A/N: This chapter is entirely a flashback. It's set back before Ade was sent away, up to her departure. It's a bit spotty, but that's because I wanted to fit all the scenes in. There are more that I wanted, but this is what I got. The other flashbacks will just have to come in other chapters.
Disclaimer: Nope, still don't own anything. Just the thoughts in my mind, but those aren't worth much.
Ade was slammed against the wall. She'd have a bruise in the morning. Lifted up off her feet, her legs instinctively wrapped around his waist as Jason pressed himself against her, hands gripping at her hips (which would only lead to more bruises) and nails digging into her soft flesh. A moan escaped her lips as he rubbed himself against her, lifting her away from the brick wall of the DiLaurentis house's kitchen and holding her up with nothing but his own strength.
Pushing her up onto the countertops, Jason smiled at her as he parted from her lips for only a second before attacking at her neck. Reaching up, Ade tangled her fingers in his hair and pulled hard as he continued to grind his hips into her.
"You do know people eat off of those right?"
Ade rolled her eyes as she looked over to see Alison leaning against the door frame, arms crossed with a condescending look on her face, not to say that that was anything unusual.
"Piss off Alison." Jason waved her off, turning back to Ade and leaning in again.
"Sorry, I live here."
"Apology not accepted." Ade quipped, sighing inwardly and sitting up on the countertop. "Don't you have somewhere else to be? Like, I don't know, brainwashing my sister and her friends?"
"They're my friends. Not hers. None of them would even know each other if it wasn't for me. And even I need a break from them sometimes."
Ade tensed. She and her sister may not have been the tightest of friends, but Aria was still her sister.
"Ali, shut up." Jason snapped, before turning back to Ade and resting his forehead against hers. "We should probably go. The guys are probably waiting for us."
Ade smirked. "Well, they can wait a little bit longer." She kissed him, and felt him chuckle against her lips as he picked her up and carried her upstairs. They wouldn't be leaving the DiLaurentis house for at least another hour.
"How long do you think you're going to be able to get away with this?" Ade sat outside in the courtyard at Rosewood High, her peace interrupted as her sister sat down beside her and tugged one of her headphones from her ears.
"Might be easier to answer if I knew what you were talking about." She rose a brow at her twin, a smirk playing at her lips.
"You know exactly what I'm talking about. You and Jason. The drugs. Ok, I know about it, and sooner or later, you know Mom and Dad are going to find out."
"Is that a threat?"
"No. I just...I'm worried about you, ok?"
"Maybe you should be the one people worry about Aria. I mean, look who you keep as a friend."
"This is not about Ali."
"Well, maybe it should be." Ade's phone buzzed and she looked down, a smile crossing her lips. Looking back up at Aria, she rolled her eyes.
"Whatever...I gotta go." Standing to her feet, Adriana grabbed her bag and walked off, making her way out to the front drive where Jason was driving up and waiting for her.
Jumping in the car, Ade ignored all the stares from the rest of the student body and sat back as Jason grinned and drove off.
Sitting atop the counter-top in one of the lesser known bars just outside Rosewood, Jason leaned against her legs as their group laughed and talked the night away.
When the joint that was being passed around got to her, she took a deep breath, closing her eyes and letting the smoke fill her lungs. Jason ran a hand up her bare leg and she smiled, not looking down just yet. Instead she just felt. And oh god the way he made her feel.
"So, Jason, you gonna share the little girl anytime soon?" One of Jason's buddies grinned at her as she grabbed a can of whipped cream that had been sitting behind the bar.
"Not likely." Though Jason had a smile on his lips and a playful sound in his voice, no one could miss how defensive he got at the comment, and the underlying warning in his words.
"And what if she wants to be shared?" Another one spoke. This time, it was Ade's turn to respond.
"Have any of you looked in a mirror lately? Probably not gonna happen."
"What? You head over heels for Pretty Boy?"
"He's prettier than you." Jason barked with laughter as some of the guys around them cheered. Ade put a little whipped cream on her finger before sucking it off, noticing Jason leaning his head back and looking at her.
