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


22. Chapter 22

It was Friday night, the day before Chase's party. Bella had previously not been all that thrilled about it, but recently she had changed her mind. In fact, things started changing the very next day after that night in the kitchen. From the moment Bella had walked into the kitchen that morning, Liam's eyes were on her. As usual he greeted her with a secret smile they would both share almost every morning, but this time it was different.

The way he was looking at her, it was almost...seductive. Bella immediately felt her cheeks blush and quickly looked away, maybe she was just imagining things she thought. But to her astonishment it had carried on like that the whole day, even Sam and Santi had caught him a few times which according to Sam was basically an invitation to jump him. So after some long thinking and barely no sleep, she had made a decision. 

Tomorrow was the day she would finally tell Liam how she felt about him...that is if she can gather up enough courage by then. Maybe a few drinks before would help, she pondered. Just thinking about it now made her want to barf, she didn't even know what she was going to say, or where to even start? Thankfully Sam was coming over tomorrow with Santi so they could get ready together, maybe they would have some helpful tips to ease her mind.

'She Will Be Loved' by Maroon 5 started playing on her iPod. Dropping the book she was reading onto her bed, she sat up and smiled, remembering the time he had chosen this song. With a long sigh, she laid back down and picked up her book, trying once again to immerse herself in it. But it was no use, Liam was constantly on her mind and it didn't matter what she did to try and distract herself.

Getting up off her bed she walked towards the window and watched as the rain was dripping down the glass. It had started this afternoon and it still hadn't stopped. It made her sad as she watched it fall, washing the snow away. Snow was like a big comforting blanket to her, it had come at just the right time and now it was being taken away from her. Maybe it was a sign, she pondered. A sign that was telling her she had to move on also.

Liam was right when he told her that at some point, she had to let go. She had to move on. She really wanted to, she did but, unlike the rain she couldn't wash away her sister. Amy didn't just die, she was taken away. How was she supposed to accept that? She couldn't just move on and forget, why couldn't people understand that? 

Feeling the tears in her eyes she angrily wiped them away, she didn't want to cry about it anymore, it's not like it would help bring her back anyway.


Seeing as the two boys weren't home Bella took a long needed bubble bath, something she couldn't do often because Scott would always complain that she took too long. After getting out, Bella changed into her pair of black sweats and one of her red sweatshirts, leaving her hair to dry naturally. Grabbing her towel, she opened her door and her eyes widened.


Bella almost lost her breath when she saw him. He had obviously got caught in the rain as he was soaking wet. He was wearing his leather jacket with what looked like a white t-shirt that was now slightly see through due to the rain, showing off his amazing chest. His jeans also a little damp and slightly clinging to him.

She waited as he shifted a little, his piercing stare making her a tad but giddy. 

"Mind if I grab that?" he grinned, startling her a bit. "What!?" 

"The towel," he pointed out, half smiling. 

"Oh, right," she blushed, watching him as he raked his hand through his damp hair only having it fall back in front of his face again which in her opinion made him look even better. The whole situation took her straight back to their little quarrel in the car that snowy day , he had looked just the same, just as irresistible.


"Huh?" she blinked, unaware that she had zoned out like an idiot. "Oh um, let me get you a dry one." 

Walking into the bathroom, she grabbed a dry towel that was hanging from the railing. 

"Here you go," she said, handing t to him. Walking towards her he began taking off his jacket tossing it next to the sink followed by his t-shirt making her almost gasp in surprise. Just the sight of his muscular body made her speechless.

"Thanks," he smiled, taking the towel from her and wrapping it around his shoulders and towel drying his hair from the side. Her cheeks felt like they were on fire, in fact her whole body was at this point.

"I'm going to make some tea," she stated nervously, pointing towards the door before making her quick exit.


There was beautiful and then there was Bella. In fact even the word beauty couldn't define her. She was amazing to him in so many aspects. Liam placed both hands on the side of the sink as he leant forwards and sighed before letting out a light chuckle. He found the fact that she gets embarrassed so easily really cute. God he wanted to kiss her so bad! Maybe he could - no! Should he? Would she let him?

