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Ezra breathed in a soft breath, the scent of shampoo filling his nose. He buried his face further into the source, silky hair tickling his cheek. He opened his eyes to find Aria curled up to his chest, one of her arms draped across his waist. Ezra saw his own arms were wrapped around her petite frame and their legs were tangled together. He reveled for a moment in the comfort of sleeping next to someone again, before he felt Aria stir.

She took an intake of breath before opening her eyes and looking up at Ezra's face. Her eyes widened in fear once she realized where she was, before she quickly scrambled out of Ezra's embrace. She practically fell off the bed and stood at the opposite side her cheeks a flaming red.

"Oh my god, I'm so sorry," she exclaimed her blush spreading further across her face. "I didn't even realize." She looked in horror at Ezra who was watching her with amusement as she continued to stand their completely mortified.

"You have to admit it was kind of nice," Ezra teased.

Aria squirmed under Ezra's stare and tucked a piece of hair behind her ear. "I shouldn't have fallen asleep there," she murmured.

Ezra lifted himself out of his bed and went to stand in front of Aria.

"Aria, its ok," he laughed as he placed his hands on her shoulders.

Ezra saw that Aria didn't believe him as she looked up at him nervously.

""I'll make sure it doesn't happen again," she said.

"Your loss," Ezra shrugged. He saw the corners of Aria's lips tug up the slightest as she rolled her eyes at him.

"I'm going to go take a shower, but you're welcome to anything in my kitchen," Ezra explained as he walked over to his dresser in search of new clothes.

"Ok," Aria nodded. "Thank you."

Ezra smiled at her before grabbing a towel off the chair in the corner of his room before walking into his connecting bathroom.

10 minutes later Ezra emerged from his bedroom and saw Aria sitting at his kitchen table with two plates of eggs and bacon.

"You cook?" Ezra asked as he took in the mouthwatering smell coming from his kitchen.

"I hope you don't mind," Aria said. "But I really wanted to thank you again for everything you've done."

Ezra smiled. "You didn't have to do that."

"I wanted to," Aria assured him.

Ezra sat down at the table across from her immediately digging into the meal.

"This is really good," Ezra mumbled as he continued to fill his mouth with more food.

"Thanks," Aria smiled.

"So I was thinking today we could go shopping for anything you might need," Ezra said as he stood up from the table to grab a glass.

"I don't really have much money," Aria confessed as she pushed around the food on her plate.

Ezra shook his head, "You don't need to pay."

"I'll feel horrible if I let you though," Aria said.

"Well, when you become the world renowned author like I know you will, you can pay me back," Ezra explained. He held up the carton of orange juice towards Aria to which she shook her head.

"And if I don't become anything?" Aria asked as Ezra returned to the table.

"Then you can pay me by making eggs and bacon every morning," Ezra smiled as he held up a forkful of food.

Aria quietly laughed as she resumed eating while Ezra did the same.


Ezra and Aria had gone to a supermarket and gotten everything Aria would need for herself before deciding to go clothing shopping.

"You should definitely get this," Ezra said as he held up a pure black string bikini.

"Ezra!" Aria laughed.

"This would look really good on you," he said putting up a finger, "And there's a pool at the apartment," he finished holding up another.

"Thank you," Aria blushed, a small smile appearing on her face, "But I actually don't know how to swim," she admitted.

"More the reason for you to get it, I can teach you!" Ezra exclaimed.

"Ezra," Aria said. She gave him an unsure look and bit her lip, which Ezra noticed she seemed to do quite a lot.

"Swimming is fun," Ezra reasoned, "And honestly when is the last time you had fun?"

"Exactly," Ezra said when Aria hadn't answered. "And I promise I won't let you drown," Ezra held up three fingers as if he were a boy scout, earning a giggle from Aria.

Ezra put the bathing suit around his arm with the other clothes they had picked out, before placing his hand on Aria's back and leading her to the dressing rooms. Ezra swallowed as the heat from her back radiated to his fingertips her spine moving with every step she took. Ezra didn't understand how one person could have such an effect on him, especially when he wasn't even doing anything remotely more than platonic. He looked down at her chestnut brown hair, each curl bouncing slightly as they walked further.

Eventually they made it to the dressing rooms and Ezra reluctantly removed is hand. He sat in one of the chairs outside and waited while she tried everything on. Luckily they were the only people there and this store didn't have someone monitoring how many items you brought in so Aria was able to find a room right away.

Ezra leaned his head against the wall behind the chair lightly pinching the bridge of his nose. He'd met Aria less than 36 hours ago, yet somehow she was all he could think about. It pained him to imagine everything she had gone through especially since she was so selfless. It had literally taken him 20 minutes to convince her she could buy make-up if she wanted after she had argued it wasn't a necessity and she wouldn't make him spend more money than he had to.

Ezra was pulled from his thoughts when he heard a soft grunt followed by an exasperated sigh.

