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Take Me Home
Season 1, Episode 4
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Air date December 12, 2013
Written by JamesonOTP
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Take Me Home is the fourth episode of Season 1 of the Glee: The Next Generation spin-off, Glee: The Next Generation presents The NYADA Years

When Jaxon and friends decide that they really miss Glee Club, they decide to check out NYADA'S Glee Club. But when it's revealed that joining NYADA's Glee Club (still unnamed, but formerly Adam's Apples) means social and career suicide, Jaxon devises a plan to try and make Glee Club hip again. Everyone decides to both pay homage to New Directions and dedicate the new Glee Club to their future of opprotunities, christening it "New Horizons." Jaxon's leadership skills pay off as he's elected to be their student director and Jaxon begins things with a week long lesson to One Direction's sophomore album, Take Me Home.

SongsEdit

All songs by One Direction unless otherwise noted.

Song Title Sung By
Magic Jaxon Pierce and New Horizons
Rock Me Lana Addison and Camryn Monahan
I Would (Ballad Version) Natasha Leonard
Last First Kiss Evan Marx and Tyler St. Patrick
Loved You First India Wilson
Over Again Honey Berry
Still the One Hallie Grace
Heart Attack Miles Larson
Irresistible Miles Larson and Honey Berry
C'Mon, C'Mon New Horizons

EpisodeEdit

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The following episode may contain adult language, adult situations, sexuality, adult dialog, violence, and/or drug and alcohol use and references.
Glee: The Next Generation presents The NYADA Years has matured, a lot like its characters. We realize that our readers have matured as well and that's why we're working to change with the times and with our readers. The NYADA Years features more mature content than Glee: The Next Generation. This is in part to being a more honest depiction of adults in a college environment. We ask that if might offend you, please precede with caution. Don't worry, it's still Glee. It's just Glee if it aired on cable.

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Jaxon sighed as he sat alone on the sofa of the empty loft. He pulled his bare feet up under him and grabbed the remote, lazily flipping through the channels. Jaxon sighed again, unable to find anything good on TV. He stood, walking over and grabbing his guitar from behind Lana’s drum set in the corner.

This has become a pattern, Jaxon thought. At first, Lana and Camryn were only going out or doing things together once or twice a week and then we still had our friends’ nights out. Of course, Lana would spend Camryn’s break with her, but that was only thirty minutes a day. Then Lana started working and missing Camryn’s break three or four days a week so they started hanging out after work, which meant Lana wouldn’t come home until bedtime. Now, this is an every night thing it seems.

Jaxon strummed forlornly on his guitar, trying to just take his mind off things and occupy himself.

Not to mention Johanna has been busying herself with her own part time job at Spice Market and preparing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse meetings, Jaxon added as an afterthought.

“Hi,” Lana said as she slid the front door open and walked inside. “I am back from the fair, which was amazing. And look at the stuffed bear Camryn won for me. His name is Camelot. I won Cammy a stuffed Pikachu, which she named Pika-Pika. Who knew she was such a Pokémon fan?”

“That’s great, Jaxon said, not sounding very amused.

“What’s wrong with you?” Lana asked as she clutched the bear on her way to her bedroom

“It’s nothing,” Jaxon said, following Lana.

“Obviously it is,” Lana replied, sitting the stuffed bear on her bed.

“You sleep with stuffed animals?” Jaxon asked.

“I do this one,” Lana said. “Camryn won him for me, so he’s pretty special. Besides, he’s been spritzed by her perfume.”

“Which is?” Jaxon asked. “Fantasy?”

“Fantasy is so Hallie,” Lana replied. “Camryn just so happens to wear Purr by Katy Perry.”

“Same difference,” Jaxon said. “It’s still a fragrance by a female pop star.”

“Says the guy whose boyfriend wears Midnight Fantasy by Britney Spears,” Lana replied. “Which reminds me: yes, I may sleep with a stuffed animal from Cammy, but you sleep with your husband’s shirts…shirts which happen to smell of Midnight Fantasy, which is a women’s perfume.”

“It’s fruity and besides, guys—even some straight ones—wear women’s perfume just like some girls wear men’s cologne,” Jaxon replied. “James and I refuse to give into gender stereotypes and gender norms and one day, when we have kids, we don’t wanna push gender roles on our children.”

“Oh, you two are fruity, all right,” Lana said. “But, I guess in a sappy way, it’s kind of sweet and cute. But if you ever tell anyone I just admitted that, it’s the infamous trashcan for you.”

“I will never tell,” Jaxon said. “I’ll take the secret to my grave.”

“You had better,” Lana said, throwing her leather jacket over her armchair. “But, you know, just don’t go getting a boyfriend pillow. I know we’ve discussed this before, but it’s creepy and that will have to be where I draw the line.”

“What’s this?” Jaxon asked as he picked up Lana’ copy of Geography Club.

“It’s a really good book that Tyler, of all people, suggested to me,” Lana said. “Sure it doesn’t have the horror atmosphere and tragic romance of an Anne Rice novel or the page-turning mystery of Christopher Rice, but it’s a really good book. It feels real and familiar. It reminds me a lot of Glee Club with how the characters are all looking for a place to just be themselves.”

“Hmm,” Jaxon said, looking over the book.

That gives me an idea, Jaxon thought to himself.

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Glee: The Next Generation presents The NYADA Years

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Shayne made her way across the classroom the next day as she continued her lesson. She casually slipped her hands into the pockets of her jeans as she talked.

“Alright, guys, you now know the basics of writing a song with one hundred and twenty BPM, or beats per minute,” Shayne said. “Do you guys have any questions?”

Jaxon raised his hand and Shayne nodded at him. Jaxon lowered his hand and smiled.

“This isn’t really related to the lesson, but I was wondering about NYADA’S Glee Club,” Jaxon asked. “I remember hearing from Rachel Berry that NYADA used to have one named the Adam’s Apples.”

“More like the Geek Club,” Krystal mocked, shoving her finger down her throat in a gagging motion as her little group, known as the Bad Kids, laughed in response.

“As rude as Miss Graham was with her answer, she does have a point,” Shayne replied. “The Adam’s Apples were a joke. Due to the United States Show Choir Governing Board, which is the college version of the High School Show Choir Governing Board, not being able to take them seriously, NYADA disbanded its Glee Club a couple of years ago.”

“But what if someone wanted to come along and start a new Glee Club for NYADA?” Jaxon asked. “Would they be able to?”

“If they talked to Carmen and convinced her it would be a good idea, she might left them,” Shayne said. “I’m pretty sure that she could be convinced if say, someone with your talent and reputation talked to her.”

“I came from one of the best Glee Clubs in the world,” Jaxon said. “Not just because of what we achieved, but what we stood for. I’m sure that I can convince Miss Tibideaux that it would be a good idea to establish a new and improved Glee Club.”

Shayne smiled. “Jaxon, I love your tenacity and I stand behind the decision to start a new Glee Club at NYADA one hundred and ten percent.”

“Yes,” Krystal said. “NYADA needs a new Glee Club were all you show choir geeks can go commit social suicide and stay far out of our way.”

Jaxon glared at Krystal, who smiled in a manner that asserted just how undeservingly proud of herself she was.

Sometimes, I want to hit her in the face with a brick, Jaxon thought.

As the bell rang and everyone jumped up and made their way out the door and into the hallway, Krystal pulled Jaxon outside in the hallway.

“Jaxon, I just wanna say that I support your decision,” Krystal said in a very condescending tone. “After all, if we cool kids deserve a place where we can be happy and free of you who got here to NYADA without really deserving it, then you deserve a place where you can be amongst your own kind to express how thankful you to be here when you didn’t work hard for it or even earn it.”

“And Krystal, I just want to politely tell you that one wishes to acquaint your facial features with a fundamental item used in building walls,” Jaxon replied. “Repeatedly.”

“A fundamental item used in building walls?” Krystal asked, thinking.

“A brick,” Jaxon replied. “It’s a brick.”

Krystal scoffed. “Rude!”

“Well,” Jaxon said as he slung his duffle bag over his shoulder and started to walk toward Carmen’s office. “It takes one to know one.”

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Jaxon trembled as he stood before Carmen, pleading his case. Carmen had not broken her poker face, her hands tightly clasped and lying on the desk in front of her.

“I understand that the Adam’s Apples were such a joke that it killed the Glee Club, but I am confident that with my hard work, I can take this new Glee Club to heights that NYADA hasn’t seen in a long time,” Jaxon said. “I come from New Directions and Glee Club—yes, it’s a show choir, but it’s more than that. It’s a home, it’s a family, and it’s a place for everyone to be free to be themselves.”

