Blink And You'll Miss It @queendiannaagron
Chapter 28

AN: I'm predicting this is near the end. This chapter covers Nationals and Graduation then I'll have a chapter or two over summer and then another couple after a time jump when they've finished uni. I'm not going to write about their time at uni (or college as I think it's called in America?), I'll just have a brief explanation of each year after the time jump as otherwise this story would last forever and whilst I'm sure you'd love that, I've got other stories to write!

There was a potential for a cliff-hanger halfway through this chapter but I was nice for once and continued instead of leaving it till the next chapter.

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Chapter 28

"So, baby mama, I hear you're moving to Cali, wanna get a place together?"

Quinn scoffs, turning to face Puck as they walked down the corridor towards the awaiting bus to Chicago outside.

"Firstly, I'm going to Stanford, you're going to be in Hollywood, they aren't exactly close enough to 'get a place'. Secondly, I'm staying on campus with a roommate."

"Who will know that you have a very adorable girlfriend who you're head over heels in love with." Rachel adds, falling into step beside them, linking her fingers through Quinn's.

"Right." The blonde chuckles. "What are the chances they're gay though?"

"Actually it's quite common for people to belong to the LGBTQ community nowadays. Plus people like to experiment in college." Rachel shrugs, before gasping. "I forgot my lucky headband. I'll meet you at the bus, save me a seat?"

Without waiting for a response she places a quick kiss on Quinn's cheek before rushing back to her locker.

"Looks like you two worked things out." Puck comments.

"Yeah…"

"What's wrong?"

Quinn sighs, she hated how he could always read her. "It's just, it seemed too easy. It's like I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop."

"Or maybe, it was easy because you two love each other and at the end of the day, that's all that matters."

"Maybe." The blonde comments, lost in her thoughts.

They couldn't believe it. They'd done it. They'd won Nationals.

As soon as the result had been revealed, Quinn picks Rachel up and spins her round, kissing her deeply. She didn't care that they were still on stage or who saw them, she wanted to celebrate with her girl. It was too late now, a kiss couldn't ruin it for them this year.

After a couple hours celebrating with the boys, supplied by the alcohol Puck had snuck in to the hotel, Santana dragged all the girls back to their room.

"Me thinks it's time for a little game of Never Have I Ever." The Latina announces, a glint in her eye that unnerved Quinn, but they were all too tipsy to come up with a reason not to play.

They all sit in a circle on the floor and Santana pours them all a shot – they stolen 7 glasses from the boys, who had 'borrowed' them from the bar.

Mercedes gets nominated to go first.

"Never have I ever kissed a girl." She giggles.

Everyone but her drinks.

"Okay, I'm not surprised at Sugar drinking to that but Tina?!" Rachel comments.

"It was a girl at Asian camp, before Mike. I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about." Tina shrugs.

"And…?" Brittany prompts.

"Not for me."

"Fair enough. Berry, you're up." Santana says, refilling the glasses.

"Never have I ever cheated on a test."

Santana, Brittany and Sugar drink.

"Never have I ever… had a one night stand." Tina pipes up.

Brittany and Santana instantly down their shots whilst Quinn drinks after a moment's hesitation.

Rachel places a comforting hand on Quinn's thigh.

"Don't worry about it, Britt you go." The blonde states, brushing the attention off herself.

"Never have I ever cried after sex."

Santana swears before drinking. When she looks up, there are 6 pairs of eyes on her.

"I was drunk okay?" The Latina comments.

"What about the second time?" Brittany asks innocently.

Quinn collapses with giggles, causing Santana to shoot her a glare.

"Alright Blondie, never have I ever dated a midget."

Rachel pouts and Quinn growls before drinking.

"Two can play at this game San. Never have I ever had my parents walk in on me 'getting busy'."

Santana and Brittany drink, so does Sugar but no one's really paying attention to anyone other than the Unholy Trinity right now.

Quinn knew she was going to regret it as soon as the words left her mouth.

"Never have I ever tested my girlfriend…" The Latina smirks, she'd finally crossed the line between tipsy and drunk and there was no going back now.

Brittany drinks, everyone turns to her until they notice Quinn drinking too. And there it was, the other shoe, that Quinn had been dreading, finally dropped.

"What?" Rachel and Santana exclaim at the same time.

"Yeah I tested how long you would last singing while I went down on you remember?" Brittany comments.

Santana blushes but then sees the look in Rachel's eyes and realises what she's done.

"Oh shit." She mumbles.

"Quinn…" Rachel whispers, hurt lacing her tone.

"Um… well… I may have given you prom queen to test if you really wanted me or Finn."

"You did what?" The singer demands, suddenly transitioning from hurt to anger.

"It was only part of the reason though." Quinn tries to reason.

