CHAPTER 70: A NEW DIRECTION

Blaine stood outside his home with Cooper as they watched their mother and father putting the last of their suitcases in the limo they hired to take them to the airport.

"Don't you think it's weird that our parents didn't even want us to go to the airport with them to say goodbye?" Blaine asked his older brother.

"For normal people it's weird, but we're talking about our parents," Cooper put his arm around the shoulders of his little brother. "They don't understand how to be parents. You and I both know that."

"Mother seems to have figured it out with Kallie," Blaine pointed out as they watched their mother hugging a crying Kallie. Joe had left only five minutes earlier telling his girlfriend goodbye for the final time and leaving when he couldn't control his emotions anymore. Their mother had held her ever since.

"Mom always wanted a daughter and now she has one. That's why I'm not worried about Kallie going with them. Mom will take care of her. Hopefully she'll get the family life with them that we never did," Cooper hoped.

"Maybe so," Blaine leaned his head on Cooper's shoulder. "It doesn't mean that I'm not going to miss them."

"I know, but you still have family, Blaine. You have me. You have Sam and the Schuester's, all your friends. We have a better family now than we could have ever imagined," Cooper held him tighter. "You and I are going to be a family in New York, Blaine, just like we've always wanted. I promise you that."

"You better," they both turned at the female voice and saw that Kallie stood there next to them. "Cause I will never be able to survive in London worrying about you two."

She wrapped her arms around Cooper and he hugged her tightly. "Take care of Blaine. Call me every week and let me know how you are. I'm going to miss you so much, Cooper."

"Me too, little girl. I love you," Cooper whispered to her.

"I love you too," she whispered back before turning her attention to Blaine. She took the couple of steps it took to get to him and held his hands in hers. "So you have two years."

"Two years for what?" Blaine wondered.

"Two years until I finish school in England and then I'm coming back. NYADA, Tisch, I don't care but this Anderson child will be in New York with her two brothers, and by the time I get there you will have made a name for yourself Blaine Anderson, and I'm going to be able to look at people in my classes and say how proud I am of my two brothers."

She kissed Blaine on the cheek and hugged him tightly before turning and walking to the car. Cooper and Blaine watched her walk away knowing they cared more about her than both of their parents combined. For their part Mr. and Mrs. Anderson waved goodbye to their two sons before getting in the limo and drove away.

Blaine was shocked that this was their entire goodbye. He thought he knew how he would react, but it hit him harder than he expected and Cooper knew he had to fix it quick.

"Come on inside, I know what will cheer you up," Cooper pulled him in the house.

"How, Coop? The house is empty and it's really depressing," Blaine insisted.

"Because I found something that used to always cheer you up and last night while you were out with that sex on a stick boyfriend of yours I did a little practicing and I have to say I haven't lost my touch," Cooper pointed to what was laying on the mantle.

"Your violin?" Blaine looked at his older brother. "I didn't know you still played."

"Picked it back up when the show wanted my character to have something artistic to do when he stressed out. It's been helpful for me and now I think it might help you. Of course I'll need some help with that," Cooper turned towards the back door and Blaine followed his gaze. He could not hide his surprise when Sam and Tina walked through it.

Sam walked over to his boyfriend and held him tightly but Blaine could still feel it as a soft touch. "Are you okay?" Sam asked.

"I am now," Blaine inhaled Sam's scent on his clothes. The smell of the boy always calmed him down.

Tina joined the hug. The boys put their arms around here. Blaine's head popped up when he heard the sound of harmonized voices coming from the open door that led out to the pool.

"Who is that?" Blaine asked pulling away from his boyfriend and best friend. Then he heard Cooper start to play the violin and realized the two went together. Sam took one hand and Tina took his other and walked him to the door.

When we walked out toward the pool he heard where the song came from. Rachel, Finn, Mike, Mercedes, Sebastian, Quinn, and Santana were all standing outside. He looked back at his brother and realized he'd put this together knowing that Blaine would need cheering up and he knew exactly what would do it. Cooper continued to play and soon he heard his friends voices singing his favorite song.

(Radioactive by Imagine Dragons – cover by Pentatonix and Lindsey Sterling

(Performed by Blaine Anderson, Sam Evans, Tina Cohen-Chang, Rachel Berry, Finn Hudson, Mike Chang, Mercedes Jones, Sebastian Smythe, Quinn Fabray, and Santana Lopez)

FINN: I'm waking up to ash and dust, I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust, I'm breathing in the chemicals.

MIKE: I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus. This is it, the apocalypse, woah.

ALL: I'm waking up . . .

SANTANA: I feel it in my bones to make my systems blow.

SEBASTIAN: Welcome to the new age, to the new age. Welcome to the new age, to the new age.

ALL: Woah, woah, I'm radioactive, radioactive. Woah, woah, I'm radioactive, radioactive.

Sam and Tina lead Blaine down to their friends. Blaine joined Rachel and Finn, Tina walked over to Mike and Quinn, while Sam ran over to Mercedes, Sebastian and Santana.

BLAINE: I'm breaking in, shaping up, then checking out on the prison bus. This is it, the apocalypse, woah.

Sam/Seb: I'm waking up . . .

MERCEDES: I feel it in my bones to make my systems blow.

Sam/Quinn: Welcome to the new age, to the new age.

Tina/Mike: Welcome to the new age, to the new age.

ALL: Woah, woah, I'm radioactive, radioactive. Woah, woah, I'm radioactive, radioactive.

The group circled up around Cooper playing the violin like the Pied Piper.

RACHEL: All systems go, sun hasn't died. Deep in my bones, straight from inside.

As they created another melody between them they couldn't help but smile. It was only two days until they would leave for New York.

MERCEDES: I'm waking up . . .

SANTANA: I'm waking up . . .

ALL: I feel it in my bones to make my systems blow. Welcome to the new age, to the new age. Welcome to the new age, to the new age. Woah, woah, I'm radioactive, radioactive. Woah, woah, I'm radioactive, radioactive.

"That was great, Cooper, I had no idea that you could play like that," Rachel gushed.

"Well when my show starts airing this summer you'll see it plenty. It was a character choice," Cooper explained. "Speaking of the show, if we don't leave for the train station soon, he is going to be waiting."

"Who?" Blaine wondered.

Cooper turned around and looked at his brother trying to explain without the entire group getting into the conversation.

"Brody is coming here?" Blaine questioned doing exactly what Cooper didn't want.

"He's going to Los Angeles with me to work as my assistant while I do all the interviews about the show. We'll be out there for a week and then we'll be back in New York for the premiere party which you're all invited too of course."

His olive branch of the party dialed some of them away from the conversation but not all. Cooper leaned over to Blaine. "You told me you were okay with this."

Blaine relented. After the really nice gesture his brother had just done for him he couldn't be mad.

"I am. I just don't want him to hurt you like he's done other people I care about," Blaine explained.

"Blaine," Rachel interrupted him. "Your brother and Brody have spent a lot of time together. I know you haven't seen it but I have. Trust me, Brody isn't going to hurt your brother. I've seen them together."

"Berry's right. Even I'm starting to like Gay for Pay," Santana smiled at him and that somehow gave him the proof he needed.

"Okay, if Brody has managed to win Santana over there's not much I can say," Blaine agreed. "Go get him."

Cooper hugged his brother and then he, Rachel, and Finn headed through the house to Finn's car.

"So what about you, Blaine? What's on the agenda for you today?" Quinn asked.

"I was going to go check on Sunshine," Blaine told her. "She hasn't left her house in days preparing for NYADA summer camp. I'm going to try and get her out of the house at least for a little while."

"So I guess that means you're busy too, Trouty?" Santana asked.

"I am, but not with that. Sebastian and I both got texts from Lindsey asking us to come over. She said it was important so I'll be there for a little while but I'm free this afternoon if people want to do something," Sam smiled.

"Have you packed yet?" Mercedes asked.

"Nah, I'll get to it eventually," Sam blew off the question.

Tina knew Sam was avoiding the question. She'd seen him do it all week. She wondered when he was going to accept the fact that he had to leave Lima. She changed the subject.

"Blaine, do you need help with Sunshine? Mike and I could help you with a little more Asian Persuasion," Tina kidded.

"Yeah, it will be 2.5 Asians vs. 1," Mike smiled.

Blaine laughed. "Sure guys that would be great."

-GLEE-

"Can I ask you a question?" Sebastian asked from the passenger seat of Sam's truck.

"Since when do you need to ask?" Sam laughed.

"Because I'm your friend and I worry about you and I don't know how you're going to react to me saying what I'm about to ask," Sebastian explained. Sam looked over at him concerned for a moment before returning his eyes to the road before him. Sebastian continued. "Why haven't you packed for New York yet? You're leaving in less than 48 hours and you haven't packed anything. And don't give me some blow off answer like you did Mercedes. She was too nice to call you on it but I'm not. I want the truth."

Sam sat quietly and didn't speak. Sebastian was about to rephrase his question when Sam confessed something to him.

"Packing means it's over. I finally have a family and I'm leaving them."

His words struck Sebastian hard. He couldn't believe that he hadn't thought about it before. After all, both of them talked about how much family meant to them on several occasions. "You know they aren't going anywhere, Sam."

"But my mother just got back with Stevie and Stacy and plus Mom and Dad, I haven't had enough time with them. What if they move on without me?" Sam allowed his freak out to finally happen,

"Never going to happen, Sam. Trust me, Mr. Schue and Emma love you so much. You are their son, and that will never change, Sam, and I'll take care of Stevie and Stacy while you're gone, but it's not like you won't come home and visit. I know you, Sam, you're going to make good by everyone so don't worry about it so much."

"How are you so sure about that?" Sam asked like he didn't believe him.

"Because you're my hero," Sebastian blurted out. He turned to the front staring through the windshield surprised by his own words. Sam didn't know how to respond. "Look, you know what I mean. You're my family, my brother, and I am going to miss you more than you know, but I know that going to New York is the best thing for you and so does the rest of your family. We all want to see you succeed. It's time that you put yourself first Sam," Sebastian turned and Sam saw that his eyes had tears in them.

"Do you mean that?" Sam questioned. "You're not going to go and forget me when I leave Lima, right?"

"I could never do that!" Sebastian smiled. "Besides you know I'm coming to New York at least once a month to make you have fun."

Sam saw the return of Sebastian's mischievous smile and he realized how much he's missed seeing it.

"There's Lindsey's house," Sebastian pointed to the home on the corner that Sam was about to pass. "Is that your dad's car in the driveway?"

"Yeah, I wonder why he is here?" Sam looked over to see Will getting out of his car waiting for Sam to pull up and park. Sam got out of the truck. "Dad, what are you doing here?"

"I asked him to come over," Lindsey said from her porch. She stood there with a middle-aged woman that looked just like her only twenty years older. The three boys walked up to the house. Lindsey put her arm around the older woman. "Mr. Schue, this is my mom, Candice."

"It's very nice to meet you, Ms. Black," Will extended his hand to shake hers.

"The pleasure is mine Mr. Schuester. I've loved all the shows that you've put together this year. My Lindsey has grown so much this year."

"Well if you liked those shows I should introduce you two my two boys then because they had a lot to do with them. This is my son, Sam, and this guy is practically my other son, Sebastian," Will introduced them.

His words stunned Sebastian. Sam couldn't help but smile at his friend. He gave him a look that Sebastian knew all too well.

"It's really nice to meet you. I can see where Lindsey gets her beauty from," Sam complimented her mom.

"I remember you very well. You were my daughter's love interest in the musical. She talks about both of you boys all the time. I feel like I practically know you both already," Candice Black's smile was identical to Lindsey's.

"Then maybe you can fill us in on why Lindsey wanted us to come over," Sebastian stated.

"Why don't you all come in," Ms. Black offered.

The boys and Will walked inside and were immediately taken back by the beautiful Steinway Grand Piano in the main room of her house.

"Do you play, Ms. Black?" Will asked.

"Please call me Candice," she insisted. "And no, I'm not the one in the family who plays."

Mr. Schuester, Sam, and Sebastian, all turned to look at Lindsey.

"Sit down and I'll explain why you're here," Lindsey promised them and they took a seat on the sofa. Lindsey took a seat at the piano.

"My dad was an incredible pianist. When I was a kid I would sit right where you are and listen to him play this piano all night long until he would tuck me into bed. When I turned six he started teaching me how to play. It was the one thing that he and I shared together. I played this piano every single day of my life until the day he died," Lindsey's story took the guys by surprise. She turned towards the piano and opened the keyboard and stared at it. "When we came home from the funeral I sat here and I tried to play but I couldn't. I shut it and it sat here without being played until we came home from Nationals. Mom called the guy at Between the Sheets and they sent a piano tuner and that night I started playing again."

She began playing a jazz version of Over the Rainbow that shocked them all. She continued to speak as she played. "This is something that no one at McKinley knows about me. I've never shared it with anyone. Playing reminds me of my dad and that used to make me sad, but now I feel like he's sitting here with me when I play."

She stopped and looked at them.

"That's how you were able to help me with all those chord progressions when we had to make quick changes in our music," Sam realized.

"Yeah, my dad taught me to play by ear. I can hear a song on the radio and have it figured out in an hour or so," Lindsey told him.

"Prove it," she saw a gleam in Sam's eye. "You and I were blasting Troublemaker in my truck last week when we all went to the movies so I know you know it. Sing it with me right now with you playing."

