Ezria: I want to promise you forever

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1. I want to promise you forever

Aria's POV:

' I'm at the apartment '

That's all the text message said.

It's 6p.m. Now and that's the only text I got from Ezra all day. I tried calling him, but he declined my calls, every damn time I tried. I don't know if he thought of that text as an excuse as to why he couldn't take my calls, or was that his way of asking me to come over.

' Can you please come over? Like... NOW '

Another text. Ok, can he read minds now? It sounds urgent. I hope nothing too serious is going on.

I grab my things, keys, and jacket and walk out of the house, hoping, for the sake of my sanity, that things turn out well tonight.

Some minutes later, I find myself parking my car just outside the Brew, in my usual spot. I try to peek through the window, but it's too dark inside for me to see anything. I knock on the door, but notice it's already unlocked, so I just walk in, reminding myself to lock it behind me on the way inside.

"Ezra!"

I call for him, but get no response.

"Ezra, you here?"

I call again, and I, once again, get nothing.

Just when I was about to fish out my phone to call him, it peeps again, signaling that I just got another text. I look to find it's from Ezra.

' Upstairs '

Is all what it said. Well, as much as I'm nervous to talk to Ezra, I'm now beginning to get impatient. I mean, what the hell is going on? And why won't he just talk to me like normal people do? Is he gonna break up with me? Is this what it's all about?

No, Aria. Don't think like that. He's told you he loves you so many times since you got back together, so don't start overthinking things, and especially under those certain circumstances of yours.

I slowly, and very wearily walk up the stairs. The door to the apartment is already open, ok, I seriously need to talk to him about safety measures. He can't just leave doors open, unattended. What if someone breaks in?

"Ezra?"

I call for him again, taking in the scene in front of me. All the candles, lit all around the apartment. It's so beautiful in here, and it's also comforting as it means he's not planning on breaking up with me. I mentally sigh in relief.

"Took you long enough"

I turn around at the sound of his voice.

Even though there's not much light in here, the candles provide just enough for me to make out his nervous features looking at me.

"Ezra, what's going on?"

I ask him, looking around the apartment once again.

"I have something to show you. Actually, it's something for you to watch"

He gestures for the couch where I sit down after resting my stuff on the coffee table.

He sits down next to me, reaching for my hand. I notice that his hand is sweaty and slightly shaking.

"Are you ok? You're nervous"

I point out.

"I am. That's why I made this video. I know I'd mess everything up if I started talking when I'm so nervous"

He nervously laughs a little, showing exactly that that's how he feels.

"You're making me nervous"

I squeeze his hand in mine, in assurance to the both of us. God help me.

"You have nothing to worry about. I just needed to tell you something, but I knew that no matter how many times I practiced a speech, I would immediately forget the words as soon as I saw you. So please, watch this video and know that I mean every word from the bottom of my heart"

He grabs the remote and presses 'play' so the screen shows me on my first day of kindergarten, two pigtails, Pigtunia and all.

"Ezra, where did you get this? I mean, I know it's from my mom, but how did you get it?"

I look at him surprised.

"I have my ways"

He only smirks at me.

I look back at the video where it shows me looking around me at all the kids being dropped off by their parents.

'Smile for the camera, PookieBear '

Ella's voice sounds from behind the camera.

My younger version looks at the camera, waving and nervously smiling at the camera as told, but as soon as Dad speaks, my smile fades completely.

' Would you like to say goodbye to Pigtunia, honey? I promise I'll take good care of it till we come to pick you up '

He says.

I watch as my lips quiver and my eyes immediately brim with tears.

'Can't I keep her with me? I don't wanna let her go '

I beg.

'Baby, you're gonna have so much fun today that you wouldn't need it to play with"

My mom says,

'But what if no one wants to play with me? I hate being alone'

I watch my younger self whimper. Expressing my own fears at that exact moment.

'Baby, you'll never be alone. You're a beautiful and smart young lady. Everybody would love to be friends with you and spend their time with you'

Dad assures me.

