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Hero
Season Two, Episode Fourteen
Travis Garland 21
First Aired June 3, 2012
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Hero is the fourteenth episode of the second season of Glee: The New Years. This will be the Regionals episode of the season.

PlotEdit

As Regionals week begins, Shawn suffers from a fatal accident, after that happens, another member quits New Directions after a heated argument with a regular member, leaving Mr. Schuester and New Directions in a funk, and everyone tries to find a way to give praise to Shawn's condition and to not try to back down from The Rebels. Shawn also becomes paranoid and stressful. Levi struggles with returning to school and then struggles to find a way to reconcile with his father; Denzil admits to having a crush on a certain someone.

SongsEdit

Song Title Original Artist Performer(s)
Holding Out For a Hero Bonnie Tyler The Pitch Slappers
Put Your Graffiti on Me Kat Graham The McKinley Rebels
Stop Me The Smiths
Grenade Bruno Mars A.J. Riley and New Directions
Too Many Fish Karmin The McKinley Rebels as New Directions
Unstoppable Cast of A.N.T. Farm New Directions
Hero Mariah Carey

Song CoversEdit

Episode 14Edit

So here’s what you missed on Glee: The New Years!

Chuck reunited with a moment that he never wanted to bring back in his life, breaking down and opening up about how his parents treated him like nothing, while he starts having a Hhim. Meanwhile, Dougie and his new BFF, Carina, team up to stop homophobia, along with the now-sympathetic Cheyenne. But let’s go back into time where New Directions almost lost regionals last year. Let’s hope this doesn’t happen again!

Well, that’s what you missed on Glee!

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“I just can’t believe this is happening,” Lily said. “This is all my fault,” as she, Mr. Schuester, Emma were in the hospital room, including his parents.

“Lily, this isn’t your fault,” Mr. Schuester said.

“It is,” Lily turned around. “I shouldn’t have let him walk away from me,”

“It was just an accident, sweetheart,” Emma sat near Lily. “Don’t blame yourself for what happened,” she rubbed Lily’s back.

The nurse came out from the side of the hospital room. His parents quickly came to her. “Well, nurse, is our son OK?” his father said.

The look on the nurse’s face cause quick silence, she looked down.

“Well, nurse?”

“Unfortunately, sir, ma’am, your son suffered 3rd degree damage in his body, and I’m sorry, but, your son didn’t make it,”

Shawn’s mother nearly fainted on the floor, crying. “Oh my god, this can’t be happening.”

Lily began to cry and cover her hands to her face.

Mr. Schuester sat down on a hospital chair and put his hands on his face and grabbed them so hard that his fingernails went into his skin.

This is how it all happened... the moment my life seemed to go down a bit in the drain. Lily said.

20 minutes earlier...


“Lily, what the hell are you talking about?” Shawn replied. “This is over what I said about Levi? Are you serious?”

“No, it’s not,” Lily said. “Everything has been your way and you’ve been complaining and yelling and crying over not getting what you want, and at a point, I believe you’re jealous,”

“Fine, maybe I’m jealous, of you. I’m jealous of you because you seem to get more credit than I do,”

“Shawn, you had a frigging solo at Sectionals, for God’s sake,” Lily said. “You’ve been performing lead with your own group last year, you can’t just expect to have the spotlight just like you did with the Troubletones,”

Shawn looked away. “Whatever, maybe we shouldn’t be together anymore,”

“Well, fine,” Lily shrugged and looked away.

Shawn quickly walked away and after that, a loud horn streamed out. Lily looked at Shawn again and her eyes popped out. “SHAWN, WATCH OUT!”

Shawn looked at the street and then suddenly blacked out as the car continued to pass through, the force pushed Shawn away and aggressively to the ground, intensively. Lily screamed and quickly ran to Shawn.

"Shawn, OH MY GOD." Lily said, she tried to shake him up to see if he was awake. "Shawn, baby, please, don't do this to me right now, Shawn?"

A sudden word did not come from Shawn, no movement, he stood there still, out of conscience, with blood slowly pouring from his mouth, and blood marks covering up his pants with a dark red color.

"Somebody help me!" Lily screamed out loud. "Somebody help me!"

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“Oh my god,” A.J. said. “Shawn? Dead?”

“Shawn is gone?” Addison said. “What happened?”

“Well, it seems when we were performing on the stage, Lily and Shawn were outside arguing and Shawn walked down the street and he was hit by a car,” Mr. Schuester said.

A tear fell down from A.J.’s eye, and then nodded. “I don’t even want to live on this planet anymore.”

“Don’t say that,” Mr. Schuester said. “You should be grateful for still being here.”

A.J. stood up, “Why should I be grateful to be on this planet if I just lost my closest friend in the whole wide world,”

“We all have to deal with this, A.J.,” Lily said. “You’re not the only one,”

“Exactly,” Mr. Schuester said.

A.J. looked away and grabbed his things. “Whatever,” he got up and walked out.

“Until you guys learn how to understand people’s feelings, maybe I’ll come back,” A.J. walked away.

“A.J.’s really taking this seriously,” Mr. Schuester said.

“Of course, he would, Mr. Schue,” Addison said. “Shawn was his close friend, he was the first person to ever convince him to join New Directions when he competed in the Troubletones.”

Mr. Schuester looked down. “Maybe I should talk to him about it, but still, we’re going to have to face the fact that Shawn is gone, and that this week is Regionals. We now have so much on our hands that we’re so frustrated and we don’t have faith in ourselves. Next year, some of you will be leaving here, and going to better schools and better places, and having a good future ahead of you. Things change. We change. So, we can’t even overcome our issues and our hurt and pain, and we give up so easily because this group was good and this group was great, but we know that we can even do ten times better.”

“Shawn will always be special to us, guys,” Mr. Schuester said. “Always will be. He had a chance to shine, and he will do the same in paradise,”

Everyone looked down.

