Little White Lies

Or Victorious, Pretty Little Liars style

Got a secret, can you keep it?
Swear this one you'll save.
Better lock it in your pocket
taking this one to the grave

- Secret, The Pierces

Chapter 2: 'A'

"Look, Tori," Jade hissed, glancing around to make sure no one was listening before continuing. "You gonna tell us why you called us all to Nozu or not? I mean, has it got something to do with… with this whole A thing?" She glanced down, biting her lip.

"The reason why I called all of us here has everything to do with A," Tori replied, biting down on the corner of her lip. "See, A has been sending us all texts, right? And for me, at least, the texts have to do with things I've never told anyone. Anyone but…"

"Alyssa," they all breathed in unison, and then glanced at each other in evident concern.

"Alyssa is dead," Trina said sharply. "They found her body. There is no way in heck she could possibly be texting us right now, do you hear me?"

"You're right," Cat piped up, her hands twisting together in her lap, a clear sign that she was just as nervous as the rest. "But don't you think it seems a bit suspicious? I mean, Alyssa starts with A…"

"Yeah, and so does Abraham Lincoln, but I highly doubt he's the one sending us messages," Jade snapped. "It can't be her. She is dead, okay? Someone else is watching, someone very observant, and that someone knows everything. So I suggest you all start taking extra measures to protect yourselves."

"But guys…" Cat whispered, trailing off. Her eyes were large, wide with fear. "What if she tells about… about the Sherry thing?"

They all sat for a moment, frozen in fear, until at last Tori spoke up. "That's impossible, Cat," she said in a sharp tone, nearly as piercing as Jade's. "The only other person who knew the truth about that is dead and gone, buried ten feet under the ground. That secret is never being unearthed, okay? It's not happening."

"They know everything else about us," Trina muttered bitterly, pulling a flask out of her bag and pouring some carefully into her drink. "Who's to say they don't know about that?"

"I agree with other Vega. Only Alyssa knew about that. No way is it getting out," Jade retorted. "And put that away, idiot."

"That's not very good for you," Cat chided.

"Heck if I care," Trina muttered, taking a long sip of the drink. "I need something to relax me."

"You're being stupid." Tori scowled and elbowed her sister in the ribs. "Anyway, that's not what's important right now. What's important is that I have something to tell you guys. Something that Alyssa told me way back when."

"What?" Jade's eyes widened and she exchanged glances with Cat and Trina, both of whom seemed as surprised as she certainly was. "Do tell."

Tori glanced down. "She confided in me that she was dating someone during… you know, that summer. An older boy, though. Someone with… with a girlfriend."

"You're kidding me," Trina said, her eyes wide. "Alyssa had a boyfriend and she didn't tell that? I mean, scratch that – an illicit boyfriend at that. This is big!"

"That's not very nice of her." Cat's voice was low, trembling. "I just don't think it's right, if he was older than her and had a girlfriend already… I wouldn't do that."

"Since when did Aly ever care about what was right?" Jade snapped. "You know, I don't think that – "

The dark-headed girl was interrupted by the sound of a cane hitting the ground. All of their heads spun around at once to see Sherry entering the café, this time without her usual escort Andre. With wide eyes, they stood up at once, pushing in their chairs, and then tried to exit the restaurant. Even as they did so, they all swore that they could feel her eyes following them, watching them like they were some delicious piece of meat.

Cat gulped loudly. "Well, I guess we're going to have to find another restaurant…"


"Mom," Trina whined. "I'm going to be late. Tori has already left! Just give me my lunch, please!"

"Your bag's over there by your bookbag, honey," Mrs. Vega replied, cupping the phone to her ear. Suddenly something flashed up on the news, catching both Vegas' attention. Gary Johnson, who they both immediately recognized, was holding up a newspaper with the headline Alyssa Vaughn's Body Found, Killer Still At Large.

"Alyssa Vaughn, resident of Los Angeles, was found last week after having been missing for a year," said Hunter Johnson. "The police currently have – "

Mrs. Vega quickly turned off the television, and then turned back to her middle daughter, concern clear in her eyes. "Are you sure you're up to going to school today?"

