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Magic
Season 3, Episode 2
JamesMagic
Air date June 4th, 2012
Written by JamesonOTP
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Magic is the second episode of the third season of Glee: The Next Generation and the fourty-fifth overall.

New Directions' complete dismissal after becoming National Champions has left them in a funk so Mr. Schue decides to do a lesson to help get the magic back by singing songs with magic in the title. New Directions bands together to comfort Jaxon and help him through the hard time he is having. Meanwhile, James surprises everyone by showing them that he's not the weak, fragile person he once was.

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Glee: The Next Generation Season 3, Episode #2: "Magic"

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

James and Jaxon got engaged in Paris and right on the heels, Jaxon lost his father in a car accident. New Directions didn’t win Internationals, but they still won Nationals and haven’t gotten any recognition for it at school. James went to Ana and got her to help him get his swagger back because he wants to keep Jaxon interested. Bella dropped out as Glee Club’s co-captain and it turned out she was trying out for the Cheerios. Hallie quit the Cheerios and she got a fierce new hairdo and attitude. Adam woke up one day looking pretty different and now all the girls are giving him a second look. But he’s still interested in his crush, Nicole. Miles found out Adam is a cutter and agreed to take him under his wing and help him get Nicole if he stopped cutting. Meanwhile, Taylor has her eyes set on Miles after he got all vulnerable.

And that’s what you missed on Glee!

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Bella tightened her ponytail, putting her hands on her hips as she walked down the hallway. She had to admit, wearing this Cheerios outfit, she felt empowered.

I have to admit, the great thing about Glee Club is how it brought together all of us. Three years, none of us would have likely even acknowledged each other’s existence. I know where I’ve been and who I am. I’m not gonna be changed by this uniform. It wasn’t going to go to my head and let it change me, like it had some of my old friends.

Bella flashed back to just a few days before her Glee Club audition two years ago.

Bella walked down the hall with Hallie at her side. Two girls wearing Cheerios uniforms walked in Bella’s direction.

“Stacy!” Bella said to the blonde.

Stacey rolled her eyes. She looked at the brunette beside her and they shared a laugh.

“Get lost, loser,” Stacy said as she walked passed Bella.

Bella looked like all the air had been knocked out of her stomach. She looked at Hallie, who put her hand on her shoulder. Bella turned around as she saw Jaxon, Miles, and John walking toward her. She looked at Miles and smiled. It was like he didn’t even notice her. She frowned.

“I feel so freaking invisible,” Bella said. “It sucks being a Freshman.”

Bella and Hallie walked arm-in-arm to the door leading to the parking lot. She opened the door and stopped before she walked out, watching Miles and John wrestling two boys over to the dumpster. A small crowd had formed around them and Azimio was shouting directions at Miles.

“One day you’ll thank me for this,” Miles said as he and John lifted Evan and threw him into the dumpster.

“What a jerk!” Evan said from inside the dumpster.

“You’re next,” John told Lucas.

Lucas tried to run, but John grabbed him and drug him back over to Miles. The two of them lifted Lucas and tossed him into the dumpster.

“Ow,” Evan said as Lucas landed on top of him.

“Sorry,” Lucas said.

Bella sighed as she looked on disgusted. Hallie shook her head in disbelief. Jaxon saw what was happening and ran over to Miles and John.

“Guys, enough!” Jaxon said. “This isn’t cool.”

“Looks like we got ourselves a softie,” John said.

Jaxon narrowed his eyes. “I’m above throwing people in dumpsters. You should be, too.”

Honey walked hurriedly down the hall behind Bella. Bella turned to look at her.

“Excuse me,” a teacher said. “Miss Berry’s sister?”

Honey sighed as she turned to face the person calling for her.

“You forgot your book in my classroom.”

Bella closed the door and decided to avoid the crowd by going out the other way. She made her way down the hall. She stopped when she saw the two teens arguing.

“Kevin, I’m tired of hearing you whine about how skinny you are. Eat a damn sandwich and get over it!” The redheaded girl said as she stormed off.

“I’m so stupid,” the boy said as he turned around and punched his locker.

“Kevin?” Bella asked.

A nerdy girl whom Bella recognized as the school’s resident Broadway geek, Nicole Martin, clutched her pile of books tightly to her chest as she hurried down the hall.

