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The Power of Goodbye
Season 5, Episode 7
JaxonTPOG
Air date April 25, 2014
Written by JamesonOTP
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The Power of Goodbye is the seventh episode of Season 5 of JamesonOTP's ongoing fan fiction, Glee: The Next Generation and the ninety-fifth episode overall. It will be the first of two artist tributes for Season 5 and will pay tribute to Madonna. With this episode, the Definitive Editions were retired and the only version started to be posted on the episode page itself.

Everyone struggles with inventing/reinventing their identities. James struggles with the idea of being away from Jaxon as Thanksgiving approaches. Meanwhile, Jaxon makes a surpirse visit to McKinley as he returns for the holiday and to take care of some business within New Directions.

SongsEdit

Song Title Original Artist Performed by
Human Nature Madonna The Femme Fatales 2.0
This Used To Be My Playground Madonna Jaxon Pierce
Rain Madonna James Holland
Open Your Heart Madonna Joshua Bennett
Fever Peggy Lee (Madonna Version) New Directions Girls
Future Lovers Madonna Davies Dawson
Love Don't Live Here Anymore Rose Royce (Madonna Version) Ana Watson
I Don't Give A Madonna feat. Nicki Minaj Teddy Cruz feat. Jaxon Pierce
Live To Tell Madonna Reece Montgomery
Who's That Girl Madonna New Directions Boys feat. Jaxon Pierce
I'll Remember Madonna James Holland and Jaxon Pierce
The Power of Goodbye Madonna Jaxon Pierce and New Directions

EpisodeEdit

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

Halloween came and went and both the carnival and the musical made a lot of money to help New Directions get to Regionals and Nationals. For Beckii, however, the carnival wasn't a success at all. She tried to get back at Ryder, but she couldn't dunk him in the dunking booth, so she decided to get back at him by seducing a friend. That friend was gay New Directions member Jayden, who totally got mouth-raped by Beckii. Jayden managed to defend himself with a slushy and inspired his friends to raise money by selling slushies to throw at Beckii. It's pretty safe to say no one likes Beckii and the feeling is mutual. Meanwhile, Davies really likes Ana so she kissed her yet again, this time nearly ruining Repo. Ana likes Davies, too, but she's taken Lana's advice to take it slow and give it time since she's fresh off her break-up with Natasha.

And that's what you missed on Glee!

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Bella and James slowly shut the door of the auditorium and made their way silently toward the very back row of seats, ducking behind them and watching the stage from the cracks between the seats. Onstage, the Femme Fatales stood, wearing shiny black latex catsuits, holding riding crops, and with their hair in cornrows.

“Oh my God,” James whispered as he looked from the stage to Bella. “I recognize that look anywhere. Are they going to do what I think they are about to do?”

“What are you talking about?” Bella whispered, not taking her eyes off the stage.

Onstage, the backdrop set piece rolled into place, a wall of squares with the front missing and forming person-sized boxes. Beckii lead the others into place as the music began, climbing into their respective boxes.

“They're doing Madonna for Sectionals?” Bella asked, in shock.

“This isn't good,” James replied.

Express yourself, don't repress yourself,” Beckii sang. “Express yourself, don't repress yourself. Express yourself, don't repress yourself. Express yourself, don't repress yourself.”

And I'm not sorry,” Beckii sang.

I'm not sorry,” the Femme Fatales 2.0 sang.

It's human nature,” Beckii sang.

It's human nature,” the Femme Fatales sang.

And I'm not sorry,” Beckii sang

I'm not sorry,” the Femme Fatales sang.

I'm not your bitch, don't hang your stuff on me,” Beckii sang.

It's human nature,” the Femme Fatales sang.

You wouldn't let me say the words I longed to say,” Kai sang. “You didn't want to see life through my eyes.”

Express yourself, don't repress yourself,” Beckii sang.

You tried to shove me back inside your narrow room,” Alana sang. “And silence me with bitterness and lies.”

Express yourself, don't repress yourself,” Beckii sang.

Did I say something wrong?” the Femme Fatales sang.

Oops, I didn't know I couldn't talk about sex,” Beckii sang.

I must have been crazy,” JT sang.

Did I stay too long?” the Femme Fatales sang.

Oops, I didn't know I couldn't speak my mind,” Beckii sang.

What was I thinking?” JT sang.

And I'm not sorry,” Beckii sang.

I'm not sorry,” the Femme Fatales 2.0 sang.

It's human nature,” Beckii sang.

It's human nature,” the Femme Fatales sang.

And I'm not sorry,” Beckii sang

I'm not sorry,” the Femme Fatales sang.

I'm not your bitch, don't hang your stuff on me,” Beckii sang.

It's human nature,” the Femme Fatales sang.

You punished me for telling you my fantasies,” Olivia sang. “I'm breaking all the rules I didn't make.”

Express yourself, don't repress yourself,” Beckii sang.

You took my words and made a trap for silly fools,” Sadie sang. “You held me down and tried to make me break.”

Express yourself, don't repress yourself,” Beckii sang.

Did I say something true?” the Femme Fatales sang.

Oops, I didn't know I couldn't talk about sex,” Beckii sang.

I must have been crazy,” JT sang.

Did I have a point of view?” The Femme Fatales sang.

Oops, I didn't know I couldn't talk about you,” Beckii sang.

What was I thinking?” The Femme Fatales sang.

And I'm not sorry,” Beckii sang.

I'm not sorry,” the Femme Fatales 2.0 sang.

It's human nature,” Beckii sang.

It's human nature,” the Femme Fatales sang.

And I'm not sorry,” Beckii sang

I'm not sorry,” the Femme Fatales sang.

I'm not your bitch, don't hang your stuff on me,” Beckii sang.

It's human nature,” the Femme Fatales sang.

Express yourself, don't repress yourself,” Beckii sang. “Express yourself, don't repress yourself. Express yourself, don't repress yourself. Express yourself, don't repress yourself. Express yourself, don't repress yourself. Express yourself, don't repress yourself.”

Did I say something true?” the Femme Fatales sang.

Oops, I didn't know I couldn't talk about sex,” Beckii sang.

I must have been crazy,” JT sang.

Did I have a point of view?” The Femme Fatales sang.

Oops, I didn't know I couldn't talk about you,” Beckii sang.

What was I thinking?” The Femme Fatales sang.

And I'm not sorry,” Beckii sang.

I'm not sorry,” the Femme Fatales 2.0 sang.

It's human nature,” Beckii sang.

It's human nature,” the Femme Fatales sang.

And I'm not sorry,” Beckii sang

I'm not sorry,” the Femme Fatales sang.

I'm not your bitch, don't hang your stuff on me,” Beckii sang.

It's human nature,” the Femme Fatales sang.

And I'm not sorry,” Beckii sang.

I'm not sorry,” the Femme Fatales 2.0 sang.

I'm not apologizing,” JT sang.

It's human nature,” Beckii sang.

It's human nature,” the Femme Fatales sang.

Would it sound better if I were a man?” JT sang.

And I'm not sorry,” Beckii sang

I'm not sorry,” the Femme Fatales sang.

You're the one with the problem,” JT sang.

It's human nature,” Beckii sang.

It's human nature,” the Femme Fatales sang.

Why don't you just deal with it?” JT sang.

And I'm not sorry,” Beckii sang

I'm not sorry,” the Femme Fatales sang.

I don't have to justify anything,” JT sang.

It's human nature,” Beckii sang.

It's human nature,” the Femme Fatales sang.

I'm just like you,” JT sang.

And I'm not sorry,” Beckii sang

I'm not sorry,” the Femme Fatales sang.

Why should I be?” JT sang.

It's human nature,” Beckii sang.

It's human nature,” the Femme Fatales sang.

Deal with it,” JT sang.

As the song ended, Bella and James looked at each other, their mouths agape and unable to believe what they had just seen.

