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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:1,424 for chapter 4
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."

Author's Note: I began this chapter with the end of the last chapter in italics. It's important to remember where we left off. Okay, so I said that I would not have this chapter up as quickly, but clearly Finn and Rachel won't let me stop until I am done telling their story. Yes, I am posting as I finish each chapter, so nothing has been beta'd. I had intended for this to be the last chapter, but again, Finn and Rachel had other ideas. I think that I've got one more chapter to go! I may take a break this weekend before finishing. Thanks again for taking the time to read and review! The feedback and encouragement has been so amazing and I truly appreciate it.


“Well, why don’t you tell me how you feel about me for a change?” Rachel countered, displaying a sudden burst of outrage. She seemed stunned by her own words and paused. Rachel opened and closed her mouth several times before finally speaking again. “I’m tired of putting my heart on the line and getting nothing in return.”

Finn felt like someone had hit him on the back of the head with a bat. “You--you really don’t know how I feel?” He asked, genuinely shocked. But Rachel knew everything! Besides, it seemed like everyone else knew how he felt about her. His football teammates teased him constantly about wanting to “get under The Glee Freak’s tiny skirt.” Even Quinn had known months before they’d broken up. Rachel had to know! Didn’t she?

“Finn, this just proves that I’m right,” she began. Finn began to protest, but stopped when Rachel stood up and moved to stand directly in front of him. She leaned down so that their faces were eye-level and took his hands in her own. “Finn, you’re my best friend now, too. But anything else...now isn’t the time. I don’t want to ruin our friendship. You just need to wait...to heal before you can really love someone again.”

Again? Did she say “again?” Rachel thought that he had loved...maybe
still loved...Quinn? He needed to fix this, quickly. Finn looked into her eyes, ready to tell her...wow, her eyes sure were pretty. He shook his head to focus his thoughts back where they belonged, but that was a huge mistake. His eyes found themselves locked on her lips. Large, full, and naked. And, oh God, she was biting her lower lip. They were so close. He’d missed being this close to her. All he needed to do was lean up, just a bit, and...almost there...

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Well, this was certainly turning out to be an interesting day. Emma generally spent the majority of her time discussing the dangers of binge drinking or dealing with the fall-out of student pranks. She’d spent most of the morning trying to diagnose a junior. He was either emotionally disturbed or trying to get back at Ken for cutting him from the football team by peeing into the open window of his former coach’s car. Occasionally, students would confide in her about their unrequited crushes, but she’d never witnessed such an open discussion between two teens before. It was really pretty sweet. Emma couldn’t help rooting for them. The socially awkward young girl and the handsome, popular jock. It was young every girl’s dream to get the most sought after boy in school, wasn’t it? It was just like a modern-day Cinderella story.

Emma hated putting Rachel on the spot by asking her about her feelings for Finn, but the conversation was going round and round in circles. These two kids were being honest with one another, but they just needed a little nudge in order to be more open about how they truly felt. Things were about to get interesting; Emma could feel it.

It was odd, but Emma could almost swear that time had somehow shifted; it was as if everything were moving in slow motion. Rachel leaned over Finn and he seemed frozen. Emma wondered if she should intervene, but just then, Finn began to crane his neck, ever so gradually, toward Rachel. What was he...? No, no, no! Emma quickly squeezed her eyes shut once she realized what Finn was about to do. This was a little quirk she’d had since childhood. Emma just could not bear to witness people kissing. It was just so sloppy, and saliva was just teaming with germs and disease. Ugh. Breathe, she reminded herself. Think of a beautiful meadow with a babbling brook...and of that little boy in Georgia that had actually been eaten alive by lake bacteria... this was not working. Here she was, a full grown adult, and could not even force herself to look at two kids who were about to kiss in her office! At that thought, her eyes popped open.

“Stop!” Emma screeched, jumped out of her chair, and began waving her arms as if she were an air traffic controller. Rachel, startled, lost her footing and ended up on the floor. Finn, seeming unable to believe his rotten luck, slid down in his chair, tossed his head back, and released a groan of disappointment. “This is still school and not the place to do...that.” Emma huffed out a breath and dropped back into her chair.