"You ok in there," Ezra laughed. He walked closer to her room figuring he wouldn't get in trouble since there were no other women there.

Aria opened the door slightly surprised to find Ezra standing right there.

"Can you help me with these buttons on the back of this shirt?" She timidly asked.

"Sure," Ezra replied before her even knew what he was saying. His breath hitched in his throat as she turned around sweeping her hair all to one side.

"Somehow I was able to do it when I got it on, but trying to get this off has literally been a nightmare," she laughed.

Ezra nervously laughed along with her as he tentatively stepped forward. She was able to get the two closest to her neck done and the two at the bottom but the three in the middle were still fastened.

Ezra undid the first button the pads of his fingers grazing the silky skin of her back. He swallowed thickly as he moved to the next one the two sides of the shirt becoming farther and farther apart. He looked the length of her back as he completed the third button before she turned around.

"Thanks," she smiled curling her hair behind her ears.

Ezra nodded not even sure if he would be able to speak as he backed out of the room. He ran a hand roughly through his hair as he returned to his spot at the chairs. He mentally berated himself for getting carried away again and knew he was going to seriously have to pull himself together. Otherwise it would be extremely awkward for him as well as Aria since they would be living together for some time.

Aria came out of the dressing room 5 minutes later and told Ezra that everything fit perfectly except for two pairs of jeans and a shirt.

"That will be 360 dollars," a short girl with bleach blonde hair behind the register said.

"Ezra," Aria eyes widened and she reached out to place her hand on Ezra's arm which was preparing to give the employee his credit card.

"I can afford it," he assured her. "And no matter what you say I'm going to buy it," he smiled. He handed the woman his card who swiped it and waited for the machine to print his receipt.

"Are you two a couple?" the girl asked as she teared the receipt from the machine.

Aria instantly shook her head a light blush tinting her cheeks. "No," she said.

Ezra laughed to himself at her reaction as he signed his name on the small white piece of paper.

Ezra handed the woman the receipt back who gave him a flirtatious smile.

"So it wouldn't be totally insensitive of me to ask if maybe you'd want to go out sometime?" She inquired flashing him another grin.

Ezra could see Aria tense beside him a hint of jealousy across her face? He shook his head. There was no way Aria would be jealous, was there?

Either way he really didn't feel like going out with the cashier woman, so he politely declined.

Ezra awkwardly grabbed the bags of clothes avoiding the stare the woman was giving him.

He swore he saw Aria's mouth curve up a fraction of an inch, but then again it could have been his imagination.

"So how does it feel being desired everywhere you go?" Aria teased as she looked up at Ezra.

"Well I imagine you must know what that feels like," Ezra pointed out. He saw Aria's face fall the slightest and realized what he said could have been taken the completely wrong way considering her last profession.

"I did not mean it like that," Ezra immediately said. "I just meant that you're really pretty and I'm sure a ton of guys would want to be with you."

Aria blushed and shook her head as if that was the most ridiculous thing she had ever heard.

"It's true," Ezra said as he lightly bumped his shoulder with hers.

"Thank you," Aria laughed as she looked down at the floor.


"It's really never this nice out this time of year so I really think it's a sign we should go for that swim," Ezra suggested a couple of days later.

Aria bit her lip again an apprehensive expression all across her face. "I'm really nervous," she informed him.

Ezra laughed at her to which she rolled her eyes. "I promise I will not let you die," he grinned.

"Ok," she breathed. Ezra reached into the bag he was holding and tossed her the bathing suit they had bought while he went to his room for his. Ezra changed much quicker than Aria and was waiting on his couch when he heard her come into his living room. Aria was holding the clothes she was wearing against her stomach and Ezra saw the reluctance to let them go as she dropped them into one of the shopping bags. Era immediately understood why as he took in the sight of her abdomen which was covered in dark brown bruises.

"Aria," he whispered a she stood up and walked closer to her.

"What happened," he asked as he lightly traced one of them with his pointer finger.

"Some guys like it rough," she shrugged. Ezra felt like he was going to be sick at the thought of someone treating Aria like this. It brought him back to reality seeing these bruises though because he honestly forgot what her situation was a lot of the times they were together.

"Does it hurt," he wondered as he inspected the rest of them along her other rib.

"Not too much anymore, but a little," she admitted. "It's really nothing," she assured him.

Ezra nodded even though he was unconvinced. Some of them looked really bad, but at least a few were yellowing and looked like they were on the road to recovery.

"You ready to go," he asked attempting to lighten the mood somewhat.

Aria nodded and followed Ezra out of his apartment to the elevator and then to the pool.

Ezra held out is hand to Aria who anxiously took it as he led them to the shallow end of the pool. Even at four feet the water was already up to Aria's chest considering she was only 5'2". Ezra saw the fear in her eyes with the water being so high and gripped her hand a little tighter.

