Sorry it took me so long to update! School has been VERY overwhelming this semester. I promise I'll try my best to stick to updating at least twice a week (both stories). As soon as I post this I'll get to work on the next chapter of my other story.
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Chapter 2: Grief
The police officers stood in the foyer of Rachel's house as Rachel's tears fell and she looked at Kurt. "What am I supposed to do now?"
"Would you like to see your dads?" the policeman asked.
Rachel nodded. "Can my friend come with me?"
"Of course he can," the policeman said.
Rachel took a seat in the front of Kurt's car as they followed the police car across town to the hospital. It was almost totally silent, when Kurt suddenly said to Rachel, "Should we call Finn?"
"Let's wait until we get back to the house," Rachel said, feeling ready to cry again. "Kurt, what's going to happen to me?
"Just come to our house for a few days," Kurt said. "I'm sure they'll figure something out."
Rachel and Kurt arrived at the hospital and the police officers led them into the room where Hiram and Leroy's bodies had been taken. It looked like the bodies had been cleaned off, but it still made Rachel sick to see her fathers dead. She wished she'd had an opportunity to thank them for loving her so much, for always thinking she was so special, for giving her all those singing and dancing and acting lessons... after looking for a little, Rachel squeezed Kurt's hand and whispered, "Can we go home now?"
"Of course," Kurt said. "Want me to call my dad and Finn's mom, or should I wait until we get back to the house to tell them?"
"Tell them at the house," Rachel sighed. They drove silently to the Hudson-Hummel house, where Burt and Carole were in the living room.
"Hi Kurt, hi Rachel," Carole said. "I thought you two were going to sleep over at Rachel's tonight…"
Rachel remembered their original plans and having seen her dads so excited about her and Kurt exploring possibilities for New York. With that, she collapsed to the ground in tears.
Burt and Carole ran over. "Kurt, what happened?" Burt asked.
Kurt put his arms around Rachel. "Rachel's dads were in a car accident. They're both dead."
"Oh no," Carole whispered.
Rachel struggled to breathe, but managed to speak. "I don't know where to go, or what to do. My dads' families hate them, they don't accept their lifestyle. I'm all alone in the world now…" Then she realized something. "Where's Finn?"
"He's at Noah's house," Carole said.
"Can you call him?" Rachel asked.
"Of course, dear," Burt said. He picked up his cell phone. "Finn, you need to come home immediately." "Don't ask any questions, just come home."
Five minutes later, Finn came running through the front door. "I drove above the speed limit… what happened?"
He seemed to notice Rachel. "Rachel? What's going on?"
Carole looked at Finn. "Rachel's dads were killed in a car accident this evening."
Finn gasped and ran over to Rachel, taking her in his arms. Rachel threw her arms around her boyfriend's neck and began sobbing louder and harder than ever.
"I've got you," Finn said quietly.
"We'll leave you two here," Burt said. "Kurt, please put sheets on the bed in the guest room."
"Okay," Kurt said, going upstairs. "Rachel, want me to call the Glee club and tell them what happened?"
Rachel nodded and buried her face in Finn's chest.
"Why, Finn?" Rachel sobbed. "Everything was so good and now this happens."
"I wish there was something I could say or do to make you feel better," Finn whispered.
"Just hold me and don't let go," Rachel sobbed.
Finn tightened his grip and kissed Rachel on the cheek. "I love you so much."
"I love you more," Rachel said.
Finn heard his phone go off, but he ignored it. All he wanted to do right now was hold Rachel.
"I'm sorry," Rachel said.
"What are you sorry for?" Finn asked, kissing Rachel's tear streaked cheek.
"I…. I feel like such… like I'm ruining your life!" Rachel sobbed. "First I was so stupid during our first time, then during Christmas I acted like a brat, now I've forced myself on you to move in…"
"Rachel, listen to me," Finn said. "I don't want you anywhere else right now."
"I wish… I never got to really say goodbye or to thank them!" Rachel said, breaking down crying again and burying her face in Finn's chest.