“We have to work hard to reach success, we can’t give up now,”

Chuck stood up, and agreed. "Mr. Schue's right, guys. We can't just give up so quickly, we're more stronger than that. we're gonna be better than the Rebels now, all we have to do is believe,"

"With or without them, we have to win this thing, we've come too far to deal with this, we need to win this thing, and all we have is each other," Chuck said.

"Good wording, Chuck," Mr. Schuester patted him on the back.

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Dougie, Carina, Gunner, Drew, Lily and A.J. were in a classroom alone in a desk circle, talking to each other, as Dougie stood in the middle, leading the conversation.

“Guys, we’re all devastated now at this moment,” Dougie said. “We lost Shawn yesterday and it’s pretty much making us feel bad,”

“It’s making ME feel bad,” Lily said. “I felt like I killed him, I let him run away from me,”

“Lily, you are far from being the cause of this,” A.J. said. “We both loved Shawn so much, and we just lost him all of a sudden,”

“He was the best thing ever happened to me,” Lily said. “And I just told him to leave,”

“Lily, we’re all here for you, we all know it’s not your fault, girl,” Carina said. “We have your back no matter what,”

Lily looked up. “Thanks guys, I just don’t think that this will help me overcome my issues right now.” She stood up and walked out of the classroom.

“I feel so bad for Lily now,” Drew said. “I never really knew Shawn that well, and I actually thought we got along great,”

“Dougie, any sign of Levi coming back?” Carina asked.

“Not really.” Dougie said. “I still haven’t kept in touch with him since the incident, and I’m really scared that he might have died too,”

“Don’t think negatively, bud,” Gunner said. “I’m sure he’ll come back soon, just give him some time to let loose,”

“I just miss him so much, you know, I just want to go those jocks and make their lives hell,” Dougie said. “We really need him for Regionals too,”

Carina moved closer to Dougie, and patted his back. “It’s OK, Dougie, we’re all here for you,”

“Right now, I need to just be here for Levi,” Dougie said, looking down.

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Lily stood in her bedroom, sitting on her bed, looking at a leftover picture of her and Shawn stuck to the side of her dresser. Her vision stood still, as she began to have a flashback of how she and Shawn first met.

A tear began to fall out of her eye, as it passed by through the timeline of their relationship, and then the sudden spark hit Lily deep as the moment Shawn was hurt occurred in her mind.

Lily’s adrenaline pumped up and she slid her things near her dresser on the ground and sobbed deeply.

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Daniel walked to A.J. in the hallway as he got his things from his locker.

“Well, hello, A.J.,” Daniel said half-sarcastically and half-seriously. A.J. suddenly looked at him. “What do you want?”

“I just wanted to talk to you,” Daniel said, looking away. A.J. slammed his locker after finishing getting his things.

“OK, then,” A.J. said. “Speak,”

“Look, A.J.,” Daniel said. “I know I’ve treated you wrong, I know I did, but I just really want to work things out with you, I seriously do,”

A.J. rolled his eyes, “Wow,” he whispered to himself.

“I really need you in my life,” Daniel said. “I thought about it all for these weeks, and I belong with you, and no one else,”

“Really, Daniel?” A.J. replied.

“Yes, A.J.,” Daniel said. “I mean every word I say,”

A.J. put his hands in his pockets and nodded his head constantly. “Well, if you seriously felt that way, why didn’t you say that before? Before I began dating Drew? I told you on Valentine’s Day that I wanted you back, but I’m through, OK?”

“Why can’t you just forgive and forget, A.J.?”

“I have tried to do so,” A.J. replied. “But since then, you’ve been acting like a bitch, and I don’t want to deal with the fact that you take your anger out on everyone else because we split up. Because I already know that’s not the case,”

“It is the case,” Daniel said. “You broke up with me, do you know how devastating that was?”

“And do you know how hurt I was when you got angry at me for your problems?” A.J. said. “Why are we even talking about this right now? I should be going,” A.J. walked away until Daniel yelled.

“A.J.!” A sudden silence spread through the entire hallway, while A.J. stood there, shaking his head, he began to walk backwards from his position and turned around.

“Listen to me,” A.J. said. “I am in love again now, OK? Deal with it. You had everything you wanted, a chance to come clean about your sexuality, a chance to be with me, while you were hiding your true self when you were dating Cheyenne, I decided to play the fool and break up with Rick because of what he did to you,”

Daniel looked away.

“I have been faithful in this relationship with you, but you have been so impatient with me, and when I wanted to be near and next to you, you wanted to hang out with the crowd, so I gave up, so you can’t blame me for this, and while I’m grieving, you’re begging.”

“What do you mean grieving?” Daniel asked.

“News Flash, Daniel Mick, Shawn has died, didn’t you know,” A.J. said. “I lost my best friend ever, and you're frigging trying to win me back when we just lost something and someone special?" A.J. yelled. "What the hell is wrong with you?"

Daniel looked down and stared at the others passing by.

“So, yeah, Daniel, speak on about how I broke your pretty little heart, now won’t you?” A.J. said. “Because I did the best that I could to keep us together and you ruined it by being so impatient and petty, you made this relationship fall apart, not me, and now I don’t care if you jump off of a cliff to prove that you love me, because you should have thought about what you said and what you did before you made your actions. I’m in love with Drew, he’s a sweet guy to me and he may have hurt Dougie in past time, but trust me, he makes me more happier than you ever had when were together,” A.J. continued on. “Goodbye, Daniel,”

A.J. walked away, and Daniel slammed his fist on the locker in anger.

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“I just saw my dad, Karin,” Addison said. “After all these years,”

Karin rubbed Addison back constantly. “It’s OK, hon,”

“It’s just, after all of these years, the way he left me and my mother, it’s just impossible, you know,” Addison said. “How could he just come back like that and just never say that he was sorry,”

“Did you talk to him?” Karin said. “What happened?”

