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...


25. Ups And Downs

Liam's P.O.V.

It had been a total of 11 months since Daniel Jacob Payne had been born. My son. It felt weird to say that still, but yet again so right. Time passed so quickly. It seems like only yesterday Ruby went into labour on the tour bus and I admittedly freaked out a little. He was so handsome though. Cheeky like his mum I think, but she always says he gets from me. Agree to disagree I guess. He probably gets it from boht of us. And his Uncles. He was starting to learn to walked now actually. He could get around if he had a hold on something. This was definitely becoming a problem at home. Me and Ruby would turn our backs for a minute and he's be lifting himself up with the coffee table and going round it. Goodness knows what he would be like when he could actually walk. Getting up to mischief.

Christmas had been fun with a baby not even two months old. He was so scared by the crackers and party poppers that we had to take him out to calm him down. He was spoilt with presents from the boys and my family though, not to mention me and Ruby. New Years then came around. Again he was scared by the noise but enjoyed seeing his Uncle Louis very drunk and acting like a complete idiot as we played charades. I don't know how it was supposed to be a lion...

Whenever me and Ruby ran into fans with him, they were instantly in love. Not even a year old and he knew how to work the ladies. With his cheeky little smile and adorable dimples. Even I was in love with that smile. The first time he did it was when me and Ruby were dancing around the living room one late evening when the boys had gone to bed. We hadn't even noticed until we were about to kiss and started to giggle. He was going to be a ladies man, bringing home a different girl every night when he's a teenager.

Of course, it hadn't been all plain sailing. We had had our blips. Me and Ruby had our arguments. At one point she threatened to move out, but we always managed to resolve it. We learnt from them and they made us stronger. I could never live without her. She was my life. I love her so much, it's unreal. I couldn't picture my life without her or Daniel anymore. I didn't want to.

Ruby's 20th birthday came and went. My 21st came and went. Daniel's 1st was coming up. (A/N go with it.) It was going to be brilliant. We still lived with the boys so that would make it interesting to say the least. Me and Ruby offered to move out when Daniel was a month old, because they weren't getting any sleep, but they refused to let us. I think only reason was because Daniel managed to charm them with his cuteness.

Louis and Shelby were going well, she was going to move in soon as well. That would be fun. Bella got signed to a better record deal with Si and she was off on a world tour after her hit debut single. Niall couldn't take the pressure of a long distance relationship and broke it off. We all thought it was for the best. They only saw each other when they were both off tour, which was rare. If it was meant to be, it will work out. Harry has stayed solo, he is looking for a relationship though, so Ruby is trying to find someone for him. Zayn also asked Ruby to find someone and recently she said she found the perfect person. Some girl called Beth, a model for Lee Cooper or something? We'll see how that goes.

"Leeeeeeyum? Anyone home?" I had zoned out at the end of out last concert of out UK tour for TMH. Louis was waving a hand in front of my face in our tweet segment. "It's your turn mate." I nodded as I came back to my senses and began to read off the tweet.

"This one is from @I<3_DannyPayne." I laughed at the name. "I do too, and it says, is Daniel here tonight? If so bring him out?? And when will you and Ruby get married already?" I blushed at the last part. "Danny is here tonight actually, Louis want to get him?" Louis beamed and nodded excitedly. He was gone for no more that a couple of minutes when he reappeared with a screaming Daniel Payne in his arms. I chuckled and went over to get him myself. As soon as Danny was in my arms, he calmed down.

"No fair." Louis pouted and everyone awwed at either me and Danny or him. Probably both. "Anyway you didn't anwer the second part of their question Liam." I was walking around stage with Danny as he gripped onto my fingers for support. He was used to being on stage now. He liked to play the audience and milk it as much as he could. Like I said, cheeky little boy. I cleared my throat and blushed.

"Actually I was going to do something first." All the boys looked at me confused. Daniel had on his outfit like mine in our 'one thing' music video. His tuffty hair styled up in a quiff. I motioned for Ruby to come on stage. Her dirty blonde hair was curled neatly down her back and she had on a red dress that clung to her top half and flowed out until around mid thigh. She looked amazing. She had lost all the baby weight and she knew it. She had the necklace I had first gotten her, around her neck as he always did.

