Rachel snuck a very drunk Quinn into her house and tried to get the blonde ready for bed, which proved harder than anticipated because Quinn kept trying to kiss her. Rachel finally managed to take off Quinn’s clothes and slip her into some of her own pajamas, before laying the blonde on her bed. Then Rachel attempted to get dressed, but she barely had her clothes off before Quinn was trying to maul her.
“You’re so beautiful Rach.” Quinn slurred as she kissed the brunette and ran her hands down the girl’s toned stomach.
Rachel wiggled free and put a shirt on, causing the blonde to frown. “You don’t like me back.” Quinn pouted on the verge of tears.
Rachel took Quinn by the shoulders and looked straight into the girl’s eyes. “On the contrary Quinn. I have liked you for a very long time, which is why I want to do things right.”
Quinn smiled at tried kissing Rachel again. The brunette turned her cheek toward the girl. Quinn sighed. “Fine.”
Before Rachel could help Quinn back in bed, the blonde got sick. Rachel hurried her to the bathroom and held her hair back while Quinn threw up in the toilet. As Quinn was hunched over the porcelain bowl, Rachel rubbed the girl’s back soothingly. She whispered quietly to the girl. “I want our first kiss to be special Quinn; I need you to be sober so you can remember it. I would be heartbroken if you only think you want me because you’re drunk.” She smiled sadly to herself when she heard Quinn snoring. Rachel rolled her eyes and sighed, but continued talking. “I had a crush on you since freshman year, Quinn Fabray. We had gym together and your athleticism impressed me. We barely spoke three words to each other then, I was way too shy. You were the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. And then Finn started paying attention to me and it was nice, you know. But when you joined glee, I realized that I still had a major crush on you. I’d forgive you for anything. I never hated you.”
She kept rubbing the girl’s back as spoke to the quiet room. “I would do anything for you Quinn, whatever you want me to do. I’ll dump Finn; I’ll be your girlfriend. I’ll take you to New York; though you plan on going to Yale so maybe we’ll just have to commute back and forth. But I’d do it for you; if you still want me in the morning I promise I’ll be yours.”
The snoring got louder and Rachel couldn’t help chuckling. “It’s horrible that even like this; I think you’re the most adorable person I know.”
Rachel sat next to the blonde in silence for awhile, before she continued speaking. “I remember this one time, in junior year. We were in glee and we were singing a group number and you actually held my hand. It was the first time that I thought maybe I might have a chance with you. It happened a few times, but you never said anything about it to me. I guess I finally figured that maybe you just got caught up in the music and it didn’t mean anything. Except that it meant everything to me.”
Quinn shifted her position, opened her eyes and looked at the brunette intensely. “That wasn’t me; that was the other Quinn.”
Rachel’s eyebrows furrowed. She opened her mouth to speak, but Quinn drifted back to sleep. Rachel shook her head before she retracted her hand from the girl’s back. “Don’t stop.” Quinn mumbled.
Rachel narrowed her eyes at the girl. “Have you been awake this whole time?”
“I love the things you said, and I thought that you would stop if you knew I was awake.”
Rachel shook her head with a smile. “You’re probably right.”
“Tell me them again in the morning. Please. And I will remind you that I love you.”
Rachel bit her lip, this Quinn was adorably open and honest and Rachel prayed that the blonde really did care about her in that way. “Are you ready to try and go back to the bedroom?”
“Yes.” Quinn smirked and Rachel rolled her eyes.
“No funny business, Casanova.” Rachel teased as she helped the girl stand up. “I think I have an extra toothbrush.” She braced the blonde against the sink while she grabbed a new toothbrush.
After assisting her in brushing her teeth, and then brushing her own, the girls went back to Rachel’s room. As soon as they crawled into bed, Quinn wrapped her arms around the brunette tightly. Rachel savored the embrace as she held just as tightly onto Quinn. Both girls hoped that when morning came, things would continue this way between them. Thoughts of each other filled their minds as they drifted to sleep.
The next morning, Rachel lay in bed a few minutes longer than normal just enjoying the feel of Quinn’s arms around her. But when Quinn groaned in her sleep, Rachel pulled away and climbed out of bed.
Quinn cracked open an eye but was bombarded with the sun’s brightness. She quickly shut her eye and groaned again. She had a massive hangover. Her head was killing her. As she rolled over in bed, her arm hit the emptiness beside her. She frowned and opened her eyes again. Rachel was already gone. As she closed her eyes she tried to remember the events of the previous night. She remembered the party and dancing and drinking. She remembered that she wanted to stay away from alcohol because she was usually an angry drunk and she knew full well that if anyone would have been flirting with Rachel last night she would have started a fight, even if it was just Sugar. Then she groaned again. She definitely would have to be talking to Sugar and Harmony; she cannot believe they disobeyed her.
