"So, what do you think Blaine?" Sam asked, turning to look at his friend, "should we go modern?"

"Only if we can do the occasional oldie," Blaine said.

"I think that's fair enough," Sam said, "after all, oldies are goodies!"

"Ok, Blaine's INXS fixation fascinated me, so I've decided this week's assignment is Australia." Mr Shue said in the choir room at Glee club the next day.

For a moment, there was silence before excited and intrigued murmurs filled the choir room.

"Can we do it together?" Rory asked curiously.

"Actually," Finn said, "Mr Shue and I put some groups together, and we're going to give you all a song, ok?"

Everyone nodded.

"Ok, first we've got Betty, Tina and Unique," Mr Shue said, "we'd like you girls to do Love Is In The Air by John Paul Young."

"There's a famous Australian film it's featured in," Finn added helpfully, "Strictly Ballroom, so if you want to do a bit of research and watch that, it might help."

"Thanks Finn," Betty said, and Unique nodded, looking at Betty before going to sit next to her and Tina.

"Kitty and Rory," Finn said as the two came forward, Rory ever smiling, Kitty scowling and with her arms folded across her chest, unimpressed.

"Art of Love by Guy Sebastian," Mr Shue said, handing them both a sheet of paper with lyrics printed on it.

"Jake," Finn said, "you'll be going with Sam and Ryder."

"We've given you boys 'Down Under' by Men At Work.

"Maley, we've paired you and Joe together." Mr Shue said. "We'd like you to do Steer by Missy Higgins."

"which leaves Artie and Blaine," Finn smiled. "Boys we've got a good one for you. Now We're Getting Somewhere by Crowded House."

"Awesome!" Artie and Blaine said. They smiled at each other and exchanged a hi-five.

"We look forward to seeing what you do with them, guys," Finn smiled.

"Good luck."

Artie and Blaine were one of the last to go up, in-between Sam, Jake and Ryder and Marley and Joe. But, despite having been right beside him just a few moments earlier, he was nowhere to be seen.

"Alright, Blaine and.." Mr Shue trailed off, having only just noticed Artie's absence. "Artie.. Where is he?"

"I'll go after him," Blaine said, getting up. He froze at the sound of wheels rolling on the floor and turned around, his face falling at the sight of Betty approaching.

"I'm coming with you," she said definitely.

"Wha…" Blaine said, a little dazed.

"I'm his girlfriend," Betty pointed out, "I can probably help."

"Yeah ok," Blaine agreed, beginning to make a move out the door. "let's go then."

Betty and Blaine both jumped at the thunderous sound of rushed footsteps behind them and glanced back to see Sam running to catch up.

"I wanted to help," he said between pants. "Any idea where he is?"

"No idea. Betty, you probably know him best of the three of us," Blaine said. "Any idea where he might have gone?"

There was silence for a second as Betty thought hard before taking off, forcing Blaine and Sam into a run to keep up with her.

Betty frowned as she met Artie's eyes, looking him up and down before meeting his eyes again and approaching. Blaine and Sam's faces followed suit, flooding with concern as they followed Betty closer to him. Her eyes worried, Betty reached a hand forward, resting it on his knee.

"What's wrong Sweetie?" she asked gently.

"I don't.. I don't know," Artie admitted. "I don't know if I can do this.."

"Do what?" Blaine asked, kneeling beside him.

"If I can sing.." Artie started, tearing up again. Betty rubbed his knee.

"It's alright," Sam said kindly. "What is it Artie? We can't help you if you don't tell."

"That's all we want to do honey," Betty said softly. "So, come on, tell us what's going on."

"I don't know if I can do any of this anymore.."

"Why not?" Sam asked, "Artie, you're awesome! Come on dude!"

"Yeah, Sam's right," Blaine said. "Artie, you're more brilliant than half the people in Glee club."

"I am?" Artie asked quietly, slowly looking up at them again.

"Yeah! You and Betty both!" Blaine said.

"You've got to go through more just to do what you do every day," Sam said. "Why are you suddenly going to let it stop you? It never has before," Blaine said, sympathetic. "Artie, what's going on? What's happened?"

"I…" Artie started, looking a little timidly at the friends gathered in front of him.

"It's alright honey," Betty said gently. "Take your time, it's alright."

"There were more of them, and they were horrible," Artie managed to get out, looking at Blaine and Sam.

"More of what?" Sam asked.

Artie was about to answer, but Blaine answered before he could start. "The haters, the mean comments," he said, and Artie nodded. "Artie, why were you reading those?"

"I don't know. I got an alert saying there were more comments on that video. I didn't think, I just went on to see what they were and…"

Betty, Sam and Blaine nodded and Artie breathed a sigh of relief, knowing he didn't have to say anymore.

"I guess it got me a little down," Artie admitted, "I don't know if I can do it. Not with so much hate. Can I really..."

"Yes Artie," Blaine said, resting a friendly hand on his shoulder. "You totally can. Come on, we gotta go prove them wrong. Besides, it's our turn in Glee club. Are we gonna go sing or what?"

"I guess so," Artie said quietly, shrugging as he led the way out of his little hidey hole. The truth was, he'd been struggling for a while. But the kindness of his friends and girlfriend had made him think, that maybe, he'd be ok.

"Hey Sam," Blaine said, catching him at his locker after Glee club, "I know what song we've got to do next."

"Yeah?" Sam asked, intrigued.

"It fits in with this week's theme too," he said, smiling. "The same one Joe and Marley did for the assignment, Steer."

"Sounds good to me," Sam agreed, returning the smile.

"So, our very good friend Artie has been feeling a little down lately," Blaine said during the introduction video. They hadn't asked Artie to help them with any of this. They'd wanted for it to be a surprise. But they had told Betty, who agreed to keep the secret, and to make sure that he saw it.

"Not helped by some more nasty comments on here," Sam said, his tone angry and warning.

"So this goes out to him."

Feel it falling off like clothing

Taste it rolling on your tongue

See the lights above you glowing

Oh and breathe them deep into your lungs

It was always simple

You've been pulling at the strings

Playing puppeteer for kings

And you've had enough

But the search ends here

When the night is totally clear

And your heart is fierce

So now you finally know

That you control where you go

You can steer

So hold this feeling like a newborn

Of freedom surging through your veins

You have opened up a new door

So bring on the wind, fire and rain

It was always simple

Not hidden hard

You've been played at a game

Called remembering your name

And you stuffed it up

But the search ends here

Where the night is totally clear

And your heart is fierce

So now you finally know

That you control where you go

You can steer

Oh, now you finally know

That you control where you go

You can steer

Cause you've been listening for answers

But the city screams and your dreams go unheard

But the search ends here

Where the night is totally clear

And your heart is fierce

So now you finally know

That you control where you go

You can steer

Yeah, get out of the box

And step into the clear

Cause now you finally know

You can steer

"It's true Honey," Betty said, looking at her boyfriend when they finished watching the video. "You control it. You. So are you gonna let those stupid idiots who know nothing stop you? Because you shouldn't. Don't let it stop you. You're not going to, are you?" she asked, worry in her eyes.

"No," Artie said, smiling at her.

"That's my man," Betty said softly, allowing herself to fall into his arms.

"Ok, there was a little secret Mr Shue and I didn't tell you about last week's assignment," Finn said, and everyone leaned forward in their seats