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Idol Worship
Season 3, Episode 18
JaxonIW
Air date October 28, 2012
Written by JamesonOTP
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Idol Worship is the eighteenth episode of JamesonOTP's ongoing fan fiction, Glee: The Next Generation.

As New Directions prepares for Regionals by paying tribute to their musical idols, an altercation between Miles and Aldy has serious consequences for Aldy, which causes Mr. Schue to jump to his aid. Claude faces pressure from Chuck to return to Dalton and help train the next generation of Warblers. Lana and Hallie deal with their love for one another in the aftermath of Lana's rooftop suicide attempt. Will the revelation of Aldy's home life play a part in helping Miles get his life back on track or has Glee Club really lost him forever?

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Glee: The Next Generation Season 3, Episode #18: "Idol Worship"Edit

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

Aldy and Evan seem to be forming some kind of friendship that began at the New Year’s Eve party New Directions had. A lot of stuff happened at that party and New Directions had to go on rumor patrol to set the record straight. But since then, Taylor has had it out for Ana because Ana kissed Miles during spin the bottle and Ana enjoyed rubbing it into her face a little too much. Taylor tried to blackmail Ana into forming her own “Unholy Trinity,” but after Ana and Natasha were coerced into slushing Aldy by Taylor, Ana had enough and told Taylor to get lost. Now, the two of them are mortal enemies. Taylor also has it out for her ex, Aldy, because her boyfriend Miles dislikes Aldy because Aldy’s the current top dog at McKinley, a title Miles wants ever since he got pissed off over Lana’s suicide attempt and went all bad-boy. Miles even quit Glee Club and now it seems that a lot of friendships are in the danger zone.

And that’s what you missed on Glee!

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Standing there, glaring at Miles, Aldy realized that he had all he could take. He tightly clenched his fist and stepped forward, nostrils flaring. He noticed that a small crowd had formed around them.

“I am about to shut you up once and for all, Larson,” Aldy said. “I am sick and tired of your mouth.”

“Get him, baby,” Taylor said, patting Miles’ arm.

“You heard her,” Aldy said. “Come and get me. I don’t care if I get suspended, either. It’s all in a days’ work.”

Miles lunged at Aldy, swinging. Aldy dodged to the left, missing Miles’ fist. He came back with a left hook and caught Miles square in the jaw. Miles stumbled backward as Sue blew her whistle loudly behind him.

“Aldy Williams!” Sue shouted. “What did I tell you about fighting in the halls, huh? Go to Principal Figgins’ office, now!”

“This isn’t over, Larson,” Aldy said. “And don’t worry because I’m not gonna rat you out. I’ll gladly take all the blame for this.”

Aldy stormed off in the direction of Figgins’ office, not looking back as he brushed the wrinkles out of his leather jacket.

“Show’s over!” Sue barked. “Move along, people!”

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As everyone waited for Mr. Schue and Sue to arrive for Glee Club, the whole room was buzzing about the fight between Miles and Aldy.

“Aldy hasn’t gotten back from the principal’s office?” Evan asked.

Nicole shook her head. “Doesn’t look like it.”

“What was Aldy fighting Miles for anyway?” Jaxon asked.

“Rumor has it, Miles was bad mouthing Lana,” Natasha said. “That’s what I heard in the freshman hall on my way back from Geography, anyway.”

“And Aldy took up for me?” Lana asked. “Why? I thought Aldy hates me.”

“He doesn’t hate you,” Evan said. “You intimidate him. You’re the only girl that he feels rivals his level of badass. Being raised in a sexist home, he doesn’t exactly know how to handle that. But, he does care about you.”

“Evan, since when are you and Aldy such good friends?” Honey asked

“Ever since New Year’s Eve,” Evan said. “That night, we started to have a lot more respect for one another. I realized that he wasn’t such a tough guy and he realized that I wasn’t such a wimp. We met in the middle, found common ground, and now we’re friends.”

“Sure it didn’t have anything to do with that kiss?” Lucas joked.

“Positive,” Evan said. “We just realized that we aren’t so different, after all.”

“Hey guys,” Will said as he walked in and took his position at the front of the choir room. “Sue has been held up for a little bit, helping Principal Figgins deal with an altercation with Aldy Williams.”

“We’ve heard, Mr. Schue,” Rose said. “The entire school is buzzing about how Aldy hit Miles.”

“Do you guys believe that this incident was all Aldy?” Will asked. “I mean, with the changes that Miles has displayed lately, I’m pretty sure Aldy was at least egged on. But, there’s nothing we can do because Miles didn’t throw a punch.”

“I don’t know Miles anymore,” Lana said. “He went from one of my best friends to badmouthing me.”

Hallie reached over and rubbed Lana’s back. Lana looked surprised.

“None of us know him anymore,” Jaxon said. “The Miles I knew wouldn’t have pushed me like he did.”

