Don't Get Too Close // Liam Payne AU

They say it's what you make
I say it's up to fate
It's woven in my soul
I need to let you go

Your eyes, they shine so bright
I wanna save that light
I can't escape this now
Unless you show me how

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It's where my demons hide
It's where my demons hide
Don't get too close
It's dark inside
It's where my demons hide
It's where my demons hide
~Demons by Imagine Dragons

~Cover by @Direction_infection5

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14. Time Will Tell

Don't Get Too Close~ Time Will Tell

I watched her storm off, quickly making her way down the stairs of the cafeteria. I continued to stay seated at the table after she had vanished from view. This didn't go as planned, and I am afraid that I have pushed her straight into his arms. I don't want her to get hurt, but I think that's the only way she will learn, and it sickens me to think that it could be my only option. She obviously won't listen to me, so what other options do it have?

Maybe my mum would have some good advice on this stuff. She would probably know what to do. I quickly threw my backpack over my shoulder and walked down the stairs and out the double doors of the Campus Center. 

The warm sun hit my body instantly, making goose bumps appear all over. I looked at the surrounding area as my feet tapped along the pavement. The trees leaves were changing colors already, bright oranges, yellows, and reds. Some were starting to fall off. The cool breeze made the atmosphere feel more like a cool fall day the a warm summer day. 

I heard other shoes clicking on the pavement behind me, bushing it off as just someone walking to their car or into another building. I should've ran because those shoes came right up behind me, grabbed me by the arms, and slammed me hard against the nearest building. The wind was knocked out of me, making it really hard to breath. I looked up to see Louis, making my heart rate sky rocket through the roof.

"Well, well, well. Can't hide from me this time can you Payne?" Louis laughed as I tried to catch my breath.

"What do you want Louis?" I asked, gasping for air.

Louis smiled, cocking his head to the side, "What do I want? Now that I think about it, I really want your girlfriend." he smiled.

"She's not my girlfriend." I hissed. I thrashed my arms and legs, trying to get free, but his position gave him the advantage over me. 

Louis smiled again, "So, I guess you wouldn't mind if I fuck her at Harry's party this coming weekend then." he teased.

"If you fucking touch her, I'll rip your throat out." I spat through gritted teeth.

Louis laughed, "Someone's jealous." he said and continued to laugh.

"Fuck you, Louis." I hissed before I spat in his face. His hand immediately went up to wipe off my saliva. I took this opportunity to take my free hand and punch him in the face, making him fall to the ground with a thud. I stepped around him, and ran as fast as I could to my car. It hurt to breath as I ran, but it was bearable. 

I quickly unlocked my door and sat down in the driver's side. My shaky hands stuck the key in the ignition and turned it, bringing the engine to life. I threw the car in drive and sped off before Louis could come back for round two.

- - - 

"Mum, I'm home!" I called as I walked through the door.

"I'm in the kitchen dear." she called back. As I took my shoes off, I could hear her talking with someone and I rolled my eyes at the familiar voice. As I walked into the kitchen, I saw Jeff standing by the counter, drinking his beer, while mum wheeled around in her wheelchair trying to make dinner. 

"Hello mum." I said giving her a kiss on the cheek. 

"Hello Liam." she smiled. I stride over to the cupboard next to the refrigerator to grab a cup, filling it with water from the refrigerator. I heard Jeff clear his throat behind me, but as usual, I didn't even acknowledge his existence.

"Liam, don't be rude." my mum sighed. Every time Jeff and I were in the same room together, she would have to say that exact sentence to me over and over again. I hated this man's guts, and I never wanted to acknowledge the fact that this type of man exists in our sad little world.

I sighed and looked at him, "Jeff."

Jeff took a swig of his beer before answering me, "How was your day kiddo?"

I narrowed my eyes at him, "What do you care?" I spat.

"Liam." my mum warned. It was that warn that said 'be nice, or your grounded for the rest of your life.'

I smiled at Jeff, "Fantastic." I said sarcastically.

"Liam dear, could you grab four plates and set them out on the table for me?" my mum asked sweetly, changing the subject.

I sighed, "It's staying for dinner?"

"Liam, stop being so rude. And yes, Jeff is staying for dinner." my mum said, irritation clear in her voice.

"Great." I mumbled. He doesn't deserve to stay in our house, or eat my mum's delicious cooking. Wanting to get my point across, I only grabbed three plates and three glasses out of the cupboard. I padded over to another drawer that held the cutlery. I grabbed three forks and knives, setting them down gently on the plates. I carried everything to the dinning room and set it all up for my mum just like she asked me to.

When I walked back in, Jeff was texting on his phone while my mum was having a difficult time straining the noodles.

"Don't help her on anything you asshole," I mumbled underneath my breath. Jeff must've heard me because he took his eyes off his phone to glare at me. "Here, mum. Let me do this for you." I said, putting a lot of emphasis on 'me.'

I took the potholders out of her hands and picked up the pot to dump the noodles into the strainer, "Thank you, love." my mum smiled.

"Anything for you mum." I smiled back. I picked up the strainer and shook out all the water from the noodles.

"Karen honey, could you grab me a beer out of the refrigerator?" Jeff said, still texting away on his phone. 

I set the strainer down on the counter and glared at him, "Why don't you get up off your fat, lazy ass and get it yourself?" I spat. 

"Liam, that is enough!" my mum scolded.

