16. I Need my Best Friend
I stand in front of the mirror in my bathroom and stare at my horribly bruised, now purple eye.
I had mascara all over my face and I looked like complete shit.
I can't believe that Zayn saw me like this.. I turn on the faucet and wash the makeup off of my face. When I look back into the mirror, Zayn is standing behind me.
He slides his arms around my waist with care, as if he's going to hurt me again in any second. "You can quit acting like I'm wounded." I say taking a deep breath and leaning into him.
"I'm just worried about you that's all." He says running a finger along my cheekbone.
"Well you don't need to be.."
"Yes I do. Because I love you and I don't want you to be in pain because of me." He puts his head down in shame. "Zayn, it wasn't your fault.." I turn around and put my arms around his neck to hug him. He pulls away and his eyes linger on my face."Yes it was.
I should've stopped when you told me to. But I kept hitting him and then my actions caused you to get hurt." He explains. "I'm not that badly hurt Zayn.." I sigh. "Lexa you can barely open your eye!" He says raising his voice and turning my head to force me to look in the mirror. I didn't even look at myself for a second because I didn't want him to be right. I pull out of his grip and walk away angrily. "Where are you going?" Zayn asks as he starts to follow me. I grab my jacket and open up the front door. "Out." I simply say.
"Well let me come with." Zayn says reaching for my arm to hold me back. "No Zayn I want to be alone." I snap. The last thing I saw as I slammed the door was a look of hurt on his face.
I feel like I've been walking for a long time and as I keep moving the street lights flicker on.
Zayn's probably going to come searching for me soon. But I don't want to see him right now. Everything that has been happening lately is just too overwhelming for me to handle.
I start to recognize the houses that I keep passing and I see I'm only a few away from Liam's. Once I reach his house I knock on the door and wait.
I don't know what I'm going to do if he's not home. Finally I hear footsteps and Liam appears in pajama bottoms and no shirt. "Lexa what are you doing here?" Liam asks with a worried expression.
I didn't want to explain everything to him yet so the only thing I do is pull him into a tight hug. I catch him offguard, almost causing him to lose his balance. He closes the door and continues to hug me. I start crying in his arms and he holds me tighter. "Shh it's okay.." He whispers in my ear. I've spent so many nights here when I was dating Michael. I've always felt like Liam was my only true friend. I pull away and my eyes slowly travel to his toned stomach. I quickly look away ashamed at myself. "Lexa? What happened to your eye?" He puts both of his hands on my face and examines it. "Did he hit you?? Because if he did I'm going to go have a word with him."
He says ready to leave.
"No Liam don't! He didn't mean to." I say reaching for his hand and pulling him back. "How did this happen?" He asks as he strokes my hair. I sit down on the couch and he sits close to me and grabs hold of my hand. "Michael came to my house uninvited and he was saying I'm still his.." I take a deep breath and start getting more tears in my eyes as I continued. "Zayn punched him and they started fighting and I tried stopping it...but Zayn ended up getting me in the eye.." "It will be okay.." Liam pulls me into his arms and I cry onto his bare chest. "And I didn't know where I was going but somehow I ended up here." I say looking up at him. "Well you came to the right place." He says.
He gets off the couch and reaches for a blanket. He places it on top of me and puts a pillow underneath my head. "I'm going to go make you some tea."
I nod my head and close my eyes. After a few minutes I hear Liam come back into the living room.
I sit up as he hands me the tea. "Thank you." I say to him and take a drink. I put the cup on the coffee table and Liam sits down and I notice he's staring at me. "What?" I ask him with a small smile on my face. "I just like knowing that you need me in your life." I move the pillow and lay on Liam's chest instead.
I reach up and kiss his cheek.
"Of course I need you. You're my best friend and I couldn't live without you.." I move away from Liam and take my jacket and my shirt off which leaves me in a tank top. I can see Liam watching my every move. I lay back on him and sigh. "Hey Liam?" I ask looking at him. "Hmmm?"
He says staring at me. "Can we play a game or something? I really just want to forget about everything.." I place my hand on his chest and wait for an answer. "I don't know..
It depends on how nicely you ask." He laughs. "Please?" I ask giving him the pouty lip. "Maybe." He says. "Please?" I put my whole body on top of him and kiss his cheek. "Maybe." He says again. "Liam I will lick your face if you say maybe one more time." I start to giggle. "How about you lick something else." He says raising his eyebrows and smirking. I hit him on the chest and lick the left side of his face. "Hey! I was kidding!" He says wiping his face.
"And you said you'd only lick my face if I said maybe!"
"I just felt like doing it." I say with a smirk. I get off of him and he stands up to wash his face.
He comes back in and shakes his head at me. "You know you're a pain in the ass right?" He jokes.
I give him an innocent smile.
He sits back down and I plant a hug around his neck. I could feel his deep chuckle vibrate his chest as he returns the hug. "I may be a pain in the ass but I know you love me." He pulls out of the hug and nods his head in agreement.
"So what game do you want to play, love?" Liam asks as he wraps an around my shoulder.
"I don't know I just want to do something fun." I reply. Liam looks at me for a few seconds then a hug grin appears on his face as he rose from the couch.
"I know the perfect thing!"
A chuckle escapes from his lips as he leaves the room. Soon after he re-enters carrying a box.
I automatically start laughing once I see what it is. "Twister?"
"You said something fun!" Liam says as he gets out the spotted mat. I watch as he lifts up the coffee table by himself and moves it out of the way.
"Let's play!" He says enthusiastically. I couldn't help but smile at how excited he was. "I swear you're ten."
