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Gold Forever
Season 2, Episode 22
GoldForeverParis
Air date May 21st
Written by JamesonOTP
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Gold Forever is the twenty-second episode of Season 2 and the forty-fourth episode overall of Glee: The Next Generation. It is the Season 2 finale.


New Directions attends Internationals, set in beautiful and romantic Paris, France. The beauty and romance of the city of love will inspire two couples to take a huge plunge, but can it stop another from falling apart? Breezy has a secret that is gonna change things forever. Meanwhile, New Directions comes face-to-face with an old friend/nemesis hellbent on revenge.

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Glee: The Next Generation Season 2, Episode #22: "Gold Forever"Edit

So here’s what you missed on Glee: The Next Generation:

So Honey wanted to get back at Taylor for what she did to Nicole, she tried to get Lana to slushie Taylor. But Lana wanted no part of it and Honey ended up doing it herself. Now Taylor swears she’s gonna get Honey back, which isn’t good news for Honey. Ana and Natasha are now Taylor’s lackeys and they’ve become the new Unholy Trinity. Lana and Hallie are back together, but Lana hasn’t told her mom yet. Jaxon and James had a fight earlier this year, but now they’re stronger than ever, even if they did get caught in the act by James’s new dads and new sister, Honey. Breezy’s hiding something from Miles, which is unusual because usually it’s Miles hiding something. And New Directions won Nationals, thanks to the song John wrote and now they are preparing for Internationals in Paris, France.

And that’s what you missed on Glee!

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Jaxon walked down the hallway in what seemed like slow motion.

Ever since I first signed up for Glee Club, I had dreamt of this moment. And while I dreamt about it, I never once imagined it would become such a reality and so soon at that. Winning Nationals and headed for Internationals, it was the Holy Grail of show choir.

We were the underdogs and against all odds, we did it. We became National Champions and earned our spot in Internationals to compete for the bragging rights of being the best in the world.

It was so close I could feel it. Taste it. But at the same time, it was the moon to a little child. This big, glowing object in the sky, just out of reach, that you believe deep inside that you could reach if you climbed a little higher. So, you climb to the tallest branch of the biggest tree you can find, but it’s still just out of reach.

That was Internationals, and I, Jaxon Bryce Pierce, would be atop that tree, reaching for the moon.

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Miles, Bella, Evan, James, and Breezy walked down the hall, headed for the choir room. Miles looked around, unable to believe his eyes.

“We just won Nationals,” Miles said. “Not one person has congratulated us, there’s no banner, nothing. You’d think we’d be treated like hometown heroes.”

“We’re losers,” James said. “Lima losers to be precise.”

“I kind of can’t wait to get out of this town,” Breezy said.

“Yeah, but we got one more year to go,” Miles said

“Yeah,” Breezy said, looking down at the floor. “One more year.”

Breezy chuckled uneasily. No one really noticed it, much to her relief.

“We’ll be treated like legends when we win Internationals,” Evan said. “We’re destined for greatness, guys. We just have to believe.”

Bella hung back and pulled Breezy aside as Miles, James, and Evan hurried ahead to meet up with Jaxon, Lana, and Hallie.

“You’re hiding something,” Bella said.

Breezy shook her head, perhaps a little too defensively. “No, I’m not. It’s nothing.”

“Yes it is,” Bella said. “And I think I know what. You’re doubting Miles and given his reputation with the ladies, you’re thinking about dumping him. But, you’re still not sure whether you should or not. Well, rest assured, I have dated Miles and I can give you a little advice.”

“Oh no, that’s not necessary,” Breezy protested.

“Nonsense,” Bella said with a smile. “It’s not a big deal.”

Breezy rolled her eyes. From behind Bella, Taylor, Ana, and Natasha began to clap rhythmically.

“Hey, good girl, with your head in the clouds,” Bella sang, walking around Breezy. “I bet you I can tell you what you’re thinking about. You'll see a good boy, gonna give you the world but he’s gonna leave you crying with your heart in the dirt. His lips are dripping honey but he’ll sting you like a bee. So lock up all your love and go and throw away the key. Hey good girl, get out while you can. I know you think you got a good man.”

Breezy rolled her eyes as she started walking down the hall. Bella walked at her side, singing.

