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ALICE'S POVTears threatened to fall my eyes, as the doctor's words resonated in my ears again and again. ' You must deposit five million at the reception if you want us to operate your father's brain tumor '
In the past eleven months, I have already deposited almost fifteen million, after selling everything we owned, including our house, our car, all the stuff but it was still not enough.Still not enough to earn my father some more days of life.As I stared at the white wall in front of me, while sitting on one of the hospital waiting area chairs, I tried to think of all ways I could get that money from. All these ways included, every legal and illegal way, but I was unable to make the final decision.Why was life like this? I wondered, as I recalled how calm - not happy - but just how calm we were before my father was diagnosed with brain tumor.Those days seemed like a dream now.A dream that was over.Now, the reality was...We did not have a house to stay at, did not have any money to even eat food and my father was dying, because I was unable to pay the medical bills anymore.I have done everything though. Everything I could. I worked three jobs, dropped out of my college, slept on the streets and ate the leftovers, but I never gave up.But now...It was all just too much.A soft hand landed on my shoulder and I sighed out, recognizing who it was. “ Are you alright, Alice? ” The calm, soothing voice fell in my ears and I blinked the tears back.“ Ofcourse, Mom ” Without turning around, I lied with all my will. I could not tell her how I was not alright at all.I felt helpless and lonely.I hated feeling like this, but it was not in my control anymore. With each passing day, I was watching my father die, but I was still unable to do anything. There was nothing more cruel than this helplessness that gnawed at my guts. Day and Night.Claudia Anderson, my mother was a woman in her 50's with light brown hair, light brown matching eyes that had lost their shine in the past horrible months, a crooked nose - the result of an accident and thin lips that were dry now.Heaving a heavy breath, Claudia forced a smile up her lips and came to sit beside me, who was never good at hiding her emotions. The dejected look was painted on my face, that one could recognize from far away. But Claudia, herself was unable to do anything. She had done everything she could. She had even asked me to leave them behind and live my own life in an angry fit, but it never worked. I did storm out every time only to come back in a few hours.Sitting down beside me, Claudia observed my face. I was only 21 years old. I had wide light brown eyes just like Claudia's, a soft - straight pointed nose, bow shaped lips and a fair complexion. The dark circles under my eyes hinted at my tiredness and my disheveled hair made me look like a deranged girl, but I was oblivious to all of this.“ Mom... ” I called out to Claudia all of a sudden and she hummed snapping out of her trance “ Hmm... ”“ What am I supposed to do now? ” I whispered in a hysteric voice, as my eyes went wide.Averting her eyes away, Claudia thought hard before replying to me “ Leave, Alice. Go and live your own life just like Ace ”I scoffed and shook my head. My mother was hellbound on pushing me away, but I would never leave. I would never leave them behind.“ You should go look after Dad. I will be back later. ” Pushing myself off the chair, I started walking away without giving Claudia the chance to say anything else.Pursing her lips, Claudia watched my disappearing back. I did not have to do this. I did not need to destroy myself like this for them. Claudia's eyes went to my shoes that were worn out and she inhaled deeply. We were not going to be able to hold much longer like this.I wrapped my arms around myself when I stepped out of the hospital building. The smell of medicines was the one thing I have started to hate with all my heart or maybe, it would be better to say that hospitals were the one place in this world that I despised now.Closing my eyes, I took in a huge breath. The offer of just leaving everything behind was so tempting. It was so tempting, that sometimes I found myself running unconsciously.But I always ran to come back later.There was something that was holding me back. It was responsibility. Love too but responsibility more.Letting out the breath I was holding in, I opened my light brown eyes and they moved to the watch on my wrist on their own.It was about to be Eight in the night and I had to be at the Catillo Hotel where I worked as a Room attendant.A job acquired with the help of the one person I could call my friend. Maggie.Maggie was the only person who stayed with me, even after I lost everything.Before all of this, I was the famous girl of the college. Everyone envied my perfect life. I had everything...My supporting parents. A weird elder brother - Ace. A caring and Loving Boyfriend - Archer. Alot of friends. Straight A's in studies. It was all too good to be true.That was why I lost everything.Life was just too perfect to not get messed up like this.And now...