“We're in trouble,” Bella whispered.

“You're telling me!” James replied.

“We have to tell the others,” Bella said as she took James's hand and pulled him toward the exit door.

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Bella and James marched through the door to the choir room, looking distressed as everyone looked up at them. Holly and Kurt turned around, their lesson interrupted.

“We thought you guys weren't going to show up,” Ana said.

“We were late because we were checking out the competition,” Bella said.

“The competition being the Femme Fatales 2.0,” James added.

“Wait,” Holly said. “You two were spying on the competition?”

“Not really spying,” Bella said. “Just watching while crouched behind a row of seats in the very back.”

“That's spying,” Kurt said, rolling his eyes.

“Okay, maybe it was,” James said. “We were only doing it because Beckii is trying to get back at New Directions and we were trying to make sure she wasn't trying to pull off some massive revenge. Turns out, they're just preparing for Sectionals and you will never believe who they are planning to do.”

“Who?” Holly asked.

“They're doing Madonna,” Bella said.

“Oh my God!” Kurt exclaimed, raising his hand to his mouth in horror. “They wouldn't! Ooh, this is bad. There are few artists as versatile, adaptable, and cut-throat as Madonna.”

“Well, duh,” James said. “So, what are we going to do? How do we compete with that?”

“There is only one way to fight back against the Femme Fatales,” Holly said. “We have to out-Madonna them. Time to fight Madonna with Madonna.”

“You mean we're going to do Madonna?” Ana asked.

“Yep,” Kurt said. “This week, we're going to pay tribute to the mother of reinvention, and in the process, reinvent ourselves. It's the only way we stand a chance against the Femme Fatales.”

“That actually sounds fun,” Davies said. “Especially if I get to wipe the floor with Beckii's face.”

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The next day, Jaxon stood outside McKinley, looking up at his former school. As he took in the sights, he felt a wave of nostalgia washing over him. As Jaxon started up the front steps, he started to sing.

This used to be my playground, used to be,” Jaxon sang as he walked up the steps, his hands slowly sliding up the stair rails. “This used to be my childhood dream. This used to be the place I ran to whenever I was in need of a friend. Why did it have to end? And why do they always say don't look back?”

Jaxon pushed open the front door and stepped into McKinley, looking around as he walked down the hall. He imagined himself, Miles, and James walking together and talking like they used to back in their first year in New Directions. He then imagined John approaching them as Miles put his arm around him and pulled him into join them.

Keep your head held high,” Jaxon sang. “Don't ask them why because life is short and before you know, you're feeling old and your heart is breaking. Don't hold on to the past. Well, that's too much to ask. This used to be my playground. This used to be my childhood dream. This used to be the place I ran to when I was in need of a friend. Why did it have to end? And why do they always say live and learn?”

Jaxon walked to the cafeteria and stood in the doorway, imagining that the old New Directions was in there, dancing through the cafeteria and on the tables, singing. He looked down for a second and then looked back up with a smile on his face.

Well, the years they flew and we never knew,” Jaxon sang. “We were foolish then. We would never tire and that little fire is still alive in me. It will never go away. Can't say goodbye to yesterday. This used to be my playground. This used to be my childhood dream. This used to be the place I ran to when I was in need of a friend. Why did it have to end? And why do they always say no regrets?”

Jaxon continued down the hall and to the auditorium. He stopped at the door and looked inside, imaging that he and James were standing hand-in-hand on the stage as the imagined version of Jaxon sang the exact same song Jaxon was really singing.

But I wish that you were here with me,” Jaxon sang. “Well then there's hope, yet. I can see your face in our secret place. You're not just a memory. Say goodbye to yesterday, the dream. Those are words I'll never say, I'll never say.”

Jaxon turned away from the auditorium and made his way to the empty choir room and stood in the door, looking at how empty it was, the emptiness seeming magnified.

This used to be my playground, used to be,” Jaxon sang. “This used to be our pride and joy. This used to be the place we ran to that no one in the world could dare destroy. This used to be our playground. This used to be our childhood dream. This used to be the place we ran to. I wish you were standing here with me. This used to be our playground, used to be. This used to be our great escape. This used to be the place we ran to. This used to be our secret hiding place. This used to be our playground. This used to be our childhood dream. This used to be the place we ran to. The best things in life are always free, wishing you were here with me.”

Jaxon turned away from the choir room and saw James standing across the hall from him. He started toward him, but he realized that it was just his imagination as James slowly faded away

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Later that afternoon, James sat in the choir room and waited for Glee Club to begin. As he waited, he flashed back to the week before.

James walked slowly into the choir room, seeming upset about something. As he took his seat next to Adam, Adam looked at him and saw how upset he looked. Adam put his hand on James' shoulder firmly and gave it a squeeze.

“What's wrong, bro?” Adam asked.

“It's been over two months since I've actually spent any time with Jaxon or even seen him aside from our Skype sessions every other night,” James said. “I really miss him.”

“I know how you feel,” Adam said. “Well, I guess I don't. Nicole and I aren't married and we don't have the years of history that you and Jaxon do.”

“I love being Jaxon's husband, but sometimes I wonder what's the point of being married if we can't actually see each other,” James said.

“The point is that you're in love and no amount of distance can change that,” Adam replied. “And though it seems hard at times, you know he's the one you want to spend the rest of your life with. And the two of you had a beautiful wedding that confirmed that. Hang in there, James. You only have to make it until May and then you're New York bound to be with your husband.”

James smiled. “Thanks, Adam.”

“Any time, bro,” Adam replied.

“Alright, who's ready to continue our week-long tribute to Madonna?” Holly asked, bringing James back to reality as his hand shot up almost automatically. “James? Well, come on up and sing for us.”

James stood up and walked to the front of the choir room, giving the signal for the band to begin as he turned to face his fellow students.

Rain,” James sang as he took off his coat and revealed his outfit, a black sleeveless button-up and black leather pants. “Feel it on my finger tips, hear it on my window pane. Your love's coming down like rain. Wash away my sorrow, take away my pain. Your love's coming down like rain.”

James imagined him and Jaxon running hand-in-hand through the halls of McKinley. They fell to the ground, Jaxon landing on top of James. They looked into one another's eyes for a moment before Jaxon pressed his lips to James' lips.

When your lips are burning mine and you take the time to tell me how you feel,” James sang. “When you listen to my words and I know you've heard, I know it's real. Rain is what this thunder brings. For the first time, I can hear my heart sing. Call me a fool but I know I'm not. I'm gonna stand out here on the mountain top till I feel your rain.”

James broke the kiss, rolling over until he was on top of Jaxon. Jaxon laughed as James pinned him down. As James looked into Jaxon's eyes, Jaxon faded away and left James on his knees in the hallway.

Feel it on my finger tips, hear it on my window pane,” James sang. “Your love's coming down like rain. Wash away my sorrow, take away my pain. Your love's coming down like rain.”

The scene in James' mind faded to when he said goodbye to Jaxon at the end of summer. James stood at the gate to the plane, his messenger bag slung over his shoulder. Jaxon looked sadly into his eyes as they silently said their goodbyes.

When you looked into my eyes and you said goodbye could you see my tears?” James sang. “When I turned the other way, did you hear me say I'd wait for all the dark clouds bursting in a perfect sky? You promised me when you said goodbye that you'd return when the storm was done. And now I'll wait for the light, I'll wait for the sun till I feel your rain.”

James walked a few feet through the gate before turning back to look at Jaxon one last time. Jaxon stood still as slowly, he once again faded into nothingness.

Feel it on my finger tips, hear it on my window pane,” James sang. “Your love's coming down like rain. Wash away my sorrow, take away my pain. Your love's coming down like rain.”

James imagined himself walking down the hallway earlier in the day. He saw Jaxon standing ahead of him so he stopped walking, just standing there and looking at Jaxon. James closed his eyes and opened them, expecting Jaxon to disappear, but he didn't.

