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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29. Stop Doing That

-2 months later-

***Beth's POV***

"Beth hurry up! You're on in one minute!" Grace called.

I rushed out of the dressing room in my concert outfit and walked to stage right. I grabbed my microphone and stood and waited for my opening act to finish. Finally the lights dimmed and I took my place on stage. Slowly the lights became brighter and I was visible on stage. My fans screamed once they saw me.

"Hello Annapolis!" I called. "How is everyone tonight?!"

I could only make out a few 'great's and 'good's over the screaming and yelling.

"So this first song is from my first album, Red. And this song was the first one I ever wrote. I know most of you if not all of you know it. Its about a boy. I boy that I told myself I would forget because I had thought he had forgotten about me. Well, to this day,that boy in the song, I have not forgotten him. I think you all know who I'm talking about." I smiled.

The first beats of Red began to play. 

Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead end street
Faster than the wind
Passionate as sin, ended so suddenly
Loving him is like trying to change your mind
Once you're already flying through the free fall
Like the colors in autumn
So bright just before they lose it all

Losing him was blue like I'd never known
Missing him was dark grey all alone
Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you've never met
But loving him was red
Loving him was red

Touching him is like realizing all you ever wanted was right there in front of you
Memorizing him was as easy as knowing all the words to your old favorite song
Fighting with him was like trying to solve a crossword
and realizing there's no right answer
Regretting him was like wishing you never found out love could be that strong

Losing him was blue like I'd never known
Missing him was dark grey all alone
Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you've never met
But loving him was red
Oh red
Burning red

Remembering him comes in flashbacks and echoes
Tell myself it's time now, gotta let go
But moving on from him is impossible
When I still see it all in my head

Burning red!
Darling it was red!

Oh, losing him was blue like I'd never known
Missing him was dark grey all alone
Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you've never met
'Cause loving him was red yeah yeah red
We're burning red

And that's why he's spinning round in my head
Comes back to me burning red
Yeah, yeah...

'Cause love was like driving a new Maserati down a dead end street


As I finished the song the only sounds that could be heard in the arena were screaming and cheeing.

"This next song is from my new album, Safe and Sound. Its about something that happened to me almost two years ago. So one day I come home, just like any day. And I find the man I love snogging or making out as you guys call it, his ex girlfriend on our couch. Prior to that he would always tell me that he loved me forever and always. Well I left. And I wrote a song about it. So, here it is, Forever and Always." I said into the microphone.

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 finished the song and my fans cheered.

"This next song is also about that same occasion. Only, I wrote it about the ex girlfriend." I told my fans. "This one is called 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


Finally the song ended and I stood there breathless. I did a few more songs until Twitter questions came.

"Alright. The first question is from MelinaLoves1D. If you could be any animal what would you be?"

I thought for a moment. "Ya, know, I don't know. I'd be a... a bird. Because birds fly. I think it would be cool to fly." I told my fans.

I looked up at the screen and saw another question appear.

"This one is from KaydenMurphy. If you, Liam Payne and you mum if she was still alive were stranded on a desert island and only one of them could live, who would you choose?"

I blushed a little bit. "Um, I would probably save my mum and die with Liam." I smiled.

The crowed aw-ed.

"Okay, the next one is from..." I looked up at the board and my eyes widened. "This one is from... Real_Liam_Payne." I was silent for a moment before I looked out into the crowd. "It says, what would you do if Liam was here right now?"

It just made my heart flutter thinking about Liam being here.

"I would... I would be the happiest person on this planet." I smiled. "But I think we all know that Liam is on tour right now."

I finished the Twitter questions and began to sing Heart Attack. Finally I reached the last song, Safe and Sound. I grabbed my guitar and sat down on the stool in the middle of the stage.

"This is the last song tonight. I wrote this song while I was confined in a small room. As you know, about a year ago I was abducted from my own home and I was missing for almost 9 months to a year. Over those nine or so months I went through many stages. Some were scared, some were hopeful, some even made me want to give up. Well one day I was able to break out of that room and I found a guitar in the house. Over the next few days I strummed the guitar when no one was around. Finally I came up with a song. A song about being hopeful that I would get out of there. That I would end up safe and sound and everything would be just fine. So here it is, this is called 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


Finally I finished the song and the crowd screamed and cheered. I stood there a moment, taking in the moment. Slowly, the lights began to dim and once the stage was completely black I walked backstage. I found Grace with a huge smile on her face.

"That was a fantastic performance Beth! Absolutely fantastic." She beamed.

"Thanks." I smiled.

Her eyes looked behind me for a moment and then back to me.

"Beth, I sugest you turn around." She grinned.

I slowly turned around. When I realized what was happening a huge grin spread across my face.

"Oh my god." I whispered, I could feel the tears in my eyes. Tears of joy.

I found myself running towards him as he walked towards me with a grin on his face. Four boys followed behind him. As soon as I reached him he lifted me up and pulled me into a passionate kiss.

"I swear to god you have got to stop doing that." I mumbled against Liam's lips.

"Doing what?" He chuckled.

"Showing up and surprising me when I have absolutely no idea you're even coming." I told him.

I stood on my feet again and turned to the other boys. I hugged each of them tightly.

"I missed you guys so much." I told them.

"We missed you too. Your concert tonight, wow." Louis told me.

"Oh shut up. Your concerts are pretty amazing too. And thank you." I smiled.

They followed me back to the dressing room where Steph and Grace were talking.

"Let me guess Grace, you knew all about this." I asked.

"Smart girl." She grinned.

"We all knew about it but you. Even the dancers." Stephanie smirked.

My jaw dropped. "Steph, you knew and you didn't tell me? I thought we told each other everything!"

"Liam asked us to keep it a secret." Grace told me.

I shook my head and turned to the boys. "I'll be right back. I need to change out of this costume. And Liam you can stop staring at my ass because its not helping."

He smirked. "Who said I was?"

"My eyes." I told him.

I walked into the bathroom and changed into some clothes. I walked back out and found the boys sitting on the couch talking to Stephanie and Grace.

"What embarrassing stories are you telling them now?" I asked Stephanie and Grace.

"Oh we were just telling them about how you and Becca almost got kicked off your bus by the other dancers because you two were partying at 2 am." Grace smirked.

My eyes widened. "You promised you would never speak of that moment in my life again."

"Oh really?" She asked sarcastically. "My bad."

I turned to the other boys. "So why are you boys here with me when you could be with El, Perrie, Mir and Em?" I asked.

"Because they've visited twice on our tour already." Louis explained.

I turned to Liam. "Wow, that must have sucked for you to be around all of them being cutesy." 

He got up and wrapped his arms around me. "Its called payback babe."

I smirked at him. "You're so mean."

"But you love me so its okay." He told me, kissing my cheek.

"Maybe I do, maybe I don't." I smiled.

"Well you'd die with me and let your mum live so, I'm pretty sure you do love me." He told me.

"You got me. I do love you." I told him, a smile on my face.

"Just get married already!" Stephanie groaned.

I felt my cheeks get hot.

"Steph! You're making them blush!" Niall laughed.

Liam and I only stayed quiet. The one thing I wanted right now was Liam and I had him.
 

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