ooc: Thank you so much for this input! I know it seems that our Finchel is in a really good place, which they are for right now (compared to before), there is still a lot that they have to overcome. Things are good for them currently, and we’re dwelling in that because we miss some fluff in the midst of all this angst. Anyway, please keep reading because we have stuff planned for these two since they still have a long, long way to go. We’re trying to stay as realistic as we possibly can.
ooc: Of course not! I’m rarely one to abandon without notice. I just get really busy because I’m a slave to the theatre, but I’m always here as long as my partner is, and she’s always here, too.
Finn smiled down at her before nodding his head. “Of course, Rach. I’ve always been proud of you, but it’s like a whole new world of proud to see you up on stage because it’s so easy to tell that’s where you belong.” He admitted honestly, shrugging his shoulders. Despite what Rachel had told him about not blaming himself for her getting to accomplish her dream so late, he still felt guilty about it. He still wished he would have pushed harder for her to go to New York instead of staying in Lima with him, no matter how unhappy he’d be without her. Now though, everything seemed to pretty much be working itself out to how things should be, which was an added plus.
"You’re the one who rescued her." He reminded her with a grin. Smirking to himself when he mentioned flying down to Lima to see her, he then merely nodded. "Whatever you want to do, Rachel. I’m okay with." He added, following her into the restaurant, he had to glance down to his attire quickly to make sure he looked dressed up enough for it. It wasn’t too up-scale, but it was obviously nicer than Breadstix. After placing their drink order, he smiled over at her. "I bet that it is. It’s just seems like a better place in general." He nodded, looking around. It was so strange to think that the last time they’d been out on a date night like this was more than half a year ago when they’d first been introduced to Brody. The more he thought about it, the more he realized that his choice to move to New York was probably for the best, considering he wasn’t sure if he would have been able to eat in Breadstix with his wife again without thinking about Brody.
Rachel opened the menu even though she was pretty sure of what she waned to get. She glanced around for something that Finn would probably want to eat since this was a very new place for him compared to the typical date night at Breadstix. Plus, it’d been a long time since they had alone time like this as they were on good terms, so she wanted to make sure it went as smoothly as possible, which meant no crazy dishes that wouldn’t be satisfactory. “I think you’ll like the chicken alfredo — I’ve never had it, but it’s what they’re known for,” she suggested to him, placing her menu back down as she decided she’d stick with her usual.
She took a sip of her drink and placed it back down, looking over at Finn with a smile on her face. “Finn, I know things aren’t perfect with us, but…I have to tell you how happy I am to be here with you tonight. It really means the world to me. I have no idea how you pulled this off!” she said, shaking her head slightly in disbelief. “Are you staying with us tonight?” She asked him, taking another sip of her drink.
I wish I could have a better answer to this, but I’m really content with living in the moment right now and haven’t thought that far down. As long as I’m happy and Finn’s happy (and Maggie!), I’m fine with whatever happens.
"While I really did like the entire show, I would have to say any part with you up there was my favorite. Or is that too cheesy for me to say?" Finn smirked down towards her. "Really, babe, you’ve shown me that movie a hundred times and had me listen to all the songs at least a thousand but combined, it was never better than it was tonight. I mean that. You were born to be up there on stage singing your heart out and I hope you know that by now.” He shrugged. “I do. I know this is where you belong, Rach.”
Glancing around at the busy streets, he sighed softly wondering how he was going to get used to this all. It was a lot to take in, especially because he’d really only been to the city a handful of times and he’d never really taken the time to actually look at the city as he was now. This was home and while it may not be the actual house that he now lived in, he hoped he’d learn to love it. “You know, Maggie has really missed you.” He offered a moment or two later. “That dog loves you like crazy, you know?”
Rachel laughed when Finn first said that he mostly liked the parts of the show that he was in. It was such a thing that he would say, and Rachel could sense how proud he was of what she accomplished. That made her feel so happy and was more important to her than any note from her director or any review that would eventually come her way. She couldn’t control her grin as he continued. To have his approval meant the world to her and really put her at ease. “Thank you, Finn. It means so, so much to hear that from you, you have no idea,” she said, looking up at him. She wanted to reach to hold his hand, but weirdly felt unsure about doing so — she was following his lead when it came to making steps like that.
