Here is chapter 18! I hope you guys like it!

It took us forever to complete all the paperwork. It's been years since my last adoption; I can barely remember the process. I remember crying because I was too young to fully understand what was happening to me, but ending up being happy because of Darrell and his ability to comfort me.

Many social workers stopped by the house at random times to make sure Mr. Hummel ran a household fit for me. They never had a negative complaint and loved coming because they labeled us as the "easy case." Apparently they had one case with a lady trying to adopt who was on drugs, and somehow she kept getting into the system to adopt a new child. We were very pleased to hear we were the favorite of the group.

It was a new obstacle to try to get Sue to sign the paperwork. It wasn't that she wasn't glad to get rid of me (believe me, she was) but she was always claiming to be too busy to take 5 seconds to sign a few papers. I had trouble believing this considering Sue does absolutely nothing. I was also a bit shocked to hear that Sue really was glad to get rid of me. I would think she would want to keep her free and legal slave in her life for as long as possible, but instead she jumped on the opportunity to pass me on to another family. Regardless, I was as happy to leave, as she was to kick me out for good.

The last thing we were required to do before all the madness was officially over was to retrieve my belongings from Sue's place, that is if she didn't already burn them or something. Burt couldn't leave the shop that day, so Kurt and Finn volunteered to help me out. I was glad to have them with me for moral support. I wasn't sure if I could face both Quinn and Sue on my own, even if Brittany was there to defend me.

Finn drove us to the large house and backed the car into the driveway so it would be easy to load everything up. We all got out together and gazed at the house before going inside. Finn sensed my nervousness and grabbed my hand, and I smiled at the gesture. Truthfully, I was terrified. This might be the last time I would ever see Sue, and I would find it hard to believe that she wouldn't want to end the relationship with a bang.

"Are you ready?" Kurt asked me, not taking his eyes off the house.

"Let's just get this over with," I replied. I made the first step towards the house and motioned for the others to follow me up to the front porch. As I stepped onto the concrete porch I reached out to ring the doorbell. We could hear the melody play inside and the sound of footsteps echoing. It was weird ringing my own doorbell, which isn't necessarily my doorbell anymore. I felt sad having to leave the house Darrell and I lived in together. We had so many memories in this house, but I knew I was making the right decision.

Brittany answered the door a few seconds later and happy invited us inside. As we stepped into the house, I took a second to look around the foyer. It was exactly as I remembered it, but it was a little less inviting. The warm atmosphere I remembered had vanished and was replaced by a cold and uninviting one. Everything seemed to have a gray and dull color, but I knew it was just my mind playing with me.

"You can go and get your things whenever you want," Brittany told us. She offered me a warm smile that lifted my dreary spirit and I returned the smile.

"Where is everyone?" I asked her, taking in the quiet environment.

"Mom stepped out for the afternoon and Quinn is upstairs," Brittany replied.

Sue's not home? You'd think she'd want to give me at least some sort of farewell, no matter how rude it was.

"Thanks Brittany," I said. "We'll be upstairs getting my things."

"Okay," she responded, and walked us to the staircase. She stopped us before we started up the stairs; "It's nice seeing you around here again, Rachel. I miss you."

I dropped my hold on Finn's hand and wrapped my arms around Brittany, "I miss you too. Thank you for being such a good sister." We ended our embrace and I turned to go up the stairs. We reached the second floor of the house only to run into Quinn as she was exiting her bedroom. I inwardly groaned and hoped that this encounter would go smoothly and quickly.

Quinn's eyes immediately found Finn's and she turned on her fake Quinn mode. "Hey, Finn. I haven' seen you in a while." She walked towards Finn, completely ignoring Kurt and I. "Don't tell me you stopped by to see me!"

"No, Quinn, I didn't," Finn said, looking very annoyed. "I'm here to help Rachel finally get rid of you for good. Now, if you'll excuse us, we have some work to do." I grabbed my hand again, and made sure Quinn saw the action before he brushed past Quinn and pulled me towards the attic.

"Is that girl seriously that desperate?" Kurt asked as we climbed the stairs to the attic.

"Yep," Finn and I said at the same time, we both have had or share in dealing with Quinn and her attitude.

"She just does not know when to give up, does she?" Kurt asked.

We entered my former bedroom to see most of my items already packed up into boxes. I saw a post-it note attached to one of the many boxes and I pulled it off of the box.

Rachel, I thought this might help to make it a quick and easy move. Love, Brittany.

I smiled at the note, placing it back on the box and I began to stack the boxes on top of one another. I looked over to see Finn standing before the computer. He waved the mouse to wake the computer up from its deep sleep and I watched as the monitor came to life. The computer was on my email account still, opened to one of our messages. I watched as Finn read it over, a smile appearing on his face.

