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I wrestled with this chapter for a while, but after re-watching some of season three, I decided to go ahead with it. The Liars are introduced in this chapter. The story is basically that her brothers have always lived in Rosewood with her and they have always been Halliwells, but her other family has just moved to Rosewood.
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Aria woke up to the sound of her phone screeching in her ear. She scrambled to find it under the mass of covers.
She clumsily answered.
"Hello?" She asked groggily.
"Have you been having sex?" Hanna asked her coyly.
"WHAT?" Aria shot up straight in bed.
"Come on, you haven't answered your phone since yesterday morning."
"Hanna, I assure you I have not been having sex." Aria said as she got out of bed.
After she said this Chris walked by the door and popped his head in.
He smirked as he stood in the doorway. "I heard that," He whispered.
"No, you didn't!" Aria practically screeched.
"I didn't what?" Hanna asked confused.
"Sorry, sweetie. I wasn't talking to you. Chris is being a loser." Aria said as she stuck her tongue out at her brother.
"What's going on?" Wyatt asked as he walked past Aria's room.
"I'm a loser and Aria's having sex," Chris said before leaving the room.
Wyatt opened his mouth and looked at his sister quizzically.
"Han, I have to go. I'll see you at school," Aria said before hanging up.
"He's lying," Aria told Wyatt.
"Sure he is," Wyatt said with a smirk.
"He is!" Aria insisted.
"Whatever you say. Mom said to tell you that Chris is taking you, Peyton, and Paisley into school so you need to be ready in half an hour."
"Okay, I will," Aria said as she began to look through her closet.
About twenty minutes later Aria was dressed and eating breakfast.
"Aunt Piper!" Peyton called as she opened the front door.
"Hey, sweetie," Piper greeted her niece. "Hi, Paisley." She began to close the door, but a Jimmy Choo clad foot was shoved in it.
"Pheebs, don't you have to go to work?" Piper sighed as she let her sister in.
"I do, but I want to watch Paisley's first day of freshman year in Rosewood!" Phoebe screeched.
"Mom!" Paisley exclaimed as she stole a piece of toast off of Chris's plate.
"I won't follow you or anything," Phoebe said.
"Aunt Phoebe, could I talk to you a minute?" Aria asked her aunt.
"Of course, honey," Phoebe said and the two began to walk towards Aria's room.
"Ten minutes!" Chris called after them, his mouth full of food.
Aria just laughed.
"So, I was looking though this last night…" Aria said as she pulled out The Book.
"Why does that not surprise me?" Phoebe said as they set The Book on the bed and Aria opened it.
"Anyway, I found this," Aria said as she flipped through the pages.
"I should've known," Phoebe said as she looked at her Balthazar/Cole entry,
"This is my ex-husband Cole. I met him when I was twenty five. Later I found out that he was this high-level demon ordered to kill us, at first he tried to, but he began to fall for me and he found that he couldn't do it. For a while he tried to be good, but evil eventually overtook him. We got married, but he became the Source of All Evil and we had to vanquish him. It took me a long time, but then I finally found Coop and now I'm happy." Phoebe said as she absentmindedly ran her finger over the pictures and the words she had written about Cole all those years ago.
"How long did it take you for you to stop loving Cole?" Aria could never imagine not loving Ezra.
"I hated him for a long time, but the truth is I don't think I ever stopped loving Cole," Phoebe said as she looked at the old entry.
"But he did all of those horrible things," Aria said with a curious look.
"Balthazar and The Source did those horrible things. Cole was just along for the ride. His human half couldn't do anything about it."
"Aria! Let's go!" Chris called.
"Coming!" Aria yelled back.
When they pulled up at the school, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily practically attacked the car.
"They all had anxious "We need to talk about A" looks on their faces.
"Hey, guys," Aria wasn't worried about A anymore. She was a witch for Pete's sake, she could handle A.
"You remember my cousins Peyton and Paisley?" Aria asked gesturing to her cousins.
"Hi," Paisley said with a wave.
"Hey," Peyton said with a smile as she eyed her schedule. "Who's Mr. Fitz?" She asked eyeing Aria.
"He was our old English teacher, but he left due to…" Spencer spoke before Hanna interrupted.
"Circumstances!" Hanna shouted with a smirk.
"Hanna!" Emily elbowed her best friend.
"We should probably get to class," Spencer said as she looked at her watch.
"Where's Ms. Jones's room?" Paisley asked as she looked at her schedule.
