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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.

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5. Hello and Goodbye

***Beth's POV***

Last night after Liam had left my father continued to abuse me. I felt so broken. So alone. Like no one was there for me. I'm wrong though. Last night when Liam came and asked if I was ok, he cared. And what did I do? I slammed the door in his face. How did he find out though?

"Elizabeth!"My father yelled, barging into my room.

"What!?"I spat.

"Don't talk to me like that you little brat! I'm going out. If you leave, you will get it."He growled and slammed the door.

I heard the front door open and close and I knew he was gone. About an hour after he left the doorbell rang downstairs. I walked down and opened it. I saw 5 boys standing there.

"What do you want?"I groaned. "Didn't my father tell you to stay away from me?"

"Yeah, and hes also the one who hit you."Liam said.

"Liam, just go away. I don't want to talk to you. I thought I made it clear."I turned to the 4 boys behind him. "I'm sorry if I come off as a bitch, i'm really not. I just have a strong dislike for Liam."

"Beth, we used to be best friends."Liam groaned.

"Key word, used to."I rolled my eyes.

"Beth, can we please just talk. Please?"Liam asked.

I looked into those big brown eyes, the eyes I had fallen in love with when I was much younger. I sighed. "Fine."

I opened the door wider and let them in.

"Oh by the way, hi Louis, Harry, Niall and Zayn."I smiled.

"Hi Elizabeth!"Niall grinned.

"You guys can call me Beth you know."I said.

"Well then, hi Beth!"Louis smiled.

I smiled at them and glared at Liam. They followed me into the kitchen.

"Will your father be home soon?"Liam asked me.

"Nope. When he goes out, he goes to the bar, gets drunk, hooks up with some slut, and comes back in the morning."I sighed.

"Bethie..."Liam started. "I am so sorry about your mum. She was like a mum to me. I'm so sorry how your life turned out."

"Yeah Liam, while you get to travel the world and sing with millions of girls chanting your name, I was here mourning over my dead mum while my father continues to hit me."

Oh fuck. No. My eyes widened. "Wait no. I didn't say that."

Liam didn't say anything, he just walked over to me and hugged me. I didn't resist. I needed a hug from someone who truly cared about me.

"I'm getting you out of here Bethie."He told me.

I could feel the tears in the corner of my eyes. "No Liam. He will just come after you and he will hurt you."

"Thats why i'm taking you somewhere he will never find you."He told me.

"Where?"I asked.

"You are coming on tour with us."He said.

"Liam I..."I began.

"I will not take no for an answer. The lads and I have already talked to out tour manager and he agreed with me. I will no let my best friend since age 5 be abused by her own father."Liam told me.

"Please Beth. We may have just met you but we don't want to see you get hurt. We can tell how much Liam cared about you."Zayn told me.

I looked from Liam to the boys and sighed.

"Fine."I mumbled.

The boys cheered. I turned to Liam. "This doesn't mean I don't still hate you. I'm doing this because I don't think I will be able to stand it anymore."

Liam pulled me into a hug again. "I know that. I just wanted to let you know that you mean more to me than you will ever know."

"Want us to help you pack?"Harry asked.

I shook my head. "No, you boys can go watch tv."

They nodded and walked into the living room. Liam didn't follow them though.

"Liam, go with them."I said.

"No. I'm not letting you out of my sight. Besides, I want to catch up with you."He said.

I sighed, knowing he wouldn't give up. "Fine."

He followed me up to my room. When we walked in Maybelle ran over to us.

"Hey Belle."Liam smiled, bending down and petting Maybelle.

I smiled. I grabbed my suitcases from my closet and began putting my stuff into them. Liam looked around until his eyes landed on something hanging on the wall. 

"You still have this?"He asked, holding up the picture he had drew on the first day we had met. The one of the spaceship.

I turned and looked at him. "Of course I do. Its my most prized possession."

"Why do you still have it though? I thought you hated me."He mumbled.

"Because it means a lot to me. When you stopped talking to me I would just look at that picture and it would make me smile."I told him.

"I still have yours you know. Its also hanging up in my room."He told me.

"Really? I thought when you became famous you completely forgot about Elizabeth Ashton."I sighed.

He hugged me and rested his chin on my head. "You are impossible to forget Bethie. You are my best friend, my other half. When I look at you it makes me smile. It tore me up these past two years knowing I couldn't just come back here toWolverhampton and pretend like I never left. I missed you more than you can ever imagine Bethie."He told me.

"Then why did you never contact me?"I asked.

"The truth is, management wanted us to focus more on our new lives more than our old ones. They wouldn't let us talk to our old friends."Liam told me.

I sighed and looked up into his big brown eyes. "I forgive you. If you leave again, I won't cut you any slack. I will just walk away and pretend like nothing ever happened."

He smiled. All those feelings I had before he left all came rushing back to me. All the feelings, including 'I love you'. I finished packing and wrote my father a note.

Dad,

        You may have noticed now that I left. I just can't take it anymore, waking up every day knowing it would be just like the last. To you, abusing me is a hobby. How can you stand to wake up every day and hurt the girl you loved so much when she was younger. You blame me for mum dying, you blame me for your messed up life, you blame me for the messes, the abuse you even blame me for the weather. I just want you to put this through your mind, it is not right to abuse your own daughter. Every day I just want to go to sleep and now wake up because my life is so horrible. You will come to me one day, begging for my forgiveness, but I will just turn my cheek and walk away. Just imagine, you won't be there to see me graduate from high school or college. You wont be able to be the annoying dad who wont stop taking pictures on the night of my senior prom. You won't walk me down the aisle or be there when I have my first child. And most of all, I won't be there when you are dying alone. All of this, just because you made the terrible decision to hurt me. Goodbye dad. 

-Elizabeth Leah Ashton


I read the note over and over in my head. Finally satisfied that I had told him everything he needed to know. I grabbed some clothes and walked into the bathroom and slipped them on polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=70771363. I grabbed my bags and Liam and I walked downstairs. I set the note on the kitchen table. Liam and I walked into the living room and the boys looked up.

"Ready to go?"Harry asked.

I nodded."Yeah."

"Alright. We will be staying at my house for the next few days until we leave back for tour. If your dad comes looking for you, we will tell him you are not  with us. As soon as we are on tour, you are safe."Liam told me.

"Okay."I said.

I was about to pick up my bags when Liam grabbed them.

"Liam!"I said..

"I'm not letting you carry them."He said.

I rolled my eyes. "Fine."

We walked out to the car and I took one last look at my house. The house that held so many good and bad memories and secrets behind its doors. I stood there on my front lawn looking up at my large house. Oh the horror my dad would experience when he returned home tomorrow morning. Deep down... very deep, I knew he still loved me.

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