A/N: I just wanted to say thank you to all of the people who read this entire trilogy and reviewed/favorited it. You guys are amazing. The pairing of Quinn and Matt together romantically in the future surprised even me, but now I just can't see it any other way. And even thought Dijon is not returning in season 2, we'll always have fanfic world, right? :D Anyways, I hope you guys enjoy the final chapter of this installment!
Chapter 4: Full Circle
All this time we were waiting for each other
All this time, I was waiting for you
We got all these words, can't waste them on another.
So I'm straight in a straight line, running back to you.
Almost as quick as the week had started, it was over, and that meant it was time to go home. Back to reality, as Quinn liked to tell herself.
She stood in front of the bathroom mirror reapplying her chapstick for the seventh time. There was a thick layer forming on her lips that made her look like she attacked a fried chicken leg. A disappointed sigh escaped her lips as she walked into the small toilet area and snatched some tissue paper. She wiped her mouth and crumpled the tissue before throwing it in the tiny garbage can. She looked at her reflection in the mirror and sighed again.
"Hey, are you almost ready? The boy's got all our stuff in the trunk." Brittany said, poking her head into the bathroom at her. Her facial expression changed from its standard giddy look to sad in a matter of seconds. "What's wrong?" She asked softly.
Quinn sighed and shook her head, still staring at the mirror. "I don't want to leave Brit." She whispered, almost inaudible. She heard footsteps on the tile and suddenly Brit was standing next to her, her hand on her shoulder sympathetically.
"You can visit again. And there's Skype, letters, phone calls. It'll be like before you came here."
"Yeah, but we're not the same as we were before I came here." She said, finally glancing at her newfound best friend. "We're official now and really, really good." She said, sighing. "I don't want to go back to Lima and be reminded of everything and all the mistakes I made." She looked down.
"Quinn, look at me." Brittany said, placing her hands on Quinn's face and moving her face to her. She dropped her hands. "You have the cutest daughter ever, Matt is totally crazy about you and Maddie. That's not going to change just because you two are going to be in two different states." The sureness in Brittany's voice was impossible to shrug off, so Quinn just nodded. She knew deep down that her friend was right, but she had to get over her insecurities.
She nodded again. "Okay, give me two seconds and I'll be out." She said, forcing a smile like she had mastered when she found out she was having a girl and had to look in Finn's eyes as if he was truly her father. Brittany gave her a small hug and then left the bathroom. Quinn looked at herself in the mirror one last time before sighing and running one coat on chapstick on her lips, putting the cap back on, and exiting. As she walked back into the dorm, everyone was gone and so were her and Brittany's duffel bags. She looked around before seeing Mike pop his head in the door.
"Hey, you ready?" He said, before slipping in and grabbing a teddy bear from the computer chair. "Can't forget this, right?" He said, chuckling, a little as he held it up. Maddie had nearly thrown a fit at the school bookstore when she saw the stack of bears wearing cheerleading outfits with the ASU logo on it the other day. It was now rarely seen away from her. Quinn laughed with him and nodded simply.
"Mike, can I ask you something?" She asked, as she grabbed her purse and followed him out of the room and into the hallway. He nodded simply as he closed the door and started walking with her. "How do you and Brittany manage without seeing each other for months? I mean, you guys seem the same as at McKinley, but I'm sure it's gotta be difficult sometimes?"
He looked down at the ground as he listened, occasionally looking up to nod at a few of his floormates that passed them. Once they got to the elevator, he pressed it and met her eyes. "It's hard sometimes, but we're doing what we love. If we had chose to go to the same college or just be together after high school, we wouldn't be fulfilling ourselves, you know? Sure, love is about being together, but it's also about supporting each other and that's what we're doing." He stated, waiting until she got onto the elevator before going himself and pressing the floor button. She smiled at his answer, slowly starting to understand how this all worked. "Does that answer your question?" He asked, giving her a grin.
"Yes, thank you." She said, leaning over and giving him a side hug. "I'm going to miss you and Brit so much. Don't forget to invite me to the wedding once you two graduate." She teased before letting go. He leaned his head back for a laugh right as the doors opened.
"I'll be sure to do that." He said, holding the door open for her. She stepped out into the bright Arizona light and spotted Matt with his hands held up as Brittany punched his hands like a boxer. As they approached them, they heard their conversation more clearly.
"See, you still got it." He said in between laughs.
"Yeah, but I need to keep it up. I was so fit back in the Cheerios, remember?" She said, finally stopping. She caught her breath. "Look at me. I have to catch my breath now! Look!" She pointed at her mouth. Mike let out a laugh and she looked over. "Mikey, we were supposed to go hiking and we never did." Her lips formed into a pout, but he just returned it with a peck. She wrapped her arms around his shoulders and pecked him back, a smile quickly forming. Quinn looked away just as the giggling started. Oh, those two.
