Rowing the Rarepair Rowboat: Jaria | Jason DiLaurentis x Aria Montgomery (Pretty Little Liars)
Requested by @imtalkinnonsense
A black coffee is gently waved under Aria’s nose, successfully waking her. She opens her eyes to try to find it and is greeted by Jason smiling at her from the edge of her bed. In his hand is the cup of coffee, steam still pouring out of the lid.
“Hey, sleepyhead,” he says softly.
Aria hums in acknowledgment but reaches out for the coffee. He chuckles but hands it over, shaking his head fondly with a tongue in his cheek as she immediately takes a long sip. Not too hot to burn her tongue.
“Thought you’d be more likely to get up if I bribed you,” Jason says with a tilt of his head. “Guess I was right.”
“You didn’t have to,” she says, then clears her throat of the grogginess lingering behind. For some reason, Jason’s smile gets a little wider. “But you were completely right. Thank you.”
Jason shrugs like it’s no big deal, but she knows he got it from the coffee shop in town when he could’ve just made some in her parents kitchen if he really wanted to. She’s sure neither of them would have minded with how they’ve taken to him being here a lot over the last few months.
The reminder of why has her waking up the last little hit and pushing herself fully upright.
“I really appreciate all of this, by the way,” she tells him, turning serious. “You being here for me. I know it’s just because of everything with Alison as well, but—“
Jason shakes his head and interrupts with a frown. “That’s not true. I mean, obviously it’s part of the reason I want to see that scumbag in prison, but you didn’t deserve any of that either. I’m here because I want to make sure you’re okay.”
Aria takes a deep breath. She pushes through the odd feeling in her chest and smiles back at him.
“Then… thank you,” she says again.
“Are you sure about this, then?” Jason remains serious, taking on a more concerned note. “Testifying against Ezra today. I’ll be right there with you, obviously, but if you’re not feeling up to it, just say the word. Your parents will understand.”
She knows he’s right, of course. And yeah, she’s scared. Part of her is screaming to back out and not do it, wanting everything to just go back to normal.
The rest of her knows what she needs to do.
“I want to do it,” she says confidently, her mouth twisting in a grimace. “Thinking about everything he did… the fact that he knew the entire time…”
“Hey, it’s okay.” Jason reaches out when she can’t finish. Her eyes well up angrily as she lets him pull her into a comforting embrace. “He’s gonna get exactly what he deserves, okay?”
Aria nods. She closes her eyes and steadies herself with a few breaths while Jason gently rubs her back, promising that it’s all going to be okay. Funny how she believes him without a doubt.
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