“I’m so gonna be late for Brainiacs Club,” Nicole said.

Azimio smiled as he spotted Nicole. He moved his hand out from behind his back and revealed he was carrying a large pink slushie. He threw it in Nicole’s face, not even stopping. As she stood there, dripping slush, he kept walking and laughing.

Breezy Hollister rushed to Nicole’s aid. “Oh that looks unpleasant. Let me help you. My name is Breeziline, but you can call me Breezy.”

“Thanks, Breezy,” Nicole said as she smiled through the slush. “I’m Nicole.”

“Bella?” Hallie called. “Bella?”

Bella came back to reality as she realized it was Hallie in real life calling her name.

“Are you gonna stand in the hall and block my way all day or can I get to class?” Hallie asked.

Bella shook her head. “No. I’m sorry. I was just remembering.”

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As everyone piled into the choir room, Will smiled. He put the cap back on the dry erase marker and turned to face them.

“I decided to do a very fun lesson this week,” Will said. “I know you’ve all been in a funk recently because your national championship was completely overlooked and because of what happened to Jaxon’s father.”

“Speaking of which,” Lana said. “Is Jaxon back today? He’s been out for five days and I know this has been pretty hard on him.”

“I’m here,” Jaxon said as he walked into the choir room. “I was delayed at my counseling session with Mrs. Pillsbury-Schuester.”

Will patted Jaxon on the back as he walked over to take his seat beside Lana. Lana gave Jaxon a smile as she grabbed his hand, holding it for a minute.

“So, we have to work on recapturing that magic that helped us win Nationals last year,” Will said.

“That should be easy,” Sue said as she walked in. “You already look like an overgrown leprechaun, Will.”

“Nice to see you too, Sue,” Will said, rolling his eyes.

“It’s great to be back, helping you empower these students as winners,” Sue said as she stood beside Will. “God knows you couldn’t do that on your own.”

“Point made, Sue,” Will said.

“Oh I see a couple of new faces,” Sue said. “It’s that metrosexual Warbler and some Rebel-Without-A-Cause.”

Adam looked down at his leather jacket and then back at Sue. “Who me?”

“Yes you, you James Dean wannabe.”

“It’s me,” Adam said. “I’m on your Cheerios. My name is Adam.”

“You can’t be Adam. You don’t look like Justin Bieber and you don’t have the incredibly bright and glittery rainbow colored aura of a gay elf,” Sue said. “But I do recognize you from my Cheerios. You’re that one kid who just walked into my routine yesterday. I like you.”

Adam rolled his eyes. “But I’m really Adam.”

“Anyway,” Will said, changing the subject. “We’re gonna try to get that magic back. And how do you do that? You have to believe in magic. So, we’re gonna sing songs that have ‘magic’ in the title.”

Jaxon raised his hand. “What you just said gave me a great idea for a song.”

“Would you like to come up here and sing it?” Will asked.

“Of course,” Jaxon said with a smile. “But I need someone to sing it with me. Hallie, would you do me the honor?”

Hallie smiled. “Of course.”

Jaxon took Hallie’s hand and helped her from her seat as he walked over and grabbed an acoustic guitar and sat down on a stool. Hallie pulled another stool over beside Jaxon and climbed up on it.

“Do you believe in magic?” Hallie sang as she swayed to the beat. “In a young girl’s heart. How the music can free her whenever it starts. And it's magic if the music is groovy. It makes you feel happy like an old time movie.”

Jaxon smiled at Hallie as he leaned toward his microphone stand.

“I'll tell you about the magic,” Jaxon sang. “It'll free your soul but it's like trying to tell a stranger about rock n roll. If you believe in magic, don't bother to choose if it's jug band music or rhythm and blues.”

“Just go and listen,” Jaxon and Hallie sang.

“It'll start with a smile,” Jaxon sang. “It won't wipe off your face no matter how hard you try.”

“Your feet start tapping and you can't seem to find,” Hallie sang. “How you got there, so just blow your mind.”

As Jaxon played the interlude, New Directions began to drum along on the backs of each other’s chairs.

“If you believe in magic, come along with me,” Jaxon sang. “We'll dance until morning, just you and me.”

“And maybe,” Jaxon and Hallie sang.

“If the music is right, I'll meet you tomorrow so late at night,” Hallie sang.