"Wanna taste?" She smirked as she leaned down and squirted some into his mouth before capturing his lips with hers and letting her tongue glide across his. It was sweet, and the feelings it sent down her spine were intoxicating, even more so than the booze and smoke the group had been drowning themselves in all night. The boys around them cheered, and Ade smiled.
ONE MONTH LATER (during which the big secret happens)
Sitting outside the school, Ade knew she should be in class, but she just couldn't bring herself to go. It just didn't seem worth it. Not that it really had before, but at least she'd gone enough to keep it off her parent's radar. Now, she just didn't care.
"Skipping again? You know, sooner or later, somebody's gonna find out."
"Are you gonna tell them?" She didn't look up. She knew who was talking.
"Why would I do that?" Ade could almost feel Alison's smirk. She just rolled her eyes.
"What do you want Alison?" Looking up, Ade blinked away the tears that were threatening to spill from her eyes.
"I haven't seen you around the house lately. Or my brother, for that matter."
"What do you want?" She repeated, this time harsher than before.
"Just to talk. Did something happen?" "Just to talk" my ass. Looking at the blonde, Ade for the first time actually felt disarmed by the look in her eyes. It almost seemed like she knew something, something she shouldn't.
"Why me? Don't try to act like you're suddenly interested in me, Alison. We both know it's not true."
"Maybe I've always been interested in you. It was just a bit hard given your...relationship with my brother."
Ade rolled her eyes again, not wanting to listen to anything she said, but she couldn't hide the fact that at that moment, she was vulnerable. More so than she had ever been when it came to Alison, and at the comment about Jason, Ade visibly shrank back. That was a subject she didn't particularly want to touch.
"Bullshit. You've never given a damn about me."
"Maybe not as much before, but...I can tell you're hurting, even if I don't know why." Really? You can tell? Well that must mean you have eyes! Ade bit back the sarcasm, part of her not even feeling up to it.
"And you are Aria's sister. I know she's worried about you, and I care about her. Thereby extension, I sort of have to care about you too."
Ade didn't say anything. It wasn't that she believed anything the girl was saying, she just couldn't bring herself to fire any retorts.
Though, she did flinch when Ali put a hand on her own. It might have been meant to be comforting, but in reality it was just creepy.
"I hate seeing you like this."
She couldn't do it. She just couldn't. There were times when Adriana could pretend to be at least civil towards Alison DiLaurentis, for her sister's sake, but this wasn't one of them. Ripping her hand away from the girl's, Ade jumped to the ground and looked her in the eye.
With that, she left, walking off campus and straight into town, not caring as to whether or not her parents or anyone else might see her.
Then, she saw him. Jason. He was sitting on a bench, looking down at his hands. Seeming to sense her presence, he looked up, and their eyes met. She wanted to talk to him. She did. She just didn't know what to say. She hadn't meant for them to drift apart so much, but they had. She wanted to change that, but how could she? After what had happened? A few nights of drug sex wasn't going to be able to fix this. Ade wasn't sure anything would. Maybe their...thing had just run its course.
That was a lie. She knew it was, but there was nothing to be done about it, so, closing her eyes to hold herself steady, she turned on her heel and walked off in the other direction.
"You should have seen the way Jenna was acting today. She was practically throwing herself at all the guys on the field hockey team. I bet she's done them all. Each and every one. Probably at the same time. I wouldn't be surprised if..."
Ade wasn't listening. She was just sitting there, picking at the grass. Alison just kept pulling her along, and she'd enlisted Aria to do the same. Nowadays, Ade could barely go anywhere without the five of them popping up somewhere.
The sound of a door slamming caused her to jump to attention, her head snapping up as she saw Jason storming out of the house. She'd barely seen him at all within the last few weeks, but she certainly hadn't expected this. A dark purple bruise covered one of his eyes, his lip was split, and his knuckles were scraped. He stopped upon seeing her, noting the shock in her eyes. Looking out at the group she was currently sitting with, he visibly ground his teeth and walked off.
"Wow. Angry much?" Alison broke the silence, causing a fire to ignite within Ade that she couldn't ignore.
