In These Arms

Bella is your typical teenage girl, sure she has her ups and downs but that's besides the point. She is happily living in the UK with her loving parents and her big sister Amy who is more like her best friend. With good grades, plenty of friends and a boyfriend, Bella's life couldn't be more complete. She soon discovers that life is never that easy. Upon learning the death of her sister Amy who was tragically killed in a car accident, Bella's life starts spiralling out of control. Between moving countries and adjusting to a new school, Bella struggles to move forward with the loss of her sister. Her cousin Scott who has always been more of a brother is thrilled to have her living in America which is where her parents decided to relocate. He soon discovers that she is not the same bubbly and happy girl she used to be. Can he get her to open up and attempt to put her broken heart back together? Or can Scott's best friend Liam who takes a shine to Bella help her through her grievance? I


10. Chapter 10

~~Liam held her for a long while, not wanting to let go of the comforting feeling he felt as Bella laid in his arms. He looked down at her as she slept peacefully, tucking away a strand of hair that had fallen in front of her face and carefully placing it behind her ear. A frown appeared across his face as he glimpsed down at her tear stained face, he hated the fact that he was part of the reason why she had broken down like she had. It wasn't his intention and a big part of him wishes he had kept his mouth shut, but then maybe in a way it was a good thing. She needed to hear it and it could have gone worse, she could have pushed him away and called him an ass, but instead she allowed him to be there for her.

Liam couldn't imagine how her heart really felt with the loss she was experiencing, but looking back at his life and what he had been through, he could definitely relate. He quietly sighed as he continued to watch her sleeping on his chest, what is it about this girl he asked himself? She keeps pulling him in time and time again. It's like she has cast this spell on him that makes him want to be around her all the time.

The grief she kept locked inside made him sad, he could see it clear as day sometimes and each time he would try his best to take her mind off of it and get a smile out of her. The need to want to be there for her was strong and he couldn't understand why but, he just wanted to protect her. Especially when it came to Dean. Liam wasn't going to let him hurt her, he would just use her and then break her heart just like he had done with.......not this time he said to himself. He would make sure that no matter what he wouldn't let him near her again, even if it meant that she hated him for getting in the way he would do it, at least that way she won't get hurt.

His thoughts were interrupted as he felt Bella shift slightly, her body was almost completely in his lap now, not that he was complaining he thought as he smiled down at her adoringly. Liam attempted to slowly carry her up from the floor, her petite body still held in his arms as he successfully stood without waking her before placing her on top of her bed. He covered her over trying his best not to wake her as she stirred in her sleep. He placed himself on the edge of her bed, his eyes struggling to look away from her face.

God she's beautiful.

He swallowed a sigh and slid his hands through his hair, he had never felt this way about a girl before, none had ever caught his attention like she had. The thing that made it crazier was that she wasn't even trying, whereas other girls practically threw themselves at him. Of course he couldn't deny the fact that he sometimes enjoyed it, he was a guy after all. He knew exactly what the feeling was, he knew exactly what she was doing to him even if she didn't realize it, he knew. He also knew if he let it continue it would only grow stronger, this feeling was new to him, he had never felt this before not even with....

A door slammed shut from downstairs making his body go into full alert as he stood towards the door. Shit, that was probably her mum he thought.

"Bella!" he heard from downstairs, sighing in relief as he recognized Scott's voice.

He almost forgot that he was coming over. They were eating lunch when Scott told him about what he had said to Bella. He remembered laughing when Scott told him he was scared to come over because she would probably bite his head off. So Liam offered to come over and talk to her, with much debate Scott finally agreed and said that he would come over after just to check on her. He couldn't help thanking his lucky stars that he had moved Bella out of his lap when he did, that would have taken some explaining he thought.

"Bella?" Scott asked, rushing into the room.

"Quiet she's sleeping," he said waving his hand for him to shut up.

"What are you still doing here?"

"I was just leaving, I wasn't sure when you were going to get here," he lied, wishing he didn't have to leave her.

"Man your right. She's really taken it bad," he told Scott quietly before realizing what he had said.

Scott glanced up at him with an odd look on his face. "She told you?"