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun,” James sang. “And I say, never go away.”

James walked slowly toward Jaxon until they were about ten feet away from one another. Jaxon smiled.

“Hi,” Jaxon said.

James' face lit up as he ran to Jaxon, who took James into his arms, holding him tightly. Jaxon lifted James into the air and spun him around before sitting him back onto the ground and kissing him romantically.

“Waiting is the hardest thing,” James spoke in the choir room as Jaxon sat beside Kurt, watching as James performed. “I tell myself that if I believe in you, in the dream of you, with all my heart and all my soul that by sheer force of will, I will raise you from the ground. And without a sound you'll appear and surrender to me, to love.”

Kurt looked over at Jaxon, smiling at him before looking back at James. Jaxon locked eyes with James, not breaking eye contact as his husband sang his heart out.

Rain is what the thunder brings,” James sang. “For the first time I can hear my heart sing. Call me a fool but I know I'm not. I'm gonna stand out here on the mountain top till I feel your rain. I feel it, it's coming. Your love's coming down like rain. Feel it on my finger tips, hear it on my window pane. Your love's coming down like rain. I feel it, it's coming. Your love's coming down like rain. I'll stand out on the mountaintop and wait for you to call my name, rain.”

As the song ended, Jaxon stood up and applauded for James, who blushed modestly. Jaxon was taken by surprise as Jayden jumped up and rushed over to Jaxon's side. Jayden thrust a small notepad and pen at Jaxon, who looked at Jayden as is to ask him what he was supposed to do.

“Mr. Pierce, I am your biggest fan,” Jayden said.

“That's uh, nice, but can you just call me Jaxon?” Jaxon asked. “I'm only nineteen and you calling me Mr. Pierce makes me feel like I'm forty.”

“No problem, Jaxon,” Jayden said. “Will you sign my autograph book? I want to be able to say that I got your autograph before you got famous. It will be worth much more way in the future, but don't worry because I'm not gonna put it on eBay. I wouldn't dare part with it.”

“Um, ok,” Jaxon said as he took the pad and pen and signed his autograph.

“You are very close to crossing a line, Frenchy,” James said as he took the pen and pad from Jaxon and shoved it back into Jayden's hands and sent him away with a push.

“I, uh, came back early as a surprise to James for Thanksgiving,” Jaxon said. “But Bella was really adamant that I come and spend the week with you guys in Glee Club, which I was happy to do.”

As Jaxon said this, Bella walked to the front of the choir room and turned to face her fellow Glee Club members.

“I know that most of you in here might not recognize my dear friend, Jaxon,” Bella said. “But trust me, he is the best person to have pay us a visit this week because Jaxon is the New Directions equivalent of Madonna. Very few possess his adaptability, talent, drive, charisma, and ability to reinvent himself.”

“Wait a second,” Kurt said. “I have done Madonna at a school assembly, for graduation, and don't even make me remind you about my 'Vogue' video.”

“Do I detect...jealousy?” Holly asked, smirking at Kurt.

“I'm flattered, Bella,” Jaxon replied. “There are a few things that I do believe I can teach you during my time back with New Directions. Such as how there is an inner Madonna inside each and every one of you. You just have to discover it and bring it out. Reinvent yourself and give yourself that new edge.”

“I could teach them that, too,” Kurt said, crossing his arms.

“How are we supposed to reinvent ourselves?” Dexter asked. “I don't even know who I am other than 'the blind kid.' I have no idea where to even begin.”

“Simple,” Jaxon said. “You may be the 'blind kid' now, but that's not who you have to be for the rest of your life. Make them forget you're 'the blind kid.' So, maybe you can't see. You can still put the competition to shame with some top-notch vocals and killer moves. You see your handicap, I see your abilities. And it just so happens, you have the last generation of New Directions' best dancer at your service.”

“Have you ever taught a blind kid to dance?” Dexter asked, raising an eyebrow?

“No, but I've taught Lana and Adam,” Jaxon said with a smile as Adam blushed. “If I can do that, I can help you. You're not as helpless as you think, Dexter. I know you have it in you.”

Dexter smiled as Davies gave him a gentle, encouraging nudge with her elbow.

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Davies and Aleksander stood outside the changing room in Stylin' and Profilin', a shop inside the Lima mall as they waited for the door to open and Dexter to show the outfit they had picked out for him.

“Dexter, come on out,” Davies said. “It can't be that bad.”

“I'm just nervous,” Dexter said. “This feels a bit...different.”

“Different is good,” Aleksander said. “We're all different. That's what makes us unique.”

“I mean it doesn't feel like me,” Dexter protested.

“The you that you've been conditioned to be,” Davies said. “It's time to step out of your comfort zone and explore and experiment a little.”

Dexter sighed as he pushed open the door to the dressing room and stepped out slowly, feeling vulnerable as he took a few steps without his cane.

“How do I look?” Dexter asked.

Davies and Aleksander looked him over, taking in the sight of his outfit. He was dressed in a black fishnet shirt with a red tank top over it, a denim jacket, red bandana on his head, a silver cross necklace that hung down to his stomach, black fingerless gloves, leather cuff bracelets, black shades, black shorts, black leggings, a low slung white belt, and combat boots. Davies and Aleksander nodded in approval.

“That looks great,” Davies said. “A male version of vintage nineteen-eighties Madonna.”

“It really looks good?” Dexter asked.

“You look bad-ass,” Aleksander replied.

“I feel bad-ass,” Dexter said as he ran his hand over his outfit, taking in the “sight” of it in the only way he could.

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Teddy sighed as he walked into detention and threw his books down on a desk between Ryder and Joshua. He flung himself down in his seat and looked at Ryder.

“Man, it's not fair that we got detention for starting a food fight,” Teddy said. “Everyone has done it. And a week's worth of detention? Ridiculous.”

“Speak for yourself,” Joshua said. “I just got caught in the crossfire and I'm still here. Thanks a lot, by the way.”

“At least today is our last day,” Ryder said.

“Good thing,” Joshua said. “Detention is boring.”

“Why don't you do something to make detention more fun instead of sitting there complaining about it?” Ryder asked.

“I suggest we just blow this joint,” Teddy said as he stood up. “Do what you want, but I'm sneaking out.”

Teddy stood up, but Joshua grabbed the bottom of his jacket and tugged on it, pulling him back down into his seat.

“You know that Sue will kill us if she found out we snuck out,” Joshua said. “I have an idea instead.”

“This better be good,” Teddy said as he crossed his arms and leaned back in his seat.

Joshua walked over to the stereo and pressed the play button as the music began to play throughout the entire room. Everyone raised up and turned to face Joshua.

“Watch out!” Joshua said as he jumped up on a desk, surprising the boy sitting in it.

“Holy crap,” Ryder said, watching Joshua. “I can't believe what he's doing.”

I see you on the street and you walk on by,” Joshua sang. “You make me wanna hang my head down and cry. If you gave me half a chance you'd see my desire burning inside of me. But you choose to look the other way. I've had to work much harder than this for something I want. Don't try to resist me.”

Joshua jumped to another desk and turned to face the girl sitting in it, taking her hand as he sang.

Open your heart to me, baby,” Joshua sang. “I hold the lock and you hold the key. Open your heart to me, darling. I'll give you love if you, you turn the key.”

Joshua jumped to another desk and turned to face the boy sitting there, taking his hand as well as he sang.

I think that you're afraid to look in my eyes,” Joshua sang. “You look a little sad boy, I wonder why. I follow you around but you can't see. You're too wrapped up in yourself to notice. So you choose to look the other way. Well, I've got something to say. Don't try to run, I can keep up with you. Nothing can stop me from trying, you've got to open your heart to me, baby. I hold the lock and you hold the key. Open your heart to me, darling. I'll give you love if you, you turn the key.”

