Undercover Love

Chapter 7

Mercedes looked at herself in the mirror and smiled. She was wear a red spaghetti strapped dress that hugged her in all the right places. Her hair cascaded over her shoulders in waves, her makeup was subtle and she wore black 4 inch heels to finish her look. Mercedes smiled in the mirror as Santana walked into the room.

"So what do you think?"

Santana smiled widely. "I think that dress is too hot to wear to a restaurant so that makes it perfect."

"You don't think it's too much."

"No it's your day...Sam's eyes are gonna pop out of his head…you do realize that you are really close to turning into me don't you?"

Mercedes walked over to her desk grabbing her diamond studs. "What are you talking about just because I am trying to look cute I am turning into you?"

"Girl I have never seen you looking in the mirror checking yourself out being all cutie cute pie over here you really like Sam don't you?"

"I just want to look good for him there is nothing more than that."

"Nope I really think that we are in love in love with Mr. Smith."

"Fine you win ok I am in love with Sam Smith but I can't help it Tana I know it's a little soon but I know he is the one. I love him he makes me happier than I have been in a long time I didn't want to fall for him, hell I tried everything in my power not to fall for him…I tried to make myself mad at him, convince myself he is no good for me but Santana I have finally fallen head over heels in love with this guy."

Santana pulled Mercedes into a hug and sighed. "Now that is something I have waited too long to hear and you were the one telling me you would never fall in love it was over rated and how you were the anti-love."

"I know isn't this crazy?"

"Well have you told him?"

Mercedes shook her head. "No…I don't know how."

"What do you mean you don't know how if you are in love with him you owe it to him and yourself to suck it up and tell him I mean what is the worse that could happen…ok don't answer that I still think you should tell him."

"What if he doesn't feel the same?"

"He will."

"How do you know?"

"I saw it in him like I saw it in you…Mercedes this guy has made you smile more, you are actually happy."

"Well I could say the same about Brittany."

"In I am not in love with her I am in like there is a big difference."

"Uh huh well if I fell I know you will fall hard for her…she told me that you two were talking and you told her that she and Sam were going to be our futures."

Santana crossed her arms over her chest "I said no such thing."

"Really?" Mercedes said cocking an eyebrow. "Because she was like when you were half sleep pretending to be awoke you said it."

Santana laughed. "Ok stop playing because I know you lying."

"No I am not she told me."

"Oh God…she's never gonna wanna be with me thinking I am some loser thinking about marriage after a few months."

Mercedes applied her lip gloss and smiled. "Tana she doesn't think that I have it on good knowledge that she is really liking you."

"Who told you that?"

"I cannot tell but what I can tell is that she really likes you."

"Hmmm."

"It's weird though I was talking to Brittany and I told her I really like Sam and she told me to hold on to that…that something was going to happen to test me and to just hold on to the fact that I am totally falling for Sam."

Santana shrugged. "Well its true isn't it I mean stuff happens and you just have to be prepared."

"Yeah well let me finish getting ready."

"Yeah I got to finish too I came up to tell you the guys were here."

"Ok well I will go keep them company or if you get done first you can."

"Ok…Cedes?" Santana said stopping at the door with a huge smile.

Mercedes looked up from her desk. "Yep."

"Happy birthday."

Mercedes smiled widely. "Thanks sis."


Puck walked up the stairs to Mercedes's apartment he had pink and red roses in his hand. He did a breath check as he rang the doorbell. He stepped back and frowned as he saw Sam open the door. They stared at each other and almost in unison they both blurted out.

"What are you doing here?"

Puck looked into the apartment.

"Where is Mercedes?"

Sam crossed his arms over his chest. "Why?"

Puck scoffed. "Well not like it is any of your business but I am here to give her the gift I got her."

Sam blocked his entrance.

"Oh how sweet but she is not available for you to see right now...so if I was you I would leave."

"If you were me you probably would...now move."

He pushed Sam aside and walked in just as Mercedes was walking down the stairs. Puck and Sam look at her and both their jaws dropped. Puck moved closer to her.

"You look so wow...umm these are for you happy birthday."

She walked down and over to Puck.

"Umm thank you Noah, but why are you here?"

"I just wanted to drop your gift off."

