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Strength
Season 3, Episode 4
HallieSTRENGTH
Air date TBA 2012
Written by JamesonOTP
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Strength is the fourth episode of season three of Glee: The Next Generation and the forty-seventh episode overall.

When Miles' abuse at the hands of his stepfather spreads around school, New Directions bands together to help him. Miles starts to change himself physically and reveals a long kept secret that shocks everyone. Fellow survivors Hallie and James try to show Miles the true meaning of strength. But will Hallie's baby daddy, Chis, derail Hallie or will she finally find the strength to stand up to him? Meanwhile, Jaxon, Evan, and Hallie attend a NYADA mixer where Jaxon meets a familiar face from his past.

This episode is Hallie/Miles-centric.

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Reader discretion is advised.
This episode deals with situations that may be offensive to some readers.
This episode contains content that has may include but is not limited to violence, sexuality, alcohol, and language and dialog of an adult nature, all involving teens.

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Glee: The Next Generation Season 3, Episode #3: StrengthEdit

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

It turns out that Miles’ stepfather has impossibly high standards and is abusive. It seems like Miles can’t catch a break. Hallie got more than a little defensive because she thinks that Ana still has feelings for Lana despite the fact that she’s with Natasha. Maybe it’s all thanks to Hallie’s new kick butt, fierce, independent woman attitude. Lana has been keeping a secret from her overbearing mother because if she didn’t she’d have to dump Hallie again. Speaking of being dumped, Kevin dumped Rose but wanted to take her back. However, Rose realizes they both have issues to work out before they can commit to each other again. Meanwhile, Jaxon has been dreaming of NYADA in addition to dreaming of marrying his true love, James.

And that’s what you missed on Glee!

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Miles walked down the hallway, not paying attention to all the looks and stares he was getting. This was something he felt like doing. He did it for himself.

I just needed a little change. Miles Larson is not a one trick pony. Who am I kidding? I would be liar if I said that my self-esteem didn’t have something to do with this. I may look and act cool, be a total ladies’ man, but I’m still a teenager. And all teenagers have insecurities.

It’s so hard living with a big scar on my face. And it’s even harder to keep up the lie that I’ve told people about it. I always said it was a car wreck, but it’s not the truth. My stepdad, he’s very overbearing. And sometimes, when he is stressed at work, he takes his stress out on me. He doesn’t mean to hit me, he just does. It happens because he has a lot of pressure on him and I can make it worse sometimes. It’s really upsetting to him when I don’t apply myself.

Oh, the scar. Back to that. Well, it was an accident, really. One day my dad – that’s what I call him – was very stressed and I caused him to get a little too upset and he threw a glass bottle at me. He missed me but it hit the door frame and shattered. A piece of glass ricocheted and cut my face. He felt real bad about it. He even cried. It was an accident after all, but a lot of people wouldn’t be able to see it that way. That’s why I invented the lie about the car accident.

And even though this change didn’t fix my scar, it distracted from it and I finally feel like I’m not walking around with a neon sign on my face for once.

Miles stepped into the choir room and walked slowly as everyone stopped and looked at him. Evan’s mouth fell open in shock as he looked at Miles.

“Um,” Evan said. “We found the real Slim Shady.”

Claude laughed from beside Evan. “That was priceless, baby.”

Miles faked a laugh. “Real comedian, Evan.”

“Seriously,” Lana said. “What did you do to your hair? You look like Jaxon.”

Jaxon nodded. “Different style, same color but yeah, I see the resemblance.”

“Well, Jaxon was kind of my muse,” Miles said. “I just wanted a change and I always liked Jaxon’s hair color so I took a few cues.”

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” Jaxon said. “I feel honored.”

“Am I the only one who finds this a bit stalkerish?” Ana asked.

“It’s not like he’s camping outside Jaxon’s window,” Adam said. “Or are you?”

Miles rolled his eyes. “I knew you guys wouldn’t understand.”

“Don’t listen to them,” Jaxon said. “If that’s what you wanted to do and it’s what makes you happy, then so be it. You gotta do what’s right for you.”

Miles smiled. “Thanks, Jaxon. I knew I could always count on you.”

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Later that day, Hallie stepped over the toys in the floor that Eva and Ethan were playing with as she made her way to answer the front door. She opened the door and felt her heart stop as she saw Chris standing there.

“What are you doing here?” Hallie asked.

“I was on my way out of town,” Chris said. “I wanted to stop by and talk to you.”

“Can we not do this here,” Hallie said. “The kids are in the room.”

“It’s about them,” Chris said. “I don’t want you thinking that I’m ever going to try to take them for myself. I don’t want them. And I also don’t want you to try to sue me for child support. I don’t have a job and I can’t pay to help provide for children I want nothing to do with. They were mistakes, Hallie. You were a mistake.”

Hallie ran over and made an effort to cover Eva and Ethan’s ears. “My children may not have been born out choice, but they aren’t mistakes, Chris. They are the single most important things in my life.”

“They’re mistakes to me, Hallie. I don’t want kids, especially with some random lesbian from a party four years ago. That’s the past. I don’t need two full grown reminders of how big I messed up.”

“Yeah, you messed up when you raped me,” Hallie snapped. “You’re just trash. Look at you, Chris. You’ve got nothing going for you. You’re skipping town. Do you even have any idea where you’re gonna go?”

“Far from here and I’m not even coming back. I have nothing here for me,” Chris said. “Two little pieces of proof that not using protection is stupid, a messed up lesbian stalker, and an ex-friend who went all goody-two-shoes and just got out of rehab.”

“You’re despicable, Chris,” Hallie said, crossing her arms. “How could you say that about two innocent little children? And I might not have been a ‘messed up lesbian’ if you hadn’t raped me.”

“It’s so typical of women to blame men for all their problems!” Chris snapped. “And then they obviously want a piece of a guy, and when they get it, they scream rape and become a lesbian!”

“I was a lesbian before I ever met you,” Hallie said. “You just confirmed that to me.”

“You wanted it,” Chris said. “Don’t act like you didn’t. You liked you, too.”

Hallie balled up her fists as she turned up her nose in disgust.

“Screaming about how big it was,” Chris said with a smile on his face as he inched toward Hallie. “Look at you squirm. You want it now, too.”

