Chapter Forty-Two ~ It's Like I'm Still There

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*Wynter's POV*

"We're here, love," Zayn said, waking me up. My eyes fluttered open and it took me a moment to remember where I was: a private jet. I leaned up while rubbing my eyes. Wait, I slept through the whole flight? "How long have I been asleep?" He smiled. "Fourteen hours." My eyes widened and I was wide awake.

"No way," I said in disbelief. I began to think of places that take fourteen hours to fly to. "Zayn Malik, I swear you will die if we're out of the country." He shook his head. "Nope. Now come on slow poke! We have a boat to catch." Oh my God.... are we going on a cruise?! I stared at him for a minute before standing up and grabbing his hand as he led me out of the plane. "Wait." He stopped me and tied a bandanna around my eyes, much to my displeasure.

A breeze of warm air hit my face as I stepped out and I smiled. The air smelled of the sea and more guesses began to race through my head. He kept his arms around my waist as I was led somewhere and eventually into a car. He sat next to me. "Am I the only one who can't see?" I asked. "Nope," every other girl chorused. For the whole drive the car was silent, but it wasn't awkward. I just snuggled into Zayn's side, playing with his fingers.

I slowly grabbed his hand and lifted it up to my face, acting like I was going to kiss his knuckles. I could feel his eyes on me the whole time and knew that he was trying to hold back a laugh. At the last second, I bit his hand (lightly) and dropped his hand in his lap, chuckling. "Ow!" he yelped. "What was that for?"

"Paying for me to go on this vacation." Someone nudged my other side and Aqua whispered, "What did you do?" I leaned over slowly, navigating her ear with my hand to whisper back that I bit him. After a few silent moments, I heard Zayn being cut off from saying 'don't' and then another 'ow' from Niall. Aqua and I started cracking up.

"THIS REMINDS ME OF TWILIGHT!" Louis yelled. I heard a thump and a groan. "Boobear, stop!" Harry exclaimed. "Don't bite me!" That only made me laugh harder and I about wet myself when I heard Harry yelp in pain. "Mates, I will put you in timeout if you don't stop," Liam's commanding voice spoke. There was a chorus of "Yes Daddy" and now all of us girls were laughing.

When the car finally stopped, we all climbed out and now the salt water was almost over powering with its smell. "Alright," Zayn said to me, "Paul is going to take you guys the rest of the way while we go to the store. No, you may not take off the blindfold yet."

"Fine, fine," I agreed reluctantly. He hugged me and then I was guided onto something. It wasn't until I heard a motor that I realized it was a boat. Hazel grabbed my hand, squeezing it. She got sea sick very quickly.

*skipping to them being at the hotel*

I was extremely impressed. The boys had booked the nicest, biggest suite our hotel had and needless to say I was shocked at it. It also was accompanied with two bedrooms, one with a queen sized bed and one with two singles. Paul took a normal room a floor below us, even though I'd tried talking him into staying with us. He said five teenage boys was just barely enough to handle and that he'd be fine alone. Whatever floats his boat!

The boys hadn't come back yet, and we had decided to change into our..... ONESIES!  El and I had our hair down naturally. We were all running around the suite, being lunatics with all the excitement built up in us. We'd figured out that we were on a reserved island in Hawaii, which was pretty smart of the boys to choose. Hazel and Scarlet were hitting each other with couch pillows while standing on the couch. Aqua of course was in the kitchen looking for food that wasn't there. Eleanor and I were jumping across the single beds.

And unsurprisingly we'd stuck Scarlet's iPod in a dock and were blasting songs. It was currently Call Me Maybe, but changed to Party Rock Anthem. We all started jerking, looking like complete fools. I heard someone knock on the door and ran over to open it. As I did, I looked over my shoulder to yell to Scarlet to turn it down, but a voice stopped me. "Well aren't you pretty?" My eyes widened and my breath caught in my throat. The last time I heard that was when my dad's drunk friend was harassing me.

I turned around and saw Louis holding groceries, only his face had morphed into that man's. I screamed at the top of my lungs in fear and sprinted away from the door, into the room with the queen sized bed locking the door, then into the closet. It was dark and quiet except for my heavy, fast breathing. I sat in the corner farthest from the door, arms around my knees and my head curled down.

There was loud, worried voices a few rooms away and I heard pounding on the door, people calling for me. This only made me more scared. To me, I was back in that dark basement in my corner with the sound of drunk men yelling, completely accessible to that man and without Zayn.

*Zayn's POV*

My blood ran cold as I watched Wynter, face pale and full of terror, scream and sprint away from us. I dropped my grocery bags and ran after her, barely dodging Lou. I barely had time to stop before a bedroom door was slammed in my face and locked. I heard another door slam shut and then nothing.

"What happened?" Scarlet asked, running over to me. I was quickly swarmed by the others. "l don't know," I said, running a hand through my hair. "Louis was being his normal self and said she looked pretty, then she sorta screamed and ran. She locked herself in there." Scarlet and Aqua began to knock on the door, calling for Wynter to let them in, but she never answered.

"l didn't mean to scare her," Louis whimpered. El hugged him around the waist and kissed his cheek. "Maybe she'll come out after a while," Niall suggested. Him, Aqua, Harry, and Liam went to put away groceries. El dragged Louis over to the couch and Hazel went into the bathroom. I watched as Scarlet picked the lock and soon it was thrown open. She shoved me inside and said, "She'll want you," before closing the door quietly. I turned to survey the room, not seeing her.

"Wynter?" I called out. I heard a whimper and followed it to the closet, sliding the door open and seeing Wynter crouched in the corner, head in her knees. "Are you alright?" I asked, laying a hand on her shoulder. She flinched and pressed her back against the wall, her tears streaked face looking up at me. "Don't touch me!" she whimpered in a pleading voice. My heart broke. She was shaking uncontrollably and her eyes weren't focusing.

"It's me, Zayn. I won't hurt you," I whispered in a calming voice. It took her a moment, but she finally launched herself in my arms and held onto me with all her might. I wrapped my arms around her securely and hummed Stole My Heart to try and calm her down. "H-he was there," she whimpered. "A-and I thought he w-was going to get m-me this time."

"I'll never let you be taken from me again," I reassured her. We stood there in silence and it wasn't until ten minutes later that she whispered, "Not that guy." Wait, what? There were two guys?! As if reading my mind, she continued. "He was drunk and he said what Louis did. He kept grabbing me," I felt myself tense up, jaw clenched, eyes staring straight ahead, "and I told him to stop. He would've got me, b-but the other one told him to leave." She hadn't taken her face out of my chest the whole time she talked and hadn't loosened her grip.

"S-so he didn't..."

She shook her head. "No. He didn't." I felt myself relaxing.

"He never will," I murmured, resting my head on top of hers.




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