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


33. Chapter 33

"Are you sure about this Liam?" Bella asked as they stood outside Scott's house.

"He needs to know," Liam squeezed her hand gently with an encouraging smile on his face. "We can't keep hiding things anymore."

Moving closer towards her he placed his hands on either side of her face and let out a small sigh. She searched his beautiful yet badly bruised face as he gazed down at her lovingly. It was almost unreal that just moments ago she had almost lost part of the reason why her heart beats the way it does. Liam was such a big part of her, not having him seemed impossible to imagine and there was no way she was going to find out anytime soon. It was her turn to fight for him and support him and she would do anything to keep him.

"I need to make sure you're gonna be ok. If something happens, at least Scott can be there for you."

"Liam,nothings going to happen." She looked away from him quickly hating that look in his eye, he was scared for her. "You're free now, he can't hurt you."

He shook his head with a frown. "You don't know my father Bella." His voice was confident like he knew his fathers every move. It gave her chills just thinking about that evil man. "He's a powerful man. What happened tonight, he's not gonna let that go lightly."

Bella bit her lip nervously, "What could he do?"

"I don't know?" he shrugged, his eyes drifting away from hers. "I don't want to think about it. That's why Scott needs to know."

Liam caught her gaze once more before a frown appeared back on his face. "Scott's gonna kill me when he sees you." His hand gently grazed the side of her face where a bruise had started to form. His dad certainly knew how to slap a girl clear across the face.

He flicked his eyes down at the ground in guilt, "Bella."

"Liam i'm ok," she tried to reassure him. "It looks worse then it is, I can't even feel anything." 

Liam smiled half heartedly like he knew she was fibbing. Bella took that moment to take in that beautiful stare of his, she was so lucky to have him. He was so handsome that sometimes she just wanted to stare at him for hours and gush over how gorgeous he really was. The fact that he wanted her so much seemed so unreal, Bella wasn't sure what it was about her that made him want her so bad, it was a mystery to say the least.

"Sometimes I wonder what you see in me."

Liam smiled down at her and took in a deep breath, "Sometimes I wonder what you see in me too."

Bella giggled and wraps her arms around his neck, "A match made in heaven." Trying to keep her heart from beating rapidly which was hard to do around Liam, especially when he was looking at her like he was at that moment.

He straightened up and wrapped his arms around her waist as he slowly backed her into one of the pillars, Bella suddenly felt very small as he towered over her with a look of lust on his face. 

"I would love to tell you all the things I love about you, but we would be here a while," he muttered, his lips grazing the side of her face slowly making his way down to her neck where he placed a tender kiss. 

"And honestly, I'd prefer to show you just how much you mean to me," he winked mischievously, making her blush.

Liam leaned down and softly pressed his lips against hers, cupping her cheek with one hand while his other was wrapped securely around her waist. The kiss soon became deeper and Bella soon found her hands in Liam's hair, pulling gently making him smile.

"We should go inside," Bella muttered, knowing if they continued it would be harder to stop. Liam smirked at her knowing he could sense how much she wanted him. 

Looking up at Scott's house his expression quickly grew serious. "You sure Judy's not home?"

"Yeah, Scott texted me and said she's working late," she assured him, grabbing hold of his hands. She could tell he was a little nervous about opening up to Scott. "You ready?"

Liam glanced at her for half a second then smiled warmly. "Let's go."

They both walked up to Scott's house and knocked on the door, Bella quickly stood on her tiptoes giving Liam another kiss for luck before Scott opened the door.

It didn't take long for Scott to spot the bruise on her face or Liam's for that matter. Not to mention they were still pretty wet from the rain they got caught in. 

"Bella, what the f*ck?" he frowned down at her, eyeing Liam suspiciously. "What the hell happened?"

"Scott," Liam tried to explain but Scott cut him off.

"I swear to god Liam if you've -"

"Scott calm down," Bella interjected before he accused Liam of anything. 