Letting out a humorless laugh at the thought, she realized how prejudicial telling them not to drink was when she got wasted in front of them. As she wrinkled her eyebrows in concentration, she tried to remember the rest of the night. She really hoped she didn’t make a fool out of herself.
She was brought from her thoughts when Rachel hesitantly cleared her throat. Immediately the blonde’s whole face lit up as she looked at the brunette standing in the doorway.
“I brought you some aspirin and a glass of water. And some toast if you’re nauseous.” Rachel spoke softly as she slowly approached the blonde.
Quinn sat up slowly and patted the bed beside her. “I wanted to be the one making you breakfast.” She smiled shyly. “Happy Birthday, Rach.”
The brunette smiled as she handed the aspirin and water to Quinn. “I appreciate the thought, but it’s unnecessary Quinn.”
Quinn swallowed the pill with some water. Rachel carefully sat on the bed beside the blonde and Quinn immediately scooted close to the girl and hugged her tightly. “I hope you had a good birthday party and that taking care of a very drunk me wasn’t too much of a hassle.”
Rachel giggled. “Definitely an interesting experience.” Rachel blushed at the thought of Quinn continuously throwing herself at her. “And an informational one.”
Quinn’s eyes got wide. She swallowed audibly. “How so?”
Rachel smiled as she held Quinn close to her. “Don’t worry it’s nothing bad.”
Quinn buried her head in Rachel’s neck as her face flushed. She hoped she didn’t make that big of a fool out of herself, since it was apparent she did do something foolish. At least she didn’t scare Rachel away…yet. “So, birthday girl, what do you want to do today?”
“I don’t know. Just hang out, I guess. My dads wanted to go out to eat for dinner.”
Rachel rolled her eyes and laughed. “Quinn, you’re invited if you want to come.”
“Oh.” This time when she said it she sounded excited rather than dejected like before.
They sat in silence, holding each other for a while.
“Rach, I didn’t do…or say anything last night, did I?”
“What do you mean?”
“Define embarrassing.” Rachel teased.
“I really hate you sometimes, Berry.” Quinn groaned.
“That’s not what you said last night.” Rachel said quietly but Quinn’s head shot up and hazel eyes bore into her.
“What?” She asked, her voice quivering.
Rachel smiled shyly. “Don’t worry, Quinn. You were completely drunk, you were barely coherent.”
Quinn studied Rachel’s brown eyes. “Are you sure I didn’t say anything that will change the way you feel about me?”
Rachel stared at the girl. How was she supposed to answer that? How did she want to answer that? The things Quinn said only made Rachel love her more, but was the brunette brave enough to say that?
“Girls! Come on, we made breakfast!” One of Rachel’s dads called from the top of the steps.
Rachel got out of bed, as she stood she and Quinn shared another intense gaze before the brunette reached over and helped Quinn out of bed. She leaned close to the blonde. “You might want to fix your appearance before you come downstairs, just so my dads don’t think you were hammered last night.”
Rachel smiled at Quinn who blushed profusely. She nodded before excusing herself to go to the bathroom. She washed splashed cold water on her face and tried to calm her hair down. As she gazed into her reflection she racked her brain trying to remember what she may have said to Rachel last night. The diva never answered her and she hoped that she didn’t ruin things before they even started. As she stared at herself in the mirror, she vowed that she was never going to drink alcohol again. What was she thinking anyway?
Quinn slowly made it down the stairs and heard laughing coming from the kitchen; she smiled to herself at the sound of the melodious laughter coming from the brunette.
“It was so much fun! Everyone was there, well except Finn. But they all wanted to be there for my birthday, even this new girl Harmony. She’s the one I told you about, the one who was at that NYADA mixer.”
“Ahhh yes, the reason for your mini breakdown.” A tall black man smiled adoringly at his daughter while he spoke.
“Yup, and I invited her and Sugar, another girl from glee, to Christmas next week.”
“Really?” A short bespectacled man asked with a raised eyebrow.
“Yes, really. It’s usually just us and they don’t have anyone so I thought it’d be fun.”
“Sounds great to me.” The black man answered as his eyes caught Quinn’s. “And who is this lovely lady?”
The other two in the room turned to look at the suddenly embarrassed Quinn. The black man walked over to her and smiled. “Quinn Fabray, I presume.”
“Well, Quinn it’s nice to finally meet you. I’m Michael, and that good looking man over there is my husband, Jeremiah.”
Quinn stuck out her hand in greeting when she finally remembered her manners. “Michael, it’s a pleasure to meet you.” After shaking his hand, she walked over to Jeremiah. “And you as well, Jeremiah.”
“She’s already better than that Hudson boy, in my book anyway.” Jeremiah smiled at her conspiratorially as she flushed. “He’s a nice boy and all, but dumber than a box of rocks and as considerate as a mule.”