'Pinky promise?'

I sniffle, holding out my hand, and sticking my pinky out to seal the deal.

'Pinky promise"

I watch as Dad and Mom both hook their pinkies with my little one, but that's not the only thing that swells my heart with love and comfort, it's the feeling of Ezra's own pinky hooking with mine right now, and hearing him utter the words as well.

I turn to look at him, only to find him looking back at me.

He leans in just enough for me to feel his breath on my face.

"I promise you. From now on, you'll never be alone, for as long as you'll have me"

He whispers, and at that, I completely break down, in a good way. I can't believe how lucky I've been all these years ago when I walked into that pub, only to meet that man who would eventually steal my heart and make me feel like I'm the only one that matters.

'I love you, Aria'

I hear him say, but a second later, I realize that it's coming from the Tv. I look over, and see him wearing the tux he has on right now.

'All my life I've been reading, and sometimes, writing about love stories. And every time I do, I fantasize about having a fairytale life, but ever since I laid eyes on you, I just knew that I'd already started living one. I know my motives when I first met you were not at all for the right reasons, and I truly regret lying to you about who I really was, but the moment when I realized that I'd already started having feelings for you was when I walked in on you with Noel Kahn"

I tearfully giggle at the bitterness in Ezra's voice when he mentions Noel, and squeeze his hands.

"I've always thought that I had nothing to lose, but in that exact moment, I realized that I had you to lose; I had everything to lose, Aria. When you broke up with me when we thought that Malcolm was my son, I should've been angry with you for not trying to work things out, but I wasn't. I only thought it wasn't fair to you to take on so much baggage, so I just tried to accept the fact that maybe we're not meant to be; that you deserved better, but when I saw you with that Jake guy, I never thought I'd feel so much resentment towards someone until I met him. He asked me to stay away, to give you both some space so you could breathe. So, I did. When I found out Malcolm was never really my kid, I had no one but you to talk to, but you weren't mine to burden you with my pain. And then we kinda got back together and I was really close to telling you about the book, seeing as it was the perfect time to start with a clean slate, but I was too damn scared that when you'd find out, you'd immediately hate me. Besides, I was so close to figuring out who -A was, to finally making you feel safe in your own skin. That day when you found out about the book..."

I watch as Ezra trails off, sighing loudly, and shaking his head.

I take the remote off Ezra's hand, pause the video, and set it on the coffee table in front of us. I turn to look at him, and find his eyes brimming with tears as his gaze is avoiding mine.

"Ezra"

I put my hand on his cheek to make him look at me. All I see in his eyes is pain and shame, but he doesn't need to feel that way anymore, he never did as a matter of fact. I know now that he's done all this to keep me safe, and further proved it by taking a bullet for me and the girls, trying to save us.

"You've got nothing to feel sorry for"

I reply to the plea of forgiveness I can see in his eyes.

He clears his throat, holding my hand a little tighter before speaking.

"That day when you found out about the book, my worst nightmare came to life. I never intended for you to find out about it the way you did. The look in your eyes that day still hunts me till this moment. You looked at me with such hatred and I could see how betrayed you were feeling, but the one thing that killed me was the look of fear that was itched on your face on that ski lift. You were so scared of me that I nearly jumped off to the ground if it meant you'd feel safe. On that night on the rooftop in NewYork, when I was shot, I had no problem with letting go. I thought no one would've actually missed me anyways"

His voice cracks. I can't believe that's how he felt that night.

"I would've died with you, Ezra"

I wipe off his falling tears.

"You'd told me that you never wanted to see me again, so I thought what better way to grant you one last wish? But I had one of my own though. I just had to ask for your forgiveness before I was gone for good. I needed to tell you that it was never in my intention to hurt you the way I had done. I just couldn't die knowing that you hated me"

He painfully says.

"Ezra"

I whimper.

