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Couples Counseling

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Title: Couples Counseling
Author: hope813
Pairing: Finn/Rachel
Rating: PG
Warnings: Spoilers through "Mash-Up."
Word Count:1,201 for chapter 2
Disclaimer: Sadly, this world is not mine.
Summary: Finn comes up with a plan to convince Rachel that they can finally be together. Now, he just has to convince her to go along with it. The story takes place two months after the events of "Mash-Up."



“Rachel, wait up!” Finn sped up, unwilling to let her try to escape. Again. It was almost funny that he’d once thought she was stalking him and now he was the one following her around everywhere. Huh. Was this that irony thing that Ms. Kelly was always going on about in English?

“Finn, before you say anything, you should know that I am not going to change my mind,” Rachel said in a rush, unwilling to let Finn sneak a word in.

Finn raised his eyebrows in mock innocence. “Why do you assume that I want to talk to you about us? Maybe I want to talk about glee,” he replied, looking smug.

“Oh,” Rachel muttered, clearly embarrassed. “What about glee? Did you want to rehearse after school? I do think we should work on a new duet.” Rachel’s eyes grew large and alert, like an owl. Finn secretly thought it was adorable that her emotions were so easy to read. This was the look she got when she was sure that someone was plotting against her. She got this look a lot. “We simply cannot allow our roles as male and female lead to be put in jeopardy.”

“Wait, wait. What happened to having less selfish goals?” Finn asked, enjoying the opportunity to tease her. He loved Rachel’s passion for glee, life, and for him. He just wished that he could convince her that it was time for them to be happy. Together.

Rachel sucked in a breath before rushing on. “I am a team player, Finn Hudson! I want to get to sectionals together and win together.” She stuck out her chin and looked him dead in the eye. “But, I will not allow myself to fade into the background. At least not in glee.”

Seeing her clear distress, Finn took Rachel into his arms. “I get it. Okay, we’ll practice a new song. Together.” She looked up and beamed at him. Finn’s heart turned over. “But, Rachel,” he began, wishing, for once, that he had the words she needed so desperately to hear. The right words. “You--you’re really cool. I see it. I wish you did, too. You are the most talented person I know, but that is only one thing that makes you...well, you. You know?” He sighed, at a loss. How could he make her feel better? Rachel was always there to help him and cheer him up, so why was he unable to do the same?

“Finn, that is the most wonderful thing that anyone has ever said to me,” she hugged him close. “Thank you.”

Finn held her tighter, relieved that he had managed to get it right. He leaned his face down and rested his cheek on the top of her head. This just felt...good. Okay, so again, he could not find the right words, even in his head. This was better than good. He finally felt peaceful for the first time in months. He was still royally pissed off at Puck and Quinn, but the raging anger had simmered to a tepid boil. Finn did not know if he’d ever be able to forgive them, but he was beginning to care less each day. Finn knew that he had been given a get out of jail free card as a result of this whole mess. He had spent too many sleepless nights wondering how he would care for a baby, and then praying that Quinn would give him the chance to try once she had decided on adoption. However, the thing that had kept him up more often than not, was the very person he held in his arms now. Finn’s guilt over having feelings for Rachel while having a pregnant girlfriend had tortured him. Now, nothing was stopping him from acting on those feelings. Nothing except for Rachel, herself.

Rachel shifted, interrupting Finn’s thoughts. “Well, I don’t want to be late for Biology,” she said, moving form his arms.

He knew he’d forgotten something. “Oh, well, don’t worry. You’re not going to Bio today.”

“Finn, I have never cut a class--”

“No, you aren’t cutting. You have an appointment in the guidance office,” he replied casually.

“No, I don’t. I would have remembered making an appointment,” Rachel countered, looking bewildered.

“Yeah, well, I made it. I gave Mr. Willis the pass from Ms. Pillsbury already, so you’re all set. Let’s go,” he said, leading her down the hall.

“Wait, wait. You made me an appointment with Ms. Pillsbury? Why?” Rachel demanded, her suspicion evident. Finn knew that Rachel did not like being out of control of...well anything, he realized.

“No, I made us an appointment. We’re going together.” Finn turned and faced Rachel, ready for the inevitable confrontation.

“What? You made us a guidance appointment together? Why?”

Finn leaned against a locker and crossed his arms over his chest, preparing to tell his story. “Well, I googled ‘girl problems,’ but that just led to a bunch of sites about PMS and lesbians.” He looked uncomfortable for a minute. “So, I tried ‘relationship problems’ and that led to sites about conflict resolution.” He smiled, as though that explained everything.

“Conflict resolution?” Rachel repeated slowly.

“Yeah, so that led to some suggestions. One was having an unbiased meteor to listen to both sides and come up with a solution,” Finn finished.

“Meteor? Do you mean mediator?” Rachel shook her head, trying to keep up. “Are you saying that we need couples counseling? We aren’t even a couple!”

Finn smiled widely. “And that is our conflict. Let’s go resolve it.” He reached for her hand and began dragging her down the hallway, ignoring the interested looks of lingering students.

“Finn, that is incredibly sweet and you’ve clearly put a lot of thought into it, but...”

Finn stopped and looked her in the eye. “Look, we disagree about this right?” Rachel nodded. “Face it Rachel, even you can’t be right all the time.” She gave a sour look at this. “So, let’s go talk to Ms.Pillsbury and let her decide.”

“Finn, you can’t let an outsider decide if two people should be in a relationship or not. This is a private matter.”

“What about Dr. Phil?” Finn responded, matching her point for point.

“The bottom line is that I do not think that staring a relationship now is a good idea. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am late for Bio,” Rachel finished, heading in the opposite direction.

Desperate, Finn wracked his brain for something, anything, to stop her. Suddenly, it came to him. “You’re just afraid that Ms. Pillsbury will say that I’m right and you’re wrong.” That did it. As Finn expected, she stopped dead in her tracks. He could see Rachel’s whole body tense and straighten. She turned, head held high, and marched toward Finn.

“Fine. But you will agree to whatever Ms. Pillsbury decides, Finn Hudson,” she warned, pointing her finger in his face to emphasize her point.

Finn couldn’t prevent the victorious grin from spreading as Rachel stormed passed him toward the guidance office. He’d accidentally stumbled across a rather helpful tool during his internet search last night; reverse psychology. Who needed textbooks when there was Wikipedia?

Chapter One: Finn's Brilliant Plan
  • LOL Omg that was adorable! :D I seriously love this side of Finn, & i wish he showed it more often on the show.

    Well, I googled ‘girl problems,’ but that just led to a bunch of sites about PMS and lesbians.

    ROFL, Favorite line EVER.
  • Huh. Was this that irony thing that Ms. Kelly was always going on about in English?
    Who needed textbooks when there was Wikipedia?


    Oh lord! Your Finn is spot on! I love it.
    • Thank you so much! It has been very tricky trying to get all three of these characters right. Why I didn't just stick with one point of view, I do not know! Chapter 3 has just been posted. Hope you enjoy! Thank you again for taking the time to review! It certainly keeps me motivated.
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