“Why, why you gotta be so blind? Won’t you open up your eyes? It’s just a matter of time 'til you find he’s no good, girl. No good for you. You better get to getting on your goodbye shoes and go, go, go. Better listen to me, he’s low, low, low. Hey, good girl, you got a heart of gold. You want a white wedding and a hand you can hold. Just like you should, girl, like every good girl does. Want a fairy tale ending, somebody to love. But he’s really good at lying. Yeah, he’ll leave you in the dust. 'Cause when he says forever, well, it don’t mean much. Hey good girl, so good for him. Better back away honey. You don’t know where he’s been.”

“Why, why you gotta be so blind?” Bella sang as Taylor, Ana, and Natasha joined in, backing her up. “Won’t you open up your eyes? It’s just a matter of time 'til you find he’s no good, girl. No good for you. You better get to getting on your goodbye shoes and go, go, go. Yeah, yeah, yeah, he’s low. Yeah, yeah, yeah.”

Breezy increased the speed at which she was walking, trying to get away, but Bella matched her stride. Taylor, Ana, and Natasha looked at one another and shrugged before walking away.”

“Oh, he’s no good, girl,” Bella sang. “Why can’t you see? He’ll take your heart and break it. Listen to me, yeah. Why, why you gotta be so blind? Won’t you open up your eyes? Just a matter of time ‘til you find he’s no good, he’s no good. Won’t you open up your eyes? Just a matter of time 'til you find he’s no good, girl. No good for you. You better get to getting on your goodbye shoes.”

Breezy stopped abruptly and turned to face Bella. “It’s not that. It’s not Miles at all. It’s me.”

“Then what is it?” Bella asked. “Tell me.”

Breezy sighed. “I can’t tell you. If I do, Miles will be hurt and everyone in New Directions will be mad.”

“It can’t be that bad,” Bella said.

“It is,” Breezy replied. “I won’t be here next year.”

“What?” Bella asked, shocked. “Why?”

“I dedicated all my electives the past three years to earning all my credits for graduation. So, I’m graduating this year. I didn’t wanna tell you guys until the time was right.”

“Graduation is tomorrow,” Bella said. “We have two last days of school left and a weekend in Paris for Internationals. When were you gonna tell us?”

“After Internationals,” Breezy said. “I didn’t want this hanging over our heads at the competition and possibly ruining it for us.”

“Then you should have told us sooner,” Bella said. “That way, we all could have treasured what time we had together.”

“Bella, I’m sorry. Just please, don’t tell the others.”

“They need to know,” Bella said. “They deserve to know. But I’ll let you be the one to tell them. It should be coming from your mouth, not mine.”

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Breezy looked sad and distant as she walked into the choir room and took her seat.

“Alright guys, we need to work on choreography for Internationals,” Will said. “Everyone on the floor. Let’s get to work.”

“Jaxon, why don’t you come show us the choreography for ‘Waka Waka’ so we can make sure we have it nailed,” Sue said.

Jaxon smiled as he walked over to join Sue and Will. “My pleasure, Coach Sylvester.”

“Everyone watch Jaxon,” Will said.

“Alright,” Jaxon said, getting into position. “It’s clap, clap, step, step, turn, pivot. Then we go into clap, clap, reach, reach, thrust, pivot, jump.”

Lana and James collided into each other. Lana was knocked to the floor. James reached down and helped her up.

“Sorry,” James said.

Lana brushed herself off. “It’s okay. I’m just not that great with choreography. I turned when I should have pivoted.”

“You guys can do this,” Will said. “You just have to believe in yourselves. You’ve made it this far. You’re National Champions, you’re headed to Internationals. Just last year, you were there, in the crowd as spectators. This year, you’re on the stage. Be proud of yourselves.”

“Now,” Sue said. “From the top.”

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Lana held Hallie’s hand as they walked down the hall.

“I can’t believe we’re still having to hide this from your mom,” Hallie said.

“Well, she still isn’t too keen on the idea of me and you,” Lana said.

“Well, we have a whole four days together,” Hallie said.

“We’ll always have Paris,” Lana said with a smile.

“The dishonesty is killing me,” Hallie said. “I don’t like that you have to lower yourself to the level of having to lie to your mother. It really saddens me. You’re so much better than that, Lana. A whole lot better, if you ask me.”

“There’s just no other way, Hallie,” Lana said. “I love you too much to let you go.”

“We could runaway together,” Hallie said “Just like Romeo and Juliet.”

“Enough fooling,” Lana said.

