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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61. Walks And Talks

***Beth's POV***
 
"I'm so tired." I muttered as Liam and I walked into the hotel.
 
"I know. I just need to get our room key and we can go to our room." He told me.
 
"Hurry. I'm not promising that I won't fall asleep right here on the spot." I yawned.
 
He smiled. "Please don't."
 
"No promises." I replied.
 
While he walked to the reception desk to get our room keys I slipped my phone out of my pocket and checked the time. 1:34 am. Well isn't that just great. Minutes later Liam walked back over to me and flashed two room keys in his hand.
 
"See? Didn't take very long." He told me.
 
"Yeah well Beth time is a lot shorter than Liam time." I told him tiredly.
 
"You're cute when you're tired." He chucked as we walked into the elevator.
 
I gave him a look. "Shut up. I'm not cute. I can't possibly be cute at the moment."
 
He kissed my temple. "You're always cute to me."
 
I rolled my eyes, trying to hide a smile. The elevator doors opened as soon as we reached the 11th floor and we got out. We immediately heard faint laughter from around the corner. As soon as we turned the corner we saw Niall and Louis hurrying out of a room, trying to contain their laughter.
 
"What are you two idiots up to?" I asked.
 
Their heads shot towards us and they froze.
 
"Niall!" Louis whispered. "We've been caught!"
 
"Hide!" Niall whispered back.
 
Louis hopped onto the floor into a planking position and Niall put his back up against the wall and spread his arms so that he was flat.
 
"Wow. Where did they go?" Liam chuckled.
 
"Its leprechaun magic Liam. God. How could you not tell?" I muttered tiredly.
 
Louis and Niall tried hard to hold in their laughs, especially Niall.
 
I looked at them. "Who's room did you just sneak out of and what did you do to them?"
 
"Nothing. Nothing at all." Louis smirked.
 
"What if I go knock on the door right now?" I asked.
 
"Don't!" Niall shouted softly.
 
"Then tell me you idiots." I told them.
 
"We may have switched Harry's condoms with extra small ones." Louis chuckled, still on the floor.
 
Liam laughed. "You are such a cock block."
 
"Its what we do best." Niall grinned.
 
"You won't tell him right?" Louis asked.
 
"Tell you what Tomlinson, I won't tell as long as you let me in on the next one." I told him.
 
"Deal." He replied.
 
"Well, goodnight boys. Try not to cause too much trouble." I smiled as I walked past them.
 
As soon as we reached our door and Liam slid the keycard in I pushed it open and practically ran in. I dropped my bags on the floor and ran over to the bed. 
 
"Finally." I groaned.
 
"You still need to change." Liam chucked.
 
"You know what? Fuck you. You ruined my moment of happiness." I told him.
 
"Shut up you love me." He smiled.
 
"Shut up maybe I don't." I smiled, rolling over onto my side.
 
"You wouldn't have said yes to marrying me if you didn't love me." He laughed.
 
I looked at him then back up at the ceiling. "Fine you got me." I smiled.
 
I kicked off my heels and slipped my jeans off. I pulled my sweater and shirt off and looked at Liam. 
 
"Hand me one of your shirts." I told him.
 
He looked at me and smirked.
 
"Why?" 
 
"Because I'll fucking kill you if you don't." I told him sarcastically.
 
"Sure you will." He told me.
 
"Because I'm cold and its the middle of winter." I told him.
 
"Babe thats what you have me for." He smiled.
 
"Are you just coming up with every excuse as to why I shouldn't put a shirt on?" I asked.
 
"Yep." He grinned.
 
"You cheeky idiot." I muttered.
 
He stripped out of his jeans and shirt and walked over to me. "But I'm your idiot."
 
I looked at him and smiled. "You're lucky I love you."
 
He pulled me close to his body and brought the covers up to our chins. His arms were wrapped firmly around my waist and our legs were tangled together.
 
"Goodnight." I smiled.
 
He softly pressed his lips to mine and smiled. "Goodnight. I love you. I really, truly do."
 
"I love you too Liam." I replied before my eyes shut.
 
Only moments after I closed my eyes I found that I had slipped away into dreamland.
 
-The next morning-
 
Buzz
 
        Buzz
 
                Buzz
 
My eyes slowly opened and I looked over at my phone sitting on the table beside the bed. I picked it up and saw that I had a text from Louis.
 
Louis: I'm going to Starbucks in 10 minutes. El won't come with me and I don't wanna go alone. Want to come?
 
I slowly typed back. 
 
Beth: Yeah sure. I'll meet you outside my room in 10.
 
