As soon as they stepped in the door, Brittany saw both of them. She looked like she had been crying and Santana was at her side immediately. She held Brittany to her as she surveyed Stephen. He was badly bruised on one side of his face, under a line of gauze that wrapped around his head, and there were tubes and wires all over his body. She swallowed hard and closed her eyes, drawing on all her years of training to comfort Brittany.
Quinn walked up behind Rachel who couldn't seem to rip her eyes away from her dad. The blonde walked up behind Rachel and wrapped her arms around the shorter girl's waist. Rachel gently took Quinn's hands and made the arms around her tighter. Quinn kissed the side of Rachel's head before resting her chin on Rachel's shoulder.
Santana's mom walked over to Trevor who had steeled himself for the benefit of the girls. She put her hand on his shoulder and murmured, "I'm so sorry."
He nodded a stiff nod and took a shaky breath, not able to produce any sound at the moment.
They all staying in the same positions for a while, just waiting for something to change. When nothing changed for almost an hour, Santana's mom took Santana and Quinn back to her house assuring them that if something happened they'd be the first to know.
Brittany agreeing with her mom was the only reason they were able to pry her away from Brittany. The blonde told Santana that she was about to take Rachel home too so there was no reason in staying.
Rachel turned to Quinn with questioning eyes. Quinn chose to ignore the questions. She kissed Rachel's forehead and ran her fingers the length of the long brown locks before leaving with the Lopezes.
Late that night, Quinn was laying in her bed, staring into the dark. Her tears had dried on her face. Santana had fallen asleep next to her, listening to Quinn worry about being kicked out, then beat herself for thinking about being kicked out when Rachel's dad was in the hospital.
She was finally able to fall into a restless sleep around midnight. However she was awakened by Santana's phone ringing a few minutes later. The head Cheerio grumbled as she dug through the sheets trying to find her phone. When she found it, she looked at the screen and immediately answered, "Hey baby….he did?…That's great Brit….okay…I'll come over tomorrow morning and bring breakfast…love you too. Bye." She hung up and sat up, fully intending to go to her own bed.
"What happened?" Quinn's voice stopped her.
Santana looked over and saw Quinn awake, "He's awake now. Brittany and Rachel are going home to get some sleep and their dads will go home in the morning."
"Good," Quinn quietly stated. She picked up her phone to see what time it was, but saw that she had a few text messages that she hadn't read. One from Finn and the other from Puck.
She opened Finn's first. Hey, Rachel's not answering her texts. Heard about her dad and wanted to see if she was okay. Have you heard anything?
She quickly replied, Her dad's okay now and is going home tomorrow. She's at her house. Then she opened the one from Puck. That one made her stomach tie into knots. Why didn't you tell me about you and Berry? SO HOT! I'll be thinking about you later ;)
Quinn looked at Santana who was almost out the door, "How did Puck find out?"
"Find out what?" Santana sighed, just wanting to go back to bed.
"About me and Rachel?" Quinn asked accusingly.
"I don't know," Santana shrugged. "I've been with you the whole time and haven't texted anyone but B. Why would I tell him?"
The blonde sighed and fell onto the bed, "I'm sorry."
"It was probably Katie and her big fucking mouth," Santana rolled her eyes and went back to Quinn's bed.
Quinn shook her head and suddenly felt extremely nauseous. "It's only a matter of time before my mom finds out. Someone is going to be on the phone with someone else and their parents are going to hear and they're going to tell my mom. Then I'm homeless again."
"Hey," Santana sternly caught Quinn's attention, "You will not be homeless. You can stay here. And although you're screwing their daughter, I bet Stephen and Trevor would let you stay there too. No matter what, you'll never be homeless."
Quinn unexpectedly hugged Santana. "Thanks San."
"Yeah, yeah," Santana tried to play it off like she didn't care all that much. Then she added, "Maybe it would be best if she found out from you."
"No way!" Quinn pulled away, "I can't tell her that."
"What are you going to do then?" Santana asked, "You can't hide from Rachel or your mom forever. Mostly because Brittany tells Rachel everything and my mom will tell your mom where you are."
