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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55. Speeches

***Beth's POV***

"Hey Beth?!" Liam called from the kitchen.

"Yeah?" I asked, walking in.

"I just got a call from Harry. He said that we need to go to Sunset Beach and wear formal clothing..." Liam said, looking confused.

I furrowed my eyebrows. "What time?" 

"6:00." He said.

"Its probably just one of his parties." I told him.

"Yeah, except he tole me its mandatory that we go." He said.

"Alright." I walked out of the room and walked upstairs.

After looking through my closet I found a long white dress that I was worn to the Brits about 4 years ago. I held it up to myself and decidd it was the perfect dress. Liam walked into the room moments later.

"Do you think this is too much?" I asked him, showing him the dress.

He smiled. "Not at all. Nothing on you is too much."

I blushed. "Thats not true."

"But it is though. You look amazing in anything. Literally you could have showed up at school in a prom dress and still pulled it off." He told me.

I have him an 'are you serious' look.

He smirked. "Okay maybe not a prom dress but something like that."

I rolled my eyes and slipped into my dress. After going through all my shoes I decided on a pair of white platform heels. I set them aside and walked into the bathroom where Liam was brushing his teeth. He raised his eyebrows when he saw me. 

"I know, this dress is so four years ago." I sighed.

"You can't be serious. Beth you look absolutely gorgeous in that dress. I also happen to think you look incredible in white." He smiled.

I smiled and took out my makeup and began applying my makeup. I felt arms encircle my waist and Liam's chin rested on my shoulder.

"So Louis told me he was thinking about proposing to El after the wedding." Liam smiled.

My eyes widened and I grinned. "Really?"

"Yeah. They've been together longer than us. He really loves her and he thinks its about time they tie the knot." He told me.

"Thats amazing. I'm so happy for her." I grinned.

"You can't say anything though." Liam told me.

"I won't. Don't worry." I replied.

I finished with my makeup and moved on to my hair. Liam left the bathroom and came back minutes later wearing black pants and was holding up a cobalt blue shirt and a white shirt.

"Which one?" He asked.

"White. Wear your navy blue blazer with it. No tie." I told him.

"What would I do without you?" He grinned.

He walked out of the bathroom and came back wearing the white shirt and navy blue blazer.

"What about my hair?" He asked.

"Put it up in a slight quiff." I told him.

As he began styling my hair I finished mine and began going through my earrings. Finally I found my diamond studs and my diamond necklace.

"Forgetting one more thing?" Liam asked, looking at me through thr mirror.

I smiled and picked up my engagement ring and slipped it on my finger. "Saving the best for last."

He grinned. "God, I can't wait to marry you."

I wrapped my arms around his torso he pulled me to his chest.

"I love you Liam." I told him.

"I love you. I loved you yesterday, I love you today and I'll love you forever." He told me, kissing me on top of the head.

I groaned. "Stop being so amazing. How am I supposed to top that?"

"You don't have to. All you have to do is listen." He smiled.

I kissed him softly and walked back into our bedroom where I slipped on my shoes. Moments later Liam walked out and went through his shoes.

"White converse." I told him.

"You're just planning my whole outfit aren't you?" He smirked.

"Only because I love you." I told him.

Finally we were both ready and we grabbed our phones and walked downstairs. He and I walked outside and I locked the door behind us.

"My car or your car?" He asked.

"Yours."I told him.

He nodded and we got into his black Range Rover.

"I wonder why the party is at the beach and not at Harry's house." I said.

Liam shrugged. "I have no idea."

As we drove the radio was on and Best Song Ever came on.

"Ooh I love this band."I grinned.

"Really? Who's your favorite?" Liam asked, playing along.

"I'd have to say that one with the brown hair and amazing brown eyes. Liam I think his name is." I smirked.

"Oh, I heard he was engaged to this incredibly beautiful, talented girl." Liam grinned.

"Well she's the luckiest girl on the planet." I smiled.

Soon Liam pulled up to the beach and we saw a bunch of people on the beach a few yards away. He and I got out of the car and as soon as we stepped on the sand I immediately regretted wearing heels. It seemed like we were the last ones to arrive considering the party was already crowded. I raised my eyebrows when I saw Ruth and Nicola talking to Stephanie. I also saw Liam's parents socializing.

"They're here!" I heard El squeal.

She soon as she said that everyone turned to look at us and yelled "Surprise!"

I wide smile spread across my face and I turned to Liam. "I don't think this is just any party. I think this is our engagement party."

El ran over to us, a grin on her face. "In case you haven't already figured it out, this is your engagement party. Go and socialize." 

