Use Somebody

Rachel walked into Shelby's apartment, hardly able to contain her joy. Her father's had decided to stay in a hotel and she was back in New York, the city of her dreams. She went to her room and unpacked.

Shelby was at work. She worked in a music store that sold sheet music and musical instruments. It had recently opened and was doing amazingly well.

Rachel finished and wandered around the apartment slowly. This was going to be her home for the next two and a half months. She decided that this summer would be for her. She was going to focus on music, since that's who she was. She was going to dance more and sing till she was hoarse. Rachel Berry was going to change for the better.

The next morning Rachel got up and dressed. She wore a silver tank top, a cropped black sleeveless vest over black silk shorts. She wore metallic purple Sperry Topsiders. Her hair fell in loose waves down her back.

Shelby made them breakfast and then, after dropping Beth off at daycare, the two went to Julliard for the summer camp. She was so excited. The two walked up and Rachel's eyes grew wide. This is where she saw herself when she finally got out of Lima. Among students that loved music as much as she did. There were about thirty kids in her group. Their counselors came in and Rachel rolled her eyes. She should have known that Jesse would be a counselor. He winked at her when he saw her, she smiled. He walked over.

"Why are you still here? I thought you'd have gone back to L.A. by now," Rachel said as he drew close enough to hear her.

He sat down in the chair beside her.

"I was planning on going back, but then I ran into a representative from here that had seen me perform several times with Vocal Adrenaline. She offered to show some videos to the admissions office and I accepted. They said I could come here next year and I decided that going here would be better for me," Jesse said.

Rachel was about to talk more when the camp director quieted the group.

"Thank you all for coming to Julliard's summer camp for future students. Here we hope to instill an even greater love of music and dance in you. You are here to both show us what you've got and to improve. Now follow Miss Shelby Corcoran to the auditorium please. Rachel got up and walked with Jesse.

"Are you with Finn?" Jesse asked. Rachel smiled inwardly, that was something she liked about Jesse. He always got to the point.

"I broke up with him. He cheated on me. He has never really cared about my feelings and I decided that I had had enough," Rachel said.

Jesse nodded, not letting on how happy he was that Rachel had taken Finn out of her life. Rachel told Jesse about how she sang Bulletproof to him and he laughed and nodded in approval. "Do you think we could have another chance?"

Rachel shook her head sadly and parted with him as he and the other counselors went up on stage with Shelby. She sat down next to a shy looking boy, with dark hair and gorgeous turquoise eyes, smiling kindly at him, wondering what he did musically. She looked around at the others. She could tell some of the other girls were dancers, they were tall and lithe. Shelby then began.

"I want each and every one of you to understand exactly what music means specifically to you. At the end of this camp you are going to perform, by yourself or with other campers in our first camp show. We have a number of celebrities and alumni attending. Your job is to show them that this school has a bright future filled with turning out future stars. You have the full use of our facilities and equipment. Both I and the rest of the counselors are available for advice. In the meantime, the first activity is a duet. Look to the person on your left. That is your partner. You have two hours to plan and then we will all perform for each other," Shelby said, and then walked out the door.

Rachel turned towards the boy.

"Hi. I'm Rachel Berry," She said.

"James Richards," James, the shy boy, said back.

"What do you play?"

"Well my big thing is guitar. I can do backup vocals and harmonization pretty well. What do you do?" He asked quietly.

"Basically singing and dancing, but I don't think we should dance," she said, looking around, "everybody is up and choreographing."

"Do you have song ideas? I have a few." She said. He nodded and the two stood up and went to work by themselves in the hall. James got his guitar and the two of them fooled around with different songs until they decided on one.

Rachel really liked James. He was really shy and was very talented and seemed like a great friend. She watched in amazement as he played the guitar. He was unbelievable. They practiced well together, both losing themselves in the quiet song. Rachel could help but marvel at how good looking he was.

"Alright, we have, like five minutes left," Rachel said, standing up and offering James a hand up.

"Hey, do you want to go out with me and some friends tonight? We go to this karaoke club all the time," he asked, hopefully. Rachel was stumped, was this a date?

He saw the hesitation on her face.

"Not as a date," he said, blushing, "just as friends."

"I'd love to go," she said smiling back. The two walked in and sat down. She had a feeling she'd just made a great friend and companion for the summer.

Rachel walked up on stage with James after sitting through tons of dance numbers with CD's and minimal singing. Their number was the exact opposite. Acoustic and sweet and still.

James plugged his guitar in and clipped a mike on so he could back Rachel up. She grabbed a regular microphone and the two walked to center stage, both on stools.

James started playing, closing his eyes, immediately lost in the song. He backed Rachel up, singing quietly behind Rachel's clear voice.