"Seriously?" Lindsey seemed intrigued.

Sam stood and handed his phone to Will. "Dad, film this for me."

"Film?" Lindsey asked.

"You're one of my best friends, Lindsey. Our voices are amazing together, and I'm making a name for myself on YouTube for posting videos with my friends and I don't have one with you yet. So move over on that bench let me sit down and let's see how good you really are," Sam proclaimed.

"Are you ready?" Will asked standing next to the piano with the camera. Lindsey looked at Sam and then to her teacher and nodded as she began to play. The jazz runs she began with on the piano made everyone smile.

(Troublemaker by Olly Murs – acoustic cover by Max Schneider & Jordan Pruitt)

(Performed by Lindsey Black and Sam Evans)

Sam/Lindsey: Woah!

SAM: You had me hooked again from the

Sam/Lindsey: minute you sat down.

SAM: the way you bite your lip got my

Sam/Lindsey: head spinning around.

SAM: After a drink or two I was putty

Sam/Lindsey: in your hands

SAM: I don't know if I had the strength

Sam/Lindsey: to stand . . . A trouble-troublemaker yeah, that's your middle name. I know you no good, but you're stuck in my brain.

SAM; And I wanna know,

Sam/Lindsey: why does it feel so good to hurt so bad? My mind keeps saying "run as fast as you can!" I say I'm done but then you pull me back, ohh I swear you're giving me a heart attack. Troublemaker!

Will looked over and Sebastian was filming it on his phone. They smiled at each other realizing what Lindsey's new revealed talent could mean for New Directions in the coming year.

LINDSEY: It's like your always there in the corners

Lindsey/Sam: of my mind.

LINDSEY: I see your silhouette every time I

Lindsey/Sam: close my eyes.

LINDSEY: There must be poison in those fingertips of yours 'cause I keep coming back for more.

Lindsey/Sam: A trouble-troublemaker yeah, that's your middle name. I know you no good, but you're stuck in my brain. Why does it feel so good to hurt so bad? My mind keeps saying "run as fast as you can!" I say I'm done but then you pull me back, ohh I swear you're giving me a heart attack.

Sam and Lindsey both looked up at the camera, smiled and winked at the same time before moving on the rest of the song.

Sam/Lindsey: Maybe I'm insane, 'cause I keep doing the same damn thing and one day we're gonna change, but you know how to work that back and make me forgive my name,

SAM: What the hell you do, I won't remember,

LINDSEY: Baby! Uh yeah!

SAM: Why does it feel so good to

Sam/Lindsey: hurt so bad? My mind keeps saying "run as fast as you can!"

LINDSEY: I say I'm done but then you

Lindsey/Sam: pull me back. I swear you're giving me a heart attack.

SAM: Troublemaker!

Sam/Lindsey: Why does it feel so good to hurt so bad?

SAM: Ohh

LINDSEY: My mind keeps saying "run as fast as you can!"

Lindsey/Sam: I say I'm done but then you pull me back, ohh, I sweat you're giving me a heart attack. Troublemaker!

Both Will and Sebastian stopped the recordings and they joined Lindsey's mom in applauding their song.

"Lindsey, you're amazing," Sebastian was floored.

"Do you know what we could do for the tour and competition using your talent?" Will asked. Sam could see the wheels churning in his dad's head.

"You really are incredible, Lindsey. You better be coming to New York this time next year so we can sing together more," Sam made her promise.

"I will if you promise not to forget us, and visit this year," Lindsey wiped away tears from her eyes. "I don't want to say goodbye to you."

Sam hugged her. "Then don't. I'll be around anytime you need me. Don't forget that."

-GLEE-

Blake Smith walked down the sidewalk headed to The Lima Bean. As he headed towards the door, he saw Michael and Tyler walking towards him.

"Blake!" Michael called out and the older boy could see the bright smile of his life-long friend.

"Hey Mikey," Blake started to shake his hand but at the last second, he chose to give him a hug. The two boys were in the process of really getting their friendship back to its original state. When he broke the hug, he held out his hand to Tyler. "How's it going man?"

"Good. Did Coach Bieste get in touch with you?" Tyler asked.

"I have a message to call her. I was going to after we got done here," Blake answered.

"Well it's about you and me. She wants to try me out at Running Back with you as QB. She thinks we'd be a good team. What do you think?" Tyler wondered.

"I like that idea. I think we'd do really well together," Blake agreed.

"Definitely ready for another football season," Michael added.

"Me too," Blake smiled.

The calm state between them ended and a sense of awkwardness returned.

"Tyler, would you mind giving Blake and me a minute," Michael requested.

"Sure," Tyler said. "I'll get us coffee. Blake, you want anything?"

"Sure, if you don't mind. Regular drip with skim and Splenda. Thanks Tyler," Blake smiled.

Tyler walked inside and Blake leaned against the window ledge and found himself looking into Michael's knowing eyes.

"When were you going to tell me?" Michael smiled his little cocky grin.

"Tell you what?" Blake started to get uncomfortable.

"Look, we may be awkwardly trying to redefine our friendship, but it still doesn't change the fact that no one knows you better than I do. So fess up, when did you develop a thing for Marley?" Michael's grin continued letting Blake know that Michael wasn't upset.

"How did you know?" Blake relented.

"I saw it in the hallway at school when she had her fight with Jake. Stupid bastard, I guess he thought she'd just stay with him regardless. I saw the way you looked at her, Blake. Trust me, no one knows that particular look better than me. Does she know?" Michael moved to leaning against the window next to Blake.

"No, I can't do that to Jake. I'm not that guy. I'm just going to make sure that she's okay and take care of her and make sure she has a great summer. I'll just have to keep my feelings to myself," Blake confessed.

"Unless she wises up and dumps his ass," Michael declared. "She's a smart girl, Blake, she'll figure it out. Once she looks into those puppy dog eyes of yours she'll know. Wouldn't you rather tell her yourself instead of her just find out?"

"I'll have to be careful," Blake insisted.

"Well whatever you decide you know you have me to talk to right?" Michael playfully punched his arm.

"Yeah, I do," Blake smiled. "Come on let's meet up with the crew."

Michael and Blake walked inside and immediately saw the tables where their friends sat. At the two tables with Tyler sat the twins, Mia, Kitty, Nick, and Marley. There were two seats empty, one next to Tyler and the other next to Marley. Michael looked at Blake and smiled before taking the seat next to Tyler. Blake knew exactly what he was doing. He smiled at everyone and sat next to Marley.

"So what are we discussing?" Blake acted like no major conversation had just taken place.

"Sebastian and I are having a last night in Lima party for Sam, Blaine, and Tina. It won't be late because their train leaves early the next morning. We talked to Mr. Schue and Cooper and decided to do a barbeque 4 pm so make sure you are there," Nick announced.

"Sounds like fun," Blake determined.

"Of course it's going to be," Kitty insisted. "We're going to make it amazing so they come home and see us."

"Aww, Kitty, are you feeling sentimental?" Tyler teased.

"Shut it, soon to be porn star. Despite popular belief, I do have a heart," Kitty proclaimed.

"Of course you do," Marley defended her friend. "Don't pick on her, Tyler, I wouldn't have made it through the last two days without her."

"Why what happened?" Michael wanted to know.

"I broke up with Jake," she revealed.

"What?! Why?" Jessie asked.

"He came home for two days after their vacation and didn't even call me. I didn't know he was here. I found out when I ran into Lily at the mall. She was buying clothes to go to Chicago with Puck. I waited to see if he'd call but he didn't. So I called him and ended it when he got to Chicago. I love him, but I don't deserve to be treated like that," Marley explained.

"Well good for you," Mia exclaimed. "It's about time you take care of yourself instead. Us girls will just need to find you a good man to replace him."

"No you don't," Marley insisted. "I could do for some independent time I think. Maybe even use it to write some more music for next season. What do you think, Blake?"

Blake had stopped paying attention after hearing Marley say she broke up with Jake. He was staring at her but didn't realize it. Suddenly, he felt someone touching his hand. He shook the daze of the moment off and realized it was Marley touching his hand and looking into his eyes.

"Blake, are you okay?" she looked worried.

Michael watched the interaction. Blake couldn't speak and he knew why. Then he saw it. Marley's expression changed and he knew the realization of Blake's feelings hit her. She pulled her hand back and Michael turned to see Blake's reaction. He could see that he knew Marley had figured it out as well. Blake pulled out his phone and looked at it.

"Wow, I just remembered I have to meet my parents for lunch. I'm sorry to drink and run, but I'll give you all a call and get specifics about the party."

Blake was up and away from the table before anyone could respond. Michael and Nick looked at each other and followed him out of the coffee shop. Marley just watched Blake leave and let the new revelation roll through her system.

"Well at least the rest of us don't have to pretend that there's nothing going on there anymore," Kitty commented.

"What?" Marley turned to her.

"Oh please, I know you've been blinded by lil' Puck but that big beautiful hunk of man that just walked out of here is in love with you," Kitty told her the truth.

Marley turned to the other two girls at the table, Mia and Jessie who both confirmed Kitty's words.

Outside the Lima Bean Michael and Nick stopped Blake from running away.

"Blake, stop, this is your chance. Don't blow it," Nick pulled him back.

Blake couldn't breathe. Michael grabbed him and looked him in the eye. "Breath, Blake. Tell me what you're thinking."

Blake turned his head and looked into the building at Marley. Their eyes connected.

(Creep by Radiohead – Glee Cast Version)

(Performed by Blake Smith and Marley Rose)

BLAKE: When you were here before . . . couldn't look you in the eye. You're just like an angel. Your skin makes me cry.

Inside, Marley began to sing as she stared into Blake's eyes.

MARLEY: Oh, you float like a feather in a beautiful world. Oh I wish I was special. You're so very special, oh

Blake/Marley: But I'm a creep

MARLEY: I'm a creep.

BLAKE: I'm a weirdo.

MARLEY: I'm a weirdo.

BLAKE: What the hell am I doing here?

MARLEY: What the hell am I doing here?

Blake/Marley: I don't belong here

Marley stood from the table and began walking to the entrance of the restaurant.

MARLEY: Oh, I don't care if it hurts, mmm, I wanna have control, oh, oh, and I want a perfect body. I want a perfect soul.

Blake watched as Marley stood in front of the window staring into his eyes.

Marley/Blake: I want you to notice when I'm not around. You're so special. I wish I was special. But I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo. What the hell am I doing here? I don't belong here. Oh she's/he's running out the door. She's/He's running out. She's/He's run, run, run, Run . . . run.

Marley walked out the door and her eyes connected to Blake's again. Michael and Nick moved out of the way.

MARLEY: Whatever makes you happy whatever you want.

Marley/Blake: You're so very special. I wish I was special, but I'm a creep, I'm a weirdo. What the hell am I doing here? I don't belong here.

MARLEY: Mmmm

Marley/Blake: I don't belong here.

Marley held out her hand. "Come on, let's go for a walk. We have a lot to talk about."

Blake took her hand and they headed across the street and into Town Square Park.

-GLEE-

"Okay this is really becoming a wild goose chase," Mike stated as he, Tina, and Blaine walked out of The Lima Bean. After leaving Blaine's former residence, the three of them headed over to the Berry's home where Sunshine lived. Mr. Berry told them that his husband left fifteen minutes earlier to take Sunshine to get coffee with friends. When they got to The Lima Bean they saw several of their friends there, but none of them had seen Sunshine at all that day.

"If she's lying to the Berry's to do something then I am going to start worrying," Blaine declared. "I don't care if it's a wild goose chase. We have to find her."

They continued walking around town Square when something caught Tina's attention in a window. The two boys realized she'd stopped and turned around. Blaine looked up and saw that she'd stopped in front of Between the Sheets. They walked up and saw Sunshine standing next to the piano singing.

"I think we found her," Tina exclaimed.

The three of them walked into the store and heard Sunshine singing immediately. There was a middle-aged man that they recognized as the owner of the store sitting at the piano. When she saw them she stopped for a moment and then finished the song. Her friends walked up to her waiting for an explanation.

"How did you find me?" Sunshine asked.

"Completely by chance," Blaine stated. "Tina saw you through the window."

"Which leads us to why we haven't talked to you in the last several days and why you are lying to the Berrys about where you are going," Tina half scolded.

"It's nothing bad guys, it's just something I wanted to work on by myself. I know you're all getting ready to leave and I didn't want to take time away from that, but I have to get ready for the NYADA camp. I want to win it," Sunshine beamed.

"So what have you been doing?" Mike asked.

"I've been coming here every day and singing requests trying to get ready for whatever obstacle they throw at me. The store owner has been playing for me because his business has picked up, and I have to admit, I'm surprised that in three days not one New Directions member has come in the store and caught me," Sunshine declared.

"It still doesn't explain why you lied to the Berrys," Tina continued.

"Because they would want to help me themselves and turn it into another family night around the piano, but I've got to be ready to sing more than show tunes. I've been trying out a lot of different artists. I mean I remember Blaine telling me that one of his first challenges was taking on a genre that he didn't know well so I've been trying them all out," Sunshine smiled. "Want to try one of them out with me?"

They looked around and it seemed that all the customers and the owner of the store were all listening to the conversation.
"Sure, what do you have in mind?" Blaine wondered.

"How about a little Sara Bareilles? Sunshine suggested.

"I love her," Mike said. "Let's do it."

