I woke up before the alarm went off. I got up from bed, stretched like a cat and started my morning routine. I went downstairs in the kitchen to get a cup of coffee that has been growing on me lately and then back in my room. I opened my closet took a big breath and then began to rummage outfit after outfit while I took small sips of my drink. When I finally decided what I was going to wear, I dressed up and did my makeup.
There was a light knock on my door and seconds later my door was slightly opened and Liam’s head came through the gap. “Good morning! Are you ready?”
“Yeah... Let me grab my bag.”
We went downstairs. The smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls was coming from the kitchen. When we stepped foot into the kitchen, mom and Peter were drinking their coffee.
“Morning!” Me and Liam said in unison.
“Are you guys ready?” Peter asked looking away for a bit from the newspaper he was reading.
“Yeah... Mark is coming to pick us up in a bit.”
“Good. Take these with you. I baked apple pie and cinnamon rolls.” My mom said.
“Thanks mom!” Liam took a roll and stuffed it in his mouth while getting coffee. “Wow Betty, these are delicious! Thanks.”
A few minutes later Mark called. He was outside. We said our goodbyes and we went outside with our bags.
“Hey guys. Put your bags back in the trunk and get in.” Mark said from the driver’s door he was leaning on.
We took a short drive to Kira’s to pick her up too and began our trip. It was about an hour later when we got off the highway and continued driving to a country road. The view was magnificent and we made a few stops for Liam to capture the nature’s beauty with his camera.
“We are almost there...” Mark said.
We drove 5 more minutes and then Mark made a turn and a few meters later we were outside a beautiful cabin. We took our bags and some groceries from the car and went inside.
“Oh my god! This place is awesome!” Kira said excitedly.
Mark told us that there were only two bedrooms so one was for me and Kira and the other one for the boys. We took our bags in the bedroom.
“Hey roomie! What’s up with you? You’ve been very quiet...”
“Yeah I’ll tell you later... Let’s get settled first.”
“I’m here whenever you wanna talk. Let’s see what the boys are doing.”
Liam and Mark were already in the kitchen making coffee. “I’m going out for a walk and take some photos.” Liam said holding his camera.
The rest of us stayed in. Mark took some logs to start the fireplace while us girls prepared lunch. Hours later me and Kira changed into something more comfortable and took a seat close to the fireplace to enjoy our coffee while the boys were watching a game on the tv.
“So tell me... What’s up?” Kira asked me looking at me genuinely worried .
“Yesterday after school Carter kind of ambushed me.”
“Oh! And...?” She waited... “He told me that what I saw wasn’t what it looked like. That Lexie caught him off guard with that kiss.”
“How do you feel about that information?” I sighed... “I don’t know. He seemed like he was telling the truth. But that’s not all... He also wants me to give him another chance.”
When I told Kira what Carter told me I heard Liam speak. “He did what? Did you tell him to go to hell?” Liam was looking at me intently. When he saw me not responding he continued... “Fuck this shit!” He said angrily and stormed out the front door. He was furious...
“Liam wait!” I yelled. I ran after him without a second thought. It was already getting dark outside and he was long gone. I couldn’t see him around so I returned inside the cabin to put something warmer, took a lantern with me and went back out to go and search for him.
“Liam?” No response... I looked around the house... He was nowhere to be seen. Where did he go? I walked down a path calling his name. Still no response. I wasn’t sure if he even went that way... Oh my god! It’s dark now and he is wandering alone... I tried his mobile. Nothing...no signal... What if he got lost? What if something happened to him? I won’t forgive myself! No no no… I panicked and felt tears leave my eyes...
“LIAM!” I screamed. I need to find him! I continued down the path not sure for how long... I was screaming his name... “LIAM!” Please god let him be okay... please! He is the only one I have close to me from the moment Jenn moved to Seattle. I continued down the path... at some point I saw a shadow in the far end of the path.
“LIAM?” I thought I heard my name. A few seconds later I heard him yelling my name. “HANNAH?” I was running now at full speed towards the shadow that was turning to a clearer image of Liam as I was getting closer. I was crying but I was so relieved at the same time that I found him. I hugged him hard.
“Hey! Why are you crying?” He asked in a soothing voice.
“Oh my god! Liam I was so scared... It’s dark and I searched around and I couldn’t find you...” I told him in between sobs. He sighed while holding me tight against his chest. I was so relieved and felt so much comfort in his arms. I looked up to meet his eyes. “Please don’t do that again! You got me so scared...” His eyes were sad but also soft and the intensity in them was too much to handle so I lowered my head and looked down.
He broke the silence... “I hate it when you cry. The first time I saw you crying was that night and he was responsible for that. I’m sorry for getting you scared and making you cry. Please forgive me!” I looked at him again. “There is nothing to forgive...”
“Hannah I can’t tell you what to do but to be honest, I don’t want you anywhere near him. I don’t trust him.”
“Do you believe him?”
“I want to but it doesn’t make any difference because I don’t want to be with him.”
His eyes were trained to me and were looking at me with intensity. Something sifted between us at that moment... He wiped the tears from my cheeks with the pads of his fingers... His eyes started a fire inside me and I felt my heartbeat accelerate. Why the hell do I feel like that? Like I am burning up... I averted my gaze and took a step back but he didn’t loose his hold. He sighed and kissed my forehead.