Why can't he just tell her how he feels? Why was it so hard? One kiss would be ok, judging by the way she blushes every time they're together there must be a part of her that wants him too. Liam knew though, he knew if he really wanted he could go down there right now and get exactly what he's been after, he hated that he could admit that, but it was the truth. It would probably shock her but he had a good feeling that she would let him. Of course if he did that there was that chance of ruining everything. 

For starters, Scott would kill him. Liam wasn't afraid of him, but he was afraid that he could loose their friendship for good. They had both been friends for years now, Scott was like a brother to Liam. Of course, he knew that would all change if he knew how he really felt about his little cousin. Scott has warned him so many times to stay away from Bella, he would throw a fit if he knew how close they have been sometimes. Sure it wasn't much, but it wasn't nothing either.

Then there was Bella herself, what if he did kiss her again just to find out that she doesn't feel the same way? Although he had a pretty good idea that she did, he always knew exactly how to make her blush and it worked every time. But there have also been times where he's gotten close only to have her back away from him. At first Liam thought it was because she was shy, but then he took into consideration that it could be because she really didn't want to. 

He was afraid about making that move in case she freaked out on him. Just one touch and he could cross the line. Liam wished he could be stronger and ignore it, ignore her but, every time she's near him he just wanted to hold her. He had to literally restrain himself from wanting to put his arm around her the other night, but he knew with Scott there he couldn't unless he was willing to risk getting a broken arm.

He wished that things were simple, that he could just hold her and let out all the need buried inside of him. But of course, nothing in life is simple, especially the things you wish for the most. No matter how hard he tried pulling himself away from her, it wasn't going to work. He was in love and he knew that wasn't going to change any time soon.


Bella smiled shyly as Liam came downstairs this time fully dressed with a small grin on his face, obviously knowing that he embarrassed her. She handed him the tea she had made for him as he sat next to her on the sofa. He thanked her and took a sip, almost burning his lip in the process making them both laugh. Talking wasn't needed as they both watched TV. That was the thing about Liam, one minute he can make her blush as red as a lobster and then the next he can make moments like this seem almost...comfortable. It wasn't awkward or weird, it was just nice.

Bella quickly glanced towards where he was sitting, looking perfect as usual. Just thinking about what she was going to tell him tomorrow made her nervous. Just looking at him now was making her re-think the whole thing. If she couldn't even do it now who's to say tomorrow is going to be any different? If she did go through with it she knew to expect only two things to come out of it. Joy or Pain.

Joy would be if he felt the same way for her as she did him, hope was all she could pray for in having that come true. Then of course there was pain. Pain that Liam didn't feel the same way, pain that he wanted nothing more then to be friends, or maybe nothing anymore, there was that chance. The only pain left was if Liam really was in love with someone else, which adding it all up led to a broken heart, something she wasn't sure she was prepared for?

Bella didn't know what to expect from him. She wanted something from him that she wasn't sure he would want to give her. Would she even be able to move on if he didn't? It wasn't fair, the way he acted around her sometimes or the way he would look at her, leaving her wondering what it all meant. It just wasn't fair! 

Liam placed his now empty cup on the coffee table before shifting back in his seat a little towards her. Bella turned to look at him once more and their eyes met. Neither one of them spoke, both their eyes screaming silent need for one another. She held her breath as his tongue touched his bottom lip making her whole body react. Suddenly his eyes flickered down to her lips before resting back on her eyes. She noticed his breathing had quickened and the look in his eyes were different, they looked deep yet somehow unsure. Not being able to help herself she felt her body drawing closer towards him, not even stopping to think about what would happen if he turned away. But to her surprise he began moving towards her as well. Bella could feel herself shaking slightly at how close they were, their faces just inches apart, his smell radiating from his body. 

Suddenly the sound of keys jingling made them both split apart just in time as Scott came through the door. "Hey, what are you two up to?" he greeted, looking between the both of them.

"Nothing!" they both replied quickly, earning a small confused frown from Scott. 

"Actually, I have a lot of homework to finish," she added. And with that she headed upstairs, quickly closing her door behind her before letting out the breath she hadn't even realised she had been holding in. 

