Author's Notes: Yeah, yeah. Lately I've fallen out of Glee, but I loved Special Education.
we've come a long way, baby
Three days after Sectionals, Rachel swallows her pride and tells Santana in a tight voice that she did a fine job at Sectionals as a peace offering. Santana looks at her for a few seconds with one eyebrow quirked; then she lets out a huff and rolls her eyes as she says, "What the fuck ever, Lady Israel, I'll leave your lady beard alone if he means that much to you," which is about as close to a thank you that Rachel expected to get.
"I don't think you're stupid," Artie says one day while Brittany is wheeling him down the hall. She's so surprised that she stops walking. "I just think you see the world differently then other people."
"I spent my summer vacation in a sewer," she reminds him, a little sadly, but mostly just resigned. She's gotten used to not understanding things.
"So?" Artie asks, smiling at her and reaching back to give her hand a pat. "I spent mine with my fat Uncle Jerry. At least you had an adventure."
He turns his hand over and Brittany links their fingers.
Yeah, okay, fine, Puck kind of likes Berry. He kinds of likes Kurt, too, but no one's making any portmanteaus of their names (and yeah, fuck you, he does know what that word means).
Quinn develops this habit of taking Sam's ring off before she goes home. She's not sure exactly why she doesn't want her Mom to see it, except that she feels weirdly . . . protective—of Sam, of her relationship with Sam. He's completely separate from Finn, from Puck, from Beth, from that whole thing, and she just . . . isn't ready to let go of that yet.
He happens upon the card section of the grocery store and on impulse buys a one with the word congratulations! scrawled in perfect cursive. He writes in Emma and signs love Will, but he can't make himself put her husband's name.
Fine. He confesses. Mike kind of dug that whole Goth/punk cheerleader thing that Tina had going on while she thought he was cheating on her with Brittany. Not that he wants her to join the Cheerios or anything. God bless whatever pervert designed those uniforms, is all Mike is saying.
Ever since he transferred, Kurt hasn't missed a hangout date with Mercedes, and he hasn't brought Blaine to a single one of them.
The day that Finn breaks up with Rachel, Puck and Artie show up with a six-pack. Halfway through the sixteenth rematch of Puck vs. Kurt in Wii tennis, Artie leans over and says, "I could watch them all day and still find it hilarious."
Despite himself, Finn laughs. "Puck totally blows at tennis," he says.
"Shut the fuck up, Finntard," Puck shouts over his shoulder, not looking away from the screen. "Kurt's just a freak."
"You're just jealous that I look better in a skirt," Kurt snipes back, but they're both grinning.
Quinn and Santana call a temporary truce after Mercedes spills the beans about Karofsky and Kurt. A lot of fucking working goes into tearing someone down as far as they can possibly go and then burying them there, and they've always been better at the whole Mean Girls routine when they worked together.
When it's done, Quinn says, "I knew you liked Kurt. You probably even like Rachel."
"Tell anyone and I'll cut your fucking ponytail off while you sleep," Santana replies, looking straight ahead.
Quinn laughs. "So, friends?" she asks, and Santana doesn't answer exactly but her lips twitch, a little.
At Regionals, nobody asks who puts a grape Slushie in Jesse St. James' shoes, and nobody tells.