Hi! I hope everyone had a great Christmas. I thought I'd already posted this chapter, but I realized when I posted the new chapter of 2016 that I didn't, so I decided to wait until after Christmas to post this chapter since no one has time to read during Christmas. Hope you enjoy it and review if I should keep going!
The Power Of Madonna
The baby's due date was getting closer and closer, and Quinn and Puck were still unsure what they'd do when she arrived. Both of them thought they wanted to keep her, but they knew it wouldn't be easy. Puck's mom had been pretty helpful, but she did work. Quinn hadn't spoken to her own parents since they kicked her out.
But they'd grown attached to this baby, and if they did give her up, it would sting a little.
Quinn tried to stop thinking about the baby and enjoy her evening with Puck. They were making out on his bed when he suddenly said, "We should do it."
"It?" Quinn asked. Puck had known that she was president of the celibacy club. They'd both been a little drunk the night they had sex at that party. Ever since then, Puck hadn't asked Quinn about sex. She'd always wanted to wait until marriage. But she knew Puck was into sex...
"Yeah," Puck said. "Come on, it's been a while. I used to have sex all the time, but ever since we started dating, I haven't..."
Quinn paused. Was Puck saying he didn't like being with her because she wouldn't have sex? "I... I don't want to."
Puck looked annoyed. "Do you know how hard it is for me to not have sex? This is the longest I've gone without having sex in years."
"Well, if you want to have sex, why don't you go back to those cougars?" Quinn asked, suddenly regretted her words.
Puck stormed out of the room, leaving Quinn alone.
Quinn couldn't stop thinking about her argument with Puck at school the next day. She wished her mom hadn't cut off ties with her. She couldn't talk to Puck's mom about this. When she tried talking to Miss Pillsbury, Miss Pillsbury had kept suggesting other people. The glee girls were meeting now to put together a number for the Madonna assignment, and since the guys were having a meeting of their own, maybe they'd be able to help. "Can I ask you guys something?" Quinn asked.
"Sure," Rachel said.
"The other night, Puck wanted to have sex, and I wasn't sure if I was ready," Quinn said. "He got really mad and stormed off. I was just wondering: is it normal to just not want to have sex? Is it possible to tell a guy and have them not get mad at you? I know we had sex once before, but we were drunk, and look what happened..."
"Do what I do: don't say no," Lauren interrupted. "Sex is awesome!"
Lauren did have a reputation for sleeping with any guy in the school who would sleep with her.
"What's the worst that can happen?" Brittany asked before looking at Quinn.
"I don't think I can be much help," Rachel sighed. "The only guy I've had a serious relationship turned out to be using me as a beard..."
"Artie's fine with me not wanting to have sex," Mercedes said. "We still manage to have a good relationship."
"Well, that's a minority," Tina said. "I got used, too. Guys just don't care about our feelings."
Mr. Schue came in with a girl Quinn didn't recognize. "Hey, girls. This is Harmony St. James. She's a new freshman who just transferred here to McKinley from Carmel. She and her brother were on Vocal Adrenaline. Their parents are spending the winter in Bali, so they've temporarily moved in with their uncle who lives in this district..."
What was going on? Why would anyone from Vocal Adrenaline transfer to McKinley?
"Why is she here?" Rachel snapped.
"Rachel!" Mr. Schue gasped.
"Ah, you're Rachel, the one who wants my boyfriend," Harmony said. "Why would he want to date a girl as short as you with a big nose?"
Rachel looked upset. "Anyway," Harmony continued. "YOu guys should be glad my brother and I are here. He led Vocal Adrenaline to three national titles, and I know this year, we'll be co-MVPs at Nationals. None of you have what it takes."
"Harmony, these girls are very talented," Mr. Schue said.
"Please," Harmony interrupted. "The obese one can barely move. The black one sounds like she's yelling when she sings. The Hispanic one sounds constipated. The Asian one sounds like she has a cold. The tall blond one can dance, but her voice needs autotune. The short one's big nose is too distracting. And the blond slut..."
"Hey!" Mr. Schue interrupted. "These are your teammates now, Harmony. We're glad to have talented people like you and your brother here, but this is a team."
"We should get to vote on them," Rachel said.