“I’m so tired of this,” Ana said, standing up. “I’m tired of the darkness and drama in this Glee Club, in our social circles, and in this school. This is not the Glee Club I knew and inspired to be a part of.”

“Preach,” Kevin said.

“I just want to sing,” Ana said. “Sing and feel like I’m free of the scrutiny of society. I want to regain that feeling you have when your idol comes on the radio with a new song and you download the song and listen to it fifty times in a row just to learn all the lyrics because you want to be just like them. That’s why I joined Glee Club.”

“You’re on to something, Ana,” Will said, smiling. “How many of you are here at least partly because of your idol?”

Every single hand shot up as Will nodded.

“Who’s your idol?” Will continued.

“Adam Lambert,” Jaxon said. “He inspired me to be myself when I perform.”

“Britney Spears,” Hallie said. “When I was going through what I went through because of Chris and what happened to me, I looked back at Britney’s meltdown and how despite all the media attention and negativity, she rose back to the top, just like I did.”

“Kelly Clarkson,” Lana said. “She’s the reason I picked up a microphone in the first place. She’s s testament to the idea that dreams do come true.”

“Madonna,” James said. “She’s not just a singer, she’s a performer. She stands the test of time and her videos are amazing.”

“Pat Benatar,” Bella said. “She’s the epitome of both 80’s power pop and being a rocker chick. She’s so fierce and talented.”

“Selena,” Lucas said. “She was so beautiful and such an amazing singer. It was so sad that her life was cut short.”

“Michael Jackson,” Evan said. “I know that he went through a rough time and that a lot of people turned against him, but no one has done more for equality than he has, both in his personal life and in his music.”

“My sister,” Honey said. “I know that sounds cliché, but Rachel has always been my idol. She taught me everything I know and she is the person who gave me a microphone after my parents died and made me sing about how I feel. As corny as it sounds, it helped. And then she told me to try out for Glee Club and forced me to come here. I owe her so much because she always believed in me and saw my talent, even when I didn’t.”

“Kylie Minogue,” Natasha said. “I even watched Street Fighterbecause she was in it. It’s secretly my favorite movie now. It’s a shame that Kylie never became really popular over her in the states.”

“Kesha,” Taylor said. “I love how she’s herself even if she gets called fake and trashy.”

“Katy Perry,” Rose said. “There’s not much to say, she’s just amazing.”

“Mine would be Shakira,” Kevin said. “She’s from my family’s native country and she’s mad talented. Even though people said she sounded like a goat, she still followed her dreams and now she’s one of the biggest recording artists in the world.”

“Well, I have two,” Adam said. “But I won’t say one because I’d sound like I’m copying Lana, so I’d have to say Maroon 5. I even love their earlier stuff, before they got really big. Adam Levine is really talented. And I might have a slight man-crush on him.”

“This is hard,” Nicole said. “I guess mine would be someone like Florence + the Machine. I love Florence Welch’s voice and her songs are so meaningful.”

“Mine is Robyn,” Ana said. “She is so cutting edge and ahead of her time. I think she was too modern and cool for the United States and that’s why she only had a couple of hits stateside. Well, her or the Spice Girls. Girl Power, you know?”

“You are such a lesbian,” James said, smiling as Ana laughed in response.

“Now we have this week’s assignment,” Will said. “Perform a song by your musical idol. Recapture and convey the feeling you got the first time you heard them perform. I wanna feel it, guys.”

“Mr. Schue?” Aldy said, standing just inside the doorway, clutching a piece of paper. “I’ll be sitting this week out. I got suspended for hitting Miles.”

Will nodded, taking the paper from Aldy. “I figured as much. Aldy, I don’t wanna sound like I’m preaching to you here, but whatever you are dealing with that makes you so angry, I’m always here to listen, okay? That’s part of my job as an educator. You don’t have to solve problems with fists, okay?”

“I’ve heard this a million times,” Aldy said.

“And how many times do you think somebody meant it?” Will asked, grabbing a sheet of paper off his desk.

“Not very many,” Aldy said.

“Look, here’s my number,” Will said as he scribbled something down on the blank sheet of paper. “You ever decide to talk, call me. I’ll help you through, Aldy.”

“Stop acting like you care about me, Mr. Schue,” Aldy said. “No one cares about me.”

“I do,” Will said. “Since the moment that you walked into Emma’s office on your first day here, I saw someone who needed guidance, even if he was too proud to ask for it or admit it. I made myself a promise that day that I wouldn’t fail you like I failed another of my students.”

“So, what I am?” Aldy asked. “Just some project to you?”

“No,” Will said. “You’re a member of the New Directions family and that’s enough for me.”

“Whatever,” Aldy said, turning around and walking out the door as Will sighed to himself.

Sue watched as Aldy pushed past her and walked down the hall. She turned to Will and shared an empathetic look.

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Lana sighed to herself as she sat her tray down at the far end of New Directions’ usual lunch table, away from everyone else. Hallie noticed this, picking up her tray, walking down to where Lana sat, and joining her.

