Request: “Y/N is dating Garrett. He sees her talking to Liam and then punishes her bc he gets jealous. Liam comes out and saves Y/N and she discovers he likes her.”
trigger warning: some verbal/physical abuse & fighting
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“And the last partnership will be… Liam and Y/N,” your Spanish teacher announced, pulling out the final two slips of paper from a bowl. You glanced over and met Liam’s cheerful gaze. He sent you a reassuring smile and a little wave from across the room, both of which you returned. You heard a throat clear next to you and turned towards your boyfriend, Garrett, who was radiating disapproval.
“What was that about?” His eyes were slightly narrowed as he looked back and forth between you and Liam. You rolled your eyes at him, a sigh escaping from your lips.
“I’m just trying to be friendly with my partner, Garrett.”
“Yeah, well don’t get too friendly.” The blonde warned, lowering his voice.
The two of you had been dating for a couple months and everything had been fine in the beginning. Garrett had been a little jealous sometimes but it was cute and made you feel like he cared about you. Lately, however, he had been veering from jealous boyfriend into possessive handler territory and you were getting more tired of it everyday.
“Okay class, move together with your partner and begin discussing the vocab words I’ve given you,” the teacher directed with a dismissive wave of the hand. Gathering your things, you walked over to the empty desk next to Liam, plopping into the seat without a backwards glance at your boyfriend. After placing your handout neatly onto the desk you looked up and were greeted by a smiley face.
“Hey , Y/N. I’m really glad you’re my partner because I suck at this,” Liam said gesturing to the list of words. It was common knowledge amongst your classmates that your mother had immigrated from Mexico and that you spoke fluent Spanish. You gave a little chuckle, nodding your head.
“I’ll have you whipped into shape in no time, Dunbar.”
The rest of the class period was spent tutoring Liam in correct pronunciation and trying, unsuccessfully, to teach him to roll his R’s. It would have been frustrating if the dirty blonde’s face wasn’t so cute as he tried to make his tongue contort in ways that were completely foreign to him. There was a lot of laughter and friendly teasing and before you knew it, the shrill cry of the bell alerted you that it was time to go home.
“Well, I think that’s enough torment for one day,” you told him, still laughing at how hard he had tried and how little result it had yielded. Liam gave a little chuckle as he helped you gather your things into your bag.
“If you thought that was bad, imagine how terrible I would’ve been without your help!”
You laughed again and just as you opened your mouth to respond, a hand reached out and grabbed your forearm, a little too tight for comfort. Both your’s and Liam’s head turned to look up at Garrett who had a tight smile on his face. “I see you two had a good time today.”
Your mouth turned downed, slightly wincing at both Garrett’s grip and his reaction. Liam seemed to notice the atmosphere and looked between you and Garrett. “We were justing making the best of our partnership. I’m sure anyone else would try and be friendly too,” Liam said a little stiffly, trying to diffuse the situation.
Garrett’s eyebrow twitched upwards, “Whatever. Come on Y/N.” He ordered, tugging your arm as he brusquely walked out the door.
“Ow! Garrett! Hey, Garrett!” You raised your voice at him as he continued to pull you down the hall, only stopping after you’d both exited through the back entrance. “What are you do-“ you started to ask but were cut off as Garrett swiveled around with his hand raised, a sharp slap seeming to echo off the surrounding brick.
You held your stinging cheek in shock, head still jerked to the right from the impact. Your eyes shot upwards at a seething Garrett, glaring at you with cold blue eyes. “You’re worthless,” he spit out, the words stinging in your chest. “I’m the only one who would ever date a slut like you, and here you are trying to mess that up too.”
You’re mouth was still slightly ajar in surprise of what was happening, but you quickly shut it as your lips trembled and tears began to spring to your eyes. “What are you gonna do, cry?” he mocked condescendingly. You cast your gaze down and willed with everything you had for the tears in your eyes not to fall.
“This is your own fault Y/N. If you hadn’t have been whoring around so much lately, I wouldn’t have had to punish you.” At that, your head shot back up and you met his icy gaze with an indignant one of your own.
“I was never anything but loyal to you,” you had tried to say confidently but ended up mumbling. Garrett’s lip drew up in disgust at your comment.
“Shut up you ugly slut!” He raised his hand to strike you again, but just as you flinched and squeezed your eyes shut waiting for the impact, you heard a hard thump and a grunt of pain. Your eyes shot open to find that the thud you had heard had been the sound of Liam tackling Garrett onto the concrete.
Liam took Garrett’s momentary surprise as an opportunity to draw his arm back and punch him square in the jaw. Garrett’s head snapped over, but his arm seemed to fly forward on its own, hitting Liam in the nose with a nasty crack and knocking him from on top of the blonde. They both quickly rolled over and sprung up, facing one another with fists raised.
Bright red blood streamed from Liam’s nose, making his enraged expression even more fierce. He lunged first, striking Garrett in the temple and causing him stagger back. Liam seemed to be driven by some greater power and continued to land blow after blow, brushing off Garrett’s punches like he didn’t even feel them. After what felt like an eternity, Liam finally grabbed Garrett by the front of his jacket, and with what could only be described as super human strength, pick him up into the air and slammed him down onto the pavement.
He stood over Garrett’s groaning body, chest heaving, for a moment, making sure the jerk wasn’t going to be getting back up anytime soon. With a satisfied grunt, Liam turned towards you. You had been cowering in the corner, praying for the fight to be over as soon as possible. Liam took in the tears streaming down your face and the look of fear in your eyes and his expression immediately softened.
You watched as he slowly made his way over to you, wiping the worst of the blood off his face with the hem of his shirt before putting his hands in the air in a sign of good will. After witnessing such a horrific scene, you weren’t sure if you should be scared of him or not and you pushed your crouched body further into the corner of the building as the boy approached you.
Liam crouched down in front of you and took your trembling hand in his own. “Don’t worry Y/N, everything’s gonna be okay now. I’m never gonna let anything happen to you again, okay?” You took in his sincere expression and kind ocean eyes and nodded your head Liam ran a warm thumb over your hand.
“Whatever that douchebag told you, I want you to forget. You’re beautiful, and wonderful, and kind, and anyone would be lucky to have you.” The tears started flowing even harder and, embarrassed, you tried to hide your face from Liam. His hand gently lifted your chin upwards and he wrapped his arms around you, letting you bury your face in his chest and release the rest of your pent up emotions as he stroked your back.
After you finally, mercifully, ran out of tears, you leaned back and brushed the remaining moisture from your face. “Thank you Liam. If you didn’t show up I don’t know… anyways thank you.” You cut yourself off, not wanting to get overemotional again. Liam gave a you soft smile as he ghosted his thumb across your already bruising cheek.
“I meant what I said earlier about protecting you,” He replied meeting your gaze shyly. “I promise I’ll take care of you from now on. If you’ll let me.” You looked over his sincere expression again. Although you were definitely going to need a while before you began a new relationship, you felt like you could trust Liam to keep you and your heart safe until you were ready.
Finally, you answered his requests with a nod, the corner of your lips turning up ever so slightly. “Yeah, I think I’ll take you up on that.”