He handed her a box and she looked and Sam before she opened it. When she did open it, she saw a diamond necklace.

"Oh Noah this is so beautiful but I can't accept it."

Sam walked over to Mercedes's side and looked at Puck.

"There you did it now leave."

Puck rolled his eyes. "Mercedes can I talk to you in private please...it's really important."

Mercedes looked at Sam and then Puck.

"You have two minutes that's all I can spare."

They walk into the kitchen as Sam checks his watch and goes to sit next to Brittany on the couch.

"Who was at the door?"

"Puck."

"Oh."

"Yeah oh."

Puck walked towards her in the kitchen.

"I know you feel you can't take it because we are not together and I understand you have moved on and while it hurts I accept it...I was hoping we could make a trade."

"What do you mean a trade?"

"Do you remember that black ruby necklace I gave you?"

"Yeah I wear it all the time see."

She pulled the ruby from under her dress.

"I would like it back."

"But this was a gift from you to me you said it was a symbol of our love and friendship."

"Please understand that I hate doing this. But as I told you when I gave it to you, it belonged to my great grandmother down to my grandmother then to my mother. I wanted to keep it in the family and when we were together I thought we would be married but now that there is no hope I would like it back...it's the last piece to our relationship...please I need closure."

Mercedes looked down to the necklace. She loved it even though it was from Puck. But she knew what she had to do.

"Noah you didn't have to buy me a substitute necklace."

"I know but it is something I wanted to do...just to say you will always have a piece of my heart."

She reached behind her neck and released the clasps on her necklace. She handed it to Puck.

"Thank you Mercedes...you may have just saved both our lives."

"What does that mean?"

"Oh nothing I am going to let you and your new boyfriend enjoy your birthday…but I hope the offer on your friendship is still good…Mercedes we have known each other for a long time I don't wanna lose you as a friend too."

"Noah you will always have a friend in me."

He kissed her cheek then walked out of the room. Sam had just gotten to the door when he walked out. Puck walked past him but the tuned towards him.

"If you hurt her...I will kill you."

He walked out of the door. Sam saw Mercedes walking out of the kitchen rubbing her neck. Sam walked over to her.

"Did he hurt you?"

"What? No Noah wouldn't hurt me in anyway."

"Then what's wrong?"

"He um took back the black ruby...it just felt weird."

"Why it was his you should be glad you're done with him...I thought it was kinda weird he let you have it after the break up."

"No the weird part is when he said that I just saved both our lives...well any ways let me go get my coat and Santana so we can go to the restaurant."

"Ok."

As Mercedes walked up the stairs, Sam walked back over to Brittany.

"Hey Britt I have a question for you...how much are black ruby's worth."

"Umm I think a couple million."

"Wow that much."

"Yeah that's a lot of money."

"Don't drug dealers sometimes buy black rubies as a way to hold a large sum of money?"

"Well yeah like if they are trying to hide it from the cops, they buy things worth a lot of money to shave some of it off...why the interest you think that is what Puck did?"

"I think so and if it is then I know why Puck wanted Mercedes...I wonder if that's why he moved the drop to tonight?"

"Well if you want I can find out what you need to know I got Walter on standby."

"Can you call him?"

"Yeah give me 20 minutes…if they ask where I am tell them I needed some air."

"See that's why you're my best friend…do you want us to meet you are the restaurant?"

"Yeah right I wanna see how hot Santana looked in her outfit."

"Yeah I my eyes almost popped out when I saw Mercedes."

"Evans, do you know what you're doing Sampson went undercover just like you saved a girl's life had to watch her for a while fell in love with her."

"Oh really what happened to her then cause you know he's married."

"Yeah well that's his wife…been married 15 years actually, he told us the story today it was so beautiful, sad you missed it."

"Go see what you can find out ok and hurry up the girls will be down any minute…and your wrong it won't happen like that trust me I am in it for the promotion I have no feelings for her if any I feel sorry for her."

Brittany laughed. "Yeah right you can believe that if you want to but I am warning you just be on your guard a smart girl like Mercedes she can mess with your mind."

"How do you know?"

"I am tutoring her remember."

"Hurry up."

