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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16. My Life Isn't A Fairtytale

***Beth's POV***

I looked up a the large building in front of me, Syco Records. Each step I took was another one closer to getting my life back. Before I entered the building I looked down at my outfit and smoothed it out. Finally I pushed the door open and I walked inside. I walked over to the elevator and got in, pressing the button for the third floor. Once I reached the third floor the elevator dinged and I walked out. I walked down the long hallway to Simons office. Upon approaching it I knocked on the door lightly. 

"Come in." I head a voice inside say.

I slowly pushed the door open revealing Simon at his desk. He looked up and smiled.

"Well now, I can finally fully believe that Elizabeth Ashton is alive now that I've seen her." He smiled.

"Its nice to see you too Simon. Its been a while." I said.

He nodded. "Take a seat and lets talk."

"Alright." I replied, sitting down.

"So tell me, do you think you are ready to begin writing more songs for your album. It says here that you only have 7 of your 12 songs written." He told me.

"I- I think I want to take a little more time. I want to catch up with my life a little before I come back to... well... this." I told him.

"Alright." He said. "Also, Management would like to speak with you about something."

I sighed. "Simon, you know I don't like management."

"I know but they manage your career."Simon sighed, sitting back in his large leather chair. "Please at least go talk to them. Listen to what they have to say. I know you probably won't follow their rules anyway because you're just like the boys but please Elizabeth, they control whether you even have a career or not."

I knew he was right. "Fine. I'll talk to them."

I got up from my seat and walked to the door.

"And Elizabeth?" Simon said.

I turned. "Hm?"

"Its nice to have you back." He smiled

"Its nice to be back." I replied.

I walked out of his office and walked down the hall to managements office. I opened the door and saw the head of Modest Management Laura Charleston sitting at her desk.

"Beth, good to see you. I expect Simon sent you?" She asked.

I nodded my head. "Yeah. He did."

"Well I wanted to talk about what you're going to say to the fans about what happened over the past year. Everyone is dying to know what happened and why you came back." Laura said. "So tell me, what exactly happened from beginning to end."

I sighed. "Well my father kidnaped me when I was home alone and brought me to a location that I don't know. For almost nine months I was locked in a room with only a mattress to sleep on. I would be fed only twice a week. He would beat me every single day and sometimes he would get drunk and beat me so hard that I passed out. He would threaten me all the time. He... he even raped me a few times."I mumbled.

"I'm sorry, did I hear that correctly. He raped you?" She asked, sitting forward in her chair.

I nodded solemnly. "Yeah. Then Liam's ex girlfriend, the one who bailed him out of prison came. She hit me a few times and threatened me. Then my father made the decision that he was going to kill me..."

-Flashback-

I sat in a chair, my hands bound behind my back and my feet tied to the legs of the chair. I watched in horror as my father dialed the number. Finally after a few rings he picked up.

"Hello?" The voice on the other line said, making my heart shatter.

"Liam, how are you?" My father grinned into the phone.

"Where is she." Liam's voice spat on the other line.

My father only chuckled.

"WHERE THE HELL IS SHE YOU FUCKING SON OF A BITCH!" Liam yelled.

I felt a tear slide down my cheek just thinking about him right now. In only a few short moments I would be gone forever.

"Here. She's right here." He said, looking at me.

He held the phone in front of my face. In his other head he pointed a gun at my head.

"Beth..." He whispered. "Beth, baby, please. Please speak to me. Tell me that you're there."

"L-Liam." My voice choked out through tears.

"If you're really Beth and not someone else you'll be able to tell me the color crayon you gave me the day we met." He said, clearly in tears.

"Purple Liam. The crayon was purple." I mumbled.

"Oh my god. Beth I swear I am going to find you. I will come for you." He choked out.

"Liam its over." I said, tears falling like waterfalls.

"Whats over. Noting is over Beth. Please. I am going to find you and everything is going to be okay." He croaked.

"Put the phone on speaker phone. I need to tell all of you something." I told him. "Is everyone listening?"

"Yeah." Everyone on the other line whispered.

"Zayn... you were an incredible friend to me, you are like my older brother and I will never forget you. Perrie, you are one of my best friends and I know I could trust you with anything. Niall, since the day we met you have been nothing but kind to me and you are an amazing friend. Take care of Emily, please don't break her heart. Emily, since the day we met when we were 10 you have been one of my closest friends. You helped me through so many rough patches in my life and I wouldn't be here today if you hadn't helped pull me through it all. Harry, you are like an older brother to me and I am so lucky to have you as one of my best friends. Don't ever forget that you will always be an old man in my eyes an I'll always be an old lady. Mir, you and Em both help me through so much in my life. You  put faith in myself and told me that i could do it when I doubted myself. El, you are an incredible girl and I am proud to have called you one of my best friends. You and Louis are amazing together, don't ever forget that. Don't ever let a stupid little fight come between you two. Louis... since the moment I met you, you have shown nothing but kindness towards me. You helped my break free from my old life and helped me start a new one. When Liam and I broke up you were the only one there for me, you were my shoulder to cry on and I will never forget that. I will never forget anything you've done for me. Liam... I- I don't know where to start. Liam James Payne, I love you with all my heart and not a single person on this godforsaken planet can change that. Since the day I met you when we were five years old you have been there for me. Whether you were by my side or not, just the thought of you made me smile. Please don't forget that not a day goes by that I don't love you Liam. I- I need you to let me go and I need you to move on. I'm not going to be around any longer and its for the best. I don't want any of you to mourn over me, I'm not worth it." I said, tears streaming from my cold eyes, my body shaking.

"Beth. No you can't I won't let you." Liam choked.

"I don't have a choice Liam." I whispered.

"BETH DAMN IT STAY WITH ME! YOU CAN'T DO THIS TO ME!" He screamed.

"I love all of you with all my heart. I love you Liam." I whispered.

"ELIZABETH LEAH ASHTON STAY WITH ME! I'M GOING TO FIND YOU... Elizabeth, you have no clue how damn much you mean to me." He said loudly.

"Goodbye." I whispered, tears pouring out of my eyes.

My fathers hand moved swiftly and the gun went off. I felt a sharp, burning pain in my side and everything went black.

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As I told Laura the rest of the story she looked at me, sadness in her eyes. Once I finally finished it from beginning to end she spoke.

"Wow." Was all she could say.

"Not really much of a fairytale huh?" I sighed.

She shook her head. "It sure isn't."

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