Dedicated to my bby, Caitlin!
“What did you want to talk about?”
Finn stopped her in the hallway to face her, exhaling deeply as his shoulders drooped. “You remember when we were little and we first met? We were in kindergarten and some girls had been picking on you and you were crying and I came up to you and just… gave you a hug?”
Rachel’s smile was soft, “yeah.”
“Do you know why I did that?”
She shrugged, “I don’t know, I guess you were just being nice and you felt sorry for me.”
To her surprise, Finn chuckled, his dimples indenting his cheeks as he shook his head. “No, Rach.”
Now Rachel was confused. “Then why…?”
“It was because I liked you,” he said
“Well, I liked you too, Finn. After that day we instantly became friends.” she nudged his shoulder, “even though you always took my animal crackers.”
“I didn’t take them all!” he almost shouted, offended and she just laughed.
“Anyways,” he continued, his voice and facial expression turning serious. “That day I hugged you… it was because I liked you. I kind of did it on impulse, you know, no regrets.” He grinned.
“Finn, that was forever ago,” she scoffed.
He sighed, murmuring, “I know. And it’s been…so many years since I actually showed or told you my feelings.”
Rachel’s smile fell and she glanced around her, as if afraid of any watchful eyes. She looked back at Finn. “What are you -”
“I love you.”
She laughed nervously, “I love you too.”
But he rolled his eyes and took her hands in his. “No, look at me.”
Raising her head, Rachel looked into Finn’s shining brown orbs and her breath got caught in her throat at the sight of her own reflection staring back at her and her heart began to beat faster.
“I love you,” he said again, squeezing her hands, “always have, always will. I guess I was just… pretending that I didn’t have feelings for you. But I do and… I want to be with you.”
Rachel’s mind -along with her heart- was racing. This was it. This was what she had been waiting for. This moment. So, staring into his eyes for a second longer, she then threw herself into the safe circle of his arms, relishing the feeling of them wrapped tightly around her. “I love you too,” she whispered against his chest and heard a sigh of relief.
Finn reluctantly pulled away to face her again and she smiled at him, her eyes shining with the love he had never known was always there. “Did you… I mean, have you…”
Knowing exactly what he was trying to ask, Rachel sighed and wrapped her arms around his neck, standing up on the tips of her toes, “oh, Finn,” she said, caressing his face, “I’ve always loved you too.”
Finn and Rachel’s daughter crawls for the first time.