“I’m not fooling,” Hallie said. “When we get to Paris, let’s make a run for it, just you and me. They’ll never get us and we can finally be together again.”

Lana looked at Hallie, a shocked look on her face. She didn’t know what to do or say, except stand there looking at her like a deer in headlights.

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Breezy stood in the doorway of the choir room, watching as Miles packed away some sheet music.

“I’m so happy that Jaxon got the solo for Internationals,” Breezy said.

“Jaxon will lead us to victory,” Miles said. “But I still feel sorry for Kevin and Evan. They worked so hard, too.”

“I came here to talk to you while I could find you alone,” Breezy said.

Miles raised an eyebrow. “Oh? What about?”

Breezy walked slowly over to where Miles stood, fiddling with the hem of her blouse uncomfortably.

“Um, I had an opportunity to get into Yale a year early if I earned all my credits for graduation,” Breezy said. “So I took it. It’s full scholarship, so even though my parents could afford tuition, they don’t have to pay my way through college. I get to be fully independent.”

“What are you saying?” Miles asked.

“That I used all my electives classes the past three years to earn my credits,” Breezy replied. “So, I’ll be graduating tonight and I’ll be headed to Yale when summer break is over.”

“So when were you going to tell me?” Miles asked, his nostrils beginning to flare. “Huh? Did you even plan to tell me that we had just this summer together before you went off somewhere hundreds of miles away?”

Miles flung the sheet music booklet across the room. It hit the wall with a thud and split in two. Breezy stood there, looking at it shocked, her hand covering her mouth.

“Answer me!” Miles yelled.

“You’re scaring me!” Breezy said.

Miles sunk down into the nearest chair he could find. He shielded his eyes as Breezy stood over him.

“We can…we can make this work,” Miles said.

“No, we can’t, Miles,” Breezy said “It would be selfish and unfair. We’re gonna be separated by over five hundred miles. We’ll barely see each other and what kind of romance is that for us? I was always afraid of being hurt because of my parents. Seeing them go through a divorce, it was hard on me. But in the end, I realize that it was what was right. Neither of them were happy and the last thing I would do is try to keep together a relationship that leaves us both unhappy. We could never be happy like that, Miles.”

Miles buried his face in his hands as he began to cry. Breezy wiped a tear from her cheek.

“I’m sorry, Miles. It has to be this way,” Breezy said as she turned around and walked out the choir room door.

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Breezy stood onstage in the empty auditorium, looking out into the empty seats. The only light in the entire auditorium aside from the exit signs were the two spots lights that intersected where she stood.

“Honestly, what will become of me?” Breezy sang. “Don't like reality, it's way too clear to me. But really life is dandy. We are what we don't see. Missed everything daydreaming. Flames to dust, lovers to friends. Why do all good things come to an end? Flames to dust, lovers to friends. Why do all good things come to an end? Come to an end, come to an-- why do all good things come to end? Come to an end, come to an-- why do all good things come to an end?”

Back in the choir room, Jaxon walked in, his backpack slung over his shoulder. He saw Miles sitting there crying and he hurried over, dropped his backpack, and sat down beside him.

“What’s wrong?” Jaxon asked.

“Breezy’s going to college,” Miles said through the tears. “Early acceptance at Yale and on a full scholarship. She broke up with me.”

“Chin up,” Jaxon said. “You’ve been dumped a couple of times.”

“But I really liked Breezy,” Miles said, tears streaming down his face. “And you don’t understand, Jaxon. I’m scared, okay? I’m scared to be alone. You’re my best friend and you’re all I have left.”

Jaxon reached over and grabbed Miles, holding him and letting him cry on his shoulder.

“I’m here, Miles,” Jaxon said. “I’m never gonna let you be alone, buddy.”

Back in the auditorium, Breezy closed her eyes, fighting back tears as she continued to sing.

“Traveling, I only stop at exits. Wondering if I'll stay young and restless. Living this way, I stress less. I want to pull away when the dream dies. The pain sets in and I don't cry. I only feel gravity and I wonder why. Flames to dust, lovers to friends. Why do all good things come to an end? Flames to dust, lovers to friends. Why do all good things come to an end? Come to an end come to an-- why do all good things come to end? Come to an end come to an-- why do all good things come to an end? Well the dogs were whistling a new tune, barking at the new moon. Hoping it would come soon so that they could-- dogs were whistling a new tune, barking at the new moon. Hoping it would come soon so that they could die, die, die, die, die.”