As Joshua jumped down from the desk, the boy smiled at Joshua, revealing that he was gay and attracted to Joshua. Joshua danced over to the other side of the room and took another girl's hand, pulling her out of her seat to join him.

Open your heart with the key,” Joshua sang. “One is such a lonely number.”

Joshua motioned to the entire room, causing them to get up and join him, dancing around him and the girl as he sang.

Ah, ah, ah, ah,” Joshua sang. “Open your heart, I'll make you love me. It's not that hard, if you just turn the key. Don't try to run I can keep up with you. Nothing can stop me from trying, you've got to open your heart to me, baby. I hold the lock and you hold the key. Open your heart to me, darling. I'll give you love if you, you turn the key. Open your heart with the key. Open your heart, I'll make you love me. It's not that hard, if you just turn the key.”

As the song ended, one of the students looked out the window and the door. He turned around quickly, a panicked look on his face.

“Sue's coming back!” the student said as everyone scrambled to their seats.

Joshua was the last one back to his seat, barely sitting down before Sue opened the door. Sue raised her eyebrow suspiciously, looking at each of them.

“I thought I heard music,” Sue said as everyone shook their head. “Okay, alright then. But I've got my eye on you New Directions kids.”

Sue pointed sternly at Teddy, Joshua, and Ryder. Joshua shrugged innocently as Sue took a sip of her coffee and returned to her desk.

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At the same time in the auditorium, the girls stood together onstage, separate spotlights shining down on each of them as the band began to play.

My life had taken a confusing turn ever since Davies first kissed me, Ana narrated. On one hand, a part of me still felt like Natasha was the one. After all, she was first...in a lot of ways. She was my first girlfriend, my first kiss, my first time. She wasn't just my first girlfriend, but my first relationship, period that is, unless you count Lana but that wasn't real, it was just to fool Lana's mother. I had never dated anyone, regardless of sex, for real before Natasha. And, on the other hand, I had this new, exciting feelings for Davies. She awakened a whole different side of me that I had even forgot existed.

You give me, you give me fever,” the New Direction girls sang.

Never know how much I love you,” Natalia sang. “Never know how much I care. When you put your arms around me, I get a fever that's so hard to bear.”

Listen to me baby, hear every word I say,” Kimberly sang. “No one can love you the way I do 'cause they don't know how to love you my way.”

You give me fever when you kiss me,” the New Directions girls sang. “Fever when you hold me tight. Fever in the morning, fever all through the night.”

Sun lights up the daytime,” Ana sang. “Moon lights up the night. My eyes light up when you call my name 'cause I know you're gonna treat me right.”

Bless my soul I love you, take this heart away,” Davies sang. “Take these arms I'll never use and just believe in what my lips have to say.”

You give me fever when you kiss me,” the New Directions girls sang. “Fever when you hold me tight. Fever in the morning, fever all through the night.”

Everybody's got the fever,” Etta sang. “That is something you should know. Fever isn't such a new scene. Fever started long ago.”

You give me fever, fever,” Bella sang. “You give me, you give me fever.”

Fever when you kiss me,” the New Directions girls sang. “Fever when you hold me tight. You give me fever in the morning, fever all through the night.”

Romeo loved Juliet,” Natalia sang. “Juliet, she felt the same.”

When he put his arms around her, he said Julie baby, you're my flame,” Kimberly sang. “He gave her fever.”

Sun lights up the daytime,” Ana sang. “Moon lights up the night.”

My eyes light up when you call my name 'cause I know you're gonna treat me right,” Davies sang.

Fever, with his kisses,” Bella sang. “Fever when he holds me tight.”

Everybody's got the fever,” Etta sang. “That is something you should know. Fever isn't such a new scene. Fever started long ago.”

Captain Smith and Pocahontas had a very mad affair,” Natalia sang. “When her daddy tried to kill him, she said, daddy oh, don't you dare.”

He gives me fever with his kisses,” Kimberly sang. “Fever when he holds me tight.”

He gives me,” the New Directions girls sang.

Fever, I'm his Misses,” Taylor sang. “Daddy, won't you treat him right?”

Fever,” the New Directions girls sang.

Fever, when you kiss them,” Bella sang. “Fever, if you live and learn. Fever, till you sizzle.”

What a lovely way to burn,” the New Directions girls sang. “What a lovely way to burn. What a lovely way to burn.”

“Great job, girls,” Jaxon said as he stood up and applauded. “I can't wait to see what all else you guys have in store.”

“Well, that would be my cue,” Davies said, staying onstage as all the other girls returned to their seats.

“Oh, Davies, you prepared something too?” Jaxon asked as he sat back down.

“I sure did,” Davies said as she removed the Indian-inspired rip-away dress that she had worn for the previous performance to reveal a blue leotard and wrapped over shirt, like the one Madonna wore on the cover of the Hard Candy album.

“Great,” Holly said. “I can't wait to hear it.”

“I'm gonna tell you about love,” Davies spoke. “Let's forget your life. Forget your problems, administration, bills, and loans. Come with me.”

Davies began to dance as the floor began to light up beneath her and a strobe light began to flash.

In the evidence of its brilliance,” Davies sang. “In the evidence of its brilliance. In the evidence of its brilliance. In the evidence of its brilliance.”

As Davies danced, she imagined Ana walking onstage to join her as they danced together.

“In the demonstration of this evidence, some have called it religion,” Davies said as Ana walked behind her and wrapped her arms around her tightly. “This is not a coincidence. Would you like to try?”

The real Ana watched Davies perform from the front row of seats, slowly realizing that Davies had meant for this song to be directed at her.

Connect to the sky,” Davies sang. “Future lovers ride. Their ambitions high. Would you like to try? Let me be your guide. Put aside your pride. Future lovers hide. Love inside their eyes. In the evidence of its brilliance. In the evidence of its brilliance. In the evidence of its brilliance. In the evidence of its brilliance. Love controlled by time. Future lovers shine for eternity in a world that's free. Put away your past. Love will never last if you're holding on to a dream that's gone.”

The Ana from Davies' imagination walked in front of her and started to walked away. Davies reached out and touched her hand, and slowly their fingers pulled apart as imagination Ana disappeared into the strobe lights.

“I'm gonna tell you about love,” Davies spoke. “Would you like to try?”

The strobe lights intensified as Davies gave into the rhythm of the song and pushed the thoughts of Ana out of her head.

In the evidence of its brilliance,” Davies sang. “In the evidence of its brilliance. In the evidence of its brilliance. In the evidence of its brilliance. In the evidence of its brilliance.”

Davies opened her arms and extended them, standing on her tiptoes as the strobe lights faded and slowly, a single spot light shined down on her.

“There's no love like the future love,” Davies spoke. “Come with me.”

Connect to the sky,” Davies sang. “Future lovers ride. Their ambitions high. Would you like to try? Let me be your guide. Put aside your pride. Future lovers hide. Love inside their eyes. In the evidence of its brilliance. In the evidence of its brilliance. In the evidence of its brilliance. In the evidence of its brilliance.”

As the song ended, the lights came back on and Davies took her bow. She smiled from ear-to-ear as her friends all cheered for her.

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As New Directions piled out of the auditorium, Ana quickly made her way over to Jaxon an James. She put her hand on Jaxon's arm and stopped him.

“Jaxon, can we talk?” Ana asked as Jaxon turned around to face Ana.

“Sure,” Jaxon replied. “What about?”

“You're in New York with Natasha,” Ana said as she nervously tucked a lock of hair behind her ear. “I, uh, was wondering how Natasha's doing.”

“She's as good as can be expected,” Jaxon replied. “That is, considering. You know, if you think that you made a mistake, why don't you just talk to Natasha and apologize to her?”

“It's not that simple,” Ana replied. “I love her, Jaxon, I do.”