Did that really just happen? Would they have really kissed if Scott hadn't have walked in? So many questions were floating around in her head she couldn't even thing straight, but if there was one thing she could think about. It was that Liam had wanted to kiss her just as much as she wanted to kiss him, that has to mean something, right?

Bella yawned loudly as she sat up in bed that morning with a big stretch. She had barely gotten any sleep again last night. She kept replaying over and over in her head of the kiss she and Liam had almost shared last night and what would have happened if Scott hadn't have walked in when he did. Would they really have kissed? And if they had what would it mean? Sighing in frustration she got out of bed and wrapped her dressing gown around her before hesitantly making her way downstairs.

Thankfully the only person up was Scott, who by the looks of it was cooking scrambled eggs with bacon and a side of pancakes making her stomach growl loudly.

"Morning," Bella said, making her presence known.

"Morning cuz, hungry?"

"Starving!" Holding her stomach dramatically. "Where's your mum? Still in bed?" 

"Yeah, she pulled another all nighter last night," he told her. 

"Again?" Her Aunt had been pulling a few all nighters lately, maybe there's problems at work or something she thought. She would have to remember to ask her about it later. 

"I just hope she's not dating anybody, it would explain the late nights and the early morning returns,"Scott snickered making them both stop to think about it before bursting with laughter.

"That is so not your mum!"

"Thank god. That would just be weird," he said, still snickering.

"What's that?" Liam piped in as he entered the kitchen catching Bella's breath. Why did he have to wear those tank tops when she was around she cursed silently. His eyes instantly settled on her making her quickly look away.

"If my mum was staying out all night because of some guy," Scott repeated. 

"Hey you never know, could even be her boss," Liam added. 

"Uh, get that visual out of my head!" Scott grimaced, earning a grin from Liam.

Bella suddenly felt slightly uncomfortable as Liam and Scott continued joking around, she didn't know how to act around Liam after last night. She had spent all night thinking about how awkward it would be around him that morning and even though he was acting like nothing had happened she could tell he was probably thinking the same. Watching the two boys laugh around though did make her smile, she hadn't seen that in a while. Liam's eyes locked onto hers making her freeze completely before they landed back on Scott. Yep awkward!

They all sat at the counter once Scott was done with the food. Taking some pancakes, Bella reached for the syrup the same time as Liam, their eyes meeting for the second time that morning. He smiled warmly at her before sliding the syrup towards her. She felt a tiny bit relieved when he did, giving him a shy smile in return. Hopefully she can eat breakfast without the awkwardness floating around them. 

"What time are the girls getting here?" Scott asked her before placing another pancake onto his plate. "Around 8 I think," she replied, turning her attention back to her food.

"Alright well we will probably leave around 10," he informed her, she just nodded in response. "Is Jennifer gonna be there?" he asked Liam.

"How should I know?" he mumbled back, not even bothering to glance up.

"What? Dude you've seen Chase's house, there are a ton bedrooms if you know what I'm saying."

"Not interested."

"Yeah right, that's not what you usually say. Come on man, you guys are - "

"We're not anything alright!" Liam snapped, cutting Scott off. 

"What the hell is your problem?" Scott scowled, all the humour gone. 

"You're my problem!" Liam scowled back. "Just stay the hell out of it!"

"What's going on?" Judy piped in as she entered the kitchen.

Bella watched as Liam rose from his chair, both boys still glaring at one another. 

"Nothing," Liam murmured quietly before leaving the kitchen. Bella didn't know what to make of Liam's little outburst. She had never seen him snap like that, especially at Scott.


"I'm not sure about this," Bella grumbled, uncertain of her outfit choice.

"What are you talking about? You look great!" Santi told Bella, making her spin round once more.

"It's just not really me," she told them, tugging at her outfit.

"You are absolutely not changing!" Sam ordered before Bella could open her mouth again.

"Can I atleast lose the boots?" she asked quickly, gesturing towards her feet.

"No way! They make your legs look great," Santi told her. 

"And taller, we all know you need a little more height if you're going to make a move on Liam," Sam teased making both girls giggle. "Seriously Bella, you look great," Santi said with a genuine smile.

