Old Friends New Life (Completed)

Hello, my name is Ruby. I was best friends with Liam all throughout secondary school. Yes, THE Liam Payne. When he left at the end of year 11 to audition for X-Factor again I supported him fully. We stayed in contact for a while but in the end just kind of drifted. We haven't contacted in a year and let alone seen each other in nearly 2. Fancy running into him on the night I ran away of all nights. You see my dad died of cancer but I never told Liam. My mum was depressed and when Anthony came along he was really nice. Mum was so masked by their 'love' that she didn't listen when I told her of all the abuse he gave me. Things didn't help when he got her pregnant. I decided to run away in the end. That was enough, I couldn't cope with anything anymore. I went to the river and was standing on the bridge, about to jump...

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10. Arena

Ruby's P.O.V.

I couldn't believe Annabelle was here! I thought I was never going to see her again! We were all settled in the seats in the lounge area of the ferry, Liam with a towel around him. Bless. I let him pull me against his freezing body because..well... he was freezing. Three boys approached us and Bella smiled at them before intoducing us to them and vica versa,

"Guys this is Harry, Louis, Liam, Ruby, Niall and Zayn." They all waved to us and we waved back. "This is my band, my drummer Nathan, Guitarist Max, and Bass and Keyboard John." They took seats around us and I caught Nathan I think his name was, staring at me. I smiled at him and turned back to everyone else. Liam's grip tightened on me and I sent him a questioning look. He then gestured towards Nathan who was still staring. I rolled me eyes and leaned in to Liam. He was smirking as he knew what I was doing. Our lips connected and it still felt just like the first time, fireworks went off and we were the only ones there as our lips moved in sync with eachother. I don't know how long we stayed like that but when we pulled away we were both grinning like idiots and we only stopped because the intercom was telling everyone to go back to their vehicles.

"Come on!" Bella was pulling on my hand so I let her pull me along, back to the bus. It was getting quite late now and I think I speak for all of us when I say we were so tired. Luckily Nathan's tour bus was in the opposite direction to ours so we didn't need to worry about that. "Sooooo I think I can guess where you got your necklace from huh?" Bella pointed to the 'L' shaped necklace hanging near my chest and I blushed a little as she squealed. I hadn't noticed until now but Bella was in her onesie when we got off the bus... how come she was wearing a normal T-shirt and shorts now? When did she change? Actually come to think of it... Niall was in jeans and a white T-shirt when we got off and he is now in trackies and a blue T-shirt... What happened here...

"Bell's... what happened to your clothes?" She turned bright red as I suspected and then went all innocent on me.

"What about my clothes?" I rolled my eyes and elbowed her side lightly as she started giggling hysterically. This then set me off and all the boys were looking at us like we belonged in a mental hospital... Which we most likely do actually... But then Niall's expression shifted and he smiled as I stopped laughing and Bella continued. Hold up... something happened and I am going to find out...

"Liam!" I called, he slowed his pace to match mine and Bella went off to talk to Niall. Liam sent me a questioning look and took my hand in his, entwining our fingers. I smiled and rested my head on his shoulder as we walked. "I think something went on with Bella and Niall whilst we were on the ferry." I explained and I felt Liam look down at me again. He kissed my forhead before asking,

"What makes you think that?"

"Well" I started, "Bella and Niall were wearing different clothes when they got off the bus as to what they are now and when I asked Bella about it she went bright red and started laughing. Which she only does when she is hiding something. I need you to ask Niall and see what he does. I think they did something but I don't want to jump to conclusions. Plus they keep drifting towards each other and acting all... shy and couply." I finished explaining and Liam was smiling.

"I was thinking something similar actually." I looked up at him and we both smiled. "But we'll investigate tomorrow because it is late now and we need to sleep." I nodded and as if to prove him right I yawned. He smiled gently and kissed my cheek. We got on the bus and everyone went straight to bed. They were on their own because instead of the small bus like last time there was enough space on the top floor for everyone to get a normalish bed. Me and Liam took one whilst Harry had another next to Louis. Niall and Annabelle had ones next to eachother as well and finally Zayn took onw at the back that was near everyone. Liam pulled me closer to him and I layed my head next to his as he spooned me and took my hand in his. I smiled and drifted off. "I Love You So Much." I heard him whisper to me and I replied with a kiss.