Sunshine turned to the store owner and gave him the nod and he began playing.

"I think this is an appropriate song considering all the changes we're all about to go through," she explained her choice.

(Breathe Again by Sara Bareilles)

(Performed by Sunshine Corazon, Blaine Anderson, Tina Cohen-Chang, and Mike Chang)

SUNSHINE: Car is parked, bags are packed, but what kind of heart doesn't look back at the comfortable glow from the porch. The one I will still call yours?

BLAINE: All those words came undone, and now I'm not the only one facing the ghosts that decide if the fire inside still burns.

Tina sang looking up into Mike's eyes.

TINA: All I have, all I need. He's the air I would kill to breathe. Holds my love in his hands still I'm searching for something.

Tina/Mike: Out of breath, I am left hoping someday I'll breathe again. I'll breathe again.

Sunshine looked at her friends realizing that this was a moment she had to remember before everything changed. Her two best friends stood in front of her and they were about to leave town. She took the next stanzas of the song to explain her feelings without them even knowing it. She stared into Blaine's eyes.

SUNSHINE: Open up next to you and my secrets become your truth and the distance between that was sheltering me come in full view. Hang my head, break my heart built from all I have torn apart, and my burden to bear is a love I can't carry anymore.

Blaine took her hands and sang knowing that the lyrics fit his relationship with Sam perfectly.

BLAINE: All I have, all I need, he's the air I would kill to breathe. Holds my love in his hands. Still I'm searching for something out of breath, I am left hoping someday I'll breathe again.

Their attention turned to Mike and Tina who seemed to finally be back to their normal relationship that everyone remembered.

MIKE: It hurts to be here.

TINA: I only wanted love from you.

MIKE: It hurts to be here.

TINA: What am I gonna do?

The music slowed and everyone's attention turned to Sunshine.

SUNSHINE: All I have, all I need, he's the air I would kill to breathe. Holds my love in his hands and still I'm searching . . .

Blaine put his arm around Sunshine and the duo held on to each other tightly.

Sunshine/Blaine: All I have, all I need, he's the air I would kill to breathe. Holds my love in his hands. Still I'm searching for something out of breath, I am left hoping someday.

Mike/Tina: I'll breathe again, I'll breathe again.

All four: I'll breathe again, I'll breathe again.

BLAINE: I'll breathe again.

SUNSHINE: I'll breathe again.

Blaine hugged Sunshine. "You are going to kill it at NYADA this summer!"

"Do you really think so?" she questioned him.

"I have no doubt in my mind. Come with the three of us and let's actually get some coffee. We've got a lot of planning to do," Blaine winked.

The four walked out of the music store and back to The Lima Bean with lots of plans for the future on their minds.

-GLEE-

In the basement of the Berry household, Rachel sat at the piano with her phone in clear view. They'd returned from the airport, picking up Brody and dropping he and Cooper off at the apartment. Finn dropped her off and headed to the school to work with Mr. Schue. She had done a really good job keeping the fact that today was the day she would hear if she'd earned the role of Fanny Brice a secret or so she thought.

"Are you really going to sit down here all by your lonesome waiting for that phone to ring?"

Rachel looked up at the sound of Shelby's voice coming down the stairs.

"Shelby, what are you doing here?" Rachel got up and crossed the room to hug her mother.

"You didn't think your dads would keep this kind of information from me did you?" Shelby smiled. "So today is the day, huh?"

"Yeah, I'm just trying to look through sheet music for songs to use in case I'm mentoring at NYADA summer camp again instead of preparing for Broadway. I want to be prepared either way," Rachel explained.

"I can understand that, but something tells me you won't need that at all," Shelby insisted. "I know you're going to get that part, and I want to be here when it happens, but I also have some news to share with you as well. I'm leaving Vocal Adrenaline . . . again. I got an offer that I just can't refuse and it's where I want to be."

"That's great, Shelby! Where are you moving too? I hope it's not too far away," Rachel hoped.

"It's actually a lot closer," Shelby wondered how Rachel would take the news. "NYADA offered me the position of stage performance director. I'll be directing the glee club and the fall and spring musicals."

Rachel couldn't believe the news. A huge smile crossed her face. "That is incredible! I'm so happy for you and I'll get to see Beth more. This will be amazing."

"Yeah, with all the McKinley kids in New York I should never be short a baby sitter," she joked but then her expression turned serious. "Are you sure you're okay with this, Rachel? I told them I would have to back out if you felt uncomfortable with me being a professor at your school."

"No! Shelby, I think it's incredible, and it's part of your dream so you should definitely do it. Hopefully, we will both get what we want," Rachel crossed her fingers.

Her phone rang on the piano. She looked at it. "It's a Manhattan number."

"Answer it," Shelby pushed her and leaned on the piano bracing herself for what might be about to happen.

"Hello . . . Yes, this is Rachel Berry," Shelby watched as Rachel's back was too her and she was very quiet as she listened to whoever was on the other end of the line. Finally she said, "Yes, thank you. I appreciate you calling me. Thank you so much," she turned around and Shelby saw her face. "I am so looking forward to working with you."

Shelby stretched her arms up into the air and danced around the room ecstatic to know that her firstborn was the new Fannie Brice on Broadway.

"What's going on?" Hiram Berry called out as he and LeRoy ran downstairs wondering about the commotion. Rachel ran over to them and scooped them both up into a hug.

"I'm Fannie Brice! I got the part! I'm going to be on Broadway!" Rachel screamed out.

"Oh, our sweet, sweet girl, I am so proud of you," LeRoy held her head in his hands and looked into her beautiful eyes. "I knew you were going to be a star."

"I'm just so glad that all three of you could be here with me when I found out. I love you so much," Rachel said.

"I think this calls for a song. What do you say, Shelby?" Hiram asked.

"Hey, I'm down as long as our little girl is," Shelby winked at her.

"Of course," Rachel smiled. "I just need to make one phone call first."

"Tell Finn we said hi," LeRoy batted his eyelashes at her.

She blushed but she knew the kidding was all in good fun. She called Finn and he picked up after two rings.

"Hey, are you still at the school with Mr. Schuester?" Rachel asked.

"Yeah, why? Is everything okay?" Finn wondered.

"Will you put your phone on speaker so I can talk to both of you," she requested.

She heard it click over. "Okay it's on speaker. Say something, Mr. Schue so she'll know."

"Hey, Rachel, are you okay?" her former teacher asked.

"Better than okay actually. I'm the new Fannie Brice on Broadway," she stifled the scream she wanted to let out.

"Hell yes!" Finn screamed out yelling for her. "I told you, Rachel! I told you they would be crazy to pick anyone but you! You've done it, baby! You are on Broadway. Baby, I love you so much and I am so proud of you!"

"That goes for both of us, Rachel," she could hear the emotion in Mr. Schue's voice. "I am so incredibly proud of you."

"Can we tell people?" Finn asked. "I want to brag on my girlfriend."

"Sure," Rachel smiled. She loved the fact that her boyfriend wanted to show her off to their friends. "Let everyone know that it's official!"

"Okay, I'm going to do that and when Mr. Schue is done with me here we are going to go out and celebrate. I love you, Rachel!" Finn said again.

"I love you too," Rachel agreed before hanging up the phone.

"I figured the song you were rehearsing before is pretty appropriate. What do you say?"

"As long as you sing it with me, Mom," Rachel never called her mom but in this moment it felt appropriate.

Shelby's eyes began to tear hearing the word. She checked to see if her two fathers were okay with it, but she knew their smiles meant they approved.

"I thought you'd never ask."

Hiram began to play the song with his husband sitting next to him.

(Next To Me by Emeli Sandè – Glee Cast Version)

(Performed by Rachel Berry and Shelby Corcoran)

SHELBY: You won't find him drinking under tables. Rolling dice or staying out 'til three. You won't ever find him being unfaithful. You will find him, you'll find him next to me.

RACHEL: You won't find him trying to chase the devil for money, fame, or power, out of greed. You won't ever find him where the rest go. You will find him, you'll find him next to me.

Blaine pulled his phone out of his pocket when it buzzed. He realized Tina, Sunshine, and Mike were all doing the same thing. Then he read the text from Finn:

FINN: Rachel is going to Broadway! Congratulate our Funny Girl!

All four of them looked up with huge smiles on their faces proud of their friend.

RACHEL: Next to me . . . ooh, ooh

SHELBY: Next to me . . . ooh, ooh.

Puck pulled out his phone as he and Lily walked down Michigan Avenue in Chicago. He couldn't help but smile.

Rachel/Shelby: Next to me . . . ooh, ooh . . . you will find him, you'll find him next to me.

Santana, Quinn, and Mercedes were going down the escalator at the mall when they all got the text. They shared a smile between the three of them and all began texting.

RACHEL: When the money's spent and all my friend have vanished, and I can't seem to find no help or love for free.

Rachel couldn't help but look down and see her phone blowing up with texts. She knew Finn had gotten the word out.

SHELBY: I know there's no need for me to panic 'cause I'll find him, I'll find him next to me.

Emma was visiting with Burt and Carole Hummel when they got the message. They shared a knowing glance of achievement as one of their kids saw their dream come true.

RACHEL: Oh, the skies are grey, and all the doors are closing.

SHELBY: And the rising pressure makes it hard to breathe (RACHEL: Hard to breathe)

Rachel/Shelby: When all I need is a hand to stop the tears from falling. I will find him, I'll find him next to me.

Artie and Sugar were about to board a plane to come home from vacation when they got the text. Sugar jumped up and down hugging Artie after getting the news. They texted as well.

Rachel/Shelby: Next to me (next to me) ooh, ohh . . . Next to me (next to me) ooh, ooh . . . Next to me (next to me) . . . ooh, ooh. I will find him, I'll find him next to me.

Blake and Marley were with Lindsey and Joe when they got the text. They were all excited for Rachel and texted her back.

RACHEL: When the end has come and buildings falling down fast.

SHELBY: When we spoiled the land and dried up all the sea.

RACHEL: When everyone has lost their heads around us.

Rachel/Shelby: You will find him, you'll find him next to me.

Brody was surprised when he got a text from Finn, but when he saw what it was for he let out an audible "yes!" which caused Cooper to walk out in his boxers to see the message himself. Brody turned around and kissed him hard on the lips.

Rachel/Shelby: Next to me (next to me) Oh (ooh, ooh) Woah!

SHELBY: Next to me

Rachel/Shelby: Ooh, ooh . . . next to me, yeah, oh woah! You will find him, you'll find him

Sam and Sebastian got out of his truck and headed up to their apartments when they got the text. Sam started jumping around the parking garage because he couldn't contain his excitement.

RACHEL: Next to me

SHELBY: Next to me, yeah!

RACHEL: Next to me

Rachel/Shelby: Next to me, yeah, yeah!

SHELBY: Next to me (Rachel: Next to me!)

RACHEL: Oh, yeah

SHELBY: Oh, yeah next to me

Rachel/Shelby: Yeah, yeah! You will find him, you'll find him next to me (Shelby: Yeah!)

"This is really happening?" Rachel beamed.

"So how does it feel?" Shelby asked.

"What exactly?" Rachel questioned.

"To have all your dreams come true?"

-GLEE-

"Someone is really happy about Rachel's news," Sebastian exclaimed after he finished texting her himself and put his phone back in his pocket.

"Well you should be too! This is so freaking awesome! Now we have two friends on Broadway, and Rachel is the freaking lead! This is what she's always wanted. You better be proud of her," Sam beamed that smile of his that could put anyone in a good mood.

"Yeah, I am. Do you think she needs representation?" Sebastian quipped causing Sam to look at him funny. The look made Sebastian think his joke might not have been funny. "I was just kidding, Sam."

"No," Sam shook his head at him. "That's actually a good question. She shouldn't do this alone. She should have lawyers and stuff looking out for her. You should talk to her. You may have to hire more than Ella to be an agent for you."

"You really think I should approach her?" Sebastian questioned as they headed up the stairs.

"And pass up the opportunity to represent a future Tony winner?" Sam raised an eyebrow. "If you called Ella right now she would tell you the same thing. Plus, I bet she knows someone that would be a good addition if it comes to that."

They made it up to the level of their apartments and Sam stopped right before putting the key in to unlock his door.

"Thanks a lot for helping me put together Blaine's surprise for tonight. I know he's going to love it. I just really appreciate the help," Sam smiled.

"Anytime, brother. That's what I'm here for," Sebastian shook his head. "Why do I get the feeling I'm going to be tracking up some major mileage this next year coming to see you guys."

"Ah, you'll get into a new routine without us before you know it," Sam tried to comfort him.

"It'll never happen," Sebastian stopped him. "You don't forget family."

Sam stared into his eyes and was deeply touched by the sincerity.

"Do you remember last summer after the tornado and you guys found me right here in front of Dad's door?" Sam began. Do you remember what you did for me that night?"

"You mean getting you naked and in the shower?" Sebastian tried to make light of the situation.

"You took care of me. You showed me that you could be trusted," Sam put his hands on Sebastian's shoulders. "That was the moment you became my family, my brother." Sam wrapped him up in a hug. "That's never going to change no matter where we live got it?"

"Got it," Sebastian whispered.

Sam pulled back to look him in the eyes. "I've got to go start packing and get ready for Blaine. He'll be here in a little while, and you need to go pack a bag so you can go to Nick's. I still can't believe his parents are letting you spend the night."

