Last chapter has finally arrived! I have loved this story so much and I'm so excited that you stuck with it - and me. Enjoy this last one!
So a day later he was standing at Quinn's door with no luggage or any sort of plan. She was just having dinner with Puck when the doorbell rang.
"Hi" was all he said when she opened the door, still with an apron on and a towel in her hands. She was laughing, but her smile disappeared when she saw him; it was like she was in shock.
"Jesse." she acknowledged, and frankly, at first she didn't know what else to say. "What are you doing here? You're supposed to be in New York."
"I'm aware of that", he said, grinning, "and last night I still was. I just- wanted to call you."
She chuckled at the ridiculousness of that comment, and he got it too.
"But I realized I only wanted to see you. And man, you're still gorgeous." He told her, causing her to blush.
He was still standing in the doorway and as Quinn now noticed his clothes were wet. It had stopped raining an hour before which made her wonder how long he had just walked around. So she asked him to come in.
He looked around her new apartment and saw it was definitely like her. Cozy, with a pinch of Victorian. He saw the light of the kitchen and he wasn't very surprised when he saw Puck sitting there. He looked at Jesse almost as taken aback as Quinn did, but he could've sworn he saw a grin on his face, like he was glad he'd come to his senses.
"Hey man." Puck greeted, before clearing his throat and standing up to leave, "I'll go check on Beth."
"Dinner will be ready soon though!" Quinn called after him before finishing up what Jesse smelled was pasta. She told him to take a seat behind the cooking island/dinner table, where he saw a few textbooks lying around, all open on a certain page.
"History?" he read, not remembering she took that class.
"It's Puck's. He's taking up a few more classes this semester. He's actually a lot smarter than everyone thinks, including me." she admitted, smiling at Jesse.
"I heard that, Quinn!" They heard his voice coming from upstairs. Quinn scoffed and replied - or shouted – that he needed to stop eavesdropping.
"Look Jesse," she began, turning around, leaning against the counter with an exasperated expression on her face, "not that I'm not happy to see you, because I am, but... what are you really doing here? We haven't seen each other in over eight months, we haven't even talked or anything."
"Because you asked me to stay away. Besides, you dumped me, so it wasn't really my position to call." he defended a little strongly.
She gave him that familiar Quinn Fabray bitch face in return. "So you're saying this is my fault?"
He quickly stood up and stepped closer to her, shaking his head. "No, that's not what I mean. The thing is I was hurt, and frankly, I didn't even think you wanted to hear from me. You said you don't love me anymore." He reminded her in a small and soft voice.
The look in his eyes killed her; pure defeat. Her own eyes filled with tears and to her own annoyance her chin started to tremble.
"You think I meant that? You think I mean that? Jesse, you were giving up everything for me. You wouldn't have let me do it if the roles had been reversed!" she replied, knowing she was right.
"But you could've at least talked to me about it, without just lying to me to make it easier."
"I'm sorry. But I know you. You would've stayed anyhow. It was the only way, Jesse, don't you get that?" she asked him, the both of them finally opening up what was locked away all those months.
"At first, I didn't, I really didn't. I spent months wondering what I did wrong… But yesterday I ran into Rachel and everything became clear- I just wish I'd realized it sooner." he said, with a tone that made clear he had nothing else to say.
"Me too." she whispered as two tears fell down her cheeks. A watery smile formed on her face when she saw his beaming one.
"God, I've missed you." he said before walking closer and leaning in to kiss her full on the lips. She was a bit taken aback but soon relaxed into it.
When they broke apart she was still a bit teary. "I do love you. I always did. I'm so sorry."
"I'm sorry too. For being such a considerate bastard." They both laughed at that wave of Jesse St. James arrogance. "I should've been here a lot sooner."
"Doesn't matter, you're here now." She told him, and again they chuckled at the cheesiness of that line. But really, they couldn't have cared less.
Jesse never would've guessed he'd owe getting the love of his life back to Rachel Berry. But he still had to smile like a lunatic when he thought of that night.
