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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36. The Drive Home

***Beth's POV***

Beep. Beep. Beep. I groaned and slammed the snooze button on the alarm clock. I slowly sat up and glanced at the clock, 5:30 am. I looked over my shoulder at Liam, making sure the horrid sound of the alarm clock hadn't woken him. I quickly scurried over to my closet and slipped on an outfit. I wrote Liam a quick note and set it on my pillow. I walked over to him and kissed him on the cheek.

"Happy birthday." I whispered smiling.

I grabbed my bag and walked downstairs. I grabbed my phone and the rest of my stuff and walked out to my car. After piling everything in the very back I got into the drivers seat and pulled out of the driveway. I drove to Harry and Miranda's house and when I arrived Harry and Mir came out, still in their sweats and sweatshirts. They got into the car and smiled.

"Ready to have the best party Liam is ever going to have?" Harry grinned.

"Of course." I replied.

I drove to Niall's house next and Emily and Niall came out. They got into the car and I began our trip to Wolverhampton.

"Remember the last time the 5 of us were in Wolverhampton?" Emily grinned.

"Yeah. That was really fun when we relived all of those childhood memories." Harry said.

"Well maybe we can do it again soon. All we need is Liam. There are some memories that Mir, Em and I have that are pretty amusing." I grinned.

"Yeah. Remember that time Mir locked herself in your bathroom and couldn't figure it out so you had to climb out on the ro-" Emily began.

Miranda cut her off. "Lets not talk about that. That was a very terrifying experience for me. I thought I was going to die in a bathroom." Mir laughed.

"How old were you?" Harry laughed.

"We were 11. Em had just moved to Wolverhampton from Ireland that Summer." I said.

About 2 hours into the drive my phone began to ring. I smiled when I saw it was Liam.

"Its Liam. Just look at the way she smiled." Mir said knowingly.

I rolled my eyes and picked up the phone and answered it.

"Beth?" Liam's voice filled my ears.

"Yes Liam?" I smiled.

"I knew it!" Miranda squealed quietly.

"Babe, where are you? I woke up and you weren't here." He said in his morning voice.

"I'm out. Didn't you see the note I left you?" I asked.

I heard shuffling around on the other line. 

"I found it. Where are you though? I miss you." He said, sounding tired.

I smiled. "I'm running some errands. I'll be home later okay? And I miss you too." 

"Babe, you know what day it is right?" He asked.

"Of course. Its August 29th." I smiled.

"And whats on August 29th?" He asked.

I could hear the disappointment in his voice.

"Um... I- I dont know." I sighed.

He was silent for a moment. "Okay. Are you at least with anyone?"

"Urm... yeah. I'm with Harry, Niall, Mir and Em." I told him.

"Why are you with them? You wake up early in the morning to spend the day with Harry, Niall, Mir and Em? Babe, I love you but you need to tell me." He sighed.

"I love you too. I'm sorry okay? I promise. You'll see me later." I told him.

"Okay. I love you. Bye." He said.

"Love you too. Bye." I replied.

I hung up the phone and sighed.

"Whats wrong?" Harry asked.

"Liam thinks I forgot his birthday." I told them.

"Well remember your birthday? You thought Liam had forgotten yours." Niall said.

"Yeah and I also felt like crap that day because I thought my best friend since the age of 5 had forgotten my birthday. I feel bad now because Liam thinks the same thing." I told them.

"Beth, Liam will forgive you. He loves you and you forgave him when he "forgot" your birthday." Mir told me.

"I know... I just feel bad. Hes probably moping around at home right now alone." I sighed.

After what felt like forever we finally reached Wolverhampton.

"Okay, I want to quickly stop by Liam's house and let his family know we're here. They already know about the party." I told them.

"Alright. I haven't seen Liam's family in a long time." Harry said.

"I've met Ruth and Nicola but never his parents." Mir said.

"Yeah same." Emily replied.

"Well they're like a second family to me. Ruth and Nicola are like my sisters and Liam's mum and dad are like my second parents." I smiled.

I pulled onto Liam's street and finally into the driveway of his house. We all got out of the car and walked up the front steps. I knocked on the door and a few moments later Liam's mum opened the door with a huge smile on her face.

"Beth its so nice to see you." She told me, giving me a huge hug.

"Beth is here?!" I heard someone yell from upstairs.

Moments later Ruth and Nicola came rushing down the stairs and tackled me in a huge hug.

"We missed you." Nicola told me.

"I missed you too Nic." I grinned. "I brought some people you may know with me. You know Harry and Niall and you may remember Miranda and Emily."

"Yeah, you two live here in Wolverhampton too right?" Ruth asked.

"Well we did but yeah. We were also childhood friends of Liam and Beth." Emily smiled.

"Well come in!" Liam's mum smiled.

We walked in an Liam's dad came out of the kitchen with a smile on his face.

"Beth, its so nice to see you." He said, giving me a hug.

"Its nice to see you too." I replied.

"So, I hear you have a surprise party planned for Liam." Ruth grinned.

"Yeah I do." I replied.

"Shes all sad though cause Liam thought she forgot his birthday." Harry told her.

Ruth hugged me. "Don't worry. He'll get over it when he arrives at the party tonight." She said.

"I hope so." I sighed.

"So Beth, Liam told me about what happened with Danielle that broke you two up. I'm so sorry about that." Liam's mum said.

"Its fine. It wasn't Liam's fault. I would have done the same. I wouldn't allow other people to risk their lives for me." I said.

Nicola sighed. "I still can't believe your dad turned into what he is now. He used to be so kind."

I shrugged. "Not anymore."


"So about the party, do you want Nic and I to come help set up?" Ruth asked me.

"I'd like that." I smiled.

A few minutes alter we were out the door. Ruth and Nicola followed us in their car to my house. Once we arrived I got my key out and unlocked my door. 

"Beth?" Emily asked.

"Hm?" I replied.

"Why do you still keep this house? I mean, you only come here like twice a year. And all the bad memories of your dad are here." Emily said.

I turned around and faced her. "Em, this isn't just a house to me. Its the place that I can come that makes me feel safe. There are so many memories that lie behind these walls that I just can't let this house go. I mean yeah, there may be a few bad memories but, all the good memories create a shadow over the bad ones. Remember when we were here and we relived some of mine and Liam's memories? Those were only a few. There are so many. Its also almost the last thing I have left of my mum."

We were all silent a moment. I looked around at the house that I grew up in and it put a smile on my face.

"Alright. Lets start setting up." I said.

We all grabbed the supplies we had gotten and began putting them up. 

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