I laugh getting up from the couch. "Yeah on a scale of one to ten." He smirks. "Hilarious." I say sarcastically and sit at the edge of the mat. I flick the spinner.
"Right hand yellow." I say putting my hand in the right position.
"I'm so going to beat you at this." Liam mumbles. "Just keep telling yourself that." A few minutes later we were playing in the most uncomfortable positions. Liam was over me like he was going to do a push-up and my body was underneath his, facing him. I was using all of my strength to hold myself up. "I really need to workout more." I groan.
"No, you're good." Liam tells me and leans towards the spinner above my head. His eyes flicker towards me then to what it landed on. He moves his arm somewhere behind me which closes the distance between us.
"You know I think I'm already a winner." He says, his voice giving me goose bumps. "And why is that?" I question him. "Because I can see down your shirt." His eyes travel down to my cleavage then back to my face. I blush and can't do anything to hide it. "You know I would hit you if we weren't playing this." He nods his head with a smirk on his face. He inches himself towards my face and I begin to feel my heart race.
We both stare at each other for a few seconds then I remember its my turn. I clear my throat awkwardly and move my hand to the spinner. "Fuck." I mumble as I have to move even closer to Liam's face. We were now aligned to where my whole body was pressed on his. He lets out a small moan when my chest rubs against his. We keep staring at each other and Liam starts to lean his face down to mine even more. I could almost feel his lips about to touch mine. My phone ringing causes us to stop whatever was about to happen. Liam bites his lip and looks away from me.
"You should get that." He says staring over at my phone on the couch. "I'm not moving until I win." I reply. "Your going to be like this for a while because I'm gonna win." He spins it and moves his right leg. I jolt when there's a loud knock at the door. The loud knock makes my body bump into Liam's and it causes him to fall ontop of me.
"Liam you're squishing me!"
I giggle. We both start to laugh and he gets off the floor to help me up. I hold onto Liam's arm and follow him as the knocking still continues. Liam opens the door and Zayn barges in. "Do you know how worried I've been about you?" Zayn shouts. "Yes Zayn, why don't you can come in." Liam says rolling his eyes and being sarcastic.
The smile on my face fades and I don't say anything. "What did you lose your voice or something?" Zayn asks stepping closer. I grip onto Liam's arm tighter and shake my head. Zayn gazes over at Liam and notices he doesn't have a shirt on then he looks back at me in my tank top. "D-Did you sleep with him?" He points at Liam. I walk towards Zayn as anger builds up inside of me. "Yes Zayn I slept with him, because I'm just the biggest slut of them all!"
I put both hands on his chest and shove him away.
He looks stunned at my sudden outburst. "How dare you even ask me that question.. How dare you even believe for a second that I would do that to you.." I feel a tear run down my cheek and I wipe it away. "Lexa.." Zayn starts to say. "You're such an asshole." I cry out. I run up the stairs and leave Zayn standing there in shock. "Lexa can we please just talk about this?" Zayn calls out. I ignore him and enter Liam's room. I slam the door shut and collapse on the bed. I place my head on a pillow and start balling my eyes out.
I hear a light tap on the door and I throw a pillow at it. "Just leave me alone Zayn!" I yell as I keep crying. "Lexa, it's Liam. Can you open the door please?"
"It's unlocked.." I say as my voice cracks. He comes in and automatically lays on the bed and wraps his arms around me. I lean in closer to him as I continue to cry. "I'm so sorry.." He whispers. "Why are you always apologizing for things that aren't your fault?"
I question him. "Because I hate seeing you tears. And I don't know what to do to make you feel better so I just say sorry.." Liam says as he kisses my cheek. "You're making me feel better already." I say smiling up at him. "Good." He takes his finger and wipes away the tear rolling down my cheek. "Is Zayn still downstairs?" I ask and realize how weak my voice sounds.
"No he's gone. He said that he wanted to give you some time to calm down.." Liam explains.
"I am completely fucking calm!"
I shout sitting up. "Yeah you sure sound like it." Liam chuckles.
"Oh shush." I glare at him.
I attempt to hit him in the chest but he catches my wrist and stops me. "Why so defensive?" Liam asks releasing my wrist. I shrug my shoulders and lay back down. Liam stares deeply at me then a smirk slowly appears on his face. "Why are you looking at me like that?" I cover my face and he laughs. "Well, I just realized something." He says. I show my face again and see that he's still staring at me. "And what is that?" I ask placing my head on his shoulder. "I won." I give him a confused looks then I understood what he meant. "But you made me fall because you fell on top of me." I explain. I poke his chest and he shakes his head, not agreeing. "But you hit the floor first." He says poking me back. "Liam, it was impossible for me not to fall because your rock hard abs were squishing me to death!" I giggle. "Do you like my abs?" He asks seducively. "That was a total change in subject." I say and raise my eyebrows at him. "How about you just answer my question." Liam bites his lip and waits for my answer. "Yes your abs are just so prefect and beautiful!" I giggle and playfully fan my face. He deeply laughs and I hid my face in his shoulder as I laugh with him. I stop laughing and smile up at him. "There's that beautiful smile." Liam says admiring me. I try to look at him with a straight face, but I end up laughing. "What's so funny?" Liam asks. "You called my smile beautiful.." "Well I find your smile beautiful so stop laughing at me.." Liam grumbles. "Hey, I find it sweet that you said that about me. It just surprised me that's all." I place a kiss on his cheek. "Can't a guy give a girl a compliment?" Liam questions me. "Yes, but you usually don't say stuff like that about me." I admit to him. "Well it kinda just slipped out of my mouth." He blushes.