PlAying for Keeps
Summary: Jenna returns to Rosewood with an agenda. The Liars think they lost one of their own to the A Team and Spencer is in for the shock of her life when she comes face to face with Red Coat. SPOILERS for the Season 3 Finale
A/N: I thought that finale was a mess. So here's my idea on what would've been a better finale for Season 3.
Spencer Hastings listened from the stairwell as her friends discussed her mental health. They talked about how much she's changed, how finding Toby's body had broken her. They had no idea what was going on, none of them ever really did. She breathed in deeply then exhaled and walked down the stairs. "They sent that second body to the state coroner for a reason, so maybe there's hope" she heard Hanna say.
"You know how I feel about hope" she began as she walked the rest of the way down the stairs. "It breeds eternal misery" she eyed each of them to gauge their reactions. "We lost Toby a long time ago. We just didn't know it" She smiled at the spread her parents laid out for them. "You gotta love the Hastings. I get released from the mental hospital and they welcome my friends with tea and crumpets"
"How are you Spence?" Emily asked her after she explained to Hanna the difference between an English muffin and crumpets. Of course Emily would be the first to ask that question. She was always the sweet one and the one that was a lot stronger than any of them ever gave her credit for. "Remember when you were in the lighthouse Emily and you had to make that choice?" she asked her locking her eyes onto hers. "It was either him or you. I wasn't as strong as you." She told her. "When I saw Toby in the woods, like that. I just gave up"
"What changed?" Emily asked
"I decided I didn't want to be a victim anymore" she told her friends. "That's not who I am" she then turned to get the invitations she had made earlier. She handed them each one.
"What's this?" Aria asked.
"My parents told all of their friends I went into Radley for exhaustion. So they want to throw a soiree to let everyone know I'm all better now" She watched them as they looked at the invitations then at her. "I could really use your support. Can you guys please come?" she said and turned her face away from them.
"Of course" Hanna replied.
"Sure" Emily responded.
"You know we'd do anything for you" Aria said.
"I'm counting on that" she breathed out as she stared out the window. She couldn't let them see her fear. This needed to work; it needed to be worth it.
She slowly moved the curtain back to peek outside the motel. She scanned the area; all she saw was an empty street. Plus it would be hard to hide in a black hoodie during the day. She breathed a sigh of relief. Her life was so much simpler before she moved to Rosewood.
"Would you stop being so paranoid" He said to her from the bed. She turned to look at him lounging shirtless on top of the covers. She had always enjoyed that view.
"You can never be too careful" Jenna Marshall replied as she let go of the curtain.
"You said she'd take care of it" Toby replied pulling himself up to lean against the headboard. He needed a way out and he she was the only person that could help him. The only person he could turn too. Everyone had always seen him as the freak, even before everything happened. She was the only one that never looked at him that way.
"She did" Jenna replied. Or at least that's what she told her. How she managed to get a body is another question. But she was always full of surprises.
"Are you ever going to tell me who she is?" he asked her. She just looked at him. "What? You don't trust me?"
"Should I?" She asked him a raised eye brow. "You videotaped us and made everyone think I raped you" she said with traces of anger in her voice. She had enough problems dealing with being blind, then to be well, blindsided with a video that clearly makes it look like she was a rapist. He wanted to role play. She shook her head, the things she does for him.
Toby breathed out and looked away from her. "I had to" he told her. "I needed them to feel sorry for me, so they could start to trust me" He hated doing that to her but it was necessary and it worked. "Thank you for going along with it"
Jenna let out a little laugh. "Yeah" she replied. She didn't know how she got the video or if Toby gave it to her. He always had a crush on her. However she never actually said she was involved. She told her she wasn't proud of that, but she never said what. And she told the girls that they've all made mistakes which was true. So she never admitted to doing anything but if those tapes got out it would be over for her, that's why she needed to find them. And those bitches kept losing them.
Toby nodded his head. "Are you sure we can trust this person?" He said getting up from the bed.
"Yes" she replied. She closed her eyes, she felt a headache coming on that was starting to blur her vision. The doctor told her this would happen. Eventually everything would go dark again.
He walked closer to her. "This is my life we are talking about. I think I have a right to know who she is" he said to her.
"You don't have to worry about anything" she said closing the space between them. "Everything I've done was to protect you" she said reaching up and cupping his cheek.
Hanna Marin sat across from Mr. Fitz at the coffee shop to convince him to let her babysit his son. It wasn't like she could do a worse job than Aria. She'd at least make sure the kid wouldn't jump on the bed. Malcolm had an answer they needed. And it wasn't like she was going to torture him to get it. All she had to was ask him a question. She didn't know what Aria was worried about. It was simple, get him to identify Mona and turn her in.
"Okay, I have an appointment tonight. So if you're free we can give it a test run and see if it's a good fit" he said to her.
"Well it will be. I promise. Toot Toot" she added for good measure.
Caleb opened the door of his apartment and Paige followed him inside. He set the grocery bag on the table as she turned on the lights. Paige jumped back in surprise as his heart beat sped up when he saw who was sitting at his kitchen table.
"Jenna" he said moving to the drawer by the door and sliding it open quietly. His eyes widened as he saw it was gone.
"Are you looking for this?" she said holding his gun.
He looked to Paige and then at the door. Could they both make it out of there before she shot them?
"I'm not going to shoot you" she said as she took out the clip and tossed at it at him, he caught it. Then she placed the gun on the table. "I really don't know what they've told you about me, but it's probably lies" she said with a smile. "I always wondered where you lived since you stopped living with Lucas" she said as looked around his place.
"How did you get in here?" he asked. He had heard a lot of things about Jenna from the girls and others around school. And he had to admit she did scare him.
She smiled at him again. "You're not the only one that had a rough childhood" she said to him. Her mom married up and they just moved from New York to here. Not that she wanted to stay where she was. It just happened so suddenly. She sighed. "But we're not here to listen to my life story"
"What are you doing here?" Paige asked defensively.
"I need your help?" she replied to them.
"Why would we help you?" Caleb asked incredulously.
Her smile widened. "Because we have a common enemy" She watched his brows furrow. "The A Team" both Paige and Caleb's eyes widened in shock. "The thing is, when I first started getting messages I thought it was your girlfriends. Because why not, they followed the devil while she terrorized everyone" She said as she looked directly at Paige McCullers. "But I figured out it wasn't them"
"Mona" Caleb interjected.
"Yes" Jenna replied. "I know what you two are trying to do. You want to protect Emily and Hanna. So help me and you can"
Caleb looked at Paige, who shrugged her shoulders slightly. Then he looked back at Jenna. "What do you want us to do?" they had no choice; they were running into dead ends. They couldn't find anything on Mona or her team of A's. If Jenna had info they could use it and if Mona was going after her too, she needed them.
"This is Mona's IP address, I need you to hack into her computer" She told him and handed them piece of paper.
Caleb walked over and took it from and sat down at his computer. "Mona's supposed to be an amazing hacker too" he told her.
"Well I figured you were better" Jenna told him with smirk, and then told him "I just need her schedule. I need to know where she's going to be"