Wow, long time no see. I am sorry for taking so long to update, but school is getting hectic. It is my grade 12 year, so I have to be more focused. I took a little break to write this chapter because you all deserve and update after waiting for so long. It has been so long that has gotten a face lift since I last updated lol. I appreciate everyone you reads my story, who reviews is and all the alerts and favourites for this story. It really motivates me to right.
Anyways, I hope you enjoy and watch for some notes at the end of the chapter.
Rachel sat in the back of the classroom, trying her best to stay attentive. Over the past few weeks, her life had changed drastically. She lost who she thought was the love of her life to gain the true love of her life. And even through the confusion of it all, she was ultimately happy. It had been a long time since should could say that and be sincere about it.
The brunette sat in the back of the room, mindlessly doodling in the corner of her notebook. She was usually a focused student, but with senior year winding down, her attention seemed to slip away. She still had her 4.0 GPA, but she found she no longer needed to use the distraction of books and learning to hide away from her life. Right now, her life was pretty good.
However, there were always those down days in her life. Every day couldn't be rainbows and butterflies. Yesterday, the whole Russell situation was definitely a bump in the road. She knew her and Quinn would eventually move past that but it would be a long road. She was then reminded of another clouded day in her life when she looked to the front of the classroom at the empty desk that sat there. It was Finn's desk.
Finn was still MIA, Rachel assuming he was still up north with family. She had tried to send him emails, asking him how he was doing. Was he okay? Was he happy? But they all remained unanswered. She couldn't really blame him either; she broke his heart. When she gazed upon that empty desk, a tinge of guilt rose in her chest. She didn't want it to be like this. The last thing she wanted was for someone to get hurt, but in the end, that's what happened. No matter what she did, someone was going to get hurt. So in the end, she followed her heart. And if she had to do it again, she would do it a million times over because in the end she got her girl. She got to have Quinn. Rachel would take all the guilt in the world as long she could have Quinn by her side for the rest of her life. And that was the plan; Quinn would be hers for the rest of her life.
Even though she couldn't be happier, she couldn't help but feel sad at knowing she lost a friend. Even though Finn had his moments where he was not the best boyfriend or fiancé, in the end, he was her very first friend. For a lot of the time, people just tolerated Rachel. She never really had any friends. She got slushy facials on a daily basis and was teased for her dreams and her family. It was hard. It took one day, one club that brought a smorgasbord of people together; the jocks, the cheerleaders, the nerds, the Broadway geeks. It was Glee club that brought her and Finn together in one of the strangest friendships. Even though at first it was only in private, he believed she was a star and that she was going places. That meant a lot to her. She wondered where along the line Finn lost the boy he used to be and turned into the person he is now. However before he left, she saw a faint glimpse of the old Finn. She just wanted her friend back.
Now here she sits in the classroom, without Finn sitting a few rows ahead if her, but her focus drifts from the empty seat towards the clock hung on the wall. Since the class had started, she had been counting the minutes until the day was over. Today was the day Quinn was finally coming home and Rachel couldn't have been happier.
Along with checking the clock every 30 seconds, she couldn't help but check her phone simultaneously. She was waiting for a text or a call, telling her that Quinn was being discharged and to come to the hospital to help her mom get her home. But the more times she looked at the clock, the slower it seemed to move. And the more time that passed on, the more Rachel had to listen to Mr. Shue drone on in poor Spanish.
After what seemed like an eternity, the bell finally sounded and students began filing out of the room. Rachel packed her books in her bag and began to head towards her locker to grab her homework for the evening. While she was pulling out her history textbook, she felt a tap on her shoulder.
"Excuse me, Ms. Berry?"
Rachel turned to see Sam smiling widely. She didn't think it was possible, but his mouth seemed even bigger. She also couldn't help but think he looked impossibly cute. She could definitely see why Mercedes liked him.
"Hi Sam, is there a reason you are being so formal or is this some sort of prank? Am I on Punk'd? Oh my god, are there cameras?"
Rachel started looking around for seemingly hidden cameras before she felt a solid hand on her shoulder.
"Rachel, you're not on Punk'd. I have been ordered to escort you to your car."
"Okay, but why?" Rachel replied, clearly confused on why she now needed an escort to her car.
