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


24. Chapter 24

~~"Hey there sleeping beauty," Bella heard once her eyes fluttered open.

"Scott?" focusing on the figure in front of her. "How long was I sleeping?" Giving the room a once over noticing Liam to be nowhere in sight.

"I don't know? I've only been gone just over an hour and a half, so not long I guess," he shrugged. "How's the hangover?"

"Not as bad as this morning," she answered.

"And, how are you?" he asked slowly with a hint of concern.

"I'm fine," she smiled, knowing it wasn't the entire truth.

"You hungry?" he asked a few moments later.

"I'm starving!", realising she hadn't eaten all day!

"Good," he smiled, bringing a bag from beside him up on his lap.

"I brought some pizza and extra cheesy bread. Plus, I got some popcorn and tater tots. I also picked up Bridget Jones's Diary 1 and 2 because I know how much you love that ridicilous movie," he stated making her laugh. "Oh and I got some of those cookies you like so much and - "

Bella flung her arms around him catching him by surprise. "Thank you Scott. You're the greatest cousin in the whole world," she muttered, tightening her arms around him.

"Back atcha," she heard him snicker, wrapping his arms around her as well.

That was one thing she could always count on with Scott, that no matter what, he would always be there for her. Just like she would be for him.

"You stay here and i'll bring everything over," he said after letting her go.

"I can help," she insisted.

"Ok here," he said tossing something over to her. "You can put in the movie."

"Fine," she grinned. "What about Liam?"

"What about him?"

"Well, he might be hungry."

"He's not here."

"He's not?"

"He left just as I got back," he told her, walking into the kitchen.

Did he leave because of her she wondered? If only she hadn't have broken down like that! She probably completely freaked him out.


It was the middle of the night and Bella just wanted to sleep, but of course she couldn't and she would do whatever it took not to have another nightmare again. Plus, thoughts of Liam and their kiss this morning wasn't helping! The whole time she and Scott were watching the movie she couldn't help but wonder why Liam had left? She kept looking at the door hoping for him to walk through it, but he never did.

Bella pushed the covers off of her and made her way to the bathroom. While splashing her face with some water and fixing her hair in the mirror, she noticed one of Liam's t-shirts resting on top of the laundry basket. Don't even think about it she told herself, trying desperately to dismiss her thoughts. Unable to fight it, she grabbed the t-shirt and slowly brought it up to her nose. Just the smell of him made her stomach flutter to the point where she wanted him here with her now.

Catching her reflection in the mirror, Bella realised how stupid she looked and quickly put the t-shirt back on the basket. She quietly made her way downstairs to the kitchen. Pouring herself a glass of milk, she hopped herself up on the counter and began munching on a few of the Oreo cookies Scott had bought for her. He had been so sweet to her today, she really did owe him.

Finishing off her milk she hopped down to rinse out her glass. As she turned around she felt herself collide into something and gave out a small yelp.

"Shh Bella, it's just me," recognising that smooth deep voice right away.

"Liam, you scared me!"

"Sorry," he chuckled lightly. "Couldn't sleep?"

"Not really," she shrugged.

"What's on your mind Bella?" he asked, cocking his head to the side slightly.

"Nothing...," she answered, wishing to avoid the subject completely.

"You're not a very good liar you know," he smiled, the dim lighting making him look even more handsome.

"You were gone a long time," she muttered, looking down at the floor.

"I was...I just needed some time to think."

"About what?"

"You," he responded making her head snap up. "Look Bella, about earlier and at the party -"

"Liam it's ok," she interrupted him. "You were right, it was a mistake. I really don't want to talk about it anymore," she mumbled, turning her back on him.

"No, we have to talk about it," he said, turning her back around to face him again. "Damn it Bella! I can't do this anymore," he sighed, running both hands through his hair in frustration.

"Do what?" she asked, slightly confused.

"This! Us! Bella," he started, moving closer towards her. "I didn't mean what I said to you. Yes it was a mistake, but not how you think." He took a small step back before continuing. "I took advantage of you when I shouldn't have."

Bella frowned and closed the gap between them. "You didn't take advantage of me!"

"You were drunk Bella and I knew that. You said so yourself, you can't even remember most of it."

"That's not true! I lied," she blurted out before it was too late.

"What?" Looking back into her eyes.

"I remember it all," she tried looking at him, hoping he wouldn't get angry with her.

