Chibi-Kari: After consideration and the flow of the story this is it. It has a clear ending and was really the perfect place. Plus, the characters are going to change in the next episode so I wanted to go another way with them. Check out my new story, please. It will be longer. I never intended this to be more than a short story anyway. Thanks for staying with me and obviously I don't own. Please leave me a little note after the button!
"Rach, babe, what are you doing?" Jesse pulled his girlfriend's arms slightly and spun her to a stop just as they walked outside.
She closed her eyes for a moment and Jesse became worried again. He had no idea what was going on and he didn't like it at all.
"You shouldn't have given up anything for me." Rachel whispered softly.
Jesse narrowed his eyes before he shook her slightly, "I did. Don't you understand Rachel Barbara Berry? I had no choice because I love you. You mean more to me than any of that."
Rachel shook her head slightly and Jesse started to get angry that she just didn't understand how he felt about her.
She smiled at him before pressing her hand to his cheek, "I understand that. I mean you shouldn't have had to. I should have put you before all of that." She gestured to the school behind her.
"I didn't give you a choice, Rachel."
"And I'm not giving you one now." She smiled at him. "That was my goodbye. I've spoken with my fathers and Shelby. Everything is set for my transfer and your transfer back." She held up her hand, "I know you lied about moving in with your Aunt and Uncle."
"How can you just transfer? Are you moving in with Shelby?" Jesse thought that that was too fast and he wasn't going to hesitate to tell her that. She would always come before Shelby in his life.
"No. We live on the district line and I could have chosen either school. My Daddies took the choice away, though, because they didn't know how Shelby would react to me showing up to school there. They didn't want to push her into anything."
Jesse nodded slightly. Everything was changing so fast that he didn't know what exactly he needed or should do, but he felt relief. He felt so much relief.
"I'm sorry you have to leave your school for me." Jesse placed his hands on either side of her face and moved to stand closer.
"I'm not doing it for you. I'm doing it for me."
Any other boyfriend might be upset by that comment, but Jesse felt a weight fall off of his shoulders. She was finally taking what she wanted and needed.
"Good." He leaned forward and kissed her briefly. "Let's go back to your place. I'm sure your dads need to go over things with you."
Rachel nodded slightly as they walked hand in hand towards his car. She glanced back over her shoulder at the school that housed her memories for a little over a year and a half, "You know I'm surprised I'm not upset at all. All I feel is relief."
Jesse just held her closer as they walked to the car.
The rest of the year sped past and soon it was the night of Regionals. Rachel scanned the program for New Directions a third time, but came up empty again.
Jesse came up behind his girlfriend and wrapped his arms around her waist leaning over her shoulder to look at the program, "Nervous?"
Rachel shook her head no before flipping the program over again, "They're not here. They should be. We got first place in Sectionals."
"Will called me the other day. They couldn't get it together in time so they backed out." Shelby's voice was soft as she placed her hand on her daughter's shoulder. "You guys need to get out there. No slacking."
Rachel smiled and nodded at her mother. They had grown closer since she had transferred. And her voice was more than amazing now. All those voice lessons had taught her how to sing not how to express herself through song. Her mother taught her that and it was invaluable.
Jesse pulled her out on to stage behind the curtain before letting go of her hand and taking his place on the opposite side of the group. They shared a small smile before the curtains went up and the lights came on.
Performing with Vocal Adrenaline felt professional unlike when she sang with New Directions. New Directions brought her to a place where she could transition easily and she couldn't look back on her time there with a regret. It taught her that she had skill, but Jesse and Shelby showed her she was more than that. She was a real star and a beautiful person.
As she spun a final time into Jesse's arms she couldn't help but smile at him. The crowd went wild and she knew they were going to Nationals. With a final smile they made their way off stage to their coach.
Shelby's face was firm before she broke up into a grin, "Flawless, guys. I'm relieved I really thought something was going to go wrong for a minute there. This is what I ask of you and you never cease to amaze me when you deliver."
Rachel beamed at her mother and moved forward to embrace her as the others celebrated their victory while they waited for the official results.
Shelby leaned into her daughter's ear, "You were amazing Rach. Really amazing."
Rachel held a little tighter, "Thanks, mom."
Jesse pulled her out of Shelby's arms and spun her into his, "You can't hog her, Shelby. You get her for the next two years. I'm going to have to wait for her to join me at UCLA."
Rachel laughed lightly, "Who says I'm going to UCLA?"
"Me." Jesse announced spinning her around slightly.
"Rachel?" The voice caused Jesse to halt his spinning immediately.
Rachel had to grab on to Jesse's arm lately to shake off the dizziness, "Mr. Schue, what are you doing here?" She looked behind him to see the entire glee club standing there.
"We just wanted to see you. You were amazing, Rachel. Your voice is even better than when you left." Mr. Schue nodded with a smile.
Rachel felt a slight guilt eat at her, "I'm sorry you didn't get to compete."
Kurt stepped forward, "Don't worry, we'll see you next year here."
Mercedes nodded along, "You better watch out, chica, because we'll be in it to win it."
Rachel's eyes widened slightly, "I thought if you didn't place in Regionals the glee club was over."
Mr. Schue smiled, "It seems that Lima is a fan of glee. The city council is sponsoring us for at least another two years."
Rachel smiled at her old coach. "I'll see you next year, then."