Hey everyone! Thanks for all your reviews on the last chapter. They meant a lot to me. I've realized that things get more complicated as I move from one half of the show to another, but I did the best that I could. Hope you guys enjoy this chapter and review if I should keep going!

Hell-O

Winter break was about two weeks after Sectionals - and Rachel had no idea how much she needed it.

Finding out the truth about Kurt and Blaine had been upsetting. Even though Rachel didn't feel romantic feelings for Kurt anymore, she thought that he was her best friend. She'd hoped that even if they did break up, they could still be friends. She hoped that they could keep watching movies of Broadway shows and singing together. She had been able to talk to him about anything. And she had to admit, she could count on him to let her know if something looked bad on her.

But that wasn't the case anymore.

The day after the Sectionals victory, Kurt and Blaine had both posted notes on Facebook admitting that they were gay. They didn't mention that they were seeing each other, but Rachel knew it wasn't too hard to put together. The two of them were always together.

And Rachel had to admit, she did feel bad for Kurt and Blaine. After they came out, Coach Tanaka had demoted them from the starting lineup of the football team (football season was over, but he made notes for next year). Other students would sometimes make homophobic slurs at them. They'd been hit by a few slushies.

Rachel was keeping her distance from them most of the time. She felt bad that they were getting hurt, but at the same time, she didn't want to spend time with the boys who'd betrayed her and used her for so long.

The truth was, the only person Rachel was spending much time with at all lately was Finn. After all, he had been the one to tell her the truth. It wasn't only Kurt and Blaine who had hurt her. Her friends had kept something important from her. She thought Mercedes and Tina were her best friends other than Kurt, but they hadn't told her. She'd gotten Tina to admit that when she and Blaine broke up, Blaine told her that it was because he was gay and in love with Kurt, but to not tell Rachel because Kurt wasn't ready to come out yet.

Rachel's dads were gay. She knew what type of prejudice gay people faced. She didn't hold it against Kurt for not wanting to come out. But she would have preferred for him to have just broken up with her if he didn't want to be together anymore rather than leading her on. She was getting laughed at too, being told that no straight guy would ever date a girl like her.

After everything that had happened, Rachel wasn't sure if she wanted to be with anyone right now. She liked Finn a lot, but she wasn't sure if she was ready to enter another relationship.

It was nice to have time away from school during break. Rachel spent most of her break at home, but she also spent some time at Finn's house. Finn had joined the basketball team, so she went to one of his games. Her dads had made Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years as nice as they could be considering the circumstances, but knowing that a return to school was looming was like a cloud over Rachel's head.

x

Mr. Schuester had announced yesterday that the glee club assignment this week was "Hello." Rachel had a song in mind, but before she spoke, Kurt raised his hand. "Blaine and I have something to say."

"Okay," Mr. Schue said. "You two have the floor."

Kurt and Blaine walked to the front of the room. "First, I wanted to say thank you so much for the support of all of you," Kurt said. "Coming out hasn't been easy. I've gone from one of the most popular guys at school to someone who gets made fun of daily. But at least I have this place as my safe zone, a place where I know I have friends."

Rachel felt happy that Kurt felt safe here, but hearing about this still stung a little. "And we have something else to say," Blaine said. "After some careful consideration, we've decided to tell all of you that we are together."

Rachel knew that, but at the same time, it hurt a bit that they were doing this so soon. It was like rubbing it in that her boyfriend had been cheating on her with another guy.

"Well, we're happy for you two, and you have our support," Mr. Schue said.

Another song came to mind for the assignment - one that Rachel knew the words to and could work to an extent. "Mr. Schuester, I have a song for the assignment."

"Great Rachel, let's hear it," Mr. Schue said.

Rachel began her song, eyeing Kurt and Blaine. To her surprise, most of the glee club joined in the song.

Rachel: I wake up every evening

With a big smile on my face

And it never feels out of place

And you're still probably working

At a 9 to 5 pace

I wonder how bad that tastes

When you see my face

Hope it gives you hell

Hope it gives you hell

When you walk my way

Hope it gives you hell

Hope it gives you hell

Now where's your picket fence, love?

And where's that shiny car?