Her eyes wandered to her surroundings until she looked back up at him as he mentioned Maggie. “I always thought she loved you more,” she said with a light laugh. “I really miss her. Maybe on my day off next week, I’ll fly over to see her and spend some time at our house again. Just for one more time, since the next time after that will probably be spent packing if everything works out alright. Oh — here we are.” She pointed to the restaurant and walked inside with him, requesting for a table for two. They were quickly escorted to a booth since it wasn’t very busy. A waiter took their drink orders and then the two were by themselves. “You’re going to love this, it’s ten times better than Breadstix.”
Finn, of course, was eager to get to spend time with Rachel and he expected himself to feel disappointed or some form of it when she was pulled back into the chaos of Playbill signings. He was proud of her, he had always been proud of her, but this was something different. This was what she was born to do and watching her finally accomplishing it with such an amazing reaction was something he hadn’t realized that he had always wanted to see. He pulled his gaze away from her and talked with Kurt and Blaine before she finally came back over and Finn beamed at the pure sight of her. Maybe it’s because the last time he’d seen her they’d been fighting or maybe it was just the fact that she felt like his wife again, but he was so happy that she was there with him. Standing beside him and not talking to him through the phone on Facetime.
He laughed under his breath at Kurt and Blaine’s reaction to pushing them to spend time together. Ultimately, Finn was going to have to bring her back to their new home at the end of the evening anyway so they really could have done dinner or something together, but a part of him was glad they decided to give them the evening to themselves. “Of course it’s okay with me.” He responded with a smile. “We can grab dinner wherever you want, it is to celebrate you, you know.” He nudged her playfully before waving goodbye to Kurt and Blaine as they said their goodbyes to Rachel. He really was lucky that the two of them were so eager to help them out, he wasn’t sure what he would of done if it wasn’t for them. “Where to, my lady?”
She shook her head at Finn saying they could wherever she wanted, “It’s to celebrate a lot more than that,” she said sincerely. She said goodbyes to Kurt and Blaine and thanked them for coming to her opening night, but really she wanted to thank them for everything. For putting a roof over her head when she couldn’t contribute much to their rent, and supporting her when she was tight lipped about her relationship with Finn and just being there for her no matter why she was there. She was so thankful for them and she wished she could’ve worded it then, but they were urging her to go bond with Finn and didn’t exactly give her the opportunity to continue.
She started walking with Finn, her hand on bag as she did. “The restaurant I was talking about earlier is a few blocks down and then we take a right, and it’s right there. Just follow me,” she said, leading the way. “I’m so happy you came to see my opening night. Did you have a favorite part?” she asked, unable to control her grin. She wanted to see how much Finn enjoyed it, which she really hoped he did. She valued his opinion, especially when she was taking a leap like this. His support was vital to her feeling like it was worth coming to New York.
ooc: She’s off-Broadway!
For Finn, it was surreal to see the pack of people eagerly nudging in front of one another to get Rachel’s autograph and as he watched her, he suddenly realized that this was what she was meant to be doing. Sure, he had always thought she liked her job in Lima and she had, but the smile she wore on her face now told him that she not only liked her new job, but loved it. He wished that he could have picked up sooner on that fact, but he couldn’t change any of that now. He was really just happy at how happy she was. It was hard to imagine that he had wanted to keep her from all of this, not intentionally of course, but by staying in Lima, that had limited all of this severely. Seeing her now truly made all the difference for him. It was a rocky road to get here, but he was happy she’d finally figured out what she wanted and went for it.
"Hi, Rach!" He beamed, before chuckling as she threw her arms around him. He held her tight, trying not to let the pesky railing hurt either of them in their embrace. Breathing in her scent, he sighed contently. How he’d made it as long as he had without her, he had no idea. Even with the events of the last couple months, he was thrilled to have her in his arms again and he really never intended on letting go. He shook his head at her words as she attempted to wash the mark from his face. "It’s fine, babe. Really." He nodded, a smile on his face. "Telling you that I was coming would ruin the surprise, wouldn’t it?" He smirked as she looked over to Kurt and Blaine. Both of them fawned over her, Kurt especially. "Honey, you were amazing. I don’t think in all my years I’ve ever seen you perform as spectacular as you just did.” Kurt gushed, embracing her tightly.
