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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26. No One Can Bring Me Down

***Beth's POV***

I stared out into the crowd at my first concert, a huge smile on my face. The glitter on my outfit sparkled in the stage lights.

"Hello San Diego!" I said into the microphone. "How are you tonight?"

The crowd screamed and I grinned. "This is Red."

I began to sing Red and I could almost feel all of the energy, the rush, the excitement of being on stage. As the crowd sang the lyrics along with me I couldn't wipe the grin off of my face. The only thing that could make this better was if Liam and everyone else were here. I finished singing Red and the crowd cheered.

"So the next two songs I wrote about two years ago. It was right after Liam and I broke up so I put a lot of emotion into them." I smiled.

I began to sing Forever and Always.

Once upon a time, I believe it was a Tuesday
When I caught your eye
And we caught onto something, I hold on to the night
You looked me in the eye and told me you loved me
Were you just kidding? 'Cause it seems to me

This thing is breaking down, we almost never speak
I don't feel welcome anymore
Baby, what happened? Please tell me
'Cause one second it was perfect
Now you're halfway out the door

And I stare at the phone and he still hasn't called
And then you feel so low, you can't feel nothin' at all
And you flashback to when he said, forever and always
Oh, oh

Oh, and it rains in your bedroom, everything is wrong
It rains when you're here and it rains when you're gone
'Cause I was there when you said forever and always

Was I out of line? Did I say something way too honest
That made you run and hide like a scared little boy?
I looked into your eyes, thought I knew you for a minute
Now I'm not so sure

So here's to everything, coming down to nothing
Here's to silence that cuts me to the core
Where is this going? Thought I knew for a minute
But I don't anymore

And I stare at the phone and he still hasn't called
And then you feel so low, you can't feel nothin' at all
And you flashback to when he said forever and always
Oh, oh

Oh, and it rains in your bedroom, everything is wrong
It rains when you're here and it rains when you're gone
'Cause I was there when you said forever and always
You didn't mean it, baby, I don't think so
Oh, oh

Oh, back up, baby, back up, did you forget everything?
Back up, baby, back up, did you forget everything?

'Cause it rains in your bedroom, everything is wrong
It rains when you're here and it rains when you're gone
'Cause I was there when you said forever and always

Oh, I stare at the phone and he still hasn't called
And then you feel so low, you can't feel nothin' at all
And you flashback to when we said forever and always

And it rains in your bedroom, everything is wrong
It rains when you're here and it rains when you're gone
'Cause I was there when you said forever and always
You didn't mean it, baby, you said forever and always


I immediately went into Better Than Revenge.

"Now go stand in the corner and think about what you did !"

The story starts when it was hot and it was summer
And, I had it all; I had him right there where I wanted him
She came along, got him along, and let's hear the applause
She took him faster than you can say sabotage
I never saw it coming, nor did I suspected it
I underestimated just who I was dealing with
She had to know the pain was beating on me like a drum
She underestimated just who she was stealing from

She's not a saint and she's not what you think
She's an actress, Whoa
She's better known for the things that she does
On the mattress, Whoa
Soon she's gonna find
Stealing other people's toys on the playground
Won't make you many friends
She should keep in mind,
She should keep in mind
There is nothing I do better than revenge, Ha

She lives her life like it's a party and she's on the list
She looks at me like I'm a trend and she's so over it
I think her ever present frown is a little troubling
And, she thinks I'm psycho
Cause I like to rhyme her name with things, but
Sophistication isn't what you wear, or who you know
Or pushing people down to get you where you wanna go
Oh they didn't teach you that in prep school
So it's up to me
But no amount of vintage dresses gives you dignity

She's not a saint and she's not what you think
She's an actress, Whoa

She's better known for the things that she does
On the mattress, Whoa
Soon she's gonna find
Stealing other people's toys on the playground
Won't make you many friends
She should keep in mind,
She should keep in mind
There is nothing I do better than revenge, Ha ha

I'm just another thing for you to roll your eyes at honey
You might have him, but haven't you heard
I'm just another thing for you to roll your eyes at honey
You might have him, but I always get the last word
Whoa

