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Secrets and Lies Part II: The Happening
Season Two, Episode Fourteen
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First Aired October 9, 2016
Writer(s) Joe
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Mrs. Clarke allows the group to perform what they want in a special "free" assignment to see what they can really do. Zach feels his world falling apart around him and Joe sets out to make it right, despite his own world about to crash. Lily feels that Alex is neglecting her whilst Alison decides to take a chance. Sydney sets this on the right path with Andres and Rick gets a new opportunity.

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"Ugh, a new week, a new start." Zach thought as his eyes opened. He stared at his ceiling. His phone buzzed, he checked to see a text from Lily asking him if he wanted a ride to school. He replied No.

"What's wrong with me?" He thought to himself. He was newly single. He should be happy. But he couldn't be. He was beating himself up. He had not only cheated on Joe, but now Angelika, and despite her not actually feeling anything for him, he still felt bad. He did feel something for Angelika, not to the same degree as for Joe but there was something there. And now finding out how she really felt. It was almost like a kick in the throat. He sat up, running his fingers through his hair and sighing.

Meanwhile at the Sweeting household things were a bit more livelier. Joe was banging on the bathroom door because Lily was seemingly taking 500 years to wash her hair. His Mother came out of her room, told him to shut the fuck up, and left for work.

"LILY, COME ON." Joe yelled one last time as the door finally opened, releasing a whole load of steam.

"The hell were you doing in there?" Joe asked. Lily raised her eyebrow. "Just washing myself, geez, I was only in there like 20 minutes." Lily left and went into her room. Joe launched himself into the bathroom before he pissed all over the carpet. 10 minutes later Joe walked passed Lily's room and noticed that she was primping an awful lot.

"Since when do you put this much effort into school looks? I've seen you sat in class with rollers still in your hair."

"Since..." Lily started before sitting at her dressing table, "Since I just wanted to okay." Her body language beginning to change, which wasn't a subtle change.

"Lily.." Joe pushed, "What's wrong?" He asked, sliding into her room and sitting on the end of her bed.

She sighed, putting down her hairbrush. "It's Alex. We've sorta.. lost that spark." She began explaining. The scene cuts to him and Lily sat in his bedroom. She was sat on his bed, bored out of her mind whilst he played on the PS4 with Zach and Andrés. Then she was at the funfair with him, where he left her to go with his own friends whilst she carried their stuff.

"Oh." Joe said. "I'm sure it's just a blip, nothing to worry about."

"But what if it is?" She asked, "What if he's losing interest?"

"Then he's dumb. And doesn't deserve you. But that's not the case." Joe replied, but he noticed Lily was too in her head about it. He left without a word and instantly got out his phone once he left. "We need to talk". He sent to Rick, pushing the send button so hard he practically shattered his screen. Seeing how Lily was over her relationship got him thinking about his own and how they hadn't really spoke since Rick snapped at both Zach and himself.

Joe and Lily eventually made it to school, albeit half an hour later than usual. They saw Zach and Nathan talking at the lockers and decided to join them.

"You okay?" Lily asked Zach, sympathetically. He shook his head, Joe was concerned but as he was about to say something his phone buzzed, it was from Rick.

"I-I gotta go, see you all in class." He said before rushing off.

"I gotta go too." Nathan added, he looked at Zach, "You'll be okay." He smiled. Nathan genuinely felt for Zach. Not in a sexual way or even in a romantic way. Is this what friendship was? Disgusting.

"What's up?" Lily asked, Zach just stared into the distance. "It's Angelika." He blankly said, "She didn't like me... at all."

"What do you mean? You've been dating for weeks?" Lily questioned. Zach shook his head again. "We have. But she felt nothing. She was using me as a rebound. I mean, I shouldn't be upset, because I was sorta using her. I did feel for her, but I wasn't ready for anything. But I still did feel something."

"Well... fuck her." Lily said, surprising Zach. "You're an amazing guy. The relationship was short but she should feel blessed to have been with someone like you. You've made mistakes but who hasn't. I love her but.. that's a dick move."

Zach felt a little better. It was so nice having someone who understands him. But his life was still falling apart around him. Just a few months ago he had fixed everything. He was on good terms with Joe. He had repaired friendships. He was doing well in his classes. He had a new relationship starting... and he had Football. Something he loved doing. A bridge he probably burned.

"Thanks Lily." He smiled.

"Anytime, you can talk to me whenever you need to." She smiled back, as she was about to walk away he stopped her. "Really?" He asked, she nodded with her usual bright smile. "Can we talk now?" She nodded and came back to him and the two sat in front of the lockers and talked.

--

Meanwhile Joe was waiting inside Rick's office. He didn't really know what to feel. He was mad to some extent. The way Rick spoke to him and Zach was appalling. He's also ignored him all week. Yeah, mad was the emotion he should be feeling. Then suddenly the door opened and Rick walked in, his usual dopey smile and beautiful eyes and suddenly Joe felt mushy inside again. "No, stick to your guns."

"Hey." Rick smiled. Joe rolled his eyes. Rick sighed with a nervous giggle, "Look.. I know you're angry and you have a right to be. I was out of line before. What I said just wasn't right. That's why I've been avoiding you all week. Not because anything had changed between us, I just felt so bad for what I said." He explained. Joe felt a little better. But knowing that his own boyfriend could go to that place so easily scared him.

"Okay I'll admit that that explanation helped a lot. But I'm still upset with you. You called my glee club a pansy group. You destroyed Zach's football confidence." Joe started, Rick cut him off. "I know, I know, I'm so sorry for it all. Look.. I've got a busy morning, but if you see Zach tell him to come and see me."

Joe nodded and got up, as he left, Rick grabbed his arm, turned him around and kissed him. "Have a good day.. I love you." Rick smiled as Joe walked out the door with a spring in his step.

Rick sat down in his chair and began opening his mail, he finally got a letter he had been waiting for.

--

Alison walked proudly down the halls. On each side stood Becca and Sydney. It felt good. The freaks were fearing her and that's really all she had now. Her cheerleading career was reduced to nothing thanks to Ms. Cross busting her and Sydney. But at least the Jiggly Freaks feared her. To start her climb to the top however, she needed a man. Not just any man, however. She wanted her public to feel that they had a genuine connection. Nathan was out of the picture since no one knows where they stood with each other. But then...

"Hey, girls. Lookin' good." Matt said with a cheeky smile as they passed in the hall. Alison carried on looking as he passed them and eventually she slammed into Fatty Doris, the biggest bitch in the school.

"Watch it, slut." She said with her booming man voice, and pushed Alison backwards, pushing her into Sydney and Becca and the girls all fell.

"We really need to get our status back." Sydney said, still on the floor as exactly no one rushed to helped them.

"Come on, we're late for Glee Club." Becca said, getting to her feet and helping the others up.

--

In the choir room a few were already there. Cass and Perry were sat talking to each other. Kyle, Maya, and Matt were on their phones. Mrs. Clarke wasn't in yet. Alex was sat on his own waiting for Lily. Joe walked in next and noticed Alex on his own. Perfect.

