Well, here's chapter 13. I hope you enjoy it. The song used in this chapter is where the story title comes from. I hope you enjoy this chapter - comment if I should continue. Chapter 2 of my other fanfic should be up tonight. :)

Chapter 13: Beyond The Stars

Rachel could never see herself doing this.

Taking a deep breath, she logged onto Princeton's website and officially withdrew. She then went to the OSU website and officially declared herself an OSU student. She was officially registered. She'd selected her classes, signed an apartment lease online.

It was now that it hit her. Her lifelong dream of being on Broadway was now most definitely not going to happen. She hadn't imagined that there would be a time when Broadway was absolutely out of the picture. True, it wasn't exactly what she wanted with her life anymore, but getting rid of something that had been a major part of her life for so long was hard. There were other things she could do with her life related to music. She could coach a Glee club of her own. She'd helped Mr. Schue select a set list for Regionals and that had been fun. The theme for the Regional competition was "getting through a dark time," and Rachel had selected three under the radar songs for New Directions to sing. Watching them could be somewhat painful at times, but at the same time, she had to remind herself that her time was up.

This weekend Finn would be coming home and they would go to Regionals together to see the underclassmen perform. They would also be doing more planning for their wedding. However, Rachel wasn't sure if she wanted to go to Regionals. Seeing all the high school kids on stage would remind her of everything she gave up for herself. She'd most likely never sing on a stage again.

Rachel felt a tap on her shoulder. She turned around to see Finn standing there. "BOO!" Finn shouted.

Rachel jumped. "FINN!"

Finn laughed. "You said I can just let myself in."

"I guess you're right about that," Rachel said. "I meant it when I said that. I just - wasn't expecting you."

"So I'm not allowed to come surprise my fiancee?" Finn asked. "Don't you want to see me?"

Rachel sighed. "I do. I always love seeing you, Finny. I'm just kind of sad right now."

Finn picked Rachel up and put her on couch and sat next to her. "What's going on?"

Rachel looked down. "I withdrew from Princeton officially. I won't be close to Broadway. I guess now we know that for sure it isn't going to happen. I guess I always knew, deep down, that it wouldn't happen, but now that it's set in stone..."

Finn put his arms around Rachel and started stroking her hair. "Rachel... I really don't know what to say to you. I feel like I might say the wrong thing."

Rachel buried her face in Finn's chest. "Go ahead and say it."

Finn gave Rachel a kiss. "First of all, let me tell you that I hope when I say this, I hope you don't think I don't love you. Rachel, I think you're the most beautiful, talented, sweetest person I know. But at the same time, there's so much more to life than Broadway. This is for the best for us. Even when you were at Princeton, close to New York, there was no guarantee you'd get on Broadway. As you've told me multiple times, you were MISERABLE at Princeton."

Rachel looked up at Finn. "You're right about that."

Finn nodded. "And when you're here with me, look at you. Look at US. We're so happy. You're part of something special. And it makes you special. Fame doesn't mean you're special and not being famous doesn't mean you're not special. We ARE something special. Rachel and Finn. Finchel."

Rachel smiled at Finn. Finn collapsed onto Rachel's lap, his head close to her chest. "I can hear your heart beat."

"It's beating because I'm with you," Rachel said. "My heart ONLY beats for you." She reached down and began running her her fingers through Finn's hair.

"That feels so good," Finn said. "I don't even want to be with anyone but you."

Rachel leaned down and kissed Finn's forehead. "I don't want to be with anyone but you."

Finn sat up and gave Rachel a kiss on the cheek. "There are other things you could do with your life that involve music, Rach. You could coach a glee club of your own."

"You're right about that," Rachel said.

"And if you don't feel totally better yet, I think I know how to make you feel better," Finn said.

"Really?" Rachel asked.

Finn nodded and got out a binder. "It's my Finchel wedding countdown binder. I have all the stuff we know about the wedding in here. Every time I feel down, I just look through this and get excited for the wedding."

Rachel smiled and began looking through the binder. The list of songs they wanted to use, photos of the venue, photos of potential decorations, the menu, designs to be considered for the bridesmaids and ushers, it was all in there.

Rachel leaned in and gave Finn a kiss. "I can't wait for our wedding!"

Finn laughed. "I knew that would help! We have a Finchel wedding and a life together to look forward to!"

Rachel really did feel better. As long as she had Finn, she didn't need being a star.

x

That weekend, Finn and Rachel returned to the auditorium they'd been to three times for Regionals, sang two duets together, got together for the first time. As the New Directions took the stage, Rachel whispered to Finn to listen carefully to the duet. She thought it was the perfect song for her and Finn. As Jake and Kylie took the stage, Finn pulled Rachel in close to him.

