A/N: So here's what you missed on Glee. Everyone was grieving for Finn after realizing that Finn was no longer there since he tried to be a hero. Rachel had trouble putting it behind her and was struggling to have closure. New Directions have Nationals coming up and they're struggling with the fact that Finn won't be there to watch them, so they decide to honor Finn. And that's what you missed on, GLEE!

Disclaimer: I do not own Glee, but I wish I did

Note: This is the final competition of the school year, 'Nationals'. Will New Directions win? Will The Hoosierdaddies take the trophy from them? Will New Directions and the alumni find a proper way to honor Finn? Let's find out on, 'GLEE: Nationals'


The next morning, it was officially the day they all were waiting for—Nationals. It was one of the most bittersweet days of anyone's lives. For one thing, there was the fact that New Directions could find out if they had won the whole thing…but they would be looking out at the audience to see that there would be only seven graduates staring up at them instead of the initial eight. That was what scared them the most. What if they couldn't win it all? What if they let Finn down after how hard he worked with them? That was what was going through New Directions mind when they were in their dressing room before the competition began. They still had a half hour, but they wanted to spend time with one another before getting ready, thinking about what Finn would do if he were here. The one that was the most quiet—was Rachel. Rachel sat in one of the makeup chairs, staring into the mirror. Her hair looked lifeless and she looked as if she hadn't slept since hearing the dreaded news. Everyone was taking it hard—but Rachel was taking it the hardest. Mr. Schuester walked over to Rachel, putting a hand on her shoulder.

"Rachel?" Mr. Schuester softly said. Rachel turned her head towards Mr. Schuester, seeing that he was giving her a small smile. "I just wanted you to know something…" Everyone turned their attention to Mr. Schuester and Rachel, seeing that the teacher was going to give a small lesson to his former student, who was currently a star. "Finn loved you very much, Rachel. And it's okay if you're sad and you miss him. We all miss him—and we all miss having him around." Rachel continued to stare at Mr. Schuester, her face emotionless, then finally her bottom lip quivered and she flung into her former teachers arms, crying as he hugged her back. "It's okay…it's okay." Mr. Schuester let out a shaky sigh and released a few tears of his own. "We all loved Finn, we did…" Little did Mr. Schuester know, Frida Romero was standing outside of the dressing room, and it looked like she had been crying. She started walking away but Santana noticed her standing outside of the door.

"Excuse me." Santana said, leaving the room to follow Frida down the hall. "So that's what it's resorted to? You trying to cheat by spying on us? Well let me tell you something, 'Hoosier-bitch', we're trying to grieve here so if you would take your talentless self to your Glee Club, that would be appreciated!"

"I wasn't spying…" Frida seemed to be taken aback by Santana. Santana's face twisted from anger to confusion then saw Frida letting out a deep breath. "I heard it through the grapevine and the show choir world that Finn was dead. I didn't want to believe it so I wanted to come here and ask for myself. Let me assure you, the last thing that I would want to do is bring drama when you people all lost someone that you loved so much. I just wanted to tell Rachel that I was sorry…" Santana was about to say something but they heard footsteps coming from behind them, showing that it was Rachel standing there and using a tissue to wipe her eyes.

"You came all this way from your dressing room across the building to tell me that you're sorry?" Rachel softly asked. Frida quickly nodded her head, looking at Rachel sadly.

"I didn't realize I was putting you through so much pain—and then to just lose your husband like that must be very nerve wracking." Frida said softly. Rachel walked over to Frida as Frida let out a sigh. "I understand if you don't ever want to talk to me again, but…just know that I am sorry for all the pain I caused. And I'm very sorry about Finn." Rachel nodded her head slowly at Frida's words, then wrapped her arms around Frida, engulfing her in a hug.

"Thank you…" Rachel muttered as Frida reciprocated the hug. Rachel then let go of Frida, seeing Frida giving her a small smile.

"We're going to dedicate our performance to Finn…because he deserved that much. From what I heard he was a great person." Frida sincerely said.