"Hey, Alex." He smiled. "Yo." Alex replied with a grin. Joe sat down next to him and the two sat in an awkward silence for a second until Joe turned to him.

"So, how're things with Lily?" He asked. "Oh, they're great. I assume you'd know the details of anything that happened if it did." He let out a laugh, Joe let out a laugh too, although an awkward one.

"Oh, that's great. Well, she doesn't tell me everything. So if something was wrong I may not know." Joe added. Alex turned and looked at him. "Nothing's wrong Joe. We're good."

"I know. I know. Maybe just tell her she looks pretty." Joe quickly added. "What?" Alex asked, before Joe could answer though the rest of the students came pouring in with Zach and Lily entering last.

"Okay so." Mrs. Clarke said, walking to the front of the room. "Since I was off last week and you seemed to handle it without me pretty well, I've decided that this week will be a free theme. Perform what you want." She explained.

"What we want?" Zach asked. Mrs. Clarke nodded and smiled. He looked at Lily. She nodded and the two got up.

"Do it." Zach said to the band.


Lily:
This is the remix.
Re-Re-mix. Zach-y.

Zach:
I wanna smash your fears
And get drunken off your tears
Don't you share your smile with anyone else but me
I wanna touch your heart
I wanna crush it in my hands
Make you plead and cry as you give up all the lies

Zach sung with a lot of emotion, clearly dedicated to one person.

Zach and Lily:
We're not lovers
But more than friends

Zach:
Put a flame to every single word you ever said

Zach and Lily:
No more crying
To get me through

Zach:
I'll keep dancing 'til the morning with somebody new

Tonight I'm getting over you
Tonight I'm getting over you
Tonight I'm getting over you
Tonight I'm getting over you
Over you
Over you

Stuck in a real bad dream
And man it feels so new to me
Should be in your arms but I'm begging at your feet
It's been a real hard night
And I just hold my pillow tight
It won't love me back, no, it's not you and I

Lily:
We're not lovers
But more than friends

Zach:
Put a flame to every single word you ever said

Zach and Lily:
No more crying
To get me through

Zach:
I'll keep dancing 'til the morning with somebody new

Lily:
Tonight I'm getting over.
Meditate and do my yo-gerrr
Then I pull up to the club in a Roverrr
A Celine bag on my shoulderrr
I said rrrrrr
Cock that revolver
Rrrr-Rrrr that's that nostal-gerrr
I said I'm number one, I'm a son a gun,
And runner up is what they called ya
Ain't trying to be mean but, I am the queen, yuh
Ain't fuckin' with no fuck boys!
Get me get me, should've got me then
Cause I would wear 4 real and you would rock pretend
Yo, can I get another dose of my oxygen
Cause I been breathin' all this motherfuckin' toxin in!

As she Lily finished her killer verse, she looked Alex dead in the eye.

Zach (Lily):
(Oh!) Tonight I'm getting over you (Over you, yeah)
Tonight I'm getting over you
Tonight (Tonight) I'm getting over you (Oh-oh!)
Tonight I'm getting over you
Over you

Lily then skipped back to Alex and belted her verse in his face. She had time to think about their relationship and it wasn't her fault.

Lily:
We're not lovers
But more than friends
Put a flame to every single word you ever said

Zach (Lily):
No more crying (Pretty girls)
To get me through (Rich bitches, Note-Worthies)
I'll keep dancing (Lily Bruno) 'til the morning with somebody new
(I see you Zach-y)
Tonight I'm getting over you

"Thoughts?" Lily asked, panting. She looked around the room, specifically at Alex.

"Wow.. that was great, guys, keep that energy up." Mrs. Clarke applauded.

"Hey, you okay?" Alex murmured to Lily whilst Mrs. Clarke kept talking.

"Yeah." Lily said, bluntly but with a smile. "Why wouldn't I be?"

By now Joe had moved to the row behind and was watching them talk. Alex was literally oblivious.

"Uh.. okay." Alex said, focusing on Mrs. Clarke now.

Alison was sat texting on her phone, then she caught Matt out the corner of her eye. He looked so dreamy. His smile was amazing. "Wait" She thought. "Am I falling for him? What the hell brain?

Alison felt almost taunted by her own brain. Voices in her head were echoing "You like Matt, you like Matt" in a playground chant.

"NO I DON'T." She screamed out in the middle of the lesson. Everyone froze and looked at her. "Alison?" Mrs. Clarke asked, "Something to say?" Alison looked at everyone, her eyes darting to every person.

"Uh no, I'm good." She sat back down and quickly looked down at her nails and began filing them. The next hour dragged but eventually the bell rang and the corridors were flooded with students. Alison ran to the bathroom and stared at herself in the mirror. Sydney and Becca soon entered.

"So..." Sydney started, "What the fuck was that earlier?" She asked, taking her make up bag out and lightly applying some more lip gloss.

Alison sighed, she looked at the two girls. Then she opened every cubicle door. One girl was sat on the toilet.

"Out."

"But I'm po-"

"NOW." Alison roared. The terrified girl stood up and ran off.

"Okay so... You girls are the only people I properly trust. So what I'm about to tell you goes NOWHERE."

"Okay." Sydney and Becca said after looking at each other, concerned.

"I think.. I like Matt." Alison said, instantly after she took a huge dramatic breath and sighed.

"Oh." Becca responded. "That's nice." Sydney added. "What're you going to do about it?"

"You're not shocked?" Alison asked. "Not really. You do stare a lot. A lot more than you think." Sydney responded with a small laugh.

"What?" Alison asked, bluntly. "I 'stare'?"

"Yeah, sometimes it even looks like you genuinely feel for him." Becca chimed in. Alison shot her a warning look.

"Let's get one thing straight, ladies. I do not fall for men. Men fall for me. Matt is just another man."

"Is he?" Sydney asked. "I mean, you're falling for him. You've been good friends for a while, it's natural that something might occur."

"Speaking from experience?" Becca asked Sydney with a giggle, "I mean, with Andrés."

Alison turned her head to Sydney. "What? You're with the guy who made you develop an eating disorder?"

"What? NO!" Sydney argued. "We talk, that's it. But back to you and your lust for Matt. Back to you and the guy you got all defensive over when you thought Alex's Mother hit on him."

"Bitch." Alison spat. "Look, I might feel for him. But I'm not gonna tell him or anything.."

"Why not?" Becca asked. "He's single."

"Because I don't do flings. I'm waiting for my first time. Why would I want to be someone's rebound without the sex? Seems pretty basic to me. I'm not... I don't know, whoever the glee club slut is."

"Zach." Becca and Sydney said together, the three then cackled in harmony.

"Talk to Maya about it." Sydney stated, breaking the laughter.

"No. I've just begun to repair things with her." Alison replied. "You'd think that by now we'd be good, like, as if some sort of reunion should've happened sooner after we had that chat, before Sectionals, Sydney, but whatever.."

"Look, you clearly like him. Whether or not you do something about it now is your choice. But just talk to her about it." Sydney explained. The girls were then interrupted by Alyssa sniffing into the bathroom.