"No, no Karen. He's right. I mean, I should do it myself. The refrigerator is right there. I can walk three steps to get my own beer. You shouldn't have to do it." he said holding his hands up in defense as he walked over to the refrigerator. I see what this little snake in the grass is trying to do, and its not going to work with me.

"Thank you for helping Liam, but I can do the rest. Why don't you go tell your sister it's almost time for dinner." my mum sighed.

"Okay mum." I said. I narrowed my eyes at Jeff, who in return was holding a sarcastic smile on his face. I left the kitchen and went down to my sister's room that was right down the hallway.

"Bryn?" I called, knocking three times on her door, "Dinner's almost ready."

Bryn opened her door and looked up at me, "Is Jeff staying for dinner?"

"Unfortunately." I sighed.

"Then I'd rather starve." she said before trying to shut the door on me. I was able to put my foot in the doorway before she could shut it.

"May I come in?" I asked, raising an eyebrow.

Bryn sighed, "If you must." she said, stepping aside to let me in. I sauntered in and sat down on the edge of her bed as she closed her bedroom door.

"So, you don't like Jeff either? I thought you were okay with him?" I asked.

"I was, but now he makes mum do everything, and she can't really do much since she's wheelchair bound." Bryn said as she sat down next to me.

"Yeah, he just asked mum to get him another beer, so I told him to get up off his fat, lazy ass and get it himself."

Bryn laughed, "I would've loved to see the look on his face when you said that."

"It was priceless." I laughed.

Our laughter quieted down and everything became serious again, "He's such an asshole though," Bryn said, but covered her mouth quickly, "Don't tell mum I said that."

I laughed lightly, "Don't worry. It stays between the two of us."

Bryn smiled, "Thanks," she said. She looked down at her comforter, fiddling with a loose string, "Could I ask you something Liam?"

"Of course, anything." I said. She wouldn't look at me, so I knew it had to be something really personal. 

"How do you know if a guy is into you?" she asked, looking up at me.

I smiled, "Are you asking me for boy advice?" 

She shrugged her shoulders, "I figured you'd have some good advice since you're a guy."

I smiled, "Well, what does he do that makes you think he likes you?" I asked.

"He told me he liked me, but he hasn't made a move yet." she said.

I shrugged, "Well, sometimes you have to make the first move. Maybe he's a little shy, or he's not sure if you like him back. What did you tell him when he said he liked you?" I asked.

"I kind of changed to subject on him because I wasn't sure if I really liked him yet, but now I know I like him."

"Then you should definitely make the first move. He doesn't know how you feel about him, and he doesn't want to be rejected by you, so he probably won't ask. It's up to you." I said. 

She sighed, "I'm kind of nervous."

I shrugged, "That's normal," I said. I turned towards her with a very serious look on my face, "If he hurts you in any way, shape, or form, I will hunt him down, rip his balls off, feed them to him, then push him over a cliff into jagged rocks and starved lions."

She couldn't help but smile at me, making me smile back at her, "C'mon, let's go eat."

"Make sure you tell him exactly what I just said." I smiled.

"I'll definitely let him know." she said sarcastically as we left her room.

As we walked into the dinning room, my mum gave me a glare, "Liam, why are there only three plates? I asked you to set four." my mum said.

"Did I only set three? How did that happen? I thought I set four. Would you like me to grab another plate mum?" I asked sweetly.

"No, that's okay Liam. Jeff can use your plate since you won't be joining us for dinner tonight." she said. I could hear the laughter erupting in Jeff's mind as he sat there with no expression on his face. 

"That's okay, mum. I wasn't hungry," I lied. I walked over to my mum and gave her a kiss on the cheek, "Goodnight, mum. I love you."

"Goodnight, Liam." she said, disappointment clear in her voice.

I walked over to Bryn and gave her a kiss on the top of her head, "Goodnight, Bryn. I love you."

"Goodnight. Love you too."

I turned to Jeff and blew him a kiss, "I hate your guts." I said a sweetly as possible before turning on my heels and leaving the dinning room. I went around the corner and stopped to eavesdrop on their conversation.

I could hear my mum sigh, "I'm so sorry, Jeff." 

"It's okay Karen. One day he'll grow up." Jeff said softly.

"One day you'll grow up asshole." I mumbled to myself before continuing to my room, closing the door quietly behind me.

I laid down on my bed, putting my arms behind my head, staring up at my blank ceiling. I grabbed my headphones off my night stand and plugged them into my phone, blasting some music in my ears to help me escape the world for a moment.

Why does everything have to be this way? Why does mum have to date Jeff? I mean, she could find someone so much better than him. He's probably the world's biggest grade-A douchebag, and it just blows my mind that she doesn't see that. 

Speaking of grade-A douchebags, why can't Julina just listen to me and take my advice? I'm doing this to protect her. If I let her get hurt, I don't know what I'd do. 

My mind has been wandering to Julina a lot lately, thinking about how I can convince her to change her mind. Or just thinking about her in general. How her eyes glisten when she's happy, or how they can make the hair on your neck stand up when they glare at you. How her smile can make my day, and how her frown can make me want to hold her to the ends of the earth. 

She's beautiful. I've always thought she was beautiful. Everything about her is beautiful; her personality, her ambition, even her appearance drives me crazy. But am I willing to let her into my life, knowing the risks? The consequences of the wall falling down?

I don't know...

I don't know if I can...

I guess only time will tell.  

I turned over on my side and looked at my clock.

5:00pm

I wonder what Julina is doing right now.

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