"I'm sure Finn would have loved that." Rachel agreed, both of the girls giving small sad smiles. "Good luck to your Hoosierdaddies."

"And good luck to the New Directions." Frida said, turning on her heels and going back to her dressing room. Rachel turned to Santana, giving Santana another hug as Santana held her tightly.

"It's okay…" Santana assured her as Rachel looked to her friend.

"Really, Santana? 'Hoosier-bitch?'" Rachel couldn't help but chuckle while walking back to the dressing room.

"What? It was the cleverest thing that I could have come up with." Santana tried to lightly defend her actions while both girls headed back. There was still one thing they had to do—the show circle.


Rachel and Santana entered the room, seeing New Directions in their costumes, the same ones that Rachel and her friends wore when they did Journey for their regionals. Rachel couldn't help but let out a grin, seeing that they looked just like her when she was their age. Rachel walked over to Marley, engulfing the sophomore into a hug, then looked to Mr. Schue. They were ready for show circle.

"All right, so before we say anything else…we should probably dedicate this performance to Finn." Mr. Schuester looked to see his team, their eyes being clouded with tears and their face solemn. "Finn would have loved to have been here in order to see you guys kick butt. Finn loved Glee Club and he loved all of us—so we have to go out there and give this the best performance that we ever had. Now, thanks to Brittany's insistence, she'd rather scrap us doing 'Good Time' and we'd perform something more—dedicating to Finn. The theme this year is inspiration…and there's no doubt that Finn inspired us all. So let's go out there…For Finn."

"For Finn." The New Directions and alumni repeated, putting their hands in the circle. Rachel raised her hand slightly as Mr. Schuester nodded his head, giving her permission to take the floor.

"So, I was speaking with Carole and Burt when they were back at the house last night and…" Rachel let out a breath before continuing. "Finn's funeral is going to be the day that we were supposed to have the wedding ceremony. We know that you would all like to come and…say your final goodbye."

"We'll be there Rachel. We promise." Mr. Schuester said.

"Finn's body is getting shipped over to Lima tonight after Nationals, so…I'm going to go to the morgue afterwards to give my goodbyes there." Rachel felt the tears stream down her face as Puck rubbed her back soothingly.

"I'm going to go with her…" Puck added. "That way she won't be alone." Quinn smiled proudly at Puck through her tears. She then looked to Mr. Schuester, nodding his head.

"That sounds like a good idea." Mr. Schuester spoke. He then saw the lights ding as the alumni and New Directions members turned to each other. This was it. Showtime. "All right! Let's go!" Rachel looked to Marley, then down at the skirt area when she noticed there was a small black patch towards the bottom of the dress. Rachel leaned towards the patch, staring at it, then back to Marley.

"Kurt suggested that we'd get patches to honor Finn." Marley said. Rachel looked at the patch that had the initials "F.H." on it. Rachel felt touched that everyone would go and honor Finn in a way that was simply beautiful. Rachel hugged Marley once more, then the New Directions members started leaving for their seats.

"Showtime…" Marley told Rachel.

"Yeah…oh, do you have the song that you're going to sing?" Rachel asked. Marley nodded her head, putting a hand on Rachel's shoulder.

"Finn and I worked on it…and I think it sums up what we all want to be." Marley said. "It's going to bring down the house…and he helped me with most of the words and the drums. If he could sing it for you right now, I'm sure that he would." Rachel patted Marley's back as the two girls started to make their way towards the exit of the dressing room. Marley's voice turned excited as she tried to keep Rachel's mind off Finn. "Oh! I heard Ricky Martin was one of the guest judges of Nationals…"


"LIVE FROM NEW YORK, WELCOME TO THE 2013 MIDWESTERN NATIONALS COMPEITION!" The announcer boomed as the kids were seated in their seats. "BEFORE WE ANNOUNCE OUR ACTS, LET'S ANNOUNCE THE JUDGES! She's rich, she's famous because of her dad's money! Give it up for…PARIS…HILTON!" Paris stood up in her seat as everyone started cheering. Even some of the members of New Directions were in a daze.