Puck had indeed been listening in on their conversation, to no one's surprise really. He returned downstairs in a casual way, sitting back down behind his books, smirking at them.
Turns out that Jesse running into Rachel wasn't a coincidence at all. Puck had called her with Jesse's new address and had asked her to stop by and talk to him. So she wasn't heading home like she'd said.
Jesse didn't know what to say (that was a first) and Quinn just got emotional again, surprised that he did that for them. He shrugged and reasoned that he'd do a whole lot to make 'his baby mama' happy.
After that they had dinner and caught up on their lives. But there was still one person Jesse hadn't seen yet.
When Quinn brought Beth down to see him, Jesse's face completely lit up. The little girl was a bit sleepy already but she immediately recognized him.
"Uncie Jesse!" she exclaimed in that girly, adorable voice as she ran up to him into his open arms. He noticed she still had trouble with saying Uncle.
"Hey there, Princess." he said, picking her up and resting her on his hip. She smiled at the familiar nickname and peeked at Quinn who had a huge smile on her face.
"Are you and Mommy kissing again?" she asked innocently, causing the adults to laugh out loud.
"I guess you could call it that. Wow, I have sure missed you." Jesse said to her and the girl looked ecstatic.
"More than Mommy?"
Jesse smirked at Quinn and nodded at Beth. "Yes, okay, I admit it." he told her, hugging her again. It was then he truly remembered how happy he'd been with them around.
Since then Jesse and Quinn had stayed together, been in Rachel and Finn's wedding and they had seen Puck fall in love. Although they both didn't want to admit it, Jesse and Quinn knew that having Santana back in his life was a very good thing for him. Everyone had grown since high school.
Quinn finished her studies and actually became a lawyer. Jesse did get the part of Romeo on Broadway and continued the role for three years, then taking on various other roles.
At first they chose for a long-distance relationship, seeing each other on weekends and on breaks, but after four-five years, he eventually started to dread going back to New York. However, he didn't leave. Quinn and Puck moved to New York with Beth, both getting jobs there and seeing their friends a lot more.
It finally fell into place.
"What's this?" Quinn asked surprised when she saw the decorated dining room.
"Nothing." Jesse replied, "I just cooked dinner."
Quinn raised her eyebrows and turned to her boyfriend, resting her hands on his chest. "And what did I do to deserve this? Other than being awesome 24/7." She joked.
"You spent the day with Rachel when she had to choose furniture out of an enormous department store. That's enough torture for one day." Jesse replied only half-joking, which earned him a smack on the shoulder.
"Hey, she's my best friend. I know you love her too." Quinn told him, silently wanting to remind him that she was his first girlfriend, and vice versa.
"Of course I do, but you know what I mean. But seriously, I just wanted to do something for you." he admitted when he took her hand and led her to the dining room, letting her sit down.
He went into the kitchen and served the whole menu he had made, while they just talked about their day like every other day, but they never got bored of it. Or each other.
But by the time they were eating dessert, Jesse was getting more anxious than was good for him.
He put down his fork, took Quinn's hand and gently rubbed it with his thumb.
"Do you remember what today is?" he asked her carefully.
She looked at him with a smile and leaned a bit closer. "Yes, I do. Today, we've been together 7 years. Non-stop, that is."
Jesse chuckled at that. "Nice add. If you hadn't been so hell bent on my career, it would've been almost 10 years."
She scoffed lightly but leaned over to kiss him anyway. "At least there was one good thing that came out of those eight months."
Then Jesse's tone suddenly turned serious. "Well, because it's our anniversary, I got you a present."
She seemed exited, but in her mind she was scared. She knew dinner was the right time to tell him what happened. She just wasn't sure if she was ready. However, she shoved that feeling away for now, she enjoyed just being with him alone.
He stood up and she thought that he was going to get it from another room, instead he kneeled down beside her and looked up at her. She gasped lightly and turned to him a bit more.
"Jesse, what are you doing?" she wondered, even though she knew.
