Mercedes looked out of the hotel room window. It was pouring down raining and she loved it. Her dad used to tell her that she was conceived and born on a rainy day that's why she loved it so much. After watching her for a while Sam walked over to the windowsill next to her.
"Yeah I'm sure."
"So why do you look like that?"
Mercedes turned to him annoyed. "Well let's see I have been stuck in this hotel for a week I am followed everywhere I go and even though you say he's safe I'm still worried about Noah."
Sam cocked an eyebrow. "After all this you are worried about Noah? Still?"
"Noah may not have been the best guy in the world but he's a part of my life and I just need to know that he's ok. He tried to help me when Howell attacked me. And that means that he did care about me."
"I know it's tough but I don't think anything has happened if it had trust me I would know."
Mercedes folded her arms across her chest. "Trust you…huh I don't even know you."
Sam smiled widely. "Yes you do we went out and even fell in love."
"Love that's a strong word I fell in love with Sam Smith a guy I thought I knew I never hid anything from you or lied and that is all you did to me."
"I didn't mean to it was just."
She turned towards him. "What? You better not say your job."
"Well honestly it was."
"Well your job…your job stole my heart I was happy I thought I'd found true love."
Sam moved closer to her. "You did Mercedes my feelings for you are real so real that it scares me."
"Yeah and how do I know that isn't the job talking?"
"It's not…believe me ok."
"Yeah ok…so tell me Sam what happened to Quinn?"
He frowned knowing trouble was ahead. "What do you mean?"
"Are you still with her?"
Sam ran his hands over his head scratching his scalp. "Kinda."
"Kinda." She said with a small laugh.
"Mercedes it's not that simple."
"Of course it isn't you are still with Quinn but you love me ha that is the biggest pile of well crap I have ever heard…you know what when all this is over I don't want to see you ever again."
As she got up from the windowsill, he pulled her into a kiss. She pulled herself away from him.
"Leave me alone."
"My name is Mercedes…Mercedes not Mercy or Cedes…Mercedes."
"Why are you acting like this I know you want me just as much as I want you?"
"You don't know me."
Sam moved closer to her. "Yes I do we have been dating for over 6 months I know that you sleep with a bear that your father gave you named Mr. Snuggles cause it makes you feel safe…I know that you place your hair behind your ears 50 times a day without even knowing it."
"Wow you know the obvious."
"I know that you get a slight twinkle in your eyes when you are happy I mean truly happy…I know that your favorite color is Purple and you love animals and kids I know that you want a big family I know that in your soul you love me."
Mercedes shook her head. "I don't love you."
"You said you did."
"Well I was wrong." She said staring down to the ground. Sam shook his head.
"I am not afraid of my feelings for you anymore, so why are you scared of me."
"I am scared for my life."
Sam reached out and grabbed her hand. "Mercedes I know how you feel I was afraid too afraid to admit I felt something for you…these last weeks without you I have realized I don't want to live without you."
"How can I believe a word out of your mouth how can you tell me that you love me and need me how can I believe you when all you did to me for the whole time we were dating was lie to me."
"I didn't want to but I couldn't tell you who I was or what I was doing."
"You can't fight it…look I will even go first…I love you…how could I not you are like the perfect woman. You brighten up my day and make me feel good. That whole three weeks when I didn't see you or hear your voice."
He closed the small gap between them.
"When I didn't touch you or feel you near…it made me realize that you are the what is best for me…Mercedes I love you I truly do and I know that you love me too you just have to embrace it."
"I don't love you."
She walked away from him and he followed her.
"Yes you do."
"No I don't I can't love you."
"Yes you can."
"No I can't."
"Yes you can."
"No I can't…just leave me alone."
She walked towards the bathroom but Sam blocked her way.
"You can't do that I want to know why…I deserve to know why."
Mercedes turned her head away from him. "I said because."
"And I said because why?" He turned her head back towards him and saw tears in her eyes.
"Because I am not lovable."
Sam laughed. "Says who?"
"Mercedes how can you say that you are not loveable anybody who spends fifteen minutes with you will love you…I love you, Santana loves you, your parents loved you and you loved them and you love me just accept it."
He moved in to kiss her again. As he kissed her she tried to move away but his lips pull her into him. As his tongue caressed her lips and forced its way through she shivered with delight. She gave in and grabbed his neck and pulled him closer to her. He picked her up and moved her to the bed. He began to remove her shirt his cell phone rang.
"Just ignore it." She begged pulling him back down to her.
He tried to ignore it but it wouldn't stop. He got up.
"It might be the station."
