Help Will and Ni Start Fresh

I've known my best friend Ni for over ten years now, since we were both just kids trying to get through school. In that time, they've helped me through some of the worst, hardest periods of my life- it's not an exaggeration to say that I might not be here today if they hadn't been there for me through those dark nights. I've always wanted the chance to repay them in kind for the support they gave me. A couple of years ago, I got my chance by helping them escape from a severely abusive housing situation.

Ni's home life had always been troubling, but over the course of a few weeks, the situation went from bad to worse. I stayed in touch with them as things continued to escalate, and as their abuser cut them off from the outside world by cutting their phone and internet access, it became clear that their environment was quickly becoming unsafe. The last message I got from them before their line was disconnected was that they had returned from work one night to discover that their abuser had locked them out of the house and was refusing to let them back in, effectively making them homeless with nothing but the clothes on their back.

I had watched my best friend endure so much horror and abuse, and couldn't stand it anymore- they needed help, and I knew I had to do what I could to get them quickly and safely out of that situation. I didn't hesitate, I just jumped in my car and drove. That night, we recovered what few of Ni's belongings we could, piled them into my junker of an old Buick Century, and drove away from that horrible place, never once looking back.

It's been a long, hard road since that night. Ni escaped that situation with nothing but a backpack full of old clothes, and I had barely anything to my name myself, but we were determined to make it work. We've both worked hard to try and out what little we had together to try and find some stability. It's cost us both a lot to get this far, and it's been painful, requiring many sacrifices- over the past few months, we've suffered a car accident, two vehicle failures and medical fees along with our day-to-day expenses of trying to get by. Until now, we've managed to hold on by the edges of our fingertips, but our latest hurdle threatens to stretch us past the breaking point.

We're now facing legal fees associated with past debts we incurred trying to recover from setback after setback. After almost two years of struggling to stay afloat and not being able to get our feet under us, these last fees are all that stand between us and a chance at a fresh start. We're asking that you help us reach that chance.

When I made the decision to save Ni's life on that night two years ago, I knew it wasn't going to be easy. I knew I was taking a risk, and that the two of us might not make it on our own. I took the leap anyway because it was the right thing to do, and because I genuinely believe that people are, for the most part, good at heart. It's in the spirit of that belief that I'm making this post and asking that you give what you can.

Thank you for your consideration.

- Will
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Will Anderson 
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Brookhaven, GA
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