Finn didn't know what to say at this point.
Two hours later, Finn had helped Rachel into the guest bedroom, but felt guilty about her sleeping by herself under these circumstances. After about twenty minutes, he carried her into his room and lay her beside him in his big double bed. Practically all night, she was crying. He did all he could, but knew that ultimately, nothing could help. When she finally fell asleep, he just watched her sleep, wanting to be there if she woke up. He saw her phone vibrating and picked it up. "Hello?"
"Isn't this Rachel Berry's phone?" a woman's voice on the other end asked.
"Well… yes," Finn said. "Rachel's asleep. I'm her boyfriend, Finn Hudson."
"Finn," the voice said. "This is Shelby Corcoran, Rachel's mother."
"Oh, hi," Finn said.
"Mr. Schuester called and told me about Rachel's dads," Shelby said. "I was just wondering how she is."
"She's doing okay, I guess," Finn said. "She's at my house now."
"What's going to happen to her, is she just living at your house?" Shelby asked. "Because I am her mother…"
"She's just staying here right now, I'm not sure where she'll end up," Finn said. "We'll see."
"Tell her I'm here for her," Shelby said.
"I will, thank you Ms. Corcoran," Finn said. He hung up the phone. It was true that Shelby was Rachel's mother, but Rachel had been hurt pretty badly when Shelby told her it was too late for a relationship with Rachel, even though Rachel still felt she needed her mother, then adopted a baby, making Rachel feel replaced. Finn decided not to tell Rachel about the phone call from Shelby. He tried to stay awake, but eventually, he too fell asleep, with Rachel in his arms.
The next morning the members of New Directions were called to an emergency meeting at Mr. Schuester's house. Rachel didn't go to the meeting and Finn stayed with her at the Hudson-Hummel house, but everyone else was required to be there. When people were arriving, it was clear everyone knew why and Mr. Schuester wouldn't have to tell anyone why they were here.
"Is it true?" Quinn asked.
"I saw it in the newspaper," Sam said. "Poor Rachel."
"Where is she now?" Rory asked.
"She's staying at Finn and Kurt's house," Blaine said. "Kurt texted me to say she was up almost all night last night."
"What?" Tina said.
"It was horrible," Kurt said as he came in. "Finn wants to stay with Rachel at home, by the way."
Mr. Schuester came in. "Hello, everyone. I know Regionals are just a few weeks away, but Rachel is such an important part of our team and we need to reach out to her in this difficult time. When she returns to school, we should do a special number for her."
Brittany shot her hand up in the air. "We should sing 'My Cup' rock style!"
Everyone gave Brittany a look. "What?" Brittany asked. "That's a good song."
"That's not exactly the type of song to sing to someone who's just lost their parents, Brittany," Mr. Schuester said. "Anyone else have any ideas? I was thinking a mashup."
"I have a song," Blaine said. "How about 'I'll Be There For You?'"
"That could be a good song," said Mr. Schuester. "We need another."
"How about 'You've Got A Friend?'" said Puck.
"Okay, I'll work on a mashup of those two," Mr. Schue said. "Besides our number, what else do you guys think we can do for Rachel?"
"We can go visit her at Finn and Kurt's house," said Tina.
"And when they say when the funeral is, we can go," said Mike.
"I hope you all do both those things," Mr. Schuester said.
"She probably can't handle visitors right now," Kurt said. "She can barely handle my parents."
"Well, when she's ready, you all have to give her LOTS of support," Mr. Schuester told the kids. "I know Rachel's been difficult to have in the club at times, but without her, Glee would be nowhere."
Rachel had been quiet while at Finn's house that day. He was tired, but didn't want to fall asleep on her. Right now they were just sitting in his living room, watching television.
"Finn," Rachel said, taking his hand.
"What is it, Rach?" Finn asked.
"Thank you," Rachel said.
Finn smiled. "Thank you for what?"
Rachel gave Finn a kiss. "For being the best boyfriend ever."