"It seems like that was so long ago," I commented, walking to stand beside him.

His gaze moved from the computer to me, "I know. If it wasn't for you I would have never had the confidence to really put my music career into action."

I wrapped my hand around his and started to lean up towards him, knowing this was the perfect time for our first kiss. Just as our lips were about to meet I heard a noise from behind me.

Kurt cleared his throat, "I would like to take this opportunity to point out that I am still in the room, and that I would prefer to not watch what was about to happen." He waited until Finn and I stepped away from each other to continue, "Thank you very much."

I glanced over at Finn and gave him a sorry smile before I returned to stacking the boxes alongside Kurt. The three of us carried enough boxes to be able to only make one trip from the bedroom to the car. When we got t the living room, Brittany offered to help carry some boxes outside. The four of us managed to stuff all the boxes into the trunk of the car with ease.

We then said our goodbyes to Brittany and climbed back into the car. We drove in silence for the majority of the ride, mostly because I wasn't in the mood for talking and Finn and Kurt didn't know each other that well.

It was strange to think everything was finalized. It was even stranger to think Burt Hummel was now my father, and Kurt was now my brother. It was official: I was a Hummel. The Hummel's were amazing, though. They were kind, understanding, and very welcoming. Within the time I'd lived with them, I already felt like part of the family.

I glanced at Finn (who was driving) and Kurt (who was sitting in the back, gazing out the window) and I wondered how I got so lucky. I had the best friend in the whole world who I knew would always have my back, and the best… whatever Finn is in the world who would always care for me and make me feel wanted. I allowed my hand to wander over the center console and I laced my fingers through Finn's. He looked over at me any offered me a warm smile before looking back at the road. My eyes watched the scenery pass by as we drove towards the Hummel house- my house to start my new life.

Finn dropped Kurt and I off at the house and helped us carry the boxes to the front door. Once the three of us arrived in the house and set the boxes down, Finn and I looked at Kurt as if to say, "leave!"

It took Kurt a minute to get the message, but once he did he gave me a knowing look and slipped further into the house to give Finn and I some privacy.

"Thank you for helping out today," I started the conversation. "I couldn't have faced Quinn without you."

"It's no problem, Rachel. I'm happy to help you out whenever you need me," Finn replied. He looked down at the many boxes surrounding us, "Do you need some help carrying these to your room?"

"No, it's fine. I can get them. Besides, I want to go through them first because I'm sure there are some things I'll want to throw out anyways," I told him, "but thanks for offering."

"Like I said, I'm happy to help," Finn responded.

I gently touched his arm; "I guess I'll see you at school on Monday."

"Yeah," he replied. We looked into each other's eyes before he initiated the movement and began leaning towards me, intending to pick up where we left off earlier. Just as our lips were about to meet this time, Finn's cell phone beeped in his pocket, indicating a new text message. He groaned audibly and pulled his phone out to read the message. "It's my mom," he said. "I've got to get home." He leaned down to kiss my on the cheek. "I'll see you at school."

"Bye," I said to him, opening the front door for him. I watched as he got into his car and waved goodbye before I closed the door again. I hate distractions.

I looked at the many boxes on the floor; it was going to take me forever to sort through them all.

As Kurt and I drove to school on Monday morning, he kept glancing over at me. I let it go on for a little while before I finally asked him what he was doing. He gave my one more long look before saying, "You don't look any different."

I gave him an incredulous look, "What is that supposed to mean?"

"Well, isn't a person supposed to look different or at least happier once they've lost their lip virginity?" Kurt asked me.

"Lost their lip what?" I asked him, a bit frightened by this conversation.

"Lip virginity," Kurt repeated. He looked at me again, "Wait, you and Finn did kiss the other day, right?"

I shook my head, "No, we didn't."

"What? Why? It was the perfect opportunity!" Kurt exclaimed.

"Well, the first time we tried you ruined the moment, and the second time we tried his mom texted him and he had to leave before we got the chance," I informed him. "So, no, we haven't kissed yet."

"Well, you two need to start locking lips soon, because we need to have some serious guy talk, and we can't do that until we have notes to compare," Kurt said.

"Can we please not talk about this?" I requested. "All I'm going to tell you is it will happen when it happens. Until then, you have no say in what my mouth can or cannot do. Okay?"

"Fine, but just know I can be very impatient sometimes, and you better not take forever to get on with this relationship," Kurt replied.

"Okay, I'll try to keep my relationship under your specifications," I said sarcastically. It was my own fault for picking such a nosy best friend, but I loved him anyways.

"That's all I ask," Kurt responded, holding in a smile.