“We'll go a dancing, baby then you'll see,” Jaxon and Hallie sang. “All the magic's in the music and the music's in me, yeah.”

Jaxon took his guitar off and handed it to Evan. Evan smiled as he continued to play the song. Jaxon moved the stools aside as he and Hallie began to dance around together.

“Do you believe in magic?” Jaxon and Hallie sang. “Yeah, believe in the magic in a young girl's soul. Believe in the magic of rock n roll. Believe in the magic that can set you free. Oh, talking about magic. Do you believe like I believe? Do you believe in magic? Do you believe like I believe? Do you believe in magic? Do you believe like I believe? Do you believe in magic? Do you believe like I believe? Do you believe in magic? Do you believe like I believe? Do you believe in magic?”

The choir room erupted with cheers as Jaxon and Hallie smiled at one another before hugging each other.

“That was amazing,” Will said. “What a way to start off this lesson.”

“Eh, I’ll take I or leave it,” Sue said.

“Anyone wanna go next or do you guys need time to work out a routine?” Will asked.

“This is bull crap,” Nicole said, kicking the leg of the empty seat in front of her. “Why are we sitting in here pretending that everything is okay when it’s not? Jaxon’s father just died and Breezy left us and is never coming back. The one person who should be here right now isn’t and no one seems to care.”

“We do care,” Jaxon said. “But she’s not coming back, so we have to move on. It’s just like I forced myself to move on when Dad died.”

“Breezy was one of my best friends,” Nicole said. “And this same last time last year, I lost another of my best friends and he’s dead.”

“My dad is dead,” Jaxon said. “But moving on isn’t gonna make me forget him. He’ll always live on in every little thing I do and that’s what matters.”

“Preach,” Lana said.

“Let’s just move on,” Will suggested.

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Jaxon shut his locker door and started down the hall when James joined him.

“You made a great point in there,” James said. “I know how hard this has been on you.”

“I wouldn’t have been able to make it through with you,” Jaxon said. “I’ve been the strong one for as long as I could remember and now the roles have been reversed. James, you’ve shown so much personal growth.”

James smiled. “I couldn’t bring myself to be as brave as you, Jaxon. I haven’t told my real parents, yet. I haven’t even told Leroy and Hiram. Yet, you told your parents. How do you manage to be so brave, Jaxon?”

“Because loving you makes me brave,” Jaxon said. “But it’s not because I feel like I have to be brave for you, anymore. James, you have changed so much here lately that I feel like I have to be brave to compete with you. You make me strive to be a better person now, where it just used to be that I had to be strong to protect you. You’re not as weak as you think you are, or even as you used to be. James, you have no idea just how strong you are now.”

James pulled Jaxon into him and kissed him. “I love you, Jaxon. You bring out the best in me.”

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The next day, Miles and Adam walked down the hall together. Adam still wore a long sleeved shirt, as he was accustomed to. Miles looked at all the girls he passed, smiling at them in acknowledgement.

“Man, you’ll have some of this Miles Larson swag in no time,” Miles said as he looked back at Adam. “You’ve stopped hurting yourself, right?”

Adam tugged at his sleeves uncomfortably. “Yes, I have.”

“Nicole is the type of girl who likes to act like the whole ‘swagger’ think doesn’t have an effect on her, but that’s bull. She likes to keep her image and I can’t blame her. But every girl falls victim to a little swagger.”

“And you think that’s true about Nicole?” Adam asked.

“She is a member of the female race,” Miles said. “Maybe not a member of the human race, but I’m sure she’ll still fall victim to some Adam Gray swag.”

“I don’t know,” Adam said.

“Trust me,” Miles said. “I’m an expert. It’s all about saying all the things that a girl wants to hear.”

Miles propped against a locker beside a random blonde girl. He smiled at her as he winked nonchalantly.

“This magic moment,” Miles sang with a smile. “So different and so new.”

Miles gently touched the girl’s cheek and she was sent into a dreamlike state, staring dreamily at him.

“Was like any other until I kissed you. And then it happened.”

Miles turned away suddenly, stepping out and throwing his hands outward.

“It took me by surprise. I knew that you felt it too by the look in your eyes. Sweeter than wine; softer than the summer night. Everything I want I have whenever I hold you tight. This magic moment while your lips are close to mine will last forever. Forever till the end of time. Oh, oh, mmm.”