Brittany walked out the door. Ten minutes later she walked back in and saw Sam on the couch.

"They still aren't ready?"

"You women take forever."

"Oh shut up! Anyways, Well Walter told me that the black ruby is worth millions maybe even billions and in the wrong hands well you know the story."

Mercedes walked down the steps and Santana follows.

Brittany smiled. "Wow."

Santana walked over to Brittany.

"I thought you'd like this outfit."

Sam walked over to Mercedes.

"You look so beautiful tonight."

"You look very handsome yourself."

"Thank you."

Brittany walked over to Mercedes.

"I have a gift for the birthday girl."

"Brittany you should have."

They laughed as she opened it and smiled.

"Now normally I would hate a gift like this but it's perfect."

She held up the frame with a picture of her and Sam in it.

"I didn't know what to get you and that seemed perfect."

"Brittany you are awesome I love it and I know just where to put it."

She hugged her and walked to the fireplace and placed it with the picture of her mom and dad.

"Now we just need one of you and Santana and it will be complete."

Santana smiled and Mercedes grabbed her coat.

"Ok so shall we go?"

Sam walked over to her.

"Hey you think I am going to let Brittany out do me…here open my gift."

She opened the box and saw a diamond shaped topaz stone bracelet.

"Oh Sam this is so beautiful."

"Your beautiful…I only hoped it could do you justice."

"Thank you. I love it."

"Well I saw it I knew it was for you."

"Thank you so much its perfect." Mercedes hugged him rightly.

"You're welcome…now shall we go?"

"Yes just let me grab my wrap."

She handed it to Sam and he placed it on her shoulders. Mercedes smiled.

"Come on Tana you and Brittany can make out later."

Santana laughed as they walked out the door.


As they sat inside the intimate restaurant Mercedes laughed as she and Sam walked back to the table they had left Brittany and Santana on the dance floor. Sam looked at his watch.

"Somewhere more pressing to be Mr. Smith?"

"No place is better than this."

He leaned over and kissed her. Mercedes smiled widely accepting the kiss. She sighed leaning against him.

"Question."

"Answer."

"What separated me from the many girls I know you could have."

"What?"

"Why me…I mean I am short only 5'3…a little too big for most guys..."

"You are not fat."

"But I'm not skinny."

"I know your thick…in all the right placed."

"Answer the questions and stop the flattery."

"You stand out…when I first met you all I could think was I wanna get to know her better…you hold yourself up at this level I can't explain it…you made me want to get to know you by being you."

"Really."

"Yes really you made me realize that I want a real woman not a fake one all these other girls don't appeal to me like you do."

"You got another kiss for me?"

"Of course."

He leaned in and kissed her. He pulled back and looked into her eyes. He looked away.

"Mercedes could you excuse me for a second I need to visit the little boys room."

She laughed as he got up and left. Mercedes looked on the table and saw Sam left his phone. As his phone began to ring, she looked around for Sam and when she saw he was not coming back soon she picked up.

"Hello."

"Whoa who is this?"

Mercedes was immediately annoyed with the woman on the other end of the line. "Who is this?"

"I asked you first."

"Don't call my boyfriend's phone with an attitude."

"Your boyfriend? I don't know who this is but Sam Evans is mine."

"Who? This is Sam Smiths phone?"

"Wait…this is Quinn Sam Evans girlfriend. I could have sworn I dialed the right number. I am sorry. I haven't heard for him in a while and he and his partner Brittany are working this case…and I am totally blabbing to a stranger."

Mercedes glanced over to Brittany.

"Brittany Pierce, the Detective?"

"Yeah you know them?"

"I know Brittany… So your boyfriend is Sam Evans?"

"Yeah. I am so sorry I was snotty towards you I just thought for a minute he was cheating on me again."

"Oh that's ok."

"Bye."

"Bye."

Mercedes hung up the phone.

"Cheating again?"

She looked in the incoming calls, and saw Quinn's name. She looked at the rest of the numbers and saw Puck's number. And a number for a man named Howell.

"What the-"

She went through his picture files and started to look at his pictures after about three of a car that looked like Puck's she saw a picture of her and Puck at the movie theaters. A few minutes later Sam returned back to the table.

