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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7. Like A Dream

***Liam's POV***

I walked slowly through the deserted park, my legs shaking with every step. I had delivered the letter to the boys only hours ago and now it was time to go through with what I had planned to do. It was almost like each footstep I took echoed through out the world. I was alone. But then again, I could feel alone in a crowd of many, thats how I had felt the past five and a half months of my life. I couldn't take it anymore. I was done. Done with feeling sorry for myself, done with the tears, the flashbacks, the depression. I knew I couldn't do it without her. I needed her and I only realized just how much I truly did until she was gone.

Finally I found myself at the foot of a long, deserted bridge. I slowly took my first step on it, the first step to the end. Slowly and gradually I made my way to the middle where I leaned over the side and looked down. The raging rapids below did not frighten me. The only thing that frightened me now was the thought of never seeing her again. It killed me. Not literally of course, but mentally, I was already long gone. I guess thats what happens when you loose the one most important to you. You just... break. It comes to the point where nothing else matters, not your friend, not your family, not even your own career. Just them.

In some ways I hold myself accountable for her death. I could have prevented it. I could have stopped it while I had the chance. She would still be here, in my arms if it weren't for my trust. I had too much trust. Each time I left the house, I would trust myself and everyone else that she would be there when I got back. That she would never leave. In the end, my large amount of trust caused the girl I love to be taken from me and ultimately killed. It takes millions of people to complete the world, but it only takes her to complete mine.

I look up at the gray sky one more time before swinging my legs over the railing of the bridge. I sat there, my eyes watching the clear water become white foam as it crashed against the rocks below. Soon I would become one with the water, soon I would no longer have to suffer through my misery and depression. Soon I would be with her.

"Liam!" I heard a shout.

I slowly lifted my gaze from the crashing rapids below to the people running over to the bridge. I should have known they would come.

"Liam what the hell are you doing?!" Louis asked.

I licked my lips and looked down at the water once more.

"I need to be with her." I whispered.

"So you're just going to kill yourself?! You're going to jump?!" Niall asked.

"I told you lads to not come after me. I've made up my mind." I told them, feeling tears well up in my eyes.

"Well you're out of your mind Liam. What the hell is wrong with you?!" Zayn asked, trying to sound as un-harsh as possible.

"What the hell is wrong with me Zayn?! I lost the love of my life, my second half, my soul. She was my everything Zayn. You can't have her die and not expect something like this to happen!" I said, tears rolling down my pale cheeks.

"Liam, we know you, you're not suicidal." Harry sighed.

"I wasn't before her death. I've changed Harry. I'm not the same person I used to be. Her death changed me." I said, slowly standing up on the railing.

"Liam stop. Get down!" Louis said sternly.

"No Louis! Can't you see?! I need to be with her. I'd rather die than live without her!" I yelled.

They all stood there silently. Then almost like a dream, I heard a voice speak. Not one of the boys though.

"Liam James Payne, that is possibly the stupidest thing I've ever heard you say."

I stood there, not turning around. I was afraid that if I turned around it would all be just a dream. That I would wake up. Had I already gone through with it? Was this already just a dream? Slowly, I turned around and looked at the source of the voice. There were tears in my eyes. It was different this time though. They weren't tears of sadness, or tears of anger. They, for the first time in almost nine months, were tears of joy. I couldn't beleive what was before my eyes. I looked at the boys shocked faces then back at the other.

"I'm already dead aren't I?" I choked out.

She shook her head and smiled at me.

"You're alive Liam. So am I." She told me.

I just stared at her in disbelief.

"Now get the hell down from there before you do something you regret." She told me.

I slowly stepped down and suddenly I was pulled into a hug, not just by the four boys, but also by a girl. A girl I like to call Beth.

"How... what... when..." I gasped out.

"You really think I would let myself die Liam? While I still had you?" She asked.

"We thought you were dead." Louis choked out, tears of joy falling from his eyes.

"Everyone did." She sighed.

I took her face into my hands, there were cuts all over her arms and legs. Her blue eyes were bloodshot and her hair was tangled. In my opinion, she looked so incredibly beautiful.

"This is just a dream. I'm going to wake up and you're still going to be gone." I gasped out.

She shook her head.

"I'm alive Liam. I'll explain what happened later." She whispered.

"You're alive." I whispered.

"I'm alive." She repeated.

And for the first time in nine months, such a rare thing occurred. The corners of my mouth turned up and a wide smile spread across my face. Although it seemed like a dream, I had her. Beth. And thats all that mattered to me.

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