Hey guys! Thanks so much for your reviews on the last chapter. I appreciate them. Fun fact: I realized while I was writing this, there's twelve former ND members in New York now, and if I could create an ideal twelve-person ND, it would be these twelve people! Anyway, hope you guys enjoy this chapter and review if I should keep going!

Chapter 3: New School Year

It was the night before classes started at Columbia, and Finn was in his room, getting his bag packed. His phone rang, and he didn't recognize the number. Still, something told him to answer it. He picked up the phone. "Hello?"

"Finn..." the voice on the other end said. Finn now knew this was Christopher.

"Hi," Finn said.

"Do you think that we could maybe meet up and talk?" Christopher asked.

"Sure," Finn said. "When works for you?" Maybe Christopher regretted what happened before and wanted some father-son bonding time.

"How about next weekend sometime?" Christopher asked.

"Yeah, how about we meet for lunch at my diner on Saturday?" Finn asked.

"We can do that," Christopher said. "I'll see you then."

"Okay," Finn said, hanging up the phone. He felt somewhat better now. His dad wasn't completely giving up on him.

Rachel came into the bedroom. "Ready to go?"

"Go where?" Finn asked.

"Remember?" Rachel asked. "Tonight we were going to take Marley, Ryder and Kitty to Callbacks to help them get excited for their first day of college in New York."

"Yeah," Finn said. "Rachel, that was my dad on the phone."

"Really?" Rachel asked. "What did he say?"

"He wants to meet me for lunch this weekend," Finn said.

"That's great," Rachel said. "I know your first meeting was a bit awkward, but maybe this one will go better."

"I hope so," Finn said.

Rachel took Finn's hand. "Let's get to Callbacks."

Finn smiled as he and Rachel walked to Callbacks. By the time they arrived, everyone else was there. "So, are you guys ready for college in New York?" Rachel asked.

"I hope so," Ryder said.

"You got in," Marley pointed out. "That should say something."

"Yeah," Finn said. "Once you start college, it's not too hard."

"Can you guys believe Rachel and Kurt are entering their last year of college?" Sam asked.

"It's crazy," Blaine said, looking at his husband.

"I can't believe it either," Rachel said. "Well, next year, we'll have five graduations."

"I know," Finn said. "I'm hoping after I graduate, I can get a job teaching at the high school where I coach the glee club." He turned to Marley. "Speaking of the glee club, how's rooming with Caitlin going?"

"Oh, I like rooming with her," Marley said. "She plays Broadway music a lot, but she's fun to talk to. She thinks that Ryder and I should go on a double date with her and her boyfriend."

"Well, I'll be seeing him at Columbia," Finn said.

"And I managed to switch out of Cassandra July's class," Marley said.

"Good," Rachel said. "I wouldn't want you to have to go through that."

"That woman is a psycho," Kurt said. "Although she does have nice abs."

Blaine gave Kurt a playful slap. "Hey!"

"He said that when he first met her," Rachel said.

"Wow, Kurt, aren't you supposed to think that about guys?" Artie asked.

"Blaine's are better," Kurt said.

"I remember when I loved those," Tina said.

"Yeah, you sang that song to ask him out in glee club," Ryder pointed out. "And we all knew you were asking him out, and he was totally oblivious."

"Yeah, Brittany told me about that," Santana said.

"We've all made mistakes," Rachel said.

"Speaking of glee club, we should go up to the karaoke stand and sing a song while we wait for our food," Mercedes said.

"Yeah, it can be your first time singing at Callbacks," Tina said. "And we spend lots of time here."

Everyone agreed and went up to the karaoke stand before selecting a song. The group of alumni was growing, but this was a way for New Directions to keep singing with each other.

Alumni: Da-da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da
Rachel: Talking away
I don't know what I'm to say, I'll
Mercedes: Say it anyway
Today isn't my day to find you
Santana: Shying away
I'll be coming for your love, okay
Finn: Take on me (Alumni: Take on me)
Sam: Take me on (Alumni: Take on me)
Artie: I'll be gone
Kurt: In a day or two
Tina: So (and Sam: needless to say)
Of odds and ends
But I'll be (and Sam: stumbling away)
Kitty: Slowly learning that life is okay
Kitty and Artie: Say after me
It's no better to be safe than sorry
Finn: Take on me (Alumni: Take on me)
Sam: Take me on (Alumni: Take on me)
Santana and Artie: I'll be gone
Kurt and Blaine: In a day or two
Alumni: Da-da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da
Da-da-da-da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da
Artie: Oh, things that you say, yeah
Is it a life or (Artie and Mercedes: just to play my worries away)
Sam: You're all the things I've got to remember
Blaine: You're shying away
I'll be coming for you anyway
Finn: Take on me (Alumni: Take on me)
Sam: Take me on (Alumni: Take on me)
Tina: I'll be gone
Marley: In a
Alumni: Take on me (Marley: Day) (Mercedes: Yeah, yeah) (Ryder: Take on me)
Ryder: Take me on (Marley: Oh, take me on) (Take on me)
Alumni: I'll be gone
In a day