Once again, back in the choir room, Jaxon held his friend tightly as he continued to cry.

“Shh,” Jaxon said. “It’s alright.”

“Please,” Miles begged, looking up at Jaxon. “I have a reputation. I’m the tough guy. Please, don’t tell anyone I cried.”

“It’s okay to cry, Miles,” Jaxon said. “Even for you tough guys.”

“Jaxon, my step father said real men don’t cry. He’d think I was a disgrace if he ever found out. You don’t know my step dad. And if the whole school found out, that would be social suicide.”

Jaxon sighed. “What happens right now, in this choir room, it stays between us. Okay?”

“Thank you, Jaxon,” Miles said.

Back in the auditorium, Breezy stood in the middle of the stage, looking upward as she sang.

Flames to dust, lovers to friends. Why do all good things come to an end? Flames to dust, lovers to friends. Why do all good things come to an end? Come to an end come to an-- why do all good things come to end? Come to an end come to an-- why do all good things come to an end? Well the dogs were whistling a new tune, barking at the new moon. Hoping it would come soon. And the sun was wondering if it should stay away for a day 'til the feeling went away. And the sky was falling on the clouds were dropping and the rain forgot how to bring salvation. The dogs were barking at the new moon, whistling a new tune, hoping it would come soon so that they could die.”

The spotlights turned off, casting Breezy into darkness.

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The next day, New Directions seemed excited as they boarded the bus that would take them to the airport. Coach Beiste was behind the wheel; Sue, Emma, and Will sat directly behind her.

“Alright,” Will said enthusiastically. “We’re Paris bound!”

Jaxon took his guitar out with a smile on his face and began to play. Lana smiled at his as she began to drum along on the back of the empty seat in front of her.

“You got me down on the floor,” Jaxon sang. “So what'd you bring me down here for? You got me down on the floor. So what'd you bring me down here for?”

Behind Jaxon, Bella smiled.

“If I was a man, I'd make my move,” Bella sang. “If I was a blade, I'd shave you smooth. If I was a judge I'd break the law.”

“And if I was from Paris,” Jaxon sang. “If I was from Paris I would say--”

“Ooh la la la la lala,” New Directions sang. “Ooh la la la la lala. Ooh la la la la lala. Ooh la la la la lala.”

“You got me up on your swing,” Miles sang. “So when you gonna shake that thing? You got me up on your swing. So when you gonna shake that thing?”

“If I was a man I'd make my move,” Nicole sang. “If I was a blade I'd shave you smooth. If I was a judge I'd break the law.”

“And if I was from Paris,” Miles sang. “If I was from Paris--”

“I would say ooh la la la la la la,” New Directions sang. “Ooh la la la la lala. Ooh la la la la lala. Ooh la la la la lala.”

“Ooh!” Jaxon sang.

“If I was a man I'd make my move,” New Directions sang. “If I was a blade, I'd shave you smooth. If I was a judge, I'd break the law. And if I was from Paris, if I was from Paris, I would say ooh la la la la la la.”

“Great job guys,” Will said with a smile. “You know what, guys? I think we might win this thing.”

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New Directions walked into the fancy hotel, in awe as they looked around. The curtains were made out of the finest velvet, fancy chandeliers hung from the ceiling, and the staircase looked like the Titanic’s grand staircase.

“I think we’re in the wrong hotel,” Will said to Emma.

“This is so fancy,” Emma said. “I feel like royalty.”

“Are you here for the Show Choir International Championship Showcase?” The man behind the counter asked with a heavy French accent.

“Yes, sir,” Will said.

“You must be the New Directions,” the man replied.

Will nodded. “We are.”

“Here are your keys,” the man said with a smile as he handed keys to Will and Emma. “Have a good time, good luck at your competition, and please enjoy your stay.”

Will looked at Emma, a smile on his face. “Guess we’re in the right place, after all.”

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Jaxon held James’ hand tightly as they walked through beautiful Bohemian Paris. Jaxon looked over at James, who was smiling from ear to ear.

“Jaxon,” James said. “This is beautiful.”

“I brought you here because I know how much you love Moulin Rouge. This is the actual Moulin Rogue. I knew I couldn’t let a visit to Paris go by without taking you to see it.”

“Jaxon, that means so much to me. You know that Moulin Rouge is one of my favorite movies.”

“That’s why I had to bring you here for a special duet,” Jaxon said.

