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The ride to the theater where they held Regionals was about two hours. Everyone fell asleep, everyone except for Santana and Mr. Schue. Santana carefully made her way from her seat with Brittany to the one across from Will's.

"Hi Santana, how are you feeling today?" he asked her.

"Awful Mr. Schue. I just don't want to tell Brittany. I actually had to ask you about something."

"What is it?" he asked, knowing where this was going.

"I'm not doing good Mr. Schue. I have to get the surgery. If I don't I'm just going to die in another month anyway. But with this surgery I have a chance, I'm not ready to die yet, I'm not ready to leave B yet, but I might have to as much as I don't want to, I may not have a choice. I just need you to promise me, that if I do die, that you will please not let her quit. I need her to her to keep dancing." Santana said sadly.

"I won't let that happen Santana, I promise. And you're not going anywhere Santana. You are going to sing your heart out tonight, we are going to win and you are going to come with us to Boston." he said.

"Thanks Mr. Schue, I'm going to wake everyone up, we are almost there." she said.

"Santana, I'm so proud of who you have become." Will called after her.

"Thanks Mr. Schue." she said.

Santana quickly woke everyone up telling them that they would be to the theater in about ten minutes. They sat in silence, they were all extremely nervous. Santana sat next to Brittany, her head on the blondes shoulder, she was getting a headache from the nerves of singing like she always did before a competition and hoped that it would subside soon. They pulled into the theater and quickly made there way to their dressing room, they had two hours to get ready before they had to go in and watch the Warblers and then Aural Intensity.

"Oh my God Santana, you look beautiful." Brittany said as Santana made her way back to the dressing room, she was the last one they were waiting for. Santana smiled and kissed her girlfriend on the cheek.

They girls were wearing black dresses, the same they wore to Sectionals two years ago, but this time they had white sashes around their wastes, Santana had a matching white scarf on her head. They had black flats on, they wore their hair down and straightened. The guys where wearing black pants and shirts with white ties and shoes, also white belts. Will looked at the kids, they looked amazing, better than they ever had, even Santana who somehow didn't look so sick anymore.

"You guys all look amazing!" Will said. "Okay everyone remember what I said, now hands in and lets get out there!"

They all put their hands in the middle and yelled out "NEW DIRECTIONS!" before making there way into the theater to their assigned seats. They passed the section where all their parents were sitting, they waved and smiled encouragingly. They sat in their seats and waited.

"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the western Regional! Our first performers this evening, from Dalton Academy in Westerville Ohio, the Warblers!" he said, everyone started clapping, though the New Directions did so begrudgingly when Sebastian led the Warblers on stage. They sat through the Warblers MJ tribute and then sat through Aural Intensity and then found themselves back stage. Santana was going to go first.

"You good, San?" Brittany asked her as she stood by the stage.

"I'm good Britt." Santana said and gave her girlfriend a quick kiss. "I love you."

"I love you too Santana." she replied.

"Now, for our final performance of the evening, last years returning champions, from William McKinley High School in Lima Ohio, the NEW DIRECTIONS!" he called out and the crowd erupted. Then the opening chords to the Band Perry's If I Die Young started Santana walked on to stage. She started singing and instantly everyone was captivated.

"If I die young, bury me in satin

Lay me down on a, bed of roses

Sink me in the river, at dawn

Send me away with the words of a love song

Uh oh, uh oh

Lord make me a rainbow, I'll shine down on my mother

She'll know I'm safe with you when she stands under my colors, oh well

Life ain't always what you think it ought to be, no

Ain't even grey, but she buries her baby

The sharp knife of a short life, well

I've had just enough time

If I die young, bury me in satin

Lay me down on a bed of roses

Sink me in the river at dawn

Send me away with the words of a love song

The sharp knife of a short life, well

I've had just enough time

And I'll be wearing white, when I come into your kingdom

I'm as green as the ring on my little cold finger,

I've never known the lovin' of a man

But it sure felt nice when he was holdin' my hand,

There's a boy here in town, says he'll love me forever,

Who would have thought forever could be severed by

The sharp knife of a short life, well,

I've had just enough time

So put on your best boys and I'll wear my pearls

What I never did is done

A penny for my thoughts, oh no, I'll sell 'em for a dollar

They're worth so much more after I'm a goner

And maybe then you'll hear the words I been singin'

Funny when you're dead how people start listenin'

If I die young, bury me in satin

Lay me down on a bed of roses

Sink me in the river at dawn

Send me away with the words of a love song

Uh oh (uh, oh)

The ballad of a dove (oh, uh)

Go with peace and love

Gather up your tears, keep 'em in your pocket

Save 'em for a time when you're really gonna need 'em, oh

The sharp knife of a short life, well

I've had just enough time

So put on your best boys and I'll wear my pearls" By the end of the song everyone was on their feet, everyone of the New Directions, their parents, and Mr. Schue had tears in their eyes. There was a standing ovation. Then they all got into their positions for their next number, Fun's We Are Young.

