Ezria Off Screen

By Mystie Johnson

Romance / Drama

Chapter 10:2x14

*2x14 when Ezra walks in on Aria and Jackie having a conversation. Enjoy!*

*Aria's POV*

I opened the door to Ezra's office, looking around to make sure he wasn't here. I walked in, not bothering to close the door behind me.

I walked to his desk and placed the book I had on it. I looked behind me. I don't know why, but I felt like I was doing something wrong. In ways, I was, Jackie told me to stay away, and I did, but she might take me coming in here the wrong way.

After a second of hesitation I took the note I put in it. I wanted to tell him something, but I knew it couldn't be told through a note.

I was about to rip it up, but I couldn't.

"What are you doing here?" Asked a familier voice, Jackie. She saw me, I was now in more trouble. If I was her I wouldn't see this as staying away. But, of course, if I was Jackie, I wouldn't have said what she said. "You've got a very short memory. We had a deal. You were going to stay away from him."

"I did stay away from him," I said, angry, "we broke up. I'm just returning a book."

"Returning a book, I saw." Before I could do anything she took the note I had out of my hand.

"Look, I didn't-" I said, and I tried to catch her off gaurd and randomly reach for the note, but she was fast. "I didnt leave it. I was taking it with me."

"I can show this to your father, too." She said. She wouldn't, but it was Jackie, I knew she would. I was more scared then angry now. "You think I wont do what I promised." I knew she would, other wise I would tell Ezra and we would still be seeing each other. But, I knew she would find out, and tell my dad and destroy Ezra.

I didn't know what to do. I wanted to be with Ezra. But I couldn't destroy his life just because I wanted to be with the guy I love. I loved him too much to do that to him.

"This is your game. You picked the rules." And at that someone walked in. We both looked, it was Ezra. I could see the surprise in his face.

He didn't expect to see each other, let alone both of us in one room, his office of all places. I knew he didn't expect to see me here, he didn't expect to see me at all. And Jackie, well, he tried to avoid her as much as possible.

"I'll be going." She said and left.

"Jackie." Was all he managed to say. After a little bit he finaly got the ability to speak. "Aria, please explain."

I sat down on the couch and started explaining. I explained how I tied to threaten her first with the paper that she faked. I explained how she threatened to ruin his life if I didn't stay away from him or if I told anyone about her paper.

"She said she'd destroy you. She'd go to my dad and he's have you fired." I said, by now Ezra was pacing back and forth in front of me. It was making me even more nervous sbout what he was going to say. So far he hadn't said anything.

"At least I know why you broke up with me." He said and he stopped pacing, his back to me. which calmed me a little, but not much. I didn't know what was going to happen now that now that Jackie was caught. Maybe she would go to my dad? Maybe she wouldn't. The not knowing was killing me.

"Before Jackie, I don't think I understood how…" I paused. He turned to me. "How dangerous it was what we were doing." I was carefull with the word were it was still dangerous, he could still get in trouble, but we weren't doing it anymore, we broke up. Broke up, it was painful, but if it saved him, his life, his future, it was worth it.

"Did you stop because of Jackie? Or because you were afraid?" He asked. Honestly it was a little of both. Mainly I was scared, I was always scared we were gonna get caught and he would get in trouble. Then Jackie came along and knew, and was threatening him.

"I was afraid for you." I said getting up and going to him. "I didn't want to see you get hurt.

"I should've told your mother the truth at the police station." He said and I knew it would've been bad, but maybe he should've, it would've saved us, him, from all this. I knew I would be in trouble, too, but I didn't care about me, I cared about him, what this meant for his future if this got out.

"You tried."

"I should've tried harder. but I saw that look in her eyes. That steely, 'I know what you've done' look." He said. I knew that look, my mom always used it when me or Mike got in trouble for something and we didn't know that she knew, but we did when she gave us that look. "And I folded."

"I know that look." I said comforting him. We stood in silence for a couple seconds. He looked down. I put my hand on his cheek. It felt good to do this again. When I did he jumped and looked to me. I guess surprised I did it.

I looked him in the eye before putting my hand down. "I have to go." I took his hands for a second then walked away to get my bag.

"Aria," he said I turned around and he was right behind me. "Im not going to let Jackie destroy anything or anyone."

"She means what she said." I said, she really did, I could tell, she was determined to get Ezra back.

"You still trust me?" He asked. Was this a joke? Of course I trusted him.

"Yeah I do." I said nodding my head.

"Then theres something we need to do this afternoon." I didn't ask what he meant, I knew what he was talking about. He wanted to tell my parents….

I was thinking about doing a break up scene between Ezra and Aria, the show didn't show it so I thought I might make one? Tell me what you guys think. Should I make one or no?

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