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


32. Chapter 32

It was the second time that week that Bella found herself flushed and out of breath as she rushed to her Chemistry class. Everyday this week, after a very short lunch break; Bella would find herself in an empty classroom in the arms of her amazing boyfriend, Liam. It wasn't for the fact that they were hiding anymore, those days were over. It was for the very fact that they couldn't stay away from each other and would probably get expelled if a teacher caught them doing half the things they got up to together. In a way, hiding made it more exciting and a little sexier.

Finally having reached her classroom, Bella stopped momentarily to catch her breath and quickly looked down to adjust her shirt before rushing inside. Bella immediately caught Santi's eye who gave her a once over while trying to hide her smile, obviously well aware of what she had been up to.

"Miss Roberts, you're late again!" Mr Fowler growled as she closed the door.

"Yeah, i'm sorry. It won't happen again." Bella apologized, giving him her best half tilted shoulder smile as she slid into her chair.

"Make sure it dosen't," he grumbled before turning his attention back to the board in front of him.

"Hey," Santi grinned. "So, where were you?"

"I have no idea what you're talking about," Bella smirked, choosing to look at the board in front of her that made no sense at all.

Santi simply giggled and went back to writing down what was on the board. Bella couldn't even concentrate this week, every thought had been about Liam, it's like an addiction at this stage she thought, but she didn't care; she hadn't felt this happy in so long.

Once her lesson was over Bella walked with Santi to their lockers, she only needed to grab a couple of books for her last two lessons.

"Hey guys," They both heard as they turned to see Sam skipping over to them, always happy. "Thank god there are only two more lessons left, I am so beat today!"

Bella groaned, "I know, Chemistry was so boring!"

"And how would you know?" Santi pointed out sending Sam a knowing smile to which she caught onto immediately.

"Ohh, late for class again huh?"

"Why were you late for class?" Scott asked, suddenly appearing behind them.

Bella quickly turned to face him and felt herself instantly blush. "No reason!" Spinning around to open her locker and dropping her bag in the process.

"Here, let me help you with that," she heard, looking into Liam's beautifully intense eyes as he picked her bag up and kissed her on his way up.

"Seriously?" Scott complained. "I'm right here."

"Sorry," Bella grinned. Feeling slightly embarrassed that Scott had witnessed them kissing. Things were great between them all, but some things were going to take a lot longer to get used to.

"I was enjoying it," Sam blurted out making everyone laugh except Scott who instead just dropped his head in the palm of his hand.

"I'm getting to class," he announced.

"Wait, you have history next right?" Sam questioned as she twisted her hair around her finger.

"Yeah," he answered, his eyes fixed on Sam warily.

"Walk me?"

"Uh, sure," he nodded a little taken back at her offer. Bella smiled as she watched them bond, she knew Sam had a thing for her cousin and if she wasn't mistaken she could have sworn she saw a slight blush to Scott's cheeks as they walked away together.

"See you guys later," Santi waved at them as she walked away also.

"Bye," she waved back before turning back to Liam. "Walk me?" she grinned sweetly, imitating Sam and earning her one of his gorgeous smiles.

"I would love to but...."


"I gotta go," he half smiled, but his eyes were sad. Something was wrong.

"Yeah, you're probably right. We really shouldn't be late again."

"No, I mean, I gotta go," he paused. "To my house."

"Oh," she swallowed, not liking the idea of him going anywhere near that place. "Right now?"

"Yeah, but i'll see you after school," he assured her, his voice low. It was obvious to her that he wasn't happy about it either.

"Liam, you can't cut class," trying to find a way to change his mind.

Liam wrapped his arms around her waist and leaned in close. "I have to Bella," he whispered. "My dad will be at work and since I don't live there anymore, now's a good a chance as any for me to pick up my stuff."

"Oh, right," forgetting all about that.

For crying out loud, he didn't even have his own bed these days. Except for when he was with her of course, but she knew the days when he wasn't at home and wasn't with her he was probably sleeping in his car. Bringing it up was something she thought about but she couldn't bring herself to ask him. Still, the thought of him going back to that place alone gave her chills, she knew it must be hard for him even if he wouldn't admit it.

"Don't worry," Liam said, watching her carefully. "I won't be long. It'll be alright." He kissed her once more on the lips and walked away before handing her bag to her.

"Wait!" Shutting her locker before walking over to him. "I'm coming with you."

