Friends With Benefits
A Glee Fan Fiction
A/N: And with this chapter, it's all over
"Mr. Shuester? I have a song I'd like to sing-actually, all of us girls have a song we'd like to perform today, if it's alright to take over our entire rehearsal with solos-we sort of took it upon ourselves to come up with our own makeshift assignment this weekend at my house," Santana said sheepishly, already standing up and strolling towards the front of the room. Mr. SHuester could do nothing but nod his agreement, since it was obvious Santana would not be taking no for an answer in this one. "We'll each be serenading our significant other in our assignment we deemed as 'you are the music in me,'" She said, taking the front of the room and nodding towards Brad to begin playing her song. "This is for Finn," She smiled sweetly-well, as sweetly as Santana could manage to sing-at her boyfriend before she began to sing.
"Bring the beat in-honey, honey/I can see the stars all the way from here/Can't you see the glow on the window pane?I can feel the sun whenever you're near/Every time you touch me I just melt away/Now everybody asks me why I'm smiling out from ear to ear-they say love hurts/But I know-it's gonna take a little work/Nothing's perfect, but it's worth it after fighting through the tears/and finally you put me first/Baby it's you-you're the one I love/You're the one I need-you're the only one I see/COme on, baby it's you/ You're the one that gives your all/You're the one I can always call/When I need you make everything stop/Finally you put my love on top," She started off the Beyonce song.
Finn sat there with a proud, goofy smile on his face that had been absent from the tall quarterback since the previous year, when he'd thought he actually stood a fair chance of getting Rachel back. But, now the smile that had always been there when the popular boy had been the one everybody loved and worshipped was back. It was obvious from the way Santana couldn't smiling and Finn's own change in composure that the two of them actually cared about one another-maybe even happened to be in love.
The song finished and the room erupted into applause from everybody-even earning a standing ovation from Finn as Santana hurried into his arms, giving him a sloppy kiss in the mouth that Mr. Shuester had to break-up as it got too heated-except for Sam Evans who sat there was a sad look on his face, aimed at Quinn.
"Well, which of you girls is up next?" Mr. Shuester asked.
"That would be me!" Brittany said brightly, hurriedly making her way towards the front of the room and whispering her song choice to Brad. THe cheerio was dressed in her uniform, but her hair was down and loose across her face. "This song is for Artie, the best boyfriend in the entire world!" SHe gushed as the music started.
"If I never knew you, if I never felt this love/I would have no inkling of how precious life can be/And if I never held you, I would never have a clue/How at last I'd find in you the missing part of me/In this world so full of fear, full of rage and lies/I can see the truth so clear in your eyes, so dry your eyes/And I'm so grateful to you, I'd have lived my whole life through/Lost forever if I never knew you," Brittany began the Pochantas song, covered by the Cheetah Girls.
"I thought our love would be so beautiful/Somehow we'd make the whole world bright/I thought our love would be so beautiful/We'd turn the darkness into light/And still my heart is saying we were right-we were right/And if I never knew you, if I never knew you/I'd have lived my whole life through, empty as the sky/Never knowing why, lost forever/If I never knew you, if I never knew you-if I never knew you," She concluded the song, standing in front of Artie before dropping down onto his lap and embracing him in a tight hug, whispering a soft thank you to her boyfriend as Tina made her way to the front of the room.
"I'm singing my song to Mike, and it's called Stay, Stay, Stay, by Taylor Swift. I get that we fight a lot, MIke-just about all the time, and I know that sometimes I'm confused about where we stand because our fights are bad, but this song is meant to tell you everything that goes through my head whenever we get into an argument where it looks as if we're close to the end. Because, no matter what I say in a moment of anger, I always want you to stay right by my side, because I love you, and that's really all there is to it. So, just keep this in mind whenever we're arguing because I want to leave a party early or you're talking to some flirty cheerleader who's all over you," She grinned as she nodded for Brad to begin to play-sometimes the club wondered how he always seemed to know the notes to whatever song they wanted.
"I'm pretty sure we almost broke up last night/I threw my phone across the room at you/I was expecting some dramatic turn-away, but you stayed/This morning I said we should talk about it/Cause I read you should never leave a fight unresolved/That's when you came in wearing a football helmet and said okay let's talk/ANd I said stay stay stay/ I've been loving you for quite some time-time-time/You think that it's funny when I'm mad-mad-mad/But I think that it's best if we both stay," Tina started off Taylor Swift's new song with a playful grin on her face.
When she was finished with her song, Mercedes jumped to her feet and hurried towards the front of the room, taking her place as Tina hurried back to her seat, taking Mike's hand in her own and giving him a kiss on the cheek. THe club was honestly shocked to see Mercedes there, as they were almost certain she was single-especially Kurt who even went as far as to voice his shock out loud.
"I turned down your date ideas because I'm actually in a relationship, Kurt," Mercedes explained with an eye roll. "RIght before Matt left for his new school, the two of us got together and started dating-it's not all that serious, but it's a relationship," She said.
"Aw!" Rachel cooed as Kurt mumbled about being left out of the loop-he was still mad at not being included in the girls' solo spree.
"Kurt! You don't have a boyfriend so you don't get to sing a solo! It's not that hard to understand. And you don't even have a crush-or, at least one that's reasonable, alright?" Rachel snapped, turning towards her best gay friend.
"I highly resent that comment made about my crush. I don't think that there is anything unreasonable with me having a crush on him just because we belong to differing social classes. I mean, this is the twenty first century. I don't think it's like the seventeen hundreds or back when there was a very strict and rigid caste system keeping the interaction of outcasts and nobles from being together," He rolled his eyes.