"I just need time to figure out what I'm going to do," Quinn looked down at her hands.
Santana nodded. She understood Quinn's dilemma. It was the same one she struggled with before Brittany was kicked out. But after that happened, it wasn't even a question anymore. In order to protect Brittany, Santana needed to put everything out in the open and that's just what she did because Brittany came before everything else.
Quinn stayed at Santana's house for the next few days. She didn't get any calls from Rachel although she was sure that Rachel was busy with her dads.
"Do you need anything daddy?" Rachel asked as she walked down the stairs and into the living room where her dad was seated on the couch.
"No honey," he smiled, "I'm fine. I can get things on my own now. I'm just a little sore."
Rachel smiled sadly and sat on the couch next to him. "I know. I'm sorry."
He put his arm around her, "Where are Brittany and your daddy?"
"They're shopping for the food for the party tomorrow night," Rachel explained and rested her head on her dad's chest.
"Why aren't you with them?" he asked and kissed the top of her head.
She sighed, "I'm not feeling very well."
"Does it have anything to do with the reason Quinn stopped showing up here?" he asked.
She looked up at him surprised, "How did you know?"
"Regardless of if Quinn has been coming over, Santana has been and she and Brittany talk," he smiled and added, "A lot."
Rachel sighed and put her head back down, "I guess you know what happened,"
"Vaguely," he answered, "Some girl said something. She was named after a cereal and Quinn
was on the roof of something."
"At Cheerios practice one of the girls said that she saw Quinn kiss me on her front porch on Christmas Eve," Rachel explained, "Then some of the girls confronted me in the locker room about it. Brittany and I came home while Santana and Quinn stayed to talk. Then I tried to call Quinn and she didn't answer. Then she showed up in the hospital…like exactly when I needed her. She didn't have to say anything…she just…was there."
"Have you talked to her since?" her dad asked patiently.
"No," Rachel shook her head, "I-I'm scared. Now that this is all out, what if she doesn't want to be with me anymore? I mean she's Quinn Fabray. She's perfect."
"No one is perfect," he assured her.
"She is," Rachel sighed, tears in her eyes.
Her dad was quiet for a moment before he added, "Why don't you ask her to the New Year's Eve bash tomorrow night?"
"I dunno," Rachel sighed and closed her eyes, wishing that she knew what to say to Quinn to make everything go back to normal.
Santana looked at herself in the mirror, straightening out her dress. "I wish I would have remembered I was supposed to get dressed up."
"I like it when you wear that," Brittany grinned.
Santana walked over to the bed and played with Brittany's hair, "Really?"
"Yes," Brittany leaned forward and kissed Santana.
Santana smiled and smoothed out Brittany's hair. Then she reached behind the blonde and picked up their masks. She gently slid Brittany's purple sequin mask over her eyes and then put on her black sequin mask.
"We're so hot," Brittany giggled.
Santana captured Brittany in another kiss, softly sliding her lips against Brittany's. When she pulled away she grinned, "We are aren't we?" She took Brittany's hand and pulled her up, straightening out her dress.
Rachel had a handful of masks and was standing by the door handing them out to people who walked in. It didn't take long for the house to get full. As it neared eleven, the people coming in the front door started to thin out as did Rachel's hope of Quinn showing up.
However, Rachel stood at the door, doing her hostess duty by making sure that her and her dads' friends had their masks and were happy.
Kurt, Brittany, and Mercedes had found their way to the dance floor and Santana and Puck were sneaking champagne in the kitchen. As Santana poured, she glanced up and saw Brittany moving to the music. Her breathing had come to a halt and warmth spread through her body. She was so in love with Brittany at that very moment that the whole world seemed to stop.
"Santana!" Puck got her attention.
She looked down and saw that she had overfilled the glass and gotten champagne all over his hand. She chuckled, "Sorry."
When she got her champagne and Puck walked off, she started to go to the dance floor, but stopped dead. Her eyes narrowed and she pushed a few people out of the way to get to the object of her distain. "What the fuck are you doing here?"