"Yeah mom, I can handle myself," Trina replied bravely.

"Don't let those news reports get to you," Mrs. Vega reminded her daughter. "Half the time they have no clue what they're talking about anyway. I would know."

"Right," Trina answered with a nod. "Oh, and I'm sorry about the cop coming yesterday."

"It's fine, Trina. I know you've been going through a lot," Mrs. Vega answered, patting Trina on the head. "But you've got to understand that we have a reputation to uphold. I expect you to behave better in the times to come."

"Of course," Trina told her with a small smile. "See you later, Mom."


"Morning, Jade," Mrs. West greeted her daughter.

"Yeah, good morning," Jade said sarcastically, grabbing a bagel and some butter and plopping down at the table across from her mother.

"You know," Mrs. West continued, ignoring her daughter's perpetual bad mood, "I was surprised to see Trina Vega at the funeral. Or rather, I was surprised at how she looked. She's gotten so thin these days. Not that she doesn't look good, but… I'm not entirely convinced that's healthy. She looks so very different."

"Mom, I don't…" Jade began, but her father quickly ran into the kitchen then, interrupting her.

"Elizabeth, I just wanted to let you know that I'm working late today," John West informed his wife.

"Already?" Elizabeth West asked with a frown. "John, it's your first week back." As if to back up her mother, Jade raised an eyebrow and stared at her father.

"I know, but I've only just gotten back and they have a ton of work for me to do," John replied, obviously still maintaining his position despite his daughter's lack of faith in him.

"Of course they do," Jade said sarcastically. "It can't be healthy for you to work this much. I think you should take some time off, spend more time with your family, hmm?" She stared coldly at her father, suggesting in no uncertain terms that she thought she knew what was up. "Anyway, I've got to go or I'll be late for school. Think about what I'm saying."

After their daughter left, Elizabeth turned to John. "What was that about?"

"Probably just teenage girl weirdness." John shrugged. "You know how Jade is."

Elizabeth pursed her lips in doubt, but turned back to her cereal anyway.


"Cat," Daniel called, running up to sit beside her on the porch. "Cat, I've been looking for you."

"Oh. Hi Danny." Cat giggled, smiling at her neighbor.

He stuffed his hands in his pockets as he sat down beside her, and then smiled over at her. "I'm sorry I didn't come to the funeral to, y'know, support you or whatever. I just… I thought it'd be kinda awkward, since I never knew her, and I'm like, living in her house. Yeah, sorry."

"It's okay," Cat replied, nudging him lightly. "I get it. You don't have to explain yourself to me."

"I guess it's sorta hard," Daniel continued with a sigh. "You know, since the girl who lived in my house is dead and all her stuff is turning up everywhere. I… I'm sorry you have to go through this, though."

"Thanks, Danny," Cat chirped, throwing out her arms. "Hug?"

He accepted, leaning over and wrapping his strong arms around her small frame. Of course, Cat's mom took that opportunity to walk out and find the two hugging. She raised an eyebrow, and then said in a cool tone, "You must be the boy I've heard so much about. Daniel, right?"

"Oh!" Daniel jumped up, his face turning slightly red. "Oh, yes. You must be Cat's mother. Yeah, I'm Daniel. I live just next door."

"Oh, right, in Alyssa's old house?" Cat's mother questioned with a slight smile.

"Um, yeah," he said with a nervous laugh. "It's kinda weird, y'know? Since she's gone and all."

"I understand that," Cat's mom said in a sympathetic tone. "Hey, we've got an extra room over here if you ever need some place to get away. Though you're to stay far away from my little Caterina." She added a little laugh at the end, as if to show she was joking.

"That's really nice of you…" He trailed off, probably realizing that he had no idea what to call her.

"Oh, call me Lena," Cat's mom jumped in. "It's a pleasure to meet you, Daniel."

"Same to you," Daniel answered. "Thanks for everything."

Cat squealed, grabbing Daniel's hand. "Come on, Danny! I'll show you around."


"Tori!" A loud voice interrupted Tori's concentration. With a groan, Tori turned off her radio to see who was coming to greet her. Cat Valentine suddenly entered her peripheral vision, followed by a dark-haired guy who looked slightly reluctant to be there. "Hey, Tori!"