I slipped out of bed and walked over to my bag. I rummaged through it until I found jeans, a shirt and a warm jacket. I slipped them on and grabbed my brown button up UGGs. I slipped on my UGGs and looked down at my outfit [http://www.polyvore.com/lt/set?id=92910567]. Finally once I was satisfied I walked into the bathroom and brushed out my hair. I grabbed my brown beanie and white gloves and slipped them on. I grabbed my phone and walked to the door. As soon as I opened the door to my room I saw Louis leaning against the wall looking down at his phone. As soon as I walked out he looked up.
 
"Good morning." He smiled.
 
"How are you not tired after staying up until two last night?" I asked.
 
He shrugged. "I'm just not. Why were you and Liam so late? Everyone else had arrived earlier that day."
 
"Our flight was delayed." I explained.
 
"Ah, I see." He replied.
 
"So has Harry discovered your's and Niall's little prank?" I asked.
 
He shrugged with a smirked. "I don't know. I guess we'll find out when he's super grumpy because he was cock blocked." Louis laughed as we got into the elevator.
 
"He'll hate you, you know." I smiled.
 
He shrugged. "He'll get over it."
 
"So, why did El not want to go to Starbucks with you?" I asked.
 
"She was too tired and wanted to sleep. I figured you were my second choice." He told me.
 
"Yeah, I suppose none of the boys would be too keen to wake up just to walk to Starbucks. Even Niall when it involves food." I smiled.
 
He nodded as we walked out of the elevator. "Yeah. The boys think its stupid that I like Starbucks so much. They call me a teenage girl sometimes because of it."
 
"Really?" I laughed.
 
"Yeah. If you start calling me that though, I'll kill you."
 
I raised my eyebrows. "Oh really?"
 
He nodded. We walked out of the hotel which was surrounded by a few fans. They immediately began screaming as soon as they saw us.
 
"Shit." Louis mumbled. "Just keep your head down."
 
He grabbed my hand and pulled me through the crowd. As soon as we were at the edge he yelled "Run!"
 
He and I took off down the streets of New York City as fans ran screaming after us. We turned a corner and he pulled me into a small alley in which we hid in the shadows. We watched as fans ran screaming by and as soon as the last of them were gone we took a breath of relief.
 
"Sometimes I just wish they would let us walk out somewhere without being mobbed." I sighed.
 
"I know. I agree." He replied.
 
We walked back out to the sidewalk which was now free of fans and made our way to Starbucks. As soon as we arrived we saw that it was pretty crowded. Trying our hardest to not get noticed, we kept our heads down. Soon we were at the front of the line and the cashier looked at us with wide eyes.
 
"Oh my god you're Louis Tomlinson and Elizabeth Ashton." She grinned.
 
We nodded. "Please don't draw attention. We're trying to keep a low profile." I told her.
 
She nodded. "I understand. What can I get you?"
 
"Two grande hot chocolates." He told her.
 
I looked at Louis and hit his arm. "You didn't let me order my own."
 
He grinned. "Thats because I knew exactly what you were going to order."
 
I rolled my eyes. "Maybe I wasn't."
 
"You were. I know you too well." He grinned.
 
He handed the girl his credit card and paid for our drinks.
 
"And you paid for mine too!" I gasped.
 
"No Beth, you say Thank you Louis, you're the best friend ever." He smiled.
 
I rolled my eyes. "Thank you Louis you're the worst friend ever."
 
He smirked. "We'll work on that."
 
We walked out of line and waited for our drinks.
 
"Oh, I forgot to say, happy birthday." I grinned.
 
He groaned. "I'm old shut up."
 
"Yeah I can see your wrinkles and grey hairs coming in." I teased.
 
He looked at me, eyes wide. "Really?"
 
I laughed. "No you idiot. You're 27. No 27 year old has grey hairs and wrinkles."
 
He looked at me and shook his head. "I hate you."
 
"I hate you too Tomlinson."
 
"So, I know for a fact that El has been planning something for my birthday. Most likely a huge party that I'm not supposed to know about. I hope you're performing." He said.
 
"She hasn't asked me too. If you want me to I will." I told him.
 
"I want you to. I haven't heard you perform anything in forever." He told me.
 
"Aw is someone a fan?" He asked.
 
He smiled. "Of course I'm a fan. You're my best friend."
 
"Well good news for you, if I don't end up performing at your party, you'll get to see me on New Years Eve. Grace said that I'm scheduled to perform in Times Square." I told him.
 
He raised his eyebrows. "Really? How did I not know this?"
 
I shrugged. "I forgot to tell everyone. Only Liam knew."
 
"What time are you performing?" He asked.
 
"Like two hours before the ball drops. You'll never guess who is performing after me." I said.
 
"Who?" He asked.
 
"Taylor Swift." I rolled my eyes.
 
"Oh god. I hate her." He laughed.
 
"Don't we all." I replied.
 
"Louis and Elizabeth, your drinks are ready." The woman said.
 