“But?” Jaxon asked. “There seems like there is a 'but' coming.”

“But, I don't think we'll work out,” Ana said. “All it took was a kiss and we were both thrown into confusion about whether we can make this distance work. I'm not James, Jaxon. Natasha is not you. We don't know how to make it work like you and James did. I guess, we're not strong enough or maybe we're just not meant to be.”

“Of course you're meant to be,” Jaxon replied. “You two have been together since your sophomore year.”

“That's the thing, Jaxon,” Ana said. “I don't think anymore that we are meant to be.”

“And what makes you think that?” Jaxon asked.

“Because, even though it hurts, everything since that kiss with Davies has felt right,” Ana replied. “I have never dated another person, for real, other than Natasha. I just feel like there is this whole big world outside of Natasha that I have never experienced, and now's the time for adventure. I just...have to know that I tried something else and it didn't work. If life leads me back to Natasha, that's fine, but I just have to know for sure.”

“Ana, I know true love when I see it,” Jaxon replied.

“Why?” Ana asked. “Because you and James are this happily married couple? We're not Jameson. We're Anatasha and who knows? Maybe Anatasha isn't meant to be and I...I just have to know for myself.”

“I just feel that you two should try to work things out,” Jaxon said.

“If you think you should move on, then move on,” James said, finally breaking his silence.

“What are you saying?” Jaxon asked, looking at James.

“It's clear that she and Natasha weren't happy anymore,” James replied. “And as much as it hurts, it would hurt more for them to stay together when it's not really what they want. Ana, you and Davies have chemistry and if that's what you want to pursue, then don't let anyone stop you.”

“How can you say that?” Jaxon asked. “You know as well as I do that Ana and Natasha have been this great couple for two years now.”

“You haven't seen Ana this past school year,” James replied. “She was unhappy being so far away from Natasha. You and I have made our relationship work, though it's been hard and depressing at times. But they aren't us and you keep comparing Ana and Natasha to me and you, but you couldn't be further from the truth.”

“How so?” Jaxon asked.

“Because Davies and Ana are the ones who are like us,” James replied. “They're us in our sophomore year. Both are freshly out of relationships. Davies and Teddy's relationship was volatile, like me and Archie. Davies is fragile and damaged and Ana is this incredibly talented person who has what it takes to nurse her wounds. That year, I was fragile and damaged and you swopped down and scooped me into your incredibly talented arms and healed my wings so I could soar as high as you. I can't help but ship Davies and Ana because I see us, I see that spark.”

Jaxon smiled as he pulled James close and kissed on the top of his head. “You're right, James. I just have a hard time letting go of the past. Everything is changing around me and I just...want some familiarity.”

“So, do Davies and I have your support?” Ana asked hopefully. “It means a lot to me seeing as you're such a close friend.”

Jaxon nodded. “I support you and whoever you choose to love in your pursuit of happiness.”

Ana squealed as she threw her arms around Jaxon and James and hugged them tightly.

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Back in her bedroom, later that night, Ana sat on her bed in her pajamas with her knees pulled to her chest. She looked down at various pictures, notes, and other trinkets from Natasha as she looked deep in thought.

Davies is here with me, Ana thought. And you're so far away. Yes, it's less than two hours to fly back here to Lima, but I've yet to see you. I barely heard from you. Soon your emails and Skype sessions became less and less...how long had it been since I last talked to you before I called to tell you about the kiss? Almost two weeks? I can't help but feel abandoned.

Ana took a deep breath and tried to push the thoughts out of her mind, doing the only thing she knew of when she drew a blank—sing.

You abandoned me,” Ana sang. “Love don't live here anymore. Just a vacancy. Love don't live here anymore. When you lived inside of me, there was nothing I could conceive that you wouldn't do for me. Trouble seemed so far away. You changed that right away, baby. You abandoned me. Love don't live here anymore. Just a vacancy. Love don't live here anymore.”

Ana threw the pictures onto the floor, picking up a necklace and running her hands over it fondly.

Love don't live here anymore,” Ana sang. “Just emptiness and memories of what we had before you went away. Found another place to stay, another home. You abandoned me. Love don't live here anymore. Just a vacancy. Love don't live here anymore. In the windmills of my eyes, everyone can see the loneliness inside me. Why'd ya have to go away? Don't you know I miss you so and need your love?”

Ana put the necklace down and took a deep breath, sighing as she stared ahead at the empty walls.

You abandoned me,” Ana sang. “Love don't live here anymore. Just a vacancy. Love don't live here anymore.”

Ana snapped back to reality as there was a knock at her bedroom door.

“Anastasia, honey,” Gemma, Ana's grandmother, said from outside the door. “May I come in?”

“Sure, Grams,” Ana said as she moved her legs off the bed to give her grandmother room to sit down.

“I heard you singing,” Gemma said as she pushed open the door and stepped inside. “I love your voice. It's so pretty and so...full of sorrow. What's wrong, dear?”

“I'm confused,” Ana said.

“The same kind of confused you were when you came to me and told me that you thought you were a lesbian?” Gemma asked as she sat down beside Ana.

“Confused as in I still think I might love Natasha, but I can't help but feel like she abandoned me,” Ana said. “When Jaxon left, he made sure it was okay with James for him to go to New York and Natasha didn't even ask me how I felt.”

“How do you feel?” Gemma asked.

“Abandoned,” Ana said. “Discarded, left behind, and forgotten.”

“I guess having both of your parents die kind of makes you feel that way pretty easily,” Gemma said. “I'm sorry, honey.”

“And then there is Davies,” Ana continued.

“And Davies, is this a boy or girl?” Gemma asked.

“A girl,” Ana replied.

“Well, you like girls,” Gemma replied. “So why are you confused?”

“Because I feel bad for having feelings for Davies while I am still unsure of my feelings for Natasha,” Ana said. “I don't know what to do.”

“Well,” Gemma said. “When you were little, you always loved Pocahontas. It was your favorite movie and you used to run around and sing all the songs. And through that movie, I learned a very valuable piece of advice that I have used for many years now, baby. Sometimes, the right path is not the easiest one. Just remember that.”

Ana smiled as Gemma pulled her close and kissed her on the cheek.

“I love you, Grams,” Ana said.

“Oh, I love you too, baby,” Gemma said. “So, so much.”

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The next day at McKinley, Beckii made her way down the hall with her hands on her hips as she titled her chin to sky, as if she was simply too good to even be there. Beckii stopped and took a girl by the arm, pulling closer to her.

“Have you heard?” Beckii asked. “The reason why Teddy got dumped by Davies is because not only did he cheat on her with Joshua, but he hit her.”

“Oh my God!” The girl said as she looked at Beckii and then at her friend. “He hit her?”

“Yep,” Beckii said. “You didn't hear it from me, but Teddy is a full-on girlfriend beater.”

“That is horrible,” the girl said.

“Yeah, okay, bye,” Beckii said as she shoved the girl, sending the girl away from her.

“You are just pathetic,” Davies said as she appeared in front of Beckii, her arms crossed. “Stooping to spreading vicious rumors all because you're still furious about being simultaneously slushied by most of the student body during the carnival? Which, was weeks ago, so can't you just let it go? But seriously, how I wish I could have seen it.”

“Drop dead, Dawson,” Beckii said as she rolled her eyes.

“You know, I see through you and your little charade,” Davies said. “I see why you are so mean and bitter in life. You're just a jealous little wannabe.”

“As if!” Beckii replied.

“If the shoe fits,” Davies said. “And by the way, I've been doing damage control and not only am I sorting out the vicious, damaging rumors you're spreading about others, but I'm spreading my own about you.”

“You wouldn't dare,” Beckii said, narrowing her eyes in a glare.

“I heard that's not her real nose,” a boy said as he passed Beckii, trying not to be seen glancing at her.

