Okay, SOMEONE took too long to update. As I said in my other fic, this past week was a tough one for me with Cory's episode coming up, so I had trouble writing. Just so you guys know, since I had a pregnancy storyline in my other story and one earlier in this story, I'm not covering Rachel's pregnancy as much. I also will not be covering the day she has the babies, since I covered that in the epilogue of Barely Breathing. (Though I recommend you read that since it comes next chronologically!)

SPOILER ALERT! One of the songs in Cory's episode has a special connection to me for a kind of stupid reason and I always wanted Cory to sing it or duet on it with Lea. Instead it's being used in the memorial episode :( So I decided to have Finn and Rachel sing it in my fic.

Hope you guys enjoy this chapter and review if you want me to continue!

Chapter 60: Changes

"Are you excited to visit the middle school today?" Finn asked Allie as they drove to school. Today, the fifth graders were visiting the middle school they'd be going to next year.

"I'm kind of nervous," Allie admitted. She was nervous. She'd been familiar with this elementary school for as long as she could remember, since her dad had been teaching there before she started there. She'd never set foot in the middle school before, except for a community fundraiser.

"You'll be fine," Finn said. "I'm going to miss having you with me at the elementary school though."

"Me too," Allie said. That got her more worried. If she was having a bad day at the elementary school, she could just go to her dad's classroom. When she'd gotten her first period, her dad had helped her be more comfortable and had helped get in touch with her mom. Who would she have to turn to at the middle school if something upsetting happened?

Finn and Allie arrived at the elementary school and Allie went to her classroom while Finn went to his. Allie didn't love school the way she loved her viola, but she didn't hate it either. It wasn't until today that it was really beginning to sink in that she was going to a new school.

A new bigger school. A school where the classes would be harder. A school that was further away from her house. A school where she didn't know two thirds of the kids (three elementary schools came together for the middle school) or most of the teachers.

"Are you excited to visit the middle school?" Mia asked Allie when she got to the classroom.

"Are you?" Allie asked. She wasn't sure if she wanted to tell anyone, even her best friend, how nervous she was.

"Yeah!" Mia said. "In middle school we won't be stuck with the same teacher all day. And we get to choose some of our classes ourselves!"

"I guess that's cool," Allie admitted.

"Yeah it is!" Mia said.

"It is bigger," Allie said. "With a lot more people."

"Yeah, it is," Mia said. The girls took their seats as they waited for class to begin. Regular class ended quickly, and the four fifth grade classes were put on a bus to go to the middle school.

Allie had been to the middle school once before for a fundraiser, but she hadn't remembered it being this big. The fifth graders were led off the bus to the front doors of the middle school, where a group of students were waiting with a young woman. "Hello, fifth graders of New York Elementary School 44!" the woman said. "I'm Mrs. Cogan, principal of New York Middle School 22, and we'd like to welcome our newest Tigers!"

The students cheered, and Allie thought it was a good sign that these kids were enthusiastic about introducing new students to the school. That was something, right?

The fifth graders were split into groups to get tours from the seventh graders who'd come down with the principal. To Allie's disappointment, Mia and Gracie were in another group, but at least she had Abby in her group.

"This is so much bigger than our school right now," Abby whispered to Allie.

"I know," Allie whispered back.

"So this one of the sixth grade halls," the seventh grader said as they arrived. "44 usually brings the smart kids, so most of you guys will probably have your classes here. So, this'll be your classroom for English if you're in this hall, and this is the math room..."

"At least he thinks we're smart," Abby whispered to Allie as Allie giggled. She peered into one of the classrooms. The kids at least seemed to be focused, but she couldn't help but notice how big the class was. There had to be at least 30 kids in there. Her class at her elementary school only had 17.

The seventh grader showed the kids the other hall, but Allie didn't really pay attention during that. She tried to look around the school and stay focused on keeping herself calm. She'd be okay, right?

After seeing the other sixth grade hallway, the students were shown the cafeteria, then the gym, then the library. The student giving the tour sounded like he was going over facts for a test that he didn't care about. He didn't tell the kids what they should know, just what this was.

"Where's the pool?" one of the fifth graders asked.

"Oh, the pool," the tour guide said. "I forgot. Okay, I'll show you guys. It'll keep me out of class longer."

