The Doubt of Moving On

Liam Payne was once in love. He was head over heels for her. He'd take the moon for her. But she did something that not only hurt him but his friends as well. He doesn't know what to do. All he can do is hang on to the past. Hang on to her. But he knows he needs to move on.
Ruby Adams was once happy. She was head over heels for a guy. She loved her brother more than anything. But the guy she loved did something to her which made her do something to her brother. She's a mess. All she can do is mope around. Not care about anything else. But she knows she needs to move on.
When their fates cross paths, will they finally do what they need to do all along?
*Don't need to read Chasing the Sun for this spinoff*


25. Chapter 24

Chapter 24


“Hey, E.” Ruby said as soon as we got into Elise’s room. She immediately went over to hug her and Elise hugged back.

“Hey, R.” Elise greeted with a smile. “Hey, Liam.”

“Hello.” I responded with a smile and went to sit on the side.

It’s been two weeks since Elise woke up and her and Ruby have gotten so close over those days and it almost worried me. An ex-girlfriend and a girlfriend getting along isn’t something you here everyday but somehow they got along more than I got along with anyone else. Ruby hasn’t said one bad word against Elise and Elise admires Ruby like Ruby’s her idol. They got to talking while I stayed in the corner, not listening.

The day after Elise woke up, i told the rest of them that she was awake and Ali immediately went to go see her despite Jenna’s protests. Louis stayed frozen for a while and Eleanor started to shake. Niall and Georgia were angry, which wasn’t surprising, they were always angry from the moment they found out. Harry ran out after Ali did and Jenna and Jake followed a few minutes after, Jenna wanting to make sure Ali didn’t do anything stupid but i had faith in Ali. I knew that all she wanted to do was talk to her.

One by one, they all visited her. Ali and Harry were first which wasn’t that surprising. Harry was still pretty mad at Elise for what she did but Ali was the forgiving kind and once she heard Elise’s explanation, I’m pretty sure Ali forgave her straight away with no other questions. Honestly, it wasn’t so surprising to hear that Ali forgave her. Elise was so relieved to know that Ali forgave her that she started crying. Harry didn’t say much but I knew he voiced how much he was still mad at her and Elise accepted it without a word in protest.

Louis and Eleanor were next, two days after. Louis was frightening, I should know, I was there. He gave her the third degree, asking almost the same questions as me but in the end he just told her that he’d never be able to forgive her in the near future but maybe later he would. Eleanor was shaking through the whole thing like she was scared and i had to call Ruby away from her visit to her brother to calm Eleanor down.

Jake and Jenna went after them the next day. Jake told Elise how disappointed he’d forever be in her and he yelled a lot. Jenna surprisingly stayed quiet but when it came to the end she told Elise that if her best friend can forgive her then so could she. But she couldn’t forgive her straight away and Elise accepted that.

When Niall and Georgia decided to visit, I knew I had to be there just in case they went a little too far. But surprisingly they both kept their cool. They both told her that it would take a very very very very very long time for them to forgive her and that they can barely look at her. And that was the second visit she cried in. She was crying so much that I had to bring in Ruby and Elise calmed down almost straight away, as if seeing Ruby reminded he that she should be strong.

Every single one of them were so surprised at how Ruby treated Elise. Most girlfriends would’ve been so mad at her but Ruby had a good heart and she always saw the best in people especially those who everyone only sees the bad in. They started talking about everything and nothing and at times I felt like i was third wheeling.

“I asked my physio if I could move back to Australia.” Elise suddenly announced and my head snapped up automatically and I listened attentively. 

“You did?” Ruby asked, shocked.

“Yeah, I don’t have anything in London. The only people I know are pretty mad at me so I don’t have anything to stay for here.” She replied and Ruby nodded in understanding.

“So what did he say?” Ruby asked.

“He said I could fly down in two days since he knows a few physios near me but I’m going to need crutches since my legs are still weak.” She informed us.

“Have you made much progress?” Ruby asked.

“Yeah, I have. I can move my arms for longer than ten minutes now and I can walk a few metres but it gets exhausting sometimes. I wished I never stayed in that coma for long. I can barely move.” She joked but it wasn’t much of a joke to me.

“Well if you ever come back to London, I’ll most likely always be here.” Ruby grinned and Elise nodded.

“Thank you, Ruby, for everything. You’re kind of my idol.” Elise smiled.

“That’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to me. Thank you! You’re amazing, Elise. You just have to have faith in yourself.” Ruby replied with a wide smile. Man, I love this girl.

“Well, it’s friday and I know that you visit your brother every second friday so you should go.” Elise said.

“Are you sure? I mean, you’re leaving in two days.” Ruby protested.