"Come on beautiful." Louis said. She blushed but slowly made her way onto the stage. She has always been closest to Louis and Zayn. I held Danny in one arm as I took her hand in the other. I kissed her cheek and let go of her hand as I placed Danny down and told him to get the box from Zayn. He understood just about that he had to go to Zayn, and pushed along the back wall over to where Zayn was standing and came back again. I took it from him and Niall picked him up and lead him over to the couch where he sat and bounced him on his knee.

"Ruby, I love you so much and I can't imagine my life without you. I don't want to. You've been my best friend since school and my girlfriend for two years. I remember when I asked you to be my girlfriend, by the lake and I was so happy you said yes. Then when you got pregnant, I was overjoyed to be having a child, as amazing as Daniel Jacob, with the girl I love the most in the world. You became the the best mother I could dream of and Danny is so lucky. You have been my everything. My best friend, my girlfriend and my sons mother. I want to ask you to be something else." I got down on my knee and there were screams from the fans and cheers from the boys apart from Zayn who knew what was going to happen. A hand flew over Ruby's mouth and her eyes welled up. "Will you be my wife? Will you do me the amazing honour of marrying me Ruby?" I opened the box to reveal the diamond ring and my hands were shaking so much. She started to cry as she vigorously nodded her head.

"Yes." She choked out and I grinned so much my cheeks hurt. I slipped the ring on her finger and stood up to kiss her as I twirled her around. I could taste the salty tears of joy from both me and her. The kiss ended all too soon and the boys engulfed us in a massive hug as the crowd cheered. I took Daniel in my arms and kissed his cheek as he grinned at his mummy. I couldn't wait to have my proper family.

And with that, we finished our tour. The perfect end.




"Liam!!" I heard Ruby call. I groaned into the pillow and pretended not to hear her. "I know you heard me!" She yelled, closer now. Dayum. I groaned into the pillow again and turned to face her standing in the doorway with Daniel in her arms. I looked at the clock and it read "3am." The boys had gone out for the night to London so were probably staying in some hotel. Ruby was wearing her pajamas and her hair was slightly messy as Daniel giggled from her grip. She glared at the top of his head and I chuckled lightly, rubbing my eyes.

"What do you want?" I asked and she returned her gaze to me, where it softened a bit. Instead of answering she just marched over to me and dumped Danny into my lap and stormed off out the room again. I quickly grabbed Danny around his tummy before he fell over, and looked at him as he yawned a bit. He had obviously just been fed and was about to fall asleep. I got out of bed and rocked him in my arms for a bit until he fell asleep and then I went to his room and laid him in his cot. Looking at the photo wall on my way out. All the pictures of me and Ruby on there. We had gone onto the next wall, adding more recent ones and ones of Danny as well. I left the door ajar and went downstairs to look for Ruby. I found her on the couch downstairs, sobbing into her hands. I rushed over and pulled her into my arms, but she just pushed me off.

"Go away Liam!" She screamed as she stood up. I stood up as well and looked into her eyes, but she refused to meet my gaze as she found a great interest in the living room floor. I tried to move her chin to look up at me but she just slapped my hand away and ran out of the room. I ran after her and grabbed her waist as she was about to go up the stairs. "Liam let go of me!"

"No! What's wrong?!" I asked her. Well more yelled... but still. She sighed and stopped struggling. I didn't know what was wrong, she had been fine when we went to bed after a perfect evening cuddled up watching films together, and now this. I didn't get it. "Tell me why you are so angry and upset." I said gentler this time. I turned her in my arms and she hugged me tight around the torso and buried her head in my chest. I was surprised and it took a second but I wrapped my arms tightly around her waist and pulled her close, singing gently 'Little Things' like I always had when she was upset. I could feel her tears on my bare chest and tightened my grip.