We thanked her and grabbed our drinks. He and I walked out of Starbucks and continued walking.
 
"So the Brit Awards are in about a month. Has Grace said anything about being nominated for anything?" He asked.
 
A grin spread across my face and I nodded. "I've been nominated for five awards."
 
He stopped in his tracks and looked at me, his eyes wide. "Holy shit. Five?"
 
I nodded. "British female solo artist, album of the year, British single, most popular tour of the year, and Brits global success." I smiled.
 
"Wow. Well you'll without a doubt win all of them. I mean really, you're the most popular female solo artist in all of Great Britain. You're very popular in America and even in other continents. Everyone loves you. Album of the year, absolutely. Your album has so much emotion in it. Especially because it tells a story. British single, what song is nominated?" He asked.
 
"Safe and Sound." I told him.
 
"That one will obviously win. Lets set up a Tv in your fathers's cell so he can watch you win.  Most popular tour of the year? Your whole entire tour was sold out. Every single ticket. Thats amazing. Even the concert the lads and I went to, there were huge mobs of fans waiting outside. You'll definitely win that. And Brits global success? You'll win that. You're very popular everywhere and you are very successful." He told me.
 
I looked at him for a moment and grinned. "You really think that?"
 
He nodded. "Really."
 
I gave him a side hug as we walked.
 
"You're the best best friend ever." I smiled.
 
"Better than Liam?" He smirked.
 
I gave him a look. 
 
"Sorry. I'm kidding." He smiled.
 
"So how are you and El?" I asked.
 
"We're really good. She's amazing. Honestly. She won't shut up about the wedding though." He told me.
 
"Oh lay off a bit. She's my maid of honor, of course she's going all out." I smiled.
 
"The only things I've had to do for Liam is plan the bachelor party and buy the tuxes. Thats all I've done. All eight of us planned the engagement party." He told me.
 
"Its different for girls. We have to find my dress, their dresses, plan a shower, plan parties, plan all that stuff." I told him. "You'll understand when you get married."
 
He grinned when I mentioned that.
 
"You're asking her after the wedding right?" I asked.
 
He nodded. "I've started looking for rings. I want it to be perfect."
 
"What are you thinking about doing?" I asked.
 
"Well although El has lived in London forever, she's never been on the London Eye. I was thinking about getting one of the capsules thats empty and propose to her at the very top as the sun sets." He smiled.
 
"Well who knew Louis Tomlinson was such a cheesy romantic!" I grinned.
 
"Shut up. I know, its stupid." He said.
 
"No its not. Its perfect. Do it. She'll love it. I promise." I smiled.
 
"You think so?" He asked.
 
"I know so." I replied.
 
We arrived at the hotel and we walked inside. As soon as we were in the elevator he pushed the button for the 11th  floor. 
 
"Hold the door!" I heard a voice shout as the doors closed. 
 
I put a hand between the doors and watched as Niall and Zayn rushed over.
 
"Thanks." Niall said, walking in. 
 
The doors shut and the elevator launched up.
 
"Beth, Liam's been going crazy. You two left like two hours ago and didn't tell anyone." Niall told me.
 
My eyes widened. "Shit. I forgot to leave him a note. He's probably pissed."
 
The elevator doors opened and I hurried out.
 
"I'll talk to you guys later." I called over my shoulder.
 
I rushed to mine and Liam's room and slid the key card in. I pushed the door open and looked around but didn't see Liam.
 
"Liam?!" I called.
 
He came out of the kitchen, looking a bit mad.
 
"Where the hell have you been?!" He asked.
 
"I went to Starbucks with Louis." I told him calmly.
 
"For two hours?!" He yelled.
 
I was a but taken back by his tone. "Yeah I guess it was two hours. I'm sorry."
 
"Sorry? Beth, I wake up and I have no idea where you are. I sit here for two hours wondering where the hell you are. I text you and call you multiple times. When you don't answer I get worried." He yelled.
 
"We lost track of time okay?! I thought we would only be gone for like twenty minutes!" I shouted.
 
"Yeah well that obviously didn't happen! What the hell do you do with Louis that takes two fucking hours?!" He yelled.
 
"We talked!" I yelled back.
 
He ran a hand through his hair and looked at the ceiling. "You know, sometimes I think you're better friends with him than I ever was!"
 
"So what?! He's my best friend! Get over it!" I shouted.
 
"Oh hes your best friend? Elizabeth, you and I have been best friends for eighteen fucking years! And no, I will not get over it!" He yelled.
 
I narrowed my eyes at him. "Yeah, we've been best friends for eighteen years. But we're so much more than that." I held up my hand with my ring on it. "This ring represents commitment. It represents love, and trust and happiness. No matter how many friends I have, you always come first. Get that thick through your mind." I said harshly.
 
I turned on my heel and walked out the door. I need a breath.

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