Release Date: 28th March 2015-03-26
Event Party: 28th March 2015.
Anna Rosa Castillo is unlike most 16 year old girls.
She doesn't care for clothes or make up, nor does she giggle with her friends about hot guys. Coming from a small town in the North of England, where drugs and criminals are at the top of the food chain, Anna’s life is an impossible mixture of pain and sorrow. Drawing and tattoos are her only way of escaping the tortures that consume her at home. She lives by only one rule – do whatever he says, and she might live long enough to get away.
All that changes when a fatal night lands the monster of her nightmares in a prison cell and herself in a hospital bed, staring into the eyes of a father she has never known.
The addition of a father and family turns Anna’s life upside-down, thrusting her into a world she could never understand. Inner demons and unspeakable memories claw at her as she tries to build a relationship with her new family. But with her past looming over her new life, will she be able to break free?
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David finds me an hour later. I look up after doing another lap and I see him sitting on one of the sun lounger smiling at me. I get out the pool, wrap myself in the towel I left on the side and walk over to him, sitting in the seat next to him.
“Hi, Princess, good swim?” he asks me. He doesn’t look me in the eye, and I can tell something is wrong.
Oh no, is he sending me back? Is this because of last night? I knew this would happen. I never should have got attached to them.
“It was ok,” I reply in a small voice looking down, waiting for the inevitable.
“That’s good. Look, darling, there’s something I need to talk to you about,” he says as he hands me a cup of coffee.
I nod and wait for him to say more.
“I received a phone call today, Anna. From someone who wants to see you, your grandparents. They have been trying to find you since the news of your mother and they finally got through to me. They want to come out and see you. They’re fighting me for custody of you.”
I barely register anything he says after grandparents.
What do they want me for? My head starts spinning as I begin to recall the last time I saw them. Before I can stop myself, I’m lost in the memories. I hear her words as though she’s right next to me saying them again.
Usted no debe estar dejando moretones que la gente puedaver.
You should not be leaving bruises that people can see.
I feel the tears fall down my face as I remember the harsh words and harsher beatings. I can hear David saying my name, but it’s no use. All I see is them. All of them. My stomach turns to ice as my breathing becomes laboured and sharp.
David touches my arm and I flinch. I look up and see the horror on his face. I take a steadying breath and say only five words to him before running off up to my room.
“Don’t let them take me.”
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Annie Hughes has been writing ever since she was a little girl, growing up with a fierce passion for books and the imaginary worlds created inside them. When she’s not busy with mum chores, she can be found staying awake until obscene hours reading or writing. A corporate stooge/single mum/avid coffee drinker by day (and night), Annie spends most her nights with music in her ears and her fingers at her laptop.
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