I'm back… This chapter will include a suggestion from one of the readers. Want to find out who got the honors? You'll have to read to find out. I will mention the honored one at the end of the chapter. Also I would like to add that there will be very little Rachel, Kurt and Finn in this fic. I feel like they get featured in the show enough. It's time to let other characters shine.

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Summary: Quinn Fabray has a crush on the new boy at school, Sam Evans, but is afraid to get close to him. So she decides to seek help from her best friend Mercedes Jones. Little does she know that Sam is interested in Mercedes. What happens next? This is a fun and angsty Samcedes fic with bits and pieces of season 2 but the story will mostly be original.

Disclaimer: I do not own any part of Glee or any of the songs that might be featured. I would be rich if I did. :)

Sam was having a hard time understanding the material in Algebra. The questions he was seeing were a jumbled mess in his eyes. He looked at Mercedes and an idea struck him. Why didn't I think of this sooner? He was going to ask Mercedes to help him with Algebra. There was no way she would turn him down, after all he was her friend. Sam thought confidently.

After class, as Sam walked out with Mercedes he said, "Mercedes, I am having a hard time understanding the problems given to us today. Could you possibly help me out?" Sam asked biting his lower lip.

"Sure Sam, I'll help you." Mercedes said giving him a dazzling smile.

"Ok then, how about we meet up after school? Do you know of a place we can go?"

"Well there's The Lima Bean? It's got the best coffee in town. In my opinion, its better then the big franchise coffee shops." Mercedes said with a wink.

Sam didn't know where the flirtiness came from but he liked it. He wished that she would stay that way around him; it was refreshing to see her like that.

"The Lima Bean it is then, I'll meet you there at 4:30. See you later." Sam said waving at her and walked off to his next class.

"See you." Mercedes did the same.

After going home for a quick shower and to change his clothes, Sam had his mom drop him off in front of The Lima Bean. He took a steadying breath to calm his nerves, opened the door and walked into the coffee shop. Mercedes was already there, she was seated at a secluded corner of the shop.

Sam noticed that she had changed clothes. Of course she changed you doofus, you did the same remember? Mercedes was wearing a purple off the shoulder blouse and black jeans. Even with such a simple outfit, Sam thought she looked stunning.

Sam made his way to where she was seating, "Hey Mercedes, thanks for meeting me like this, I really appreciate your help." Sam sat down across from Mercedes.

"No problem Sam, anything to help a friend."

Sam didn't know why but when heard the word "friend" his heart sank. He decided that he couldn't take the suspense of not knowing any longer, so he went for the kill.

"So…. Are you and Puck Dating?" He blurted out before he could change his mind.

It was a Saturday morning and like any other Saturday mornings, Mercedes was having breakfast with Quinn at the little mom and pop coffee shop that they frequented.

They were talking about what had happened at school that week when Quinn asked, "What's going on between you and Puck?"

"Nothing serious, we just like spending time with each other." Mercedes answered nonchalantly.

"Doesn't look like nothing to me." Quinn replied with a raised brow.

Oh boy… Here we go….

"Look Ivy, if you have feelings for Puck, tell me now and I will back off. I need to know before I get too invested in this. Anyway, I have a feeling that he still likes you."

"Really?" Quinn questioned enthusiastically but then changed her demeanor just as quickly. "Not that I care or anything."

Mercedes rolled her eyes at Quinn's comment. When will the girl admit that she likes Puck?

"Of course he still likes you, sometimes when he thinks I'm not looking he will look your way. I don't think he's over you yet." Mercedes smiled at her best friend.

"You're lucky to have someone care so much about you Ivy. I would give anything to have a guy look at me the way Puck looks at you." She continued sadly.

"I don't know Ebby, my feelings are conflicted. Puck can be so sweet one minute and another he's acting like a complete jerk. I don't want that in a boyfriend…. I want someone stable. I especially don't want to open myself up to him, if it's only going to end in heartbreak." Quinn frowned.

Mercedes understood what Quinn was saying. Puck had a very bad track record when it comes to women; it's understandable that Quinn should feel apprehensive.