Liam with a slight frown on his face now took in a deep breath before letting out a sigh, he knew Scott would jump to conclusions. "I need to talk to you," he told Scott.

They all gathered into the kitchen where Scott handed out some beers and even gave Bella one along with a packet of frozen peas for her face. Bella hated beer but after the night she had, a drink sounded like just the thing she needed and with that she took a long swig and ignored the foul taste running down her throat and focused on the throbbing pain that was on the side of her face instead, it seemed to hurt more as the night went on. Bella didn't say much as Liam explained everything to Scott, in fact neither did Scott, it was hard to read his face as he took everything in.

"Liam man," Scott sighed running his hand over his face. "Why the hell didn't you tell me any of this before?"

Liam shook his head and looked down at the ground shamefully making Bella want to comfort him. 

"All those times you came to school with a black eye and a busted lip and the limping," he sighed. "You telling me that was all him?"

Liam didn't respond at that, he simply nodded his head and continued to stare at the ground. Not being able to watch helplessly anymore she placed Liam's hand in hers and gave it a gentle squeeze which he immediately responded to. Scott watched their exchange and she could now feel his attention on her face.

"What else did he do to you?"

Bella turned her head towards him, "Nothing, Liam stopped him from doing anything else. He saved me."

"No I didn't," he said calmly looking across at her. "If anything, she saved me."

Bella smiled and cuddled into his side feeling his arm being securely wrapped around her. Scott quickly downed the rest of his beer and suddenly stood up making his chair almost tip over as it screeched against the floor.

"So let's go."

"What?" Bella asked, watching Scott carefully as he grabbed his keys from the kitchen side.

"I'm not gonna sit here knowing that asshole is out there and could come looking for either one of you when I can go down there right now and finish this."

"Scott," Bella rose from her chair along with Liam, they had to calm Scott down before he did something stupid and reckless.

"I'll grab some guys from the team and we'll go down there and show him what it feels like to be treated like a piece of sh*t," he suggested angrily.

"Scott that's enough," Bella frowned.

"Come on Liam, let's go show this f*cking asshole a lesson. What do you say?" Scott asked him with his fight face on, thankfully Liam simply shook his head and let out a sigh.

"I'm not like him man, i'm nothing to him and he's nothing to me. But he's still my father" Liam stated, but Bella could see the sadness in his eyes as he admitted that.

"Besides, i've been fighting him my whole life, it won't work and i'm not that person anymore."

Scott scrunched his face up in confusion. "What are you talking about?"

"I think i'm gonna leave you two to talk," sensing that this is maybe a talk they needed to have alone and decided to leave them to it. "Can I use the shower?"

"Sure," Scott muttered watching Liam carefully. 

Bella gazed over at Liam whose eyes were focused on her, he was always watching her she thought making her heart warm. He took hold of her hand and placed a kiss on it making her smile. 


We sat there for what felt like the longest time. There was nothing left now, Scott officially knew about his entire life, guess it was time to find out just how good of friends they are. Or better yet, how much Scott could stand to be around him. It was his biggest fear to have Bella find out about anything to do with his past, he really thought she would hate him and never want him touching or even looking at her ever again. Yet again she had surprised him and he couldn't be more grateful. After all the bad things he's done he often wondered if his life was the way it was on purpose, that he was being punished. What did he ever do to deserve Bella? She was like an angel in his dark world, but he loved her and thanked the heavens that he gets to call her his.

Liam put his thoughts aside for the moment as he gazed up at Scott who was still sitting on the sofa. They had been sitting there like that for a few minutes now and the silence was starting to irritate Liam. 

"Aren't you gonna say anything?" he asked, finally catching Scott's glare.

"What am I supposed to say?" he sighed, rising from the sofa now. "I feel like I don't even know you."

Liam dropped his gaze at that, he knew this would happen and if he was honest he couldn't really blame him. He was a liar and a thief, how could he expect anybody to accept that?