Miles walked over to the table sitting right outside the office. He reached into the flower arrangement and grabbed a rose. He walked over and handed it to another girl. She looked down at the flower and stared in amazement.

“Sweeter than wine; softer than the summer night. Everything I want I have whenever I hold you tight. This magic moment while your lips are close to mine will last forever . Forever till the end of time. Oh, magic moment. Magic moment, magic moment.”

Both girls stood there staring at Miles as Miles looked back at Adam and winked. Adam looked dumbfounded. Miles laughed as he walked back over to join Adam.

“I wanna have your babies!” The first girl exclaimed as Miles and Adam disappeared into the crowded hallway.

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Nicole sighed as she and Honey sat together in the cafeteria. Nicole stared off into space, daydreaming. Honey snapped her fingers, getting Nicole’s attention.

“Huh?” Nicole asked.

“You were doing it again,” Honey said. “Earth to Space Cadet Martin.”

Nicole rolled her eyes. “I was just thinking.”

“About Dillon or Adam?” Honey asked, nudging Nicole.

“Dillon of course,” Nicole said.

“Mmm hmm,” Honey said, not convinced. “Girl, Adam is so cute and he has it bad for you.”

“But I love Dillon,” Nicole said.

“Come on,” Honey said. “You can’t ignore that Adam has something special about him. You’ve had one boyfriend your whole life, Nicole. How are you so sure you’re in love.”

“Because I do,” Nicole said. “Discussion over.”

Honey smiled as she leaned in close to Nicole.

“Cold late night so long ago when I was not so strong you know,” Honey sang. Nicole rolled her eyes. “A pretty man came to me. Never seen eyes so blue. I could not run away. It seemed we'd seen each other in a dream. It seemed like he knew me. He looked right through me. Come on home, girl he said with a smile. You don't have to love me yet. Let's get high awhile.”

“But try to understand,” Honey and Nicole sang as Nicole reluctantly joined in. “Try to understand. Try, try, try to understand I'm a magic man.”

“Winter nights we sang in tune,” Nicole sang. “Played inside the months of moon. Never think of never. Let this spell last forever. Summer over passed to fall. Tried to realized it all. Mama says she's a worried, growing up in a hurry. Come on home, girl mama cried on the phone. Too soon to lose my baby yet my girl should be at home!”

“But try to understand, try to understand,” Nicole and Honey sang. “Try, try, try to understand he's a magic man, mama. He's a magic man.”

“Come on home, girl he said with a smile,” Honey sang.

“I cast my spell of love on you, a woman from a child!” Nicole sang.

“But try to understand, try to understand,” Nicole and Honey sang. “I'm a magic man!”

Nicole laughed as she and Honey hugged.

“I’m just saying, that Adam is a really great guy,” Honey said. “If you break his heart, let him down gently. Okay?”

Nicole nodded. “Deal.”

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Lana sat on the stool in the middle of the choir room as the band began to play.

“Though I've tried before to tell her of the feelings I have for her in my heart,” Lana sang. “Every time that I come near her, I just lose my nerve as I've done from the start.”

Lana jumped up and kicked the stool aside as she broke out into the Molly Ringwald dance.

“Every little thing she does is magic. Everything she do just turns me on. Even though my life before was tragic, now I know my love for her goes on. Do I have to tell the story of a thousand rainy days since we first met? It's a big enough umbrella but it's always me that ends up getting wet.”

Lana ran over and grabbed Hallie, pulling her out of her seat to join her as they did the Molly Ringwald together.

“Every little thing she does is magic. Everything she do just turns me on. Even though my life before was tragic, now I know my love for her goes on. I resolve to call her up a thousand times a day and ask her if she'll marry me in some old fashioned way. But my silent fears have gripped me long before I reach the phone, long before my tongue has tripped me. Must I always be alone?”

Lana held Hallie’s hands as they began to spin each other around in a big circle.

“Every little thing she does is magic. Everything she do just turns me on. Even though my life before was tragic, now I know my love for her goes on. Every little thing, every little thing, every little thing. Every little, every little, every little, every little. Every little thing she does, every little thing she does, every little thing she does, every little thing she does is magic.”

“Ee-yo, ee-yo, ee-yo, ee-yo, ee-yo, ee-yo, ee-yo, ee-yo, ee-yo, ee-yo, ee-yo, ee-yo, ee-yo, ee-yo, ee-yo, ee-yo,” New Directions sang.

