Disclaimer: Sadly, I don't own Glee.
A/N: MVP was meant to be a one-shot but this idea has been stuck in my head for a while now so I figured I would add a part two. Personally, I love this, especially the ending. Puck may seem a tad bit OOC in this so I apologize in advance. Thanks to everyone that has reviewed and I hope this part doesn't disappoint too much.
Just a warning, this contains some Finn bashing but seriously, Finn's a douche and someone really needs to point this out on the show. I think Puck would be the perfect person to pop Finn's massive ego. And in case you haven't noticed, I kind of hate Finn Hudson, probably a little more than a person should hate a fictional character...
"What's going on with you and Puckerman?" Finn walked up to Rachel while she was at her locker after Glee. "You two have been hanging out a lot lately and it's just weird because I thought you two hated each other."
"Nothing is going on between Noah and me." Rachel blew out a breath and turned to face Finn. "Not that it's any of your business if something was going on."
"Wait?" He shook his head. "So something is going on?"
Rachel rolled her eyes. "No, Finn." She quietly shut her locker.
"Are you sure? Because he broke up with Lauren a month ago and now he's all buddy-buddy with you. Don't you find that suspicious?"
"I don't." She shook her head. "Noah and I are just friends. He's helping me, that's all."
"Helping you with what?"
Rachel glanced past Finn to see Puck making his way towards her locker. "Look, Finn, I don't have time for this right now." She brushed past him and walked towards Noah, who was still looking at Finn suspiciously. "Actually, I don't think I'll ever have time to have this conversation with you."
"You okay?" Puck asked.
"I'm fine." She nodded to reassure him. "Let's go."
"You lied." Finn spoke up. "You are messing with Puckerman."
"What?" Puck looked from Rachel to Finn. "What the fuck are you talking about, Hudson?"
"I'm talking to Rachel." Finn glared at Puck. "Not you."
"Yea, well now you're talking to me." Puck stepped in front of Rachel and she grabbed his bicep to stop him.
"Noah, it's okay. Let's just go." Rachel whispered.
"What are you doing with him, Rachel?" Finn asked. "I never thought you'd stoop so low as Puckerman." He shook his head. "You could do a lot better."
"Come on, Noah." Rachel pulled on his arm but he shook her off and she was tempted to just close her eyes so she didn't have to see the scene that was unraveling in front of her. "Please don't do something stupid. You're still on probation, Noah."
"I'm just going to have a nice conversation with Finn." Puck squared his jaw. "I'm not going to pound his face in… yet."
"Noah." Rachel warned but she knew it was futile, so instead she chose to just watch the two boys stare each other down. She would, however, step in before any blows could be delivered.
"I don't understand what she's doing with you." Finn shook his head. "She had me and now she's settling for you."
Puck ground his teeth and clenched his fist, taking a small step to close the space between him and Finn. "I think you need to back off before I end up punching you in the jaw."
"You're pathetic. You really are." Finn snorted. "I can't believe I was ever friends with you. You promised you would stay away from Rachel. You promised you wouldn't go after her and now you're sneaking around with her behind my back. Some friend you are."
"You want to know what Rachel's doing with me?" Puck asked loudly. "She's trying to get over you, asshole. She's trying to pick up the pieces after you dumped her. She's trying to figure out what the hell she wants but every time you look at her she turns to goo again. She turns into this annoying, needy girl that no one likes." Puck shook his head. "You think you are God's gift to women and you think you can do whatever you want to anybody and get away with it. You really need a reality check, Finn. Someone needs to beat the shit out of you and I'm just the person to do it."
"Noah." Rachel grabbed his arm again, sensing he was reaching his boiling point.
"You want to know what I'm doing with Rachel? I'm trying to fix what you broke!" Puck yelled at Finn, who stepped back suddenly. "You say you love her and then you run back to Quinn with your tail between your legs. You treat her like she's some doll you can sit on a shelf until you're ready to play with her again."
"Back off, man." Finn snarled. "You don't know what you're talking about."
"You think I'm a Lima loser?" Puck laughed sourly. "Look around, we're all Lima losers. We are all going to be stuck in this shitty town in dead-end jobs that we hate but her…" He looked back at Rachel before fixing his gaze on Finn again. "She's the only one that's going to make something of herself. She's the only one that is going to get out of Ohio and be somebody. She's smart and talented but when she's with you, you just drag her down." Finn frowned and looked over at Rachel, who was staring wide-eyed at Puck, still clinging to his arm. "I'm trying to make her see she doesn't need you. But fuck, somehow she fell in love with you. She's in love with you and you don't see how much you're hurting her. You don't see how much she needs you to notice her; to notice how great she is. She's in love with you, Hudson." Puck shook his head and stepped back. "I'm just… I'm trying to pick up the pieces of your mistake."
"Noah." Rachel whispered, pulling him back further. "It's okay." She told him. "Come on. It's okay." She led him away from Finn, who was staring after them, confused as to what just happened.
"It's not okay." Puck spoke up once they were parked in her driveway.
She looked over at him curiously. "I'm fine, Noah. Finn… I'm getting over him. I am."
"He hurt you, Rachel. So much, and just fuck… it's not okay what he did to you. He made you feel like crap and he doesn't even care. He didn't even apologize."
"It is okay." Rachel told him softly. "If he hadn't hurt me; if he hadn't broken up with me I'd still be with him."
"You're in love with him?" Puck looked over at her.
She nodded, a sad smile gracing her lips. "I am."
"I hate that he doesn't see how fucking great you are." He told her.
"And you do?" She asked quietly.
He smiled at her hesitantly. "I do."
He slid across the seat of his truck towards her and she watched him warily. "Noah." She whispered when he was right in front of her, his breath beating down on her cheek as his eyes searched hers.
"I see you, Rachel." He said. "I see how great you are… and you make me want to be good. You make me want to at least try to be someone; to be something."
"You are something." She replied, her fingertips brushing against his cheek. "To me… you're something to me." She smiled up at him.
Puck leaned forward to brush her lips against hers, wanting to make sure she was okay with this. Her eyes fluttered shut and she leaned towards him. He kissed her again, slowly at first but when she bunched his t-shirt in her hands he moved his lips on hers harder, making her heart pound in her ears.
After a few seconds he pulled away and rested his forehead on hers. She opened her eyes and found his hazel ones staring back at her.
"What are you doing?" She asked, barely above a whisper.
He swallowed the lump in his throat and his fingers leapt out to brush some hair back from her face. "Fixing you." He replied just as quietly before his lips were on hers again.
She screwed her eyes shut again and thought that maybe he was telling the truth because as his lips moved against hers she could feel the hole in her chest that Finn had made slowly start to hurt just a little bit less.