"I think it's best if you don't ask questions. Besides, you don't want to ruin the surprise now, do you?"
"There's a surprise? What surprise? Sam you know I hate surprises."
"Actually I don't, but now that I do, remind me I have to kill someone later. I was not paid to deal with a diva."
Rachel huffed ready to give her rebuttal but knew it was pointless. Trying to argue that she was not a diva was a waste of time. She was in fact a diva, just not in the context that Sam had put it in. She decided to swallow her pride and finish putting her books into her bag. When she closed her locker, Sam held out his arm for her.
"Right this way Ms. Berry."
"Sam, you don't have to call me Ms. Berry. You can call me Rachel."
"No can do. If I want the $20 to buy new comic books, I have to follow orders."
"Orders? Who gave you orders?"
"You will see."
Rachel didn't have to see, she had a pretty good idea it was Quinn. She just didn't know why Sam was escorting her to her car to see Quinn at the hospital. However, she was going to do as she was asked and not question Sam. She threw her bag over her shoulder and looped her arm with Sam's. They walked slowly through the hall, weaving through the crowd of students, before finally exiting out of the front doors. Rachel saw her car but became confused when she was being lead towards Sam's truck.
"Okay, you do realize my prius is over there, right?"
"Yes, but my truck is over here."
"Why are we going to your truck? Are you going to kidnap me?"
"No I am not going to kidnap you. What is with you going to the most extreme outcomes?"
"It's part of my DNA," Sam let out a chuckle.
"I have a surprise, but you need to close your eyes so I can go get it."
"After just talking about being kidnapped, the idea of closing my eyes while standing in the middle of a parking lot does not sound like the best idea."
"Trust me, if you close your eyes, the surprise will be so worth it."
The brunette eyed Sam warily, but after a moment, she decided to shut her eyes. In the grand scheme of things, Sam was completely harmless. He was more like a cute puppy than a menace to society. Also, he didn't have the most brains in the world. She assumed he was being sincere in his promises. Besides, this most likely had something to do with Quinn, so it could never truly be bad.
Rachel waited as she heard Sam step towards his truck. She heard him open the trunk to get something out of the truck bed. The idea of being kidnapped was starting coming back into her head. She heard Sam grunt as he was struggling to lift something out of the bed before he place said object on the ground with a relieved sigh. She stood there for a moment, taking in the sudden silence before hearing a voice that forced her eyes to flutter open.
There before her was her wheelchair bound girlfriend.
"Quinn! Oh my god, what are you doing here?"
"I came here to surprise you and clearly it worked. I thought Sam was going to let it slip before he got you out here."
"Well surprised I am. Hi."
Rachel ran those few feet to Quinn before perching herself on her girlfriend's lap. Before Quinn could even respond, Rachel had pulled her into a searing kiss. From the outside looking in, it would look like they hadn't seen each other in months. The truth was it hadn't even been 24 hours.
Quinn smiled against Rachel's lips, loving how utterly adorable Rachel was. She was never going to get over how adorable Rachel is. Quinn pulled back before finally responding.
Rachel and Quinn both turned to find a red faced Sam scuffing his shoe against the pavement. Rachel and Quinn both grinned at how adorably embarrassed Sam was. He truly was a child at heart. However, Rachel decided to hold off on the PDA in front of him for now. A task much easier said than done.
"Sorry Sam, we'll tone it down."
"Thank you," Rachel and Quinn both chuckled.
"Baby, how did you get here? I thought you were going to call or text me when you were getting discharged."
"I know, but I got out early and I didn't want you to miss class. Besides, I was planning another surprise for you."
"Babe, you know I hate surprises," Rachel pouted and Quinn chuckled before giving her a small peck. Rachel quickly smiled before muttering an apology to Sam.
"I think you will like this surprise Rachel Berry."
"Oh really," Rachel smirked before starting to lean in.
"Seriously, did you not promise to hold off on the PDA like 2 minutes ago?"
"I can't help it, have you seen my girlfriend. She's hot," Rachel responded.
"Can you not give a warning or something?"
"Fine, we'll stop...for now," both Rachel and Quinn laughed.