Carmen nodded. “Well, Glee Club does require a budget, and thankfully NYADA is blessed enough to have a pretty big one. This is a performing art school, so our budget MUST be used to further the arts. Glee Club is considered doing just that so we’re not gonna have to worry about funding. However, just to teach a lesson here, I am allocating Ryan Granger’s former salary to be the new Glee Club’s budget. And Jaxon, I am so sorry for everything you have gone through as a result of what Ryan did. You are very brave for coming forward and telling Shayne.”

“You know, there’s a stigma involved for guys when it comes to coming forward about this kind of stuff,” Jaxon said. “That’s one of the reasons I feel I needed to restart Glee Club here at NYADA. Glee Club abolishes those stigmas by offering people a place free of stuff like that.”

Carmen smiled. “Alright, you can have your Glee Club. But there are a few ground rules that I should cover. NYADA’s afterschool clubs, such as our Gay-Straight-Alliance, Survivors of Sexual Abuse, and Glee Club are open to people in the community who do not attend NYADA. This means that anyone who wants to join can, unless you have a valid reason why they should not be allowed to do so. The Glee Club meetings will be held in the theater room, which has a backstage area, green rooms, dressing rooms, and a prop and room. Those props and costumes are to be shared by the school theater program, Glee Club, and Broadway 101 class. Anything that goes over the budget set forth for Glee Club will have to come out of the pockets of its members. And, also, I want to know that I am making a good decision here, so I want to see a group performance at the end of the week.”

“Thank you so much,” Jaxon said. “Don’t worry, everything is understood. As for the group performance, we’ll work out something before Friday. Just be there first thing Friday afternoon.”

As Jaxon started happily to the door, Carmen stopped him. Jaxon turned around, looking worried. Carmen smiled, instantly making Jaxon’s worry fade away.

“I believe in you and what that Glee Club can do,” Carmen said. “Make me proud.”

Jaxon nodded. “Yes, ma’am, I will.”

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As Jaxon made his way out of Carmen’s office, he was stopped by Shayne and Johanna, who were walking together. Shayne smiled.

“What did she say?” Shayne asked as she pulled her hands out of her pocket and clasped them together hopefully.

“She said yes, we can start a new Glee Club,” Jaxon said, smiling. “And also, she is giving the Glee Club what the school was spending on Ryan’s salary as its weekly budget.”

“Jaxon, are you serious?” Shayne asked. “That’s a pretty serious budget. Ryan was one of NYADA’s best paid teachers. As you have probably figured out, Ryan has been dealt with.”

As Shayne said this, Jaxon looked up and saw Ryan down the hall, carrying boxes out of his Production 101 classroom. He shook the feeling that came over him off and looked back at Shayne and Johanna.

“You know, Jaxon, what Ryan did was a form of sexual abuse,” Johanna said. “It can be detrimental to someone to feel as if they should have to give sexual favors and then be made to feel worthless or unworthy for not doing them. If you feel like you need to talk about it, Survivors of Sexual abuse is open and we will not judge you.”

“I appreciate it,” Jaxon said.

“Anytime,” Johanna said. “Well, I need to be going. I will catch you guys later.”

“So,” Jaxon said, turning toward Shayne. “I need someone to help me oversee Glee Club and I would be honored if you would consider it.”

“Let me think,” Shayne said. “Of course I’ll do it, Jaxon. I’m honored you would ask me.”

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Jaxon walked into the empty theater and looked around. It was smaller than McKinley’s auditorium and had a much emptier feel about it. Jaxon was sure, however, that once he got Glee Club back up and running, it would start to have the same homey feel of the choir room.

“This is our new home,” Jaxon said to himself as he walked down the aisle, looking up at the stage.

Jaxon slowly made his way to the backstage area, looking at the green rooms, dressing rooms, and finally made his way to the props room. He took a step inside, looking at the towering shelves of props and all the racks of costumes.

“There is a lot more stuff in here than backstage at McKinley,” Jaxon said.

Jaxon turned around and as he started out the door, he stubbed his toe on something lying in the floor, wedged under a desk. Jaxon bent down to pick it up and as he realized what it was, he smiled.

“This has to be a sign,” he said as he looked at the One Direction CD he had just picked up.

Jaxon scanned the case and looked for a name, but there was nothing. He opened it up and looked inside, but still nothing. He came to the realization the CD had been used as a prop or played during a production and left there, abandoned and thrown in the floor.

Jaxon smiled as he put the CD in his duffle bag, knowing now what he planned to do.

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Jaxon and Shayne stepped back and admired the flyer on the school’s announcements board. Shayne placed her hands on her hips and nodded in approval as Jaxon crossed his arms and smiled proudly.

“Our first flyer for Glee Club here at NYADA,” Jaxon said. “I feel so proud.”

“You should,” Shayne said. “You’ve done a great job, Jaxon. You convinced Carmen to not only support it, but fork over a sizeable budget for it.”

“You think we’ll have a good turn out?” Jaxon asked. “I mean, we know everyone here can sing so I’m not worried about the fact that we can’t hold auditions due to Carmen saying he have to let anyone join unless we have a viable reason not to. I’m just worried that no one but New Directions’ alumni will show up.”

Shyane patted Jaxon on the shoulder. “I don’t think you’ll have anything to worry about. This NYADA, after all; performing is in everyone’s blood.”

As Jaxon looked at the flyer, the scene faded to after school as Jaxon and Shayne sat front row in the theater, waiting for people to show up. Finally, then door burst open and all of Jaxon’s NYADA friends walked through, duffle bags in hand.

“Jaxon Pierce, you really came through,” Nicole said as she put her arm around Honey, who was holding Miles’ hand.

“I knew you guys would be here,” Jaxon said, smiling.

“I hope you knew I would be here, too,” Camryn said as she and Lana walked in, hand-in-hand.

“As well as your good friend, Chuck,” Chuck said as he and Monique entered the theater together.”

“Don’t forget about me,” Tyler said as he walked in, Evan and India beside him.”

“Or me,” Johanna said as she walked behind Tyler, India, and Evan.

“We’re here,” Hallie and Christian said as they walked in and made their way over to take their seats.

Shayne raised an eyebrow as she and Jaxon looked at the turn out: Lana, Camryn, Miles, Honey, Nicole, India, Tyler, Evan, Chuck, Monique, Aldy, Rose, Johanna, Hallie, Christian, Natasha, and McKenzie.

“Wow,” Shayne said as she counted the students in her head. “Eighteen people. You know what that means, don’t you? The USCS requires college show choirs be no less than fifteen students, so you have enough members to become an USCS accredited show choir.”

“That would be great,” Jaxon said. “So, I started this new Glee Club so that we could have a place to be ourselves and do what we love. While checking the place out, I came across a CD, which I felt was a sign. So, I would like to dedicate this first week’s lesson to it.”

“What CD is it?” Evan asked, looking excited.

Jaxon smiled as he pulled out the CD. “It’s One Direction’s sophomore album, Take Me Home.”

“Oh no, I’m not feeling One Direction,” Lana said. “Don’t expect me to perform any more One Direction songs. The last one I performed was when—”

Lana trailed off as she looked over at Chuck, then Monique, and finally Camryn.

“Uh, yeah,” Lana said, choosing not to finish her thought.

“Awkward,” Chuck said.

“I happen to love One Direction,” Camryn said. “They make some really good, fun, catchy songs. Their first three albums were amazing.”

“They’re not so bad,” Lana said. “They’re just, you know, a boy band.”

So Camryn likes One Direction, Lana mused to herself. Well, I guess this week I can fake it. Grin and bear it just to make her happy. One Direction really isn’t that bad. I just hate boy bands. But of all the boy bands in history, I guess I could tolerate 1D the most. But then, there’s N’SYNC and the Backstreet Boys and I can’t believe I am even having this inner monologue right now.

“So,” Shayne said, clapping her hands together. “Jaxon, as the student director, how about you lead everyone in a little group number to christen the new Glee Club?”

“Yeah, sure,” Jaxon said. “That would be great.”

Shayne took the CD case from Jaxon and walked over and put the CD into the sound system. After fiddling with a few buttons, Shayne pressed the play button and the music started to play over the large speaker system.

“B-b-b-baby, come on over,” Jaxon sang. “I don't care if people find out.”

“Dada-dadada-da-da-da-da,” the entire group sang as they ran up on stage to join Jaxon.

“They say that we're no good together and it's never gonna work out,” Jaxon sang.

“Dada-dadada-da-da-da-da,” the entire group sang as they ran in circles around Jaxon.

“But baby you got me moving too fast ‘cause I know you wanna be bad,” Jaxon sang. “And girl when you're looking like that—”

“Dada–dadada,” they all sang.

“I can't hold back,” Jaxon sang.

“’Cause you, you've got this spell on me,” Jaxon and the others sang. “I don't know what to believe. Kiss you once, now I can't leave ‘cause everything you do is magic. But everything you do is magic.”

“So l-l-let them take the pictures,” Jaxon sang. “Spread it all around the world now.”

