After talking with Mr. Shue about approximately what he was contemplating to do about the current situation, Rachel said good bye and decided to with her fellow glee club members to the hospital where Finn and Mercedes were at already.
Quinn offered to drive to the Lima Memorial Hospital so Rachel, Brittany, Santana, and Puck piled into her Chevy Cobalt and made their way there. It took Rachel only five minutes to find out what room Kurt was being kept at seeing as front desk nurse didn't want to deal with Rachel's banter how just because they were not blood related they were closer than most families and that she could just call her father down to the hospital and inform him about the outright rude and negligent attitude. Upon realizing that Rachel was the daughter of Administrative Head of the hospital and surrounding ones at that she let them go right in, she even later sent in a bouquet of flowers and balloons. All of which Rachel expected seeing as how much of a hassle everything was.
Rachel felt her heart constrict when she saw all the wires stuck all of over Kurt's body. He looked so little and helpless just laying there.
"Boy is he gonna be upset to see that he got blood on his Armani jacket." Mercedes picked up the now tattered rags of a once expensive article of clothing and hugged it to her body.
Rachel knew she was trying to lighten the mood to an already strained time period but no one could even force a smile. It was always hard to realize that hate did actually exist. It was always so easy to pretend that it didn't. That you were safe in your own bubble, until someone comes by and decides to destroy everything you thought you knew. Her fathers were luckier than most when it came to receiving hatred. If it wasn't for their high ranking positions in life things would've been more troublesome for the Berry's.
"So what are we going to do?"
"Huh?" Rachel looked up from Kurt's body being tugged out of her thoughts.
"What are we going to do?" Finn repeated.
Rachel could see this jaw muscles clenching and unclenching. She was taken aback by the sheer force of malice that was laced in such a simple question.
"We are going to try to fix this." Rachel reached out to put a comforting hand upon Finn's arm.
"But HOW can we fix THIS?" He motioned to the still unconscious Kurt. "HOW? We live in such a closed minded town. Where they raise us a robots, feeding us garbage about having to fit in and do the popular thing. That not once had someone stop. Not once did someone think to try to do something different." His body started to shake with guilt, despair, and rage. "I never stopped." Finn all but whispered.
Rachel's eyes grew big in realization over what Finn just said. She remembered the countless times when she saw Finn help the jocks to either dump Kurt in a dumpster or give him numerous swirly-s during lunch. He never stopped the acts of hatred that he probably just chalked up to high school bullying. No wonder he was so worked up about all of this. He probably counted himself just as guilty as the person who had beaten Kurt half to death.
"It's not your fault Finn." Rachel said in a calm voice. "Yes you probably could've stopped the other instances from happening when you were directly involved but I know you would have never done this to him."
Finn just grunted a reply.
"Rachel is right Finn," Quinn added having to have eavesdropped on their not so private conversation. "We are going to fix this. And by you helping it will prove that you ARE different from that asshole Kaworsky."
Rachel looked at Quinn and smiled. Quinn turned her head away quickly because she could feel the blush starting and she was embarrassed by how just a smile alone from the other girl to get her to blush so easily. But with one look over her shoulder she could see Rachel was blushing too, which buoyed her spirits.
"So Rachel what are we going to do?" Quinn asked.
Rachel could feel her fellow club member's eyes upon her. She never felt so nervous in her life or so important. So she took a deep breath and began to explain to them what she had recently conversed with Mr. Shuester prior to leaving to come to the hospital. After several hours of going over various details a few times about the plan that was to be executed a rustling and moan was heard.
"He's moving!" Brittany squealed as she raced over to the bedside.
The rest of the Glee club just looked on as they waited for Kurt to open his eyes. But the wait was for not when the boy succumbed to sleep once more.
"Well that's a good sign."
Everyone jumped at the sound of a new voice entering the room.
"Hi I'm Dr. Baskin, I'm here upon request of Dr. Berry to look in on," the doctor's eyes looked down on his clipboard, "Kurt Hummel."
"Oh thank you doctor." Rachel offered her hand "I'm Rachel Berry and these other students are the members of Glee and we are here in support of our fellow member."
Dr. Baskin chuckled, "yes I am quite aware of who you all are seeing as it isn't normal for such a big group of non-related adolescents to be here after visiting hours."
"Oh we are sorry," Finn spoke up "we just need to make sure he is okay."
"Well young man your friend will indeed be fine. Apart from a few bruised ribs and broken arm he is in good health."
"Then why won't he wake up?" Santana asked.
"His body is just tired and needs to recuperate but he will wake up eventually."
"So he's not in a coma or anything right." Tina asked from her perch on Artie's lap.
"No he is still part of the conscience world." The doctor smiled and looked around the room seeing all the concerned faces. "But I can say one thing is for sure. He is one lucky kid to have so many friends who care."
Everyone in the room stared at each other in both awe and guilt at the same time. They just never really realized when they had all actually had become friends. The doctor took his leave from the room and the silence was starting to get thick.
"Okay enough with this emotional bull shit we need to start working on this plan of Berry's." Santana's voice broke through the melancholy that was building up in the room.