Chris grabbed Hallie around the waist and tried to pull her into him. Hallie raised her hand, swinging hard and gasping in shock as Chris gabbed his cheek.

“I DIDN’T WANT IT AND I STILL DON’T!” Hallie shouted. “You are the worst kind of guy there is, Chris! You’re sick, you’re a sexual predator and you need help--”

Reece ran down the stairs, a child’s blanket over his shoulder. Hallie and Chris both looked at him. Chris tried to act like nothing happened, but Reece could tell by the look on Hallie’s face that something serious was up.

“Chris, right?” Reece said.

Chris nodded.

“I don’t like you,” Reece said. “Why are you even here after what you did to my cousin?”

“I came to say my goodbyes,” Chris said.

“Is that what you’re calling it now?” Hallie asked. “Because it sure seemed like you were trying to rape me again. Wanted a piece of farewell nookie?”

Chris scoffed. “Not even. I did no such thing. Chicks, man. You know how they are.”

Reece smiled. “Yeah, I know how chicks are. Crying rape and having your children when she was fifteen just because all you did was force yourself on a young girl and do despicable things to her that she will have to answer to all her life. How dare she, man?”

Chris shook his head. “That’s not what happened.”

“Get out of my house or I will throw you out,” Reece said. “If you’re leaving, then go and do her a favor and never come back. Never call her, hunt her down, text her, or email her. Stay out of her life for good this time.”

Chris walked toward Hallie. He placed his hands on her waist. “Hallie--”

Before he knew what happened, Reece ran toward him, grabbing him by the collar and shoving him against the wall.

“I said leave her alone!” Reece shouted as he pinned Chris against the wall.

“Lay off, dude,” Chris said as he pushed Reece off him. “You don’t want a piece of this, bro.”

“I’m not your bro,” Reece said.

Chris grabbed at Reece and as Reece stumbled from the sudden move, Chris swung at Reece. Reece dodged the punch and swung back before he realized what he had done. He looked in shock as Chris recoiled from a punch across his left eye.

“Get out,” Hallie said, sternly. “Chris, leave now.”

Reece looked at Hallie, not saying a word. He finally broke eye contact and walked over and grabbed Eva and Ethan, carrying them upstairs.

“You will always be my biggest mistake,” Chris said.

Hallie looked at Chris, fighting back all the emotions that were coursing through her at the moment.

“Days like this I want to drive away,” Hallie sang. “Pack my bags and watch your shadow fade. You chewed me up and spit me out like I was poison in your mouth. You took my light, you drained me down but that was then and this is now. Now look at me.”

Chris shook his head, at a loss for anything to say in protest.

“This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no. This is the part of me. That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no. Throw your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows but you’re not gonna break my soul. This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no. I just wanna throw my phone away. Find out who is really there for me. You ripped me off, your love was cheap, was always tearing at the seams. I fell deep, you let me down but that was then and this is now. Now look at me.”

Chris turned around and walked out the door. Hallie followed him, standing in the door frame watching as he got into his car and drove away. She closed her eyes, fighting the tears and digging deep inside to find her strength. As she opened her eyes, she was standing in the choir room, realizing she was just reliving a bad memory from the afternoon before.

“This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no. This is the part of me. That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no. Throw your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows but you’re not gonna break my soul. This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no.”

Lana watched Hallie singing, smiling at her. She could see the changes in her. How much stronger she had become. And while a part of Lana would miss being the tough one, jumping to Hallie’s defense, deep inside Lana felt that soon things would be reversed. She hung her head, looking at the floor as she listened to Hallie sing.

“Now look at me I’m sparkling; a firework, a dancing flame. You won't ever put me out again, I’m glowin’, oh whoa. So you can keep the diamond ring. It don’t mean nothing anyway. In fact you can keep everything yeah, yeah. Except for me.”

Miles watched Hallie as she sang.

Hallie has been through a lot in her life, Miles thought. After being raped, being a teen mom, being driven out of a Catholic school, she’s really managed to turn her life around. There are few people I can learn from like her.

“This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no,” Hallie sang. “This is the part of me. That you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no. Throw your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows but you’re not gonna break my soul. This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no. This is the part of me, no. Away from me, no. This is the part of me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me, no. Throw your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows but you’re not gonna break my soul. This is the part of me that you’re never gonna ever take away from me, no.”

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Lana stood in the courtyard waiting for Hallie so she could walk her home. Hallie came out, smiled upon seeing her and rushed over to join Lana.

“Look,” Lana said. “After hearing what happened yesterday, I am so sorry I bailed. I should have come over and helped you babysit and cook supper like we planned. I am so sorry.”

Hallie shook her head. “You have things to do, Lana. I understand. Reece stayed in and helped me. He was looking for an excuse not to go to the movies anyway. He really wasn’t in the mood.”

“Yeah, but Chris showed up and--”

“Reece and I handled Chris,” Hallie said as she took Lana’s hand. “I’m not the same weak girl I used to be, baby. I know you want to protect me and that it’s part of your nature to do so, but you can’t always be there. So don’t worry about when you’re not there because I’m a lot stronger than I used to be.”

Lana smiled. “I know, dollface. I just felt like I let you down. I know you are more than capable of taking care of yourself.”

“You didn’t let me down. If there was something you needed to do and you didn’t do it just for me, I would feel bad.”

“My mother is starting to suspect something is going on,” Lana said. “She questioned whether I am still with Ana and she started asking me if I was still hanging with you. So I just blurted out that I was still seeing Ana to throw her off our trail. Then she insisted on having me invite Ana back over for dinner. So I had to scramble to get Ana over and I was forced to have dinner with them last night. And believe me, I know how you don’t like Ana, but I had to do it for us. Until my mom can be convinced otherwise, she still thinks that I don’t need to be with you.”

Hallie nodded. “I understand.”

“I would have told you what was going on, but I knew my mom was listening in so that’s why I sent you that half-assed text saying I would explain later.”

“I knew it had something to do with your mom,” Hallie said. “I’m not upset, Lana. It’s what we have to do at the moment. At least we can be together this way.”

“I’m really not sure how long I have to keep this damn charade up,” Lana said. “I hope things get straightened out before the end of the year. If not, it looks like we will have to apply to the same college if we wanna be able to be together.”