"[Rachel:]

Give me a second, I, I need to get my story straight

My friends are in the bathroom getting higher than the Empire State

My lover he's waiting for me just across the bar

My seat's been taken by some sunglasses asking bout a scar, and

[Finn:]

I know I gave it to you months ago

I know you're trying to forget

But between the drinks and subtle things

The holes in my apologies, you know

I'm trying hard to take it back

[Sam:]

So if by the time the bar closes

[Sam and Quinn:]

And you feel like falling down

I'll carry you home

[Finn, Rachel and New Directions:]

Tonight

We are young

So let's set the world on fire

We can burn brighter than the sun

[Santana, Mercedes, Brittany and Sugar:]

Tonight

We are young

So let's set the world on fire

We can burn brighter than the sun

[Santana:]

Now I know that I'm not all that you got

I guess that I

I just thought maybe we could find new ways to fall apart

[Rachel:]

But our friends are back

So let's raise a cup

'Cause I found someone to carry me home

[Finn w/ New Directions:]

Tonight

We are young

So let's set the world on fire

We can burn brighter than the sun

[Mercedes:]

Whoa

[New Directions w/ The Trouble Tones:]

Tonight

We are young

So let's set the world on fire

We can burn brighter than the sun

[Quinn w/ New Directions]

Carry me home tonight (Nananananana)

Just carry me home tonight (Nananananana)

Carry me home tonight (Nananananana)

Just carry me home tonight (Nananananana)

[New Directions Boys:]

The world is on my side

I have no reason to run

So will someone come and carry me home tonight

[Santana:]

The angels never arrived

But I can hear the choir

So will someone come and carry me home

[Rachel:]

Tonight

We are young

So let's set the world on fire

We can burn brighter than the sun

[Mercedes:]

We are young, yeah

[New Directions:]

Tonight

We are young

So let's set the world on fire

We can burn brighter than the sun

[Rachel and Finn:]

So if by the time the bar closes

And you feel like falling down

I'll carry you home tonight " Again they got a standing ovation, after a moment all of the New Directions, save for Mercedes faded into the background. She was about to pay tribute to Whitney Houston. She was singing the late singers cover of I Will Always Love You.

"If I

Should stay

I would only be in your way

So I'll go

But I know

I'll think of you every step of

the way

And I...

Will always

Love you, oohh

Will always

Love you

You

My darling you

Mmm-mm

Bittersweet

Memories

That is all I'm taking with me

So good-bye

Please don't cry

We both know I'm not what you

You need

And I...

Will always love you

I...

Will always love you

You, ooh

[Instrumental / Sax solo]

I hope

life treats you kind

And I hope

you have all you've dreamed of

And I wish you joy

and happiness

But above all this

I wish you love

And I...

Will always love you

I...

Will always love you

[Repeat]

I, I will always love

You...

You

Darling I love you

I'll always

I'll always

Love

You

Oooh

Ooohhh" Mercedes sang the song with so much emotion and passion that it too brought tears to peoples eyes.

Once the applause ended the New Directions took one final bow and walked off the stage back to their dressing room. They all sat down, the nerves setting in. Mr. Schue walked in and looked at them with the widest smile on his face.

"I am speechless, you were incredible! Santana, just gorgeous. I cried, you too Mercedes, and all of you, you were just amazing!" Will said.

Santana smiled at Will, she was sitting on a couch with Brittany, her head on her girlfriends shoulder. She kissed her cheek. Santana winced, her headache still hadn't subsided. Then a voice came over the intercom.

"Will all the choirs please come on stage. We have made our decision." the voice said, it had been ten minutes, the quickest this had ever been decided.

"Already." Will said, "Come on guys."

They all held hands as the walked to the stage, Santana found herself holding Brittany's hand and standing next to Sebastian. He was wearing his signature smirk. The head judge stepped onto the stage, with three envelopes in his hand.

"Okay, in third place we have, Aural Intensity!" he said, everyone clapped, the director of Aural Intensity accepted the trophy and they walked off the stage. The judge ripped open the second place envelope and smiled. "In second place we have... the Dalton Academy Warblers, in first place for two years straight the NEW DIRECTIONS!"

The crowd went crazy, the New Directions were jumping around, hugging, kissing and screaming at each other. They were given their trophy and they jumped some more. The Warblers trophy was handed to Sebastian, who was really angry. The stayed on stage jumping around happily for another few minutes, before they hoped off the stage and walked out to the bus where they met their parents. Santana's and Brittany's parents were standing together near Quinn's mother. They walked over hand in hand. Both girls hugged both sets of parents.

"Congratulations girls, that was truly amazing, you were incredible, really." Mrs. Lopez said.

"Thanks Mama." Santana said.

"Okay guys on the bus! Parents meet us at Breadstix for a celebratory dinner!" Will shouted. Santana and Brittany said goodbye to their parents and walked back onto the bus.

Three hours later the entire glee club, their parents, Will and Emma were all at Breadstix. They took up the majority of the restaurant. Their food was just ordered and Mr. Schue stood to make a toast.

"I would like to make a toast. To the New Directions, who performed amazingly, and inspiringly today. I could not be prouder of you today. You were all phenomenal. I would like to give a special toast to Ms. Santana Lopez, who braved the stage alone and first to deliver the most beautiful rendition of that song I have ever heard." Will said raising his glass. Everyone copied and drank a sip of their drinks.

Santana stood up and started to walk over to Mr. Schue to give him a hug. She was about halfway there when it happened, she started to get a splitting headache, she couldn't remember what she was doing or where she was. The pain in her head was just to much, she could hear unfamiliar, yet familiar voices calling her name but the only thing that she could concentrate on was the throbbing in her head. She couldn't take it anymore, she gave into the pain and passed out right there in the middle of Breadstix.

"Santana!"