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The Unravelling of Summer Bay

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Thanks so much for your comments guys :D Hope you enjoy this chapter!

Chapter Three:

Liam raised his eyes off of his plate as soon as Charlie had left the diner. Martha had her head in her hands, and Liam knew that she was crying. They had been together for just over two years, and Liam knew her better than he knew himself.

“Babe, I don’t know why you get yourself so upset over Charlie”, Liam said softly, his hand gently tilting Martha’s chin so he could look into her eyes.

“She’s dating the man who killed my husband”, Martha hissed, tearing her chin out of Liam’s hand, and glaring at him. Liam didn’t say anything; he had learnt not to push Martha when she was in this mood.

After a couple of minutes of awkward silence, Liam opened his mouth again. “Do you know what today is?” he asked, changing to a much safer subject.

Martha frowned as she thought out loud, ticking things off on her fingers. “It’s not Jack’s birthday, or our wedding anniversary, or the anniversary of his death. It’s not Hugo’s birthday, or the anniversary of his death. And it’s not Roman’s birthday either...”

Liam quickly stopped his jaw from dropping open in disbelief. Before Martha asked what today was, Liam’s phone rung, and he promptly answered it.

“Hey mate... yeah the lyrics are done.... oh thanks... yeah my birthday is just going to be a quiet one this year... yeah sure I can meet you now... studio in twenty minutes”, Liam spoke quickly, and Martha’s eyes widened in horror as she heard her boyfriend’s side of conversation.

As soon as Liam slid the phone back into his pocket, Martha opened her mouth to say happy birthday, but she didn’t get a chance to. In less than two seconds, Liam had thrown some money on the table, and was standing up.

“See you later Martha”, he said quietly, leaning forward and kissing her softly on the cheek, before turning and jogging out of the diner. As soon as he left, Martha’s tears started up again.

Three months into their relationship, Liam had told her that he loved her. Ever since then, one year and nine months ago, Liam had said I love you every time he left, as well as promising to come back. It was a routine Martha had taken for granted, but now that Liam hadn’t said it, the whole world seemed askew.

Before she knew what had happened, tears were rolling down her cheeks. She grabbed her phone and pressed one, her speed dial automatically connecting to Liam. As expected, it went straight through to voicemail, but Martha hung up instead of leaving a message. The tears started pouring faster and faster, so Martha blindly pressed another button on her phone.

“This is Constable Buckton speaking”, a voice drifted down the phone, and Martha’s heart stopped beating. She had no idea why Charlie was on her speed dial, but at the moment, she couldn’t care less. She just needed someone to talk to.

“Charlie... I’m so sorry... I didn’t mean to call you, but I need to speak to someone...”, Martha sobbed, before standing up and rushing out of the diner. She didn’t want everyone to hear her conversation.

“Martha? What’s wrong?”, Charlie’s voice was alarmed, which just made Martha cry harder. Martha had treated Charlie like rubbish, yet Charlie still cared about her.

“Is there any way we can meet face to face?” Martha asked, not caring that she sounded like a crazy woman.

“Well, I was going to meet up with Belle and Mattie at the beach later... why don’t you come as well? We’d love to spend the afternoon with you, plus Belle and Mattie might have some better advice than me... I’m not exactly the expert at this kind of thing”, Charlie said softly, altering her voice so that Martha wouldn’t get more upset.

“That... sounds... nice...” Martha sniffled, her tears slowly stopping.

“Well, I’ll come and pick you up on the way to the beach”, Charlie promised. As soon as Martha agreed, the line went dead. Not far away, Charlie had a completely confused expression, but lurking beyond that, a smile plagued at her lips... even further away, Liam was hunched up in his studio.

“So Martha forgot your birthday hey?” his manager asked, as Liam added some final changes to the lyrics he had been writing for weeks now.

“Not just that... I asked her what today was and she listed anniversaries, deaths, and ex-boyfriend’s birthdays, but she completely forgot about my birthday”, Liam said quietly, his head bowed down as his eyes swept over the page.

“Ouch... that’s got to hurt mate”, the manager laughed.

“We’ve been together for two years and she can’t remember my birthday. It’s like I’m last on her list of priorities, and all the other people on the list are dead. I don’t know what to do... I think I should have some importance by now, but it’s like we’re still in the initial stages of a relationship”, Liam admitted.

“But you guys are building an entertainment centre together. You are more committed to each other than anyone else in Summer Bay...” Clive reassured him.

“It’s been two years and she hadn’t said I love you... I say it every time I leave, as well as promising to come back, because she’s had so many people leave her and I can’t be the next person to join that list... but she’s never said it back”, Liam whispered. Clive looked at him in shock. He had never known Liam to be so upset about something like this before; it looked like he was about to burst into tears at any moment.

“I’m sure she loves you. Maybe she’s just scared to say it back. It’s a big step”

“That’s what I used to think, but after today, I’m not too sure anymore” Liam trailed off, his eyes flickering across the room quickly, not staying in one place for more than a few seconds.

After the silence had stretched on for what seemed like hours, Liam finally continued.

“I don’t know if there’s a future between us anymore”

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