Hallie stopped walked and turned to face Lana. She took her other hand and looked her in the eyes, a smile on her face.

“Look, I have faith that everything is gonna work out,” Hallie said. “God works in mysterious ways and I put my whole faith, all my hope in him. Just trust me when I say things are gonna work out for us.”

Lana smiled as she leaned into Hallie and kissed her.

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The next day, everyone sat in the choir room as Will and Sue walked in. Will smiled at everyone as he and Sue took their places near the front of the choir room.

“Guys, we have some very exciting news,” Will said. “One of our own has returned.”

“Who is it?” Honey asked, looking at Lucas and then back at Will.

“I’ll let them tell you themselves,” Will said as he motioned to the door.

Aldy slowly walked through the door. He smiled at everyone as the stood up and gave him a round of applause.

“I didn’t expect such a warm welcoming after all the trouble I caused,” Aldy said.

“Once a New Directioner, always a New Directioner,” Jaxon said. “We have to stick together.”

Aldy walked over to Jaxon. “I’m so sorry, Jaxon.”

Jaxon shook his head. “Don’t worry about it, okay? I’m glad to see you again.”

“So what did I miss?” Aldy asked.

“Jaxon and I are engaged,” James said.

“I punched India at Internationals and got us disqaulified,” Lana said with a laugh.

“I’m with Miles,” Taylor said.

Aldy looked at Taylor for a moment, obviously hurt, but he quickly hid it with a smile.

“Looks like I missed a lot. I’m glad to be back. After I completed rehab, I went back to the school I transferred from. But, there was too much temptation. I almost messed up and drank, so I decided I needed to change my environment. So I came back here. You guys are so much more supportive and I know that you would all be much better influences on me. I was just apprehensive to return here after all the trouble I caused.”

“That’s in the past,” Lana said.

“No one here holds any resentment toward you,” James said.

“You got clean,” Jaxon said. “You did the right thing, Aldy. Now stop feeling bad about ancient history, sit down, and be one of us again.”

Aldy smiled. “Thank you, Jaxon.”

Will clapped his hands together. “Alright, let’s get back to what we do best. Who wants to go next?”

James raised his hand. “I do, Mr. Schue. I have a song that means a lot to me and I think it’s a perfect song to welcome Aldy back to New Directions.”

Will nodded as me motioned toward the front of the classroom. James smiled at Jaxon as he got up and walked to the front of the room.

“I will be singing ‘I’m a Survivor’ by Reba McEntire,” James said. “I feel I relate to it a lot and I also think it describes Aldy and the things he’s been through.”

Aldy smiled at James as he took a seat beside James’ empty chair.

“I was born three months too early, the doctor gave me thirty days,” James sang as Will dimmed the lights. “But I must have had my momma's will and God's amazing grace. I guess I'll keep on living, even if this loves to die for. ‘Cause your bags are packed and I ain't crying. You’re walking out and I'm not trying to change your mind. ‘Cause I was born to be the baby boy without a chance, a victim of the circumstance. The one who ought to give up, but he's just too hard headed.”

James took Hallie’s hand and held it as he sang, looking directly at her. Hallie smiled.

“A single mom who works two jobs, who loves her kids and never stops. With gentle hands and a heart of a fighter, I'm a survivor. I don't believe in self-pity, it only brings you down. May be the king of broken hearts, but I don't hide behind the crown. When the deck is stacked against me, I just play a different game. My roots are planted in the past and though my life is changing’ fast, who I am is who I wanna be.”

Miles watched James, deep in thought.

James is pretty strong, too, Miles thought. He was beat by his father and then completely disowned. But through it all, he’s turned out alright. He’s engaged to my best friend and he’s even found a new family. I’ve never realized how much I really have in common with him.

“The baby boy without a chance, a victim of circumstance. The one who ought to give up but he's just to hard headed. A single mom who works two jobs, who loves her kids and never stops. With gentle hands and a heart of a fighter, I'm a survivor. Oh, a single mom who works two jobs, who loves her kids and never stops. With gentle hands and a heart of a fighter, I'm a survivor. But I must of had my momma's will and God's amazing grace. I'm a survivor.”

As the song ended, James took a bow. Miles stood up and applauded, encouraging a standing ovation. James smiled warmly at Miles before walking back to take his seat.

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Aldy exhaled deeply as he walked toward Taylor, who stood at her locker, exchanging text books. Aldy propped himself up on the locker beside her and waited.

“It’s good to see you back,” Taylor said.

“Why didn’t you wait for me?” Aldy asked.

“I did wait for you,” Taylor said. “All last year. But then after summer passed, and I never saw you again, I got tired of waiting. It’s funny how you seem to want me now, but back when you could have had me, you didn’t want me. I’m not gonna just wait around to be someone’s plan B. I’m not a consolation prize.”

“I’m sorry I treated you like that,” Aldy said.

“I have a tendency of falling for jerks. First Chris and then you. But I’ve moved on to better things, Aldy. I’m with Miles and I love him, actually. But the best thing of all, he loves me, too.”

Taylor shut her locker and walked off, leaving Aldy standing there, shocked.

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Miles walked up the stairs, as fast as he could, trying to avoid being seen by his stepfather. He stopped dead in his tracks when he realized he had been spotted.

“Miles!” Blake shouted. “Get down here!”

Miles sighed as he turned around and started down the stairs. “Yes, Dad?”

“You’re late. What kept you?” Blake asked.

“My girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend came back to school today and she was upset so I was consoling her.”

“And you didn’t think to call and let us know where you were? Your mother and I were worried sick about you.”

“I’m only forty-five minutes late. I didn’t think you guys would worry so much.”

“It doesn’t matter, Miles,” Blake replied. “Rules are rules and I don’t want you getting into a habit of breaking them, got it?”

Miles nodded. “Yes, sir.”

“Your school work is suffering enough as it is. I got your report card in the mail. Care to explain those two B’s you got?”

“Math is not my best subject,” Miles said.

“Then you have to work harder and if you were still having trouble we could have gotten you a tutor. So, what possessed you to not say anything and just accept a B on your report card?”

“I was hoping I could pull my grade up, Dad. I tried hard, I swear I did.”