At the end of the song, the Callbacks patrons applauded. "See, New Directions are a hit here," Rachel said.

x

Rachel arrived at rehearsal after finishing up her day of classes. This week, Paolo San Pablo had officially left Funny Girl, and Jean Baptiste was taking over the role. However, they needed to have Rachel do chemistry readings with understudies. Rachel wasn't as nervous this time as she was before. Since Jesse and Brody both weren't allowed near her, she didn't have to worry about them showing up.

Rachel went through a few potential understudies before the last one arrived. As he came in, Rachel was looking at the script when Rupert's voice interrupted her thoughts. "Rachel, this is Sebastian Smythe."

Rachel practically dropped her script as she looked up. What? Why was he here?

Sebastian smirked. "We've met before."

"Yeah, Sebastian told me he goes to NYADA," Rupert said. "Is that how you know each other?"

Rachel almost said something about their high school years. Sebastian thought that he could just show up like this after he'd hurt Kurt and Blaine? "Yeah, Rachel and I actually go way back," Sebastian sneered. "I hung out with her good friends Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson a lot in high school, and I got her an engagement gift that she loved."

The photo of Finn naked in weird shoes. Yes, Rachel remembered that. What was she supposed to say though? She already did have a bit of a shaky relationship with Funny Girl and Rupert. She'd gotten fired once before. "I have known Sebastian since high school," Rachel said. That was true.

"You should have told me about him!" Rupert said. "He's so talented!"

Rachel didn't know what to say. "Well, maybe we should do our chemistry reading." What would Kurt and Blaine say if Sebastian got the understudy in Funny Girl? What would Finn say? He'd definitely caused trouble at NYADA.

"Yeah, we should," Sebastian said. "My roommate Harmony used to live with Rachel. She said Rachel's really talented."

Sebastian was clearly faking being nice to get points with Rupert. Rachel picked up her script and began reading with Sebastian, feeling very uncomfortable.

x

Rachel arrived home from the show, hoping that Sebastian hadn't been chosen to be the understudy. She probably hadn't even been at her best in the show tonight because she was thinking so much about the understudy. What would Finn think if she had to spend time with a guy who'd posted that photo online? What would Kurt and Blaine think about her spending time with a guy who tried to break them up?

When Rachel went into her apartment, Santana, Mercedes, Tina, Kitty and Marley were watching a movie in the living room. "Hey guys."

"Hey Rachel," Tina said. "How was your show tonight?"

"It was good," Rachel said. "Where are the guys?"

"They're working," Mercedes said.

Rachel turned to Kitty and Marley. "How was your first day of classes?"

"It was good," Marley said. "Well, I saw you at NYADA, but only briefly."

"Yeah, I'm just glad you don't need to deal with Cassandra July," Rachel said.

"Yeah, and my classes were pretty good," Kitty said. "The people there are cool."

"That's good," Rachel said. "So, guess who wants to be the understudy for the male lead in Funny Girl?"

"Tell us," Tina said.

"Sebastian," Rachel groaned.

Mercedes jumped up. "Oh, hell to the no!"

"Do I need to go Lima Heights on his ass?" Santana asked.

"I don't know if he'll get the part," Rachel said. "Hopefully not."

"What will Kurt and Blaine think?" Tina asked.

"I don't know," Rachel said. "I hope not."

"I remember him from competitions," Kitty said. "He's nuts."

"Yes he is," Rachel said.

x

"What do you mean he tried out for the understudy?" Kurt asked as he, Rachel and Blaine sat in the student lounge at NYADA.

"He tried out," Rachel said.

"He's going to try to get close to you, I guarantee it," Kurt said to Blaine.

"He knows I'm married," Blaine said. "I don't understand - why is he trying out? He wants to be in a boyband, not on Broadway."

"I don't know," Rachel said. "He pretended to be nice to me in front of Rupert, but I don't know if I can trust him."

"Trust who?" a voice said. Rachel, Kurt and Blaine turned to see Sebastian. "I just wanted to let you know I'll be seeing you at rehearsals, Rachel. I'm the new understudy for Nick Arnstein." He smirked at Rachel, making her think that he had an ulterior motive.

"You know I'm married, right?" Blaine asked Sebastian.