Looking in the mirror, Bella scanned her outfit once more. She was wearing a dark denim mini skirt over a pair of fishnet tights and a low cut burgundy top, finished with a pair of black boots that came just below her knees. It wasn't something she would usually choose to wear but, she had to admit she didn't look half bad.

"Thanks you guys. I'm sorry for being a pain i'm just really nervous," she admitted.

"You'll be fine," Santi told her, wrapping her arm around her. "And when Liam see's you in this outfit, he won't be able to say no."

"Oh, I almost forgot. Your hair!" Sam squealed, pulling Bella's arm towards the bed.

"What about it?" Suddenly worried. 

"You're going straight tonight, come on," Sam squealed again, patting the bed while she plugged in the straightener.

"Hey Santi, is Zach gonna be there?" Sam asked while she began straightning Bella's hair.

"Yeah, but not until later, he's having dinner with his parents first," she replied.

"How long have you guys been together?" Bella asked, realising she had never asked before.

"It's coming up to two years now right?" Sam answered for her.

"About that," Santi nodded.

"Don't you find the whole distance thing hard?" Bella asked and watched as Santi sat on the bed as well. "I mean you must miss him all the time," she added.

"Yeah I do," Santi agreed. "But it also makes us stronger in a way, you know we don't see each other all the time so whenever he comes back or surprises me, we make sure to spend almost every minute with eachother, which makes it more special in my opinion."

"That's so sweet," Bella smiled. 

"I'm telling you, the wedding is just around the corner," Sam joked earning a nudge from Santi.

"Alright and we're done!" Sam chimed up, finally finished with her hair. "Wow, total transformation!" Bella got up and looked at herself in the mirror. Sam was right she looked totally different.

"Hey this is cute!" she heard Santi say. "Can I try it on?" Bella turned around to see what she was talking about and saw her holding up her sister's cardigan she had brought with her, afraid that if she came back home her scent would be gone forever.

"No!" she gasped, immediately grabbing the cardigan from her.

"Sorry," Santi said, looking a little surprised at her reaction.

"No, i'm sorry Santi." She felt terrible having snapped at her friend, it was like somebody took over her body and she just reacted. "I didn't mean - it used to belong to my sister," she told them quietly. 

"You have a sister!?" Sam asked walking towards her. "How come I don't know about this?"

"She um, she died about a month before we moved here," she replied in a small voice.

"Oh my god, Bella!" Santi gasped.

"Bella i'm sorry," Sam said also a little taken back. "Why didn't you tell us before?"

Bella took a deep breath trying to pull herself together. "I don't know?"

"What happened?" Sam asked squeezing her arm lightly. 

"Sam, she obviously dosen't want to talk about it!" Santi said firmly.

"No, it's ok. You've both become my best friends since i've been here. You atleast deserve to know," she told them both.

"It's ok if you don't want to," Sam told her.

"No, I do," she told them. So she did. Bella told them everything, well almost everything. She didn't want to go into grave detail.

"I can't believe how sad you've been feeling and didn't tell us," Sam said wiping her tears away. All three of them had shed a few while she told them her story. 

"I'm sorry. I just couldn't," she sniffed, also wiping her tears away.

"It's ok, we understand," Santi said, giving her a hug.

"You guys almost ready in there?" Scott called out from behind the door.

"Almost!" Sam called back. "Look at us, it's like Halloween," she chuckled, black panda eyes on each of the girls faces.


"Finally!" Scott breathed out when he spotted the girls coming downstairs. "Wow, you all look- Bella?" 

Scott's eyes suddenly widened when he took in her appearance. She spotted Liam across the room with the same type of expression and remembered to take in Santi's and Sam's advice, just breath and act cool.

"Dosen't she look great!" Sam squealed, overjoyed with her makeover.

"You look so different - but good different," he added quickly.

"Liam?" Santi hinted waiting for him to say something. 

His deep brown eyes locked onto hers, his lips slowly curling into a half smile. "You look great, all of you," he murmured before looking away. 

"Alright, let's get going!" Scott chimed in, grabbing everyone's coats.