"No, you're not!" he frowned, as he walked closer towards her making her feel suddenly tiny as he towered over her. Not wanting to give in she stepped even closer to him, "Yes I am."

He sighed with a slight frown still on his face, "Bella, I don't want you ditching school."

"I don't want you to either."

"Bella, please. After everything with Scott."

Bella wrapped her arms around his waist and looked into his eyes. She felt bad for pushing him but she felt like he had been there for her so many times and now she had a chance to be there for him, she couldn't let him do this alone.

"I'll explain it to him. This is my choice not yours and there's nothing you can say that's gonna stop me."

Liam smiled and cocked his head to the side, "So stubborn," he sighed.

"So," she started. "Are we going or not boyfriend?"


"You live here?" Closing Liam's car door behind her as she looked up at the huge mansion in front of her.

"Yeah," he muttered, running his hand through his perfect hair.

"You never told me you were..."

"Rich?" he answered for her, instantly making her regret saying anything at all. "My dad is."

"It's beautiful."  His eyes were dark as he scanned the house and she felt like she made the right choice in coming with him.

After helping Liam pack a couple of things she took a break and sat herself on his bed. This was the first time she had seen his room and she had to admit, it fit him completely. Compared to the rest of the house, Liam had made his room his own. Dark blue walls with posters of his favourite bands surrounding them, not to mention the small collection of guitars he owned. The carpet was also a dark blue, almost black and then there was his bed. It was a double with black sheets that matched his room perfectly, not to mention his deep and mysterious self. His room had such a rock vibe to it which reminded her a lot of the bar he took her to on their first date. She loved it.

"Not what you expected?" he startled her as he looked up from what he was doing. "I like it," she smiled. "It's very you."

"Yeah, this was the only room in the whole house house where I spent most of my time. Well here and the kitchen," he smirked with a quick wink making her laugh. "I love your laugh."

Bella felt herself blushing as he said that. "I love you," she said confidently for the first time. His eyes flashed up to hers and smiled.

Putting his bag to the side of the room he walked towards his bed and knelled in front of her. She watched as his eyes scanned her body before they rested on her lips. Knowing what he wanted sent a a thrill through her body, she wanted him just as bad. She bit her lip in anticipation as he slowly rose to kiss her. Her heart started to beat fast as his hands started roaming towards her hips, squeezing them lightly from the intensity of their embrace. Feeling his fingers at the hem of her shirt, she raised her arms allowing him to pull it off.

"Your turn,"  she whispered against his lips, feeling him smile as she pulled his shirt off and tossed it aside.

His lips immediately aimed for her neck, his tongue tracing shapes down her collarbone and down to her chest. Moans escaped her mouth as he wrapped her legs around his waist. Instead of lifting her on the bed he lowered her down onto the floor where he was now on top of her. They kissed once more before he started planting soft delicate kisses all the way down her body. Bella giggled loudly when he reached her belly button making him deliberately start teasing her. She impatiently pulled him up to her and kissed him hungrily.

The sudden slam of a door suddenly made them break away to find a strange man that she had never seen before standing in Liam's room looking down at them both with a look of anger and hatred. She could only guess who this was.

"What the hell do you think you're playing at?" his voice bellowed loudly.

The man quickly glanced down at her body making her feel extremely uncomfortable as she sat there topless. Following his fathers gaze, Liam quickly handed her shirt to her before giving his father a disgusted look and blocking his view as he stood in front of her while putting his own shirt on.

"I didn't think you would be here."

"Oh I see. So you decided to bring your whore of a girlfriend here for a quickie?" he yelled. Bella had only been in the room for a couple of minutes and she already despised the guy.

"Shut the hell up," Liam growled back at him as he remained in front of her like a shield.

"What did you say to me?"  his father questioned challengingly.

Bella noticed Liam's body tense up as his father started walking dangerously close towards him, "You heard me."

"You think you can talk to me like that in my own house?" he shouted making Bella grab hold of Liam's arm worried about how this might turn out. He wouldn't possibly do anything to Liam with someone else to witness everything surely?

"Don't worry dad," he said pointedly. "You won't be seeing me around here ever again, come on Bella," he took the guitar from his bed and handed it to her before taking her hand in his. "We're out of here."

They barely took two steps forward before his father blocked their way. "What do you think you're doing?"

Liam looked at him puzzled and glared at him, "What does it look like i'm doing, i'm leaving."

"Not with those you're not." he stated, pointing down at Liam's things that he had packed. Liam scrunched his face in frustration, "What are you talking about?"