“I heard she has herpes,” the boy's friend said as he also tried to get an unnoticed glance in at Beckii.

“So, tell me,” Davies said. “How do you like that taste of your own medicine?”

“Oh, this is getting good,” Aleksander said to Dexter as they watched Davies and Beckii from across the hall.

“How long until you think Beckii freaks?” Dexter asked.

“I give it until three, two, one,” Aleksander said, looking at his watch.

“Oh, you asked for it, Dawson,” Beckii said as she started toward Davies, but Teddy surprised them both by stepping between them.

“I know all about your little rumors,” Teddy said to Beckii. “I've had three girls walk up and slap me out of nowhere, all because of the rumor's you're spreading about me. But you wanna know something? I don't care what you spread about me because it will never change the fact that you are completely alone and bitter.”

“No one asked you,” Beckii said hatefully.

“Then I suggest you just get going, Miss Castor,” Deandra said as she stepped into the hall, her arms crossed.

Beckii looked back at Davies and Teddy, glaring. “This isn't over.”

As Beckii walked away, leaving Davies and Teddy standing there, Davies averted her eyes from Teddy.

“Alright, everyone get moving,” Deandra said. “Nothing to see here.”

Davies kept her eyes averted as everyone went on their way, leaving Teddy and Davies standing together, alone, in the hallway.

“Thanks for that,” Davies finally managed, still not looking at Teddy.

“No problem,” Teddy said, looking around awkwardly.

“I hope this doesn't mean you think we—” Davies started, but Teddy cut her off.

“No, not at all,” Teddy said, interrupting Davies. “That ship has sailed. I was just, uh, doing the right thing.”

“Thank you,” Davies said. “See you in Glee Club.”

“Yeah,” Teddy replied. “See you.”

As Teddy watched Davies walk away, he turned around to see Beckii watching him, glaring. He smirked at her as he started in her direction.

I don’t give a uh-uh-uh-uh,” Teddy sang. “I don’t give a uh-uh-uh-uh. I don’t give a uh-uh-uh-uh. I don’t give a uh-uh-uh-uh. Wake up, ex-wife. This is your life. Children on your own. Turning on the telephone—messengers, manager. No time for a manicure. Working out, shake my ass. I know how to multi-task. Connecting to the Wi-Fi.Went from nerd to superb. Have you seen the new guy? I forgot the password. Gotta call the babysitter. Tweetin’ on the elevator. I could take a helicopter. I don’t even feel the pressure.”

As Teddy passed Beckii, he smiled to himself, feeling unfazed by her and her tactics. Teddy then started to dance as he made his way down the hall, happy at himself.

I’m gonna be okay,” Teddy sang. “I don’t care what the people say. I’m gonna be alright. Gonna live fast and I’m gonna live right. I’m moving fast, can you follow my track? I’m moving fast and I like it like that. I do ten things all at once and if you have a problem, I don’t give a.”

Teddy walked through the door to the choir room as he continued to sing. Everyone looked up at him as he marched in, singing.

You were so mad at me.” Teddy sang. “Who’s got custody? Lawyers suck it up. Didn’t have a pre-nup. Make a film, write a song. Gotta get my stockings on. Meet the press, buy the dress, all of this to impress. Ride my horse, break some bones. Take it down a semitone. I forgot to say my prayers. Baby Jesus on the stairs. Gotta sign a contract, gotta get my money back. All the biters have to go, standing in the front row.”

As Teddy danced through the choir room, singing, some of the others got up and joined him as they paraded around the choir room and danced as Teddy sang and danced.

I’m gonna be OK,” Teddy sang. “I don’t care what the people say. I’m gonna be alright. Gonna live fast and I’m gonna live right. I’m moving fast, can you follow my track? I’m moving fast and I like it like that. I do ten things all at once And if you have a problem, i don’t give a. I tried to be a good boy, I tried to be your man. Diminished myself and I swallowed my light. I tried to become all that you expect of me and if it was a failure, I don’t give a, I don’t give a uh-uh-uh-uh. I don’t give a uh-uh-uh-uh. I don’t give a uh-uh-uh-uh. I don’t give a uh-uh-uh-uh.”

Teddy jumped up on a chair, looking down at his friends as he rapped.

Shots fire,” Teddy rapped. “Anything you hear Teddy on, that's fire. You don't hear them bums on nothing that's fire. Tell 'em catch buyer. In the Bugatti, 10 grand, one tire. A-yo, Madonna, maybe I say you original, don dada. In that, yeah Gabbana, and the yeah, Prada. We material boys, ain't nobody hotter. Pops collar. See I really can't relate to your Volvo. And you can't get these shoes at the Aldo. When I let a girl go, that's her loss. I was cutting them checks, I was her boss. Yo, I don't give a f-u. Curse nor bless you, never let them stress you. Yo, I ain't a businessman, I'm a business, man. And I'm known for giving bitches the business, man.”

Teddy jumped down and spun on on foot as he landed and began to dance with his friends again.

I’m gonna be OK,” Teddy sang. “I don’t care what the people say. I’m gonna be alright. Gonna live fast and I’m gonna live right. I’m moving fast, can you follow my track. I’m moving fast and I like it like that. I do ten things all at once and if you have a problem, I don’t give a.”

“There’s only one queen, and that’s Madonna, bitch” Jaxon said as Teddy put his arm around Jaxon and pulled him into the group.

I don’t give a uh-uh-uh-uh,” Teddy sang. “I don’t give a uh-uh-uh-uh. I don’t give a uh-uh-uh-uh. I don’t give a uh-uh-uh-uh.”

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Reece waited patiently in the doctor's office, swinging his dangling feet to preoccupy himself. Slowly the door opened and Reece's doctor returned.

“Mr. Montgomery,” the doctor said as he shut the door behind him, clutching a large envelope.

“Are the results good, Dr. Taylor?” Reece asked, hopeful.

“Reece, you have osteosarcoma,” Dr. Taylor said. “It's a type of bone cancer and it usually infects teens around their growth spurts, especially those of a taller-than-average height. As you know, the cancer was spreading fast and that's why I started your chemotherapy as soon as possible.”

“So, we know what it is,” Reece replied. “What are my chances?”

“The chemotherapy isn't working as well as I had hoped,” Dr. Taylor said. “It's slowed down the progression, but it has already progressed so far that your chances may be slim.”

“So, it's a death sentence,” Reece said, sighing.

“Not at all, Mr. Montgomery,” Dr. Taylor replied. “You can still live, and live a somewhat full life, but there is a major decision to make considering that chance. Reece, we may have to amputate one or both of your shins if the treatment continues not to work. It's the only way to remove the cancerous bone and save the rest of your bones, and thus, save you.”

“So, what, am I looking at my future being stuck in a wheelchair?” Reece asked.

“It's too soon to know for sure,” Dr. Taylor replied. “We'll continue with chemotherapy and see if it starts to work more effectively, but it's yet to go into remission so far. It just depends how much more damage is done before we manage to stop progression that will determine if such drastic measures have to be taken.”

“I understand,” Reece said, sounding defeated.

“There are options for survival and a pretty decent quality of life,” Dr. Taylor said. “Cancer doesn't have to be a death sentence, Mr. Montgomery. There may some sacrifices—hair, and sometimes limbs. But it's better than letting this cancer defeat you.”

The doctor patted Reece on the back as Reece struggled internally to accept what the doctor had told him.

“Thank you,” Reece said.

“I'm going to go check on the rest of your blood work,” Dr. Taylor said. “I will be back in a little while and we'll get you on your way.”

Reece stared emptily at the wall ahead of him as he head the door shut behind Dr. Taylor. He then reached up and ran his hand through his hair. As he pulled his hand down and looked at it, he held a lock of his dark blonde hair in his hand.

