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.


26. Convictions and Pillow Fights

***Beth's POV***

Liam, Liam's mum and I were standing outside the courthouse. I was wearing this Liam was holding my hand the entire time as we walked into the court house. There were paps everywhere. The three of us took our seats and the trial soon started.

"All rise. The court of Wolverhampton is now in session. Honorable Judge Loden presiding." The bailiff said.

We all stood on our feet in the packed court room. The judge walked in and took her seat.

"You may be seated."The judge said. "This is the case in the accusation of Steven Ashton for child abuse. The prosecution side may call their first witness to the stand."

"I call Elizabeth Ashton to the stand."The man on the prosecution side named Luke Sherman said.

I stood up and walked up to the witness stand. I sat down.

"So Elizabeth, what is your relation to Steven Ashton?"Luke asked me.

"Hes my father."I said.

"Ah, your father. Now, what kind of relationship do you have with your father? How close are you two?"He asked.

"Um, we used to be close but about a year ago we grew apart."I told him.

"And why is that?"Luke asked me.

"My mum died in a car crash."I told him.

"So since your mum died, has your father ever hit you?"He asked.

I wasn't able to make eye contact with my father. "Y-yes."

"How often was this?"Luke asked.

"Almost every day."I told him.

"Did your father do anything other than hit you?"He asked.

I could feel the tears in the corners of my eyes, the memories coming back. "H-he tried to rape me numerous times. He also cut me and threatened to kill me."

"Okay. You may take your seat."He said.

After a few more witnesses, Liam was called to the stand.

"So Liam, how do you know Elizabeth?"Luke asked.

"She's my girlfriend."Liam said.

"How long have you known each other?"Luke asked.

"14 years."Liam said.

"When did you find out about this suspected abuse?"Like asked Liam.

"When I came home for two weeks about two months ago."Liam said.

"So, you had no idea about the abuse?"He asked.

"No. I had been gone for about two years."Liam said.

"Does Mr. Ashton seem like the kind of man who would do this kind of abuse?"Luke asked.

"I would have said no two years ago, but now that I look at him and look at Elizabeth, I would have no doubt."Liam said.

"Describe what happened the day Steven Ashton was arrested. You were there, am I correct?"He asked.

"Yes I was there. I had found out about the abuse only a few days before and I had Elizabeth come stay with me and my mum. A day later we went back to her house when her father was not there so we could get a few more of her things and her dog. I had offered to have her come on tour with me and my 5 band mates and she accepted because she wanted to get away from the abuse. As we were gathering her stuff her father came home and we hid in the closet. I quickly texted my four mates while we were in the closet. Elizabeth's father found us and began punching and hitting me. I did fight back in self defense but he ended up getting me pretty good. He began abusing Elizabeth right in front of me and I tried to pull him off of her. My four mated ended up coming in and taking him down. Thats when we called the police and Elizabeth, who was badly injured was taken to the hospital."Liam told him.

"You may take your seat."He said.

Liam got up and walked back over to me. He sat down and took my hand and intertwined our fingers. The trial finally ended about an hour later. My father was convicted and was now sentenced to life in prison. Relieved, Liam, Liam's mum and I walked out of the court house, immediately blinded by the paps. We rushed to our car and Liam's mum drove us back home. When we arrived Liam and I went upstairs and I changed into this Liam changed into this Liam wrapped his arms around my waist from behind.

"Hes gone. He can't hurt you anymore."He told me, kissing my cheek, his arms still wrapped around my waist from behind.

"I feel safer. I was worried he was going to hurt you Liam."I told him.

He held me tighter. "Bethie, nothing is going to happen to you or me. I promise."

I turned around to face him. "I love you."

"I love you more."He told me.

"That is impossible."I told him.

He shrugged. "Whatever helps you sleep at night."

I grabbed a pillow off of his bed and threw it at him.

"You are so mean!"I laughed.

He gasped. He took the pillow I threw at him and I took another pillow. Next thing we knew we were having a pillow fight. I ended up falling over on hid bed and he landed on top of me. I stared into his big brown eyes.

"You make me feel like a child again."I smiled.

"Thats because we will always be children in our hearts. You and I have so many memories from when we were kids. I loved every second of them."He told me.

I grinned at him. "Hey Liam?"


"You are cute."I smiled

He pressed his lips onto mine and we fell asleep on his bed, me in his arms.

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