Part 8

Hiram and Leroy were already waiting for them in the lounge by the time they came downstairs.

"Look at you two lovely ladies," Hiram beamed.

"Daddy, this is Quinn," Rachel introduced Quinn to Leroy.

"Hi Quinn, it's so nice of you to join us."

"Thank you Mr Berry."

"Okay, let's get this party started. Everyone in the car now!"

They had dinner at a fancy French restaurant that had quite a good range of vegan food. Quinn was nervous the whole time. Even though Hiram and Leroy were very friendly and always joking around, she can't help but feeling like she's attending her first dinner with the in-laws, like she needed to impress and charm them but also not to overdo it. She never felt this way when she's with Carol, Finn's mom.

Rachel noticed it too. She just hoped that her dads wouldn't, although they can be pretty intuitive. She laid her hand on Quinn's knee that was fidgeting, and that made Quinn stopped instantly. Rachel whispered, "Relax, you're doing okay."

Quinn smiled at her and they were about to have a moment when they heard a short cough. Rachel quickly moved her hand away.

"So Quinn, what's your plan for the future?" Leroy asked.

"I'm applying to Yale and Ohio State."

"Both good colleges. What are you going to major at?"

"I haven't fully decided yet. I'm thinking of going to Yale School of Drama or maybe make it 'undecided' for the first year and see how it goes. I feel like taking a few psychology courses though."

"Oh, so you're interested to become a psychologist or a psychiatrist?"

"Daddy's a psychiatrist," Rachel explained.

"Oh Quinn, you don't want to surround yourself with all these shrinks, they'll do your head in," Hiram joked. Leroy slapped his arm.

"Well, Rachel's going to New York. It'll be good if you two are not far from each other," Quinn felt uncomfortable for them to be talking about her life in regards to Rachel when she's still uncertain on the future that they'll be having.

The rest of the dinner went smoothly. Mostly it was just Hiram and Leroy telling funny stories about their lives together, some of Rachel's embarrassing moments and all the times that they were proud of her. Quinn felt that she could spend her life just listening to these stories and she'd be very content. But it's time for the singing session.

They made their way to the family-friendly karaoke bar that was just a few minutes' walk from the restaurant. Quinn actually didn't want to sing but Rachel gave a very persuasive look that she can't simply say no. So Rachel put down all their names.

Quinn looked around to see if there's anyone that might recognize her. She didn't see anyone that looked familiar. Then she turned her attention to the stage. The other part of the karaoke place might not look like much, but the stage had a different presence. Dark blue curtains covered the back and the lighting was very professional, that even if the singing was a disaster, you can still look good on stage.

Rachel went up first and sang 'One Moment in Time'. Rachel added a whole extra level to the words 'stage presence'. There she was, standing tall with that red dress, singing her heart out as if she's on the Broadway stage. Everyone was captivated by her. Her dads were so proud of her. Leroy was saying to Hiram, "Look at our baby girl. Isn't she amazing?"

But Quinn was the one who answered, "Yes she is." She's so transfixed with the red beauty that she didn't realize what she just admitted. She saw that both Leroy and Hiram were looking at her and she quickly try to cover up, "Erm … I mean, you know, everyone in Glee Club think that's she an amazing singer. That's why she gets all the solo."

Leroy and Hiram just nodded their head, but when Quinn turned her attention back to the stage, they glanced at each other and tried to contain their laugh. Hiram almost choked on his drink.

Rachel got a standing ovation from the crowd. Quinn was so proud of her that she wanted to hug her when she came back to their table but the host was already calling her name. Rachel gave her an assuring smile, so she went to the host to tell him her song choice. The music started and the lights were dimmed except on the stage. All the tables were lighted by candles, so she can still see Rachel. Suddenly her palms started sweating. She tried to focus on the lyrics on the monitor and to forget that there were other people there besides Rachel and her. She closed her eyes and started singing,

Swaying room as the music starts

Strangers making the most of the dark

Two by two their bodies become one

She opened her eyes and looked at Rachel.

I see you through the smoky air

Can't you feel the weight of my stare

You're so close but still a world away

What I'm dying to say, is that

I'm crazy for you

Touch me once and you'll know it's true

I never wanted anyone like this

It's all brand new, you'll feel it in my kiss

I'm crazy for you, crazy for you

"Erm … Rachel honey, is there something you want to tell us?" Leroy asked her tentatively.

"No! I mean, there's nothing," Rachel might sound too defensive, but honestly she didn't even know how to start. One of the best things about her dads was that they're not one to pressure. They knew that Rachel would tell them whatever it was when she's ready. They turned their attention back to Quinn who's still singing intently to Rachel.

Trying hard to control my heart

I walk over to where you are

Eye to eye we need no words at all

Slowly now we begin to move

Every breath I'm deeper into you

Soon we two are standing still in time

If you read my mind, you'll see

I'm crazy for you

Touch me once and you'll know it's true

I never wanted anyone like this

It's all brand new, you'll feel it in my kiss

You'll feel it in my kiss

Because, I'm crazy for you

Touch me once and you'll know it's true

I never wanted anyone like this

It's all brand new, you'll feel it in my kiss

I'm crazy for you, crazy for you

Crazy for you, crazy for you

Rachel felt really uncomfortable having her dads around when Quinn's acting like this. They knew something's up. She's just thankful that there were a few tables separating them and the stage and the mic wasn't cordless, because who knew what Quinn might have done if not for those things. Quinn looked like she's channelling her 'inner Madonna'.

It's all brand new, I'm crazy for you

And you know it's true, I'm crazy, crazy for you

It's all brand new, I'm crazy for you

And you know it's true, yeah, I'm crazy for you

Crazy for you, baby

The moment the music stopped and the crowd cheered, hollered and clapped, it broke her out of her reverie and she realized that she had added another embarrassing moment to her life. She quickly made her way back to their table and tried to avoid eye contact. She slumped on her chair and covered her face with her hands. The host called Rachel's dads to the stage for their turn in singing.

"Oh God Rachel! That's so embarrassing."

Rachel rubbed her back, "Hey, hey, don't be. You were really good."

Quinn peeked in between her hands, "Urgh!"

"Hey, come on. Look, my dads are singing like crazy fun old people," Rachel tried to comfort her and make her laugh.

Quinn looked at the stage and giggled. Hiram and Leroy were singing 'Islands in the Stream' and Hiram were imitating Dolly Parton's voice while Leroy made his voice deeper to resemble Kenny Rogers. Quinn was fully laughing and it delighted Rachel. They sang along to the chorus,

Islands in the stream

That is what we are

No one in-between

How can we be wrong

Sail away with me to another world

And we rely on each other, ah-ah

From one lover to another, ah-ah

Somewhere along the lines, they had somehow linked hands and singing to each other.

Rachel's dads came back to their table and they quickly released their hands.

"Well, that's quite something Hiram. That might be our best performance so far."

"Dad, Daddy, you guys were great!"

"Yeah, that's an amazing performance Mr Berrys."

"Well, we've all had our fun; it's time to go home." When it looked like Rachel's about to protest, "It's school night. You need to be in bed soon. Besides, I do believe there's a wonderful cake waiting for us back home."