Ally's POV

I was sitting at the piano in my room, thinking about how this was it. Nationals was this Saturday and after this week, I'd officially be a senior. This year was almost over and I couldn't believe it was gone. I needed to sing something to take my mind off all of it.

These clouds aren't going nowhere, baby
Rain keeps coming down
I just thought I'd try to call you, baby
For you got too far outta town

And I hope that you get this message
That I'm leaving for you
'Cause I hate that you left without hearing
The words that I need you to

And I hope you find it
What you're looking for
And I hope it's everything you dreamed
Your life could be and so much more

And I hope you're happy, wherever you are
I wanted you to know that
And nothing's gonna change that
And I hope you find it

Whatever it is out there
That you were missing here

And I hope you find it
What you're looking you
And I hope it's everything you dreamed
Your life could be and so much more

And I hope you're happy wherever you are
I wanted you to know that
And nothing's gonna change that
No, no, no

And I hope you find it
I hope you find it

This was it. Our last week together. This Friday was the official last day of school for the underclassmen and this Saturday was Nationals. And after that was over, Rory would be on a plane back to Ireland. But one thing I am sure of is that I'm glad that I didn't waste these last couple of weeks.

But the problem is, I wish they didn't have to end. If only we could be together for the summer—it would be perfect. But I guess it's true, we can't always get what we want.

The seniors, have graduated already, but they would be coming to help prepare for Nationals. This was something none of us wanted to miss, especially for the seniors; this is they're last shot at a competition.

I heard about a lot of our friends futures: Mercedes was going to L.A., Mike was going to Julliard, Santana was going to Louisville on a Cheer scholarship, Quinn was going to Vale, and as for everyone else…no clue. Rachel, Finn, and Kurt were still waiting on their letters.

I ran into Kurt in the hallway and he didn't look happy. "Hey, you okay?" I asked him and he shook his head. "What happened?"

"I didn't get in." Kurt told—wait what? How could he have not gotten in? "And neither did Finn." He then said—what the hell? Are these schools just stupid or something.

"What about Rachel?"

"She got in." Kurt said—okay, so she got in and neither of my brothers got in? I'm happy for Rachel, but this honestly sucked. "I don't know what to do now." I pulled him into a hug, it looked like he obviously needed it. Damn, this week honestly was sucking.


I needed some time to myself. I sat outside on a bench—they had them everywhere for people to come out here and sit whenever they had a free period and there was nothing else to do. After a little bit, Finn came and sat down next to me.

"Why are you out here?" Finn asked. "Shouldn't you be spending every second with Rory?"

"He's coming in later—I think he had to get his plane ticket or something." I told him—I hated that this year had to end. Can it just not end?

"So what are you thinking about?"

"This year." I replied.

"And?"

"It's sort of been the best year of my life." I stated. "I mean, I joined Glee Club, started dating Rory, made friends like Jamie, Sam—and well everyone else, had Seth, got to see Annie again…" I felt like I could cry. "I don't want this year to end."

"I'm sure next year will be good too." Finn said.

"It won't be the same." I said. "Rory will be in Ireland, I'll be here, all of you guys will be gone—it won't be like this year."

"It'll be different, but I'm sure it'll be a good year." Finn told me. "This is not the end, it's only the beginning. And Rachel and I were talking since we're the current leaders, we'd like you—well you and Sam to be the co-captains next year."

I smiled, I guess he was right. And wow, I guess that helps a bit.

"Do me a favor first?" I asked and he nodded. "Don't join the army."

"Why? My father—"

"Look I get it, but I swear to god, If I to think about you being in the army and have to think about losing someone else—just please, don't. I can't lose any more people." I said and he smiled at me and wrapped his arm around me.

"Okay." He said. "So do you know what's happening with Joe and some of the others?"

"Joe is going back to being homeschooled, Sugar is dropping out of school, and Jamie is going back to transfer to Dalton to be with his brother, and Brittany is apparently following Santana to Louisville, even though she is being held back." I told him.

"Remember this is not the end." Finn said and I smiled—I would have to keep reminding myself that.

"Want to sing a duet with me—while we still have the chance?" I asked and he nodded. We went to the choir room a few minutes before everyone started coming in.

