Post 3x11. AU from there. TOBY IS NOT 'A' IN THIS STORY. Thank you soo much for the reviews, everyone! Yes, as you might have guessed, this is the last chapter to this story! But judging by the response, I might also write a sequel if I have any time to spare in the future (:

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I dreamed I was missing
You were so scared
But no one would listen
'Cause no one else cared

After my dreaming
I woke with this fear
What am I leaving
When I'm done here?

So if you're asking me
I want you to know

When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some
Reasons to be missed

And don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
Leave out all the rest, leave out all the rest

Don't be afraid
I've taken my beating
I've shed but I'm me

I'm strong on the surface
Not all the way through
I've never been perfect
But neither have you

So if you're asking me
I want you to know

When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some
Reasons to be missed

Don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
Leave out all the rest, leave out all the rest

Forgetting all the hurt inside
You've learned to hide so well
Pretending someone else can come
And save me from myself
I can't be who you are

When my time comes
Forget the wrong that I've done
Help me leave behind some
Reasons to be missed

Don't resent me
And when you're feeling empty
Keep me in your memory
Leave out all the rest, leave out all the rest

Forgetting all the hurt inside
You've learned to hide so well
Pretending someone else can come
And save me from myself
I can't be who you are
I can't be who you are

Leave Out All The Rest – Linkin' Park


As the silence continued to echo throughout the room, Aria's fear only increased. Her friends knew that she wouldn't throw random assumptions around. They had to believe her. Spencer looked like she was putting all events and clues together to make sense of this situation, while Emily and Hanna were too shocked to speak at all. While Caleb was rubbing Hanna's back -who had began to cry- and Toby began to agree with Aria, Noel spoke up. The deep tremble that vibrated from his throat and down his chest made Aria relax.

"I knew something fishy was going on with him." He stated and spared Aria a guilty look, which she ignored. It wasn't Noel's fault that it took them so long to realise it was Ezra who was stalking them all these months.

Emily whimpered from beside Toby and she sniffed. "Then why didn't you say something?"

A humourless chuckle escaped Noel's lips and he rolled his eyes at her. "Look at it from my point of view. I only just started getting harassed by this A and I join your little group. Wouldn't I have looked a little suspicious if I were to throw around assumptions? Especially solid ones like these? You would've though that I was tricking you or something."

Spencer rubbed her temple tiredly and moaned. "He's right."

"It does make sense." Toby said after a while. Up to this point, he had stayed quiet and hearing him speak sent a chill down Aria's spine. Her fear of being watched increased and she clung to the evidence she was holding in her hand.

"Look, everyone, grab all evidence you can gather and we'll go the police station."

"What if A already knows?" Hanna whispered from the corner. Aria understood her blonde friend. She didn't want to believe Ezra was A either. "What if he's watching us right now."

Another whimper escaped Emily and Aria pulled away from Noel, who accepted the fact that she needed space. "We can't trust anything anyone but us says, got it? Noone."

The liars and the boys quickly agreed and Spencer searched the house for her clues. It would be just like Wilden not to believe them when they didn't have enough evidence, never mind the fact that A's been harassing them for over a year now. In the corner, Emily's hands trembled and she sniffed. "I haven't heard from Paige in hours. What if he did something to her?"

All the girls in the room including Caleb winced, reminiscing older memories that Noel and Toby would not be able to. Even though Caleb was the last person to be told about A, he had shared more pain on it's hand that both of the boys combined.

With a determined look, Spencer spoke up. "All of this, all the pain and fear and confusion, it ends tonight. We're going to the station, and if noone believes us, I'll be damned if A gets out of this alive."

Aria stepped closer. "I agree. He's not getting away this time."


Since there were seven of them, they took Noel's convertible as it was the fastest car available to them. Hanna was sitting on Caleb's lap while Emily, Spencer and Toby were sitting next to them, all five squished. Aria was holding Noel's free hand in the passenger seat as he sped down the street and onto the highway, the quickest point to the police station in town.

Seeing Aria bewildered and scared, he squeezed her hand tighter and sent her a reassuring smile. "Everything is going to be okay, Aria. It'll all be over by morning."

As the chilly wind blew in their faces, Noel pressed a button to let the hood up and cover their faces. Hanna complained about her face feeling itchy from the wind and Emily stared right ahead, counting to one hundred over and over again until the numbers she was mouthing jumbled between her lips. After a few minutes, Burger King was visible and Noel slowed his car down to match the speed limit.

Aria screamed along with Emily as something hit the side of the car with force. Spencer, terrified, turned around along with Hanna as they faced twin lights riding right at them again. The second hit managed to turn the car to it's side, and everyone waited helplessly as it fell on it's roof, the metal not being strong enough to hold the whole car as it bent in dangerously.