Liam almost kicked himself right then, she told you that in confidence you idiot. "Know what? I only know what you told me," he lied again, hoping he wouldn't pry any longer. "I don't think i've ever seen somebody so hurt before and I thought my life sucked. She's not dealing with it."

"I know, I don't know what to do?" Scott replied, sitting on the end of Bella's bed as he watched her sleep.

"Just give her time man, it might be awhile but, she'll be alright." He would make sure of it. She didn't deserve this.

"Thanks man, I really appreciate you looking out for her," he said, looking up at Liam gratefully. He nodded back, "Anytime."

He looked over at Bella as she moaned a little in her sleep, he couldn't help noticing the almost pained expression creeping across her face as she stirred once again. He thought she was having a nightmare as her moans turned into what sounded like a quiet sob. He had the urge to move towards her and hold her like before, but with Scott there he knew that wasn't going to happen. He watched as Scott tended to her, lightly stroking the top of her head making her instantly settle back down.

"I should get home." He didn't want to leave her but he knew Scott was already suspicious of his actions towards her.

"Yeah, no problem, and thanks again," he nodded at Liam.

Liam made his way out into the hall, stopping at her doorway he gazed back. "Let me know how she is?" Scott watched him carefully before giving him a half smile, "Sure thing man."

"Alright, catch ya later." With that he left.

He sighed to himself as he walked downstairs, gazing at a few of the pictures that were hanging on the wall beside him. He stopped and focused on one of Bella, she was wearing a white summer dress that came to her knees and was holding a pink sunflower in her hand, her hair curly as usual which hung down her back as she stood sideways. She looked beautiful with the lake in the background and the sunset glowing on her face, her smile so loving and happy, it brought a smile to his face. He knew one more thing....he didn't deserve her.


~~Bella made her way downstairs the next morning, she could smell something heavenly sweet as she made her way towards the kitchen. The last thing she remembered of last night was lying in Liam's arms, he had been so sweet with her. Just the fact that he stayed silent, holding her as she cried herself to sleep in his warm embrace melted her heart a little. Had he stayed the night she wondered? No, he couldn't have, her mum wouldn't have allowed that.

"Morning sunshine," Scott announced as she stepped inside the kitchen. Scott? When did he get here? Oh god! Had he seen them last night? He didn't look mad. No he would definitely be mad if he had she mentally ranted to herself.

"What are you making?" she queried, trying to sneak a peek at the stove. "Chocolate pancakes," he replied, smiling over at her proudly. "Remember we used to make them every Saturday?"

"Yeah, I remember." She watched him as he placed the pancakes onto a plate. "Here you go," he said placing the plate down onto the counter. She moved forwards and hugged him tightly.

"I'm sorry," she mumbled against his chest, hugging him tighter. Scott wrapped his arms around her and sighed. "No I am, I never should have said what I did, I was out of line," Scott said getting straight to the point.

"It's ok," she replied as she pulled away to look at him.

"I was just..." Bella watched as he struggled to find the word. She felt bad that he was taking the blame for her own faults, if she hadn't have been so stubborn and relentless none of this would have happened.

"Worried, I know. You were right," she told him. "I'm sorry." Bella took a seat next to the counter and took a bite of her pancakes that Scott had cooked for her.

"Good?" he asked.  She smiled back at him and nodded her head, "Really good. So..." she hesitated. "Did Liam go home?"

"Yeah," he answered quickly. "Are you mad that he came over?"

"No, I like Liam."

Her suspicions over whether he was mad about Liam or not quickly vanished. She took another bite of her pancakes and sighed, happy that they were no longer fighting.

"You could have come over yourself you know."

He stayed silent for a while before answering, "I figured you wouldn't want to see me," shrugging his shoulders. "Can I ask you something? No arguments or anything just an answer."

"Ok," she replied warily. She didn't like the sound of this. Maybe he had caught them!

"What were you looking for exactly, with Dean?" How am I supposed to answer that she thought? "I mean the amount of times you were warned to stay away and yet...?"