"Look Ivy, I know that Puck is emotionally retarded but I'll have you know that he has always been a perfect gentleman when he's with me. He never pushed me to do anything that I'm not comfortable doing. Surely that is points enough to get you to reconsider him?" Mercedes said.

Quinn stayed silent and bit her lip.

"What does your heart tell you?" Mercedes pressed.

"I don't know…. I have to admit that there is something there but I like Sam too. He's a really nice guy; I feel safe around him."

Mercedes' heart dropped when Quinn mentioned Sam. Don't worry girl, you're not even sure if he likes Quinn or not. Besides, he's been staring at you quite a lot lately. Don't get bend out of shape until you find out the truth. Mercedes smiled with renewed hope.

"Sam makes you feel safe but what about Puck? Which one of them gives you butterflies, when they walk pass or look at you? I've read that you should be with someone who gives you all those feelings."

Oh god… I'm starting to sound like Puck.

"Me and Puck are great together, we have this easiness between us that I've never shared with any guy before, but sometimes I feel like there is someone else out there for me. Someone who will accept me just the way I am. That's why I'm taking things slow with Puck, because I don't want to have to settle for second best. You're the closest thing I have to a sister Ivy, and I don't want you to settle either. I want you to have the best person for you, someone you can love and cherish." Mercedes looked at Quinn with a slight smile.

"Since when did you get so smart Ebby?" Quinn said trying to break the seriousness off.

"Girl…. I'm always smart. Don't you know that?"

With that they both started laughing.

"I love you Ebby."

"I love you too Ivy."


After Algebra on Monday, Sam approached Mercedes. He was having a hard time with the problems that was given and wanted to know if she would help him. She was not going to pass up the opportunity to hangout with him and immediately agreed to meet him at The Lima Bean at 4:30. She even flirted with him. I can't believe I just flirted with Sam Evans. Mercedes thought as she was walking away from Sam.

When school ended Mercedes went straight home. She had an hour and a half before she had to meet Sam. She took a quick shower and picked out the outfit she wanted to wear. She picked an outfit that was casual yet girly; she didn't really want to go all out for a study session.

She was ready sooner than expected, so she decided to walk to The Lima Bean. When she got there she found a table at the back corner of the store, made her way to the table and sat down. She was fiddling with her cell phone when Sam greeted her.

Mercedes had to catch her breath when she saw him. Sam was wearing a blue and white plaid button down shirt over a grey t-shirt and faded blue jeans. He's gorgeous.

They were exchanging pleasantries when Sam startled her by asking. "So…. Are you and Puck Dating?"

Mercedes was left speechless at the question. Why would he ask me that? Should I tell him that this is all just a ruse to get Quinn to like Puck? But what if Sam likes Quinn? Would I hurt his feelings?

All these questions were running through her mind that she suddenly felt dizzy. Mercedes didn't realize that she was swaying until she felt Sam's arms around her, steadying her.

"Woah… Are you alright?" Sam asked looking concerned.

"Yeah, I'm fine. Sorry, I felt dizzy all of a sudden but I'm fine now." Mercedes said looking at him. Sam was now seated on the chair next to her, his arms around her, supporting her.

"Are you sure, you're fine? We can always reschedule." He said concerned.

"No, I'll be fine. I think I might be dehydrated." Mercedes stated giving Sam a shy smile.

"How rude of me! I didn't even think to ask if you would like anything to drink." Sam reprimanded himself. " So what would you like?"

"I'll have a Caramel Macchiato please." Mercedes said.

Mercedes was pulling out her wallet when Sam said. "It's my treat, the least I can do to repay you for your help." He smiled at her and walked to the counter to order.

When he left, Mercedes started thinking about his earlier question. The secret she was keeping about Puck was starting to take a toll on her; she no longer had the strength to hide it any longer. She needed to tell someone. Why not tell Sam? If he really liked Quinn, he deserves to know who his competition was.

