Title: Three is the Number of Fate
Pairing: Diana/Adam/Cassie (including Diana/Cassie)
Word Count: 2660
Spoilers: Up to episode 6
Summary: Cassie and Adam may be destined to be together, but Fate never said Diana wasn't a part of it.
Disclaimer: The Secret Circle isn't mine, it belongs to LJ Smith and CW.
"What do you think of this dress?" Diana asked. It was close-fitting, pretty short and with a low neckline, but the brown colour gave it a sober enough look.
Cassie gave her an appreciative once-over. "I like it. If you wear it with those black high boots you've just bought, I can promise you that you are going to look super sexy!"
"Really? Do you think so?" Diana said with a pleased look.
"Oh, yes, and I'm sure Adam won't be able to resist you."
Diana gave a sigh.
"I'm sorry, I shouldn't have mentioned him."
"No, of course you can. I'm just a bit sensitive about it, that's all."
"You two should talk. There has to be something you can do."
"But that's the problem. Talking won't solve anything, he'll tell me he loves me, but that's just not enough. Not any more. He can't get you out of his head and there's nothing I can do about it."
"I wish I could help. I never wanted this. I don't like seeing you unhappy."
"Come on, retail therapy is good enough. And it's not like my father is going to complain I spend too much, he enjoys spoiling his baby girl."
Cassie suddenly looked sad. "My mother was the same. I guess it's a way of making up for the fact that we were raised by only one parent. I miss her so much. I'm close to my grandmother, especially now that we can talk about magic, but it's not the same."
"Oh, Cassie, you know I'm here for you," Diana said, giving her a hug. "I think we should have shopping sessions more often. It's not perfect but it helps, doesn't it?"
"I'm all for having girls' afternoons. We have to take good care of ourselves. And of each other," Cassie added with a smile.
Diana was holding the card in her hands:
Roses are red
Violets are blue
I should have said
How much I love you
She couldn't help smiling. There was even a drawing of roses and violets next to the few lines. She didn't know Adam could draw like this. She really appreciated the effort, but that didn't change the situation. When she thought of Adam's father telling her she should let him go, it hurt so much, but she knew it was true. She had ignored Adam's attraction to Cassie as long as possible, but she just couldn't do it any more.
She closed the door to her locker and headed for her next class, but she bumped into someone.
"Excuse me, I was distr... Adam?"
"Diana... the card... what should I do? I'm here for you. Just tell me what you need and I'll do it." He looked so eager, she almost felt the need to give in, to forget all their problems and to go back to him. He could be so adorable. But it was too late, they would never get back to the way they were before.
"I'm sorry, I don't know what to tell you."
"I'm trying, Diana, but you have to give me something I can work with."
"You think I don't know that? I can see your efforts, and it's making it all the more difficult to forget you. You should just stop. Listen, it was a lovely card, maybe a bit dorky coming from you, but still lovely..."
"What are you talking about? You're the one who left a card in my locker."
"I did not." They looked at each other and took their cards out of their bags. Adam held his to Diana:
I miss you so much. I wish we could be together, but you have to understand that I can't right now. I don't know what you can do about it. I don't even know if you can do something about it. I just feel so confused, but I still hope we can find a way to make things right.
"I didn't send you that, but I have a pretty good idea of who did it. It has to be Cassie."
"Maybe. I can see her doing that."
There was even a lipstick kiss mark at the bottom of the message.
"Hey, that's my colour! I can't believe she borrowed my lipstick... Actually, she might deserve points for that. But I'm sorry, Adam, I didn't write that, so don't get your hopes up."
"Diana, it doesn't matter. I'm not the one who wrote your card either, but it doesn't make it any less true. Maybe I didn't show you enough that I love you, but I do. I love you so much and I want to be with you."
"Please, stop, we're only wasting our time here. I'm not ready to have this conversation with you."
"Does that mean we could have it later?"
"I don't know, maybe, but I can't promise you anything."
"That'll have to do for now. Diana, we really need to take some time and talk about it. I don't want to lose you."
"I can't believe you did that. It was such a breach of privacy."
Cassie laughed and held onto Diana's arm. "Come on, Diana, you kind of enjoyed it, didn't you? I can see you're trying to hide your smile."