"That's not why I tried out for Funny Girl," Sebastian said. "The more exposure I get, the more likely it is that my band will get its big break. I'll see you at rehearsals." He walked away, still smirking.

"He's up to something," Kurt said to Rachel.

"Oh, I know he is," Rachel said.

x

Finn drove to the restaurant he and his father had decided to meet for lunch. Originally they were going to meet at the Spotlight Diner, but then Christopher asked to meet somewhere else. When Finn arrived, he saw Christopher already sitting at a table and went up to the table. "Hi."

"Hi," Christopher said. "Finn, we really need to talk..."

This already didn't sound good. "What's going on?" Finn asked.

"I don't know how to tell you this," Christopher began. "I told you the other day about what happened with me and your mom... it just didn't work out. You have your life here, and I have my life. I guess I can see why you came looking for me but I don't think that it was a good idea."

So Christopher was giving up on Finn, just like this? After meeting him only once? "I really wanted this to work," Finn said, his eyes filling with tears.

"I can tell you did," Christopher admitted. "But you are a man now. You aren't the baby I left twenty one years ago. The parent role has been filled for you by your mother and her husband and my father responsibilities are to the children I have with my wife. Seeing you is just a reminder of bad memories from my past – the war, the drug problems, being married to a woman who it wasn't working out with, having a child when I wasn't ready or didn't want kids yet."

Finn didn't know what to say now. Now it sounded like Christopher regretted that Finn was born. "Why are you saying these things to me and about me? You're my dad!" Finn managed to say.

Christopher didn't even seem to be trying to make it easy on Finn anymore. "Finn, I'm your biological father, but I'm not your dad. You and I are never going to have what you have with your mom, or the father-son relationship that I have with Jason and Nathan. I helped to create you, yes, but fate didn't mean for us to be together."

Finn didn't know what to say to that. I'm not your dad... fate didn't mean for us to be together... "So you expect me to act like I don't know who you are?"

"I'm not going to lie, that's what I'm going to do," Christopher admitted. "Finn, I know this is going to hurt you, but I don't feel a connection to you. Not a positive one anyway. Like I said, you are a living reminder of my bad past. If you care about me, you need to do it from a distance. You and I were never meant to be part of each other's lives."

Finn didn't want to cry now. He wanted to scream. "So you don't love me?" he asked, feeling that was what Christopher was telling him.

"I don't," Christopher admitted. "I'm sorry, Finn, but you're a complete stranger to me. I have a biological connection to you, but not a legal one, and not an emotional one. I have three children, and they are the ones who live with me. You're not my son and I'm not your dad. It takes a lot more than sperm to be a father. We don't have any of those things."

"I thought we could," Finn said.

"We can't," Christopher declared. "It's too late for us. If you really do care about me, you'll go live your life and let me live mine."

Finn had heard enough. "I should go now."

"You probably should," Christopher said. "This is why I didn't want you to know."

"Okay," Finn said. He didn't know what else to say. Christopher didn't want him in his life. Finn walked out of the restaurant, and to his surprise, he saw Rachel waiting outside. "Hey..." he said, giving his wife a hug.

"Hi," Rachel said, hugging Finn gently. "Are you okay?"

"He doesn't want me, Rachel," Finn said. "He told me he doesn't love me."

"What?" Rachel asked.

"Yeah," Finn said. "He told me that I was a mistake."

Rachel looked horrified. "Finn, you are not a mistake."

"He thinks I am," Finn said.

"What?" Rachel asked. "Finn, you can't let him tell you that."

"He said that I'm basically just a reminder of his drug problems," Finn said.

"I'm going to go in there and talk to him," Rachel snapped.

"Rachel, don't," Finn said. "I already know he doesn't love me."

"What he did was wrong," Rachel rambled. "He broke laws by lying to your mom about his death and marrying another woman..."

"His wife and other kids don't even know about me and my mom," Finn said.

Before Rachel had a chance to speak, Christopher came outside, not even looking at Finn. "That's him," Finn whispered to Rachel.

"He just walked out of there and ignored you?" Rachel asked.

"He likes pretending I don't exist," Finn said. "Don't bother, Rachel." Finn honestly didn't want to argue with his father. The things his father had said to him had hurt more than anything anyone had ever said to him before. He watched as Christopher drove away.

"I'm not going to let him get away with him treating like you like this," Rachel said. "You deserve better."

Finn knew that when Rachel had her mind made up about something, there was no stopping her.

SONG: Take On Me by A-Ha (performed by New Directions New York alumni)

Chapter 4 preview: Before the high schools in New York start, Finn and Rachel go to Lima for the weekend, along with other New Yorkers, to visit with New Directions and so Finn can talk to Carole and Burt about his situation.

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