I had woken up early this morning for some reason feeling awake and ready for today with the light morning sun shining through the curtains. I then pulled myself out of the warm nest of blankets and continued down stairs to find Scarlet, my roommate, sitting at the kitchen counter stuffing a powdered doughnut into her mouth. She then looked up to see me. She pointed at me begging me to come to her through her hand motions. I gave a small laugh then made my way over.
"Good morning, Chloe." She spoke roughly as she swallowed the remainder of the doughnut. I smiled her way and sat beside her. We both sat there quietly until she handed me a piece of paper and got up. The note said: "Chloe, come meet me outside Fresh Beaut's this morning around ten, you're needed. -Niall"
I checked my clock to see it was 9:30 I mumbled a curse then bolted up stairs throwing on the nearest jacket brown leather over my tank top and some decent dark blue jeans after stumbling down stairs one shoe on and working on the other. It helped that it was only a few minutes away from the neighborhood I lived in. When I pulled up I noticed Niall standing in front of the door seeming on edge I walked up to him slowly just taking a minute as I made my way observing him his dark tan skin covered by a ragged old hoodie and his regular jeans were covered in holes, and what seemed to be mud crusted on the rest his hair shaggy and the darkest brown you could imagine.
"Any reason you needed me here this early?" I asked him as i opened the door and walked in. He followed and gave me a small smile.
"Just a busy schedule today, I guess." he said with a small chuckle then sat down in the chair and turned to me.
"Alright girly listen to me very carefully, I need you to do this perfect and I trust you will.. I have this picture for you to go off of." he spoke very serious and stern as he looked at me his dark eyes locked with mine as each word flew from his lips to my ears.
I gave a small unsure smile and looked down at the picture It was a bleach blonde gentle man cut I liked It a lot.
"Alright let’s do this!" I said excitedly then got to work pulling out my little counter on wheels digging through the side cubbies and mixing my dye,
"What made you want to go with such a change?" I asked him as I paint brushed the dye in his hair then tin foiled it.
"Just getting ready for summer, bored of the hair I guess." he spoke sounding careless and was more interested in watching me do his hair then talk so I kept quiet and got to work after an hour in a half It was done. He gave me a big smile and a hug.
"I knew I could trust you." he said with a chuckle, he seemed very happy until I felt a jerk and before I could blink I had been thrown to the wall and the mirror I had just been using for Niall shattered, then I heard the bullet again my ears ringing and shock going in I went to get up and run but Niall held me down slowly pulling me along the floor as he moved himself closer to the back door I tried moving with him but I felt myself smack down to the cold floor every time I tried then another bullet flew through the salon almost a ear away from my head I jerked away trying to get up and away from it all but Niall pulled me down again then he cracked the door and dragged both of us out, pulling me up as he bolted I barely got to my feet as I sprinted behind him
"What’s going on?' I tried to say through my breathing he didn't answer just glanced at me and kept at it he suddenly stopped I looked to see we we're behind his car when he opened it slowly then pushed me in crawling over me in the back making it to the front. Then I heard the car start and in almost that second I felt myself fly backwards hitting the ceiling of the car and landing back down to the seat. Feeling my scull throb and heart race, I stayed down until I felt the car stop I looked around (where we're we?) I thought biting my lip and staring out the window to nothing buildings old buildings amazed that they could even stand the bricks looked like dried clay crumbling with every moment and any sign of paint or wallpaper peeled have way down the wall it laid Then as my eyes adjusted I saw Niall In front of the smallest building around he was bashing in a a old tin trash can and screaming curses I got out and walked to him wanting to know what I got myself into this morning.
"What was that?" I spoke my voice a little shaky as I spoke He turned to me tear stains on his cheeks and a frown hung from his lips he came closer to me taking a breath.
"Chloe I'm so sorry I never meant to get such a close friend involved in my life problems, I would do anything to take this day back, please just listen... These people there part of a special services I can’t get to much in at this time you'll learn the longer you're here. And they not only want me but anyone who knows anything about me dead. That's why I was asking you for the new look. They had figured what I looked like and I needed to be unseen, I can see that didn't work." he took a breath as another tear flowed down his cheek.
"Niall what exactly do you do for them to want you, and when can I go home?" I asked my voice cracking I ran my fingers through my hair trying to relax feeling terrified and wanting to help my friend
"Chloe.... you can't go home it's not safe and I would never risk it they know you and they won’t think twice to come "visit" you to try to get some information it doesn't matter if you don't know anything... Just let this cool down, and you'll learn what I do soon enough." he sighed then put his hand out to lead me to my next surprise. I didn't answer because I didn't see the point he was right I saw enough actions to know what happens when you go home, I plan on living no matter what it takes.