Did it ever get you far?

You never seem so tense, love

I never seen you fall so hard

Do you know where you are?

And truth be told I miss you

And truth be told I'm lying

Rachel with New Directions: When you see my face

Hope it gives you hell

Hope it gives you hell

When you walk my way

Hope it gives you hell

Hope it gives you hell

If you find a man that's worth the damn and treats you well

Then he's a fool you're just as well

Hope it gives you hell

Hope it gives you hell

Rachel: Tomorrow you'll be thinking to yourself

Yeah, where did it all go wrong?

But the list goes on and on

And truth be told I miss you

And truth be told I'm lying

Rachel with New Directions: When you see my face hope it gives you hell

Hope it gives you hell

When you walk my way hope it gives you hell

Hope it gives you hell

If you find a man that's worth a damn and treats you well

Then he's a fool you're just as well

Hope it gives you hell

Rachel: Now you'll never see

What you've done to me

You can take back your memories

They're no good to me

And here's all your lies

You can look me in the eyes

With the sad, sad look

That you wear so well

New Directions: When you see my face

Hope it gives you hell

Hope it gives you hell

When you walk my way

Hope it gives you hell

Hope it gives you hell

If you find a man that's worth the damn and treats you well

Then he's a fool you're just as well

Hope it gives you hell

Rachel with New Directions: When you see my face

Hope it gives you hell I hope it gives you hell

When you walk my way

Hope it gives you hell

Hope it gives you hell

When you hear this song

And you sing along well you'll never tell

Then you're the fool I've just as well

Hope it gives you hell

When you hear this song

I hope that it will give you hell

You can sing along

I hope that he will treat you well

Kurt and Blaine sat to the side, looking uncomfortable as Rachel finished the song and she glared at them. "Guys, the assignment was hello," Mr. Schue said.

"I'm sorry," Rachel said. "I was focusing on the FIRST syllable."

"We're up against Vocal Adrenaline at Regionals," Mr. Schuester continued. "They've won Nationals more times than any other glee club in history... this is the real thing. We don't just have time to play around."

"I have a song for the assignment, that uses hello," Finn said.

"Okay, let's hear it," Mr. Schue said as Finn took the center.

Finn: Hello, I love you

Won't you tell me your name

Hello, I love you

Let me jump in your game

Hello, I love you

Won't you tell me your name

Hello, I love you

Let me jump in your game

She's walkin' down the street

Blind to every eye she meets

Do you think you'll be the guy

To make the queen of the angels sigh

Hello, I love you

Won't you tell me your name

Hello, I love you

Let me jump in your game

Hello, I love you

Won't you tell me your name

Hello, I love you

Let me jump in your game

She holds her head so high

Like a statue in the sky

Her arms are wicked and her legs are long

When she moves my brain screams out this song

Sidewalk crouches at her feet

Like a dog that begs for somethin' sweet

Do you hope to make her see, you fool

Do you hope to pluck this dusky jewel

Hello! Hello! Hello! Hello!

Hello! Hello! Hello!

I want you

I need my baby

Hello! Hello!

I need, yeah yeah

Hello! Hello! Hello! Hello!

Finn had been eyeing Rachel during the song. She had to admit, she was turned on - but at the same time, she didn't feel completely better about what happened with Kurt - and she also had to admit, she wasn't ready to date again.

"Great job, Finn," Mr. Schue said, interrupting Rachel's thoughts.

x

Finn had to admit, even though he was glad Rachel was single, he felt sorry for her. As he came up to Rachel in the hall, he patted her shoulder. "I'm really sorry about Kurt and Blaine."

"Thanks," Rachel sighed. "I..."

Finn figured he'd cut to the chase. "I know that dating me would be different than dating Kurt. I'm about a foot taller than you. I'm not going to win prom king and I'm a nerd and get made fun of. But I can promise you that I'm never going to hurt you and that I'll always be honest with you. All I ask is that you're honest with me."

Rachel gulped. "Finn, I don't think I can be with anyone right now..."

Finn didn't see that coming. "What?"

"After everything that happened, I think I need some time to myself," Rachel said. "I need to figure out myself, figure out everything..."

