'm just making a suggestion.." He said, hugging me tighter.

"Oh my god, I came as soon as I got the message what happened?" Rose asked, busting into the bathroom.

"Brenson and Emily again.." Austin sighed.

"You know, one day those two are going to get karma so bad and I can't wait to be there when it happens.." Rose said, frustrated.

"Me too but Elise refuses to tell Luke.." Austin said.

"Elise, you know what we think about that.." Rose began.

"Okay I get it! I will just go call him right now! Happy?" I snapped.

As soon as I spoke the words I regret them. These two sacrificed reputations and popularity to be my friend and this was how I treated them. I guess it was more or less the fact that I was under pressure but that still doesn't excuse what I said.

"I'm sorry, I didn't mean it like that I just got frustrated and then I said it.." I said, wiping away stray tears.

The blank expressions that wore made it worse. I was on a short fuse lately and it was hurting everyone else more than me. I hated the way they looked at me and the fact that I had no idea what they were thinking about. Maybe they were right, maybe telling Luke was going to be my best bet after all.

"I'm just going to go," I whispered, grabbing my bag.

"No don't go Elise.." Austin said, grabbing my hand.

"I have to. You said to go tell Luke and I can't be around people without snapping.." I said, walking out.

Hearing the whispers of passing students in the halls made me feel even worse about it. Seeing the looks they wore as I walked away and the struggle that they have been through to help me. Maybe I was wrong to ask what I asked of them. It hurt me more to know that I hurt them and less to know that I was physically hurting because they were worth so much more. I really couldn't have asked for a better pair of friends and I was constantly misusing them.

"Well, coming back for seconds?" Emily asked, standing alone for the first time.

"No, hanging out alone because your master said to stay?" I snapped, walking past her.

"Bitch.." She scoffed.

"Thanks, I appreciate the compliment.." I smirked.

"I don't know why you even try, he'll never love you.." She said, spiting at me.

"Shut the fuck up! You don't know a damn thing about Luke and how tour works.." I said, turning
around and facing her.

"Well damn, someone's getting feisty.." She retorted.

"Hell yeah I'm getting feisty, I'm tired of putting up with a bitch like you..." I snapped.

"No one asked you to put up with me honey, I'm just here to mess with you.." She laughed.

"Well go along with your master and find something else to do.." I said.

"What about me?" I Brenson said, walking up to me.

"Get your pet on a leash, she's disturbing me.." I snapped back.

"Oh Elise.." He purred, " You just never learn.."

"I don't want to learn from an asshole like you.." I said, slapping his hand away.

I was quick to rush away before he could do anything else. I was safe, for now. All I could think about what it was like not having people there to help you. I had snapped on my best friends, the only two people at my school that seem to care that this is an ongoing issue.They try their hardest to get me out of the worst of it but it never fails. They talk to me about telling Luke every time but I never could find the courage to tell him. Luke always told me I was a fighter because he when he was gone I was brave and happy. What if he saw me a different way after I told him? What if he gets made because I didn't tell him sooner? All of these what ifs and not a single stable answer because that is what things have become. I'm alone when he's not around because I drive my friends away and cause issues with my presence. Maybe Brenson and Emily were right, maybe I didn't belong here and I was just some annoying little sister.


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