Jake: Here in the night

Just you and me

In all of the world

You're all I see

If we could fly away

Together we'll fly someday

And be who we are

Somewhere beyond the stars

Kylie: If I had the words

To say how I feel

Somehow, someday

These dreams would be real

When I fly so far and free

I want you right next to me

To find who we are

Somewhere beyond the stars

Jake: If we made a wish

It might come true tonight

Kylie: Just listen to the dreams in your heart

Hold them and wish them with all your might

Both: And maybe someday

We'll know how close we are

Love is waiting there

Beyond the stars

Jake: And maybe someday

Kylie: We'll know how close we are

Both: Love is waiting there

Beyond the stars

We can find our way

Beyond the stars

"I swear, that song was written for us," Finn whispered to Rachel. "How come we never did it in Glee?"

"I heard it on the radio and when I heard the theme for Regionals, I looked it up. It's a great song," Rachel whispered as the New Directions began their second song.

Jake: Baby girl, close your eyes.

You don't know the strength you have inside

If I could I'd shelter you from all the pain that we all must go through

But it's up to you.

Kylie: The road is long – it twists and turns

But everything in life you live and learn

No one ever said that life was easy or that all in love is fair

But look inside your heart you'll find the answer waiting there

New Directions: If you ever lose your way

You don't have to be afraid

Look inside to find a friend

Who'll be with you 'til the end

Many different roads to choose

Searching for the strength to make it through

But it was always there in you

Hannah and Johnny: Hopes can fail and dreams can fade

Rain can fall down on your big parade

Natalie and Will: Maybe love will take your heart or break your heart

There are no guarantees

Alex and Kayla: But love will always find you when you just believe

New Directions: If you ever lose your way

You don't have to be afraid

Look inside to find a friend

Who'll be with you 'til the end

Many different roads to choose

Searching for the strength to make it through

But it was always there in you

Zach and Carly: The strength you're longing to find

You know it's true

Andrew and Erin: It was there all the time

If you stand stronger, work harder, reach for the sky

Jake and Kylie: I know you will eventually fly

New Directions: If you ever lose your way

You don't have to be afraid

Look inside to find a friend

Who'll be with you 'til the end

Many different roads to choose

Searching for the strength to make it through

But it was always there

It was always there

It was always there…in you.

"You put together an amazing setlist," Finn whispered to Rachel as the final song began.

Jake: Think about the love inside the strength of heart

Think about the heroes saving life in the dark

Climbing higher through the fire

Time was running out

Never knowing you weren't going to be coming down alive

Johnny: But you still came back for me

You were strong and you believed

Boys: Everything is gonna be alright

Everything is gonna be alright

Everything is gonna be alright

Be strong believe

Girls: Be strong believe

Will: Think about the chance I never had to say

Thank you for giving up your life that day

Andrew: Never fearing only hearing voices calling out

Let it all go the life that you know

Boys: Just to bring them down alive

Girls: And you still came back for me

You were strong and you've believed

New Directions: Everything is gonna be alright

Everything is gonna be alright

Everything is gonna be alright

Be strong believe

Everything is gonna be alright

Everything is gonna be alright

Everything is gonna be alright

Be strong believe

Boys: Wanna hold my wife when I get home

Wanna tell the kids they'll never know

How much I love to see them smile

Wanna make a change right here right now

Wanna live a life like you somehow

Wanna make your sacrifice worthwhile

Boys: Everything is gonna be alright

Everything is gonna be alright

Everything is gonna be alright

Be strong believe

Girls: Everything is gonna be alright

Everything is gonna be alright

Everything is gonna be alright

Be strong believe

Jake and Kylie: Everything is gonna be alright

Everything is gonna be alright

Everything is gonna be alright

Be strong believe

New Directions: Everything is gonna be alright

Everything is gonna be alright

Everything is gonna be alright

Be strong believe

Finn kissed Rachel as the final song finished. "That was amazing! They're going to Nationals! You did a great job."

Rachel smiled at Finn. "You know, I'd LOVE to do this." They were so happy when they heard the New Directions would be going to Nationals in Los Angeles and they knew that this was the band they wanted for their wedding.

SONGS:
"Beyond The Stars" by Clark Anderson, sung by Jake Cirino and Kylie Nichols
"Always There In You" by the Valli Girls, sung by New Directions
"Believe" by Yellowcard, sung by New Directions