“Aren’t you still mad at me?” Lana asked.

“No,” Hallie said. “I’m tired of being angry and hurt at you, Lana. Your suicide attempt, it was like two weeks ago. Let’s just move on.”

“Miles hasn’t moved on,” Lana said.

“And right now, Miles is a jerk,” Hallie replied. “Why even waste one second feeling sorry for yourself because of him?”

“Because he was one of my best friends,” Lana said. “He was my first new friend at this school. Now he’s talking about me, starting fights, quitting Glee Club…and I’m responsible for it.”

“No, you aren’t,” Hallie protested. “Taylor is. Don’t you see how much he’s changed since he started dating her? It’s like he’s become the old Aldy.”

“And Aldy is the old Miles,” Lana added. “Do you think that they pulled some kind of Freaky Friday switch after our ‘walk a mile in each other’s shoes’ lesson a little while back?”

"It's quite possible," Hallie said.

“I wouldn’t rule it out,” Lana said. “And I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Pod People arriving in Lima, either.”

“Oh, gross,” Hallie said. “I think of split pea soup when I think of Pod People and that makes me think of The Exorcistand the one scene—”

“Eating,” Lana said.

“Sorry,” Hallie said. “Anyway, I have a special performance planned for Glee Club. And it’s just for you.”

Lana smiled as she took a bite of salad.

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The next day, Hallie walked in and took her seat next to Lana. Lana smiled as she took Hallie’s hand.

“It feels good to be back,” Hallie said.

“Is everyone here?” Will asked before looking at the two empty seats that belonged to Miles and Aldy, remembering that those seats would just be empty this week.

“We’re all present,” Nicole said, pausing for a moment, almost expecting Miles to make a comment about her being a nerd. When it never came, she frowned.

“I think that Hallie said she wanted to go first,” Will said. “Hallie, would you come on up?”

“Actually,” Lana said, standing up. “I would like to go first if that’s okay.”

“It’s fine with me,” Will said, looking confused. “Hallie, is it okay with you?”

“Go ahead,” Hallie said, squeezing Lana’s hand.

Lana took a deep breath as she got up and walked to the front of the choir room. She turned to face the others, her stomach fluttering from nervousness.

“Um, I know that the rooftop thing is something that there seems to be an unwritten rule to not talk about,” Lana said. “It’s like if we don’t talk about it and sit around in different chairs while there are awkward silences, then it will just go away. It’s left me feeling really alone. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever have my friends back.”

Jaxon looked down at the floor.

“So I prepared a song that conveys how I’ve felt since I returned to McKinley,” Lana continued. “I mean, everyone has not been shy in telling me how they feel about what happened that night, but I haven’t really had a chance to tell you all how I feel about it and how things have been since then between us.”

“Great,” Will said. “Let it all out, Lana. Speak your mind.”

Lana nodded at the band. As they began to play, Lana stepped forward and grabbed the microphone stand that Will had moved in to the center of the floor.

“Yes I stumbled into the night,” Lana sang, running her hands up the microphone stand. “We're touching, but I feel like you are still out of reach. The people here are buzzing like a bug on a light. I'm feeling like I always see them, but they can't see me. Sentimental feelings never get me anywhere. My heart continues beating. Is there anybody, anybody? Hello, hello, is anybody listening? Let go as everyone lets go of me. Uh-oh, won't somebody show me that I'm not alone, not alone?”

Lana gripped the microphone stand tightly as she continued.

“Yeah, I'm coming through this desert of stone. These faces on the statues that I used to know, wishing I was more than what my story has told. Or hoping that I'm dreaming in the day and this isn't happening. Gotta keep it all together, longing for a hand to hold. Keep clear on the shadows, is there anybody, anybody? Hello, hello, is anybody listening? Let go as everyone lets go of me. Uh-oh, won't somebody show me that I'm not alone, not alone?”

Lana took the microphone out of the microphone stand, pushing it aside as she began to sway to the beat in place.

“Holding on to the memories of when I, I didn't know. Ignorance isn't wise but it beats being alone. Hello, is anybody listening? Let go as everyone lets go of me. Uh-oh, won't somebody show me that I'm not alone, not alone? Hello, is anybody listening? Let go as everyone lets go of me. Uh-oh, won't somebody show me that I'm not alone, not alone?”

Hallie stood up and walked forward to Lana. She took her hands and held them as she looked Lana in the eyes.

“You’re not alone,” Hallie said. “There’s always been someone there for you, even if you didn’t see it.”

“You should hate me, just like Miles,” Lana said. “You should hate me because it was you that I hurt the most. I could see it in your eyes, every single day.”

“I wanted to hate you,” Hallie said. “I was so hurt and angry, Lana. And I tried to hate you, honestly I did. But I couldn’t, Lana. I loved you too much. There’s only one thing I wanna do and that’s what this song is about.”

