The Shattered Glass By: Nicole Lopez

Summary: Before Scott and Shelby, before Horizon even, Scott meets Maiku. They form an unlikely friendship . it's not exactly a relationship, they're just friends with benefits. One mistake follows another until Elaine comes and all thoughts of Maiku are erased. While Scott struggles to go on, Maiku lives with a secret all her own . a secret that doesn't come out until years later, when she finds herself at Horizon with Scott.

Chapter One: Remember When

"Who's this girl you're setting me up with?" Scott asked Mary who continued to drive her new Lexus towards the hang-out. Although it was conveniently across town, it was worth the trip.

"I'm not setting you up with anyone. This is Paul's cousin. He can't make it and I'm the only one that knows her."

"Then why am I here?"

"Because you love me so much and I'm the most beautiful woman that you'll ever meet." Mary gave Scott a huge smile while parking the car. She got out and slammed the door. "Come on!"

"I'm just trying to remember why I'm doing this. Explain it to me once again."

"I'm not falling for this one again." Mary ignored his puppy dog face. She opened the door and tugged on his arm. "Get out."

"Not until you explain this to me." Mary tried pulling his arm one more time. She backed away from the car, giving up.

"Don't go anywhere." She rolled her sunglasses off the top of her head onto her face.

"They don't allow smoking in here." Mary told Maiku who was just about to light a cigarette.

"Took you long enough to get here. I thought I was going to have to drive around in my imaginary car to find Paul's house." Mary rolled her eyes. Maiku hadn't changed much. She still had that movie star 'tude and the bad-ass chick look to go along with it.

"If you follow me, we'll get going."

"I want a shake." Maiku commanded.

"Do you have money?"

"Look blondie, cut the holier than thou act. I've got a lot of things on my mind and your pissy attitude is not working for me." Maiku walked past Mary whose jaw dropped in disbelief.

"What a snob. I don't even have blonde hair." She mumbled. "Just go out to the car . do you remember-" Maiku was already out the door before Mary could finish her sentence. "One milkshake coming right up."

"Is this Mary's car?" Maiku yelled over the loud music, her thick Louisiana accent showing through.

"Why?" Scott turned the radio off.

"She's taking me home."

"So, you're Paul's cousin?" Scott looked her up and down. This girl was something else, with her bright red hair which contrasted with her tan Hawaiian skin and dark eyes.

"If you're a stalker or something, I'm warning you . I could kick your flat behind in a heartbeat."

"I'm sure you like looking at my butt . Do I know you from somewhere?" Scott wondered.

"I don't know, do you?" Maiku popped a piece of gum in here mouth and began chewing abruptly.

"I'm Scott."

"Maiku." She stuck out her hand for him to shake.

"A handshake? You've got to be kidding me."

"Take it or leave it." Maiku rolled her eyes. This kid was way immature for a . well she didn't know how old he was, but he looked like he could be at least seventeen. Scott shook her hand, but not without kissing it first. "Eck." Mary finally arrived at the car, with two milkshakes in her hand. "You should consider keeping him on a leash."

Maiku wiped her hand off on the seat as Mary handed her a milkshake. "Chocolate. Bad idea honey. It's not good for my skin."

"I'll take it then, Scott offered, reaching for her drink." Maiku pushed his hand away.

"You wish. I'll take it, but the second I break out you'll have to explain to my agent why. Pimples do NOT look good on camera." She continued to fuss.

"Neither does red hair." Mary mumbled, climbing into the driver's seat. Scott moved into the back- seat.

"So, you're in the movies?"

"Duh. I just said that."

"Well, so have I ." Scott lied as he and Maiku engaged in a shallow conversation about their "image." Mary was about ready to scream by the time they reached Paul's house.

"Is THIS is?" Maiku asked in a some-what snooty tone.

"No, I just decided to drive you around for an hour and drop you off at some random house." Maiku made a face at Mary.

"Well, that works too just as long as you guys have planned a surprise party for me." Maiku popped a cigarette in her mouth and lit it. "That's better." She whispered. "Just remember to bring that one along with you," Maiku demanded, pointing to Scott and winking.

(A/N: This beginning was a little cheesy and kind of trivial compared to the final product and the revealing of the secret, but I have to set-up the story first. Just three little reviews and I'll write more . just three . -NL)