"Me either," Sebastian smirked. "I know it's for the party tomorrow so we can get up early and start getting ready, but his mother still called me and told me that she expected me to respect her house and not fornicate with her son while we're under their roof."

"She actually used the word fornicate?" Sam laughed. "So are you two going to be good tonight?"

"What do you think? I'm going to take a play out of your book, actually," Sebastian smiled really big.

"How is that?" Sam questioned.

"They have a trampoline," Sebastian turned to open his apartment door. "Have fun tonight Sammy Boy."

"You too," Sam opened his apartment door and walked in. "Watch the springs. They hurt like a bitch!"

Inside Blaine and Sebastian's apartment, where Cooper and Brody planned to stay until they left, the two men were naked on the couch having sex when Sebastian opened the door and walked inside. The sounds of sex immediately hit him. He knew it wasn't Sam and Blaine, and it wasn't him and Nick so it took him a moment to realize what was happening. Then a head popped into view below the man who was riding him.

"Sebastian!" Brody screamed out. When he did, Cooper turned around and saw the horror on the young man's face.

Sebastian immediately had a flashback to when he and Brody did the exact same thing in the same place. He tried to not let it bother him, but he couldn't stop himself. He ran across to his bedroom door and slammed it shut locking it behind him. Cooper got off of Brody and pulled his underwear back on. He went over and knocked on Sebastian's door.

"Sebastian, look man, I am really sorry about this. I thought you were staying somewhere else tonight. We thought we had the place to ourselves. I never . . . we never would have been out in the middle of the apartment like that if we even had a thought that you might come home. I am so sorry," Cooper hoped the boy was listening.

"Yeah, Seb, I'm really sorry too. I know that it's really uncool, and I probably shouldn't be saying anything, but I am really sorry," Brody added.

Sebastian opened the door carrying his backpack filled with clothes. He didn't say a word as he walked out of the apartment and slammed the door behind him. He pulled his phone out when he felt it ringing against his leg. He looked at the screen to see it was Blaine.

"Hello?"

"Hey are you still with Sam? I've been trying to call him but he's not answering," Blaine asked.

"He and I got home about five minutes ago. He's probably in the shower," Sebastian's answer was a little cold.

"Wait, you're at home? Did you go in the apartment?" Blaine hoped he would say no.

"You mean did I just catch your brother and Brody having sex on our sofa," Sebastian snapped. "Yeah, that just happened."

Sebastian hung up his phone and headed to his car so he could leave and be with the one person he knew would make him feel better.

-GLEE-

Blaine was on the way home when he called, but after Sebastian hung up he knew something was wrong. He used the sync on his car to call Sebastian five more times, but the boy would not answer. He drove faster than normal and made it into the parking garage in half the time it normally took him. He parked his car next to Sam's truck and jumped out of the car, locked it, and then ran up the stairs to the apartment, unlocked the door and walked inside.

Cooper and Brody were no longer having sex, but his brother was only in his boxers and an undershirt and Brody was in briefs. They were making out on the sofa and Blaine's eyes couldn't help but be drawn to the fact that his brother's hand was inside Brody's underwear.

"Seriously!" Blaine screamed. "You get caught by the one person that seeing you two together could really hurt and then he leaves and you just decide to pick up where you left off?"

"We figured he wouldn't be coming back and we haven't seen each other in a while, Blaine," Cooper acted like the answer was obvious.

"God, Coop, do you even care that you've hurt Sebastian? He called me and told me what happened then hung up on me. He won't return my calls. The one thing I asked you to do when you asked to stay here was to promise me that if you and Brody did anything you would keep it in the bedroom and away from where Sebastian could even have a chance to see it, and you promised me you would do that. Is this what happens now? You finally found a LEGAL boyfriend so I can stop depending on you to keep your promises?" Blaine fumed.

"I think I'll go take a cold shower so you two can talk," Brody decided.

"Good idea!" Blaine yelled at him as he walked into the bedroom and shut the door.

"Don't you dare yell at him like that!" Cooper stood up and towered over his brother.

"Why what are you going to do? You've already done my teacher, a minor, and a prostitute, what's next?" Blaine mouthed off because his anger clearly had overtaken him. "How could you do this, Cooper? You're not a mean person. Why would you risk hurting my friend like this?"

"We weren't thinking, Blaine," Cooper defended himself.

"Obviously," Blaine responded like the answer was stupid. "That still doesn't explain why you would risk hurting Sebastian. I know he's over Brody but we always have feelings for our exes. You don't do shit like that Cooper. Haven't you noticed that Mr. Schue never kisses Emma when you're around? He doesn't want to hurt you especially now that you two are actually talking again. What you just did to Sebastian was wrong and I don't understand why my brother, who I love so much, would mess up by doing something so incredibly stupid!"

Cooper heard the venom leave Blaine's voice and be replaced by hurt.

"I love him, Blaine," Cooper confessed. "I love Brody. I want to be with him all the time, and you're right we were stupid and I will never be able to apologize to Sebastian enough but if you could . . . never mind."

"If I could only what?" Blaine asked. "Tell me what you were going to say."

(If You Could Only See by Tonic – acoustic cover by Corey Gray)

(Performed by Cooper & Blaine Anderson)

COOPER: If you could only see the way he loves me then maybe you would understand why I feel this way about our love and what I must do. If you could only see how blue his eyes can be when he says . . . when he says he loves me.

Blaine held up his hand to stop him. Cooper sat down and put his pants back on.

BLAINE: Well you got your reasons, and you got your lies. You got your manipulations. They cut me down to size.

He saw that Cooper thought he and Brody were like him and Sam and he took offense to that.

BLAINE: Saying you love but you don't . . . you give your love but you won't

Cooper put his shirt back on as well.

BOTH: If you could only see the way he loves me then maybe you would understand why I feel this way about our love and what I must do. If you could only see how blue his eyes can be when he says . . . when he says he loves me.

Cooper went over to the door to see if the shower was running. When he realized it was he turned back around to Blaine.

COOPER: Seems the road less traveled shows happiness unraveled, and you got to take a little dirt to keep what you love. That's what you gotta do.

BLAINE: Sayin' you love but you don't you give your love but you won't. You're stretching out your arms to something that's just not there.

BOTH: Sayin' you love where you stand give your heart when you can. If you could only see the way he loves me then maybe you would understand why I feel this way about our love and what I must do. If you could only see how blue his eyes can be when he says . . . when he says he loves me.

"Have a great trip to LA, Cooper," Blaine said turning towards the door and walking out.

COOPER: If you could only see the way he loves me then maybe you would understand why I feel this way about our love and what I must do. If you could only see how blue his eyes can be when he says . . . when he says she loves me.

Cooper sat on the sofa and leaned his head into his hands not knowing what move to make next. Then the door to the bedroom opened and a wet Brody stuck his head and torso out the door.

"Is your brother gone?"

"Yeah," Cooper spoke softly.

Brody opened the door completely and stood there naked and wet. "Come with me and shower. I'll cheer you up."

Cooper simply could not turn down that offer and joined him.

-GLEE-

Blaine walked out of Sam's bedroom that he'd moved in for their last few days in Lima. He was dressed in red and white seersucker shorts, a white polo and Sperrys while the vision of beauty in front of him stood in a red a blue flannel shirt over a tank top, swim shorts and sandals.

"Is this okay for our secret date that you won't tell me anything about?" Blaine asked.

"It's perfect," Sam walked over and wrapped his strong arms around his boyfriend. "Are you sure you're okay after what happened?"

"To go out with you?" Blaine smiled. "I think that's exactly what the doctor ordered."

Sam leaned down to whisper in Blaine's ear. "Well if you're good we just might play doctor later tonight."

"Sam, we can't here. We promised Emma," Blaine reminded him.

"Who said anything about doing it here? That's part of the surprise," Sam smiled before calling out. "Mom! Dad! Blaine and I are leaving. Enjoy your night alone. Don't do anything I wouldn't do."

The boys walked out of the apartment. Blaine looked at Sam, "I thought you said they didn't do that."

"As far as I know they don't, but we can hope. They need another little Sam running around after I'm gone," Sam grinned, took Blaine's hand and headed down the stairs.

-GLEE-

Tyler and Michael lay on the sofa in the living room of Michael's house watching the final season of Smallville. Tyler's strong arms were wrapped around Michael. He looked down and saw a natural easy going smile across Michael's lips. That look made Tyler so happy.

"I'm proud of you, you know that?" Tyler stated.

Michael turned with a perplexed look in his eyes. "Why? What did I do?"

"You were a great friend to Blake today. The way you acted when he found out you knew about Marley, it was just like seeing the old you and the old him before you started dating. It's nice to see you two getting back to normal," Tyler confessed.

"Yeah, I thought about saying something to him earlier, but I didn't want to make you uncomfortable. I really like what we have going here," Michael smiled.

"Look, I know what we have together, but I also know what you and Blake have together and I'm not going to get jealous so don't worry. I want you to spend time with your best friend plus I like hanging out with Blake too. He's a cool guy, and I want him to be happy because he's the most unselfish bastard I know. I mean he did just step aside so you and I could be together. That's freaking noble!" Tyler declared.

Michael leaned up and captured Tyler's lips with his own. "I can't tell you how much it means to hear you say that."

-GLEE-

When Sebastian arrived at Nick's, the younger boy immediately knew something was wrong and so did his parents. Nick gave his mother a knowing glance and she relented and let Nick take Sebastian into his room. Nick even left the door open to respect his mother's wishes. They lay down on the bed and just held each other. He waited until Sebastian was ready to talk.

"Brody was in my apartment when I got home," Sebastian whispered.

Nick's heart stopped hoping this wasn't a death sentence to their relationship. He truly had no idea where this story would go. "What happened?"

"I opened the door and he was there . . . and Cooper was on top of him. They were having sex and I saw it," Sebastian revealed.

Nick tried not to let out a sigh of relief but at the same time that was exactly what he felt. "You've seen other people have sex before, babe, what made this different?"

"It made me sad," Sebastian confessed. "I remembered he and I doing the same thing in the same spot."

"And you want him back," Nick's eyes deflated.

"No!" Sebastian shook his head and used his hand to tilt his eyes back up into his gaze. "It made me sad because I remembered how stupid I was to fall in love with him and how much I regret letting him do to me first what should have rightfully been yours."

Nick smiled. "I love you."

"You love me after saying that?" It was Sebastian's turn to be confused.

"Yeah because you love me so much that something like this would affect you so much. Seb, you and I are in an incredible place right now and the past is in the past. Brody may have been your first but I'm your forever and that is all I will ever need to know."

Nick kissed Sebastian and the two boys continued to lay there staring into the other's eyes just enjoying their presence and feeling complete with the other next to them.

-GLEE-

It didn't take Blaine long to realize where they were going. Sam looked over and saw Blaine staring at him and smiling. "I guess you figured it out, huh?"

"We're going out to the lake aren't we? We haven't been to our spot since last summer," Blaine smiled.

"Yeah, I figured we needed to visit it one more time before the big move. I figure we could sit on the tailgate of the truck and take a picture of the lake as the sunsets and then put the picture up in our new apartment so that we always have the lake with us even when we're in New York," Sam explained the first part of his plan.

"I love that idea," Blaine smiled holding his hand out and taking Sam's in his.

"I made a picnic for us," Sam told him. "Actually Sebastian and I did. My head was swimming with so many ideas that he helped me put them together. I think you'll like what I have to offer."

"I think that is already a proven fact," Blaine declared.

Sam continued to drive the rest of the 20 minutes out of Lima to the lake. He turned the truck around and backed it up so that they could open the truck bed cover and lay down in the back looking over the lake. Blaine saw that there was something set up near the water which told him Sam's surprises were not over yet.

"You ready for me to put you to work?" Sam asked as he put the truck in park and turned it off.

"You mean I have to work for my date?" Blaine joked as both boys got out of the truck.

"You know it," Sam laughed. "Look in the back seat. There's a picnic blanket and basket. Lay out the blanket behind the truck and set up our dinner okay?"

"Sure," Blaine's voice was filled with excitement as he set out to do what his boyfriend asked of him. As he set up their picnic he watched Sam light the tiki torches he'd borrowed from the Hummel's. Blaine remembered them using them at their cook-out that he couldn't believe was almost a year ago.

Opening the basket, he had to smile at what Sam had packed. It was all of their favorites. A thermos of coffee from the Lima Bean, PB&J sandwiches with the crust cut off like Blaine loved, Cool Ranch Doritos which was a staple for Sam, a huge bowl of fresh cut fruit, and for dessert Sam remembered how much Blaine loved Emma's chocolate pound cake that she would make him every time she knew he would come for a special dinner.

"This is incredible, Sam," Blaine called out as the boy walked back over to him.

"You hungry?" Sam asked.

"Very," Blaine answered as the boys sat down and began to eat. Blaine stared at Sam as the boy devoured his food. He had so many thoughts but there was one thing he realized in that moment that he'd never said to the boy.

"You're my best friend, you know that right?" Blaine stated.

"Interesting beginning to the conversation," Sam smiled wondering where the conversation would go from here.

"I don't think we've ever said that to each other," Blaine pointed out. "It seems appropriate right now though I think. I mean I love our friends. Rachel, Santana, Sebastian, Tina, Sunshine, Lindsey, Blake, we've referred to all of them as our best friends and they are but I want you to know that you are my bestest best friend. We're not just boyfriends, you're my best friend too."