“Dada-dadada-da-da-da-da,” the entire group sang as they danced across the stage.

“I wanna put it on my record,” Jaxon sang. “I want everyone to know now.”

“Dada-dadada-da-da-da-da,” the entire group sang.

“But baby you got me moving too fast ‘cause I know you wanna be bad,” Jaxon sang. “And girl when you're looking like that—”

“Dada–dadada,” they all sang.

“I can't hold back,” Jaxon sang.

“’Cause you, you've got this spell on me,” Jaxon and the others sang. “I don't know what to believe. Kiss you once, now I can't leave ‘cause everything you do is magic. But everything you do is magic.”

Oh, oh-oh-oh, oh,” everyone except for Jaxon sang. “Oh, oh-oh-oh, oh. Oh, oh-oh oh oh Everything you do is magic.”

“They say that we're no good together and it's never gonna work out,” Jaxon sang. “I wanna put it on my record. I want everyone to know now. Everything you do is magic. Everything you do is magic. Everything you do is magic. Everything you do is magic.”

“’Cause you, you've got this spell on me,” Jaxon and the others sang. “I don't know what to believe. Kiss you once, now I can't leave ‘cause everything you do is magic. But everything you do is magic. Oh, oh-oh-oh, oh. Oh, oh-oh-oh, oh.”

“C'mon,” Jaxon sang.

“Kiss you once now I can't leave,” they all sang. “’Cause everything you do is magic. But everything you do is magic.”

“That was amazing,” Shayne said, clapping her hands. “Have you guys thought of a name for the new show choir? You know, since the Adam’s Apples have long been defunct and that whole era is over and done?”

“I think it should maybe pay tribute to New Direction,” Jaxon said. “New Directions stood for so much and so many positive things. I think we all really miss that.”

“I also think we should look to the future,” Tyler said. “It should also reflect on the opportunities that are coming our way and the journeys we embark on.”

“That’s a great idea,” Jaxon said. “What about New Horizons?”

“I like it,” Nicole said. “It’s both a great tribute to New Directions and very indicative of what lies ahead for us.”

“All in favor?” Shayne asked as she looked at all the hands shooting up into the air.

“It’s unanimous,” Shayne said with a smile.

“Excuse me,” Greg said, walking into the theater nervously. “I came to join Glee Club. Madison has abandoned me and I don’t really have anything else to do and I wanna sing as it’s my passion.”

Jaxon looked at Greg and slowly smiled. “Welcome to New Horizons, Greg.”

After the first meeting had finished, Chuck started to grab his books, but was stopped when his phone’s text alert went off. Chuck pulled his phone out and opened the text message. It was from Trey.

Chuck, where are you? Please, hurry up and get here.

Chuck typed his response and looked back at his friends as he made the final decision to leave them for a while by cashing in some of the personal leave days he had accumulated over the past month at NYADA.

I’m flying back to Westerville. I’ll be there tomorrow, Trey.

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Lana and Camryn fumbled with the doorknob to Camryn’s apartment, trying to unlock it as they kissed passionately. Finally the door sprung open, causing Lana and Camryn to stumble and nearly fall inside the apartment.

“Are you sure you’re ready for this?” Lana asked Camryn as she broke the kiss and placed Camelot on the entertainment center.

“We’ve been together for nearly four months,” Camryn said. “I’m as ready as I will ever be.”

As Lana and Camryn began to kiss again, they stumbled backward toward Camryn’s sofa. As they lowered themselves on the couch, Lana broke the kiss.

“We’ve kissed the flavor off your lips,” Lana said with a smile.

“Look, these apartment walls are paper thin,” Camryn said as she stood up. “I should turn on some music. You know, to drown us out.”

Lana winked as Camryn stood up and walked over to her stereo system. Camryn pressed the play button and a One Direction song started playing.

I should have known, Lana thought, rolling her eyes. Oddly enough, it’s not killing the mood.

As Camryn returned to the couch, Lana pulled her close and began kissing her again. Camryn threw her head back as a small moaned escaped her throat.

“Do you remember summer '09?” Camryn sang as Lana gently kissed her neck. “Wanna go back there every night. Just can't lie, was the best time of my life. Lying on the beach as the sun blew out, playing this guitar by the fire too loud. Oh my, my, they could never shut us down.”

Camryn pushed Lana backward, leaning in to kiss her neck in return. Lana closed her eyes and gave into the intoxicating mix of her kisses and music.

“I used to think that I was better alone,” Lana sang. “Why did I ever wanna let you go? Under the moonlight as we stared at the sea. The words you whispered I will always believe.”

“I want you to rock me, rock me, rock me, yeah,” Lana and Camryn sang as they started to undress, throwing their jackets to the floor. “I want you to rock me, rock me, rock me, yeah. I want you to hit the pedal, heavy metal, show me you care. I want you to rock me, rock me, rock me, yeah.”

“Yeah, we were together summer '09,” Camryn sang as she pulled Lana close as Lana gently kissed stomach as Camryn fiddled with the clasps of her bra. “Wanna roll back like pressing rewind. You were mine and we never said goodbye.”

“I used to think that I was better alone,” Lana sang.

“Better alone,” Camryn echoed.

“Why did I ever wanna let you go?” Lana sang as Camryn gently kissed Lana’s neck again.

“Let you go,” Camryn echoed again.

“Under the moonlight as we stared at the sea,” Lana said, desperately trying to undo her belt.

“Stared at the sea,” Camryn echoed, pulling down her miniskirt.

“The words you whispered I will always believe,” Lana sang as she stepped out of her pants and stood there in her underwear.

“I want you to rock me, rock me, rock me, yeah,” Lana and Camryn sang as they both removed their bras, leaving them both exposed to one another. “I want you to rock me, rock me, rock me, yeah. I want you to hit the pedal, heavy metal, show me you care. I want you to rock me, rock me, rock me, yeah. R-O-C-K me again, R-O-C-K me again, R-O-C-K me again, yeah. I want you to R-O-C-K me again, R-O-C-K me again, R-O-C-K me again, yeah. I want you to rock me, rock me, rock me, yeah. I want you to rock me, rock me, rock me, yeah. I want you to hit the pedal, heavy metal, show me you care. I want you to rock me, rock me, rock me, yeah.”

Camryn leaned back, using the arm of the sofa to prop her up as she pulled Lana on top of her and looked deeply into her eyes.

“I want you to rock me, rock me, rock me, yeah,” they sang. “I want you to rock me, rock me, rock me, yeah. I want you to hit the pedal, heavy metal, show me you care. I want you to rock me, rock me, rock me, yeah.”

As the song ended, Lana pressed her lips to Camryn’s again. She left her hand travel down Camryn’s torso before it brushed her leg. Slowly as the kiss grew more passionate, Lana slid her hand between Camryn’s thighs. Camryn gasped, throwing her head back.

“You like being submissive to me?” Lana asked.

Camryn could only manage a nod as Lana’s touch began to be less and less about teasing and more about pleasing her. Lana’s free hand reached up to cup Camryn’s ample breast and Camryn flinched at the coldness of Lana’s hand. Soon, it began to warm up as Lana continued to touch her.

“Don’t stop,” Camryn said.

Lana slowly pulled her hand away from Camryn and dropped to her knees, Camryn’s thighs on either side of her head. As Lana dove into her, Camryn’s head began to swirl. She began buckling, her entire body tingling with electricity. As she hit her crescendo, she let out a long, high pitched moan. Lana rose up and looked her in the eye, smiling.

“So, is it my turn?” Lana asked.

Lana was taken aback as Camryn grabbed her and wrestled herself on top of Lana. As Camryn dropped to her knees, she twisted a bit, revealing a Hawaiian inspired tattoo on her back. Lana noted how pretty it was, no longer feeling as self-conscious about her own tattoo. Before Lana could realize what was going on, Camryn had dove between her legs and taken her by surprise. It wasn't long until Lana’s back arched and she, too, hit her crescendo.

After all was done, Lana and Camryn got dressed and headed toward the kitchen to cook supper. As Lana passed Camelot, she looked at Camryn with a smile.

“Maybe I should rename him Cumalot,” Lana joked as Camryn laughed so hard she cried.

“What do you want me to cook for us?” Camryn asked. “I was thinking beef wellington, but I may do something a bit more casual.”

“I don’t care,” Lana replied. “I’ve worked up quite an appetite and I can’t wait to taste your cooking.”

Lana and Camryn both jumped as the door slammed behind them. They turned to see Natasha walking in, her head hung down as she cried. Lana jumped off the bar stool and ran over to Natasha as Camryn followed suit.

“Nattie, what’s wrong?” Lana asked, putting her arm around Natasha.

“I got a call from Ana earlier,” Natasha said, her sobs making her hard to understand. “She said that Davies kissed her—”

“Davies?” Lana asked. “I’m going to choke that little whore.”