"We've been friends since middle school Liam," Scott continued. "We're like brothers man and you're telling me this now?"

"I didn't want you involved in any of it," Liam frowns. "You're a good guy Scott, a better one then i'll ever be."

Scott let out another sigh and sat back down on the sofa while waiting for Liam to continue.

"My life at school and home were two different worlds for me. Why do you think I never missed a single day? It was my only escape when I was younger anyway, if I had dared to miss a class I knew I would get my ass kicked when I got home," he trailed off remembering all the bad memories of his dad and all the beatings he took from him.

"I got to be myself when I was at school. As I grew up I started hitting the gym and learned to defend myself. I remember the first time I stood up to him. He went to hit me but I dodged him and I hit him instead," Liam scoffed to himself remembering the evening clear as day.

"Why did he try and hit you?"

Liam rested his elbows on his legs as he leant forwards, "I just got arrested and he did nothing but yell and cuss me out the entire way home which I pretty much expected. He was pissed, I mean he had a right to be, but maybe that's why I did it, so I could show him I was stronger then him. That I was no longer afraid"

"We got home and the moment that door closed behind us he tried to take a swing at me," Liam explained trying to contain the anger he could feel boiling up inside of him. 

"I was too fast though and this time I had him. I remember how good it felt to finally get back at him after all those years. You should have seen his face man," Liam smirked remembering the shock on his fathers face. "He couldn't believe it."

Liam let out another sigh as the anger in him started to ease away. "For the longest time he hasn't dared tried again, not until lately anyway. It's like he doesn't care if he loses anymore, as long as he gets a few kicks in he's satisfied."

Scott shakes his head at that like he can't believe what he's hearing. "Bella's known this whole time?"

"Not at first," Liam shook his head. "Not until the last time I stayed here, she saw the bruises on my ribs and basically put two and two together."

"I take it I probably don't want to hear why she saw you naked," Scott muttered, shooting daggers at Liam.

"I wasn't naked, I just got out of the shower and we bumped into each other," Liam explained, thinking it best he didn't know the full story.

He could still remember how shy she was at seeing him with just a towel wrapped around his waist, he had wanted so bad to take her there and then, but he managed to contain himself and watched in agony as she slipped out of the bathroom and left him to try and calm himself down. Liam could feel himself smiling at just the thought of her. God he could watch that girl forever.

"She's amazing you know," he tells Scott. "I've never met somebody who has been through something so sh*tty and yet still manages to see past all the bad things i've done."

Scott nods his head in agreement, "That's what worries me."

Liam looks up at Scott seriously and frowns. "What do you mean?"

"Look," he says carefully, leaning forwards to match Liam's stance. "After everything you've told me, you're still my brother Liam that won't ever change man."

Liam was elated to hear Scott say that, he had dreaded to hear the opposite and have him thrown out once again where there would be no going back to being friends at all or ever be allowed anywhere near Bella ever again. 

"I mean don't get me wrong," Scott continues rubbing the back of his neck. "It's gonna take some time for this all to sink in but," he trailed off.

"I get it man, it's a lot I know," Liam agrees, but catches an odd look on Scott's face as he stared back at him.

"Bella's been through a lot man, too much and the last thing I want is her getting hurt because of your problems."

Liam sighed and nodded his head, "I know."

"If she lost you, I think we both know she would struggle to get back to herself. But if she's in danger Liam, you need to end this now."

Liam looks up at Scott and he knows what he's saying is right, but every bone in his body was telling him not to do it. 

"I'm not giving up on her Scott. I care about that girl more then I care about anything."

"Liam, i'm warning you," Scott growled as he stood his ground amd rose from the sofa once again. Liam stood as well and walked towards Scott.

"I don't wanna fight about this, i've already tried reasoning with her. I almost let her f*cking go man. I don't deserve her I know that, but for some reason she sees something good in me and I love her so f*cking much for it. She makes me feel like i'm a good guy," Liam explains seeing Scott's expression change completely.