[Ally]
Woah. woah
Woah, woah

[Finn]
Now I know it's never easy
To pick yourself up again

But take a deep breath 'cause you know that
It's time to look ahead
'Cause one foot in front of other

[Ally]
And you can, you can fly

Into a better tomorrow
And leave yesterday behind

[Finn & Ally]
This is not the end, no
Your day is gonna come

This is not the end, no
You're not the only one

[Ally]
We all have our ups and all have our downs
That we have to find a way around
This is not the end, no, no, oh, oh, oh

[Finn & Ally]
This is not the end, no
Your day is gonna come

This is not the end, no
You're not the only one

We all have our ups and all have our downs
That we have to find a way around
This is not the end, no, no, oh, oh, oh
This is not the end
Oh, oh, oh
Don't ever give up, no
Oh, oh, oh
It's just a start now

This is not the end, no, no, oh, oh, oh
This is not the end
Woah, woah

"We thought it'd be appropriate." Finn said as we both took a seat with everyone.

"That was great, Finn and Ally." Mr. Shue praised. "Anyways, we've all come a long way and now it's here! Nationals is this Saturday. Now we need to talk about the set list." I grinned, I may have helped influence what might be included.

"First we have our group number, which was recommended by Ally, which is Rachel, Kurt, Tina, and Blaine singing Fade Away by Celine Dion." He said and the four of them smiled at me—I guess they liked my taste. "Then we have our soloist, Ally, singing Angels by David Archuleta. And finally our group number, solos by Finn, Quinn, Ally, Rory, and Sam singing Back to You by One Direction."

Everyone seemed to like the setlist, and I think Tina wanted to kiss me a bit for getting her a bit of a solo at Nationals. I knew Rachel and Kurt were happy with it and I think Kurt needed some cheering up.

This was it and I knew we had to be great. I knew we would be.


Rory's POV

I had spoken with a lot of people to make this work and so far, it was happening. I was happy and I couldn't wait to tell Ally after we won. I may be leaving tonight, but this will not be it.

I met her at the hotel where she was waiting with Jamie—it was weird that he wasn't going to be at McKinley next year either; it's like everyone is leaving.

"Hey." I said.

"Hi." She said back.

"You ready?" I asked.

"For Nationals? Yes. For it to be over? No." She replied. "I don't want you to leave." She said and I smiled at her and gave her a kiss on the cheek.

"I know. I don't want to leave either." I told her. "But let's make the most of this."

"We have to win." I said.

"We will win." She said.

"Of course we will, you're soloing." I said and she laughed a little and then kissed me and then I noticed something was sticking out of her bag. "What's this?" I asked as I took it out and looked it over. She tried to stop me, but I was already reading it.

"Rory—"

"You wrote this?" I asked her and she nodded. It was a song and damn good one. The lyrics were really good. "We should be singing this instead of a One Direction song."

"No, it's fine. And I doubt anyone else will want to sing it anyways." She said and put it away and I sighed. No use fighting—that's not how I want this to end, with a fight. I want this to end with love, not hate.

"I love you." I told her.

"I love you too." Ally replied and then we kissed again. Then Sam came out and got us, it was time to go.


Ally's POV

It was time for us to perform and it was going to be crazy—it us or Vocal Adrenaline and no way was I going to let them win. First up was the group number, so Rachel and Kurt took the stage first. Tina and Blaine would join later.

[Rachel]
I learned from the past not everything lasts
I understand that now

[Kurt]
Everything changed when you walked away
But I'll survive somehow

Though I have regrets
I'll learn to forget and just keep moving on

[Rachel]
Cause when love is gone
You have to be strong

[Rachel]
Once touched by pain you're not the same

[Kurt]
But time can heal your heart again

[Rachel & Kurt]
So let the clouds that bring you down
Just fade away, away

Then Blaine and Tina came onto the stage with them.

[Blaine]
So I try to smile but after a while
The memories come back

[Tina]
But I won't give in cause I know that then
My heart will fade to black

And this time I learned that love can burn
To an all consuming flame

[Tina & Blaine]
There's no right or wrong
I've got to be strong

[Tina]
Once touched by pain you're not the same

[Blaine]
But time can heal your heart again

[Tina & Blaine]
So let the clouds that bring you down

[Rachel & Kurt]
So let the clouds that bring you down

[Rachel, Kurt, Tina, & Blaine]
Just fade away, away

After they finished, they left the stage and I took a breath before walking onto the stage. I waited for the music to start playing and I opened my eyes.

I sit and wait
Does an angel contemplate my fate?
And do they know the places where we go
When we're gray and old?