"Oh good grief." Alison rolled her eyes. Alyssa sniffed over to the girls, like a dog and sniffed up Alison until their eyes met.

"Can I help you?" Alison asked, holding back her rage and tempted not to throw Alyssa through the window. Alyssa didn't say anything and just left.

"I fucking hate public school." Alison said.

--

"JOE" Lily yelled, running up behind him. "We need to talk."

"About?"

"Zach." Lily stated.

"Why?" He replied. Lily pulled Joe aside and she explained her and Zach's chat.

"Wait, Angelika really did that?" Joe asked. "That's harsh."

"Yeah, I'm gonna talk to her later. He really needs help, he's just self destructing and spiralling." Lily responded. "And how are you dealing? How are things with Rick?"

"Uh, well they're great now." Joe smiled back.

"Wait, things are great even though you cheated?" Lily asked, there was temporary silence. She glared at Joe.

"You haven't told him, have you?" Lily asked. Joe didn't respond, he looked away, however. "JOE. You can't have these secrets."

"Oh, that's rich. You're feeling like your boyfriend is neglecting you and rather than telling him you're just trying to improve yourself rather than explain. Talk about hypocritical secrets." Joe harshly responded. "That's not fair, I can-" Lily began.

"You feel neglected?" Alex asked, coming up behind the two.

"Uh oh." Joe said before scampering off.

"So?" Alex urged, "You think I'm neglecting you?"

"Well.. I-" Lily stumbled for a while.

"So that's what your little digs were during that performance..." Alex interrupted.

"Yeah, I mean, our last few dates have been kinda.. just me, wanting attention. And the song, I don't know, I guess I was mad."

Alex didn't immediately respond. He knew to some degree that Lily was right. But instead of saying anything he just walked away. Lily watched him and couldn't help but feel bad, but why?

--

Zach was sat alone at lunch. Joe, Lily, and Nathan had all tried to see if he was okay but he wouldn't talk to anyone.

"So Angelika really did that?" Nathan asked. Lily and Joe nodded. "That's awful. What a bitch."

"Okay but wait, we shouldn't villainize Angelika.. she was using him as a rebound yes, but she didn't intend to hurt him and technically Zach did cheat on her." Lily explained. She wanted to help but didn't want another over the top Note-Worthy fight to break out.

"Look, this isn't our problem to solve. It's Zach's, he's got to do this on his own." Nathan argued, "Keep out of it." He picked up his tray and walked away.

Lily and Joe both looked at each other. "We both know we're not going to do that." Joe said. "No." Lily injected. "We just need to be smart about it."

"I don't think we do." Joe replied, "I've got an idea brewing but for now, we'll put that on the back burner. How did your talk with Alex go?"

Lily sighed and put down her water bottle, "It didn't even begin. I told him and he just walked away."

"Oh... well, he probably just needs time."

"Have you spoken to Rick, yet?" She asked, turning the topic onto him. "Nope, and I don't plan to yet, I'm too scared."

Lily rolled her eyes.

Meanwhile at the other side of the cafeteria Alison put her lunchbag down on Matt's lonely table.

"Hey, Mattybear."

"Hey- did you just call me Mattybear?"

"What? No. Anyway. Do you wanna do something later? Maybe tonight or tomorrow?"

"Uh, sure."

"Great, I'll text you the details." She got up, albeit with a spring of lowkey excitement and walked off.

--

Later that day.

"I've gotta tell him.. I've gotta tell him." Joe said to himself as he walked down the quiet corridor. Suddenly something grabbed him and pulled him into the boys toilets. Joe struggled and pushed off the hand over his mouth.

"GOD YOUR HAND SMELLS LIKE FEET."

"What? No it doesn't." Alex replied, sniffing his hand.

"What the fuck, Alex?" Joe asked in anger.

"I needed to speak to you." Alex said, quietly.

"You could've just asked, not pseudo-abduct me."

"Sorry- anyway, look, I need to know what is exactly going on with Lily."

Joe sighed, "You mean you really have absolutely no idea?" Joe asked. Alex looked at him, clueless.

"I'm really bad at these things, Joe, I'm scared I've messed things up or-" He began to stutter and panic. It was weird seeing someone as threatening as Alex reduced to nothing but a lovesick puppy.

"Okay, look- before you have a stroke- She's upset. She things you're neglecting her. Your past few days have just been her watching you play on the PS4 or go off with your friends. Lily's got anxiety, remember that the slightest change in your relationship can throw her off." Joe picked up his bag, checked himself in the mirror and left. Alex stood on his own for a bit before leaving.

--

It was the last period of the day, glee club rehearsals. Everyone was in the room. Alison, Becca, Sydney, Joe, and Alex all sat on the front row. Angelika, Maya, Matt, and Kyle took up the second row along with Perry and Nathan whilst Zach sat on his own, isolated on the last row. Mrs. Clarke walked in with Lily.

"Well, today's free assignment song goes to Lily. Lily nodded at Mrs. Clarke who also took a seat. As the music began Alex couldn't help but feel guilty.

Lily:

She was lost in so many different ways
Out in the darkness with no guide.
I know the cost of a losing hand
Never thought that grace of God, oh I...

I found heaven on earth
You are my last, my first
And then I hear this voice inside...
Ave Maria

Joe watched proudly as his best friend sung her heart out. Although a bit annoyed she was the one seemingly apologizing for her and Alex's bump. Alison watched too, she was completely looking passed Lily and into the song. Then thought of Matt.

I've been alone when I'm surrounded by friends
How could the silence be so loud?
But I still go home knowing that I've got you
There's only us when the lights go down

You are my heaven on earth
You are my hunger, my thirst
I always hear this voice inside...
Singing Ave Maria

Alex was now feeling heavy hearted. He had never intended for Lily to feel ignored or anything. He's just a very oblivious person.

Sometimes love can come and pass you by
While you're busy making plans.
Suddenly hits you, and then you realize
It's out of your hands...
Baby, you've got to understand

You are my heaven on earth
You are my last, my first
And then I hear this voice inside...
Ave Maria
Ave Maria

Ave Maria

As the song ended Lily wiped away a few tears and sat down next to Joe who hugged her.

"Thank you Lily for that beautiful performance." Mrs. Clarke praised. "Anyone else got anything to perform?" The class murmured but stayed silent.

"Okay, guys, we've got 4 days left of this assignment. Please take advantage of it. I wanna see what you guys can do given no restrictions. Anyway, you're all free to go." Mrs. Clarke finished. The group slowly got up and left.

9:30PM

Matt and Alison had been texting back and forth for the past hour now. Alison was keeping her cool about her whilst Matt was acting flirtatious, but that was his usual self.

- "So, any ideas for tomorrow's outing?" Alison wrote.
- "Not really, I wouldn't mind just catching a movie :)"
- "Sure, I'll see what's on and talk to you tomorrow xo"

As Alison put her phone on charge she laid back on her bed and sorta squealed. She really liked Matt. But couldn't help but feel annoyed that the only genuine friendship she had with a straight guy was slowly turning into something more for her.

