Safe And Sound (Triquel to Red)

"Elizabeth Ashton was more that just a girl to me. She was my best friend, she was the love of my life, she was my light. Since the day I met her when we were 5 years old there hasn't been a single day that I didn't love her. Without her, I wouldn't be the man I am today. She taught me so many things. She taught me to never give up on myself and to never let anyone tell me who I am, who I want to be. She taught me to believe in myself even when no one else did. Through the 15 years that I knew her, just the thought of her made me smile. Now I can't help but look back on all of the memories we made. The pillow fights, the sleep overs, the ghost stories. She made me happier than anyone else ever could. She put a smile on my face even when I was on the verge of tears and she always knew what to say. So much of the world knows Elizabeth Ashton as the girl who broke free from her past and created a future...

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65. Competing For Love

***Beth's POV***

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The sound of the alarm clock filled the room and I looked at the clock. 7:30? I rolled over to face Liam and groaned.

"Why the hell did you set the alarm for seven thirty?" I groaned tiredly.

Liam slowly sat up. "Brits are tonight. Remember?" He yawned.

"So? That doesn't mean we have to wake up at the fucking crack of dawn." I muttered, burying my face into my pillow.

"Tell you what, I'll let you sleep for a few more minutes. I'll go make breakfast and wake you up when its ready." He told me.

"I love you." I mumbled.

He kissed the top of my head. "I love you too. Now don't waste the extra sleep."

As he walked out of the room I shut my eyes and slowly felt myself slipping back into dreamland. It seemed like only five minutes later arms were shaking my shoulders.

"Go away." I mumbled into my pillow.

"Babe, you need to get up. Breakfast is ready." Liam said calmly.

"I hate you." I groaned tiredly.

"So when I let you sleep you love me but when I wake up up you hate me?" He chuckled.

I slowly sat up, rubbing my tired eyes. "I'm glad we understand each other."

Slowly I slipped out of bed, not bothering to put any shorts on, walked past Liam and out of the room.

"You forgot pants Beth." Liam laughed, following me out of the room.

"Its a one time thing Liam. Enjoy it while it lasts." I told him.

"You're lucky my shirt is long otherwise breakfast would be very short." He winked.

"Oh my god you are such a dork." I groaned, walking into the kitchen.

"You love me though." He said, walking in after me.

"I hate you." I said.

I sat down and slumped in my chair. Liam set down a plate of French toast in front of me complete with maple syrup and everything.

"Okay you're just trying to charm me into doing something. What do you want?" I asked, looking at the French toast.

He kissed my cheek and walked over to his chair that was across from mine. "You. Thats all I want."

"Aw aren't you cute." I rolled my eyes jokingly.

I took a bite of my breakfast and it made me groan. "Its not okay that you can cook better than me."

"So its good?" He chuckled.

"Its fucking amazing." I told him, taking another bite.

We finished our breakfast and by now it was almost 9.

"What time do we need to be at the red carpet?" I asked Liam.

Four." He told me.

"Well, what should we do until then?" I asked.

"We could watch movies." He suggested.

"Perfect." I smiled.

He and I walked into the living room and sat down on the couch.

"What movie?" I asked.

He grinned. "We haven't seen The Shinning in a really long time."

I looked at him with wide eyes. "Don't you suppose there was a reason for that?!"

"We watched it when we were 10 we're in our twenties now. Its going to be a lot less scary." He chuckled.

I looked at him warily. "Fine but if you get scared don't come to me crying." I told him.

"I won't get scared." He said boldly.

"Sure Liam. Whatever helps you sleep at night." I chuckled.

He put the movie into the DVD player and the movie began to play. About half way through the movie I looked over at Liam, his eyes wide in fear.

"Why did we watch this when we were 10 again?" He asked.

"We were fearless." I chuckled.

After the movie was over we vowed that we would never speak of our reactions again. Ever. Lets just say by the end of the movie, the couch was empty. We watched a few more movies after that until it was 2:00.

"We need to start getting ready." I announced.

"We've got like two hours." Liam chuckled.

"I'm a girl Liam. Girls take forever." I told him.

I walked up the stairs, Liam right behind me. He followed me into the bathroom and begins stripping out if his clothes.