Addison looked down and thought to herself and sighed. “Here’s what happened..”

A flashback occurred, and Addison and her father were sitting outside at a table out from Lima Bean.

“Addy-doll, you haven’t changed one bit,” Addison’s father said.

“Don’t call me that, don’t call me Addy-doll,” Addison said.

There was a sudden silence, “Oh, I’m sorry, I forget you’re growing up a lot,”

Addison tried to fight her feelings that were inside of her, she tried to force herself to keep all of the emotions to herself.

“So, how’s school,” Addison’s father said.

“Fine, I guess,” Addison didn’t have anything positive or good to say to her father.

He shook his head, “Good, anything new you are learning?”

“Look, what are you doing here, Dad?” Addison slammed the table.

“Hey, hey, hey, take it easy, Addy,” Her father said. “I just wanted to come visit you, that’s all,”

“Yeah, why didn’t you do that 5 years ago,” Addison said.

Her father sighed and looked down and put his hands near Addison’s hands, but she moved away. “Look, Addison, I know you’re a bit sad about me leaving you and your mom like that, I know you are, but you were just too young to understand what was going on between me and your mother, I mean, we were young at the time,”

“Do you really think I want to believe the bullcrap talk you’re telling me?” Addison said. “While you were gone, my mom was there for me all of the time, she took care of me all by herself, every Christmas, I never received presents from you, nor on my birthday, so you left me and my mother just because you were too young, if you were too young, why were you so stupid and decided to have me?”

“Addison, I’m sorry, OK.”

“No, Dad,” Addison sighed. “I don’t even know why I’m here right now,”

She stood up and walked away from the table and continued to walk on, while her dad looked down and sighed.

“And that’s what happened,” Addison looked down, while Karin lifted Addison’s face up and moved closer to her and softly pressed her lips to hers.

“I love you,” Karin said. “And I don’t want you feeling depressed over some fool who didn’t even want you in his life, you’re amazing than that, through being in a coma, you’re so amazing.”

“How am I amazing?” Addison said. “Especially if I’m dating you and another guy is convincing me to stay away from you because you’re Vocal Adrenaline material,”

“That’s bullcrap,” Karin said. “Wasn’t your ex-boyfriend in The Showstoppers last year?”

“Yeah, why?” Addison said.

“If so, then everyone else should have been persuading you to stay away from him, because he’s rival show choir material, he’s a hypocrite if you ask me,”

Addison looked down.

“Addison, look at me,” Karin said.

She looked back up.

“I’m going to be with you throughout, no matter what happens, I’m going to your prom, we’re going to keep this relationship going, I promise that,”

Addison gave a small smile and hugged Karin.

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Shannon suddenly walked in the hallway, passing by everyone, looking completely tired and ill, and she stopped to Alex near her locker. “I am frigging ill,”

Alex slowly turned around, “Oh my god, Shannon!” she jumped up happily and tried to hug her, but Shannon backed away.

“Mm-mm, don’t touch me, girl,” Shannon said. “I don’t want you getting sick too,”

“You’ve been sick?” Alex said, looking at her up and down.

“Yes, Alex,” Shannon said. “Last week, I had so many muffins with Colby, that my stomach just got the best of me, you don’t even want to know what I’m talking about,”

Alex thought about it and stood still. “As a matter of fact, I don’t,”

Shannon shook her head, “So, what’s been going on?”

“Well, one, we lost Levi,”

“Oh my god, Levi quit?” Shannon yelled out.

“No, no, I don’t think he did, he has just been away from school for the past couple of days, then, we also lost Shawn, who just got in an accident yesterday,”

Shannon’s mouth was wide open, “Oh my god,”

“And now, we’re screwed now that we don’t have neither of them for Regionals tomorrow, it’s going to be a bit of a pain for all of us, I guess,”

“So, I guess, um, I have a lot to practice, hmm?” Shannon said.

“Yep,” Alex said, she closed her locker and walked with her in the hallway.

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“I don’t know, Em,” Will said as he and Emma were in the teacher’s lounge. “It’s like, I have to sweep away the grief I have because of Shawn, to act like I’m still in it to win it for the kids, but it’s like, I’ve already gave up on winning, losing Shawn is like losing the whole group, having Addison in a coma was like having everyone in a coma. I feel so selfish, I really miss Shawn.”

“I really feel bad for Lily too,” Emma said. “They seemed to be so close to each other,”

Will took a gulp from his coffee and put his hand over his head. “They were close, Emma. They were like two peas in a pod, they both agreed on everything , they both had solos for Sectionals, they both had everything together, and I just, I just took advantage of that,”

“You didn’t, Will,” Emma said. “You did what was right, you kept on going to keep your kids stronger, no matter what bad happens, you still kept them going just to push them forward in life, you’re an amazing teacher, William.”

Will suddenly gazed in Emma’s eyes, while she gazed back, they moved in closer to each other and reached in for a kiss, until Emma suddenly pushed back.

“What was that for?” Emma began to giggle.

“You,” Will said. “It was for you, Emma,”

Emma began to smile and looked down to hide the blush.

“It’s just, I want to start over with you, Emma,” Will replied. “After all the stress that Chanel put me through, with the ex and the fake pregnancy, I just want to restart all over again,”

“I want to do that too,” Emma said.

They both reached in for another kiss, and softly touched each other’s faces.

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Denzil was tapping his pencil while having his eyes on Chuck in class again. The pressure got to him that the faster he tapped, the more pressure increased.