Diana rolled her eyes and smiled fully. "Okay, it was sweet, I can admit it, but what made you think it was a good idea?"
"I wanted to help and I didn't have any better plan. I thought at least it would get you to talk. Clearly, it worked on that account," Cassie said with a smug look.
"And where does that take us? Nowhere new."
A chilling sound resounded around them. Cassie jumped. "Did you hear that?"
"It must be the wind in the trees," Diana answered, but she didn't look reassured either.
"Did I tell you that Sally mentioned this part of the woods was haunted? Maybe we should have let Adam drive us home?"
"I really didn't feel like spending more time with Adam today. We're witches, we can deal with a ghost."
"If we can deal with a demon, we can deal with a ghost... except we didn't do so well with the demon," Cassie mumbled.
The temperature dropped suddenly and a dark shadow rushed towards them.
"Oh my God!" Cassie shouted.
It passed very close to them, and then back, and back again. Tree branches began shaking around them as if a storm was coming. They couldn't see the shadow anywhere, but they could feel it was near.
"Leave this place and rest in peace," Diana started. "Cassie, with me."
"Leave this place and rest in peace. Leave this place and rest in peace," they uttered in unison. Diana took Cassie's hand in her own and Cassie felt the power of the bound circle grow inside her. "Leave this place and rest in peace. Leave this place and rest in peace. Leave this place and rest in peace!"
Just like that, the place grew quiet again and they couldn't feel the spirit any more.
"Are you all right?" Diana asked.
"I'm just a bit shaken. I can't wait to be home."
"Yes, let's get away from here quickly. I'm not sure if we managed to get rid of it permanently or if it just ran away, and I'd rather not find out any time soon."
If they kept holding hands on their way back, nobody mentioned it.
Diana's text read: "I've found information on the poltergeist. Let's all meet at the house."
The message had been sent twenty minutes ago. Cassie was going to be late, but she had been cooking and she had forgotten her phone in her bedroom. As she was locking the door, Adam stopped his car in front of her house.
"Hey, Cassie! Do you need a lift?"
"Thank you. Maybe this way we won't be the last ones at the house."
Still, when Cassie said that, she didn't expect them to be the first ones to arrive. Even Diana didn't seem to be there, and yet there was slow music playing from somewhere. Cassie started worrying that something had happened to her.
"Oh, okay..." Adam muttered.
"What is it?" Cassie asked. "Where is Diana? And where are the others?"
"They're not coming, we're probably the only ones who received the message. I think this is payback time."
"What do you mean?" Adam's reaction was strange, but at least he didn't seem worried.
"That's one of Diana's favourite albums. Apparently, she's set us up on a date."
"What?" But if Cassie thought about it, it all made sense in a Diana way. She had broken up with Adam because she felt there was a connection between Adam and her, and now she was trying to get them together. While Cassie was trying to save Diana and Adam's relationship. That was some fierce competition they had going there... "So, what are we doing now?"
"Cassie, I like you... possibly more than I should, but I love Diana and I can't do that to her."
"Well, obviously. This is not what I meant. Diana is also my friend and I wouldn't do anything to hurt her. This is getting ridiculous, we have to find a solution."
"I just don't know what to do. She doesn't listen to me, and now, this!" He looked... not exactly defeated, but at least like he had just lost a battle.
"I'll find a way, trust me," Cassie replied.
"Your couch is very comfortable," Diana commented between two mouthfuls of popcorn.
"To be fair, it's my grandmother's. I'm just borrowing it for our movie night."
The girls were snuggled together under a large cover to fight off the winter cold. Diana had brought her favourite DVDs and had let Cassie choose the ones she wanted to see. Cassie had taken care of the food, which consisted mostly of pizza and popcorn. It might not have been very healthy, but it was comfort food and Diana probably needed it.
"Why did you try to get Adam and me alone in the house?"
"You know very well why, Cassie."
"So you've given up completely?"
"I don't want to, but I just don't see where this is going."
"There's a difference between not doing anything about it and actively going against it."
Diana laughed: "As if you haven't meddled in our business as well, with your nice little cards. If I can't be happy with Adam, you should be. There's no point in all of us being unhappy."