"I don't think I can do this," Aria confessed her grip on Ezra's hand becoming much harder.

Ezra laughed, "We're only at four feet," he said attempting to bring some sort of solace.

"Here," Ezra said as he detached is hand from hers and lightly placed one on her back and one on her stomach.

"If you fall I've got you."

Aria gave him a look that said she didn't trust him, but nevertheless brought her feet up. Aria moved her arms slightly and soon she felt Ezra's hands leaving her.

Aria instantly panicked as her head went slightly underwater even though she could touch. She sputtered water out of her mouth and Ezra immediately grabbed her hips pulling her closer to him. Aria reached out to Ezra attaching her arms around his neck and her legs around his waist.

"You almost killed me!" Aria yelled.

"I did not almost kill you," Ezra chuckled.

Ezra looked down at Aria who was still breathing somewhat heavily and still tightly wrapped around him.

"You do realize you can touch here right?" Ezra grinned.

Aria flushed and detached herself from Ezra awkwardly backing away slightly. "Sorry," she mumbled.

"Would you rather sit with just your feet in?" Ezra offered. Aria graciously nodded and lifted herself up onto the stone. Ezra put his arms out of the water and crossed them on the stone floor, leaving his body in.

"So no one ever taught you how to swim as a kid?" Ezra asked trying to make some sort of conversation.

Aria shook her head. "My parents were always at events or charity things or working, and my only other sibling is younger," she explained. "They were the kind of people who thought reputation and appearance were everything, so going to dinners and stuff was always more important than me or my brother."

"Is that why…" Ezra trailed off.

"Yeah," Aria nodded. "That's why they kicked me out. I ruined their precious image."

"I'm sorry," Ezra comforted as he lightly placed a hand on her knee. "So I'm guessing you don't talk to them anymore?"

"They told me I was a disgrace and they never wanted to see me ever again," Aria told him. Ezra saw Aria's eyes become distant as she looked down at the water of the pool.

"Hey," Ezra moved his thumb across her knee causing her to look at him. "I think you're amazing Aria, honestly."

"Ezra, I'm a prostitute," she shakily inhaled and ran her finger along the edge of the stone.

"Was," Ezra corrected her. "And speaking of which I made a couple of calls, and there's a few magazine internships that would really like to meet you."

"But I don't have any experience or anything," Aria reminded him.

"No, but you do have a love for reading and not to mention a recommendation from Ezra Fitz," he said. "I did write a book if you remember," he smiled.

Aria placed her hand on top Ezra's, "I really can't thank you enough for everything you've done."

"You don't have to," he shrugged.

A soft breeze blew by and Ezra realized how cold it was getting. The sun was a little lower than it had been and was no longer shining were they were.

"Are you ready to get out?" Ezra asked. Aria nodded as she crossed her arms trying to bring some warmth back to her body.

"What is it with me and forgetting towels," Ezra laughed referring to Aria's shower incident not too long ago.

Aria giggled before ringing the little bit of waiter in her hair into the pool.

"My neighbor gets extremely mad when I don't use a towel so we may have hide behind a wall or something if she walks by," Ezra informed her.

Aria laughed as Ezra took her hand and led her to the elevator. The doors opened and Ezra looked both ways before leading Aria out.

"My daughter thinks I spoil her son, but honestly isn't that what grandmothers are supposed to do?"

Ezra widened his eyes and mouthed "That's her" before tugging Aria down a different hallway.

Aria bit her cheeks to keep from laughing out loud while Ezra attempted to keep a straight face but was failing miserably. Once they were sure she had gotten in the elevator Ezra and Aria were able to walk to his apartment in peace.

"That was crazy," Aria laughed as Ezra put the key into his door.

"No she's crazy," Ezra smiled.

Ezra opened his door and let Aria in first, following soon after her.

"Who the hell is that?"

Ezra would know that voice anywhere as walked in and was met with his ex-girlfriend Jackie.

"Jackie, what are you doing here?" Ezra demanded.

"We broke up less than two days ago, and you're already with some slut?" She practically shrieked.

Ezra knew that hurt Aria a lot more than Jackie had intended for it and saw Aria's whole demeanor change.

"Jackie get out," Ezra said.

"I came for Wes's watch," Jackie explained.

Ezra sighed and ran a hand through his hair before going to his office to get the watch. He held it out for Jackie, who wordlessly grabbed it and gave Aria a glare before leaving the apartment.

"I'm so sorry she said that," Ezra apologized.

"It's fine," Aria shrugged. "It's not like a I haven't been called it before."

Ezra could see Aria thinking about something as she looked at spot on her nails.

"Is it ok if I take a quick shower?" she asked.

"Of course," Ezra nodded.

He had the feeling Aria was keeping something from him and felt like it had to do with why she got kicked out. He didn't really have a right to know, but he hoped in time she would tell him anyway.

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