“—And then when I said that it wasn’t her fault and I forgave her, she said she needed time for experimentation and she dumped me,” Natasha said. “She was the first girl I loved. I’ve never been with another girl. She’s all I know of love.”

“It will be okay,” Lana said. “I’ve been dumped before and look at me now. I’ve finally found true love with Camryn. And think of the bright side, Nattie: now you can move in on Hallie since you’ve had a crush on her forever. I mean, it’s not like her relationship with Christian is important. I still don’t know what game she’s playing.”

But then, reality struck, Lana thought. My girlfriend was rooming with a lesbian on the rebound. It’s not that that I didn’t trust Camryn, because I did. But I knew what kind of naughty freak Natasha could be and that was what worried me.

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After Camryn decided to walk Lana home, Natasha sat alone in her room, staring at a picture of herself and Ana taken on Valentine’s Day. They looked happy, their arms around each other and smiling from ear-to-ear.

“Lately I found myself thinking, been dreaming about you a lot,” Natasha sang, turning the song she knew so well into a heartfelt and impromptu ballad. “And up in my head, I’m your girlfriend, but that’s one thing you’ve already got. She drives to school every morning while I walk alone in the rain. She’d kill me without any warning if she took a look in my brain.”

Natasha stood up and walked slowly over to the dresser and put the picture back. She picked up her hairbrush and held it to her face as if it were a microphone.

“Would she say she’s in love?” Natasha sang. “Well, if it was me then I would. Would she hold you when you’re feeling low? Baby, you should know that I would. Would she say she’s in love? Well, if it was me then I would. Would she hold you when you’re feeling low? Baby, you should know that I would. Back in my head, we were kissing. I thought things were going alright. With a sign on my back saying ‘kick me,’ reality ruined my life. Oh, it ruined, ruined, ruined my life, yeah. It feels like I’m constantly playing a game that I’m destined to lose ‘cause I can’t compete with your girlfriend—she’s got twenty-seven tattoos.”

Natasha set the brush down and walked over to the door frame and leaned against it, tear welling up in her eyes.

“Would she say she’s in love?” Natasha sang. “Well, if it was me then I would. Would she hold you when you’re feeling low? Baby, you should know that I would. Would she say she’s in love? Well, if it was me then I would. Would she hold you when you’re feeling low? Baby, you should know that I would. I would, I would, oh. Would she please you? Would she kiss you? Would she treat you like I would? Would she touch you? Would she need you? Would she love you like I would? Would she say he’s in love? Well, if it was me then I would. Would she hold you when you’re feeling low? Baby, you should know that I would.”

Natasha pushed herself off the door frame that she was leaning on and walked back over to her bed. As she sat down, she pulled her knees up to her chest and cradled herself.

“Would she please you?” Natasha sang. “Would she please you? Would she kiss you? Would she kiss you? Would she treat you like I would. Would she touch you? Would she touch you? Would she need you? Would she need you? Would she love you like I would? Would she say he’s in love? Well, if it was me then I would. Would he hold you when you’re feeling low? Baby, you should know that I would, I would, yeah, I would, yeah.”

As the song ended, Natasha broke down into tears, burying her face in her knees as she cried.

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Tyler smiled as Evan walked in and took a seat beside him on the sofa. Tyler shifted his body toward Evan, making it easier to face him.

“I think that we should figure out where we’re going after what you said last week,” Evan said. “I mean, figure out if we wanna give this a try.”

“I want to, Evan,” Tyler said. “I’ve just never been in a relationship with a guy. I can’t promise I will be good at it or know what to do—”

“Don’t worry,” Evan replied. “I have before, so I can lead you through it.”

“And lead both of yourselves into almost certain heartbreak,” India said as she walked into the living room. “Remember, Evan, you said yourself that all your relationships end miserably and you’re afraid that your next relationship might derail you even worse than your overdose after Skylar dumped you.”

“India, please, butt out,” Evan said.

“Don’t be mad at me for being the voice of reason,” India said. “Evan, your weakness is rushing into a relationship. I ask you out to gain popularity and you didn’t think twice. I actually fell for you and you used it to make Jaxon jealous—”

“Hey, I fell in love with you, too,” Evan said.

“And after you dumped me you jumped at the first chance to ride Jaxon’s magic stick,” India replied. “This was, of course, after you wasted no time rushing into a relationship with baby factory Breezy. You might wanna check and see if she has an Evan, Jr. tucked away anywhere—just saying. Then you wasted no time rushing into a relationship with Lucas, the boner-inducing piece of furniture who no one seems to miss. And from what I’ve heard, you didn’t even break-up with him before you rushed into dating Claude “Below-Average-Below-the-Belt” Warbler. How long was it before you rushed into pursuing Skylar? I mean, seriously Evan, I love you but you are only single at most two weeks before you start pursuing your next love interest—hash-tag, truth.”

“I’ve been single since my break-up with Skylar,” Evan said.

“Except from taking McKenzie to prom and then having a one night stand with him,” India added. “Seriously, Evan, are you addicted to heartbreak?”

“For the record,” Evan said. “Miles has had a bigger lists of love interests, crushes, heartbreaks, and kisses than me and you combined.”

“Yes,” India said. “I don’t think that he’s spent a whole week single without at least kissing on someone he wasn’t officially attached to. But, Evan dear, I mean no harm. I’m being honest here and only because I care. Look how your last relationship hurt you. I just think you should slow down a bit. You’ve been at NYADA all of a month and you still have almost four years ahead of you. You have time to slow down and take things a step at a time.”

“Thanks, India,” Evan said. “I’ll keep that in mind.”

“Anyway, I’m headed to the spa,” India said. “I need a spa date ASAP. I will see you guys later.”

“Bye,” Tyler said as India headed toward the door.

“Glad she’s gone,” Evan said. “Yes, we’ve managed to somewhat be good friends since the break-up, but I wish everyone would stay out of my love life. Everyone wants to act like it’s always my fault, but the truth is that most of my relationship issues have been to other people’s meddling in them. India and I broke up because she turned me into a male version of her. Claude and I broke up due to Miles kissing me, causing Claude to go back to Dalton, which doomed us. Lucas dumped me because Claude meddled with us, trying to get me for himself. Skylar dumped me because he was screwing our dealer, who in turn threatened me if I didn’t let him have Skylar to himself. The only relationship that was mostly my own fault was Breezy—”

“Evan, it’s okay,” Tyler said. “You don’t have to explain. I mean, I’ve never even kissed a guy so who I am to judge?”

“You’ve never kissed a guy?” Evan asked.

“I haven’t but I still know that I like guys,” Tyler said. “I’m physically attracted to them. I do find myself really turned on when I see two guys doing things with each other. I’ve just never experienced it for myself.”

“Baby, I, I wanna know what you think when you're alone,” Evan sang, prompting a corny smile from Tyler. “Is it me? Yeah, are you thinking of me? Yeah, oh, we've been friends now for a while. Wanna know that when you smile, is it me? Yeah, are you thinking of me? Yeah, oh, oh.”

“Boy, what would you do?” Tyler sang as he stood up and extended his hand to Evan, who took it and allowed himself to be pulled to his feet. “Would you wanna stay if I were to say—”

“I wanna be last, yeah,” Evan and Tyler sang. “Baby let me be your, let me be your last first kiss. I wanna be first, yeah. Wanna be the first to take it all the way like this. And if you only knew I wanna be last, yeah. Baby let me be your last, your last first kiss.”

“Baby, tell me would it change?” Tyler sang. “I'm afraid you'll run away if I tell you what I've wanted to tell you, yeah.”

“Maybe I just gotta wait,” Evan sang. “Maybe this is a mistake. I'm a fool, yeah, Baby I'm just a fool, yeah, oh, oh. Boy, what would you do? Would you wanna stay if I were to say—”

“I wanna be last, yeah,” Evan and Tyler sang as they slow danced together. “Baby, let me be your, let me be your last first kiss. I wanna be first, yeah. Wanna be the first to take it all the way like this. And if you only knew I wanna be last, yeah. Baby, let me be your last, your last first kiss.”

“Your last first kiss,” Tyler sang.

“Your last first kiss,” Evan sang.

“Your last first kiss,” Tyler sang. “Boy, what would you do?”

“Would you wanna stay if I were to say?” Evan sang.

“Your last first kiss,” Tyler sang.

“I wanna be last, yeah,” Evan and Tyler sang. “Baby, let me be your, let me be your last first kiss. I wanna be first, yeah. Wanna be the first to take it all the way like this. And if you only knew I wanna be last, yeah. Baby, let me be your last, your last first kiss. I wanna be last, yeah. Baby, let me be your last, your last first kiss.

“Ooh,” Evan sang.

“I wanna be last, yeah,” they sang. “Baby, let me be your last, your last first kiss.”