"But why would anyone have to be unhappy? There has to be something that can be done."
"Before your arrival, I thought my relationship with Adam worked. But you two gravitate towards each other, you can't help it. Maybe it was partly my fault, I was so dead set on binding the circle with you."
"That's it!" Cassie exclaimed.
"I think I've found our solution... I mean, you're probably not going to like it, it's a bit unusual, but we deal with the unusual on a daily basis, don't we?"
"What are you talking about, Cassie?"
Cassie sat even closer to Diana. "You said Adam and I gravitate towards each other, but it's only one way of seeing things. You focus on that part because of what Adam's father told you. But Diana, I think you care about me too. And I do care about you. We haven't known each other for long, but we always end up spending time together, not with Faye, not with Melissa. Well, of course with them as well, but it's not the same even if we're all part of the circle. Tell me if I'm wrong, Diana?"
"I don't... I'm not sure what you're trying to say."
Diana looked hesitant, but Cassie could feel she was starting to understand. She moved even closer to Diana, their faces barely apart now. "Tell me if this is not okay." She leant forward, pressing her lips against Diana's, at first slowly, and then with more pressure. Diana wasn't reacting, but she wasn't rejecting her either. "Diana?" She placed her hand on Diana's cheek, pressed their lips together once more, and then slowly slid her tongue inside her friend's mouth. Diana finally reacted and returned the kiss. It was like an electric current passing between them, like binding the circle again. Cassie pushed her body against Diana's. Diana's breasts felt big and soft against hers, her skin was warm and smelt good, and being in her arms felt just right.
"Meet us at the house. C&D" The text had been sent from Diana's phone, but Cassie could very well have borrowed it. In any case, Adam hoped that this wasn't another one of their traps. He just wanted to get back with Diana. He wasn't sure what there was between Cassie and him, but he wasn't going to abandon Diana, not that she was leaving him much choice in the matter for now.
Diana and Cassie were chatting on the couch when he arrived at the old house. Diana got up and walked up to him: "Adam, Cassie has a proposal to solve our little problem here."
"Diana, I love you, you just have to believe me!"
"I know that, but you can't deny that you're attracted to Cassie."
"No, don't say anything. Cassie has a solution where we can all be happy. I realise now that I was too focused on you and me, and on you and her, and I missed something very important. But it's going to be okay now. Cassie, will you come here, please?"
"Of course, Diana," Cassie replied with a mischievous look. She got up and joined them, taking Diana's hand in hers. "You see, Adam, you don't have to choose between the two of us."
Adam looked at them suspiciously: "Is this what this is about? You want me to choose? Because I thought I had made my choice clear. Diana, I want to be with you."
"Adam, don't be mean to Cassie. You two just can't stop looking at each other like lovesick puppies. It's not very nice to her to pretend it's not true. But Cassie made me realise that you're actually not the only one who's attracted to her."
Adam's jaw dropped when Diana started kissing Cassie in front of him. He was a guy, he couldn't say he didn't enjoy the show provided by the two beautiful young women, but he was also more than a little surprised.
After a minute, Diana broke her kiss with Cassie. She placed a hand on Adam's cheek, as if she was going to kiss him too, but at the last moment, she backed away and led him to Cassie. Cassie moved closer to him and he put an arm around her waist. Her body was supple against his. He leant towards her to give her a kiss. As soon as their lips met, he felt his magic rise inside him, and once they deepened the kiss, it began flowing into Cassie's. He hadn't expected it to feel this good.
"Incredible, isn't it?" He jumped at Diana's comment. "It looks like our magic is reacting to her. Or maybe to the three of us together? We should definitely test that."
He hoped he hadn't misunderstood what she was saying, but no, a few seconds later, Diana was in his arms, kissing him like they hadn't kissed in weeks, which was actually the case. It was so good to be with her again. And his magic was reacting to her as well, like it hadn't ever before. It felt simply wonderful.
"It's working," Diana said with a wink.
"Oh my God, you guys, did I miss a party? Why wasn't I invited?"
"Faye!" Adam exclaimed.
Diana and Cassie looked at each other and uttered at the same time: "Pillow!" It ended up right into Faye's face.