“Every little thing,” Lana sang. “Every little thing, every little thing she does is magic, magic, magic. Magic, magic, magic. Hey oh. Yo, oh. Yo, oh.”

As Lana and Hallie let go, they stumbled. Hallie nearly fell, but Lana caught her by the waist and held her tightly. Hallie laughed.

“That was such a fun performance,” Will said with a smile. “I see you guys dusted off the Molly Ringwald. That move is older than all of you guys.”

“I love The Breakfast Club,” Hallie said with a huge smile.

“Alright,” Will said as Hallie and Lana walked hand-in-hand back to their seats. “Who wants to go next?”

Kevin raised his hand. “I have something prepared. I’m gonna sing while Jaxon dances.”

“That would be really cool” Will said.

“Boring,” Sue added from her seat.

Will rolled his eyes. “Come on up, guys.”

Kevin got up and gave Jaxon a high five as he walked past him. Jaxon got up and followed him to the center of the choir room as Kevin gave the band the signal.

“Oh, oh, oh, it's magic, you know,” Kevin sang. “Never believe it's not so. It's magic, you know. Never believe it's not so. I never been awake, I never seen a day break. Leaning on my pillow in the morning.”

Jaxon began to dance. Kevin watched him, trying to duplicate the steps, but he didn’t quite have it.

“A lazy day in bed, music in my head. Crazy music playing in the morning light. Oh, oh, oh, it's magic, you know. Never believe it's not so. It's magic, you know. Never believe it's not so.”

Jaxon walked over and helped Kevin adjust to a few moves. Rose laughed as she watched Kevin.

“Another sunny day, and dreaming far away. Dreaming on my pillow in the morning. Never been awake, I never seen a day break. Leaning on my pillow in the morning light. Oh, oh, oh, it's magic, you know. Never believe it's not so. It's magic, you know. Never believe it's not so.”

Jaxon climbed up onto the piano, helping Kevin join him. Together they danced on the top of the piano.

“Oh, oh, oh, it's magic, you know. Never believe it's not so. It's magic, you know. Never believe it's not so. Never believe."

Jaxon spun around coming to a stop standing on his tiptoes. He jumped of the piano and took a bow as the Glee Club applauded.

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Jaxon sat outside in the courtyard, alone and reflecting to himself. Miles and James walked toward him. Miles was wearing his football uniform, carrying his helmet by the chinstrap.

“Jaxon, are you okay?” Miles asked. “You skipped practice and that’s not like you. James came to practice and when you weren’t there he got worried. We’re all worried.”

“I’m not strong,” Jaxon said, not looking at Miles. “I know I put up this front that I’m so strong and I’m such a great leader and I’m the big hero, but it’s bull crap.”

“You have every right to be upset,” Miles said as he sat down beside Jaxon. “You lost your dad, Jaxon. It’s not like the girl you were dating up and left you for college. The man who raised you and loved you unconditionally is gone and he’s never coming back. And trust me, I know we’re the last two people who should be giving advice on fathers because both of us have some pretty damn crappy excuses for dads.”

“I feel like there is something inside me that is missing and no matter what I do, I just feel so empty,” Jaxon said. “It’s been a week since my dad died and I still can’t even walk into his bedroom. I took all his pictures off the wall and shoved them in a closet.”

“It’s not healthy to ignore things,” James said. “I tried to when my dad beat me, but you made me see how dangerous it was.”

“So everyone gets a happy ending except for me, huh?” Jaxon asked.

“No,” Miles said, shaking his head. “You get one, too. You are gonna be accepted into NYADA. You and James are going to go to New York and get married and we’ll all be at your wedding. We’re gonna win Internationals this year…there is so much happiness in your future, Jaxon.”

Jaxon felt his hand begin to tremble. He reached down to stop it, but Miles took his hand and pulled it away, letting it rest at Jaxon’s side. Jaxon turned to look at Miles and no sooner than Miles gave him a sympathetic look, Jaxon broke down into tears. Miles grabbed Jaxon and hugged him.

“It hurts so much,” Jaxon said. “When will it stop hurting, Miles?”

“That’s the thing,” Miles said. “It never stops hurting. You just get used to the pain.”

“Just like the magic in all of us,” James said. “He lives in you.”