"Why didn't you say anything?"

"Because, it didn't mean anything to you. It never does," she said in an almost whisper.

"Bella," gently stroking her arm.

"Why do you think I got so drunk in the first place? I was too scared to do anything sober!" she told him, pulling herself away from him.

"Is that what you think? That it meant nothing to me?" he said, making her blush from the way he was looking at her.

"Bella, when I told you I cared about you, I meant it."

"As friends," she whispered.

"No," taking a step forward. "More than that. Why do you think I went to the dance with you? Why do you think it was your window I climbed that night? Why do you think I kissed you last night? What about earlier today?" She didn't know how to respond to that?

"I told you I had my eye on someone. It was you Bella," he whispered, gently stroking her cheek. "It's been you from the moment you walked into me that first day."

"B-but you never said anything," she stuttered nervously, not believing a word she was hearing.

"I tried but...I know things have been hard for you, I didn't want to take advantage of you, but I guess I already did that." he frowned.

"Liam," she started but he quickly cut interrupted her. "I don't want to hide it anymore Bella. I want you and only you," he said, taking hold of her hand.

"I guess whether or not you want me back is up to you. I just, I wanna take care of you," he said, staring at her so intensely that she was worried she might faint.

Bella could feel her heart pounding against her chest. She couldn't believe this was really happening! She wanted to ask what it was exactly he wanted from her but at that moment she didn't care and before she knew it she had wrapped her arms around him and captured his lips with her own. He soon broke the kiss and she found herself looking into those deep chocolate brown eyes.

"Are you sure?" he whispered, searching her face for any hesitation.

Bella nodded her head and allowed him to pull her closer, leaning down to kiss her once more. Bella wrapped her arms around his neck as he ran his tongue across her bottom lip, slowly backing her up against the kitchen counter. His arms fitted so perfectly around her as they continued kissing, it felt so perfect.

The sound of a door shutting broke their kiss as they listened to the sound of footsteps above them. She hadn't even stopped to think of Scott or Judy walking in on them.

"I should probably get back to bed," she whispered, wishing she didn't have to leave.

"Right," she heard him sigh, sensing that he felt the same way. Bella stood up on her tiptoes and quickly gave him a shy kiss on the cheek.


"Night," he smiled, making her blush even more then she already was.

Bella felt his hands curl around her as she began to walk away, bringing her close so her back was touching his chest. She felt him move her hair away from her neck and felt his warm breath on her skin making her tingle all over.

"By the way, I love you too," he whispered in her ear making her heart stop.

With a soft kiss to her neck he slowly turned her around again. Did she just imagine that she wondered?

Liam smiled at her again almost as if he heard her and leaned down to kiss her once more before letting her go.

"Goodnight Princess."


Bella woke up that morning with a big smile on her face, she hadn't had the best nights sleep, but regardless of that she was still happy. She climbed out of bed and skipped to the bathroom to take a shower.

Once she dried herself off she searched through her closet wanting to look nicer then usual, now that she had someone to impress. Bella smiled at that thought and grabbed a red long sleeved top with a design on the front and her denim skirt that wasn't too short. Adding a light pair of tights and her pair of black suede boots that came up to her knees, she quickly dried her hair and added a couple of tighter curls. Bella knew how much Liam liked playing with her curls, she didn't know why he did but she loved it. Putting on some mascara and some lip-gloss she nervously made her way down to the kitchen.

Scott was already at the kitchen table talking to Liam while Judy was making breakfast. Bella silently watched Liam as he took a sip of his drink, her body tingling at just the thought of him. He stopped drinking and put his cup down when he spotted her. Their eyes locked and a gorgeous smile crept over his face making her stomach do little somersaults inside. She smiled back and walked further inside the room noticing his eyes begin to trail down her whole body. Maybe the skirt was a bad idea she thought, feeling slightly self conscious.

"Morning cuz," Scott said once he noticed her, pausing for a second as he took in her appearance with a look of disapproval written across his face. "How did you sleep?" Surprised that he didn't make her go up and change.

"Fine," she lied, wishing people would stop asking her that every morning.

"You hungry hun?" Judy asked, placing some of the scrambled eggs she had made on a plate for her.

"Starving!" she replied, walking past Liam and finding herself surrounded by his smell.