"But then God had other plans for me. It simply wasn't my time to go yet. When you girls all were taken by Cece, I was so angry wondering if it was my punishment, if that was the reason I survived, only to watch you being taken away? I couldn't eat, couldn't sleep. I couldn't function at all. Hearing you guys screaming for help on the other side of the door of that doll house you were trapped in, was so hunting. I felt relieved to hold you once again in my arms, even though after you were safely home it meant that you'd have nothing to do with me. It hurt, a great deal, but it didn't matter as long as you were safe and sound. When you went away for college, I thought I'd never see you again, but then five years later, you walked through the door to the Brew. You were there when I needed you the most. I know it was only for the book, and Jillian was the one who pushed you to talk to me, but you were there and that was all that mattered to me. All my memories with you, Aria; good, bad, and ugly, make me fall in love with you with all my heart more and much more with each passing day. I fell in love with sixteen year old Aria and I'm still deeply in love with her twenty four years old self. We've had ups and downs in this relationship, but we've always overcome whatever problems we faced, and that should show us and other people that we're only meant to be. So...."

He trails off as he stands up, pulling me up to stand in front of him, taking my hand in his. I watch as he starts to get down on his right knee.

"Ezra, WAIT!"

He looks shocked at my sudden out burst at first but then I watch as hurt appears in his eyes.

"Before you do what you were hopefully about to do, I'd like to say a few things to you"

I say as I pull him up to stand straight back in front of me.

He looks at me expectantly, waiting for me to start talking.

"The day I first met you, I just knew what I wanted to do with my life. I knew you were the one I wanna spend the rest of my life with. I actually could imagine my future with you, even though I was only sixteen, and not through with high school yet. You've always made me feel happy, even if it was just a text you sent me or just a simple good morning or good night call. I never knew someone would actually accept me for just who I am, but you did. You showed me how to be selfless in love, how I can be who I wanna be without worrying about how you'd feel about me, or if you'd look at me differently. You gave me space to breathe and be my own self, but also not too much space that I'd feel taken for granted. You always remember the littlest gestures that make me happy. Yeah, you get on my nerves sometimes, but these might be the moments that I fall in love with you even more. Since the day I met you, I didn't feel the need for Pigtunia's company any more, and now I still don't, because I know I'll always have you by my side"

I squeeze his hand, preparing myself and him for what I'm about to say.

"And the thing is, right now, I won't be needing Pigtunia even more, because I'm, at this precise moment, growing my own little best friend"

I slowly tell him.

"What do you mean?"

His eyebrows furrow in confusion.

"I- I'm pregnant"

I gleefully say it loud and clear.

"What?"

He gasps, and for a second, I feel scared that he might change his mind about proposing and committing to something this big.

I watch as his eyes look into mine with even more love and adoration before looking down at my still flat stomach.

"Are you sure?"

He whispers, like he doesn't quite believe it yet.

"I took a test, actually three different ones, a couple days ago, but I still haven't seen a doctor yet. I thought you might wanna be there"

I nervously say.

"Might wanna be there? Aria, I sure as hell would love to be there, for you and our baby"

He happily exclaims.

"Good thing you stopped me before asking you to marry me. Now I can promise, not only you, but our baby as well to spend the rest of my life trying to love and cherish you and all of our children"

He adds.

I watch as he gets down on his knee, once again, but this time I'm definitely not gonna stop him.

"Aria Marie Montgomery, the girl who stole my heart eight years ago, and is still holding it captive, would you do me the great honor of becoming my wife and allowing me to be your humbly devoted husband and father of our children? Aria, will you marry me?"

He says pulling the red velvet box out of his jacket inside pocket.

"Yes, Ezra. I'd be crazy to say anything else"

I tearfully nod at him, and I watch as he slides the most beautiful ring onto my finger, and then kisses my hand.

"I love you, baby"

He says, leaning in to kiss my stomach before standing up to kiss me as well.

"And. I. Love. You. With. All. My. Heart. And soul"

He says between kisses.

"I love you too, Ezra. Thank you for asking me to be your wife"

I look him in the eye and say.

He shakes his head at me before saying.

"Thank you for saying yes"

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