Miles smiled as he reached over and pulled James in for a group hug.

“This is just like preschool,” Jaxon said. “That boy stole my juice and I cried so you shared your juice with me and then went and slapped him in the back of his head.”

Miles smiled. “Come to think of it, that was Kevin.”

“It was, wasn’t it? Jaxon asked. “I can’t believe that head slap has been a thing for that long.”

Miles laughed. “We’ve been best friends since we were four.”

“And we’ll be best friends till we’re eighty year old geezers in the nursing home,” Jaxon joked.

“We’ll be rocking those rockers,” Miles said with a smile.

“Can I honestly ask you what you though when I came out to you in eighth grade? Jaxon asked.

Miles thought. “To be honest? More girls for me. I don’t think I could handle if you were straight, Jaxon. You’d be huge competition.”

Jaxon smiled. “Guess you got lucky, then.”

Miles nodded. “I did get lucky. You’re the best friend I could ever ask for.”

“You’re not gonna kiss me again are you?” Jaxon asked, raising his eyebrows before he started to laugh.

“No. Not with your fiancé present anyway,” Miles joked.

James playfully shoved Miles as all three erupted into laughter.

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Evan stood onstage in a spotlight as the boombox behind him began to play music. The doors opened and Miles, Jaxon, and James walked in and took a seat unnoticed. Evan was dressed in a pair of grey sweat pants, black Adidas, a white tank top, and a black and white fedora.

“I can make the pain disappear and I can erase the past, oh,” Evan sang as he began to run through a dance routine. “I can make the future shine so bright and I can make right now alright, yeah. I got it, you got it, we got the magic, girl. I got it, you got it, we got the magic, girl. I got it, you got it, we got the magic, girl. I got it, you got it, we got the magic, girl.”

Evan did a pirouette and jumped out, landing with his legs apart.

“All I got is concrete all around me, whoo. But I can see the countryside. You can be rich when you're poor, poor when you're rich. It can be raining and I can make the sun shine. I got it, you got it, we got the magic, girl. I got it, you got it, we got the magic, girl. I got it, you got it, we got the magic, girl. I got it, you got it, we got the magic, girl. I know sometimes, sometimes you feel no hope but I've been there upon that lonely road. I took whatever gift he offered me because I knew that he would set me free.”

Evan cut loose, doing some more technical moves. From the seats, Jaxon was impressed.

“Whoa, I got it. You got it, whoo. We got the magic, girl. I got it, magic baby. You got it, we got the magic, whoo, girl. I got it, we got the magic, baby. You got it, we got the magic girl. I got it, you got it, we got the magic, girl. Whoo! Science they can't prove it but I know I can do it. I can fly, I can bend metal with my mind, I can wake up in a paradise, oh. We got that magic, we got that magic, hey. We got that magic, we got that magic, ooh. Got that magic, come on, hey. I got it, you got it, we got the magic, girl. I got it, you got it, we got the magic, girl. I got it, you got it, we got the magic, girl. I got it, you got it, we got the magic, girl.”

As Evan finished the routine, he dropped down to one knee, taking off his fedora and holding it to in the air. Jaxon, Miles, and James stood up and applauded.

“How long have you guys been there?” Evan asked, putting his hands on his hips as he stood up, panting.

“Long enough to see that killer routine you’re practicing,” Jaxon said. “I didn’t know you could dance like that.”

“What brings you guys here?” Evan asked.

“We wanted to have a bro day,” Miles said. “Wanna go to the Lima Bean for a smoothie?”

Evan smiled. “Yeah. Claude has a thing with his family anyway so I was just gonna practice this thing until I had it nailed so I could perform it in Glee Club.”

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The next day, Ana, Natasha, and Rose stood in front of the Glee Club as the music began to play. Natasha stepped forward and grabbed her microphone as Ana and Rose danced.

“Some call it magic, the things I see,” Rose, Ana, and Natasha sang. “And I don't understand it, why it happens to me. Some call it magic and I don't know how but I know that I have it and it all works out.”

“I've got my family and my friends with me,” Natasha sang. “They’re the only ones who know my secret.”

“Only they do,” Ana and Rose sang.

“Trying to find a way bring it out and say that you know you're special and believe it,” Natasha sang.

“Stay true to you,” Ana and Rose sang.