Jaxon gave a signal and Lana and Hallie walked out, boombox in hand. James looked at them and then back at Jaxon.

“Jaxon?” James asked, his eyes tearing up.

Lana pressed the play button on the boom box and Celine Dion’s “Because You Loved Me” began to play.

“For all those times you stood by me,” Jaxon sang. “For all the truth that you made me see. For all the joy you brought to my life. For all the wrong that you made right. For every dream you made come true. For all the love I found in you, I'll be forever thankful baby. You're the one who held me up, never let me fall. You're the one who saw me through, through it all.”

“You were my strength when I was weak,” Jaxon and James sang. “You were my voice when I couldn't speak. You were my eyes when I couldn't see. You saw the best there was in me. Lifted me up when I couldn't reach. You gave me faith 'cause you believed. I'm everything I am because you loved me.”

“You gave me wings and made me fly,” James sang. “You touched my hand, I could touch the sky. I lost my faith, you gave it back to me. You said no star was out of reach. You stood by me and I stood tall. I had your love, I had it all. I'm grateful for each day you gave me. Maybe I don't know that much, but I know this much is true. I was blessed because I was loved by you.”

“You were my strength when I was weak,” Jaxon and James sang. “You were my voice when I couldn't speak. You were my eyes when I couldn't see. You saw the best there was in me. Lifted me up when I couldn't reach. You gave me faith 'cause you believed. I'm everything I am because you loved me.”

“You were always there for me,” Jaxon sang. “The tender wind that carried me. A light in the dark, shining your love into my life.”

“You've been my inspiration,” James sang. “Through the lies, you were the truth. My world is a better place because of you.”

“You were my strength when I was weak,” Jaxon and James sang. “You were my voice when I couldn't speak. You were my eyes when I couldn't see. You saw the best there was in me. Lifted me up when I couldn't reach. You gave me faith 'cause you believed. I'm everything I am because you loved me. I'm everything I am because you loved me.”

As the song ended, Jaxon pulled James into a hug.

“You know,” James said. “You aren’t the only one who has a surprise up his sleeve.”

Jaxon looked at James, curious.

“I was thinking about how this was after all, the city of love,” James said. “So, I got a part time job as a waiter at Breadstix and I’ve been saving my tips for these.”

James reached into his pocket and pulled out a small, black box. He got down on one knee, opening the box. Jaxon’s eyes went wide with surprise.

“Jaxon Bryce Pierce, will you marry me?” James asked.

“Oh snap,” Lana managed from her gaping mouth.

“I mean, you’ll be going to New York,” James said. “It’s legal there for us to marry. I love you with all my heart and I can’t imagine a single day without you.”

Jaxon smiled as he began to cry. “James, I will. I’ll marry you.”

James smiled as he jumped up and threw his arms around Jaxon. He kissed him on the cheek as he held him tightly.

“They’re matching white gold bands,” James said. “And your name is inscribed in mine and vice versa. So that what, we’re always with each other, even if we’re apart. Like we will be when you leave for NYADA.”

Jaxon smiled bravely, trying to hide how much his heart sank when James reminded him that they’d be apart for most of that year.

“I’m going to go tell Honey,” James said. “Maybe she can help me figure out how to break this to Hiram and Leroy.”

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Honey’s smile faded as she stood there, looking at James.

“I thought you’d be happy for me,” James said.

“I am,” Honey said. “Please believe I am. It’s just, I knew that Declan would be leaving me too, so I talked to Rachel about something. And despite her original reluctance to support it, I convinced her to come around. So, before I left, I asked Declan if he would marry me. And he said he wasn’t ready.”

“I’m so sorry,” James said. “I had no idea.”

“Now, there is this huge rift between us and I don’t even know if we’ll be okay,” Honey continued. “And he’s going off to Harvard when the summer’s over.”

“I really didn’t know,” James said. “But you and Declan will work this out, Honey. You really love one another and what you have is special. Declan’s probably just worried about how things are gonna work when he goes away to college. I know that Jaxon and I have discussed it a little bit, but we still have a whole year ahead of us before we’re separated. Unfortunately, you and Declan don’t have that luxury.”

“I hope things do work out,” Honey said. “But really, I am happy for you guys. Come here.”

James walked over to Honey and she wrapped her arms around him.

“I love you,” Honey said.

“Love you, too,” James said.

