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It was very dark in Carmel's auditorium. And cold. But Shelby Corcoran wanted it that way.
She had been pacing the stage for a while, waiting for her students to arrive. The moment Shelby walked away from the Berry's home, she had her Blackberry in her hands and was composing a mass text message to all 26 members of Carmel's glee club. It was simple and she believed it would be effective: There will be a mandatory meeting in the auditorium at 8 oclock tonight. Anyone who does not show will forfeit their spot on Vocal Adrenaline. No excuses. She knew they would have a couple of hours to change their dinner plans or get their homework done. She wasn't concerned about anyone not showing up.
As soon as the first students walked through the auditorium entrance, she barked at them to get on the stage and demanded they sit on the cold wood. As more of the Vocal Adrenaline kids filtered in they followed their friends' examples and it wasn't long until the group had grown to include nearly everyone; none seemed confident enough to speak above a murmur and even then those were few and far between. Shelby didn't say anything to them, even when the 26th member straggled in late, but moved her eyes between all of the seated teenagers and slowly paced before them. She let them soak in the silence for close to five minutes. She wanted them to wonder what was in store.
Presentation was everything. Acting intimidating alone hardly ever accomplished the job. Her view on the matter was that it needed to be as subliminal and unexplainable as it was obviously threatening. If the scientific studies done on the subject were any verification on the matter, her black pantsuit relayed impressions of sophistication, dominance and authority, all necessary in creating the air of superiority she needed over these punk kids. She had arrived early enough to angle some of the stage lights to envelop her in a muted glow that she knew could create subconscious feelings of suspense and power to what she already possessed. The frigid air she had pumping out of the many industrial air-conditioning units would leave the students discomforted and on-edge. She was at an advantage in this auditorium as well, and on this stage: here, she was the boss and no one could challenge that. And with the students seated at her feet, they could see how much they didn't know about whom Shelby Corcoran actually was or what she was capable of— that Coach Corcoran was simply a persona, and a rather restrained one at that.
She kept them waiting for minutes but she had managed to decipher all of their faces and body language in barely any time at all. Theater kids were so easy to read; despite their ability to contort the appearance of emotion, they were highly expressive by nature. That meant that the 17 students who were not involved with the egging were visibly baffled and unnerved, were clustered more closely to their friends, and most plainly, most of them had dressed in their blue Vocal Adrenaline costumes because they had been unsure of what the last-minute meeting was about. The nine others on the other hand appeared quite expressionless and even bored in street clothes. Shelby was insulted by their substandard acting, and though they clearly arrived without the fear of God in them, they would leave with the fear of Coach Corcoran.
It was difficult to know who among the people in front of her had attacked her daughter but wait to do anything with that knowledge, but she used it as an exercise of self-discipline. Part of the reason Shelby had such influence was because she was always so consistently in control, so contained, but part of her was tired of that. Despite that, she continued her deliberate movements, her sharp eyes and her acute hearing scanning the group as they fidgeted on the uncomfortable floor and began to whisper in each others' ears, trying to understand what was happening.
"…Is it her time of the month or something? This is ridiculous!"
A couple of the girls gasped quietly when their coach's high heels suddenly stopped echoing and the auditorium became frighteningly silent.
The young man's comment echoed in her head, the only sound she heard other than her own unsteady breathing. None of these kids were her friends, so none of them could have known the truth regarding her medical problems, and none of them could comprehend just how hurtful that comment was to her personally. Even before her surgery, she had always truly despised the unreasonable assumption that if a woman was ever upset it must have been caused by PMS, as though she couldn't have feelings and a mind of her own. Now that she could no longer have a period, she was particularly sensitive about it.
Shelby had been mad when she had called this meeting and she held truly hateful thoughts toward some of the students she had long considered rich brats, especially when some, like Jesse St. James, returned her stare defiantly. But it was that narrow-minded comment uttered by one of those spoiled shitheads that really set her off.
"Who said that?" Shelby asked, her hushed voice menacing. None of the 26 teenagers made a sound and she felt her anger swell as she forcefully repeated, "Who said that?" When no one answered her, she treaded heavily forward and bellowed, "Chase Williams! Stand up, now!"