Bella eyes nervously landed on Liam again as he slipped on his leather jacket. He looked so handsome it made her stomach flutter. Liam's eyes met her own making her blush instantly, it's like all the advice the girls had given her had completely gone out the window and she could no longer remember anything they had told her. Scott was suddenly in front of her blocking her view of Liam as he handed her jacket to her. She could have sworn she saw Liam blush just before he had.

The night had finally started and bunches of people were piling into Chase's house. Almost every single kid at school was there, but there was only one she had her eye on. Liam was currently over on the other side of the room getting drinks with Scott while the girls waited patiently for them to return.

"So when does plan Liam commence?" Sam grinned, nudging her arm. Bella turned in the direction Liam was standing with Scott. From the looks of it they had both made up since their little spat in the kitchen that morning and were now laughing together. Bella found herself focusing on Liam's smile and loving the way it brightened up his face. She continued watching as his hand glided through his hair sending her mind back to when she had done that.

He looked so perfect to her in his baggy and somewhat frayed pair of jeans. Instead of a t-shirt he was wearing a black long sleeved top that clung to every muscle, something that had become a huge weakness to her. She loved how strong and manly he looked and remembered the way it felt to be wrapped up in his arms, it was something she thought about every day. She would sometimes imagine what it would feel like to have her hands run down his chest and up his arms, what it would feel like having his hands -

"Later, much much later!" her stomach twisting with nerves again. 

"Maybe a drink could help," Santi told her. Bella saw the gleam in her eye and had no doubt that she had read her mind.

"More like ten," Sam chipped in earning a frown from Santi. "What!?"

"Alright here we go," she heard Scott shout from behind her. She spun round and found both boys with shots for each of them. He passed everyone a shot, Liam handed her the extra one he was holding which she took with a shy smile. 

"Cheers," Scott hollered holding out his glass. 

"Cheers," they all hollered back clinking each other's glasses before downing them. She didn't know what it was but she liked it, a few more of these could help she told herself.

"Come on, let's dance!" Sam yelled over the music, grabbing Santi's and Bella's hand and dragging them both out on the floor with everyone else. Bella felt a little uncomfortable at first, she was still unsure of everyone, expecting someone to come and "accidently" spill their drink all over her again. But to her surprise nobody was even paying attention to her and for that she was pleased, maybe things really had blown over.

After several songs and a few drinks later Bella could finally feel that confidence boost she had been hoping for start to build up inside of her. She carefully scanned the room to see if she could see Liam when she felt somebody tap her on the shoulder. She spun around and found Chase smiling down at her, he was wearing a pair of dark jeans and a black tank top while his hair was fairly spiky as usual, wow she was right before when she thought he kept his body in shape. 

"Chase!" she bellowed, a little louder then she should have.

"Hey Bella," Chase said as he took in her appearance. "You are looking very hot!" 

"Thanks," she giggled shyly. "Great party!"

"Thanks, i'm glad you came," he smiled. "You wanna get a drink?" She looked around for the girls and found Sam dancing with some guy and found no sign of Santi, she was probably off somewhere with her boyfriend. 

"Sure," she smiled back and followed him through the crowd of people.

"I thought the drinks were over there?" she asked him as they walked towards the kitchen. 

"I keep the good stuff in here," he told her as they walked through.

"Like what?" she asked, watching him reach for something in one of the cupboards. 

"Tequila!" he grinned, pulling out the bottle and placing it on the counter.

"I've never had Tequilla before." Chase was taken back at that. 

"Are you serious!?" She just nodded with a small smile.

"Well then, if we're doing Tequila, we're doing it the right way," he told her, grabbing two shot glasses and some salt before grabbing a lemon and cutting it into semi slices. Bella watched him with eager anticipation, she had never tried this before but she was excited to try.

"Alright, you ready?" he asked her, pouring the Tequila before handing it to her. 

"First you need to wet the back of your hand," dipping his finger in the shot glass to wet the back of both their hands. 

"Then comes the salt," he took the salt and shook a little on each hand. "Now after you lick the salt off you drink back the Tequila ok," he informed her clinking her glass. 

Bella followed his movements and licked the salt away before tilting back the shot. She felt like her throat was burning when she swallowed and scrunched her face up making Chase laugh at her.

