The phone slipped out of my hand and hit the ground as I registered what they told me. This wasn't happening. It couldn't. They said I had a week.....

Ever felt like your world was crashing down on you? That's how I felt in that moment. Helpless, hopeless, and a little scared as my world came crashing down around me. Even though I knew it would be happening, I wasn't prepared. I don't think I would ever be prepared.

My thoughts went straight to Brooke and Liam. I had to tell them. I had no idea how they would react to this, but I had to tell them.

I decided to tell Liam first, as Brooke was with Josh, and I didn't want to ruin their date.

Ignoring my phone, I ran as quick as I could back to the house. I burst into the house and looked around.

"Liam!" I yelled. "Liam, I need to talk to you!"

"Hayley?" Liam asked, coming down the stairs. "I didn't think you'd be back."

I looked at him. His hair was ruffled like he'd been running his hands through it. He looked like he'd been really stressed out.

"I know," I said. "Liam, we have a problem."

"Look, I know I shouldn't have done that-" Liam started.

"Liam, the date was moved up to tomorrow," I said quickly. "The mating date is tomorrow."

Liam's face fell. "What?"

I took a shaky breath and sat down, burying my head into my hands. "Drew called me. Apparently Tristan and Jackson have been talking, and they agreed the sooner they make the alliance the better. And Tyler had been getting restless, so they moved up the date."

"Oh my god," Liam said, sitting next to me.

"I know. Now I have no idea what to do, and I hate it. I don't want to do this, Li."

"Then don't," he said. "I'm gonna kill Tyler for this, along with Tristan and Jackson. They can't force you to do this."

I grabbed his arm to keep him from moving. "No, don't. No matter what, Tristan did order me to do this. Even though is commands don't have an effect on me, I can't leave the territory when he has ordered me to do something. Even if we do run, they'll stop us once we reach the border. Face it, we're stuck."

Liam sighed, and I slipped my hand into his. I leaned my head on his shoulder, and closed my eyes.

"How'd we end up like this?" I asked. "Everything used to be so simple. We lived here, Tristan lived there, and we left each other alone. Now, we're in this mess."

"I don't know, Hales," he said. "I guess being werewolves always causes trouble."

"If I would have known that, I would never have signed up for this gig."

Liam laughed slightly. "We didn't have a choice, Evans."

I managed a smile. "Screw them, we always have a choice, James."

Liam laughed. "That's my girl."

We sat there for a while, holding hands and me leaning against him. We didn't talk about the kiss or anything going on between us. We just sat there, thinking.

It was nice, surprisingly. I never thought that sitting in silence with a person you're closest with would actually help. I guess you really do learn something everyday.

Brooke came home and saw us sitting there. She looked at us, but didn't say anything. Instead, she went and sat down by me, leaning against me. I held her hand with my free hand, and we just sat there.

I couldn't help but laugh slightly at the irony that the three of us were together still after so much has happened.

"What's so funny?" Liam asked.

"Just that we're still together after all these years, and one of us is about to become a Luna. Not to mention that we're mostly likely about to be seperated, and we're here, holding on to each other," I said. "It's just funny to me."

Brooke laughed also. "I see where you're coming from. This is, like, a milestone in our history. 'From beginning to end, the Trio still holds on to each other, even in the end of times'. How's that for an intro."

We all laughed. It was a sad moment, but it was also sweet. Bittersweet was the best word to describe that moment.

Brooke sat up and looked at me. "I have an idea."

"And that is?" I asked, looking at her.

She grinned. "One last prank. Last time we'll be able to do something like this, we might as well take advantage of this."

"Go on," I said.

She grinned evilly. "What do you say we get a little revenge?"

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"Hurry up," I hissed at Brooke. "We only have five minutes until he comes back!"

"Hold on," Brooke hissed back. "It's harder to pick a lock than it seems!"

"Pick it faster!"

I heard a click as the lock turned. "There, we're in!"

"Yes!" I cheered quietly.

We crept into the bedroom and grabbed the mattress.

"You got it?" I mouthed. Thank god for werewolf eyesight, otherwise she wouldn't have been able to see me.

She nodded, and we lifted up the mattress carefully. We carried it out the door and put it in the back of the pickup truck. We got into the car and drove off.

"I can't believe we haven't done this before," I said.

"I know right. And we're just now thinking of it!" Brooke agreed.

We laughed and checked our reflections. We were both dressed in black jumpsuits and jackets with our hair tied up in ponytails and black boots.

"We're here!" Brooke announced.

I clapped in glee, and we got out of the car. We carried the mattress, giggling like mad.

"Ready?" I asked.

"Yep," Brooke said. "On three. One. Two. Three!"

We pushed the mattress into the lake and watched as it floated off.

Brooke and I giggled and high-fived.

"Best idea ever!" Brooke said.

I laughed. "Payback's a bitch. See ya later, Kelly."

We got in the truck and drove back home. We were laughing the whole way, and we ran into the house to get food.

"Hey," Liam said.

"Whatcha doin'?" Josh asked, raising an eyebrow at us. He and Liam were playing video games and being guys.

"Nothing," Brooke said.

"Just got awesome revenge on Kelly," I said. "It was brilliant!"

"I'm sure it was," Josh said, kissing Brooke.

Liam grinned and checked the time. "It's getting late. We better get some sleep."

"Yeah," we said, then the mood darkened again.

We were all upset about tomorrow, and we were dreading it. Josh left, and we all went to bed.

I laid in my bed, staring at the ceiling. Tomorrow I was to be mated to Tyler to form an alliance and will be forced to leave my old life behind. It couldn't get any worse.

A/N: hey guys!!! Here's an update, as promised!! Pic on the side is Tyler and the video is the song that kinda describes the mood during the chapter! Comment and vote if you enjoyed!!! Until next time, my minions!!! I luv you all!!!

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