Week 3 of being in McKinley and I still can’t get my mind off of Chuck. I just can’t get over it, like what makes his weird looks, his eyes and his curly hair so damn attractive, what makes his personality so comfortable to face? Can anyone answer those questions for me? Truth is, I’m madly in love with him, yeah, I know it may be too fast to go overboard with being in love with someone you clearly met for 2 weeks but the chemistry we have is totally better than what he has with that Anna girl. I just don’t know what to do right now, should I act on it, or let it go. My conscious is going all over the place. Gosh, help me, please.

I mean, all of the gay and bi guys are taken in this school, right, I mean, you got Drew and A.J., you have Levi and Dougie, and you got Daniel, who I exclude from being on the hot list, but yeah, I’m pretty much lonely now, I don’t know what to do.

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Levi was sitting in his bedroom and looking in the mirror, touching his face and just looking at himself, while his mother came into his room to check on him.

“Hey, Levi,” His mother said as he brought in his clean clothes after washing them. Levi turned around and gave a sudden smile, “Hey,”

“How are you feeling, hon?”

“I guess I’m OK,” Levi said. “Just a little tired, that’s all,”

“You know that Dougie kid is a really nice guy,” his mother said as she sat his clothes down on his bed.

“You think so?” Levi said.

“I know so,” his mother said. “You have a really nice boyfriend that really misses you at McKinley, why not go back?”

“I don’t know, Mom, it’s just…” Levi found it difficult to grasp his emotions. “It’s just so hard, you know, why should I go back to school dealing with people bullying me because of my sexuality, I just don’t know what to do,”

His mother grabbed a blue chair from his bedroom and sat down near Levi. “Look, Levi, you are a really good person, you are never trouble, when I found out that you were being bullied, it worried me so much, especially when you tried to kill yourself that night.”

Levi looked down in dismay.

“But, sweetheart, your friends missed you so much, that they even made a protest for homophobia,” His mother said.

Levi looked back up. “They did?”

“Yeah,” His mother replied. “You have a bunch of friends that really care about you and really need you,”

Levi shook his head. “I’m such a big disappointment, how could I be so stupid,”

“You’re not stupid, Levi, you just had a problem you had to face, we all deal with that, but don’t push your life away because of immature people, think about me and your dad, think about your friends and your future,”

“How can I think about my dad if he doesn’t even want to look me in my ace and say that he’s sorry and he loves me,”

“He does love you, sweetheart, he’s just having a hard time accepting you for who you are, he expected you to have greater expectations,”

“Did he ever think about the fact that I want to go my own way and meet my own goals?” Levi looked back down and sighed. “I’m just a failure to you guys,”

“You’re not,” Levi’s mother said. “A failure wouldn’t be honest or express how they feel inside, and that’s what you did, you are far from being a failure, I just want you to go back in that school and stand up for what you believe in, because you are an amazing son and you will not let me down,”

Levi smiled briefly and hugged his mother. “Thank you, mom,”

“No problem, hon,” she walked out of the bedroom, and Levi sighed as he looked at himself in the mirror. “You are not a failure,” he said as he looked. He repeated it over and over and looked at himself and smiled. He reached to his phone and realized that he had 5 messages from his phone, as he opened one, Dougie gave him a message.

Hey, Levi, it’s me, Dougie, giving you this message for the 20th time of the week. I miss you, babe. We’re having a really hard time dealing with the fact that we’re screwed without you and dealing with the death of Shawn. I just want to hear your voice and see your adorable face again, I can’t do nothing in Glee club without you. Please call me sometime soon, or now. I love you.


Levi ended the message and put his phone back on the table and looked in the mirror again and took a deep breath. “Levi Stefan Lashane, you’re gonna go back at that school and fight for your life, you’re going to win Regionals and give effort, you are not a failure,”

Levi began to smile all of the way. “McKinley, here I come.”

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There was a depressed expression that was put on the Glee Club’s face as they walked inside of the Show Choir building.

“Well, here we are,” Mr. Schuester said.

“I want to go back home now,” Carina said. “I’m too nervous to even do this without Levi and Shawn,”

“Same here,” Dougie said.

“Look guys,” Mr. Schuester stopped and turned around. “I know we can do this, OK? We have it all in our hands, the trophy,”

“Yeah, maybe so, but since Shannon has been sick all of this week, we don’t seem ready,” Alex replied.

“That’s fine, we’ll teach her more of the choreography in the green room,” Mr. Schuester said.

“How can we do that?” Chuck said. “Let’s face it, The Rebels or the other rival group are gonna win this thing, while this may be our last time with each other as a group,”

“Let’s all calm down, guys,” Mr. Schuester said. “Let’s just keep on trying this time, we got this,”

As they entered the auditorium for Regionals, it was completely packed. Mr. Schuester squinted his eyes and took a big breath as he and the rest sat down in the middle row of the auditorium.

The competition has just started and the announcer spoke. “Welcome, ladies and gentleman, to the 2013 Regional Show Choir Competition,”

Everyone gave a round of applause and Dougie and Carina looked at each other, “More like Death Row Competition,”

“Preach,” Dougie replied.

“And now our first show choir of the afternoon is a new-founded group, created in one section of Lima, Ohio, please welcome The Pitch Slappers,”

There were some giggles as they all gave a round of applause, Carina whispered in Dougie’s ear, “Did they just say The Bitch Slappers?”

“No, the Pitch Slappers,” Dougie said.

The curtains rose up and the music began to play as a weird choreography came in place, and a guy with curly hair and glasses came in the middle of the stage to the microphone.

“Where have all the good men gone and where are all the gods? Where's the street-wise Hercules to fight the rising odds? Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed? Late at night I toss and I turn and I dream of what I need,” The guy sang.

Chuck whispered in Anna’s ear, “Anna, does he look familiar to you?”

“As a matter of fact, he does,” Anna replied.

“Oh my god, that’s—“

“Julian Carson?” Anna yelled out.

