Carry On Home

Kristen is an average 16 year old girl. That is, except the fact that her parents get divorced and everything went downhill from there, or so she thought. Her mom now lives in London,UK while her dad lives in Pennsylvania, USA. She goes back and forth every six months, changing schools and leaving her friends behind. Her life was turned upside down. What will happen when she goes to stay with her mom and runs into some people she never thought she would meet?

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4. Not How I Planned

Chapter 4

>>>>Liam's POV<<<<

Today is the day I finally get to go out alone with Kristen. I couldn't believe she actually said yes to me, I mean she's gorgeous and could probably get whoever she wanted. I decided to set up a picnic in the park and put candles out since it will be dark. I also have been practicing a song that I made just for her. (>>>Let's just pretend he made it. I know it's actually one of their songs but we will pretend<<<) hopefully she won't think it's too cheesy. I also want to know more about her before I ask her to be my girlfriend. Depending on how things go today, I might ask, or wait until I'm ready. I already have everything set up and made sure to rent out the area for tonight so we won't be mobbed by fans or the paparazzi. I actually want this to go well, more than I have ever wanted for some reason. Kristen is really something else and I don't know what it is about her.

I am dressed in black sweatpants and a maroon t-shirt with my favorite cologne, nothing too fancy. It's 5:45 and I know the drive to Kristen's is about 15 minutes so I'll be right on time. Don't want to be late on the first date. As I get closer and closer to her house, my nerves grow in my stomach. Why am I so nervous? It's no like I've never met or talked to her. I guess it's just the fact that I have to make a good impression of a first date if I want her to be mine, which I want more than anything. Shit! I forgot the guitar for the song. I quickly take out my phone and call Niall. I wait three rings until he finally answers.

"Hey Liam. Whats up?" He says and I can hear the bag of crisps in the background. Typical Niall, always eating the food.

" Niall, could you do me and favor and take my guitar to the park? I'm taking Kristen out and I want to play her a song but I'm so nervous that I forgot it and I'm so stu..."

"Liam, calm down. I'll bring it over now. Don't worry, you'll be fine and she'll love it. You don't have to be nervous," he says cutting me off. I sigh in relief at how helpful he is.

" Thanks Ni, I owe you big time."

"Don't worry about it Liam. Good luck tonight. See ya in a little bit," he says before hanging up.

This is her street, I think, looking at the signs. I look for her address and pull up out front. I'm a few minutes early, so I wait a few minutes, until I get out of the car. I walk p slowly, so it doesn't look like I'm being weird and rushing. I take a deep breath and knock on the door. After a few seconds, the door opens to reveal Kristen, in gray sweatpants and a lime green tank top with a zip down hoodie over it. She barely had any makeup on and had her hair in a messy bun. She looked so casual, yet stunning.

"Hey Kristen, you look beautiful love," I say, smiling at her and trying to keep my cool.

"Hey Liam and thank you! Not too bad yourself" she says, blushing and giving me a light hug, which I return. I chuckle in response. "Mom, I'm leaving!" she calls up the stairs.

"Ok sweetie, have fun and don't stay out too late," her mom calls back, "I would come out and say hi, but I don't think Liam really wants to see me in a robe so I'll stay here."

She laughs and rolls her eyes. "My mom is so weird sometimes. So where are we going?"

"That is a surprise. You'll have to wait and see. I think you'll like it," I say, hoping I'm right.

"I'm sure it will be. You're always fun and I'm sure I'll love it," she says, smiling reassuringly. I open her door for her and then get in myself.

When we get to the park, I jump out and open the door for Kristen. She smiles gratefully and I take her arm, showing her where to go. Luckily it's dark so it'll be perfect.

She gasps when she sees the set up and she stops in her tracks. "Oh my god Liam. This is amazing and beautiful. You didn't have to do this for me," she says covering her mouth and hugging me.

"Yes I did love, you deserve it," I smile and pat the spot next to me on the blanket. We eat the food I brought and then lay down to look at the stars. She is so gorgeous and I'm so glad she likes it.

"So love, tell me a little about yourself. We don't know much about each other personally. I mean, I know you like to ride horses and stuff like that but what else?" I ask finally, breaking the comfortable silence.

"Well, what do you want to know?" She asks, now curious.

" What was it like growing up in Pennsylvania? It's probably a lot different than here" I ask, wanting to know more about living there.