She's not a saint and she's not what you think
She's an actress, Whoa
She's better known for the things that she does
On the mattress, Whoa
Soon she's gonna find
Stealing other people's toys on the playground
Won't make you many friends
She should keep in mind,
She should keep in mind
There is nothing I do better than revenge,

And do you still feel like you know what you're doing,
Cause I don't think you do, Oh
Do you still feel like you know what you're doing
I don't think you do, I don't think you do
Let's hear the applause
C'mon show me how much better you are
See you deserve some applause
Cause you're so much better
She took him faster than you can say sabotage


I finished the song and I was almost out of breath. I looked out at my fans and they were all cheering. I sang Skyscraper next.
 

Skies are crying I am watching catching teardrops in my hands Only silence, as it's ending, like we never had a chance Do you have to make me feel like there's nothing left of me?   You can take everything I have You can break everything I am Like I'm made of glass Like I'm made of paper Go on and try to tear me down I will be rising from the ground Like a skyscraper Like a skyscraper   As the smoke clears I awaken and untangle you from me Would it make you feel better to watch me while I bleed? All my windows still are broken but I'm standing on my feet   You can take everything I have You can break everything I am Like I'm made of glass Like I'm made of paper Go on and try to tear me down I will be rising from the ground Like a skyscraper Like a skyscraper   Go run run run I'm gonna stay right here Watch you disappear Yeah Go run run run Yeah it's a long way down but I'm closer to the clouds up here   You can take everything I have You can break everything I am Like I'm made of glass Like I'm made of paper Ohh Go on and try to tear me down I will be rising from the ground like a skyscraper Like a skyscraper Like a skyscraper Like a skyscraper   Like a skyscraper
  I then began to sing Come Back... Be Here.
  You said it in a simple way, 4 AM, the second day, How strange that I don't know you at all. Stumbled through the long goodbye, One last kiss, then catch your flight, Right when I was just about to fall   I told myself don't get attached, But in my mind I play it back, Spinning faster than the plane that took you...   And this is when the feeling sinks in, I don't wanna miss you like this, Come back... be here,  come back... be here. I guess you're in New York today, I don't wanna need you this way, Come back... be here,  come back... be here.   The delicate beginning rush, The feeling you can know so much, Without knowing anything at all. And now that I can put this down, If I had known what I'd known now, I never would have played so nonchalance.   Taxi cabs and busy streets, That never bring you back to me, I can't help but wish you took me with you...   And this is when the feeling sinks in, I don't wanna miss you like this, Come back... be here,  come back... be here. I guess you're in London today, I don't wanna need you this way, Come back... be here, come back... be here.   This is falling in love in the cruelest way, This is falling for you and you are worlds away.   New York... be here. But you're in London and I break down, 'Cause it's not fair that you're not around.   This is when the feeling sinks in, I don't wanna miss you like this, Come back... be here,  come back... be here. I guess you're in New York today, And I don't wanna need you this way, Come back... be here,  come back... be here.   I don't wanna miss you like this. Come back... be here. Come back... be here.   That song made me think of only one person. Liam. How tonight, maybe right at this very moment he too was performing on stage. Maybe I was on his mind like he was on mine. Just thinking about Liam made my heart ache. I wouldn't see him for the next six months and it killed me. I then began to sing A Thousand Years. It was weird singing A Thousand Years. This song used to bring tears to my eyes the moment the first beats began to play but now it brings a smile to my face. I began to sing B-e-a-utiful next.
  She read me the note he left on her bed Snuck in her room right after she left And put petals on the ground Her head on his shoulder they walk down the hall I'm left to wonder will I ever fall in love And where is he now   She's with him, I'm in the back seat Know it's not right but it hurts when they're laughing And I've never been where they are   I wanna be blown away I wanna be swept off my feet I wanna meet the one who makes it hard for me to breathe I wanna be lost in love I wanna be your dream come true I wanna be scared of how strong I feel for you Just call me beautiful, Call me beautiful Call me beautiful, Call me b-e-a-utiful   Friday night she wore his jersey to the game In the front row screamin out his name As he turns to her and smiles Every where I look people holding hands When am I gonna get my chance at love My chance at love Cuz she's with him, I'm still hurting Try to pretend but it's not working I just wanna be where they are   I wanna be blown away I wanna be swept off my feet I wanna meet the one who makes it hard for me to breathe I wanna be lost in love I wanna be your dream come true I wanna be scared of how strong I feel for you Just call me beautiful, Call me beautiful Call me beautiful, Call me b-e-a-utiful   My heart is waiting for your love My hand is waiting for your touch My lips just wanna be kissed by you   I wanna be blown away I wanna be swept off my feet I wanna meet the one who makes it hard for me to breathe I wanna be lost in love I wanna be your dream come true I wanna be scared of how strong I feel for you Just call me beautiful, Call me beautiful Call me beautiful, Call me b-e-a-utiful   Beautiful, Call me beautiful Call me beautiful, Call me b-e-a-utiful

