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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8. I'm Alive

***Liam's POV***

"I'm alive."

Her words rang through my mind as I stared at her, the wind causing her tangled, brunette hair to blow behind her. I rubbed the skin under my eyes and licked my lips, still not believing the current events that had just occurred.

"H-how? I-I heard the shot go off. I went to your funeral. I- I slept by your grave for almost a week." I whispered, a small tear slipping down my cheek.

Worry filled her eyes.

"I'll explain later. The point is, I'm not dead Liam. I just want an explanation to why you were standing on that bridge railing." She said.

 My eyes wandered to the rail that I occupied only a few short moments ago.

My eyes still on the rail I mumbled, "You just don't get it do you? Elizabeth," I looked her in the eyes." I cannot live without you. I can't. You are my other half and when you died, that other half died with you. I couldn't continue my life only half full." 

I saw tears in her eyes. "Do you know why I'm here? I'm here because last night while I was sitting on the floor of the room I call a prison, my father told me your plan. How you were done, how you were just going to kill yourself. I knew then and there, I needed to get out of there. After so many tries and almost getting myself killed, I broke free and I have spent the past 12 hours looking for you. I- I was so afraid that when I found you... If I found you, it'd be to late. That you would already be gone. I was so afraid Liam." A tear fell from her eyes and I pulled her close to me, wiping the tear away with her thumb.

"I thought you were gone. He tricked me didn't he? He didn't really shoot you?" I asked, a tear falling from my eye.

She slowly licked her lips and nodded her head. My eyes widened in anger.

"He actually shot you?!" I spat in anger.

"H-he shot my side. Its healed now though." She mumbled.

I hugged her tighter.

"It doesn't matter Beth. He shot you." Harry said shakily, a tear falling from his eye.

"Hes going to come looking for me again. I hope you boys know that. This time I may not be so lucky." She whispered.

Louis pulled her into a hug.

"We're not going to let him near you Beth. He's is going to have to get through the five of us first. We promise." He whispered.

She just looked at him and hugged him tighter.

"I missed you so much Lou." She mumbled into his shoulder.

A pang of jealousy ran through me. Why? I know she doesn't like Louis that way... Right? I saw Louis give her a smile, a little twinkle in his eye. I glared at him. 

She turned to the other boys.

"I missed you boys to."She said, holding her arms open for a hug.

They each hugged her tightly. Finally she turned back to me.

"I saw that glare you shot at Louis. You're stupid you know that? A real dork if you ask me." She said, giving me a small smile.

I raised my eyebrows."I did no such thing."

"Yes you did. I can read you like a book Liam.I actually think its cute how you're jealous, even after me being away from you for nine months." She said.

"Cute? I wasn't even jealous." I  told her.

***Beth's POV***

"Liam James Payne, I swear you are a worse liar than anyone I know. You don't need to be jealous. Even after nine months, you're still my one and only." I smiled.

The other boys aw-wed. I sighed.

"So... I heard somewhere that you and um.. you and Danielle are back together... I mean I kn-" I was cut off with his hands grabbing my face and his soft lips pressed to mine. It felt so perfect. So amazing. I felt like I was on top of the world.

Finally he pulled away and stared into my eyes. "Me and... her? The one who took part in me loosing you, both times? The one who has made my life a living hell? The one who bailed the man who took you out of prison? You think I'm back with her?"

"Well... thats what she told me." I mumbled.

His eyes grew dark. "She talked to you? She told you that?"

I nodded. I saw anger in his eyes. I took his hand into mine and laced our fingers together and squeezed it. His eyes immediately lightened.

"Calm down." I whispered. "She'll get what she deserves. Its called karma."

I saw a tear fall from his dazzling chocolate eyes. I wiped the tear away.

"Hey don't cry. I'll cry if you cry." I told him.

I turned to the other boys. "So um... I know we should probably tell Simon... that you know, I'm not dead?"

"He'll be happy to know that you're alive. So will the girls." Niall told me.

"We're actually not signed with Simon anymore." Zayn mumbled.

My eyes widened. "You switched record companies?"

"No Beth... the band broke up about a week ago. One Direction is no more." Harry sighed.

I looked at all of them. It was quiet for a moment.

"That is complete bullshit. Excuse my language but it really is. You boys didn't audition for the X Factor for nothing, you didn't go to rehearsals, record songs, go on tours, you didn't work your asses off just to eventually break up. So now you tell me that you broke up, let me guess becuse I died but not really?... Liam why did you audition for the X Factor?" I asked him.

"You already kn-"

"Don't care. Tell me. Explain to me why." I said.

"Because I wanted to live my dream. I wanted to be more than just Liam Payne." He mumbled.

"So you're going to throw that all away, your dream? Liam, you're such an idiot, you know that right?" I said.

He looked up at the ground and then back up at me. "Yeah."

"Now I'm not saying this as your girlfriend Liam. I'm saying this as your best friend. I refuse to let you throw it all away. I absolutely refuse. We didn't practice almost every day in my room for nothing." I said sternly.