Finn had always thought Rachel was different. She'd quit the cheerios and she was open minded. But maybe part of her was still popularity hungry. "Are you sure that's why you don't want to date me?"

"That's what you think?" Rachel asked.

"Yeah, I do," Finn said. "You've been getting slushied ever since you quit the cheerios, and if you start dating the biggest loser in school, you'll get slushied even more. Look at your life now, Rachel. The school used to see you as head cheerleader and now they see you as the girl who was Kurt's beard. I'm the one who's always been here for you and understood you..." He realized now that he might have taken things too far as he walked away.

x

As Rachel headed to her car, a boy who looked slightly familiar stopped her. "Well, well, it's Rachel Berry..."

Rachel now remembered who it was. "You're Jesse St. James from Vocal Adrenaline... you won MVP at Nationals last year, didn't you?"

"And my sophomore year, and my freshman year," Jesse said. "I was the first ever freshman to win MVP at Nationals."

This didn't make sense. "Why are you at McKinley right now?"

"Oh, I'm here for the McKinley vs. Carmel swim meet," Jesse said.

The pool was on the other side of the school. Rachel had a feeling that this guy was here to cause trouble. "I saw you at Sectionals," Jesse continued. "You guys are talented. I could help you out..."

"Aren't you the competition?" Rachel asked.

"I have a feeling that you and I would sound good together," Jesse continued.

"I do have a preferred duet partner..." Rachel began. Of course, would he still want to sing with her? She could tell he'd been hurt, and she felt terrible.

"You know, the kids were talking about what happened with your boyfriend," Jesse said.

"That's none of your business," Rachel said. "And I'm feeling really uneasy right now."

"You're very pretty," Jesse said.

"Leave me alone," Rachel said. She didn't know why a guy from the other team was flirting with her. Then the answer came to her - this was probably a plot to mess with New Directions before Regionals. Rachel didn't want to date this guy. For one thing, he was hideous. He seemed like a jerk. And Rachel knew who she wanted to be with - Finn.

x

As Finn went to his locker, a girl he didn't recognize come up to him. "You're a really good singer."

Finn had no idea who this girl was. She looked slightly familiar, but at the same time, he couldn't quite place her. "Thanks."

"I'm here for the McKinley/ Carmel swim meet, and I happened to be walking by the choir room. You're so talented."

Carmel. Now Finn knew who this was: Harmony St. James. She was the younger sister of Jesse St. James, Vocal Adrenaline's male lead. Jesse St. James was a senior who had won MVP at Nationals all three years so far. His sister was a freshman and was supposed to have one of the best voices around. If she thought Finn was good, he must be really good. "Thanks."

"You're very handsome, too," Harmony continued.

"Thank you," Finn said.

"So, I was wondering, would you like to hang out sometime?" Harmony asked. "I saw you at Sectionals, too. You've got a really good voice..."

"You said that," Finn said.

"What do you say we go to dinner on Friday night?" Harmony asked.

Finn gulped. She was asking him out on a date? He wanted to date Rachel... but she didn't want to be with him. Maybe if he dated this girl, it would help him get over Rachel. "Sure."

x

After Rachel was being hit on by the guy from Vocal Adrenaline, she'd realized that she didn't want to be with anyone but Finn. Finn had been right yesterday. He was the one person who got her. The one person who accepted her without conditions. The one person who really understood her.

And she wanted to be with him.

Rachel went up to Finn at his locker. "Hey."

"Hey," Finn said.

"I wanted to talk to you about something," Rachel said. "I realized you're right. I want to be with you."

Finn paused. "I've started seeing someone..."

"Since yesterday?" Rachel asked.

"Yeah, she asked me out yesterday, and I thought you didn't want to be together, so I said yes," Finn said.

"What?" Rachel asked. She didn't expect things to move so quickly. "Who is she?"

"Oh, her name is Harmony St. James, she goes to Carmel," Finn said.

St. James? Was she perhaps related to Jesse St. James? Rachel had a feeling this girl had done the same thing to Finn that Jesse had done to her. "Finn, don't you think it's strange that once we make Regionals, a girl from the other team is hitting on you?"