Sam came back with their order, along with tow Blueberry Scones. He picked up one of the Scones and placed it in front of her. "Here, eat this. It should make you feel a little better." He said smiling at her.

She took a bite and said, "Thank you Sam."

There was silence for a little while before Mercedes broke it. "About your question earlier..."

Mercedes was starting to feel uncomfortable again but she would not let that deter her, so she cleared her throat and continued, "You asked me if I was dating Puck, the answer to that is no. I am actually helping Puck, he's really in to Quinn but she wouldn't give him the time of the day so he asked me for help since I know Quinn the best. We decided that maybe the best way for him to get Quinn's attention was to make her jealous."

She looked at Sam and was amazed to see him smile. Actually, he looked like he was about to laugh.

"I have to admit, I really didn't see that one coming; I was convinced you were dating Puck. You guys were very convincing last week." Sam started laughing after that comment.

Mercedes couldn't help but giggle, "I think the stress of keeping this secret is starting to get to me. I can't believe I almost fainted just now." She laughed heartily.

"I was so worried about you just now."

Sam looked at her seriously, as he took her hands in his. Mercedes felt tingles travel through her arms, and her heart pounding. They got lost in each other's eyes after that.

Sam was the first to say something, "So I think I have a plan, to help Puck and his dilemma." He released her hands than.

Mercedes couldn't help but feel the loss of his touch.

"Tell me."

"A double date." Sam said.

"What?" Mercedes asked confused.

"Mike told me that Quinn might have a crush on me, I figured we could have a double date. I could take Quinn and Puck could take you. Maybe when she sees you with Puck, she will finally realize that she really likes him." He said with a hopeful look.

"Are you doing this to help Puck or do you have an ulterior motive?" Mercedes asked skeptical.

"If you mean that I'm only doing this so that I could go out with Quinn then you're wrong. I don't have any romantic feelings towards her. I just want to help you out. You know…. Since you're helping me with Algebra..." Sam said looking at her sincerely.

Mercedes could die of happiness right then. Not only is Sam helping her with this whole mess but he had confirmed that he does not have a crush on Quinn. She could not help but smile at this new development.

"There is one problem though; I don't think Quinn will go along with this plan. She is convinced that Puck is bad for her. I know she has feelings for him but with Puck's reputation, I don't blame her for wanting to stay away. So we need to find another way of getting this double date done." Mercedes said.

"What if she doesn't know? I can pretend to take her on a regular date, and then you and Puck could just show up by accident." Sam said while making quotation marks with his fingers.

"It could work… I'll talk to Puck about this and see what he thinks. Thanks for helping Sam. You don't know how good it feels to have somebody on my side in this." Mercedes reached out and held his hands with a smile. The tingles that was there earlier returned.

They both took their study material out but they ended up not doing homework; instead they talked about everything from their hobbies to their childhood. For example, Mercedes found out Sam is fluent in Na'vi, a made up language from the movie Avatar.

"I can't believe you've never seen Avatar before." Sam looked at her like she was crazy.

"And I can't believe that you learned a fictional language. Besides science fiction is really not my cup of tea; I prefer romantic comedies." Mercedes laughed.

"There's romance in the movie you know, we should watch it together sometime."

Did Sam Evan's just ask me to go watch Avatar with him? She was so happy that she was doing the Dougie in her mind.

Their conversation was interrupted when Sam's phone rang "Hello… Ok… I'll see you in 10 minutes." He hung up his phone and looked at Mercedes.

"My mom…" Pointing to his phone. "She'll be here in 10 minutes."

Mercedes nodded, she was having such a great time that she didn't notice that it was now pass 7. She didn't want the day to end, she felt like she could sit here with Sam all night and never run of things to say. She started grabbing her things and packing her bag.

When they were both done, they stood up to leave. Mercedes made her way to Sam, reached up and hugged him "Thank you for helping me Sam."

Sam patted her back and said "You're welcome."

"You really are a great guy Sam Evans."

Mercedes turned her head to kiss Sam on the cheek, but he turned his head at the same time. So she ended up kissing Sam on his lips. It was an accidental peck but her lips prickled from that simple action. Sam took a step closer, while Mercedes backed away.

