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


19. Chapter 19

~~What? Liam can't be staying here. No, this is bad she told herself. Hiding away her feelings for Liam was already hard enough and now she had to do it under the careful watch of her family! Why was the world so cruel she moaned silently.

"I hope that's ok?" Scott asked as he studied her carefully.

"Of course," she replied, sending him one of her fake smiles. Her gaze flickered quickly to Liam who was staring at her, his face full of intensity. How was she going to survive three weeks with this guy?

"Alright well I have to go now," her mum said, walking back into the hallway. She then noticed Liam standing there and sent him a smile. "Hi Liam, it's nice to see you again." Liam smiled back and nodded his head politely. "So you two are..."

"Friends mum," Bella said, finishing her mums thought off.

"Right," her mum replied, Bella could tell that she thought otherwise. "Remember to call me if you need anything ok."

"I'll be fine mum," she told her, giving her one last hug.

"Come on Lily, I'll see you out," her Aunt Judy said. "Scott, help Bella take her bag upstairs."

"Sure thing," he said, lifting the heaviest bag up and over his shoulder like it was nothing and heading upstairs. Bella bent down to pick up the other bag.

"I got it," Liam said, beating her to it. She wanted to interject and tell him she could handle it but, she knew he wouldn't have any of it.

"Thanks," she smiled, looking into those warm brown eyes.

"Look Bella, I hope it's ok that I'm here," he asked nervously, rubbing the back of his neck. "If it's a problem..."

"Why would it be a problem?" she asked, knowing exactly what he was getting at. "It's fine, really."

She walked past him and made her way upstairs, leaving him at the bottom.

"There you go," Scott said as she entered the room she had stayed in plenty of times before. Everything was still exactly the same. That's what she loved about Scott and his family, they hated change. Some people would disagree and say that change is a good thing, but not to her. Scott's mother was very into tradition and family, she loved creating memories and things that could be handed down in the future, she was very loving that way.

When they had moved to America it was a big change for them, Bella had grown up knowing only of their home in England. The house belonged to her Aunt Judy's grandfather who handed it down to her when he passed away. For all those years she had kept the house and never once moved even when Scott was born, it was his childhood home. When they moved to America Judy decided to rent it out to family, she could never find it in her heart to sell the house and one day told Scott that it would belong to him.

Her Aunt Judy was the strongest women she knew, apart from her own mum of course. Scott's parents filed for divorce about two years ago, his dad had turned into a workaholic, never having anytime for his family. Scott had told her that his mother was miserable that both his parents were constantly fighting. So in the end they decided to end their marriage, but Judy didn't let any of it affect her life, she stayed strong for her family and for Scott.

Despite the breakup, both of Scott's parents have looked past their anger towards each other and have grown to be friends. Bella has always told her Aunt Judy that she thought they would fall back in love, but she always tells Bella that if it's meant to be then it's meant to be. Of course Bella knew a part of her still and would always love him.

"You know where everything is," Scott said as he sat down on the bed. "You need any help unpacking?"

"No that's ok, I can do it," she smiled gratefully.

"Alrighty," he said, getting up from the bed. "We'll leave you to it. Come on Liam." Bella turned around and found him leaning against the doorway with his arms crossed, showing off his incredibly hard muscles. Peeling her eyes away, she waited for them both to leave before she shut the door and slowly eased her body down to the floor. She relaxed her head back against the door and sighed.

This is bad she told herself. She hadn't been able to stop thinking about him since he had stayed the other night and she promised herself that she would try her hardest not to think about him as more then a friend, but she couldn't help it, it was so hard. Every little thing about him was so seductive to her. The way he moved, the way he smelt, the way he talked, the way he smiled, the way he looked at her and especially the way he made her feel. Nobody has ever made her feel like that before.

Why does it have to be so hard, she sighed. She hated lying to everybody about how she really felt all the time, acting like nothing was wrong, like everything was ok, that she wasn't in love. But she was, a part of her felt like she had been the moment they first met, but that was impossible, right?


Man this was a bad idea, I never should have come here Liam sighed to himself. He has never had this problem with a girl before, usually if he wanted something he would take it no questions asked. But when it came to Bella, he literally had to refrain himself from touching her or just wanting to be near her. She was like a drug to him, something he craved  for but couldn't have. Hiding his feeling for her is the hardest thing he's ever done, all he wanted to do was let it all out and tell her the truth. But he knew he if did that there was a good chance of him losing her for good.