"I don't know?" she answered, looking down at her pancakes. "I really don't. A huge part of me was telling myself that he's bad news, that I should be listening to what people were telling me and I did at first, but no matter how many times I kept pushing him away he just carried on trying," she explained to him. "I know you don't like him and I know he can be a jerk but, I think there's another side to him as well."

He sighed at that but stayed quiet allowing her to continue. "He told me it's what I needed, that he could take the edge off of things for me. When we kissed at the party...I guess I kind of believed that he could. That it could help me forget...for a little while," she continued. "I know it was stupid but, it seemed like a pretty good idea at the time. You were right though, I was playing right into his hands! You have to trust me though Scott, I wouldn't have gone any further then just kissing him, you know i'm not that girl!" she finished.

"I know that. But you have to trust me when it comes to Dean. I'm not just saying that because he's a guy and i'm being overprotective or whatever, i'm saying it because I know Dean and I know what he's done."                                                                                                                                                           

"Don't you believe there's a good side to him at all?"

"When he's trying to charm a girl into bed, sure," he replied dryly. Bella rolled her eyes at his sarcastic tone and lightly whacked him on the arm before taking another bite of her pancakes.

"Why couldn't you talk to me about Dean? I could have helped you!" he said to her.

"How?" she asked quietly.

"I don't know? Somehow," he told her scowling slightly, clearly trying to think of an example but couldn't find one.

"You don't have to always hide how you feel you know, it dosen't make you weak."

That's exactly how it made her feel, she was supposed to be tougher then this and instead she was a complete and total mess. Not that she would admit that to anyone, her problems were her own, there was no use in involving anybody else in them, it made it worse.

"You know it's funny, you and Liam are a lot alike," Scott laughed lightly. "I never know when something's bothering him or not? Even when  Cammy left him, it was like he didn't even..." He stopped suddenly as he realized what he had just said.

"What?" she blurted out.

"Um...nothing." Turning his back to her as he started clearing away the mess he had made from the pancakes. Who the hell was Cammy?  "What happened? Who's Cammy?" she prodded on.

"Forget I said anything." Avoiding her stare. She wasn't giving up that easy she thought.

"Why won't you tell me?" She put her puppy dog eyes on him as he looked down at her. She hated to admit it but she knew she could twist him around her little finger at any point.

He eventually sighed and turned to face her, "Alright, look if I tell you, you can't say a word ok." Bella nodded her head reluctantly, placing herself on top of the counter.

"Cammy was Liam's girlfriend, they were together for about 2 years," he explained to her. "2 years!" she gawped.

"Yeah, he was pretty serious about her, I mean he probably would have given her anything she wanted," he said, continuing to wash the sides. "Anyway, Dean was the new kid and within a month he had already bedded several girls in our school, including Cammy."                                              

Bella felt her mouth open slightly in shock, "She cheated on him?"

"Yeah, he went over to see her one night and that's when he caught them together."

She couldn't imagine someone cheating on a guy like Liam. Dean was cute she couldn't deny that, but Liam...he was gorgeous. Every part of him just wreaked with sex appeal. She hadn't noticed one girl at school who didn't stare at him as he would pass them in the halls. He was probably the sweetest most handsome guy she had ever met, how could somebody cheat on him?

"You should have seen the state of Dean when Liam was done with him, I thought I could do a lot of damage but was bad," he nodded his head.

Bella looked back on yesterday when Liam had Dean up against the wall, he was so close to hitting him. She remembered the anger in his eyes and the tension in his body, it all made sense now. Dean had practically called her easy right in front of her and she was so oblivious she didn't even realize. Liam really was just trying to protect her, the whole time.

"So what happened after that?" she asked Scott.

"Well obviously Cammy felt bad, she couldn't believe what she had done, she constantly pleaded for Liam to take her back, but he wasn't having any of it." Served her right she thought.

"So when Liam didn't want her she ran back to Dean, but he didn't want her either. He told her it didn't mean anything, that it was just that one night, nothing more."

"Ouch." she replied.

"Yeah, ever since Liam he just hooks up with randoms." Her head shot up at this, she had never even seen him flirt with a girl let alone hook up with one.

"He hooks up like....hooks up hooks up?" she asked Scott, hinting to what she meant.