The sophomore boy was on his feet in no time at all and despite the fact that he was usually an attention hog, he didn't seem to enjoy being the center of the group's attention for once. His paling skin contrasted greatly beneath his messy russet hair as he stared guiltily at his furious coach.
"I asked as a courtesy," Shelby said to him, her dark eyebrows drawn together in indignation. She reached into her pocket and pulled out the remote for the spotlight and turned it on, and though the 25,000 watt bulb was angled feet away, the entire group was suddenly blinded. "I am your vocal teacher. I was able to recognize your voice the moment you opened your mouth. Please go stand under the light."
"But I don't have any sunscreen on," Chase said, his tone laced with a hint of satisfaction as though it had occurred to him that this excuse would acquit him. Unfortunately for him, she was done tolerating her glee clubbers' antics.
"Get over there now!" Shelby shouted, her powerful voice reverberating in the empty theatre, and as she stared fiercely at him he scurried away to do as she asked. Perhaps he realized he would be better off under the hot spot than under her heated glare, she thought with slight pride as her dark gaze flashed back to the startled group. "We can now thank Chase for helping me introduce a new policy that will exist for the remainder of the school year. Starting tomorrow I will be carrying stickers in the shape of stars with me; the next time someone says or does something just as stupid, sexist, insensitive and/or downright disrespectful as Chase will get a sticker on his or her forehead and time under the light to get a little color. That way the next time any of you decide you want to act cooler than you are you won't have to open your mouth at all, because everyone in school can take one look at you and see the star you think you are. Is this understood?"
She took their silence as affirmation. "Now, I know many of you are genuinely wondering what we are doing here this evening. Earlier today, some of your fellow students went over to McKinley High School and threw eggs at the lead singer of their glee club."
She stared at Jesse then, ignoring the incredulous whispering that erupted from his classmates or the silent looks his accomplices sent to one another. His handsome face was a mask of indifference and she wished he at least had the decency to look remorseful. Shelby had no idea when he had become so selfish or when his earnestness stopped and the lies began since he had offered to help her. At that moment, with his usually charming face cast in dramatic shadows from the stage light, he seemed like a stranger to her. But he wasn't, and she did not forget that fact.
She turned the small remote in her hand, her mind lost for a moment as she thought about Rachel. A memory surfaced, one of Rachel in a pretty red dress with a surprising expression akin to happiness or even adoration on her pretty face. Shelby's hand was extended and she had touched the girl's perfect, soft skin of her cheek as crinkles appeared around Rachel's warm brown eyes. Suddenly the memory came crashing down as she imagined egg yolks dripping off of that skin and those eyes widened in dismay, and it faded away into the sight of the individuals who had done that very thing to her little girl.
Shelby lifted the remote and the room darkened again as she switched off the spotlight. She turned her head and stared angrily at Chase Williams, who was swaying slightly, clearly woozy from his short time under the hot light.
"Get some water then sit back down." He did as she demanded and as he walked past the others she thought about the few students who were accountable for the embarrassing prank upon Rachel. Her voice was tight as she did her best to remain calm and collected. "In the past I've found it amusing how overconfident seniors are, how superior they think they are even compared to those who have already accomplished so much more with their lives simply because they've made it through most of high school. It seems that the ones among us think they are better than me and the reputation of our club based on their behavior this past week. I didn't care when you all went to McKinley for your little intimidation game, if only because you got permission by school officials to be there, but I did have a problem when a few of you vandalized their choir room. And just like the assault that occurred today, I'm certain that the people who did that were members of our senior class and a couple of their junior followers."
"That's bull! Prove it!" Elliot Parsons yelled from the back of the group.
"Yeah, prove it," Giselle de la Rosa said from Jesse's side, her obnoxious attitude causing a sly smile to appear across her face. Shelby released a shuddering, furious breath as Giselle raised an eyebrow challengingly. This bitch didn't realize who she was taunting.
"I don't have to prove anything!" she snapped at them, taking two long strides toward the clustered upperclassmen so she could see their faces clearer. She was pleased when they recoiled slightly at the shrunken distance between them but only glared more severely. "But if I wanted to, all I have to do is check the school records to see which of you idiots checked out of last period early. You were able to get away with toilet-papering their classroom because I've been too busy trying to clean up this mess you've made between our schools. It hasn't escaped my notice that you like to take advantage of my defensiveness; you know that I don't tolerate any bullshit." Her hands clenched at her sides as her voice dropped to a low growl. "But you really screwed up this afternoon—the moment that you targeted my daughter, you targeted me. And that was a mistake."