 

*Next Morning*

"Get your lazy asses up!" Louis yelled. I groaned and rolled over, burying my face in Liam's bare chest. He chuckled and wrapped his arms around me. "NOW!" Louis screamed. I groaned again and I knew Louis was only joking but it was still very annoying. I lifted my head up, squinting and saw a very tired looking Harry standing next to him, trying to back him up but failing as he nearly fell asleep on the spot, Zayn still out cold on his bed and Bella's bed empty. I frowned and spotted her cuddled up to Niall in his bed. As soon as she saw me looking at her she put a finger up to her lips to signal me to be quiet. She then crept out of Niall's arms, leaving a pillow in her place and went over to whisper something to Louis. He nodded and grinned evilly before coming over to us.

"What's the plan Tommo?" Liam mumbled sleepily as he was watching as well.

"Well" He started, "We all start singing as if it was the wake-up song but then we stop and we all have a glass of water on ice and we throw it on him." I thought it was a brilliant plan and dragged myself out of bed to go and get the water. Liam followed and I saw he was only in boxers. I tried not to stare at his toned abs but couldn't help it. When I tore my eyes away he was smirking so I stuck my tongue out and made my way down the stairs to the kitchen. We had plastic cups only for a reason. Zayn finally came and got one as well after hearing the plan and we went back to Niall's bed. The boys started to sing softly but stopped abrutly and we all screamed and threw the water and ice on him. He yelled and shot out of bed quicker than I have ever seen a human move before in my life. We all burst out laughing as he stood there shivering, glaring at us. He stormed off after a while towards the bathroom.

"Niall!" Liam called after him. He turned around to look at him. "You might want to hang those sheets somewhere to dry, because they're the only ones you're going to get." Niall just huffed and stalked into the bathroom, closing the door behind him and locking it, as we all burst into more laughter. Once we heard running water of the small shower, we all calmed down slightly and made our way downstairs where all the PLASTIC utensils were in the kitchen.

"Why is everything plastic?" Annabelle asked and Louis was about to answer but Zayn cut him off.

"Mr.Tomlinson here broke two bowls, three mugs and somehow one fork last tour whilst Harry managed only two plates and Niall one plate last tour. We had to stop to stock up on things quite a lot so Simon only allowed plastic things this time." He glares at Louis and Harry who feined innocence and Louis started whistling as he turned to put the kettle on. Zayn, Liam, Bella dn I started to laugh a bit and Harry just grinned. For breakfast we all had either cereal or toast, or both in Niall's case, and then the bus stopped outside the arena. We all stepped out the buses an gaped at it, well Me, Bella, Nathan, John and Max. The boys just walked towards it casually. Noting a couple of cool features. I rolled my eyes and ran to catch up with them, jumping on Liam's back, who caught me and gave me a piggback ride all the way there.I wrapped my arms around his neck and kissed him on the cheek. He smiled and carried on walking.

"Sorry, gotta take this." Louis said as his phone started to ring. He answered and walked back a little bit with his back towards us. I looked questioningly at the others but they just shrugged and continued to get closer to the front doors. Bella and her band caught up with us just as we reached the doors. I looked behind to see Louis drop his phone and collapse to the ground with his face in his hands.

"LOUIS!!" I shouted. I jumpd off Liam's back and ran towards him. When I reached him he looked up with tears running down his cheeks. I knelt down and wrapped my arms around him, picking his phone up and shoving it in my pocket so it didn't get broken. He hugged me back and sobbed into my shoulder. "Hey, Hey, it's okay. Tell me what happened." I soothed him as he rubbed his back. He sniffled a bit a pulled away enough to see my face, our arms still around each other.

"El-El-Eleanor. Sh-she broke-up wi-with me." He stuttered as he choked on his words. My face softened even more and I wiped his tears with my thumbs. I was aware of the boys watching from a little distance away but ignored them. "Sh-she che-cheated on m-me an-and sh-she got preg-pregnant w-wi-with his baby. Sh-she ch-chose him o-over me." He broke down again and I pulled back into me.

"Hey. She isn't good enough for you anyway, you deserve better." I reassured him. I motioned for the other boys to go in with Bella's band but Liam stayed behind. He came over to us and patted Louis on the back. He looked at him over my shoudler and then started to cry again so buried his face in my hair. "You want me to tell him?" I asked. He nodded so I told Liam what happened. He gasped and took Louis from my arms, wrapping him in a brotherly hug. Eventually we managed to calm Louis down and we sat outside for a bit and talked. We managed to convince him this was for the best and that he will find someone soon enough that is worthy of him. He said he was good enough to do the show tonight and we walked inside. Everyone was at sound check so Liam took Louis into the mens toilets to clean him up a bit. I sat outside and took Louis' phone out his pocket.