"Ditto," Sam's toothy smile brightened the sunsetting sky. "You're my everything and you have been since a year ago tomorrow."

"Tomorrow? Wait . . ." Blaine looked at his phone. "Sam, our one-year anniversary isn't for another two weeks."

"I know that we agreed that our real anniversary is the day you came home from NYADA, but the day you came home from Denver, and I saw your across the baggage claim area at the airport, that is the moment I knew that you were my soul mate. When you smiled at me from across that room that's when I knew that I would give up everything for you. Tomorrow may not be the anniversary of when we officially started dating, but it is the anniversary of the day I fell in love with you."

Blaine felt like his heart would explode it beat so fast hearing Sam's words. He leaned over and kissed Sam.

"So best friends, boyfriends, and soul mates?" Blaine pointed out.

"Well alright, pilgrim," Sam winked as he used his John Wayne impression.

Blaine giggled. "I love it when you do that."

"Are you ready for your next surprise?" Sam asked and Blaine could see the twinkle in his eye. He knew this was something that Sam had been waiting for.

"Of course I am," Blaine smiled. Sam stood up and held out his hand to help Blaine up to his feet. He walked over to the driver's side of the truck and turned the key so that the stereo turned on.

"I want to play something for you," Sam started the music. He walked over to Blaine and took his hand and they began to dance in the dim light of sunset. "Do you recognize the song?"

Blaine somehow knew what it would be before it started playing. "Sparks Fly, how could I forget," he began to choke up.

"Do you recognize anything else?" Sam hoped.

Blaine listened to the song and his eyes popped open and he stared into Sam's. His smile crossed his face quickly. "That's you singing."

"The record company got permission from Taylor Swift for me to re-record it. It's going to be on my first album," Sam smiled. "I couldn't do an album without having our song on it."

"I love it," Blaine kissed him and then laid his head on Sam's shoulder as they both put their arms around each other and held on tight.

Sam began singing, "Drop everything now meet me in the pouring rain. Kiss me on the sidewalk, take away the pain 'cause I see sparks fly whenever you smile."

"Look the sun is setting," Blaine pointed.

"Let's get that picture then," Sam pulled out his phone and the boys snapped the shot that would go in their new home.

"This feels like the beginning of something new," Blaine said looking into the eyes of his true love.

"It is," Sam said pulling away from Blaine and opening the bed cover on his truck and let down the tailgate. Blaine saw the back of the truck covered in blankets and pillows. "Let's lay down and watch the sunset."

Sam helped Blaine up into the truck and Blaine loved that Sam could just pick him up like he was weightless. Sam jumped up in the truck with him and crawled up next to him and pulled Blaine into his arms. The moment was perfect. As the sun finished setting the glow from the torches took over and framed the boys' faces perfectly.

"I don't ever want this moment to end," Sam whispered.

"It won't," Blaine said. "It's just the beginning of a lifetime of these moments strung together."

"I feel like saying I love you again just doesn't fit how strong this moment is for me," Sam commented. "Do you know what I mean?"

"I know exactly what you mean," Blaine put his arms around Sam. "I think we are past words almost."

"Yeah we just need to move into action," Sam teased.

Blaine laughed out loud. "Hah! Sam, you are so subtle."

"Well, I know you were thinking the same thing," Sam grinned.

"I was," Blaine said as he began untying the swim trucks on Sam's beautiful body. He slowly pulled the Velcro apart knowing that there would be nothing but smooth milky white skin. "I like the smoothness. It's sexy."

"I do have a swimsuit and underwear shoot next week. Had to get ready," Sam said non-chalantly. "By the way, I think this is the first time you've gone straight for my goods without unwrapping the abs first."

"Maybe that's not the part I want right now," Blaine suggested as he leaned over and let Sam know exactly what he wanted to do. Sam let his head fall back as he felt Blaine's masterful skills. The boys had not had sex in five days which was the most they'd gone since getting back together in October. Sam had held it all in waiting to give it all to Blaine.

"You're a little worked up, sir," Blaine prodded as he slow stroked Sam knowing how much he loved the teasing moment.

"Not . . . going . . . to last . . ." Sam gasped.

"Well then by all means," Blaine said before returning his lips to the manhood of his boyfriend.

Sam had to take one of the pillows and cover his mouth in order to not scare everyone in a one mile radius of their location. His entire body shook uncontrollably and he couldn't get it to stop. It took Blaine crawling up next to him and holding him to stop him.

"If there is such a thing as being too good at that then that is what you are," Sam confessed. "I don't think anyone else could get me to bust a nut that fast."

"Well, you're never going to find out," Blaine kidded before kissing Sam.

"Damn, I taste good," Sam said while sliding his trunks the rest of the way off. He reached over and pulled Blaine's polo off. "Open your shorts."

"This is a role-reversal," Blaine said in a surprised tone.

"What that I want you to take me tonight?" Sam raised his eyebrows and smiled. He reached up and pulled Blaine down, sweetly kissed him, and stared in his eyes. "We love each other and you definitely just submitted and took care of me now I want to do the same for you. Now be a badass and give it to me."

"Be careful what you wish for big boy," Blaine's smile didn't end.

"Oh I want it," Sam winked.

Blaine didn't even remove his shorts. He crawled between Sam's legs and watched Sam use a bottle of lube he'd hidden under a pillow on himself. Watching Sam finger himself made him harder than he'd been in a long time and all he wanted to do was fuck. "Move those fingers it's my turn."

"Yes sir," Sam said and put his hands behind his head and felt his boyfriend push inside him. "Ohh, that feels so good, Blaine."

Blaine leaned down to whisper in his ear. "How good?"

"So good," Sam whimpered.

"The best right?" Blaine's macho side started to come out as he pushed long strokes in and out of Sam."

"No one else will ever do it to me, Blaine. Only you . . ."

The boys stopped talking and just stared into each other's eyes and enjoyed watching their love feel everything they could do for each other.

-GLEE-

Sam parked the truck and jumped out of his side so that he could run around and meet Blaine as he got out of his. He wrapped Blaine up in his arms. "Thank you so much for tonight. I just want you to know that I adore you and everything about you and I can't wait to start our lives together in New York."

"I like that word," Blaine smiled. "It fits. I adore you too, Sam Evans."

Sam took Blaine's hand, interlocked their fingers and they walked up the stairs to the apartment.

"So should we remind people it's our anniversary tomorrow?" Sam asked.

"Knowing our crazy friends one of them will bring it up on their own, so if they do that's cool, but if not let's just enjoy our last day with our friends. We know it's our day," Blaine.

"And that is another reason why I love you," Sam said as they reached the top of the stairs and he kissed him again. He turned and unlocked the door to his apartment and the boys started to walk in, but Blaine stopped.

"You okay?" Sam worried.

"I should clear things up with Cooper. I was pretty mean to him earlier," Blaine admitted.

"Okay, I'll wait," Sam smiled.

"Thanks," Blaine returned the smile and turned around and knocked on the door of his apartment before using his key to unlock the door. He walked in covering his eyes. "I hope everyone is decent."

"He's in the bedroom talking to his roommate," Cooper said sitting in the chair next to the sofa. "Is Sam with you?"

"Standing right outside actually," Blaine explained.

"Hey Sam!" Cooper called out.

Sam walked over to the door and waved. "Hey Cooper, did y'all have fun tonight."

"Probably as much fun as you two did," Cooper grinned.

"Then you had a lot of fun," Sam couldn't contain his happiness with that fact.

"Nice," Cooper nodded. "So what's up, Blaine."

"An apology if you'll take it. I still think what happened wasn't fair to Sebastian, but I admit I overreacted. I'm sorry," Blaine stated.

"Thank you," Cooper weakly smiled. "But I think I should give half of that apology back to you because I did act pretty childish. Even if I didn't think he was going to be here I should have been more rational."

"Well you can tell him tomorrow at the party," Blaine suggested.

"I don't think so. I tried to call him and he didn't answer. I left an apology on his voice mail, but I think me showing up to the party with Brody would just be inappropriate. I moved up our flight. We're going to head to LA tomorrow morning," Cooper explained.

"Coop, you don't have to do that. I'll talk to Sebastian," Blaine tried to make things better.

"I do though, Blaine, because it's the right thing to do," Cooper defended his position. "You're moving to my city, Blaine, we'll have plenty of moments together. You don't need me hanging around on your last day here trying to fix my problems. Let me think about you for a change. I want your last day in Lima to be one for the memory books. You and I can make new memories in New York little brother."

Blaine wasn't sure what to say. Sam spoke for him.

"You're a good man, Coop," he said from the door.

Blaine gave him a hug. "Yeah, you are."

"You boys should get some sleep. You've got a big day ahead of you," Cooper looked into his brother's eyes. "I'll see you in a week when I get back to Manhattan."

The boys walked back into the hallway and across the hall. Before Sam opened the door he checked on Blaine. "You okay?"

"Yeah, you're both right. It's for the best. I want to spend time with Sebastian tomorrow and it not be weird. I hope that is possible," Blaine said.

"We're talking about Sebastian," Sam did his best to calm him down. "He may have been upset today, but he's spending all night with Nick so he'll be in a better mood tomorrow. I'll check his temperature for you but he wouldn't be throwing this party for us if he did love us all. Promise me you won't worry about it."

"I promise," Blaine blushed.

Sam took his hand and used the other to unlock the door. "It's after eleven. Mom and Dad will be asleep so go to my room and I'll go leave a note in the kitchen for mom to get when she gets up for her midnight glass of water. That way she won't come to the door and check on us."

They walked inside and Blaine did as he was told and headed to Sam's room as he headed to the kitchen, but both of them stopped when they heard noises in the house that they'd never heard before.

"Are they . . ." Blaine whispered across the room to Sam.

"Do not finish that question," Sam said wincing at the idea of hearing his parents having sex for the first time. He ran into the kitchen wrote a quick note and then ran back to his room pushing Blaine inside and shutting the door. He walked over to his iPod dock and turned it on so they wouldn't hear the noise anymore and sat down on the bed. Blaine came over and sat next to him.

"Has that ever happened before?"

"Never," Sam shook his head. "I'm never coming home again without calling first."

"It's your home, Sam, you don't have to do that. Plus, it's a good thing! Maybe you will get that little brother or sister you were talking about," Blaine rubbed his back to comfort him.

"Yeah, but I don't want to listen to the conception," Sam whined making Blaine fall back on the bed laughing. His laughter made Sam realize how funny the statement was. "Look who I'm talking too. You probably want to watch. You did have the hots for my dad before me."

"If I remember correctly you said that fantasy was hot," Blaine prodded.

"He also wasn't my dad yet. It's totally different now," Sam declared.

"I'll take your mind off of mom and dad having sex," Blaine said rolling on top of Sam.

"Blaine, we can't . . ."

"I know. No naughty time while mom and dad are having theirs," Blaine laughed and Sam pushed him off of him and ran into the bathroom shutting the door behind him which made him laugh even more.

-GLEE-

The next morning around 9:00 am, Emma and Will sat eating breakfast. The boys were still asleep when a frantic knock came to the door. Will got up and walked through the den to open it. Standing there was Quinn Fabray, looking uncharacteristically flustered.

"Quinn is something wrong?" he asked.

"I'm so sorry to bother you so early on a Sunday morning, Mr. Schue, but I tried to call Sam and Blaine and neither one is answering their phone," she explained.

By this point Emma was up and listening to her. "Quinn, just calm down. What's wrong?"

"Santana is missing. I stayed at her house last night and when I woke up this morning she wasn't there. Her mom didn't see her leave either but her car is gone and she won't answer the phone. I figured if she'd go to anyone it would be Sam," Quinn said.

"What's going on?" Sam said opening the door and pulling a shirt over his head. They could see Blaine in the room getting out of bed.

"No one can find Santana, Sam. Have you heard from her? Do you know why she'd go off by herself?" Will asked.

Sam thought for a moment and Blaine entered the room with the rest of them. They all watched a realization cross Sam's face and he punched his doorframe. "I suck as a friend. I can't believe I forgot."

"What? Sam?" Blaine asked for everyone.

"Our anniversary was on Brittany's birthday. You came home, we rehearsed the song with Dad and Rachel and then went to her party. Today's Brittany's birthday," Sam realized.

"Oh god," Quinn shook her head. "I can't believe I forgot."

"I know where she is," Sam and Quinn said at the same time.

-GLEE-

Sam pulled his truck up to the cemetery and parked. He, Blaine, and Quinn got out of the truck and stood at the edge of the grounds and could see Santana standing out next to Brittany's grave.

"You should go first, Sam," Quinn suggested. "She'd fight me and she'd overpower Blaine, but she'll be herself with you."

"Okay," Sam agreed and walked off as Quinn and Blaine stayed at the truck.

"I wish there was something that we could do to make her feel better," Blaine admitted.

"No one speaks Santana like Sam," Quinn put her arm around Blaine. "Speaking of which, it's your anniversary?"

"Yeah," Blaine blushed. "Things were crazy last summer but we decided to say the day we both knew how we felt should be our anniversary and that was when I came back for Brittany's party."

"Well Happy Anniversary," Quinn smiled. "We are definitely an interesting crew of people aren't we? We fight, we make up, but hopefully we'll always be friends."

"Yeah, there's nothing like us," Blaine agreed.

"And you just gave me an idea," Quinn smiled and turned around to reach into the back seat of the truck.

