I'm just perfecting the next chapters on Smooth Criminal and We Are Broken. There should be an update for one of them tonight. I just thought I'd post this little one-shot that I sort of dreamed up today. If people like it I might continue it after I've finished one of my other stories. Enjoy!

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Rachel stomped down the hallway in search of Noah Puckerman. She must look as angry as she felt because the students were parting hastily in front of her. Tossing her hair over her shoulder she growled in irritation. Where was that nonsensical boy? She had been trying to track him down for two days. Two days of unanswered phone calls and ignored text messages. He hadn't showed up for their third period class for three consecutive days. He had been to every class since their senior year had begun. The two of them had spent most of their junior year and the summer improving his grades and chances at being accepted into a decent university. This was why she was so angry with him for his careless answer in Glee two days before.

"Hey Rach-" Finn started as Rachel raised a hand to stop him.

"Finn, I'm on a mission. I'll call you later." She said quickly without stopping, ignoring his sigh of frustration.

Rachel rounded the corner and found her prey. Stalking up to him she cleared her throat angrily to gain his attention. She was quickly irked when she realised that he didn't seem the slightest bit intimidated. He managed to withstand what so many others had cowered in the face of; her temper. He closed his locker and turned to face her as he crossed his arms in preparation. She pushed past the urge to stomp her foot at his casual stance.

"What can I do for you Princess?" He asked without the usual fondness she normally heard when he used her nickname. The way that he uttered the nickname sounded almost like an insult.

"What is your problem?" She asked huffily.

He just raised his eyebrows and continued to stare at her. Realising that he wouldn't be supplying an answer she stomped her foot and crossed her arms.

"Why are you acting like this?" She asked petulantly.

"Like what?"

She stomped her foot again and gestured in his direction.

"Like this. You're acting like Puck." She spat out the nickname.

"I am Puck." He answered blankly.

"You used to be Noah. Noah was the guy who spent the last year and a half working towards something. He was the guy who showed up to every class and showed people pictures of his daughter. Puck is the guy who keeps skipping class." She explained.

She narrowed her eyes as he just shrugged and shoved his hands in pockets.

"What do you want Berry?" He asked tiredly.

"Mr. Schuester asked us where we saw ourselves in ten years. You said in jail, dead or both."

"So?" He asked with his chin jutting out.

"So? So! Are you kidding me with a 'so'?" She growled angrily.

He just stared at her once more and she felt more like crying than yelling suddenly.

"Did you mean it?" She asked quietly.

"What's it to you?" He mumbled.

"Please just answer the question."

He shifted for a moment before leaning back against his locker. He shook his head before meeting her eyes again.

"Yeah I meant it."

She took a step back as his words hit her. She had been angry about his dumb sense of humour. She didn't think that he actually really meant it.

"I-I don't understand." She stuttered.

He just rolled his eyes.

"Big surprise." He muttered as he turned to walk away from her.

Her arm shot out and stopped him as she tried to find her words. He turned to face her once more with an irritated expression crossing his face.

"What happened to you? You believed in yourself enough to turn things around to make a better future for yourself." She said as she searched his hazel orbs for more information.

"Believing in myself don't count for shit when no one else thinks I'm worth anything." He spat out bitterly.

"What are you talking about? I believe in you!" Rachel replied earnestly.

She growled when he just snorted in amusement and tore his arm out of her grasp.

"That doesn't count for anything. You don't even believe in yourself. Your judgment is shit." He answered coolly.

Rachel's shoulders tensed as she took in the blow that his words caused.

"What does that even mean?" She yelled.

He stepped closer until he was close enough to make her uncomfortable.

"Rachel Berry's opinion mattered to me. Hell I would have done anything she asked me to do because I trusted and believed in her. But you're not her. You're a stupid, insecure, little idiot and your opinion doesn't mean shit." He snarled.

"I am Rachel Berry." She said tearfully as she stepped backwards a bit.

"No. You're not. Rachel Berry was a great friend. A beautiful and talented star. She believed in herself and didn't take shit from anyone," He took a step back and looked at her in disgust. "You're a coward. You don't believe in yourself anymore and you'll spend the rest of your life here as a Lima Loser. You stopped being Rachel Berry the day you decided that Finn's happiness was more important than your own. Enjoy Lima Rachel Hudson. Don't worry about my future. Worry about your own."

The tears rolled down her face as she watched him walk away from her.