Bulletproof

Rachel ran into the bathroom for what felt like the millionth time this week, dripping in grape slushie. She washed her hair in the sink and put it in a side braid. Then she changed into one of the outfits that she always kept here.

"One more week," She thought to herself. It was one more week until school let out for summer. Apparently twelfth place at Nationals wasn't that great.

Rachel changed and then smoothed down her dark purple high-waisted cotton skirt and tucked in her white shirt. She slid her flats back on and looked at the mirror.

This was getting hard to take. Every single day at least once. She would say that it was alright because she had Finn. But she wasn't really sure. He was always distracted in that Finn way. He was never around when this happened. He ignored the signs when she was with him. Different clothes, wet hair, etc.

She wiped a tear away. She wasn't sure how much more she could take.

She walked into glee, putting on a show-face. She wouldn't show them how hurt she was. This glee club seemed to drag on and on. Santana made a special effort to let Rachel know that it was still her fault about losing Nationals. Then some other glee clubbers joined in, agreeing. Rachel decided not to even respond. She had a headache and couldn't concentrate. When the practice was finished Rachel was out of the room first.

"Hey, Rachel. Wait up," Finn said, catching up with her. Rachel let herself hope that he'd pick up on how upset she felt and would comfort her as a boyfriend should.

"Are you going out of town this weekend?" he asked. Rachel's hopes were crushed.

"Yeah. I'll see you later, Finn," Rachel said, walking away.

Why did he have to do this. She knew she loved him. She had pictured them together for so long. She got in her car, turned up the music full blast and drove home.


"Hello, sweetheart!" Leroy Berry said as Rachel walked into the front door.

"Hi Daddy," She said, kissing his cheek.

"How was your day? Oh," he said, seeing the still wet hair and different clothes. He got up and hugged her.

"One more week pumpkin," he said, "Also you have this trip to look forward to," Leroy said happily. Rachel smiled. She and her dads were flying to New York for the weekend. They were going to see a show. Most importantly to Rachel, she was going to see Shelby. She wanted to talk to her mother about all of this.


Rachel walked out of the airplane and looked around for hair like hers. Then she saw Shelby. She ran and hugged her mother.

Shelby was surprised; she hadn't expected Rachel to be this glad to see her. It made her smile.

Rachel bent down to Beth's level. She had golden ringlets and had Puck's hazel eyes.

"Hey, sweetie," Rachel said, picking Beth up. Shelby and her dad's were exchanging pleasantries. They all got a cab and made their way back to Shelby's apartment, which was very nice. Rachel sighed and fell back on her bed.

Shelby walked in and saw Rachel sprawled.

"What's wrong baby?" She asked, sitting down on the bed beside Rachel. Rachel looked at her then poured her heart out to her mother.

After she was done telling her mother everything she felt loads better. Shelby rubbed Rachel's back, opting to say nothing, knowing that the real thing Rachel had to do was vent.

Shelby stood up, grabbed Rachel's hand and pulled Rachel into her room.

"Let's get you ready for dinner," Shelby said.


Dinner that night was amazing. Shelby was funny and told the best stories. Rachel felt pretty in a simple black strapless dress that hugged her all over and black strappy heels. Her hair fell in loose waves down her back. She was stuffed afterward. She and Shelby stayed up late watching Funny Girl and eating ice cream. Rachel was happy.

Just before bed she decided to check her Facebook. She got on and commented on the glee-clubbers-that-didn't-hate-her's posts. Just then she saw some pictures. Her eyes widened and her breath caught. She clicked on them. There was a whole album taken last night. She started to cry.

Shelby came in to wish her daughter good night, but stopped when she saw Rachel crying at something on her laptop. Shelby walked over and saw the laptop. It was that Finn guy Rachel was dating. He was making out with and grinding with a blond girl, Quinn.

Shelby gently shut the laptop and wrapped her daughter in her arms and let her cry. Shelby rubbed her back and began playing with Rachel's hair as her daughter began to calm down. It was going to be a long weekend. She and Rachel and Shelby fell asleep like that. Hiram Berry turned down the lights and covered the two with a blanket.

Rachel sleepily opened her eyes and saw it was only six thirty. She rolled over and got up, waking Shelby.

The two quietly got dressed and walked to go get a coffee. They sat down and Rachel stared at her hands in her lap.

"All right baby, you have got to get over this boy. If he would go out and hurt you like that, he isn't worth your time," Shelby said, looking Rachel in the eyes.

"How?" Rachel asked.

"Sing," Shelby said quickly, "Show him exactly what he's missing." Rachel slowly smiled.

"I'll help you choreograph," Shelby said, eyes lighting up at the possibilities.