"I'm not saying it's unreasonable because he's popular and you're in the glee club! What kind of person would I be if I thought that? Look at my boyfriend for crying out loud! I'm saying that it's unreasonable-not because it's the straightest guy that I've ever met who would never sway in the opposite direction or even take a swing for the other team. He most definitely likes girls. But, I'm saying that it's unreasonable because he's my freaking boyfriend and he used to throw you into dumpsters! And, besides that, you're being incredibly rude to Mercedes. Mer, please sing us your solo now," Rachel said, changing the subject flawlessly as Puck sat there in shock.
"Remember the first day when I saw your face? Remember the first day when you smiled at me?You stepped to me and then you said to me/I was the woman you dreamed about/Remember the first day when you called my house/Remember the first day when you took me out/We had butterflies although we tried to hide it/We both had a beautiful night/THe way we held each others hand, the way we talked, the way we laughed/It felt so good to find true love/I knew right then and there you were the one/I know that he loves me cause he told me so/I know that he loves me cause his feelings show when he stares at me you can see he cares for me/You see how he is so deep in love/I know that he loves me cause its obvious," Mercedes belted out the old Destiny's Child song effortlessly.
"Wait a second-Kurt has a crush on me?" Puck asked. "I mean, Mercedes, you rocked that song all the way to Israel and all that bull shit, but I need to change the subject for a couple of minutes here," Puck explained as the girl finished her song with a shrug as she went back to her seat. She just didn't want to be excluded-she could have cared less about actually performing her song. "Now, what the hell is up with all this shit about Kurt having a crush on me, because I'm getting a little bit freaked out here about it," He questioned Rachel with a confused arch to his eyebrows.
"I don't have a crush on you," Kurt rolled his eyes. "It's not so much of a crush as a fascination. I'm very intrigued by the sweet gestures that Rachel receives by being your girlfriend, and I may have made a few comments to her about wanting a boy just like you and wondering if she were ever going to give you up, but I was merely joking. Personally, you're a little bit too strong for my tastes," Kurt said.
"Damn, he just sounded like Rachel," Puck shook his head. "And did you just insult my guns, because that shit ain't kosher! I've got the most bad ass arms in this entire school and even Rachel Berry admitted it!" He snapped.
"Yes, Noah, we all understand that you're arms are quite lovely. But let's allow Quinn her turn to sing now, alright?" Rachel cut in.
"Thank you," Quinn smiled at Rachel as she made her way towards the front of the room, explaining her song choice as she walked. "I know that I don't have a boyfriend and all, but I do have a crush and apparently he likes me as well, so, here goes nothing," She shrugged easily as she started to sing, Brad playing the intro easily.
"Took a deep breath in the mirror-he didn't like it when I wore high heels, but I do/TUrned the lock and put my headphones on-he always said he didn't get this song, but I do-I do/Walked in expecting you'd be late, but you got here early and you stand and wave/I walk to you, you pull my chair out and help me in/ANd you don't know how nice that is-but I do," Quinn started the Taylor Swift song softly, her gaze just grazing past Sam.
"And you throw your head back laughing like a little kid/I think it's strange that you think I'm funny cause he never did/I've been spending the last 8 months/THinking all love ever does is break and burn and end/But on a Wednesday in a cafe-I watched it begin again/He said he never met one girl who had as many James Taylor records as you/But I do/We tell stories and you don't know why, I'm coming off a little shy-but I do," She went on with the next part of the song, her gaze growing more confident on him as he brightened up as the song went on, before he approached her and the two smiled, a few whispered words and a nod confirming they were now together.
"And we all know who's up next," Santana snickered as Rachel stood up slowly, straightening her outfit before making her way towards the front of the room, standing in the very front of the room, right in the middle as she stared at the happy couples-and the few single stragglers. For once, she could just feel that everything was alright. This was going to be a good year for the glee club. She could tell from the fact that for once, they all loved one another without any drama or ties that made relationships awkward. Everybody was friends with one another and there was no jealousy. It was all perfect, for once, and it gave Rachel even more confidence than she usually had before she was about to perform a solo in front of an audience.
"Of course this song is about Noah-it would only be nonsense if I sang a love song to anybody else, as he is the guy I've loved for quite some time now, and he does happen to be my boyfriend. AS Tina and QUinn have done, I've selected a Taylor Swift song, but some of you may think this is closer to a break-up song. But, it describes the relationship that you have all dubbed as Puckleberry better than any other song that I was able to find, so, I hope you all enjoy it," She smiled brightly, nodding for Brad to begin the song, before allowing her soft, even voice that was full of power to take over.
"LOving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street/Faster than the wind, passionate as sin, ending so suddenly/Loving him is like trying to change your mind once you're already flying through the free fall/Like the colors in autumn, so bright just before they lose it all," She sang, her eyes locked on the floor as she got into her character, singing the song as if it were the story of her life, her own words being released.
"Losing him was blue like I'd never known/Missing him was dark grey all alone/Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met/But loving him was red/Loving him was red," She said, recalling their horrid break-ups and her attempts to move on.
She kept on singing the song, ending to, of course, applause from all.
"Do you know why we're the perfect couple?"
"Because we can act like we're best friends,"
"We are best friends, Noah,"
"I know, but I love how we can be one of those couples, you know?"
"We're just friends with benefits, I guess..."
"And lots of perks,"
"Oh, shut up and kiss me already,"
"I love you,"
"I love you too,"