Mercedes laid back on the bed as he answered his phone. Mercedes heard Quinn on the other line and saw Sam's whole body stiffen. Mercedes looked his way with tears falling down her cheek, he knew that she knew who it was even before he said anything.
"Can I call you back...ok bye."
He looked at Mercedes.
"Now where were we?"
She pushed him away from her. "I was about to make the biggest mistake of my life."
"Don't Cedes me."
"Don't…you can't do this to me you can't have me here and her there. I don't know what type of women you have dated before but I respect myself to the point I will not share my man…maybe you are right maybe I do love you but I don't want to and you shouldn't either love hurts."
"But I love you…and it feels great."
"No it doesn't and stop it."
"Stop what… I love you."
"Stop saying that."
"No I love you I love Mercedes Nicole Jones I love you…why can't you just deal with that."
He yelled at the top of his lungs then looked at Mercedes.
"And I will keep saying it and showing it until you say it back or I die."
"Oh ok good luck with that."
"Mercedes just say it you embraced it a moment ago do it again."
"No I won't...did you love me when you allowed me to be put in danger...did you love me when you let that man beat me or when you lied to me about everything...or when you thought I could be a part of a drug ring…or how about when you tell me every day you love me but then you leave here every night and go to your girl. You are 29 years old and you still don't know what love is."
"But what Sam I am a very beautiful person...see unlike most women I don't need a man to tell me that I had a father who did that for me. I may not be a model like Tana or thinner, or any of that but I know I am beautiful. You are nothing more than a play boy who throws words around to sound smart...well I am no longer going to allow you to play me…my feelings for you are real and I cannot deny that…but you don't deserve to be loved by me and I am tired of trying."
She walked towards the door.
"Where are you going?"
"The rain stopped and I'm going out."
"Well I am coming too."
"No I just need some air."
"Then I will get it with you."
"I am not a child detective."
"I don't care until this is over you are my responsibility and I will be damned if I let you get yourself in more trouble."
Mercedes turned towards him. "Get myself in trouble you followed me you got me in trouble and I don't know why you think you're such a good cop if I found out your secrets don't you think Howell already knows."
"Oh Sam don't play dumb with me I know about your sister and how she was murdered by Howell and I also know that the only reason you are here is for revenge you don't care about no one but yourself."
Sam felt his blood boil, she was getting to him and he didn't like it. "You are wrong she wasn't murdered he just thinks she was...but fine you want me to treat you like I would anybody else in this situation fine I will and I will be glad when this is over so I won't have to see you anymore."
"Like I care."
"Well you better because you only have five minutes of outside time in that time you will not move from the front door if you move I will drag you back in here if you stay out for more than five minutes I will drag you in here if you say another word I will lock you in your room."
"Who the hell do you think you are talking to me like that I will stay out as long as I damn well please."
He pulled out his handcuffs and cuffed her to the chair.
"Have you lost your mind?"
Sam stepped back from her. "No I am doing my job which is to protect you now shut up."
"You cannot do this to me I have rights…what so now that I don't wanna sleep with you I'm under house arrest you better let me go before I-"
He pulled out his gun.
"Before you what?"
He bent down closer to her and pushed the gun to her leg.
"I have no problem shooting you to prove my point now I said shut up."
Mercedes looked him in his eyes.
"Then do it…I have been through hell and back so some stupid cop with a gun doesn't scare me now if I was you I would put down the gun and let me go."
He clicked the gun back and walked to the door.
"I need some air maybe when I get back you will be ready to listen to me."
He walked out and slammed the door. Mercedes screamed and looked towards the bed. She tried to loosen the cuffs but they wouldn't budge. She glanced once again at the bed and saw a silver speck on the bed. She smiled as she saw the handcuff keys on the bed she scooted the chair over to the bed and grabbed them.
Sam slammed the door and walked down the stairs, walked over to his car and sat in it.
"Why did I blow up like that she was right?"
He was deep thought when he heard a tap on his window. He saw Brittany looked in at him.
"Santana is still at work Mike is gonna bring her home you look terrible."
"Have you ever done something you wish you could take back but realize you can't?"
"All the time."
"I went crazy up there just now. She got to me telling me I didn't love her and I was a grown man who still didn't know what love was."
"Why would she say that?"
"Cause Quinn called while we were kissing."
"Yeah I don't see how that would make her feel you love her."
"I pointed my gun at her and I handcuffed her to the chair but the worst part is she is right not about my feelings but about everything else I do love her but I have spent my whole life doing what I wanted when I wanted...Quinn doesn't mean half as much to me as Mercedes does but she got me she knows my job comes first."
"You know what I am hearing you want to be with Mercedes."
"I was so scared at the thought of losing Mercedes that I flipped out how can I be a good detective if I have weaknesses like that."
