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The Player Wants Me?! By Courtney Radford Characters: 10055

Updated: 2018-06-04 20:41


Issabelle POV:

"Have you heard?" My best friend Angel smiled at me as she took a sip of her sprite. I was confused for a bit. Heard about what? We were just talking about school work and I'm pretty sure nothing that important was happening in lessons.

"Heard what?" I asked with a smile. Angel was always positive and optimistic, she was always kind to everyone.

"About Kian and Pete!" She squeals excitedly. Angel has always been the kind of girl who falls in love easily. She had one serious boyfriend- they broke up. She was upset but but after she remembered all the good times they shared.

I knew exactly who they were.

Kian and Pete. They were the badboys of the school. The players.

Sure they may have been undeniably good looking but- as far as I knew- they was a major players and heart breakers. Our school wasn't that cliche. Most people got on and there wasn't that much drama. We didn't have groups either. Angel was a cheerleader and hung around with me.

"What about them?"I ask, leaving my food alone and resting my head in my palm. I caught Kian looking at me with a soft smile before I looked back at Angel. I didn't like it. It made my stomach flip. I've known Kian since I was young- we've spoke a few times but not a lot was said.

"Well, they are all looking for 'the girl'. You know, the one where the girl will deny them. I wouldn't turn down Pete. Pete's hot!" She squeals again, her eyes lighting up. She had the biggest crush on Kian's best friend- Pete- and I had heard he had his eye on her too.

"I'd turn them down. They are all idiots" I sigh and she rolled her eyes at me. I know it may have been harsh but having my heart broken and being used in the past haunted my future, I wouldn't like it to happen again.

Angel and I are best friends and have been for years.

"Hey Iz, hey Angel" my twin brother, Ryder, asked. He sat down next to me, putting his arm around my shoulder.

"Hey Ry. How are you? How is your day going?" I ask with a smile, leaning my head against his shoulder. I was tired and completely ready for the day to end.

"I'm good and the day has been fine. What about you?" He asked softly, his eyes search mine to make sure I wasn't lying to him.

"I'm okay and the day has been good. Just can't wait to go home. I'm so tired" I say and his eyes soften visibly. Angel takes my hand in hers and looks at me sadly.

"Why don't I take you somewhere to skip, you can sleep then?" He asked and i shook my head. I wouldn't allow Ryder to get in trouble again because of me and my insomnia. No way.

"No, remember what happened last time?" I ask and he sighed. I knew he didn't care that he would get in trouble but I did. I cared so much for him and I don't want to get him in trouble.

"They can't keep getting mad. They don't know what you have been through" Angel says softly, her hand gripping mine. She looked like she was going to cry at the past memories, for both of us.

"I know, but I can't keep skipping because of that. It's nothing...big" I say and Ryder puts his head on my shoulder.

"It is a big thing, that happened to you and you have, you know what. I love you Iz. Angel loves you. Mum and Dad loves you, just tell them and..." He starts but I shook my head, cutting him off completely. Not yet. It was still too soon, way too soon.

"I don't like talking about it Ry. I don't want to seem weak or vulnerable. I don't want to be that vulnerable little girl anymore" I say, emotionless whilst getting out my sketching book and pencil. I flip to my recent drawing, a fire with a girl in the corner, and begin to finish it.

"They won't. Mum would understand, remember what happened to her?" Ry asked. I knew what he meant. Our mother was strong, so strong and she went through a lot but why would I want to be watched over and bothered all the time?

"Yeah, I know. Then I'd have to go into the story and it hurts. It hurts a lot. I mean, Angel was there when it happened and you were the only person I told. I didn't even want you to know, you worry about me enough. I just, I don't want to be treated like glass anymore" I shrug, ensuring that I concentrate on the drawing instead of my tears. Ryder's arms come around me to comfort me as he kissed my head.

"I'll get notes for you both. Please Iz, I'm worried about you" Angel begs, her eyes also tearing up as she examined the photo. I clench my jaw, my hand tightening around my pencil

"Don't cry!" I hear his harsh voice, "you're so weak and pathetic! You're fucking useless Issabelle!" His voice rings in my head, swirling in my thoughts, getting louder and louder.

This is torture. I want it to stop. I want it all to stop.

I blink away my tears, blocking out the man I once loved voice and squeezing my eyes shut. When I was sure there were no tears in my eyes, I smile weakly at Angel.

"Okay" My voice is weak, broken. Both of their grip tighten. "But Ry, stay in school. Mum and dad would get mad at you for skipping too" I say and he shoo

k his head, his hair going everywhere.

