|Intimacy Level:||One Sided Crush|
Trae takes Zachary under his wing in The Devil's Protégé and helps him defend himself from The Jocks, who ostracized him on the football team. Despite his first judgment of Zachary in the beginning, he offers him an exclusive spot in the Savages. Zachary relies on Trae's assistance after discovering his bullies Brian and Vik in a compromising position. Trae helps him put people's drama into the light, but the plan backfires when a video of Brian and Vik is exposed. Trae tries to protect Zachary and himself from being accused of the video scandal, but Zachary blames Trae for putting him in that predicament. Later, he apologizes to Trae for immediately blaming him, while secretly tackling romantic feelings for Trae, who isn't exactly aware of his crush. Zachary gives Trae the silent treatment after catching him and Joe kissing each other outside of the Oregon nightclub. Trae is confused by Zachary's attitude, until the two later reconcile. Despite being grounded, Trae sneaks out to Zachary's home only to help him with his panic episode. The two later kiss each other. In the season finale, Trae leads The Savages in a big riot at the school, but Trae is shot down by a police officer, who turns out to be Zachary's father on duty. Zachary soon discovers that Trae is primarily responsible for Brian and Vik's video scandal while he is hospitalized, because Dirty Dan tells the truth in his interrogation.
Trae and Zachary's friendship and relationship takes a downfall during this season. Despite Zachary's animosity towards Trae's involvement in the scandal, Zachary still cares for Trae because he still hates his father for what he did to him. Zachary loses trust in Trae, who tries to reconcile with him and get back to where things were. Instead, Zachary decides to befriend his enemy, Brian, and the two develop a close relationship. At this point, Trae comes to terms with his romantic feelings for Zachary, but the feelings aren't reciprocated anymore. Zachary gains more animosity for Trae once Brian admits that he and Trae had a romantic affair which led to Trae's part of the scandal. Trae decides to manipulate his way into Zachary and Brian's relationship, instigating an argument and causing the two to remain friends. At this point, Zachary admits that he doesn't want a relationship with Trae because he doesn't feel like it would be stable. Trae also finds out that the officer who shot him was Zachary's father, which ruins their friendship. In the end, Trae and Zachary put their differences aside and decide to be cordial with each other. It is also revealed that Zachary murdered Felix the night after the riot and his motive was to defend and protect Trae.
Despite helping Zachary escape from jail, Trae is infuriated with Zachary and calls him a hypocrite for confronting him for his actions in the video scandal, when Zachary murdered Felix and kept it a secret for the entire semester. But despite his anger, he still harbors feelings for Zachary, who becomes jealous of Trae's newfound friendship with Mike. He tries to get in between their friendship but ends up as a third wheel. Aware of the fact that he doesn't have feelings for Trae anymore, he decides to officially start over.
The Devil's Protégé
Trae and Zachary meet in the hallways, after Zachary accidentally bumped into Trae. At first, Trae was irate, but he was taken aback by Zachary's immediate response: he helped pick up Trae's items. Once Trae realizes that Zachary isn't exactly the type of football jock that he expected, Trae apologizes, revealing how unusual it is interacting with someone outside of his clique. The two, then, engage in a conversation about Zachary's disinterest in the football team, and isolation from the members.
Sympathetic about his mistreatment on the team, Trae agrees to interact with Zachary the next day to solve his problem. During lunch, Trae concludes that Zachary is passive and the jocks take advantage of him. While Zachary doesn't want to be tough like the other jocks, he wants to defend himself; Trae convinces Zachary to act stubborn towards the team, and offers him a spot in The Savages if plans go awry. Meanwhile, as Lily and Sydney perform Hollaback Girl in the cafeteria, Trae and Zachary are seen dancing with each other.
During the football game night, Trae leaves Zachary a text message, encouraging Zachary to stand against the jocks. Once Zachary decides to abruptly quit the team, and he is confronted by Slick Vik, Brian, and Matt, Trae comes to Zachary's defense, immediately welcoming him to The Savages to prove that he belongs.
The Boomerang Effect
Soon after Zachary discovers Brian and Vik in a romantic encounter in the locker rooms, Zachary bumps into Trae, who notices Zachary's concerned expressions. When Zachary reveals Brian and Vik's compromising position, Trae laughed hysterically, as if he knew about it. He claimed that he knew that at least Brian or Vik were secretly hiding their sexuality. When Zachary wishes he could seek vengeance on the jocks, Trae comes up with "The Boomerang Process," another term for a plot for revenge.
Later that day, Trae and Zachary are outside of the courtyard, and gives Zachary a "lesson" in "Reality Check 101," and they both perform Ratchet Commandments together, while Trae confronts a few students publicly of their deeds. During the school assembly, Trae and Zachary are both seen in shock when Brian and Vik's video is exposed during The Savages's performance. Brian and Vik physically provoke Zachary in the boys' restroom until Trae, once again, comes to Zachary's defense. He is involved in an altercation with Vik when he sticks to Zachary's statement of their lack of involvement with the exposure.
The Feminist Manifesto
While Trae and other members of the Savages head to the movies, Zachary sends Trae a text message asking to talk. Trae quickly responds, informing him that he would talk later. The next morning, Trae approached Zachary in the hallways, warning him about Rose De Vil and her suspicions of the video. Trae, then, suggests that Zachary should reveal he was inside of the locker room when it happened, but Zachary fears that De Vil would label him as an accomplice. Trae also suggests that he should make a sensible alibi, and then he departed.
After Zachary is interrogated by Rose De Vil, he blames and confronts Trae for his attempt at seeking revenge on Vik and Brian. Frustrated by his questioning, he walks away from Trae angrily. Meanwhile, Zachary notices Trae in a conversation with a suave new member of the Moneybags, Mike Daugherty, and he became jealous, fearing that Trae would avoid him after his confrontation. Zachary felt remorseful for his outburst, and he approached Trae to apologize to him, but in a fantasy, he believes that he is kissing Trae, which reveals his attraction to him. Trae claims that Zachary is his "new bro" and despite feeling relieved, Zachary's fantasies still remained in his mind.
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