So that was it. This boy had just offered to give them a tour of the school so he wouldn't have to go to classes. He led them to the pool, and when they got there, Allie admitted it would be pretty neat to have a pool at her school next year. That was something to look forward to, despite the big classes, bigger school, more people and teachers she didn't know.

Well, all the sixth grade classrooms were in the same two halls, so that was something... wait, he hadn't showed them where the music classes were, and Allie would be in the orchestra. As they left the pool, Allie raised her hand. "Excuse me?"

"Yes?" the boy asked.

"Where's the music room?" Allie asked. "You know, where you go for orchestra class?"

"Oh, that's not important," the boy said.

"It is for those of us who play instruments!" Allie said.

"Well, I don't play an instrument..." the boy said.

"She's right, it is important," Abby said, backing up her friend.

"Yeah, and I want to see the art room," another girl added.

The boy groaned. "Fine, I'll take you guys to the electives hall." He led them to the another hallway, and first stopped in the music room. "Since you wanted to see the music room, here it is."

Allie saw that some kids were already here with their instruments. Several of them turned and waved at the fifth graders. "Is this the fifth grade class from Elementary School 44?" the music teacher asked.

"Yeah," the tour guide said.

"This is the high level sixth grade band," the teacher explained. "They're preparing for their concert in a few weeks. Would you like to hear one of their songs?"

"Yes!" the kids exclaimed. When Allie heard the middle school kids perform, she admitted they sounded pretty good. And these were only the sixth graders. Would she be good enough to get into the high level band next year?

Yes. She told herself she WAS good enough. She would be in the high level band next year. There was no way around it.

x

"What does that say?" Finn asked Caylie. Finn and Rachel were helping Caylie read, since Caylie had told them she wanted to learn how to read. Allie was getting snacks with her friends after school, so Finn and Rachel were home alone with Caylie. They'd gotten her a book with words for kids to learn how to read, or at least recognize.

Caylie looked at the word. "Dog?"

"That's right," Rachel said.

Coda came in, and Caylie pet him. "Dog, like Coda!"

"Yes, we have a dog!" Rachel said. She pointed to another word. "What does that say?"

Caylie looked at the word. "C-a-t... cat?"

"That's right!" Finn said.

"We should have a cat, too!" Caylie said.

"To go with our dog and our bunny?" Rachel asked.

"Yeah!" Caylie said.

Allie came in. "Hi!"

"Allie, I'm reading!" Caylie said.

"You are?" Allie asked.

Caylie smiled proudly as Finn and Rachel exchanged a look. "Yeah!"

"That's great," Allie said.

"So, how was the middle school?" Rachel asked. She knew Allie had been nervous.

Allie looked at her parents. "Well, it is a lot bigger than the elementary school. And the guy who gave us the tour was kind of a jerk. But they have an awesome pool at the middle school, and the orchestra sounded really good."

Well, that was something. At least Allie could look forward to the pool and the orchestra. "That's good," Rachel said.

"So, tell me about this tour guide who was a jerk," Finn teased.

Rachel tease-slapped her husband. "You're so immature."

Allie giggled. "He seemed so bored, he basically told us that he only offered to give us the tour to get out of class. And he almost didn't show us the music room until I told him to."

"Really?" Rachel asked.

"Yeah, he told me it wasn't important!" Allie said. "But I convinced him to show us."

"Good for you!" Rachel said, feeling proud of her daughter.

"Yeah!" Allie said.

"I bet that boy was impressed," Rachel said.

"What boy?" Finn asked. Then Rachel realized that she probably shouldn't have said that.

Luckily, Allie didn't look too upset that Rachel had brought that up. "I had a crush on a boy in my class earlier this year."

"You did?" Finn asked, looking surprised.

"It happens to everyone," Rachel said.

Finn looked at Rachel. "I'm not ready for boys yet."

"I'm too young for a boyfriend," Allie giggled.

"At least she knows that," Finn whispered to Rachel.

"That's true," Rachel whispered to Finn.

"Are you guys still going out tonight?" Allie asked her parents.

"Yeah, we are," Finn said. "Just out to dinner, are you sure you can handle watching Caylie by yourself?"

"Yeah, of course," Allie said. "You're just going out to dinner."

x

A few hours later, Finn and Rachel left for dinner, leaving Allie and Caylie home alone. This was the first time they'd left the girls alone for a long period of time, and Finn could tell Rachel was nervous. However, he wanted to have a fun night out with Rachel before the babies were born. The babies were due in a few weeks, and they wouldn't be able to go out much after the babies were born.