"She's dead." I felt my heart freeze. Who's dead? Who? Bella? Shelby? My mum? Who?! "My mum." She said as if reading my thoughts. I pulled back a bit so I was looking her in the eye. She looked back with her piercing green eyes and sniffled. "I loved her Liam. Yeah, she fu**ed up big time but she was still my mum. She was still the one who cared for me as a small child. She was the woman my... my d-dad loved." She stuttered on her dad and I wiped a few stray tears away from her cheeks with my thumbs. I kissed her forehead and lead her over to the couch again as she spoke. "The hospital rung and told me that she died from a heart attack and that her daughter aged 1 has no place to go, could I go and collect her and get custody." My eyes widened at the news of having to look after another kid. Our was barely just sleeping through the night now.

"It's going to be okay." I said as I rubbed her back, but I didn't know who I was trying to reassure more, me or Ruby. We can't have another kid now. We aren't ready, and we are planning a wedding we have no time or space. But we are her only family. You can't just leave a 1 year old without a family. Maybe if we found her a family? "Let's sleep on this Rub's and we can decide what to do tomorrow yeah?" She nodded, sniffling a little, and I lead her upstairs to bed. Once we climbed in, I pulled her close to me and within minutes she was asleep. I on the other hand, couldn't sleep at all. My mind was too busy buzzing with thoughts. It got to 5am and I decided I might as well just get up, seeming as Danny would be up any time now.

I went down stairs and made a cup of tea and heated Danny's milk in a bottle for his breakfast and got some baby food from the cupboard as he was starting to eat solids as well. Just as I sat down and started to sip my tea, I heard Danny and went upstairs to get him before he woke up Ruby.

"Hey little man. Let's get you some breakfast yeah?" I said to him in a silly voice. I found myself doing that a lot nowadays... I picked him up out the cot and held him on my hip as I went down the stairs and into the kitchen where I put him in his high chair and strapped him in. I then went and got the milk, testing it on my wrist before handing it to him and holding it in one hand whilst I reached across and opened the baby food with the other. When he finished his milk I began to spoon feed him with a plastic spoon. I was okay with spoons when they weren't mine.

"Urghhhh." I heard a groan as the front door opened and closed and in walked a very tired looking Zayn. "I have one hell of a hang over." He moaned again as he went to make a cup of coffee.

"Language. We have a child in the room who is learning to talk." I scolded him and he mumbled an apology before getting some milk from the fridge. I continued to feed Danny with one hand and drink my tea with the other as Zayn sat down across from us and drank his coffee before putting his head in his arms on the table. Danny giggled and Zayn lifted his head, smiling slightly before leaning on one hand and watching him as I cleaned him up. "I'm going to get him dressed, see you in a minute. Aspirin is in the top cupboard by the way." I told Zayn and he nodded as I picked Daniel up and headed up to his room where I laid him in his cot as I picked an outifit, because recently he had taken to rolling off the changing table when you weren't looking. Luckily he never hurt himself.

After I picked up an outfit I got him out of his cot and changed him before dressing him in jeans and a t-shirt that had 'cheeky monkey' written on it, with a picture of a monkey on it. Appropriate. I then put on some little black and white converse over white socks and taking him downstairs. Zayn was sitting on the couch in the lounge, now in his comfy sweats and watching some TV show. I placed Danny in the play pen next to the couch and asked Zayn to watch him as I got dressed myself. I managed to get my clothes without waking Ruby, and went to the bathroom to have a shower before getting dressed in jeans and and a navy t-shirt.

"So I heard Shelby and Beth are coming round today." I said as I sat next to Zayn on the couch. He nodded and let a small smile appear on his face. Ruby was always going on about how she wanted to introduce Zayn to Beth and I guess today would be the day. Danny cried from the play pen and I went over and picked him up, setting him on my lap and holding his body as he stood on my legs. I kissed the top of his head and he smiled.

"I don't get it." Zayn said as he watched me and Daniel bouncing up and down on my legs.

"Don't get what?" I asked, not tearing my gaze from Daniel.

"This," Zayn motioned to me and Danny, "how you got so lucky. You met the girl of your dreams, you're marrying her and you already have a son who you completely love and are great with as a dad. You have everything." I glanced at him for a second with a confused look on my face and saw his frustrated expression. "You have it so easy. You fell in love with your best friend. You have an amazing family. Danny is perfect." He explained further and I smiled slightly at the metion of falling for my best friend. But Zayn must know it isn't all that easy.