"Cat," she greeted her friend. "Good to see you. I'm, um, I'm practicing my dance, since I'm vying for the position of top of the class this year, so…"

"Oh, that's so cool!" Cat cheered. "Tori, this is my friend Daniel, but I call him Danny. He just moved in next door, you know." There was a bright smile stretched across her face as she spoke of him.

"Hey," Daniel said, offering Tori a smile. "Yup, new boy moves into dead girl's home..." His tone was slightly sardonic, and all of this put together bothered Tori more than she would like to admit. "I can't believe I just said that."

"Excuse me," Tori replied gruffly, glaring at him, "but Alyssa was one of my best friends. She's not just some random 'dead girl'." She then turned back to Cat. "Cat, I'm really sorry to cut this meeting short, but could you keep it moving please? I've got to get this routine perfect for class tomorrow."

"Oh. Sure," Cat said, grabbing Daniel's hand. "Come on, Daniel, I'll show you some more cool places! Like the coffee shop that my BFF Jade always goes to, that's really cool."

"Wait." Daniel hesitated. "I'm sorry about that, Tori. I didn't mean to offend you. I'm sure Alyssa was really great. It's just a little awkward living in her house. I think Brad Pitt and I are missing the same sensitivity chip." He offered her a smile. "You should come with me and Cat to get some coffee. It'd be fun."

Hesitantly, Tori smiled back. "It's cool; I'm sure you didn't mean it. And as fun as that sounds, I really do have to get this routine perfect. Maybe some other time?"

Cat gave a small yelp of appreciation and Daniel nodded. Bidding their farewells, the two of them walked off, leaving Tori alone to practice her dance.

Somehow it didn't seem quite as energetic now.


"Hang on a second there!" Breathlessly, Jade caught up to Beck, then decided to rectify herself from suspicion by saying, "Hey, Mr. Oliver. I need to talk to you about something."

He raised an eyebrow, probably at being called 'Mr' by Jade, but smiled anyway. "Sure. What's up, Jade?"

"I'd like to transfer out of your class," Jade informed him, her hands on her hips, looking confident as always but feeling more than slightly insecure on the inside. "So approve my transfer."

Obviously confused, Beck looked from the white slip up to Jade's unwavering face. "Can we talk about this in private?"

"Sure, let's go," Jade said unenthusiastically, following him into his classroom.

Once the two of them were in there and he'd ensured he had shut and locked the door, he stared at her. "Jade, what's going on?"

"I told you, I want to transfer out of your class," Jade informed him, sliding up to sit on his desk. "I can't pretend like I know you as Mr. Oliver when I know you as Beck and I know you like this." Getting back onto her feet, she gave him a small, short kiss then pulled away.

Shaking his head to clear it, Beck told her, "Jade, you don't have to…"

"That's the point, Beck. I do have to," she muttered quietly. "I can't do this, okay? I just need you to sign this form for me, and I'll be allowed to transfer out of your class." With a small smile, she pushed the form towards him.

Running a hand through his hair, Beck grabbed a pen and scribbled his name on the form. "There. You happy?"

"Very," Jade replied, leaning up to press one last kiss to his lips before leaving his room.


"Trina!" Mallory sang, walking up to stand beside her best friend. "How's my BFF today?"

"Just fabulous, as always," Trina said with a chuckle, flipping her hair before turning back to her mirror. "And you, my darling?"

"I'm terrific," Mallory replied, raising an eyebrow. "Where's that BF of yours, hm? Ditching him already? That gives 'keeping it fresh' a whole new meaning."

"Yeah, yeah, hilarious," Trina said with a frown. "Anyway, I see him now, so I gotta go. Stay gorgeous!" Trina called, before walking over to stand beside her current boyfriend, the extremely handsome Seth. She batted her eyelashes at him. "Hey baby."

Down the hall, Evan Smith was talking to his girlfriend, Cat Valentine. "Give me a kiss," he said, puckering up his lips.

"Ew, no thanks," Cat said with a giggle, pushing him away and trying to tear her gaze away from Daniel, who was down the hall at his locker.