Hallie took the microphone out of Lana’s hand as Lana nodded and took her seat. The music started up as Hallie turned to face the rest of New Directions.

“Yeah, yeah,” Hallie sang. “Would you rather I dim the lights? Would you prefer, just like we were or shall I undress for you?”

Lana blushed as she smiled slightly. Hallie gave Lana a little wink.

“What do you want me to do? However may I pleasure you? Fill with bubbles, warm you a bath. Lay back, relax, anything you ask. Let me release the stress for you. However may I pleasure you? You're so perfect that I get nervous. Tonight, I'm at your service. I'm so unselfish and though I am helpless, whatever brings you pleasure. You're the reason I need and all that I have to give is all I ever wanna do, is whatever pleasures you. And if it takes me all night, or for the rest of my life, I'll spend forever breaking through . Do whatever just to pleasure you.”

Hallie smiled at Lana as she walked over and grabbed her hand, holding it as she sang.

“Any fantasy can occur, will be observed. Just say the word; I'll do it if you want me to. Whatever just to pleasure you. If you wanna get by on that, just lay on back; I got the max. Certainly I'll pull you through, whatever just to pleasure you. You're so perfect that I get nervous. Tonight, I'm at your service. I'm so unselfish and though I am helpless, whatever brings you pleasure. You're the reason I need and all that I have to give is all I ever wanna do, is whatever pleasures you. And if it takes me all night, or for the rest of my life. I'll spend forever breaking through. Do whatever just to pleasure you.”

Hallie let go of Lana’s hand and walked back to the middle of the choir room.

“If I pleasure together, whatever, whenever baby, with you. And it's like heaven together, no matter, whatever, as long as you ask me too. What do you want me to do? You're the reason I need and all that I have to give is all I ever wanna do, is whatever pleasures you. And if it takes me all night or for the rest of my life, I'll spend forever breaking through . Do whatever just to pleasure you.”

Hallie took a bow as the rest of New Directions applauded. After the applause ended, she walked back over to her chair and took her seat.

“Janitor’s closet after school?” Lana asked.

Hallie smiled. “You read my mind.”

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James walked to the auditorium, his backpack slung over his shoulder. He had gotten Jaxon’s note to meet in the place where they fell in love, but he had no idea what this was about. Truth was, the note had him a little bit afraid. Part of him believed that this could be a break-up, but James hoped otherwise. Then again, things did seem a little different after he voiced his insecurities to Jaxon the other day.

James gently pushed open the door, walking into the auditorium. As he saw the sights before him, he struggled to catch his breath.

Gold, white, and red lights danced all over the walls, ceiling, and floor. On the giant screen at the back of the stage, pictures of himself and Jaxon played in succession as giant illuminated hearts hung from the ceiling above the stage.

Jaxon stepped out from stage left, a huge smile on his face. He pointed to the light-up hearts.

“I uh, raided the prop department and found these,” Jaxon said. “I thought they were perfect.”

“They are perfect,” James said, almost speechless.

“I wanted to show you that I meant what I said last week, James,” Jaxon said. “I don’t care that we’re a year apart. If you hadn’t had to deal with that issue with Archie and later our father, you wouldn’t have flunked all your classes sophomore year and we’d be together, so it makes no difference. Age is just a number, sweetheart.”

“I feel so stupid,” James said.

“Don’t,” Jaxon reassured. “I got to thinking about Mr. Schue’s Glee Club assignment and I realized that yes, Adam Lambert is my musical idol. But you’re my idol, too. Love is a type of adoration and worship that is amazing to be beheld. This is the place where you became my idol, James. When we were in the auditorium and you sang ‘Crazy For You.’ I wanna recreate that moment, recapture that magic. Just like Mr. Schue said.” But I wanna kind of turn the tables a bit.”

Jaxon walked up the steps to the stage as the band began to play.

“Is this real?” James asked in disbelief.

“I wish that this night would never be over,” Jaxon sang as he took center stage. “There's plenty of time to sleep when we die. So let's just stay awake until we grow older. If I had my way, we'd never close our eyes, our eyes, never. I don't wanna let a minute get away ‘cause we got no time to lose. None of us are promised to see tomorrow and what we do is ours to choose.”

A strobe light began to flash in time with the song. James smiled, looking thoroughly entertained.

“Forget about the sunrise; fight the sleep in your eyes. I don't wanna miss a second with you. Let's stay this way forever. It's only getting better if we want it to. You know that I wish that this night would never be over. There's plenty of time to sleep when we die. So let's just stay awake until we grow older. If I had my way, we'd never close our eyes, our eyes, never. It's so hard to think this could fade away but what goes up must come down. Why can't we just live life with no consequence and always live in the now?”

Jaxon walked down the steps and took James’ hands. As the lights swirled all around and the strobe flashed again, Jaxon and James ran hand in hand up and down the aisles.

