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...


47. I Plead

***Beth's POV***

"Liam c'mon! Hurry up!" I called from downstairs.

"I swear, give me two seconds and I'll be down!" He called back.

"One... two..." I began counting.

Liam appeared at the top of the stairs with a tie hung around his neck.

"Not literally." He smirked.

"Liam Payne, I swear you are more of a girl than I am when it comes to getting ready." I told him.

"Tying a tie is not as easy as it looks Beth." He said, coming down the stairs, fiddling with his tie.

"Come here." I told him.

He walked over to me and I took the tie from him and draped it over his shoulders. As I tied his tie he looked at me with amusement. 

"What would I do without you?" He smiled when I finished tying his tie.

"You would be going to court with a horribly tied tie." I informed him.

He smirked. "You look absolutely beautiful by the way."

I looked down at my dress and shrugged. "I guess."

He put his hands on my waist. "What do you mean you guess?"

"I guess." I repeated.

"Beth you're beautiful. Not just now. You're beautiful when you wake up in the morning. You're beautiful when you cry after watching The Titanic. You're always beautiful." He kissed my forehead.

I let out a small smile. "Anyone ever tell you how much of a sweetheart you are?"

"Other than my fans, you'd be the first." He smiled.

He and I walked outside to the car and got in. He pulled out of the driveway and we began driving to the courthouse.

"So I was thinking, we haven't seen my parents since before tour started. We should go visit them next week and you can visit your mum." He said.

I smiled. "Thats a good idea."

"I think Ruth and Nicola are visiting as well." He told me.

My smile only grew bigger. "Perfect. I haven't seen them in like forever."

Soon we pulled into the parking lot and got out. There were paps everywhere and they began swarming Liam and I.

"Liam! What is your opinion on having to testify against your ex girlfriend?!" 

"Liam do you truly think that Danielle Peazer is guilty?!" 

Liam and I pushed our way through the crowd and we saw the boys with their girlfriends standing at the top of the steps, paps forming a large circle around them.

"Please! We are not going to answer any of your questions!" Louis said sternly.

"Lads!" Liam called.

They all looked towards us and they fought their way through the crowd towards us.

"Hey you okay?" Em asked me.

"Yeah." I replied.

"Well if all goes well she'll be put away for a long time." Perrie told me.

I nodded. We all walked inside and took our seats in the court room. Soon the bailiff began to speak.

"All rise. The court is now in session. Judge Astor is presiding. Please be seated." The bailiff said.

"Good morning. Calling the case of Elizabeth Ashton versus Danielle Peazer. Are both sides ready?" Judge Astor asked.

After each side confirmed their readiness the judge turned to the jury.

"Will the clerk please swear in the jury?" The judge asked a plump man standing in the corner.

The man cleared his throat and stood in front of the jury. "Will the jury please stand and raise your right hand?" He waited for everyone to stand. "Do each of you swear that you will fairly try the case before this court, and that you will return a true verdict according to the evidence and the instructions of the court, so help you, God? Please say “I do”." After everyone said I do the court session began. 

Soon I was called up to the stand.

"Will the defending side please call their first witness?" The judge asked.

"I call Elizabeth Ashton to the stand." Danielle's lawyer said.

I stood up and walked to the witness booth. After I swore to tell the truth I took my seat.

"Now Elizabeth, tell us, what happened in the nine months that you were held hostage." He said.

"From day one I was abused, beaten, starved and raped. My father was the main man in my abduction and each day he would abuse me for nine months straight." I told him truthfuly.

"Was there anyone else who took part in your kidnapping?" He asked.

I nodded. "Yes."

"And uh, do you see that someone in this room today?" He asked me.

I looked at Danielle who's cold eyes glared into mine.


"Please identify them." He said.

"Danielle Peazer." I said, bitterly.

Her lawyer looked at her for a moment before turning back to me.

"Now Elizabeth, would you say you are quite famous?" He asked.

"Yeah." I replied.

"How do we know it wasn't just one of your crazed fans that helped take part in your kidnapping?" He asked.

"Because there was only one other person who I saw in those nine months and I'm looking right at her right now." I said, not taking my eyes off Danielle.

"Do you have any proof it was her?" He asked.

"I'm sure her DNA is all over that house." I told him.

