Soulmate…

Chapter IV: Forever together…

Long and intense flashbacks rolled in front of her when she closed her eyelids for just a mere second. Her first time… Her engagement ring… The heat of the moment… The bright future, when everything seemed to be the best laid plans… Her NYADA letter… The New Directions waving goodbye as she took the train… She instantly froze, realizing one important thing, looking for the switch to turn on the lights. But they almost went on at the end of the sung sentence. The brightness of the lights made her put her hand before her eyes, hiding. She could smell that familiar odor. The one that made her heart skip a beat when she was a teenage girl. And still do. The same perfume… She smiled a bit, slowly letting her hand uncovering her aching eyes. And she saw him.

-Hi, Rachel… Remember me?

His voice was deeper, yet full of emotions at the same time, but she could recognize it in billions others. She could clearly tell he wasn't a teenager anymore. He grew up, and well. He was still tall, way taller than her. But he changed his clothes, trading the old ones for more adult and masculine ones, like a white V-neck shirt, and a well-cut vest, showing some of his skin and a silver necklace. It was like she could guess he was working out these last years… He wore matching black trousers too. This gave him an even more mature and laid back look. But what caught her attention was his face… There was no frown or strange look, or space out… He was finally aware of everything. He had a new haircut, well brushed but yet, a bit messy at the tip, which seemed to be a slightly lighter color. He was shaved too, good-looking, and his eyebrows accentuated his eyes even more. Something changed in his eyes, probably because of what happened in his life previously, since they haven't met. The army can change many lives. Yet, it was a soft and friendly gaze. There was no doubt about it, he had grown up.

-Finn? Is that you?

-As far as I can recall… Yes.

They were stuck in the moment, taking in as much information about each other as they could. She has changed too, and wasn't the teenage girl he knew. Her body was the one of a woman, very well shaped, like a goddess. Her face was a bit slimier, and everything about her showed how she has almost fulfilled her dreams and goals. She was flourishing into a beautiful, smart, and talented woman. Then, they smiled widely, looking a bit goofy. And his boldness surprised him as he opened his arms wide, walking towards her, letting her crash into him. It was silent. Finn and Rachel just enjoyed each other's presence, overwhelmed by so many emotions they both cried a bit, as flashbacks came flooding their minds. It's like their worlds collided to create a bright and glorious sun.

-I missed you, Rachel…

-I missed you too, Finn…

That was all they managed to croak, still holding each other. In fact, Rachel was holding Finn, as he was lifting her up... When they came back to reality, they reopened their eyes, trying to pick up from the last place they left from.

-So that was you…?

-Not really. I managed to gather everyone up and I brought all the New Directions here, they're waiting for us outside. We're going to the restaurant…

He looked at her deep into her eyes, smiling like he has never smiled since their split up. He truly was happy now, not the simple happiness, but the pure joy of big and pleasing events…

-Together. Well, with Mr. Schuester too… We got him when we came passing by Ohio…

She just smiled widely, putting hands on her face as tears threatened to fall. He just wipped them away with his thumbs, smiling lovingly at her, just like how it happened years before…

-How did you…?

-Lots of hard work… But it knew it'd be worth it.

They just stayed there a long moment, looking into each other's eyes as they held hands.

-You know, I was watching you. Everything single thing that was about you, I would get it. You can't even imagine how many magazines I've bought just for two pages… And that's without counting CDs and DVDs…

-It's a shame I've never heard about you until now…

-Don't blame yourself. You're a superstar. I always wrote letters but I suppose that they just thought I was another crazy fan, a stalker or something like that… Anyway, there's nothing much to know about me…

-Come on, you know about me but I don't know about you? Come!

She sat on the couch, patting the place next to her. She smiled as he sat down beside her. She could tell by the way he was acting and the way he sat down, that he had some discipline… Maybe too much…

-So? What about you after all these years?

His eyes wandered on the ground, looking for something to watch as he started to speak slowly, crossing his hands.

-Well, I am in the army. I'm a warrant officer, very respected by all. I also live near Lima in Ohio, in Ottawa country, where I work… Training in the army is hard; it's an everyday work, and luckily, I won't be sent to war because I had an accident so… I don't earn much money though, but enough to live and have fun from time to time, mostly when I have some free time.

-You had an accident?

-Well… It may sound kinda dumb but… Well, during training, I and couple of other guys were forming a "company". And we had to detect land mines…

-Oh my god… You didn't!

He looked at her from the corner of his eyes, guilty. Her mouth was agape and he could see the horror on her face…

-Well… It was supposed to be fake, but unluckily for me, one in the dozen was true. When we thought we had all of these land mines, my friend, Mills, threw his stuff in front of him. Not so far and not so close. But still enough. I just heard a "click". We all knew then. I jumped and pushed him aside, but my left leg got hurt in the process, and it was such a big noise that I went deaf on my left ear too. I was rushed to the hospital after. The pain was excruciating, but-

She stopped him by squealing in horror and pain. He breathed deeply, remembering that event, and carried on with his story.

-They healed me. I still have a scar left on my bad leg, but I am now a deaf person of my left ear, that's why I usually wear a hearing aid… but I really didn't want to see you in that state and… Neither have I ever wanted to tell you this story.

-Oh, Finn…

She stared for a few seconds at his left leg and he suddenly felt uncomfortable, shaking his legs and crossing his hands. She then lifted up her gaze to see him properly. Eye contact, as the little girl's words wandered in their minds. They leaned closer and closer until they were within each other's reach. He grabbed her hands, holding them tightly, looking lovingly into her eyes.

-You know, at that moment, an eerie thing happened… And I knew that I had no future there. At least, not without you. Or else, I'll be nothing. You're my soul mate.

-Being on stage and famous is what I like and have desired for a long time ago… But it's not the same since we split up… Now we've found each other again, we're complete. You're my soul mate too.

With that, he leaned closer and kissed her tenderly on the lips, feeling that spark again, that "firework" he hasn't felt for a long time. They enjoyed the moment, even though they had to part to breathe. Then, it finally hit them. They were taking their time, trying to catch up, but they've forgotten one important thing…

-Dang! The gang! They're waiting!

-Oh, damn!

They got up from the couch and looked outside just in time to see that it was raining. They turned away from the window, towards the door, looking at each other, silent, before bursting into laughter. After opening the door for her, and closing it behind them, he kissed her again, smiling too. They were finally complete…

-I swear you, Finn Hudson, if you don't get your ass there in less than five minutes, I'm gonna kick your ass!

Outside, the New Directions were wearing raining coats, contrary to Puck, who was mad at his best friend because he himself had forgotten to take one… But at least, everyone was happy in the end, as Finn whispered one last sentence in Rachel's ear before they left the building…

-You remember that promise I made to you some time ago?

-How could I forget?

-This time, I'll keep this promise, only if you say "yes"…

Soulmate: It's the one person in the world that knows you better than anyone else. The one person in the world with who you can instantly rely on. It's all about chemistry, and not brain. It's nothing logical. Nothing is logical with a soul mate, for that person is your world and you are that person's world. You can't think, your brain is useless, but you can feel, and your heart opens the gates of a whole new world you can discover one day. And that garden can only be discovered with that person.