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"You're Aria's family?" Dianne asked as Ella, Byron, and Mike, followed Ezra and I back into the apartment.
"Yes," Ella replied. "I understand that you don't approve of your son's relationship with my daughter."
"And you do?" William asked incredulously, standing up from his chair. "May I remind you that she was his student?"
I looked down to the ground as nervousness coursed throughout my veins. Was Ezra's father going to convince Ella that my relationship with Ezra was wrong? Ella was the first and only person who has accepted us. I couldn't lose that now. Not when Byron still hated Ezra for being with me. I couldn't lose Ella's support. I just couldn't.
"I'm fully aware of that. However, they began seeing each other before they knew they were teacher and student." Ella defended us.
I silently turned to Ezra, who's shocked expression mirrored mine. His eyes finally met mine as the look we exchanged asked the same question: Was Ella really doing everything she could to get Ezra's parents to see that our relationship was right?
Byron stood a few feet away from Ella, his lips pursed in a straight line, as he remained silent. I prayed that he wouldn't say anything, because I knew that if he did, he would try doing the complete opposite of Ella: convince Ezra's parents that
our relationship was wrong.
"Yet they continued this relationship." Dianne pointed out, inserting herself into the conversation. "You're okay with the your daughter dating her teacher?"
"He's not her teacher anymore. And surprisingly, yes, I am." Ella admitted.
"Don't you know better than to get involved with a student?" Dianne asked Ezra, her voice full of disbelief. "I don't care how much you try to defend this, because it's wrong. Don't you care what people are going to think of you? You're going to be known as the teacher who fools around with his teenage students! You said yourself that this was a small town. Everyone knows everyone. Is that the kind of reputation you want for yourself?"
Ezra held his mother's crushing gaze before finally responding moments later. "I don't care."
"You couldn't have put yourself in a worse situation. Why couldn't you just control your feelings for her? They're wrong and you know it." William interfered.
"I-" Ezra began, but I interrupted him.
"We've already gone over this. I didn't want him to control his feelings for me, because I had the same feelings for him." I began. I took a step closer to Ezra's father. "If I really am not supposed to be with Ezra, then our relationship would have fallen apart for good when I lost my memory. That was Ezra's chance to leave me without hurting me, because I had no idea who he was. But he didn't. He chose to stay with me and help me remember him. How do you think it was for him? Being in love with someone who didn't even know who he was? Being in love with someone who only knew him as her English teacher? Our relationship survived me forgetting everything about him, and I recovered my memories to only fall in love with him all over again. So don't tell Ezra or me, that this is wrong. Because if it truly was wrong, Ezra and I would have been over a long time ago." I finished.
The room remained dead silent, each person shocked by my sudden speech.
I nervously looked towards Ezra, who was watching me in awe.
"God, I love you." He breathed, never taking his eyes off of me.
I smiled at him, knowing that I had done the right thing. It didn't matter if his parents accepted our relationship or not. We loved each other and that was all that mattered.
After a few moments of silence, Byron said the last words I ever expected to come out of his mouth. "She's right." He said softly, watching me intently.
Ezra, Ella, and I turned to Byron with shock written all over our faces. He said I was right? As in he agreed that our relationship was right? Even though it screamed wrong?
Was he really finally coming around to accepting our relationship? Was he finally realizing how much Ezra and I loved each other?
Byron sighed heavily as he sat down on Ezra's couch and looked towards Ezra's parents. "Trust me, when I found out about this relationship, I was furious. It was wrong, a teacher falling in love with his student, or claiming to fall in love. I didn't care how much Aria tried to convince me that whatever they claimed to have with each other was real, because it was wrong. I tried everything I could to make Aria realize that Ezra didn't care for her. It made sense, what would a teacher want from his teenage student? A real relationship?" Byron scoffed.
"Dad stop!" I cried, not wanting him to go on. Why would he do this to me? Hasn't he realized by now how much Ezra means to me? Why was he still doing everything he could to tear us apart?
"Please." I begged.
"Aria, let me finish." He said strictly.
"Why?" I exclaimed. "So you can convince Ezra's parents that our relationship is wrong? In case you haven't realized it yet," I began, taking Ezra's hand in mine and holding it tightly in my own, "We don't care what you or anyone else thinks. The only people whose opinions matter are mine and Ezra's."
"Aria, stop talking and let me finish." Byron said through gritted teeth.
I glared at him for a moment before turning back to Ezra who wrapped his arms around me.
"As I was saying," Byron continued tiredly. "There was no way that this could be right. But then I began to realize the things that I hadn't noticed before. If Ezra didn't love Aria, why would he risk his whole career for her? Why would he risk going to jail if he didn't have true feelings for her?"
I looked at my dad in shock and guilt. Was he saying what I thought he was saying?
"Like Aria said before, if their relationship wasn't supposed to work out, then Aria never would have regained her memories of him. He wouldn't have stuck with her and tried to stay close to her even though she didn't care about him. They love each other. I've tried very hard to break them up, but nothing works. I know whatever I do to try to stop them from seeing each other won't work, because they'll find a way to see each other again." Byron ran his tiredly down his face. "Honestly, as much as I hate to admit it, there's nothing we can do to break them up. The only thing we can do is to try to see their relationship the way they see it."
"Daddy…" I whispered as my eyes began to well up with tears from his heart striking words.
"I don't want to lose you. And I know that I will if I continue trying to tear the two of you apart." Byron said painfully.
At that moment, I saw the father I had grown up to know and love. The father who would never let anything happen to his little girl. The father who protected his daughter from everything and everyone. The father who loved his daughter unconditionally.
I threw my arms around his neck, as the few tears that had managed to escape my eyes fell onto his shirt. He wrapped his arms tightly around my back, as memories of when I was younger and melting into my father's embrace flooded through my mind. I had to admit, that even though I wasn't being held in Ezra's arms, I felt at home.
"Thank you." I whispered.
Byron smiled. A genuine smile. The first real smile I had seen in weeks.
"But I still stand by what I said earlier." Byron began, looking at Ezra. "If you ever hurt her, you'll deeply regret it."
Ezra nodded, believing every word Byron said.
I turned towards Ezra, who smiled at me, happy that we finally gained both my parents' acceptance.
"Well I definitely wasn't expecting that, especially from the person who Aria said supposedly doesn't accept your relationship, but I see where the two of you are coming from. I am going to have a fun time getting to know your girlfriend." Derek winked at me before Ezra shot him a glare.
"You aren't allowed to touch her." Ezra said to his younger brother, as he stood in front of me, blocking me from Derek's view.
"Says who?" Derek raised his eyebrows at Ezra.
"Says me, her boyfriend." Ezra countered back.
I giggled as I watched the two brothers playfully quarrel with each other over me.
I glanced at Mike who was smiling at Ezra and Derek, clearly entertained by his ex English teacher arguing with his brother.
Could Ezra be a better boyfriend? He was even overprotective of me from his own brother.
"We'd better get going then, if we're lucky we might still make our reservation." Ella said, grabbing her purse.
"Good, because I'm starving." Mike exclaimed eagerly.
"Would you guys like to join us?" Byron asked, as he got up from the couch.
Dianne and William shared an uneasy glance before turning back to Byron.
"I guess it would be nice to get to know Aria's parents. I'm sure we'll all be family soon enough."
Both mine and Ezra's mouths dropped wide open at her comment.
"As much as I love her, she's seventeen. I do not see us getting married for at least four more years." Ezra said quickly.
I titled my head up to look at him as I smiled, loving that our families were finally getting along. He leaned down and kissed me quickly before grabbing my hand.
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