"God you're a bitch." She didn't have to look to know that every one of the girl's jaws had hit the floor. All except Ali, who just looked at her with a mix of well-disguised shock and anger.
Turning to her, Ade glared back, and the look in her eyes, some could debate, was far worse than what Alison was giving off.
"He's your brother. He comes out looking like he was just run over by a bus and you don't even care! What would you do if one of them looked like that?" She motioned to the girls. "Would you even bother to ask if they were ok? I know you wouldn't for me, and I wouldn't want you to. You put yourself on this giant pedestal, telling everyone what to do, and you expect them all to just fall in line behind you, to jump when you say jump and dance when you say dance. You. Are. A bitch, Alison. You always have been, and you always will be. You actually think it's fun to get inside people's heads and learn all their secrets. Is it because you know they wouldn't care about you if you didn't have something on them? You blackmail people into being your friend and make them think it's love."
Ali interrupted her. "I don't have to blackmail people into liking me. I don't have to fuck them either."
"Ali!" Ade's head snapped to her sister, surprise written clear on her face. Had she just spoken out for her? And not Alison? A ghost of a smile flashed at her lips, but disappeared just as quickly. Standing to her feet, Ade glared down at the girl, who just sat there smiling.
"Go fuck yourself Alison."
Even behind the smirk, Adriana could see it. Alison wasn't used to anyone talking to her like that, to someone taking away her power, even for a second.
She didn't wait for a reply. She just walked off, turning her back to Alison, Aria, and the utterly shocked faces of Hanna, Spencer, and Emily.
The next day, no one saw Adriana, and the sun was already setting by the time she walked through the front door of her home, however she stopped when she saw her parents, sitting in the living room, glaring at her. On the table...Oh god no. Please, no.
The stash of blunts and her lighter were laying there, along with her pipe. Next to them was a piece of paper.
The tension in the air was thick. Ade could feel her world crashing down around her. "I thought we'd raised you better than this."
"No. You don't get to speak. How long did you think you could hide this from us! No, how long has this been going on? We've always taught you to be independent, but this?" Her dad yelled, his voice hard with anger. They were furious.
They just kept yelling, and Ade retreated into her mind, not wanting to hear it. She couldn't handle this. But how had they found out? From where she stood, she looked at the paper. From what she could tell, it was a letter.
No, she wouldn't...
Had she really gone that far just for revenge? Had she really told Ade's parents just because she'd had the nerve to call her out in front of her followers?
Silence passed over the room, before Adriana's mother spoke, her voice stiff and emanating disappointment. "Go to your room. Now."
She looked at them, tears pooling in her eyes, before she ran up the stairs. She slammed the door to her room and threw herself on the bed. Letting the tears fall for however long before she sat up, pulling her knees into her chest. She was losing everything all at once and she just wasn't strong enough to handle this. She wasn't.
Hearing the loud voices of her parents, she moved to stand by the door, opening it and listening to them. Her mother's voice was the first one she heard.
"How could we not have seen this? Ok, our daughter has been doing drugs for god knows how long!" The confusion and disappointment were clear in her voice. It was like a stab through the chest.
"What do you want me to do Ella? I just found out too!"
"What are we going to do?" This time her mother sounded almost scared. Ade held back the tears.
"Maybe we should send her somewhere? Ok, getting out of this town for a while may do her some good."
And there it was. They were going to send her away. She felt like she was breaking on the inside. She leaned her head against the door frame, closing her eyes and wishing all this had just been some big nightmare, and not just this day, but every day since for at least a month and a half. She just wished everything could go back to how it used to be.
Opening her eyes, she saw her sister, standing a few feet away.
"Guess you were right." She said, her voice broken. Turning, she moved back into her room, climbing up on top of her bed again and hugging her knees to her chest.
Aria followed, sitting beside her. "I didn't want to be."
"You should be proud. I mean it was your friend who told them."
"Oh come on Aria? Did you really think Alison was just going to let me pass after saying what I did? I spoke the truth so she just had to get even."
"Why would you think Ali did this?"
