Spoilers up until 3x03. Rachel confronts Quinn about her plan to get Beth back. They develop a tentative friendship while Quinn tries to find out what Rachel's angel for helping her might be. Ultimately, the friendship develops into something neither girl expected. Faberry
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The title of this fanfic as well as the chapter titles are names of songs. I do not own any of them either.
I'll Say My Piece
Chapter 1: Again I Go Unnoticed
"I know what you're trying to do."
Rachel approached Quinn at her locker after Glee of Friday afternoon. Quinn was caught off guard, not just by the words but because this was the first time Rachel had spoken to her since she confronted her under the bleachers.
"I don't know what you're talking about." Sure it was a lame response, but she didn't know what else to say.
"I know you're not an idiot, Quinn. You know exactly what I'm talking about, which is why you stiffened the moment I said it and you haven't looked me in the eye since."
Quinn slowly brought her eyes up to meet Rachel's. "You scared me when you appeared out of nowhere, Rachel, and I didn't look at you because sometimes I still get nauseous at the sight of you." She wasn't proud of it, but Rachel did tend to bring out the worst in her (and sometimes the best, but she wasn't going to dwell on that).
Rachel barely acknowledged the insult, instead focusing on Quinn's attempt to re-direct her interrogation. It wasn't meant to be an interrogation, why couldn't Quinn ever make things easy? Why'd she always have to hide herself? "You may have everyone else fooled, but you don't think I noticed that you suddenly came back to glee and stopped dressing like a…a…"
"A what, Rachel?"
"You changed back just when Shelby came back into town. And you and Puck, I mean…"
"There is no me and Puck." Quinn hissed at Rachel, shoving the rest of the books in her bag and slamming her locker shut.
"You and Puck" Rachel began again, she really hated being interrupted. "didn't say two words to each other our entire junior year, and now miraculously you're all buddy-buddy again. You expect me to believe that the timing is just a coincidence?"
"I don't care what you believe, Berry."
"Look, I know what you're trying to do." Rachel lowers her voice to barely a whisper, "with Beth."
Quinn looks at Rachel slowly, studying her intently. What was her angle here? How was she the only one to see through her scam? How was it that Rachel could always see through her?
"Look, I'm not going to tell anyone. That's not what this is about."
"Then what is this about, Rachel? Why are you even here, if it isn't about you telling everyone? I know you of all people can't keep secrets." The last sentence came out more bitter than Quinn intended, which made Rachel flinch for the first time.
"I thought you forgave me for that? You said…" Rachel began, sounding more defeated than she had ever been. Quinn sighed, before apologizing. "Look, I'm sorry okay. I did forgive you, I do. It's just, if you know what I'm doing why haven't you told anyone?
Rachel looked around anxiously. She studied the floor intently, before glancing up at Quinn. For the briefest second, Quinn swore she saw something worse than sadness pass across Rachel's face, it seemed like anguish.
"You and Puck love her so much you know. She's lucky that she has so many people who love her. I admire that you're willing to fight for her." Rachel was no longer looking at Quinn; she was looking past her down the hall, before schooling her features into her trademark 'show face smile.' "Sometimes, I wish someone cared that much about me."
Quinn didn't have a response for that. Although the look that she saw cross Rachel's face was long gone, the anguish wasn't completely out of her voice. She took a deep breath, as she closed her eyes and tried to think of a response. When she opened her eyes, she saw that she was standing alone in the middle of the hallway. Rachel was no where to be seen. She let out the breath she was holding, and realized she never felt so confused in her life.
A/N: I have several chapters written, so I hope to update regularly. If you like it, don't worry because the chapters do get longer. The friendship may be slow starting, but I want it to seem to develop naturally. Let me know if it works. Thanks.
I'll say my piece is a song by Chester See
Again I go Unnoticed is by Dashboard Confessional