"Hey you wanna dance again we can't have Brittany and Santana show us up…uh what's wrong?"

She glared at him then stood up and tossed the phone towards him.

"Who is Quinn?"

"What?" Sam says caught off guard. He glanced down and realized he left his real phone at the t able. "Shit." He mumbled under his breath.

"What hmm…he says what well let me ask the question again?"

She stepped closer to him.

"Who the hell is Quinn?"

"What are you talking about? You went through my phone?"

"No see it's really a funny story really a girl named Quinn called for Sam Evans...I told her she had the wrong number...the funny thing is her name popped up. How do you know Sam Evans but more importantly why is there a picture of Puck and me at the theater? You told me you were running late?"

"I can explain Mercedes."

"Then please do…because I am confused I mean Brittany has called you Evans a couple of times…you seem to know exactly what to say and when to say it and oh yeah you have a gun."

Sam crossed his arms over his chest. "And how do you figure that."

"I told you my dad was a cop I saw your ankle holster this afternoon now tell me what is going on."

Sam looked around. Santana and Brittany had just walked back to the table.

Santana walked over to her. "Mercy what's wrong?"

"I am waiting for an answer from Sam...or do you prefer to be called Evans?"

Santana looked from Mercedes to Sam.

"What is going on here?"

Sam looked at her.

"Fine you want the truth yes I am Sam Evans."

"What?"

She fell back into the chair feeling like she was just punched in the chest. Santana looked from Brittany to Sam.

"Sam Evans your partner."

"Yeah one in the same."

"I am Sam Evans...Sam Smith is my alias...I am an undercover Detective I joined the force right out of high school...I have been following Noah Puckerman for some time now...4 years to be exact. We have been following him in connection with certain cases."

"And that also means that you have been watching me too."

"Well I had to watch you while you were dating him...but once you stopped...I stopped...but once he got interested again I needed to know why."

"But you have been my tutor for a year. I hadn't talked to Puck until our date."

"A source told us he would be contacting you so I had to get in."

"So it's not a coincidence that you asked me out the night I saw him. You knew he would be there. You set me up."

Sam sighed. "I just wanted to move things along."

"Did it ever occur to you that maybe I didn't want to see him?"

"I'm sorry."

"Sorry?" Mercedes laughed. "So all this time and the dates the tutoring…you and Brittany."

Sam ran his hands through his hair. "Is a lie I didn't go to college I haven't even been tutoring you...Brittany has…but we are friends everything about us I told you about us is true though..."

Santana stood up and stared at Brittany.

"Is this true…you guys have been using us?"

Mercedes stood up and got into Sam's face.

"So everything...all the words...and the kisses...the gifts they are all a lie."

She removed the bracelet and Sam shoved his hands in his pockets.

"Wait Mercedes I had to...Puck is involved with a drug ring and I had to find out how and why. And if you were too."

"If I was too? Are you kidding me? You actually thought I was mixed up in whatever Noah was."

"Mercedes we didn't mean to assume the worse or hurt you we had to it was our assignment we had to do it."

"So using me was your assignment…it was your job?"

"Yes and I know that it was wrong but I had to."

She picked up her glass of water and splashed it in his face.

"You are a coward and a liar. You used me for a job? I trusted you. I loved you and you were using me the whole time. What you go out with me kiss me make me feel loved and wanted then run home to your little blond skinny ass girlfriend and laugh because you got the big girl to fall for you? Yes that's right I saw her picture too. I shouldn't be surprised that's your girl, that is who you are right and I was just an assignment."

"Mercy."

She threw the bracelet at him.

"You stay the hell away from me...if you ever come near me again I will have you arrested cop or not."

She walked out the restaurant and towards the parking lot. He followed her. Santana looked at Brittany.

"How could you?"

"Tana I went out with you because I liked you it had nothing to do with anything other than that."

She slapped her.

"You are just as bad as he is how could you lie like that…I told you stuff I never…you stay the hell away from me."

"Tana."

"I mean it."

She grabbed her coat and walked out.

Sam grabbed Mercedes's arm.

"You didn't drive."

"Let me go."

"Mercedes wait."

"No you wait I said leave me alone."

"Mercedes listen to me you might be in danger."

