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.


59. You Must Not Tell Lies

***Liam's POV***

I sat on the couch alone, looking through the photo album that Ruth had given Beth for Christmas last year. Christmas just wasn't the same this year because Beth was missing. While most people had smiles on their faces, I couldn't even bring myself to fake one. Sure, my family tried to get me to smile but I just couldn't. Beth is the source of my happiness. Now as I look through these pictures, tears fall down my cheeks. The memories that each of these pictures hold, its almost too much to look at. There has not been a day since I met Beth when I didn't know that there was a definite chance of having her back but this time... I wasn't even sure if she was alive. My eyes landed on the picture of us on Halloween when we were 7 and we dressed as Woody and Jessie from Toy Story. I bit my lip, trying to restrain myself from crying. My eyes flickered to a picture of us on her 10th birthday and I was kissing her cheek. As I flipped through the pages I couldn't help but look back on those amazing moments we spent together. I lived in fear every single day that her and I would never make new memories. Since I'm still in Wolverhampton I've been going to her house a lot. It somehow brings me comfort to be near all of these things that belonged to her. I heard someone walked into the room but I didn't bother looking up.

"Liam you okay?" Ruth asked, sitting down next to me.

I didn't respond. I just barely shook my head.

"We'll find her." She whispered.

My bloodshot eyes looked into hers. "Y-you don't know that."

"No. I don't. But I also know that Beth is a strong girl and will fight for what she loves. She loves you Liam." She said, clearly trying to hold back tears.

"I'm just so afraid that I will never see her again." I mumbled.

"You will. It may not be tomorrow. Or a week from now. It may not even be a year from now. But Liam, you will see her again." She reassured me. "Beth is like my little sister. She may be your best friend and girlfriend but I also grew up with her. I care about her a lot and she is a part of this family."

I didn't say anything, I just hugged my sister. Afterward I went upstairs and instantly fell asleep as soon as my head hit the pillow.

It was dark as the raindrops falling from the nighttime sky fell upon me. The tall trees seemed to tower over me, casting long shadows. I looked around but saw nothing, nothing but trees. As I walked through the forrest I could hear the crunch of leaves below my feet. I didn't know where I was going, I couldn't even see ahead of me. It was like I was lost. Maybe someday I would find my way out but for now the forrest acted as a maze. The long rows of trees created ally ways for me to follow. It was like an endless path but my wonder of what may be at the end of the path encouraged my descend. It was almost like there was a small light at the end of the path, I just had to fight my way through the darkness first. I had to fight through the sadness and despair, the heartbreak and the loneliness. Finally as I approached the light I found that it wasn't just a glow but a person. Their long dark hair fell delicately over their shoulders, blood covered much of their body and their face didn't meet mine. I didn't need to see their face to recognize my best friend. Finally she looked up, her gray eyes meeting mine, her dry lips pursed together.

"Beth." I whispered.

"You can't be here Liam. He's going to hurt you." She whispered.

"Why Beth? Who's going to hurt me?" I asked.

Her hand slowly raised and she pointed at something behind me. I turned around slowly, following her gaze. There he stood, his large figure slowly stepping towards us. A large smirk played on his face and grew wider with every step he took. I looked at Beth then back at him. I shielded Beth from him.

"I won't let you get near her." I told him.

"Try and stop me." He smirked.

"Liam theres no use. He already has me in his grasp and he's not about to let go." Beth whispered from behind me.

"I won't loose you Beth. Not again." I said, my gaze not leaving her father.

"Thats the problem Liam. You've already lost me. " She whispered.

I turned around swiftly only to be met with an empty wall. As I looked around her father had disappeared now and I was in a small room. The walls had peeling yellow wall paper and the floor was dark, chipped wood. In the corner there was a small mattress with a little bit of blood on it. In the other corner there was a small chair. I looked around and my gaze fell upon a girl sitting on the windowsill. Her face was turned toward the window which displayed the rainy outside world. I blinked and she was gone. I looked around again and saw that she was sitting up against the wall, her hair covering her face as she crouched on the ground. Blood covered her hands and her clothes and she rocked back and forth. Finally she looked up, her gaze set upon me. Her ghostly gray eyes burned into mine. Her back slowly slid up the wall, standing up. She looked dead almost, her pale skin, her matted hair and her ragged clothes. The blood that covered her was almost haunting.

"You said you would keep me safe Liam." She said in a haunting tone.

She slowly walked towards me.

"You said you wouldn't let him hurt me." She said in the same tone.

"You said everything would be alright."  Again in the same tone.

I just stared into her gray eyes.

"You lied to me Liam." She said, her eyes burning into mine.

"Beth I-" I began.

"You lied to me Liam." She repeated, stepping closer and closer. "You told me that you would keep me safe."

She stopped, our faces only inches apart. Her hand went to my neck, choking me.

"You need to learn a lesson. You must not tell lies." She said in a ghostly tone.

"Beth stop." I choked out.

"You must not tell lies. You must not tell lies. You must not tell lies. You must not tell lies. You must not tell lies." She kept repeating.

The words echoed in my mind as I slowly faded away.

You must not tell lies.


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