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*


18. Chapter 17

Chapter 17


The past two months were great. I didn’t get to meet her parents until last week because her mother’s a lawyer and her dad’s a well respected business man in Manchester and they’ve been busy for a while. Also because I was too nervous to meet them. They were great people and so nice. I never knew she was rich until I reached her mansion of a house. It was large, let me tell you that. 

There were three floors. The first floor consisted of a library, a large lounge room, the kitchen and a dining room. On the second floor it had her mum and dad’s offices and their bedroom as well as a guest bed room. On the third floor there was Ryder and Ruby’s room, as well as Wes’s and also a game room that used to be a guest bedroom but Ruby and Ryder complained about not having to do anything in the house when they were younger.

Ruby’s mum, Gina, was so nice. Despite the fact of being a private and well sought out lawyer, she knew how to balance her family life well. She gushed over how cute I was and how Ruby and I were the perfect couple. Her and Ruby are so close, it was almost remarkable. I’ve always heard stories of rich parents always a little distant from their family but they violated all the stereotypes. It was like a normal family. Her dad, Tony, was like any other dad. He was firm and strong and slightly intimidating. He did the usual interrogation but in the end he was softer than Gina.

Wes was another story. He never talked much and he was always looking at me curiously. Ruby said it was nothing, that he was just trying to understand what I was doing whether that was talking, listening or just doing whatever. He did answer me whenever I spoke and sometimes his words were a little slurred and he pronounced a few words wrong. His hair was completely different to Ruby’s, it was a dark brown that was a little shaggy but their eyes were exactly the same.

Ruby’s room was simple and very big. Her colours were blue and white. the walls were a light baby blue and it coated every wall in her room, which is actually a lot. Her bed was a white king sized bed with blue pillow covers. It was a carpeted room and there was a nice patterned rug underneath her couch. She also had a window seat and that was also blue with pink pillows. There were posters everywhere of Katy Perry, Rihanna, the Beatles, All Time Low and a variety of different actors. She also had polaroids hung up on her walls on lines of string. It was a very cute room. She told me she got so sick of the colour blue and she was so happy to leave the room.

She showed me Ryder’s room as well but we didn’t stay long. It wasn’t much it had white walls and there were albums, dvds and video games everywhere on the floor. I didn’t get a good glimpse because Ruby didn’t like being in there for long.

Then it came to dinner.

There was food everywhere on the table. Gina claimed she had no idea what I liked so she ended up cooking a lot.

I remembered saying, “I eat anything and everything.”

To which Ruby snorted and said, “And he’s not even joking.”

Then Gina started to talk about that one time Ruby ate so much at dinner that she puked right on her plate. It was disgusting at the time but now that we looked over it we all found it funny except for Ruby herself. She fired back one at gina about the time where she hate five corn dogs at a carnival then went on the ferris wheel and puked as soon as she got out of the ride. I laughed pretty hard at that because how do you puke after a ferris wheel?

So that proceeded on to telling embarrassing stories. Wes even joined in every now and then but he still kept quiet and silently picked at his food. Overall, Ruby’s family was so nice and practically normal compared to other rich people (not trying to stereotype but I’m stereotyping).

I was nervous for Ruby meeting my parents today and seeing my house. I wasn’t rich like her. I didn’t grow up in a mansion. I just grew up in Wolverhampton in a cosy house with my parents and my two older sisters. When I stopped the car outside of my old house, I immediately turned to face Ruby. She was fiddling with the hem of her long sleeved, navy blue shirt. Her black jacket was on her lap where she wore light denim jeans with black and white converses.

“What’s wrong?” I asked her after I turned the ignition.

“Just... nothing.” She muttered as she smoothed out her shirt and undid her seat belt.

“Rubes.” I said again.

She sighed and turned to me. “I’m nervous, okay!”

“You’re nervous? Babe, you don’t need to be. My parents will love you! Heck, they’d love you even if you had an extra eyes because whoever makes me happy is good enough for them.” I told her as I brushed a strand of her face.

She gave me a heartwarming smile and leaned into kiss me. I kissed her back sweetly before pulling away and getting out of the car. I jogged to Ruby’s side and opened hers, taking her hand and helping her out of my large car. She stared at my house for a few seconds and I started to get a little nervous. It was a small two story house with four bedrooms. We didn’t get a guest bedroom.

“It’s not much,” I started to say but Ruby cut me off.

“No, no. It’s perfect.” She smiled warmly and kissed my cheek before we walked to the door. I knocked once and opened it. It was how I used to do it when I was a teenager. If I left the house and came back I would always knock once then open the door without waiting for an answer.