As the song ended, Evan and Tyler looked into each other’s eyes for a moment before Evan leaned in and pressed his lips to Tyler’s. Tyler’s eyes went wide but he kissed back, gently grabbing the back of Evan’s neck.

“Wow,” Tyler said as he broke the kiss.

“What?” Evan asked.

“That was better than kissing a girl,” Tyler said, smiling. “It was perfect, just like I imagined it would be.”

India watched through a small crack in the door, feeling her heart drop to her stomach as she saw Evan kiss Tyler. Slowly, she forced herself to turn away and leave them behind, her heartbreaking with every step she took.

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The next day, India stood onstage in the theater, a microphone stand in front of her as she looked out into the crowd. Her eyes drifted over to Tyler and Evan, who were sitting one in front of the other, trying not to reveal their relationship.

“Boy, that should be me driving to your house, knocking on your door, kissing you on the mouth, pulling on your hand, dancing in the dark,” India sang. “’Cause I was the only one who loved you from the start, but now when I see you with him it tears my world apart. Because I've been waiting all this time to finally say it, but now I see your heart's been taken. And nothing could be worse, baby, I loved you first. Had my chances, could have been where he is standing. That's what hurts the most, boy, I came so close. But now you'll never know, baby, I loved you first.”

Evan turned and looked at Tyler, as if asking him if he knew what was going on. Tyler shrugged, which caused Evan to turn back around and focus on India’s performance again.

“Boy, that should be me calling on your phone, saying you're the one and that I'll never let you go,” India sang. “I never understood what love was really like but I felt it for the first time looking in your eyes. But now when I see you with him my whole world falls apart because I've been waiting all this time to finally say it, but now I see your heart's been taken. And nothing could be worse, baby, I loved you first. Had my chances, could have been where he is standing. That's what hurts the most, boy, I came so close. But now you'll never know, baby, I loved you first.”

Jaxon looked confused as he watched India perform. He glanced around the room, trying to figure out who India was singing about. Lana watched Jaxon looking around the room and shook her head as she buried her face in her hand.

“First touch, first kiss, first boy who made me feel like this,” India sang as she looked at Evan. “Heartbreak, it's killing me. I loved you first—why can't you see? I've been waiting all this time to finally say it, but now I see your heart's been taken. Nothing could be worse, baby, I loved you first. Had my chances, could have been where he is standing. That's what hurts the most, boy, I came so close. But now you'll never know, baby, I loved you first. Baby, I loved you first. Baby, I loved you first, oh, yeah. Baby, I loved you first.”

As the song ended, Evan and Tyler looked at one another again, feeling uneasy. India stands there for a minute, looking upset.

“Look,” Jaxon said, standing up. “India, I’m not sure who you singing that about, but love will come to you one day. Just be happy for them that they found love in the meantime.”

“You don’t know what it’s like to feel unhappy, alone, and unloved, Jaxon,” India replied. “You’re married and happily so.”

“I’m married to someone I can barely even see,” Jaxon said. “Believe me, I know how it feels to feel unhappy and alone.”

“But you don’t feel unloved,” India said.

“There are plenty of people who love you here,” Nicole said.

“It’s not the same thing,” India said. “Look, I know you guys all think that I’m just some heartless bitch, but I’m not who you think I am. This bitch persona, it’s an act; a mask. Being a bitch is how I cope with the things I feel deep inside.”

India turned away as she began to sob, Slowly, Evan stood up and made his way to the stage, taking India into his arms.

“It may not be how you want it or precisely what you want, but you have me,” Evan said. “I will always be your friend, India. You and I, we’ve been through too much together not to be friends.”

India tried to force a smile as she began to cry on Evan’s shoulder.

“Okay,” Shayne said, feeling awkward as she made her way to the front of the theater. “Anyone else want to go next?”

Honey looked next to her at the empty chair, which belonged to Miles, who had skipped Glee Club for some unknown reason. As Shayne looked at Honey, Honey lowered her hand and stood up.

“I would like to go next,” Honey said.

“Alright,” Shayne said, making her way back to her seat as Honey passed Evan and India as she walked to the stage and they returned to their seats. Honey whispered something to the band, whose leader nodded as he signaled something to the others.

“Said I’d never leave him 'cause his hands fit like my t-shirt,” Honey sang, tugging at the bottom of her t-shirt. “Tongue-tied over three words, cursed, running over thoughts that make my feet hurt. Body's intertwined with his lips. Now he’s feeling so low since he went solo. Hole in the middle of my heart like a polo. And it’s no joke to me, so can we do it all over again? If you’re pretending from the start like this, with a tight grip, then my kiss can mend your broken heart. I might miss everything you said to me.”

“Let me guess: trouble in paradise?” Jaxon asked Lana as he looked over at her.

“It is Miles, after all,” Lana said. “But I’m trying not to get involved in it or any other drama.”

“Well, since Miles started hanging with Krystal and her lackeys, he’s all but left us and Glee Club behind,” Jaxon replied.

“You worry too much,” Lana said. “Jaxon, you are gonna make yourself sick from stress if you don’t stop caring so much about everyone. Some people you just have to let go of.”

“I just don’t like feeling abandoned,” Jaxon said.

“Again, this is Miles,” Lana said. “He does stuff like this all the time so why do you still care?”

“And I can lend you broken parts that might fit like this,” Honey sang. “And I will give you all my heart so we can start it all over again. Can we take the same road two days in the same clothes? And I know just what he’ll say if I can make all this pain go. Can we stop this for a minute? You know, I can tell that your heart isn’t in it or with it. Tell me with your mind, body and spirit. I can make your tears fall down like the showers that are British. Whether we’re together or apart, we can both remove the masks and admit we regret it from the start. If you’re pretending from the start like this with a tight grip, then my kiss can mend your broken heart. I might miss everything you said to me.”

“I’m afraid of what might happen to Miles since he’s started hanging with Krystal,” Greg said. “You guys only have a small fraction of an idea what she and the others are really like. Miles is headed down a bad path. She already sucked in Madison and now she’s trying to suck in Miles, too.”

Lana looked at Greg, then back at Jaxon. Jaxon shrugged his shoulders and turned back to watch Honey’s performance.

“And I can lend you broken parts that might fit like this,” Honey sang. “And I will give you all my heart so we can start it all over again. You’ll never know how to make it on your own and you’ll never show weakness for letting go. I guess it's still hard if the seed's sown, but do you really wanna be alone? If you’re pretending from the start like this with a tight grip, then my kiss can mend your broken heart. I might miss everything you said to me. And I can lend you broken parts that might fit like this. And I will give you all my heart so we can start it all over again.”

“How much danger and trouble is Miles in?” Jaxon asked.

Greg looked at Jaxon, his face very serious. “He’s in a lot of trouble, Jaxon.”

“If you’re pretending from the start like this with a tight grip, then my kiss can mend your broken heart,” Honey sang. “I might miss everything you said to me and I can lend you broken parts that might fit like this. And I will give you all my heart so we can start it all over again.”

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As everyone piled out of the theater, Tyler and Evan started toward India.

“I thought we said that we would keep this a secret,” Tyler said. “You know, to avoid all the meddling that will surely come our way considering our track records with past relationships—or lack thereof.”

“I didn’t tell her,” Evan said. “You just don’t know India. She has a way of finding out everything. She lives for gossip. I swear, it’s like she’s from Gossip Girl sometimes.”

“She does kind of favor—” Tyler said before Evan cut him off.

“Don’t even go there,” Evan said. “That’s a sensitive subject.”

“India,” Tyler said, ushering India off to the side where they would be sort-of in private. “What’s going on? How do you know about us?”

“I just know,” India said. “I saw you two kissing.”

“But can’t you be happy for us?” Tyler asked. “I know you like me, but I was honest and I made a decision from my heart.”

“You know, you may be gorgeous with your sparkling blue eyes, impossibly white teeth, and mega-watt smile, but not everything is about you,” India replied.

“If this isn’t about me, then who is it about?” Tyler blurted out before the realization hit him. “Oh, okay. I got it now.”

“I still love you, Evan,” India said. “You were the only guy to ever break my heart. Miles, well I never really loved him. That was all a lie. But you, I grew to love you. I’ve been trying to convince myself that I should win Tyler for myself, but I guess I just didn’t wanna be alone and I didn’t want you to have him either. Now, you’re both happy and I’m miserable.”

Evan looked at India, then Tyler, his mouth agape. He shook off the shock of India’s confession and composed himself.

“That’s what all this was about?” Evan asked. “You still love me?”

“Yes, as stupid and silly as it is,” India replied.

“It’s not stupid or silly,” Evan said. “But, I love Tyler and I’m with him now. That ship has sailed, India. It was so long ago and I’ve changed a lot.”

“I understand,” India said. “I just hate myself for feeling like this.”