"I'll show you," Chris said with a smile, "Come on, Paise."
"Come on," Spencer said as she pulled her friends behind her. The four best friends linked arms ignoring the stares they drew. Peyton smiled and clutched her cousin's hand.
"You're drawing stares for a whole different reason," Aria whispered into Peyton's ear.
"I am half-Cupid," Peyton replied before shooting a wink at one of the many boys who was staring.
"Aria!" Hanna hissed later when they sat in her mom's class.
"What?" Aria whispered back as she turned around.
"So what were you doing yesterday?"
"Nothing. Pay attention, Han." Aria turned back around.
Spencer discreetly passed Aria a note.
It read: "What the hell are we going to do about the shovel?"
Aria quickly scrawled back. "No idea, but I think A might begin to leave us alone."
Spencer shot her a questioning look and Aria simply mouthed "later".
Aria felt her phone vibrate in her pocket and glanced up at her mother before looking.
"Are you sure you guys didn't see Ali?" Her text from Emily read. Aria rolled her eyes. Emily had been convinced she saw Ali since the girls had found her in the woods.
"For the billionth time, yes, we are sure Em." Aria sent back before putting away her phone and looking up at her mom.
Her mom stood in the front of the classroom with a concerned look. Aria mouthed, "A" and her mother immediately understood.
"How'd it go?" Chris asked as Peyton and Aria got into the car. Chris had gotten out early due to senior privilege and had picked Perci up from kindergarten. Paisley's teacher had let class out early so she was already in the car.
"I got twenty-one guys' numbers," Peyton replied.
"That's not what I meant," Chris said with a laugh.
"I made a picture for Daddy!" Perci said from her car seat.
"This is beautiful!" Paisley said as she looked at her younger sister's drawing.
"Let me see that," Peyton said as she grabbed it, "He'll love it." She said with a smile.
As they pulled up to a spotlight, each of the Halliwells began to feel tingly and they were surrounded by a mass of red light.
"What's going on?" Aria yelled.
"I don't know," Chris replied.
They were all ready to call for their Whitelighters when they suddenly disappeared from the car.
"Is everyone okay?" Chris asked after they fell on a hard dirt floor.
"Yeah, I think so." Peyton said as she picked up Perci, who wrapped her arms around Peyton's neck.
Everyone else mumbled in agreement.
As they all came to they all realized that they were in some type of cage. They also noticed that there was a lump on the ground just outside of the cage.
"Don't touch that!" Chris yelled as Paisley held her hand up to the bars of the cage. "It repels magic. We can't touch it and we can't use magic and magic can't get in."
"Well, that's just perfect," Paisley said as she crossed her arms over her chest.
The lump in the corner moaned and began to sit up.
"Oh my God," Aria said as she realized who it was.
"What?" Her brother and cousins said.
"YOU?" Peyton asked as walked towards the man. "I don't understand. My mom said you were dead, vanquished, poof, all gone."
"Let me guess? Phoebe's daughter?" Cole said as he sat up with a groan. "And yes, I was dead, but the new Source resurrected me to kill you."
"You put us in this cage?" Aria asked.
"No, no. I summoned you to me. I don't want to hurt you. I just wanted to make the Source think I was doing my job to hold him off from sending others until I could stop him." He said getting up to walk over.
"So someone interfered?" Chris asked.
"How do we know you're telling the truth?" Peyton asked.
"Because if I wanted you dead we wouldn't be having this conversation." Cole replied.
"I'm scared," Perci said shivering.
"I know sweetie, but we'll figure it out. I promise." Peyton said as she rubbed her younger sister's back.
A demon appeared behind Cole and shot an energy ball at him. He fell in a heap on the floor.
The girls began to scream as Chris began to frantically call all of the Whitelighters in his family.
"I want Mommy! I want Daddy!" Perci screamed hysterically from Peyton's arms.
There was suddenly a pink glow outside of the cage.
"Daddy!" Perci screamed excitedly.
"Dad, watch out!" Peyton yelled as the demon raised his arm.
Cole groggily got up just in time. He rushed for the demon, but was flung out of the way.
He tried to get up, but the demon sent an energy ball flying at Coop.
"NOOOOOOOO!" Cole yelled. He tried to push Coop out of the way but it was too late. Coop fell to the ground in a lifeless heap.
"You son of a bitch!" Cole yelled before he sent an energy ball flying at the demon. The demon burst into flames before he disintegrated.
Cole ran over to Coop and began to perform CPR, though he knew Coop was already dead.