(Rachel, Rachel with James backup)

OhOhOhOhOh

OhOhOhOhOh

OhOhOhOhOh

Rachel held the mike close to her lips and closed her eyes, delivering a soft sound that managed to sound clear and vulnerable.

I've been roaming around
Always looking down at all I see
Painted faces fill the places I can't reach

She opened her eyes and looked up at the ceiling, not even noticing or caring that everybody was transfixed by her.

You know that I could use somebody
You know that I could use somebody

She closed her eyes

Someone like you
And all you know
And how you speak
Countless lovers undercover of the street

Rachel and James were both very into the music. Rachel's voice seemed otherworldly and James' fingers moved smoothly and played amazingly

You know that I could use somebody
You know that I could use somebody
Someone like you

OhOhOhOhOh

OhOhOhOhOh

OhOhOhOhOh

She wasn't sure who she was singing to. She thought for a second and realized she was singing to the person that she'd eventually meet and fall in love with. She wanted the perfect person. Not people that she settled for.

Off in the night
While you live it up I'm off to sleep
Waging wars to shape the poet and the beat

Rachel allowed some rasp into her voice, shutting her eyes tight

I hope it's gonna make you notice
I hope it's gonna make you notice

Someone like me
Someone like me
Someone like me
Somebody

I'm ready I'm ready

I'm ready I'm ready

OhOhOhOhOh

Someone like you
Somebody
Someone like you
Somebody
Someone like you
Somebody

James stopped and let Rachel sing without music to end the song

I've been roaming around
Always looking down at all I see.

Rachel felt a tear fall from her eyes as she looked up from singing the last note. She wiped it off and grabbed James hand giving it a squeeze and mouthing "thank you". They stood up and turned to the still-speechless group of people.

Shelby looked at Rachel, fiercely proud of her baby. She had managed to connect to the song so deeply, while none of the other people had. Also the boy that had played with her was spectacular. She stood up and began to clap by herself. Soon everybody joined in with envious looks.

Rachel ran out of Shelby's apartment, carrying her jacket and purse in her arms. She saw James smiling face and got in a cab with him.

"Everybody's gonna meet us at the club. You look nice," James said, smiling at her.

Rachel smiled back. She had on dressy high-waisted grey shorts with a floaty white tank top tucked in. She had bright purple wedges underneath. Her hair was in a messy braid down her back.

"So do you," She said. He really did. She couldn't stop looking into his beautiful eyes.

"We were amazing earlier," Rachel said. He smiled and nodded.

"So what's the deal with the karaoke place?" Rachel asked him.

"It opened about a year ago. It's the place to go to showplace yourself. Basically you tell the band what to play and they play it. Tons of Julliard kids go there. People say that talent scouts, casting directors, and agents frequent the place,"

"Are you going to perform?" Rachel asked.

"Yes. Will you?" he asked raising his eyebrows.

"Of course," she said, smiling widely.

Rachel walked into the club and loved the place. It was buzzing with people.

She smiled and was led by James to the open mike sheet where she signed both of them up. He then led her to where his friends were waiting.

He introduced them all and they seemed friendly enough. He explained to her that he spent summers here in New York with his dad and went to school while staying at his mom's house. He was called up for his performance before he could finish. He went up with a couple of his friends, who were going to back him up. He grabbed his mike. Rachel was surprised that he didn't use his guitar. She smiled when she heard what he was playing and ran out on the dance floor with a bunch of his friends to dance.

We'll be young forever
We'll be young forever

We can be like prisoners, yeah
And we can be alone
We can make a mess like no one knows
And risk it on our own

Spendin' the money that we don't have
Cause we don't care, no-oh
Livin' like kings with broken strings
And our face down to the floor

Rachel loved his onstage energy. He was everwhere, interacting with every member of the band.

Livin' with our headphones up
We've got sound and that's enough
Nobody can touch us
And we run and we run and we run

Hey, hey, we'll be young forever
We'll be young forever 'til forever stops
We're singing
Hey hey we'll be young forever
Tonight will last forever 'til our bodies drop
We can run through the night
Write our name up in the sky
got the music on our side
Ain't no body gonna catch us singin'

Hey hey we'll be young forever
On the world forever and we'll never stop

Rachel closed her eyes and danced, feeling his eyes on her, she opened them and smiled at him then resumed dancing.