“I need a hero, I'm holding out for a hero 'till the end of the night, he's gotta be strong and he's gotta be fast and he's gotta be fresh from the fight, I need a hero, I'm holding out for a hero 'till the morning light, he's gotta be sure and it's gotta be soon and he's gotta be larger than life, larger than life.”


“Wow, he’s really good than I actually expected,” Mr. Schuester replied.

“Somewhere after midnight, in my wildest fantasy, somewhere just beyond my reach, there's someone reaching back for me, racing on the thunder and rising with the heat, it's gonna take a superman to sweep me off my feet,”


“I need a hero, I'm holding out for a hero 'till the end of the night, he's gotta be strong and he's gotta be fast and he's gotta be fresh from the fight, I need a hero, I'm holding out for a hero 'till the morning light, he's gotta be sure and it's gotta be soon and he's gotta be larger than life, larger than life.”


“Up where the mountains meet the heavens above, out where the lightning splits the sea, I could swear there is someone somewhere, watching me, through the wind and the chill and the rain and the storm and the flood, I can feel his approach, like a fire in my blood,”


“I need a hero, I'm holding out for a hero 'till the end of the night, he's gotta be strong and he's gotta be fast and he's gotta be fresh from the fight, I need a hero, I'm holding out for a hero 'till the morning light, he's gotta be sure and it's gotta be soon and he's gotta be larger than life,”


“I need a hero, I'm holding out for a hero 'till the end of the night, he's gotta be strong and he's gotta be fast and he's gotta be fresh from the fight, I need a hero, I'm holding out for a hero 'till the morning light, he's gotta be sure and he's gotta be soon and he's gotta be larger than life, I need a hero, I'm holding out for a hero 'till the end of the night,”

“I NEED A HERO!” Julian ended the song, while everyone stood up with a huge round of applause and New Directions stood up along and smiled for the group.

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“Well, it seems like we meet again, eh?” Julian said as he spotted Claira in the middle of the building after taking a break before the next performance.

“You never told me you were in a new Glee Club,” Claira yelled out.

“Yep, we’re called the Pitch Slappers, all right,” Julian said. “How’s New Directions for you?”

“It’s going good so far,” Claira said. “I mean, my attitude has changed a lot since so, I’m doing pretty good,”

“I’m proud of you,” Julian said, he opened his arms for a hug and Claira smiled and hugged him.

“I know I’m not supposed to say this to a rival show choir member, but good luck,” Claira smiled.

“Same to you, C,” Julian walked away and waved.

The lights began to blink and Alex ran to Claira. “Come on, The Rebels are performing next,” They both ran back to the auditorium.

“And now, our next performance comes from a McKinley High group, formed before in Sectionals, but lost, and now replaced the Treble Belles, please welcome The McKinley Rebels.”

Everyone clapped and the New Directions tried to hide their real emotions about The Rebels, the curtains rose again and Cheyenne stood in the middle of the silhouette of the stage while the others were in the background and began to dance.

Cheyenne walked in the front and began to sing. “Denim-jean jacket, pink Chucks and a mini skirt, be your bad habit, throw me up against the wall first, I take advantage of you, you take advantage of me, drink up this bottle again, and paint your body on me.”

“Put your graffiti on me!” The Rebels sang. “Put your graffiti on me, put your graffiti on me, me,”

The breakdown began as Cheyenne said, “Tag me!”

The Rebels began to dance. “Tag me,”

Ruby and Elizabeth came and front and sang, “Put your name on it, put your, put your name on it, put your name on it, put your, put your name, put your name on it, put your, put your name on it, put your name on it, put your, put your name on it, yeah,”

Cheyenne and Charlie stood gazing in each other’s eyes as they both sang, “Treat me like concrete under your feet, I'll be your canvas incomplete, , your paper-doll,, your alley wall heart in Graffiti,”

The Rebels continued to dance, “Tag me! Tag me!”

“Put your graffiti on me!” The Rebels sang. “Put your graffiti on me, put your graffiti on me, me, put your graffiti on me, put your graffiti on me, put your graffiti on me, me,”


“Put your name on it, put your, put your name on it, put your name on it, put your, put your name, put your name on it, put your, put your name on it, put your name on it, put your, put your name on it, yeah,”


“Tag me!”


“Tag me!” Cheyenne ended the song.

New Directions stood up and smiled and gave a round of applause, and Carina looked at Dougie and rolled her eyes. “I could have done it better,”

The lights became dim and Daniel went in the front of the stage and went to the microphone, and began to sing.

“Stop me, oh, stop me , stop me if you think that you've heard this one before , stop me, oh, stop me, stop me if you think that you've heard this one before,”


“Nothing's changed, I still love you, oh, I still love you, only slightly, only slightly less than I used to, my love,”


“I was delayed, I was way-laid an emergency stop, I smelt the last ten seconds of life, I crashed down on the crossbar and the pain was enough to make a shy, bald, buddhist reflect and plan a mass murder, who said lied I'd to him?”


“Oh, who said I'd lied because I never? I never! Who said I'd lied because I never? I was detained, I was restrained and broke my spleen and broke my knee and then he really laced into me. Friday night in Out-patients. Who said I'd lied to him?”


A.J. looked away and sighed, and Drew held his hand while watching the performance.

“Stop me, oh, stop me, stop me if you think that you've heard this one before, stop me, oh, stop me , stop me if you think that you've heard this one before,”


“Nothing's changed , I still love you, oh, I still love you, only slightly, only slightly less than I used to, my love,”


“Set free me why don't you, get out my life why don't you, cause you don't really love me, no, you just keep me hanging on,”


“Set me free why don't you boy, get out my life boy, cause you don't really love me, no, no, you just keep me hanging on,”

Everyone stood and clapped and A.J. still sat down in anger.

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A.J. quickly ran to The Rebels’ green room. “How dare you sing that song about me?”

