Hi everyone. I know that this was a sad story. Like I said, when I wrote it over a year ago, I was reluctant to publish it for that same reason. As you can probably tell, dealing with the death of my two favorite characters wasn't an easy thing to do, but after Cory's death, I did want to share how I would have dealt with it. I'm sorry that this isn't a happy Finchel with their kids story, but my other stories are like that :) Like I said, this was a tough one to write, it was even tough to read and update. Hope you think I did a good job the last part of it.

They say that the grieving process takes about a year. For some people it takes a little longer, for some people it takes a little less. There are said to be five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. They say that you get used to the loss, but you never really "get over it."

Years passed, but Finn and Rachel were never forgotten, not by any of the New Directions members. Eventually the casts came off and the bruises and scars faded away. Jake and Marley remained in wheelchairs, but they even got used to that.

The New Directions continued to be a successful group. The year after Finn and Rachel died, they went to Nationals again and placed in the top five. They'd continued to be one of the top teams at Nationals, though their only title was from when Finn and Rachel led them to it.

It had been ten years, and everyone lived all over the place, but everyone was going back to Lima so they could remember Finn and Rachel on the ten year anniversary, together. Everyone was sure that Finn and Rachel would be living in New York with Kurt and Blaine. Now, Blaine and Kurt were the only Glee alumni living there.

With Finn and Rachel gone, they were the first Glee alumni to get married. They got married the year after Blaine graduated from Columbia. Now, Kurt was one of the top fashion designers in New York and Blaine was a doctor. They also had two three year old children. When their surrogate had told them it was twins, one boy and one girl, they both knew right away what names they would give their children.

Puck and Quinn had gotten married about a year after Kurt and Blaine, and Quinn was about six months pregnant. Santana and Brittany had gotten married the next year, as had Mike and Tina. The year after, Sam and Mercedes had their wedding, and so did Artie and Kitty. Last year Jake and Marley had gotten married. Rory and Sugar were getting married later this year. Joe was engaged to Unique, the lead from Vocal Adrenaline in 2012 who transferred to McKinley the year after Finn and Rachel's death. Ryder had just gotten engaged to a girl named Emily who'd joined New Directions that same year.

Their children reminded them so much of their namesakes. As the family rode the plane to New York, Kurt and Blaine watched as their children shared earphones on Blaine's iPod.

"They would have loved them," Kurt said quietly.

"They would have," Blaine agreed. "At times it still feels unreal."

"Yeah," Kurt said. "I wonder what their wedding would have been like, what their kids would have been like, what roles she would have played on Broadway, what he would have ended up doing as a career."

"When's the plane going to land?" Rachael pouted.

"It shouldn't be long," Kurt said. It was the first time Fin and Rachael were going to Lima, the first time they'd been on an airplane. Burt and Carole had moved to New York after Burt retired from the tire shop to be closer to Kurt, and Fin and Rachael were born about a year later. Blaine's parents were now living in Columbus.

"Will you show us your houses from when you were little?" Fin asked.

"Of course we will," Kurt said.

"Yay!" Rachael cheered.

The plane touched down in Toledo, and Kurt and Blaine led their kids off the plane. As they were heading down the gate, they heard a noise. "Blaine! Kurt!"

They turned and saw Sam and Mercedes. "Hey!" Kurt said, hugging Mercedes as Sam high-fived Blaine.

"This must be little Fin and little Rachael," Mercedes said.

"Hi!" Fin said. "I'm Fin."

"Hi Fin, I'm Sam," Sam said.

"My daddies said we'd meet you," Fin said. "I'm named after my uncle."

Kurt looked at his daughter who was clinging to him. "Rachael, can you say hi to Uncle Sam and Aunt Mercedes?"

Rachael shook her head nervously. "She's kind of shy," Blaine explained. "Her brother's always been the more outgoing one."

Sam and Mercedes lived in LA now, where Mercedes was a recording artist and Sam taught at a local middle school. They'd gotten married two years ago.

It would be the first time most of the Glee alumni would be meeting Fin and Rachael. Santana and Brittany lived in New York as well, so they knew them well. They had met Mike and Tina, who now lived in Chicago, nearly a year ago when his dance company came to New York.


The next day was the day they'd all been back here for. It was the ten year anniversary of the death's of Finn and Rachel. Kurt and Blaine decided not to take their kids to the cemetery part of the day, but they wanted them to come to the reunion in the Glee classroom so their kids could see the place their fathers spent so much time together.