"Look, it wasn't 'cause she was your daughter!" Bradley Baker blurted out. Shelby straightened up and crossed her arms in front of her at this and watched Brad grimace as Elliot slugged him. He just rubbed his arm and persisted with his confession. "Their club slashed our tires so we just wanted to get back at them."
"You know that I've already dealt with the two boys who did that. They'll be working off the debt for the next six months at the very least! Rachel had nothing to do with it!"
"But she's their lead!"
"And from what we heard she needed to be knocked off her pedestal," Giselle said with a haughty shrug.
"Yeah, and it's not like you even talk to her anyway, right?" Hilary Gerhardt interjected, her mouth open slightly as she chewed her gum and her light eyes staring up at her coach with a curious, dumb look on her face.
"Why don't you keep giving me excuses until you can find one that makes any of this acceptable!"
Clearly none of them could, as she well knew. Her eyes flashed to Jesse's expression of nonchalance but she continued to address the upperclassmen, her emotion about the situation leaking out with her words. "What you've done today was more than just a harmless prank. You egged a vegan, and I'm not so dim as to assume that you haven't been informed of that from someone among your group. That means that practical joke of yours has the potential to do more than just bring down her spirit, it could cause lasting psychological consequences. Did this occur to none of you? Do you not care?"
Shelby was so disappointed in these students it was beyond words. She had given up so much for them over the years, the seniors in particular. Four years she had spent trying to teach and support them, giving them countless opportunities, and providing them a base on which to build a better future than what she had. And this was how they thanked her.
"Since winning is obviously so important to you, you're going to do it fair and square with hard work and dedication, not bullying, which is why I made a phone call this afternoon," Shelby said, her voice returning to its normal sharpness. "For nearly 150% of his normal price, Dakota Stanley has agreed to choreograph one last number for us before Regionals." Many of the students groaned and one girl let out a loud wail of despair. "It seems Andrea already realizes what that means— as we've done whenever we've had the honor of Mr. Stanley's assistance, for the next three weeks we'll be in this auditorium from 2:30 to midnight with his supervision and all of his critiques. As a special bonus, he is also willing to give up his Saturdays for us until the competition. During that time you'll be rehearsing what I imagine will be one of our most complicated and intricate numbers yet, not just physically but vocally as well, and you will not complain lest you want to risk getting burned under the spot. For the next month you will live, eat, and breathe Vocal Adrenaline more than you ever have before, and those who had nothing to do with any of this immature act of cruelty have plenty of opportunity to thank the few that were responsible.
"As for you," she spat, stepping forward and roughly pulling Jesse up by his jacket sleeve, satisfactorily shocking the impassiveness right off of his handsome face. She kept her grip tight on the leather as she watched genuine emotions flash rapidly by, an uncommon sight from the boy who apparently lived his life method acting. She chose to address that first. "You lied to me. You told me you didn't want anything to happen to her, yet in one move you managed to take both of our trust and stab us in the back with it. And for what? Acceptance back into the club? Popularity?"
If not for the hand she had on his arm, she wouldn't have noticed Jesse wilt slightly at her words. She wanted to ask him why their opinion of him mattered; part of his arrogance as a senior stemmed from the fact that in less than two months he would be graduating and be free of this place and the people in it. After graduation he would pack up and move away to Los Angeles for school, separating himself further from his peers. How had he managed to fall prey to pressure from his friends? Had the transition to McKinley then back again been that difficult for him socially? Or was the aspiring star in him so desperate for mass appreciation that he was willing to sacrifice real relationships for it?
Shelby thought about the dilated, blue eyes in front of her and she wondered how they had managed to watch a scene of brutality against a girl he claimed to care for. She couldn't comprehend how they could stare into Rachel's trusting eyes as he participated in the sick game he and his friends had cooked up to dishearten her. She didn't understand how he could have looked away, leaving her all alone, dripping with egg yolk in the parking lot of her school.
She released her grip, letting him stumble backwards. "You're getting what you want, Jess. You will be the lead for this next number, but understand this: If you miss a single note or a single step – if you falter at all – I will stop everything and everyone will take it again from the top until you get it right."