"Sorry…" Sam said looking flustered.

Before Mercedes could say anything, Sam's phone vibrated. He looked at it and frowned. "I have to go… Thanks for today. I'll see you at school tomorrow." He smiled at her, took his bag, gave her one last look, and walked out of the coffee shop.

This is the best day ever!

Sam walked to the car with a big smile on his face. I cannot believe that I just kissed Mercedes Jones. When he got to the car, he opened the passenger door, got in, closed the door and buckled up.

His mother noticed that he had not asked to drive home. Sam would usually give her a hard time, when she insists on driving instead of letting him practice. Something must have gone down for him not to care.

"You look happy." Mary commented.

"Yeah." Sam grinned.

"Ok… What's her name?" Mary raised a brow.

Sam wanted to evade the question but knowing his mom she would only hound him until he came clean.

"Her name is Mercedes Jones and she is beautiful. I'm not only talking about physically mom. She is the kindest girl I know and she sounds like an angel when she sings." Sam smiled as he day dreamed about Mercedes.

"You really like her don't you? So when am I going to meet this special girl of yours?" Mary asked. She was curious about the girl who has caught her son's attention. She must be really special if she could make him smile like that.

"Umm… Actually mom, I haven't told Mercedes of my feelings yet. I mean, I just got to know her not too long ago. I don't want to freak her out or anything." He looked down at his hands.

"Take your time honey, just show her the loveable Sammy that I know and she'll fall at your feet." His mother winked.


Sam was in his bed, looking back at the events of the day. He couldn't believe what a great day today turned out to be. Sure, he was nervous at first. He didn't know what Mercedes was going to say about her and Puck's relationship status.

When Mercedes started to look sick after he asked the question, Sam's train of thought immediately changed from worrying about her relationship with Puck to her health. He didn't know what he would have done if Mercedes had fainted. She'll probably think that Sam was the study partner from hell and never want to help him again, if it had truly happened. He was thankful he got to her in time, if he had been there a few seconds late; she probably would've wound up on the floor. Thankfully she said she was ok after that.

When she was ready to talk about his earlier question, he was preparing himself for worst but when she told him that they were just acting. He felt like the metaphoric weight on his shoulders had been lifted. He was happy, because he was now free to pursue Mercedes. He even laughed out loud at the situation.

Sam didn't know how he came up with the idea of the double date but he was impressed at how easy the plan came to be. He really hoped that the idea will work. Sam didn't want to cause any heartache for anyone but he knew that there was a chance of the plan backfiring. That worried Sam but for tonight he refused to think about the problems that could arise. Tonight all he wanted to think of was Mercedes Jones.

When talk about the double date died down, they got into an easy conversation. Sam couldn't believe that Mercedes had never seen Avatar before. He definitely had to remedy that situation, and he had to do it soon. The prospect of spending an afternoon watching Avatar with Mercedes appealed to Sam. I wonder whose place we would watch it at? Would she be ok to come over here? What if she wanted to watch it at her place?

As he was drifting into sleep, he thought about how Mercedes laughed when he told her that he is fluent in Na'vi, how fireworks went off whenever they touched and the accidental kiss.

The kiss… Even though it was unintentional he felt like that was the best kiss he'd ever experienced. Sure, he'd kissed girls before but the brief kiss with Mercedes held more meaning to him than any other kiss he'd ever had. He wanted to deepen the kiss but his phone interrupted him. Stupid phone…

That night Sam dreamed of Mercedes and the kiss they shared.

So did you like it or hate it? I hope that this chapter will tie you over until I decide to get Samcedes together. Like I said in my previous chapter. I don't want to jump the shark, if I did I would have to end the story and I'm having too much fun writing to do that. Ok, now back to my promise. The person whose idea got featured in this chapter is, drum roll please… jubby25. Thank you so much for the idea love. Don't forget to review people, you might get lucky like jubby25 and be featured in one of the chapters. Until next time…