"I don't know Sam I really don't know."
Mercedes grabbed her bag as her cell phone rang.
"Hello...Ohmigosh Noah where have you been? Yeah I can meet you there give me an hour."
She hung up her cell phone and peered out the window. She saw Brittany and Sam with their backs to the hotel so she grabbed her bag and gently opened the door. As she walked down the stairs she saw a bus pull up so she ran for it. As she sat on the bus she tried to duck her head so that they wouldn't see her she had taken care of herself for so long no cop was gonna tell her what to do. Sam looked up at the room.
"The thing is I truly do love her with all of me and she is the one denying it now."
"Do like I did I talked to Tana and told her what was going to be."
"She laughed and told me if I ever lied to her again she would cut me with razor blades she hid in her hair."
"See we were like that until she found out…I almost had her convinced to be with me too until."
"Yeah Quinn called."
"Well we better get in there who knows what she is capable of."
Sam reached in his pockets and frowned.
Brittany looked at him with concern growing in her eyes. "What's wrong?"
"I can't find the handcuff keys."
"Where's the last place you had them?"
"I had them on my front pocket while we were...they are on the bed oh no."
They ran into the room and saw the chair empty and the handcuffs on the bed. Brittany checked the hotel room out.
"She isn't here where could she have gone."
By the time they got outside the bus was long gone.
"She doesn't listen to nothing."
"We gotta call it in if Howell has you following her then he will know she's gone too.
Mercedes walked around Forest Lodge Park she was supposed to meet Puck there in 5 minutes. She sat on the swing and began to rock back and forth. As she was lost in thought Puck walked over to her and sat on the swing next to her.
"We used to do this all day race until we were so high that we could touch the sky."
"Noah...when did you get here?"
"I just got here...it used to be so simple when we were younger."
"Noah where have you been? I was a worried sick about you."
"I'm in the witness protection program I'm not supposed to be here but I had to see you."
Mercedes sighed kicking her feet out in front of her. "How did you get into this mess?"
"Mercedes I don't know it just happened but trust me I never wanted to bring you in this."
"I know that was Sam's doing."
"How was it his fault?"
"It doesn't matter. He used me and I am done with him."
"Mercedes listen to me I know I lost your love and respect a long time ago and I realize that you don't trust me but please listen to this Sam loves you he was worried sick when Azimo took you away...he had his men search for almost 24 hours for you."
"Because that was his job."
"Because he loves you...this may come to a shock but you are a lovable person Mercedes if someone spent five minutes with you they would see what I see a talented wonderful woman who would make any man a lucky one...I saw how you looked at him on your birthday you love him too so why are you running from it."
"Love Noah? What do I really know about love? I have spent my whole life trying to be the lovable sweet woman all guys like just to be walked all over by men...I have been hurt by every man in my life...why should Sam be any different."
"Because he is there is no way to explain it."
"I wish someone would."
"Look I know you think that because of me every guy is out to hurt you but that is not true I know you guys care about each other he loves you girl now just embrace it. And be happy."
She gave a half smile and stood up off the swing.
"He's probably worried sick by now I ran off."
"Without telling him? Mercedes, Howell and his men are looking for you! Leaving was one of the stupidest things you could do."
Mercedes shook her head. "He had me handcuffed to the chair what was I supposed to do?"
"Oh get your mind out of the gutter we were arguing and he handcuffed me…it was kinda funny though…do you know that fool pulled his gun on me."
She turned as she heard a branch break. When she looked to the right she saw a figure in the woods.
"Ok its dark and I am seeing things ima go before we have a horror film on our hands."
"Yeah it is getting dark lets go."
"You two are not going anywhere."
They saw a light shine towards them and began to freak when they saw Brittany and Santana walking towards them. Santana sucked her teeth.
"How stupid can you be out in the dark...do you not know that you are being followed by Howell and his men?"
"Hey you would have left too if that psycho handcuffed you to a chair."
"Will you guys get your heads out the gutter I swear you all only think about sex…we were fighting he yelled at me and handcuffed me to the chair then he pointed his gun at me."
Santana looked at Brittany.
"Can he do that?"
"I don't know what went on so it is his word against yours not that he would deny it but what I do know is we gotta go it is pretty dangerous being out here at night what possessed you to come out here anyways you are being followed did you not realized that."
"I swear you all sound like a tape recording saying the same damn thing over and over again. I know it was stupid can we just go?"
"Yeah I don't see that happening anytime soon..."
They turn to see Howell and five of his men. Mercedes looked around as Howell moved closer to her.
"I personally want to thank her for being so stupid."