“Hey, hey, hey, take it easy, my friend,” Daniel said. “I’m just stating the facts,”

“Now I’m stating the fact that maybe leaving your ass was the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.” A.J. said.

Daniel rolled his eyes and laughed. “Oh, please,”

“A.J., is everything OK?” Cheyenne said.

“No, Cheyenne, as a matter of fact, it’s not,” A.J. said. “We’re losing everything, Shawn and Regionals, we’re in a funk,”

Cheyenne looked away, “Guys, I’m quitting Rebels,”

“What are you talking about, Cheyenne?” Elizabeth said. “You can’t just quit The Rebels, we just finished our Regionals performance!”

“Look, New Directions needs us, Shawn is gone, Levi is idle, what are we supposed to do? Just act like we care about them when we don’t?”

“That’s what rival group members are supposed to do,” Daniel said.

“Shut up, Daniel,” Cheyenne put her hand in his face.

“Still, guys, they need us,”

“But, Cheyenne, you’re the captain of the choir, we worked so hard to get here,” Charlie said.

“Charlie, I know,” Cheyenne said. “It’s just, I can’t leave New Directions and be bitchy and act like I don’t care about that group when I seriously do, that club changed my life, guys, and I can’t deal with the fact that New Directions is in so much trouble that I’m not able to help, so if you guys aren’t in it, that’s fine with me,” Cheyenne walked away, while Elizabeth stood up.

“Cheyenne,” Elizabeth smiled. “I’ll go with you,”

“I’ll go with you, too,” Charlie said.

“Not me,” Daniel said.

Cheyenne, Elizabeth and Charlie both yelled out, “Shut up, Daniel!”

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Dougie was in the bathroom washing his face off and warming up for their performance, while a sudden person walked in with the same suit on as him, as he stood near him, he said, “I never really knew how sexy you would look in that suit,”

Dougie turned around, and his mouth dropped, “LEVI?!”

“It’s mee,” Levi smiled.

Dougie suddenly pushed him near a wall, and quickly smothered his lips to Levi’s, transferring into a kiss. Levi was shocked. “Wow, you must have really missed me,”

“Hell yeah, I have,” Dougie yelled. “After all that time, I’ve been calling your phone, leaving you messages and everything, I haven’t got a chance to even speak to you in 3 damn weeks,”

“Dougie, I’m sorry, OK?” Levi said. “I mean, you do know a lot was on my mind at the time, a lot of pain and hurt,”

“I understand that,” Dougie said. “I just couldn’t face the fact that you weren’t there with me when I needed you, while I already knew what you were going through, I couldn’t stop thinking about you,”

“I couldn’t stop thinking about you either,”

“Come on, let’s go, everyone’s going to be so surprised,” Dougie said.

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“Hey, guys, look who’s back!” Dougie said as he walked in with Levi at the green room.

Everyone gasped and Carina quickly jumped up from her seat and yelled out, “LEVI, OH MY GOSH!” and heavily grabbed Levi and hugged him.

Everyone began to run for Levi and gave a group hug, and Levi smiled with joy.

“We missed you SO much, Levi!” Carina said.

“Not SO much, SO SO much,” Addison yelled out.

“Well, yeah, I’m back, I’m sorry I had to leave you guys like that, I was just going through a lot,” Levi smiled. “It’s good to be back with all of my friends,”

They hugged each other once again, until the door knocked. “Come in,” Mr. Schuester said.

Cheyenne, Charlie and Elizabeth suddenly opened the door.

“Hey guys, what’s up?” Mr. Schuester said.

“We would like to talk to you guys,”

“Sure, speak on it,”

“Um, I know you guys might think we’re giving you guys good luck, but we’re not here for that,” Cheyenne said. “We’re seriously saying that we would want to come back to New Directions,”

Mr. Schuester said, “Really,”

“I know that we have had really bad times before, but we deep inside care about you guys, and when we found out Shawn died, we just felt really bad,”

Lily looked down.

“Don’t you guys think it’s a bit too late to come back now?” Chuck said. “I mean, you guys just performed,”

“I know, but we just really want that chance,” Cheyenne crossed her fingers.

Mr. Schuester went from serious and began to smile. “Well, Rebels, I do believe second chances are always good, welcome back to New Directions,”

Cheyenne smiled and everyone began to clap for them, they all joined together in a circle. “Look, guys, I know we’ve gone through a rough time this week and the week before,”

“And the week before that,” Dougie said.

“Yeah,” Mr. Schuester said. “But as long as we seriously try our hardest, we can beat those Pitch Slappers straight to the ground, we can do this, I know we can,”

Everyone put their hands in, “1, 2, 3, New Directions!”

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“And now, our final group for the competition is also from McKinley High, please welcome New Directions,”

Everyone clapped while Daniel was in the audience, A.J. walked to the stage with the microphone in his face, as he cleared his throat and began to sing.

“Easy come, easy go, that's just how you live, oh, take, take, take it all, but you never give, should've known you was trouble, from the first kiss, had your eyes wide open, why were they open?”


“Gave you all I had and you tossed it in the trash, you tossed it in the trash, you did. To give me all your love is all I ever asked, cause what you don't understand is..”


“I'd catch a grenade for you , throw my hand on a blade for you, I'd jump in front of a train for you, you know I'd do anything for you, oh, I would go through all this pain, take a bullet straight through my brain, yes, I would die for you, baby, but you won't do the same,”


Daniel looked in angst as he watched the performance in the audience, while A.J. began to look at Daniel.

“Black, black, black and blue, beat me 'til I'm numb, tell the devil I said "Hey" when you get back to where you're from, mad woman, bad woman, that's just what you are, yeah, you smile in my face then rip the brakes out my car,”


“Gave you all I had and you tossed it in the trash, you tossed it in the trash, you did. To give me all your love is all I ever asked, cause what you don't understand is..”


