Liam was confused. Just the other day, after he had apologized to Annie (again) for essentially ruining her life, he had seen them together. Jasper looked desperate, and he had pleaded with her, but she didn't hesitate to shoot him down and walk away. Now, as he was apologizing (again), they looked fine, as if nothing had happened. She didn't take him back, did she?
Liam was concerned before, when he watched them together the day earlier. But Annie seemed strong... What happened? Everyone had just revealed Jasper as a drug dealer to Annie before winter break. Adrianna risked everything to prove that this guy was bad news. They had all worked to make sure Annie didn't get into trouble with this guy, yet she still got back with him? It just didn't make any sense.
"Unless..." Liam muttered to himself, as he walked away from the lunch table where Annie and Jasper sat, talking. "Unless he has something on her." He turned back around to look at Annie, only to find Jasper, sitting too close to her, with a possessive arm gripped tightly around her, staring daggers back at him.
This was not good. Liam knew he had to do something, and fast.
Later, at the end of that day, Liam searched the halls for her.
"Annie!" he called out, once he saw her by her locker.
"Hey, Liam," she greeted him with a warm smile. "What's up?"
"Uhh, nothing, really. Listen, I wanted to talk to you about, uhh... Jasper." he somehow managed to spit out.
Annie slammed her locker shut in annoyance. "What about Jasper, Liam?" she began to walk to the door to leave the school.
"Look, Annie, this guy is a drug dealer! He's a bad guy! I thought you knew this." Liam said as he walked with her.
"Yeah, I know."
"Then why are you back with him!" he practically yelled, causing people in the hallway to send him some confused glances.
"Why do you care?"
"I care," he said as he grabbed her arm and spun her around to look at him. "Because I messed up, Annie, when I didn't tell Naomi the truth about me and Jen. You being with Jasper is pretty much all my fault. And if you stay with him, bad things will happen to you, and I don't want that to happen, Annie." he looked into her brown eyes, pleading with her.
Annie sighed. "It's nice and all that you wanna try and clear your conscience, but you're actions didn't force me into a relationship. Goodbye, Liam." she tried to walk away, but Liam held on to her arm, tighter. He needed to keep her from going to Jasper, he knew that guy would end up hurting Annie.
Annie, who had always been sweet, even when he was being the biggest ass to her. First he taunted her with the whole "Volcano" bit, then he turned all her friends against her, all because he wasn't man enough to tell his girlfriend that he slept with her sister, but she still forgave him. She was this little ball of sunshine, and Liam was not going to let Jasper tangle her up in his "extra curricular activities".
As Liam snapped back to reality, he realized that Annie looked uncomfortable; Like she was in pain. He immediately loosened his grip on her arm, and she breathed out a tiny sigh of relief.
"Annie..." Liam whispered softly, and slowly rolled up her sleeve, to reveal a huge bruise, that eerily resembled a... a hand.
"You have got to be kidding me." he looked at her, hoping that what he was thinking wasn't true.
Annie's eyes slowly began filling with tears. "I..." she searched for an excuse, but nothing came to her.
"Did he do this to you?" Liam's voice had a hard, bitter edge to it.
"It's... it's complicated." she managed to blurt out before she ran by him, and out the school doors.