"Wow, she's prettier in person." Mike said to Puck causing Tina to nudge him viciously. "I meant in a non…pretty…sort of way?"

"Next! She's a super star bona fide DIVA. Give it up for MARIAH…CAREY!" Mariah Carey stood up from her seat, waving towards the crowd with a smile.

"And finally, he's a Latin pop star who is muy cailente! Give it up for…RICKY….MARTIN!" Ricky Martin was the last judge to get up from his seat, waving to the crowd before sitting back down.

"Doesn't Ricky Martin look like David Martinez, the Spanish teacher?" Brittany whispered to Rachel. Rachel thought that Ricky and David did have a resemblance—maybe everyone did have their own carbon copy in one way or another.

"And now that we've met our judges, let's get on to the first group of the competition. All the way from North Central High School in Indianapolis, it's The Hoosierdaddies!" Everyone started to scream as New Directions politely clapped. The Hoosierdaddies came out in all black show choir dresses with sequins, looking over to New Directions.

"Before we begin, we'd like to mention that there had been a loss in the show choir world recently." Frida spoke into the microphone. "New Directions lost one of their visionaries, their true talents and their heart and soul to a tragic accident. This performance is dedicated to Finn Hudson and the New Directions." Everyone started clapping as Frida went over to the stage, turning to The Hoosierdaddies and hearing their ooh's fill the auditorium as the music started to play. The New Directions stared over at Frida, letting the tears fall and emitting happy smiles, glad that the show choir world could actually band together after an unfortunate tragedy.

[Frida]
Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh
There's a hero
If you look inside your heart
You don't have to be afraid
Of what you are
There's an answer
If you reach into your soul
And the sorrow that you know
Will melt away

And when a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can't survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you'll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you

It's a long road
And you face the world alone
No one reaches out a hand
For you to hold
You can find love
If you search within yourself
And that emptiness you felt
Will disappear

[Frida with The Hoosierdaddies]
And when a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can't survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you'll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you

[Frida]
Lord knows
Things are hard to follow
But don't let anyone tear them away
Hold on
There will be tomorrow
In time, you'll find a way!

[Frida with The Hoosierdaddies]
And when a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can't survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you'll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you

[Frida]
That a hero lies in you…

That a hero lies in…you

After the number, everyone started clapping as Frida nodded her head with a smile. The next number came on for The Hoosierdaddies…and if anyone could have guessed it—it was another ballad—this time of Celine Dion.

[Frida]
The whispers in the morning
The lover sleeping tight
Are rolling by like thunder now
As I look in your eyes

I hold on to your body
And feel each move you make
Your voice is warm and tender
A love that I could not forsake

Cause I'm your lady
And you are my man
Whenever you reach for me
I'll do all that I can

Lost is how I'm feeling
Lying in your arms
When the world outside's too much to take
That all ends when I'm with you
Even though there may be times
It seems I'm far away
Never wonder where I am
Cause I am always by your side

Cause I'm your lady
And you are my man
Whenever you reach for me
I'll do all that I can
We're heading for something
Somewhere I've never been
Sometimes I am frightened but I'm ready to learn
Of the power of love…

Frida and the Hoosierdaddies bowed after getting a standing ovation, then made their way off the stage as New Directions started heading backstage, except for Marley. The judges turned their heads towards Marley who stood in the back of the auditorium, waiting for the judge to cue her to sing. The judge sat down at the table, staring over at Marley, seeing that she was ready for her spotlight.

"And now, all the way from Lima, Ohio at the William McKinley High School…it's the NEW DIRECTIONS!" The announcer yelled, causing the auditorium to take in some screams. Marley nodded over to the drummer who was holding Finn's notepad next to the drum set. Marley crossed her heart, placed both her fingers to her lips, then pointed them at the sky, a way of saying that this performance was for Finn, and hoping that he was watching wherever he was. The drums started to play, and Marley started to make her way towards the stage as she started singing the song that she and Finn wrote, feeling tears stream down her face as she made it to the front of the auditorium towards the end of the song. Rachel sat in the seats, listening carefully at the words Finn penned. The song truly was inspirational and all of the alumni could agree—that even though they were nobodies when they first started Glee club, they were now—somebodies.

