The Doubt of Moving On

Liam Payne was once in love. He was head over heels for her. He'd take the moon for her. But she did something that not only hurt him but his friends as well. He doesn't know what to do. All he can do is hang on to the past. Hang on to her. But he knows he needs to move on.
Ruby Adams was once happy. She was head over heels for a guy. She loved her brother more than anything. But the guy she loved did something to her which made her do something to her brother. She's a mess. All she can do is mope around. Not care about anything else. But she knows she needs to move on.
When their fates cross paths, will they finally do what they need to do all along?
*Don't need to read Chasing the Sun for this spinoff*

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16. Chapter 15

Chapter 15

 

The vibrations of a phone awoke me from my peaceful slumber. However, I didn’t reach the phone in time because all I could stare at was Ruby’s sleeping face. My arm lightly rested on her waist and our faces were only a few inches apart. Her pink lips were parted as she silently breathed out of her mouth. Her shoulders heaved with every breath. Her red hair was all knotted and lying on her cheek. The few freckles she has dotted her cheeks and nose. Her lashes touched her cheeks, fluttering against them. 

The phone rang once more, interrupting my analysis of her face. I rolled over and answered the ringing, checking that it didn’t wake Ruby up. She just groaned softly and turned to face the other way. I chuckled lightly, sat up and answered my phone.

“Liam, where are you?” Jenna asked without a single hello. I swung my legs over the bed and walked straight out.

“Why?” I inquired without an answer.

“Because we were.. just where are you?” She sighed exasperatedly. I walked to the kitchen, sliding the sofas back into the living room. It wasn’t as cold as I thought it was so I stayed in my boxers, not at all embarrassed.

“I’m at Ruby’s, why?” i asked her, grabbing the milk carton from the fridge.

“Who’s Ruby?” She asked. 

“Do you not read my tweets.” i joked, pouring the milk into a glass. I started to chug down the milk.

“Oh, I remember now. Why haven’t i met her yet?” She scolded and I rolled my eyes. I decided to make her favourite breakfast, french toast.

“No one has.” I answered, wedging the phone in between my ear and my shoulder while I took the ingredients to make french toast out.

Jenna huffed then said, “Guess you’re not gonna come then. Have fun with your girlfriend.” She sang out the word girlfriend in a teasing tone.

“I will. You have fun with... whatever you’re doing. bye.” I dropped the phone into my hand and placed it on the counter.

I continued to make the french toast, making two for the both of us and two extra. I was about to bring it to her when I finished putting whipped cream, strawberries and blueberries over it but she walked out, rubbing her sleepy eyes.

“I thought you left.” She grumbled as she sat down on the dining table. She was eyeing the plate in my hand expectantly as if urging for me to hand it to her. Her lips were set into a pout and her eyes stared longingly at the food in my hands.

“Of course not.” I chuckled. I set the plate in front of her and kissed her red hair. I sat down beside her and handed her a knife and fork. I even placed one of the cookies we made last night on her plate.

“This is cute.” She yawned. Her lips formed the perfect ‘o’ as she let out her roaring yawn. She blushed a little and mumbled a sorry as she cut into her french toast. 

I watched her expression carefully. I don’t normally make breakfast. The girls in the gang do that for me. I practically rely on cereal or Ali, Jenna, El or Georgia making it for me. It’s sort of every guy’s dream to have a girl cook for him every morning. I watched Ruby as her eyes widened and gave me a shocked expression. My stomach dropped and I started to worry. Was it bad?

“I’m sorry if it’s terrible. I don’t normally cook.” I told her, afraid to eat my own. Ruby is like a little food critique, if she doesn’t like it no one would either.

“No, no. It’s not that. It’s amazing, Liam! The best I’ve ever tasted!” She exclaimed and I grinned. Never knew I was a good cook. “And please put on clothes, your body’s distracting me.” 

I looked down at my white boxers and back at her, making no move to put on clothes. I watched her glance at me every now and then, stuffing food in her mouth as if to concentrate herself. I took a bite out of mine and chewed slowly, teasing the hell out of her.  Her eyes locked onto mine and she visibly froze. I gave her a wink and a sense of satisfaction rolled through me when I saw her gulp.

“Stop it, Liam.” She glared as she finished her last bite. I laughed at how she ate as fast as she could just so she didn’t have to sit here watching me eat my food suggestively.

“Aw, Rubes. Give me a kiss.” I puckered my lips and leaned over to her. She rolled her eyes before quickly pecking my cheek and jumping straight up.

“I’m taking a shower.” She announced as she grabbed a towel off a chair.

“When I finish this, I’m going home to shower and change.” I told her before she left. She nodded her head and told me that I could use the clothes I borrowed off Ryder to walk home in. I kissed her lightly before she left then I proceeded to finish my food.

 

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I knocked on Ruby’s front door while balancing Ryder’s clothes in one hand and putting my car keys in the pocket of my grey jeans. She opened the front door, wearing a grey sweater, denim shorts and white vans. Her hair was dead straight compared to her wavy hair and she wore really light make up. I grinned at her like i haven’t seen her in days when in reality I haven’t seen her in three hours.