Blake sighed. “Evidently you didn’t try hard enough, Miles. You’re too concerned with girls. Maybe you should consider breaking up with this girl. She’s doing nothing for your future except hindering it.”

“It’s not Taylor,” Miles said.

“Yeah, well, whatever it is you have one more grading period to straighten it out. If you bring home another B next report card, you lose your car, no more girls, no going out with friends, and no more Glee Club. All you will do from the moment you get home is stay up in your room and study.”

“Dad, I just turned eighteen,” Miles said. “I’m not a kid.”

“You’re acting like one, so you get treated like one. Besides, as long as you’re in my house, you will follow my rules. Got that?”

Miles nodded. “Yes, sir.”

“Now upstairs,” Blake said. “You’re gonna crack open a book and you’re gonna study until supper time. You had better have an A on your next test, Miles. I mean it. I am so tired of you making everything harder on me around here. My job is stressful enough and I have to come home to a mouthy, lazy teenage boy who refuses to apply himself!”

Miles marched up the stairs and to his room. He shut the door and collapsed, sinking to the floor with his back against the door as he fought back tears.

“Hey dad look at me,” Miles sang, tears streaming down his face. “Think back and talk to me. Did I grow up according to plan? And do you think I'm wasting my time doing things I wanna do? But it hurts when you disapprove all along. And now I try hard to make it, I just want to make you proud. I'm never gonna be good enough for you. I can't pretend that I'm alright and you can't change me. ‘Cause we lost it all, nothing lasts forever. I'm sorry I can't be perfect. Now it's just too late and we can't go back. I'm sorry I can't be perfect.”

Miles stood up and walked over to his window. He looked out the window, gazing straight ahead at the sky.

“I try not to think about the pain I feel inside. Did you know you used to be my hero? All the days you spent with me now seem so far away and it feels like you don't care anymore. And now I try hard to make it, I just want to make you proud. I'm never gonna be good enough for you. I can't stand another fight and nothing's alright. ‘Cause we lost it all, nothing lasts forever. I'm sorry I can't be perfect. Now it's just too late and we can't go back. I'm sorry I can't be perfect. Nothing's gonna change the things that you said. Nothing's gonna make this right again. Please don't turn your back, I can't believe it's hard just to talk to you. But you don't understand.”

Miles looked over at a picture of him and his family hanging on the wall. He walked over, yanked it off the wall, and threw it across the room. It hit the floor, shattering the glass, which flew all over the floor.

“’Cause we lost it all, nothing lasts forever. I'm sorry I can't be perfect. Now it's just too late and we can't go back. I'm sorry I can't be perfect. ‘Cause we lost it all, nothing lasts forever. I'm sorry I can't be perfect. Now it's just too late and we can't go back. I'm sorry I can't be perfect.”

Miles stood there silent for a sec before walking over and grabbing his phone. He dialed a number and waited for a response.

“James?” Miles asked. “It’s Miles. Can you call Hallie and the two of you meet me somewhere? I don’t know. The Lima Bean, perhaps? I just need you guys. Thanks. Bye, James and thank you.”

Miles threw open the window and pulled himself out onto his roof. He walked over to the edge, grabbed a large tree limb and pulled himself onto the tree. He carefully made his way down the tree, limb by limb, and hit the lawn running.

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Jaxon, Evan, and Hallie walked into the Lima Senior Center, which had been transformed for the night into the headquarters for the first NYADA mixer of the year.

Jaxon was in awe at just how many people was there.

“So much competition,” Evan said to Jaxon.

“So, thanks for coming guys,” Jaxon said. “I really didn’t want to go alone.”

“I really wanted to check things out myself anyway,” Evan said. “I have been thinking about applying for NYADA as well.”

“I’m just here for emotional support,” Hallie said. “I am waiting until I figure out how things work out with Lana before I apply to any colleges.”

“Speaking of Lana,” Jaxon said. “Why couldn’t she make it tonight?”

“Her mother forced her to invite her girlfriend along to the fair,” Hallie answered. “Thus, I’m here with you guys. Not that I mind, but you know what I mean. As far as Callie is concerned, Lana is dating Ana. She loves Ana, she’s perfect.”

“Down, girl,” Evan said. “I think you might be about to shoot lasers out of your eyes.”

Hallie rolled her eyes. “Evan, ugh.”

Jaxon laughed. “Come on, guys. Relax and have some fun. James had homework to do, but I’m not gonna let it spoil my night.”

“Jaxon Pierce?” a male voice said.

Jaxon turned toward the direction of the voice. A young guy, probably his own age stood there. He was dressed preppy, had piercing blue eyes, a crooked smile, and dark dirty blonde hair.

“How do you know my name?” Jaxon asked.

“How could I not?” The boy said. “Call me Mac.”

Mac held his hand out and Jaxon took it apprehensively and gave it a shake.

“So, Jaxon,” Mac said. “Every year, they have an open mic at these mixers. I was about to get up there and sing but when I saw you I knew I had to have a chance to sing with the one and only Jaxon Pierce. Interested?”

Jaxon nodded. “I never turn down a chance to perform.”

Mac smiled, his eyes twinkling. He turned to the band. “We’re ready. ‘Show Me How You Burlesque’ please.”

“I love that song,” Jaxon added.

Mac turned to Jaxon. “Good. Then maybe you can keep up.”

Jaxon chuckled. “Likewise, Mac.”

Jaxon followed Mac to the stage as everyone’s attention turned toward both of them. Mac handed Jaxon a cordless microphone as he turned on his own headset mic.

“I bring my own,” Mac said. “This is my lucky microphone.”

“You’re gonna need all the luck you can get,” Jaxon joked.

“We’ll see about that,” Mac replied with a wink.

The music began as Mac turned to face Jaxon. Slowly, he walked toward him.

“Underneath the city lights, there is a world few know about,” Mac sang. “Where rules don’t apply, no, and you can’t keep a good boy down.”

“She comes through the club looking for a good time,” Jaxon sang as he playfully shoved Mac away. “Gonna make that, shake that money on a dime. Don’t need a sugar daddy, she can work it just fine. Up on the table, she’ll be dancing all night, hey.”

“Baby doll just come to life,” Mac sang. “Under the spotlight, all the girls wanna fall in line.”

“We say,” Jaxon and Mac sang.