I grinned at Liam and we walked over to everyone. I saw everyone from Liam's family to my entire tour group as well as Liam's. I saw some of my old friends from school and some of Liam's. I noticed the rest of the girls talking to Bran, Greg and Danny. I felt a tap on my shoulder and I turned around and saw Jake, one of my old boyfriends from high school.

"Jake! I haven't seen you in forever." I smiled.

He hugged me. "Yeah. Well look at you, engaged, famous, seems that life has turned around for you. I'm happy for you Beth."

"Thanks. What about you?" I asked.

"I'm currently dating Cassidy, have been for the past six years. We got together on graduation night." He smiled.

"Cassidy? You mean my old friend Cassidy?" I asked.

He nodded.

"Beth!" I head a familiar girly voice behind me. I turned around and was immediately pulled into a hug by my friend Cassidy.

"Cass!" I grinned. "Hey, how have you been?"

"I'm great. We haven't talked in years!" She said breathlessly.

"I know. I'm sorry." I sighed.

"Its fine. I mean, look at you though. I always knew you and Liam would end up getting married." She smiled.

I looked at Liam who was talking to some of his old school friends. He caught my eye and grinned. I turned back to Cassidy and Jake.

"Yeah... I mean, I love Liam. More than anything." I smiled.

"You loved him even while you were dating me huh?" Jake smiled.

"Guilty?" I said.

"Its fine. I kind of always guessed it. I saw the way you were when you were with him." He said.

"Yeah." I blushed. "So what have you two been doing for the past six years?"

"Well I'm an English teacher and he is a professor at Harvard." Cassidy smiled.

"Harvard, wow." I smiled.

"Nothing compared to you though. I mean, you're famous. And I must say, you have an incredible voice. I'm a big fan of your music." Cass smiled.

"Thank you. That means a lot." I smiled.

"Well we're going to let you socialize with other people. I think I saw Amanda and Julia around here somewhere." Cass told me.

"Alright. Well it was nice seeing you two again. I promise to keep in touch." I told them.

As soon as I walked away my dancers ran up to me and tackled me in a hug.

"Oh my god, Beth, you're getting married!" Becca squealed.

"I know. I'm really happy." I smiled.

"You should be! We're so happy for you!" Aly grinned.

"This also means that by your next tour you'll be a married woman." Maddie told me.

"And you won't be Elizabeth Ashton. You'll be Elizabeth Payne." Mads grinned.

"You're right. Its actually a bit scary you know. I'm glad I'm marrying Liam though. He makes me so incredibly happy." I told them.

"Have you decided on the date yet?" Taylor asked.

I nodded. "July 30th. You six are coming right?"

"Of course! We wouldn't miss it for the world." Nat told me.

I talked with them for a while before moving on to others. Finally after I had talked with Liam's family and most of my old friends from school I felt Liam pull me aside. He held me tightly and pressed his lips to mine.

"I love talking to my old friends and everything but I miss you." He mumbled against my lips.

"Liam babe, its been like an hour." I laughed.

"An hour too long." He told me.

He took my hand and we walked closer to the water, I lifted up my dress a little so it wouldn't get wet.

"The day I met you I had no idea that the girl I had asked to color with would be not only my best friend for life but the girl I would marry." He smiled.

I looked up at him. "I was thinking the same thing. Funny how it worked out though. We were just two little kids who eventually became something more."

He pulled me close to him and pressed his lips softly to mine. "And I wouldn't have it any other way." He smiled.

***Eleanor's POV***

"Perrie have you seen Liam and Beth?" I asked her.

Perrie looked around for a moment. "Yeah they're down there."

I followed her gaze and saw them standing in each other's arms at the edge of the water. I walked over to them.

"Sorry to interrupt but Liam the boys were wondering if you were up for singing one of your songs." I told him.

"Yeah which one?" He asked.

"Last First Kiss." I told him. "And Beth, would you be willing to sing A Thousand Years?"

"Of course." She smiled.

They followed me up to where everyone else was and Liam walked over to the boys. 

Miranda and Emily came over and stood with us while the boys took their places on the stage.

"So the lads and I are going to sing a song that I originally wrote about Beth but I'd like to say a little something first. Eighteen years ago I stepped into my primary school classroom with no intention of making very many friends. I made one friend that day and I would later find that she would become my best friend for a very long time. She not only could make me smile without any words spoken but she could make me weak in the knees at just the thought of her. I don't know what it was about her. Maybe it was the way hey eyes shined when she laughed or the way she could make me laugh. Or maybe it was the way she caught my attention in the middle of a crowded classroom. The past six years of my life have had its ups and downs but I wouldn't have gotten through it without her. Elizabeth Ashton I love you with everything in me and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you. I love you." He smiled, his eyes on Beth the whole time.

