Chapter Thirteen

Ezra woke up to the sound of steady beeping. He sat up, but immediately regretted it. He felt a shooting pain in his stomach and instantly realized he was in a hospital. Memories flooded back to him and he started breathing heavy.

"You're up!" Aria said happily. "Hey, hey, everything's okay, babe."

Ezra started to open his mouth, but a nurse interrupted him. "Mrs. Fitz, here's the last form you have to fill out."

The nurse handed Aria a clipboard and Aria blushed, knowing Ezra just heard what the nurse just called her. The nurse checked Ezra's stitches and IV fluids before exiting. Once she was out the door, Ezra turned to Aria, who was still in her bridesmaid dress. "Mrs. Fitz?"

Aria lolled her head. "The only way I could ride with you in the ambulance was if I said I was your wife. So, as far as the hospital knows, I'm Mrs. Aria Fitz." Aria concluded her statement by holding up her left hand and showing the ring that Hanna threw on her finger.

"Aria Fitz… I like the sound of that," Ezra laughed.

Aria smiled, but a wave of sadness swept over her, and tears dripped down her cheeks.

"What? Aria, I'm kidding about the last name. I know… baby steps. I was just saying it because…"

"Ezra, it's not that," she sighed, standing up and nearing his bed.

She placed her hand in his and he looked up at her. "What's wrong, Aria?"

Aria let new tears fall and cried, "I didn't think you were gonna make it. When I first saw you in the barn… you were so pale. And in the ambulance, your heart stopped for a second and the paramedics went into, like, red alert."

"I'm sorry I scared you," Ezra whispered. "I'm fine, though. I'm alive."

"Barely!" Aria argued. "You would be fine if it weren't for me."

"Hey," he soothed. He pulled her onto the bed and rubbed circles on her back. "I love you. If getting shot is what it takes to keep you safe, I'll take a bullet any day."

"Ezra…" Aria warned.

"No really. I love you, Aria. I'd do anything for you."

"I love you, too, Ezra. I love you," she repeated, wrapping her arms around his neck.

"We're okay," he assured. "We're both okay."

Aria pulled away and wiped her eyes. He took her hands in his and looked her in the eyes. "I'm in love with you. I know I messed that up before… I messed it up badly. But, I'm glad we've moved past it. I don't know what I'd do if you just went on forever hating me."

"I could never, ever hate you, Ezra. You hurt me and broke my heart, but ever since you came to California, it just feels… we just feel so right."

"Aria, I know you said baby steps, but I just... okay, for real this time…." Ezra paused and took a deep breath. He slipped Hanna's ring off Aria finger and held it in his hands. "Aria Montgomery, will you marry me?"

Aria smiled and her tears turned happy. "Yes. Of course!"

Ezra smiled and slipped the ring back to where it was. Ezra pulled her into a kiss and it was one of their bests ever. Everything felt like it had just fallen into place. They might not have been the first to get married out of her friends, but they would, without a doubt, be the second.

Aria broke the kiss, but kept her arms around Ezra's neck. She laughed and teased her fiancé, "My dad is gonna kill you…"

Ezra laughed and honestly couldn't wait to see the look on Byron's face when Aria revealed that she and Ezra were engaged. Ezra looked at Aria and smiled, "We'll figure that out another day."

(A/N:) Well, that's the end! Happy, cheesy ending, I know, but I'm proud of it! Anyways, thank you to everyone who read this little fanfic of mine! I'd like to thank bite-me-im-irish (who is literally such an inspiration for me writing ezria and I advise everyone to go read ALL of her stories because she's amazing), obsessedwithezria, b26forever, HarrylovesGinny09, OfficialEzrianxX (check out all of her stuff too! She's an amazing ezria writer!) and 4Ezria who reviewed every chapter! I love all of you for reviewing and favoriting and following and all of those notifications do NOT go unnoticed! Thanks again and be sure to check out my new multichapter Shot in the Dark. Check out my one shots too if you're interested :)

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