I have a tale to tell,” Reece sang as teared welled up in his eyes. “Sometimes it gets so hard to hide it well. I was not ready for the fall. Too blind to see the writing on the wall.”

Slowly, the scene faded to the choir room as Reece sat in the middle of the floor on a stool. The band played behind him as he looked out into the sea of New Directions members, all of them oblivious to why he chose the song he was singing.

A man can tell a thousand lies,” Reece sang. “I've learned my lesson well. Hope I live to tell the secret I have learned. Till then, it will burn inside of me. I know where beauty lives. I've seen it once, I know the warm she gives. The light that you could never see, it shines inside. You can't take that from me. A man can tell a thousand lies. I've learned my lesson well. Hope I live to tell the secret I have learned. Till then, it will burn inside of me. The truth is never far behind. You kept it hidden well if I live to tell the secret I knew then. Will I ever have the chance again?”

Bella watched Reece, seeming concerned as she got wrapped up in the performance. She could feel the pain coming through as he sang and she wondered if the others could feel it, too?

If I ran away, I'd never have the strength to go very far,” Reece sang. “How would they hear the beating of my heart. Will it grow cold? The secret that I hide will I grow old. How will they hear when will they learn? How will they know? A man can tell a thousand lies. I've learned my lesson well. Hope I live to tell. The secret I have learned. Till then, It will burn inside of me. The truth is never far behind. You kept it hidden well if I live to tell the secret I knew then. Will I ever have the chance again?”

As the song ended, Reece forced a smile, hoping no one suspected that anything was up. As everyone applauded for him, Bella forced herself to push her worry aside and join in on clapping for Reece.

“That was an amazing performance,” Holly said. “Now I believe that rest of the boys are going to join you for a group performance?”

“That's right,” Reece replied. “Fellas, will you join me, please?”

“You got it,” Jayden said as he stood up and lead the others to join Reece in the center of the room.

As the beat began, the boys began to dance around the room, circling Reece as he stood in the middle of them.

Who's that girl?” The boys sang. “Who's that girl?”

When you see her, say a prayer and kiss your heart goodbye,” Teddy sang as he took Davies' hand and kissed it gently.

She's trouble, in a word get closer to the fire,” Joshua sang as he walked around behind Etta and put his arms around her and her chair.

Run faster, her laughter burns you up inside,” Adam sang as he sat in Ana's lap and put his arm around over her shoulder.

You're spinning round and round,” Ryder sang as he took Taylor's hand and pulled her up, pulling her close to him as he spun with her. “You can't get up, you try but you can't.”

Quien es esa nina,” Kevin sang as he took Natalia by both of her hands and danced with her as she remained seated.

Who's that girl?” the other boys sang.

Senorita, mas fina,” Kevin sang.

Who's that girl?” the other boys sang.

Quien es esa nina.”

Who's that girl?”

Senorita, mas fina.”

Who's that girl?”

You try to avoid her, fate is in your hands,” Dexter sang as he took Kimberly's hand and planted a kiss on it, making Kimberly blush.

She's smiling, an invitation to the dance,” James sang as he joined Adam and Ana, kissing them both on the cheek.

Her heart is on the street, tu corazon es suyo,” Kevin sang as he grabbed Davies' chair and pulled it closer to him and away from Teddy as Davies gave Kevin a look that said “thank God.”

Now you're falling at her feet,” Reece sang as he smiled at Bella and extended his hand in an invitation to dance, which Bella accepted. “You try to get away but you can't.”

Quien es esa nina,” Kevin sang.

Who's that girl?” the other boys sang.

Senorita, mas fina,” Kevin sang.

Who's that girl?” the other boys sang.

Quien es esa nina.”

Who's that girl?”

Senorita, mas fina.”

Who's that girl?” The other boys sang. “Light up my life.”

So blind I can't see,” Dexter sang.

Light up my life,” the others sang.

No one can help me now,” Reece sang.

Run faster, her laughter burns you up inside,” Joshua sang.

He's spinning round and round,” Jayden sang. “You can't get up, you try but you can't.”

Quien es esa nina,” Kevin sang.

Who's that girl?” the other boys sang.

Senorita, mas fina,” Kevin sang.

Who's that girl?” the other boys sang.

Quien es esa nina.”

Who's that girl?”

Senorita, mas fina.”

Who's that girl?” The other boys sang. “Light up my life.”

So blind I can't see,” Dexter sang.

Light up my life,” the others sang.

No one can help me now,” Reece sang.

Who's that girl?” The boys sang. “Now, who's that girl? Now, who's that girl? Now—”

“Who's that girl?” Jaxon sang as he got up and joined in, pulling James away from Ana and Adam to dance with him.

Quien es esa nina,” Kevin sang.

Who's that girl?” the other boys sang.

Senorita, mas fina,” Kevin sang.

Who's that girl?” the other boys sang.

Quien es esa nina.”

Who's that girl?”

Senorita, mas fina.”

Who's that girl?”

When the song ended, Holly and Kurt stood up to applaud, smiling from ear-to-ear. Jaxon smiled back a them as he rejoined them.

“That was pretty good, right?” Jaxon asked.

“That's one of my favorite Madonna songs,” Holly replied.

“Well, if you don't mind the humble input of a mere former New Directions member, I think you guys should do Madonna for Sectionals,” Jaxon said.

“We can't do the same thing the Femme Fatales do,” Etta replied. “What if they do it better and massacre us live on stage.”

“It would be an embarrassment,” Natalia said, agreeing.

“You guys actually think that they're better than you?” Jaxon asked. “Beckii, she's a glorified whore and her singing talents are moderate, nothing more. She'd never make it past the group performances on American Idol. Sadie and Kai have serious singing talent, but Beckii has shoved them into the background so they're not a serious threat. Olivia...let's face it, no one notices her. And as for that other girl—”

“My foster sister,” Ryder said, not sounding too proud to admit it. “Alana De Luca.”

“Alana,” Jaxon said, nodding his appreciation to Ryder. “Her singing talent is merely adequate at best and her dancing skills will get her nowhere. As for Santana, I love her to death, but she doesn't have the drive to coach those girls to Internationals.”

“I sadly second that,” Kurt said, meekly raising his hand.

“Seems like you don't have a lot of faith in your Auntie 'Tana,” Santana said to Jaxon as she walked into the choir room, her arms crossed.

“You know I love you,” Jaxon said. “You just never stick with anything.”

“Things change,” Santana replied. “I'm going to lead those girls to Internationals and we're winning it. The Femme Fatales may not have been able to get past Sectionals when you were a student here, but these are not your Femme Fatales. They are vastly improved under my tutelage. Leave it me to do what that old bag Sue Sylvester couldn't do.”

“Why are you here, Santana?” Kurt asked, looking confused.

“I was walking to the teacher's lounge for a cup of my afternoon 'if I don't wanna kill Beckii, I have to have a strong cup of Joe' special coffee when I heard my name and decided to unceremoniously walk in and find a way to make you guys dread facing my girls at Sectionals.”

“Mission accomplished,” Natalia said.

“Anyway, catch you guys on the flip side,” Santana said as she turned around and headed to the door. “Mama needs her coffee or she's going to jail for murder.”

“Listen,” Jaxon said as he turned to face New Directions. “You guys have this and I believe that you can not only beat the Femme Fatales, but win at Internationals and make New Directions two-year champions.”

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The next night, which was Saturday, Jaxon and James sat together in Breadstix. Jaxon was actually really excited to eat there because despite the great places to eat in New York, like Spice Market, The Spotlight Diner, and Slice of Heaven, he truly missed good ole Breadstix.

“You've barely touched your Alfredo,” Jaxon said as he smiled at James.

James poked at the crust of his bread bowl before he looked up at Jaxon. “It's just I've really missed you. This has been the best week all year.”

“You still have all week next week,” Jaxon said. “NYADA is out all week for Thanksgiving due to the fact all the students have to go home. That way they don't spend the entire holiday on the plane back and forth.”