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New Directions was seated inside the fancy theater, waiting for their turn to perform. They had been randomly chosen to perform last, after some choir named the West Chelsea Songbirds.

“That name sounds so familiar,” Will said.

“Alright, please your hands together for our international judges,” the announcer said. “American action icon and Hungarian model, Milla Jovovitch!”

Milla stood up and threw punches to the cheers of the crowd.

“British boy band and international superstars, the Wanted!”

The Wanted stood up and waved to the crowd.

“And an American icon who calls Paris home, Johnny Depp!”

Johnny Depp stood up, dressed as Jack Sparrow and the crowd went nuts. He played around with the crowd a little bit, smiling as he made them laugh.

“Oh my god!” Kevin said. “Jack Sparrow is real! And he’s here!”

Miles reached up, about to smack Kevin in the back of the head, but he stopped abruptly.

“Nah, I really don’t feel like it,” Miles said.

Lana reached over and smacked Kevin in the back of the head. “There you go, Miles.”

Evan laughed. “Didn’t see that one coming.”

“And now, from West Chelsea, London, the West Chelsea Songbirds!” The announcer said as the curtains opened.

There were audible gasps from New Directions as they looked at who stood front and center.

“Oh my god,” Jaxon said.

“India!” Lana said, narrowing her eyes.

“Look inside,” India sang as the rest of the Songbirds danced around her in a circle. “Look inside your tiny mind. Now, look a bit harder. ‘Cause we're so uninspired, so sick and tired of all the hatred you harbor. So you say it's not okay to be gay. Well, I think you're just evil. You're just some racist who can't tie my laces. Your point of view is medieval.”

“Forget you,” India and the Songbirds sang. “Forget you very, very much. ‘Cause we hate what you do and we hate your whole crew. So please don't stay in touch. Forget you. Forget you very, very much. ‘Cause your words don't translate and it's getting quite late, so please don't stay in touch.”

“Oh get over it, India,” Evan said, crossing his arms and glaring at her.

“Do you get,” India sang. “Do you get a little kick out of being slow minded? You want to be like your father, it's approval you're after. Well that's not how you find it. Do you, do you really enjoy living a life that's so hateful? Cause there's a hole where your soul should be. Your losing control of it and it's really distasteful.”

“Forget you,” India and the Songbirds sang. “Forget you very, very much. ‘Cause we hate what you do and we hate your whole crew. So please don't stay in touch. Forget you. Forget you very, very much. ‘Cause your words don't translate and it's getting quite late, so please don't stay in touch. Forget you. Forget you very, very much. ‘Cause your words don't translate and it's getting quite late, so please don't stay in touch. Forget you, forget you, forget you. Forget you, forget you, forget you, forget you.”

“You say, you think we need to go to war,” India sang. “Well you're already in one. ‘Cause its people like you that need to get slew. No one wants your opinion.”

“Ugh,” Bella said. “How rude.”

“Forget you,” India and the Songbirds sang. “Forget you very, very much. ‘Cause we hate what you do and we hate your whole crew. So please don't stay in touch. Forget you. Forget you very, very much. ‘Cause your words don't translate and it's getting quite late, so please don't stay in touch. Forget you. Forget you very, very much. ‘Cause your words don't translate and it's getting quite late, so please don't stay in touch. Forget you, forget you, forget you. Forget you, forget you, forget you, forget you.”

The Songbirds struck poses as India looked out into the audience and glared at New Directions and mouthed something.

“What she mouthed, unlike that song, was not edited,” Nicole said. “And frankly, I am offended.”

“It makes me want to kick her square in the taco,” Lana said.

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Jaxon stood behind the closed curtain, his head lowered as he gathered his thoughts and prepared to take the stage. He looked back at James, who stood in the back with the rest of New Directions. James smiled and gave Jaxon a thumbs up.

Jaxon stepped forward as the curtain raised. New Directions began to clap rhythmically.

“So this is what you meant when you said that you were spent,” Jaxon sang. “And now it's time to build from the bottom of the pit. Right to the top, don't hold back. Packing my bags and giving the academy a rain check. I don't ever want to let you down. I don't ever want to leave this town. 'Cause after all, this city never sleeps at night.”

“It's time to begin, isn't it?” Jaxon and New Directions sang. “I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit. I'm just the same as I was now, don't you understand? I'm never changing who I am.”