Santana could feel someone getting close to her. She turned to see Sam standing there and she chose not to wipe her tears away.

"Can I do anything?" Sam whispered.

"Not unless you know how to turn back time," Santana said through her tears.

"I should have remembered. I'm sorry," Sam was angry with himself over it.

"Anniversary trumps birthday, Trouty," she turned to him and smiled. "Yes, I do remember the day you became a dick lover. I was the one that got you through that night, remember?"

"I do, now let me return the favor," Sam said as he walked over and put his arms around his best girl. "What do you need?"

"I've been standing here for almost two hours. I have all these things that I want to say to her, but nothing has come out," She got to the point that she couldn't hold back her tears anymore. "This is stupid. She's not even here and I'm stupid for being here and crying like this. It's selfish and stupid and . . ." She lost the ability to speak. She turned and cried into his chest.

"It's not stupid and it's not selfish," he said in her ear. "Why don't you let me give it a try?"

When he didn't hear her argue with him he just started talking.

"Hey, Brittany, it's Sam. I'm sure you know that just like I'm sure you know I'm here with Santana. She's having a hard time talking to you. She has a lot to say. You know how much she loves you and how much she misses you. I know that you know she doesn't have to tell you that anymore. You see everything now. You're her guardian angel. Santana knows that too, but her real problem is that she wants to tell you something that she doesn't want to say," Sam said this and Santana pulled back and looked directly into his eyes wondering what he would say. He never broke eye contact as he continued knowing exactly where he brain was. "The thing is Brit, Santana loves you and she always will, but you're gone, and after all these months our Santana has finally accepted that fact and she's ready to move on. She has feelings for someone else, but she'd never even consider acting on them until she felt it was okay with you. So I'm asking you, on behalf of my favorite girl in the entire world who I love so much that you let her know in some way that it's okay for her to move on. She'll never forget you and her time with you will always be a reminder to her of how important love is and how we should always go for it. We both really miss you, Britt, and I promise I'll take care of our girl for the rest of our lives, but it's time for her to start a new chapter of her life and fall in love again. I know that's what you want for her because you never wanted anything for her but the best."

When Sam stopped talking, Santana asked, "How did you know?"

"Please," Sam smiled. "Who knows you better than I do?"

They heard music playing in the background and turned to see Quinn walking towards them with Blaine playing Sam's guitar.

"Is it okay if we join now?" Quinn asked.

"Of course," Santana turned around and broke her hug with Sam. She walked over to Quinn and they embraced. "I'm guessing you're the one that called these two."

"Don't be mad," Quinn defended herself.

"I'm not," Santana pulled back from the hug. She smiled at Quinn. "It means a lot that you care so much."

"Well, Blaine and I were talking and I thought you and I could sing a song together here for Brittany as a way to say goodbye to the unholy trinity," Quinn suggested.

"That sounds nice," Santana agreed to do it.

(Nothing Like Us by Justin Bieber – Acoustic Version by Alex G)

(Performed by Santana Lopez and Quinn Fabray)

Blaine began to play and Santana recognized the song immediately. She turned and faced Brittany's gravestone and began singing.

SANTANA: Lately I've been thinkin', thinkin' 'bout what we had. I know it was hard, it was all that we knew, yeah.

Quinn picked up the verse wanting Santana to know she was there for moral support.

QUINN: Have you been drinkin', to take all the pain away? I wish that I could give you what you, deserve.

SANTANA: 'Cause nothing can ever, ever replace you. Nothing can make me feel like you do, yeah

Quinn stepped up and stood next to Santana. She linked arms with her and they held hands.

BOTH: There's nothing like us, there's nothing like you and me together through the storm; There's nothing like us, there's nothing like you and me together, oh.

Blaine and Sam gave each other the same look. They knew they were both thinking the same thing and couldn't help but smile.

QUINN: I gave you everything, well everything I had to give, why would you push me away?

SANTANA: Lost in confusion, like an illusion, you know I'm used to making your day.

QUINN: You know there's no way, I can relate to. I know we won't find a love that's so true.

Santana leaned her head on Quinn's shoulder.

BOTH: There's nothing like us, there's nothing like you and me together through the storm; There's nothing like us, there's nothing like you and me together,

QUINN: There's nothing like you . . . nothing like you . . . There's nothing like you.

SANTANA: There's nothing like you, there's nothing like you and me together.

Santana and Quinn turned to walk back to the cemetery parking lot. Blaine began to ask a question, but Sam stopped him.

"Let's just leave it alone. Everyone is in a good spot right now except maybe me."

"Why you?" Blaine wondered.

"I just realized what I have to do today before the party," Sam's eyes teared up.

"What?" Blaine rubbed his arm to console him.

"I have to say goodbye to Stevie and Stacy," he said as he turned to walk back to his truck and Blaine followed.

-GLEE-

Quinn left with Santana while the boys headed back to the apartment to actually get ready for the day. They ate breakfast, got showers, and dressed for the party knowing that they would make a few stops on the way. Sam put his old guitar in the back seat of his truck and the boys headed out for the day. Blaine noticed that Sam was unusually quiet as they drove across town to his old home. When they pulled into the driveway, he noticed that the Reed Twins were both in their yard and walked over when they saw the familiar truck. Jacob had his guitar with him.

"Hey guys," Jacob said walking up to them and sharing a bro hug with both of them. Jessie opted for a regular hug.

"Yeah, I imagine you are all packed by now," Jessie added.

"We are," Sam seemed sad when he said it.

"You don't sound very excited," Jacob pointed out.

"For New York?" Sam realized. "I'm super excited about that. I'm just not excited about what I'm about to do."

"Well, don't worry about them we are going to watch out for them for you. I actually got the chance to throw the football around with Stevie yesterday," Jacob responded.

"And Stacy and I learned some cheers and next time I babysit we are going shopping," Jessie smiled. "Your little brother and sister definitely have the Evans charm, Sam. They'll miss you, but they'll be fine. We'll watch out for them."

"Thanks. I really do appreciate that. I just wish I didn't have to say goodbye to them so soon after getting them back," Sam confessed.

"Then don't look at it as goodbye," Jacob pointed out. "You're going after you dream so that you can make their lives better. As long as they know you'll be around and seeing them when you can they will understand."

"I hope so," Sam started to walk to the house with his old guitar. Blaine had a shoebox he carried as well. The twins followed them inside.

Sam knocked on the door and he could hear Stevie bounding toward it screaming, "I'll get it."

He opened the door and saw Sam and tackled him almost to the ground. Sam couldn't believe how tall the boy was getting he swore that back in Chicago when Stevie would hug him it was around his waist, but now the boy had hit a growth spurt and he was up to Sam's shoulders in height.

"Dang, boy, you get any taller and you're going to knock me over. Have you grown more in the last two days?" Sam joked with his baby brother.

"I think so. Mom's got to buy me new shoes cause my feet got too big for my old ones," Stevie said with pride. "Why do you have your guitar?"

"That's a surprise," Sam messed up his hair and walked inside. Stacy was waiting for him. He leaned the guitar case against the sofa and picked her up and hugged her. He couldn't get over how she was getting more beautiful with every single day.

"How's my little beauty queen doing?" he asked.

"Good," Stacy said as she let go of Sam and walked over to Blaine and hugged him and sat next to him. "And I'm not a beauty queen, I'm a future Cheerio, right, Jessie?"

"That's right!" Jessie winked at her.

Sam was about to say something about his sister's fascination with his boyfriend, but then his birth mother walked into the room ready for work. She'd taken over the manager's position at the Women's Shelter once held by Mary Smythe. They were currently preparing their one year re-opening anniversary.

"Are you headed to work?" Sam asked.

"In a little while. I wanted to be here for this. I am so excited for your future and everything you have going, but I am going to miss you too, Sam," Mary Evans told him.

"But Mom all the stuff he is getting to do is so freaking cool," Stevie called out.

"What's cool about posing in your underwear?" Stacy scoffed.

"Because girls think it's hot, right Jessie?" Stevie shook his head like he knew her answer.

Sam and Jessie shared a knowing look. "Right you are Stevie. I've seen the pictures. You're brother looks really good."

"That will be me when I get out of school. I'm going to be a rock star like Sammy," Stevie announced.

"Looks like I'm going to have to settle for being your #2 fan. I don't think I can compete with Stevie for #1," Blaine stated.

"Sorry, Blaine, we can share it though," Stevie turned and for the first time he saw Sam's smile on the younger face.

"Something tells me we've got a heartbreaker on our hands, Sam," Blaine winked.

"He's my little brother. Of course we do," Sam laughed. He turned to Stevie and said, "Hey, kiddo, go have a seat next to Stacy, okay?"

Stevie did as he was told and sat down. Jessie sat next to him and Ms. Evans sat on the arm of the sofa. Sam took his guitar out of the case and so did Jacob. They pulled up two of the kitchen chairs and sat in front of the group.

"I know you both know that I'm leaving town tomorrow to start college and stuff. I just wanted you to both know how much I love you and I'll miss you, and that no matter where I am I'm only a phone call away. I love you both more than you'll ever know and I'll be there for you regardless of anything that is going on in my life. I have a gift for both of you, but I want to sing something for you first. This is for both of you.

Sam and Jacob both began to play as Sam sang.

(Don't You worry Child by Swedish House Mafia – Max Schneider Cover)

(Performed by Sam Evans)

SAM: There was a time, I used to look into my father's eyes. In a happy home, I was a king, I had a golden throne. Those days are gone, now the memories are on the wall, and I hear the sounds from the places that I was born.

Sam stopped playing and closed his eyes feeling the emotion of the song.

SAM: Up on the hill across the blue lake that's where I had my first heart break. I still remember how it all changed. My father said, don't you worry, don't you worry child. See heaven's got a plan for you. Don't you worry, don't you worry now. Yeah oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh

His eyes opened and immediately connected with Blaine's. Stevie heard Stacy sniffle and he put his arm around her and she laid her head on his shoulder. The action made Jacob and Jessie share a smile.

SAM: There was a time, I met a guy of a different kind. We ruled the world. I thought I'll never lose him out of sight. We were so young, I think of him now and then. I still hear the songs reminding me of a friend.

He started to play with Jacob again and really got into the emotion. Sharing eye contact with his siblings and watching their eyes fill with emotion and his following suit.

SAM: Up on the hill across the blue lake that's where I had my first heart break. I still remember how it all changed. My father said, don't you worry, don't you worry child. See heaven's got a plan for you. Don't you worry, don't you worry now. Yeah oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh

He turned to his birth mother and sang.

SAM: don't you worry, don't you worry child. See heaven's got a plan for you. Don't you worry, don't you worry now. Yeah oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh

He handed his guitar to Jacob for safekeeping and then motioned for the kids to give him a hug. They both jumped up and squeezed him tightly.

"I love you guys," Sam whispered.

"I love you Sammy," they both said back to him.

When they pulled back from the hug, Sam gave his attention to Stacy first. "I know how much you love music. You and I definitely have that in common so Blaine has a present from us to you."

Blaine held out the box for Stacy. She grabbed it and opened it seeing an entire set of recordable CD's in it.

"We know how expensive music can be so Sam and I both made copies of all the music we have on our computers for you. Now you can load them on your computer here and put them on your phone or whatever. Everything you like is there. Trust me," Sam explained and barely finished before she had a tight grip around his neck.

Sam watched the interaction, but he could feel Stevie's eyes glaring into the side of his head. He turned and shared an identical smile with his little brother.

"You still want to learn how to play guitar?" Sam asked him.

"Definitely. It's so cool. I want to play like you do," Stevie shook his head.

He took his guitar back from Jacob and handed it to Stevie. "Then I want you to have this. It's the one I learned on and it's really special to me, but so are you. I think that makes the two of you together a pretty awesome combination. I talked to Dad . . . I mean Mr. Schuester, and he's going to give you lessons plus Jacob here is going to hang out with you and teach you some stuff too. How does that sound?"

"You're really giving me your guitar?" Stevie couldn't believe it.

"I am. It's yours now," Sam roughed up his hair again.

"I'm going to know how to play by the time you come home so we can jam out together," Stevie promised.

"I'll hold you to that, rockstar," Sam gave him one last hug before saying goodbye to both of them and letting them go one more time.

-GLEE-

"Thanks for the ride over, Sam," Jacob said from the back seat of the truck.

"No problem, it was great to see that your dad is doing so much better. I'm glad I could bring you so he didn't have to get out this afternoon," Sam stated.

"So Blaine how does it feel to know that tomorrow night you guys will be in your apartment in New York?" Jessie asked.

"I think it will be a great way to start year two together," Blaine said smiling at Sam.

They pulled up and parked on the street in front of Nick's house. Finn pulled up with Rachel about the same time. This was the first time the boys were actually seeing Rachel since she got her news. Blaine jumped out of his seat and ran over to Finn's practically pulling her out of the car and hugging her. The others could hear Rachel's laughter fill the air.

"Okay, Blaine, you have to put me down," she continued laughing.

"I'm just so happy for you, Rachel. This is just an incredible thing. It gives me hope that I can actually do this too," Blaine admitted.

"I don't think I'm the only one that's proof of that," Rachel said looking over at Sam walking towards them.

"Hey Rachel," he said sweeping her up in his bare muscular arms. He was so glad he'd decided to wear a tank top because of the heat. "I am so happy for you. Our dreams really are coming true."

