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Melody Makers, Chapter 8.

Fandom: Glee
Title: Melody Makers
Pairing: Puckleberry
Rating: T
Disclaimer: I don't own Glee it belongs to Ryan Murphy and Fox
Summary:When Rachel overhears something she wasn't ment to, she decides its time to change her life. Puckleberry. Brittanaberry/Cherryford/Matchel friendships.

Today was going to be a good day for Tina Cohen-Chang. She had her first glee club meeting since Rachel Berry had quit, and with Rachel not there to hog all the solo, it was now her chance. The remaining New Direction members were in the choir room when Mr Schue walked in, late as always.

"Now that we're down a few members we will be holding auditions. We will be performing to entice people to join New Directions over Melody Makers." He spat out the name of Sue's club. He started handing out music sheets. "Here we have a duet for Mercedes and Kurt and a solo for Kurt. But first I want to go over the first solo, True Colours. Mercedes you're up." Mercedes stood up with a smug smile on her face.

"Mr Schue." Tina timidly interrupted her. "I was wondering if I could try out for that song, it's one of my favourites."

"Maybe next time Tina." He told Tina and her shoulders slumped.

Rachel, Santana and Brittany were in the Cheerio's locker room getting ready after practice when one of the junior girls approached Rachel. "Hey Zoe, is everything okay?"

"I just wanted to let you know that my boyfriend Mark and I are going to be auditioning for Melody Makers tomorrow."

"That's great." Rachel smiled at her.

"And I don't know how you convinced to let coach play music but running laps is a lot more fun now. Ok well I'll talk to you later." She smiled and gave a little wave before walking away.

"Weird." Rachel said to her friends.

"It's not weird Rachy." Brittany told her as the three girls as they left the locker room and made their way towards their next class. "Everyone is just beginning to see how awesome you are."

Rachel then looked up just as she saw someone in a letterman jacket throw a slushy in Tina's face. "Tina!" Rachel exclaimed. She put her arm around Tina's shoulders, grabbed her bag with her spare clothes, closed Tina's locker and helped her to go get cleaned off.

After Rachel had washed the sticky drink out of Tina's hair and Tina has changed into clean clothes. Tina was sitting in a chair and that's when Rachel noticed that there were tears streaming down Tina's face. "It's going be ok Tina." Rachel soothed her. "I will make sure that this doesn't happen to you again." This was apparently the wrong thing to say as Tina started to sob. Rachel then knelled in front of the shaking girl to try and calm her down.

Eventually Tina looked up at Rachel with tear filled eyes. "Why are you being so nice to me?"

"Nobody deserves this." Rachel explained.

"But I never stood up for you when everyone was giving out about you." She paused to hiccup. "It's just that I never got any solos and I was so jealous of you."

"I never knew you wanted any solos." Rachel admitted. "I was so happy that Mr Schue was giving me all the solos that I never stopped to think about anyone else." She paused for a beat. "Sometimes I felt that the rest of you only wanted me for my voice." She laughed bitterly. "Guess I was right about that."

"I'm sorry if I made you feel bad. But you're happy now right? I mean with the Melody Makers and being a cheerleader?" She asked.

"I am. I love to dance. And Santana and Brittany are great, especially when they are not under Quinn's thumb."

"I'm glad. Mr Schue said he was going to me a solo." She said with a small smile on her face.

"That's great Tina." Rachel told her and hugged her taking Tina off guard. "You deserve it, you're very talented."

"You think so?" She asked shyly.

"You really should have more confidence in yourself." She then stood up and whipped down her knees,

"I know that we're in rival clubs, but could you help me pick out a song?"

"I don't mind. I'll have a look when I go home and text you a few suggestions. Now I better get to class. I'll see you around T."

Rachel left Tina sitting in the girls' bathroom. She had felt that a huge weight and been lifted off of her shoulders.

Will had thought that the New directions had performed well at lunch time, so when he went to check the signup sheet after school he expected it to be full of names. When he looked at it he was disappointed to find that not only was his list empty, but the signup sheet for Sue's club, the Melody Makers, was full and there was also a second sheet that was half full. He didn't think there was a time where he hated Sue more than he did now.

Tina was at home when she heard he phone sound that she had a text message. She looked at her phone and saw that it was from Rachel.