"Come on, Coach! We didn't do anything! Why do we have to be his whipping boy?" asked Cody Worrall, one of the freshmen.
"We are a team. The wellbeing of the group is dependent on each individual within it and because of that you must be responsible for one another. If you can't accept that – if any of you have a problem with my management – the door is that way," Shelby told them, extending an arm toward one of the dozen exits in the auditorium. "If you leave, however, your time in Vocal Adrenaline will be irrefutably over. Any letters of recommendation I've written for you will be retracted. Any gifts to the club, including your cars, will need to be returned to Carmel immediately. So if you don't like my judgment, take a moment to decide what is more important to you: your pride or your commitment to this generous school."
With this, she was done. Shelby walked away from them, disappearing into the shadows so she could settle her raging, racing emotions without their notice. Wrapping her arms around herself, she wished there was more she could have done for Rachel. Despite the fact that Dakota Stanley wasn't an unfamiliar presence in this auditorium, the students held very, very strong feelings of hatred for him and his conduct. Personally, Shelby didn't like him either as a human being but he was a much more effective choreographer than she was and he reliably followed through with his boastful assurances. Shelby had hoped that inviting him to spend nearly 60 hours a week with her kids would teach them a lesson as well as contain them for the remainder of the year on this stage where they could do no more harm. It was unfortunate for her that she would also be stuck here, tolerating Dakota's obnoxiousness, the countless complaints of her grating students and their even more intolerable parents.
Part of her was more miserable than she had ever been before. Not only was her personal life an absolute, empty mess, but she no longer felt the passion for Glee that had served as a distraction from that for the last few years. Part of her even felt disdain for the students she had once truly cared for. Shelby was beginning to realize that she needed a change from this; perhaps it was time to hang up her show-choir hat and find something else that would give her life more meaning than coaching an extra-curricular activity for a bunch of over-indulged, unappreciative teenagers.
She looked over her shoulder and was not surprised to see every member of the club still seated on the stage floor. They were smart enough to know how advantageous being part of this excelling glee club was to their futures and they wouldn't risk their chance at getting out of this dead-end town. For years she had promised her students that if they worked hard in Vocal Adrenaline they would have limitless opportunities in their future and she meant that. Despite her anger, in the end this so-called "punishment" was simply another opportunity for them. With her vocal and musical arrangements and Dakota's choreography, they would make it to Nationals. But it was not going to be handed to them on a silver platter, served alongside the crushed willpowers of their humble competitors. She would make sure their feet bled and their voices were destroyed from overexertion before that happened again.
Shelby turned her head so her hair blocked the view of the kids from her peripheral, still ill from the sight of many of them, and said in a low voice, "Go home and ready yourself for hell, because tomorrow afternoon Dakota Stanley and I will be here waiting for you." It wasn't said in a hostile way, but judging by the students' silence as they exited the building they were unnerved all the same.
Once the sound of footsteps faded from her perception, Shelby let the weariness and weakness she had been fighting engulf her, and she wrapped her arms around herself tighter as she began shutting down. She brought a hand to her brow, more aware than ever of the headache that had been building for the last few hours. Days like today, she wanted nothing more than to have someone to go home to and to take comfort from, but she would deal with her longing for love and her solitude just as she always had. This was just another day.
Shelby jumped and spun with shock when she felt a hand on her shoulder, her heart racing at the sudden realization that she wasn't alone. When she saw who it was, the pulsing anger she had been controlling the whole evening rushed back into her like a dust storm over a stagnant desert wasteland. She was embarrassed and furious that he once again caught her at a vulnerable moment. "Go home, Jesse."
"Shelby, just listen to me."
"I'm not interested in anything you have to say," she said to him, ignoring the shameful façade he was evidently putting on for her. Being alone by herself seemed to be a more desirable option than being alone with him, so without another word she made for the door. She nearly made it to the end of the stage when she heard him call out in that smug voice he was capable of, "Just go ahead and walk out, Shelby. We both know how good you are at that."
She froze and felt like the world was shrinking around them. The pain from his vicious comment hit her square in the gut as many of the feelings she had felt in leaving Rachel leaked through her insides and began eating at her like acid. Spinning crossly, her voice carried through the auditorium as she snapped, "Stop fucking with me, Jess!"