"I trust you man, I do, I know you'll keep her safe. But if she does get hurt," he trailed off, wiping his hand across his face in frustration.

"I will always keep her safe, I promise you that." Taking in a deep breath he looks down at the ground before looking back up at Scott.

"But if something were to happen to me because of my father or if he gets too close, I know what I have to do. It will kill me, but at least I know she's got you," he smiled sadly.

"Dude," Scott replied placing his hand on Liam's shoulder. "You're father won't do s*it, I got your back."

Liam smiled half heartedly, "You don't know him like I do. I've got a bad feeling man."


Bella was sitting on the bed in the spare room wearing one of Scott's baggy football jerseys that she borrowed from his wardrobe. Not wanting her parents to see her face still swollen, she asked to stay the night at Scott's and was overjoyed to hear that both of her boys were still friends. It made her even happier to learn that Scott had invited Liam to stay with him again, she would worry much less now that he had somewhere safe to stay instead of sleeping in his car like she knew he did a lot.

Bella let out a heavy sigh as she thought about the day she had gone through and how despite everything that had happened, Liam was safe and they were going to be ok. Liam seemed to think the opposite but she was going to do everything she could to change that. The day was catching up to her as she felt the aches in her body which also screamed for some sleep. Laying down on the bed she was about to give in and let her eyes drop when someone knocked on the door. Bella sat back up and turned around to find Liam closing her door before making his way towards her. 

"Tired?" he smiled. Bella watched as his eyes found themselves travelling down her down body to settle on her bare legs.

"A little, you ok?" she asked, noticing a troubled yet distracted look on his face. He simply nodded his head and smiled at her as he sat down beside her.

"I can't believe I almost let go of the best thing that's ever happened to me," he sighed, staring lovingly into her eyes.

"It's gonna take a lot more then that to get rid of me," she teased, resting her hand on his chest. He took hold of her hand and looked at her seriously.

"Bella, I need you to promise me something," he said making her worry a little. "If my dad comes back and tries anything or if it gets to the point where I can't protect you anymore," he trailed off, dropping his gaze away from her.

"You have to promise to let me go," he managed to finally say.

Bella moved out of his hold and stood from the bed."What? No!"

"Bella," he started, rising next to her so that he now towered over her.

"I thought we already talked about this," Bella muttered sadly as she stared up at him intently.

His eyes saddened as that. "Bella, I don't want to let you go, I swear it's the last thing I want. But I won't let him hurt you," he said protectively. "I'm not saying it will happen, but if it does," he faltered, unable to look at her anymore. 

"It won't," she finishes for him. "We're gonna be fine Liam. We will, I know it, ok?" she adds, hoping he will believe her.

He smiled down at her sweetly, "Ok."

Liam took her hands in his and placed a gentle kiss on them both. He finally closed the space between them, she could now feel his breath on her face as he lowered his face down to kiss her. He started gentle at first but then soon deepened the kiss a little more, lifting her slightly so he could lower her onto the bed. He climbed on top of her and quickly threw his shirt off, she couldn't help but gaze at his body, he was so amazing. It was then she caught a glimpse of a couple of bruises that were starting to form near his ribcage.

"Bella, what's wrong?" he glanced down at her worryingly.

"How can he do this to you?" she whispered sadly.

Liam carefully rolled to the side of her and held her close to his chest. "Don't worry Princess, I barely feel them anymore."

That made her sad, a son shouldn't be used to feeling this way. Her parents would never dream of treating her that way, they had never once laid a finger on her, even as a little girl. Sure she would get yelled at sometimes or be punished by being grounded or given extra chores, but that's the same for every child growing up. Sure Liam has made some bad choices in life but putting all that aside, he was such a good guy. If only there was a way she could show him just how good he was, he was always so disappointed in himself and it saddened her greatly. 



I'm sorry I know this is a short chapter but I must have rewritten this so many times that I lost count. I just wanted to at least post something so I hope it's not too bad. The next one will be better :)


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