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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9. You Light Up His World

***Beth's POV***

As the stars shined above us, we walked up the front steps of Liam's house where everyone was staying. Through the windows we could see a few silhouettes sitting in the living room. Excitement filled me at just the thought of seeing all of them again. Liam's hand rested on the door handle and he turned to me.

"Wait here. Its going to be a surprise." He whispered.

I nodded and they walked inside.

***Liam's POV***

We walked into my house, the same dull expression I had worn for the past nine months still plastered on my face. The girls who were sitting on the couch turned and looked at me with sad eyes. They all got up and hugged me.

"Liam what were you thinking? We all miss her but... suicide?" Emily asked.

I looked down at the ground then back up at her, playing my part.

"I- I know. I just can't imagine my life without her." I sighed.

"How did you lads convince him not to go through with it though? Liam doesn't listen to any of us anymore." El said, glancing at me.

"We didn't convince him. We just stood there and watched." Louis said, a small smile creeping on his face.

"Then how..." Mir asked.

I looked at the front door and put my hand on the knob. 

"The lads didn't convince me." I opened the door and there stood Beth. "She did."

The girls eyes widened and their jaws dropped."

"Beth?" El whispered in disbelief.

She smiled and nodded. In just the blink of an eye Beth was lost in the arms of the girls as they screamed.

"We thought you were dead!" Perrie gasped.

Beth shook her head. "You guys were tricked into believing it."

I saw Ruth began descending the stairs. "What is all the screaming do-" She stopped when she saw Beth. "Holy shit." Hands flew over her gaping mouth. She ran down the stairs and engulfed Beth into a huge hug.

"You- you were dead though..." Ruth whispered to her.

Beth shook her head, tears of joy in her eyes. "I'm alive Ruth. Now wheres Nic and your mum and dad?"

"Nic! Come down here! Mum, Dad!" Ruth called upstairs.

A few moments later the rest of my family came down the stairs. As soon as their eyes were on Beth their once droopy eyes flew open and their jaws dropped.

"BETH! I knew you weren't dead! I knew it!" Nicola screamed, running and giving Beth a huge hug.

There were tears in my mums eyes as well as my dads. Finally when Ruth and Nicola were done with their hugs my mum and dad approached her. They didn't say anything, they just pulled her into a huge hug. When everyone was through with their hugs we all walked into the living room and sat down. Beth sat down next to me and I wrapped my arms securely around her. We all stared at her.

"I- I just cannot believe it. You're alive." El gasped out.

Beth nodded. "I'm alive. I almost wasn't though. I- I know you guys heard the shot go off on the other line, yes my father did shoot me. She shot me in the side but the wound is now healed. Now, where do I start. I know all of you want to know how I'm somehow miraculously alive so her it goes. It started the night I was taken. All of you were out of the house and it was just like a nightmare I had only weeks before-"

"The one you had in Aspen?" I asked, my eyes wide.

She nodded. "- Basically I was sitting in the kitchen when I heard a creak coming from the entry way. I soon found him in there and... well he sorta started hitting me and stuff. Then I blacked out and he took me." A tear slipped from her eye and she wiped it away quickly.

"Its okay. Let it all out." I whispered to her.

"He- he took me to this old abandoned house in the middle of nowhere. I was locked up in a small room with nothing but a mattress and a chair. I did have a window and I would always sit on the windowsill looking out at the land. Those were some of the hardest times because I wasn't yet strong enough, mentally nor physically. I only had two meals a week and not a day went by when he didn't abuse me." She looked at me as if knowing my reaction.

I could almost feel my eyes darken and the anger rise inside of me.

"Liam calm down. Please." She whispered.

"No. No Beth." I could feel tears in my eyes. "He hurt you. He physically and mentally hurt you every single day. How can I possibly be clam about that."

"I'm alive aren't I?" She sighed.

"That doesn't change the fact that he hurt you. I told him that if he ever laid a hand on you again I would make sure he paid the price." I spat.

"Liam stop. I'm serious. Karma will get him." She said.

I felt like I could kill the man. I would make him pay. I made that promise to myself. After a long silence she continued the story.

"One day I was able to break out of the prison I call a room but then I was to afraid to run away. He had told me before that if I ran away again that he would find all of you and he would kill you. I wasn't going to take that chance. So instead I wandered the house and when I opened a closet I found something I hadn't seen in years. My mum's guitar. For days I hid that guitar in the closet of the room I was being held in. When ever he was gone I would bring out the guitar. I even wrote a song but I couldn't sing it because... I just couldn't. I called it Safe and Sound because that was what I was hoping I would be. Safe and sound. Soon I realized that I would never get out of there and I never touched the guitar again. Danielle came into the picture and a few times took after my father." She said.

"She hit you? Danielle fucking Peazer hit you?!" I spat.

She turned to me. "Liam calm down. To be fair I did hit her back a few times. Anyway, I kind of lost all hope when she informed me that her and Liam were back together. I kind of lost it all then and there. I gave up all my fear, all my hope, all my compassion. I had lost all emotion. I was done with being his human punching bag. I fought back, I spoke my mind. I tried to make him feel guilty. Finally he told me about... about Liam's plan." She looked at me. "How he was just going to give up and end it all.  I knew then and there, the moment the words left his mouth that I needed to get out. No matter what the hell happened to me in the end. I needed to get out and find him before he did something he would regret. Finally he went out later that night and I broke my door down and ran out of the house. Danielle was there and she tried to run after me but she never caught me. I took one of the cars that was at the house and did something to make it start. I don't know what its called. I drove for as long as I could remember. I checked mine and Liam's house. I checked everyone else's house. By then there was only one other place he could be. Some where here in Wolverhampton. I began thinking of places we had spent our childhood, where he might go. I literally drove around Wolverhampton for two hours before it struck me. When we were younger Liam would always go to this bridge in a deserted park after we had gotten into a fight or he was just sad. I was so afraid that when I found him that it would be too late. Yet, there we was, when I arrived at the bridge her was there on the railing of the bridge. The lads were yelling at him to get down but he wouldn't. Finally I heard him say  'I'd rather die than live without her.' At that point I couldn't take it anymore. I ran over to him and told him he was stupid for saying such a thing. They, the boys, just stared at me while Liam turned around and looked at me. He got down and it went from there."

They all looked at Beth, their eyes wide.

"Oh my god." Perrie whispered, her hands covering her gaping mouth.

Beth looked down then back up again. "It was almost like every day was a nightmare. I was a wreck because I didn't have all of you. You're my family. Not... not him. Blood may be thicker than water but love is more powerful than lust." I told them.

"We all broke when we found out you were missing but when you... died, we all just shattered. Especially Liam." Harry sighed.

"He shut everyone out, he wouldn't talk to any of us. He only wanted to be alone." Niall told me.

She looked at me who was looking at the ground.

"Liam... they're your friends. You cant do that to them." She sighed.

I looked up at her. "They didn't get it Beth. They knew I loved- love you but... they didn't know just how much. It really does something to you when not only the love of your life but your best friend since the age of 5 is killed."

She didn't say anything. She just wrapped my arms around me and held me tightly.

"You light up his world Beth. He has never looked at a girl the way he looks at you." Nicola told her.

She looked up at me. "Do I really?"

I nodded. "I know it sounds all cliche but, Beth, you truly are my everything."

"Well, good because thats exactly how I feel too."She smiled.

I knew then and there that I would not take the chance of loosing her again. I couldn't. I would do everything in my power to keep her safe.

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