'Password needed' it said. Shoot. I took a guess at 'Eleanor' and it unlocked. I shook my head and clicked on settings. I then went to password and changed it to a 4-digit number code and wrote it on the back of my hand to remember it. I then went to his pictures and changed his backgrounds. I changed the home one to him and the boys that I had taken, and his lock one to a picture of me and him pulling a funny face we took on the ferry here. After that I went through all is photos and deleted any with Eleanor in. Deleted her number and anything else related to her in any way. When I was done there was absolutely no trace Eleanor ever existed. Pretty chuffed I set it on the table. Bored because I didn't have a phone myself to do anything on. It was birthday today and no-one had remembered. That made me kind of sad but I shrugged it off. Why would they remember silly little old me.

"Hey." Liam said as he walked out with Louis. Louis looked considerably better as his eyes were only slightly red and not puffy at all, his hair back into its normal style and his clothes all fixed up. There was virtually no trace of him ever crying. I smiled and passed him his phone, telling him his new password. He smiled and we all made our way into the stage area. Liam held my hand and I smiled as Louis scrolled through his phone. When he saw the backgrounds he smiled, especially the lock one. He than mouthed 'Thank You' as he realised Eleanor was no longer part of his phone. I smiled back at him.

After rehearsals and lunch and more rehearsals we were sent backstage to get ready. Lou, the stylist, had a little toddler called Lux with her whom the boys seemed to love. Louis played with her and when it was his turn to get his hair and stuff done, Liam took over who had just finished. He was wearing a green checked shirt open over a white T-shirt and grey skinny jeans with green converse. His hair was shaved at sides as normal but style slightly spiked in the middle bit. Very hot if I do say so myself. When the boys went on stage Liam gave me a passionate kiss and ran on grinning like an idiot.

"Can I style you?" Lou asked. I turned to her and grinned, nodding my head. She squealed and sat me down on a chair with Lux in my lap. I was a bit nervous at first but Lux seemed to like me and I made her gurgle and laugh which made me laugh as well. "She really likes you. You're great with kids." I smiled.

"Thanks. I want to have some some day." I explained and she smiled back at me.

"Well I think you would make an amazing mum. You can babysit Lux sometime if you like. Actually more like will you? Me and my partner never get to go out." She explained and when I said I would love to she squealed again. "It's really nice working with a girl for a change. Long hair and pretty dresses." She looked like she was going into a day dream and I just nodded and she started working with my chocolate brown curls reaching midway down my back. The boys changed half way through but we didn't see them as the clothes were laid out in a different room apparently. Lux fell asleep in my lap so I cradled her in my arms and smiled at her. Lou smiled as well and when she said she was done with my hair she moved onto my make-up. Only light because it only took a couple of minutes. "Okay, dress time." I laid Lux down in her cot thing and stripped down. Lou then examined me and I felt a little self-concious but she didn't mention anything about the brusies or scars. "You have figure to die for!" She said.

"Thank you." I grinned, pleased and she handed me a dress. It was a dark blue lace dress that reached around mid-thigh. She then handed me some little black heeled boots and a light weight black cardigan to go on top. Then a clutch black bag and a little silver charm bracelet to go with my necklace from Liam that I haven't taken off.

"Keep it all love." She said. She insisted and I thanked her profusely. Looking in the mirror I looked stunning. My curls were put over one shoudler with a dark blue flower clip and it looked really good with smokey eye and light make-up. I thanked her again and hugged her. "Happy Birthday." She said. I was shocked and hugged her again.

"Thank you. You're the first person to say that to me." She looked shocked instead this time but smiled. She then shoved me out as Liam was just coming down the coridoor jogging. As soon as he saw me he stopped and his jaw dropped. Staring. I shifted uncomfortably and he snapped out of it enough to slowly walk towards me When he reached me he leaned in and softly kissed my lips.

"You look beautiful, love." I blushed and he took my hand in his. Now he was wearing something similar to out park dinner sate, a white shirt and black waistcoat with black torusers but instead had converse on. I rolled my eyes and he grinned down at me, still taller even in my heels. "Trust me." He whispered in my ear. I as confused until he came to the stage steps. We walked at them and I froze at the top. The boys were mucking around on stage, answering questions on twitter. "Trust me." He repeated. He walked on stage, entwining our fingers to give me support, and as soon as I appeared the crowd cheered and the boys stood shocked having a similar reaction as Liam had earlier. Liam kissed my cheek and I blushed as the crowd 'awwww'ed. There was a leather sofa in the middle and all the boys were sat down. Niall and Louis on the arms as Zayn and Harry were on it and Liam took the last seat, pulling me on his lap. Louis gave him his microphone back and he started talking with one arm wrapped firmly around my waist. I felt very exposed and shrunk back a little. Liam tightened his grip and smiled at me. "Everyone, I need you to help us with something. Can you do that?" The crowd cheered so lous I had to cover my ears. Liam chuckled and took out one of his ear pieces as well.