"I need to take a shower. Care to join me? We could save water and time." He winked.

I rolled my eyes. "Oh don't you wish. I took one last night."

"Well you can always take another one." He grinned.

I looked at him through the mirror and saw that he was only in his boxers. I laughed and pushed his chest back, pushing him into the shower.

"Take you shower." I laughed.

I turned on the water and closed the curtain.

"Beth." He groaned.

"Liam." I replied.

"You never shower with me anymore." He whined.

"Just be glad I'm not remaining abstinent until the wedding." I called.

"Thank god." He groaned.

I smirk spread across my face. "Although, its not a bad idea..."

He poked his head out of the shower, his eyes wide. "I hope you're not serious."

"I mean, if I make you wait then our wedding night will be beyond incredible." I smirked.

"But... what about your birthday... and valentines day. Beth. Valentines day." He said.

"Take your shower Liam." I grinned through the mirror.

He closed the shower curtain but still spoke. "But you're kidding right?"

"Maybe, maybe not." I smiled.

"Are you making this into a challenge?" He asked.

"Its not a challenge if I'm going to win." I told him.

"I hate you." He groaned from inside the shower.

"Love you too Liam." I laughed.

As I was talking to him I had been slowly brushing out my hair. I grabbed my curling wand and plugged it in, waiting for it to heat up. As I waited I sat down on the counter and faced the shower.

"How mad would you be if I chose to remain abstinent until the wedding?" I asked him.

"I wouldn't be mad, I'd just be super turned on twenty-four seven." He said.

"Twenty-four seven huh?" I chuckled.

He poked his head out of the shower. "Face it Beth, you're damn sexy."

He put his head back into the shower and I blushed. "I'm making you blush aren't I?" He laughed.

"Shut up Liam. We should have a rule about no talking in the shower." I told him.

"You are though. I'm telling you the truth. I mean, just the thought of you turns me on." He said.

"The rule is now active. You're not allowed to speak. For every word you speak thats one less kiss." I said.

He groaned. 

"Groans count. Minus one." I grinned.

I took my now heated up curling want into my hand and begin lightly curling my hair. Soon the shower shut off and Liam reached a hand out to grab his towel. Moments later the curtain opened and Liam stepped out, his towel loosely wrapped around his waist. Drops of water ran down his finely toned body and I bit my lip, trying to avoid my gaze. He smirked and made his way closer to me. I felt his arms wrap around my waist and his chin rest on my shoulder.

"I'm out of the shower. Now I can say whatever I want." He mumbled into my shoulder as he left light kisses.

"Liam." I muttered softly.

"Hm?" He mumbled as his kisses slowly trailed up to just below my ear.

I tried my hardest to focus on anything but him but I soon felt my self loosing it. I set my curling wand on the counter and Liam picked me up and set me on the counter, causing me to face him. Slowly he left soft, slow kisses on my collar bone. Each one lingering more than the last. Each one filled with more passion than the last. I wanted nothing more than his lips on mine but he had other plans. Each kiss slowly trailed up my neck to my jaw line. His hands slowly wend under the shirt I was wearing and he slowly began rubbing circles on my waist. It took everything in me not to let out a moan. slowly his hands moved down my back and his fingers traced the lace lining on my panties. 

"Liam." I whispered desperately.

He didn't respond. Each time his lips left my skin it was like I was begging for more. I needed him. His lips left my skin one more time, expecting another kiss but I wasn't met with one.

"Thats why we're not going to remain abstinent until the wedding." He whispered in my ear. "Because each one of those kisses represents each time I look at you. Every time I see you I want you more and more." 

"Just shut up and kiss me." I mumbled.

He smirked and finally his lips touched mine. It was like a million fireworks had just gone off. I was hypnotized by his touch, his feel, his words. He had me under his spell. Our tongues danced with incredible passion, making me only want him more. We were interrupted by the sound of my phone ringing.  I pulled away from Liam's lips, immediately feeling the searing sensation.  I picked up my phone and answered it.

"Hello?" I asked, almost out of breath.

"Whoa, did I interrupt something?" Mir chuckled on the other line.

"Um no." I said, glancing at Liam.