"Your jealousy is so unattractive," Harmony said. "Finn wouldn't want to date a girl like you."
"This isn't about Finn," Rachel said. "I don't want someone who insults everyone here!"
Mr. Schue looked confused. "Girls, you were working on a Madonna number. Why don't you give Harmony an intro?"
"Yeah, you'd all probably make a great backup posse for me," Harmony said.
The girls had a feeling Rachel was right - this girl was bad news.
Down the hall, the boys sat in Mr. Schue's classroom to work on their own number for the assignment. Finn was surprised to see Harmony's brother Jesse come in. "What are you doing here?" Finn asked.
"Harmony and I go here now," Jesse said.
"Wait, he's your girlfriend's brother?" Puck asked Finn.
Finn didn't see this coming. "What, since when?"
"Since our parents are spending the winter in Bali, Harmony and I are staying with our uncle. So we're going here now," Jesse said. "I'm a star. You guys can learn from me."
"Oh, like we'll even get to do anything," Blaine said. "Mr. Schue's going to give you and your sister all the solos."
"Excuse me, who won Nationals MVP his first three years?" Jesse asked. "And she has my DNA. We deserve to be the leads. And we saw you at Sectionals. You guys are weak."
Finn already had a feeling he didn't like Jesse, and now he was even more sure. "Then if we're weak, why are you here?"
"Harmony knew that she saw something in you," Jesse said. "With our parents out of town, we had to move in with a relative. And since our uncle lives in Lima - why not go to McKinley so she can go to school with her dream guy?"
Finn was already feeling overwhelmed. He wasn't even sure if he was ready to declare Harmony his girlfriend. She moved so fast, she talked a lot... it was hard to keep up with her.
But if she was transferring schools to be with him - she must have seen something in him.
"Hey," Harmony said, coming up to Finn as he left the boys rehearsal. "Isn't it great? You and I go to school together now. So now we can be together all the time."
Finn managed a smile. "Yeah."
"Between you, me and my brother, we'll win Nationals for sure," Harmony added. "So, we're doing Madonna, and I'd like to do a number together..."
Finn looked ahead and saw Rachel looking sad. Part of him felt bad for her, but at the same time - she'd stayed with Kurt when she knew he wanted her. Why not give her a taste of her own medicine?
"That Rachel girl thinks she's really good," Harmony continued. "But she's not as good as me. No way would she even make Vocal Adrenaline."
Finn didn't like this. "Hey, Rachel's a good singer."
"Not as good as me," Harmony said. "When Jesse and I are playing the leads in shows on Broadway, just imagine... you'll be in the front row, cheering me on."
This was definitely too fast. They hadn't even known each other two weeks. Finn had to say something. "Harmony, I just met you. Isn't it a little early to make future plans?"
"I knew you were the one right away," Harmony said. "Why do you think I switched schools?" She stood up to kiss Finn.
Rachel remembered how she and Finn had first bonded. They'd led a song in glee club together. She was upset that Finn was dating another girl now, but maybe there was hope for them. They'd bonded with a duet before, maybe they could now.
Finn came into the choir room. "Hey."
"Hey," Rachel said. Seeing him made her a little sad. She didn't know why Harmony had transferred here. Her dads went on business trips a lot. At the same time, she couldn't help but be mad at herself. She'd stayed with Kurt when she knew something was going on there and that he was a platonic friend...
"You okay?" Finn asked.
"I just... now that Harmony's here, I'm worried I won't get to sing with you or spend as much time with you," Rachel said.
"Hey, we'll always be friends," Finn said, putting his arm around Rachel.
Rachel didn't think she could be upset with Finn after what happened. She was upset with Harmony and Jesse for transferring, sure, but most of all, she was upset with herself for turning Finn down. "Anyway, I put together a mashup for the Madonna assignment if you'd like to give it a try."
"Do you need to ask?" Finn asked as he sat down at the drums. He gave Rachel a half smile, making her hope that there was hope for them as he began playing.