"Zayn mate, it isn't just perfect. Me and Rub's have our ups and downs, and Danny isn't the easiest kid in the world. He can be roody annoying at times, but I love them both and wouldn't trade it for the world." I smiled and kissed Daniel, looking at Zayn again but back at Daniel as he collapsed onto his knees and I picked him up and set him so he was sitting facing me. "It isn't all easy either Zayn. Me and Ruby argue still, just because she's my best friend it doesn't mean we don't have our bad times. Once she ignored me for three days straight. And Danny isn't easy. When he was first born we were up at least 4 times a night and he was incredibly hard work. Still is sometimes. He constantly has to be watched and it will only get worse when he can walk properly." Zayn nodded in understanding.

"Yeah, I guess..." He trailed off but spoke again, "but, I still want what you have. Maybe not the kid just yet, but to be so in love you can get over anything. To find the perfect one for me. I have been looking for so long and if you can find such happiness, surely I can right?" He sighed and looked down. Daniel leant over and poked his cheek before gigging and he smiled a little. I passed him Daniel and Danny immediately began to struggle.

"Don't hold him too tight." I told Zayn and he loosened his grip but panicked as Danny started to climb up and held him down, which only caused Danny to cry. "Let him do what he wants, just make sure he doesn't fall or hurt himself." I reassured Zayn and he shakily loosened his grip again and Danny stopped crying as he lifted himself up with Zayn's arm, and started bobbing on his legs. Zayn relaxed a bit more and smiled shakily. I wiped the tears off Danny's cheeks and Zayn started to bob his knees up and down gently, causing Danny to let out a giggle.

We played with Danny for another couple of hours before Ruby got up. She looked a little stressed but better than last night. She had her hair tied up in a messy bun and changed into some shorts and a white tank top with no make-up. In other words, my fiance looked stunning. I kissed her on the cheek as I took my cup into the kitchen where she was getting breakfast for herself.

"Morning beautiful." I murmured and kissed her neck as I wrapped my arms around her waist from behind. She giggled and I smiled hearing her laugh. It made me so happy. "When are Beth and Shelby coming?" I asked her and she turned in my arms, kissing me on the lips. They moved in sync for a few minutes and it was a sweet kiss, filled with love. When she pulled away she kissed my nose and made her way to the living room.

"Oh, and they're coming around 11 o'clock." She said. I glanced at the nearest clock and saw it was around 10:30. I found Zayn with Danny on the sofa and Ruby next to them, smiling at the fact that Danny was happy and with his Uncle. "Good shirt." She smirked and I smiled as I sat on the coffee table in front of them. Danny turned and stuck his tongue out at me, a habit he had got from Louis, and I did the same. This caused him to giggle more and fall onto his bum. I chuckled and took him from Zayn's grasp, holding him in the air and spinning around carefully as I stood up. He kept laughing harder and I laughed a little as well and made aeroplane noises before bring him down and blowing raspberries on his tummy. Ruby smiled and Zayn laughed a little, looking at me with... longing?

"I'll get it." Ruby said as the doorbell rang. She came back with three very hung over boys and Shelby and another girl. The three hung over boys went to either have a shower, get changed or get aspirin. Shelby made her way over and said hi to me and Danny before taking a seat on the other sofa. "Liam, Zayn, this is Beth. She was my work mate at the coffee shop before you came back Liam." She said and smiled. Zayn was staring at the girl in amazement. I guess she was pretty good looking, but nothing would live up to Ruby to me. Beth had straight black hair that reached her shoulders and her eyes were a deep brown, almost black. She looked around 18 or 19, younger than Ruby.

"H-hi there." Zayn stuttered. Me and Ruby looked at each other, eyeing Zayn up. Zayn is never nervous around girls. He's the smooth one. Better than Harry in fact. So what has Beth done to him? Beth blushed and looke down, tucking a piece of hair behind her ear as Ruby walked over to me. I wrapped an arm around her with Daniel secured in my other arm, and she wrapped one around my torso as well. I kissed the top of her head as Beth replied to Zayn,

"Hi Zayn. It's nice to meet you." She said timidly I could barely head her. Wow, they had fallen for each other fast. Maybe this is the one for Zayn. The one he was talking about earlier? Only time would tell.

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