"Sure... well I'm calling to ask when the limo is picking us up." She said.

"Well the limo is picking Liam and I up at 4. I think it'll be at your house at 3:50." I told her.

"Okay. I just wasn't sure." She said. "Thanks."

"Of course. Bye Mir." I said.

"Bye."

I hung up and looked at the time. 2:30. I looked at Liam and smirked.

"Enough of your games. We need to get ready." I told him.

"But we're not remaining abstinent right?" He asked.

I smirked. "Maybe."

He groaned. "You're killing me right now."

"Go change." I told him.

He walked out of the bathroom and I continued curling my hair. Once I was done I pinned it up. I went on to doing my makeup. I got out my eyeliner and began lightly lining my eyes. Afterwards I brushed on some light gold eyeshadow and blended it with brown and a light marigold color. As I was applying mascara to my eyelashes Liam walked in wearing part of his assigned outfit. 

"Tie my tie for me?" He asked.

I smiled. "Liam honey, you're twenty four years old. You should learn how to tie your own tie." I told him.

"But why should I learn when I have you?" He asked.

I rolled my eyes and began tying his silky black tie. As I tied it Liam watched me closely.

"Watch my hands. Not me." I smiled.

"But you're so beautiful." He said.

"My makeup is half done. I don't look beautiful." I told him.

"You always look beautiful to me." He said.

I blushed and he walked out of the bathroom. I finished my makeup and walked back into our room. I walked over to my closet and grabbed a lacy white strapless bra and matching underwear. As I was walking back to the bathroom Liam smirked at me. 

"Are you going to wear those on our wedding night?" He smirked.

"Oh my god. You horny dork." I groaned, walking into the bathroom.

I slipped off the shirt that I was wearing this morning and slipped out of my underwear. I stepped into my fresh underwear and walked back into mine and Liam's room.

"Okay you're just trying to turn me on now." Liam groaned.

"Maybe." I grinned.

I walked over to my closet and walked in. I grabbed a large dress bag that contained my dress and took it off the hanger. I took the dress out of the bag and held it up to my body. Soon I slipped into the dress and walked back into the bedroom.

"Can you zip me up?" I asked Liam.

"You should really learn to zip up your own dress." He smirked, repeating my words.

"Why should I when I have you?" I mocked.

He rolled his eyes the way I did and I laughed. He finished zipping me up and he looked at me, his eyes wide.

"You look absolutely gorgeous." He breathed.

"You don't look too bad yourself." I told him.

I walked back into my closet and grabbed the matching pair of shoes and went over to my jewelry. I grabbed a diamond necklace and a pair of diamond outlined pearl earrings. After putting those on I walked out into the bedroom and over to the table beside my bed. I opened the drawer and took out my engagement ring and slipped it on with a smile.

"In about six months that ring will be replaced with a new one." Liam grinned, gesturing to my engagement ring.

"Yeah, but I'll still wear this one. I love it." I told him.

"I thought you might. You know, it took me months to find the perfect ring." He told me.

"How did you know when you found the right one?" I asked.

"I looked at it and saw perfection and beauty. That made me think of you. I just looked at it and said 'Thats the one.'" He said.

"I can't wait to marry you. I honestly can't." I told him.

Soon it was 4:00 and Liam and I made our way downstairs. The limo was already waiting outside and Liam and I walked out and got in.Harry, Miranda, Louis and Eleanor were already inside.

Wow, I love your dress." Eleanor gushed as she admired my ivory colored dress.

"I love your dress. And Miranda, your dress is amazing." I told her, sitting next to them.

While the three of us talked Liam, Harry and Louis talked about other stuff. The limo pulled into Zayn and Perrie's house and they walked out, Perrie wearing a gorgeous, long dress. They got into the limo and it drove away. Soon the limo pulled into Niall and Emily's house and a few minutes later they walked out, Emily wearing a beautiful light pink dress. While the boys had their own conversation the girls and I talked about other things.

"So Beth, what were you doing when I called?" Miranda smirked.

I blushed but attempted to hide it. "I had just gone for a run. Gosh Miranda, you're just like Harry."

"Okay Beth, we both know that wasn't what you were doing. Right Liam?" El smirked.

Liam looked over at us and raised his eyebrows.

