So, in this story Michael isn't a ghost or a vampire and Eve works (for now) at TPU.

Disclamer: I don't own anything! (sadly)

Shane, Eve, and Michael could hear Monica going at some poor girl. They had come to see Eve at work and were all leaving. But when they heard Monica bitching, they gave each other a knowing look. Then Shane headed off in that direction and with no choice but to follow him, Michael and Eve fell into step behind him.

"Did you just hit my friend you stupid little bitch?"

They froze and looked at one another. Then they heard a slap and started to walk faster. They walked even faster when they heard yet another slap, distinctively coming from another person. They looked at each other, astonished. Had some one just slapped Monica back?

Suddenly there was a loud noise followed by a BANG! BANG! BANG! They ran around the corner just in time to see Monica and her followers cheering and laughing while a girl went tumbling down the stairs, hitting every sharp edge possible.

Eve gasped and ran to the girl who was now near the bottom of the stairs. Monica stopped laughing to look Shane straight in the eye. She grinned

"Hey bitch," Shane growled. "Haven't gotten over hurting the innocent?"

Monica laughed. "Well, she wasn't exactly innocent she slapped me."

"She sure as Hell had a good reason."

She made a face. "Yea, whatever. When you get that stick out of your ass," she winked. "Call me."

With one hair flip over her shoulder she twitched away with her group laughing behind her.

The only thing that kept Shane where he was, and not going after Monica, was the small crumpled body at the end of the stairs, well that and the warning glare Michael was giving him.

Eve was talking. "She's - she's got a pulse. What should we do? Hospital?"

Shane shrugged. "School nurse? Do they even have a nurse in this dump?"

"What kind of question is that? Of course they do, dumbass."

"How would you know? I mean-"

He was cut of by a moan. Suddenly the girl on the floor opened her eyes and sat up. She looked at them and quickly looked away. Eve ran up to her and gave her a hand up.

"Oh my god. Are you okay? I'm Eve by the-"

She coughed. "Claire. Uh, thanks for helping me up. I'm such a klutz. Falling down the stairs and all. I'm fine, see ya." Claire turned to leave when Michael spoke.

"We saw what happened.'

Claire froze. "Well, okay. Then you know there's noting to be done. But, thanks again. I'm fine." This time she started to limp away.

"Why don't we help you get to your dorm?"

"No." Claire spoke with such a finality it sounded like the place was never going to be seen by her again. "Sorry, I just can't go back there."

Eve looked at her. "Well then where are you going?"

"Nurse first. Then, there is some adds for people looking for a roommate."

Eve and Shane's head's snapped toward Michael. Eves eye's where like a big puppy. Michael shook his head and mouthed, "We can't. Underage."

How Michael knew that Shane didn't know, but he didn't care.

"Dude. You know what Monica's capable of. You've seen it. I've been through it. You now."

Michael and Shane stared at each other. Both of them were thinking the same thing. Alyssa.

Michael sighed. "Hey!" Claire was already at the front doors. "Hey wait!" Michael, Shane, and Eve ran up the hall to Claire.

She looked nervous. "What?"

"Listen. We've got a room. 100 dollars a month. I can let you stay there for a month till you find some other place to stay. You're what, 16?"

Claire looked him in the eye. Almost 17."

Michael nodded. "Uh-huh. Well, either way I can't let you stay for very long. Got it?"

Claire looked surprised, but…. impressed. "You're letting me stay in your house? Just like that?"

Eve grinned. Michael nodded. "Well yeah, obviously you needed help so-"

" How do I know you're not a friend of Monica?"

They all started at her.

"Her?" Shane said incredulous. "That bitch? Oh, you have got to be shitting me. I wouldn't touch that thing with a 100 foot pole."

Claire looked at him watching his face.

"Okay. Sorry. I just-yeah okay."

Eve's smile was large. "Uh-yeah. I mean if that's cool…'

"Cool? Cool? It's freaking awesome!" She practically squealed the last part.

Claire grimaced. "Thanks."

Michael shrugged. "No problem. Uh- you might want to get that checked out…. you look really pale."

And she was. Pale as a vampire in fact. She was also unbalanced. "Yeah… I'll just…"

She fainted.

Just in time Shane caught her before she hit the ground. He swooped her up into his arms.

"Okay then, anyone know where the nurse is? Eve?"

Eve nodded and led the way.

The entire way Shane carried Claire and couldn't help but notice the way her small figure seemed to fit into his arms and the way they seemed like two puzzle pieces fitting together.