"Now suck on the lemon." She did as she was told while making another face from the bitterness.

"So that's Tequila," still feeling it burn. 

"That's Tequila," he nodded with a smile. 


Chase laughed and held his glass up, "Want another?"

"Uhh.." she hesitated not realising how fast Tequila can hit you. 

"It's always better the second time, " he winked at her, still smiling. Bella rolled her eyes playfully before smiling back. 

"Ok, one more."

Waiting for Chase to pour another she let her eyes wander a little before noticing a group of two girls and a guy whispering to each other and all eyes directed towards her. Great, she thought. So much for things blowing over.

"You alright?" Chase asked obviously sensing something was up. 

"Yeah," she nodded looking away from the group. 

"Just ignore them," he told her before giving them a dirty stare making them immediately turn away.

"Why aren't you like that?" she asked, immediately regretting how it came out. "I mean, why are you so nice to me?"

"Because, I believe there are two sides to every story," he replied, giving her an almost sympathetic smile. "And I also caught you and Dean in the hall that day." Bella's eyes flashed up in confusion.

"I saw what he was trying to do to you. I was going to do something, but Liam got there before I could," he continued. Bella was speechless. "I'm sorry I didn't tell you sooner, I just wasn't sure how to approach you about it," he finished looking down at his feet.

"That's ok," Bella told him, finally finding her voice.

"I thought inviting you would make you see that we're not all out to get you," he smiled making her blush. 

"Thank you," she smiled back not sure if he realised just how much that meant to her.

"You're welcome," he nodded. "So, ready for round two?" Handing her another shot.


Chase was right the second one was better, but that didn't stop her from pulling another face. "What do you say, one more?" he growled playfully and winked at her.

After the fifth shot Bella was having trouble focusing on Chase, it was like he had gained another head or something. Her whole body felt tingly all over, almost numb. She giggled loudly when Chase began pouring them another shot, spilling Tequila almost everywhere except in the glasses.

"Ok, to you," he grinned, holding his glass up. 

"To me? I like that toast!" she grinned back before clinking their glasses together and downing her shot.

As Bella reached out for the lemon she could feel her body beginning to tip, she tried grabbing hold of the counter but missed and ended up falling backwards. She braced herself for the fall when a pair of strong arms suddenly caught her and brought her back on her feet. It's like he was always there at just the right time she thought, focusing on those intense brown eyes she loved so much.

"Are you alright?" Liam asked, cocking his head to the side and taking hold of her hand to steady her. 

Bella gestured with her other hand for him to come closer before she whispered in his ear, "I think I'm drunk!" Giggling away. She watched as Liam gave her an amusing smile before his eyes slowly grew stern as they settled onto Chase.

"Hey don't look at me like that, she's having fun."

"What, getting her stone drunk! That's your idea of fun?" he growled back. 

"Liam it's ok, I wanted to," she told him, not sure if she was slurring or if it was just her?

"How many have you had?" he asked, eyeing the bottle of Tequilla before resting back on her, ignoring Chase completely now. How many had she had she wondered? She looked down at her hands and began trying to count with her fingers. 

"Ok, come on princess let's get you some air," he chuckled, putting his arm around her waist as he lead her outside. 

"How you feeling?" he asked her, kneeling in front of the chair she was now sitting on. 

"I feel so good!" she chuckled making him laugh in return.

Without thinking, she brought her hand up to his face and caressed his cheek while letting her finger trace it's way down, following the hairline down his sideburns, down to his jaw and all the way along his chin. She could feel his eyes burning into hers and she was nervous. But the alcohol was giving her that huge confidence boost making it seem almost easy.

"Liam," she breathed out, finally looking him in the eye. "I....I love this song!" she gasped, suddenly recognising the song in the background as 'Boom Boom Pow, by The Black Eyed Peas'. He laughed at her again and held his hand out, 

"You wanna go dance?" 

"Yes!" she grinned, taking Liam's hand and almost toppling over when getting up. 

"Whoa, maybe another night," he grinned, steadying her once more.