Rachel just sort of smiled up at Finn as he told her about the surprise and kept smiling up at him even as he finished speaking. Tonight was just the perfect night, and seeing him here, looking so happy…she was overjoyed. Her attention went to Kurt and Blaine again, and she thanked them as they washed her with compliments. “Thank you so much guys — oh, let me sign your Playbills!” She took their booklets and signed her name on both, handing them back to her friends as she continued to get distracted. “We should do something after this! There’s a really good —” Rachel was interrupted by some girls down the line wanting to get her to sign their Playbills. “I’ll meet you guys over there in about two minutes!” She continued to go down the line, signing about ten more programs and taking a few more pictures. Soon enough the line was over and she looked back at the people as more of her cast mates signed and took pictures with eager Rentheads. She shook her head at how surreal it all was, sighing blissfully and meeting up with Finn, Kurt, and Blaine again.
"My cast isn’t doing anything until Saturday to celebrate the show, do you guys want to go get dinner or something? I think I know a place all of you will love,” she said. Blaine and Kurt gave each other a look she didn’t really catch onto, but it resulted in Blaine speaking up for the both of them. “Actually, um, we’ve both had a really long day so we’re going to head back. But you two should go hang out without us. Right, Kurt?” He looked over at Kurt who nodded eagerly. “Yeah, you two wild animals should hit the town on your own! Don’t let us hold you back.” Rachel looked up at Finn and let out a lighthearted laugh at their two friends pushing them to hang out without them. “Okay, well, it’s fine with me if it’s okay with you,” she said, looking up at him with a smile on her face.
Lima just wasn’t Lima without Rachel. That was something Finn had decided when she’d left for New York. Sure, the weeks prior he hadn’t been speaking to her and ignoring her really at all costs, but then he had known that she was still at their house, she was still around and if he wanted he could have gone to see her. After coming home from New York defeated that everything had gone so horribly, Finn had started to realize that he really wasn’t home without Rachel. Which was why he was so glad that she had called and they had finally gotten to talk about their relationship and how they wanted to move forward. Moving to New York was a big deal, but he knew that was going to be best for the two of them. Their relationship was slowly mending and he couldn’t be happier.
After deciding that New York was where they needed to be, Finn had begun packing up their house in Lima. It gave him something to do each day while he waited for Rachel’s call or responded to her texts. It was sort of refreshing to be going somewhere new. Of course, his mom hadn’t been too happy about the fact that he and Rachel weren’t going to be just ten minutes away anymore, but ultimately she knew that’s where they or well Rachel belonged. In between packing boxes and talking to relators to put the house on the market, he’d managed to get his glee club together a final time to tell them that he was leaving. He was lucky enough that another former Glee club student, Marley, had started teaching at McKinley the year before and it was hard for him to hand the glee club over to her, but he knew that it was for the best. Everything was coming to an end for him in Lima and it was still a hard pill for him to swallow, but New York was going to be good for him, he just knew it.
When Rachel first got the part, Finn had contacted Kurt and had asked about when her opening night was. He was easily able to get the information from him and made it a date in his calendar to surprise her up there. His wife wasn’t expecting him to be up there until the middle of August for them to move into their new place together, though without her knowing he had managed to sell their house in Lima and put their down payment on the house Kurt had said Rachel had liked the best in New York. That way it would be all one trip and he would be able to see her even sooner. He’d gotten into New York the night before her opening night and had managed to move all the furniture and boxes inside the house, with Blaine’s help of course. On his second day of being in the house, he left Maggie there and drove into the thick of the city to see Rachel perform. He hadn’t spoken to her all day, but sent her a good luck text with the words, ‘break a leg’ so that she knew he was thinking of her. He easily found his seat next to Kurt and Blaine and was ready for Rachel’s performance. He couldn’t keep the smile off his face the entire time she was on stage and he was just so proud of her, regardless of everything that had happened. He cheered loudly from the back of the auditorium and once the show ended, he followed the crowd around back to where the cast was signing autographs. He smirked as she moved over to him and he held his Playbill out before speaking up. “You know, you look an awful lot like my wife.” He beamed, raising a brow down at her.