"Come on, babe, just a little kiss?" Evan pleaded with a frown.

"I'm not really in the mood," Cat lied. "Anyway, um, my stepbrother Danny's staying at my house because of all the drama with Alyssa, you know? Just thought I would let you know." She smiled cheerily at him, hoping he wouldn't mind.

"Oh, if he's your stepbrother, that's cool," Evan said, draping an arm around Cat's shoulder. "I didn't know you had a stepbrother."

"Me neither," Cat muttered under her breath as she smiled at Evan.

Just then, an announcement came over the loudspeaker. "Cat Valentine, Jade West, Tori Vega, and Trina Vega to the principal's office, please."


They all arrived at once, and all of them were freaking out. Trina quickly asked, "You don't think this is about the A Thing, do you? Or about any of the secrets…" Her eyes were wide with fear.

"It can't be," Tori whispered. "No one knows about that, Trina, okay?"

"We don't know that for sure," Jade said sharply, pulling out her phone.

"Who do you think would know about it then, Jade?" Tori said mockingly. "A?"

Of course, their phones picked that time to go off in unison. All four girls glanced down at their phones and read what was displayed on their screens: "Dead Girls Walking. –A"

The girls gulped as they slipped into the office, and their fear only increased when they found Gary sitting in there, his eyes narrowed as he stared at them. "Hello, girls," he said in a deep voice. "I have some questions to ask you about your friend Alyssa."


The interrogation went badly, of course. Gary insisted that their answers sounded too mechanic and 'rehearsed', and that they were obviously hiding something. Of course, they were, but they weren't about to admit it to the intimidating police officer who seemed determined to prove that the girls were guilty of something. Did he honestly think that they would murder their best friend?

This Trina wondered at lunch, and all of the other girls shrugged despairingly. "Apparently," Tori said, hanging her head. "But we are lying to him, you realize."

"Yeah, but it's not like our lie is connected to Aly's murder, right?" Jade insisted, propping her head up with her hand. "It was totally unrelated and it probably wouldn't help them solve the murder case, so we've got nothing to worry about."

"It proves that Aly had enemies," Cat whimpered under her breath. "People who wanted to hurt her. And we're keeping that from the cops." With a frown, Cat let out a low cry. "What if they arrest us for hiding information or something, guys?"

"They won't do that," Jade hissed, keeping her eyes cast downwards. "They can't. They have no reason to suspect us."

"We don't know what they would or wouldn't do," Trina replied, throwing up her hands. "All I know is that we're keeping stuff from the cops, stuff that could help them with Aly's murder case!"

Almost as if on cue, the tapping of a cane sounded, indicating that Sherry had entered the premises. She seemed to be lost as she walked in, almost as if she had nowhere to sit. Surprisingly, the ever-popular Trina decided to do something nice for once – probably because she knew how the girl felt. She called "Hey, Sherry, over here!" All the other girls stared at Trina, their gazes varying from angry to confused.

"The heck are you doing?" Jade hissed.

"I am doing the right thing," Trina whispered back furiously as Sherry took a seat at the end of the table beside Trina. All the girls gave her awkward grins, and when they realized that she couldn't actually see them, they muttered various greetings.

After about five minutes of awkwardness, Sherry commented, "Your group isn't particularly talkative today. Why? Cat got your tongue? Or Sherry, I suppose."

"Yeah, whatever," Jade responded, stabbing her salad with her fork and glaring daggers at her salad. "Look, I gotta go to… anywhere but here." Quickly, she took her tray and left.

Sherry snorted. "Well, good riddance." She then tilted her head back. "It's odd not having Alyssa at your table. Or with you at all." There was a smirk on her face that implied she wasn't really sorry about this at all, though.

"Yeah…" Tori trailed off awkwardly, exchanging glances with Cat and Trina. All three of them, of course, were remembering the night that changed everyone, especially Sherry.


"I swear that someone was spying on us," Alyssa Vaughn insisted for the hundredth time. "And I'm one hundred percent sure that person was Andre Harris."

"Well, he's a little creepy," Tori reluctantly agreed, "but I'm sure even he wouldn't stoop that low."