"What?"

"You were there when I called Beth right?" Miranda asked.

I looked at Liam and ever so slightly shook my head no. He looked at me, then at her. "Um, no. I don't know what you're talking about."

"Where did you even get that idea Miranda." I grinned.

She rolled her eyes. "Well be both know what was going on. If I call and you're in the middle of something then tell me." She chuckled.

I blushed and rolled my eyes.We talked about a lot of different stuff and soon we arrived at the Brit Awards. One by one we got out and Liam took my hand. Together we walked down the red carpet, posing for pictures and answering questions.

"Liam, Elizabeth after your wedding do you plan on starting a family?" One reporter asked.

Liam and I looked at each other and smiled.

"Definitely." Liam grinned.

"Absolutely." I told them.

"On New Years Eve you two were walking into a party seprately. Why is that?" Another reporter asked.

"I was walking in with my manager, Grace. I of course met Liam right when we got inside." I said.

We answered a few more questions before walking inside. We took our seats and watched as others filed in. Harry spotted Ed Sheeran and went over to talk to him. Niall and Justin Bieber were having a conversation as well. 

"You're nominated for five awards right?" Liam asked.

I nodded. "You and the boys are nominated for three?"

"Yeah. We're nominated for the same award again." He chuckled.

"Which one?" I asked.

"Brits Global Success." He said.

I smiled. "Well I guess this is competition then."

"If I win the award I get to do anything to you tonight." He whispered in my ear.

I smirked. "And if I win?"

"You can do anything you like to me." He muttered in my ear.

I raised my eyebrows. "And if I choose to remain abstinent?"

He slowly snuck a hand around my waist and began rubbing circles through the fabric of my dress. 

"Then there going to be a whole lot of teasing in the next six months." He whispered.

I could feel his hot breath on my neck and it caused shivers to run down my spine as I blushed.

"Someones horny." I muttered.

Soon the show started and the first award was being presented by Rita Ora.

"The nominees for british male solo artist are Calvin Harris, Olly Murs, Plan B, Ben Howard and Richard Hawley." There was a short silence as she opened the envelope containing the winner. "And the Brit goes to... Olly Murs!"

We all watched as Olly Murs stood up and walked to the stage to accept his award. As soon as he got up there he made a quick speech and walked off. Soon it came time to present the British Female Solo Artist award. Frank Ocean was presenting this one.

"The nominees for British Female Solo Artist are Jessie Ware, Rita Ora, Emeli Sandé, Elizabeth Ashton and Paloma Faith." Frank said. He took the envelope in his hands and Liam held my hand in his. Frank opened the envelope and read off the name. "And the Brit goes to... Elizabeth Ashton!"

I grinned and stood up. Liam gave me a quick kiss and I hugged everyone else. Soon I made my way up to the stage to accept my award. Frank handed me the Brit and I walked to the microphone, a huge smile on my face.

"Wow okay, I hardly expected this. Thank you, so so so much to everyone. My fiance, Liam, my best friends, everyone who helped me along the way. Thank you so much." I grinned.

I walked off stage and made my way back to my seat. Liam pulled me into another kiss and I smiled.

"Beth!" Louis whispered from a few seats down.

I turned towards him.

"I told you that you'd win." He whispered.

I rolled my eyes. "Yeah well this is one award."

I turned my attention back to the stage where someone I don't know the name of was performing. Soon a new award was being announced. It was being presented by Michael Buble. Well, Liam used to have this obsession over him.

"The nominees for Best British Group are..."

Liam looked at me with wide eyes. "Oh my god, Michael Buble is presenting an award we're nominated for." He grinned.

"Aw look at you, fangirling over this." I laughed.

"Mumford and Sons, The Script, One Direction, Muse and Coldplay." Michael said.

He took out the envelope and read off the winner. "And the Brit goes to... One Direction!"

The boys jumped up and hugged each other, grins on their faces. I kissed Liam quickly before the five of them walked up to get their award. Liam gladly took the award from Michael and shook his hand. They began making their speech.

"Well we've just accepted an award from Michael Buble, I think that enough of an accomplishment." Liam grinned, beginning their speech.

Everyone in the audience laughed.