Rachel eyed the truck before looking between both Sam and Quinn. When she was standing with her eyes closed a few minutes ago, she remembered Sam opening the trunk to his truck but not the passenger door. She turned to glare at Sam for a moment before looking back at Quinn.
"Babe, how did Sam get you here?"
"With his truck..." Quinn replied, clearly confused by what Rachel was getting at.
"When my eyes were closed, I only heard Sam open the trunk to the truck bed."
"Oh crap," Rachel heard Sam mutter out.
"Wait a second; you put my girlfriend in the back of the truck to drive her here?"
"Sam Evans I will kill you!"
Rachel shouted as she stood up from Quinn's lap. Before the blonde could reach out to stop her, she was already pummeling her fists into his chest and biceps. Sam seemed like he was getting a little bruised, but the imagery was too funny for Quinn not to laugh at.
"Are you nuts? She almost dies in a car accident and you decided to put her in your truck bed! What were you thinking?"
"I secured her with ropes and stuff," Sam voiced, clearly scared of the tiny diva.
"Ropes? Ropes!" Rachel shouted.
Rachel was about to attack the boy once more when she felt fingers wrapped lightly around her wrist, successfully stopping her advances.
"Baby stop. Look, I am completely fine. Sure it wasn't the best idea, but I didn't want him to have to lift me out of the truck. I thought it would give the surprise away."
"I don't care if he gave the surprise away, you are my main concern. Your safety is my concern. I can't lose you again."
"Baby, come here."
Quinn pulled Rachel down to sit in her lap before she wrapped her arms around the petit starlet. She felt Rachel take a shaky breath before releasing it into her hair as she buried her face into Quinn's neck. She looked over Rachel's shoulder at Sam. He looked, understanding what Quinn wanted, and he walked away leaving the two girls alone.
"I'm sorry. I know I'm freaking out but I just got you and I don't want to let go yet."
"You're not going to have to Rachel. I right here baby. I'm not going anywhere. Not this time."
"Do you promise?"
"I wish I could promise you that, but the truth is, none of us know if we are going to be here tomorrow. I do know one thing though; as long as I am here, I will be right beside you, okay?"
"Okay, I'm sorry."
"You have nothing to be sorry for, it's my fault. I should have thought about it before I gave Sam the go ahead."
"Oh god, Sam. He is going to hate me."
"He doesn't hate you Rachel, he understands. He understands how much you love me and that is why I asked for his help today."
"For the surprise?"
"Yeah. I needed him to drive me, and since you can't really lift me, I needed him to help me out."
Rachel signed. She knew Quinn was trying to do something special for her, and because of her limitations, she needed help. She just wished Sam would have been more careful than to just secure her girlfriend in the truck bed.
Rachel placed a lingering kiss to Quinn's temple before pulling away to speak again.
"Thank you for doing something special for me, and sorry I freaked out. Why don't we call Sam over here so we can get to this surprise?"
"It's okay baby. Let's go get him right now."
"On one condition, you are riding right beside me in that truck."
"Deal," Quinn smiled before giving Rachel a chaste peck.
Quinn gave a nod of approval for Sam to come back over. He walked back slowly, aware that Rachel was still more or less mad at him, before he stood beside the girls. Rachel stood up from the wheelchair and Sam flinched, prepared for her tiny fists. Both Quinn and Rachel laughed before Rachel wrapped her arms around Sam, pulling him into an embrace. He tensed at first, but quickly hugged back.
"Thank you for helping out, and I am sorry for hitting you."
Sam chuckled, "It's okay, I deserved it. Besides, you really didn't do much damage."
Rachel laughed before pulling away from the embrace, "So why don't you help get us to this surprise. And this time, you are not putting my girl in the truck bed."
Both Quinn and Sam laughed at the tiny starlet, "I promise I won't put your girl in the truck bed. That was a one time deal."
All three laughed before making their way towards Sam's truck. Rachel pushed Quinn to the passenger side before opening up the passenger door. The brunette slid herself into the seat first, feeling as if it was better for her to sit in the middle. Rachel watched as Sam lifted Quinn out of her wheelchair and into the truck. He waited until Quinn was settled before softly closing the door. He placed Quinn's wheelchair in the back before rounding the truck and hopping into the driver's seat. He started the truck and they were soon pulling out of the school parking lot.
