Liam and Elizabeth had been best friends since the age of five. When Liam leaves for the X Factor for the second time he leaves Elizabeth and completely forgets about her. During the two years that Liam is gone, tragic and horrific events occur in Elizabeth's life. When Liam finally returns back to his hometown of Wolverhampton, will he be prepared for what he discovers? What neither of them know is, since the moment they met, there was love. True love.


30. A Thousand Years

***Beth’s POV***
Today was my first interview. Not an interview with the boys…  an interview for me. I have to admit, I was half nervous and half excited. I looked down at my dress I walked out into the lounge where all the boys were waiting.
“You look amazing!” El told me.
“You look so beautiful.” Liam smiled.
I grinned at my friends. “Thank you.”
We walked off of the bus and got into the car.
“So Beth, how are you feeling about your first interview?” Harry asked.
“I’m excited. I’m really excited. I mean only a few days into my career I have an interview. My life changed so quickly and I love it.” I smiled.
“Bethie, bringing you on tour with us was the best choice we have ever made. Not only did I get you, the lads got a new best friend, we got a fantastic new opening act and you got your career.” Liam grinned.
We soon pulled into the TV studio and we got out. We rushed into the building.
“Good you’re here. Go to the makeup artist then come back for your microphone.” The backstage manager said.
I nodded and walked over to the makeup. The makeup artist quickly dusted foundation onto my face. I rushed back and a man clipped a microphone to my dress. I walked over to the boys and El. Liam wrapped his arms around my waist.
“I’m so nervous. What if I trip over my own feet walking out there. What if I say the wrong thing?” I asked him.
He kissed the top of my head. “Bethie, you will do perfectly. Don’t worry. Our first interview I felt the same way. I promise you, you will do great.”
I gave him a small smile. “You are amazing.”
“No you are amazing.” He told me.
“Elizabeth, your on in 1 minute.” The manager told me.
Liam gave me a quick kiss before I stood on the side of the stage, waiting to be called on.
“Now this spectacular girl has been through hell in back. With an abusive father and a mother who died in a car crash, the point where she is today is remarkable.  Please welcome Elizabeth Ashton!” The interviewer named Rebecca said.
I grinned and walked out into the bright lights. I waved to the audience and took my seat.
“Elizabeth! Its so nice to see you! How are you?” Rebecca asked.
“I’m great! How are you?” I asked.
“I’m wonderful. So Elizabeth, I hear you went from being abused by your father to a world known singer. Am I correct?” She asked.
“Well I don’t know about world known but yeah.” I told her.
“So I hear recently your father was sent to prison, what were the charges?” Rebecca asked.
“Child abuse and attempted rape.” I told her.
“So let me get this straight, your father tried to rape you?” She asked, her eyes wide.
I sighed and nodded. “Quite a few times actually. I always managed to get away though.”
“Well look at you now! You are a strong girl Elizabeth. So enough about that. I hear you are dating Liam Payne from the famous boy band One Direction.” Rebecca smiled.
I grinned. “Yes I am. I don’t really think of him as Liam Payne from One Direction though. I think of him as Liam, my best friend.” I told her.
“There are rumors that you and Liam have been best friends since you were 5. 14 years?!” Rebecca asked.
“Yes, 14 years.” I grinned.
“Wow, now that is what I call a friendship.” She said. “So, a lot of fans have been calling you the new Allie and Noah, from the Notebook. Why do you think that is?”
I blushed. “Its actually a funny story really. Liam and I had been fighting a lot for the past few days before we were in a relationship. He was jealous, I was jealous. So one night we went to Justin Bieber’s party and Liam and I were kinda at each others throats. We ended up leaving the party and during the car ride Liam and I wouldn’t stop yelling at each other. I decided to get out of the car… into the pouring rain… and walk back to the tour bus. Liam followed me and ended up, as I was running away, telling me his feelings. Keep in mind that it was raining. When I heard him say those three words, I ran to him and there, in the rain, in the park, was were we shared our first kiss.”I grinned.
Rebecca was silent a moment. “That is so sweet. Now I see why people are calling you Allie and Noah.” She said.”So, I hear you are One Directions opening act.”