“So this is where you fell and I am left to sell,” Jaxon sang. “The path to heaven runs through miles of clouded hell. Right to the top, don't look back. Turning to rags and giving the commodities a rain check. I don't ever want to let you down. I don't ever want to leave this town. 'Cause after all, this city never sleeps at night.”

“It's time to begin, isn't it?” Jaxon and New Directions sang. “I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit. I'm just the same as I was now, don't you understand? I'm never changing who I am. It's time to begin, isn't it? I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit. I'm just the same as I was now, don't you understand. I'm never changing who I am.”

“This road never looked so lonely,” Jaxon sang. “This house doesn't burn down slowly to ashes, to ashes.”

“It's time to begin, isn't it?” Jaxon and New Directions sang. “I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit. I'm just the same as I was now, don't you understand? I'm never changing who I am. It's time to begin, isn't it? I get a little bit bigger, but then I'll admit. I'm just the same as I was now, don't you understand. I'm never changing who I am.”

The crowd stood up and applauded as Jaxon jogged back to join the rest of New Directions.

“You're a good soldier,” Evan sang. “Choosing your battles. Pick yourself up and dust yourself off. Get back in the saddle.”

“You're on the front line,” Nicole sang. “Everyone's watching, you know it's serious. We are getting closer, this isn't over.”

“The pressure’s on,” Evan and Nicole sang. “You feel it but you got it all. Believe it.”

“When you fall get up, oh oh,” Kevin sang. “If you fall get up, eh eh. Tsamina mina zangalewa ‘cause this is Africa.”

“Tsamina mina, eh eh,” New Directions sang as they danced around, clapping and stomping. “Waka waka, eh eh. Tsamina mina zangalewa. This time for Africa!”

“Listen to your God,” Evan sang. “This is our motto. Your time to shine, don't wait in line.”

“Y vamos por todo,” Kevin sang.

“People are raising their expectations,” Nicole sang. “Go on and feed them. This is your moment, no hesitations.”

“Today's your day,” Evan and Nicole sang. “I feel it, you paved the way. Believe it.”

“When you fall get up, oh oh,” Kevin sang. “If you fall get up, eh eh. Tsamina mina zangalewa ‘cause this is Africa.”

“Tsamina mina, eh eh,” New Directions sang. “Waka waka, eh eh. Tsamina mina zangalewa. Anawa a a. Tsamina mina, eh eh. Waka waka, eh eh. Tsamina mina zangalewa. This time for Africa!”

“Ame la mejole biggi biggi mubbo wa ET to Zet,” Kevin sang. “Asi tsu zala makyuni biggi biggi mubbo from East to West. Asi waga waga ma eh eh waga waga ma eh eh. Tendency suna tsibuye cuz this is Africa.”

“Tsamina mina, Anawa a a,” the boys chanted. “Tsamina mina. Tsamina mina, Anawa a a.

“Tsamina mina, eh eh,” New Directions sang. “Waka waka, eh eh. Tsamina mina zangalewa. Anawa a a. Tsamina mina, eh eh. Waka waka, eh eh. Tsamina mina zangalewa. This time for Africa! Django eh eh. Django eh eh. Tsamina mina zangalewa. Anawa a a. Django eh eh. Django eh eh. Tsamina mina zangalewa. Anawa a a. This time for Africa. This time for Africa.”

“We're all Africa,” Evan sang. “We’re all Africa.”

As the music faded, new Directions scrambled into their positions amidst the cheers. Jaxon looked up and everyone was standing up, dancing. The girls began to vocalize the melodies and harmonies to the next song.

“Say my name like it's the last time,” Miles sang. “Live today like it’s your last night.”

“We want to cry but we know it’s alright,” Jaxon sang. “’Cause I'm with you and you’re with me.”

“Butterflies, butterflies, we were meant to fly,” Adam sang. “You and I, you and I, colors in the sky. We could rule the world someday, somehow but we'll never be as bright as we are now.”

“We're standing in a light that won't fade,” Jaxon sang. “Tomorrow's coming but this won't change. ‘Cause some days stay gold forever. The memory of being here with you, is one I'm gonna take my life through. ‘Cause some days stay gold forever.”

The music picked up, the speed of the beat increasing as New Directions began to dance around.

“Promise me you'll stay the way you are,” Evan sang. “Keep the fire alive and stay young at heart.”

“When the storm feels like it could blow you out remember, you got me and I got you,” Adam sang.