***Beth's POV***

I looked at Liam the entire time he made the speech and he made me go weak in the knees. They began singing Last First Kiss. Finally when they finished Liam walked off the stage and walked over to me. He pressed his lips to mine and I smiled into the kiss.

"I love you too." I grinned.

He handed me the microphone and I walked up on the stage. I couldn't wipe the smile off of my face.

"So I too am going to sing one of my songs but before I do I'm also going to say something. I always used to think to myself, where would I be today if I hadn't met Liam Payne. Well, Ruth, Nicola, I wouldn't have two girls who have been practically my sisters growing up. Geoff and Karen wouldn't have been there and been like my second parents. I wouldn't have met the sweetest grandparents anyone could ask for. And I may not have been the same person most of you knew throughout high school. I wouldn't have two albums out let alone an incredible tour group. And honestly, I wouldn't have met six incredible people who are like my family. Who would I be if I hadn't met Liam Payne? Well, I sure as hell wouldn't be where I am now. He and I grew up like normal kids, the pinky promises, the pillow fights, the sleepovers and yet, there was something special about our friendship. Maybe it was because we both knew we loved each other, even from the start. I knew since the moment I laid my eyes on him that he was special. He wasn't like all the others. He had that twinkle in his eyes. And so, even eighteen years later, I wouldn't choose a single person over Liam. I love you so much Liam and I can't wait to marry you." I grinned. 

I watched as Danny, Greg and Bran walked up on stage and took their instruments. I held the microphone to my lips and smiled. "This song I wrote almost six years ago. Its called A Thousand Years."

Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave?
How can I love when I'm afraid to fall
But watching you stand alone?
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow
 
One step closer
 
I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more
 
Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything take away
What's standing in front of me
Every breath
Every hour has come to this
 
One step closer
 
I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more
 
And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more
 
One step closer
One step closer
 
I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more
 
And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more


The entire song I looked into Liam's eyes as he looked at me. I handed the microphone to El who was walking up onto the stage. I walked off and Liam immediately pulled me into a kiss.

"I love you so damn much." He whispered.

"I love you Liam." I smiled.

"So I just wanted to take a moment to congratulate Liam and Beth. From the moment I met Liam he has been a great guy and a total sweetheart. Beth, you are my best friend, you are like my sister. I love you. I hope you and Liam have an incredible life together and I look forward to standing beside you when you say 'I do'." She smiled.

She walked off the stage and Louis walked on, taking the microphone. He looked at Liam and I.

"Liam, mate, there is not a single guy on this earth I would rather be in a band with. You are one of my best mates and I am really happy for you. Beth, you are an amazing girl and you are honestly like my little sister. I care about you a lot and I hope you and Liam have an amazing life together." Louis smiled.

He walked off the stage and I walked over to him and have him a hug.

"So Liam told me you were going to propose to El after the wedding." I grinned.

He nodded and smiled. "Yeah. Yeah I am. I love her and Liam kind of made me realize that you need to hold on to what you've got because you might not have them forever."

"Well I can assure you, El loves you more than anything and I'm positive she'll say yes." I smiled.

Louis pulled me into a hug. "Hey, if Liam ever hurts you just come to me and I'll be here okay? I love you like my little sister."

"Thanks Lou. And for what its worth, you are the closest thing I've ever had to an older brother." I told him.

"Promise me, when you're married and you and Liam have kids, you and I will still have our days. Call me up any time and I'll be there." He smiled.

"I will Louis. I will. And don't worry, you still have a few months left." I told him.

"Good." He smiled.

"And even if you do drive me crazy sometimes and love embarrassing me I still love you like a little sister would love her brother okay?" I said.

He nodded. "I'm going to go find El. I'm sure Liam is looking for you."

I nodded and we went our separate ways. Moments later Liam was by my side and we walked back down to the shore.

"It seems like you're closer with Louis than I am." He smirked.

I looked into the crowd and saw Louis laughing with El.

"Yeah... I guess. He may be like my older brother." I looked at him. "But you are the only man for me."

"Good." He smiled.

His lips were pressed to mine and I smiled. At that moment I had everything I could have ever wanted. I had my family, my friends, I had Liam. I even had my mum who I had no doubt was watching over me this very moment with a smile on her face.

 

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