Rachel: Something in the way you loved me won't let me be
I don't want to be your prisoner so baby won't you set me free
Stop playin' with my heart
Finish what you start
When you make my love come down
If you want me let me know
Baby, let it show
Honey, don't you fool around
Finn: Don't try to resist me
Open your heart to me, baby
I'll hold the lock and you hold the key
Rachel and Finn: Open your heart to me, darlin'
I'll give you love if you
Finn: You turn the key
Rachel and Finn: Something in your eyes is makin' such a fool of me (Finn: You're making me, you're making such a fool of me)
I see you on the street and you walk on by (Finn: You're on the street I see when you're walking by)
When you hold me in your arms
You love me till I just can't see (Finn: Ohh, Woah)
So you choose to look the other way
Well I've got something to say...
Open your heart to me, baby
I'll hold the lock and you hold the key
Open your heart to me, darlin'
I'll give you love if you, you turn the key (Finn: Open your heart I'll make you love me)
I'll hold the lock and you hold the key
Open your heart to me, darlin'
I'll give you love if you, you turn the key (Finn: Ohh ohh ohh)
Open your heart with the key
At the end of the song, Finn smiled up at Rachel. "That was good."
"Yeah," Rachel said. She'd enjoyed the looks they'd given each other - but she couldn't do that when he was with someone.
Little did Finn and Rachel know, Harmony and Jesse had seen them perform. "Who does she think she is?" Harmony snapped.
"I don't know what you see in him," Jesse told his sister. "He dances like a zombie that has to poop."
"Well, he is their lead," Harmony said. "And if we're going to get done what we came here to get done, we need to get inside them."
"That's true," Jesse said. "God, this is no Vocal Adrenaline. That Schuester guy doesn't know what he's doing..."
"You already have a full ride to UCLA," Harmony reminded her brother. "And I can just transfer back to Carmel when all this is over. Everyone makes mistakes in their career, and this is ours. I just wish that hobbit wasn't hitting so much on my man..."
"Well, maybe I could get her to leave him alone," Jesse said. "Come on, we did our research of this school. I was the only freshman in the history of show choir to win MVP at Nationals. We know she's attracted to power. Maybe if I did some work on her, she'd stay away from Finn."
"I like the way you think," Harmony said.
Rachel had enjoyed singing with Finn again, but had a feeling that wouldn't be happening much in the future. Now that Harmony was here, she was sure she'd claim him. Then her thoughts were interrupted when Jesse came up to her locker. "Hi Rachel."
"Hi Jesse," Rachel said. Jesse had just transferred, but Rachel already wished he'd transfer back. He was even worse than Harmony, if possible, constantly putting down every member of New Directions, obsessing over Broadway and showtunes, criticizing the song choices, having a holier than thou attitude... not to mention she hated looking at his hair.
"So, I heard you have your eye on my sister's man," Jesse said.
What was Rachel supposed to say to that? "Don't worry."
"You are such a liar," Jesse said. "Anyway, he's not going to break up with my sister. But I must admit, as nasally as you sound and as annoying as those faces you make when you sing are, you are very pretty, and you're a good singer. You have the potential to be almost as good as my sister and me."
Had Jesse actually complimented her? Rachel didn't think he was capable of that. "Well, thanks."
"So I was thinking, want to go out with me tomorrow night?" Jesse asked.
"I'm sorry, I'm not interested in dating now," Rachel said. She especially didn't want to date someone like Jesse.
"I know you want to date Finn and it's not going to happen," Jesse said. "So why don't you go out with me?"
"Because you're a jackass," Rachel said.
"Oh, cocky," Jesse said.
Rachel had to admit - maybe dating another guy was what she needed to make Finn see that he wanted to be with her. "I'll give it a try."
Puck had been thinking about his fight with Quinn the other night a lot. As stressful as this situation was, he was sure he loved Quinn and their baby and that he wanted to keep the baby and raise her with Quinn. Sure, in the past, he'd slept around with cougars, but if he did keep that baby, he couldn't do that. He'd have an example to set for her.
Quinn came into Puck's bedroom. "Hey. You wanted to talk?"
"Yeah," Puck said. "I've been thinking a lot about the other night and what I did wasn't okay. Sure, I've been with a lot of girls and had a lot of hookups, but I saw something special in you right away and realized you were more than a hookup. I'm sorry for the way I acted. You deserve better."
Quinn looked surprised. "Really?"
"Yeah," Puck said. "I'm really sorry, Quinn. You and our daughter don't deserve that. I really hope you'll give me another chance. I haven't flirted or hooked up with anyone else since I found out you were pregnant..."