"Ugh, this is messy." Alison sighed to herself. She got up and began her nighttime ritual of moisturising and plucking.

11:03PM

Joe was just about to sleep when he heard his gate open. He looked out his window and saw a guy in a black hoodie stood in his garden, the figure then pulled out a phone. Joe's phone then began ringing.

"Zach?" He thought to himself. He ran downstairs and opened the door to see Zach stood there.

"It's 11 at night, what the hell?" Joe scolded, but after seeing Zach's expression he took it back.

"Can we talk..." Zach said through a few tears. Joe invited him in and the two stood in the kitchen.

"So, what do you need to talk about?" Joe asked. Zach just stood there. Eventually he moved forward and fell into a breakdown hug.

"Joe, I'm so sorry for cheating- I know I was sorry before but that feeling of being used, she didn't cheat, but she used me, I-"

His words were then cut off by uncontrollable sobs. Joe felt a few tears roll down his cheek.

"It's okay, Zach, don't cry.." Joe said, now supporting his friend. Zach eventually stood back on his feet.

"I'm just.. so hurt.. I've done so much damage... I cheated on you.. then I messed Nathan around... then I got with Angelika to get over you two, then I cheated on her and she used me as a rebound.. she felt nothing.. Now I've ruined my football career.. I've got nothing."

"Zach.. I.. Look, you're exhausted. You're not thinking straight." Joe led Zach to his room and let him crash. Joe spent half the night awake and half the night pushing Zach off him. As he drifted off around 2am he woke up in Zach's arms.

"Oh.. nope.. nope.. no." Joe said to himself, carefully removing himself from Zach's grip and went to the bathroom. He began brushing his teeth when Lily barged in.

"Lily, oh my god." Joe stuttered, almost choking on his toothbrush. "I could've been doing anything in here."

"Please, I know your noises." Lily stated before plopping her arse down on the toilet.

"This is too weird." Joe said, putting his toothbrush down and leaving. He walked into his room and noticed Zach waking up.

"Hi." Zach smiled. "I'm sorry about-"

"Don't. It's fine." Joe smiled back. "Here.." He handed Zach some of his clothes that he left before, including a toothbrush so he could freshen up.

Zach went down the hallway to the bathroom. Passing Lily on the way.

"Hey Lily." He said walking into the bathroom.

"Hey Zach." Lily said without noticing. "Wait." She ran straight into Joe's room.

"LILY. Stop barging." He yelled.

"Why is Zach here? Did you two..?" She asked.

"No, of course not. He showed up here last night, he broke down and I just let him sleep here." Joe explained.

"And was that it?" She asked. Joe nodded. "You know when you don't talk I know you're lying."

"Well.. we kept getting together in the night, he would grab onto me but I would push him off. But when I woke up I was in his arms.. and it felt right. More right than it does with Rick.."

"Oh.." Lily said, sitting down. "What're you gonna do?"

"I don't wanna focus on any sort of feelings between me and Zach right now. I've got a plan for him to regain his confidence though. That's my first objective."

"Then telling Rick about you two." She added.

"No. Not yet." Joe replied, bluntly. "Lily, sort out your own relationship before meddling in mine."

"Wow, no need to be like that." Lily rolled her eyes and left.

--

A few hours went by and the group were now back in school. It was lunchtime. Nathan, Angelika, Alison, Maya, Sydney, and Becca were sat at one table. Cass, Alex, Joe, Lily, Kyle, Matt at another, Zach wasn't around and Perry...? Who?

"Should we do something this weekend guys?" Cass asked. The group variously murmured and made up lame excuses. "Fuck y'all." She got up and left.

Lily turned to Joe. "You figured out how you're gonna help Zach?"

"I think so. I need Angelika and Nathan though." Joe explained.

"Alison!" Matt yelled, getting her attention, he got up and ran over to her and began showing her a list of movies.

"I think we should see Finding Dory." Matt laughed, "I've been waiting forever for it."

"Oh sure-"

"What's going on here, then?" Maya asked with a forced smile.

"Me and Matt are going to the movies tonight." Alison replied. Hitting the words extra hard.

"Oh." Maya said, she couldn't help but feel a little jealous... scratch that- make that very jealous. Sydney and Becca looked at each other and rolled their eyes. They loved Alison to death, she was their girl, but she was a bitch. And that's a good thing most of the time. But in this case it wasn't.

"Alison, ladies room." Sydney stated. Alison sighed, "I knew I shouldn't have made that a rule." The girls got up and left.

Maya got up and left too, Kyle noticed from the other table and followed.

"Now's your chance." Lily said to Joe, pointing out that Nathan and Angelika were left on their own. He got up and came over to them.

"Guys." He said, sitting down.

"Bye." Nathan instantly said.

"No, Nathan, stay." Joe insisted. Nathan rolled his eyes and did.

"I need your help with Zach."

"Didn't I tell you to stay out of that?" Nathan snapped.

"Well you didn't have him sobbing at your doorstep at 11pm DID YOU?" Joe snapped back, surprising Nathan. "Sorry, I'm just a bit tired."

"Look, Zach has been broken down. He's done wrong, but he's just trying to make things right. But now he's truly at rock bottom. I need you both to meet me at the choir room at 2. We're gonna make things right. Like it or not we've all got a stake in this." Joe continued explaining to them.

Meanwhile, there was slight tension over at the other table between Alex and Lily who hadn't really spoken. Lily didn't really say anything. She was done making the first move. She even serenaded him through song. As she left Alex felt horrible. He was sorry, but couldn't express it properly. A simple 'sorry' wasn't good enough.

2:06PM

Joe strolled into the choir room with Zach in tow.

"What are we doing here?" He asked, he then noticed Angelika and Nathan sat there. "What are they doing here?"

Joe led Zach to the seats and sat him down.

"Look, Zach, you're self destructing lately. And we can't watch you go through that again. You told me last night what's bringing you down and well.. here they are."

Zach was lowkey mad. He wanted to leave but was surrounded.

"Zach.. I'm sorry. What I did was bad. What you did was bad. But we shouldn't hold any animosity towards each other. I don't. I don't hate you or anything for 'cheating'. You shouldn't either. I never wanted to tell you the honest truth of us getting together. I thought we'd just eventually taper off. But when you admitted that you slept with Joe, I thought it was the right time to tell you - I thought it would lessen the blow that you inflicted upon yourself. Please don't beat yourself up. I'm totally fine with you."

"But I still cheated..."

"And if I felt the same for you as you did for me, I would be hurt. And your feelings would be valid. But I didn't feel for you. You did cheat but no one was hurt over it."

She was right. Zach thought for a while.

"And Zach.. you didn't lead me on." Nathan started, "I'm practically dead inside. Anything I felt for you was purely sexual. Whilst it did suck losing my sex toy I didn't feel led on."

"Okay, Nathan, not sure you're putting across the right message here." Joe interrupted. "No, I am. I'm making him see that I wasn't led on and Angelika doesn't feel hurt over the events."