Signing Playbills and taking pictures one person after the other was overwhelming and something Rachel didn’t think would happen. Sure these were her dreams for all of her youth, and of course she’d practiced a signature only suitable for a star enough to be ready for tonight, but after gradutating at OSU and being satisfied with her job at the largest gym in Lima, she thought that was it. SHe was sure she was going to live her life with Finn and the baby they were going to have and enjoy surburbia, which she did. But everything happens for a reason, and she was so happy and proud of her performance that it was okay that she was doing this. She’d have a family later, and for now she’d be happy with Finn and doing this show. She didn’t know if she’d do another after this one, but she was content living in the present. And moving down the large crowd felt really great and she didn’t mind it at all.
She’d gotten so caught up in signing one after the other and taking a few pictures, that she hardly noticed the people she was signing the Playbills for the closer she got to the end of the line. She was about to ask her next person who she was signing it for, but then they were speaking to her as she wrote her name and she recognized the voice. She looked up right when he said wife and nearly squealed at the tall familiar frame in front of her. “Finn!” she exclaimed, her first urge being to get on her toes to wrap her arms around his neck in a hug. It was a little awkward, even the railing between them, but she made it work and it was all she needed. She inhaled his scent deeply as she hugged him tightly, realizing she hadn’t embraced him in months now. It was surreal to see him in front of her when their contact was limited to communication done on their smart phones. She slowly pulled away and squeezed his arms with her hands, the one in her right hand still holding the Sharpie. As her right arm moved down, Sharpie tip brushed his scruffy cheek. “Oh, no, I got marker on her your cheek,” she said, laughing at herself and bringing a hand up to it, attempting to rub the mark away with her thumb. “Why didn’t you tell me you were coming?!” It was then that she noticed Kurt and Blaine and greeted them too, hugging them both, her attention turning back to Finn after their exchanges. “Did you guys enjoy the show?” Her voice was full of excitement and her face was so lit, her cheeks started to hurt after awhile.
ooc: I see your point, but I think I’ll have to disagree. In my opinion, I feel like we’ve been portraying it to the best of our ability, but since none of us truly are this character or know this character, we all have different interpretations of her actions. Rachel didn’t cheat because she didn’t love Finn. She’s always loved him and knew that she needed him all along. In the para I wrote describing her night with Brody, she was the one to stop what they were doing and when she was in the elevator she completely broke down, immediately realizing what she did. If she didn’t love Finn, I just don’t think she would’ve done those two things. She knew when it happened that she ruined a great thing. By the time she told him, she was afraid that he was really going to leave her when they didn’t have any contact with each other. During this time, she still loved him. She still wore her rings every day, she thought about him every day, she called him, she was genuinely concerned. And then she saw him at Lima Bean unexpectedly and just wanted to have him finally talk to her in some way, and it didn’t even have to be about their marriage. She was desperate to continue to have him in her life when they were estranged, and I think that alone shows that she’s always loved him and has always known that she needs him.
This all recently took a twist when she decided to leave Lima and go to New York. All of the events leading up to her infidelity were based on her love for theatre and her longing to be in New York that was all buried under the rug. She was drowning in just being sad, and I genuinely think that she couldn’t handle it anymore, so she decided to leave for the city. Without Finn, there wasn’t anything in Lima for her, and she got tired of waiting for him to contact her. In our recent chatzy, when she didn’t want to talk to Finn, I think it came out of fear of all of her mistakes resurfacing when she hadn’t faced them in so long and was enjoying the city. She still wore her rings and thought about Finn, but seeing him and him being ready to talk with her was all too much at once and she wasn’t prepared then. Now, they’ve talked about everything over the phone, and even in the month without Finn in New York with her, they kept in more contact than they had in the weeks following her telling Finn about what she’d done. I thought that I’ve been showing that she loves him and always have, but I definitely think that she’d dwell on what she did and continue to apologize for that. She hasn’t just apologized for what she’s done, but she’s apologized why she did it, too. Even though they’re in a much better place, they’re still in a place of healing and not everything is sunshine and rainbows just yet. I also think they’ve equally shown love for each other, but have also failed to show it to. Rachel is definitely the one at fault, but in my opinion, the relationship is still kind of at an equilibrium.
Anyway, I have no idea how that got so long, but thanks for reading our RP! Hopefully you see my point as well as I see yours.