Rachel walked out into school Monday morning. She finished off the big can of Monster that she had, receiving many lectures about nutrition, had for breakfast and threw it in the garbage. She had major jet lag. Boys did double takes as she walked down the hall. She walked right passed an opened mouth Azimio, who had a slushy in his hands that she guessed was meant for her. She walked down the hall with a slight smile on her face, looking straight ahead.

She was wearing a dark grey tank top with a white camisole peeking out with some short jean shorts. She was wearing purple converse.

Rachel Berry had decided to stop being the innocent little girl who let herself get hurt by stupid Neanderthals. She walked to her first class, ignoring stares. She honestly didn't care. She plopped down and checked her phone and saw there was a text from Shelby.

Shelby: Good luck today!

Rachel: Thanks mom, I think it'll be great.

Shelby: I bet you got some stares this morning

Rachel: Just a few :)

Shelby: Beth says hi, I will talk to you later

"Miss Berry would you like to tell us about the engrossing conversation you are having?" Mr. Beck said. Rachel frowned. He was her least favorite teacher in the universe.

"Are you sure?" She asked raising her eyebrows, "These texts are kind of… sexy," She lied, smiling devilishly at the end. The class all collectively laughed. Mr. Beck was a certified prude. He blushed heavily.

"Well… Miss Berry, please put your phone away," he said and turned to write their assignment on the board. Rachel zoned out that whole lesson.

Rachel all but skipped to glee. She was so excited to do this. She had lingered at her locker, making sure that she would be last into glee. She walked in texting, as if she had all the time in the world.

"Rachel!" Finn said jumping and began defending himself and going on and on. Rachel just looked at him the whole time, letting him get it out. When he finished, she pointed to the chair he had just abandoned.

"Sit," She said bossily. Finn's eyebrow furrowed. She raised her eyebrows. He sighed and sat down.

She turned to Quinn.

"Thank you," she said to Quinn, whose eyes widened, "You made me realize just how stupid Finn was. It wasn't just this that made me mad. He's just not a very good boyfriend. I hope we can become friends soon."

She turned to Finn and smiled. She signaled the lead guitarist to start.

The band started and so did Rachel, doing the dance that Shelby and her had made up.

Been there, done that, messed around
I'm having fun, don't put me down
I'll never let you sweep me off my feet
I won't let you in again
The messages I tried to send
My information's just not going in

I'm burning bridges shore to shore
I break away from something more
I'm not turned off to love until it's cheap
Been there, done that, messed around
I'm having fun, don't put me down
I'll never let you sweep me off my feet

She circled the chair Finn was in

This time baby,
I'll be, bulletproof
This time baby,
I'll be, bulletproof

She managed to land the flip that she'd been nervous about. She got a couple cheers.

I won't let you turn around
And tell me now I'm much too proud
To walk away from something when it's dead
Do, do, do, your dirty words
Come out to play when you are hurt
There are certain things that should be left unsaid

Tick, tick, tick, tick on the watch
And life's too short for me to stop
Oh, baby, your time is running out
I won't let you turn around
And tell me now I'm much too proud
All you do is fill me up with doubt

Britney, who had understood the main dance and had it down, got up and joined Rachel, and so did Santana.

This time baby,
I'll be, bulletproof
This time baby,
I'll be, bulletproof

Rachel would do a move and then Santana and Britney would echo it back, until they all did the dance all together.

This time baby,
I'll be, bulletproof
This time baby,
I'll be, bulletproof

This time...I'll be...bulletproof

This time...I'll be...bulletproof

This time baby,
I'll be, bulletproof
This time baby,
I'll be, bulletproof

This time baby,
I'll be, bulletproof
This time baby,
I'll be, bulletproof

Rachel ended right in front of Finn, breathing hard.

She looked at Quinn.

"He's all yours," Rachel said. She looked back at Finn, and winked at him. She walked over and sat Indian style by Kurt. He nodded at her and gave her a high five.


Rachel got home and sighed happily. She did it! She had gotten over Finn. She went and helped her dad with dinner. At dinner, her dads kept looking at each other, as if they were trying hard to contain themselves. Rachel took a drink of water.

"Alright. What are you guys so excited about?" She asked looking back and forth between them.

"We are staying in New York for most of the summer!" Leroy burst out.

"What?" Rachel all but yelled.

Hiram smiled at his husband and daughter.

"We found out that we were needed there for work this summer. We told Shelby this and she said to bring you along and that you could stay with her. Shelby helps out at a Julliard summer thing and she wanted to sign you up."

Rachel squealed and got up and hugged both of her dads. She went to go call Shelby. She saw that she had a text.

Jesse: I hear you're coming to New York. Cu soon ;)


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