A/N: Sorry for a month-long wait but I've been busy with school and also losing motivation over this story. But I'm back on and I promise to keep myself accountable with this story. If you have any ideas or input about this story, please do send me a PM. Thanks!
Liv woke up with a pounding headache, her knees wobbling as she stood against her bed. She put one hand on her forehead and took a deep breath in. Memories of last night came flooding in as she remembered Asher bringing her home and taking away her pills. She sighed deeply; she didn't need anyone else telling how she was a making a mistake. It wasn't as if she didn't already know that. She decided to go downstairs to grab a glass of water. On her way down, she heard her parents talking in the kitchen. They saw her walking in.
"Morning, honey. How you feeling?" her mom said.
"Yeah, do you need anything?" her dad chimed in.
Liv's brow furrowed and wondered what was with them this morning. "I'm fine. What's going on?"
"Nothing, we just wanted to see how you were doing. I noticed Asher dropped you off last night," Laura replied.
"Yeah, we saw a movie but I was feeling pretty tired..." Liv said, watching their responses.
Billy nodded his head, "Well me and your mom decided that we wanted to spend today together as a family. All four of us. Anything you want to do."
"Within reason, of course," Laura added.
Liv took a second to think about any upcoming events they could go. "What about the local fair they're hosting this year? I heard they're bringing back that special popcorn you love, Dad. And Mom, they have those antique pieces you like."
"Alright, I'm going to finish prepping for a case and we can leave in an hour. Why don't you go tell Jordan and let him know?" Laura said, looking at her watch.
"Okay!" Liv said excitedly, running up the stairs.
As soon as she left, Laura turned back to face Billy. "Are we sure this is going to work? I hate doing this to our daughter..."
"I know but it's better we know now. There will not be a repeat episode of last year. I promise you that."
The Bakers walked through the entrance of the fair. Liv's face held the excitement that a typical six year old had when she was faced with fun lights and multiple booths stationed next to each other.
"So what should we do first?" Liv asked. "Ring toss? Popcorn? Antiques?"
"Let's go grab some food," Billy said. "I could go for a hotdog right about now."
Everyone agreed and Liv walked next to Jordan, following behind their parents.
"Could you just put down your phone for one second? It's family time," she said.
Jordan swatted her hands from his phone. "Chill, Liv. We're just hanging at the fair."
"I know. But how rare is it that we get both Mom and Dad together? We haven't been all together since Dad told us about the affair."
"True. Speaking of which, how are you and Asher?"
"How did we get from Mom and Dad to Asher?"
"You're avoiding the question."
"No...," she said, looking down at the ground as they continued strolling. After a pause she continued, "Did he say something?"
"No, but I did when he started asking me about something I told you in confidence," Jordan stopped his tracks. "Liv, why did you tell him that he wasn't doing more for the team?"
"I'm sorry, Jordan. But he was getting on my nerves and I just needed him to back off. I didn't mean to blurt it out but it just came out. Honestly, I don't even remember saying all that..."
He tilted his head and gave her a questioning look. "What do you mean you don't remember saying it?" Then a sudden realization hit him. "Liv, don't tell me you are on something. What did you take?"
"Nothing!" she said too quickly. "God Jordan, you're my brother. You're supposed to believe in me."
"I'm sorry but after last time, I'm not taking any chances."
"I appreciate the brotherly love but I promise you I'm not taking anything."
"Alright. Besides you know what Mom and Dad would do if you ever relapsed."
Liv nodded, knowing the level of disappointment she'd face from her parents. But she also couldn't help this urge she felt to take something, whether it'd be alcohol or opioids. This façade she put up would only work for a few more hours before her cravings got more intensified. While family day was something she genuinely cared about, it wasn't enough for her. She wanted more. She needed more.
The Baker family came home by 7pm, spending much longer than any of them expected at the fair. It's been awhile since they were all together and Liv appreciated it more than she could express. It had been nearly twenty-four hours since she had taken anything. But she welcomed any distraction that the day provided. She was glad to see her parents not bicker for once even though she knew her mom was still hurting. They all sat around the kitchen island, snacking on the two bags of kettle corn they bought at the fair. "Guys, I'm really glad we were all together today. I really needed it," Liv solemnly said.
"Us too, sweetheart," Billy said.
The doorbell then rang. Liv and Jordan traded looks as to who could be at their door at this time before her brother walked down the hall to greet whoever was here.
"Hey Asher, what's up?" she overhead Jordan say. She looked up at the sound of Asher's voice. The boys came down the hall, with a box of pizza in Asher's hand.
"Asher, what are you doing here? It's late." she said.
Laura stepped in, deciding that this was a good segue moment into the topic, "Honey, we're all here here because we love you and we want what's best for you."
"Wait, what's going on?" Jordan said out of all the confusion. "Liv?"
Liv sighed. "I'm sorry, Jordan."
He had a deja-vu moment before realizing why all of this felt familiar. It's because they had done this last year. "Liv, you lied to me! You looked me in the eye and swore that you were not taking anything!" Jordan shouted angrily.
"I know, I know," Liv said, tears welling up.
"Jordan, we're not here to make Liv feel more worse than she already does," Billy interjected. "Now that we all know, we can help her."
Jordan turned around to face Asher, "You knew too? And you didn't say anything?"
"I did say something. How do you think your parents know?" Asher blurted out at the implication that he knew and didn't do anything about it.
Liv stared directly into Asher's eyes, "You told them?"
"I'm sorry, Liv. You needed help and I knew I wasn't enough. Not enough to get you completely sober."
"Asher was just trying to help. But now we can nip this in the bud and get you the best help," Billy said. He reached into his coat pocket and took out a few pamphlets. "And if you're worried about school, we can do an outpatient treatment this time."
"We are not a part of this. It's just me. And I'm telling you what I told Asher. I'm fine. It was one slip-up. It won't happen again," Liv said walking away from them. As she walked by Asher on her way to the stairs, she cleared her throat and declared, "We are done."
Asher's face fell from her words, clearly hurt by what she had said. He knew what his actions would do. But he stood by it as he lost the one person he truly ever loved.
A/N: I hoped you enjoyed this chapter. Also if you watched the finale episode, you could clearly tell I predicted what was gonna happen with Liv haha :)