“I know we have all week,” James said. “It's just that these two weeks are going to seem to go by fast and I'm going to get used to having you around and by then, it will be time for you to go back.”

“I'm not going to forget you if that's what you think,” Jaxon replied with a smile. “We'll still do like we've been doing.”

“I just...know I'm going to have a hard time saying goodbye,” James said as he looked down at his food.

Jaxon reached over and stroked James' hair gently. “I love you, James. Let's not worry about saying goodbye until it's time. It'll be much harder if we dwell on it.”

James nodded. “You're right.”

As James started to eat, Jaxon reached over and took James' left hand and held it tightly.

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Reece sat in his room, at his desk, as he used his laptop. He pulled up Google, typed something into the search box, hit the enter button, and watched for results to pop up. Reece sighed as he looked at all the results, not sure where to go.

“Osteosarcoma, American Cancer Society,” Reece read as he used the mouse touch pad to move the mouse to it and click on the result, taking him to the page. “When looking at survival rates, it’s important to understand that the stage of a cancer does not change over time, even if the cancer progresses. A cancer that comes back or spreads is still referred to by the stage it was given when it was first found and diagnosed, but more information is added to explain the current extent of the cancer. With modern treatment, the five year survival rate for patients with localized osteosarcoma is in the range of sixty to eighty percent. These cancers are more likely to be cured if they are resectable, that is, when all of the visible tumor can be completely removed by surgery. For high-grade osteosarcomas that can be completely resected, chemotherapy is still an essential part of treatment. Without it, the cancer is still very likely to come back.”

Reece felt his heart stop as he read.

What does this mean? Reece thought. I have a forty percent chance of dying?

Reece once again went back to Google and typed something else in. He waited for the results and began to look over his choices.

“Wills,” Reece read aloud. “Last will and testament, estate planning documents. Well, that sounds like a good place to start.”

As Reece clicked on the result that took him to the site, there was a knock at the door. Reece jumped and tried to click the back button, but his internet froze up.

“Uh, who is it?” Reece asked nervously.

“Bella,” Bella replied from the other side of the door. “Miranda told me to come on up.”

“Just a second,” Reece said as he tried to get his window to close. When it failed, Reece clicked the minimize button and sighed in relief as the window minimized. “Come in.”

Bella opened the door and raised and eyebrow as she looked at Reece.

“What took so long?” Bella asked. “Is everything alright?”

“Fine,” Reece replied, perhaps a bit too quick.

Bella made her way over to Reece and straddled him in the chair, kissing him. Reece nervously watched the screen, hoping it stayed minimized as he kissed Bella. Bella stopped and looked at Reece.

“You seem preoccupied,” Bella said. “Your kiss, it feels different.”

As Bella said this, the window popped back up with a ding, asking Reece if he was sure he wanted to exit, finally unfreezing. Reece hurried clicked it just as Bella turned around, her attention grabbed by the ding. She turned around just in time to see the window for a split second as it closed, unable to make out what he was looking at but able to realize it wasn't something he wanted her to see.

“Are you looking at porn?” Bella asked, upset.

“No!” Reece said. “I was doing research but it was nothing. My computer is just being stupid.”

“Research on what?” Bella asked.

“Don't worry about it,” Reece said as he kissed Bella.

Bella couldn't help but notice his kiss was still different and that she could feel his quickened heartbeat.

Is it me? Bella wondered to herself. Am I doing something wrong?

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Monday during Glee Club, it was time to end the Madonna lesson. Jaxon stood on stage in the auditorium, surrounded by black velvet curtains and sparkling silver tassels that hung from the ceiling.

Say good-bye to not knowing when the truth in my whole life began,” Jaxon sang as he looked out into the seats at James. “Say good-bye to not knowing how to cry. You taught me that.”

And I'll remember the strength that you gave me,” James sang as he stood up and walked to the stage to join Jaxon. “Now that I'm standing on my own. I'll remember the way that you saved me. I'll remember.”

As James got close to Jaxon, Jaxon reached out and took his hand, pulling him to him.

Inside, I was a child that could not mend a broken wing,” James sang.

Outside, I looked for a way to teach my heart to sing,” Jaxon sang. "And I'll remember the love that you gave me now that I'm standing on my own. I'll remember the way that you changed me. I'll remember. "

"I learned to let go of the illusion that we can possess,” James sang. “I learned to let go, I travel in stillness.”

And I'll remember happiness,” Jaxon sang. “I'll remember.”

I'll remember,” James sang. “Mmmmm.”

I'll remember,” Jaxon sang.

Mmmmm,” James sang. “Mmmmm.”

And I'll remember the love that you gave me,” Jaxon and James sang. “Now that I'm standing on my own. I'll remember the way that you changed me. I'll remember.”

I'll remember,” Jaxon sang.

No, I've never been afraid to cry,” James sang. “Now I finally have a reason why.”

I'll remember,” Jaxon sang.

I'll remember,” James sang.

No, I've never been afraid to cry,” Jaxon sang. “And I finally have a reason why.”

I'll remember,” James sang.

I'll remember,” Jaxon sang.

No, I've never been afraid to cry,” James sang. “And I finally have a reason why.”

I'll remember,” Jaxon sang.

I'll remember,” James sang.

As the song ended and the rest of New Directions joined Jaxon and James on stage for the final number of Madonna week, Jaxon embraced James tightly. The music began and Jaxon and James broke apart their embrace, taking their places. As they did this, their hands slowly pulled apart as their fingers lingered for the smallest moment, then finally were unable to touch due to distance.

Your heart is not open so I must go,” Davies sang as she walked to the front, her gaze briefly meeting Ana's. “The spell has been broken, I loved you so.”

Freedom comes when you learn to let go,” Ana sang as she too walked forward and stood at the opposite end of the stage from Davies. “Creation comes when you learn to say no.”

You were my lesson I had to learn,” James sang as he stepped forward to Davies' left. “I was your fortress you had to burn.”

Pain is a warning that something's wrong,” Kimberly sang as she stepped forward to Ana's right. “I pray to God that it won't be long.”

Do ya wanna go higher?” Jaxon sang.

There's nothing left to try,” New Directions and Jaxon sang. “There's no place left to hide. There's no greater power than the power of good-bye.”

Your heart is not open so I must go,” Teddy sang as he stepped to the left side of the middle of the stage. “The spell has been broken, I loved you so.”

You were my lesson I had to learn,” Natalia sang as she stepped forward to the right side of the middle of the stage. “I was your fortress.”

There's nothing left to lose,” New Directions and Jaxon sang. “There's no more heart to bruise. There's no greater power than the power of good-bye.”

Learn to say good-bye,” Ryder sang as he stepped beside Jaxon and looked at him. “I yearn to say good-bye.”

There's nothing left to try,” New Directions and Jaxon sang. “There's no more places to hide. There's no greater power than the power of goodbye. There's nothing left to lose. There's no more heart to bruise. There's no greater power than the power of goodbye.”

As the song ended, Jaxon looked at Ryder and gave him a nod of both acknowledgment and approval. As New Directions pulled each other in for a group hug, Jaxon stepped back and cleared his throat.

“Guys, I have an announcement to make,” Jaxon said. “Thanksgiving night, I will be hosting a Thanksgiving supper at my place and my friends from NYADA, who are also McKinley alumni, will be attending. You guys are also invited and I hope to see you there.”

“You mean it?” Kimberly asked. “I'll be there!”

Jaxon smiled as he put his hand on her shoulder. As everyone chattered excited, both Reece and James stood off to their respective sides, looking worried. As James looked up, he looked at Jaxon, indicating that his worry over missing Jaxon was what was on his mind. Reece, however, reached up and touched his hair, another lock falling out. He clutched it tightly, hoping no one would see.

THE END

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