Chapter 3

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"Aria?" Spencer cried in disbelief. "Aria is that really you?"

Aria remained quiet, trying to control her sobs. She took deep breaths hoping it would help. She let out a big sigh before replying.

"It is." She sniffled.

Again, silence grew between the two. Both were at loss for words. All that was heard from both were their soft cries. Finally Aria decided she'd be the one to break the silence.

"I'm so sorry." Aria simply said. "So sorry."

"W-what happened? Why'd you leave? Where are you?"

Spencer soon started throwing a million questions at her.

"I-i can't tell you over the phone." Aria sighed. "I know you hate me and don't want to see me after what I did but I need you. I need your help."

Aria could her Spencer sigh heavily over the phone.

"Please." Aria begged.

"And why should I help you?" Spencer questioned, growing a bit angry. "After disappearing completely for four years, why should I help you?" She raised her voice.

Aria knew this was coming, but it still hurt to hear her friend yell at her. She cried softly as Spencer continued.

"I mean god Aria, you abandon your family and friends without any reasonable explanation. You abandoned the most precious thing in life. Your child. What kind of mother are you? All these years I would've never imagined you could do something like this. Why the hell did you just leave? Huh?" Spencer's voice broke a little.

Aria wanted to tell Spencer. Explain everything. But she couldn't do so over the phone.

"Put that aside for a minute." She continued. "You didn't even call, text, email or anything all this time. You know how many times we wondered if you were still alive?"

At this point, both girls were crying hysterically. Spencer's hurt and anger let her bring the worst in her out. She knew she'd been harsh with Aria, but she was just so damned hurt.

"I-m sorry." Aria finally said. "This was a mistake." Her voice broke. "Goodbye Spence."

Aria was about to hang up. Spencer couldn't just leave her like that. She was her best friend, practically her sister and she loved her.

"Aria wait." Spencer cried. "I-m sorry I was so harsh. But you have to understand. All these years, we've all been hurting, we've all been angry. But I love you and you need me and that's what best friends are for. So whatever it is, I'm here."

"Y-you don't know how much that means to me. Thank you."

"I've just missed you." Spencer whimpered.

"I've missed you too. Everyone back in Rosewood." She took a deep breath. "That's why i'm going back."

There was a brief silence for a few seconds.

"You are?"

"Yes. That's why I need you. I need your help. Can't I count on you?"

Again, that damn silence that had been present throughout their conversation, was there again.

"Of course." Spencer finally said.

"Thank you." Aria started sobbing. "Please don't tell anyone though. Please. Promise me."

"I promise."

"And I promise I will tell you everything when I get there, just don't tell anyone. I'm not ready to face them."

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