A Thousand Years (Sequel to Red)

The moment you realize that in the blink of an eye you have lost everything, its the most terrifying moment of my life. As I drive away from not only my friends, but my family the recent events played in my head. Its hard to believe that in an instant you can looses everyone important to you. Here I am, driving away from the people who picked me up when I fell down and got me where I am today. The people whom I called my family.

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50. Flashed Before My Eyes

***Beth's POV***

I sat here alone. Everyone else was gone. The boys had gone to talk to Simon about my father and the girls were out somewhere. The house was silent. The only sound that could be heard was the slow dripping from the faucet in the kitchen. The house had an eerie kind of feeling to it. Like any moment something could pop out and scare me. I knew he was watching me. I could almost feel his eyes burning into my mind. I sat in the kitchen scrolling thorough my phone, occasionally checking the time, wondering when someone would be back. 

Drip.

Drip.

Drip.

I stared as each drop fell into the sink with another one right behind it. I was almost hypnotized by the drops of water falling from the faucet. I almost didn't hear the faint creak from the other room. I sat up straight, my eyes darting to the dark corners. I heard it again. Creak... I silently slipped off my stool and slowly made my way towards the source of the creak. My eyes shot to every single place where someone might hide. I looked up and finally... finally I saw the source of the creak. And it terrified me.

There he stood.

His face was dark and his haunting eyes burned into mine.

I slight smirk spread across his face at the sight of me. 

He had me exactly where he wanted me. He had me in his trap. 

"So nice of you to join me." He said in his raspy voice.

"L-Leave me alone." I choked out, my eyes not leaving the man in front of me.

"Oh sweetheart. We both know I can't do that." He chuckled evilly.

I tried to blink back tears. I couldn't let him see my weakness.

"Wouldn't it be a shame... to have your little friends come home right now. Especially that Payne boy." He smirked.

Horror grew in my eyes. "Don't touch them! Leave them alone! I swear if you hurt them I-"

"You'll what?!" He spat. "You'll sent the rest of your little gay boys on me?"

He slowly began to step towards me. With every step he took forward I took one back. My hands and legs were shanking.

"You shouldn't have run away." He hissed.

"I ran away to get away from you. My life is better without you!" I spat at him.

"Yes I heard. You're quite famous now. Wouldn't it be a shame if their precious little Elizabeth Ashton went missing?" He grinned evilly.

I didn't respond. My back had now hit the wall but he didn't stop walking. He slowly, slowly descended towards me. Every heavy step he took echoed through the house. He had me trapped. This time there was no way out. No one would come rushing in to save me. This time I was alone. He had me. He slammed me up against the wall, he head hitting the wood hard and my vision began to blur. He began punching me and beating me.

"Y-you can do anything t-to me. P-please. Please d-don't hurt t-them." I choked out, blood coming out of my mouth and nose.

He laughed his horrible laugh. It was like needles sticking into my ears. 

"No promises." He laughed before slapping me one more time.

Everything went black.

***Liam's POV***

"C'mon we need to get home. I don't want to leave Beth alone for too long." I hurried the boys.

We all hopped into the car and Louis started the car.

"I'm sure she's fine Liam." Louis whispered, unsure of himself.

I took out my phone and texted Beth.

To: Beth

We'll be home soon okay? Tell me if anything goes wrong.


I sat there staring at the text, waiting for a reassuring reply. I licked my lips and my eyes didn't leave the screen.

"Damn it Beth. Answer." I whispered desperately.

Still no answer.

"Maybe her phone is off." Niall suggested.

"I don't care! What if something happened to her?!" I asked.

We were all silent. Louis drove a little faster, we all had worried looks on our faces. As soon as the house came into view Louis pulled in quickly and I jumped out of the car. I ran to the front door and threw it open.

"Beth?!" I called.

No answer.

"Beth?!!" I called again, more frantic.

I ran upstairs and checked our bedroom but she wasn't there. I could feel the tears in my eyes.

"Beth! Babe this isn't funny! Game over! You win!" I called, blinking back tears as I continued to throw doors open.

"Liam!" Louis yelled from downstairs. "Liam holy shit LIAM?!"

I ran downstairs and saw the boys were all crowded around something.