Zach stood up. "Thanks guys. I'm glad you said these things. Lately I've just been feeling like shit over it but I guess I just needed help." Nathan and Angelika smiled and left.

"You sure you'll be okay?" Joe asked. Zach nodded. As Joe began to walk away Zach pulled his arm back and pulled him in for a kiss. As their lips locked Zach closed his eyes but Joe rolled his and gently pushed Zach away.

"No, Zach, this is too much.. I.." Joe started.

"I-I'm sorry.. I don't."

"Stop it." Joe said, grabbing onto Zach's shoulders. "Look.. I love you Zach, I always will. But I think for now you need some single time. You were with me, then Nathan, then me again- I think, then Angelika- now me again, you need to focus on you. And then maybe later down the line we can start things up again."

Zach sighed and agreed. He knew Joe was right. "Thank you, Joe. Really. I'm grateful."

Joe smiled, hugged him and left. As he got to the doorway he turned back around. "By the way, Rick-, uh, Mr. Adams asked me to tell you that you need to see him tomorrow afternoon." Joe walked down the hallway and was plagued by confusion. He genuinely felt for Zach.. but also was with Rick and felt for him. The intro to Kiss It Better begins to play. The scene is now in the auditorium. The Note-Worthy are in the audience, Joe is on stage with the cheerleaders.


Joe with the Cheerios:
Kiss it, kiss it better, baby
Kiss it, kiss it better, (the Cheerios: baby)

Joe:
Been waiting on that sunshine
Boy, I think I need that back
Can't do it like that
No one else gon' get it like that
So why argue? You yell, but you take me back
Who cares when it feels like crack?
Boy you know that you always do it right

Man, fuck your pride, just take it on back, boy
Take it on back boy, take it back all night
Just take it on back, take it on back
Mmm, do what you gotta do, keep me up all night
Hurting vibe, man, and it hurts inside when I look you in your eye

Rick was walking down the hallway, ready to go home when he recognized Joe's voice from the auditorium. He entered from the back and watched the performance.

Joe with the Cheerios (the Cheerios):
What are you willing to do?
Oh, tell me what you're willing to do?
(Kiss it, kiss it better, baby)
Oh, what are you willing to do?
Oh, tell me what you're willing to do?
(Kiss it, kiss it better, baby)

Joe:
Been waiting on that sunshine
Boy, I think I need that back
Can't do it like that
No one else gonna get it like that
So why are you, you here? Here to take me back?
Who cares when it feels like crack?
Boy, you know that you always do it right

Man, fuck your pride, just take it on back, boy
Take it on back boy, take it back all night
Just take it on back, take it on back
Mmm, do what you gotta do, keep me up all night
Hurting vibe, man, and it hurts inside when I look you in your eye

Joe with the Cheerios (the Cheerios):
What are you willing to do?
Oh, tell me what you're willing to do?
(Kiss it, kiss it better, baby)
Oh, what are you willing to do?
Oh, tell me what you're willing to do?
(Kiss it, kiss it better, baby)

Joe with the Cheerios:
I've been waiting up all night
Baby, tell me what's wrong
Gonna make it right
Make it all night long
I've been waiting up all night
Baby, tell me what's wrong
Go on and make it right
Make it all night long

Joe:
Man, fuck your pride, just take it on back
Just take it on back bae, take it back all night
Just take it on back, take it on back
(Oh..)
Mmm, do what you gotta do, keep me up all night
Hurting vibe, and it hurts inside when I look you in your eye
Oh, yeah..

Joe with the Cheerios (the Cheerios):
What are you willing to do? (Joe: Ooo)
Oh, tell me what you're willing to do?
(Kiss it, kiss it better, baby)
Oh, what are you willing to do? (Yeah-eah)
Oh, tell me what you're willing to do?
(Kiss it, kiss it better, baby)

The Cheerios (Joe):
What are you willing to do? (Aaah)
Oh, tell me what you're willing to do?
Kiss it, kiss it better, baby
(and Joe: Oh, what are you willing to do?)
Oh (Tell me, baby), tell me what you're willing to do?
Kiss it, kiss it better, baby

Joe:
Kiss it, kiss it better, baby

The song ended and the Note-Worthy erupted into applause.

--

Later that night. Lily and Joe were sat watching TV. Both constantly checking their phones. Rick hadn't messaged Joe. Neither had Zach. Alex hadn't messaged Lily.

"You okay?" Joe asked.

"No. You okay?" Lily replied.

"No." Joe responded with a sigh.

--

Meanwhile Alison and Matt were at the movies. Matt was fully engrossed in the dramatic tale of Finding Dory whilst Alison was slightly less enthusiastic. But she had to admit she was enjoying just being with him. Being a massive bitch all the time was tiring but she was allowed to be herself with Matt. Alison felt her phone buzz, a text from Sydney.

"How's it going?"

"It's alright, the movies boring but I'm enjoying myself"

"Has he tried anything?"

"No, he doesn't know it's a date.. how's your date?"

"I'm not on a date with him! Just at his house."

"Mhm, babe, I'm out for now xo"

An hour or so passed and the movie was finally over. It wasn't really late, only around 9:30pm, but the nights were darker and colder. Alison let out a slight shiver.

"Cold?" Matt asked, he removed his jacket and placed it gently over her shoulders. "Oh, polyester?" Alison muttered.

"Hm?"

"Nothing." Alison smiled. The two began walking down the street towards Alison's house. It was a comfortable silence. Matt noticed Alison's hand and gently took it. She didn't react, she let her hand be held. About 15 minutes passed.

"So... What was tonight?" Matt asked. "Like.. just us going out or a d-date?"

Alison thought for a while. She wanted it to be a date. But then again she didn't. Whilst she was feeling for Matt and didn't really like Maya, she still felt shitty for breaking the 'girl code'.

"I'm not sure.. I'd say somewhere in between." She smiled, "I really enjoyed tonight but there's something I've gotta deal with beforehand."

Matt nodded in agreement. "Okay then." He shot her a smile.

"Anyway, this is me." Alison said, as they had made it to her house. Alison hugged him and ran off into her house.

"Are you dating Matt?" Emma asked, skipping over.

"Hmm? Did someone say something?" Alison said, taking her shoes off and heading upstairs.

--

Earlier that night...

"Hey, so, you coming over tonight? We haven't seen each other in a while." Sydney said, laid on her bed on the phone. "Okay, great, see you in a bit."

About 30 minutes went by and there was a knock at her door. She answered it and there was Andrés. The two went to her room and began working on a science project they were doing together. But throughout it all Sydney couldn't help but shake what Becca and Alison had been teasing her about. She didn't like Andrés in that way.. but what if he liked her. What if he thought that their spending time together was a date or...

"Syd?" He asked, "You okay?"

"Hm? Oh. Yeah, I'm fine." She said snapping out of her trance, "I'm good." She smiled.

"Sure?"

"Well... Do you often think about what we are? Like.. do we have feelings for each other and stuff?"

