|In My Veins
Author: LittleGrey8 PM
This is set five years after 3x12. A was caught and disappeared and the liars went their separate ways. When one A escapes from jail, the liars must once again come together to protect themselves and their loved ones. Will deal with all characters and ships.Rated: Fiction T - English - Drama/Friendship - Chapters: 3 - Words: 3,928 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 10 - Updated: 09-22-12 - Published: 09-09-12 - id: 8513380
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Later that night, Aria walked into the guest bedroom where Spencer was staying.
"Hanna and Emily will be here first thing in the morning," She said walking in with an extra blanket in her arms.
She smiled as she looked at Grace, who was fast asleep on the bed. Aria gently draped the blanket over the little girl's body before coming over to sit on the floor next to Spencer.
"You okay?" She asked her best friend.
"Yeah, I just can't believe he's back," Spencer said softly. "I was finally ready to start dating again and now he's back. You know, despite it all, I still love him. I can't explain why, maybe it's because of Grace, but there's a part of my heart that will always belong to Toby, whether I like it or not."
"Spence, Toby was your first real boyfriend, the first guy you were ever in love with. He's the only guy you've ever been in love with. It's completely understandable." Aria said, squeezing Spencer's hand. "You should get some sleep." She said with a soft smile.
Spencer nodded and the two stood up.
"See you in the morning," Aria said before turning off the light.
She walked back downstairs and after grabbing a glass of water walked to her bedroom. Ezra was just getting out of the shower.
"How mad do you think Malcolm would be if we told him he couldn't go on his big field trip tomorrow?" Aria asked Ezra.
"You mean the three day long camping extravaganza he's been looking forward to since he started sixth grade?" Ezra asked her sarcastically. "I'd say there's a good chance he'd disown us or run away."
"I know, I'm just worried," Aria said, flopping down on the bed.
Ezra chuckled as he put his pajamas on. "You are such a mom. It's cute."
"No, you laughing in your sleep is cute. Me being worried about our son potentially being harmed by a complete psycho is totally rational and serious." Aria said sternly, sitting up on the bed.
"Aria," Ezra said, sitting down next to her. "He'll be fine. Toby is not going to go after a little boy. He's been looking forward to this trip all year. All of his friends are going; he'll never forgive us if we don't let him go."
"It's just a camping trip," Aria said softly.
"Not to a little boy. I'll drop him off in the morning and make sure he gets on the bus safely. I'll tell the teachers and the other chaperones to keep a really close eye on him."
Aria nodded. "This is all so different than last time. We have kids and lives. It isn't just us four against the world."
"You're right, it isn't. You have me and so many other people who care about you. This time the police are on your side, they've already started looking into it. You are not alone in this." Ezra said.
Aria kissed Ezra, pulling him close to her.
"I love you so much," Aria said softly. "Even with all of this going on, you make me feel safe."
The next morning, Aria and Ezra were up bright and early, getting Malcolm ready for his camping trip.
"And you have your bug spray and your sunscreen?" Aria asked Malcolm as she put more Cheerios on Lilly's high chair tray.
"Yes, Mom," Malcolm said, rolling his eyes.
Ezra walked in from the garage. He had just put Malcolm's sleeping bag and backpack in the car.
"Guess who's getting an attitude?" Aria asked Ezra.
"Who?" He asked her, pouring a cup of coffee.
"I do not have an attitude," Malcolm insisted, putting his cereal bowl in the sink.
"Yes, you do. Where did my sweet baby boy who played with Legos and read Harry Potter go?" Aria asked him with a pout, wrapping her arms around Malcolm
"He turned cool," Ezra said with a laugh.
"Dad!" Malcolm whined, pulling away from Aria.
Ezra kissed the top of Lilly's head and then sat down at the table.
"Dad, can I take my soccer ball?" Malcolm asked Ezra.
"If you take your old one," Ezra replied.
"Great!" Malcolm said before running up to his room to take it out of his soccer bag.