Michael chuckled. “That’s his way of calling the boy an ass.”
Quinn laughed out loud. Rachel huffed at her fathers but didn’t say a word.
“I still will never understand how that boy got the two of you to fight over him, really what were you thinking?” Michael asked Quinn playfully.
Quinn still had a large smile on her face. “I blame it on the pregnancy hormones.”
Michael shook his head with a smile while Jeremiah grinned. “I pray that isn’t Rachel’s problem.”
“What?” Rachel finally spoke up. “I resent that! Also, Quinn you weren’t pregnant at all during junior year.”
Quinn shrugged. “Oh, junior year? That was my crazy obsession with Prom Queen. I plead insanity.”
Michael was laughing again; he patted her on the back. “Yes, Jeremiah you’re right. I like this one.”
Quinn beamed proudly. For some reason, winning over Rachel’s dads made her feel like she was on top of the world.
Rachel was watching them with an amused expression on her face. She bit her lip and shook her head. It was true, her dads were always cordial to Finn but they were never like this. It gave Rachel a small swell of pride that Quinn passed the ‘parent test.’
Quinn raised an eyebrow and addressed the brunette. “And what is your excuse, Rach?”
Rachel crossed her arms over her chest and stared at the blonde. What was her excuse? “He wrote a love song for me and you know how I love to be wooed.”
Quinn smirked while her brow was still arched delicately. “Good to know.”
Michael and Jeremiah watched the interaction between their daughter and Quinn with a smile on their faces.
The four of them ate breakfast, happily enjoying their banter. Then Quinn and Rachel lounged around the house, cuddling up and watching movies. Quinn put up a fake argument before allowing the diva to watch Funny Girl.
In the evening, the four of them went out for dinner. Quinn offered to pay for the birthday girl’s meal, but the Berry men insisted on paying for both girls. After dinner, Quinn reluctantly said goodbye to Rachel and made her way home.
When she walked in the house, she was greeted by her mother. “So, how was it? Did you finally get your girl?” Judy asked excitedly. Quinn had told her mom about her feelings for Rachel after Prom and Judy was surprisingly supportive.
Quinn smiled. “I think I’m getting there. I have to woo her.”
Judy frowned. “I thought that’s what this birthday party was supposed to do?”
Quinn shrugged. “She thinks I did that for her as a friend. I have to let her know I am interested in more than friendship, and I intend to woo her with a song.”
“Well, good luck.”
Quinn hurried up the stairs to shower and change after calling Harmony. She then went over to the brunette’s house.
Quinn walked into the very large and extravagant house, and was led into the living room where Rory, Sugar and Harmony were waiting for her.
“Well?” Harmony asked hopefully.
“That’s why I called. I need your help to pick out a song so I can woo her.”
“You were throwing yourself on the girl and now you want to be romantic?” Sugar asked incredulously.
“What?” Quinn’s face paled.
Sugar rolled her eyes. “I assumed you went home to have sex.”
“Sugar!” Harmony squealed as she cheeks reddened.
“I threw myself at her?” Quinn’s voice squeaked.
All three teens nodded at her.
“If it’s any consolation, she already likes you.” Rory offered. The three girls turned toward him. “She was jealous when she saw Quinn talking to you two, and when Quinn was trying to kiss her she didn’t exactly pull away…at first.”
Quinn raised an eyebrow. “At first?”
“Well, you came on a little strong. She eventually had to pry you off. But…”
Quinn held up a hand to stop him. “Please, I don’t think I can take hearing anymore.”
“And you told me not to drink.” Harmony snarled causing Quinn to narrow her eyes at her. “What?” Harmony shrugged.
Quinn started pacing throughout the room. “I’m such an idiot. I can’t believe you guys let me get hammered!”
All three teens were about to protest when Quinn stopped pacing. “Okay, I think it has to be an apology song since I clearly made an ass out of myself. Any ideas?”
Harmony was standing nervously outside the Berry residence. She was holding a small box, wrapped with a bow. She had wanted to give the gift to Rachel at the party, but since no one else brought any presents she couldn’t very well give it to her in front of everyone. She was shuffling her feet anxiously, waiting for someone to open the door. A very surprised Rachel Berry answered it.
“Harmony?” Rachel greeted, immediately pulling the girl inside the house. “I am so glad you’re here actually, I need help with something.”
“What is it?”
“I need to do something for Quinn; I want to find a way to let her know how I feel about her. And…what’s that?” Rachel noticed the present and was pointing to it.
“It’s a birthday present…for you.” Harmony slowly handed it over and bit her lip as she watched Rachel tear into the paper.
When Rachel was finished unwrapping the gift, revealing a beautiful gold Star of David necklace, her mouth dropped open. The longer they stood in silence, the more uncomfortable Harmony was getting.