“I'd catch a grenade for you , throw my hand on a blade for you, I'd jump in front of a train for you, you know I'd do anything for you, oh, I would go through all this pain, take a bullet straight through my brain, yes, I would die for you, baby, but you won't do the same,”


A.J. began to bring more emotion into his voice in anger, he continued to sing, “If my body was on fire, you would watch me burn down in flames, you said you loved me, you're a liar, cause you never ever ever did, baby,”

“Cause darling, I would catch a grenade for you , throw my hand on a blade for you, I'd jump in front of a train for you, you know I'd do anything for you, oh, I would go through all this pain, take a bullet straight through my brain, yes, I would die for you, baby, but you won't do the same,”


“You wouldn’t do the same, you wouldn’t do the same, you wouldn’t do the same, no, no, no, no, no,”


Everyone clapped and Daniel looked away to hide his emotions, while a tambourine began to fill the audience and the McKinley Rebels danced out from the right side of the stage, and the judges were a bit confused with what was going on. Cheyenne began to lead the chorus with Charlie.

“Too many fish in the sea to miss one, too many fish in the sea to miss one, too many fish in the sea to miss one, too many fish in the sea to miss one.”


“If you caught one you can catch another one. If you caught one you can catch another one. If you caught one you can catch another one. If you caught one you can catch another one,”


Carina walked out on the stage dancing and Cheyenne and Elizabeth danced in the background as she began to sing.

“I was fishing for a real good man, any second 'bout to reel one in. A little bait and I had one hooked, I threw him back, he was no good. Why you stressing me boy? Blowin' up my line, are you testin' me boy? I ain't gonna give you the best of me boy. If gleaming is a crime you arrestin' me boy, let me be boy!”


She rapped, “Yeah I'm setting sail for the deep blue sea, cruising with my girls, got my anchor ready, I saw you jumpin' round and you caught my eye, oh-oh-oh, my, TRANSLATE THAT! You was super fine, one of a kind and now he's making me sweat, my match has been met, he's playing hard to get so I'm casting my net, I hope it's worth awhile, don't make me regret, or else it's on to the next baby, you can get left, just step,”

The whole audience stood up clapping. “Too many fish in the sea to miss one, too many fish in the sea to miss one, too many fish in the sea to miss one, too many fish in the sea to miss one.”

“If you caught one you can catch another one. If you caught one you can catch another one. If you caught one you can catch another one. If you caught one you can catch another one,”


“I used to cry over heartbreak when I didn't know better,” Cheyenne sang. “One thing that my mama told me changed my life forever,”

She said the man is a dime a dozen, baby girl don't cry for nothin',” Cheyenne and Carina both sang. “Little girl you should go and have fun, and if you caught one you can catch another one,”

“Too many fish in the sea to miss one, too many fish in the sea to miss one, too many fish in the sea to miss one, too many fish in the sea to miss one.”


“If you caught one you can catch another one. If you caught one you can catch another one. If you caught one you can catch another one. If you caught one you can catch another one,”


The song ended and then Carina stood there as The Rebels walked away from the stage, she continued to sing the next song. “Hard to take the day you just can catch a break. When it brings me down, I get right back up.”

Levi suddenly walked to the stage and smiled at Carina as he sang, “Cause I'm powerful. Incredible. Independent boy ready for the world, world, world.”

New Directions all came out to the stage and they began to sing along and dance.

They both sang, “Come on, tonight I'm unstoppable. Incredibly strong. Tonight I'm unstoppable. The world is calling me out, out, out. Don't wanna whisper, wanna shout, shout. Come on, you know I'm unstoppable.”

Addison walked in the middle and began to sing, “When you're the girl, you are the moments right to pull a stunt, yeah it's time to show what lies behind and fight, get up on your feet make a scene complete, underneath the lights, everything's all right, right, right, right.”

Levi, Carina and Addison all sang, “Come on, tonight I'm unstoppable. Incredibly strong. Tonight I'm unstoppable. The world is calling me out, out, out. Don't wanna whisper, wanna shout, shout. Come on, you know I'm unstoppable.”

They all sang, “Get out. Get out. Get out of your head. Get out. Get out and live instead. Get out. Get out. Get out alright.”

“Cause I'm powerful.” Carina sang.

“Incredible.” Levi sang.

“Independent girl ready for the world, world, world.” Addison sang.

“Come on, tonight I'm unstoppable. Incredibly strong. Tonight I'm unstoppable. The world is calling me out, out, out. Don't wanna whisper, wanna shout, shout. Come on, you know I'm unstoppable.”


“Get out. Get out. Get out of your head. Get out. Get out and live instead. Get out. Get out. Get out alright.”

The song ended and everyone stopped and posed, while everyone stood up from their seats and cheered as loud as they could and the judges seemed very pleased, and Daniel slowly got up and gave a round of applause. Carina and Addison gave each other a high five while Levi smiled and hugged Dougie.

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“Oh, my god, I’m so nervous, I think I’m going to throw up,” Shannon said as she sat back in the green room with the other members.

“Maybe that’s because you’ve been eating all of those muffins,” Alex emphasized.

“Shut up, Alex,” Shannon said.

“Guys, let’s just all calm down, OK?” Mr. Schuester said.

Every group stood on the stage, while New Directions and The McKinley Rebels had stood apart from each other, and The Pitch Slappers. Julian smiled at Claira, and she smiled back.

The judge walked to the stage with the small white envelope in his hands. “Well, ladies and gentleman, it has been a crazy night with some songs about heroes, graffiti, grenades and fish,”

Everyone giggled in the audience.

“But we must pull out the results,”

Levi and Dougie held their hands tightly, and Chuck and Anna held hands tightly and squinted their eyes.

“The third place winners for The Regional Show Choir Competition of 2013 is …. The Pitch Slappers.”