[Marley]
Can you see me
Cause I'm right here
Can you listen
Cause I've been trying to make you notice
What it would mean to me
To feel like somebody
We've been on our way to nowhere
Trying so hard to get there and I say

Oh!
We're gonna let it show
We're gonna just let go of everything
Holding back our dreams and try
To make it come alive
Come on let it shine so they can see
We were meant to be
Somebody
Somebody, yeah
Somehow, Someday
Someway, Somebody

I'm so tired
Of being invisible
But I feel it, yea
Like a fire below the surface
Trying to set me free
Burning inside of me
Cause we're standing on the edge now
It's a long way down but I say

[Marley with New Directions]
Oh!
We're gonna let it show (Marley: Let it show!)
We're gonna just let go of everything
Holding back our dreams and try
To make it come alive
Come on let it shine so they can see
We were meant to be
Somebody
Somebody, yeah
Somehow, Someday
Someway, Somebody

[Marley]
We will walk out of this darkness
Feel the spotlight glowing like a yellow sun
Oh, woah, oh
And then we fall, we fall together
Till we get back up we will rise as one
Oh, woah

[Marley and Brittany with New Directions]
Oh!
We're gonna let it show (Marley: Let it show)
We're gonna just let go of everything
Holding back our dreams and try (Marley: Holding back our dreams and try!)
To make it come alive (Marley: Make it come alive!)
Come on let it shine so they can see
We were meant to be (Marley: We were meant to be!)
Somebody (Marley: Somebody!)
Somebody, yeah (Marley: Somebody!)
Somehow, Someday
Someway, Somebody

[Marley]
Somebody!
yeah!

Somebody

As soon as Marley finished singing, the audience broke out into a standing ovation, including the judges. Marley looked around to her teammates, seeing that they were also in tears, standing up there with strong faces. The judges once again sat down along with the crowd as New Directions next number came on with Tina, Marley, Brittany and Kitty standing front and center, with the other girls dancing as backup. The boys were able to use the girls' choreography in order to get off the stage cleanly and pristinely.

[Brittany]
We come into this world unknown
But know that we are not alone
They try and knock us down
But change is coming, it's our time now

[Marley]
Hey, everybody loses it
Everybody wants to throw it all away sometimes

[Tina]
And hey, I know what you're going through
Don't let it get the best of you, you'll make it out alive
Oh

[Brittany and Kitty]
People like us
We gotta stick together
Keep your head up
Nothing lasts forever
Here's to the damned
To the lost and forgotten
It's hard to get high
When you're living on the bottom

[Brittany and Kitty with New Directions Girls]
Oh, woah, oh, oh, woah, oh

[Marley and Tina]
We are all misfits living in a world on fire

[Brittany and Kitty with New Directions]
Oh, woah, oh, oh, woah, oh

[Marley and Tina]
Sing it for the people like us
The people like us

[Kitty]
Hey, this is not a funeral
It's a revolution after all your tears have turned to rage

[Marley and Tina]
Just wait, everything will be okay
Even when you're feeling like it's going down in flames, yeah

[Brittany and Kitty]
People like us
We gotta stick together
Keep your head up
Nothing lasts forever
Here's to the damned
To the lost and forgotten
It's hard to get high
When you're living on the bottom

[Brittany and Kitty with New Directions Girls]
Oh, woah, oh, oh, woah, oh

[Marley and Tina]
We are all misfits living in a world on fire

[Brittany and Kitty with New Directions]
Oh, woah, oh, oh, woah, oh

[Marley and Tina]
Sing it for the people like us
The people like us

[Brittany and Kitty]
They can't do nothing to you
They can't do nothing to me
This is the life that we choose
This is the life that we lead

[Marley and Tina]
So throw your fists in the air
Come out, come out if you dare
Tonight we're gonna change forever