Ezra glanced at his watch, "We should probably get going soon."
"Already? I like it when you're here." Aria said as she finished making Malcolm's lunch.
"I'll be back in an hour, probably not even that. We're not going to work today, so we'll be together all day," He said, walking over and wrapping his arms around Aria's waist. He began to kiss her and sway back and forth, humming B-26.
They were interrupted when Malcolm ran back down the stairs, bellowing, "Let's go!"
Aria put Malcolm's lunch in his lunch box and handed it to him. "Be good, listen to the grownups. I love you." She said, giving him a hug.
"See you soon," She said, giving Ezra a quick kiss.
"Love you!" She called as the two of them walked out the door.
"Love you too!" Ezra responded as he left.
After cleaning up, Aria turned and picked Lilly up. Even though, Lilly was about 15 months old, she still hadn't begun to walk yet. "Let's go get dressed, baby girl."
About half an hour later, Aria and Spencer were sitting in the kitchen. Grace was coloring and Lilly was in Aria's lap.
The Fitz's dog, Gatsby, began to bark like crazy.
"They're here!" Grace yelled, jumping up and running towards the door.
Spencer and Aria laughed at the four year old's excitement and got up to greet their friends.
"I am loving this welcome committee!" Hanna announced as Grace dragged her into the kitchen.
Aria and Spencer hugged their friends as Emily and Hanna cooed over Lilly.
"Hey, Caleb," Aria said with a laugh, acknowledging Caleb who was awkwardly standing by the door.
"Hey," He said with a small smile.
"How about I show you guys which guest rooms you'll be staying in and then I'll make you some breakfast?" Aria asked them.
Her friends nodded and she lead them upstairs, glancing at the kitchen clock as she went, Ezra should be home soon.
About ten minutes later, Spencer, Hanna, Emily, and Caleb were sitting at the kitchen table.
Grace was sitting in Spencer's lap and Lilly was sitting in Hanna's lap. Aria was washing dishes and glancing at the clock.
"I'm sure he's just caught in traffic," Emily said, taking a sip of her orange juice.
"It takes twenty minutes to get to the school and back, add in ten for the bus and he should've been back ten minutes ago." Aria said, loudly putting a stack on plates in the cabinet.
She jumped when the front doorbell rang.
"See, there he is," Hanna said with a smile.
"Ezra never uses the doorbell or the front door," Aria said as she walked off to the front door. She had a bad feeling in the pit of her stomach.
Her friends and Caleb followed her.
She opened the door to see two men standing there.
"Mrs. Fitz?" One of the men asked her.
"Yes?" She responded.
"I'm Special Agent Williams and this is Special Agent Smith. Can we come in?"
"Yeah, I… Of course…" Aria responded.
"Caleb, why don't you take the girls upstairs?" Hanna asked, handing Lilly to him.
Caleb took the girls upstairs as Aria led the FBI agents into her living room.
"Could I get you some coffee or something?" Aria asked.
"No, ma'am. I think it'd be better if you just take a seat."
Aria nodded and sat down. Her friends sat next to her.
"I'm terribly sorry, Mrs. Fitz, there's been an accident," Agent Williams said.
"Oh my God," Aria said, raising a hand to her mouth. "Are Ezra and Malcolm…?"
Spencer grabbed Aria's other hand and Hanna began to gently rub her back.
"Malcolm is fine. He was already on his way to his camping trip."
Aria breathed a sigh of relief before asking again.
"He was involved in a hit and run. By the time we arrived at the scene the other car and your husband were gone."
"What do you mean gone?" Emily asked as Aria began to hyperventilate.
"We know he was in the car, but when we got there his cellphone was lying on the floor and he was gone. The keys were still in the ignition."
"But what happened to him?" Hanna asked.
"There is a chance that he hit his head and wandered off, completely disoriented…"
"Or?" Aria asked tearfully.
"There is a chance that he was abducted, especially considering the timing of the accident."
"Toby." Spencer whispered as she felt Aria's small body crumple beside her.