Santana moved closer to Brittany. "Ok I am don't scare easily but I am really scared now."
Howell smiled widely. "I want you four to come with me and don't try any funny business I got eyes all over this park."
The guys grabbed Mercedes but she pushed them away. Azimo walked over to her.
"You never learn do you?"
He smacked her across the face. Puck tried to run to her Karofsky grabbed him. Howell laughed.
"I want them gone and this time I mean it…you got me."
"Yea I got you."
As his men push the four of them into the van they pulled out the rope and tied their hands together and slammed the door. Brittany looked at Puck as the car started to move.
"Ok let's untie each other."
They faced each other's back and then begin to untie each other's hands. Once they are untied they untie Santana and Mercedes. Brittany tried to open the door.
"It's not gonna open without force I've seen these before they are kinda like the vans we use."
Puck looked at the door. Mercedes sat on the seat.
"This is too much now we really are gonna die."
Brittany sighed. "They are not gonna do anything look they left our phones we can call for help."
"Brittany far be it for me not to appreciate your skills as a police officer but don't you think you are being kinda naive about this situation. They left us in here but there is no way to get out…they tied us up but not tight at all…there is an underlining here."
Brittany threw her hands up. "Will you stop being so negative Mercedes dang you and Sam both always thinking the worse of things."
Puck moved to the other side of the vehicle.
"So what can we do?"
"I'll call for help get someone out here to help us…then we try to bust down through door."
Mercedes walked towards the door and saw they were on a dock.
Brittany pulled out his phone and dialed the office. Santana stepped behind Mercedes.
She looked at Brittany.
"Give me a second…this is detective Peirce connect me to Chief Sylvester."
"Brittany we are on a dock."
"Yea chief this is Brittany I am riding I think northeast off of Cleveland mass...no I'm not sure it's like our paddy wagon."
Mercedes grabbed the phone. And Santana turned Brittany to the window. Mercedes yelled into the phone.
"We are on a dock."
Brittany took the phone from Mercedes.
"We are in the mist of Lake Erie I am not sure what we are doing here…uh huh ok?"
Brittany hung up the phone as Santana, Puck and Mercedes stared out the window and saw the dock. Mercedes backs away from the door.
"Have I told you about my fear of open water?"
Puck looked at Mercedes.
"What are you talking about you swim all the time at the Rec?"
Santana sat next to Mercedes and held her shoulders.
"She has a fear of open water she once almost drowned."
"Well we aren't gonna go into the water so you don't need to panic."
Mercedes looked at Puck.
"And how do you know? He said kill them."
Brittany looked up.
"Yeah well his guys are dumb they left us with a cell phone they didn't tie us tightly…so we just have to wait it out until Sam and the Chief find us."
Mercedes looked around then stood up.
"I know what they are doing they are smart see they left us with our keys and our phones they didn't even really tie us up they are making it look like an accident they knew that you would unite us and call the chief so it looked like we were just taking a drive and lost control we drown it's an accident no one to blame."
Brittany pats her shoulder.
"Mercedes you watch too much TV."
The van comes to a stop.
"See I told you they are going to let us out now act natural Puck when they open the door we fight our way through."
They prepare to fight when the van began to rock then it speeds off the dock. They all fall backwards as the van splashes into Lake Erie.
"Ohmigosh I told you…we're gonna die we're gonna die."
Mercedes moved to the corner of the van. Brittany pushed the door.
"Look it won't budge we need to remain calm we gotta break the glass if we do that we can unlock the door and try to push our way out."
"Remain calm you remain calm we are gonna be shark food."
Santana hugged her. "Cedes there are no sharks in Lake Erie."
"Uh huh and next you gonna tell me there ain't no bears in the woods.
"Cedes we are going to break the glass and be done with it ok."
Santana stepped up.
"You and Puck hold me while I kick the glass with my heels."
They picked Santana up and she began to kick the glass. They put her down when the glass finally broke. Brittany looked at everyone.
"Hold your breath the water is rushing in fast once I open the door make a swim for it now I don't know what the van is resting on but we only have a few minutes before it tips over…Mercedes are you ready?"
"As ready as I'll ever be."
"Ok let's go."
Brittany pushed the door open with the help of Puck and Santana they all made a swim for it. Santana looked back at Mercedes and went and took her hand. As they swam up out the van Mercedes realized her foot was caught in one of the seats. She and Santana tried to pull her foot out but all Mercedes felt was pain. She looked at Santana and motioned for her to leave her. Santana shook her head. Mercedes looked her in the eyes and Santana realized that the only way to save Mercedes was to swim for shore. As Santana swam away Mercedes tried to pull her foot out and screamed in pain as she was surrounded by darkness.