"Yeah the girl is right," Mercedes added while flinching at the same time from the look Santana gave her for calling her girl. "We need to get back to school and get this thing started."
"We need to shake this fucking town up. Give these uptight pricks a wake up call." Puck added while giving a high five to Mike and Matt.
Everyone realized while they were talking and getting excited that one voice was missing and that was Rachel's. They turned and found their fellow diva sitting next to Kurt smoothing this bangs from his face. Tears were being to form in her eyes as her lips started to move.
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.
It must have been cold there in my shadow,
to never have sunlight on your face.
You were content to let me shine, that's your way.
You always walked a step behind.
So I was the one with all the glory,
while you were the one with all the strength.
A beautiful face without a name for so long.
A beautiful smile to hide the pain.
Did you ever know that you're my hero,
and everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.
It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
but I've got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
I would be nothing without you.
Did you ever know that you're my hero?
You're everything I wish I could be.
I could fly higher than an eagle,
'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.
Rachel's body started convulse from the sobs that were now engulfing her being. She couldn't continue the song and everyone else who was in the room saw the pain and agony. Quinn was the first to rush over and hug the girl while the others walked over one by one to place a reassuring hand on the girl. They all felt guilty for how things transpired between them and more so because it took something so horrible to make them all realize what great friends they had in each other that they were letting high school hierarchy ruin.
When the tears finally started to subside and she was able to clearly see Rachel looked around the room and didn't just see a group of jocks and geeks that happened to be in a club together by mishap, but a group of close knit friends and this made her smile.
"Yes Quinn." Rachel looked up into Quinn's hazel eyes just now realizing that she was in the other girl's arms.
"I have something that I've been meaning to tell you."
"Yes?" Rachel nervously squirmed and bit her lower lip.
A cough resounded from behind them followed by "where's my jacket?"
Kurt had his eyes open and was surveying the room.
"Well welcome back girlfriend." Mercedes said while giving him a hug.
"How are you feeling?" Mike asked.
"Go figure the first thing designer boy is worried about after being beaten up is his clothes." Santana said but Brittany heard the warmth laced in with the harsh words.
Rachel withdrew herself from Quinn's arms and went Kurt's side. "How are you feeling Kurt?" She reiterated.
"Like I got hit by a semi and made to wear one of your outfits." He smiled back weakly.
"You know if you weren't already so weak I would give you a verbal lashing and explanation about my clothing is not as bad as being hit be a semi. But for now I'll just let you rest." Rachel could see the fatigue coming back to take claim upon the boy. "I think we should go and let him get some sleep now that we know he is okay."
Everyone nodded and was prepared to leave but Finn hesitated in the doorway. "I think I'll stay here a few more hours. Or until his dad shows up at least."
"Yeah I'll stay too and keep him company." Mercedes added.
"Okay well keep us updated." Rachel said and went to give them both a hug. "I'll see you guys tomorrow."
Rachel left the room and met the rest of the group outside. They said their good-byes to each other and went their respective ways. Except for Quinn, Brittany, Santana, and Rachel seeing as Quinn was their ride. Puck's other side job was nearby the hospital so he decided to just walk there and call his mom for a ride later.
As they all quietly entered the car and Quinn dropped Santana and Brittany off at Santana's house the car seemed to become more silent if that was even possible. Both girls were tense from the days happenings and the feeling of something new about to head their way.
Quinn looked over at Rachel who was in the passenger seat and all she could think about was how beautiful the other girl looked. She was about to tell Rachel that she liked the other girl in the hospital but she now realized that it probably wasn't the best time to announce something like that. Seeing as everyone was so emotional. She wanted Rachel to know when she does tell that her feelings are pure and true and not just an after effect of some tragic event. Plus Santana's whole you need to win Rachel over speech was still vibrating in her head.
They finally arrived in front of Rachel's house and still neither girl said a word to the other.
Rachel was the first to break the silence. "Well thank you for taking me home."
"No problem." Quinn replied quietly.
Rachel opened her door and was about to step out, "Quinn?"
"In the hospital you were about to tell me something. And it seemed kind of important."
"Oh." Quinn realized that of course Rachel would remember that. "It's nothing. I can't even remember what I was going to say."
"Oh," Quinn could hear the sadness in that one word and it ate at her.
She watched as Rachel started to make her way to her front door when Quinn got out of her car and shouted. "Wait!"
Rachel quickly turned around and stared at Quinn.
"I just wanted to let you know that you are a great friend." Quinn said she could see a smile start to tug at the brunette's lips. "That's what I wanted to say earlier." She lied.
"You are a good friend too," Rachel replied even though she felt the word friend was the far from the feeling she was having towards the other girl.
Quinn hated that word friend but for now it would have to do before she figured out how to win Rachel. So she smiled and got into her car and started to drive home. She had a lot of explaining to do to her parents about her missing her curfew but maybe her dad would be able to help her out with the whole plan on what her Glee club members and herself were planning to do.
What she didn't know was about how wrong she was going to be.
As always I hope you all enjoyed this installment, the song Rachel sings to Kurt is Wind Beneath My Wings by Celine Dion. I think this song is really beautiful and describes friendship very well about how our friends (good ones) are always there to help. So please review and tell me what you think.