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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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3. Reunited

The next morning I made it my goal to wake up before my dad has a chance to which is around 12:30. I quickly slip out of bed and walk into the bathroom. I instantly see the bruises on my cheek from the night before. I sigh knowing this would not be the least of my problems this morning. Today was saturday, the day my dad loves to get drunk and at the end of the day ned up beating me to death. I am not afraid to admit... I am terrified. I quickly covered the bruises with some makeup and walked out to my closet. I grabbed this weheartit.com/entry/46549124/via/johnna_hayward_9 and put it on. I straightened my brunette hair perfectly weheartit.com/entry/50583701/via/claudinunez. I looked at the clock, it was already 12:00. I grabbed Maybelle's leash and I hooded it to her collar. I grabbed my phone and walked out the door. I got into my car and put Maybelle in the seat beside me. Driving out of the driveway, I turned the radio on. Of course the song playing had to be What Makes You Beautiful. I quickly turned it off. Liam. I hate Liam. He left me. I soon arrived at my school and took Maybelle out of the car. I walked over to the field and sat down on the warm green grass. There were a few people on the bleachers but I didn't mind them. I played around with Maybelle for a while until I took out my phone. I have one missed call... from my dad. I called him back.

"What do you want?!"I snapped.

"Where the hell are you?!"He yelled into the phone.

"None of your business!"I seethed.

I looked at the people on the bleachers. There were 5 of them. They were all looking at me.

"Hell yes its my business!"He screamed.

"The farther away from you the better. Why don't I just run away?!"I yelled into the phone.

"Because your sorry little ass has no where to go. All your money, I have control over. Did you not remember?"He asked evilly.

"Go to hell."He seethed and hung up. 

I felt a tear slide down my cheek. He hadn't always been like this. It all started the week after my mum died. He has been abusing me ever since. I got up and sighed. I grabbed Maybelle and walked back to my car. I got in and drove to the only place I felt completely safe. The place where my mum was laid to rest. When I got out of the car and walked over to her grave. The grass around my was a beautiful shade of bright green. the blue sky above me, the warm sun on my back. I sat down in front of my mums grave.

"Mum, I don't know if I can do this anymore. He had hurt me so much that I don't know how i'm still alive. I'm scared. I want you to come back and everything be ok again. I miss everything about you mum. You are the light in the darkness in my life."I whispered.

A tear slipped down my cheek. I wiped it away quickly and put a hand on my mum's stone grave. I read the engraving in the stone, the one I had read many times before.

Evelyn Marie Ashton

Loving mother and wife

1970- 2011


I said goodbye to my mum and got back into my car, expecting yet another beating when I go "home".

***Liam's POV***

The lads and I sat in the bleachers of my old school.

"It feels weird to be back here. I left so much behind here."I sighed.

"Yeah. I feel the same when I go back to my school in Doncaster."Louis said.

I looked out at the green grassy field. I watched a girl with brown hair walk onto the field with her dog. It was kinda far away so I couldn't clearly see her face. She somehow looked familiar though. The dog looked familiar also.

"Liam, do you know that girl?"Harry asked.

I looked at her again. "I can't tell. She looks kind of familiar."

Thats when I saw her face clearly. Oh. My. God. My hands covered my mouth in shock, my eyes widened.

"Never mind. I do know her."I told the lads.

"You do? Whats her name?"Zayn asked.

"Elizabeth Ashton."I sighed.

"The Elizabeth Ashton? Your Elizabeth Ashton?!"Harry asked

I nodded slowly. I felt terrible knowing I hadn't contacted her in two years. She didn't look like herself though. She looked... sad.

"Go talk to her!"Niall encouraged.

"No. She probably hates me."I mumbled.

"You will never know until you try."Zayn said.

I watched her take out her phone and call someone. She started yelling into the phone and the expression on her face looked weak and hopeless. She glanced at us for a moment but turned back to her phone. She hung up shortly after and walked off the field with her dog.

"Follow her Liam."Louis said.

"What?" I asked, "No, i'm not going to be a stalker."

"Liam, this girl is your best friend."Harry said.

I sighed knowing they were right.

"Fine. But i'm blaming you lads if we get caught."I told them.

We walked down the bleachers and got into the car. We followed her for a while until she pulled into a cemetery. A cemetery? Why would she be coming here? I parked where she couldn't see me but I could se her.  I watched her get out of her car and walk over to a grave. She sat down and began talking, tears streaming down her cheeks. I wanted nothing more to run over to her and hold her and tell her it was ok. She sat there a while until she got up and left. As soon as her car disappeared I rushed out of the car and waked over to the grave where she had been sitting. My eye's wandered over to the name. Evelyn Marie Ashton. No... Her mum. Her mum died and I wasn't there for her. I fell to my knees and hit the ground hard with my fist. The lads got out of the car and walked over to me.

"Who is it?"Louis asked.

I looked up at them, choking back tears. "Her mum. Her mum died and I wasn't there for her."

They sat down next to me. "Liam... you didn't know."Niall whispered.

I looked around and saw an I phone 4s in a pink case. I picked it up, already knowing that it was Beth's. We sat there for a while until a car pulled up 5 minutes later. I looked up and saw Beth getting out of her car. When she looked up and our eyes met her skin went pale. She slowly walked over to us.

"What the hell are you doing here?"She seethed.

I looked up into her beautiful blue eyes. "Nice to see you too Bethie."

"Dont even call me that! Give me my phone!"She snapped.

"Bethie, why didn't you tell me."I sighed.

"Tell you what?"She asked.

"That... that she died."I said.

She looked up at the sky, blinking back tears. "You weren't here Liam. You left and never talked to me again."

"I am so sorry. I know excuses wont do anything to fix this. But Bethie, I am truly sorry. I guess I got to caught up in my career. I didn't really talk to anyone back here."I told her.

She rolled her eyes. "You know I hate you, right?"

"I know. I understand. Do you think you will ever forgive me?"I asked.

She looked down at me. "I don't know. My life is screwed up enough already. When you leave, you will just screw it up even more."

"Why is it screwed up?"I asked.

She looked away. "I-its not."

"Bethie. Tell me whats wrong."I said sternly.

"Its nothing Liam! Let it go!"She said.

I sighed. "Fine."

Beth looked at the lads behind me. "Oh yeah, this is Harry , Louis, Niall and Zayn. Lads, this is Elizabeth Ashton."

"Hi Elizabeth."Harry smiled.

She gave him a small smile. "Hi Harry."

She looked back down at me. "So can I have my phone so I can leave?"

I looked down at the pink I phone. I handed it to her. She turned and walked towards her car.

"Bethie?"I called.

She turned her head, causing her hair to flip behind her.

"I really truly am sorry. Even if you don't want to be my best friend anymore. I still consider you mine."I told her.

She didn't say anything. She just turned and walked back to her car. She got in and drove off.

"Damn Liam... your best friend is freaking beautiful."Harry smirked.

I shot him a glare. "Don't try anything Styles."

"Why? Does someone fancy her already?"He smirked,referring to me.

"Just drop it ok?"I sighed.

I didn't just fancy her. I loved her. I have loved her as long as I have known what love is. The problem was, she hated me.

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