Schuyler looked at her with a cocky smiled, "Celebrating New Year's Eve."
"You need to leave," Santana growled. She glanced behind her to see if Brittany had seen Schuyler. She spotted Brittany starting to walk off of the makeshift dance floor just as the blonde spotted her. Brittany smiled and walked over, "Hey San we were going to go see if-" She trailed off when she saw Schuyler.
"Hey," Schuyler smiled.
Brittany's smile was hesitant, "Hey. What are you doing here?"
"I got an invite on Facebook from your friend," Schuyler indicated a short person with her hand.
Santana was fuming, "Rachel Berry!" She saw Rachel out of the corner of her eye jump. She stalked over to her and demanded to know, "Why the fuck did you invite Schuyler?"
Rachel's eyes widened, "I-I didn't mean to. I just invited all of my Facebook friends."
"Why is she your Facebook friend?" Santana asked.
"I'll delete her I swear," Rachel explained quickly, "I'm sorry Santana."
The head Cheerio turned around and saw Brittany hug Schuyler before the latter turned around and walked out the door. Brittany walked over to Santana and Rachel with a smile on her face.
"What'd you say?" Santana asked.
"I told her that it was nice that she was here, but that I didn't want to be with her," Brittany took Santana's hand, "I'm in love with someone else."
Santana couldn't help but let out a huge grin. She gathered Brittany into her arms and kissed her gently.
Rachel sighed at the two in front of her. She turned around and started to walk to the kitchen. As she was walking someone stood up on the coffee table. She tilted her head to see better and saw that her dads were up on the table. She put her head back down and kept walking. They were starting the countdown. She stood against the wall and watched her dads and their friends and even some of her own friends pair off.
"Ten, nine, eight, seven, six…."
Rachel spotted Brittany and Santana sneak up the stairs both smiling at each other. She saw Santana tell Brittany she loved her as they got to the top of the stairs hand in and then disappeared down the hall to Brittany's room.
"Five, four, three, two, one…"
Rachel sighed and lowered her head. She didn't feel like watching everyone she knew kissing their significant others when she felt so alone.
"Happy New Year!"
Someone grabbed Rachel's hand and spun her around, planting a light kiss on her lips. Rachel immediately knew who's lips they were and threaded her hand through Quinn's hair.
When Quinn finally pulled away, Rachel looked up at her and then at what Quinn was wearing. "You look great, but you do know that anyone could have walked into the kitchen and saw us?"
"I don't care," Quinn let out a nervous smile, "I know you're scared because of your career and all, but I'm not scared anymore. I wanna be with you, secret or not. It's up to you."
Rachel thoughtfully played with the golden curls that flowed down Quinn's shoulders for a moment before looking up at her, "You know if we come out, there's no going back?"
The dive took a deep breath, "Okay. Let's do it."
A playful grin took over Quinn's face.
Rachel rolled her eyes, "Not that perv. Well not yet." She tilted her head up and captured Quinn's lips, wrapping her arms around the blonde's neck.
"I love you too," Quinn said when they stepped apart and took each other's hand.
Rachel blinked. She looked at Quinn for a long moment before asking, "You heard me?"
Quinn nodded and pulled Rachel toward the party.
After a pause, Rachel allowed Quinn to pull her out the door and into the mess of people, hand in hand, together.
"Happy New Year," Santana smiled at Brittany as they lay in her bed. Then she looked out the window, "Look B."
Brittany rolled onto her side and could see fireworks going off out her window. She smiled when Santana wrapped her arms around her middle. She leaned back into Santana, letting the brunette kiss her neck.
"I love you," Santana murmured against her neck, "Always."
Brittany thought back over the year. Yes, Santana had proven that no matter what she would always be loved. She's also learned over this past year that you can make your own family. She had two new dads and a new sister to prove it.
Brittany rolled back over to face Santana, "I love you too." She kissed Santana, letting her eyes flutter closed. Although it wasn't easy, the past year was a year she'd never forget.
That's the end. Hope everyone enjoyed.