Chapter 7

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"Aria, are you sure you don't want us to stay?" Spencer asked again. "I mean, I could easily use my pregnancy as an excuse and stay with you."

"Spence, I'll be fine." Aria assured. "Go on."

"Ar, I just don't want you to spend Christmas all alone."

"Yeah, we can stay here with you. It wouldn't be a problem." Toby added.

"Guys" Aria smiled. "Really, I'm ok staying here by myself. Besides, if you don't go, they will know something is up."

"I guess, but I just don't want you to be alone."

"Spence. I'll be fine. I promise."

"Ok." Spencer replied, pulling her into a hug. "But I'll be back early."

"Have fun." Aria told them.

Spencer smiled and nodded. Both Spencer and Toby headed towards the door with all the Christmas presents in hand.

"If you need anything, please call us." Toby said.

"Thanks. Merry Christmas." Aria said before shutting the door.

As much as she told Spencer she would be fine, she knew this wasn't true. It hurt her that she couldn't spend Christmas with Ezra, her daughter, parents, and friends. She was so close to them yet so far away. Sighing, she walked into the kitchen, fixing herself a salad and went back out to the living room. She honestly didn't know what to do so she turned on the TV, hoping to find something that would maybe take her mind off of everything.

"Olivia, didn't I tell you to pick up your toys?" Ezra asked sternly as he was coming down the stairs.

Since the morning, with the unwrapping and discoveries of Santa's presents, the living room was filled with new toys. Ezra knew he shouldn't be spoiling her to that extent, but how could he not when what the main thing she asked for was something impossible to get her. But he didn't get a reply.

"Olivia?" Ezra called out. "Livey."

He finally reached the bottom and noticed her lying down on the couch looking upset.

"Baby what's wrong?" Ezra asked concerned. "Do you feel sick."

Olivia shook her head.

"Then what's wrong?"

She slowly sat up and looked at Ezra, tears present in her hazel eyes.

"I didn't get Mommy for Christmas." She cried as she buried her face into Ezra's chest.

This broke Ezra's heart. He felt the tears coming too, but for his daughter's sake, remained strong.

"Baby, I told you that he wouldn't be able to do so." Ezra explained. "Mommy isn't coming back soon."

"B-but Santa can do anything. And if Mommy loves me, then why doesn't she come back?"

Thats the question Ezra asked himself everyday. But it was an answer he would never get.

"She can't." Ezra simply said.

He wiped away his daughter's tears and gave her a fake smile.

"Now where's that giant Olivia smile that Daddy loves so much."

But instead of smiling, she just snuggled closer to Ezra.

"Come on baby, it's Christmas, you should be happy. Everyone that loves you is coming over. And you know what that means." Ezra explained.

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