Finn looked annoyed. "You think no girl would like me without an ulterior motive?"

"I just told you I want to be with you!" Rachel protested.

"Well, I'm with someone else now," Finn said.

"Her brother tried to hit on me the other day," Rachel said. "Finn..."

"Yeah right," Finn said before walking away.

x

Finn had been suspicious that Rachel was right about Harmony. He couldn't stop thinking about that as he drove to the St. James's house on Friday night. When he rang the bell, a guy answered the door. "Hello," the boy said. "Are you Finn Hudson?"

"Yeah," Finn said.

"I'm Jesse St. James, Harmony's brother," the boy said. "I saw you at Sectionals, too. You show promise, but you have a ways to go."

Finn already knew he didn't like this guy. Then Harmony came in. "Hey Finn."

"Hi," Finn said. He had to admit, Harmony was pretty, but he had a feeling Rachel was right. "Look, I don't know what this is about, but I can't help but wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that we're competing against you guys at Regionals..."

"You think that's what this is about?" Jesse asked. "I know my sister. She's never dated anyone before."

"I saw something in you at Sectionals, Finn," Harmony said. "I think you're special. I could tell. This doesn't have anything to do with Regionals."

"The heart wants what the heart wants," Jesse said. "Do you really think this is about competition, Finn?"

"I know Vocal Adrenaline is all about winning," Finn said.

"Well, that's not what this is about for me," Harmony said as she leaned in and kissed Finn. Finn didn't see Jesse and Harmony winking at each other.

x

Finn was still on the fence about Harmony. He felt a bit threatened by her, to be honest. She'd said that she was attracted to him, but there was something that rubbed her the wrong way.

As Finn opened his locker, Rachel came up. "Hey."

"Hi," Finn said. "What are you going to do, give me a hard time for dating someone else?"

"I don't trust this girl," Rachel said. "Her brother gave me a bad vibe."

"She told me that this isn't about Regionals!" Finn protested.

"So you're going to believe some girl you're just meeting?" Rachel asked. "I've learned all too well that you can't even always trust the people you think you're closest to."

"Rachel, can you please stop it?" Finn asked. "You didn't break up with Kurt!"

"I was afraid of what he'd do if I did," Rachel said. "Then I realized I didn't care. I wanted to be with you. I wanted us to be a real couple."

"Well, it's too late," Finn said.

"No, Finn," Rachel interrupted. "Don't think it's too late. I'm not going to go down without a fight."

Finn didn't know what to say or do. He walked away, thinking. It had only been one night. And he wasn't sure if he could believe Harmony. Her brother didn't give Finn a good vibe either...

x

Rachel felt so angry at herself during glee club rehearsal. Mr. Schue had picked out a song for the assignment for the whole glee club to sing, but all Rachel could think about was how mad she was that she'd literally said goodbye to Finn, and then he'd literally said hello to another girl. Why had she been so afraid? Why had she not just gone for it? She'd seen something from the beginning in Finn. He'd become her closest friend and he knew her better than anyone. And she knew these Vocal Adrenaline kids were bad news...

Finn: you say "yes"

I say "no"

Finn and Rachel: you say "stop"

I say "go, go, go"

oh, no

New Directions: you say "good-bye"

and I say "hello"

hello, hello

I don't know why you say "good-bye"

I say "hello"

hello

hello, hello

hello

I don't know why

you say "good-bye," I say "hello"

Finn: you say "yes"

New Directions: I say "yes"

Finn: I say "no"

New Directions: maybe, no

Finn and Rachel: you say "stop"

New Directions: I can stay...

Finn and Rachel: I say "go"

New Directions: "go, go"

Finn and Rachel: oh, no

New Directions: you say "good-bye"

and I say "hello"

hello, hello

I don't know why you say "good-bye"

I say "hello"

hello, hello, hello

I don't know why you say "good-bye"

I say "hello"

hello, hello, hello, hello

I don't know why you say "good-bye"

I say "hello"

hello, hello, hello, hello...

Rachel noticed Finn looked a bit uneasy, too. He kept eyeing her, making her think (and hope) that things weren't completely over for them. She'd messed up, but she was going to do what she could to get it right.