"And they will be for everyone just you wait," Rachel said looking over to Blaine and giving him a wink.

"Hey guys, can we go inside. I am all about a swimming pool right now!" Finn said wearing a very similar outfit as Sam's. The boys greeted each other and the two couples plus the twins walked through the house and into the backyard. Most everyone was there. Some were in the pool. Santana and Quinn were sunbathing on the trampoline, and four of their friends stood on a makeshift stage. Sebastian and Sam made eye contact and he smiled.

"Well it looks like our other two honored guests finally decided to show up so let's get the party rolling!"

(Good Time by Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen – Alex Goot Acoustic Version)

(Performed by Sebastian Smythe, Mercedes Jones, Lindsey Black, and Tyler Trevino)

Nick was playing the guitar as was Michael. Blake pounded away on the drums. All they guys were shirtless and had obviously been swimming so someone had tipped them off that they'd arrived. Sam and Blaine turned and looked to Jacob who knew the gig was up. He and Jessie just smiled and went to join the kids their age.

SEBASTIAN: Woke up on the right side of the bed. What's up with this Prince song inside my head. Hands up if you're down to get down tonight. 'Cause it's always a good time.

TYLER: Slept in all my clothes like I didn't care. Hopped into a cab, take me anywhere. I'm in if you're down to get down tonight 'cause it's always a good time.

Lindsey's voice took over the melody and the boys had to admit how hot she looked in a pink bikini and cutoff shorts.

LINDSEY: Good morning and good night. I wake up at twilight. It's gonna be alright

SEBASTIAN: We don't even have to try, it's always a good time.

ALL: Whoa oh oh oh, whoa; whoa oh oh oh it's always a good time. Whoa oh oh oh, whoa. We don't even have to try, it's always a good time.

Everyone moved out of the way as Mercedes began to sing.

MERCEDES: Freaked out, dropped my phone in the pool again. Checked out on my room, hit the ATM. Let's hang out if you're

Add TYLER: down to get down tonight 'cause it's always a good time.

SEBASTIAN: Good morning and good night.

LINDSEY: I wake up at twilight.

Seb/Lindsey: It's gonna be alright

All Four: We don't even have to try, it's always a good time.

Everyone around the pool joined in.

ALL: Whoa oh oh oh, whoa; whoa oh oh oh it's always a good time. Whoa oh oh oh, whoa. We don't even have to try, it's always a good time.

SEBASTIAN: Doesn't matter when, it's always a good time then.

LINDSEY: Doesn't matter when, it's always a good time then.

TYLER: Doesn't matter when, it's always a good time then.

MERCEDES: It's always a good time!

ALL: Whoa oh oh oh, whoa; whoa oh oh oh it's always a good time. Whoa oh oh oh, whoa. We don't even have to try, it's always a good time. Whoa oh oh oh, whoa; whoa oh oh oh it's always a good time. Whoa oh oh oh, whoa. We don't even have to try, it's always a good time.

When the song was over, Sebastian walked over to Sam and Blaine. Blaine wanted to try and resolve things with him before they were there too long.

"Sebastian about . . ."

"Not talking about that," Sebastian cut him off. "No need. It's over. I don't plan on ever having anything to do with either one of them ever again. Can we forget it happened and just be cool?"

"Absolutely," Blaine said accepting his hug.

"Just one thing though," Sebastian stated.

"Anything," Blaine insisted.

"Friends always warn friends about impending danger. Like right now," Sebastian smiled. "There's a pool right behind you be careful."

"Oh thanks, Seb . . ." Blaine said before Sebastian pushed him in.

"Be careful someone might push you in," he laughed as Blaine emerged from the water. The well gelled head of his was completely soaked which meant the curls would be out soon. Blaine looked up at Sebastian and shook his head.

"I should be mad at you for doing that to him," Sam stated.

"Why? I did you a favor," Sebastian cut his eyes at Sam.

"How so?"

The sly grin crossed Sebastian's face. "I got him all wet for you. Go get him Tiger." Sebastian patted Sam's hard chest at the comment and walked over to where Nick was talking to Sunshine and Joe.

As Blaine walked back over to Sam, Tina joined them.

"You look good wet," Tina laughed.

"I'm glad you both find this so funny," Blaine rolled his eyes.

"Oh, but I like the way you look wet," Sam wrapped up the smaller man in his arms. "That's why we spend so much time in the shower."

"Okay, I'm going to file that image away in my head for later," Tina mused. "I'll just have to add Mike into it using my imagination."

"Hey when we get to New York we could make that fantasy . . ." Blaine planned on getting her back but she stopped him.

"No where near him! You have magic powers with straight men. A year ago I would have never thought this one would bend it for Blainers, but look what you have him doing. Who knows what you'd have Mike doing," Tina shook her head.

"Well if you really want to know . . ."

"Okay, you two, time for a truce. I think you're both missing one thing," Sam explained. "Blaine, Tina just let us know that she remembered our anniversary, and Tina, if Mike decided to experiment, he's on my list not Blaine's so you'd have no worries."

"Your list?" Tina questioned.

"Yeah, on our bucket list," Sam saw that she was confused so he continued. "We took all the Glee guys and hot guys we know and determined that if they were ever single and wanted to get adventurous who would get it on the action and which one would get to watch. Mike's on my list so you don't have to worry about Blaine turning him gay."

"Like you would be any better," Tina laughed. "When your underwear ads come out half of the straight men in America are going to name you there If I was gay I'd do him guy. Mike wouldn't stand a chance."

"I wouldn't stand a chance with what?" Mike asked joining in on the conversation.

"Nothing," all three answered and laughed at the same time.

The party continued and Sam and Blaine spent most of their time apart chatting with friends, specifically the ones that they wouldn't see for a while. Sam saw Blake and Marley talking with his Mom and Dad, so he got out of the pool, dried off and wrapped a towel around him before joining them. He took a seat by Will.

"What are you guys talking about over here?" he asked.

"Marley has been letting me listen to some demos of some songs she wrote and there is one that I really like the idea of using for the tour," Will explained. "They've even worked on it with some of the other Glee kids. I was about to see if she would give a live demonstration."

"Awesome! I'd love to hear it," Sam agreed.

"Let's do it," Blake smiled and Sam noticed that something had changed between him and Marley since the last time he saw them together. As they got up, he watched Blake put his hand at the small of her back, a protective and romantic gesture of a relationship not friendship. Evidently, Blake had made his move. Blake gathered Nick and Michael to get their guitars. This time, Sam and his parents watched Tyler get on drums and Lindsey behind the keyboard. Marley gathered the girls to help sing it.

"Hey guys, this is a song Marley wrote that Mr. Schuester really likes and we want to get your opinions. We think it's a great song for the tour," Blake announced.

The song began with the instruments and then Marley started to sing.

(Outcast – Glee Cast Version)

(Performed by the New Directions)

MARLEY: Who's to say who's not okay? The breakaways will outlast, will outlast.

BLAKE: Sticks and stones won't break these bones. They're just some drones to get past, I'll get past.

Mia/Blake: Feeling downcast, like an outcast. Underdogs, it's time to bite back.

KITTY w/ND: We are, we are, we are, stronger from every scar, brighter than any star.

ND Kids: We're the outcast, o-o-outcast. There's nothing you can say to blow our dreams away. We rise above the fray, we're the outcast, o-o-outcast.

Seb/Sunshine: In this skin, I'm better than I've ever been, so take that, yeah, take that.

Blake/Marley: The test of time will show who shines. It will be mine, yeah, the last laugh, the last laugh.

The alumni all moved over to sit together and watch the performance.

Mia/Blake: Feeling downcast, like an outcast. Underdogs, it's time to bite back. It's time to bite back!

KITTY w/ND: We are, we are, we are, stronger from every scar, brighter than any star.

ND Kids: We're the outcast, o-o-outcast. There's nothing you can say to blow our dreams away. We rise above the fray, we're the outcast, o-o-outcast.

"I think they are going to be just fine," Sam whispered to Blaine with a huge smile on his face.

Blake/Marley: I'd rather be outrageous than.

Seb/Mia: Just another dull cliché again.

Blake/Marley: I'd rather be a rainbow then

Marley/Mia: Just some shade of gray!

SEBASTIAN: We are, we are, we are stronger from every scar, brighter than any star, the outcast

BLAKE: The outcast, yeah!

Rachel leaned over to Mercedes.

"It just seems like they get better every year."

"They do, but no group will ever beat the originals," Mercedes winked as the two hugged.

Marley/Kitty: Stronger from every scar.

Kitty/Blake: The outcast, o-o-outcast.

ND Kids: Oooh, ooooh, oooh

Kitty/Blake: Brighter than any star. The outcast, o-o-outcast.

ND Kids: Oooh, Oooooh, Ooooh

Marley/Kitty: We are, we are, we are (Mia: Yes we are) The outcast, o-o-outcast

The alumni jumped up from their seats excited about the song having all loved it. Sam put his tank top back on and walked over to Marley.

"It's an incredible song, but I want to talk about your other one," he said.

"My other one?" Marley wondered.

"The one you wrote for us. You Have More Friend Than You Know. I want to record it. I'll get the record label to pay you for it. Sebastian's attorneys can make sure of it, but I think I can make it a hit or at least I'd like to try too. What do you say?"

"I say that's awesome," she jumped up and hugged Sam. "That extra money would be so much help for my mom and me, Sam. I don't know what to say."

"Just say yes," he smiled.

"Yes!" she screamed out.

Everyone went back to having fun and eating dinner together around the pool. For a few hours they forgot about the fact that when the sun rose in the morning their group dynamic would chance again forever. When it got to be 9:00 pm, Will walked over to Sam.

"Sam, we need to be leaving soon, your train leaves at 6:00 am. It's time to say your goodbyes," he instructed.

"Okay Dad," Sam agreed. He didn't want to do this. He dreaded it actually, but it was time. He motioned to Blaine and Tina and they walked over to them. Sam and Blaine borrowed the boys' guitars and the three of them sat down. Everyone around them noticed the move and immediately knew what this was.

The older alumni had already left. They knew this was about saying goodbye to the younger generation of New Directions. Only Mike and Mercedes remained to take girlfriend and sister home. The younger kids came and sat around the three about to leave them. Tina and Blaine seemed to defer to Sam to speak.

"Guys, it's that time and um, none of us want to say goodbye. I've actually been pretending it wasn't going to happen in my head, but here we are. Nothing changes about how we feel about you. We love you and are going to miss you so much. We know that you are going to kill it next year and make us incredibly proud. So, in typical New Directions style, we thought we'd say our final words through a song."

(Come & Get It by Selena Gomez – Tyler Ward Cover)

(Performed by Blaine Anderson, Tina Cohen-Chang and Sam Evans)

Blaine created the chant at the beginning before all three sang;

BLAMTINA: When you ready come and get it, na na na na; When you ready come and get it, na na na na; When you ready. When you ready, when you ready come and get it, na na na na

SAM: You ain't gotta worry it's an open invitation.

Sam/Tina: I'll be sittin' right here real patient.

BLAINE: All day all night I'll be waitin' standby can't stop because I love it, hate the way I love you all day all night maybe I'm addicted for life, no lie.

TINA: I'm not too shy to show I love you, I got no regrets. I love you much too much, much to hide you, this love ain't finished yet.

Sam couldn't help looking directly at Blaine as he sang

SAM: This love ain't finished yet . . . so baby whenever you're ready . . .

All three turned out and started making eye contact with their friends.

BLAMTINA: When you ready come and get it, na na na na; When you ready come and get it, na na na na; When you ready. When you ready, when you ready come and get it, na na na na

Blaine looked directly into Sunshine's eyes as he sang.

BLAINE: You got the kind of love that I want, let me get that. And baby once I get it I'm yours no take backs.

Sam's gaze fell on Lindsey.

SAM: I'm gon' love you for life I ain't leaving your side. Even if you knock it ain't no way to stop it forever you're mine baby I'm addicted for life, for life.

Tina winked at Blake making him blush.

TINA: I'm not too shy to show I love you, I got no regrets. So baby whenever you're ready . . .

BLAMTINA: When you ready come and get it, na na na na; When you ready come and get it, na na na na; When you ready. When you ready, when you ready come and get it, na na na na

SAM: When you're ready come and get it.

Sam looked directly at Sebastian and smiled.

SAM: This love will be the death of me, but I know I'll die happily

Tina connected with Marley.

TINA: I know, I'll know, I'll know

Blaine/Tina: Because you love me so . . . Yeah!

BLAMTINA: When you ready come and get it, na na na na; When you ready come and get it, na na na na; When you ready. When you ready, when you ready come and get it, na na na na

SAM: When you're ready come and get it na na na na.

-GLEE-

It was the middle of the night and Will couldn't sleep. He sneaked out of his room and across his apartment to Sam's room. He checked the door and it was unlocked which he knew meant the boys had followed Emma's instructions. He quietly opened the door to check on them. The moonlight glowed through the window illuminating them perfectly. They were both fast asleep, Blaine curled up into Sam's body. They'd never looked more peaceful in Will's opinion.

"Will, what are you doing?" he heard Emma's voice from the kitchen.

"Just checking on the boys," he said. I wanted to make sure they were sleeping. They have a long day ahead of them tomorrow."

"Let them be. You don't want to wake them up," Emma told him.