“Hey, haven’t seen you in a while.” She joked, a playful smile on her lips.

“Been too long.” I said, playing along. I kissed her cheek and handed her the pile of neatly pile of clothes in my hand. “Thanks for letting me borrow them.”

“You’re welcome.” She answered, taking them and walking down to Ryder’s room. I looked around the place to find it how we left it last night.

The tarp was still on the floor along with the buckets of paint. The sofas were all still in the hallway. I shut the door as I crossed the place to where there sofas were and I sat myself down. I waited for her until she came out and sat beside me.

“What are we doing today?” I asked her, staring ahead at the wall we made last night.

“Gosh, you’re a little clingy.” She teased and poked my ribs. 

“Are we playing this again?” I taunted, poking her ribs which made her jump. 

“No!” She protested with her eyes wide and her small hands attempting to hold down my own. I chuckled at her frantic expression and pulled my hands back to myself.

“We should just fix up the place. I mean the tarp is still on the floor.” I suggested and she agreed.

So we spent the next hour cleaning up the place and putting everything back. I was still surprised at how she kept the walls splattered with various different types of colours. When the tarp was gone and the sofas back in place and the paint stored away in the closet in the hallway, we cleaned up the kitchen. The baking tools and such were still every where so we had to wash them and put it back exactly where it was from.

“Now what?” I asked as we sat down on the sofa. She was sitting straight whilst I was on my back with my head in her lap. Her soft fingers played with my hair. 

“We can, um, unpack Ryder’s stuff?” She suggested but I could tell that she didn’t want to do that right now. 

“Maybe later.” I said and even though she tried to conceal her breath of relief, I still heard it. My phone started to ring and I had to wriggled to get it out of the back pocket of my jeans.

“Hello?” I asked. Ruby waited patiently as I spoke on the phone.

“Hey, Liam. Want to go to the carnival with us?” It was Zayn.

“Um...” I started.

“You can bring Ruby?” He offered.

I looked up at Ruby’s face and whispered, “Do you want to go to the carnival with my friends?”She nodded absentmindedly, still playing with my hair. “Yeah, sure.” i answered.

“That’s good. Just meet as there at 5ish.” Zayn said and I agreed, hanging up the phone.

“We’re meeting him at 5ish meaning we have an hour to kill.” I informed her and she nodded.

Then we spent the next hour not doing much. We just talked for half the time. I’m pretty sure I fell asleep at one point. We left the house at 5 and I drove us to the carnival not too far from the city.

“Hey.” I smiled at everyone, who was standing at the entrance, holding Ruby’s hand.

“Ruby, this is Zayn, Harry, his girlfriend Alira, Louis and his girlfriend Eleanor, Niall and his girlfriend Georgia, Jenna and her boyfriend Jake.” I said, pointing out each individual. Ruby gave them the smile that won me over on that first day we bumped into each other. “Guys, this is Ruby.”

The girls each gave Ruby a hug which obviously shocked her. The girls were a little too friendly sometimes and they unknowingly make that person uncomfortable sometimes. But even so, Ruby hugged them back and smiled without showing her uneasiness. 

“They seem to be getting along.” Louis noted, watching out girlfriends interact with smiles on all their faces.

“Yeah.” I replied, watching Ruby’s face. She was slowly easing into the nonstop talking between them all.

“Zayn, you need a girlfriend.” Harry teased and Zayn blushed slightly.

“Did anyone see that?” Jake asked, genuinely shocked and I nodded. I did indeed see Zayn’s cheek turn slightly pink.

“Who are you hooking up with?” Harry asked, wiggling his eyebrows. 

“No one.” Zayn mumbled.

“Oh, come on. No party pooping.” Niall said.

“Shut up. I’ll tell you all never.” Zayn grumbled. 

“Zayn.” I singsonged. I’ve been so happy lately that even I’ve started to notice how I’m never sad anymore.

He didn’t reply after that even after our constant pestering. He ignored us for the majority of the night. The girls reprimanded us for annoying him since he apparently was in a good mood at the start of the day. Ruby joked about how backwards our group was. Us boys act like the girls sometimes and the girls acted like us. I never noticed that until now and I couldn’t help but keep note for the whole night.

We had a great time at the carnival however Ruby and I tended to venture off on our own. We weren’t the only ones, Harry and Alira walked off a lot more than we did. I found out that Ruby had small little fear of clowns. And by small, I mean huge. She ran away every time she spotted one and I couldn’t help but laugh at how childish it was. Each time I laughed at her she’d say something along the lines of, “you won’t be laughing when they stabbed you ten times with that ridiculous painted face and laughing sadistically”. It didn’t scare me, in fact it made me laugh even harder.

The last thing we did was sit on the ferris wheel while the fireworks went off. Clichéd ending but it was really sweet. Ruby loves fireworks, I could see them in her eyes. 

 

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A/N

 

Shit start, shit middle and shit ending. I’m sooooo damn sorry. I’ve gotten lazy/tired/really busy. 

 

Vote, comment, share, fan etcetc (even though this chapter doesn’t really deserve it. it’s totally shit)

Mwahbebsssssssss

 

-Winona

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