Peyton and Paisley had both fallen to the ground in sobbing heaps. Aria stood in shock and Chris was holding a very confused Perci, trying to shield her from what was happening.
The four sisters finally orbed in.
Phoebe immediately ran over to Coop.
"Cole?" She said through furious tears.
Piper was about to blow him up when Peyton stopped her. "Don't! He's didn't do this to us! He tried to stop the demon. He tried to save Daddy."
Phoebe looked at Cole through her tears.
"I'm so sorry," Cole said as he wrapped his arms around her.
Phoebe tensed up at first, but then buried her head into his chest and began to sob.
Prue, Piper, and Paige quickly said a spell to release the kids.
Aria ran to her mom in tears while Chris examined the spot where the demon had been standing.
Paige and Prue tried to console Coop's sobbing daughters.
"Let's go home," Prue said with a soft smile. They all headed back to the manner.
Later that night, Peyton, Paisley, and Perci had eventually fallen asleep in Aria's bed.
Chris and Wyatt were in the attic trying to discover who the new Source could be.
Paige and Prue were at home with their families, each orbing in every half hour.
"Do you think she's going to be okay?" Piper asked Leo. They were lying in their bed trying to make sense of the day's events.
"It will take a while, but she's strong." Leo said as he held Piper close.
"Do you think we can trust Cole?"
"I don't think we have a choice. Phoebe's been with him since they got back."
"I don't know what I'd do if it had been you," Piper said looking at her husband.
Leo replied by kissing Piper and stroking her hair.
Cole and Phoebe were sitting on the kitchen floor in Piper's house.
They hadn't talked, just being in Cole's arms made Phoebe feel better.
Cole looked at his watch. "You should probably get to bed."
"Yeah," Phoebe murmured.
Cole slowly got up and tried to pull Phoebe up.
"I can't move," Phoebe said shakily.
"Shhh, it's okay," Cole picked Phoebe up. She wrapped her arms against his neck and lay her head against his chest.
He carried her up the stairs into Piper and Leo's guest room.
Cole put Phoebe in the bed and began to tuck her in.
"Cole," Phoebe said softly.
"Yeah, Pheebs?" He asked as he looked at her.
"Please don't leave me again," Phoebe said as she looked up at him.
"Phoebe," Cole said softly.
"I'm still in love with you," Phoebe said as she looked up at him.
"Phoebe, stop it. You just lost your husband, you can't talk about loving me right after that happens, it just isn't right. You hated me for so long."
"Cole," Phoebe said as she sat up in bed, "I need you right now. I feel awful, but I don't feel like I did when I lost you. I know it's crazy and I know it might not work out, but I want to give you another chance, I want to give us another chance. And I may have hated you, but I never stopped loving you."
"I love you," Cole said softly as he crawled back into bed with her.
Phoebe couldn't explain how it felt to be safe and back in Cole's arms even after losing her husband. She knew that Coop would want her to move on and be happy.
Aria stood in the doorway of her room. Her three cousins were asleep in her bed. Aria was a mess. She had seen someone killed. She was supposed to get used to killing demons. She couldn't handle it. She knew there was only one person in the whole world that could make her feel better.
She went to her parents' room.
"Mom? Dad?" She knocked on the door.
"Come in," Her mom called.
"Can I go to Spencer's? She, Emily, and Hanna are all there," Aria lied.
"Yeah, that's fine. It's probably a good idea to be with your friends right now." Piper said with a smile.
"Be careful. Call us when you get there and let us know if you see anything suspicious." Leo said sternly.
"I will," Aria said with a smile before leaving. She grabbed her car keys and then drove a route she knew by heart.
She began to knock on Ezra's door.
"Aria?" He said with a worried look on his face. He was only wearing boxers and looked like he had just woken up.
Aria didn't say anything; she just ran into his arms and began to sob.
"What's going on? Come sit down?" Ezra said before leading Aria to the couch. He wrapped his arms around her and Aria began to explain. She used the explanation that her family planned on using.
"My Uncle Coop is dead. Me, Chris, Peyton, Paisley, and Perci were coming home with him after school. We took a shortcut and this guy came out of nowhere and shot him. It was awful." Aria said in tears.
"I am so sorry," Ezra said as he held her close. "Is there anything I can do?"
"You're doing it," Aria said softly.
"I love you so much. I don't know what I'd do if I lost you."
"You won't lose me," Aria said, but her voice faltered. Now that she knew who she really was, she felt like she might not be telling the truth.