I have only myself. A sick father whose medical bills are due. A brother who left us on our own to live his life as he wanted. A mother who did not want me to stay and Maggie who was always nagging at me to feel less helpless.It was like Maggie heard my mind from so far away and my phone started ringing in my pocket. I took it out from my jean's pocket and picked it up instantly.“ Hey, Alice! ” Maggie chimed and I sighed out.“ Wanna hang out tomorrow? It's Sunday. ” Without waiting for any greetings from me, Maggie blurted out in a single breath “ Okay. At the usual cafe. Your treat. ” I followed suit and hanged up on the call, before smiling in this tense situation.But it was only momentary. The doctor's words were still echoing at the back of my useless mind and all I could think about was the five million, I needed in the next week.A sneer left my mouth when I looked up at the sky and noticed that it was going to rain soon. Just what I was missing in my messed up state right now.Five Million in a week was like asking me to just jump off a cliff. But I still would like to try for a week, before finally jumping off that cliff.Shaking my head, I wrapped my arms around myself and started walking just as rain decided that it was time to pour down hard on me.But who cared? When you have lost the fight against fate, it's no use to fight such small happenings.As the rain soaked me completely, I only wished for one thing. For this night to end early. I was simply too tired of everything.But I did not know that no wish of mine, was going to be heard and accepted now.I have lost the fight against fate already.
ALICE'S POV Getting to the hotel, I met the receptionist who was a young girl named Melissa. We knew each other well, because I have been working at the hotel for almost six months now. “ Hey! You are soaked. You will get sick ” Melissa's worried voice pulled me out of my thoughts and I shook my head, smiling “ It's nothing. Don't worry! ” Moving past her with the fake smile still plastered over my lips, I sighed out and shivered slightly. Melissa was right, I could catch a cold and I did not have any money to treat myself The thought seemed awfully funny to me.With the money still in mind, I changed my clothes into my usual red and white uniform and started cleaning the rooms one by one. My hair dried up on their own, but I felt sticky and gross to even myself. Castillo Hotel was one of many hotels that fell under Castillo chain of hotels. Castillo's were currently the most rich people in the country with a wealth that everyo
ALICE'S POV “ What are you doing, Alice? ” I murmured to myself standing in front of the dressing mirror of one of the most expensive suites of Castillo Hotel. Just as I agreed upon doing this shitty thing, Melissa dragged me to the top floor of the hotel, to this suite and many people were already waiting for us. A girl dragged me to the huge Italian style Bathroom and stripped me naked in a spur of moment, that I was unable to understand what they were doing. Then another girl made me take a bath adding God Know's what kind of expensive products in the water of the bath. Then I was dragged to the dressing room completely naked in front of three women in which Melissa was not present, giving me a hint that she was not there anymore. After that, I went through the drying up process and dressed up in a red lingerie. Yes. A lingerie. They refused to give me clothes. In a moment that passed just too fast, those women painted my f
ALICE'S POV My first instinct was to run for the door from where I came in, but Alder grabbed my wrist and turned me around abruptly. “ Leave me! I don't want to do this. I can't die. I can't die just yet. ” I whisper yelled hysterically, trying to jerk his hand away from my wrist. But who was I kidding? Alder was whole lot stronger than me. Even if I tried for the rest of my life, I still will not be able to get myself free from his grip. All of a sudden, Alder started dragging me to the right corner of the dark room we were currently in. I wanted to scream, but my voice was struck in my throat. My mind was fixed on only two words ' She died '. Well. I should have asked Alder if they were going to transfer the money to my family if I died. It was all about money to begin with. If they transferred all the money to my family, then it would be okay to die early. I was not sure if my death was going to be an e