“He-eh-eh-hey,” Jaxon sang. “Here come the ladies ’bout to give a little show.”

“He-eh-eh-hey,” Mac sang. “Here go the boys you gotta show a little more.”

“Hit it up, get it up, won’t let you rest,” Jaxon and Mac sang. “Hit it up, get it up, this is not a test. Hit it up, get it up, gotta give me your best. So get your ass up, show me how you burlesque. Hit it up, get it up, won’t let you rest. Hit it up, get it up, this is not a test. Hit it up, get it up, gotta give me your best. So get your ass up, show me how you burlesque.”

“A little bit of naughty, it's a little bit nice,” Jaxon sang. “She’s a whole lot of glam, sweat, sugar, sex, spice. Shimmy, shimmy, strut, strut. Give a little what, what. Up on the tables we’ll be dancing all night, hey.”

Mac grabbed Jaxon and pulled him in close, then shoved him away as he strutted to the front of the stage. Jaxon stood there, coming to a realization. He looked at Mac again, just to be sure.

“Everybody just come to life,” Mac sang. “Under the spotlight, all the boys wanna fall behind.”

“We say,” Jaxon and Mac sang.

“He-eh-eh-hey,” Jaxon sang. “Here come the ladies ’bout to give a little show.”

“He-eh-eh-hey,” Mac sang. “Here go the boys you gotta show a little more.”

“Hit it up, get it up, won’t let you rest,” Jaxon and Mac sang. “Hit it up, get it up, this is not a test. Hit it up, get it up, gotta give me your best. So get your ass up, show me how you burlesque. Hit it up, get it up, won’t let you rest. Hit it up, get it up, this is not a test Hit it up, get it up, gotta give me your best. So get your ass up, show me how you burlesque.”

“Ok Jaxon, let’s show them how it’s done,” Mac sang.

“It ain’t over till we say,” Jaxon sang. “And we’ve only just begun.”

“Lemme hear you say yea-ea-eah,” Mac sung.

“Say yea-ea-ea-eah,” Jaxon sang, higher and longer than Mac.

Mac smiled, taking that as a challenge.

“Say yea-ea-ea-ea-eah,” Mac sung.

“Say yea-ea-ea-ea-ea-ea-eah,” Jaxon sang, hitting a note so high everyone’s mouth dropped open.

“Hit it up, get it up, won’t let you rest,” Jaxon and Mac sang. “Hit it up, get it up, this is not a test. Hit it up, get it up, gotta give me your best. So get your ass up, show me how you burlesque. Hit it up, get it up, won’t let you rest. Hit it up, get it up, this is not a test Hit it up, get it up, gotta give me your best. So get your ass up, show me how you burlesque.”

As the song came to an end, Mac walked over and gave Jaxon a high five. “That was amazing. You’ve only gotten better.”

“McKenzie Kenton,” Jaxon said. “You’ve really changed.”

“I’m not a nerd anymore,” Mac said. “You’ve only gotten hotter, Jaxon.”

Hallie nearly jumped as her phone rang, breaking her attention. She looked down at the caller ID, noticing it was James. She flipped her phone open and walked away from the crowd.

“What’s up, James?” Hallie asked.

“Who is this?” Evan asked, surveying Mac.

“McKenzie Kenton,” Jaxon said. “My ex from freshman year and former New Directions member.”

“I’m with Aural Intensity now,” Mac said.

“So you know Kari Martinez?” Evan asked. “Royal bitch.”

Mac laughed. “Agreed. Is this your boyfriend?”

Jaxon shook his head. “Evan? No, he’s a friend. Well, we have a bit of a past but I’m with a guy named James.”

“That’s a shame,” Mac said. “You’re every bit as amazing as I remember.”

“I’ve got to go,” Hallie said, appearing at Evan’s side. “I got a call from James and he has no idea what’s up but Miles really needs to see us.”

“I’ll come with,” Jaxon said.

“No,” Hallie said. “Miles only asked to see us. Besides, you have your first ever NYADA mixer. Stay and have fun. James is on his way to pick me up.”

“Okay,” Jaxon replied, perplexed. “Be careful, Hallie.”

Jaxon and Evan watched as Hallie walked out the door.

“So looks like your boyfriend has other plans tonight,” Mac said, suggestively.

“No, he’s not like that,” Jaxon said. “Something’s wrong. I think Miles might be in trouble.”

Evan looked at Jaxon and nodded. “I think so, too.”

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James and Hallie sat in silence across from Miles at the Lima Bean. Miles’ eyes were bloodshot and puffy, his face red. It was evident that he had been crying. Hallie reached over and placed her hand on top of his.

“We’re here for you,” Hallie said. “Even if you don’t wanna talk.”

James nodded. “Sometimes it’s hard to talk. You guys had to drag the truth out of me.”

“I’m such a screw-up,” Miles said. “I mess everything up and just make things harder and more stressful on my stepdad. He has it hard at work and he comes home and I just act stupid--”

“Stop blaming yourself,” Hallie said. “I see what’s going on and when I was raped, I did the same thing. When you’re dealing with abuse of any kind, be it emotional, physical, or sexual, there are stages. First, it’s the denial stage. You refuse to admit what happens, even making up lies to explain the things that happen.”

Miles ran a finger over his scar as Hallie spoke, instantly feeling guilty.

“Then, there’s the guilty stage,” Hallie continued. “You feel guilty for what happens, almost as if it’s your fault. You even start to believe it’s your fault. You make excuses to justify the things that they do to you. But in the end, it’s never their fault. It’s your own. And after that is the numbness stage, where you just feel numb to everything and everyone.”

“I lied,” Miles said.

“About what?” James asked.

“My scar,” Miles said. “Just don’t be angry with me. I was scared to tell the truth. I’ve never told anyone this except you guys. I’m only opening up to you guys because you know where I’m coming from and I hope I can learn how to be strong from you guys.”

“Strength isn’t something you learn,” Hallie said. “It comes from experience. The bad things we go through make us stronger.”

“You said you lied about your scar?” James asked. “What really happened? Was it your stepfather?”

Miles nodded. “We were arguing over something stupid. And he told me to shut up, and I wouldn’t listen to him. I kept running my mouth and he was drinking a Jones soda and the next thing I knew, he chunked it right beside me. He said he meant to scare me but it hit the doorframe and shattered. Then a large piece of glass flew at my face and that’s how I got this scar on my face. It wasn’t a car accident.”