I pushed them aside and saw a small pool of blood on the floor. A small pice of paper beside it. I shakily picked it up, tears streaming down my face.

You guessed it. I got her. 

Those words stung like needles. The note slipped from my hands and tears streamed down my face. I ran to the front door and threw it open. I ran into the middle of the quiet street and stared at the empty road before me. I fell to my knees. She was gone. Elizabeth Ashton. The love of my life. Gone. I just sat there in the middle of the road and stared up at the sky. 

"WHY?! WHY?!" I yelled at no one in particular.

They say your life flashes through your eyes when something so traumatic happens to you. Well, right now the past 14 years were flashing before my eyes. 

***

"Can I color with you?" I asked the girl

"Of course you can."She smiled.

I sat down next to her and handed me a purple crayon

"My name is Liam Payne. What is yours?" I asked her.

"Elizabeth Ashton."She smiled.

"Your name is pretty. Can I call you Beth?"I asked, smiling.

She nodded. "Liam?"

"Yes?"I asked.

"Why did you want to come sit with me and color when you could have been having fun with all those other kids?"She asked.

"Because all they care about is what people think of them. They are all rude, stuck up kids. You... you are not."I told her.

"I like you Liam. I think we will be good friends."She told me.

"I'd like to be best friends."I said.

"Alright then. Liam, you are my best friend."She smiled.

"I want to be best friends forever."I said.

"Ok."She replied.

"Pinky promise?"I asked.

We linked our pinkies together. "Pinky promise."

***

"No Liam! Stop!" She laughed as I het her with the pillow.

"Say you're my best friend in the whole wide world." The six year old me grinned.

"You're my best friend in the whole wide world!" She grinned.

I hit her with the pillow again and she hit me back with hers.

***

"Don't you dare come near me with that cake batter Liam Payne. You will regret it!" She grinned, stepping back.

I smiled mischievously. I grabbed a handful of batter and threw it at her.

"Oh you are so going to pay for that!" She laughed.

She took a handful of the chocolate batter and threw it at me.

"Well, Ashton, this means war!" I smirked.

***
"You'll do great Liam. I promise." She told me.

"Beth i'm not going to make it. It'll be just like last time where I didn't make it." I said.

She turned to my mum. "Hes mental. Absolutely mental."

"Liam Payne?" A man asked.

"Yes." I said.

"You're on in two minutes." He told me.

Beth turned to me. "Just don't forget, no matter how famous you get, I will always be there for you. Don't forget the girl you met when we were five years old, don't forget your best friend."

"Bethie, how could I forget you? You are my best friend." I said.

She pulled me into a hug

"Love you Liam."  She smiled.

"Love you too Beth." I smiled back.

I walked out onto the stage.

***

"Thank you San Diego!"  I called into the microphone after our last concert on the Up All Night Tour.

The lads and I walked off stage, huge grins on our faces.

"Well lads, we made it. We finally made it." Louis grinned.

"This is like a dream. I still can't believe it." I smiled to myself.

***

"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.

***

“Because I love you. I love you so much Elizabeth Ashton.” I said.
 
She stopped in her tracks.  She turned around and looked at me.
 
“What?” She asked.
 
“I love you. I always have.” I told her.
 
She stood there for a moment before she found herself running towards me. The next thing I knew her lips were against mine and instantly felt fireworks. This was almost like The Notebook. She pulled away.
 
“I love you too Liam. You are the mystery guy.” She told me.
 
I grinned. “You’re the mystery girl.”
 
I pressed my lips to hers again. “You have no idea how long I have wanted to do that.”
 
“About time!” We heard Louis call.
 
We looked up and saw the boys standing there smirking at us. I turned back to Beth.
 
“You told me to tell my mystery girl how much I love her. Well mystery girl, I love you so much.  I have loved you since I have known what love is.  I was just too afraid you wouldn’t feel the same.” I told her.
 
She kissed me. “I have loved you forever. When I think of love, I think of you. I love you so much Liam James Payne.”
 
“I love you more Elizabeth Leah Ashton.” I told her. “After 14 years, Elizabeth, will you please be mine?”
 
“You had me at after 14 years. And you don’t even have to say please.” She grinned.

