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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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19. That Voice

***Liam's POV***

I slipped out of my bunk and my feet hit the soft carpeted floor of the bus. I know I shouldn't have gotten mad at Beth about hanging out with Louis. Its not like she's mine right? I walked into the lounge and saw Beth and Louis on the couch, her head rested on his shoulder. I couldn't help but feel a pang of jealousy. That should be me. Harry who was also on the couch stirred in his sleep. His eyes slowly opened and he sat up a little.

"Oh hey Liam."He said sleepily.

"Good morning."I said.

Harry looked over at Louis and Beth. "Jealous huh?"

I sighed and nodded. "I love her. I love her so much but I can't tell her."

"Why?"Harry asked.

"Because it would ruin our friendship. She even said it herself yesterday."I said.

"Liam, keep in mind she was on stage in an arena filled with thousands of fans. Would you just go out and say, oh yeah, I love Liam. Even you couldn't say it. Talk to her mate, or you will loose her to another guy."He said.

"The problem is I don't have the courage to."I mumbled.

"Do you love Beth?"He asked.

"Yes."I said.

"With all your heart?"He asked me.

"Yes."

"Then. Tell. Her."Harry said.

"I'll think about it."I told him.

"You really are impossible are you?"He said.

I nodded. 

-30 minutes later-

By now we were all awake. Beth was a little annoyed with me. I personally hated it.

"I'm gonna take a shower."Beth said.

"Alright. Have fun!"Louis called as she walked back to the bunks.

We all turned to Louis.

"So, I see you're geting pretty close with Beth."I said, not making eye contact with Louis.

"What? You all think I would do something like that? Liam, I know you are in love with Beth. I couldn't do that to you. You need to let her have friends though. Not to be offensive or anything but Liam, you don't own her. You are not her boyfriend, you are her best friend. If you want anything to happen between you two you need to make your move or you will be without her the rest of your life."Louis told me.

We all stared at him. "That is possibly the most mature thing I have ever heard you say."Zayn said.

Louis grinned. "I try."

-right before the concert-

***Beth's POV***

Liam and I haven't spoken a lot today. I don't know what is wrong with him. He wont tell me. Right now we were all sitting in the dressing room. I was wearing this polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=71834641. We were all kind of on our phones.

"Um Bethie?"Liam asked.

I looked up and stared at him with a blank expression. "Yes?"

"Can I talk to you... in private?"He asked.

I nodded and got up. We walked out of the dressing room.

"Look, I just wanted to say that i'm sorry for being an ass to you last night. It was the last thing you needed."He sighed.

I nodded. "And I shouldn't have kept a secret from you. Louis and I were talking about something private to me and only he knows. Please don't ask him what it is because he has sworn on his life not to tell. And its not like I told him, its more like he found out about it. I'm sorry for keeping that from you."

He sighed. "You and Louis seem to have gotten pretty close lately."

I put my hands on my hips. "Is that what you're worried about? Being replaced? Liam, no one can replace the boy I met on the first day of primary school. The one wearing the blue jeans and the blue and green plaid shirt. The one who drew a picture of a spaceship or the one who was almost always there for me. The one who made me smile when I cried. The one who held me in his arms when I was in a terrible mood. The one I stayed up all night with watching movies. The boy who is my best friend. Liam, you are one of a kind and you will always be my best friend no matter what. If you think that Louis is going to replace you, you thought wrong. Louis is my good friend and we may be pretty close, but never ever ever as close as you and I."

He smiled. "You are so amazing Bethie."

I pulled him into a hug. "Shut up. You're pretty amazing too."

Liam and I stood there for a while before walking back to the dressing room. When we walked in we saw Paul pacing everyone looking frantic.

"What happened?"Liam asked.

"The opening act has laryngitis. They can't even speak let alone sing!"Paul said.

"Do we really need an opening act?"Harry asked.

"Yes we do! We give what people payed to see. We promised an opening act."Paul told us.

We were all silent for a moment.

"I know someone who has a fantastic voice."Liam smiled.

"Who?"Paul asked.

Liam grinned and looked at me. My eyes widened. I stepped back.

"No. No. I am not going out there and singing. I already told you, I am a terrible singer."I told them.

"Elizabeth Leah Ashton. You have the most beautiful voice ever. I don't know how you can possibly think that. Did you know that when we were 14, when I auditioned for the X Factor, I was feeling the exact same way as you. And you know who talked me into it? You did Bethie. You told me my voice was amazing and perfect. That I would stand out because my voice was like no others. You put the faith in me that I needed. Remember when you would come over every day after school and help me practice? You did the exact sam thing when I auditioned the second time. You helped me live my dream and now I will help you live yours."Liam told me.

I looked into his big brown eyes. The room was silent a moment.

"You pushed me to go on that stage. Now i'm pushing you to go too."Liam told me.

I didn't say anything for a moment. I just stared at everyone.

"Wheres the microphone?"I asked.

A big smile spread across Liam's face. He handed me a microphone.

"You won't regret this."He told me.

"When do I go on stage?"I asked.

"5 minutes. What songs do you want to sing?"Paul asked.

"Part of Me, Fifteen, The A Team and Wide Awake."I told him.

"Alright."He said.