“Harmony…this is beautiful, but I can’t possibly accept something like this. I mean, I’m flattered but…”
Harmony’s eyes widened when she realized what conclusion Rachel had jumped to. She really just wanted to be able to give her mom a gift to remember her by, but things were getting out of hand. Her eyes began to water at the thought that Rachel wouldn’t accept the gift. “It’s not from me!” She blurted out before her eyes went wide.
Rachel stared at her questioningly. Her lips pursed in confusion.
Harmony looked away from Rachel’s gaze, shifting uneasily. She sighed. “It’s from Quinn. She was too nervous to give it to you and well…” She couldn’t believe how hard it was to lie to Rachel.
Rachel’s whole face lit up. “Really? Quinn?” She examined the necklace closely, before turning her back toward Harmony. “Could you put it on for me?”
Harmony slowly took the necklace in her shaky hands. As much as she loved that her mother would be wearing it, she wished that she knew it was from her. She swallowed back the sob that threatened to make an appearance and blinked away the tears. When she finally had the necklace clasped shut, she replied. “There you go. Can I see it on you?”
Rachel turned around proudly. “What do you think?”
“It looks beautiful on you.”
Rachel smiled. “Thank you.” She quickly hugged Harmony. “And thank you for bringing it over.”
“I’d do anything for you…and Quinn.”
Rachel smiled but her eyes narrowed. “You and Quinn, your not…?”
“God no.” Harmony laughed nervously.
They stood looking at each other in an awkward silence, before Harmony said. “Happy Birthday, Rachel. I hope you had a good birthday party, I heard that it was your first one.”
“It was my first, and it was amazing. I’m glad you made it. I hope everyone was kind to you.”
“They were fine.”
Rachel raised an eyebrow. “Some more than others…”
“Sugar?” Harmony asked with a smirk.
Rachel nodded. “Am I going to have to talk to that girl about her intentions toward you?” She smirked causing Harmony to duck her head away shyly.
“So did you still need help with Quinn?” Harmony asked after a few moments of comfortable silence.
Rachel smiled politely. “Actually, I have a plan. But, I’ll let you know if I require further assistance.”
“I told my dads that you’d be joining us for Christmas, I hope you choose to come.”
“I’ll be here.” Harmony’s smile was wide as her eyes filled with tears.
“Great! Sugar too?”
“Yes, of course.” Harmony looked at Rachel intensely. “How about Quinn?”
“I…ah…we’ll see how my plan goes.”
Harmony chuckled. “I’m pretty sure if you just asked her, she’d say yes.”
Rachel grinned happily. “She told me that she loved me last night.”
Harmony raised an eyebrow. “And?”
“She doesn’t remember because she was drunk.”
“How do you feel about her?”
“I have loved her for awhile now.”
“Tell her.” Harmony urged. Then a frown appeared on her face. “But what about Finn Hudson?”
Rachel shrugged. “I broke up with him about an hour ago.”
“Oh. How’d he take it?”
“He said that he can take back the Christmas present he bought me and buy the new Xbox game he’d been wanting.”
“He sounds like a charmer.” Harmony grumbled.
“Yeah, well, I guess I was settling.”
Harmony rolled her eyes. “You’re overly dramatic, has anyone ever told you that?”
“Not yet today.” Rachel grinned causing Harmony to smile.
“Well since you’re single, I think you should just tell ma…Quinn how you feel about her. She’s sober now…and just so you know, she’s trying to think of apology songs to sing for her drunkenness.”
Harmony noticed the lovestruck look that overtook Rachel’s face and took that as her sign to leave. “I should be going, go get your girl.”
Rachel hugged Harmony tightly. “Thank you.”
Quinn received a very confusing text from Harmony about a Star of David necklace and Rachel. She wished she had time to ask more about it, but Rachel was currently pulling in the driveway. Quinn had been in her bedroom, looking out the window trying to pray for clarity. As soon as Rachel’s vehicle pulled into the driveway, Quinn ran down the stairs to greet her.
She tore the door open before Rachel even had time to knock. Rachel jumped in surprise but recovered quickly. She pulled Quinn to her and attached their lips in a delicate but intimate kiss. Quinn didn’t have time to react before Rachel released her.
Quinn’s hazel eyes fixated on Rachel. Rachel was licking her lips, as her brown eyes shinned in anticipation. Quinn took it all in and without a word, she stepped closer to Rachel. Their lips met again, this time it was an opened mouth kiss with their lips gliding across each other urgently. Eventually they both pulled away, their breathing a bit more labored than usual. Their eyes glazed over and their lips swollen.
“Thank you.” Rachel breathed before turning around and walking away, leaving Quinn standing there wondering what the hell just happened. Even as confusion overtook her, a smile spread across her lips. The same lips that were still tingling and tasted like Rachel Berry. She brought her fingers to her lips, as the smile widened. Rachel Berry just kissed her.