'Cause I've been told
That salvation lets their wings unfold
So when I'm lying in my bed
Thoughts running through my head
And I feel that love is dead
I'm loving angels instead

And through it all she offers me protection
A lot of love and affection, whether I'm right or wrong
And down the waterfall wherever it may take me
I know that life won't break me
When I come to call she won't forsake me
I'm loving angels instead

Through it all she offers me protection
A lot of love and affection whether I'm right or wrong
And down the waterfall wherever it may take me
I know that life won't break me
When I come to call she won't forsake me
I'm loving angels instead, oh
I'm loving angels instead

I smiled after I was finished and heard the applause. Then everyone else joined me on the stage, I stayed where I was since I would be starting the number.

[Ally]
Whenever I close my eyes, I picture you there
I'm looking out at the crowd, you're everywhere

[Rory]
I'm watching you from the stage, yeah
You're smile is on every face now
But every time you wake up
You're hearing me say

[Ally & Rory]
Goodbye

[Rory, Sam, & Finn]
Baby, you don't have to worry
I'll be coming back for you, back for you, back for you, you
Lately, I've been going crazy
So I'm coming back for you, back for you, back for you, you

[Quinn]
I've never been so into somebody before
And every time we both touch I only want more

[Sam]
So tell me nothing's going to change yeah
And you won't ever walk away yeah
'Cause even though every night you'll know what I'll say

[Sam & Quinn]
Goodbye

[Finn, Rory, Quinn, Sam, & Ally]
Baby, you don't have to worry
I'll be coming back for you, back for you, back for you, you
Lately, I've been going crazy
So I'm coming back for you, back for you, back for you, you

[Finn]
Lately, I've been going crazy
So I'm coming back for you, back for you, back for you, you.

Everyone applauded us and some even stood up afterwards—I really hope we won.


Eventually we were brought back on stage, earlier than we expected, I really hoped we had won. I took Rory's hand. "So we have a tie." The announcer said—wait what?! "So were going to have both teams do one performance each to settle the tie. It can be a solo or duet, you have a half hour to prepare." He said—oh crap, we're screwed.

We all went backstage and we were all freaking out. What were we going to do.

"Okay we need to decide on what we're doing, duet or solo." Blaine started off by saying.

"We could have Finn and Rachel sing Faithfully again." Someone said—I don't think that was a good idea. I saw it on YouTube and it was good, but that's playing it too safe. The judges will see that and we won't win.

"Wait, Ally wrote an original song." Rory said—what the hell is he doing.

"So?" Santana commented.

"It's something new, they haven't heard. Look at this, it's really good." Rory struggled on the words, but when he showed them the song and people seemed to like it.

"It's good, but do we really want to risk it?" Mercedes said. "I mean no offense, but—what if they don't like it?"

"I think this is what they want." I stepped in. "I know they won't want us playing it safe and doing something we did before, why not take a risk? I mean, nothing good is going to happen unless we start taking chances, right?" I said and they seemed agree.

"Okay, so you going to solo on this?" Rachel asked and I guess I could, but it worked better as I duet.

"It works better as a duet, but I don't think we have time—"

"I sing it with you." Sam offered and I grinned.

"Okay, Sam, Ally, go learn your song." They told us and we went into a private room and started to prepare. I went over who was singing what, not too much chorography; I really hope this works.


We went on after Vocal Adrenaline did their number. I looked at Sam and he smiled at me. I guess it was nice to have my best friend up here with me. "You ready for this?" Sam asked, extending his hand out to me.

"As ready as I'll ever be." I said. We walked onto the stage, got some space between us and then the spotlight was on us and the music started.

[Sam]
You're flying, you fall
You're trying, you fail
But still you keep going

[Ally]
You're crashing, you stall
You sink 'til you sail
Cause you never know when

[Sam]
The tide's gonna turn
The wind's gonna change
We're gonna make it

[Ally]
The world's gonna learn and remember our name
It's been not breakin'

Through blood and tears we rise
Coz Tonight we come alive

[Sam & Ally]
We are the sons of the promised dream
Daughters of hope we will not give up
They say we're broken
They say we're weak
But We've shown it's the heart of the champion

We're gonna stand
When we've been knocked down
We crawl, we walk, until we run
We're gonna fight
Gonna hold our ground
Cause we've got the heart of the champion

