Date Unknown Dear Diary, I don't know why but I feel the need to write my name. My name is Natalie Mirror and this is where my story begins. This diary isn't to be judged or stereotyped as it holds a powerful secret and hopefully soon a weapon. Have you ever heard about those young children coming from violent backgrounds, well I never thought I would be one of them. Abused. That's a word that is powerful on its own, sending shivers down people's spines, even now. I wouldn't have expected my stepfather to ruin my childhood. Many words could be used to describe his spiteful personality and the terror he installs daily into my broken life. He breaks everything he can get his hands on, debilitating my spirit and crushing my dreams. The more he does it the more I know I cannot escape, I cannot break free. Probably the worse of all is that I cannot escape the shadow of my life. So when you read my story feel my pain, see my tears and hold my hand, because it is a tough story to tell. I know that most of you won't stick around to see how it ends, maybe it's too hard but for those who do, I promise it will be worth it. So turn over the page and read as my life is broken down before me. But also read the story of young love and friendship because it's not all a horrible story. So begin now dear friend, it's time to unveil the pain behind the smile. I hope to see you at the end... Written by Natalie Mirror.