Noel swore loudly and unbuckled his seatbelt, helping Aria with hers as it got stuck. Some of the glass had shattered and cut his face, and the stinging pain made his breathing shallow, but he was dead set on getting his girl out of danger. "Everyone, unbuckle your seatbelts, put your hands on the roof and roll out of the windows. The hood won't hold much longer."

Everyone did as instructed and quickly got out, yelling and waiting for Aria to escape. The metal opening of the seat belt wouldn't give out even though Noel had tried repeatedly to snap it out of it's hold.

Aria whimpered but faced Noel bravely. "It's okay Noel. Just get out before the car collapses."

Noel huffed, suddenly anger. "Are you fucking serious? You want me to leave you in here so that you can get crushed? Shut up."

Her eyes widened at Noel's declaration and she quickly followed the orders given to her as Noel pulled one final time and snapped the material in half. He kicked his side of the door open and dragged Aria out, wiping the blood that made it's way onto his neck.

Once Aria got out safely, Spencer and the other two girls ran over and grabbed Aria into a hug, blubbering and sobbing as they expressed their fear. Although she felt like collapsing in their arms, she stayed strong and stood her ground, only wincing slightly when the car that drove them off the road took a 180° and insanely drove forward, stopping narrowly in-front of Caleb, who took a couple of steps backward along with Toby. Once they reached the group on the other side of the car, they stood in-front of the girls.

Too distracted in watching the car, noone realised the shuttling of bushes behind them as a hooded figure stepped out, covering Emily's mouth and pulling her backwards. A glistening blade glowed in the moonlight as everyone turned around sharply, gasping at the scene.

"Make a move, and she's dead."

Emily whimpered, recognising the voice. The hooded figure released a chuckle and uncovered his face, revealing a dark man with even darker eyes.

Nate.

The two other sets of steps made everyone turn around as Nate took Emily with him to join the rest. The smaller figure dropped the hood off it's face and smiled maniacally. Noone gasped and noone looked even more frightened. They weren't really surprised that Mona somehow managed to sneak out of Radley to continue ruining their lives. The second figure's hand reached into it's pocket and pulled out a weapon that made the rest of the group gasp.

A small, black gun was pointed at Noel, who gulped but stood his ground.

Is this how it's all going to end? Are they all just going to die? Before anyone could speak, the figure pulled the hood off it's face and Aria whimpered as the man she once loved met her eyes, a crazy sparkle caught in his eye as his messy hair hung over his forehead. There was something akin to regret marring his face, but then his devious smile returned and he turned his weapon on Toby, shooting him in the leg.

A couple of screams sounded through the cold night and Aria heard a sob escape past her lips. A re-assuring touch was pressed to her back by Noel who went to stand protectively in-front of Aria, shielding her from the gun.

A whisper made him turn to Nate, and he watched as Nate whispered harshly against her neck, a look of sick fascination present on his face. Aria let out another cry as Ezra and Mona stepped back into the car, but Nate hadn't let Emily go. They couldn't do anything at that point but Caleb and Noel still ran forward, determined to save Emily.

Seeing that Nate was out-numbered, he chuckled again and spoke louder. "Feel that? That's exactly how I felt when you played me. Just like Maya."

There was a confused look on Emily's face but it quickly disappeared when she yelped, clutching her stomach.

Nate had stabbed her.

As the dark man ran to the back of the car, Emily fell forward and onto the ground. The screech of tires on concrete made Aria and the rest of the girls snap out of their shock, and the brunette ran forward, falling on her knees as her best-friend began to bleed excessively.

Tears once again prickled her eyes and she began crying as she heard Spencer dial on her phone.


Once the ambulance had taken a sobbing Emily and pained Toby away, Noel and Caleb had grabbed the girls as the group began to run towards the town centre where the Police Station was set. Once they reached the town square, they ran along the pavement in view of people. If the A Team wanted to hurt them, they would at least have witnesses.

When they finally reached the stone steps of the station, Spencer slowed down with Aria, taking the note, pen and other various evidence from their pockets. They handed them to the boys and Hanna.

"Go. We'll go in, in a sec." Aria told them and Noel grabbed the items, running inside along with Hanna and her boyfriend. Once the door slammed shut, Spencer collapsed in tears and sat on the steps.

Aria noticed her friends break down whilst running, and offered to stay outside with her for a couple of minutes to calm her down. Spencer was the smartest and probably their only option along with the voice of reason when it came to these types of things, so it was only logical to wait until she had a clear head before they went on accusing anyone.