I saw a small smile spread across his face.

"Is that..." Niall began.

"A smile?" Louis finished.

"I literally haven't seen that in nine months. Not even kidding. Nine months." Harry said.

"Its such a foreign action for us." Zayn sighed.

Liam just stared at me.

"You know Beth, this is one of the reasons why I love you. You never give up on me even when I've given up on myself." I smiled.

I hugged him tightly. "Well, what are best friends for?"

He kissed my forehead lightly. 

"I love you." He whispered.

I smiled and looked up at him. "I love you too."

He kissed my forehead again and I looked at the boys, Liam's arms still wrapped around me.

"So... I feel like we have a lot to work out and a lot to catch up on. I don't really want to tell the whole world I'm actually alive quite yet. Only friends and family. So the girls and Ruth and Nicola and Liam's mum and dad." I said.

"They will be so happy to know that you're alive." Liam smiled.

"I sure hope so... I actually also want to see my grave. I know its awkward but... I just want to see it." I said.

Liam nodded. "Its here in Wolverhampton."

"Next to my mum?" I sighed.

He nodded. "Lets go."

He took my hand into his and laced our fingers together. He squeezed my hand lightly and the six of us walked out of the park.

"Liam, did you drive here?" Niall asked.

He shook his head. "I ran here."

"From where?" I asked.

"Your house." He blushed. "Just being there comforted me."

"Its okay. Its cute really." I smiled.

We got into Niall's black Range Rover. Since there were only five seats and me and the four other boys had already gotten in, that left Liam standing outside of the car.

"There are no more seats." He groaned.

I got out of the car and pointed to the seat. "Sit."

"But-"

"Sit or prepare for a pretty long run." I smiled.

He sat down in the car and I sat on his lap. His arms went around my waist and Niall started the car. He pulled out of the parking lot and began to drive.

"Beth, we cannot describe just how happy we are that you're alive." Harry smiled from the passenger seat.

"Yeah, I'm pretty happy too. I bet its not too fun being dead." I smirked.

"I- I sorta had a feeling that something was up. Like we never actually saw your dead body, all we heard was a shot go off. I still had a little bit of hope." Louis smiled from next to me.

I sighed. "So as you boys may have guessed, Danielle is working with my father. One day she brought my a magazine and it had an article about me. It was how I might be dead or not and it had Liam and Louis saying stuff. I- I also saw a picture of you Liam. You and Danielle were holding hands." I sighed.

Liam looked at me with horror in his eyes. "Beth, I already told you. If she even came near me, I'd quite literally make sure she wished she never lived. I would never dater her again let alone hold her hand. It still sickens me to think that I did date her."

A small smile spread across my face. "Just making sure."

"I will try as many times as I have to to make you realize just how damn much I love you." He told me.

"The only reason why I'm letting you two be cute in front of us is because you two have been so much in the past 9 months." Louis groaned.

"Get used to it Louis." Liam grinned.

"So, are we like a band again... or no?" Zayn asked.

"I actually think this break is good for us. It will give us all time to get our lives back in order. Once everything is back to normal, then we can discuss getting the band back together." Louis said.

"Wow, Louis, that is the most mature thing I've ever heard you say." I grinned.

"I don't play the mature card very well." He smirked.

Niall soon pulled into the cemetery and we all got out of the car. Slowly, we walked over to my mum's grave where mine laid beside it. Finally I spotted the thick, white, marble headstone next to my mum's. I stood in front of is and read the inscription.


Elizabeth Leah Ashton

Love is the most powerful thing there is, cherish it while you still have it.

1994-2014

To Infinity and Beyond

I turned to Liam. "To infinity and beyond." I smiled.

He nodded. "It meant something to our relationship. I was going to put forever and always but... that one kind of died off after we broke up."

"And I also wrote a song about it." I smirked.

I looked down at the headstone and sighed.

"Its weird you know, looking at the plot that I will someday lay six feet beneath." I turned around and looked at the boys. "Its almost scary knowing that theres a plot waiting for me, a headstone already in place... just waiting for me to drop dead."

"Well us five besides your father and Danielle are the only ones who know you're alive." Niall said.

I nodded. I stared at the headstone for a moment more.

"So you slept here... for a week?" I asked Liam, not turning around.

"Yeah. I could clearly see the star too." He sighed.

I smiled. "I think my mum is watching over me. I think she showed you that star to give you hope. And left not forget, the first time I saw you since you left for the X Factor," I pointed to the grass in front of the headstone. "Here. Its almost like she's trying to tell us something."

"Shes trying to tell us not to give up hope." He smiled.

I tured to all the boys and smiled.

"Well now, why don't we make it so that 15 people know of my existence." I smiled.

And with that we walked back to the car and began the drive. Soon, I would be reunited with my family. It didn't matter if we weren't related by blood. They will always be more of a family to me than my remaining.
 
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