“Yes I am.” I told her.
“What happened with the other opening act and how did you come to be the new one?” Rebecca asked me.
“Well, the previous opening act had laryngitis and we found out like 10 minutes before she was supposed to go on. They needed a new opening act and Liam ended up persuading me to.” I told her.
“And after that concert didn’t you get a record deal from Simon Cowell?” She asked.
“Yeah. He told me that I would be recording an album after this tour ends. I’ve already written 3 songs, Red, Mean and my newest one, A Thousand Years which no one has heard yet.” I told her.
“And you will be singing one of those songs for us tonight, am I correct?” She asked.
“Yes. But it’s a surprise which one.” I told her.
“Well, why don’t we find out right now?” She asked.
“Alright.” I said.
I got up and walked over to the stage and stood in front of the microphone. I heard the piano begin to play and I waited for my queue to sing.
Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave?
How can I love when I'm afraid to fall
But watching you stand alone?
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow
One step closer
I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more
Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything take away
What's standing in front of me
Every breath
Every hour has come to this
One step closer
I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more
And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more
One step closer
One step closer
I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more
And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more
As I finished the audience and Rebecca were on their feet, giving me a standing ovation. I grinned. I walked back to my seat.
“So I assume that was A Thousand Years?” Rebecca asked.
“Yes it was.” I told her.
“What it A Thousand years about?” She asked.
I blushed a little.
“Its about loving someone before you are actually in a relationship with them and now that you are in a relationship you will love them for a thousand more years.” I grinned.
“I don’t think we need to second guess on who that’s about.” Rebecca smiled. “Can we bring Liam out here for a moment?”
Liam walked out onto the stage and took a seat next to me.
“How are you Liam?” Rebecca asked.
“I’m great.” He grinned.
“Good. So, tell us, how do you feel about Elizabeth writing songs about you?”
“I think its amazing that I am one of her inspirations. I mean, when I write songs, she is my inspiration. All of the songs I have written are about her.” Liam smiled.
She raised her eyebrows. “What songs have you written?”
“First Last Kiss, Nobody Compares, Back For You, Everything About You, and One Thing.” Liam blushed.
“Wow… who would’ve known?” Rebecca asked. “So how long have you two been in an actual relationship?”

“About a week.” I told her.
“She is literally my other half. I have never felt this way about any girl in my life. I know we have only been together about a week but I have loved her since I’ve known what love was.” Liam said.
“What about Danielle and your other ex girlfriends though?” Rebecca asked.
“I hate to say it if any of them are watching, but I really have always loved Beth. That probably why none of the relationships
worked out.” Liam said.
“And what about you Elizabeth? How long have you felt this way about Liam?”
“Since the moment I laid my eyes on him.” I grinned.
“Well clearly, you two have a love that is incredible. And Liam, I wouldn’t be surprised if she is the one.” Rebecca said.
Liam turned to me. “I don’t think she is. I know she is.”
I blushed even more as I grinned.
“Well thank you Elizabeth and Liam for being here tonight.” Rebecca said. “Thank you so much for coming.”
“Thank you for having us.” I told her.
The show went to a commercial break and Liam and I walked off the stage. He turned to me.
“See? I told you that you would do great.” He smiled.
I smiled at him. “Only because I knew you were watching me the entire time.”
He gave me a small kiss.
“No PDA!” We heard Louis yell.
Liam and I rolled our eyes as the boys and El came over.
“You know what Louis? Shut up. I can kiss my girlfriend any time I want. Just like you.” Liam smirked.
“Come on. We need to go. We have a concert tonight and we can’t be late for sound check.” Zayn said.
“Is daddy direction being replaced?” I asked Zayn.
“Yeah, daddy direction pays more attention to mommy direction.” Harry grinned.
“I’m going to have to get used to this “mommy” thing.” I smiled.
“It takes a while. You soon realize that some are untamable. *cough* Louis *cough*.” Liam grinned.
We walked out of the studio and got into the car. We drove back to the tour bus.
“Alright, 10 minutes to get everything you need for the concert.” Zayn said.