"It all stays here," he growled.

"It belongs to me," Liam replied, matching his fathers tone of voice.

"And who paid for those things might I ask?" he demanded making Bella confused. Didn't he know that Liam worked at the bar?

"I did."

"With what money Liam? Oh wait, what am I saying, who needs money when you can just steal things. You wouldn't be up to old habits now would you Liam?"

What was he talking about? Liam dosen't steal, his father obviously has no idea that he had a job and that's how he earnt his money, but what did he mean by old habits? Bella looked up at Liam but was unable to see his face as he stood in front of her but she caught the eye of his father who read the look instantly.

"Looks like he hasn't told you everything sweetheart," he grinned wickedly.

"You leave her out of this," Liam warned him feeling him tense up once again. "Come on Bella," he placed his hand on her back for her to go first.

"I said it all stays!"

"Or what?" Liam hissed as he came face to face with his father making Bella's stomach churn.

"What are you gonna do?" His face was daring yet serious as he glared at his father. Liam turned to leave but before they made it to the door she felt Liam's father grab her arm forcefully as he yanked the guitar out of her hands with his other. Liam immediately reacted and pushed him away from her roughly.

"Don't you ever touch her again!"

Liam protectively stood in front of her once more before quickly glancing down at her making sure she was ok but the ache in her stomach increased, she had a bad feeling about this and wanted nothing more then to take Liam and get away from his father. She watched on as Liam's father rose and stalked towards them with a hard punch to Liam's jaw sending his flying to the floor. Bella screamed in shock and immediately ran down to Liam's aid.

"That's right, look at you," his father shouted loudly. "You're pathetic and weak. You won't last five minutes on your own! You're going to wish you had never disobeyed me boy."

"You're wrong," Liam grunted with an unreadable expression on his face.

"Am I?" he questioned amusingly making Bella want to smack that grin right off of his face. "Where are you going to go Liam, huh? Who's going to look out for you now?"

"He has me."

"Bella," Liam cautioned her as she spoke up.

"Aw, isn't that sweet," his father pretended to gush as Liam sat up and hovered over her slightly. "You know, I want to believe it I do but, you see it won't last my dear."

"Nobody loves you Liam," his father continued. "Nobody cares about you, you're a worthless piece of crap. You're a nobody. Hell, even your own mother didn't love you" he yelled making Bella's mouth drop in shock. He did not just say that!

"You monster," she gasped, feeling tears building up in her eyes. Her heart poured for Liam at that very moment, the look on his face, it was a look of defeat. "How can you talk to him like that! He's your son!"

"He's no son of mine and I will talk to him however I like you stupid little bitch." He glided towards her with his hand ready to slap her but Liam was faster and tackled his father to the ground with a punch to his face.

"Liam!" Bella screamed in surprise, watching helplessly as Liam fought with his father.

"Get out of here!" he shouted towards her trying to keep his father down.

"No," she cried, she couldn't leave him here alone with him.

"Bella go, now!"

Before he could say another word his father caught a punch to Liam's face and spun them over so Liam's back was to the ground. He quickly hovered over Liam and tightly wrapped both hands around his throat making Liam gasp for air. 

"Stop it!" Bella screamed as she watched his father chocking Liam. "Please stop. You're killing him!" she cried hysterically, watching as Liam's movements became weaker.

Not knowing what else to do she throws herself on top of his father and started punching his face and anywhere she could to try and free Liam from his grasp. He finally let go and elbowed her in the face which sent her flying to the ground in pain. He finally stepped away from Liam only to start grabbing a chunk of her hair and dragging her up to his level. Scared of what he was going to do she tried to break free but he tightened his grip on her hair making her cry in pain. Somehow Liam had recovered quickly and grabbed him off of her with another punch to the face. Liam hovered over him as his father had fallen to the ground where he repeatedly began kicking him over and over.

"Liam," she tried calling him.

"Liam!" He just ignored her and continued kicking his father who looked like he was no longer moving.

"Stop it!" Scared he was going to kill him she grabbed hold of Liam's arm. "Liam, stop it!"

Liam stopped kicking his father and turned to look at her, she wanted to cry at the look he was giving her but she had to keep it together for him. He needed her.

"Let's go Liam, we have to go." They grabbed his stuff he had packed and ran out of the house and towards Liam's car. Bella was about to offer to drive but Liam had already started the car and the look on his face told her not to ask.