Taking her plate of scrambled eggs she sat next to Scott who was talking to Liam again about something to do with football, not Liam's area of expertise. Bella tried to hold back the smile on her face as Liam just continued to nod his head clearly not interested in a word Scott was saying to him. Instead he would steal secret glances at her every now and then when Scott wasn't looking. She tried to keep her eyes away from him, worried that Scott would catch them both if they weren't careful.

"Alright you guys, i'm off to work. You all have a good day. Oh and Scotty would you mind washing the dishes before you leave?" Judy asked, heading towards the front door.

"Mum!" Scott complained. "Thank you sweetheart," she yelled back before leaving.

Scott mumbled something incoherently as he got up to wash the dishes, leaving both Liam and Bella alone. Well technically he was in the same room but now there was no excuse in having to avoid each other's glances. Desire overcame her as she bravely looked him in the eye, it almost looked like he was studying her face looking for some sort of sign.

He told me he loved me, she repeated in her head. Liam smiled at her almost like he could read her thoughts. That's beginning to become an actual possibility she noted, remembering the amount of times he had said exactly what was on her mind or knowing just how she was feeling. Too creepy.

"Are you done?"

"What?" she spun her head up and found Scott looking down at her.

"With your plate?" he asked, an amused expression on his face.

"Oh yeah, sorry," she blushed as the two of them chuckled at her behaviour.

"I'm gonna go grab my stuff for school," she stated quickly, disappearing up the stairs and into her room.

Bella barely had time to gather up her thoughts before she heard her door close and saw Liam striding towards her. "Liam," she breathed out nervously.

"You look amazing by the way," he told her making her blush immediately. God, could he ever not make her blush!

He closed the space between them as he wrapped his arms around her and captured her lips with his. She couldn't believe this was really happening! Liam was kissing her and this time it was no dream, it was real in every way! Bella wanted nothing more then to melt in his embrace, but she suddenly remembered that Scott was downstairs and could catch them any minute.

"Liam wait!" pulling away breathlessly.

"What's wrong?"

"Nothing, it's just we can't do this here."

"We can't?" he smirked raising one eyebrow adoringly.

"Scott could walk in any minute. What if he caught us?"

Liam smirked, like he already knew the answer. "I think his hands are full for the next couple of minutes. Just like mine are," he winked making her heart beat increase.

"I hate lying to him," she admitted, holding her head down in shame.

"Then you should tell him," he said, softly stroking her arm. "I'll help you if you want, we can tell him together."

"Really?" Surprised that he would do that for her.

"If that's what you want," he smiled, making her sigh to herself. But why, she thought? What's the point if this thing between them which means everything to her, could turn out to be nothing in the end?

"I should tell him, but maybe not right away."

"You mean, just in case," looking away and smiling knowingly. Bella felt bad and wanted to say no but he spoke first saying, "You don't have to worry about that Bella," he told her seriously, his hands roaming around her waist and pulling them both closer together.

Bella could feel her cheeks growing hotter and lowered her head, hoping he wouldn't see her blush for what seemed like the hundredth time this morning. She felt his hand cradle her cheek, softly tilting her face up. She couldn't read the expression on his face as he looked at her, it was the only look of his she could never figure out and it was seriously starting to bother her. She held her breath as he began to lean down, pressing hip lips against hers once again. She led her hands up his chest, around his neck and up into his hair, tugging at it playfully making him moan.

Liam pulled back breaking their kiss and let his forehead rest on hers. She opened her eyes and found him staring at her with that odd look in his eye again.

"What?" she asked, barely above a whisper.

He just smiled at her and let one of his hands play around with her hair, just like she predicted he would. "Just making sure this is all really happening," he said, a sweet smile on his face.

"It is," she replied sweetly making Liam smirk and hold her closer.

"We should head back down," she said, trying to sneak out of his arms, realising they had been up here a while.

"I'm not done with you just yet," he told her, pulling her back in his arms and making her blush over the fact that he wanted her. He tilted her face closer for another kiss, sending chills up and down her whole body. Well maybe just five more minutes, she told herself.


"Oh my god!"


"I can't believe it! You and Liam!?"

"Sam please, I don't want everyone knowing!"

"Well it's about time if you ask me," Santi told her.

"You have to tell us everything! Is he a good kisser? What am I saying, it's Liam! Of course he's a good kisser!" Sam shouted in a whisper.

"I can't believe he told you he loved you!" Santi added, holding her hands over her heart.

"Has he said it since?" Sam grinned, both of them waiting for her answer.