“Some call it magic, the things I see,” Rose, Ana, and Natasha sang. “And I don't understand it, why it happens to me. Some call it magic and I don't know how but I know that I have it and it all works out.”

“My girl Natasha, my boy Adam,” Ana sang as she walked to the front, changing positions with Natasha. “They help me in and out a situation.”

“Since the future I see,” Rose and Natasha sang.

“But I understand it's part of who I am,” Ana sang. “I don't have to give an explanation.”

“I'll just be me,” Rose and Natasha sang.

“Some call it magic, the things I see,” Rose, Ana, and Natasha sang. “And I don't understand it, why it happens to me. Some call it magic and I don't know how but I know that I have it and it all works out.”

“See the future through my eyes,” Rose sang, taking her place in the front. “I can't control it, but it all seems to work out right. ‘Cause there's a reason for everything and I know with my powers and dreams, the future looks good to me, oh uh.”

“Some may call it magic but I don't know it's just a special gift that I have,” Natasha said. “It runs in my family. Gets me to trouble sometimes, but you know, my friends are there for me so it's kind of cool.”

“Some call it magic, the things I see,” Rose, Ana, and Natasha sang. “And I don't understand it, why it happens to me. Some call it magic and I don't know how but I know that I have it and it all works out. Some call it magic, the things I see. And I don't understand it, why it happens to me. Some call it magic and I don't know how but I know that I have it and it all works out.”

“I've got my family and my friends with me,” Ana sang. “They’re the only ones who knows my secret.

“Some call it magic, magic,” Natasha sang.

“Trying to find a way bring it out and say that you know you're special and believe it,” Rose sang.

Ana and Natasha gave each other a high five. They interlaced their fingers and leaned in for a quick kiss. Everyone was in shock. Rose stood in the front, taking her bows.

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That night Adam sat barefoot on his bed. His math book was open in front of him as he tried to do homework. He sighed in frustration before shutting his math book and began to gather his utensils. He grabbed the compass, studying it for a second, looking at how sharp the metal point was. He checked the door to make sure it was closed, raised his shirt sleeve, and pressed the point to his skin.

Adam winced as he drug it across his forearm, feeling it cut into him. A drop of blood hit the floor. Adam ran to his bathroom and began to wash the blood off his compass before returning it to his backpack.

Adam sat down on the bed, looking down at his arm, tears welling up in his eyes.

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Backstage, New Directions got ready for their group number to end the week’s lesson. The boys were all dressed like hip magicians. They wore black satin vests with gold piping, red lined capes, top hats, and bowties. The girls, with the exception of Lana and Natasha, wore short tuxedo dresses, high heels, top hats, Playboy bunny collars, and red lined capes. Lana and Natasha wore the guys’ costumes.

Adam adjusted a pair of whit cufflinks. Miles looked at him and laughed. “You look like a Chippendales’ dancer with those on.”

“I like them. I’m not performing without them.”

“You’re hiding your scars, aren’t you?” Miles asked. “Look, they’ll have to find out sooner or later. They’re your friends, they won’t judge you.”

“Just back off, okay?” Adam asked, pushing past Miles as he made his way to the stage. Miles exhaled sharply, giving up. He followed Adam to the stage.

Miles and Adam looked at one another and Miles nodded, signaling that he conceded. The music began as the curtain rose. Will, Emma, and Sue sat out in the audience, ready to watch them perform.

“I got the magic in me,” New Directions sang. “Every time I touch that track, it turns into gold. Everybody knows I've got the magic in me. When I hit the flow the girls come snapping at me now everybody wants some presto--”

“Magic, magic, magic,” Jaxon sung. “Magic, magic, magic. Magic, magic, magic

“I got the magic in me,” New Directions sang.

“These tricks that I'll attempt will blow your mind,” Rose rapped. “Pick a verse, any verse, I'll hypnotize you with every line. I'll need a volunteer How about you, with the eyes? Come on down to the front and stand right here and don't be shy.”

“I'll have you time-travelling,” Miles rapped. “Have your mind babbling. People trying to inherit the skill so they asking me. Even David Blaine had to go and take some classes. And I see Mindfreak like what's up man, what's happening? So come one, come all and see the show tonight. Prepare to be astounded, no Ghost or Poltergeist. You know I'm no Pinocchio, I've never told a lie. So call me Mr. Magic Man, I float on cloud nine.”