"Oh is that supposed to make me feel better?"

"Um, no, not really."

"Berry, I'm sorry, I shouldn't have said that." Santana adds, trying to break the tension.

"No actually I'm glad you did, now I know that my girlfriend is still keeping secrets." Rachel huffs. "I'm sleeping in Sugar's bed tonight."

"Score." Sugar mutters before noticing Quinn's glare. "Uh, I'll sleep on the floor."

"No need for that." Mercedes adds. "Rachel, I'll sleep with Sugar you can share with Tina."

"Thank you Mercedes, now that's sorted I think I'll get ready for bed."

As Rachel moves towards the bathroom, Quinn stands.

"Rach…"

"I'll talk to you in the morning." Rachel adds, slamming the bathroom door behind her.

However, once morning rolls around, Rachel avoids Quinn as much as possible. They're scheduled to leave Chicago in the afternoon so the girls spend the morning in their hotel room, tension surrounding all of them, no one daring to speak.

"Dammit Rachel, it's not like you did the exact same thing! You tested your feeling for Finn!" Quinn finally snaps.

"Let's go down to the restaurant." Santana suggests, ushering Brittany, Mercedes, Tina and Sugar out of the room.

"What? That's completely different. I was testing myself not you." Rachel fires back once they're alone.

Quinn sighs, sitting on the edge of one of the beds. "Rachel please, just tell me how to fix this. We haven't even been in this relationship a year and we're already tearing each other apart."

"Well then maybe we should just break up, it's clearly not working."

"What?" Quinn whispers, tears flooding her eyes.

"I think you heard me just fine Quinn."

"Fine." The blonde replies, storming out of the room, leaving Rachel standing wondering what she'd just done and why.

Quinn was the love of her life and she was right, they were tearing each other apart, but it was fixable, surely they could've fixed it? But it was too late now, Rachel had crossed the line of no returns.

Or had she?

Before they knew it, it was graduation day. Two long weeks later.

Neither Quinn nor Rachel had talked to the other since Chicago. Quinn sat beside Puck on the bus home, leaving Rachel with the choice of sitting beside Finn, or at the front with Artie. Naturally, she chose Artie.

Once again, what started off as Quinn's mistake, turned into Rachel needing to apologise.

So at the graduation party, she didn't hesitate to take the stage. Her eyes scan the crowd, all dressed in red until her gaze lands on the one person she can always seek out, it was as if her heart and eyes worked together to find her.

All eyes turn to the stage as music starts playing and Rachel steps up closer to the microphone, but her stare never leaves Quinn's from across the room.

"Tear drops in your hazel eyes,
Can't believe I made you cry.
It feels so long since we went wrong,
But you're still on my mind.
Never meant to break your heart,
Sometimes things just fall apart.
So here's one night to make it right,
Before we say goodbye.

"So wait up, wait up,
Give me one more chance,
To make up, make up,
I just need one last dance.

"Freshman year I saw your face,
Now it's graduation day.
Said we'd be friends, till the end,
Can we start again?

"So wait up, wait up,
Give me one more chance,
To make up, make up,
I just need one last dance.

"Na-na-na-na ohhh…
Na-na-na-na ohhh…

"I heard you're heading east,
So let's just make our peace.
So when you think of me,
You'll smile, and I'll smile.

"So wait up, wait up,
Give me one more chance,
To make up, make up,
I just need one last dance.

"So wait up, wait up,
Give me one more chance,
Just one song, then I'll move on,
Give me one last dance.
I just need one last dance with you.
Ohh-woah."

As Rachel had requested, as soon as she finishes the last note, a slow song is played over the speakers so she hops off the stage and walks over to Quinn.

"May I have this dance?"

The blonde hesitates. One lyric stuck in her head.

'Just one song, then I'll move on.'

She didn't want Rachel to move on. She just wanted Rachel.

Slowly, she takes the brunettes hand and lets herself be lead off towards the dance floor. Rachel pulls her close and Quinn's hands instinctively land on the shorter girl's waist.

"I want more than one song." Quinn suddenly says.

"What?"

"Don't move on, I need you Rachel. These past two weeks have been hell and yes four years is going to be hard but what could be harder than what we've just gone through?"

"You know, my NYAYA course is only 3 years, I could always come spend a year in California…"

"You'd do that? Leave New York for me?"

"Quinn… I'd do anything for you. Can we just start over?"

"No."

Rachel's face fell, until she feels Quinn press a soft kiss on her forehead.

"I don't want to start over, I want to pick up right where we left off."

Song: One Last Dance by R5.

I know it's a tad unrealistic for everyone to be wearing their graduation gowns to a party but oh well, I left out the caps as that really was a step too far in my opinion, not that I've ever attended an American graduation party.

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