He shrugged his shoulders, "He doesn't go into detail but, I've seen him with a few girls whenever we go out, most of the time he ends up leaving with one of them so it's pretty obvious," he stated.

She felt her heart tear a little from this new information. Is that what he was, a player? Was he still in love with Cammy? She considered asking Scott but quickly decided against it, she wasn't sure if she really wanted to know. She knew nothing could ever happen between them, but there was always this tiny part of her that liked to imagine what it would be like if they could. Now she felt like even that was impossible to do.

"Is that what you do?" she asked him.

Scott stayed silent for a few seconds, she could see that he was hesitant about answering her. "I'm nowhere near as bad as Dean. I don't go out of my way to destroy peoples feeling and relationships. I only hook up with a girl that wants the same thing as me," he replied.

"Which is?"

"A good night," he said with a cocky smile making her roll her eyes at him playfully.

"I know that you wouldn't hurt people like that, you're too much of a nice guy," she smiled. "I wish you had told me about Dean a little sooner though, I might have actually listened," she teased.

"Yeah well, getting you to believe it meant telling you about Cammy. It's kind of a sore subject around Liam, it's really his call whether he wants people to know or not," he told her, leaning against the counter next to her.


Just then the phone rang making her jump out of her skin, Scott chuckled at her as she hooped off the counter to answer it. It was Sam telling Bella about a party that was being thrown at this club by a guy at school tonight.

"Everyone is invited," she told Bella excitedly. "Come on, please!"

Bella chuckled as Sam begged her to come. This girl could party like no tomorrow she thought to herself. She told Sam she would be there and would even drag Scott along which made her squeal with more excitement, she was sure that Sam had a crush on Scott. She knew she probably should have declined the invitation, but Liam was right, she needed to move on with her life, even if it was hard she had to do it.

Scott was hesitant at first but she finally convinced him, telling him nothing would go wrong with him there. He reluctantly agreed and told her he would pick her up a little later. She smiled happily and gave Scott a big hug, happy that they were back to normal. She decided to put these last few days behind her and just have a good night tonight. No more tears she noted.

A few hours later she made her way upstairs and let herself fall on top of her bed. She reached for her phone that her mum had let her borrow since hers was still in pieces.

She had one new message from Liam. She felt her heart stop a little as she opened it.

'Are you ok?' he texted her. Bella smiled and replied back saying she was fine and thanked him for last night. She quickly texted him another telling him that she and Scott were going to a party and wondered if he wanted to come along. He texted back almost immediately telling her Scott had already told him about it and that he would meet them both there.

Before she could reply he sent her another saying she owed him a dance with a wink emoticon at the end of the message. She could feel herself blushing as she read it over again making sure she wasn't seeing things. It amazed her how he had the power to make her blush without him physically being there. She bit her lip as she replied back saying 'How can I say no to that' giving him a wink back. She placed her phone on her bedside table and hopped in the shower.

After her shower, she stood in front of her wardrobe, trying to decide what to wear. She was excited about tonight, partly due to the fact that Liam said he wanted to dance with her, she wanted to look
nice for him, but there was a small part of her that was worried. That part was Cammy. There was no way she could compete with a girl he had been with for 2 years and even if she could he probably still loved her, right? What if she was just another hook up to him? Not like that would happen, but what if that's all he was interested in, if he was interested? She decided to just forget it, reminding herself that tonight was about enjoying herself.

Bella finally decided on wearing a short silver dress that was made from silk. It wasn't too short, just enough for it to be appropriate. The back was fairly low with two straps tied together that dangled down her back. It was the perfect dress to wear at a club. She dried her hair slightly before taking the curling iron through it giving her curls more volume. She tied the front of her hair away from her face pinning them on either sides of her hair, allowing the rest to hang like a fountain of curls down her back.

She kept her makeup light except for the eyes, she gave them a darker look then she usually does making her green eyes stand out. She finished with some shiny lip gloss that made her lips look naturally glossy. She slipped her dress on tucking it in place and took one last look in the mirror. Pleased with how she looked, she made her way over to her wardrobe again, pondering over which shoes she should wear? She wanted to be comfortable, but at the same time she knew that flats would not go with her outfit whatsoever, heels were a must. She decided on a simple pair of black pumps with a little bit of heel. Perfect she thought.