Standing in Scott's room that he was sharing with him, he glanced up at the wall, the same wall that separated Scott's room and the room Bella was staying in. It was an everyday struggle to not grab hold of her and kiss her, if only he had the nerve to actually do it. It crossed his mind more one once, but her reaction was what he was afraid of. Would she slap him and push him away? Or would she allow him and kiss him back? Guess there's no harm in trying he told himself. After all, she was the one to kiss him first...well twice now. That has to mean something, he tried to convince himself.

Before he knew it, he was standing in front of Bella's door. Taking a deep breath, he opened the door and scanned the room until he saw her putting her clothes away in the big closet at the end of the room. Bella looked up as he entered, closing the door behind him.

She is so beautiful he thought as he let his eyes wander a little. He moved closer towards her until he could feel her breath on his face. A smile appeared on his face when he noticed her blush.

"Liam, are you feeling ok?" she asked nervously, making him smile even more at her cuteness. It was like a rush of confidence had hit him and he knew if he didn't try he would never know. The desperate need to touch her and feel her sweet lips against his was becoming too much and he didn't care anymore, he was going to take a chance.

"I feel great," he responded, gently moving her hair over her shoulders as he bent his head down and slowly started kissing her neck, smelling that sweet scent of hers.

"You smell so good," he mumbled against her neck. Moving one of his hands through her soft curls as he tipped her head slightly so he could kiss more of her neck. He gently nibbled at her earlobe, letting his tongue caress it softly. A soft moan escaped her lips as he did, that was enough for him to know that she wanted this as much as he did.

Liam brought his head up and stared at her in awe for a minute as he took in her beauty. Her breathing grew slightly heavy as she parted her lips and her eyes were full of lust. Unable to hold back any longer, he moved forwards and captured her lips with his own. He felt her arm raise and expected a slap any minute, but instead she wrapped it around his neck and kissed him back.

He felt a sense of need take over his body as he backed her up against the wall, his body pushed against hers. Worried that he was hurting her, he backed up a little only to have her wrap her other arm around his neck bringing him even closer. The kiss was so heated and passionate, he never wanted it to end, he couldn't get enough of her. Liam glided his hands down her waist to her thighs, lifting her up and wrapping her legs around his waist. She moaned again, wrapping her fingers into his hair. He loved it when she did that. His tongue began slowly tracing her lips which she quickly granted him access.

Liam could no longer keep control of himself as he pushed her further up against the wall, their bodies so close. His hands were around her waist, along her thighs and his tongue was exploring every inch of her mouth. He could feel her hands slowly etching their way down his chest and towards his belt. His eyes shot open and before he could register what was happening she had already had it undone and was now working on his buttons. Damn she's fast, he thought. He brought his lips back to her neck as she continued to work on his jeans, her hand just about to -


Liam's eyes shot open and he found himself lying on the bed that was next to Scott's.

"Dude! What the hell were you dreaming about?" Scott snickered from across the room. Liam slid his hands through his hair and groaned in annoyance, "I uh...nothing."

"Uh huh," Scott hummed unconvincingly, throwing him an odd look.

S**t! He was dreaming!? But it was so real, she was so real! Great, he scoffed to himself. Nice timing Scott, just when it was getting good. Liam closed his eyes and sighed, there's no way he could live in the same house as Bella for three weeks if he kept having dreams like that. He knew that slap was waiting for him somewhere down the line.

"Shower's all yours," Scott said as he ruffled his hair in front of the mirror. Is was only then he realised why he had fallen asleep, because he had been waiting for Scott to get out of the shower.

"Thanks," he mumbled. Yeah he definitely needed one, preferably a cold one.


All done Bella sighed, putting the last of her clothes away. Laying down on her bed, Bella reached into her jeans pocket and took out her phone. She hesitated over whether or not to call Sam and Santi about the three weeks of torture she had to endure, which of course to them would be three weeks of pure heaven, she chuckled at that. Bella closed  her phone and decided she would tell them both tomorrow.

Standing up, she grabbed a towel out of the closet before maing her way towards the bathroom. She could do with a long hot shower. Just as she was about to reach for the handle, the door suddenly flew open to reveal Liam standing there dripping wet. Her eyes grew wide with shock when she took in his appearance. There he stood with a towel wrapped around his waist, his hair wet and falling into his eyes, droplets of water running down his muscular chest all the way down to his six pack that she had imagined a hundred times. He had the most incredible body she had ever seen!

