The Fighter

Harry is dragged by Zayn to a female boxing match to see one of the best female fighters-Bethany. Harry watches Bethany as she fights and realizes by the way she moves, something about her is off but she's still powerful. When he gets the chance to meet her, and their relationship takes off, can they fight to keep their relationship together or will they be pulled apart because they both lead two totally different lives and Bethany's deep, dark secret?

*Includes sex, alcohol, self harm references/actions, and cursing*

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35. Your Secret Is Safe With Me

“So how long have you known?” Liam asked me. I sighed and sunk back into the chair that was on their balcony that Liam was keeping me company on so I could leave Harry and Gemma alone.

“Shit…I knew they looked similar and once he mentioned her name, it all clicked. And she mentioned that I was seeing her brother, or I mentioned it; I don’t remember. But I’ve known for a bit. I figured I’d at least get something off my chest.”

“What do you mean something? There’s more.”

“Oh be real Liam. With me, there’s always more.”

“Yeah, but what can be bigger than telling your boyfriend his sister isn’t actually dead; she’s just been hiding out all these years.”

“A lot…”

“Bethany…?” Liam suddenly sounded between scared and upset. I looked over at him with sad eyes.

“Yeah?”

“What’s going on?”

“I can’t tell you. It would break my contact and I would get in a lot of trouble.”

“What kind of trouble…?”

“Jail time kind of trouble.” I whispered after a short pause.

“Bethany, please tell me. I swear I won’t tell Harry…”

“Liam, I can’t.”

“Bethany, how many people in this world do you actually trust?”

“Harry. Gemma with some things. You guys…”

“So tell me.”

“Liam, I can promise that you will turn me in.”

“Turn you in? Bethany, I give you my word when I say I won’t do or say anything.” I looked away from him and at the skyline, trying to decide what to do.

“You know how…El, Danielle, and Perrie are all convinced I like…killed someone?”

“Yeah…?” Liam’s voice suddenly got very shaky and I got nervous.

“I did.” Liam went silent and I finally looked at him with tears in my eyes.

“I have a feeling it wasn’t out or pure anger though…” Liam whispered. I shook my head, tears spilling over.

“It was a fight I was in. You see how I black out when I fight and…yeah.” Liam was nodding. “I blacked out and before anyone realized what happened, she was dead and yeah…”

“Bethany…” Liam whispered.

“Yeah?”

“I have one question.” I nodded and looked at him, wanting to bawl my eyes out.

“Do you recognize Louis?” I nodded.

“Then never tell him this.”

“Why…?” I whispered, getting more scared.

“That was his girlfriend. He was there. He finally gave up trying to find the girl who did it only a couple years ago.” My head started spinning and I felt like jumping off a cliff. That’s why I knew Louis; he was there that night…he was there…

“I need to leave…”

“Bethany!” Liam grabbed my arm and pulled me back to the chair.

“What?!”

“I promise I won’t say a word, okay? But…is this why you fight?”

“She died in that ring, Liam. I’m going to die in that ring; for her.”

“Is that really your reason?”

“Yes. That is really my reason for why I fight.”

“You’re coach has this over you, doesn’t he?”

“Yes, but that is not the point, Liam. I could give a rat’s ass about what he has over me. I fight because I killed her and now I’m going to go the same way she did. She died doing something that she either loved, had to do, whatever, and whatever it was…I’m going to go the same way.”

“That’s not what she would have wanted.”

“And how do you know?”

“Bethany…she was there because she needed to make some money to bail her jailbait brother out of jail. She just needed some fast cash. When she heard about this insane underground fighter and the amount that was over your head, she knew she would be set for bailing her brother out. She did it because she had to.”

“Then I’m going to do it for her.”

“How?”

“Where is her brother?”

“I don’t know. Probably still in jail. I just saw on the news he was arrested again on an assault charge.”

“Then I’m going to do what I wouldn’t let her do. I’m going to do this for her. She loved her brother, right?”

“Hell yeah.”

“Then I’m going to help her brother.”

“Is that really a good idea? Helping the family of the girl you killed?”

“Liam…please…”

“Okay, I’m sorry. But as I said; you’re secret is safe with me.” I nodded, got up and walked through the living room where Harry and Gemma were getting along great. I snuck past them, past the other guys in the kitchen and right out of the house. Probably to disappear for a while again. I did what I had to do here. I had something else I had to finish now.                    

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