Before she could put them on the doorbell rang, she grabbed her purse stuffing everything she needed inside of it  and skipped downstairs while trying to put on her shoes. With one shoe now on her foot she attempted putting the other one on and ended up tripping in the process. Those stairs seriously have something against her she mentally noted. When she opened the door she had to stop herself from laughing as Scott stood there wide eyed.

"I'm not sure if I want you leaving the house like that," he joked with a touch of seriousness in his face.

"Well you have no say in the matter," playfully sticking her tongue out at him and making him laugh.

Once locking up the house, they made their way towards Scott's pick up truck. She loved Scott's truck, it was a dark silver Ford Range, it used to be his dads until it was given to him on his 16th birthday.

"That just means I'm on extra alert tonight," he smiled, giving her a knowing look. Bella rolled her eyes as she got into his car and shut the door behind her.

"Don't worry about me Scott," she told him as he got in next to her and started the car. "I want you to have fun, I promise if there's a problem I will come find you ok," she smiled at him.

She really did want him to have fun, she had put him through so much lately he deserved to enjoy himself. She watched as he smiled oddly at her. "What?"

He shook his head while reversing his car out of the drive, "Nothing little cuz is growing up so fast," he teased her. She playfully whacked his arm making him laugh. "No seriously, you look amazing."

She looked up at his genuine face and gave him a smile, "Thanks Scott."


After taking a fair amount of time of trying to find a parking space they finally arrived at the club. Entering, they found the place to be packed. It was pretty big inside, probably the biggest club she's ever been to. Usually she only went to bars so this was a little new to her. The music was blaring and immediately made her want to dance. She looked over to her right and saw Sam moving towards them, thankfully sober this time.

"Oh my god, you look great!" she said hugging her.

"Thanks, so do you." Sam was wearing a short dark purple dress showing off all her curves, her pixie hair style was slightly curled at the ends making her look like a little fairy.

"Aww thank you," she said looking over at Scott and blushed a little. "Hi Scott."

"Hi, you want a drink?" he asked Bella, feeling bad that he didn't pay her much attention.

"Uh sure, something light." He chuckled, "You got it.  Sam?"
"A Vodka and coke please," she smiled flirtatiously.

"Coming up."

Bella watched as he disappeared into the crowd and made his way over towards the bar. She let her gaze wonder over the place, scanning the room carefully and instantly recognizing several faces from school. It surprised her that this place served minors, but according to Sam, the owners son pretty much got whatever he wanted and with all the fake ID's that everybody had nobody really asked any questions. Not that she was complaining, she needed a drink.

"He's not here," Sam yelled at her over the music. "Who?" she asked, suddenly confused.

"Liam. That's who your looking for right?" she said, biting back a smirk.

"No I was just, admiring the place," she explained to her friend who was looking back at her grinning widely.

"Uh huh," she replied obviously not convinced.

When Scott eventually came back with their drinks, Sam dragged her out to the floor where they danced for a while, both laughing as they started twirling each other instantly grabbing a lot of the guys attention. They took a break from dancing and both took a seat at the bar. As they ordered another drink, she spotted Scott on the other side flirting with some girl. She rolled her eyes in amusement, always the flirt she chuckled to herself.

"So how's things with Dean?" Sam asked sipping her drink. "You still spending time with him?"

"We never really spent time together." He mainly spent his time trying to kiss her she thought.

"So I take that as a no?" she said, raising her eyebrow in the process.

"Let's just say I would rather be eaten alive by a pack of lions then spend time with him ever again," she said, taking a sip of her own drink.

"Wow he must have really pissed you off."

"I just learned some things about him that's all," she explained to Sam who looked slightly uncomfortable. She shifted in her seat and turned to face her slightly.

"I didn't want to say anything," she started. "But, Dean and I sort of hooked up this one time."


Yeah, it was  while ago, before you came. There was this party and...I thought he really liked me. He would say all these nice things to me and convinced me somehow that what I was doing was the right thing. It turns out that all he really wanted was what he got and I as left the idiot," she looked away. "He completely ignored me after that."