Oh Oh
Oh Oh

Cause we've got the heart of the champion

[Ally]
We are the soul
We are the proud
We are the dreamers

[Sam]
Not letting go
We're not backin down
Not gonna leavin here

Seeing the prize
We'll keep reaching out
Until we hold it

[Ally]
This is our time
This is our house
This is our moment

[Sam]
We are the sons of the promised dream

[Ally]
Daughters of hope we will not give up

[Sam]
They say we're broken

[Ally]
They say we're weak

[Sam & Ally]
But We've shown it's the heart of the champion

We're gonna stand
When we've been knocked down
We crawl, we walk, until we run
We're gonna fight
Gonna hold our ground
Cause we've got the heart of the champion
Cause we've got the heart of a champion

We took each other's hand and held it up at the end and everyone applauded us. We went back stage and I hugged Sam. "I think we just won." Sam replied. "If we don't, screw them." Sam said, sometimes he was just the greatest.

We went back with the others and they screamed—I guess it was really good.

"Was it good?" I asked Rory.

"Nope." He said. "It was beyond that."

"I love you." I said and kissed him—I really don't want this to end.


We were called back onto the stage ten minutes later, I guess they didn't need much time to decide. We got back on stage and I held hands with Sam and Rory. We all closed our eyes, waiting for the anticipated results.

"And the winner of Nationals is…The New Directions!" They announced. Oh my god, we won! We started screaming and we started hugging each other. I hugged Sam and Jamie. Then Kurt and Finn. Then Rachel and Tina. Then I jumped into Rory's arms and kissed him. We just won Nationals.

"Guys, I am very proud of all of you! Returning underclassmen, I look forward to working with you next year and seniors and any others not returning, I will miss you all!" Mr. Shue said, I think he was getting all emotional and didn't want to hold us up too long.

I walked outside with Rory and there was the taxi waiting for him, I told Kurt and Finn to give me a minute. "So I guess this is it." I started off. "I can't believe we won."

"All because of you, you're song is the reason we won." Rory said and I felt like crying—well for many reasons—"You were right about taking chances." He added and I smiled.

"I wouldn't have joined if I didn't take a chance and I'm happy I did—this was the best year of my life." I told him. "I just wish it didn't have to end."

"I am going to miss you so much." I said and he didn't say anything. He just handed me this paper. "What's this?" I asked as I opened it.

"It's a plane ticket. And here's a passport." He said, also handing that to me. Why was he giving me his stuff so he could leave?

"Why are you giving this to me?" I asked. "Don't you need this?"

"I have mine." He said, showing me his set. "That's yours."

"What?"

"I talked about with my parents and your dad and a lot of people actually and had this set up—it took a little bit—anyways, Ally, I want you to come with me. I want you to come and spend the summer in Ireland with me."

"What?"

"I talked to your dad about it—look, I have your bags and well…this is so we can be together all summer. So if you say yes and come with me, it isn't the end." Rory said. "Sorry, I kind of suck at speeches." I laughed a little; I can't believe this is happening. "What do you say, Ally? Will you come with me?"

I smiled and jumped into his arms and kissed him. I got in the cab with him and waved goodbye to my brothers—I guess they knew about it. I was so happy—the summer in Ireland with my boyfriend; we were going to have the time of our lives.

Then this song came on the radio and I had to sing.

Dreamers don't care if it's right
I think I'm really into you
Restless, let's leave it all behind
Tonight

Crazy, when you cross my mind
Oh, the trouble we could get into
So what, let's just give this a try
Alright

Let's have the time of our lives
Like there's no one else around
Just throw your hands up high
Even when they try to take us down

We'll have the time of our lives
'Til the lights burn out
Let's laugh until we cry
Life is only what you make it now
Let's have the time of our lives

Holding back
What are we waitin' for?
Take that chance
Now's all we've got for sure

Let's have the time of our lives
Like there's no one else around
Just throw your hands up high
Even when they try to take us down

We'll have the time of our lives
'Til the lights burn out
Let's laugh until we cry
Life is only what you make it now
Let's have the time of our lives


And that's it! I can't believe it's almost been a full year since I started this story and now it's over…well not completely. There will be a sequel to this story, which is coming soon. It will be called Who I Am and I hope you guys will read that too. Thank you guys for reading!

Anyways, so they won Nationals, even with the surprise twist :) Also Ally is spending the summer in Ireland with Rory.

Songs: I Hope You Find It (Miley Cyrus), Not the End (Cory Monteith), Fade Away (Celine Dion), Angels (David Archuleta), Back To You (One Direction), Champion (Clark Beckham), & Time of Our Lives (Miley Cyrus)

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