He nodded. "Thank you Ms. Ashton."

I walked back to my seat and Liam took my hand and squeezed it. Liam was called up to the stand next.

"Alright, Mr. Payne what would you say is your relation to Ms. Peazer?" Danielle's laywer asked.

"Um. Shes my ex girlfriend." He said, looking at her coldly.

"Would you think of Ms. Peazer as I violent person?" He asked Liam.

"While I was dating her, no. But now, after she's tried to ruin my life numerous times, absolutely yes." He told him.

I could see Danielle narrow her eyes at him.

"Now Mr. Payne, what is your relation to Elizabeth?" He asked.

"Shes my girlfriend." Liam told him.

He looked at me for a second.

"Do you have any reason to suspect that Ms. Peazer took part in your girlfriend's kidnapping?" He asked.

"For the past three years Danielle has been making attempts to break Elizabeth and I apart. I suppose when none of those attempts fully work she had to come up with a new plan. Only weeks before Elizabeth's kidnapping Danielle posted bail on Elizabeth's father and set him free. She wouldn't have done that if she didn't want to include Elizabeth's father in her master plan." Liam told her lawyer.

"What do you suppose her master plan was Mr. Payne?" He asked.

"Most likely to take Elizabeth away from everyone and everything she loved. To make her life miserable." Liam said.

"Why do you think Danielle would go to so much trouble?" He asked.

Liam let out a heavy sigh. "Because I broke Danielle's heart. She thought she might take out all that anger on Elizabeth."

"What reasons- other than the ones you just stated - do you have that Danielle might have taken part in the kidnapping?" He asked.

"Because from what I heard from Elizabeth, Danielle made her life a living hell." Liam told him.

"And how do you know Elizabeth wasn't lying about it?" He asked.

Liam looked at me. "Because I have known Elizabeth for almost 18 years. I can tell when she's lying. Also I trust her and I know she would never in a million years lie about something as serious as this."

"Alright. Thank you Mr. Payne. You may take your seat." He said.

Liam stood up and walked back over to his seat beside me. He took my hand in his and intertwined our fingers. He kissed my temple before turning his attention back to the court.

"Alright. You may call your next witness." The judge said.

"I call Steven Ashton to the stand." Danielle's lawyer said.

I could feel Liam's hand tighten around my hand and his jaw clench. I could feel my muscles tighten and my eyes narrow. He walked into the room, his hands in handcuffs, wearing an orange jumpsuit. He looked at me for a moment and smirked. Liam looked like he was about to get up and strangle him.

"Liam."I whispered. "Calm down."

"Did you see that look he gave you? I told him that if he ever looked at you again he would never see the daylight again." Liam seethed softly.

"Liam just let it go. He can't do anything to me now." I whispered to him.

"Mr. Ashton, what is your relation to Elizabeth?" Danielle's lawyer asked.

"Well she's my daughter." He smirked, looking at me.

"Would you say that Elizabeth and Danielle have a good relationship?" He asked.

"Of course." He smiled.

"Fucking liar." I muttered under my breath.

"During the nine months that your daughter was held in your possession, did she come into contact with Ms. Peazer at all?" He asked.

"No. I barely know Ms. Peazer at all." he said.

"If you barely knew her then why did she bail you out of prison?" He asked my father.

"That is only something she knows." He told him.

"Was anyone else working with you while you held your daughter captive?" Danielle's lawyer asked him.

"No. It was just me." He said, a cheesy grin on his face.

"You fucking liar." I spat quietly.

"Thank you Mr. Ashton." Her lawyer said.

My father was lead away and the trial continued. Finally after what felt like forever the jury was sent into a room to make a decision. Everyone else went outside to wait for the jury's decision. As soon as we were outside Liam pulled me into a hug. We didn't care that there were paps everywhere. He only held me.

"We're going to win this. We will." He whispered into my hair.

"He lied. I cannot believe that ass hole actually had the courage to lie." I said coldly.

"Hes not on our side remember. He's on her side." He told me softly.

He kissed the top of my head. "I love you Beth."

"I love you too Liam." I replied.

We were soon called back into the courtroom.

"The jury has made a decision. Jury what is your decision?" The judge asked.

One of the jury members stood up and looked around the room. Finally she spoke. 

"We find the defendant... 

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