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"7 people" I repeated. Liam nodded. "7 people" I whispered again, as if I didn't believe it, I can't believe it, I won't.

"Yes, Louis! 7 fucking people! Stop saying it because it isn't gonna bring any of them back!" Liam shouted. I looked up at him, he had stood up from the chair he had pulled up by my bed.

"But 7 people Liam, 7 innocent people" I whispered "why didn't you tell me" I watched Liam bite his lip and scratch the back of his neck. "If you knew why didn't you tell me!" I raised my voice. The anger suddenly rushing into me, pushing the disbelief out the way.

"I was going to but-"

"But what?! But you'd thought you'd wait? Is that right Liam!? You'd wait to see if he'd kill me!?"

"Louis!"

I breathed heavily, the news paper article still in my hand, being scrunched up by my fingers as they started closing into fists.

"I was going to tell you straight away, but figured you wouldn't believe me. So I searched for the article and only found it last night, but before I had time to show you we rushed out because of Harry. I forgot it was on the table and you took it before I could explain" Liam said calmly, a truthful look in his eyes. Nodding I looked down at it.

"But why do you have it?" I asked, the question had been playing on my mind ever since I saw it. Liam gulped and opened his mouth to say something, but nothing came out. Instead he leant over and took the article, smoothing it out he pointed at the picture.

"That's me" he whispered, pointing to a boy in the background.

I frowned and looked up at him,

"You went to school with him?" I asked, astonished. Liam swallowed and nodded.

"What the hell Liam!" I shrieked.

"He was different then..... Well, before everything changed, before that day" he trailed off, looking down again and taking a seat.

"What happened?" I asked. Liam shrugged.

"No one knows" he paused, looking up again. "Or at least they didn't tell us"

I took a deep breath, trying to process everything.

"What did you do?" I finally asked.

"Run" Liam stated "hide, I was scarred, for all I know he could have come after me, but he didn't. He never did, he was always protective over me"

"But your so distant now"

"I didn't plan to stick around him, even though he wanted me too. As soon as graduation came around I got rid of all contact with him, I didn't want it"

"Why? I mean If he was protective over you...." I asked, Liam sighed and his eyes seemed glazed over.

"My dad...... He was a teacher. Harry killed 2 teachers...." He bit his lip and shook his head, shrugging slightly. "One was my dad" his voice cracked and his looked down. My hand raised to my mouth.

"Oh my- Liam I'm so sorry I had no idea" I said unsure of what to do. Liam shook his head and sniffed.

"It's fine, you wouldn't have known, I don't even think he knew" he whipped his eyes. "It wasn't him when he was doing it"

"What do you mean?" I said, confused and alarmed. I had so many emotions swimming around me I didn't know which ones to take in and what to process, all I could do really was sit as listen. Part of me was scared of Harry now, part of me wanted to find out more and find out what happened and why.

Liam shrugged.

"I can't explain it, it just wasn't him. I just- I-" he breathed out "his eyes, they weren't...... Normal, they were crazy. And his actions, he didn't speak throughout this, just did. But what he did wasn't like him, he seemed like a completely different person. Like he wasn't in control. And the guilt, you could seethe guilt in his eyes after everything and it was painful to see, but his actions were still violent and menacing. This wasn't a gradual thing it was literally over night. One day he's the Harry we all knew, the next my seven people are dead and their blood's on his hands"

I gulped and looked down, my hands were shaking. Something didn't seem right, who changes over night? Who is guilty but carries on? I took a deep breath and gathered myself together.

"But Louis, I was also starred because he was protective over me" Liam said slowly and quietly. I furrowed my eye brows. "And now he's protective over you"

"I don't understand what you mean" I said truthfully. Because why would that scare you?

"Please listen to me and stay away, if you get too close he'll et more protective and that's dangerous if it's Harry. It's not safe. So save yourself, and stay alway"

AN: urgh 😬 okay I know horrid chapter 😭 but I had to update so, yeah. SORRY! Please don't hate me. I love you all for voting and residing and commenting.

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