“’Cause we are, butterflies, butterflies,” Kevin sang. “We were meant to fly. You and I, you and I, colors in the sky. When the innocence is dead and gone, these will be the times we look back on.”

“We're standing in a light that won't fade,” Jaxon sang. “Tomorrow's coming but this won't change. ‘Cause some days stay gold forever. The memory of being here with you, is one I'm gonna take my life through. ‘Cause some days stay gold forever.”

“I won't, I won't let your memory go cause your colors they burn so bright,” Miles sang. “Who knows, who knows what tomorrow will hold but I know that we'll be alright. Butterflies, butterflies, we were meant to fly. You and I, you and I, colors in the sky. We could rule the world someday, somehow but we'll never be as bright as we are now.”

“We're standing in a light that won't fade,” Jaxon sang. “Tomorrow's coming but this won't change. ‘Cause some days stay gold forever. The memory of being here with you, is one I'm gonna take my life through. ‘Cause some days stay gold forever.”

“Forever, forever, forever, forever,” New Directions sang.

The crowd stood up and applauded as New Directions embraced one another. The Wanted stood up and gave a nod of approval.

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As New Directions waited to be called to the stage for the announcement of the winners, India stepped into the green room.

“Well hello, strangers,” India said.

“What are you doing here?” Hallie asked.

“I came here to see my old friends,” India said. “Remember, we used to be friends? Before you betrayed me that was.”

“You did that to yourself, India,” Lana said.

“Performing a Wanted song when they were the judges?” India asked. “Sucking up to win now, are we?”

“We chose that song based on the meaning,” Bella said.

“Before we knew who the judges were,” Jaxon added.

“Why don’t you just get over yourself?” Evan asked. “You make me sick.”

“Funny,” India said “I remember how you told me you still cared about me. And now you said that? Make up your mind, Marx. You sound as confused as your sexuality.”

Evan jumped up. “Shut your mouth, India!”

“I can’t believe that I used to call you all friends. The whole ‘merry band of misfits’ thing is kind of cute, but it was so last year.”

“Just like you,” Hallie said.

“Why don’t you shut your mouth and do what you do best and pop out a couple more kids?” India said, rolling her eyes.

Lana didn’t really know what happened neXt. It was all a blur. She just knew she jumped up and soon India was on the floor, holding her nose as it poured blood.

“Damn, Lana,” James said. “I think you broke her nose.”

“This reminds me of something,” India said. “Our first Sectionals, to be exact. The Holy Rollers got disqualified for breaking the code of conduct.”

“No one would believe you,” Bella said.

India pointed to a girl standing in the doorway, her cell phone pointed at them.

“I got it all on camera,” the girl said.

“You forgot just how dirty India Wilson plays,” India said with a smile. “Now excuse me while I clean myself up and take this footage to the officials. Ta ta.”

India turned around and sauntered out the door as Jaxon sat down, sinking into the sofa.

“We’re disqualified,” Evan said.

“I’m so sorry,” Lana said. “I couldn’t stop myself.”

“It’s okay,” Jaxon said. “India would have found a way to beat us at any cost. It’s not your fault.”

“I feel responsible,” Lana said.

“Chin up,” Hallie said, taking Lana’s hand. “Jaxon’s right. She would have done anything to win. We would have likely lost anyway. She practically set us up. But last year, we didn’t even win Nationals and this year we did. That’s good enough for me. We still have a whole year to win Internationals. It gives us something to strive for.”

“She’s right,” Miles said. “Would we have worked as hard next year had we nothing else to aspire to?”

Nicole walked over and put her arm around Lana. “Don’t blame yourself. You just gave us the drive for next year.”

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The next day, everyone walked toward the public bus that would be taking them back to the airport. Jaxon stopped, took one look back at Paris and smiled.

“This place changed my life,” Jaxon said. “I’ll never forget it.”

“Me either,” Miles said as he put his arm around Jaxon’s shoulders. “And thanks for not telling anyone.”

Jaxon smiled. “That’s what friends are for.”

Miles pulled Jaxon in and began to mess up his hair. “You big lug!”

New Directions laughed as they watched the two of them.

“Come on,” Will said. “We don’t wanna be late.”

“One second,” Jaxon said.

Jaxon put his hand out as Miles put his hand on top. The rest followed their lead and put their hands in.

“Here’s to next year,” Jaxon said.

They raised their hands up, breaking them apart and towards the sky.

“New Directions!” They all shouted.


THE END

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