When we arrived at school the first person I saw was Brittany, who was charging down the hall towards me, waving her arms around like a crazy person.

Kurt saw her coming too and started back away. "I'm going to leave you alone to deal with whatever she wants. I'll just be looking for Tina. I'll see you at lunch." We that, he raced away, and left me alone with the overly excited Brittany.

"Rachel!" Brittany exclaimed, jumping the rest of the way towards me. She was sporting the brightest smile and carrying a rather large envelope, and I was extremely curious about the contents of the envelope, figuring that it was the source of Brittany's excitement.

"Hi, Brittany," I said calmly, hoping my much calmer attitude would calm her down as well. "What's in the envelope?"

"Rachel, you'll never guess what happened after you left my house over the weekend," Brittany panted out, still out of breath from her run down the hall.

"What happened?" I asked her, still eying the envelope.

"You know how my mom was gone and Quinn doesn't really care about anything except herself?" Brittany asked me.

"Yeah," I nodded, confused as to where she was going with this.

"Well, when the mailman came that day I was outside so I took the mail from him and brought it inside," Brittany said. "I was going through the stack of letters, hoping to find something for me in the pile, but instead I saw something addressed to you." Brittany pointed to the envelope. "I didn't look at it, but I have a pretty good idea of where it came from."

I snatched the envelope from Brittany's hands and tore it open, knowing exactly where the letter was from. Thank God Brittany was the one to get the mail! I pulled out a piece of paper. "Dear Rachel Berry," I read aloud so Brittany could hear too. "We received all of your application information and we are pleased to inform you that you have been excepted to the summer music camp at NYU!" I squealed at the end and skimmed through the rest of the letter. "Please go the website listed below for further information!"

"You got in!" Brittany exclaimed. "Congratulations, Rachel!"

"Thank you so, so, so much for getting this letter for me, Brittany," I said to her. "This is so incredibly amazing!"

"You deserve it, Rachel," Brittany said. I pulled her in for a hug, and thanked her one last time for everything she did for me.

"I need to go find Finn," I told Brittany. "He'll be so excited!"

"I think I just saw him by his locker," Brittany informed me. "He should still be around there."

"Thank, Brittany," I said before running off down the hallway towards Finn's locker. I turned each corner along the way at top speed, not even trying to slow down to avoid hitting people. When I got into the hallway that contained Finn's locker, I immediately spotted him throwing books into his locker. "FINN!" I screamed his name excitedly, and ran towards him with full force. He turned to look at me and smiled when he saw my enthusiasm. Once I reached him, all thoughts of our location and any other distractions left my head and I allowed myself to crash my lips onto his as I jumped up into his arms. He had to step back to keep his balance and as soon as he registered what was going on, he kissed me back. Once I felt him lower me back to the ground I broke the kiss and smiled widely.

"What's gotten into you, Rachel," he asked me, lacing our fingers together.

I used my free hand to shove the letter practically in his face, "I got in! Brittany got the letter! I got in!"

I stayed silent as he read the first sentence of the page. I watched as a smile formed on his face when he finished reading it. He kissed me again, and again, and again before looking the paper over again. "Congratulations, Rachel," he finally said. "This is so great! We can finally go to New York together."

"Finn, you said the other day that you couldn't have done anything of this without me, but I'm the one who should be thanking you. Meeting you gave me the inspiration to start singing again, and I can never thank you enough for that."

"Rachel, I know I've told you this before, indirectly, but I've definitely told you before-"

"I love you too," I cut him off, kissing him more passionately than ever before.

"Really?" Finn asked, breaking the kiss.

"Really," I confirmed, kissing him one last time, because I just couldn't get enough of the taste of his lips. I started pulling him down the hallway. "Come on, we have to tell Kurt and Tina. They're going to freak out!"

He wrapped his arm around my shoulder as we walked down the hallway. "I love you, Rachel."

"I know," I replied. "I love you too."

The End :)

This was definitely my favorite story I've written yet!

I want to personally thank my consistent reviewers (and if I forget anyone I'm sorry): FinchelFan728, KGBKBG, ellasecy, noro, DancingintheRayne, finchelromionelover, algold29, FinchelFan, FINCHEL4EverALWAYS. Thank you to everyone else who reviewed as well!

Your reviews inspire me! :)

Not for my next story, but I'm pretty sure I want to write a sequel to this one. One where Rachel adjusts to Kurt's family and her relationship with Finn grows. And I can't forget about their amazing summer together! Would anyone be interested in reading that? Tell me! :)

My next story, I might be posting it later today, but definitely sometime this week! It's called "Love Me for Me" and I'm super excited about it.

Allright, thanks again everyone who reviewed and read! I love you all!