"Why don't you listen…I have had it up to here with you men who prey on girls for your twisted enjoyment I know that you don't have to date your assignments all you wanted was to get some…I am through you come near me you even breath my air within 20 Evans and I will personally kick your ass myself how's that."

"Mercedes how about we go back in and talk about this."

"Screw you."

She walked back towards Santana's car. She saw Santana walking toward her.

"Cedes are you ready to go I have had enough of this."

"Yeah let's go my birthday is already ruined."

"But Mercedes I can explain it all."

"Whatever I don't want to hear it I have nothing to say to you."

As she tried to get into the car he grabbed her arm. She took his arm and twisted it then flipped him on his back.

"I told you don't touch me."

She got into the car and they drove off. Sam laid on the ground for a moment. As he got up Brittany looked over at him.

"Dude what happened?"

"She flipped me a girl 5'3 flipped me and I am well over 6ft."

"Yeah first off she is a woman and second I think she was pissed."

"Ya think."

"So how are we gonna fix this."

"I have no idea."


As Santana walked into the house, Mercedes stared at the sky. How could this happen all this everything a lie? She walked in the house and headed to her room. She grabbed her favorite bear Mr. Snuggles and began to cry. Santana walked in after her.

"Mercy lets go."

"Where?"

"Matt and I are going to a party."

"You don't even care that Brittany screwed you do you?"

"I don't worry about guys or girls I told you I always have a plan B."

Mercedes scoffed. "A plan B are you kidding me?"

"Ok so it sucked I really liked her but I am not gonna go and cry over some pussy…so let's go."

Mercedes shook her head. "You go and have a good time ok."

"Cedes."

"Tana I am not really in the mood to go out and I don't like Matt."

"It's your birthday you need to have fun."

"I can't."

"Why not."

"Because."

"Because what."

Mercedes sat up angrily. "Because I was right about everything…I told you that I didn't want to fall for him but you convinced me to talk to him…I fell in love with a lie…do you know how stupid I feel right now. How stupid I must be to have fallen in love with a lie. I had a gut feeling and once again I listened to you and got screwed."

"Once again."

"Remember in the first grade when you convinced me that those pills were candy and we got rushed to the hospital I told you that they didn't look like candy but no were convinced they were candy."

Santana rolled her eyes. "Wow one time."

"You would think that but let's think of something more recent shall we I told you that Dave and Azimo were bad news you convinced me I was wrong and what happened we ended up at the police office trying to explain to my dad that it wasn't our fault and we weren't drinking."

"Just because you got screwed by Sam doesn't give you the right to take out your anger on me?"

"Oh come on you were just as hurt by Brittany don't you dare tell me you don't have any feelings for her cause I know you do and going out with Matt will only make you feel worse."

"You don't know what you are talking about. Brittany may have been cute but that is it. And you know I don't stick with one person anyways. I have to test the field see what is out there. So I want you to fix your face and come with us."

"Santana what part of I am not going anywhere with you don't you understand?"

"I don't know what your damage is Cedes but you need to calm down."

"Santana I know that you were falling for Brittany and the only reason you are going out with Matt is to make yourself feel better cause you don't want to feel hurt well deal with it we were screwed ok and it is all your fault."

Santana laughed walking to the door. "It is not my fault that you fell in love with him I just told you to take a chance at love and you did and you will not keep targeting me for trying to be a good sister."

"A good sister? Do you know how I feel right now? No? Well let me tell you. I feel like my heart will never heal again. Like all I want to do is crawl under a rock. My feelings were real and his were fake. I told you what would happen and you just made things worse. Go ahead Cedes. Trust me. What a load of crap. And as for me targeting you. Well get out my room so I won't have a target."

"Mercedes." Santana felt a shock hit her heart and her eyes welled up at the comment. Mercedes rolled her eyes.

"What? it's your fault I was ready to move on away from him I didn't want to fall for him I told you that but no you told me to stay with him he may be the one."

"Sorry for caring next time I will just keep my mouth shut."

"Now that would be helping me."

Santana looked at her then stormed out the room and slammed the door. Mercedes looked at the door and was tempted to go after her but just sat on her bed as her tears filled eyes closed. She laid on the bed and cried herself to sleep.


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