"Okay, on the count of three lets do what we asked you okay?" Louis said. There were aot of yes's and okay's but mostly cheering. "One." Louis started.

"Two." Harry said

"Three." They all finished. I wasn't expecting what came next. They all started to sing 'Happy Birthday' and the crowd did as well. Tears pricked my eyes and I turned around where I was and hugged Liam as tight as possible. He stopped singing anf wrapped his other arm around my waist.

"Happy Birthday, love." He whispered in my ear. I grinned and kissed his cheek. He then took one hand and cupped my face, pressing his lips lightly on mine. At the end of the song the crowd cheered and I mouthed ' Thank You' to them. They all cheered again. Wow, they had strong lungs. Confetti started to pour down and the boys all picked up presents from behind the couch, Louis giving Liam his, and they gave them to me. I grinned and got up to hug them all.

"Happy Birthday. And Thank You." Louis said. We hugged really tight and long and he kissed me on the cheek as I did the same. I then went over to Harry who spun me around and I giggled, kissing him on the cheek and he kissed me on both cheeks, as he said Happy Birthday as well.

"Happy Birthday!" Niall picked me up and hugged me tight. I laughed and he kissed my cheek tentatively, turning red when I kissed his. Finally was Zayn.

"Happy Birthday. We are going out just us two to coffee tomorrow." He said. I nodded and smiled as he kissed my hand before we hugged. Liam then took me back and hugged me tight. The crowd was all cheering still. Then they started chanting, 'Kiss' 'Kiss' 'Kiss' Liam shrugged his shoudlers and cocked his eyebrow. I nodded my head and he slowly leaned in, gently pressing his soft lips to mine. We both smiled in the kiss as the crowd roared.

"I think they accept you." He said. I was relieved and grinned. "Good night everybody. You were amazing and Thank You." Liam said into the mic. The other boys all said their good byes before running off stage. Liam was more normal and entwined our fingers as we walked off like normal people. We walked down the steps where the others were drinking thirstily out of water bottles, and he kissed my cheek, taking one from Louis. I let go of his hand so he could drink it and he finished it within a couple of minutes. I still had all the presents on the stage. "Don't worry, Paul is getting the presents from the stage." Liam said as if he read my mind. I nodded and Paul appeared just minutes later.

"Happy Birthday." He said. I thanked him and took the presents as he kissed my cheek and walked off. Paul was their body  guard who kept them in check. He was staying in the hotel with us tonight. Apparently because we are here for a few days, we get to stay in a hotel.

"We are going out in a few, to a really nice restaurant for you." Zayn said and I smiled nodding. They were all dressed quite nicely in proper outfits so Lou handed them their jackets to their assigned suits and we were off. Paul, Lou and Lux, and a few other staff were coming with us. I got to hold Lux who was still asleep and Liam slipped his arm around my waist as we walked. "We have been tlking about you quite a bit. Throughout the whole concert" Zayn slipped in as we got in an SUV. The other boys nodded in agreement.

"Apparently some people saw us in the lounge of the ferry yesterday, and figured out who you are. So a few of them knew your birthday was today." Harry explained. I was shocked. How could they find that out so quick. "They all love you." he added on. I blushed and pretended to look at Lux but the other boys knew and laughed at me. I blushed even worse and stuck my tongue out at them.

"Now, now. That's rude. We know where that tongue has been and we really don't want to see Liam's throat." We all laughed as Liam blushed a deep crimson and took Lux from me. He stuck his tongue at Louis' comment and he said, "Same goes for you Mr.Payne." and we all laughed again. We continued to laugh and joke in the car until we pulled up outside a posh pub restaurant. Lou took Lux again and we made our way inside. A young male waitor showed us to our table and told us our waitress would be with us shortly. I sat in between Liam and Lou, Louis next to Liam and Harry next to him. Paul next to Lou. A few more crew near Paul and next to Harry was Zayn then Niall then Bella and her band. Everyone got their drinks and our waitress came.

"Hello my name is Shelby and I will be your waitress tonight." She had long think brown straight air with what appeared to be blonde did-dyed but it worked perfectly. Her eyes were a chocolate brown, similar to Liam's but a slightly darker shade. She was wearing a white top with a black waistcoat thing and black trousers and black heels with a white waitors apron. She was very pretty and I saw Louis staring at her. "What can I get you?" We all ordered and Louis' eyes followed her all the way out. This was going to be a long night. Great, but long.

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