CHAPTER 1

Three weeks had passed since the glee club got up and running again, leaving them with only a little less than a month to get ready for Sectionals. The members had adjusted nicely to the choreography put together by Matt and Brittany, but they were still backed-up on which songs to perform. Even with Sue overseeing their Booty Camp sessions, they were still out of it.

Mr. Schuester was worried about what would become of them if they weren't entirely prepared. He hadn't been this worried since the Nationals competition in Chicago only a year before. The kids weren't ready, and it took a while for him to figure out what he was missing. He realized that he had forgotten to hold a Boys-vs.-Girls Mash-Up competition last year, so he decided to bring it up again. He entered the choir room to meet with the kids.

"Okay, guys, we've made progress with our dancing, but we still need to select songs. Now, when I started as this club's director, I put together a mash-up competition between the boys and the girls. The first year, neither group won because both groups cheated. The second year, both groups won. However, I forgot to hold one last year. So this year, whichever group wins this mash-up competition will decide which song to perform at Sectionals."

"And you really mean it this time?" asked Sam.

"Yes, I do. So split up, and see what you can put together."

"Quick question: what exactly is a mash-up?" asked Amanda.

"It's when you take two almost entirely different songs and put them together to create a greater song."

Amanda nodded in understanding, though she had a small smirk on her face. The boys all headed to one side of the room while the girls went to another side.

"Rock and roll has always been the boys' strongest route," said Artie, "What do you guys think?"

"That could work, but there are a lot to choose from", said Xavier.

"Not to worry, because only a small percentage go together well enough", said Blaine.

"I've always admired the Eels. "Eyes Down" could be a good song", said Rory.

"That's not a profane song, is it?" asked Joe.

"No, it's got some good lyrics to it plus a nice, steady beat. What could we mix it with, though?" asked Alexander.

"You guys ever hear Harvey Danger's "Flagpole Sitta"?" asked Matt.

"No, but it doesn't sound pleasant", said Rory.

"No, it is, plus it's a lot of fun. We could try that", said Matt.

"We'll look into it, but yeah, maybe it could work. How about we meet after school and look into these songs?" said Artie.

"Sounds like a plan", said Xavier.

Over at the other side of the room, the girls were deep in conversation.

"I recommend the Frou-Frou rendition of "Holding Out For A Hero" from Footloose", said Amanda.

"Sounds like a good one, but what song could go with that?" asked Hannah.

"Maybe "Cinderella" by the Cheetah Girls?" asked Emily with uncertainty.

"No, they kind of have conflicting ideas, but not a bad idea", said Tina, attempting to not sound rude.

"I went to the zoo and named a cheetah Cinderella", said Brittany, and everyone looked at her before continuing the discussion.

"Maybe something more commonly known?" said Sugar.

"What about "Airplanes"?" said Dina and Gina at the same time.

The girls sat in thought for a moment, then looked at each other.

"Yeah, that could work. We can use the main lyrics of "Holding Out For A Hero" and do the choruses for both songs at the same time", said Amanda.

"Sounds good, let's do that", said Emily.

"We've got our mash-up, girls", said Tina, and the girls high-fived one another.