Bella giggled at her clumsiness and suddenly noticed the way Liam was looking at her. She held her breath in as they stared at one another, her heart beating rapidly once again. She felt his hand travel down her arm and down to her waist before he moved in closer. They had been closer then this before, she knew he was being careful but, this new sense of confidence was rushing around inside of her and all she wanted was to be even closer to him, wishing he would do more. She knew the Tequila was giving her that confidence boost and she wanted nothing more then to embrace it.

Bella bravely let her free hands slowly glide their way up his muscular chest, drawing herself slightly closer. She noticed his breathing growing heavier as she did, their eyes never once leaving one another. She loved him so much. There was no denying or wondering if it was real or not. She could feel it in her heart. She led her hands further up his chest, sliding both arms around his neck while he also slipped both arms around her waist, finally allowing their bodies to touch. He smiled at her sweetly while tracing a strand of hair through his fingers.

"Planning on grabbing somebody's attention? he asked, her cheeks beginning to grow hotter.

"Maybe," she responded calmly. "Did it work?"

Bella saw that he was a little taken back at that but quickly covered it up with another one of his charming smiles, "You don't need to change Bella, at least I don't think so. That doesn't mean that you don't look amazing tonight, because you do." 

The way he was looking at her at that moment sent chills down her spine. She slowly began moving closer towards him, her lips almost touching his.


Bella's heart skipped, fearful that she had overstepped her boundaries. Oh no, is this it she wondered?

"Don't," he finished, looking down at her almost like he was sad about the decision.

"I thought..." What, that he loved you back!? You idiot, she mentally cursed herself. "I'm sorry," she muttered, slowly pulling away from his grasp.

"No Bella, I didn't mean - " But she ignored him and turned to walk back inside. "Bella wait!" Stopping the door from opening with his hand.

"It's fine, i'll just leave you alone," she told him, trying to open the door but having no success.

"I don't want you to leave me alone." The seriousness in his voice caught her off guard and made her angry. Finally letting go of the door she spun around to face him, "Stop doing that! You can't keep doing this, it's not fair!" she complained.

"Doing what?" he asked confused, making her even angrier. 

"You know what! Acting like you like me all the time when you really don't!" she snapped and couldn't believe when she spotted a smile appear on his face.

"I do like you." She rolled her eyes at that and turned back to open the door.

"Bella!" He closed the door with his hand once more growing impatient and spun her around so her back was up against the door. He slowly moved in closer and placed both hands on either side of her. She stared at him in silence unsure of what to do. He slowly brought his hands to rest on either side of her waist as he grew even closer, leaning his head against hers. She felt him take in a deep breath, closing his eyes for a second before they were focused back on her.

"You have no idea, how much I care for you," he told her, his voice so low it was like he was whispering. She was waiting for him to laugh or tell her he only cared for her as a friend but, it never came. It was almost like magic. There was something so warm and inviting about the look on his face, that it made all the shyness in her disappear. She could feel his breath on her face, his lips so close to her own. She has wanted to feel them on hers again for so long. Kissing Liam was like nothing she had ever felt before and she wanted to feel that again!

"I care too," she whispered.

Liam gazed at her intently, a small smile on his face. He brought his hand up to stroke her cheek while the other was still firmly on her waist. With one final glance, Liam's lips finally met hers. He was being so gentle with her she could almost cry. They both wound their arms around each other leaving no space between then whatsoever. She didn't even think to look and see if anyone was watching and to be honest she didn't even care. She didn't care about anything right now, she just wanted this moment, the moment she has always wanted. She had needed this for so long and now she finally had it.

Bella allowed Liam to back her up against the door as he continued to kiss her, every moment growing deeper and more passionate. He slowly started trailing soft kisses along the side of her jaw and all the way down to her neck, his tongue lightly teasing her skin making her moan in pleasure. She tilted her head slightly allowing him more access while she let her hands travel up through his hair, loving the way he smelt and the way he made her feel. She loved everything about him.

Before she could think anymore his lips were once more on hers. She felt her whole body react to him as she wrapped both arms around his neck. Bella felt so safe in his embrace as she sank into him. Their lips parted for a moment allowing herself to look up into his eyes. She was definitely feeling the effect of the alcohol as she tried to focus on him. She really wanted to sit down, feeling like her legs were growing tired, but she didn't want this moment to end.