“Forget about the sunrise; fight the sleep in your eyes. I don't wanna miss a second with you. Let's stay this way forever. It's only getting better if we want it to. You know that I wish that this night would never be over. There's plenty of time to sleep when we die. So let's just stay awake until we grow older. If I had my way we'd never close our eyes, our eyes, never. Oh yeah, oh yeah. You know that I wish that this night would never be over. There's plenty of time to sleep when we die. So let's just stay awake until we grow older. If I had my way we'd never close our eyes, our eyes, never.”

Jaxon and James fell into a seat as James stared into Jaxon’s eyes as he sat in his lap. James leaned forward and pressed his lips to Jaxon’s.

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Will sat down at the table, hungrily eyeing the roast that Emma had prepared. Emma smiled as she sat a plate in front of Will.

“I can’t wait for you to try my roast,” Emma said. “I’ve had it in all afternoon. I tried just a bite and it’s so juicy.”

“Sounds delicious,” Will said, grabbing his fork.

“How was your day?” Emma asked. “Have a good day in Glee Club?”

“It was okay,” Will said. “Aldy and Miles got into an altercation in-between classes and Aldy got suspended for hitting Miles.”

“And what happened to Miles?” Emma asked.

“Nothing,” Will said, forking a piece of potato. “He didn’t throw a punch so there’s nothing I can do. I mean, we’ve punished for egging it on, but Miles supposedly was only talking about another student and Aldy took offense to it and snapped. I just don’t know.”

“Have you tried talking to Miles?” Emma asked. “You know, ask him what his problem has been lately?”

“Miles blames it all on Lana, which I not only unfair, but likely partially untrue,” Will replied, playing with a baby carrot. “Lana’s actions didn’t do this to him, not by themselves.”

“Just try to clear your mind,” Emma said as she took a bite of carrot. “Just enjoy your supper and to put it all out of your head.”

Will nodded, jumping as the phone rang. Will started to get up, but Emma shook her head as she pushed her seat back.

“I’ll get it, Will,” Emma said. “You keep eating.

Will took a bite of roast, his eyes going wide with surprise as he savored the flavor.

“Wow,” he said to himself. “This is a really good roast.”

“Will,” Emma said, holding her hand over the phone receiver. “Phone call, sweetheart.”

“If it’s my mom, tell her I’m busy or something,” Will said.

“It’s Aldy,” Emma said.

Will looked surprised as he stood up and walked over to Emma, taking the phone.

“Hello?” Will asked, putting the phone to his ear.

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Bella stood in front of the rest of New Directions, her back to them. She was dressed from head to toe like a rocker chick in an 80’s hair metal band, complete with teased hair that made her look like Lita Ford. As the music began, she tapped her foot to the beat.

“Get nervous, get nervous,” Bella sang. “Get nervous, get nervous. Get nervous, get nervous. Get nervous, get nervous. Get nervous, get nervous. I feel a little shaky, I can't control my nerves. I know you think I'm freaking, but can't you feel the curves? I swear to you this feeling, it scares me half to death. It gathers in my throat and it gathers up my breath.”

Bella turned around to face the rest of New Directions, rocking out to the song as she sang.

“Anxiety got me on the run. Anxiety, yeah, I just need someone. Anxiety, can't get nothing done. Anxiety spoils all the fun. I'm picking up the telephone, there's no one I can call. I need somebody fast, can't find no sleep at all. I wish I could relax, I just can't stop my mind. I wish I could collapse but my body's not that kind.”

Bella danced her way up the platform where the chairs sat, high-fiving her friends as she went past.

“Anxiety got me on the run. Anxiety, yeah, I just need someone. Anxiety, can't get nothing done. Anxiety spoils all the fun. Can't you hear my heartbeat, hear the way it sounds? Can't you hear my heartbeat, you hear the way it pounds? Just give me something to slow it down, yeah. Sometimes in the city, sometimes in my car. I pound on the windows like a bee inside a jar. Anxiety got me on the run. Anxiety, yeah, I just need someone. Anxiety, can't get nothing done. Anxiety spoils all the fun. Get nervous, get nervous. Get nervous, get nervous. Get nervous, get nervous.”

Bella held the microphone to the sky as she threw her head back. New Directions erupted into applause.

“Great job, Bella,” Will said. “That’s how we rock it, guys! That’s what I wanna see.”

“Next!” Sue called.

Will looked at Sue, shaking his head in disbelief.

Adam raised his hand. “I would like to go, Mr. Schue.”

“By all means,” Will said. “Take it away.”

“Take what away?” Kevin asked.

Adam laughed as she walked over to the piano. Brad nodded at him and got up, letting Adam have a seat.

“This is, of course, dedicated to my amazing girlfriend, Nicole,” Adam said. “She is truly the most amazing girl in the world.”

Nicole blushed. “Adam.”

“I was so high I did not recognize the fire burning in her eyes, the chaos that controlled my mind,” Adam sang as he played the piano. “Whispered goodbye and she got on a plane, never to return again but always in my heart. This love has taken its toll on me. She said goodbye too many times before. And her heart is breaking in front of me. I have no choice ‘cause I won't say goodbye anymore.”

