Chapter 12

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"Ezra?" Ella asked, stepping closer to him. "What do you mean Aria is back?" She repeated.

Ezra looked back and forth between them both. Did they really not know?

"Y-you guys really didn't know?" Ezra asked in confusion. "But-"

"No, we didn't." Byron said sternly. "Would you please explain."

"I-im sorry." Ezra stuttered. "I just assumed."

"So she's really back?" Ella asked, teary eyed.

Ezra nodded.

"Olivia and I ran into her yesterday." He sighed. "You can imagine how that went."

"Olivia is so confused, and so am I, and you don't even know how I felt seeing her. I felt so many different feelings seeing her again." Ezra continued. "And I just got so upset and I don't even know what to do or think, and the first thing I thought was that she would be with you or that at least you would know."

"I wish that were the case." Ella said. "I really can't believe this."

"Neither can I." Byron added.

"Have you guys talked?"

"No. I got Olivia out of the carnival as fast as I could. I couldn't take all that I was feeling."

Ella walked over to the couch and sat down. She rubbed her temples gently.

"I just don't understand why she wouldn't tell anyone. I mean, where could she be staying?"

"I really don't know." Ezra sighed. "And honestly, you guys can go find her and talk to her, because to be honest, I really don't give a shit about all this anymore." Ezra said. "I don't care about her doings anymore."

"I'm sorry." He apologized. "I gotta go."

"Aria, it's been a week, don't you think you should go talk to him?"

Aria sat curled up in Spencer's couch. She didn't say anything when Spencer took a seat beside her, but instead just took Ayden from her arms.


Aria sighed. She knew Spencer was right, it had now been a week since she ran into both Ezra and Olivia at the carnival, and during that week, all she'd done was cry.

"I don't know."

"Just do it. What's the harm. I mean they already know you're here." Spencer told her. "And while you're at it, go give your parents a visit. I ran into them at the grocery store again yesterday, and they're still asking me if I've seen you around. I can't keep lying."

"I know. I'm just so scared. What if Ezra doesn't want to listen? What if he wont let me see her? And what if my parent's hate me?"

"Aria, you've been killing yourself with these questions for the past week. I've told you, just go do it. The sooner the better."

"You're right. I'll just head over right now." Aria stated.

Aria's fingers trembled as she grabbed her purse and phone.

"Hey." Spencer soothed. "You'll be alright." She smiled.

Aria gave her a smile and headed out.

"Hey, thanks for coming." Ezra said as he handed both Hanna and Emily a mug of coffee.

"Yeah. No problem." Emily smiled.

Hanna only gave him a small smile. She was pretty sure why he'd called them.

"So, I wanted to ask you this before, but I didn't really know how. I was hoping Spencer would be here, but she said she was busy."

"Is everything Ok?" Emily asked concerned.

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