“Liam, is that you?” I heard a voice call out. I turned to see Hailie walking down the hallway towards me. I smiled and gave her a kiss on the cheek.

“Hey, Hails.” I smiled. “This is Ruby. Ruby, this is my sister Hailie.”

“Hi.” Ruby said shyly with a wave.

“I’ve heard so much about you!” Hailie said politely, giving Ruby an unexpected hug. Ruby’s eyes widened for a second but then she relaxed and gave her a hug as well.

“I hope he wasn’t running his mouth.” She teased when Hailie let go. Hailie gave a small laugh.

“He adores you.” Hailie winked.

I rolled my eyes at my sister. “Way to make me seem like a man.”

She nudged my arm before leading us into the living room. It was a small room with a couch, a single chair and a loveseat as well as a fireplace and a large plasma tv. That’s where I found Christina, my other sister, sitting on the single seat with her phone in her hands. As soon as we walked in, she looked up and gave us a smile then stood up to greet the both of us.

“Hey, Liam.” She smiled and gave me a hug. Then she turned to Ruby and gave her a hug as well. “And you’re obviously Ruby.”

“Yeah.” Ruby laughed shyly.

“Is that them?” i heard my mum ask from the direction of the kitchen. I turned to find her and my dad with aprons. My mum had a tea towel in her hands and my dad held oven mitts. I towed Ruby over to them.

“Ruby, these are my parents, Karen and Geoff. Mum, dad, this is Ruby.” I said, gesturing to each person.

“It’s really nice to meet you. You have a lovely home.” Ruby said politely with a wide smile. My mum gave her a quick hug and dad shook her hand.

“Thank you, sweetie. You’re welcome to live here with Liam.” She winked and I internally groaned. Ruby gave a soft laugh but didn’t answer. Thank god. “Anyway, you two are early so lunch isn’t quite ready yet. Why don’t you give a tour, Liam?”

I nodded and gave my mum a kiss and a hug for my dad. I grabbed Ruby’s hand and showed her the place. There wasn’t much compared to her home but I grew up here and it’s the best place in the world. My room was embarrassing. I haven’t had much of a chance to clean up in there and it’s been messy since I left it in 2010. 

Lunch went by smoothly. My sisters didn’t interrogate her like they did with my other girlfriends except for Elise since they never met her. But I think that was because Hailie got on the topic of books and that was what got Ruby going in the conversation. They spoke about a lot and while they talked, I got a chance to catch up with my parents. Nothing new was happening really. They’re both still working and Hailie and Christina already have their own homes not too far from this house. 

“It’s almost sunset.” I said as I looked at the time that read 4. We were all sat in the living room, the three girls were on the floor. I was sat on the single seat behind Ruby and parents on the love seat. 

“Oh wow. I never noticed the time.” Ruby laughed as she stood up off the carpeted floor. My sisters stood up as well and we all said our goodbyes. Then we left the house and got into my car.

“Your family is so nice! I love your sisters.” She said once we got onto the road. i chuckled.

“But they were the worst when I was growing up.” I told her as I unconsciously put my hand on her thigh.

“Oh, they’re so great. And the food your mum makes is amazing.” She grinned as she grabbed my hand and played with my fingers.

“Yeah it is. It makes me miss home.” I sighed and I felt her kiss my knuckles. I smiled softly at her and blew her a kiss.

“I miss home too.” She said quietly. I gently squeezed her hand and she squeezed it back. The rest of the drive was spent in a comfortable silence.

I pulled up at her building and got out of the car with her. I walked her up to her apartment and just before she was about to walk in, i stopped her.

"Can you come with me for a second?" I asked her. She looked at me confusedly before nodding and locking her door again. I led her up the stairs and through a door that led to the roof.

"Happy anniversary." I told her as I kissed her cheek and let her look around the roof.

It was our three month anniversary from the first date, not the first day we met. We had a distant view of the London Eye, it wasn’t directly there but you could still see it. It also had a really good view of the buildings there because there weren’t any tall ones towering over hers. I asked Jenna and Georgia to set the place up since I was out with her meeting my parents. There were a few lanterns and a table with food.

"Wow." She gasped as she looked at the scenery. "I thought I was the only one who remembered."

"Not in a million years, babe." I smiled and led her to the table. I pulled out a chair for her and she sat down, still looking at the London Eye with the sun setting behind it.

"This is really nice." She smiled as a small breeze kissed our skin.

"Happy three months." I said holding my wine filled glass.

"Happy three months." She repeated and tapped her glass against mine.






That was crap. I am so not on my game anymore! 

And please read War Cry! It’s a Liam one as well.


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