“Aaaaah! Hannah... What am I going to do with you?” He said in a very low voice almost like a whisper. “Let’s get back.” We walked all the way back in silence. When we arrived at the cabin Kira and Mark were cuddling on the couch watching tv.
“Hey! we were starting to get worried...” Mark said.
Kira came to me and Liam. “Is everything okay?”
“Anyone want hot chocolate? It will help you warm up.”
Kira looked at Liam. “You Liam?”
" Naaah... I’m good.”
Kira handed me a cup of hot chocolate and sat beside Mark again. We were watching a movie the four of us. I enjoyed my drink and felt relaxed sitting beside Liam, my head was resting on his shoulder and I had my legs covered with a blanket. I don’t know when I actually fell asleep but the next thing I know is that I woke up lying on the sofa in Liam’s arms. Oh my god! We were watching tv last night and fell asleep. I was feeling so warm, relaxed and safe but at the same time uneasy and confused. How this closeness felt so good and wrong all the same?
My head was a mess. Everything that happened yesterday night was on replay in my head. I have to get up. I need some distance in hopes of finally getting my thoughts on the right direction. I tried to move a bit but then Liam opened his eyes...
“Hey.” He said in a low hoarse voice from just waking up. His eyes were enchanting and for the first time I couldn’t take my eyes away from his. It was like I was under a spell. His piercing stare held me a prisoner. I felt goosebumps all over my body. After what felt like an eternity, I averted my eyes from his and eventually I managed to find my voice. “Hey!”
“Are you okay?” Shit... shit... shit! Of course I am not okay. I am terrified but I can’t tell him the truth. I need to get away from him. I got up immediately as if I was struck by electric current.
“Oh... it’s late I need a shower!” I said in a hurry and left with that lame excuse. Liam was just laying there on the sofa watching me... “Okay... Good morning to you too! I guess...” He said sounding perplexed.
I sought refuge in the bathroom. I filled the bathtub with warm water, undressed and got in. Once inside the tub I let myself to get soaked. I closed my eyes and tried to relax.
In the meantime outside the cabin...
“Morning!” Mark said while taking a sip of his coffee.
“What are you up to?”
“Just finishing up my coffee and then getting some firewood. Everything okay with Hannah?”
“I really don’t know...”
“What happened?” Mark asked me curiously.
“Well we kind of fell asleep on the couch and when she woke up in my arms she bolted. I guess she felt awkward about it.”
Mark looked at me “Do you blame her?”
I rubbed my neck awkwardly. “No. But you know how I feel and I’m afraid that after yesterday’s night things got more complicated.”
“I see. Why don’t you tell her how you feel?”
“You don’t know how much I wish I could but I can’t tell her and you know why.”
“Bro, don’t know if I could just keep it to myself if I were you. Are you really just going to stand there and watch her be with someone else? And believe me, soon she will be someone else’s girlfriend cause girls like Hannah don’t stay unnoticed.” He said somberly.
“Yeah... I hope that won’t happen!”
Mark laughed at me saying “You are in denial if you really think that. Carter already made his move.”
“Oh shut up!” I replied irritated . “Going for a walk.”
When I felt the water to get cold, I decided to get out of the tub. The warm water helped me relax and I managed to do some thinking about last night, Liam and me. Of one thing I was absolutely sure... I was attracted to Liam and that was something I should keep buried inside. As hard as it will be for me, I’ll have to distance myself from him. Maybe I should just find me a distraction...
An hour later I got ready and went to the kitchen to make myself a cup of coffee. Kira was already there. “Hey! Is everything alright?” she asked in a soft voice.
“Yeah... kind of... Yes, it will be...” I said
“Where are the boys?”
That’s when Mark walked in and greeted me. “Good morning Hannah!”
He went straight to Kira, hugged her from behind and kissed her cheek. Okay... I guess things have progressed between them. To be honest I am really happy for them because they look cute together.
“Hey Mark, any idea where Liam is?”
“He went for a walk.”
A while later Liam came back and we decided to get ready and head back home. During the ride I stayed quiet with my headphones on listening to my favorite songs. Liam sat next to me at the backseat and Kira in front next to Mark. I’ve tried my best to keep my eyes closed and pretend that I fell asleep.
The car came to a stop and I heard Mark saying that we should arrange to go at his family’s cabin again.
“Yeah we should. I loved that place!” Kira said excitedly.
Liam moved the right earbud of my headphones and tried to wake me up as he thought I was asleep. I almost felt bad that I was pretending just to keep my distance.
“Hannah? We are home!” His voice close to my ear tickled me and the warm tone of his voice was enough to make me feel goosebumps all over my body. Yeah! I think I am in big trouble here... I opened my eyes and looked at him. He gave me a small smile but didn’t say anything else. I said goodbye to Kira and Mark and got off the car.
Peter greeted us when we stepped inside. “Welcome home kids! how was your trip?”
“Hi dad! It was okay... The location was really good and I managed to take some really good photos.”
“That’s really great son! You Hannah?”
“I had a wonderful time, now please excuse me I need to freshen up a little bit and change to something more comfortable.”
(So things are getting more complicated for Hannah. What do you think she is going to do? Is she going to use Carter as a distraction? This chapter gave an insight about Liam’s feelings... what is he going to do? Looking forward to read your comments. Don’t forget to vote and follow. Stay tuned for the next chapter. ❤️❤️❤️ )