“India, may we ask a favor of you?” Tyler asked.

India nodded. “Why not? I kind of owe it to both of you after blindsiding you with my emotional wreck of a confession.”

“Please don’t tell anyone,” Tyler said. “We don’t want people meddling and we know it’s going to happen seeing as I’ve never been with a guy before and taking Evan’s relationship troubles and recent overdose into effect.”

“The three of us, we’re friends, right?” India asked. “True friends as in if I, God forbid, woke up poor tomorrow, you would still like me?”

“Of course,” Evan said. “India, we don’t care how much money, fame, power, or influence you have. We love you for you, even if it took us a while to see past the bitch mask and find the real you. We’re friends, through thick and through thin. We’ve been through a hell of a lot together.”

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Jaxon made his way from the theater, zoning in on Miles as he made his way through the crowd. Jaxon sped up, weaving through the crowd, in an attempt to reach Miles before he disappeared. As Jaxon put his hand on Miles’ shoulder, Miles whipped around and looked taken by surprise.

“Jaxon!” Miles shouted. “You scared me.”

“Why so jumpy?” Jaxon asked, flashing his smile.

“What’s going on?” Miles asked.

“Look, Honey seemed pretty upset in Glee Club today and her song choice pretty much confirmed what I was thinking,” Jaxon said.

“Which is?” Miles asked.

“She’s losing faith in her relationship with you,” Jaxon said.

“You know, why don’t you butt out?” Miles asked. “I don’t remember asking you to be so concerned about me and my life.”

“If you wanna be an asshole to me, that’s fine,” Jaxon said. “But you’re gonna show a little bit more consideration to my sister-in-law. I couldn’t care less how much you mess up your life right now because why should I care when you don’t? All I know is that if you get into a lot of troubles with your new ‘friends,’ then you’re not only hurting yourself, but two innocent people: your son and your girlfriend.”

“I get it, Jaxon,” Miles said. “It’s just like when you first came to me because you felt alone and like Lana was abandoning you. Your abandonment issues are causing you to lash out at me because you’re jealous that I found new friends.”

“Your new friends are trouble,” Jaxon said. “They’re gonna be your downfall.”

“Miles, are you coming?” Logan asked as he, Krystal, Noelle, and Madison appeared at the end of the hallway.

“I’m coming,” Miles said before he looked back at Jaxon. “See you around.”

Jaxon watched as Miles jogged off to join the other Bad Kids. As Miles joined him, Logan handed Miles a joint. Jaxon watched the exchange, hoping to himself that he was wrong about what he saw.

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Jaxon sat alone on the couch, watching the clock. It was about time for Lana to get home and she failed to stop by before work like she said. Jaxon sighed to himself. Slowly, Jaxon stood up and walked into his bedroom and lifted James’ shirt to his face, deeply inhaling the scent. Once he sat the shirt down, he proceeded to walk to Lana’s room where he grabbed one of her hoodies off the floor and sniffed it as well.

“Now that’s creepy,” Lana said, standing in the doorframe.

Jaxon looked started as he froze, dropping Lana’s hoodie back into a pile on the floor.

“What are you doing?” Lana asked, her voice sounding a bit snippy.

“Ever since my dad died, it’s been a sort of coping mechanism to be able to smell someone when I miss them,” Jaxon said. “Lana, I miss you.”

“Jaxon, I have other aspects of my life,” Lana said. “My life isn’t just NYADA, Glee Club, and the loft. I have a girlfriend and I have a job.”

“And hobbies,” Jaxon said. “Like all the books you read.”

“I wanna live my life to the fullest now that I have the freedom to do so,” Lana said. “This is New York, Jaxon. It’s a city full of opportunities.”

“I always made time for you,” Jaxon said. “When I was going through a lot and while seeing James, I always made time for you, especially during senior year.”

“Did Miles put you up to this?” Lana asked. “I mean, this whole thing reeks of Miles. After all, coming from him it’s a bit of ‘the pot calling the kettle black,’ which we all know Miles does quite frequently.”

“My dad died,” Jaxon said, sitting down on the edge of Lana’s bed. “My brother, my mother, and James are all back in Lima. Miles has abandoned us all and you’re always busy. I have lost everyone that means anything to me. I feel so alone—and that’s what upset me so much about India’s speech earlier today. Because I may have James, but I still know all-too-well how she feels.”

“So you’re gonna let India and Miles, two known troublemakers, get to you?” Lana asked. “Jaxon, you’re so much better than that.”

“I just feel so left behind,” Jaxon said, starting to cry. “Abandoned, alone, forgotten—”

“Don’t you ever for a second think that I could forget about you or abandon you,” Lana said as she sat down next to Jaxon. “You weren’t my first friend here, but you and Adam have been my truest friends. You always keep me in line and give me tough love when I need it. And, I’m pretty sure if we were both straight, we’d be married by now. I mean, let’s face it: we’re too peas in a pod. We’re a matched set, no matter how much it may irritate us sometimes. You get me more than anyone.”

“And we can tell each other anything,” Jaxon added.

“Like when I’m menstruating,” Lana joked.

“And you’ve seen my completely naked and fully at attention,” Jaxon said.

“Yeah, pretty surprised I don’t need therapy after that one,” Lana said, smiling.

“Have I ever told you that you mean the world to me?” Jaxon asked, looking at Lana. “You’re my best friend and you’re like a little sister who has to sometimes play the role of big sister.”

“You mean the world to me too,” Lana said, laying her head over on Jaxon’s shoulder. “I don’t have a real brother, and although Wyatt is the closest thing to one that I do have, you’re like a brother to me as well. And I’m glad we had this talk because I think it made us even closer.”

“I think so too,” Jaxon replied.

“That being said, can I offer a bit of little-sister-giving-a-bit-of-big-sisterly-advice?” Lana asked.

“Sure,” Jaxon said.

“I know you well, Jaxon, and you haven’t been the same since Ryan did what he did,” Lana said. “I know it’s hard for you to talk about, but you need to go to Johanna’s meetings so you can get it out and let it go. I can see that you’re damaged. What he did was attempted sexual abuse, Jaxon. He violated you and you’re a victim. Please, just listen to me when I say that I know this is something you need to do.”

“I’ll go next week,” Jaxon said. “I promise.”

“Pinky swear?” Lana asked, extending her pinky to Jaxon, who hooked his own around hers.

“I pinky swear,” Jaxon said, smiling.

“And I will promise to make some best friend time,” Lana said. “One or two nights a week, instead of going out alone with Camryn, I will invite her, Tyler, and Evan, and you can invite Johanna and maybe someone else and we will hang out here and do something or go out. It will be a weekly best friend’s night.”

“Sounds good to me,” Jaxon said.

“But, in the meantime, I think a part-time job to get you out of this loft would do some good,” Lana said.

“You might be right,” Jaxon said. “I think I’m going stir crazy.”

“And one more thing,” Lana said. “If I ever catch you in my room, without permission, and sniffing my stuff, I will kick you in the balls.”

“I’m gonna kick you in the balls,” Jaxon jokingly sang.

“I’m dead serious,” Lana said, fighting a smile. “Now, off you go. Mama needs her beauty sleep.”

“I’m not tired,” Jaxon replied. “I think I will clean out the living room closet that Rachel, Kurt, and Santana forgot to clean out.”

“Have fun with that,” Lana said as Jaxon left the room.

Lana changed into her pajamas and climbed into the bed. She pulled the overs up to her chin and no sooner than she closed her eyes, Jaxon yelled her name.

“Look what I found,” Jaxon said, standing in the doorway and brandishing a boyfriend pillow and a girlfriend pillow. “This is a lady, just like you like.”

“I do not want that creepy thing,” Lana said.

“Sure you don’t,” Jaxon said as he sat it in her armchair. “I’m just gonna leave her right here in case you change your mind.”

“I won’t,” Lana said.

Lana closed her eyes and waited for Jaxon to leave. When he heard his footsteps fade down the hall, she got up, grabbed the girlfriend pillow, and toted it back to the bed with her. She made sure Jaxon hadn’t come back, put it on her bed, and climbed into bed to cuddle it.

“Night, Camryn,” Lana said, squeezing the pillow tightly.

Back in Jaxon’s room, Jaxon watched the doorway to make sure Lana didn’t appear. Once he knew the coast was clear, he pulled James’ shirt onto the boyfriend pillow, carried it into the bed with him, and hugged it close to him where he could inhale the smell of James’ perfume as he drifted off to sleep.

“Goodnight, James,” Jaxon whispered as he closed his eyes and drifted off to sleep.

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The next day, Hallie smiled as she walked over to join Christian, who took her hand in his and began to walk her down the hall.

“Thanks for allowing me to walk you to class,” Christian said. “I just wish that I didn’t have to drop you off and head to my class.”

“It’s okay,” Hallie said. “I guess we can’t have every class together.”

