Not What He Seems

Chad takes things too far in his efforts to torment Evie, Jay, Mal, Carlos, Doug, and even Ben, and they hatch a plan to get their revenge. But when something shocking and sad about Chad is revealed, they find themselves wanting to help him instead of hurt him. What will the VKs and their friends decide to do? Contains violence, depression, and talk of suicide throughout. (Entry for the "Battle of the Fandoms" competition in the OUAT/Disney category)

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4. Help

Chad felt so pathetic. He couldn't stop sobbing or quench the flow of tears that steadily rolled down his cheeks. He felt so vulnerable, and being in front of the people who hated him more than anything else in this world, was a pretty scary thing. But he couldn't help it; he just got so emotional when he talked about his brother. Derek had meant the world to Chad, and he lost him because of a few stupid choices he made. He faintly recognized Ben's strong arms wrap around him and pull him into a hug. Chad didn't return it, but clutched the front of Ben's shirt and buried his face in his shoulder, his entire body shaking. Ben held his friend close and let him cry onto his shoulder, his expression soft and understanding.

Jay's expression was blank as he stared at his fellow tourney teammate and worst enemy, a weird feeling in his chest. Is this what sympathy felt like? Or... guilt? His face fell and he stared down at his hands, ashamed of himself. His father, even being the villain he was, always taught him to never use something about a person against them. He had almost done just that, and now that person was a crying mess in front of him. Jay felt like he punching something, or screaming, but he couldn't. Maybe he would when he was alone.

"Chad, I'm so sorry. Is there anything we could do? Maybe we could use Evie's mirror..." Carlos' voice trailed off and he perked up, his mouth hanging open. "Evie's mirror! We could use Evie's mirror to find Derek!" Carlos said excitedly. Chad sniffed and lifted his head off of Ben's shoulder, his eyes red and swollen from crying. He looked at Carlos with a hesitant frown, and finally shook his head.

"No... No, I could never ask you guys to help me. Not after everything I've done to you. It wouldn't be right," Chad sighed, his fist releasing his grip on Ben's shirt as he sat up properly again. Carlos rolled his eyes and looked at Evie in a way that said, Come on girl, help a friend out here! Evie snickered softly and pulled her mirror out again. She gave Chad a warm smile and nodded in agreement to Carlos' idea.

"This would give you a chance to see him again. This has nothing to do with us Chad, it's about you and Derek. I know how much you want to see him again," Evie said, keeping that warm smile gracing her lips so that Chad could tell she wasn't messing with him. Chad's brow furrowed, but his eyes were filled with longing as Evie held out the mirror to him. He shook his head and pushed it away, sighing. Evie opened her mouth to protest and Chad put up a hand to stop her, his expression hard.

"No. I don't need your help. I'm sure that wherever Derek is right now, he's happy. He doesn't need me," Chad said with a sad smile. Discouraged, Evie stood up and put her hands on his hips, glaring at the stubborn jock in front of him. Chad glanced around nervously, folding his arms across his chest anxiously as the annoyed girl's glare didn't waver. Evie moved closer to him, enough to make Chad and the rest of the occupants of the room uncomfortable, and pushed the mirror towards him.

"You are going to let us help you whether you like it or not! Ugh, why do ll of you hero guys have to be so stubborn!" Evie huffed. Chad managed to smile sheepishly and shrugged, looking down at his hands in an almost shy way. Evie held the mirror out to him again, and this time he took it. He stared at the mirror, looking at the reflection of Derek's smiling, happy face. His fingers hovered over his brother's face, and he bit his lip, the longing returning in his eyes.

"If you don't do it for yourself, do it for Derek. I have a feeling he needs his older brother, no matter what you tell yourself or what he tells himself. So, will you let us help you?" Evie said with a hopeful smile. Chad's eyes were glued to his brother's reflection, and he gave a short nod.

"Yes. Please... help me."

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