"Uh, no," she replied, looking between the two to see them exchange secret glances at one another. "Is that bad?" she wondered.

"No, of course not," Santi responded quickly putting on a smile.

"Do you think he didn't mean it!?"

"Oh no, he definitely meant it," Santi assured her. "Liam dosen't exactly go around telling girls he loves them."

"Yeah, plus after Cammie, I wasn't sure if he ever would again," Sam added.

"So what should I do? Say it again and hope he says it back?"

"What do you mean hope?" Sam asked, raising an eyebrow in confusion. "He's already told you."

"Yeah I know, but I haven't really. I mean yes I did tell him but, I was drunk and people say stupid things when their drunk. I've never told anybody I love them before! What if he hasn't said it again because he thinks I didn't mean it?"

"Ok, you have got to stop freaking out!" Sam told her a little taken back at her sudden outburst. "I'm sure he dosen't think that. All you need to focus on is the fact that Liam loves you! And i'm not just saying that because he told you, i'm saying that because I can see it on his face every time he looks at you!"

"She's right," Santi agreed. "It's painfully obvious."

"Once you stop worrying so much you will see it too!" Sam told her simply.

They were suddenly interrupted by the bell ringing.

"Uh great! We have math, my favourite!" Santi cheered, sensing the sarcasm in her voice.

"Call us later," Sam said pointing her finger at her and giving her a quick hug. "I want to know the rest of the details."

Bella rolled her eyes playfully, "See you guys later."

"Oh and thanks," she added, earning a smile from them both.

"I was being serious about calling us you know!" Sam shouted down the hall turning many heads.

"Bye!" Could Sam be right she wondered? Did Liam really love her more then she thought he did?

As soon as the bell rang ending the long torturous hour of history, Bella walked out of the classroom and spotted Chase at his locker. Well you have to face him sometime she told herself! Gaining up enough courage she gradually began walking towards him.

"Hi Chase," she said quietly, hoping he wouldn't be completely engrossed by her.

"Bella, hey! How you feeling?" he asked, friendlier then she expected.

"Uh, just fine," she replied knowing exactly what he was referring to.

"So about the whole Tequila thing," he started saying. Uh oh, here we go she thought. "I'm really sorry. I should have called it quits after the second round," he finished, making her blink in surprise.

"It's not like you made me do it. It was my own fault," she told him, thinking he was going to explode over the sink incident.

"That's not what our kitchen sink thought." And there it was.

"I'm so sorry!" she exclaimed, feeling her cheeks burning up in embarrassment.

"Can we just act like that never happened?"

"Fine by me," he agreed trying to contain his laughter only making them both laugh.

"Don't take this the wrong way," he said after their laughter died down. "But I prefer your hair curly. Not that you didn't look hot the other night or anything because you really did," he smirked, leaning a little closer towards her. Bella couldn't help herself from blushing when he said that.

"Bella," she heard Scott yell from down the hall. Chase immediately but hesitantly leaned away from her as Scott walked towards him.

"Hey Scotty," smiling when he was standing next to her.

"Hey, what are you two up to?" He asked them, more so towards Chase.

"I was just inviting Bella over for a sleepover, she never did get to see my room after all," he smirked, playfully winking at her.

"You know if we weren't on the same team, i'd have broken both of your legs by now," Scott threatened him but knowing himself he was only messing with him.

"Well then I guess that makes me a lucky man. See you later Bells," he nodded with one last wink.

"Hey, don't forget after school!" Scott yelled after him. "Yeah yeah, " he responded and walked away.

"What's after school?" she asked him.

"Just another night out with the team, we do it every week. That reminds me , you're gonna have to get a ride home with Liam."

"Oh, ok," trying to hide the happiness on her face.

"I would invite you to come along but-"

"Scott, it's fine. I get it, it's a guys night out. Besides, you don't have to invite me along all the time. Go and have fun with your friends," she told him, knowing he didn't want her to feel like he didn't want to include her.

"Well, if you say so," he grinned, slinging his arm around her shoulders and messing up her hair.



As the final bell rang, Bella slowly got up from her seat and headed straight for the door where she found Liam waiting for her. He smiled that amazing smile as he was leaning against the lockers with his arms crossed. She smiled back at him wondering how she got so lucky?

"Ready to go?" he asked her with a sweet smile on his face.

"Yeah," she nodded, allowing him to carry her bag and slip his arm around her.