"Really?" Quinn asked.
"Really," Puck said. "I don't want to be dating a bunch of girls at once anymore. I want you to be the only girl in my life."
"Thank you," Quinn said, hugging Puck. "I do appreciate what you've done for me ever since... you know."
"Of course," Puck said. "And I promise - I won't ask about sex again. When you're ready, you can come to me."
Rachel's date with Jesse had been the worst date ever.
He'd wanted to go to a music store and perform a bunch of songs for the auditions at UCLA. If Jesse had won MVP three times, Rachel wondered what the other singers at Nationals had been like... he sounded constipated, his breathwork was terrible and he managed to sound smug even when he was singing. Rachel hoped for Finn's sake that Harmony wasn't too much like her brother.
After going to the music store, Rachel and Jesse went back to her house. Of course, he'd wanted to sing even more showtunes there, and as much as Rachel hated the idea of kissing him, she was so relieved when he wanted to take a break and make out, she didn't object.
After a bit of making out, Jesse said, "We should do it."
"It?" Rachel asked.
"Yeah, totally. Haven't you ever done it before?" Jesse asked.
"No," Rachel said.
"You'll be fine, it's no big deal," Jesse said.
"I don't want to," Rachel said. She wanted to save herself for Finn.
"Don't be a prude," Jesse said.
"I want my first time to be special," Rachel said. "This is only our first date... I want to wait for the right person."
Jesse pulled away. "Finn isn't going to leave my sister for you. You have something really great being offered to you. I've won three MVP titles and I got a full ride to UCLA."
"You are so full of yourself, I can't stand it," Rachel said. "Maybe it has nothing to do with Finn that I didn't want to go out with you. Maybe it's just that you're a living piece of trash. Maybe that has something to do with it."
Jesse looked shocked. "What did you call me?"
"The point is, maybe I want to have sex with a guy for the first time who loves ME, not a guy who just loves himself and winning and fame," Rachel said. "Get the fuck out of my house."
"We don't need to have sex if it upsets you so much," Jesse said.
"No, I don't want to date a guy who just uses me for arm candy," Rachel said. "Kurt may have been using me as a beard, but at least I could tell he genuinely liked me. Get out of my house."
"Rachel..." Jesse began.
"Get. Out," Rachel repeated.
"Come on, Finn," Harmony said as they lay on her bed in her uncle's house. "I've been fantasizing about this forever."
Finn didn't feel right doing this. He'd wanted to break up with Harmony, but he felt like he couldn't after she'd transferred schools so she could be with him. "I'm not ready for sex."
"You're not the one who has to worry about getting pregnant," Harmony said. "I am, and I have protection. I'm not Quinn."
Finn wasn't even sure if he liked Harmony enough for sex. "I just... I'm not ready for that yet."
"What do you mean?" Harmony asked. "I'm hot and talented..."
"Harmony, I need to go," Finn said, leaving the house as he heard Harmony calling things after him. As soon as he got outside, he called Rachel. "I was about to call you," Rachel said as Finn answered the phone.
Finn noticed that Rachel sounded upset. "Are you okay?"
"Jesse was trying to pressure me to have sex and when I said no, he made me really uncomfortable," Rachel said.
Finn hadn't even known Rachel was dating Jesse. "What? That's insane. I'm sorry, Rachel. But since when are you two dating?"
"Well, he asked me out recently," Rachel said. "It was a big mistake and the worst date ever. If I don't want to have sex, then that's my choice."
"Of course," Finn said. "Harmony started throwing a diva fit when I didn't want to have sex..." He had to admit, he was glad that Rachel hadn't gone through with sex with Jesse.
"You know, you can break up with her," Rachel told Finn. "You have other options."
Finn knew what Rachel meant. And he wished he could act on one of those other options. But after what Harmony had done for him, he couldn't. "I can't, Rachel. She transferred schools for me... it would be kind of a dick move for me to dump her after she changed her whole life for me."
"I know I haven't made the best choices, but I promise I'd never hurt you," Rachel said. "If there was one thing I could change, it would be that I would have broken up with Kurt and gotten with you..."
"I'm sorry, Rachel," Finn said. "I can't." He hung up the phone, wishing that he could.