Hallie’s mouth fell open. “He did this to you?”

Miles nodded. “But it was my fault. I wouldn’t shut up. I was just a stupid little kid.”

Hallie got down on her knees in front of Miles and took his hands. “You are not to blame, Miles. You have to stop blaming yourself. You don’t deserve the things he does or says to you.”

Miles wiped a tear from his eyes. “I wanna be strong like you guys.”

Hallie smiled. “Trust me, Miles. You are plenty strong.”

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Ana and Lana looked awkward as they walked hand-in-hand beside Callie. Callie stopped at a pretzel stand.

“You girls want a pretzel?” Callie asked.

“Speaking of pretzels, Lana’s pretty flexible. Our sex life is amazing,” Ana joked.

Lana looked at Ana, in shock. Ana chuckled as Lana slapped her on the arm.

“Ow,” Ana said.

“Wow,” Callie said. “That was unexpected. But I guess at your age, I shouldn’t be surprised.”

“It’s impossible to make her hate me,” Ana whispered.

“Try harder,” Lana said. “But leave the sex talk out of it.”

“How?” Ana asked. “I could kill somebody right now and she’d still love me!”

“Then bump off one of the carnies,” Lana said. “I doubt anyone would miss them.”

“I’m being serious,” Ana said.

Lana’s cell phone began to ring. She sighed a huge sigh of relief. She took it out of her pocket and looked surprised to see it was Jaxon. She slid the answer slider to the right and put it to her ear.

“Jaxon? What’s up? Sure, I can be right there. Give me like twenty minutes. Where are you? Okay, I’ll meet you there.”

“Are you bailing on us?” Callie asked.

“It’s an emergency,” Lana said. “Something is wrong. My friend Miles asked Hallie and James to meet him somewhere. Jaxon was worried something was wrong so he went to Miles’s house. Apparently he’s not there and there was glass all over the floor and the window was left open. Everyone is worried sick. Evan tried calling Hallie and James, but their cellphones are turned off.”

“Well, you should go help them look for that poor boy,” Callie said.

“I’ll take you back home,” Lana said to Ana.

“No,” Ana said. “I want to come with you and make sure everyone is okay.”

Lana nodded. “Come on, Ana. Bye, mom. I hopefully won’t be back too late.”

“And don’t speed, Lana. I know you’re worried about your friend but I don’t need you two girls splattered all over the highway.”

Lana nodded as she and Ana ran through the crowd, toward Lana’s car.

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Miles, James, and Hallie stood outside the Lima Bean. They looked across the street at the neon signs and a smile spread across Miles’ face.

“Do you see that?” Miles asked. “There is a karaoke place across the street and it’s open mic night!”

“There’s even a cash prize,” Hallie said. “Let’s do it!”

Miles nodded. “I like your attitude, Hallie.”

Miles and Hallie walked hand in hand across the street as James followed close behind.

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Lana shook her head as she rejoined Ana, Jaxon, and Evan.

“The barista says they were in here but they left about ten minutes ago,” Lana said. “But James’ car is still here.”

“Where else could they be?” Jaxon asked as he held the door open for the others.

“When I find those three, I am going put my stylish combat boots up their asses,” Lana replied.

Ana chuckled. “Sorry. Mental image.”

“Look,” Jaxon said, pointing at the karaoke bar across the street. “I think I may know where they went.”

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James stood offstage, clapping as Miles and Hallie took the stage. An instrumental country song began to play as the crowd began to clap along to the music. Hallie stepped forward and grabbed her microphone stand.

“I wanted lace, I wanted pearls, to be a princess like the other girls,” Hallie sang.

“But life came hard, to my front door,” Miles sang as he stepped forward and grabbed the other microphone stand. “And I grew up trying to even out the score.”

“Tough,” Miles and Hallie sang. “I ain't never been nothing but tough. All my edges have always been rough. But Jesus loves me anyway.”

“Oh backbone,” Hallie sang. “There ain't nothing wrong with a woman that got a little backbone.”

“You just wait 'til you taste her kind of love,” Miles sang.

“You want a shy little thing, a pretty little high heel thing,” Hallie sang.

“Gonna cry if I don't polish up,” Hallie and Miles sang. “Tough.”

“The way I see it,” Hallie sang. “The hand of fate did me a favor with the cards he dealt my way.”

“Found out real fast, life is a game,” Miles sang. “You're out real quick if you don't know how to play.”

“Tough,” Miles and Hallie sang. “I ain't never been nothing but tough. All my edges have always been rough. But Jesus loves me anyway.”

“Oh backbone,” Hallie sang. “There ain't nothing wrong with a woman that got a little backbone.”

“You just wait 'til you taste her kind of love,” Miles sang.

“You want a shy little thing, a pretty little high heel thing,” Hallie sang.

“Gonna cry if I don't polish up,” Hallie and Miles sang.

“Are you serious?” Miles sang. “You ain't fooled me much.”

“You just hanging round so you can try your luck,” Hallie sang.

“Well tough,” Hallie and Miles sang. “I ain't never been nothing but tough. All my edges has always been rough.”

“You want a shy little thing, a pretty little high heel thing,” Hallie sang.

“Gonna cry if I don't polish up,” Hallie and Miles sang.

“You know what I got to say about that is tough,” Miles sang.

As they ended the song, the crowd burst into cheers and applause. James smiled at them and he noticed a look of surprise on Hallie and Miles’ face. He turned around to see a very pissed Jaxon, Lana, Evan, and Ana.

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Over in the corner, away from all the hoopla of open mic night, Miles, James, and Hallie stood with their heads hung down.

“What the hell do you think you were doing?” Jaxon asked. “Do you have any idea hw worried sick we were? Especially after what Evan and I found at your house?”

“I didn’t mean to worry you guys,” Miles said. “I just needed someone to talk to.”

“Then why not come to me and Jaxon?” Lana asked “We’re your best friends, Miles.”

“I needed to talk to someone who’s going through what I’m going through,” Miles replied. “Hallie and James know what it’s like to face the things I face every day.”

“And what?” Lana asked. “You think my life is perfect?”