Here's a list of songs that I think will be perfect for your voice- R*.

It the message that was 10 songs, some that Tina loved, others not so much. But she appreciated the time it must have taken for Rachel to choose them. She send her thanks and went back to have a look at the songs to see what song she would choose.

It was a Wednesday, the day when the Melody Makers were holding their auditions. Will Schuester was in the teachers' lounge when Sue walked over to him with a smirk on his face. "I just saw the signup sheets. Seems like nobody wants to join the best of the musical short bus. Soon you're going to have to admit defeat."

"No, Because soon you'll get tired of running a glee club and they'll all come running to me." He smiled in what he thought was a smug way, but in reality it only made himself look like he was constipated.

"Your resentment... is delicious." She then preformed a storm off that Rachel Berry would be proud of.

"Dam that insufferable woman." He mumbled to himself. He then noticed the time and knew that if he didn't leave now that he would be late for glee club. When he walked into the choir room he was happy to see everyone waiting with someone new.

"Are you here to join New directions?" He asked hopping she hadn't got lost looking for the Melody Makers.

"Yes. My name is Sugar Motta."

"Do you have a piece ready?" He asked the new girl.

"I already handed it to Mr Piano man." She told him and stood up to sing her song.


The minute you walked in the joint

I could see you were a man of distinction, a real big spender

Good looking, so refined

Say, wouldn't you like to know what's going on in my mind?

So let me get right to the point

I don't pop my cork for every man I see

Hey big spender!

Spend a little time with me

Before she could continue she was stopped by Mr Schue. "I'm afraid that wasn't good enough to join." He told her.

"You can't say that to me. And anyway I don't want to join this club. You're all crap. And I can say that because I have aspergers." She then walked out of the room.

"Why didn't you let her join?" Artie asked, feeling sorry for the girl.

"You heard her, she sounded awful."

"But we do need extra people. She could just sway in the background." Kurt told him.

"You're right. I'll talk to her tomorrow." He paused and rubbed his hands together. "Now, let's continue."

"Mr Schue." Tina spoke gently while she walked up to the teacher. "I was hoping I could sing this song." She handed him the music for "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum.

He took the sheet off of her and looked at it for a few seconds. "This will be the perfect song for Regional's." A huge smile lit up the whole of Tina's face, but it didn't stay there long. "It will be perfect for a duet. Quinn, Finn." He called for their attention. "I just found the duet you'll be doing for regional's."

"But Mr Schue I wanted to do that song." Tina told him.

"Tina you have to be a team player." He talked to her like he was talking to a child.

"Can I pick a different song then?"

"I will tell you when you can sing a solo." He practically shouted at her.

"I'm not feeling very well." Tina mumbled and quickly left the room. When Mr Schue looked at the rest of the club he found them staring at him in shook.

Rachel, Santana and Brittany were in the auditorium. Sue had said she wasn't going to bother seeing the auditions and that she trusted the girls opinions. Rachel would judge their voice, Santana would make sure no one ugly was picked and Brittany was there as the peace keeper.

"It's not too late to audition, is it?" A girl on the stage asked.

Santana who wanted to go get some food was annoyed at having to listen to someone else spoke. "Thought you were too important to put your name on the signup sheet, did you?." Santana growled.

"I auditioned for the New Directions but I didn't get in." The three girls were shocked. She was the first person who had auditioned that hadn't got in. "So I thought I try this club."

"Name." Santana barked at her.

"Sugar Motta."

"OK. Start." Rachel told her.


When the rain is blowing in your face,
And the whole world is on your case,
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love.

"Ok. Stop, stop stop." Rachel interrupted her.

"She is useless. She's not joining us." Santana whispered to Rachel.

"I want you to start again but two keys lower." Rachel instructed her and told her to start again. She then turned and whispered to Santana. "I don't care how bad that sounded. Mr Schue will realize that he has turned away someone and ask her to join New Directions. When he asks her tomorrow, I want her to tell him that she's with us."

When the rain is blowing in your face,
And the whole world is on your case,
I could offer you a warm embrace
To make you feel my love.

When the evening shadows and the stars appear,
And there is no one there to dry your tears,
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love.