***

The door opened and Beth walked in. I instantly got off of Danielle.

"Beth please. Its not what it looks like." I told her in a shaky voice.

I had lost her. I had just lost the love of my life.

A tear slipped down her cheek. "You all knew didn't you? You all knew that he was cheating on me..."

She stared at all of us.

"YOU ALL FUCKING KNEW THAT LIAM FUCKING PAYNE WAS FUCKING CHEATING ON ME?! WITH HIS FUCKING SLUT OF AN EX GIRLFRIEND AND NONE OF YOU TOOK THE TIME TO TELL ME A FUCKING THING?!" She screamed.

She ran upstairs and fame down a few minutes later with boxes and bags in her hands.

"No please Beth. Please. Please. I love you. Just let me explain!" I begged, tears rolling down my cheeks.

She stared at me for a moment before walking over to the pictures of the flower and spaceship. She took both of them off the wall and pushed the spaceship one to my chest.

"I loved you Liam. I loved you with all my heart and not only did you break it, you completely shattered it. I can't believe I wasted these past 14 years loving you when all you did in the end is break me. You are no love of mine, you are no best friend of mine. I hope you look at that picture every day and remember the girl who you asked to sit with on the first day of primary school. The girl you grew up with and fell in love with. The one who was always there for you. And the one who's heart you broke. So Liam, have a nice life. Because I won't be part of it. When you said forever and always, you didn't mean it." She cried.

She turned to everyone else "I can't believe I ever called you friends of mine. You couldn't just take a moment and save me from the agony of having to find out myself that the only boy I have and ever will love has been cheating on me. Miranda, Emily... Louis... I expected more from you three especially." 

She grabbed her bags and walked out the door. Out of my life. I was broken.

***
 

"Elizabeth, since the first day I met you I have loved you. In fact, every time I lay my eyes on you I fall harder. I made the biggest mistake and I would give anything to take it back. This song is for you." I told her.

Niall began strumming the guitar. I began to sing.

Ohh...Ohhh....uh...

Lately I've been thinkin',
Thinkin' bout what we had,
I know it was hard,
It was all that we knew, yeah

Have you been drinkin'
To take all the pain away?
I wish that I could give you what you deserve...

'Cause nothing can ever,
Ever replace you.
Nothing can make me feel like you do, yeah.
You know there's no one
I can relate to.
And know we won't find a love that's so true...

There's nothing like us,
There's nothing like you and me,
Together through the storm.
There's nothing like us,
There's nothing like you and me,
Together, oh

I gave you everything, baby,
Everything I had to give.
Girl, why would you push me away, yeah?
Lost in confusion,
Like an illusion,
You know I'm used to making your day...

But that is the past now,
We didn't last now,
I guess that this is meant to be, yeah...
Tell me, was it worth it?
We were so perfect.
But, baby, I just want you to see...

There's nothing like us,
There's nothing like you and me,
Together through the storm.
There's nothing like us,
There's nothing like you and me,
Together, oh

There's nothing like us,
There's nothing like you and me,
Together through the storm.
There's nothing like us,
There's nothing like you and me,
Together, oh...



Her hands covered her gaping mouth. I just grinned at her.

"15 years ago I met you. 15 years ago was the best day of my lift because I met you. Since the moment you came into my life, you have been the brightest light. I'm not afraid to say that I can't live without you because its the truth. If you're not in my life, its not worth living." I told her.

She  just stood there in shock at my words. She ran towards me and finally... after six long months... our lips connected. I could hear everyone cheering behind us but all that mattered in the world right now was Beth and I. Her and I finally pulled apart and I looked into her beautiful blue eyes. I could instantly feel the bombs going off inside of me.

"You have no idea how long I've waited for that." I whispered.

"I've waited longer." She whispered back.

I grinned and held her face in my hands and pressed my lips to hers again. It felt so... perfect.

"I love you Elizabeth Ashton. I love you more than I have ever loved anything in my life." I whispered to her. "You would make me the happiest man alive if you would be mine again."

"Yes." She replied.


***

You guessed it. I got her.  

My life would never again be the same. Elizabeth Ashton. The love of my life. Without her... I'm nothing.
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