Adam smiled at Nicole as he continued.

“I tried my best to feed her appetite, keep her happy every night—so hard to keep her satisfied. Kept playing love like it was just a game, pretending to feel the same, then turn around and leave again. This love has taken its toll on me. She said goodbye too many times before. And her heart is breaking in front of me. I have no choice cause I won't say goodbye anymore. I'll fix these broken things, repair your broken wings and make sure everything's alright. My pressure on your lips, sinking my fingertips into every inch of you ‘cause I know that's what you want me to do.”

Adam stood up, letting Brad take his place back at the piano, continuing the song as Adam walked over to Nicole. He got down on one knee, serenading her.

“This love has taken its toll on me. She said goodbye too many times before. And her heart is breaking in front of me. I have no choice cause I won't say goodbye anymore. This love has taken its toll on me. She said goodbye too many times before. And her heart is breaking in front of me. I have no choice cause I won't say goodbye anymore.”

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That afternoon, Will stood outside the door to Aldy’s apartment. He took a deep breath as he knocked, not knowing what to expect. After he knocked, Aldy uneasily opened the door.


“Mr. Schue,” Aldy said. “Come in.”

Will looked round surprised as he walked into Aldy’s apartment. His eyes immediately went past the toddler toys on the floor to the pile of six packs of Natural Ice in the corner of the kitchen.

“There my dad’s,” Aldy said. “My mother left my dad three years ago and she never came back. Dad never got over it and he began to drink. He never stopped.”

“I take it you have siblings,” Mr. Schue said, kicking a roller skate across the floor.

“Five,” Aldy said. “All younger. When my dad isn’t working, he’s drinking or passed out so it’s kind of my responsibility to take care of them. The youngest is three and she is a ball of energy. It’s hard to keep up sometimes.”

“You take care of all five of them by yourself?” Will asked.

“My dad’s job barely pays enough to support us, so I have help from local churches and stuff like that. I had a great after school job that paid almost twice what my dad makes, but I lost it when I went into rehab. It was very hard for me, you know? Having to leave my brothers and sisters in the care of my dad for a month just to do what was best for me. I’m basically their father, Mr. Schue. I’m all they really have.”

“You seem to have it really rough,” Will said.

“I don’t mean to be a jerk, Mr. Schue,” Aldy said. “That’s why I called you here. I wanted to show you firsthand what I’m going through and sometimes you just need a shoulder to cry on or someone to talk to.”

Will nodded at Aldy as he patted him on the back.

“Would you like some Chef Boyardee?” Aldy asked. “It’s all I know how to cook and with three kids under the age of twelve, it’s about all they want, anyway.”

“No thanks,” Will said. “Aldy, if things are getting to you, there are programs to help your family not just with money, but with taking care of them. So you can focus on school and not be so stressed. This kind of responsibility is a lot for a seventeen year-old.”

“It’s been this way since I was fourteen, Mr. Schue,” Aldy replied. “I’m used to it. It’s just that sometimes the pressure to be a good role model and making time for all five is hard. The money isn’t a real issue. We get a lot of food stamps and the local churches help me out. It’s mainly about the fact that I’m scared to fail them. This isn’t just my life, Mr. Schue. There are five at stake.”

Will nodded as Aldy turned around, wiping a tear from his eye. Will grabbed Aldy’s shoulder and was taken by surprise when Aldy turned around and latched onto him, crying into Will’s shoulder.

“I don’t wanna fail them, Mr. Schue,” Aldy said through his tears.

“I know,” Will said as he hugged Aldy tight, tear rolling down his cheek “You’re gonna be alright, Aldy. You’re gonna be just fine.”

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Claude sighed as he stared at his computer screen, rereading the email that Chuck sent.

“I need to talk to you, it’s urgent,” Claude read aloud. “Please Skype with me.”

Claude clicked his Skype icon and smiled as Chuck appeared onscreen.

“Long time no see, buddy,” Chuck said with a smile. “How goes it?”

“Okay,” Claude said. “Sometimes I feel a little out of place here in New Directions, like they never fully accepted me.”

“All the more reason for you to come home to Dalton,” Chuck said.

“I would miss Evan too much,” Claude said. “We actually had a fun assignment this week. Perform a song by our musical idol. So naturally, I am gonna sing ‘Baby’ by Justin Bieber.”

“Musical idols?” Chuck asked. “That’s cool. I would perform ‘Millennium’ by Robbie Williams. Anyway, I was hoping I could convince you to come back to Dalton, Claude. I really need help getting the freshman ready to become Warblers. They’re far from ready and I can’t do this alone.”

“I don’t know,” Claude said.

“You said it yourself, Claudey boy,” Chuck said “You feel out of place. Come back home where you are wanted and needed.”

Claude didn’t say anything as he just stared at the keyboard.