Will shut the door and walked back into the kitchen and then back into their bedroom with Emma. When she turned around she realized that there was more too it. Will had tears in his eyes.

"Will, what is it honey?" she wiped the tears from his eyes.

"I don't want him to go," Will broke down in tears. "He's my son, Emma. I always wanted to be a father and then I get this great year with him and now he's going to go away. I'm not ready. I need more time with him. He can't go yet."

"Will, he has too. His life is calling for him, but no one in either of our lives loves us as much as Sam does. He's not going away," Emma put her arms around Will to hug him. "I am going to miss him more than I can even describe, but I know that he will be here when he can, and he will call probably every other day, and he'll be right here," she touched Will's chest above his heart. "We'll know when he needs something and we can call him. Our son is just growing up, he's not going away."

"I just wish there was something that we could do," Will said.

"We can pray," Emma acknowledged. "We can pray for his safety, for his well being, that he and Blaine stay together and happy, that he make the right decisions and when he doesn't know what those are he calls us. We pray for our son and hope we've done a good job raising him."

Both of Sam's parents got down on their knees and Emma began to pray, but Will was unsure of what to do so he did the only thing he knew how to do.

(Bring Him Home from Les Miserables)

(Performed by Will Schuester)

WILL: God on high hear my prayer in my need you have always been there.

Will flashbacked to the night he and Emma came home from New York and found Sam muddy and bloody on their doorstep.

WILL: He is young. He's afraid. Let him rest. Heaven blessed.

He remembered sitting and listening to Sam tell him the story of what happened to him in Kentucky.

WILL: Bring him home. Bring him home. Bring him home.

The image of Sam in Florida, his head in Blaine's lap after discovering his parents didn't want him anymore filled Will's head.

WILL: He's like the son I might have known if God had granted me a son

He could see the evil face of Dwight Evans in Chicago as he signed the papers giving Sam to him. He could feel Sam's strong arms around him from the heart wrenching hug they shared afterwards.

WILL: The summers die one by one how soon they fly on and on and I am old and will be gone.

He relieved the first time he heard Sam call him Dad, and seeing him dressed as his best man at the wedding.

WILL: Bring him peace, bring him joy. He is young. He is only a boy.

Will was up and walking back through the living and to Sam's room

WILL: You can take you can give. Let him be let him live. If I die let me die. Let him live.

He watched his son through the door once again with tears coming down his eyes.

WILL: Bring him home, bring him home, bring him home.

-GLEE-

Morning came quickly. Will drove Emma, Sam and Blaine to the train station. When they arrived they saw Mike and Tina walking towards the train and Rachel and Finn getting out of their car. The Schuester clan did the same. They got their luggage and guitar out of the truck and started to head up to the train station when Sam stopped them.

"Wait, we have to do this here because I can't cry in front of everyone," Sam handed his guitar to Blaine and sat his suitcase down. "Mom, Dad, I need to tell you something."

Sam pulled a piece of paper out of his backpack.

"I wanted to get you something and I couldn't for the life of me think of the right gift, but I hope this works. Open it," he handed the piece of paper to them. They read it and looked at him with surprise. "I legally changed my middle name from Dwight to Schuester because I want to be named after my real dad."

Sam tried to say more but he couldn't. He broke down in tears. Will wrapped his son up in his arms. They cried together. Sam reached out and pulled Emma in and she cried as hard as the two boys.

"Thank you for giving me a family and not letting me grow up alone. I wouldn't have made it through this year without you. I love you so much," Sam said while still crying. "Dad, Mom, I'm going to miss you so much. I just want you to know I'll be back . . . I'm coming home anytime I get a chance too."

"Oh we love you, Sam, and this means the world to us," Emma kissed him on the cheek and hugged him again.

Sam turned to Will who put his hands on Sam's shoulders. "Nothing you could ever do would make us love you any less, son. We are so proud of you and happy for you. We will always be here for you, Samuel Schuester Evans." Will couldn't help but smile when he said it.

The family turned and walked up to the depot and saw that Santana, Quinn, and Mercedes were already there, but they weren't the only ones.

Sebastian. Nick. Blake. Marley. Lindsey. Sunshine. Jacob and Mia were all there to say one final goodbye.

"Sorry my friends, but we couldn't let you leave without one final McKinley parting gift," the seven of them pulled out Big Gulp Slushies from behind their backs and Sebastian had to smile.

"Don't you dare get any bright ideas," Blaine called out.

"What these?" Sebastian pointed to the drinks. "No, they're for us. It's hard to wake up this early."

All seven of them took a sip of the drinks.

The alumni laughed after thinking they were actually going to get slushied before boarding the train.

"He's talking about these," Sunshine pulled a stack of frames from behind Jacob. In each black frame was a gold star with their names on it.

"You seven are going after your dreams. Your stars are shining bright," Blake began the explanation.

"Stars just like these are going up in the choir room as well so we can have a constant reminder of you and that we should never ever let go of our dreams," Lindsey smiled.

"You might be gone, but you'll never be forgotten," Mia added.

"And be ready for us to join you in just a few short years," Nick insisted.

"So, any final last words?" Jacob wondered.

"Ready guys," Sam asked.

"You knew we were coming?" Sebastian realized.

"Yeah, we had a pretty good idea," Blaine smiled.

Sam made a car engine noise and all of a sudden the seven alumni jumped into a cappella mode.

(Life Is a Highway – version by Vocal Point from the Sing-Off)

As they began to sing one by one they went down the line hugging everyone and heading down to have their ticket punched to get on the train.

BLAINE: Life's like a road that you travel on. There's one day here and the next day gone. Sometimes you bend, sometimes you stand, sometimes you turn your back to the wind.

TINA: There's a world outside every darkened door where blues won't haunt you anymore. For the brave are free and lovers soar come ride with me to the distant shore.

SANTANA: There no load I can't hold. The road's so rough this I know. I'll be there when the light comes in just tell 'em we're survivors.

As the chorus began the three who just graduated hesitated to leave, Rachel said goodbye to Finn, and the others waited by the entrance to the train.

ALL: Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long. If you're going my way, I wanna drive it all night long.

They all said their goodbyes. Sam was last. He hugged his mom and dad and the last person he hugged was Sebastian.

SAM: There was a distance between you and I. A misunderstanding once but now, we look it in the eye.

He smiled at everyone, kissed Emma on the cheek and hugged his father one last time and ran to join the others on the train. They continued to sing as they waved to everyone on the platform from the train windows.

ALL: Life is a highway, I wanna ride it all night long. If you're going my way, I wanna drive it all night long. Life is a highway.

The train pulled out of the station and Sam tried to maintain a visual on his parents for as long as he could. He felt Blaine holding his hand but he didn't turn around until he felt someone sit in his lap. He turned to see Santana's smiling face.

"Well, hello," he laughed.

"Stop worrying about them," she ordered.

"I'm not," he nervously laughed.

"Yes you are," she said and he realized that all of his friends, including Blaine, had their eyes on him. "They are going to take care of each other. They don't need you anymore. We do. This group right here. We're family and we're going to all take care of each other. It's time to let Lima go, Sam."

Sam looked back out of the window wondering if he could even do that.

-GLEE-

Fifteen hours later, they arrived to the hallway containing their three apartments in New York City. Mercedes, Mike, and Tina stood in front of one door, Sam and Blaine in front of another, and Rachel, Santana, and Quinn in front of the third. They all shared the same look. They were tired and ready for a great sleep before the unpacking began.

"So, breakfast at 9:00, Rachel and I will take you all to the coffee shop two buildings down that we will all live in. We'll eat breakfast together before Quinn heads back to school," Santana suggested.

"That sounds great. What's the name of it?" Mercedes asked.

"Central Perk," Rachel answered unlocking the door to their apartment. "I love you guys, but I need sleep. See you all in the morning!"

Good nights rang out around the hallway. Sam took out the key to the apartment they had yet to see in person and opened the door. Turning on the light, they were both astonished at the beauty of it.

"Props to Mama Smythe's decorator," Blaine mumbled. Sam shut the door and locked it as they ran around the apartment looking at everything. They found Sebastian's bedroom that was red and black, the guest bedroom that was black and white, and then their bedroom in blue and red.

"It's exactly as I imagined it," Sam smiled before kissing Blaine. "This is our first dream come true."

"Then let me show you the second," Blaine ran back out into the main room and over to the window pulling back the curtain. Since they were in a corner apartment they had a great corner view that allowed them to see all the way to the Empire State Building. "This is our home, Sam. You and me. We're home."

Blaine hugged Sam but immediately screamed out, "How did we miss that?"

Sam turned around and on the wall next to Sebastian's bedroom was an upright piano. There was a note on it and Blaine read it aloud. "You two cannot live without music. I hope this helps my two brothers in crime out. Love Sebastian."

"Always thinking about us," Sam realized.

"Want to explore some more," Blaine asked.

"After sleep," Sam pleaded. "I am so sleepy. Come to bed with me baby."

The boys shed their clothes as they went and climbed into their new bed that they would share together.

Several hours later, Sam heard a noise. He looked at the clock and it read 3:00 am. He heard it again, only this time he recognized it as the piano. He also knew the melody. He got up from the bed and walked out into the main room and saw Blaine sitting at the piano bench in his underwear. Sam walked up and sat next to him.

"You found my song book," Sam said nonchalantly.

"When did you start writing musical orchestrations?" Blaine seemed dumbfounded. He had no idea Sam could do this.

"Dad bought me the program for my computer. I tell it what instruments I want and then I record me playing the song on the guitar, it records the chords for me and does most of the work. I just go back and clean it up," Sam explained like it was simple.

"You're going to ace your orchestration classes at NYADA," Blaine stated. "The one I was playing is one I didn't recognize."

"That's because it's new. I wrote it for you," Sam confessed.

"For me?" Blaine felt touched.

"Play it for me and I'll sing it to you," Sam offered.

"You don't have to do that for me," Blaine insisted.

"Blaine, after a year you should have this figured out. I love you and will continue doing anything that makes you happy for as long as you let me love you," Sam kissed him.

"Fine, sing it for me," Blaine blushed.

(Never Alone by Jesse Bonanno)

(Performed by Sam Evans)

SAM: Never alone, when your hope has been broken and the fear is unspoken but true. You're never alone like a dream in a child or a childish dream in you. I'll do anything that I can do to show you my love and comfort you.

Sam and Blaine both began to remember the steps of the relationship as Sam continued to sing.

SAM: When you can't seem to find your way home and when life gets too hard to face on your own. I will stand as a light through your darkest unknown. I will walk with you. So you're never alone.

FLASHFORWARD – SIX MONTHS, DECEMBER 2013

Out the window of their seventh floor apartment and down to the street as it gets colder and the snow begins to fall, there is a Tommy Hilfiger billboard with Sam and Santana dressed in formal wear. They are the new it couple in fashion. The next street up, a bus passes with Funny Girl written across the side. Rachel's face is glistening at the end of the bus sign.

There is a House of Blues concert and nearly 100 people are waiting outside because the venue is packed. Going inside the notes to Sam's song can be heard and as the lights glow on stage he is standing center stage singing.

SAM: You're never alone like a tear in the ocean or a star on a clear winter night. You're never alone when the courage you needed has been all but defeated in you. I'll do anything that I can do to show you my love and comfort you.

He looks down and in the front row are Santana, Tina, Mercedes, and Quinn.

SAM: When you can't seem to find your way home, and when life gets too hard to face on your own I will stand as a light through your darkest unknown. I will walk with you so you're never alone . . . never alone . . . never alone . . . never alone.

Sam looked to the wings of the stage and found the person he was looking for standing right where he knew he would be. He sang to him.

SAM: When you can't seem to find your way home, and when life gets too hard to face on your own, I will stand as a light through your darkest unknown. I will walk with you. I will walk with you. I will walk with you. So you're never alone.

Sam thanked his audience and took a bow. He walked off stage and into Blaine's awaiting arms. Sam turned them behind a curtain for some privacy so he could kiss his man the way he wanted too.

"So how does it feel to have a #1 single, Mr. Evans?" Blaine asked his boyfriend.

"Not as good as this," Sam kissed him again.

"Keep that up and you'll get your Christmas present early," Blaine teased.

"I don't need one," Sam smiled. "Everything I need in the world is in my arms right now. I feel as if I'm at the end of a really good story and this is the happily ever after."

"Except this isn't the end," Blaine corrected him. "It's only the beginning."

"Then Happily Ever After For Now," Sam changed his saying.

"How about forever?" Blaine suggested.

"Even better," Sam agreed. "I love you."

"And I adore you," Blaine said as they looked up to see mistletoe in the doorway and they shared one more kiss before walking home in the snowy New York night.

-THE END-


Writer's Note: I don't even know what to say to all of you who have been fans of this story. Thank you so much from the very bottom of my heart for taking this journey with me. Whether you have talked to me about every single plot twist or been a silent reader just enjoying the ride, I hope that you have enjoyed every single word.

It feels so weird to be done, but as promised there will be a sequel involving what happens in New York. If you haven't followed me as an Author please do because that will be the fastest way to get updates about the sequel when I start it probably around July.

I'd love to hear your final comments, whether they are in the form of a review or you want to message me privately. I'm interested to hear anything that you have to say about the story as a whole.

A New Reality has come to an end but our characters will find out soon enough, the Walk of Fame is a very wild ride.

Thank you all so much. I am truly humbled by your support!

Yours truly,

Shane Hardy