I know you haven't made your mind up yet,
But I would never do you wrong.
I've known it from the moment that we met,
No doubt in my mind where you belong.

I'd go hungry; I'd go black and blue,
I'd go crawling down the avenue.
No, there's nothing that I wouldn't do
To make you feel my love.

The storms are raging on the rolling sea
And on the highway of regret.
Though winds of change are blowing wild and free,
You ain't seen nothing like me yet.

I could make you happy, make your dreams come true.
Nothing that I wouldn't do.
Go to the ends of the Earth for you,
To make you feel my love
To make you feel my love

When Sugar stopped she looked at the girls. Santana couldn't believe the difference between the first time she heard her and the second time. "You're not the best singer." Rachel told her. "But the second time was a lot better. And I can help you get even better."

Sugar smiled. She was shocked in the difference she heard herself. "Does that mean I'm in?" She asked.

"Ya. I'll let you know when rehearsals start."

"Finally!" Santana shouted. "I'm going to go get my eats on." When Rachel didn't move from her seat she asked her. "You coming?"

Rachel had seen something out of the corner of her eye so she told Santana that she would catch up with her and Britt lately. She then walked up to Tina, who was sitting in one of the auditorium chairs. "Hey, are you OK T?" Rachel asked softly.

"Mr Schue gave my solo to Quinn and Finn to do as a duet." Tina explained.

"It's OK. We can decide on a different song." Rachel told her.

"I asked him that. " She took a deep breath. "He told me, quiet loudly, that he would say when I would get to sing a solo." When it looked like Rachel was going to interrupt she continued quickly. "Even yesterday when I asked him for a solo he had this look in his eye. You know the one her gets?" She didn't wait for Rachel to answer. "The one he used to give Mercedes and Kurt, and then never give them one."

"I'm sure he will. He would be wasting your talent if he didn't." Tina gave her a look. "OK, he probably won't. He doesn't like admitting when he's wrong. We don't need him now. The stage is free, why don't you sing for me."

"Really?" Tina asked. "I thought you were going for food?"

"I can get something after. Please Tina it's been so long since I've heard you sing."

"OK." Tina agreed. She and Rachel walked up to the stage. Rachel said she would play the piano and Tina told her what song she was going to sing. Tina then took a deep breath before starting.


Picture perfect memories scattered all around the floor.
Reaching for the phone 'cause I can't fight it anymore.
And I wonder if I ever cross your mind?
For me it happens all the time.

It's a quarter after one, I'm all alone and I need you now.
Said I wouldn't call but I've lost all control and I need you now.
And I don't know how I can do without.
I just need you now.

Another shot of whiskey, can't stop looking at the door.
Wishing you'd come sweeping in the way you did before.
And I wonder if I ever cross your mind?
For me it happens all the time.

It's a quarter after one, I'm a little drunk and I need you now.
Said I wouldn't call but I've lost all control and I need you now.
And I don't know how I can do without.
I just need you now.

Oh whoa
Yes I'd rather hurt than feel nothing at all.

It's a quarter after one, I'm all alone and I need you now.
And I said I wouldn't call but I'm a little drunk and I need you now.
Well I don't know how I can do without.
I just need you now
I just need you now.
Oh baby I need you now.

Rachel started clapping when she had finished and Tina could feel herself blush. "Your voice is even better then I remember."

"Would you do a duet with me sometime?" Tina asked her.

"I could only do that if you were a part of Melody Makers." Rachel said jokingly. When Tina remained quiet she continued. "I'm only messing. I would love to sing with you."

"What would you say if I was thinking of joining your glee club?"

Rachel was shocked when she heard this. "We would love to have you join us, but only if that's what you really wanted."

"Is it OK if I go home and talk to my mom, you know, someone impartial?"

"That's OK. Just let me know tomorrow. I hope we can still be friends no matter what group you choose."

"I'd like that." Tina told her.

"I'd better go." Rachel told her. "Santana might give me extra suicides if I keep her waiting any longer." Rachel said after her phone rang for the third time without her picking it up. "And if I can just offer a small piece of advice. Do what makes you happy." As Rachel left she heard two voices in her head that sounded like Kurt and Mercedes telling her that she would be a traitor if she left The New Directions.



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