I grinned at the crowd as I finished the song.

"Alright! Twitter questions!" I smiled.

I looked up at the screen behind me and read off the first question.

"The first one is from Emilyy13. Elizabeth, what is the most emotional song on your album?" I read off.

I sighed. "Well I have two actually. The first one I'm going to sing next and its called Listen To Your Heart. Its basically saying that you should love someone while you have them because they might not always be there. The second one is possibly one of the most emotional songs I've ever heard. Its called Safe and Sound and I wrote it while I was sitting in the room that my father who had kidnapped me put me in."

I read the next question off the screen.

"This one is from AshieForLife. If you could date any celebrity besides Liam Payne, who would it be?" I thought for a moment. "You know, I don't know. I guess I never really thought about that. I'm pretty content with the one I have." I smiled.

The fans aw-ed. I did a few more questions before I began my next song. I walked over to the piano and sat down. I placed my fingers on the black and white keys and began playing the beginning of Listen To Your Heart. After the intro, I began to sing.

I know there's something in the wake of your smile I get a notion from the look in your eyes, yeah You've built a love but that love falls apart Your little piece of heaven turns too dark   Listen to your heart When he's calling for you Listen to your heart There's nothing else you can do I don't know where you're going And I don't know why, But listen to your heart Before you tell him goodbye   Sometimes you wonder if this fight is worthwhile The precious moments are all lost in the tide, yeah They're swept away and nothing is what is seems, The feeling of belonging to your dreams   Listen to your heart When he's calling for you Listen to your heart There's nothing else you can do I don't know where you're going And I don't know why, But listen to your heart Before you tell him goodbye   And there are voices That want to be heard So much to mention But you can't find the words The scent of magic, The beauty that's been When love was wilder than the wind   Listen to your heart When he's calling for you Listen to your heart There's nothing else you can do I don't know where you're going And I don't know why, But listen to your heart Before you tell him goodbye   Listen to your heart I don't know where you're going And I don't know why, But listen to your heart Before you tell him goodbye   Listen to your heart
When I finished the song and I hit the last note on the piano the crowd went ballistic. I smiled and stood up. After that I proceeded to sing the rest of the songs on my set list. Finally I reached Safe and Sound. 


I remember tears streaming down your face
When I said "I'll never let you go"
When all those shadows almost killed your light

I remember you said
"don't leave me here alone"
But all that's dead and gone and passed
Tonight

Just close your eyes
The sun is going down
You'll be alright
No one can hurt you now
Come mornign light
You and I will be safe and sound

Don't you dare look out your window
Darling everything's on fire
The war outside our door keeps raging on
Hold on to this lullaby
Even when the music's gone
Gone

Just close your eyes
The sun is going down
You'll be alright
No one can hurt you
Come morning light
You and I will be safe and sound

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
O-oh, oh, o-oh, oh

O-oh, oh, o-oh, oh

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
O-oh, oh, o-oh, oh

Just close your eyes
The sun is going down
You'll be alright
No one can hurt you now
Come morning light
You and I will be safe and sound

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh


As I finished the song I looked out at the crowd but couldn't help but look back at the moment I was sitting on the floor of that prison, how I had felt so hopeless, scared. And now here I am, standing here on a stage looking out at my fans. That was the moment I knew that no matter how hard he tried, my father would never bring me down again. I was on top of the world and this time there was no bringing me down.

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