[Marley]
Hey…everybody loses it…
Everybody wants to throw it all away sometimes

[Marley and Tina]
People like us
We gotta stick together
Keep your head up
Nothing lasts forever
Here's to the damned
To the lost and forgotten
It's hard to get high
When you're living on the bottom

[Brittany and Kitty with New Directions Girls]
Oh, woah, oh, oh, woah, oh

[Marley and Tina]
We are all misfits living in a world on fire

[Brittany and Kitty with New Directions Girls]
Oh, woah, oh, oh, woah, oh

[Marley and Tina]
Sing it for the people like us
The people like us

[Brittany and Kitty with New Directions Girls]
Oh, woah, oh, oh, woah, oh

[Marley and Tina]
You've just gotta turn it up when the flames get higher

[Brittany and Kitty with New Directions]
Oh, woah, oh, oh, woah, oh

[Marley and Tina]
Sing it for the people like us

[Marley, Tina, Kitty and Brittany with New Directions Girls]
The people like us

The New Directions had one last performance in their set-list and this was a song that was recommended at the last minute by the alumni to Mr. Schuester. All of New Directions got on the stage, standing there with confidence as the music started to play, New Directions danced around the stage, having a joyous time up there, remembering that their team and everyone around it was golden—and that included their late and great friend, Finn Hudson.

[Blaine and Sam with New Directions]
Teenage dreams in a teenage circus
Running around like a clown on purpose
Who gives a damn about the family you come from
No giving up when you're young and you want some

[Ryder]
Running around again
Running from running
Running around again (Artie: Running around again)
Running from running

[Jake]
Waking up, in the midday sun
What's to live for, you could see what I've done
Staring at emotion in the light of day
I was running from the things that you say

[Marley]
We are not what you think we are
We are golden, we are golden

[Marley and Artie with New Directions]
We are not what you think we are
We are golden, we are golden!

[Blaine and Sam with New Directions]
Teenage dreams in a teenage circus
Running around like a clown on purpose
Who gives a damn about the family you come from
No giving up when you're young an you want some

[Ryder]
Running around again
Running from running
Running around again
Running from running

[Marley and Tina]
We are not what you think we are
We are not what you think we are

[Marley, Tina and Artie with New Directions]
We are not what you think we are
We are golden, we are golden (Marley: Yeah!)

[Blaine, Artie, Ryder, Jake, Tina, Marley, Brittany and Sam with New Directions]
Teenage dreams in a teenage circus
Running around like a clown on purpose
Who gives a damn about the family you come from
No giving up when you're young and you want some

[Ryder]
Running around again
Running from running
Running around again
Running from running

[Marley]
We are not who you think we are
We are golden, we are golden
We are not what you think we are
We are golden, we are golden (YEAH!)

[New Directions]
We are not what you think we are
We are golden, we are golden!

Everyone in the stands stood up to give the New Directions a standing ovation. For the seniors, they looked around and realized that was it. That was their last performance in a National competition, ever. The sophomores and juniors smiled at one another, hoping that what they did sealed the deal and earned then the Nationals trophy. Even all of the other show choirs were standing and clapping for New Directions, giving them support. In the stands, the alumni had tears in their eyes but their frowns were replaced with smiles. When one of the arrogant members of The Hoosierdaddies looked to see everyone was clapping, she turned to Rachel, Puck and Quinn.

"Why is everyone standing and clapping?" The girl angrily pointed towards New Directions on stage. "They're our competition."

"Because life's too short to have enemies." Quinn quickly replied. "A very good friend of ours taught us that." The haughty girl then shrugged her shoulders then got up, clapping for the New Directions. Santana looked down at the choir teams and poked Rachel.

"Why are the Starlight Knights going to sing 'I Just Can't Wait To Be King'?' Santana scrunched up her face, trying to process their logic. Rachel simply laughed, wiping the tears from her face, then looked back at the New Directions.


After all the choirs had gone and some had moved into the Top 10, it was time for the judges to decide what was going to happen. Who was going to win it all at Nationals, and who was going home with second and third place trophies. Mariah, Paris and Ricky sat in the judging room, looking at their scorecards from the performances.