She poked Matt's chest. "Are you gonna miss me?" She said, stepping closer to him and looking up at him. He nodded simply.
"Every second of every day."
"Good answer." She said, before giving him a long peck. She pulled away and looked in the car to see Maddie sleeping comfortably with her thumb in her mouth. She smiled and opened the door, climbing in. Matt got in the driver's side and Mike the passengers, after handing Quinn the bear. Brittany got in on Maddie's other side and they were off.
The airport was packed as always, but luckily they got their luggage taken care off in half an hour. That gave them more time for goodbyes, which continued to be the tricky part on Quinn's end. Her conversation with Mike, however, stuck in her head and kept replaying as she looked at Matt's warm brown eyes.
"So back to reality, right?" He said with a small smile, mocking her infamous catchphrase. This was when she was supposed to laugh and nod before kissing him one last time. Except this time, she just shook her head slowly.
"No," She said softly. "this is my reality. You are." She continued, before leaning up and leaving a quick peck on his lips. She reached for Maddie's hand and held it up, moving it so it looked like she was waving. "Bye Matt." She squeaked, in a baby voice.
He laughed and waved back at Maddie. "Bye cutie. Look out for your mom for me please." He said, sending a wink at Quinn. She beamed and slowly backed up, grabbing her bags, and turned around. Brittany and Mike had finished making out. They were quite PG when they wanted to be. "Oh wait." Matt called, patting all the surrounding pockets on his jeans before slipping out a square shaped present wrapped in glossy paper with the Arizona University's logo plastered on it. Quinn eyed it suspiciously before meeting his eyes. "Just, promise not to open it until you get on the plane." He added, as he slid it into her purse.
"Promise." She said, smiling warmly at him. He nodded shortly and went back over to Mike who had finally removed himself from Brittany.
Brittany blew a kiss at Mike before picking up her bags as well and following Quinn to their seats. "I was thinking that we should come surprise the guys in two weeks and fly down here again. It'd be fun." The excitement in her voice was very apparent, which made it all the harder for Quinn to try and be logical.
"I don't have the money for that." She said, as she slid Maddie onto her lap and moved her bags closer. "I didn't have enough to go this time, but I guess I'll have to figure that other. Probably get another job." Brittany nodded understandingly, although it was clear that the fun was over.
"I could pay for –"
"No, it's fine. I'll just see him in the summer." She replied quickly. One thing she didn't need was to become reliant on her friends. This trip had taught her that in order to fully have this life she needed to stop pitying herself and start making actions to achieve it. "But thank you." She added, placing a hand on her taller friends shoulder. It was nice to have someone to talk to if she needed to.
Even her thoughts about progression couldn't tear away her interest as to what was underneath the wrapping paper. It was killing her not to open it there, but she promised to wait until she got on the plane.
After finally settling into their seats on the plane, Quinn wasted no time opening her present. The anticipation was killing her. She ripped off the paper to see a CD. It was blank except for the word 'Our Song' written in sharpie with Matt's signature neat handwriting. Quinn read it curiously and looked over at Brittany. "Can you hold Maddie for a second?" She asked, as she started transferring a sleeping Maddie to the next seat over. Brittany sat Maddie on her lap and leaned her back so her head was lying on her chest. Quinn pulled her laptop out from under her seat and turned it on. Once it was on, she slipped the CD and plugged in her headphones, sticking them in her ears. She let the music fill her ears for approximately twelve seconds before she covered her mouth with her hands.
There I go, there I go, there I go. Pretty baby you are the soul that snaps my control.
It was the song. Moody's Mood for Love. The song he told her he was saving for his future wife. The song he had jokingly – or so she thought – told her she could borrow until she found her own song. Tears started filling her eyes as she furiously wiped them before Brittany saw her. She turned her head to her right and looked out the window, leaning her head against the headrest as she closed her eyes and sang along like she did the night he introduced her to it at the diner after she found the lyrics. She knew it word for word now.
"What is all this talk about loving me, my sweet? I am not afraid, not anymore, not like before. Don't you understand me?" She sang quietly. It was eerie how fitting these lyrics were to her now. She wasn't afraid anymore. In fact, she was sure about a lot of things that she wasn't sure of before. For starters, she was sure that this CD was Matt's way of promising himself to her. Their long distance relationship was going to work out after all, she was sure of that. She was also sure that once this plane landed and she got home she would call him because one thing she was sure of above everything else was that she was falling in love with Matt Rutherford, if not already in love with him. That was positive.