"He's done it before and I saw him," Alyssa protested. "Look, are you guys with me here or against me?"

All of them shared a reluctant glance before they all said in unison, "We're with you."

"Then you have to believe me when I say that little creep was spying on us," Alyssa said darkly, crossing her arms across her chest. "Look, let's go set off a stink bomb in his garage. Revenge is sweet, girls, and this is one chance we have to take."

"I don't think this is a good idea, Aly," Jade protested, shooting the girl a dark glare. "Sure, he was spying on us, but we don't even know for sure that it was him."

"I agree with Jade," Cat said bravely. "It seems a little mean…"

Both Tori and Trina nodded, showing their reluctance to do what Alyssa had suggested. Alyssa looked beyond angry. She stared at the girls. "Are you going to let people walk all over you forever? Are you going to allow guys to spy on you? Are you going to be treated like dirt? Girls, when someone does something like this, the only appropriate thing to do is to exact revenge. So get your butts up and let's go set off a stink bomb in Andre's garage."

Hesitantly, the girls followed Alyssa to the garage that the Harris family owned. Once they got there, Alyssa smirked. "Pass me the lighter, Tori."

Tori did so, although she was completely and utterly terrified. With a smile illuminating her face, Alyssa lit the stink bomb and tossed it into the garage. It was only then that they realized that someone was in the garage, and that someone was not Andre Harris.

Afterward, Sherry was left with lifelong blindness and Alyssa ensured that Andre took the blame for the 'accident'. No one knew exactly how she got him to take the blame; all of the girls agreed that she probably had something against him. If there was one thing that everyone knew about Alyssa Vaughn, it was that Alyssa had dirt on everyone in town, most notably her friends.


"You gonna get that?" Sherry asked, motioning to Tori's phone. With a slight nod, Tori picked it up and glanced it over to see that it read If only she could see how guilty you look… -A.

With a sigh, she put it back down.


A few minutes after the bell rang, Mallory sauntered into the English class that Mr. Oliver taught. "Am I late?" she asked, batting her eyelashes. "I know you don't want to get me in trouble, Mr. Olive." The whole class laughed at her mispronunciation, and Beck rolled his eyes.

"Have a seat, Mallory," he told her sharply, before turning back to the board. "I'm hoping that you've all been reading your book that I assigned you, because today you're going to have an in-class writing assignment. Groan all you want," he added with a smirk. "Now, every book has an illuminating incident. Pick one of the books we've read and write an essay telling what you think the –"

He was interrupted by the door opening. Jade West slipped in, head held high and glare directed at anyone who looked her way. She walked over to his desk and, with a frown, held out a slip of paper that said 'Transfer Request Denied'. She kept her eyes down as he stared at her, then met his gaze for a half-second, smiled slightly, and walked over to her seat.

"Anyway," Beck continued, trying to get his thoughts back together, "about that illuminating incident…"


"Look, Seth," Trina said with an annoyed sigh. "I'm starting to think you don't like me as anything more than a friend."

"I like you as more than a friend," Seth said, leaning over to kiss her gently on the lips. "That's why I don't want to hurt you."

"I'm not going to get hurt," Trina protested, an angry look on her face. "I'm a strong, independent woman, stupid. I know what I'm doing."

"Trina, can we please just study?" Seth asked, pushing his book toward her.

The door opened with a clang then, interrupting their argument. Mrs. Vega walked in the door. With a smile, she greeted Seth. "Hello, Seth. Nice to see you here. Tell your father we're sorry we haven't been to the church in a while, okay?"

"Hi, Mrs. Vega, it's nice to see you too," Seth replied. "And I will too."

Then the door swung open again, and this time, on the other side, stood Gary. With wide eyes, Trina stared at the door. Gary stared at her with a gruff smile, then walked all the way in. "I, um, I brought takeout."

"Can you please leave?" Trina hissed at Seth. Quickly, Seth gathered his stuff and escaped out the door, leaving Trina with the two adults. She glanced from Gary to her mother. "What the heck is he doing here?"

"We're just friends," Trina's mother insisted, but it was too late; Trina had already escaped.