Not like Lana and Camryn, Hallie thought as she looked up and noticed Camryn walking an overly-giddy Lana toward the Songwriting 101 classroom.

“I will see you in Dance 101, then,” Christian said as he smiled at Hallie.

“And then don’t forget about joining Glee Club,” Hallie replied.

“I won’t forget, Princess,” Christian said, leaning in and kissing Hallie. As he broke the kiss, he smiled before turning around and walking off.

Hallie lifted her hand to her mouth and pressed her fingertips to her lips. She stood there, not moving as she thought about how wrong the kiss felt.

It feels like a lie when I kiss you, Hallie thought as she watched Christian walk away. It doesn’t feel right.  I know this isn’t me, but for some reason, I just want it—no, need it—to feel right.

As Hallie turned back around, she watched Lana and Camryn as they stopped in the classroom doorway. Lana seemed very lovey-dovey for a lack of a better word. She seemed to be smiling inside and out, and knowing her as well as Hallie did, she knew that could mean only one thing—Lana and Camryn had taken their relationship to the next level and had sex.

Not that it’s any of my business, Hallie thought. Lana’s moved on and is with Camryn now and I’m with Christian. It’s water under the bridge. It’s over and…and I still love her.

“Hello, hello, I know it's been a while,” Hallie sang as she watched Lana and Camryn disappear into the classroom. “But baby, I got something that I really wanna let you know, yeah—something that I wanna let you know, oh, oh, oh. You say, you say to everybody that you hate me. Couldn't blame you 'cause I know I left you all alone, yeah. I know that I left you all alone.”

Hallie walked through the door and glanced at Lana and Camryn, careful to look away before they noticed. Hallie made her way past them, back to her seat.

“Yeah, now I'm back at your door,” Hallie sang. “You're looking at me unsure. I should've seen it before. You're all I think about, baby. I was so stupid for letting you go, but I-I-I know you're still the one. You might have moved on but girl, you should know that I-I-I know you're still the one. I know it's saying too much, but I will never give up. I was so stupid for letting you go, but I-I-I know you're still the one. I-I-I know you're still the one.”

Slowly, the scene faded to the theater, where Hallie stood on stage, wearing a headset microphone. Sitting in the front row was Christian, who had joined New Horizons and was watching Hallie in awe as she performed.

“Hello, hello, I'm really hoping you'll forgive me,” Hallie sang. “I keep talking, begging, tell me what I wanna hear, yeah. Girl, just tell me what I wanna hear. I tried, I'll try to start again and find somebody, but I remember all the times and all the words we said, yeah. I can't get it out of my head, yeah. Now I'm back at your door. You're looking at me unsure. I should've seen it before. You're all I think about, baby.”

“Oh, this is sad,” Monique said, looking at Honey. “She’s a hanger-on.”

“Hallie, ever the hanger-on,” Honey said. “It’s like when Bella started to date Reece and Hallie wasn’t okay with it, even though she was with Lana.”

“I smell an intervention,” Aldy said.

“Are you sure that isn’t just your pits?” Honey asked, glaring at Aldy.

“I was so stupid for letting you go, but I-I-I know you're still the one,” Hallie sang. “You might have moved on but girl, you should know that I-I-I know you're still the one. I know it's saying too much, but I will never give up. I was so stupid for letting you go, but I-I-I know you're still the one. Hey you, you're still the one. Hey you, you're still the one. Hey you, you're still the one. Hey you, you’re still the one.”

“Look at him,” Camryn said, pointing at Christian. “He’s completely oblivious that she’s using him or that the song is clearly about you.”

“You seem unusually calm about the fact she’s singing to me,” Lana replied.

“Oh, I’m slamming her face into a brick wall in my head,” Camryn said. “I guess the only reason I’m imagining it instead of actually doing it is because you’re completely ignoring her and uninterested in her tactics.”

“I mean, I have you so why wouldn’t I be?” Lana asked. “Besides, you’re so cute when you’re jealous.”

“Not jealous,” Camryn said. “I’m frustrated that she is such a hanger-on.”

“I should get credit for that word,” Monique said from behind Jaxon.

“I’m pretty sure someone else coined it long before you perfected it,” Jaxon replied. “Trust me, history has had a lot of hangers-on.”

“But none more illustrious than Hallie,” Honey said.

“I know it's saying too much, but I will never give up,” Hallie sang. “I was so stupid for letting you go, but I-I-I know you're still the one. I-I-I know you're still the one.”

As everyone got up and made their way out the door, signaling the dismissal of Glee Club, Monique’s phone rang. She stopped, fished it out of her pocket, and held it to her ear.

“Hello?” Monique asked, realizing she hadn’t checked the caller ID.

“Hey, my love,” Chuck said on the other end. “I have some good news.”

“Ooh, that sounds wonderful,” Monique said. “Tell me, what is it?”

“The Dean here at Dalton has asked me to be an official Overseer for the Dalton Academy Warblers! Isn’t that great?”

“Uh, yeah,” Monique said, sounding a bit disappointed. “That’s great, Chuck.”

“Don’t worry,” Chuck said. “It’s not as full-time as a director and I only have to fly down for competitions and monthly check-ins. And the school pays for my travel as well as hotel accommodations for me and a guest during competitions, which means you can come with me.”

“That’s really great,” Monique said, sounding much happier. “I’m proud of you, Chuck. If anyone can turn the Warblers around and lead them to victory, it would be you.”

“That’s what the Dean said,” Chuck said. “He reviewed everything I did with the Warblers last year when I was training them and he was impressed. Oh, and I get a small salary, too. It’s great, Monique. I feel like I have a purpose in life, finally. Chuck Salvatore is moving on up in the world!”

Monique smiled. “I love you, sweetheart.”

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As Honey left the theater, Miles made his way to her and ushered her aside. Honey looked surprised, but she didn’t protest as Miles led her into an empty hallway.

“Where have you been?” Honey asked. “You haven’t been in Glee Club more than one day this week.”

“Krystal and the others don’t think Glee Club is cool,” Miles said. “So if they ask me to hang out, I can’t choose Glee Club over them.”

“What’s happened to you?” Honey asked. “The old Miles wouldn’t care what others thought of Glee Club. He would follow his heart and do what he enjoyed. And he wouldn’t ditch his true friends, either.”

“I still make time for you guys,” Miles said.

“What?” Honey asked. “In class and between classes in the hallways, is that when? Or is it when you go home and live with Hallie?”

“Honey, why are you so mad at me?” Miles asked, looking confused.

“Look at yourself, Miles,” Honey replied. “Listen to yourself and then tell me. You’re not yourself anymore.”

“I don’t want you to be angry with me,” Miles said. “I thought NYADA and New York were supposed to be all about opportunities—”

“You’re choosing to take all the wrong opportunities,” Honey said. “Don’t you see?”

“Krystal’s dad is a major record executive,” Miles said. “He can open all kinds of doors for me. Sometimes, you have to see when something is the perfect chance and seize it, despite what people think.”

“I’m your girlfriend,” Honey said. “You’re supposed to care what I think. And besides, Lana’s father is a major label executive, too. But it’s Krystal you’re schmoozing with.”

“Krystal has made me promises—”

Honey shook her head as she raised her hand and cut Miles off. “I’ve got somewhere to be, Miles. I’ll see you later. And remember, if you really love me, then you have to fight for me.”

Miles looked distraught as he watched Honey walk toward Jesse’s dance studio. He waited for her to have time to get inside and get busy before he slowly walked over and looked through the glass of the door. Honey and Jesse were practicing a dance number as Miles watched, their dance causing his heart to sink.

“Baby, you got me sick,” Miles sang as he very forlornly watched Jesse and Honey dance. “I don't know what I did. Need to take a break and figure it out, yeah. Got your voice in my head saying ‘let's just be friends.’ Can't believe the words came out of your mouth, yeah. I'm trying to be okay, I'm trying to be alright but seeing you with him just don't feel right.”

Miles turned around and started to walk down the hall, getting as far away from Jesse and Honey as possible. He couldn’t take it any longer; he couldn’t see any more.

“And I'm like ow,” Miles sang. “Never thought it'd hurt so bad getting over you-ooh. And ow, you're giving me a heart attack looking like you do-ooh. ‘cause you're all I ever wanted; thought you would be the one. It's ow, giving me a heart attack getting over you-ooh-ooh-ooh. Yeah, baby now that you're gone, I can't stand dumb love songs. Missing you is all I'm thinking about, yeah. Everyone's telling me I'm just too blind to see how you messed me up. I'm better off now, yeah.”

Miles pushed the door open and danced down the steps, thoughts forming in his head of how he could win Honey away from Jesse.

