The Glee club sat in the choir room.
"Okay guys, we are doing something different today," Mr Schuester announced. "Today we will be learning the process of CPR. I have chosen partners for you and both of you will, well, let's just say help the other one. You are to pretend that your partner is a CPR dummy because unfortunately this school of ours doesn't have the money to afford real dummies. So any questions?".
"What does CPR mean?" Puck asked.
"Very good question, Puck," Mr Schuester said. "CPR means cardiopulmonary resuscitation."
Rachel gulped. This could possibly be her chance to kiss Finn. As Mr Schuester had said, he had chosen partners for them. Rachel was praying for Finn to be hers.
Finn was half asleep and had only heard half of what Mr Schuester had gone on and on about. It was something about CPR and having partners. Wait, could that mean…? Finn was now wide-awake in his seat.
As Mr Schuester explained the assignment in more detail, Finn was wringing his hands together in worry and anxiety.
"I will now call you and your partner's names. When I call your names please come up to the piano and get your instruction packets. Read through them and they will explain the directions of what you must do. Mats for lying down on the dirty floor are over by that side wall," Mr Schuester pointed.
Mr Schuester sighed and went on, "The partnerships are: Sam and Tina, Mike and Santana, Quinn and Finn, Puck and Mercedes, Kurt and Brittany, Rachel and Artie,".
"Mr Schue? How can I do this?" Artie asked pointing to his wheel chair.
"Erm... well Artie, you just sit out for now," Mr Schuester added.
"What about me, I have now partner," Rachel announced.
"Well I'll be your partner," He agreed.
Rachel nodded. As everyone was already on the task, Mr Schuester handed her the instructions.
Rachel read the instructions:
1. Place on back.
2. Open mouth with fingers and be sure that tongue or a foreign object is not blocking throat. Do not do this without looking.
3. If not possibility of neck injury, place hand on forehead and other hand under chin, and gently tilt head back to free tongue so not blocking windpipe.
4. Hold nose shut - cover mouth with your mouth and give 2 breaths (each 1.5-2 seconds and see chest rise)
5. Put heel of one hand midway between nipples and put other hand on top of first.
6. Press down 30 times to a depth of about 1 1/2 to 2 inches at a rate of a little less than about 2 per second (100 per minute)
7. CYCLE: Repeat 2 breaths followed by 30 chest compressions.
8. If you feel pulse return, continue with breaths only.
Rachel gulped, not knowing what to say. How could they possibly do this? They were student and teacher.
Rachel quickly looked around the room and noticed everyone else had already started. She snuck a glance at Finn and noticed that Quinn and him seemed to be doing more than just what the directions said. Give two breaths for 10 seconds each is not what the directions said. Disgusted, she looked away and at Mr Schuester.
She was staring at him, so he said something to snap her out of whatever trance she was in.
"Rachel, maybe we should start now?" Mr Schuester suggested.
"Yeah," Rachel muttered.
She sighed and Mr Schuester lay down on his back on the blue mat.
Rachel looked at the second direction since he was already on his back. Hesitantly, she took two of her fingers and gently pried open Mr Schuester's mouth. Obviously since this was not the real thing, nothing was blocking his throat.
She didn't need to do number three, but she hesitated at number four. Mr Schuester's mouth voluntarily opened and she held his nose between her index finger and thumb. She used her left hand, so she could have better access to his mouth. Nervously, she bent over him and gave him two quick breaths. Even though it wasn't a real kiss, it sent fireworks through Mr Schuester's and Rachel's heads. Mr Schuester's chest rose when she gave him the two-second breaths.
They both didn't say anything as Rachel read the fifth direction.
Rachel glanced behind her at everyone else. No one else seemed to be having a problem. Some of the Glee club were heavily making out.
Rachel placed one of her hands on his sternum and the other hand on top of her hand. She pressed down lightly 30 times. Mr Schuester looked in her eyes, silently trying to tell her something. The feelings he was experiencing was something that he had never felt before. Mr Schuester was tense and was trying to calm down.
"I'm supposed to do the breaths again and then the 30 chest compressions," Rachel told him quietly.
"Okay," Mr Schuester smiled.
Secretly he wanted her to keep going. He had felt an instant spark between the two when her lips had lightly touched his.
"Okay," Rachel shrugged.
Without warning she leaned her head to the right and kissed him. It was a little more intense than last time, but to other people it would still look like CPR and not a make-out session. Rachel gave him two breaths and put her hands in-between his chest and gave him 30 compressions.
"The last direction says to continue with just breaths if the pulse returns," Rachel said. Taking his wrist in her hand, she felt his pulse. "So, just breaths?"
"If that is what the directions say," Mr Schuester said.
Just as Rachel was about to give him more breaths, he stopped her when her lips were hovering above his. He didn't move.
"How many more breaths?" Rachel asked.
Her lips were moving and barely touching Mr Schuester's. She could feel the slight tickle.
Mr Schuester just stared in to her beautiful big eyes. Wait, what the hell was he thinking? This was his student!
"I guess until I am breathing and conscious," He replied.
They were still so close that he could feel her breath as she whispered in his ear.
"Then I guess we just do however many breaths you need," Rachel whispered.
Rachel kissed him more thoroughly this time and held for longer than 10 seconds. Mr Schuester wasn't complaining. He liked it- a lot. This was no longer CPR. They pulled apart and smiled at each other.