"Like what you see?" Liam asked teasingly, a big grin plastered on his face.

"I...wasn't umm," she stuttered before chuckling nervously. Her face grew instantly serious when something immediately caught her eye.

"Liam!" she gasped noticing the whole right side of his rib was completely bruised. He looked down and shrugged, "Don't worry, it's nothing."

"Liam that's not nothing, you should really get that checked," she pushed on as she continued to inspect his rib.

"I don't need to," he mumbled, making her grow angry. "You could have broken ribs," she warned him.

"I don't."

"How do you know?"

"Because, it's not the first time i've had bruised ribs," he told her, his eyes burning into hers. Sadness washed over her as he said that. She wanted to hug him, do something to comfort him, but him being half naked was making that a little hard for her.

"But it looks really bad," she said, moving closer towards him, her hand lightly touching his bruised rib. To her surprise he didn't even flinch.

"It's just a bruise," he shrugged again, he acted like he was almost used to it, like it didn't bother him. She had to admit that disturbed her a bit, just how much can he take exactly until it's too much for him? Just how much worse has he had?

"I knew something was wrong. Why couldn't you just tell me?" she asked him, her voice low and full of concern.

Before he could answer, Liam's head shot towards Scott's door which was starting to open and before she could register anything, she was being pulled inside the bathroom. Liam quickly shut the door behind her, her back now up against the door.

"Liam, what are you doing?" 

"Shhh." He put his finger against his lips. Suddenly there was a thump on the door causing her to jump a little and almost gasp in surprise but Liam quickly covered her mouth with his hand.

"Hey Liam!" Scott called out from behind the door. Liam moved his hand away and shushed her once more before replying, "Yeah, what's up?"

"Have you seen Bella?" Her eyes widened at that.

"Yeah sure, she's in here," Liam answered.

"What!" Both Bella and Scott gasped at the same time, Scott obviously more louder then Bella. Liam just grinned at her before going on, "Dude, I'm just kidding, how am I supposed to know?" Bella rolled her eyes and wondered how she always seemed to get herself into situations like this?

"I've been in here the whole time," Liam continued, finding the whole thing rather amusing.

"Well her towel's here," Scott stated. Crap! She hadn't even realized that she dropped it.

"Well she probably left it there when she realized there was already somebody in here, stop being such a mother hen and check downstairs," Liam grumbled making Bella silently chuckle.

She heard Scott mumble something incoherently before hearing him walk downstairs before letting her head rest against the door and letting out a sigh of relief.

"Sorry about that. I didn't think it would go over very well if he opened the door and found, well...." he trailed off, rubbing the back of his neck nervously, a habit of his that she found adorable.

In other words he meant he would have found Bella with her hands all over Liam's naked chest. Even if it was completely innocent, she knew Scott would have thought differently. Bella looked up into Liam's eyes, his gaze full of intensity as he watched her.

"You didn't tell Scott about your dad did you?"

Liam frowned a little before looking away. "No."

"Liam why? He's your best friend, he would want to help you."

"He is helping me," he half smiled.

"He's not aware he's doing it," she smiled back.

"Exactly. Scott doesn't need to know everything," he said carefully as he adjusted his towel that was around his waist.

Bella swallowed nervously before speaking, "Well I better go before he comes back," she says, breaking the silence between them.

"Right," he nodded.

"Ok," she smiled nervously before quickly rushing back to her room. Images of Liam's body still flashing in her head. This is gonna be a lot harder then she thought, she told herself.

"There you are!" Scott huffed, slightly out of breath. "Where were you?"

"In here silly."

"But I checked in here and you weren't...."

She watched him as his head turned and his eyes shifted towards the bathroom where Liam still was. Oh crap, think of something quick!

"Remember when we were kids and we had that playhouse we used to hide in. And then when you moved here we tried finding a new place to hide but couldn't find one."

"So we ended up hiding out in the closet," he chuckled, finishing her sentence. "That's where you were?"

"Yeah, I was just seeing if I still fit," she chuckled, hoping he would believe her. "I do," she added.

He chuckled again and nodded his head side to side.

"Well of course you do. You haven't grown one bit, in fact I think you've gotten smaller," he teased her, ruffling her hair.

"Hey!" She whacked his arm playfully making him laugh even harder. Bella felt incredibly bad for lying to him but she knew he would tear Liam a new one if she didn't. In fact she wasn't sure how he would take it if he knew just how close they really were. She had a feeling he wouldn't take to it lightly.

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