"Are you hungry?" Liam asked her once they started driving. Bella turned her head and nodded, "Not really. You?"

"Same," he replied and carried on driving.

Bella had grown nervous since she realised that her and Liam had the whole house to themselves. Uhh stop freaking out Bella, she scolded herself! Trying to focus on the advice Sam and Santi had given her earlier on. Just because you're both going to be home alone doesn't mean he expects anything she told herself, turning her head to look at him. He looked over at her as well, catching her stare and winking at her making her blush.


They both sat in silence for a minute when they arrived home. Neither one knowing what to say or do?


"So...," Liam smiled, gently taking hold of her hand. "What time did Scott say he was going to be back?"

"Um, I don't know? He's with the team so probably late," she answered, loving the way his skin felt on hers.

"So, looks like we have the house to ourselves for a few hours," he smiled, watching her carefully.

"Yeah," she breathed out, hoping he didn't notice how nervous she sounded.

Bella gently took her hand away from his grasp and faked him a smile wishing she had taken him up on that offer to eat, even if she wasn't very hungry.

"Is everything ok?" he asked her, knowing he knew her too well to know when she was keeping something from him.

"Yeah, just great," she smiled again.

"Do you wanna watch a movie or something?"

"Sure," she nodded, feeling slightly better at that suggestion.

"Alright, let's go," he said, opening his car door and stepping out.

Bella took in a deep breath before getting out of car. Just relax she told herself, you've been alone with him before so how is this any different? Well ok, it was very different but that dosen't mean anything will happen! They will both watch a movie and then that's it, right?


Liam and Bella barely made it through the door before they were both locked in the most amazing kiss Bella had ever felt. She had kissed guys before and sure it was good, but they were nowhere near as good as Liam. Once inside the house, Bella interwined her fingers in Liam's hair and his were roaming her hips, pulling her closer against him. All the nerves and worry she had before had completely disappeared the moment he had kissed her and now she couldn't get enough. Liam suddenly lifted her up bridal style and led her upstairs, never once ending their embrace. He laid her down onto her bed, breaking their kiss for the first time in minutes.

"Liam..." she whispered, slightly breathless. "I just wanted you to know...I mean I know I've said it already it's just...well I didn't want you to think that... I -" Suddenly cut off as he silenced her with his lips.

"I love you, Bella," he smiled. She traced her fingers along the side of his jaw and smiled back. "I love you too."

Liam moved down so that he was now on top of her, keeping one arm rested on the bed so as not to put all his weight on her. He let his other hand wind through her curls and gently caressed her cheek. He leaned his head closer and planted a soft kiss on her lips. They soon travelled down, gently kissing and nibbling on her neck making her moan in pleasure. He stopped kissing her neck and looked into her eyes, his gaze was so strong it sent shivers all over her body. He smiled once more, his mouth meeting hers again.


Liam couldn't help but smile at her, the girl he had wanted for so long was finally in his arms, she was finally his. He loved the way she was looking at him right now with her innocent eyes and beautiful smile. He could tell how nervous she had been in the car even if she wouldn't admit it. He wanted to tell her that she had nothing to worry about but, he couldn't seem to find the words. If he was to be completely honest with himself, he had been a little nervous too.

He didn't want her being uncomfortable around him so he suggested a movie which seemed like a great idea to both of them...until they got to the door that is. He didn't know who had made the first move, but before he knew it they were both passionately kissing, both so wrapped up in each other that they barely made it inside the house!

So, there he was, lying on top of the girl he had dreamed about getting, who was looking up at him with those loving eyes of hers and blushed cheeks. He couldn't believe that he was the guy that could make her feel that way.

Liam smiled at her once more, his mouth meeting hers again. He decided to risk it and let one of his hands travel down the side of her body, resting his palm on her waist. He slowly crept his hand under her top and lightly grazed her stomach, giving her enough time to stop him if she wanted.

When she didn't push him away he took that as a good sign. She started to moan as he began kissing her neck again, placing kisses wherever he chose. Her breathing increased as he slid his hand further up her top, teasing her soft warm skin with his hand, earning him another soft moan. And then -

Ring Ring, Ring Ring

They both immediately stopped what they were doing.

"I'm sorry, that's my phone," he heard her sigh in relief.

"Just ignore it," he growled, stealing a kiss from her.

