With A Little Help From My Friends
by uname
Rating: T
Pairing(s): Palex
Summary: Marco and Hazel are on a mission. A look a Paige & Alex's relationship from the eyes of their friends. Post-High Fidelity.
Disclaimer: I don't own Degrassi.
Title Credit: If you haven't heard The Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends", then surely you've heard Joe Cocker's. And if you haven't heard either, then you might've at least heard Sam and Mark's. And if you're one of the unfortunate few who haven't heard any of the many versions, I'll say a prayer for you.
Author's Note: I've been sitting on this fic for a while now. It's pretty much done, all I've gotta do is post it. There are about nine chapters planned, not including the prologue and epilogue. R&R, and I hope you enjoy this.

When Hazel Aden and Marco Del Rossi were given a challenge, they'd tackle it head on. When faced with stacking odds, they'd try until they beat them. When destined to fail, they'd defy fate. So when the two of them saw their friends unhappy, they decided to do everything possible to change that. But this was proving to be nearly impossible, even for them.

Their mission was to get two of their best friends back together – Paige Michalchuk and Alex Nunez. Hazel and Marco had watched their relationship grow throughout the school year, and were shocked to hear of their break-up. While they were sure that they were meant to be together, Alex's unreasonable stubbornness mixed with Paige's unrelenting pride was an almost infuriating combination.

During the first week of summer, the two almost got back together. This was when Hazel first decided to make their reunion her goal. Always hinting at the fact that the two of them were 'meant to be', it seemed like she would never sleep until "Palex reunited." Usually, Alex would brush this off, accusing Hazel of insanity or suggesting she do things that involved jumping off cliffs. But Hazel could see through her façade – Alex was still in love with Paige.

Paige, too, blatantly still had feelings for Alex. She did a poorer job of hiding this, even soon admitting this to Hazel a few days after grad.

"I knew it! You love her!" Hazel said once Paige told her, clapping her hands together with glee.

"Shut up!" she yelled, causing a few people to turn their heads. Paige turned red.

Hazel couldn't help the huge grin on her face, like she had just heard the juiciest piece of gossip. Paige had every reason to be worried. The fact that she looked terrified made Hazel even happier.

When Marco showed up, she didn't hesitate to share Paige's secret. As Paige was just about to crawl under the table and die, he revealed his "love for Palex" (as he put it). Still, she was adamant that she wouldn't pursue anything with Alex.

"She broke up with me, remember? I bet she doesn't even see me that way anymore," Paige insisted.

Unbeknownst to Paige, Hazel recruited Marco's help, and they cooked up their "Palex Plan". They would use words like "destiny", "fate" and other corny terms when referring to the two. They would take turns reminding each girl about their object's finer qualities. They would push the two to spend more alone time together. Anything they could do to feed the fire. This seemed to be effective, sometimes even persuading Alex to break her resolve.

Alex was the problem. She seemed almost terrified of the thought of being happy. Marco and Hazel had to endure Alex's tantrums over their actions many times, but they still refused to give up.

Hazel insisted that she give it another shot. When Alex told her where to shove it, Hazel got Marco to try to persuade her. And when his Italian charms failed, the two tag-teamed.

"You made her less mean! And she made you less scary!" Marco said one night to Alex, when Paige was in Kingston apartment shopping with her parents.

Alex shook her head angrily. "You guys annoy the fuck out of me, you know that, right?"

"You two were perfect together!" Marco continued, ignoring her outburst.

Of course, Hazel had to contribute. "Even though her and Spin hooked up after you two broke up, she was totally reeling over losing you. It meant nothing to her!"

As masterful as the mastermind was, she really shouldn't have been allowed to speak. As soon as she said that, Marco banged his head against the table and groaned, while she sputtered incoherently.

Alex didn't see the humour in the situation and left without a word. She coped the best way she could – she did her, 'I'm Alex, I'm gonna ignore everyone for the week,' act.

It didn't take long for Paige to notice Alex's freeze-out. Completely confused, she met Hazel and Marco at The Dot to find out why she was in one of her moods. When she asked, Marco suddenly became really interested in stirring his black coffee. Hazel (again) just sputtered incoherently.

"What's going on guys?" Paige asked, threateningly.

Hazel finally broke. "We…I…might've…told Alex something by accident," she mumbled vaguely. "About you…and Spin."

Paige gasped, clasping her hand against her mouth. With a glare she also stormed out. A few hours later however, Hazel got word from Paige that things with Alex were fine. No, they weren't back together, but Alex had forgiven her, so Paige had no choice but to forgive them.

That was June. It was already the end of July. And since then, Palex had reverted back to their 'will-they-won't-they' relationship. The two pretended to not have feelings for each other, while Hazel and Marco pretended not to have the urge to gag every time they had to witness this.

Hazel was determined to fix her mistake, and Marco was determined to help. The only thing they could think of was strength in numbers. If those two, their dearest and closest of friends, couldn't convince them, then it would take more bodies, more minds, more people. Because of this, they gathered those closest to the two.

Craig Manning, Ellie Nash, Jimmy Brooks, Dylan Michalchuk, Spinner Mason and Jay Hogart were sitting together uncomfortably at The Dot, each of them receiving cryptic messages to be there.

With Hazel and Marco standing at the head of the table, they set their plan in motion.