"Uh.. wow, okay." He stuttered, "I guess. But Sydney, I like you a lot.. but I- don't feel for you that way. I'm sorry but-"

"No no no..." Sydney interrupted, "That's good. I don't feel for you either. I really like you, as a friend, we're really close and I trust you."

"You.. trust me?" Andrés asked. Sydney nodded. "That's... so nice." He said, wiping away a tear.

"Hey don't get upset." Sydney said, moving closer, placing her hand on his shoulder.

"I.. I drove you to an eating disorder.. I'm the reason you're scarred for life.."

"No, Andrés, stop." She insisted. "What happened in the past is exactly that. In the past. It's over. I'm not a stupid girl. I know when people are sorry. I know who I can trust. I know who I want as my close friends. You fall under them. Please, don't get upset over this. Sure, it was a really bad thing, and yes, most people wouldn't even forgive their tormentors, nevermind be best friends with them, but I really think you're sorry and I think in a weird twisted way, this event has introduced me to a friend I would have never had."

Andrés sat silent for a while. "You're right. But I'm never gonna stop trying to make it up to you."

Sydney laughed, "Well there's some Chanel Ray-bans that I've had my eye on." She joked. Andrés laughed too. Then the two got to work on their project again.

--

The next day at school, it was the period before lunch. Zach made his way to the locker room to see Rick. He knocked on the door and Rick asked him to enter.

"Hey, Zach." Rick smiled, Zach replied but also noticed Alex sat at his desk, too.

"What's going on?" Zach asked.

"Look- before anything else is said, I just want to say I'm sorry." Rick apologized. "I really shouldn't have said what I did the other day. It was disgusting. You are not the weakest in the team, in fact, you're one of the strongest. Not only because of your ability but your attitude. And I hope what I'm about to say next can fix what I did."

"Thank you for that." Zach smiled, he then took a seat.

"Okay so.. I've been offered a new position up north. Which I've accepted." Alex was the most shocked. "What about.. him and Joe?"

"So, I've had a word with Ms. Daniels, and she told me that there's no budget for a Football Coach."

"Wait- so you volunteer?" Alex asked.

"Sort of, I'm actually the P.E teacher here, it's just that most students do football so we combined it.. Anyway, Ms. Cross, the Cheerleading coach is going to become the next P.E teacher but that leaves the Football Coach position open." He explained. "I want to offer the both of you that position. It's only until the end of the school year, when the budget is gone over. So it could be permanent or just temporary."

"Oh wow." Alex said. Zach was stunned too. He went from feeling like utter trash at the start of the week to feeling amazing just midway. Alex and Zach looked at each other.

"I guess.. we accept." Zach smiled.

"Great!" Rick cheered, "We'll make the announcement on Friday."

"Before we go." Alex started, "Have you told anyone else about the job offer? Students? Any favourite students? Staff?"

"Uh, no, not yet. Why?" He replied. "No reason." Alex stated before he and Zach left.

Zach ran off to find Lily or Joe or whoever would listen to his news. Alex was heading to the bathroom. He walked in and saw Matt.

"Hey, dude." Alex said, "Hey." Matt replied. The two were silent. Alex peed and Matt washed his hands. The two turned to each other at the exact same time.

"I need your help." They both said. "Oh." They said in unison again.

"Duet?"

"Duet."

--

Alex: In the morning I'm okay Just fine in the afternoon But at night I think about you

Matt: Like an echo in my brain I wonder if you hear it too Cause at night I think about you

Matt (and Alex): And it's just (madness) How love can lead you to (sadness) I lay awake and imagine

Alex: At night I think about you In a way I am not supposed to Baby, sleeping without you just isn't right Trust me, I've tried it a thousand times At night I think about you Do you still think of me too? Cause I can't shake you off my mind And I don't know what to do At night I think about ya

The two broke out in a dance-club like routine which shocked the entire club. Who knew they could move like that?


Alex:
Cause at night I think about you

Matt:
Slowly when I close my eyes
Every time I go to bed
Your song still plays in my head
How foolish of me to fantasize

Matt with Alex:
Bout everything we used to be
Letting go ain't that easy

Alex (and Matt):
It's just madness
You're here then you're gone
(It's like magic)
I lay awake and imagine
(You think of me)
The way I think of you, (baby)
Cause every night I'm going crazy

Matt:
At night I think about you
In a way I am not supposed to
Baby, sleeping without you just isn't right
Trust me, I've tried a thousand times
At night I think about you
Do you still think of me too?
Cause I can't shake you off my mind
And I don't know what to do
Cause at night I think about ya

Alex:
Ooh, time after time
Enduring watch you go, goodbye
Show up in my dreams at night
Cause, baby, in the dark you still shine

Matt:
Sad but true
Nothing's the saddest getting over you
Eyes are wide open the whole night through

Alex (Matt):
(At night!)
Cause at night I think about you
(Woah!)
In a way I am not supposed to
Baby, sleeping without you just isn't right

Matt (with Alex):
Trust me, I've tried a thousand times
At night I think about you
Do you still (think of me too?)
Cause I can't shake you off my mind
And I don't know what to do
(Alex: Don't know what to do)
Cause at night I think about you

At night I think about you

Matt:
You, yeah
I can't get no sleep at night

Alex:
At night I think about ya

When the song ended the entire group broke into applause. Except Lily. Alison was on her feet screaming and cheering, but so were the others, it was an amazing performance.

"Lily.." Alex started. "I just wanna say I'm sorry. I've acted like a total dick this week. And not just this week, for our recent dates I've been acting like a dick. I haven't been putting you first and I feel really bad not only for that, but for that the fact you felt like you had to apologize to some degree. I am the one who is sorry and the only one who should be sorry. You're amazing Lily. You're everything to me and I took you for granted. I am truly sorry, Li-" His words were interrupted by Lily clutching herself around his neck.

"It's okay, I love you too." She quietly said. The group couldn't help but 'Aw' and coo at the cuteness, they even clapped. Alison was even feeling somewhat emotional. But it was from that performance. She thought for a while. She looked at Matt. Then she looked at Maya. She knew what she had to do.

Joe suddenly felt his phone buzzing. He looked at it. A text from Rick.

"When the last glee club rehearsal finishes stay in the Choir room, we need to talk" Joe felt sick. He knew what he had to do.

"Joe, you coming?" Lily asked, "It's Lunch."

"Oh, um, nah, I'm gonna go study." Joe responded. Lily didn't argue. She knew when Joe needed time alone.

--

At Lunch Kyle, Lily and Alex were sat talking when Zach came running over.

"Has he told you?" Zach asked, his voice laced with excitement.

"Uh..." Lily said, confused, "Alex?"

Alex was hesitant to say something. "Oh, no, it slipped my mind."

"What did? Guys, come on!" Lily argued with the two.

"Mr. Adams, the Football Coach is leaving, and he's going up north- but anyway, he made me and Alex joint coaches for this year."

Lily, Alex, and Kyle all looked at each other with concern.

"I gotta find Joe and tell him the news!" Zach cheered. "NO." The other three yelled.

"Uh, Joe's busy at the moment, he's preoccupied with studying. Best not to say anything until tomorrow or something.."

