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Above The Trees

chapter four

I was frozen in shock. He wants me to come on tour with him? Isn’t that a little… early in the relationship? And what about my job? My family? My life? I had no idea what to say.

“Don’t answer now,” Liam says softly, putting a finger over my lips. “Sleep on it—in fact, take as long as you need.” He smiles.

“Okay,” I croak out. My throat is so dry all of a sudden. I then remember that I didn’t take my medication. I don’t even care right now though. Then it hits me: he doesn’t even know. He doesn’t know anything about me. What if he doesn’t like what I have to tell him?

“Good night,” he whispers, kissing my forehead and turning out the light.

In the morning, I wake up to the smell of bacon, eggs and toast and an empty bed. I roll out of bed and slump my way over to my dresser. I put on my Captain America boxers over my underwear and my Falling in Reverse tank top. I then pad my way into the kitchen.

“Good morning, Ellie!” Liam practically shouts happily with a spatula in his hand.

“Good morning,” I say back, sitting at the island countertop. “You know, I was planning on making you breakfast.”

“Next time then; now eat up!” He hands me a plate of food and then sits down next to me with his own—holding twice as much food as he gave me. Doesn’t surprise me. The dude works out like crazy.

Just when I’m almost finished with my meal, there’s a knock at my door. I jog over to it, expecting it to be Millie. I don’t have many friends and she always just shows up—I love it.
“Millie, love! Come on in!” I give her a hug and kiss on the cheek. “We were just having breakfast! Want some?”

“We?” Millie asks, raising her eyebrows, impressed. She enters my apartment and notices Liam sitting in his boxers, shoveling eggs into his mouth. She looks back at me with a ‘Nice job, girl’ face. Then it hits her. “Liam! What are you still doing here? You have a meeting with the guys!”

“Oh, that’s right!” Liam jumps up out of the bar stool and runs into the bedroom, quickly changing, He runs to the door, stops, kisses me and then leaves.

Once the door is closed, Millie speaks her mind. “Did you guys fuck?”

“Wow, Millie, could you be a little blunter?”

“Don’t avoid the question!”

I cross my arms over my chest. “No, we didn’t,” I say defiantly. “There, are you happy?” I walk over to my living room and I plop down on my couch, ready to hear it.

“Why not?!” Millie follows me and sits down next to me.

“It… it just didn’t… feel right. It was only our first date. Like I told him, I felt sleazy.”

“You said that?!”


“You told him that you felt sleazy?”


“Wow, what a compliment!” Millie says sarcastically.

I roll my eyes. I did nothing wrong. He seemed fine. I mean, he asked me to go on tour with him. “What about you and Niall? Did you guys fuck?” I ask in a mocking tone.

My best friend stays silent, looking around the room. “I like that lamp. Is that new?”

“Millie! You didn’t!” I slap her arm.

She sighs deeply. “We didn’t go all the way, okay?”

“What did you do then?”

“I… may have… sucked his dick….”

“Oh my god! Gross!” I grimace, covering up a smile.

“Oh, don’t act like such a saint, Ellie. You would have done the same thing, if not more if you hadn’t gotten that stupid ‘feeling’ of yours!”

She was right. I’m such a horn dog. Then I remember the question that rocked my world. “Um, Millie, did Niall ask you anything?”

“Like what do you mean?”

“Like anything big? Life-changing even?”

“Oh, you mean how he asked me if I would go on tour with him?”

She says it so nonchalantly that I’m taken aback. My jaw drops. “Millie! You say it like it’s no big deal!”

“Because to me, it’s not. I’m an aspiring singer/song-writer. This is a way for me to get noticed. And no, I’m not using Niall and the guys. I talked to Niall about it and he’s fine. He wants to help.” She pauses a moment. “So Liam asked you too?”


“Why do you say it like that? You should be jumping for joy!”

“I don’t know! It’s just… my whole life is here in Grand Rapids. What about my job?”

“Screw your job! The boys said that they would pay for everything. Do you really want to stay where you are the rest of your life? This is an adventure—like what you always write about in your fan fictions!” Millie puts her hand on my knee.

“But what about the rape victims I counsel?”

“They can get someone else to cover for you. It’s not forever. Plus, if you start dating Liam, you can start your own fundraisers and stuff to raise money for rape victims.”

Millie is making a lot of sense—on the rare occasions. We both have a lot of emotions and a lot of times we don’t know how to handle them. As one can see, that is happening to me right now. I do want to get out there and see the world. I really do like Liam, even though he can come on a little strong. But maybe that’s what I need.

“And you know,” Millie says. “It would really make Jeff jealous.” She winks at me.

I try to hide a smile but it peeks through at the corners of my lips. “Sold!” I pull out my cell phone and text Liam: I would love to go on tour with you. Thanks so much for the offer!


So this a little shorter (and a little early). This is where the story starts to take off. Like I said, I have a lot planned--and there may ever be some guest appearances from other musicians! ;)


I am in no way biased but update.

Omfg no. Lol. That would be hilarious.