“I'm trying to be okay, I'm trying to be alright but seeing you with him just don't feel right,” Miles sang. “And I'm like ow, never thought it'd hurt so bad getting over you-ooh. And ow, you're giving me a heart attack looking like you do-ooh. ‘Cause you're all I ever wanted; thought you would be the one. It's ow, giving me a heart attack getting over you-ooh-ooh-ooh. Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ow! Oh, oh oh, oh, oh, oh, yeah, every time you look like that, ow! Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, ow! Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, you're giving me a heart attack. But seeing you with him just don't feel right.”

Miles gave into the song, dancing his worries and pain away, dancing through the parking lot as if he didn’t have a care in the world.

“And I'm like ow,” Miles sang. “Never thought it'd hurt so bad getting over you-ooh. And ow, you're giving me a heart attack looking like you do-ooh. ‘Cause you're all I ever wanted; thought you would be the one. It's ow, giving me a heart attack getting over you-ooh-ooh-ooh. You, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, you're all I ever wanted, ow! Yeah, every time you look like that, ow! Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, come on, you're all I ever wanted, ow! Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, you're giving me a heart attack, ow!”

As the song ended, Miles stopped and caught his breath as he saw Krystal and her sports car pull up beside him. Krystal lowered her sunglasses as she looked at Miles, smacking her gum loudly. Beside her, Logan looked Miles up and down.

“Hop in,” Krystal said.

Back in Jesse’s dance studio, Jesse glanced back up at the door, wondering if Miles was still watching. Honey noticed that Jesse seemed distracted, causing her to stop dancing for a moment.

“Is everything alright?” Honey asked, putting her hands on her hips.

“Yeah,” Jesse said. “I just thought that I saw something, but it was nothing.”

Honey nodded, knowing that Jesse was hiding something. She looked at the clock and decided it was best to go ahead and get going.

“I should be going,” Honey said. “I forgot that I am having supper over at my brother-in-law’s loft tonight. See you in class tomorrow.”

Jesse nodded. “You know, Honey, if you go after Miles, you already know what he’s going to say. He has shown that he isn’t going to change.”

“I guess I will take that risk,” Honey said as she slung her duffle bag over her shoulder and left the dance studio.

Out in the hallway, Honey sullenly walked down the hall, looking up at the ceiling instead of ahead of her. She tucked a lock of hair behind her ear, which was more a nervous tick than because it needed it.

“Don't try to make me stay or ask if I'm okay,” Honey sang, a tear falling down her cheek. “I don't have the answer. Don't make me stay the night or ask if I'm alright. I don't have the answer.”

Back in the mall, Miles watched his friends as they all played various games in the arcade. He turned away, walked a few steps out into the open as he stared at the photo booth that he and Honey had used just last weekend.

“Heartache doesn't last forever,” Miles said. “I'll say I'm fine; midnight ain't no time for laughing when you say goodbye.”

The screen went split screen, pushing Miles to the left side as Honey appeared on the right as they sang together.

“It makes your lips so kissable and your kiss un-miss-able, your fingertips so touchable and your eyes irresistible,” Miles and Honey sang.

 “I've tried to ask myself should I see someone else?” Honey sang as she walked down the hall. “I wish I knew the answer. But I know, if I go now, if I leave then I'm on my own tonight. I'll never know the answer.”

“Midnight doesn't last forever,” Miles sang. “Dark turns to light. Heartache flips my world around. I'm falling down, down, down, that's why.”

“I find your lips so kissable and your kiss un-miss-able, your fingertips so touchable and your eyes irresistible,” Miles and Honey sang. “Irresistible. Irresistible. Irresistible.”

“It's in your lips and in your kiss,” Honey sang.

“It's in your touch and your fingertips,” Miles sang.

“And it's in all the things and other things,” Honey sang.

“That make you who you are and your eyes irresistible,” Miles sang.

“It makes your lips so kissable and your kiss un-miss-able, your fingertips so touchable and your eyes, your eyes, your eyes,” Honey and Miles sang. “Your eyes, your eyes, your eyes, irresistible.”

As the song ended, Honey took a deep breath and pushed the door open, walking outside into the sunlight. Back in the mall, Miles found himself being pulled back into the arcade by Logan, who shoved the whack-a-mole mallet into his hand.

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The next day, Carmen walked into the theater, her head held high as she made her way inside.

“Mr. Pierce,” Carmen said, nodding at Jaxon. “It’s Friday and that means I’m here to see what you guys have prepared for me.”

“Glad you could make it, Miss Thibodaux,” Jaxon said. “Please have a seat and watch as New Horizons prepares to take the stage. We have planned a fun little group number for you that will also wrap up our Take Me Home week.”

“Take Me Home?” Carmen asked.

“As in the second album by British boy band, One Direction,” Jaxon said. “I found this CD in the costumes and props room and I felt it was a sign.”

“May I?” Carmen asked as she extended her hand.

Jaxon nodded as he handed the CD to Carmen, who examined the CD case and CD inside carefully.

“Ah,” Carmen exclaimed. “I have been looking for this everywhere. So, that’s where I left it. Thanks for finding it, Jaxon. I am truly grateful.”

Lana looked dumbfounded as Jaxon smiled at Carmen. “You actually like One Direction?”

“I think they are talented young men,” Carmen said. “Don’t, as you kids today say, ‘judge me,’ okay? We all have our guilty pleasures.”

“Well, that being said, please welcome NYADA’s own New Horizons to the stage,” Shayne said, clapping her hands together as New Horizons made their way onstage and took their places.

“C'mon, c'mon,” New Horizons sang.

“The one that I came with, she had to go,” Tyler sang. “But you look amazing, standing alone.”

“So c'mon, c'mon,” New Horizons sang.

“Move a little closer now,” Greg sang.

“C'mon, c'mon,” New Horizons sang as they began to dance around Greg.

“Ain't no way you're walking out,” Greg sang.

“C'mon, c'mon,” New Horizons sang.

“Show me what you're all about,” Greg sang.

“Yeah, I've been watching you all night,” New Horizons sang. “There's something in your eyes. Say, ‘c'mon, c'mon and dance with me, baby.’ Yeah, the music is so loud. I wanna be yours now so c'mon, c'mon and dance with me, baby.”

As New Horizons sang, they ran around the stage, giving each other tackle hugs, high fives, fist bumps, and the like.

“The one that I came with didn't know how to move,” Christian sang as he walked forward and smiled at Greg, giving him a congratulatory fist bump. “The way that you let your hair down, I can tell that you do.”

“So c'mon, c'mon,” New Horizons sang.

“Move a little closer now,” Johanna sang.

“C'mon, c'mon,” New Horizons sang.

“Ain't no way you're walking out,” Johanna sang.

“C'mon, c'mon,” New Horizons sang.

“Show me what you're all about,” Johanna sang.

“Yeah, I've been watching you all night,” New Horizons sang. “There's something in your eyes. Say, ‘c'mon, c'mon and dance with me, baby.’ Yeah, the music is so loud. I wanna be yours now so c'mon, c'mon and dance with me, baby.”

“Every step I take I'm thrilling more and more,” Nicole sang. “He's calling out, I’m a lucky girl. My heart is racing, he's turning around. I reach for his hand and I say—”

“Hey, I've been watching you all night,” McKenzie sang.

“There's something in your eyes,” New Horizons sang. “Say, ‘c'mon, c'mon and dance with me, baby.’ Yeah, the music is so loud. I wanna be yours now so c'mon, c'mon and dance with me, baby. C'mon, c'mon. C'mon, c'mon. C'mon, c'mon and dance with me, baby.”

As the song ended, everyone stood dead still, waiting for Carmen’s reaction. Carmen slowly stood up and began to clap, a smile slowly spreading across her face.

“I truly believe that you guys are good enough for the United States College Show Choir championships,” Carmen said. “Jaxon, you and your friends have really turned the show choir around.”

“I sent a letter to the USCSC governing board on their behalf,” Shayne said. “I know that if they get accredited, New Horizons will miss Invitationals and likely Sectionals because of how long it will take to get accredited as a USCSC show choir.”

“They might make an exception,” Carmen said. “Especially if I were to write a letter giving my support toward New Horizons.”

“You mean it?” Jaxon asked. “You would really do that for us?” supports the idea and celebrates their new show choir.

Carmen nodded. “Jaxon, I truly believe in you and everyone in this room. You all have my support. Keep doing what you’re doing and making NYADA proud for me.”

As Carmen walked out smiling, everyone in New Horizons looked at one another in disbelief.

“Did that really just happen?” Chuck said, stepping into the theater.

Everyone turned to face Chuck and began to fun over to him, hugging him. As Jaxon hugged Chuck, Chuck’s smile grew bigger.

“Jaxon, I think you would be proud of me,” Chuck said.

“I’m always proud,” Jaxon said. “I’m proud of every one of us.”

As Jaxon reached over and messed up Chuck’s hair playfully, Chuck looked at each of his friends, excited to share the big news.

 

THE END

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