He held his head up high as he spoke next. "I took an egg and broke it right on her head."
Shelby felt her features wash over with agony and her mind go blank in response to his bluntness. Reading him, she knew he wasn't bragging or attempting to provoke her, but he was hurting her all the same. "Why are you doing this to me?"
"Because…" he began, slowly approaching her across the stage, his shoes quiet against the wood. "Because I need you to see that I know I've made a mistake."
She bristled at this, a soft scoff escaping her lips. "I don't have time for your games, Mr. St. James. Good night."
"Shelby, stop! I'm serious!"
"Tell me why I should believe you."
"Look, before I left on Spring Break, Rachel did something that completely humiliated me," Jesse said, and Shelby felt herself straining to remain still and quiet, to hear him through. He gestured loftily, saying, "She didn't mean to of course, she's just a silly, needy girl. But part of me was glad when I had the opportunity to return the favor." He exhaled moodily, sticking his hands into his denim-pant pockets, and Shelby furrowed her brow at him. "But I didn't feel any better about it, because while her need for attention caused her to inadvertently hurt me, mine made me purposefully malicious. My hypocrisy wasn't so glaring until you pointed it out. You've always understood me better than anyone."
"Always" wasn't the appropriate word anymore, especially as she wondered if she had ever really understood him. After all, she had been so certain he was a good kid that she had chosen to entrust him with her deepest secret and with the most important thing in her life. Shelby thought about the young man who first wanted to help her, who was willing to go so far as to change schools because she had asked him to. She had only been inches from him when he told her that he was beginning to have feelings for the daughter she had not yet met, and how could she have believed him to be anything but sincere when he was using his free time running through torrential rain to update her about the delicate mission she had assigned to him? But the inconsistency between his words and his actions left her mystified. She had known Jesse since he was 14 years old and she would never have imagined him to possess the cruelty he had used on Rachel that afternoon at the expense of someone who was had always had faith in him. Clearly it was possible to be very wrong about a person. It frustrated her to become conscious of the fact that she had no idea what was reality and what was fiction with Jesse anymore. Part of her wanted to believe that he was being truthful to her, but that was miniscule compared to the part that was repulsed by him.
"Kid, I don't know you at all," she informed him, concealing her injured dignity with an air of apathy.
He pretended to be unfazed by this, but he tensed and his gaze shifted, giving him away. Had the situation been different she might have felt bad for him; after all, she knew his home life and his aloof, uncaring parents were hardly better than hers had been growing up. He was the man on campus and on this stage but he was next to nothing at home.
"You've always been there for me, pushing me to reach beyond my potential," he continued, despite her harsh comment. "And the only time you've ever asked for anything in return all I did was continue to look out for my best interests."
"You've done me a favor, Jess," Shelby said scathingly, her focus on smoothing the sleeves of her shirt rather than on him. "Maybe now I'll remember that I can't depend on anyone but myself. I should thank you."
"I'm sorry," he said, his well-trained voice communicating remorse. He certainly looked pitiful, but he was a good actor and she wouldn't let herself ignore that. "I've never really had anyone be disappointed in me before. I don't know what to do."
"Respect is earned," Shelby told him coldly. She would later wonder if he was ever taught this. Despite his parents' inattention, he had been given everything he could ever have wanted in his life, perhaps as compensation for the things that Shelby knew a child like Jesse really needed but wasn't offered, like continual love and support. "For the next three weeks you have all of your friends plus every member of the band relying on you not to screw up. My advice to you is to not disappoint them."
She walked away from him then, leaving him on the stage on which he thrived.
For the two afternoons after that, she would watch the perspiring members of her club work hard on their cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody" and know that it she would never believe that it was punishment enough. But at the very end of the week, during a period when she should have been watching her students suffer on the complicated number she had devised, she finally found some peace. It was a surprising source, to be sure, particularly considering that it took place on a completely different stage.
"Thank you for coming," Rachel had said with confidence and poise as she stared boldly down at the seated members of Vocal Adrenaline in front of her. "After your brazen escalation of our growing dispute, which we were willing to put to rest, we decided the only way to truly funkify you is to show you the one thing we know you can't do. So enjoy."
