Post 3x10, AU from there. TOBY IS NOT PART OF THE 'A TEAM' IN THIS STORY.


My tears run down like razorblades
And no, I'm not the one to blame
It's you ' or is it me?
And all the words we never say
Come out and now we're all ashamed
And there's no sense in playing games
When you've done all you can doBut now it's over, it's over, why is it over?
We had the chance to make it
Now it's over, it's over, it can't be over
I wish that I could take it back
But it's overI lose myself in all these fights
I lose my sense of wrong and right
I cry, I cry
It's shaking from the pain that's in my head
I just wanna crawl into my bed
And throw away the life I led
But I won't let it die, but I won't let it dieBut now it's over, it's over, why is it over?
We had the chance to make it
Now it's over, it's over, it can't be over
I wish that I could take it backI'm falling apart, I'm falling apart
Don't say this won't last forever
You're breaking my heart, you're breaking my heart
Don't tell me that we will never be together
We could be, over and over
We could be, foreverI'm falling apart, I'm falling apart
Don't say this won't last forever
You're breaking my heart, you're breaking my heart
Don't tell me that we will never be together
We could be, over and over
We could be, foreverIt's not over, it's not over, it's never over
Unless you let it take you
It's not over, it's not over, it's not over
Unless you let it break you
It's not over

It's Not Over – Secondhand Serenade


A hand clad in black leather gloves frantically typed a new message on a blackberry. The thumb hit send and a dark chuckle escaped the person's lips.


Spencer and Aria hastily kept re-watching the last few moments of Maya on the screen before a mysterious arm reached out from behind her and tugged her backwards and out of the camera's region. Each time, they hoped that Maya would step out, laugh it up and they would realise that the last few months had just been a big joke that A had played on them. It would have been better than Maya actually being murdered.

Aria's phone vibrated. Fearing the worst, she exchanged a meaningful glance with Spencer before reaching out and opening the new text.

You're on track, bitches. He knows. -A

"He-he knows? What does that mean?" Aria asked Spencer.

Spencer, being the smartest and most logical one out of her group of friends, shrugged helplessly and felt even worse. She's been feeling like this for over a year now. She wished she could just figure out what and who A wants so that they could end it now and forever.

"Well, at least this time the bitch left a big hint. It's a 'he'." Hanna -who had to this point stayed silent- said.

"Hanna, that could be anyone. It could be Lucas, Noel-"

"Noel." Spencer said firmly, cutting her best friend off. "It has to be Noel. We've been focusing on him and trying to gather as much information as we could from that night so A must know we're close."

"But why would A be helping us, Spence? If you haven't noticed, shim's been wrecking our lives for over a year now."

Spencer stayed quiet for a while until an idea popped into her head. She nodded to herself and then smiled. "Remember when Noel found out about you and Ezra? Someone placed exam paper's in his locker. A had been helping helping us so that we could keep yours and Ezra's relationship a secret."

"And?" Aria shrugged. Even though A might have helped them in the past, it was only so that it could jiggle something more important and tragic over their heads.

Spencer smirked then and sat back, crossing her arms. "I think I'm onto something."

The three girls stayed quiet for a few seconds before Hanna groaned.

"For Christ's sake, Spence. Tell us."

Spencer inhaled strongly and smiled wider. The air smelt like the juice she had been drinking, Hanna's channel perfume and the musky scent of an oil extract that Ezra had given Aria.

"A doesn't like Noel."


Aria strutted up to his locker the next morning and shut it right in his face.

"You know."

Noel, who had up to this point been putting books away in his locker was surprisingly less than cocky this morning. The bag's underneath his eyes looked almost as if he's been rubbing them all morning and his bottom lip which always looked soft and moisturised, was slightly cracked and dry.

"What's up, Montgomery."

"You know what's up!" Aria whisper-yelled. Her lips thinned into a straight line as she glared.

"Well, definitely not me, if that's what you're thinking. If I was, you'd probably know. Since, you know; I'm quiet well devel-"

Aria sighed. "God, Noel. It might seem funny to you of all people, but there are peoples lives at stake here. You need to tell me who hurt Maya. Please."

Noel scoffed and rolled his eyes. "I have no idea how many times I'm gonna have to keep repeating this. I didn't kill her. For god's sake, Aria, that bitch was obsessed with me when she came back from Camp-For-Stoners-Who-Are-Lame-Enough-To-Get-Caught, but I wouldn't get rid of her because just because she was stalking me. I gave you the tape. The weirdo was sneaking in and out of my family's cabin for days before she was killed and I didn't know until I checked the footage myself. I had no idea."

Aria's hopes shattered and embarrassment set in. As much as she still disliked Noel for blackmailing Ezra, he was right. Maybe he might not have been honest with them before, but Noel was definitely not a killer and the girls shouldn't have been so quick to judge. At this point, the murderer could be anyone.

"I- sorry."

To give her credit, Noel looked surprised and almost miffed, but he didn't comment. He almost looked disappointed as he stared her down. "I might seem like the bad guy, Aria, but I can't believe you would actually think that I would kill someone."

She watched Noel turn around and walk down the hall.

Aria sighed and hit the back of her head against her locker. She couldn't believe that she accused the guy she had crushed over in middle school for murder.

Aria closed her eyes and smacked her head against her locker again. When she withdrew, she felt something slide down her back and hit the floor.

When she looked down, a piece of paper laid still on the floor. With shaky fingers, she carefully picked it up and turned it around.

Keep trying, you lousy bitch. It's right beneath your nose. -A

The writing was uneven and some letter's were smaller in places whereas some letter's were bigger. Again, she turned the piece of paper around as she searched for more clues. There was a coffee stain -which still smelled fresh and was slightly moist- on the back of the note and the writing looked different from the usual one, but that's all she could gather. She knew that the writing looked familiar, but she had no idea where it she had seen it before.

The final bell rang and Aria hurried off to class. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw a figure walking towards the car. She faced the person and waved slightly. Ezra, who had seen Aria waved back and grinned.

As he left in his car, Aria wondered why he was still at school. He had left 10 minutes ago after they had eaten breakfast at his house and he had dropped her off.

Realising that she was almost ten minutes late, she hurried off to class.


A hand typed away freely on a blackberry whilst holding a cup of coffee in the other hand. The person sipped the hot drink quietly and hit 'send' on the phone.


A phone beeped in the back of the classroom, and Aria turned around to see Noel sneakily check the text on his phone. The teacher was taking a light nap whilst the students were supposed to be reading their latest book assessment.

From the front, Aria could see Noel focus on his phone and close his eyes momentarily before he looked straight up and met Aria's gaze. The emotion that shone in them was undeniable and Aria found her lips part slightly.

Noel Kahn was afraid.


Hint: Spencer could smell both Aria's and Hanna's perfume. Re-read the last note if you still don't get the hint.

But anyway, you guys probably already figured out where I'm going with this story. To those haven't, keep reading ;)