"I don't really think you want to know my story. It's not a very nice one," she says, getting serious suddenly.

"You can trust me with anything. I won't laugh at you or make fun of you, I promise," I say reassuring her. She looks for a moment then sighs and begins.

"We'll, if you really want to know and promise not to run away I'll tell you. Ever since I was little, I've been bullied. I don't know what I ever did to them, but I'd come home with bruises on my face and would never tell my parents how I got it. As I got older, things didn't get better. In fact, it got worse. When people found out I liked you guys, as in One Direction, they had even more reason, telling me that I'd never meet you and that I'm worthless. They'd laugh at me and punch or kick me. My few friends tried to help but it didn't work," she says breaking into tears and I try to comfort her.

"After word got around that my parents got divorced, they all said that the divorce was because of me. They couldn't bare to see my face so my mom moved halfway around the world to get away and only have to see me every six months. I would come home crying and lock myself in my room. All the pain built up one day, after being called a slut, worthless, and so much more. People thought it would be funny to go around making up rumors about me. I couldn't take all the rumors so one day, I did it," she says, a tear falling down her cheek. I quickly wipe it away. No one this beautiful deserves that at all. Then it hit me, what did she mean by she did it?

"What do you mean by, 'you did it?'" I ask her, hoping nothing too bad.

"This," she says, pulling up her sleeves to reveal scars up her arms. I let a tear fall down as I run my fingers along her arm. Then I pull her against me. I want to, no need to show her, that I am her and that I will protect her through it all and not leave her.

"No, no, no, no. Why, beautiful? Why do this to yourself? I ask her, but she just gives me a sad look.

"I'm so sorry Liam. This isn't how today was supposed to go. I ruin everything," she says, sobbing into my chest. I stroke her hair gently.

"It's ok, love. You didn't ruin it. Thank you for telling me. I just want you to knew that I'm here. I will help and protect you no matter what," I say, rubbing her back and letting her cry. Then I remember the song. " I'll be right back, just wait one second, love. I'm not leaving," I say, getting up and grabbing my guitar, then sitting back down next to her.

She looks at at me with red, puffy eyes, but smiles through it. She is so tough.

"I wrote this song for you, Kristen. I really hope it shows how I feel about you," I say, strumming the notes and then starting:

"Am I asleep am I awake or somewhere in between

I can't believe that you are here and lying next to me

Or did I dream that we were perfectly entwined

Like branches on a tree, or twigs caught on a vine

Like all those days and weeks and months I tried to steal a kiss

And all those sleepless nights and daydreams where I pictured this

I'm just the underdog who finally got the girl

And I am not ashamed to tell it to the world!

Truly, madly, deeply I am

Foolishly, completely falling

And somehow you kicked all my walls in

So baby say you'll always keep me

Truly, madly, crazy, deeply in love with you

In love with you

Should I put coffee and granola on a tray in bed

And wake you up with all the words that I still haven't said

And tender touches just to show you how I feel

Or should I act so cool, like it was no big deal

Wish I could freeze this moment in a frame and stay like this

I'll put this day back on replay and keep reliving it

'Cause here's the tragic truth, if you don't feel the same

My heart would fall apart if someone said your name

Truly, madly, deeply I am

Foolishly, completely falling

And somehow you kicked all my walls in

So baby say you'll always keep me

Truly, madly, crazy, deeply in love with you

I hope I'm not a casualty

I hope you won't get up and leave

Might not mean that much to you

But to me it's everything

Everything

Truly, madly, deeply I am

Foolishly, completely falling

And somehow you kicked all my walls in

So baby say you'll always keep me

Truly, madly, crazy, deeply in love (in love)

With you (with you)

In love (in love)

With you (with you)

In love (in love)

With you (with you)"

I strum the last chord and look up at her. Her eyes are filled with tears, but this time happy tears. Then pull the box out of my pocket. I know it's time.

"Kristen, I know we just met, but i think I'm falling for you already. You're amazing and I want to spend more time with you. Will you be my girlfriend? This ring is a promise ring to show that I promise to be the best for you that I can" I say, praying that she will agree as I hold out the ring.

"Liam.... T-that was beautiful. I-yes of course I'll be your girlfriend!" She says hugging me tightly and giggling.p as I slip the ring on her finger.

I take her face in my hands and kiss her. I couldn't believe it. She was actually mine. The most beautiful girl in the world just said yes to me. This is the best day of my life.

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