And as Rachel slid on her hat and joined her teammates behind the psychedelic screen while Parliament's Give Up the Funk began pulsing through the speakers, Shelby knew things would be okay. For the first time, she was comforted that Rachel didn't and wouldn't need her. She was glad her students would be put in their place— the final, surprise strike from Rachel and her glee club reminding them that they shouldn't underestimate anyone or overestimate themselves.
But it would be for a while yet that Shelby would hide in that dark corner of McKinley's auditorium and watch her daughter stand up to the people that egged her while appearing completely unruffled. After Shelby had left Jesse by himself and without her forgiveness, she needed to shut down and lock up Carmel's huge, impressive drama building, part of the many responsibilities she had as Vocal Adrenaline's director. It wouldn't be until close to 10 o'clock at night that she pulled into her driveway, nearly six hours after she had originally come home expecting an evening of comfort.
If not for a feeling of déjà vu as she walked toward her front door, she wouldn't have peered up at the house to the east of her. Through the blinds of his large living-room window, Philip Norlington's eyes followed her progress from her car, perhaps trying to see if she brought home the daughter she had earlier claimed to have. She hated to disappoint him, but it was just a natural part of her life that she was alone. He hastily closed the blinds when he caught her staring back and she sighed, wondering if things would be hostile between them from now on or if she could add him to the list of people who made habits of evasion out of fear. She hoped it would be the latter even though it was a sad thought.
Earlier in the day, when her biggest problem she had was avoiding her annoying neighbor, she had planned on walking into her house and changing into some loose-fitting jeans, tennis shoes and some worn t-shirt or other. But when she finally did enter her residence and stripped out of her warm work clothes to her underwear, she didn't even bother putting anything else on, for what did it matter—who did she have to offend? And instead of blissfully browsing the extensive collection at Milano's Music, she watched a young girl's MySpace videos from the laptop she brought into her bedroom and sipped at a glass of wine she hoped would take the edge off from her trying day. With each swallow of the dark-red liquid, she thought about the call she had gotten from Will Schuester, the news of Rachel's assault, her talk with Ephraim Berry and her confrontation with the apparently unappreciative people she had given up the last few years of her life to help. Even after she placed the empty wine glass next to the computer on her bedside table, she felt awful inside, the alcohol predictably useless in easing her misery.
Maybe Ephraim was right, Shelby mused, sinking further under her covers as she watched Rachel's attempt at a solo version of her glee club's cover of Somebody to Love. Maybe she had too much love in her. She longed for an outlet, but not just something like a pet cat like Ephraim had suggested. She wanted something more; something real. Something, she thought as she watched Rachel perform in her bedroom that she had never been in, that she wouldn't have to share with anyone.
Shelby hugged a pillow to her chest and closed her eyes for a while, listening to the next video begin to play. Rachel's beautiful voice, despite the crap computer speakers from which it came, enveloped her but it didn't satisfactorily fill the hole inside of her heart. It never had, and as she remembered the girl's expression the day she said goodbye to her, she knew it never would. It wouldn't be for another three days until she would stop blaming herself for everything, feeling concern and regret over what Jesse and his friends had done to Rachel, and wanting to take care of the little girl she had housed in her womb 16 years before. Until that time, Rachel's voice would continue to resound in her mind, giving her advice she didn't know how to yet follow:
"Smile though your heart is aching, smile even though it's breaking. When there are clouds in the sky you'll get by. If you smile through your pain and sorrow, smile and maybe tomorrow you'll see the sun shining through for you. Light up your face with gladness, hide every trace of sadness, although a tear may be ever so near. That's the time you must keep on trying. Smile, what's the use of crying? You'll find that life is still worthwhile if you just smile."
Before long she felt the affect of the wine; her exhausted body began sinking further into her plush bedding and her heavy lids started blurring her view of Rachel's MySpace. She fell asleep as the video ran, as though the song sung by her daughter was a lullaby meant to soothe away her relentless stress.
After all, for Shelby Corcoran, it really had been one hell of a week.
Another story completed. I hope you all liked it, even if it ended differently from what you had in mind. She was pissed but composed at her kids and didn't really give Jesse a piece of her mind like we all would have liked, but somehow the events of Funk needed to be linked to Journey. Still, I believe that they all now know better than to mess with Shelby. Bad idea. I decided a while ago that if Shelby Corcoran and Chuck Norris were to fight, he'd run away screaming out of intimidation. What do you think about that?