"Relax, Rach," Finn said as they sat down at their table. "The girls will be fine. They can call Kurt and Blaine or Brittany and Santana if they need anything."

Rachel sighed. "I know. We can trust Allie. She's starting middle school in the fall, soon she'll be old enough to babysit other people's kids. It's just that we've never left them alone before."

Finn gave Rachel a kiss, then put his hand on her bump. "So, the boys are asleep, it feels like?"

"I think they are," Rachel giggled. "The girls will be so surprised when they get two brothers!"

"I can't wait to see their reactions," Finn said. "And for the boys to be born, of course."

"Me either," Rachel said as she stroked her bump. "Hey Finn, want to sing a duet on the karaoke while we wait for our dinner?"

Finn loved singing duets with Rachel. One of the reasons they loved this restaurant so much was the karaoke bar. He led Rachel up to the karaoke bar and they picked out a song to sing together.

Finn: Well, we bursted out of class
Had to get away from those fools
We learned more from a 3-minute record, baby
Than we ever learned in school
Rachel: Tonight I hear the neighborhood drummer sound
I can feel my heart begin to pound
You say you're tired and you just want to close your eyes
And follow your dreams down
Both: Well, we made a promise we swore we'd always remember
No retreat, baby, no surrender
Like soldiers in the winter's night
With a vow to defend
No retreat, baby, no surrender
Finn: Well, now young faces grow sad and old
And hearts of fire grow cold
We swore blood brothers against the wind
Now I'm ready to grow young again
Rachel: And hear your sister's voice calling us home
Across the open yards
Well maybe we'll cut someplace of own
With these drums and these guitars
Both: 'Cause we made a promise we swore we'd always remember
No retreat, baby, no surrender
Blood brothers in the stormy night
With a vow to defend
No retreat, baby, no surrender
Finn: Now on the street tonight the lights grow dim
The walls of my room are closing in
There's a war outside still raging
You say it ain't ours anymore to win
Rachel: I want to sleep beneath
Peaceful skies in my lover's bed
With a wide open country in my eyes
And these romantic dreams in my head
Both: Once we made a promise we swore we'd always remember
No retreat, baby, no surrender
Blood brothers in a stormy night
With a vow to defend
No retreat, baby, no surrender
Ohhhhh Ohhhhh Ohhhhh
Ohhhhh Ohhhhh Ohhhhh
Ohhhhh Ohhhhh Ohhhhh
Ohhhhh Ohhhhh Ohhhhh

At the end of the song, the people at the restaurant applauded, reminding them of their duets in high school. It still felt good to know people enjoyed their duets.

x

"Allie, what does that say?" Caylie asked. While Finn and Rachel were out to dinner, Caylie wanted to try some more reading, so Allie agreed to read with her.

"Let's sound it out," Allie said. "B-a-b..."

"BABY!" Caylie said.

"Yeah, baby," Allie said. "Are you excited for the baby to be born?"

"Yes!" Caylie said.

Allie remembered she'd been a little worried before Caylie was born. "Me too."

"Do you want a boy or a girl?" Caylie asked.

"I want a boy, since I already have one sister," Allie said. She had a feeling it was a boy, even though her parents wouldn't tell her what it was.

"What do you think the baby's name will be?" Caylie asked.

"Well, I bet they'll name it Christopher, after Daddy's dad who died if it's a boy," Allie said. "I don't know what they'll name the baby if it's a girl though."

Allie and Caylie heard the door unlock and saw their parents come in. "Mommy! Daddy!" Caylie exclaimed.

"Hey girls!" Finn said. "Did you have fun?"

"Yes," Allie said. She had to admit, she liked being in charge. "Can I babysit again after the baby's born?"

"I think we might need an adult to help with that," Finn laughed. "But I bet you'll be a good babysitter when the baby's older."

"I'd love to," Allie said. "Did you two have fun?"

"We always do," Rachel said, taking Finn's hand.

"I read some more words!" Caylie announced.

"You did?" Rachel asked.

"Yeah, she read the word baby!" Allie said.

"Well, that's a good word for now," Finn said.

Chapter 61 preview: Finn, Rachel, Allie and Caylie adjust to having two more kids at home. Also includes Allie's end of elementary school recognition program!

SONG: No Surrender by Bruce Springsteen (performed by Finn and Rachel Hudson)