"No daughter of mine takes classes for fun," Mr. Vega chided, staring at his youngest daughter. "Tori, I thought we raised you better than that."

"It's just one class," Tori insisted. "And I promise I'll do amazing in all of my other classes – "

"It's not happening, Tori," Mr. Vega informed her, slamming his glass on the table. "By the time Tia was your age, she was taking college courses along with as many high school ones as she could."

"This is about me, not Tia!" Tori cried. "Besides, what about Trina? She isn't taking any extra courses or anything like that."

Mr. Vega leveled her with a glare. "Trina is an exception, Tori. This is about you."

"I thought it was about Tia," Tori retorted, jumping up from the table. She then stormed off to the bathroom, but stopped when her eyes fell upon Jade West. With a smile, she walked over to Jade's table. "Jade! I wasn't expecting to see you here."

"That's because I was dragged here," Jade mumbled under her breath. "I'm guessing you're here with your annoying family?"

"Yeah," Tori said with a small frown. "Trina, the lucky dog, got to stay at home and miss this amazingly entertaining dinner. But anyway, how about you? Who are you here with?"

Avoiding her gaze, Jade muttered, "Nobody. I mean, it doesn't matter anyway. Just…"

Thankfully for Jade, someone walked into the restaurant at that point, and that someone happened to be Tia Vega, accompanied by the infamous Ryan. With a sigh, Tori shook her head. "Guess I have to get back to my family. Have fun, West."

"Ciao, Vega," Jade called as Tori walked back to rejoin her family.

"Can I take your drink order?" the waiter asked as Tori approached the table.

"Can I have vodka soda?" Tori inquired, raising her eyebrow. Of course, Tia quickly jumped in with a "NO", so Tori rolled her eyes and amended her statement with "I meant coke."

Ryan leaned over, close to Tori's ear, and whispered, "I'm having vodka soda. You can have a sip of mine." He then pulled back with a smile and jumped back into the conversation like nothing had happened.

Tori, on the other hand, felt like her stomach was in knots.


It was late at night when Daniel crept into Cat's room. He smiled at her before whispering, "Cat, I kinda can't sleep, and I know that I sound like a five year old but…"

Cat grinned back at him through the darkness. "You can sleep in my bed," she offered, patting the place beside her. "It's really soft, I promise."

"Thanks, Cat," Daniel murmured, slipping into the bed beside her and switching the lights back off. Almost unconsciously, Cat snuggled into him and closed her eyes, ready for a good, long night of sleep. Before she could fall asleep, though, her phone buzzed. With a groan, she leaned over and read the text that lit up the screen: "Did you get a goodnight kiss? Here's one from Jase. –A"

With a small gasp, Cat turned her phone off and drifted off into a fitful sleep. All night long she was plagued with nightmares, mostly of an ambiguous A, revealing all of her secrets to the world.


"So you had a sleepover with Mr. Hotshot Stepbrother last night?" Evan teased, grinning back at Daniel as if to tease him. "Wow, Cat."

"We didn't have a sleepover," Cat complained, obviously lying through her teeth. "He slept in his bed and I slept in mine; it's as simple as that." She beamed over at Evan, hoping that he wouldn't be able to tell that she was lying. After all, some things were better when they were left unsaid.

"I was just kidding, babe," Evan said, rubbing Cat's arm gently, but she glared at him.

After Daniel got out of the car, Cat decided to prove herself by launching herself forward and attaching her lips to his. It was very bold and unlike Cat, but she had to prove to herself more than anyone else that she was interested in Evan and no one else. After a moment she pulled away to find that there were jocks surrounding the car, cheering the two of them on. With a frown on her face, she pushed open the door.

"Leave her alone," came a voice from the crowd, and Trina came forward, pushing the guys out of her way. "You guys are all idiots." She grabbed Cat's arm, hooking it with her own, and pulled her through the crowd.

"I don't know what's going on, Cat," Trina said, "but whatever it was you were doing back there was very unlike the Cat that I know, and I'm not so sure I want her to make an appearance again."

"I know," Cat said, fighting back tears. "I'm sorry."