"I can't, it could be Scott," she said slowly, looking guilty all of a sudden. He knew that keeping this from Scott was hard for her. It was hard for him too.

The last thing he wanted was to come between the both of them. Scott was like a hero in Bella's eyes, he knew he would never come close to that. Scott would always be the guy she went to for help, unless Scott wasn't around like that time he picked her up from the bus stop. He remembered how shaken up she was, sad tears were running down her pretty face and all he wanted to do was find that guy and beat the s**t out of him. He could never take Scott's place but, he would be there for her regardless of who she ran to first.

"H-hello?" Bella answered, slightly breathless making Liam smirk. He was pleased that he could have that affect on her.

"Bella, are you alright?" he heard Sam's voice over the phone.

"Yeah I- I'm fine."

"Oh my god! Is this a bad time!?"


"Liam's right there isn't he!?"

"What! I - no!" she blushed making her even cuter.

"Is he naked!?"


Liam couldn't help but laugh at that, watching her grow redder by the minute.


"I'll call you later!"

"But, details!"

"Later, bye!" She hung up the phone and hid her face.

Liam laughed at her again and removed her hands with his free hand before planting a soft kiss on her lips.

"So, Sam huh?"

"Yeah," she laughed nervously. He studied her for a couple of seconds sensing something was off.

"You ok?" Her body slightly tense.

"Yeah, just fine. Um, i'm kinda thirsty do you wanna get some water or something?" she babbled quickly, crawling out from underneath him and heading for the door.

S**t, I went too far he cursed himself!

"Sure," he nodded, watching her disappear downstairs.


Bella took a huge gulp of water wishing she could wash her nerves away. She had gotten so carried away up there, but she couldn't help it! Whenever Liam kissed her, it felt like she was in another world. Every kiss, every touch, every sound of pleasure makes her whole body heat up to the point where she can't control herself. She had never felt this way about a guy before.

Usually she's pushing them away and asking them to slow down, but with Liam she didn't want him to stop! Everything he did felt so amazing and so right that it scared her. Trusting a guy this much and letting him touch her like that was new to her and yet she had felt nothing but safe the entire time. What if Sam hadn't have called she asked herself? How much further would they have gone?

Bella loved Liam so much and he loved her too. She was still finding that hard to believe, but he did. As much as she loved him though, she wanted to wait. They had barely been together for more then a day after all, she wasn't even sure what they were to each other? Her body might be telling her she's ready for it, but her mind wasn't. Bella has always believed in waiting for the right guy to have her first time with and even though she hoped that Liam could be that guy, she wanted to make sure it was really right and special.

"What's on your mind Princess?" She heard him say, feeling both of his arms wrap around her from behind.


"Are you lying?" he whispered in her ear making her shiver.

"No," she smiled lightly.

"Really?" he mumbled, slowly stroking his hand down her arm sending chills down her spine.

"Yes," she responded, her voice slightly shaky.

"You sure about that?" Moving her hair to the side allowing him access to her neck. She tried to hold in a moan, doing her best to not give into him.

"Do you want me to stop?" he breathed against her skin, gently nibbling on her earlobe. God no she screamed in her head!

"Liam," she managed to say, forcing herself to turn around but not without missing the lust in his eyes.

"Are you scared?" he asked her seriously, studying her face carefully.


"It's ok if you are."

Bella was scared. She was scared of taking that big step knowing it could all end in tears if she's not careful. Something told her that Liam wasn't the love them and leave them type and that he would never do that to her she was sure of that but, what if she was wrong? What if she wasn't good enough for him? What if he realises that he doesn't love her and has made a mistake?

"Are you scared of me?"

"Liam, no." Her heart almost broke hearing him say that, is that what he thinks?

"You sure?"

"Well, maybe a little, but not how you think," she answered quickly. "I've never done this before, I mean I've done this just, not everything. And that scares me," she admitted, hoping it wouldn't change things.

"You don't have to be scared. Bella, I won't ever push you into doing something you're not ready for, i'm not expecting anything from you, not until you're sure that you're ready. I'll wait as long as you need," he told her, holding her hands in his.

Bella was a little taken back at that, he was really willing to wait for her?

"You really mean that?"

"I promise. We'll take it slow ok."

Bella stood up on her tiptoes and gave him a soft kiss on his cheek. "Thank you," she smiled earning one in return as he leaned down to kiss her.

"So how about that movie?"

"Sounds great."

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