Anyway, with their luck, they would probably make them go home and stop spreading lies, but Aria could only hope that they would believe them. Slowly standing up, she took her best-friends hand and led her inside.


After almost half-an-hour of explaining over and over what happened (Wilden made them retell the story so that he could get every detail, which Aria fumed at. How could he not understand hat her ex-boyfriend and his posse tried to kill her best friend right in front of her? Ugh.), the liars and the boys were told to wait. Spencer had called Wren to see if he could check up on Emily and Toby, and he said that he would call back once he found out.

That was twenty minutes ago, and Spencer was irritated, tired and on edge. Her attitude only influenced Aria's, but the brunette could clearly see the worn look in Hanna's eyes and the worried glances that Caleb was sending her. Noel had gone to get coffee across the street with a policeman that was appointed his guardian, and Aria was in the process of calling Mike to tell him to not leave the house as the parents of everyone from the group (with the exception of Hanna's father and Caleb's real parents) along with Melissa were currently on their way to the station.

When the parent's had finally reached the station, Noel's mother was openly crying and hugging her son, who looked similarly worried as Aria's and Hanna's mothers. The older men were discussing things with Wilden and several other policemen when Spencer received a call from Wren, telling her that everyone was aloud to visit. It had been nearly two hours since he had called her last and he informed them that both of her friend and her boyfriend had survived, but Toby would have to go through intensive physical therapy for a couple of months.


Emily opened her eyes, her hand slowly creeping around her stomach. She had been awake for a few minutes now, but she had not wanted to open her eyes. If she did, then that would mean that everything that had happened that night had been true. Nate really was Maya's stalker, and he really had tried to kill her. And he probably killed Maya too.

"Don't – don't touch it. It'll hurt."

The voice was gently and soothing yet firm. The hint of a smile built itself on Emily's lips and she huffed out a chuckle, the action making her wound hurt more.

"Paige."

When she looked into the darker corner of the room, a girl with pale skin and her hair up in a messy bun stood in the shadows, almost relief and fondness sparkling in her eyes. Paige took a step forward and gently probed the hand away from Emily's body, bringing it upwards and towards her lips.

"I came here as soon as I could. Spencer called me when they got to the station and I've been here ever since." She whispered against Emily's darker flesh.

The girl on the bed allowed herself to smile again, but the small gesture made her even more tired. It must have been past midnight already because the hospital seemed much quieter already and even Paige was whispering as not to disturb anyone.

"I've missed you so much," Emily said instead, moving over so that Paige could lay down beside her. She placed a small kiss to the brunette's waiting lips and smiled again. "Please don't leave."

Paige's hand cradled Emily's head and she laid her forehead against hers, meeting her eyes again. "I won't."


Surprisingly (most people would), Aria's repetitive tapping of her heels against the linoleum floor didn't bother Noel. Inside, she honestly wanted him to snap at her or something. To say anything. But she was glad that he decided to stay quiet and opted on holding her closer with each tap. There were so many things she wanted to say to him, but clearing her head after everything that had happened that night was on the top of her list.

She watched, sleepily, as Noel reached for her hand and intertwined their fingers together. He pulled her in for another kiss and sighed, resting his forehead against hers and closing his eyes.

Aria watched as Jenna entered through the double-doors, stopping when she saw the pair. The brunette's sent each-other hesitant smiles and the once-blind girl entered the ward where Toby's room was, carrying a card and a cup of coffee. The simple gesture made Aria smile again.

She never really wanted to hurt Jenna. Sometimes, she wished that she herself rebelled against Allison's wishes along with Spencer. Maybe if they hadn't thrown that stink-bomb into Toby's shed, they wouldn't have wounded Jenna. Maybe if Allison wasn't such a bitch, less people would have hated her. Perhaps she would still be alive.

"Aria? Look at me," Noel was lifting her chin upwards and she let herself get lost in his blue eyes, melting in his arms all over again. He smiled softly licked his bottom lip. "You're safe now. Noone will ever hurt you again."

Against her sadness of Ezra betraying her, she let herself smile again, lifting her hand to lay it on Noel's cheek. "When he put that gun up, I honestly didn't recognise him. If there was a chance he had a crazy twin brother, I would believe it in a second. But then he looked straight at me and I knew it was him. I was so scared I was going to lose you."

Noel nodded in understanding. "Let's just forget. Let's forget that this year had happened. Let's just pretend that you never met him or that-"

Aria kissed him again, bringing him closer as his cologne forced itself into her nose. "I am so sorry for what I did to you last year."

The guy she was slowly falling in love with shook his head, his soft smile making her feel at home. "I was stupid not to fight for you in the first place."

The kiss he pressed to her lips made her feel better.

"It's over now." She said. "It's finally over."

fin.


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