Paul rushed out of the room and Liam pulled me into a hug. "You can do this Bethie."

He looked me straight in the eyes. "Your voice is amazing. I would even think that if I was a complete stranger."

I gave him a small smile. "Thanks Liam."

"You will do great Beth. I've never heard you sing but its obvious that its fantastic."Louis told me.

"Thank you."I smiled.

We all walked out of the dressing room and to the stage. I was to go on in about 3 minutes. Liam held my hand the entire time.

"You're on."The stage manager said a few minutes later.

Liam hugged me and kissed my forehead.

"Go knock those fans socks off."He told me.

I sighed and grabbed the microphone. I walked out into the bright lights of the stage and smiled at the crowd.

"Hello Los Angeles!"I yelled into the microphone. "So I am the fill in for the opening act, she has laryngitis. As some of you know, my name is Elizabeth Ashton, Liam's best friend. The first song I will sing is Part of Me."

The crowd screamed as I began singing.

Days like this I want to drive away
Pack my bags and watch your shadow fade
 You chewed me up and spit me out
Like I was poison in your mouth
You took my light, you drained me down
But that was then and this is now
Now look at me

This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no
This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no
Throw your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows
But you’re not gonna break my soul
This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no

I just wanna throw my phone away
Find out who is really there for me
You ripped me off, your love was cheap
Was always tearing at the seams
I fell deep, you let me down
But that was then and this is now
Now look at me

Now look at me I’m sparkling
A firework, a dancing flame
You won't ever put me out again
I’m glowin’, oh whoa
So you can keep the diamond ring
 It don't mean nothing anyway
In fact you can keep everything yeah, yeah
Except for me

This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no
This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no
Throw your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows
But you’re not gonna break my soul
This is the part of me
That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no

I looked backstage and saw the boys jaws dropped. Liam mouthed 'That was amazing'. I grinned and immediately began singing Fifteen.
 

You take a deep breath and you walk through the doors
It's the morning of your very first day
You say "Hi" to your friends you ain't seen in a while
Try and stay out of everybody's way
It's your freshman year and you're gonna be here
For the next four years in this town
Hoping one of those senior boys will wink at you and say
"You know, I haven't seen you around before"

'Cause when you're fifteen and somebody tells you they love you
You're gonna believe them
And when you're fifteen
Feeling like there's nothing to figure out
Well count to ten, take it in
This is life before you know who you're gonna be
Fifteen

You sit in class next to a redheaded Abigail
And soon enough you're best friends
Laughing at the other girls who think they're so cool
We'll be out of here as soon as we can
And then you're on your very first date and he's got a car
And you're feeling like flying
And your mamma's waiting up
and you're thinking he's the one
And you're dancing 'round the room when the night ends, when the night ends

'Cause when you're fifteen and somebody tells you they love you
You're gonna believe them
When you're fifteen and your first kiss makes your head spin around
But in your life you'll do things greater than dating the boy of the football team
But I didn't know it at fifteen

When all you wanted was to be wanted
Wish you could go back and tell yourself what you know now

Back then I swore I was gonna marry him someday
But I realized some bigger dreams of mine
And Abigail gave everything she had to a boy who changed his mind
And we both cried

'Cause when you're fifteen and somebody tells you they love you
You're gonna believe them
And when you're fifteen, don't forget to look before you fall
I've found time can heal most anything
And you just might find who you're supposed to be
I didn't know who I was supposed to be at fifteen

La la la la la
La la la la la
La la la la la

Your very first day
You take a deep breath, girl
Take a deep breath as you walk through the doors.

I sang The A Team next.


  White lips, pale face
Breathing in snowflakes
Burnt lungs, sour taste
Light's gone, day's end
Struggling to pay rent
Long nights, strange men

And they say
She's in the Class A Team
Stuck in her daydream
Been this way since 18
But lately her face seems
Slowly sinking, wasting
Crumbling like pastries
And they scream
The worst things in life come free to us
Cause we're just under the upper hand
And go mad for a couple of grams
And she don't want to go outside tonight
And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland
Or sells love to another man
It's too cold outside
For angels to fly
Angels to fly

Ripped gloves, raincoat
Tried to swim and stay afloat
Dry house, wet clothes
Loose change, bank notes
Weary-eyed, dry throat
Call girl, no phone

And they say
She's in the Class A Team
Stuck in her daydream
Been this way since 18
But lately her face seems
Slowly sinking, wasting
Crumbling like pastries
And they scream
The worst things in life come free to us
Cos we're just under the upperhand And go mad for a couple grams And she don't want to go outside tonight And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland Or sells love to another man It's too cold outside For angels to fly

An angel will die

Covered in white

Closed eye

And hoping for a better life

This time, we'll fade out tonight

Straight down the line

And they say She's in the Class A Team Stuck in her daydream Been this way since 18 But lately her face seems Slowly sinking, wasting Crumbling like pastries
They scream The worst things in life come free to us And we're all under the upperhand And go mad for a couple grams And we don't want to go outside tonight And in a pipe we fly to the Motherland Or sell love to another man It's too cold outside For angels to fly Angels to fly To fly, fly Angels to fly, To fly, to fly
For angels to die.
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