“I got the magic in me,” New Directions sang. “Every time I touch that track, it turns into gold. Everybody knows I've got the magic in me. When I hit the flow the girls come snapping at me now everybody wants some presto--”

“Magic, magic, magic,” Jaxon sung. “Magic, magic, magic. Magic, magic, magic

“I got the magic in me,” New Directions sang.

“Well, take a journey into my mind,” Evan rapped. “You'll see why it's venom I rhyme. Stay on the road, so I call my mama when I got time. I hit the stage, go insane. Then jump into that crowd. See, see, when I rhyme, I flow on the beat like pidda-dow-dow. See I deceive you with my intergalactic ether. I sing just like Aretha, so respect me like I'm Caesar. I kick it like Adidas. Flowing sticky like adhesive. Be cautious, 'cause what I be on will leave you with amnesia.”

“I break all the rules like Evel Knievel,” Rose rapped. “It's a spectacular show ‘cause my heart pumps diesel. So whatever you saying, it don't entertain my ego. I do this every day. Hocus pocus is my style-o.”

“I got the magic in me,” New Directions sang. “Every time I touch that track, it turns into gold. Everybody knows I've got the magic in me. When I hit the flow the girls come snapping at me now everybody wants some presto--”

“Magic, magic, magic,” Jaxon sung. “Magic, magic, magic. Magic, magic, magic

“I got the magic in me,” New Directions sang.

As the song ended, a smoke bomb erupted, enveloping the stage. Gold star and black top hat confetti began to rain down on the stage. When the smoked cleared, New Directions was gone. Will and Sue looked around in confusion.

“Here we are,” Kevin said from behind them.

New Directions stood in the aisle begin them. Will smiled.

“How did you guys do that?” He asked.

“A true magician never reveals his secrets,” Lucas said.

“That was amazing. We should do that at Regionals, “ Will said. “You guys would be sure to win. And, I guess it’s safe to say that you all got the magic back.”

“It was in us all along,” Jaxon said, smiling at Miles.

“I had something I wanted to tell you,” James said. “The football team has an opening and I loved playing basketball, so I figured that I would join. It would give us even more time together.”

“You wanna be a kicker?” Jaxon asked. “Wow, guess I can say I am surprised to say the least.”

“I can do this,” James said. “And also, I have something I need to say.”

“Are you sure you wanna do this?” Jaxon asked.

James nodded. “Yes. For the first time ever, I’m taking the reins in my life. These rings aren’t our promise rings. They’re engagement rings.”

“What?” Will asked, doing a double take. “You two are engaged? Are you’re crazy? Jaxon, you’re seventeen and James, he’s only sixteen. Have you two even thought this through? Or told your parents--”

Will stopped as he said that, remembering Jaxon’s predicament.

“I told my parents,” Jaxon said. “And they were supportive.”

“But I’ve yet to tell Hiram and Leroy,” James said. “They’d hit the roof.”

“So it’s true?” Evan asked Jaxon. “You told me they were just new promise rings. I mean, how could you not tell me the truth?”

“You’re kinda of touchy sometimes,” Jaxon said. “And after what happened with us a year and a half ago--”

“That is ancient history,” Evan said.

“No, it’s not,” Jaxon said. “I know you still have feelings for me. We too each other’s virginity and we’ll always have that piece of each other. We can’t escape it, Evan.”

“You lied to me, Jaxon,” Evan said. “It doesn’t matter how you thought I would take it, you should have been honest with me.”

“I knew you’d act like this, Evan,” Jaxon said. “Ok, maybe it was stupid but I just thought that you needed to get more serious with Claude before I told you.”

“Ok,” Evan said. “Maybe that was the case. But, underneath it all, we’re friends. All I ask is you tell me the truth. No secrets. Is that too much to ask?”

Jaxon shook his head. “No, it’s not. It’s very reasonable, Evan. I’m sorry.”

“Look,” Will said. “I really don’t think any of you are ready to handle this. Jaxon and James, I want you to see Emma next week and she can help you deal with this.”

“We are dealing with it,” James said.

Will sighed as he put his hands on his hips.

“Who are we to tell them what to do?” Hallie asked. “Just let them be happy.”

“This discussion is over,” Will said. “Both of you in Emma’s office after school tomorrow. And Evan, maybe you should be there too.”


THE END

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