AN: This is my very first fanfic that I have ever posted. I hope you like it, I am a HUGE Ezria fan. Little Background, almost the entire first season has taken place. The season finale never happened when this story starts, and then I added some stuff that hasn't happened. If you have any question review or PM. I hope to be able to update often, but I'm busy getting ready to graduate and move out for college. I have the 1st 5 chapters written, just not typed yet…so with further ado I give you I'll Be There, Always.
Ch. 1: Happy and In Love
"I love you, Aria." Ezra stated after he kissed her in welcoming her to his apartment that Saturday night. "I'm so happy that you were able to make it tonight." Aria had come to Ezra's place straight from a family dinner where she learned that after a year of separation her parents were getting back together and were going to renew their wedding vows one month from tonight.
"Even if I can only be here for two hours?" Aria questioned him with a small smirk on her face (knowing full well what his answer was) kissing him before walking over to his couch and setting her things down on the coffee table.
"Even if I could only see you for two minutes I wouldn't mind. As long as I can see you, I'm a happy person." Ezra replied with a smile on his face as he walked towards the refrigerator to grab Aria a Diet Coke, her favorite soda. After grabbing one for each of them he walked over to the couch to hand it to her, but saw Aria staring at his coffee table with an amused look on her face.
"Are you enjoying a tough reading book, Mr. Fitz?" She asked him pointing to the book on the table and started to laugh. Ezra looked to where she was pointing to see Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham sitting on top of a stack of papers that he needed to grade.
"Oh, um…yeah it is actually a gift for my nephew. He turns 4 next weekend and my brother told me that Coda really loves Dr. Seuss, and somehow he didn't have this story yet, hence the book on my coffee table." Ezra explained as his face lit up. Aria noticed that whenever they started talking about his family, Ezra face always lit up, which was another reason Aria loved him so much. Family is really important to her.
"You are really close to Blaine aren't you? Every time you mention him or part of his family you seem happier." Aria pointed out to him. She knew they were close, but she didn't know how close they actually were.
"Yeah, he is a only a few years older than me, but since we grew up in a really screwed up home, he and I leaned on each other a lot. He tells me everything, I was the first person he told when Anna got pregnant, I helped him propose to her, and I was his best man. We actually both tell each other everything. I told him about when I got the job here in Rosewood, I talked to him, and he helped me out when…when Jackie broke off the engagement, and I told him when I met the most amazing girl at a bar just over a year ago." He was going to keep telling her things that Blaine knew when Aria interrupted him.
"Ezra, does he know the entire story of us?" Aria questioned him with a little bit of fear in her voice. If he knew, who knew what he thought of it. Yes, he knew about the girls knowing about them, hell he even knew about A. But why wouldn't he tell her that he had told somebody about them.
Ezra had waited a few seconds before replying to this question. "Yes, he does. He knows everything.
"Everything? Including everything about…about A?"
"Oh God, no. I would never tell him about A, unless I absolutely had to, I wouldn't scare him like that. But, Aria, he does know everything else. He knows about how we met, I told him when I found out that you were my student. That week I left and went to New York last year, I stayed with him. He is the one who finally convinced me to come back here. After that storm, and I saw you with Noel, I called him. He gave me advice. I told him about Noel finding out and about how scared I was that something would happen to you. Aria he knows our entire story. I'm sorry that I didn't tell you sooner that he knew. I had no good reason to keep that from you." Ezra didn't know how Aria would react to this, so when he looked into her eyes again, he was shocked at what he saw in them. Granted, there was some hurt and anger, but more prominently there was understanding, love, and forgiveness.
"Its okay, Ezra." She replied. "I mean, yeah, I'm a bit upset you didn't tell me, but I understand. Hanna, Emily, and Spencer knew for about three months before I told you that they knew, so I understand, and I should have no reason to be upset. But Ezra, please tell me, does anyone else know besides the few we both know of? So anyone that is not Noel, A, Hardy, Blaine, and the girls? I don't want any more surprises or secrets about this."
"Well, Anna knows, but other than her, no. Nobody else knows, well no one that I know of." He stated firmly. After he saw the smile that faintly crossed Aria's face he continued speaking, hoping this would cheer her up a little. "Aria, Blaine really wants to meet you." Aria's eyes got wide and she was about to speak when he stopped her telling her that he wasn't finished. "Do you think that you could get the girls to cover for you and come with me to New York next weekend?" Ezra asked her hopefully.
"Are, are you serious, Ezra? I would love to. I'll talk to the girls when they come over tomorrow afternoon." Aria responded excitedly.
"That sounds good. I hope it works out. It would be for all day Saturday and most day Sunday. If possible Friday night, but if you can't come up with an alibi for that much time, we can just leave early Saturday." Ezra told her with a smile creeping up on his face.
