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.


37. Surprise

***Beth's POV***

We had finally finished putting up the decorations and soon people began arriving. I quickly rushed upstairs and changed into my dress. Emily and Miranda walked into my room wearing their dresses.

"I just got a txt from El, Liam has no idea what they have planned but they'll be here in 10 minutes." Emily told me.

"Okay. How many people are currently here?" I asked.

"A lot. All of Liam's school friends, Ed Sheeran is here, Katy Perry, Cher Lloyd, Jusin Bieber, Josh, I think I saw Lou, Lux and Tom too. I also saw Simon. Liam's mum and dad are here and of course Ruth and Nicola are here. Theres a lot more celebrities but i don't know all of there names." Mir told me.

I smiled. "I've never had so many celebrities in my house before."

"You are one of them." Emily told me.

I shrugged. "I guess."

The three of us walked downstairs and I got everyones attention.

"Alright, I need everyones attention! So when Liam and everyone else arrives, the lights will be out, when the doors open I will flip on the lights and everyone needs to yell surprise. Liam has no idea any of you are here so he will be happy to see all of you." I grinned.

My phone buzzed in my pocket. I took it out and saw that Louis had sent me a text.

We're on your street. Get ready. -Louis

"Alright. They are on this street. Lights are going off." I told everyone.

The room went quiet and I shut all the lights off. A few minutes later I heard a car pull up and voices outside. Finally I saw the door knob turn and finally it opened. I flicked on the lights.

"Surprise!" Everyone yelled.

The look on Liam's face was priceless. He grinned at all the people in the room but he was searching for one person. Finally his eyes landed on me and he grinned and walked over to me.

"You actually thought I would forget about your 20th birthday?" I smirked.

"I actually did." He grinned.

He wrapped his arms around my waist and kissed me.

"I love you so much Beth. This is incredible." He told me

"I love you too. Now go socialize." I grinned.

He kissed me one more time before going to say hi to everyone. Louis walked over to me.

"I must say Beth, you throw a hell of a good party." He grinned.

"Only the best for Liam." I smiled.

"Liam was all depressed in the car because he thought you had forgotten." He told me.

"I know. He called me on the way here when he woke up." I told him.

"He really loves you Beth. I mean, there are so many people in this room and the first person he looks for is you. Over the three years that I've known Liam, hes never looked at a girl the way he looks at you." Louis told me.

Harry walked over to us. "Yeah I agree with Louis. You are really something special to Liam."

I gave them both hugs. "Thanks. That means a lot."

The three of us talked for a while until I heard the first notes to the song Fall.

"I have to go find Liam." I told them.

I searched the crowd and finally found Liam who was looking for me too. He pulled me close to him and grinned.

"Well let me tell you a story, about a girl and a boy. He fell in love with his best friend, when she's around he feels nothing but joy." Liam mouthed along to the music.

At that moment it felt like just the two of us right there. He slowly and softly pressed his lips to mine and it felt like I was on top of the world. It soon came time for me to give my speech. I got up onto the stage that we had set up earlier and took the microphone. Everyones attention was on me.

"When I was 5 years old I met a boy who changed my life forever. He taught me that even when everything seems to be going the wrong way, there is still that burst of light that I just need to uncover. He helped me through some of the hardest times in my life and I don't know where I'd be today without him. In this house he and I shared so many memories, whether it was the pillow fights or the hide and seek. Or the cake batter fight or the sleep overs. Those memories that he and I share, they are the bright light in all of the darkness. Many people think of Liam Payne as the boy who tried out for the X Factor and is now in a band called One Direction. Well, I think of Liam Payne as the boy who I met when I was 5 years old on the first day of primary school. The 15 years that I have known him have been some of the best in my life. Although I may have lost some people who were dear to me, I also gained some. Liam's mum? She's like a mum to me. Liam's dad? He's more of a father than mine will ever be. Ruth and Nicola, they are like the sisters I wish I had. So the day I met Liam, I not only gained a best friend whom I'd be friends with and love the rest of my life but... I gained a family. So thank you Liam. I love you with all of my heart. Happy 20th birthday." I grinned.

The room erupted into applause and I walked off the stage and Liam walked over to me. He didn't give me a chance to speak, he just pulled me close to him and kissed me. Finally we pulled away and we grinned at each other.

"I love you so much." He told me. "I'll be right back."

He walked up on the stage and took the microphone.

"Can I have your attention please?" Liam asked everyone.

The room grew silent and everyone's eyes were on Liam.

"Elizabeth, can you please come up here?" He asked.

I smiled and walked up on the stage.

"Elizabeth Ashton, the day I met you was one of the best days of my life. That day I not only gained a best friend but I gained a girl whom I would love for the rest of my life. I love you with all my heart Elizabeth Ashton and no one will ever change that. Every single second I look at you I fall deeper and deeper." He said.

He took something out of his pocket and held it in his hand.

"Elizabeth Leah Ashton, I am not afraid to say that I want to spend the rest of my life with you. You are the one and I am not blind to see that. So, Beth, will you do the honor of promising to marry me one day?" Liam asked.

My hands covered my gaping mouth as I looked down at the little ring in Liam's hand. On the inside 8-20-98 was carved and it almost brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't find the words to say so I just swiftly nodded my head. Everyone in the room erupted into applause. Liam grinned and pulled me close to him and kissed me.

"I am truly, madly, deeply in love with you Elizabeth Ashton and I am not afraid to tell the whole world." Liam grinned.

He and I walked off stage and he slipped the small infinity ring onto my finger. Finally when the party was over everyone but the boys, El, Mir, Emily and Perrie had gone home. We all sat in the living room and I couldn't stop smiling.

"That was probably the cutest most amazing thing I have ever seen." Mir told Liam and I.

"Yeah, we need to start planning a wedding." El grinned.

"El, its a promise ring. Not an engagement ring." I smiled.

I looked up at Liam. "How did you know to have the ring with you? You didn't have a clue about the party."

"I've been carrying it in my pocket since the day you and I got back together. I was just waiting for the right time to give it to you." He told me.

We all sat there silently for a while. "Is everyone staying here tonight?"

"As long as its not to loud." Louis smirked at Liam and I.

My eyes widened and I picked up a pillow and threw it at him. 

"You know what Lou? Shut up." I smirked.

"Oh you know its true." He grinned.

I rolled my eyes. "Whatever you say Lou."

After a while we all went upstairs. Everyone else would be staying in the guest rooms. Liam and I walked into my room and I walked over to my bag that I had brought. I pulled out my pajamas and pulled out a pair of Liam's sweats that I brought and handed them to him.

"Who says we need clothes?" He smirked, wrapping his arms around me and kissing my neck.

I raised my eyebrows. "Because we are in a house with 8 other people. The walls are thin and I don't feel like being teased by Louis in the morning." 

He groaned. "When we get home?"

I smirked at him. "Maybe."

I handed him his sweats and I pulled on mine. I laid down on my bed and he laid down next to me. He wrapped his arms around me and kissed me passionately. It soon turned into a full makeout session.

"I love you Elizabeth Ashton and nothing will ever change that."Liam whispered before we both feel asleep.

"I love you too Liam." I replied.

"To infinity." He smiled.

"And beyond." I finished.

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