"Just a quick question, who's going to get my car?"
"Your dad is going to pick it up."
"My dads know about this?"
"Well I kind was old fashioned and asked their permission to take you to your surprise."
Rachel beamed before pulling Quinn into a slow kiss. The kiss lasted for a lengthy moment. She ignored the way Sam coughed awkwardly and turned up the twangy country music. All that matter was Quinn. She pulled out of the kiss and rested her head on Quinn's shoulder, closing her eyes simultaneously.
It was only a few minutes before Sam stopped the truck. When Rachel opened her eyes, she noticed they were out front of Quinn's house. The look of the house had not really changed since she had last been here a month or two ago. Some of the furniture outside was new and there was now a wheelchair ramp so Quinn could get in and out of the house with ease.
While she was lost in observation, she heard the driver's side door shut. She looked to the rear view mirror to see Sam pulling Quinn's wheelchair out of the truck bed before pulling the passenger door open.
"Right this way, Ms. Fabray," both Rachel and Quinn laughed as Sam cradled the blonde in his arms before placing her down in her chair. Rachel slid across the seat, ready to hop out, when Sam held out a hand for her. She blushed before grabbing his hand as she got out of the truck.
"Thanks for the help today, Sam."
Quinn quickly slipped a 20 dollar bill into Sam's hand. He waved goodbye to both girls before hopping in his truck and driving away. Rachel walked behind Quinn and started pushing her towards the house.
"Is this part of the surprise?"
"Well considering I have certain limitations right now, yes," Quinn chuckled.
"I don't care where we are or what we do, as long as I'm with you."
Rachel stopped in front of Quinn's door before bending down to place a chaste kiss on Quinn's lips.
"Are you trying to upstage me?"
"Maybe," Rachel smirked.
"Well, it's working."
"Good," Rachel whispered as she placed a soft kiss to Quinn's lips.
Rachel stood up reluctantly and pushed the door open. She helped Quinn inside before closing the door behind them. The house was dark, or what was considered dark for the late afternoon. However, the seemingly dark house clearly showed no one was home. She could smell candles and food throughout the house. She was about to walk forward before Quinn stopped her.
"Just wait here a second, okay?"
"Sure thing baby."
Quinn placed a soft kiss to Rachel's cheek before wheeling herself down the hall. Rachel waited anxiously for the blonde. She got especially nervous when she heard to banging around in the kitchen. After roughly 10 minutes, Quinn was wheeling her way back to the front foyer.
"This way, beautiful."
Rachel beamed before following Quinn.
When they finally got to the dining room, Rachel's mouth gapped open at the sight. Candles were lit to light the darker room. On the table sat dinner that smelled amazingly good.
Quinn ushered Rachel to her seat and made her sit down. She placed a soft kiss to Rachel's lips before finding her place at the head of the table.
"Quinn, you did all this."
"Well since we've been together, I've noticed we haven't been on an actual date. Unless you count lunch at the hospital cafe or when my mom would bring us dinner," Rachel chuckled. "I mean, I planned to do something bigger, but this will have to do for now. The food is ordered from Breadstix and my mom helped set up, but I wanted to take you on a date. I hope it's enough."
Rachel's eyes started to well up with tears before she answered Quinn, "Baby, it's perfect. I love it so much. I love you so much."
She closed the small gap between them and placed a firm kiss to the blonde's lips. Rachel heard Quinn take a small intake of air through her nose before kissing back. Both pulled away slightly breathless and with shy smiles on their faces. Neither of them would ever get used to the feeling of kissing each other.
"I love you too, Rachel. I promise one day I will take you on the best date ever..."
Rachel grabbed Quinn's hand, silencing her before she interrupted, "Quinn, this is already the best date I have ever been on and you want to know why?" Quinn nodded. "It's already the best date because I'm with you. I already told you, I don't care where we are or what we're doing, as long as I am with you. As long as you are here with me, it will be the best date."
Quinn gave her a watery smile before kissing the back of her hand.
"I love you, Rachel."
"I love you too, Quinn."
Quinn gave a watery chuckle before she wiped a few stray tears away from her eyes. Rachel lifted her other hand and used the pad of her thumb to wipe away a tear that Quinn had missed. The blonde grabbed Rachel's hand and kissed her palm before releasing it.
