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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43. Forgiveness

***Beth's POV***

"You have come explaining to do." Louis said, his arms crossed.

We had just walked on the bus and now all our attention was focused on Liam. He sighed and looked down.

"Danielle... she gave me an offer. She told me that... that-"He stopped mid sentence and looked down.

"That what Liam? That she wanted one more time with you?" I asked a bit harshly.

He nodded slowly. "And she told me that if I do... give her one more time..." He looked up, his eyes met mine. "that she would leave me alone, leave you alone, leave us alone. Not just for a week, or a year. Forever."

I only stared at him and was silent for a moment. "You fall to easily into her plans. You fall for her tricks. Obviously, she hasn't left us alone considering she just tried to break us up again."

"She didn't stop because I didn't fully go through with it." He mumbled.

"What do you mean?" Niall asked.

"I- I was going to just so she would leave us alone but... I couldn't get the look you had on your face when you... caught us the first time." Liam said, looking me in the eyes.

"There were pictures Liam." I scowled. 

"Beth I swear to you. I didn't go through with it." He said desperately.

I looked around at the boys. "Do you boys mind if I talk to him alone for a moment?" I asked them.

They shook their heads and walked back to the bunks. Liam and I walked off the bus.

"You know...when I walked through that door and saw you and her... you completely shattered me heart. I don't care if it was because she was threatening you. You still cheated on me and it took me more than half a year to forgive you. When we finally made up, when I finally forgave you, you promised me that you would never do anything like that again. And yet..." I licked my lips and I could feel the tears in my eyes. "yet I find out not from you but from Danielle that you broke that promise. I'd think after knowing me for 17 you'd know that I'd rather hear it from you than someone else."

He was silent for a moment and his eyes shined in the moonlight. "For the past four months I have lived with the guilt and the regret. I kept telling myself once you found out that you would leave me forever. That you would never forgive me. Thats why I pushed everyone away because I was so afraid. And when you came on tour, it only made it worse because I had to look you in the eyes and lie to you. I couldn't tell you because I didn't think I could live with myself after I saw the look on your face."

"Do you remember what I told you right after I found out?" I asked in a hushed voice.

"I'd rather be hurt with the truth than be comforted with a lie." He mumbled.

"The point is, each and every day you lied to me. But you didn't comfort me, your hurt me. Each time you lied to me, it hurt me." I told him quietly, feeling the tears in my eyes.

He was silent as he looked off into the night sky. "I don't deserve you. You deserve a guy who won't break your heart. A guy who doesn't have a crazy psycho ex grilfriend. A guy who can always be by your side and will never lie to you. You deserve someone perfect."

I took both of his hands into mine. "But I don't want a perfect guy Liam. I want a guy who can make me laugh, who can make me smile. I want a guy who loves me for who I am, not who the whole world sees me as. A guy who knows me better than anyone on this planet."

"Then go find him. He obviously deserves you more than me." He mumbled.

"See but I don't have to find him when he's standing right in front of me. While you may have hurt me, and lied to me, that doesn't mean I don't love you. No matter what, you are always the guy who makes me laugh and smile. The guy who loves me for me. The guy who knows me better than anyone. The only one I want is you Liam." I told him.

"But why? I've done what no guy should ever do to a girl. Why would you forgive me?" He asked.

"Because thats what you do when you love someone. Love is unconditional." I told him.

He pulled me into a hug and I could feel a tear slide down my cheek.

"I'm so sorry." He whispered into my neck.

For a while we just stood there holding each other in our arms. No words were spoken. Finally I broke the silence.

"Now how about we forgive and forget?" I asked.

He nodded and I coud see the small tears in his eyes still lingering from before.

"Beth I promise you, I will never hurt you again." He whispered.

"Pinky promise?" I smiled.

He linked my pinky with mine. "I pinky promise."

"Its weird, we're 23 and we still do pink promises." I laughed.

He wrapped his arms around me. "Yeah well you're the only one I'd do a pinky promise with."

He smiled and kissed my nose.

"You missed." I told him.

"Oh did I?" He asked.

He kissed my cheek.

"Still missed."

He kissed my other cheek.

"How about now?" He whispered.

I shook my head. I felt his lips right beside mine, just missing them.

"Missed again." I told him.

Finally I felt his lips on mine and electricity rushed through my body.

"Nailed it." I mumbled against his lips.

That caused him to smile and deepen the kiss a little.

"What do you wanna bet one of the boys is taking a picture and they're going to post it on Twitter later?" I smirked.

As is on que our phones buzzed and we took them out. 

"Oh look a mention from @Harry_Styles." Liam chuckled.

@Harry_Styles: Well look at them, @Real_Liam_Payne and @ElizabethAshton. You know, we can see you through the bus window right? Its glass remember?

I rolled my eyes an looked at the picture attached. I posted a tweet.

@ElizabethAshton: Thanks @Harry_Styles for reminding me what the bus windows were made of. I almost forgot. #BlondeMoment #I'mNotBlonde

"Now lets get on the bus so I can slap Harry and the rest of the boys for spying on us." I said to Liam.

He nodded and Liam followed me onto the bus where I saw the boys sitting there looking almost too innocent. Niall and Louis were on their phones, Zayn was asleep and Harry was reading a book.

"Harry honey, unless your eyes were flipped upside down I'm pretty sure your don't read upside down." I smirked, noticing the cover of the book was upside down.

He looked at me then at the cover.

"Shit." He mumbled.

"Louis I know you're not texting because last time I checked typing random letters is not texting. Niall you're staring at a black screen. Turn your phone on next time. And Zayn, Zayn honey I swear to god. You're not that quiet when you sleep. Nice try but you can't fool me." I smiled.

Zayn groaned and sat up and Louis and Niall put their phones down.

"She can read our minds." Zayn groaned.

"No, she just knows you lads too well." Liam smirked.

He and I walked back to the bunks where we changed into our pajamas.

I slipped into my bunk and laid my head down on my pillow. 

"You must be pretty lonely in there." He smirked.

I smiled. "Nah. I've got my pillow to keep me company."

"What if I replaced that pillow?" He asked.

"Well I guess I could share." I told him with a smirk.

I moved over in my bunk and Liam slipped into my bunk in noting but his boxers.

"Ew Liam put some pants on." I laughed softly.

"At least I'm wearing pants." He replied.

"The boys will get the wrong idea." I groaned.

"They have girlfriends we can tease them about later." He mumbled, kissing my shoulder.

His arms wrapped around my waist and I snuggled into his chest.

"I love you Beth." He whispered.

I looked up, his eyes shining in the dim light. "I love you too."

He gave me a soft kiss before I laid my head down and soon let dreamland take over.
 

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