“We were just trying to let Miles know that sometimes life deals you a shitty hand, but you gotta move on,” Hallie said.

“You have no idea what I go through,” Miles said to Lana.

“My mother is so overbearing,” Lana said. “I cook dinner, it’s never good enough. Why didn’t I cook the green beans instead? Why didn’t I use butter in the mashed potatoes instead of margarine? My grades aren’t good enough, my girlfriend isn’t good enough. And on the way to pick up Jaxon, I called my mom and made a confession. I told her that Ana wasn’t my girlfriend. I didn’t tell her about Hallie because I knew she think I was lying about this whole situation I had to leave for. So I just told her I’m single. So now, I can’t spend as much time with my girlfriend because she’ll know something is up. But yet, Miles, I can’t relate to you.”

“You dad didn’t disfigure you, Lana,” Miles said. “Your dad never hit you and made you think it was your fault you made him so stressed. And do you know that if I make just one more B, I have to break up with Taylor, I lose my car, I can’t leave my room, and I have to quit Glee Club?”

“Quit Glee Club?” Jaxon asked. “But we’re going to try and take Internationals this year. We need you.”

“Jaxon, it’s all down the drain if I don’t apply myself,” Miles said, wiping a tear from his cheek. “I don’t have room to not be perfect.”

“Maybe you could talk to your father,” Evan said. “If he knows he’s putting too much pressure on you--”

Miles shook his head. “No, Evan. It doesn’t work like that. Not with him. You’re either perfect or you’re not good enough.”

“You’re eighteen,” Lana said. “Have you ever considered leaving?”

“Where would I go?” Miles asked.

“With any of us,” Jaxon said. “Anywhere but back there to that place. We got James out safely, we can do the same for you.”

“But my mom,” Miles said. “She doesn’t have the heart to stand up to him.”

“Does he hit your mom?” Evan asked.

“No,” Miles said. “Only me. He would never hit a woman.”

“But it’s okay to hit a kid?” Lana asked. “Look, you need to get out of there, Miles. It’s not a good place to be. I am pretty sure your dad is already hitting the roof about what Jaxon and Evan saw in your bedroom.”

“Yeah,” Evan said. “He seemed pretty pissed.”

“You have an option,” Jaxon said. “You don’t have to go back there for good. You can leave it behind and do better for yourself. What’s it gonna be, Miles?”

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The next day, Miles didn’t look up as he walked into the choir room. He threw his backpack on the floor and took a seat beside Jaxon and Lana.

“Are you okay?” Lana asked.

“My dad hit me last night,” Miles said. “He was so pissed about me sneaking out he grounded me for three weeks. I thought about what you guys said last night and I decided that after school today, I’m moving out.”

Lana placed her hand on Miles’ shoulder. “I’m proud of you, Miles. Trust me, as soon as I turn eighteen, I’m leaving too. After coming clean to my mom last night, she’s not very happy. You guys have no idea how much she loves Ana.”

“I have no idea where I’m gonna go,” Miles said. “I just have to get out of there.”

“You can come stay with me,” Evan said. “I talked to my parents last night and we have an guest bedroom that never gets used. My mother thinks I need a friend around and she won’t take no for an answer.”

Miles smiled. “Thanks, Evan. I really appreciate it.”

“We’ll be over after school to help get you moved as soon as possible,” Lana said.

“That’s right,” Jaxon added.

“I will bring my mom’s minivan,” Ana said. “That way we can get more moved.”

Miles felt tears welling up in his eyes. “Thank you, guys. You guys are really great friends.”

“Not meaning to interrupt,” Evan said. “But I’ve been working on a number with Ana, Rose, and the Cheerios that I wanna show you guys down on the football field. I already ran it past Mr. Schue and Coach Sylvester.”

“Then let’s go,” Miles said as he got up and started toward the door with a smile.

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Evan, Ana, and Rose stood with their back to the rest of New Directions, who stood on the sidelines. The music started up and four groups of Cheerios charged the fields from all four corners of the football field.

“L-U-V Madonna,” the Cheerios sang. “Y-O-U you wanna?”

“I see you coming and I don't wanna know your name,” Ana sang.

“L-U-V Madonna,” the Cheerios sang.

“I see you coming and you're gonna have to change the game,” Ana sang.

“Y-O-U you wanna?” The Cheerios sang.

“Would you like to try?” Ana sang. “Give me a reason why. Give me all that you got. Maybe you'll do fine as long as you don't lie to me and pretend to be what you're not.”

“Don't play the stupid game ‘cause I'm a different kind of girl,” Rose sang. “Every record sounds the same, you've got to step into my world.”

“Give me all your love and give me your love,” Ana, Evan, and Rose sang. “Give me all your love today. Give me all your love and give me your love. Let's forget about time and dance our lives away.”

“L-U-V Madonna,” the Cheerios sang. “Y-O-U you wanna?”

“Keep trying don't give up, it's if you want it bad enough,” Rose sang.

“L-U-V Madonna,” the Cheerios sang.

“It's right in front of you, now tell me what you're thinking of,” Rose sang.

“Y-O-U you wanna?” The Cheerios sang.

“In another place, at a different time, you can be my lucky star,” Rose sang. “We can drink some wine, burgundy is fine. Let's drink the bottle, every drop.”

“Don't play the stupid game ‘cause I'm a different kind of girl,” Ana sang. “Every record sounds the same, you've got to step into my world.”

“Give me all your love and give me your love,” Ana, Rose, and Evan sang. “Give me all your love today. Give me all your love and give me your love. Let's forget about time and dance our lives away.”

“Give me all your love boy,” Evan rapped. “You could be my boy, you could be my boy toy. In the nick of time I could say a sicker rhyme ‘cause its time for change like a nickel and a dime. I'm Roman, I'm a barbarian, I'm Conan. You were sleeping on me you were dozing. Now move, I'm going in!”

“You have all the L-U-V,” Ana sang. “I gave you everything you need.”

“Now move!” Evan rapped.

“Now it's up to Y-O-U,” Rose sang. “Are you the one, shall we proceed?”

“Sw-sw-swag shh,” Evan rapped. “No one gives you this supersonic bionic, uranium so I break ‘em off tricks. Let's pray that it sticks. I'ma say this once, yeah I don't give a frick.”