"You're right." Zach smiled, he left to go find Nathan.

"Oh no.." Lily said to herself. "Joe got a text earlier and went all quiet. I wonder if he'll find out later on.."

--

Meanwhile in the girls' bathroom.

"Wait, so you really just decided to be friends?" Becca asked. Sydney nodded. Alison was too busy on her phone.

"Yeah, I don't have feelings for him. And neither does he. We're fine just being close friends. Besides, it'd be nice to have a straight guy and girl be friends without a relationship, right Alison?" She teased.

"Hm?"

"Ugh, you're so preoccupied lately, what's wrong?" Sydney asked.

"It's Maya."

"Alison." Sydney warned, "Stop dragging her into everything."

"No, it's not that. I feel like I need to ask her permission."

"But she doesn't own Matt.." Becca injected.

"It's the girl code. And you know I live by two rules. Don't befriend fatties and the girl code is the law."

"Well.. if you need to, then do it." Becca responded. And speaking of the devil, the door opened and in walked Maya. Sydney grabbed Becca's hand and the two left. Alison mentally readied herself.

"Maya.. can we talk?" Alison asked, approaching her as she tidied her hair up.

"You like Matt, right? And you wanna know if you can ask my permission to date him or go further, right?"

"Uh, well.. Yeah." Alison remarked.

"Look, Alison, I love Matt. I always will. He loves me. He always will. But that love is no longer keeping us together. It's not the love of a relationship but that love you keep for someone after all you've been through." She explained. "I'm not in charge of Matt or anything, if you wanna date him then go ahead." She put her hair in a pony and left.

Alison was stunned, but then she smiled.

--

Sydney was in the hallway, sorting her locker out. "I really need to get a system in order here." She pulled out a timetable from Middle School. "What?"

"Knock knock." Andrés said, banging on her locker door.

"Oh, hey, do me a favour and hold this." She lifted up a huge bag of rubbish. "Lockers can get messy."

"Hey, hey- Syd." Andrés said placing the bag on the floor and stopping her from practically removing everything from her locker.

"I wanna join Glee Club."

"WHAT?" She asked.

"I- oh, was that a bad 'what' or?"

"No, no, just.. shocked I guess."

"And to sweeten the deal.. here." He pulled out a box and handed it to her. Sydney's eye went straight to the word on the rose pink box. 'Chanel' She opened it.

"OH MY GOD." She screeched, "THESE ARE CHANEL RAY BANS?!"

"Well.. you said you wanted them."

"I was only kidding but oh my gosh, thank you." She flung her arms around his neck and hugged him.

"So, do I have permission to audition?" He asked. "Obviously." Sydney smiled, placing her new ray-bans on, despite it being cloudy and dark outside and her being indoors.

Meanwhile at the other end of the corridor Alison approached Matt. "Here." She said, handing him his jacket, neatly pressed and folded.

"Oh, thanks." He smiled, "Smells great."

"So, I was thinking, another date Friday night?" Alison asked.

"Yeah, sure- Wait, date?" Matt exclaimed.

"Mhm, I was thinking- why not? We both like each other. But.. just dating, not an official relationship or anything- just testing the waters." Alison said. Matt nodded in agreement. "Walk me to Glee club?" She put out her arm for Matt to link.

--

The group were now all sat in the choir room. Mrs. Clarke walked out the office with Andrés.

"So, guys, we have a new member." She announced, happily. Andrés stood and gave an awkward wave a small "Hi". Alison looked down the line at Sydney who was sat with her glasses on, looking at him.

"He also bought me these, so I think it's guaranteed he's in." Sydney announced. "I was gonna ask why do you look like an extra from Top Gun." Angelika remarked.

"Hang on, he still has to audition." Mrs. Clarke announced. "And I'm ready to."

"Okay, I chose this song because I like it a lot- and I'd really like any of you to join in if you can relate. It's a song about having someone in your life that you love a lot. Either as a friend or a partner."


The Note-Worthy:
Do do do do do do do do do do do do do
Do do do do do do do do do do do do do

Andrés:
New Jersey tongue
Not saying too much
I'm feelin' your attitude
That east coasting baby
Is driving me crazy
Just like it's supposed to do

Lily:
With hands that could save me
Face that could break me
Sort of in love with you
But I wouldn't say that to you

Joe:
And I'm trying to find the words
To tell you how I feel
And show you that it's real
And now I'm trying to find the words, uh

Sydney (with the Note-Worthy):
I don't know what else to say but you're pretty fucking dope
(Just so you know)
I've been thinking 'bout the ways that I wanna hold you close
(Just so you know)
I don't know what else to say but you're pretty fucking dope
(Oh just so you know)
Oh-woah, uh, huh
I don't know how else to say this but you're pretty fucking dope

The Note-Worthy (Lily):
Do do do do do do do do do do do do do
(Do you already know?)
Do do do do do do do do do do do do do
(Do you already know?)

Alison:
Do you got a girlfriend
'Cause if you don't then
I'm coming after you
Don't wanna be selfish
But I can't help it
I'm wanting more of you

I know I'm cool as shit
You want more of it
This much I know is true
But I wouldn't say that to you

Zach:
And I'm trying to find the words
To tell you how I feel inside
And it's real
And now I'm trying to find the words, uh

Joe and Sydney with the Note-Worthy:
I don't know what else to say but you're pretty fucking dope
(Just so you know)
I've been thinking 'bout the ways that I wanna hold you close
(Just so you know)
I don't know what else to say but you're pretty fucking dope
(Oh just so you know)
I don't know how else to say this but you're pretty fucking dope

The Note-Worthy (Alison):
Do do do do do do do do do do do do do
(Hey, hey)
(Do you already know?)

Do do do do do do do do do do do do do
(Do you already know?)

Do do do do do do do do do do do do do
(Do you already know?)

Do do do do do do do do do do do do do
(Do you already know?)

Andrés:
What I think about ya
And all the ways that you make me feel
Do you know what I think about you
Uh huh,
(Alison: Do you already know)
What I think about ya
And all the ways ways that you make me feel
Do you know how I think about you
Woo, oh,

Joe:
I don't know what else to say but you're pretty fucking dope
Just so you know

Zach:
I've been thinking 'bout the ways that I wanna hold you close
Just so you know

Lily:
I don't know what else to say but you're pretty fucking dope
Oh just so you know

Andrés:
I've been thinking 'bout the ways that I wanna hold you close

By now the entire group was up on their feet and enjoying their new member.

Joe couldn't help but feel distracted. He enjoyed the song but now the he could only focus on the fact that there was only 10 minutes of glee club rehearsals left.

And that 10 minutes went by pretty quickly. First Mrs. Clarke left. Sydney, Alison, Becca, Matt, Andrés, and Maya followed. Then Kyle, Perry, and Cass. Leaving only Joe, Alex, Zach, and Lily.

"Come on Zach, I'll give you a ride home." Alex offered. "Nah, it's fine, I'll walk. I could do with it." Zach declined politely. He grabbed his bag, said goodbye, and left. He was feeling happy for once. Everything had been set on the right track and he wasn't going to ruin it with relationships for a while. But even saying that to himself, he didn't believe it. There was one person constantly on his mind throughout all of this. He couldn't shake him either.