"Quinn, honey, I love you so much. We've been in love for almost ten years now, and although I never thought I'd find love so early, I'm glad I did because now I have even more time to spend with you. We have been through a lot already and any new problems or surprises that'll come my way will be no problem, cause now I have you beside me… So I want to ask you; Quinn Fabray, will you marry me'?" he said, opening a black box with an incredibly beautiful diamond ring in it.
And there it was again. Quinn had made a promise to herself that she wouldn't get so emotional as often as she had been lately, because then he would know, but now she couldn't keep it together. Her cheeks hurt by smiling and crying so fiercely.
"Yes, of course I'll marry you!" she said blissfully before Jesse put the ring on her finger, got up and kissed her passionately. They were both chuckling when they broke apart and hugged.
"We're getting married? We're engaged?" Quinn asked unsure (but with a grin), as if she couldn't believe it.
"Well, we're already like an old married couple, so why not make it official?" he joked, once again earning a slap from his girlfriend.
Then she remembered. She needed to tell him something. And it could change everything.
"I have something too." she announced once they sat back down and had finished their dessert.
They were on the couch now and before things got... preoccupied again, she needed to say it. "Something I need to tell you."
Jesse sat up straighter and seemed kind of worried by the tone in her voice. "What's wrong?"
She braced herself and went for it. "There's another reason why I spent the whole day with Finn and Rachel. Something has… happened and I needed to tell someone, I couldn't keep it to myself any longer."
"What is it? Something with your mom? Were you robbed?" He started a worried ramble, that was obvious.
Quinn shook her head and grabbed his hands to silence him. She looked at him a bit scared and said it.
Silence filled the room as Jesse stared at her with open mouth, the news still sinking in.
"Oh crap, you're not okay with this, are you? And how can you be? You've just asked me to marry you, we're not ready to have a child yet." - Now she was rambling.
"Well, we raised a ten-year-old part-time, so you know, that has to count for something." he replied, still apparently in some kind of daze. Then he looked her in the eyes and asked if she was really sure about it.
When she nodded, she thought she heard a tiny squeal coming from him. What she did see were the tears in his eyes that were against his otherwise relatively controlled self.
"This is perfect." he told her before kissing her once more. "As much as I love Beth, it'd be great to have a baby in the house. Our baby. Jesus, I can't believe this. I'm going to be a father."
"You already are, you know that." She reminded him.
"I do, but you get what I mean. I'm so happy about this, Quinn. I truly am. I can't wait to start telling people. So who else knows?" he asked, mentally listing the people he had to tell.
"Um... I told Beth yesterday when I dropped her off at Puck's. So obviously he knows." she grinned and went on.
"She's so exited to get a sibling, even if it's a half one. And Puck was surprisingly sweet about it. He just wrapped his arms around me and called godfather." she explained, resulting in a giggle fit.
"Kinda sucks for me though, there's no one left to tell." he said, pouting a bit.
"Other than Shelby, my parents, your parents, Kurt and Mercedes, you can spring the news on Rachel. She was so worked up all day and I didn't get the chance. I told Finn not to tell her, so it'd be a surprise. He was very happy for us, by the way."
"I'll stop by their place tomorrow. Right now, I just want to be with my fiancé. And Jesse Jr.?" he proposed jokingly, but Quinn shook her head fiercely and said that she got to suggest a name this time. He happily obliged and leaned in to kiss her.
"Oh no, I see preoccupation coming. Quick, to the bedroom!" Quinn demanded giggly, so Jesse picked her up bridal-style and started walking.
"I'll be doing this again soon enough. Don't gain any weight though, it'll be harder then." he told her, and for the third time she slapped him before wrapping her arms around his neck and leaning into him.
"I love you." she whispered against his chest as she closed her eyes contently.
"And I'm maybe warming up to you." he replied, smirking again.
"Jeez, I'm kidding!" He stopped right before the door and looked her in the eyes when he told her "I love you more than anything in the world. Remember that, will you?"
You wanted perfect moments? I guess we're still counting...
And this is actual proof that one hour can change your life. Remember that, will you?