"We would just like to give a massive thank you to our fans, families and girlfriends." Louis said.

"And fiances." Liam said quickly, glancing at me, a grin on his face.

"Yes Liam, and fiances. Thank you so much for all of the support. Thank you." Louis said.

They finished up their speech and walked off the stage and Liam took his seat next to me, a grin on his face.

"Oh my god." He grinned.

I rolled my eyes and laughed. "You're cute when you act like a fangirl."

"I am not acting like a fangirl." He protested.

"Yes you are." I told him.

A few more awards were given out and soon it came time to present the album of the year award. It was being presented by Robbie Williams. This time it was Louis's turn to fangirl.

"The nominees for album of the year are Elizabeth Ashton for Safe and Sound, alt-J for An Awesome Wave, Mumford & Sons for Babel, Paloma Faith for Fall To Grace and Plan B for Ill Manors." Robbie announced. He took the envelope out and read off the winner. "And the Brit goes to... for the second time tonight, Elizabeth Ashton!"

I grinned and stood up and again everyone congratulated me and Liam kissed me. I walked up to the stage and accepted the award. I stood at the microphone, ready to make my speech.

"Thank you so much. Really. My album Safe and Sound really meant a lot to me considering what I went through in the process of producing it. Thank you again to my fiance Liam, and my manager Grace. You two were there for me the whole way, thank you. And thank you to all my friends and fans." I grinned.

I finished my speech and made my way back to my seat.

"Two out of five Beth!" Louis whispered. 

I rolled my eyes and grinned. Soon it came time to present the Brits Global Success award. It was being presented by none other than Taylor Swift.

"The nominees for Brits Global Success are Olly Murs, Rita Ora, The Script, One Direction and Elizabeth Ashton." I saw her roll her eyes a little when she said One Direction and my name. "And the award goes to..." Liam looked at me and smirked. "Remember our deal." "One Direction!"

The boys jumped up once again and we all congratulated them. Liam pulled me close to him. "Tonight we won't be getting very much sleep babe." I blushed and he gave me a quick kiss. As they rushed up to the stage to get their award, the girls looked at me and me red cheeks.

"Liam obviously told her something dirty." El decided.

"Shut up El." I blushed even more.

The boys began their speech. "Wow, thank you so much to everyone who voted for us." Harry said.

 Harry handed the microphone to Zayn. "Thank you to your family, fans and girlfriends and" He looked at Liam . "Fiance. This award means so much and we love our fans no matter where they are on earth. Thank you so much."

The boys made their way off the stage and Liam's eyes were on me. He took his seat beside me and took my hand into his. 

"I can't wait until we get home." He muttered in my ear.

"Oh my gosh Liam." I groaned quietly.

"After tonight you won't be able to walk for a week." He whispered seductively in my ear.

I gasped quietly and hit his knee. "Liam! We're in public!"

Later that night I won the two other awards that I was nominated for. The boys won the other one they were nominated for. We walked back out to the limo and got in as it drove Liam had an arm around my waist, his thumb rubbing circles though the fabric of my dress. As soon as it pulled into our house Liam got out and I got out after him. We said goodnight to everyone and walked to the front door. Liam opened the door calmly and we stepped inside. 

As soon as we were behind the closed door he picked me up and pushed my back up against the front door. His kisses trailed up my neck and he kissed my lips passionately. He unzipped the back of my dress and let it slide off leaving me in only my underwear and heels. His hands went to my bum and he carried me upstairs, not breaking the kiss. As he walked up the stairs I quickly untied his tie and threw it on the ground. I kicked off my heels and when we reached our bedroom door he set me down and threw off his blazer. He kicked off his shoes and  picked me back up and kicked open our bedroom door. As he walked to the bed he kissed me with full passion. He laid me down on the bed and put his hands on either side of my head. His kisses trailed all the way up and down my body. Pulling away from me for only a moment he ripped off his shirt and went back to kissing me passionately. As he kissed my I undid his belt buckle and slid his pants off. He straddled my waist and kissed up and down my neck.

"I love you so fucking much." He mumbled against my neck.

"I love you too." I replied breathlessly.

And that night he truly made sure I wouldn't be able to walk properly for a week. Maybe longer.

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