Look at us look at us we'll take the whole world by surprise
Million dollar mindset in place, you can see it in our eyes
Everything here is ours to take so come and take your side

Livin' like kings with broken strings
And the beats so synthesized

We can turn the speakers up
Cause we've got sound and that's enough
Nobody can touch us
And we run and we run and we run

Hey, hey, we'll be young forever
We'll be young forever 'til forever stops

We're singing
Hey, hey, we'll be young forever
Tonight will last forever 'til our bodies drop

We can run through the night
Write our name up in the sky
Got the music on our side
Ain't nobody gonna catch us singin'

Hey, hey, we'll be young forever
On the run forever and we'll never stop

As it slowed he slid forward on his knees, stood up, and did a backflip.

We're gonna rule the world, tonight
The beat of the drums keeps us alive

He landed the flip and everybody cheered.

Tonight will last forever 'til our bodies drop…

Hey, hey, we'll be young forever
we'll be young forever 'til forever stops

We're singin'
Hey, hey, we'll be young forever
Tonight will last forever 'til our bodies drop

We can run through the night
Write our name up in the sky
We can run, run, run away
Ain't nobody gonna catch us singing

Hey, hey, we'll be young forever
On the run forever and we'll never stop

Run, run, run away
We can run, run, run away

Rachel jumped up along with everybody else to clap for him. He smiled shyly and made his way back to Rachel and the rest the group. He sat by her.

"That was great," Rachel said smiling up at him. Then they called her name. She got up to the stage. As she was going up she saw Jesse walk in and smirk at her.

She walked up determined and told the band what she wanted and they began.

She took a deep breath and began, looking Jesse deep in the eyes.

I'm on the doorstep with my key turned in the door,
Walk the livin room and you're side on my floor

She closed her eyes, remembering what Jesse had done to her and felt mad about how he all of the sudden expected her to come back to him.

My heart is achin and I've never felt this bad
I pinch myself to check that all of this is real
Keep thinkin I'm not lettin on I feel this sad
Then you've got the cheek to ask me how I feel

And I say

Absolutley nothing, I'm absolutley fine
Absolutely nothing you can say to change my mind
Absolutely nothing, I'm absolutely fine
Absolutely nothing you can say to change my mind

Rachel closed her eyes and felt the music

I know that you just want to see me get upset
My world turned upside down so what did you expect?

My heart is achin and I've never felt this bad
I pinch myself to check that all of this is real
Keep thinkin I'm not lettin on I feel this sad
Then you've got the cheek to ask me how I feel

And I say

Absolutley nothing, I'm absolutley fine
Absolutely nothing you can say to change my mind
Absolutely nothing, I'm absolutely fine
Absolutely nothing you can say to change my mind

You've seen me cry, too many times
But not this time, no, not this time
I don't need you, to help me through
I'll be just fine, I'll be just fine

And I say

Absolutley nothing, I'm absolutley fine
Absolutely nothing you can say to change my mind
Absolutely nothing, I'm absolutely fine
Absolutely nothing you can say to change my mind

She finished and everybody clapped and cheered.

Rachel smiled and bowed then walked over to James, who sat down with her at an empty table
"So, I'm guessing that song was to that Jesse guy," James said, with a slight smile.

"Um, yes. Sophomore year I met him…" Rachel found herself telling the whole story to him.

"Then now that Finn and I are over he expects me to come running back to him. This summer is about having fun and getting more into music," Rachel said.

James looked down at the table then back at her, stunning her with his eyes.

"I was wondering if, maybe, you might want have some of that fun… with me," he said with a small smile.

Rachel smiled and grabbed one of his hands and nodded. Just then a couple of James' friends got on stage and began singing Give Me Everything by Pitbull. Rachel laughed and pulled James out to the floor and they were quickly surrounded by other kids. They danced and Rachel was happy to see Jesse was a great dancer. Later the two walked to Rachel's apartment, ten blocks away, enjoying the warm night. They held hands. As they got to the steps that led into Rachel's building. Rachel got up on the first step while he stayed on the ground.

"Bye," she whispered.

"Can I kiss you?" she asked.

Rachel nodded and they leaned forward together. The kiss was both passionate but gentle. She'd never been kissed like this. He put his hand on Rachel's cheek. After a minute he pulled back and smiled.

"See you tomorrow, Rachel," and walked off, hailing a cab. Rachel sighed and walked in. This was going to be a great summer.

OK all yalls who wanted St. Berry… DON'T YELL AT ME!

I fell in love with James and decided I wanted to give Rachel what I think is her perf boyfriend. The whole point of this is her discovering who she is and her potential and not settling for people who wanna change her. Nuff said

The Use Somebody performance was kind of based off the Paramore version

Young Forever was to show James' love of life

Absolutely Nothing… well PM me if you didn't get that

I do not own any of that; Kings of Leon, The Ready Set and Lily Allen do.

I'm gonna do a couple more summer chapters. Eventually senior year will start and the club will get to meet the new Rachel

Tell me what you think! Reviews are like SNL skits! Ah-mazing!