They were halfway home when Liam pulled the car over just outside the forest where he took her that night on their first date. It was dark now and they hadn't said a word to each other since they left the house. Bella didn't know what to say, anything that comes out of her mouth could be the wrong thing at that moment. All she wanted to do was hold him but she wasn't sure how he would react.

Liam suddenly hit the steering wheel in front of him angrily, startling her. His hands rested on the wheel as he closed his eyes and sighed heavily.

"Liam," she began to say but couldn't find the right words. What was you supposed to say to someone who just went through something like that?

"I'm sorry," she heard him whisper.

"For what?" What did he have to be sorry about? He sighed again as he shifted in his seat before slowly looking over at her, his brown eyes so intense yet filled with sadness. "He hurt you."

Bella felt a pain go through her heart, he never thought of himself. He was almost chocked to death and took a horrible beating and yet as always he was more concerned for her well being.

"I'm ok," she reassured him, reaching for his hand but he quickly avoided it and got out of the car and slammed the door shut. He opened it again thinking he was getting back in only to watch him slam it shut again and again. "Liam, stop it!"

Bella quickly rushed out the car and ran over to his side where he was still slamming the door repeatedly.

"Liam!" she shouted, wishing she could calm him down and actually wishing Scott was there at that moment. Not sure on how he would react she bravely grabbed his arm and tried to pull him away. "Liam please, you're scaring me!" To which he immediately stopped but once again turned his back on her.

"I am such an idiot..." he paused as if he was going to say more. He looked down at the ground defeated and sighed. "I should have known he'd be there."

"You couldn't have known. You said yourself he was supposed to have been at work."

"But I should have known, I should have been one hundred percent certain. I should never have let you come," his voice was cold and angry and she felt a knot tighten at that comment. He was right, if she hadn't have been such a selfish person and stayed out of it then maybe none of this would have happened.

"Liam -"

"He can hit me and yell at me all he wants," he interrupted her. "Hell i'm so used to it now it's like second f**king nature to me. But you..." His gaze was narrowed slightly as he watched her. "I couldn't protect her either."

Bella instantly knew that he was talking about his mother and felt even more guilty. The reason he didn't want to bring her was in case something like this happened, but she had to push him, god she hated herself so much right now.

"Liam don't, you were just a child."

"I still...I should have tried," He turned away from her again, the sinking feeling in her gut getting worse. It killed her to see Liam fall apart, this was a side of him she had never seen before, a side she didn't even know existed in him. I guess everyone has their limit and tonight with his father he had finally reached his.

"Stop it Liam, you couldn't have done anything, look at what he does to you, how he treats you. He's a horrible person, he'll be the one left with nothing."

"I guess we do have one thing in common."

"What do you mean?"

He looked over his shoulder at her before slowly turning back around. "He was right, i'm nothing. What are you doing with me Bella? I should have listened to Scott I should have left you alone. I should have stayed away from you. God, you deserve so much better!"

"Don't say that!" Fighting the sudden tears that stung her eyes and the slight break of her heart as he ranted on.

"It's true."

"No it's not!" Grabbing hold of his arm as he tried to turn away from her again.

"Yes it is!" he shouted, pulling her arm away from him angrily, making her tears finally fall. She watched as he ran his hands through his hair in frustration wishing there was something she could do to stop him from throwing her away.

"You have no idea. You think he's a monster?" His eyes locked onto hers.

"You are nothing like him Liam!"

"Yes, I am Bella," he said seriously making her nervous. How could he think that? What could he possibly have done to think that?

"No you're not! You're Liam, my Liam," she sobbed feeling light drops from the sky as it slowly started to rain.

Liam shook his head at her and returned her gaze. "I'm a thief Bella."

What!? What is he talking about? The words sounded wrong to her she couldn't even repeat them.

"Atleast I was," he explained. "I was apart of this group; a gang I guess you could call it. We would find big rich looking houses and break into them. We stole anything and everything that looked valuable. We never once stopped to think about what it might mean to them. I felt no remorse. If anybody got in the way, we dealt with them," he paused. "I dealt with them."

He watched as the tears rolled down her cheeks wanting to comfort her but knowing he shouldn't. "You wouldn't do that," she looked up at him wishing he would tell her it's all a lie.

"You don't believe me? Just ask Trey, he was right there with me!" He swallowed and turned his head like he couldn't bear to watch her cry anymore. "I'm a mess Bella, always have been."

