Rachel had been accepted to the study abroad program in Paris. She was going to study theatre at the Sarah Lawrence College in Paris starting from the middle of her third year and possibly till the end of her final year. She was very excited about it as she had been working hard towards it ever since she found out about the program. She only had a few months left in the States. So a few of them, Quinn, Santana, Kurt and her, went away for a weekend camping trip at Stokes State Forest in New Jersey to celebrate her acceptance to the program. It would be the first time that all four of them spent the whole weekend together. Even though Rachel, Kurt and Santana lived together, most of the times they were too busy with their lives to spend time with each other for a good period of time. Quinn would occasionally make her trip to the city and stayed at their apartment. She always found their dynamics to be interesting and odd, but somehow they all got along well.
Quinn arrived at New York City on Saturday morning and they drove to the park on the afternoon. Santana was the one who booked the cabin, so she claimed the biggest room and didn't want to share her big queen size bed with anyone. Kurt took the other room that had a double bed. He invited any one of them to share the bed with him if they didn't mind it. Rachel had taken the offer. Quinn went to the last room and saw that it had two single beds. She didn't mind sleeping in the room by herself but somehow having two beds wigged her out. She just felt uncomfortable sleeping in a cabin in the woods with an empty bed next to her. So she asked Rachel, almost begging her, to share the room with her. Rachel was reluctant at first but Quinn kept on begging, so she relented in the end.
They cook barbeque for dinner and after that they played some card games until Santana got bored and suggested a new game. She suggested they played the 'I Never' drinking game. Rachel had never played it, so they explained that in the game, they would go around the table saying a certain statement that started with 'I never', and if anyone had done 'the statement', they have to drink without any explanation. Rachel thought it was easy enough, but then Santana took out a bottle of vodka and Sprite.
They had been going around the table a few rounds, just easy stuff like "I've never cheated on an exam" which was no surprise to anyone when Santana drank, and "I've never kissed a boy" which everyone drank.
But then it got interesting when Kurt said, "I've never kissed a girl," which Santana and Kurt drank.
Then it was Santana's turn and she said, "I've never been attracted to people of the same sex." Santana and Kurt took a sip, and then Rachel had also taken a sip. "Woah Berry! I didn't know you had it in you. Who is it?"
Rachel shrugged, "No explanation, remember?"
Santana waved her hand to show her annoyance of not getting an answer. Everyone was pretty tipsy by that point. Quinn giggled and looked at Rachel amusedly. Then it was Quinn's turn. She thought long and hard, and then she said, "I've never been attracted to anyone in this room."
"What?" Kurt said disbelievingly.
Quinn just raised her eyebrows and looked around. The room got really quiet; everyone was looking at each other, almost daring the other to drink and also hoping that no one would drink. After a few minutes, it was clear that no one was going to drink, so Quinn said, "Okay, just checking."
"I'm bored now. Let's watch a movie," Santana cut the game off and put a DVD in the player.
"What are we watching?" Kurt asked.
"Kissing Jessica Stein."
"I've never heard of it."
"Someone said it's good. So stop yapping and just watch it."
Rachel and Quinn sat on the same couch but were both on the opposite end, while Kurt and Santana sat on their own couches. They watched the movie in silence but after a while it was apparent what the movie was about.
"Why did we let Santana pick the movies? I should have known that there would be lesbians in it," Kurt said.
"Oh yeah, and if we let you pick a movie, it would probably be 'The Crying Game' or something."
"First of all, that's a good movie, and second of all, I don't pick a movie based on whether there are gays in them."
"Oh shut up you two. This is a pretty good movie. I want to hear what they're saying."
"See Rachel, I know you would like it. It's your type of movie."
"What do you mean by that?" Rachel got defensive.
"Well, the main character loves books, kinda like you, and with the way they use 'marinate' in a sentence." Rachel just looked at Santana funny.
After the movie ended, which everyone really enjoyed, they all went to bed. When Quinn got back from the bathroom, she saw that Rachel was reading a book.
"What are you reading?" She asked as she slipped under the cover.
"Troilus and Criseyde."
"What's it about?"
"It's about the tragic love story between Troilus and Criseyde. So you've never read this?"
"I'm not much of a Middle English reader. I prefer something more contemporary."
"You can turn off the lights if you want to. I'm ready for bed," Rachel said while she closed the book.
The next morning, Quinn woke up with the sun shining on her face. She turned her head to the other side to avoid the sun and saw Rachel was looking at her.
"Good morning," Quinn said.
"What's the time?" She asked casually, trying to hide the awkward feeling of seeing Rachel looking at her waking up.
"Oh, we better get ready for the hike."
She got off the bed to take a shower.
They went for a hike up to Sunrise Mountain. Rachel and Quinn were walking way up ahead in front of Kurt and Santana.
"So how's the whole Paris preparation? Do you have everything ready?"
"Yeah, ticket, check, accommodation, check. I'll be staying at the dorm. I already picked all my classes. I'm just so excited to be there."
"It is Paris. It would be amazing. I always want to go there."
"You should come and visit then."
Quinn laughed, "Rachel, I'm a poor college student. Besides you'll only be there for a year."
"Actually, if it's possible, I would like to stay there for a few more years, complete my studies there. Then I can come back and take on Broadway with experiences from the French theatre. I think that could give me an advantage."
"Yeah, that's a great idea."
They walked quietly for a few minutes.
"So …" Quinn drawled out, "who's that person you're referring to last night?"
"What person?" Rachel wasn't sure what Quinn was talking about.
"You know, when we're playing the drinking game and you drank at that question about attraction to people of the same sex."
Rachel glanced at Quinn, "Oh … why do you want to know?"
"I'm just curious. I never knew that you … you know, that you have feelings for … well, another girl."
"Attraction doesn't mean feelings."
"Okay, fine. So who's this person you're attracted to? Someone in your dance class? Please don't tell me it's Cassandra."
"What? No! Not in a million years … although she is attractive," Rachel added as an afterthought. "But it doesn't matter anyway. Nothing's going to happen."
"Why? Have you told that person?"
"No. But I know that nothing's going to happen. That person's straight. Besides I'm leaving in two and a half months. What's the point?"
"Yeah, that's true. Hmm, are you still into Finn?"
"No." Rachel was a bit surprise with the question.
"But are you still into that person?"
Rachel nodded, "Yeah," she said quietly. "So it's a good thing that I'm leaving. It's a way for me to forget all this and start anew."
They reached the peak a good half hour before Kurt and Santana joined them.
"I don't know why I let you guys drag me into this, but I am not going hiking ever again. Rachel, I have no idea why you think going camping is the way to celebrate you going to Paris. Just because you're going to the big city of love doesn't mean that we should be spending the weekend in the jungle."
None of them said anything; they were trying hard not to laugh at Santana's antics. At least the walk down was easier, so Santana calmed down a bit.
They drove back to New York City before dark and had dinner before sending Quinn off to the train station. She hugged Rachel last before she boarded the train. When they parted, something changed within her. She wasn't sure what it was but it was like she was seeing Rachel under a different light, or maybe it was just the way that Rachel was smiling at her at the moment. She wondered if Rachel had always smiled that way at her and that she had only noticed it now, or maybe that was just the way Rachel smiled at everyone. When did Rachel get so cute? She spent the whole train ride with those thoughts but shook it off when she reached New Haven.