After Glee practice Friday, Finn asked Rachel to stay till everybody had left the choir room.
Almost sheepishly he asks,
"Even if you don't want to marry me, can you still hug me?"
Without a word Rachel enfolds Finn within her arms, rising to her tiptoes to rub his back. As Finn nuzzles into her neck, she smiles unconsciously, and gently presses a kiss to his shoulder. He pulls away but Rachel pulls him closer, rising once again so her mouth is level to her boyfriend's ear.
Finn pulls away once more, to gawk at Rachel with a level of astonishment that makes her giggle.
She nods, and remembering the final scene in Pride and Prejudice, decides that for once she will tell Finn how she feels without singing. Grasping his hand, she clears her throat.
"Finn Hudson; the first time I ever saw you, I knew I wanted you, plus something more. Even then I could tell how special you are, and it didn't take long for me to understand how much I needed you. You've been my rock when I've been broken, and I've had the honor of helping you when you needed it too. We're meant to be because we know how to love each other. I've had three years to fall deeper and deeper in love with you. Even when we weren't together, I was in love with you."
Finn wipes his eyes a little, and gives her the half smile that shows that he has no words, not yet. Rachel decides to decrease the space between them. Gesturing to the choir risers, Rachel puts her hands on Finn's shoulders. "I always loved you", she says, and seals the words with a kiss to his forehead. "I will always love you", she vows with a gentle brush of her lips against his cheek. "I love-". Finn holds her face firmly and kisses her the way he kissed her at Nationals last year, when the world was spinning too fast for Rachel to understand, except now she knows.
Finn spoke up before she did. "I want to marry you."
Rachel smiled, and pulled him close once to whisper "Yes, yes, I am forever yours, yes."
And she kisses him again, knowing that she can now do this forever.