We all rushed to our bunks and I quickly changed into this I walked out to the lounge and saw El sitting there.
“So, how about a girls day the next day that there isn’t any concert?” I asked El.
She grinned. “Perfect. Shopping?”
“Of course.” I grinned.
I felt strong arms snake around my waist from behind and a head laid on my shoulder.
“Can I help you Liam?” I grinned.
“How’d you know it was me?” He asked.
“Honestly Liam? Did you really just ask me that? I know what you hugs feel like and besides, you are the only one who hugs me from behind.” I smirked.
“I see your point.” He smiled. “So, you are ditching me to go shopping the next free day?”
 I rolled my eyes. “I love you Liam but I need my girl time. You and I can hang out on the bus any time we want. Not to mention backstage before and after concerts.”
“Yeah Liam. You need to share Beth!” El grinned.
Liam groaned. “Louis! Your girlfriend stole my girlfriend!”
Louis walked into the lounge wide eyed. “Good job. I never thought anyone could break those two apart.”
After everyone was ready we piled into the car and drove to the arena where the concert was. As soon as we arrived the crowds began surrounding the car. Fans were screaming and holding up signs. We quickly pulled into the back of the arena and got out. We walked inside and went to our dressing room where Lou and Lux were.
“Alright boys! Get into your concert outfits then we will do hair and makeup. Beth, I will give you your outfit.” Lou told me.
The boys went to change into their outfits while Lou handed me a dress. I went to change into it. I walked out and Lou bagan doing my hair. When I was done I looked like this The boys walked in and as soon as Liam saw me he stopped and grinned.
“I have the most beautiful girlfriend in the universe.” He grinned.
He walked over to me and wrapped his arms around me.
“You look so beautiful.” He told me.
“You don’t look too bad yourself.” I told him.
Paul walked into the room. “Boys, you need to go to sound check. Beth, you need to go practice.”
Liam gave me a kiss before hurrying out of the room with the boys. El and I walked into the rehearsal room. The vocal coach whose name was Grace, was already there .
“Alright, Elizabeth, which songs are you going to sing tonight?” Grace asked.
“Red, Mean, A Thousand Years and Firework.” I told her.
“Ok. Why don’t we start with Red and then move from there. You are still a bit flat on a few parts in Firework so we will work on that.” Grace told me.
I nodded. I began to sing the lyrics to Red.
-Skipping rehearsal-
I stood backstage with 5 minutes until I went on stage. I felt hands cover my eyes.
“Liam, when are you going to get better at this?” I grinned.
I heard him groan. “Never I guess.”
He wrapped his arms around my waist and buried his head into my shoulder.
“I love you so much Bethie.” He told me.
“I love you Liam. Do you know how long I will love you?” I asked him.
“How long?” He asked.
“All the way up to the end of the universe and back.” I told him.
“Guess when I’ll stop loving you?” He asked.
“When SpongeBob gets his drivers license.” He grinned.
I hit his chest lightly. “You are such a child Liam Payne!”
“But you love me.” He grinned.
“Yes I love you. That doesn’t change the fact that you are a complete child.” I told him.
“The best part is, you are a child too.” He said.
“That’s right. We’re both children.”
He pressed his lips to mine and at that moment I didn’t want to let go.
“I have to go on stage in like… a minute.” I whispered.
“I know. I’ll miss every second that you are not in my arms.” He told me.
I gave him one last kiss.
“You’re on.” The backstage manager told me.
I grabbed my microphone and walked out onto the stage. I waved at the crowd.
“Hello San Diego!” I grinned.
The crowd went wild.
“How is everyone tonight?” I asked.
They screamed.
“That’s good. I’m great. So, my first song is Red.” I told them.
I heard the beginning music to my song and began to sing. As soon as I finished Red I went straight into Mean.
“This next song is about someone very, very special to me. I think you can guess who its about. Its called A Thousand Years.” I said.
I began singing A Thousand Years and the crowd went ballistic. As I finished the song I looked backstage at Liam who was grinning. ‘I love you’ he mouthed. I winked at him as I began singing Firework.

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