"Joe." Zach said to himself as he left the school.

Meanwhile back in the choir room.

"Joe, you coming?" Lily asked. Joe shook his head, "Nah, Rick wanted to talk to me."

Alex took Lily's hand and the two left.

"Plans for tonight?" Lily asked. "You're my plan for tonight. Just me and you." Lily giggled as Alex said that. That's all she had wanted for so long.

Joe was now pacing the choir room. He was terrified. Not only did he have to admit to cheating but Rick never usually wanted to talk like this unless it was major. "I can't do this" Joe thought to himself. "In fact." He picked up his bag and was just about to leave when Rick appeared in the doorway.

"Going somewhere?" He asked with his usual cute grin. "Oh.. Hey." Joe nervously smiled.

"So I uh, wanted to talk to you about something pretty big." Rick began.

"Wait, no, let me go first. I need to say this before I burst." Joe exclaimed. "I... slept with Zach. At New Years. I'm sorry, I didn't mean for it to happen, I just-"

"Joe, it's okay." He said in a calm, soothing voice. "I love you, and yes, you did cheat, but us- this relationship, it wasn't destined to be forever."

"Rick.." Joe said, his voice full of confusion. He was hurt by Rick's words, but also shocked that he wasn't reacting the way he thought he would.

"Look, Joe, I was offered a job.. up north.. and I accepted." He started, Joe was shocked, "Which means.. us, what we have, has to end."

"No.. I could- we could run away together."

"Joe.."

"Remember when you took me out of town and we spent that night together where we could actually be a normal couple for once."

"Of course I remember, I loved it, but.. it just isn't meant to last. Don't get me wrong. I do love you and I always will love you. You've done so much for me than anyone else can."

Joe was silent, he was trying his hardest to fight everything.

"Before you I was just a 24 year old having fling after fling. I was only in one relationship prior to this.. and it was for 9 years. We were young and it was the time of my life. And after him I thought it would just be a series of flings forever.. but then you- you're only young but you helped me. You made me realize it was possible to love again and to not be ruled by pointless flings. I will always be grateful for that. Which is another reason why I'm not mad about the cheating thing.. You and Zach are supposed to be together. I hope that after us, after you heal and recover, you and him can take another shot and stay together this time. I've always felt jealous when it comes to you two because it was something I could never live up to. I could never give you that full on relationship that you need and want. But I hope I've given you something as well."

Joe was now sat at the piano, tears in his eyes. "Don't forget Joe, I'll always love you and I'll never forget you.." He gave him one last hug from behind and kissed him, grabbed his coat and left.

"Oh my god.." Joe said to himself. He felt like he was about to die.

--

Meanwhile, outside. "Lily, I forgot my phone.." Alex said. As the two were about to walk back in the school they passed Rick who looked upset.

"Oh no." Lily gasped to Alex, the two then began running to the choir room. They got to the entrance and saw Joe just sat at the piano crying.

"Joe..." Lily quietly said. She walked up to him and sat next to him on the piano, putting her arm around him. Alex sat on the other side and did the same thing. They just sat for around half an hour. No talking. No noise. Alex and Lily just sat with him. Eventually they all went home.

It was now around 10PM - Alex and Lily postponed their date to stay with Joe. Although the two were just sat cuddling on the couch watching a movie whilst Joe was on the single chair. "Guys.. I'm going to bed." Lily and Alex didn't say anything. He just left. He got into bed and drifted off. His phone buzzed, startling him, but it was just Zach... "Just Zach... Just the guy who was constantly on his mind"

He fell asleep again... Around 2 hours later he felt someone get into bed from the left. Then the right. It was Lily and Alex... "What the hell?" He thought. But he was too tired to fight. Plus it felt kinda nice.

Morning came quite quickly. It was 6:30am. Only those three were in the house. Joe slipped out of bed, pushed Lily and Alex together so they could hug, and turned the alarm off his phone. They deserved a lie in. He brushed his teeth and made his way downstairs. He opened the curtains letting the sunlight wash his skin. He felt like it was gonna be okay. He was still raw, but he was going to be okay.

Meanwhile at school Zach had gotten their extra early to prepare for his first day of being Coach. He was excited and happy for once. Even if it was 6:30. He got to his locker to get his things when he noticed the pictures of him and Joe. He stared at them for a while. Checked his phone. Nothing from Joe.

Joe was now at his piano in the music room.


Joe:
We keep behind closed doors
Every time I see you, I die a little more
Stolen moments that we steal as the curtain falls
It'll never be enough
As you drive me to my house
I can't stop these silent tears from rolling down
You and I both have to hide on the outside
Where I can't be yours and you can't be mine

But I know this, we got a love that is homeless

Why can't I hold you in the street?
Why can't I kiss you on the dance floor?
I wish that it could be like that
Why can't it be like that? 'Cause I'm yours
Why can't I say that I'm in love?
I wanna shout it from the rooftops
I wish that it could be like that
Why can't it be like that? 'Cause I'm yours

Zach:
It's obvious you're meant for me
Every piece of you, it just fits perfectly
Every second, every thought, I'm in so deep
But I'll never show it on my face

But we know this, we got a love that is hopeless

Why can't you hold me in the street?
Why can't I kiss you on the dance floor?
I wish that it could be like that
Why can't we be like that? 'Cause I'm yours
Why can't I say that I'm in love?
I wanna shout it from the rooftops
I wish that it could be like that
Why can't we be like that? 'Cause I'm yours

Zach couldn't help but feel a massive sting. He wanted to remain single and focus on himself but the thought of not being with Joe was hurting.

Joe (and Zach):
I don't wanna live love this way
(I don't wanna hide us away)

Zach (and Joe):
I wonder if it ever will change
I'm living for that day, (someday)

Joe:
When you hold me in the street
And you kiss me on the dance floor

Zach:
I wish that we could be like that
Why can't we be like that?

Joe:
'Cause I'm yours, I'm yours

Zach:
Oh, why can't you hold me in the street?
Why can't I kiss you on the dance floor?
I wish that it could be like that
Why can't it be like that? 'Cause I'm yours

Joe:
Why can't I say that I'm in love?
I wanna shout it from the rooftops
I wish that it could be like that
Why can't we be like that? 'Cause I'm yours

Why can't we be like that?
Wish we could be like that

Zach picked up his phone again. "Hey.. Are you okay? You haven't replied to any of my messages. x"


MusicEdit

Song Title Original Artist Performer(s)
Tonight I'm Getting Over You Carly Rae Jepsen feat. Nicki Minaj Lily and Zach
Ave Maria Beyonce Lily
Kiss It Better Rihanna Joe with the Cheerios
At Night (I Think About You) MNEK Alex and Matt
Dope Fifth Harmony Alison, Lily, Sydney, Andrés, Zach and Joe with the Note-Worthy
Secret Love Song Pt. II Little Mix Joe and Zach

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