Rachel stood as gracefully as she could and dusted off her skirt while shooting Finn a look of annoyance. “I apologize for Finn’s lack of judgement.” Finn finally looked back at Rachel, offended. “And thank you for helping me up,” she added wryly.

“I just can’t win today,” Finn muttered. “Why did I think locking myself in a room with two women was a good idea?” It was obvious that he did not expect an answer, but Rachel was ready with one, anyway. Emma stepped in to defuse the tension.

“Look, you two were on the right track. Let’s just...back up a few steps.” Emma suggested.

“I think that Finn said it all by not saying a thing,” Rachel stated. Emma noticed that Rachel often spoke as though she expected her words to be the closing remarks at a keynote address.

“What does that even mean?” Finn, at a loss, tried again. “Rachel, I’m sorry that I don’t say the right things. I was trying to tell you how I felt, but, well...I got distracted.” He blew out a breath. “I just can’t help it! You always do that to me!” Rachel blushed, and opened her mouth to speak, but Finn didn’t notice. “All I know is that I can’t stop thinking about you. I haven’t been able to get you out of my head for months. SInce I joined glee, I haven’t been able to stop.” Clearly embarrassed now, he kept his eyes forward and out of Rachel’s line of sight. “I know that I hurt you. I am so sorry for that.” He took a breath, struggling to continue. “The truth is that you were right. Months ago when you said that the kiss in the auditorium was real and I was too much of a coward to admit it. I just made a mess out of everything and don’t know how to fix it.”

“Finn--” Rachel began tentatively.

He turned and looked at her this time. “ I--I guess I’m just hoping that you’ll tell me how to fix it. Because you always make everything okay.” He smiled sadly. “And I’m crap at it. I’m sorry for all of this,” He said waving his arm. “I thought coming here would help. I was wrong.” He looked older somehow. Defeated. “I’m just sorry for everything. I really thought I could make you happy now.” Finn rose and headed out the door, head bowed.

Had he looked back, Finn would have seen the tears rolling down Rachel’s cheeks. “Rachel?” Emma called softly. “Are you okay?”

“No.”

Emma walked around her desk and moved the chair vacated by Finn next to Rachel. She offered Rachel the box of tissues and sat down next to her. After a few minutes of silence, Emma spoke. “Rachel, how would you define the term ‘relationship’?”

Rachel sniffed and her brow creased in concentration. “Well." She appeared to take the question very seriously. “I think that a relationship involves two people who care about the other person’s happiness more than their own. A true relationship is about friendship, respect, shared interests, and physical attraction. And, most importantly, love.”

Emma smiled. “And which of those ingredients is missing between you and Finn?"

Rachel looked up, eyes wide. Rachel, who always seemed so strong and determined, now appeared so lost. “Rachel, you came here to figure out whether or not it was the right time to begin a relationship with Finn.” Rachel nodded. “But I don’t think it ever occurred to you that you might already be in one.”

Chapter Three: Cliffhanger

Chapter Two: Conflict Resolution

Chapter One: Finn's Brilliant Plan
  • “Rachel, you came here to figure out whether or not it was the right time to begin a relationship with Finn.” Rachel nodded. “But I don’t think it ever occurred to you that you might already be in one.”

    Oh, Emma. Why must you be so all-knowing? *love*

    Aww finn, don't give up so easily.

    Love the chapter. I like how Finn was having a bit of a hard time expressing how he feels and kinda giving up. And as I said above, I like Emma's insight into FR.
    • Thank you so much! Getting all of the characters right has been my goal...and also a pain. Hopefully, I am doing them justice.
  • (no subject) - alifab
    • Thank you! You won't have to wait too long. Despite my A/N, I am done with my draft of the last chapter. I don't know...I have never even finished one fic before, despite several attempts. Now it seems that I have finished a five-chapter story in five days! The "Glee" hiatus and lack of recent Finn/Rachel love has made me desperate. Thank you again for your reviews!
  • ♥ ♥ ♥
    I love this!!! Great job! :)
    • Thanks so much for always reviewing. It means a lot to me. The final chapter will be up soon!
  • Awwwwh! This was so adorable! I loved Emma's last line, and that's totally true about then. Great chapter! <3
    • Thank you. I am kind of proud of that line. ; ) The last chapter will be up soon.
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