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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10. Late Night Talks

It had been a few hours since I had explained everything to everyone. By now it was around 3:30 am and I found myself unable to sleep. I sat on the windowsill looking out at the moonlit town. It was almost scary that I got away that easily... it was almost too easy. There was just something abnormal about it. I looked up at the clear sky and saw a quick streak of light shoot through the sky. A shooting star. I shut my eyes and made a wish. I wish for everything to go back to the way it used to be. When I felt safe and sound. When there were no problems. I sighed, knowing that will never be the case. Although I may have gotten away this time, who's to say he won't find me again and this time, I won't be so lucky. I know for a fact that he will find me. He's not stupid, he's probably watching me right now, waiting for the right time to strike. He was the hunter, I was the prey.

"Beth?" I heard a sleepy voice behind me.

I turned my head and saw Liam laying in his bed, his eyes barely open.

"Yeah?" I asked.

"What are you doing up?" He mumbled tiredly.

"I couldn't sleep." I told him softly.

I watched as he slipped out of bed and walked over to me. He picked me up and sat down in the place I was sitting. He rested me in his lap and wrapped his arms securely around my waist. I rested my head on his chest and we looked out into the moonlight together. I felt his warm lips against my temple and his arms tighten around my waist.

"I love you." He whispered in my ear.

"I love you too." I whispered back.

For a while it was a peaceful silence until he spoke again.

"You're thinking about him aren't you? Your father?" He asked knowingly.

I hesitated a moment before nodding my head ever so slowly. 

"I'm afraid Liam. He told me that if I ran away he would kill all of you." I whispered.

"Well I may not be here now if you didn't run away. You saved my life Beth." He whispered into my shoulder.

"But hes going to find us Liam. Neither of us can be at complete peace until the other has given up or in other words... dead." I mumbled.

"Well I won't let him take you from me again. I won't let him hurt you." He whispered.

"You said that last time Liam." I said quietly.

"So you think that just because I've said it before that its not true? Beth, I've lost you too many times to take my chances. I don't think I'll be able to stand loosing you what? A third time now?" He whispered.

I stayed silent and looked up at him. He kissed the top of my head and a small smile crept on my face.

"You missed." I whispered to him.

He raised his eyebrows. "What?"

"You missed."I repeated.

He smiled and pressed his soft lips to mine.

"You are so beautiful." He mumbled against my lips.

"You always say that. My hair is matted, my skin probably looks horrible. And my clothes?... Well your clothes, they're all baggy and stuff. Nothing about me is beautiful right now." I sighed.

He stared at me like I'm crazy. "Beth, you would look beautiful even if you were only wearing a paper bag. I don't care if your hair is matted, I don't care if your skin isn't perfect. I don't like perfect. Perfect is boring. And you look amazing in my clothes."He smiled.

I stared at him in amazement. "You know Liam, this is why I love you. Just the way you make me feel, even if I'm about to cry."

"Its only the truth." He whispered, kissing me again.

"You have no idea how much I've missed this. Us. You." I mumbled against his lips.

"Well I'm not going away again and neither are you." He smiled.

I looked at the clock, 3:50.

"You know you don't have to stay up with me. You can go back to sleep." I told him.

He shook his head. "I'd rather be with you than my dreams. My dreams can wait. You're more important."

I could almost feel my heard grinning. I loved this boy more than anything. I snuggled closer to him and he held me tighter. Together we watched the stars twinkle in the sky.

"Can you sing me the song you wrote?" He asked quietly.

"Safe and Sound?" I asked.

"Yeah."He whispered.

"Wheres your guitar?" I asked him.

"In the corner." He replied.

I got up and got the guitar before reclaiming my place on his lap. I felt my fingers on the smooth strings and I began playing Safe and Sound. Slowly my lips parted and I sang the first words to the song. As I sang softly I saw Liam smiling at me. Once I finished the song I set the guitar down.

"Wow. That was amazing. I'm not kidding. It really was." He smiled.

I shrugged. "You guys will probably be the only ones who ever hear it. I mean, everyone else on the planet thinks I'm dead and gone. He kissed my forehead. 

"They'll find out soon enough. We can tell Simon tomorrow if you want." He whispered.

I nodded. "He should know that I'm alive. I- I'm just not physically nor mentally ready to resume my career. And you boys, you boys need to work out yours too."

He nodded slowly. "I was the one who broke up the band. Its my job to piece it all back together."

I kissed him slowly and softly. Finally I pulled away. "But lets not worry about that right now. Right now its just you and I."

"You and I." He smiled.

And with that we fell into a dreamless sleep in each other's arms.

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