"Are you ok?" he whispered, his voice sending shivers down her body. "Did I go too far?"

"No," she breathed out, missing the absence of his lips already.

"Maybe you should sit." 

"No," she responded quickly.

"You've had a lot to drink Bella."

"I love you Liam," she blurted out before even thinking.

"What?" He froze, his lips parted but nothing else came out.

"I love you," she repeated more confident this time.

Standing on her tiptoes she brought his head down and captured his lips. She didn't know why he wasn't responding at first and she slightly feared that she had said too much, but he eventually started kissing back and when he did it was stronger and more passionate then before. She felt his tongue begin to tease her lip, urging for permission which she gladly granted. The feel of Liam's tongue exploring her mouth, occasionally nibbling on her bottom lip was beyond amazing. She was so dependant on him as her body slumped against his, his strong grip keeping her up. All too soon for her liking, Liam suddenly stopped kissing her. Trying to keep herself steady, she looked up at Liam and found him watching her with an almost torn expression on his face.

"Bella, we should stop," he whispered.

"Did I do something wrong?" she inhaled nervously and almost wanted to faint from his amazing smell.

"No, of course not," he frowned. "God, what am I doing?" he sighed, letting go of her. "We should get you back inside."


"Because you're drunk!"

"No i'm not!" she argued back, knowing she was a little.

"Yes you are!" he shouted, turning his back to her and running his fingers through his hair in frustration. "This should never have happened!"

Bella couldn't describe how she was feeling right then. Was he saying she was a mistake? Just seconds ago they were both passionately kissing and now, he was pushing her away and telling her it never should've happened! She didn't understand why he was so mad, but she couldn't find it in herself to stick around and find out. 

She opened the door and quickly walked inside, the music blaring in her ears. She felt herself having to depend on the walls for support as she made her way through the crowd of people. Bella suddenly wished she had never touched the Tequila as her whole body felt like it was floating on a cloud. She felt tired and wished more then anything that the room would stop spinning. She made it to the kitchen before deciding to take a break.

"Bella! Sam, I found her!"

"There you are! Are you ok?

Bella looked up unaware that her two friends were now in front of her. "Did you talk to Liam?" Santi asked, a knowing expression on her face.

"I think, I think i'm gonna - " 

"Uh oh, here in the sink," pushing Bella towards the kitchen sink. Before she knew it all that Tequila she had drunk was now rising back up and emptying her stomach. Once she was certain she was done she slummped back against the counter feeling tears fall down her cheeks.

"Bella, are you ok?" Sam asked as she stroked her arm.

"I'm sorry," feeling embarrassed about puking in public. 

"For what? It's not our house," she stated matter of factly.

"I'm gonna go find Scott," she heard Santi whisper to Sam.

"Bella, did something happen?" Sam asked when Santi was gone.

"I'm an idiot," she choked.

"No you're not. You talked to Liam didn't you?" She couldn't even find it in her to answer. "What happened?" Sam asked again.

"Nothing. I don't want to talk about it."

"Bella! You alright?" she heard Scott's voice. She looked up as he came towards her taking her in his arms.

"She's fine, she just had too much to drink," Sam informed Scott.

"Yeah, that was my fault man," Chase chimed in. "Probably one Tequila's too many. Sorry."

"You got her drunk on Tequilla!" Scott frowned.

"Look just take her upstairs to lie down, she can have my bed," he offered.

"Yeah, I'm really gonna do that," Scott said sarcastically eyeing him with a disapproved look. "I'm taking her home. Come on Bells, let's get you out of here," he said, leaning down so she could wrap her arms around his neck before he carried her in his arms.

"I don't feel so good," she moaned against his shoulder.

"I know, it's alright we'll get you home and then you'll be fine, ok."

"Mmm," she moaned, her body completely worn out.

"Hey, i'm gonna get her home we'll see you later alright, she's fine just one too many that's all," she heard Scott say to somebody, her head was pounding too hard for her to even open her eyes. 

Bella was soon seated in Scott's truck and it didn't take long for her body to finally give into the sleep she had been missing these past few days.

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