That night we all sat around trying to think of a plan but no one seemed to know what to do. Several times I had to make sure Harry didn't just announce that he was going to give Erin money. I won't let him, he can't give into the blackmail. He can't. It's not fair.
It was nearing midnight and any plans which were being said were getting stupider and stupider.
"We have to think of something!" I exclaimed exasperated and tired.
"It's okay Annie, we will," Liam said gently and he rubbed my back comfortingly.
I almost gave him a hug but stopped myself giving him a weak smile instead. Harry looked at us with stern eyes and then sat himself between me and him. We didn't argue about it of course, not while Harry was still so angry with us both.
"Why don't you go to bed? It's late," Harry suggested.
I shrugged. "I won't be able to get to sleep anyway."
Harry sighed. "I guess, but you could try. Maybe if we all went to sleep we will wake up with a good plan in the morning."
I nodded and yawned, too tired to stay up any longer. "Okay, but we have to think of a plan, we have to."
"We will, Annie, we will," Harry replied and then we all got up and headed out of the room together, dragging ourselves up the stairs.
When I got to my room I called to them all, "night!" and opened my bedroom door.
They replied back with a mixture of "goodnight"s, "sleep well"s and "night Annie"s.
I got changed into my pyjamas, shivering slightly as I slipped into bed, laying staring at the ceiling. I felt tired but sleep seemed like it wasn't going to come any time soon. Not whilst my head was so filled with emotions and fear. I felt as though even if we did make up a plan that it wouldn't work and then bad things would happen. I didn't want Jason to find me, I didn't want Erin to get the money. Either way, something bad was going to happen and it wasn't just going to be me affected by it. It was going to be all six of us.
I sighed, rolling over to try to get more comfortable my eyes still wide open. This was useless, how was I meant to get to sleep. I sat up abruptly making a frustrated noise. I then slipped out of bed, wrapping myself in Liam's hoodie and leaving my room. I tiptoed down the corridor and down the stairs heading for the kitchen. I went to the fridge but that's when something caught my eye. The door was open leading out to the beach. I frowned, stepping closer putting my cup of water on the table and looking through the door.
Through the dark I just managed to distinguish Liam sitting by himself on the sand, silhouetted the skyline by the moons light. I wondered why he was out here all by himself. I battled with myself whether to go and see him or just leave him. I finally decided to step out of the door and carefully make my way towards him.
I came to stop a little way behind him and whispered, "couldn't sleep then?"
He jumped a little and turned his head to look up at me. He half smiled and nodded.
I sighed. "Me neither," I replied and then nodded at the ground. "Can I sit with you?"
He nodded and I dropped down to sit beside him on the slightly damp sand. He looked round at me and smiled. "I see you're wearing my jumper?"
I nodded and smiled to. I didn't know what to say so just looked away out to sea. Liam sighed beside me and I dropped my smile. This would be such a peaceful and nice moment if it wasn't for the fear and anxiousness of what was going to happen if we didn't come up with a plan.
"Liam?" I muttered gently and turned my head to face him.
He looked up and his eyes met mine. "Yes, Annie."
"What did you want to tell me before? You were going to say something but then the others came back. What did you want to say?" I asked.
Liam sighed and looked away. "It's not important."
"It sounds like it is." I edged closer and cautiously slipped my hand into his.
He looked up again and squeezed my hand back gently. He took in a deep breath off cold night air but still didn't say anything. I kept quiet waiting, watching his facial expression which was in darkness apart from the slight silvery light shinning down on it.
"Run away with me?"
I stared at him, my hand going limp in his. "W-what?"
"Run away with me Annie?" He repeated what he had said adding my name in, holding my hand tighter and stroking it with his thumb.
I still stared at him, my breath catching in my throat, unable to speak.
"We could be safe, Annie. We could run away from all of this and get away. It will be just us two and everything will be okay," he spoke on when I said nothing.
"But, Liam..." I tried to say something but I really didn't know what to say.
"Please, Annie. We could be together."
I looked at his hopeful face, the pleading in his eyes and I couldn't help myself. I wanted to run away with him, all in that moment I really did want to. We wouldn't have to worry about anything then. It would be just us two, together. Everything could be perfect. But nothings perfect.
I sighed, and took my hand out of his, standing up and stepping closer to the sea. I heard him get up behind me, step closer so he was standing just behind me.
"Annie.." he started trying to say something but I shushed him.
I turned around to face him. "I'm scared to run away."
"I know," he whispered and he took a hold of both of my hands. "I know."
"But if I'm with you then maybe it would be okay," I replied.
He nodded and squeezed my hands tighter. "Yes, it will be okay. Everything will be okay."
I nodded and leaned forward wrapping my arms around him. He hugged me back as I leaned my head against his chest listening to the slow thudding of his heart and feeling the up and down movement of his chest.
"So, Annie, will you run away with me?"
He hugged me tighter. "We'll run away then, together."
I smiled and sighed. Everything was going to be okay or so I thought until I heard unexpectedly Niall's angry voice call out from the darkness around us, "no, you can't."