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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28. The Book

***Beth's POV***

"Beth honey, I know you miss Liam but you need to do something other than stare out that window for the rest of the day." Grace told me.

I lifted my head from where it was perched on the window and look at her. "What else is there to do Grace? I can't get off the bus until we arrive in Phoenix."

"I don't know. Figure something out. You've been sitting there all day." She told me in a motherly manner.

"Yes mum." I sighed.

I slowly stood up and walked back to my bunk. I got out my suitcase and began sifting through it, trying to find my sweatshirt. My hand ran over something smooth and hard. I grasped it and pulled it out. It was a small book with a picture of Liam and I ask kids on the front cover. There was a sticky note stuck to the front.

Just read this when you're missing me and it'll bring back all the happy memories. I love you and I'll see you when I can. Love, Liam

My heart beat a little faster and I felt a small smile creep on my face. I hugged the small book to my chest and lay down on my bunk. I flipped to the first page and I smiled when I saw a picture of Liam and I standing outside my house ready for school. We had only met the week before and we were already inseparable. 

***

"Mummy! Liam is here! Hurry up!" I said in my high pitched, 5 year old voice.

"Why don't you go greet Liam at the door?" My mum asked.

I grinned and ran to the front door where I flung it open. There stood Liam Payne, my best friend. Everything about him was smiling at that moment, even his chocolate brown eyes.

"Bethie!" He squealed, hugging me tightly. "I missed you. I haven't seen you since yesterday." He smiled.

"Yesterday is too long." I groaned.

My mum came down the stairs with her camera, a smile on her face.

"I want to get a picture of you two." She told us.

We nodded our heads quickly and we walked outside, my mum behind us. Liam and I stood in front of my front door and my mum held the camera up. 

"Say cheese!" My mum said.

"Cheese!" Liam and I said together.

As the shutter went off Liam's head turned to face me a huge smile on his face.


***

I flipped to the next page and saw a picture of Liam and I on Halloween in our Woody and Jessie costumes. I smiled and flipped to the next page and saw a picture of when we were 7 years old and and we were sitting on top of the monkey bars. The next one was a picture of him and I sharing a milkshake. I couldn't help but smile at the next picture.


***

"Beth!" 

"Beth!"

I turned around and saw a 7 year old Liam running towards me, a bright red guitar in his hand.

"Look what my mum and dad got me." He grinned proudly.

"Do you know how to play it?" I asked excitedly.

He nodded his head quickly.

"My mum taught me one song." He told me.

"Well I hope you rushed over here to play it for me." I grinned.

"Of course I did." He said with a smile.

He sat down on the grass and I took a seat next to him. He slowly began to strum the guitar, messing up on a few chords.

"Don't worry I've got this. I know its not perfect..." He sighed.

I took the guitar out of his hands and hugged him. "Liam, that was perfect. I don't care if you messed up on a few chords. Imperfection is the most perfect thing there is."

He hugged me tightly. "You're the best best friend in the world."


***

I flipped through the book and smiled at each picture of him and I. Finally I reached one where Liam and I were outside of school waiting for his mum to pick us up. Finally there was a picture of him and I only days before he left for the X Factor the second time. Under the picture I saw there was something written.

"Don't forget, no matter how famous you get, I will always be there for you."

By this point I was almost sobbing as I looked through the book. Each picture had a story, a story that only Liam and I would be able to understand. Finally I reached the last picture. As I looked at the picture I felt a hot tear slip down my cheek. It was a few nights before Liam and I broke up. It was then he told me that no matter where we were in the world, no matter what comes between us, he'll always be there for me. Under the picture there were words written.

"No matter where we are in the world, not matter what comes between us, I'll always be there for you."

Finally I turned that page over and there was a note tucked into the spine. I pulled it out and opened it up. I immediately recognized it as Liam's handwriting.

Elizabeth,
        By now we are well into a few weeks of our tours. You and I haven't seen each other for a few weeks and its killing both of us. Remember when I said "No matter where we are in the world, no matter what comes between us, I'll always be there for you?". Well I meant it. We may be cities away, states away, even continents away but that doesn't mean I won't be there for you. I knew when I put this book together that at some point during tour you would break. Don't lie to yourself, I've known you for almost all of my life, you know its true. So each time you think you're going to break, just look at this book and think back to all the happy memories you and I shared. Even if you and I are half the way across the world from each other, I love you. I will always love you. I hope to see you soon.

Love,

Liam


I stared at the letter for the longest time before holding it to my chest. Finally I folded it back up and slipped it into the book. I set the book down, tears slipping down my cheeks. I picked up my phone and dialed Liam's phone number. After three rings he picked up.

"Hello?" 

"I swear to got Liam James Payne I love you more than everything on this planet." I sobbed.

"Beth, are you okay? Why are you crying?" He asked, concerned.

"I found the book." I told him.

"The book that I made for you?" He asked.

"Yeah." I told him. "Liam, that is one of the most amazing things you have ever done."

"Well it was all for you. I love you Beth and I hate to see you sad. I saw on twitter that a lot of your fans posted pictures from your concert last night. You looked like you were crying when you sang A Thousand Years and Safe And Sound."

"Yeah... I just, Liam I miss you a lot. I know its stupid to be so attatc-"

"That is complete rubbish Beth. Its not stupid. I swear to god if you ask the lads they will tell you that I've been pretty much moping around." He admitted.

I sighed. "Well I guess that makes two of us."

"What city are you in right now?" He asked.

"Well we'll be in Phoenix, Arizona in about two hours." I told him.

He groaned. "We're in Atlanta, Georgia. Its too far away."

"Liam c'mon you go on stage in 5 minutes!" Paul called in the background.

"Paul I'm talking to Beth please give me like a minute." Liam pleaded.

"Hi Beth!" I heard Louis's voice in the background.

"Tell Louis and the other boys I said hi." I told Liam.

"Beth says hi." Liam told the boys. "Beth, I have to go okay? We go onstage really soon. I'll talk to you when the concert is over if you're still awake."

"Okay. I love you Liam. I hope to see you soon." I sighed.

"I love you too. Don't worry, we'll make things work." He told me.

"Yeah. Do great tonight okay? I don't want to see any news stories or pictures of Liam Payne moping around during a concert." I told him.

"Okay. I love you." He said.

"Love you too. Bye Liam."

"Bye." He replied.

We both hung up at the same time and I set my phone down on my bunk. I looked down at the book and laid down on my bunk. I hugged the book to my chest and after a while let dreamland take over.



 

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