ALICE'S POV I felt someone's fingers grazing the soft skin of my right ankle and a scream left my lips without my notice. The soft fingers were soon replaced by a warm and soft mouth, that made my heart almost leap out to my throat. I knew what was going to happen. Was I ready for it? No. Did I want it? No.Did I have to do it? That was a big Yes.That was why I shut my eyes closed, when the fingers traveled a little higher to my knee and stopped, before being replaced by the soft lips. I grasped the chains hooked to the Leather handcuffs tightly in my hands until my knuckles turned white. If I thought more about the fear that was killing me slowly, I knew I was going to start crying. The tears pricking my eyes were an evidence of an emotional outburst, that was coming right up. For God's Sake, I did not even know who was doing this to me. And this fact made everything
ALICE'S POV When I opened my eyes, Darkness surrounded me completely. My breath hitched finding myself unable to look in the dark. I pushed myself to stand up on my feet and ran in the familiar direction. “ I am scared, Dad. ” I cried out and banged on the closed door, but no reply came. My heart started to beat faster, fearing the darkness that was engulfing me “ I am sorry, Dad. I swear I won't do it again. Please let me out. ” I banged on the door harder, my breaths becoming labored due to terror. “ Please let me out Dad. Please, Dad. ” I screamed on top of my lungs, as tears fell down from my eyes. “ Alice. ” Someone was calling me. I jolted up, screaming and pushed the person who was sitting beside me away from myself. “ Alice! Alice, its me. Melissa. ” Melissa's worried voice made me snap out of my nightmare and I looked at her feeling, horri
ALICE'S POV Groaning, my hand went to my neck which was aching. Slowly, my senses started to work. I was laying on something comfortable - too comfortable for my liking. Blinking my eyes open, I hissed and pushed myself to sit up in the bed I was laying on. What happened? I grabbed my head and closed my eyes once more to try to remember where I was and how I got here in the first place. ' You need help ' Alder's voice echoed in my mind and my eyes shot wide open. He - He Kidnapped me? My heart started to beat faster, as I looked around myself feeling scared. I noticed that the lights were off, but the moon shined in from the glass walls of the room, letting the light of the night pour into darkness. When I looked outside, my jaw hanged low. The whole city could be seen from there. My breath hitched, when I realized that I must be in some kind of penthouse at this time. Detaching my e
ALICE'S POV Alder dropped me back to the hospital. The whole drive was silent. I did not talk to him. He did not talk to me either as we sat side by side at the backseat of a Rolls Royce. Now as I stood in front of the hospital building staring at the big signboard that read Greenvill Hospital, I did not know what to do. Should I go inside? I knew Mom must be waiting for me. She must be waiting to humiliate me further. She was not that wrong though. Maybe her way of protesting against what I did was wrong but the reason behind her outburst was not wrong at all. Every mother is bound to get angry like this if she finds out that her daughter went around selling her body just for money. It was Just Money for her. But for me...It was life. I needed this money to stay alive or I might really end up jumping off that cliff due to guilt that had been drowning me for years now. Not months but
ALICE'S POV My shift ended early today. I heard from my Boss Liam that Madison asked him to let me go early. I was thankful. Too Indebted to her. As I walked on the silent streets in the middle of the night, I raised my head and looked at the moon shining brightly between the stars. It mermerised me as I exhaled heavily forgetting about the world around me. I forgot that I was Alice Anderson. I forgot that I was almost raped just now. But I was bound to remember it after a moment. Memories never leave you. They keep haunting you. Until you die.Looking down at my feet, I thought that it would be better if I never tried to forget. I was chained to the ground, Reaching moon was not possible. I walked and walked until I was standing in front of the hospital once again. It was a place that I hated. And it was the place where I belonged. Sighing, I forced myself to keep walking, ignoring the disgusted