“Anyway, I’ll talk to you later,” Chuck continued. “Some Cherry-Mango applesauce is calling my name. Hope to hear back from you soon.”

The video call ended as Evan walked into the room and put his arms around Claude, gently kissing his neck. He looked at the screen.

“So, what were you and Chuck talking about?” Evan asked.

“Oh not much,” Claude said perhaps a bit too fast. “I was just telling him about our lesson this week in Glee Club.”

Evan smiled. “Which reminds me, I have a number worked out for you tomorrow in Glee Club.”

Claude smiled as he reached up to his shoulder and took hold of Evan’s hand. “I can’t wait.”

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Evan smiled at Claude, who forced a smile as Evan stood in the middle of the choir room. Evan was dressed in a white t shirt, blue jacket, black slacks, white belt, and a black fedora. He began to moonwalk as the band began to play.

“Hey pretty baby with the hot shades on,” Evan sang. “You give me fever like I've never, ever known. You're just a product of loveliness. I like the groove of your walk, your talk, your jeans. I feel your fever from miles around. I'll pick you up in my car and we'll paint the town. Just kiss me baby and tell me twice that you're the one for me. The way you make me feel, the way you make me feel. You really turn me on, you really turn me on You knock me off of my feet, you knock me off of my feet. My lonely days are gone, my lonely days are gone.”

Evan jumped up on a chair, standing on his tiptoes as the rest of New Directions went wild.

“I like the feeling you're giving me. Just hold me baby and I'm in ecstasy. Oh, I'll be working from nine to five to buy you things to keep you by my side. I never felt so in love before. Just promise baby, you'll love me forever more. I swear I'm keeping you satisfied ‘cause you're the one for me. The way you make me feel, the way you make me feel. You really turn me on, you really turn me on. You knock me off of my feet now baby, hee, you knock me off of my feet. My lonely days are gone, a acha acha, my lonely days are gone. Acha-ooh, go on boy! Go on! Hee! Hee! Aaow! Go on boy!”

Evan jumped into the air, landed, and twirled around as he continued.

“I never felt so in love before. Promise baby, you'll love me forevermore. I swear I'm keeping you satisfied ‘cause you're the one for me. The way you make me feel, the way you make me feel. You really turn me on, you really turn me on. You knock me off of my feet, you knock me off of my feet. My lonely days are gone, my lonely days are gone.”

Evan dropped to the floor and slid on his knees until he stopped right in front of Claude. He looked up at Claude and smiled.

Natasha raised her hand. “Can I go, Mr. Schue?”

Will looked surprised. “Natasha, I’m not used to you being so open to come up and perform.”

“Kylie really helped me with my confidence,” Natasha said. “I am now thoroughly convinced that I can not only get up and perform this song, but take you all to school.”

Will smiled. “Wow, I’d say she helped with your confidence. Come on up, Natasha.”

Natasha smiled as she walked to the front of the classroom. She nodded at the band. “Play ‘Timebomb’ and follow my lead, boys.”

“Kill it, baby,” Ana said with a wink.

“Fast, time is ticking oh so fast,” Natasha sang as she slinked toward Ana. “The sand is running quick right through our hands. Beat, feel the rhythm in my heartbeat. Why don't you move your body to my body before we disappear? Tell me now, woo. Do you wanna, wanna, wanna, woo. I wanna, wanna dance like it was the last dance of my life. I wanna woo, wanna, wanna, wanna, wanna, woo. Do you wanna, wanna dance, like it was the last dance?”

Natasha pulled Ana from her seat and began to dance with her, their bodies touching.

“Wait, no, please don't make me wait when walls are shaking, ground feels like it might break. It's not the end of the world, it's just the start of me and you, yeah. So let's just take the moment, girl let's move. Tell me now, woo. Do you wanna, wanna, wanna, woo. I wanna, wanna dance like it was the last dance of my life. I wanna woo, wanna, wanna, wanna, wanna, woo. Do you wanna, wanna dance, like it was the last dance? We're on a timebomb, it might not last long. So let's just do it right now, do it come on. We're on a timebomb, before the night's gone. Let's just do it right now, do it come on, come on.”

Natasha turned Ana around to face her and moved her face till it was almost touching Ana’s, their lips mere centimeters apart.

“Wait, please don't make me wait. Wait, please don't make me wait. Tell me now, woo. Do you wanna, wanna, wanna, woo. I wanna, wanna dance like it was the last dance of my life. I wanna woo, wanna, wanna, wanna, wanna, woo. Do you wanna, wanna dance, like it was the last dance? We're on a timebomb, it might not last long. So let's just do it right now, do it come on. We're on a timebomb, before the night's gone. Let's just do it right now, do it come on, come on.”

As the song ended, Ana and Natasha stood there, face to face, catching their breath.

“That’s it,” Hallie said. “Janitor’s closet.”

Lana smiled.