"Will there be lots of people there?" Rachael asked as they walked into the Glee classroom.

"Yes, but they're all nice, don't worry honey," Blaine said as they knocked on the Glee classroom door. Mr. Schue came out. "Hey, you two."

"Hey Mr. Schue," Kurt said as he and his husband hugged their former Glee director.

Mr. Schue looked at Fin and Rachael. "So these are your little ones. It's so nice to meet you guys. Your daddies have told me all about you."

"This is the room?" Fin asked, looking around.

"Yes it is," Blaine said. He felt a nudge from Kurt as Kurt pointed at the plaque that was installed Blaine, Brittany, Sam, Artie and Tina's senior year with the photo of Finn and Rachel on it.

Rachael and Fin seemed to catch on. They both looked at the plaque. "Is that them?" Rachael asked.

"Yes, that's them," Kurt said as he looked at the photos of Finn and Rachel. It felt like yesterday that he'd seen his brother and his best friend. It had been ten years since he'd seen them alive. "I miss you guys," Kurt said quietly to the pictures.

"She's really pretty," Rachael said.

"She was, wasn't she?" Kurt said to his daughter. "They would have loved you both so, so much."

"They were the best singers in the glee club with us," Blaine said. "And he was a really good drummer, too."

Fin pointed at a drum set. "On those?"

Kurt realized that those were the same drums Finn used. "Yes, on those."

Fin's eyes got big. "Can I try drums?"

"Of course you can," Blaine said, leading his son to the drums and handing him a stick.

"You two seem like great dads," Mr. Schue said to Kurt.

"We try to be," Kurt said. "So, how's Emma? And how are the kids?"

"They're great, Emma's going to stop by today," Mr. Schue said.

The door opened, and everyone seemed to be arriving at once. Santana and Brittany, Mike and Tina, Puck and Quinn, Artie and Kitty, Jake and Marley, Rory and Sugar, Joe and Unique and Ryder and Emily. After everyone greeted each other, the room was pretty quiet.

Today was always a somber, emotional day for the New Directions alumni. This room meant so much to all of them. Numerous kids had passed through it since they'd graduated, but they were all sure no one could have the experience there that they'd had.

"They should be here with us today," Santana finally said.

"They should," Tina agreed.

"Do you guys still think about them?" Artie asked.

"Of course, every day," Sam said.

The group looked over at Kurt and Blaine's children, who were playing the drums. "They're so cute," Ryder said. "And they do remind me of their namesakes."

"Yeah, she does have some things in common with her namesake," Blaine said. "They have two gay dads and they don't know who their biological one is."

"Though she is a lot shyer than Rachel Berry," Kurt said.

As if they knew everyone was talking about them, Fin and Rachael came over. "Daddy, is there any food here?" Fin asked.

Everyone laughed. "Another way he's like his namesake," Kurt said. "We'll get some snacks later, okay?"

Fin pouted. "Okay."

"You two, of all people, deserve to have your kids named after them," Quinn said.

"Every day, we see Finn and Rachel in our Fin and Rachael," Blaine said. That was true. These two kids had the smiles, sweetness and enthusiasm their parents had.

"In honor of those we lost ten years ago, do you think you guys could sing something?" Mr. Schue asked.

New Directions alumni: Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear
Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?

In daylights, in sunsets
In midnights, in cups of coffee
In inches, in miles
In laughter, in strife

In five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure
A year in the life?
How about love?
How about love?
How about love?
Measure in love
Seasons of love
Seasons of love

Kurt: Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Journeys to plan
Five hundred twenty-five thousand
Six hundred minutes
How do you measure
The life of a woman or a man?

Blaine: In truths that she learned
Or in times that he cried
In bridges he burned
Or the way that she died!

New Directions alumni: It's time now
To sing out
Though the story never ends
Let's celebrate
Remember a year in the life of friends
Remember the love (Mercedes: Oh, you've got to, you've got to remember the love)
Remember the love (Mercedes: You know that love is a gift from above)
Remember the love (Mercedes: Share love, give love, spread love)
Measure in love (Mercedes: Measure, measure your life in love)
Seasons of love
Seasons of love

At the end of the song, Fin and Rachael were clapping for their dads and for their dads' friends. And everyone was sure that Finn Hudson and Rachel Berry had been singing with them, wherever they were. Finchel were a part of all of them, and they always would be.