"I'm here for you Iz. I'm here for you no matter what. We will go to our place, you sleep and I'll watch out for you. Please Iz, let me be there for you" he begs, hie eyes pleading at me. He knows I once pushed him away and he don't want it to happen again. I let out a sigh before I nod.

"Okay. Fine. But if mum and dad asks, it was my fault" I say, my voice is firm but he just shook his head.

"That's just going to make your depression worse." he whispers, "They'll be mad and take your phone and drawing pad off you." he says softly. Drawing took my mind off it it all. It took my mind off of my terrifying past.

"They will take your phone off you" I point out and he shrugged.

I was lucky to have a brother like Ryder.

"I don't care. I love you Iz, I love you so much. I'm not letting you get worse. I'd give up anything to make you feel better. Okay?" He asks, his hand wrapping around my own and he squeezed it, letting me know he was there for me, forever.

"I love you too Ry. Thank you, It's just, I'll end up blaming myself" I sigh but I was honest. I always do. It was something I do unintentionally but I couldn't stop myself.

"I know. Yeah, you might be grounded but I'll sneak in your spare pad. I'll warn you if mum or dad comes upstairs, yeah?" He asked, a small sad smile on his lips.

I didn't know what I would do without Ryder.

"It's not about drawing" I lie and he knows it, "It's about looking in the pad. There is personal drawings in there. Things that no one has saw and i hope no one will. Only you and Angel has." I say and he lets out a breath. He smiled softly.

"They might take it off you, but they won't look in it. It's personal. It's like they won't go through our phones or go through our rooms. We want privacy and they respect that" Ryder says and I nod.

"Okay" I say. I just wanted to stop talking about my mental health or my drawings.

"Awesome, if we leave now you'll get 2 hours sleep the least, mum and dad don't get home till 5 so you can have anywhere from 2 hours to 4 hours" Ryder says and I nod my head, getting up.

"Bye Iz, bye Ry. Text me if you need anything and i will see you both tomorrow." She gives me a hug, whispering that she was just a text away before Ryder leads me to his car, opening the door for me.

A few boys whistled at me and I felt my heart pick up. It made me feel uncomfortable so I took deep breaths.

"Lay off" Ryder barks and they immediately turn away.

Some girls gushed about Ryder and giggled, waving at him but he ignored them. He walked around the car, his jaw clenched. For the second time, I see Kian look at me, his smiled but I looked away.

"Assholes" Ryder spat at the boys who whistled at me before he sped away in the direction of our new apartment.

Ryder and I both have jobs which was why we could afford an apartment of our own. We slept at our parents but used the apartment as a get away.

He does street racing. Yeah, it might be illegal but our friends; Tony and Martin, help us both. They are like my older brothers and they are always there for us. He gets at least £1500 a race and usually races at least 3 times a week.

I work behind the outside bar by the races. I work whenever Ryder does and you usually get tips by everyone. Every week, I earn just over what Ryder earns a race including the tips.

Our parents didn't know about it though. They thought that Ryder was working in a cafe and I was working in the library.

Once we arrived, we walked up the stairs.

Our apartment wasn't big or small. It had 2 rooms, one was mine and one was Ryder's. We had a kitchen and a living room, a television on the wall and a xbox with a few games.

"Go to sleep Iz. I'll be here to wake you up before they get home from work" Ryder says and kisses my forehead. He shuts my curtains and turns off my light after taking my school bag from me.

"Okay. Thanks Ry. I love you" I say, taking off my shoes before laying in bed.

"I love you too Iz" he smiled before he softly shut the door.

My room was amazing.

I had 3 black walls and the far back wall was white. It may seem a bit weird or odd but I drew and painted on the wall. My carpet was purple and i had a queen size bed. There was a television and even a walk in wardrobe and an attached bathroom.

My eyes slowly began to close as I fell into a peaceful sleep.

*****

"Izzy!" Ryder shook me awake. My eyes opened and I looked up at my brother.

I yawned and rubbed my eyes.

"Come on, I'll let you go in first and i need to see when I've got my next races. I'll get the notes from Angel on the way" he says as I get out of bed.

"Okay, thank you" I say and he smiled.

"Sleep well?" He asked and I nodded.

I quickly threw my hair up and put my shoes on.

I made sure I had my phone and my school bag before Ryder dropped me outside.

I saw mum and dads car in the driveway.

Crap.

"I'll be 5-10 minutes" Ryder says before driving off.

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