“Don't play the stupid game ‘cause I'm a different kind of girl,” Rose sang.

“Every record sounds the same, you've gotta step into my world,” Ana sang.

“Give me all your love and give me your love,” Ana, Rose, and Evan sang. “Give me all your love and give me your love. Give me all your love and give me your love. Give me all your love today. Give me all your love and give me your love. Let's forget about time and dance our lives away.”

New Directions applauded as the song came to an end.

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As everyone else prepared to leave school, Miles sat quietly on the stage inside the April Rhodes Civic Pavilion.

Is this really where I find myself? Miles thought to himself.

Miles looked up as the door opened and Lana and James stepped into the auditorium.

“We’re looking all over for you,” Lana said. “We all pulled a Scooby-Doo and split up. I got stuck with James so no sneaking off to make-out.”

Miles chuckled. “Yeah, I guess not.”

“What’s up?” James asked.

“All this recently, it’s like it opened old wounds,” Miles said.

“How could you love me when all you gave me are open wounds,” Lana said.

Miles looked at Lana. “Huh?”

“It’s lyrics to ‘Open Wounds’ by Skillet,” Lana said.

“Oh that’s right,” Miles said. “I guess I wasn’t thinking.”

“Let’s sing it,” Lana said. “It’ll make you feel better.”

“There’s no music,” Miles said.

“We don’t need music,” Lana said. “All we need is the song in our heads and the music in our heart. Follow my lead.”

Miles smiled. “Lana Addison, you are something else.”

“In the dark with the music on,” Lana sang. “Wishing I was somewhere else. Taking all your anger out on me, somebody help. I would rather rot alone then spend a minute with you. I'm gone, I'm gone.”

“And you can't stop me from falling apart,” Miles sang. “’Cause my self-destruction is all your fault.”

“How could you, how could you, how could you hate me?” Lana and Miles sang as James joined in. “When all I ever wanted to be was you? How could you, how could you, how could you love me? When all you ever gave me were open wounds?”

“Downstairs the enemy sleeps,” Miles sang. “Leaving the TV on, watching all the dreams we had turn into static . Doesn't matter what I do. Nothing's gonna change. I'm never good enough.”

“And you can't stop me from falling apart,” James sang. “’Cause my self-destruction is all your fault.”

“How could you, how could you, how could you hate me?” Lana, Miles, and James sang. “When all I ever wanted to be was you? How could you, how could you, how could you love me? When all you ever gave me were open wounds?”

Tell me why you broke me down and betrayed my trust in you,” James sang. “I'm not giving up, giving in when will this war end? When will it end?”

“You can't stop me from falling apart,” Lana sang.

“You can't stop me from falling apart,” Miles sang.

“You can't stop me from falling apart,” James sang.

“’Cause my self-destruction is all your fault,” Miles sang.

“How could you, how could you, how could you hate me?” Lana, Miles, and James sang. “When all I ever wanted to be was you? How could you, how could you, how could you love me? When all you ever gave me were open wounds?”

The door to the auditorium opened and Jaxon and Evan walked in. Miles, Lana, and James turned to see who had just walked in.

“I’m glad we found you,” Jaxon said. “We planned a little something to help build your spirits and give you the strength to do what you have to do.”

Miles looked at Lana. “Did you know this?”

Lana smiled. “Yeah, I knew. Come on. It’s waiting for you in the courtyard.”

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Miles stepped out into the courtyard and smiled as all of New Directions had gathered a bunch of their friends, the Cheerios, and a few teachers. The band was set up, ready to play. Miles smiled.

“Remember,” Jaxon said. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

The band began to play as the crowd began to dance around. Jaxon and Lana took Miles by the hand and drug him into the middle of the crowd.

“You know the bed feels warmer, sleeping here alone,” Aldy sang. “You know I dream in color and do the things I want.”

“You think you got the best of me,” Jaxon sang. “Think you've had the last laugh. Bet you think that everything good is gone.”

“Think you left me broken down,” Miles sang. “Think that I'd come running back. Daddy you don't know me, cause you're dead wrong.

“What doesn't kill you makes you stronger,” New Directions and the crowd sang. “Stand a little taller. Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone. What doesn't kill you makes a fighter. Footsteps even lighter. Doesn't mean I'm over cause you're gone. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, stronger. Just me, myself and I. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Stand a little taller. Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone.”

“You heard that I was starting over with someone new,” Taylor sang. “They told you I was moving on, over you.”

“You didn't think that I'd come back,” Aldy sang. “I'd come back swinging. You try to break me, but you see.”

“What doesn't kill you makes you stronger,” New Directions and the crowd sang. “Stand a little taller. Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone. What doesn't kill you makes a fighter. Footsteps even lighter. Doesn't mean I'm over cause you're gone. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, stronger. Just me, myself and I. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Stand a little taller. Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone.”

“Thanks to you I got a new thing started,” Aldy sang.

“Thanks to you I'm not the broken-hearted,” Taylor sang.

“Thanks to you I'm finally thinking about me,” Miles sang.

“You know in the end the day you left was just my beginning,” Jaxon sang. “In the end.”

“What doesn't kill you makes you stronger,” New Directions and the crowd sang. “Stand a little taller. Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone. What doesn't kill you makes a fighter. Footsteps even lighter. Doesn't mean I'm over cause you're gone. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, stronger. Just me, myself and I. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Stand a little taller. Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, stronger. Just me, myself and I. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. Stand a little taller.Doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone.”

“When I'm alone,” Miles sang.

Miles smiled as he pulled Lana, Jaxon, James, Evan, and Hallie into a group hug.

“You guys are really the best friends I could ever ask for,” Miles said. “I finally found my strength and it’s all because of you guys.”

Will walked over and put his hand on Miles’ shoulder.

“You’re gonna make it through this,” Will said.

“I know,” Miles said. “I’m ready to do this. I’m ready to change my life for the better.”

“Then, let’s go,” Ana said as she ushered them to her mother’s minivan.


THE END

GalleryEdit

  • Chris returns, much to Hallie's dismay
  • Chris leaves during "Part of Me."
  • Miles performs "Perfect."
  • The new karaoke bar in Lima. Named after someone familiar, perhaps?
  • Jaxon reaches out to Miles in the karaoke bar.

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