"I think I can come up with the perfect Alibi, and it can cover me from Friday night to Sunday night. I'll tell my parents that Spencer and I are going to New York to look at a few colleges in New York since she and I have always talked about going to New York together after high school, and since her parents are in England with Melissa and Ian this weekend we can tell my parents that they are really just taking us to New York. The girls and I can work out the details for the story tomorrow though." By this point both Ezra and Aria and smiles wide on the their faces.
"I can't wait baby." Ezra told her as he leaned in to kiss Aria eagerly. She had leaned into the kiss as well with just as much eagerness. And soon the two of them were exploring the all too familiar mouths of the other. All too soon, they had made it to the bed, Ezra was shirtless, Aria's jacket and over shirt were off and she was in her undershirt (since her main shirt was way to revealing, even for Aria, without a tank top on under it), and Ezra was about to remove that as well when Aria stopped him.
"Not yet, Ezra. We can wait a few more weeks until I'm eighteen."
"We can, your right. I'm sorry." Ezra said as he stood up off the bed, to go search for the few articles of clothing that had been removed.
"Ezra, don't you dare apologize. There is nothing to be sorry for. We both want this, and we both know it. Yeah, it will be hard for the next few weeks, but don't you apologize for something we both want." She told him as he handed Aria her shirt. He had started to put his back on when she put her hand on his chest to stop him. "But that doesn't mean you have to put your shirt back on, I love your body." She told him with a wink and a gentle kiss to his chest.
Ezra laughed, but he threw his shirt over his shoulder anyways. "Whatever you say Aria. I love you."
" I love you too, Ezra." Aria told him quietly, as she wrapped her arms around his waist, and buried her head to his chest, and action she usually only does when she was scared or sad.
"Hm?" She responded, head still in his chest and holding onto him.
"Are you okay?" When he asked this she pulled back and looked up at him with a worried look on her face. "What's wrong, Aria?"
Aria let out a sigh, Ezra knew her to well. "It's just…well, it's A." Aria saw the lolok of fear flash quickly through Ezra's eyes. "She has been quiet for almost two weeks." The fear was replaced with confusion.
"Isn't this a good think? She is stopping this insanity." Ezra asked while sitting down on the couch.
Aria followed him and sat down next to him, but she shook her head no. "That's what I thought last time. No, last time she kept quiet this long, Spencer almost died. When A is silent, it measn something bad is about to happen. And we are thinking it will happen soon, A doesn't have the patience, especially when it means something bad for one of us. Also, all of us think that A is planning something for either Emily or myself. She has already done something big to Hanna and Spencer. Ezra, I'm scared. Not just because that I could get hurt, but what if A tries to hurt you. I wouldn't put it past her to try something like that. And I don't think I could bear it if you were hurt. I love you so much and A knows that. She might use that to her advantage." Aria was holding onto Eara now and she had started to tear up. "I'm just so scared, Ezra."
Ezra held her for a few seconds before talking. "Aria, don't worry about me; I'll be fine. I can take whatever A dished out to me. I won't let her hurt you either. I will always be here to protect you. And I will help protect your friends if I can, because I know how much they mean to you and how much you four all lean on each other. I love you. " Ezra finished speaking, then he turned her face towards him and kissed her gently on the lips. It wasn't a deep or passionate kiss, but the kiss was still full of love and safety, that Aria didn't want it to end, but at that moment her phone went off. They both froze in fear looking over at her phone lying on the coffee table. Aria picked it up and looked at the number and let out a sigh, it was only Spencer.
Spencer: Here is your 5 minute warning, almost midnight. Tell Fitz hi and sorry for interrupting the homework time ;) see ya tomorrow Aria.
"It looks like the normal five minute warning. Spencer says, and I quote, 'Tell Fitz hi and sorry for interrupting the homework time ;) see ya tomorrow Aria.'" Aria told him starting to laugh. The two of them then stood up and walked to the door. "I'll talk to you tomorrow Ezra, I love you, goodnight."
"Goodnight Aria, I love you too." He told her leaning into kiss her. They kissed for a few minutes befor breaking apart. "I'll see you Monday, Miss Montgomery." He whispered with a wink, as she walking out of the apartment.
He loved Aria so much and what she told him tonight really scared him. But he would do all he could to protect her, because he didn't know what he would do without Aria in his life. A can't do anything Ezra thought to himself, but little did he know, A's plan was about to take off, and Aria was the intended target.
AN: Here is chapter 1. I hope you enjoyed it. Sory, it's a little short, I'll try and make future chapters longer. Please review and tell me what you think. Sorry for the cliff hanger, I'll try and update soon. If you have any ideas you'd like to see let me know. I'm currently in writers block, but luckily I have a few chapters written already.
DISCLAIMER: These are not my characters, they belong to Sara Shepard and ABC family.
Blaine, Anna, and Coda aren't even made up people, they are some of my really good friends. Blaine and Anna are actually married and Coda is their 7 month old son.
Again, I hope you enjoy the story. :)