"You don't have to apologize to me," Trina reassured her. "Let's just… go to class, okay? Stay safe and don't do anything I wouldn't do." With a wink, Trina skittered down the hallway.

Despite her sadness, Cat found herself smiling.


"Jade!" A voice broke through the crowd at the movie theater, snapping the girl out of her reverie. "Jade." Suddenly Beck was there, waving at her in a friendly sort of way and smiling at her. "Hey, didn't expect to see you here."

The decision to go see The Scissoring had been a last minute sort of thing. It was her favorite movie of all time, of course, but she'd already seen it like fifty million times. However, it had become evident that she had nothing else to do, and when her mom offered to pay, it was an offer she couldn't turn down. She had to admit that she hadn't really expected to see Beck Oliver there, though, clad in a pair of dark jeans and a plaid shirt and looking hotter than she had ever imagined.

Her mother, of course, picked that moment to walk up. "Jade, they only had the medium – oh, hi there! Who are you?"

"I'm Jade's English teacher, Mr. Oliver, or of course you can call me Beck," Beck told her, extending a hand. "You must be Jade's mother."

"That I am. You can call me Elizabeth," Elizabeth West told him. "What movie are you here to see?"

"The Scissoring," Beck replied with a grin. "It's one of my favorite movies, so I figured I'd come see it in the theater."

"It's Jade's favorite as well," Elizabeth exclaimed, and Jade made a gagging motion behind Elizabeth's back. Beck tried to stifle his laugh. "I figured she'd love to see it in the theater anyway. You know, Jade's told me a lot about you. Just not the very young and cute part."

Jade buried her head in her hand, and Beck smiled politely. "Jade's an amazing student. She does very well in my class, when she's paying attention at least."

The glare she gave him clearly translated to 'shut up or I'll never hear the end of it', but Beck just smiled innocently back at her.

"Oh, that's nice to know," Jade's mom said brightly. "Say, Beck, why don't you join us?"

Jade stifled a gag. Beck looked taken aback for a moment, but he quickly said, "Um, sure, why not?"

Of course, he ended up on the end beside Jade, which was practically the most awkward thing ever, especially since Jade could feel his shoulder against hers and his fingers brushing against hers and she wanted to die. Soon enough the two settled on keeping their fingers entwined under the armrest, where Jade's mom couldn't see. At the scary parts, Beck would squeeze her hand lightly, and she would smirk over at him, as if to ask if he was scared.

He'd just shake his head and smile at her, then glance over to ensure that Elizabeth West wasn't watching them.

And Jade kinda hated the fact that their relationship had to be like this.


"Hey, Tori."

Tori glanced up to see Ryan standing in her doorway. She gave him a half wave before turning her head back to her book, wondering absently what he could be wanted. He seemed to take that as permission, though, because he moved further into her room. "You look stressed. Want me to give you a massage?"

"No thanks, I've got a big test tomorrow," Tori informed him, pointing back down at her book. "History of Theater and all that. One of the most prestigious classes at Hollywood Arts. I can't fail."

"Okay, I was wrong. You're definitely stressed," Ryan amended, leaning back against the closet. "Look, i had a lot of pressure on my shoulders when I was your age too. I had an older brother who was the captain of the football team, made straight As in all of his classes, and had the most gorgeous girlfriend in school."

"Hm?" Tori asked, glancing up to look at him. "And how did you deal with it?"

"I didn't," Ryan said with a chuckle. "I started acting out because I thought it'd get my parents' attention. Turns out it didn't."

Tori stood up, walking over to stand near him. "Yeah, I definitely get it. Sometimes I feel like Tia is their perfect little angel, like she can do no wrong, and I'm like the Prodigal Son in female form." She gave a small, bitter laugh. "Guess life is funny like that sometimes."

"It shouldn't be to a pretty girl like you," Ryan whispered, pushing a strand of her hair behind her ear.

Tori knew where this was going, really she did, but she supposed it was mostly her fault. As he leaned in to kiss her, she did nothing but lean in a little further so he didn't have to go as far.

It shouldn't have been surprising when Tori woke up the next morning to find Ryan moving things out of the barn he shared with Tia.