"That's not true," she whispered, wiping away the tears. The rain falling heavier now.

"Wake up Bella!" he shouted, moving closer towards her so they were almost touching. He looked down at her with sadness in his eyes.

"I'm not good for you. I can't remember the amount of houses I broke into, the amount of faces I caved in or the amount of girls I slept with and used!" Bella looked away at that, she didn't want to hear anymore.

"I can't even remember their names! Hell, I can't even remember what they looked like! You want to know the sad thing about it all? The reason our gang stole anything in the first place was because they had nothing and sold everything for cash. They lived off of it."

"But me, I did it because it was fun, it was a rush for me. What kind of a monster does that make me?" he trailed off.

Bella blinked in disbelief, she refused to believe that and she knew he knew that wasn't true,not really. "You're not that person anymore," she whispered.

Liam looked up at her almost in disbelief and stepped away from her. "Haven't you heard a word i've been saying? How could you want somebody like that?"

He ran his hands through his hair again in frustration, "Just think of what your dad would think of me then, he would never let me near you again, hell I don't blame him. I wouldn't want my little girl around someone like that either," he choked out sadly. 

Bella couldn't stand and watch him do this anymore, it was tearing her apart just listening to him putting himself down like he was this evil monster when really deep down she knew that wasn't true. He was a good person, words couldn't describe just how amazing she thought he really was. He was her heart, her everything, nothing would change that.

"I'll only end up hurting you, just ask Cammy. You think she cheated on me just because she got bored?" he asked.

Bella wrapped her arms around herself securely dreading to hear what he had to say, she didn't want to know about her at all.

"Truth is, I don't really blame her for doing it. I should have treated her better. I never had any time for her anymore. I was so disappointed in myself that I slowly started pushing her away."

"Liam, stop please."

"I'll take you home," he muttered as he wiped his face and took hold of her arm.

Bella quickly pulled her arm out of his grip surprising him a little, "I'm not leaving you Liam, not after everything we've been through."

"Get in the car Bella," he sighed, a torn look in his eye. 


Liam walked towards the car and opened the door for her, "I'm not gonna ask you again Bella."

"I said no!" she shouted, tears continuously running down her face.

"Get in the f*cking car Bella," he yelled slamming the door shut and grabbing hold of her arm once more making her collide into him.

"But I love you Liam," she sobbed, watching as a guilty yet confused look wiped across his face.  

"How? How could you love me after the things i've done?" he shouted lightly shaking her. "How could you love me when my own mother didn't even -"

The rain was raining so heavily now but that didn't mean she didn't notice the tears in Liam's eyes as he turned away from her and punched the hood of his car.

"How can you ask me that?" she shouted after him making him face her.

"What you did, yes it was wrong. I may not have known you then, but I know you now and I know what you did was out of anger. You didn't enjoy it, you can't lie to me Liam. You were angry at your father and you took it out on every other rich person that reminded you of him."

She stepped closer towards him and rested her arms on his chest as tears began rolling down his face breaking her heart with each tear. "I don't care about what you did Liam, not any of it. You are not that person anymore. You are strong and kind, you're more of a man then your father will ever be."

He froze and gazed intently at her. "It dosen't matter what kind of a person you were then, I fell in love with the person you are now. You saved me, you save me everyday and you don't even realise it."

"I'm not good for you Bella," he whispered brokenly. "Just leave me."

"Liam stop it!" She threw her arms around him and hugged him tight. "I'm not going anywhere, ever. I love you Liam. I'll never leave you."

"Bella -"

"No please Liam, don't leave me. Please, I need you," she sobbed, feeling her heart literally starting to break. She didn't know what else to do or say, she felt every inch of her body breaking away, she could feel him breaking away.

"Please, please don't leave me too." Just when she thought she was going to collapse those safe strong arms were wrapped around her and holding her tight. She looked up into his eyes uncertain of what to find but didn't have a chance as he roughly pressed his lips against hers, kissing her with every bit of passion he had inside of him.

"I love you Bella, i'm sorry."

"Liam," she sobbed but he cut her off by crashing his lips onto hers again.

"It's ok Bella, please don't cry anymore. I'm sorry baby, i'll never leave you."

Reaching up with her hand, she cupped his cheek and wrapped both arms around his neck as they cried together in the rain. She didn't care about anything at that moment, she didn't care if she woke up with the worst flu in history tomorrow, the only thing she cared about was Liam and never letting him go.

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