"All right, now we have to decide on the winners." Ricky put the scorecards down, turning to Paris and Mariah. "And this has to be unanimous."

"Well, I really liked The Hoosierdaddies." Mariah said. "Their performance of 'Hero' was simply moving—and amazing. It was…lustrous…it was ravishing…it was glorious!"

"Of course you'd like it, they did your song." Ricky muttered under his breath. "You know, out of the fifty choirs out there, about half of them did Mariah Carey! No, I think we should choose a group that was original and yet classy. What about the um…'New Directions.' They wrote an original song and their other performances were full of life."

"I didn't like them." Paris shrugged her shoulders, petting her dog. "I thought that they were boring. And they were off key."

"Says the girl that uses auto tune in her songs." Mariah looked away from Paris, fluffing her hair.

"So you had a problem with them?" Ricky questioned. "I liked them. I mean, they were real, they were raw and unlike half the acts, they showed emotion."

"But so did The Hoosierdaddies." Mariah chimed in.

"Now, The Hoosierdaddies were boring. I mean, sure Frida Romero can sing but there was something off about the performance, it was like…there was something missing. I mean, I love listening to Celine Dion as much as the next person but come on, back to back power ballads. It's Nationals. Have some fun here." Ricky snapped his fingers then let out a sigh. "But again, let's full circle back to the New Directions. They were hip, they were cool—and my goodness, give Marley Rose the phone book and she will sing it angelically. Her voice was so beautiful, especially during the original song."

"All right, one Marley Rose has nothing on me." Paris raised her hand.

"There's something we can agree on." Mariah huffily added.

"I mean, her hair looks like a bad dye job." Paris ignored Ricky, turning to Mariah.

"She doesn't have the same vocal range as me." Mariah pointed to herself. "There's nothing that little girl has against me."

"Do you hear yourselves?!" Ricky exclaimed. "You're supposed to be grading the teams instead you're getting on a 16 year olds case because of her hair and her vocal range! Look, we need to make a decision…have we all decided?" Mariah and Paris turned to Ricky, nodding their head. They had a winner…


The alumni entered the dressing room, seeing New Directions sitting there, looking as nervous as they possibly could be. Rachel walked over to Marley and Kitty, giving both of them a hug. Kitty turned her head to Rachel, giving Rachel a smile.

"You guys were all so great." Rachel finally said after a moment. "Finn would have been so proud of all of you."

"Do you really think so?" Ryder asked. Rachel considered Ryder's question a moment, seeming sure of herself, she nodded her head.

"Yes, he would have been proud." Rachel's voice cracked a bit. Puck put a hand on Rachel's shoulder as she let out a sigh. "Um, if it's okay Puck and I are going to the morgue so we can say goodbye to Finn before he's shipped to Lima."

"Of course, Rachel. Of course." Mr. Schuester walked up to Rachel, giving her a bear hug. "Thank you for everything that you've done for the New Directions this year. I really appreciate it." Rachel nodded her head, then turned to Puck who was heading towards the door. Mr. Schuester figured that New Directions was going to figure out their fate without Rachel, and it would have been entirely okay to do so.


Ten minutes later, the results were in and the announcer called New Directions, The Hoosierdaddies and The Starlight Knights to the stage to see who was going to win the solo awards, and then the entire thing. Who was going to win Nationals and have bragging right for another year? New Directions noticed Ricky Martin walking up the stage stairs and heading front and center.

"To announce the solo awards, I present to you…Mr. Ricky Martin." The announcer said. Ricky looked out to the crowd, then pulled open an envelope that had all the solo awards written on it.