The group cheered on and received their trophy and walked away from the stage, and Julian stopped at New Directions. “Good luck, you guys,”

“And now, the first place winners of the 2012 Regionals Competition is……….”

There was a moment of silence, while Cheyenne and Chuck smiled at each other.

“The McKinley High School’s….”

He stopped and smiled. “New DIRECTIONS!”

New Directions cheered on and The McKinley Rebels suddenly collided and cheered along with them, and they received the Regionals trophy and Chuck held one side of the trophy and Cheyenne held the other side of the trophy and smiled.

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“Thank you guys for supporting me and Shawn today,” Lily said as she, Chuck, Denzil, Addison, Levi, Carina, Dougie, A.J., Cheyenne, Elizabeth and Charlie joined her on the day of Shawn’s funeral.

“Ah, it’s no problem,” Chuck said. “We cared about Shawn.”

Lily gave a brief smile. As they walked near the cemetery, Shawn’s mother came to Lily and the others. “Thank you so much, sweetheart, for being here today, Shawn would be really happy if you were here right now.”

“You’re welcome, Mrs. Dawson,” Lily replied.

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As they sat in the chairs outside, and the pastor had started to explain Shawn’s life and death, and Lily tried to force herself not to cry as she saw Shawn in the open casket.

“Shawn Christopher Dawson was a really good guy,” The pastor said. “He showed both kindness and determination combined, from the unexpected issue that happened, no one had never expect that he would die.”

“Now, from this day, Shawn’s mother has just said that someone here has some words to say about Shawn.”

Shawn’s mother nodded.

“And who might that be?”

“That would be Lily Stevens,”

Lily’s heart began to beat very fast, “Um, I don’t know,”

“Please, hon, do it for Shawn,” his mother said.

“Yeah, go on, Lily,” Chuck said. “You can do it,” everyone else agreed. Lily took a deep breath and slowly got up and went to the center of the cemetery.

“Um, hello, everyone,” Lily began to look around in fear. “Um, I never knew I was put up to do this, but I’ll try to, um, get my point across,”

“My name is Lily Stevens, I was Shawn’s girlfriend,” Lily said. “When we first met, I never expected to catch my eye on someone so down-to-earth, someone very mature and kind for their age,”

Shawn’s mother smiled.

“The fact that I was involved in Shawn’s death, just made me change my life forever, he was sweet to me, basically, we were sweet to each other, we were pretty much in love at the time, all he ever wanted was to be known, to get his ideas heard, and I wanted the same, but I just didn’t really know how I could actually change his problems when I had my own,”

“So, we got into an argument after school, he said that he was going to break up with me, and I said, fine, you can go, and he walked away from me, and then, that’s when, he just—“

Lily began to pour out her emotions, as tears began to fall down from her eyes. “And he was hit by a car,”

“He was an amazing guy and I blew him away,” Lily said. “I should have never did that, because he was more important to me than the other guy I had in my life,”

“And so, if my friends could come up here to sing this song with me, it would mean a lot to me, and in heaven, Shawn would love it,”

Chuck, Denzil, Cheyenne, Addison, A.J., Elizabeth, Charlie, Dougie, Levi and Carina all stood up and went behind Lily. A.J. rubbed Lily’s back as she began to sing.

“There's a hero if you look inside your heart, you don't have to be afraid of what you are, there's an answer, if you reach into your soul, and the sorrow that you know will melt away.”


Chuck began to sing along with Lily. “And then a hero comes along, with the strength to carry on and you cast your fears aside and you know you can survive, so when you feel like hope is gone, look inside you and be strong and you'll finally see the truth that a hero lies in you.”

Along with that, everyone began to sing in the background as Lily leaded the performance. “It's a long road, when you face the world alone, no one reaches out a hand for you to hold, you can find love, if you search within yourself and the emptiness you felt will disappear,”

“And then a hero comes along, with the strength to carry on and you cast your fears aside and you know you can survive, so when you feel like hope is gone, look inside you and be strong and you'll finally see the truth that a hero lies in you.”


Shawn’s mother began to cry.

“Lord knows, dreams are hard to follow, but don't let anyone tear them away. Hold on, there will be tomorrow, in time, you'll find the way.”


“And then a hero comes along, with the strength to carry on and you cast your fears aside and you know you can survive, so when you feel like hope is gone, look inside you and be strong and you'll finally see the truth that a hero lies in you.”

Lily began to cry, and then Shawn’s mother walked to Lily and hugged her, and the people at the funeral began to give a round of applause.

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Denzil walked in when Chuck was in Shawn’s house for a repast, as they were both alone

“Hey, buddy, what’s up?” Chuck said as he walked in.

“I’m just a little down,” Denzil said as he sat down in the living room chair. Chuck stood up and sat next to him. “Why is that, bud?”

“It’s just, I just met Shawn and it’s so hard being here realizing that me and Shawn never really clicked and how sad it is that he died, and I’m just also focusing on being in love with someone that’s pretty much not attracted to me or even into things I am,”

“Really?” Chuck said. “And who’s that?”

“It’s too personal,” Denzil looked down.

Chuck lent a hand out to Denzil’s back and patted it. “Look, I’m going through the same thing you are, don’t worry about it, just know that Shawn was a very down-to-earth and cool guy, just like you are,”

“Really?” Denzil said.

“Absolutely,” Chuck said. “You’re a really cool guy, Denzil, and nothing can change that, when me and you have a lot in common.”

All of a sudden, Denzil and Chuck began to look in each other’s eyes, and then, Denzil suddenly made a slow move, as Chuck didn’t know what was going on, and Denzil moved in and softly kissed Chuck on the lips, for the couple of seconds, Chuck began to kiss him back, and it all ends there, until Chuck moved back.

“Whoa,” Chuck said, as he looked away in awe.

Denzil squinted his eyes. “Damn,”

THE END.

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