"Please...who else would have sent them that letter?"
"Don't. Don't you dare." She looked up at her sister, warning flashing in her eyes.
"What you think they're gonna do?"
"I don't know. That's what scares me."
"I'm gonna try to talk to them. Ok, they can't send you away."
"Yes they can. I don't think there's any coming back from this one." She looked at her, a tear slipping down her cheek.
Aria sat with her for a while after that. They didn't speak, they just sat there, letting the silence surround them.
Later that night, Ade walked into Mike's room. He looked up at her with sad eyes as she plopped down next to him.
"Are they still fighting?"
"Yeah...Yeah, they are."
"Are they gonna send you away?"
She choked back her tears. "I don't know, Mike. I honestly don't know."
After that, they just lay there, watching TV. Before long, Aria brought three bowls of food in and they ate together. Tonight was not the night for a big family meal at the dinner table.
Sitting up, Ade stiffened with fear. She made her way downstairs slowly, coming to see the faces of her parents sitting at the kitchen table. They looked tired. They must have been up all night.
And it was all because of her.
She sat, not saying a word.
"We've been talking, and...we think it would be best if you got out of Rosewood for a while. There's a school in England, and we've already spoken to the principal."
England? They were sending her to England? Not that she didn't love the country, because she did. She was all for the double-decker buses, the telephone boxes, and the fish and chips, but England?!
She still didn't speak. She didn't dare.
"You'll need to pack your things. We'll talk to Aria and Mike, and tell them what's going on, and we've already spoken to the school."
They didn't even sound mad anymore. They didn't sound anything. They were blank. They had given up.
"We're doing this for your own good."
She nodded, and all but ran back upstairs.
It only took a few days for everything to be put in order. So, that Saturday morning, Ade stood outside, putting her suitcases in the back of her father's car. Closing the lid, she turned and almost smiled. Emily, Hanna, and Spencer were all walking up. But then, there was Alison. What was she doing here? Had she come to gloat on her victory?
Emily was the first to speak. "I can't believe you're leaving." She hugged her. It was weird. They hadn't really been friends, and yet here she was, hugging her and almost in tears. Spencer hugged her too, as did Hanna. But when Ade came to Alison, she stopped. The other girls had gone to talk to Aria, leaving the two alone. "Looks like you got what you wanted."
The girl smirked. "I always do."
As Adriana's parents passed, Alison put on a sad smile. "I just can't believe you're leaving, after we were finally becoming friends."
However, Ade wasn't about to pretend. It wasn't worth it. "We were never friends."
She saw the way her parents looked at her after she spoke. But what more harm could she do?
"Wait!" A voice shouted, and Adriana turned. Toby.
He ran up and hugged her. "I had to say goodbye."
"I would have killed you if you didn't." The boy gave a sad laugh.
"Don't worry, ok? We'll talk everyday. You'll end up getting sick of me."
"Of you? Never."t
"Time to go." Ade's mother said, breaking up the moment between Ade and one of her only remaining friends. Toby had been there during the time after her drifting apart from Jason. He'd been one of the only people to keep her going.
Hugging her friend one last time, Ade didn't miss the way Alison seemed to scoff at the sight.
Aria and Mike both got in the car, and in the end, so did Ade. The drive to the airport was long, and silent. No one spoke.
The goodbyes at the terminal had been just as long, if not longer, than the ones at the house. Just as she turned to go through security, Ade turned back to Aria.
"Tell Jason..." She paused. What did she want to tell him? What could she tell him?
Shaking her head, she swallowed a sigh. "Nevermind."
Yay! That was fun to write, seriously. I liked this chapter. I think it really gives insight into Ade as a character. And I was still sneaky and didn't let you know what the big secret was. But hey, here's a challenge. Either go on the tumblr, damaged-fanfiction, and tell me what you think the secret is, or tell me in a review on here. First 7 people to guess right get shoutouts (I just really like the number seven. Harry Potter reference anyone?) So...yeah! Oh, and I'm working on the first chapter for the John Mitchel fic, so that should be up soon if you're into Being Human (UK). But...yay for stuffs!