"Why don't we dig in before the food gets cold?"
"That sounds like a great idea," Rachel smiled.
The two ate dinner and shared quiet conversation. They shared laughs, shy smiles and chaste kisses. It was everything Rachel had always wanted from a date. With all the relationships she has had, she had only been on three dates. They were all with Finn, but they were never like this. She could never eat the food because he always forgot she was vegan. He mostly droned on about football and popularity, so she usually became bored easily. With Quinn, conversation flowed freely. Quinn asked about Rachel's day and vise versa. Rachel asked how her physiotherapy was that morning. Quinn asked how her classes were. Even in the moments of quiet silence between them, it was never awkward. Rachel never thought she could have this with someone, but she was glad she found it with Quinn.
When they finished dinner, Rachel offered to clean up. Before she could grab the plates, Quinn grabbed her hand.
"Before we clean up, I have something for you."
Rachel sat back down in her chair before meeting Quinn's gaze.
"I had gotten this before the accident to give to you on your wedding day. You know the phrase 'something borrowed.'" Rachel gave a watery smile remembering that day. The guilt was starting to rise in her chest before she felt Quinn squeezing her hand, chasing the guilt away. "That day wasn't your fault Rachel. If that day didn't happen, I wouldn't be sitting here with you. If I had to do this all over again, I wouldn't change a single thing," Quinn pulled Rachel forward into a soft kiss before pulling back. She placed a small box in Rachel's hands. "It was originally something borrowed, but now it's a little piece of me."
Rachel placed as lingering kiss to the corner of Quinn's mouth before opening up the box. Inside was a gold charm bracelet with three charms on it. One was the letter 'Q,' the other was a gold star and the last was an apple.
"I added some of the charms to it, but the bracelet and the 'Q' charm were originally mine. My mom bought it when I started high school as congratulations for making Cheerios."
"Quinn, it's beautiful, but I can't take this from you."
"You're not taking this from me; I am giving this to you. I want you to have this," Quinn reached over and grabbed the bracelet out of the box. She lightly grabbed Rachel's wrist before placing the bracelet around the brunette's wrist and closing the clasp. "The letter 'Q' is to let you know that I am always yours, no matter what."
"And you always will be," Rachel smiled.
"The gold star is because you are going to be a star Rachel Berry. You are going to be the brightest star out there and the light and the talent you emit will make everyone else jealous," Rachel gave a watery smile. "Plus I heard stars were your thing," Rachel chuckled.
"And the apple is for you going to New York to follow your dream. You belong on the stage Rachel Berry and that is where you are going to end up. And while you are singing on that stage, I will be sitting in the front row cheering you on every night. I know you're going to NYADA..."
"I haven't even gotten in yet."
"But you will Rachel. I know it. You belong there. And even though we will be a train ride away, nothing is ever going to come between us. When I go to Yale and you go to NYADA, we will make it work. We will make it work because now that I have you, I can't picture a future without you in it."
Tears were freely falling down Rachel's cheeks. She stood up from the table and placed herself in Quinn's lap. She wrapped her arms around Quinn's neck before pulling her into a heated kiss. Quinn ran her tongue along Rachel's bottom lip before deepening the kiss. They kissed for lengthy minutes, almost as if they were afraid to stop in fear that this was all just a dream. When they pulled out of it, Rachel peppered Quinn's face with soft kisses before pulling her into a tight embrace.
"I love you so much, Quinn Fabray."
"I love you more, Rachel Berry."
Was it okay. I was a little iffy, but I think it turned out to be okay. Now with all this news i have heard about , I got a little worried about what could happen to me stories in the future. This is why I decided to get an AO3 account. I will still post here as well, but it is a safety net in case this site decides to remove my stories at any time. Also, I might post one shots on my AO3 if anyone gives me idea.
My AO3 account is: archiveofourown(.)org/users/StarXxCrossed
I would love it if you could leave some comments there or something :)
I also would love some ideas as I am not 100% sure what I want to do in the next chapter. I think part of it will be Quinn's first physiotherapy with Rachel there, but I want more to happen, so let me know.
Until next time :)