Bella couldn't believe what she was hearing, she wanted to slap him so hard! How can he live with himself knowing how much he's hurting every girl he ever gets involved with?

"Was it your first time?" she asked, dreading to hear the answer. "No!" she nodded her head quickly. "Thank god! But it still hurt."

"Why didn't you tell me?"

"I was too ashamed," she sighed. "I mean I knew what he was like but...I thought maybe I was different. I wanted to tell you and warn you especially but, I thought you would think less of me or something."

"Of course not. I would never do that," she stated, smiling at Sam.

"Thanks," she smiled back. "You know, out of all the guys that I've kissed, I've only ever slept with one and that's not including Dean," she told her.

Bella couldn't help but be taken back a little at this, she thought Sam had hooked up a few times, she felt bad that she had judged her the way she had.

"What can I say, I like a good flirt," she giggled making Bella laugh along with her.

"You know all I really want is to find someone who would just want me back." she explained to her.

"Sam, you're an amazing girl, any guy would be lucky to have you," she smiled genuinely.

"Maybe one day, but I doubt I'll find him in high school," she said, sipping her drink. "We're not all that lucky."

"What do you mean?" she asked, watching Sam smiling at something behind her.

"So how about that dance?" a voice said from behind her. Bella froze in her seat, she could recognize his voice anywhere.

She turned her head around to find Liam in all his glory smiling at her adoringly. Bella quickly looked over at Sam hoping she wouldn't mind, but of course she was smiling widely at her and signaled with her head to go for it.

Bella looked back at Liam and smiled. He looked incredible she thought, he was wearing a black pair of baggy jeans with a simple black t-shirt that hugged every muscle perfectly. His hair was the same as usual, scruffy yet sexy at the same time. He held his hand out in front of them, slipping her hand into his, she immediately felt that spark rush through her body as she slid off the stool, tumbling a little. He must have noticed as he smiled to himself, entwining his fingers gently with hers as he started to lead her towards the dance floor.

Her dress glimmered each time the lights hit her making a few guys look in her direction as she passed them. She couldn't help noticing a few of the women watching Liam making her feel a tad bit jealous, but she quickly recovered as she noted the fact that it was her hand he was holding not theirs. They moved to the middle of the dance floor before he turned to face her. He twirled her suddenly making her laugh. They both started moving their bodies in beat to the music with the occasional twirl from Liam.

A couple behind them had lost their balance and ended up bumping into the back of Bella causing her to tumble forwards a little. Liam quickly steadied her before she could fall any further sending a look of annoyance towards the couple. The guy sent an apologetic look back at them before he headed towards the bar with the girl he was dancing with. She felt slightly embarrassed as she looked up at Liam shyly, he smiled and twirled her once more before he continued to dance with her.

She couldn't help feeling a little self conscious as she watched him dance. His body moved so effortlessly to the music, he was so enticing to watch she thought. She was so distracted by it that she didn't realize that she had stopped dancing. Sensing that she felt a little uncomfortable, he slowly placed his arm around her waist and gently pulled her closer towards him as they continued dancing. Suddenly the music came to a stop and was replaced with a much slower song. She recognized the song immediately as 'She Will Be Loved' by Maroon 5. She loved this song but she was confused, since when do they play music like this at a club?

Looking around, she found a few people were just as confused as she was but found a lot of them slow dancing to it anyway. She quickly looked towards the DJ's booth and spotted Sam making her way back down the stairs that lead to his booth. That's when it hit her, of course this was Sam's doing! She gazed up at Liam to find him staring at her thoughtfully. He slowly started moving closer towards her, taking hold of her hands and placing them around his neck. He moved his hands to her waist and pulled her slowly against his body.

She knew he was being careful, giving her a chance to pull away, but she couldn't even if she tried. Bella felt nervous at first, but looking into his eyes she could feel herself easing into his gentle hold. They moved together with the music, his eyes on her the whole time. If he could wish for anything right now, it would be for this moment to last forever. Almost as if he read her mind, he smiled down at her and etched his face closer to hers, their cheeks now touching.