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Lana pinned Hallie against the shelves as she desperately clawed at the many layers Hallie was wearing, anxious to feel the heat of her body against hers. As Hallie pressed her lips to Lana’s, she felt her belt being tugged free and listened to the clang of it the buckle hitting the floor.

“Your lips taste like Pina Colada,” Lana said.

“New chapstick,” Hallie said as she threw her top over Lana’s back.

Lana’s hands were on her waist as she pulled her closer, gently kissing her neck.

Behind them the doorknob rattled as Lana gasped, turning quickly to see what was going on. The resulting scream that she let out was bloodcurdling as Bella stood there, her face pale and her mouth hanging open.

“I was here to get the mop for Mr. Kinney, the janitor as Miles had slushied someone and there was a mess all over the floor,” Bella said. “I was unaware of the mess behind the door.”

Hallie covered her chest up. “Uh, this is awkward.”

“Totes,” Bella said. “I’ll just get that mop and uh, be on my way. Pretending not to see this.”

Bella grabbed the mop and hightailed it in the opposite direction as Hallie closed the door as fast as she could.

“We really need to remember to lock the door,” Hallie said.

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Will stood in front of his desk, his arms crossed as he glared at Miles. Beside him, Claude stood, slushie dripping off his face.

“What do you have to say for yourself?” Will asked. “What in the world possessed you to turn on your own teammate like this?”

“He’s not my teammate,” Miles said. “I’m no longer in Glee Club.”

“That’s right,” Will said. “Because you selfishly turned your back on all your friends and quit. What are trying to prove, Miles? That’s you’re a big man around here now? Trying to be like Aldy, huh? What you don’t understand is Aldy’s angry and problems result from issues in his home life. He has it a lot worse than you, but you can’t stop being selfish, Miles.”

“I am not being selfish,” Miles said. “Lana is the one who’s been selfish.”

“You have to stop blaming Lana, Miles. Yes, she hurt you and you want to place the blame on someone for everything that’s gone wrong in your life and she’s the easiest person to do so. I get it, Miles. But it doesn’t make it right.”

Miles swallowed the lump in his throat. “Life should be all fun and happiness. Lana trying to kill herself, it robbed the light from all of us. She betrayed us.”

“I get how you feel, I do,” Will said. “But stop projecting blame on people. Understand that sometimes in life, bad just happens. That it’s not always gonna have to be someone’s fault. Stop holding in anger and resentment and realize that you’re changing into someone else, someone who is the way he is because of all he’s going through and the struggle he faces every day.”

“You mean Aldy?” Miles asked.

“Yes, Miles,” Will said. “There is a bigger issue here and it’s that Aldy has it really bad and we need to be a team in order to help him. When you’re fueling a war with him and the rest of us, it only makes things harder for all involved. You’re only making things worse for him. And you’re only hurting yourself, Miles.”

Miles nodded. “I just feel so angry, so hurt, so betrayed.”

“Starting fights and throwing slushies at people isn’t gonna make those feelings go away. It only prolongs and worsens those feelings. There’s ways to help, but this isn’t one of them. I suggest you start having weekly sessions with Emma and that you come back to Glee Club. What do you say?”

“I need to think on it, Mr. Schue,” Miles said.

Will nodded. “Okay. I understand.”

Miles turned around and walked out the door as he began to sing.

“Just when you had me down, I go changing my ways,” Miles sang as he walked down the hall. “And I wait till the moon is out, it's just part of my game. This is a cautionary cry to you before you figure out what I've been turned into. Just close your eyes and try to think it over. You realize I'm not the man you know, girl. I hypnotize ya, I paralyze ya. Go on and scream 'cause nobody's gonna find ya. Did I ever think to tell you that I am a monster? You have never seen this side of me. Maybe I should wear a warning that says that there's danger if you ever get too close to me.”

Miles paused in the doorway of the choir room, imagining that his friends were still in there.

“I've been telling you to run away but you say you're not scared. But when I break your heart someday, girl you need to be prepared. So listen close I got a dirty little secret. The kind that takes away the air you try to breathe in. You won't believe it until you feel it. If your love is blind I guess that's why you didn't see it.”

Miles shook his head, shaking the image away as he continued on his way. He watched as Lana got her books from her locker.

“Did I ever think to tell you that I am a monster? You have never seen this side of me. Maybe I should wear a warning that says that there's danger if you ever get too close to me. Well you don't know what I know. And you don't know what I know—that you're not safe. Woo-hoo, woo-hoo.”

Miles looked away from Lana and continued on his way, chasing after Taylor.

“Did I ever think to tell you that I am a monster? You have never seen this side of me. Maybe I should wear a warning that says that there's danger if you ever get too close to me. Did I ever think to tell you that I am a monster? You have never seen this side of me. Maybe I should wear a warning that says that there's danger If you ever get too close to me. Did I ever think to tell you that I am a monster?”

As he stopped singing, Miles linked his arm through Taylor’s as they walked off together.

THE END

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