"All right…the MVP Soloist of Nationals award goes to…" Ricky Martin looked to the three groups before letting out a smile. "Frida Romero of The Hoosierdaddies!" Frida walked up to the front of the stage, taking the MVP Award and putting it over her head as the crowd cheered. Frida then went back to her position. Ricky took out one more envelope, announcing the winner of Nationals. Which team would get the coveted trophy? "All right, in third place…" Ricky looked to the three teams, adding for dramatic effect. "The Starlight Knights!" The Starlight Knights seemed slightly disappointed that they lost out Nationals, but it was better being in third than not placing at all like the other teams. The Hoosierdaddies and New Directions stepped up, looking at the first place trophy. One team would get it…the other team would not. "Drumroll please…" As if on cue, Paris started doing the drumroll noise on the table—until her face turned into complete shock.

"My nail!" Paris screamed. "I just did these!" Ricky let out an exasperated sigh then focused his attention to the task. Marley and Frida exchanged serious glances, their face expressions weren't faltering as Ricky began to read the results.

"And the winner of the 2013 Midwestern Nationals Competition is…"


Rachel, Carole, Burt and Puck slowly walked through the morgue, unbelieving that Finn was here. All of their faces were blotchy from the crying they had done when they met up earlier. They wanted to believe that this was some sort of dream. They wanted to believe Finn would jump out of nowhere saying that he was fine. But they needed closure. They needed to accept the fact Finn was no longer with them—but Burt and Carole had to say they were surprised when they found out Rachel was pregnant. Normally they would say that Finn and Rachel would have been too young to have children, but given the circumstances, it seemed like this was everyone's chance to have a piece of Finn to hold onto. Rachel, Puck, Burt and Carole met with a staff worker that offered to take them to see Finn. Rachel wasn't ready for this—but she needed to know. She needed to see Finn one last time. Puck grabbed her hand and squeezed it reassuringly, letting her know that everything was going to be okay. Rachel nodded her head slowly at Puck's gesture as they walked down to the room.

"Are you ready?" The woman asked Rachel. Rachel let go of Puck's hand as she walked over to the freezer drawers. Rachel slowly nodded her head as the woman opened the freezer door, Rachel taking in what was her husband now in a forever slumber.


Rachel reached the apartment late that night, going in to see Kurt and Santana sitting at the table. Rachel walked over to them, sitting in the seat that was normally hers. No one could sit in Finn's seat yet. No one. Kurt and Santana stared at Rachel for a moment, wondering how everything went.

"So, how was it?" Kurt questioned.

"Why didn't you go and see Finn one last time?" Rachel asked. Kurt let out a sigh, not sure how he could explain to Rachel that he would have gotten squeamish—then fainted.

"I couldn't bear the thought of seeing Finn there." Kurt admitted. "I mean, I don't want my last memory of Finn being him in a cold ice box, looking like he's sleeping when he's clearly not. Did you do okay though?" Rachel thought about Kurt's question for a moment, wondering if she really did do okay.

"Well, I felt like vomiting when I saw Finn just lying there." Rachel revealed. "But, in the end it was good for me. I needed some closure. I needed to know that he's not going to come back and that I have to stop going to the kitchen every morning, expecting that he'd be there. It was just something for me to digest. I'm going to miss him and I'll always love him…but one of the seven steps of grief is acceptance, and I think I'm finally there."

"That's good, Rachel." Santana patted Rachel's hand. Rachel gave a quizzical look towards Kurt and Santana, wanting to know something.

"So how was Nationals? Did New Directions win?" Rachel asked. Kurt and Santana's faces fell to a stunned silence. Rachel tried to study the face expressions, realizing that Kurt and Santana were about to tell her something that could have been entirely shocking and possibly change New Directions lives forever.


Song(s) Featured: Hero by Mariah Carey (Sung by Frida Romero and The Hoosierdaddies), Power of Love by Celine Dion (Sung by Frida Romero and The Hoosierdaddies) Somebody by Bridgit Mendler* (Sung by Marley Rose and Brittany Pierce with New Directions), People Like Us by Kelly Clarkson (Sung by Marley Rose, Tina Cohen-Chang, Brittany Pierce and Kitty Wilde with New Directions Girls), We Are Golden by MIKA (Sung by New Directions)

* For the story, "Somebody" is an original composition written by Finn Hudson and Marley Rose