"You look beautiful tonight," he whispered in her ear making her shiver.

Bella smiled to herself, her cheeks now blushing like crazy. She laid her head on his chest, wrapping her arms around him more tightly. He did the same moving his arms completely around her petite body, allowing their bodies to move closer until there was no space between them whatsoever. She could feel every inch of him as they continued to sway to the music. His body was so warm and muscular and she couldn't help inhaling his smell that she loved so much, it was almost intoxicating to her.

She could hear his steady heartbeat which oddly soothed her even more, she had never felt so safe in all her life. The feeling of his hand playing with the end of her curls, his fingers lightly touching her bare back every now and then sent tingles through her whole body. She could feel his warm breath on her neck as he lowered his head slightly so his lips were hovering above her shoulder.

He was still playing with her hair while his other hand was still wrapped securely around her waist, his thumb lightly moving in slow circular movements against her lower back. She felt his chest rise a little before sending another warm breath down her neck. The song was coming to an end now, she wished to herself that it wouldn't but every song comes to an end eventually and so will this she thought sadly.

The song was quickly interrupted causing them both to stop swaying, a faster song was now playing making everyone cheer. She lifted her head from his shoulder, his chocolate brown eyes meeting hers. Bella untangled her arms from around him and moved them down his shoulders to rest on his muscular chest. He was openly staring at her, smiling that amazing smile of his, his arms still wrapped around her. He opened his mouth to say something but was interrupted as Scott appeared at their side. Liam quickly unwrapped his arms from around her and took a step away from her. She felt the heat that radiated from his body leave hers almost immediately as he did.

Scott gently took hold of her arm as he gave Liam a stern look before turning to her and telling her that Sam had ordered her another drink at the bar.

Bella found that fact doubtful but decided not to argue and made her way towards the bar. She glanced behind her expecting to find Scott but saw that he was still talking with Liam. While they were talking Liam quickly glanced in her direction. Scott turned to look at her also before stepping back and giving Liam a serious look. She continued watching as Liam nodded his head before giving Scott a friendly pat on the back.

Before she could watch anymore of their strange behaviour, Sam appeared at her side. They made their way to an empty table with their drinks as they continued to talk. Sam had admitted that the change in music was her doing and wouldn't stop going on about how cute they both looked together. She could feel Liam's eyes on her as he stood at the bar talking with a few guys, his gaze constantly flicking towards her.

It surprised Bella at the amount of girls that would stroll up to Liam asking him to dance, but each time they did he would politely decline the offer. One girl even made the lame attempt of rubbing herself up against him as she reached for the bar making it 'seem' like it was a tight squeeze when really she could have stood in the open space behind him. Bella snorted lightly as she watched the girl now whisper something in his ear while trying to drag him away from the bar. She swore she could have seen the slightest glimmer of interest on his face, but to her surprise he simply unwrapped her arms from around him and whispered something in her ear making her giggle.

He watched the girl leave as she made her way back to her friends. One of the guys whacked his arm lightly with a confused look on his face. Liam simply shrugged his shoulders, his gaze once again on Bella. She quickly looked away her cheeks blushing once again. She got up from her seat and told Sam she had to use the bathroom. As she made her way through the crowds, she spotted Dean in the corner making out with some girl, his hand groping one of her breasts while the other was placed under her knee, moving it further up his side. She rolled her eyes and quickly looked away before rushing into the bathroom.

She wasn't much of a drinker so when she did have one it didn't take long for the alcohol to affect her, one of the effects it did have on her was her bladder. After she was done Bella stood there for a minute. Liam was driving her crazy she thought, the way he kept looking at her, the way he smelt, the way he smiled, she knew she wouldn't be able to take this all night if he continued. The alcohol was not helping, it definitely made her more confident and right now she was thinking about all kinds of things that involved her and Liam.

Bella stepped out of the cubicle and quickly checked herself in the mirror. She couldn't believe she had caught Dean already with another girl, what a jerk. While she was washing her hands, the music suddenly became louder signaling that someone else had come inside. Not bothering to look up she grabbed some tissue to dry her hands. As she turned around she came face to face with none other then Dean.

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