“No, it’s fine. Just make sure you say bye before you leave.” Elise replied.

Ruby nodded. “Of course.”

“Are you staying in here, Liam?” Elise asked. Elise knew about Ryder and I’m pretty sure she found out more about it than I did in four months but I wasn’t mad or anything. I already know everything I needed to know. 

“Actually,” Ruby interrupted before I could even speak, “I want him to come with me.”

That shocked me. A lot. “Are you sure?”

She nodded. “You let me see Elise and still let me see Elise and I guess it’s time for you to finally meet my brother.”

I blew out a breath then kissed her. She smiled before pulling away then looking at Elise and apologising. But Elise just waved her hand, brushing it off. Then Ruby said goodbye to her and so did I and we went down the hallway to where Ruby’s brother was in.

He was in a room similar to Elise’s and he laid limply on his bed. He had similar features to Ruby. They had the same nose and bone structure and he had dark hair that was pretty shaggy but it wasn’t surprising since he has been in a coma for almost nine months. It made me curious to know if he’s eyes were the same brown as Ruby’s or if  they were the same green eyes their mother had. Ruby went to go sit down on the chair beside his bed and I went to go sit down on the chair along the wall but she shook her head and ushered her to me. I approached her and she ordered me to sit then she sat on my lap. I chuckled softly at her demands then I kissed her shoulder once she was comfortable on my lap.

“Hey, Ryder.” She said as she patted his arm that laid limp beside his body. “I brought Liam with me today. I should’ve introduced you two a long time ago, like the same time as when I introduced him to our family. It was only fair if I did but I guess I just wasn’t ready back then.

“But I’m ready now. I’ve finally realised that I shouldn’t continually beat myself down because of what I did to you. I shouldn’t torture myself so severely even though I know I deserve it. But I realised if you were awake right now and knew about how badly I blamed myself you would’ve tackled me to the ground. But also, Liam’s helped me realise that I shouldn’t beat myself down so much about this.

“I’ve treated Liam in the worst way possible, Ryder. In a way where you’d call me all sorts of colourful names because you knew I was hurting him a lot. I never talked about you to him when you were one of the most important people in my life. I rarely ever spoke about how life used to be in Manchester and I was so sorry for doing that to him. I still am.” She looked at me with the same regretful look in her eyes so I just shook my head as if to say that she shouldn’t be and I kissed her jaw.

“So anyway, Liam this is my brother, Ryder, and you are so lucky he’s not awake at the moment because he would give you the third degree. No, worse than that, he’d give you the one hundredth degree. And Ryder, this is Liam, the boy I’ve fallen so in love with that it hurts.” She grinned at me and I gave her an equally wide smile back.

“I love you, Ruby.” I murmured.

“I love you too.” She replied and kissed me softly. It was a long and sweet kiss that made her twist in my lap and straddle me. Then the kiss kind of gotten heated and I had to ruin the moment.

“I can’t kiss you like that knowing your comatose-state brother is less than two feet from us.” I said, slightly panting as our foreheads pressed together. She breathed a laugh and pulled away.

“Well, thank god for that.” The both of us jumped at the new voice in the room. Ruby turned to her brother and he was wide awake, looking at us with a disgusted expression solely reserved for when you’ve just seen your sister make out with someone. “Hey, loser.” He grinned.

“R-ryder?” Ruby stuttered.

“The one and only.” He smiled cockily and it was weird to think that he just woke up from an eight-month coma. Ruby then burst into tears and dived at her brother, giving him a hug. Ryder chuckled and patted her back affectionately.

“I’m going to get a doctor.” I told them both and Ruby gave me a grateful smile. She did it for me so it was only fair I do it for her too. 

“Wait, before you go, I need to ask Ryder something for both our dignities.” She called and I turned around in confusion. But she wasn’t looking at me, she was looking at Ryder accusingly. “What did you see when you woke up?”

“Uh, I heard you both tell each other you love each other and I opened my eyes when you started kissing. And jesus, please never let me see something like that again.” Ryder said closing his eyes in disgust. Ruby smirked mischievously and once Ryder opened his eyes, Ruby gripped my shirt and pulled me down and kissed me rather heatedly. I was pretty shocked and surprised then i heard Ryder’s groans and protests and i had to pull away with a laugh.

“Well, I’ll go now.” I announced.

“Please.” Ryder groaned and I laughed again, leaving the room so they can talk peacefully. Ruby gave me a wide smile before I left and I returned it.






Well, look at who’s finally awake! btw, i’m praying to god you know what physios are but just in case you don’t, physios are physical therapists and yes I used it shortened bc Elise is Australian and in Australia we shorten nearly every word possible.

Also, two more chapters and an epilogue left!!!!


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