"I love the new shirt you bought today, Trina," Mallory reassured her as the two girls walked out of the mall, flanked with loads of shopping bags. "It makes you look so sophisticated, ma cherie."

"I always look sophisticated." Trina giggled.

With a laugh, Mallory hit her with her shopping bag. "You're so conceited, Trina." Her tone suddenly dropped and her eyes widened. "Oh my gosh, Trina. Isn't that the creepy guy that stopped you before? Is he like, stalking you or something?"

"Yeah, it is," Trina replied, peering curiously into the distance. "That's so creepy!"

"He hasn't got anything on you," Mallory reminded her. "I mean, it's not like you've stolen anything…"

"I'm going to talk to him," Trina informed her friend, pushing all of her bags into Mallory's arms. Quickly, she strode up to the man and hissed, "Look, I told you already that I'll pay for the jeans. I'm not stealing anything else, so you can stop following me."

This seemed to amuse Gary. "I'm not following you because I think you're hiding something. I'm following you because I have reason to believe that you may be hiding something about the murder of Alyssa Vaughn."

Trina closed her mouth.


It was raining cats and dogs, or at least that was what Jade West thought as she walked home from her favorite coffee shop. Her makeup was kind of dripping down her face, and she'd taken to draping her black leather coat over her head so that she didn't get completely soaked. And sure, maybe it'd be ruined, but it was better than her catching pneumonia and dying.

All of a sudden a car slowly drove up behind her. The driver turned around to look at her, and after a moment, she realized that it was Beck. He drove by her slowly, but then stopped and opened the door, obviously an offer for a ride. Gratefully, she ran up and slid into the car beside him.

She turned to look at him with wide eyes, and he did the same to her. "Yo" was all Jade said before he leaned over and pressed his lips against hers, kissing her passionately. And what could she do but return the kiss just as passionately?


Cat glanced down at the bracelet on her wrist, at the letters spelling out C-A-T. She tapped it with a smile, singing softly to herself as she remembered the day it had been given to her by Alyssa. Alyssa had made sure to smile at her, as if they shared a secret, and whisper, "Don't tell."

"Of course not," Cat replied. "Don't tell mine."

"These keep us together," Alyssa had told her. And Cat had believed her.


Jade was almost smiling by the time she got home, which was odd because she hardly ever smiled. Of course, her father had planted himself in the living room, and glanced up at her as she entered. "Jade," he said quickly. "I need to talk to you."

"Talk, then," Jade said darkly. Normally she would've ignored him, but she was in a particularly good mood.

"Your mother…" He sighed, trailing off, and then began again. "Your mom seems to suspect something is up, and I need you to stay quiet about the whole thing, okay? I really don't want to upset her. And the woman I… the woman, she teaches at my school and it's hard but I'm doing my best, okay? I promise."

"You think that's hard?" Jade hissed bitterly. "Try keeping something from your mother and knowing that if you tell her about it, her whole life will be ruined, and then tell me that's hard. Oh, by the way, I'll keep it a secret. Not for you, though. For mom."

And of course the door flew open then. Jade's mother and Jeremiah walked in, bags of food in their hands. Shaking her head, Jade slipped up the stairs and glancing back down to see how 'happy' they all looked, like they had not a care in the world.

It was then that her phone buzzed, indicating a text. She read it quickly.

When students kiss teachers, someone gets HURT. That's a promise I'll keep… -A


"I'm going to the gym," Tori called. When she got no response, she walked out of the house, shoving her earbuds in her ears.

The walk was long and particularly boring; that was, until she spotted someone on a park bench. She blinked twice, trying to see who it was. The person turned their head to look at her and then smirked.

This wouldn't have been weird if the person hadn't been Sherry Harris.


A/N: so hi, it's been a year but I just got inspiration for this. You can thank the PLL finale and Alyssa and Jessica though xox

Also um, this may look like it's sticking REALLY close to the PLL plot but trust me. The A is NOT the same as the A in the show, aka it's not Toby, sorry guys. You can start with theories, though, so be sure to review and tell me who you think A is!

i obviously don't own PLL or victorious. i thought that much was obvious, dear anon.