Joe looked around the room and at all the kids wandering around as Mr. Shue and Kato chatted. He really didn’t know a lot of the people around here as well as he should for him to be here, but he tried to shake the thoughts out of his head as he scanned the room for someone who he was at least slightly close to. When he eventually saw someone he smiled and waved back when he saw Jeff.
"Hey man, how’s it going?" Joe told Jeff as he shook hands with the other and smiled warmly and waved at Harmony who was off in another corner of the room chatting with someone. He was a little nervous talking to Jeff however, especially since the whole incident with the baby became a thing and how awkward he got while the two were texting a couple of weeks ago. He glanced back at Harmony and looked her over. She wasn’t obviously showing yet, but he knew enough that his head was tricking him into thinking she was. In another second, his glance flickered back to Jeff.
"I guess specifically how’s that…that…" Joe began, trying to find the right, unspecific word to use for Harmony’s situation. As he continued to stumble over the word, he felt a hand slam into his back and an arm swoop around his shoulders, Joe could only guess that Kato was finished small talking with Mr. Shue.
"Oh! Jeff! Long time no see! How are you man?" Kato asked Jeff with a grin, greeting Jeff like a long lost friend even though the two had only hung out once years ago in California. Kato looked, oblivious, between the two who shared half exasperated half uncomfortable looks. "Oh? What were we talking about?"
"Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Let’s go get a pop gentlemen."
Jeff finished a quick exchange with Mr. Schue, letting the man know how he was doing and pointing out Harmony when he asked. He asked about his wife and his daughter, waving to both as they were pointed out in the crowd of pleasant conversation around them as people caught up with each other. Letting hte mna go to play party host and talk to other people, Jeff turned the entirety of his attention to his old friend.
Jeff shook Joe’s hand and flashed him a warm smile. “I’m alright, glad to take some time off to spend with some family and friends. You know how it goes.” He began to rattle off, his usual talkative self coming through. Though, Joe’s odd behavior didn’t escape his notice, and he could see the man glancing over at Harmony. He knew what was coming before the other even posed the question, even one that seemed to trail off into nothingness. It was unmistakable what Joe was trying to get at. For a second Jeff almost forgot that he knew. He was so used to people not knowing, but of course, he had been one of the first people they– well, Harmony, had told. So of course he’d be curious, it was only natural.
“Uh, right. That. Actually, uh…” To be fair though, he didn’t really know what to say either. What was he going to say? That he was still freaking out about his impending fatherhood but at least had come to terms with the fact that this was indeed reality and was trying desperately to support Harmony from nearly three thousand miles away. Yeah, that wasn’t exactly the kind of casual conversation one made at these sort of things.
Luckily, it seemed he wouldn’t have to decide as Kato came popping up out of nowhere. “Kato, hey…” He greeted the man, not quite as cheerfully as he should have, though he was still stuck in the headspace of the previous conversation, so pleasantries were a bit lost on him. But Joe saved them from more awkwardness and as they turned to walk Jeff managed to get his wits about him.
“Yeah, pop sounds good.” He nodded, turning to Kato with his usual cheery smile. “So how are you doing man? Long time no see indeed. I feel like I should see you more with how often Joe talks about you.” He said, kicking off a conversation that steered far, far away from the one Joe had them sailing towards earlier.
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It seemed hard to believe that only something like six years ago, Rachel had always been so set on never coming back to Lima once she had graduated high school and gotten out into the real world. Back then, she had thought that there wasn’t much the small town could offer her once she had gotten spoiled by living in New York, and that it held nothing but memories she would much rather forget. Going off to college in the city was a much different world than anything Lima ever had been, after all, and it seemed like there would be no comparison when she thought about it. Not that she ever really considered coming back home for a while, especially after going through a period of time where she didn’t speak with her fathers. During that time, there was really no reason for her to consider returning to Lima, and the thought never crossed Rachel’s mind. Afterwards, however, it never seemed like appropriate times, even once she and her dads were alright. When she got pregnant, she spent most of her time trying to prepare for a baby she wasn’t sure she was ready for, and by the time that she could have considered taking a trip back to her home town, she had been too far into the pregnancy to fly anywhere. And she had been living in Boston at the time. Her fathers never once complained about making trips to Boston, and later, New York to visit their grandchildren and daughter and eventual son-in-law, however, so Rachel never really had to think much about coming back to Lima. They did, once or twice, but only for short visits between her shows and when Noah could take the time off from the cafe, once it had gotten it’s feet off the ground. This was the first time, in what seemed like a long while, that the family had been able to really take some time off for a long weekend.
Smiling as she watched Azriel and Maddie play with Clare, Mr. Schuester’s little girl, as though they were already the best of friends, despite having only met a few hours before, Rachel shifted Avigail in her arms as she glanced around the room. Familiar faces all surrounded her, and she realized — not for the first time — how long it had been since she had been in the same room as everyone else at once. God, when had been the last time? The wedding, over four years ago? Graduation? It was quite possible. Everyone had grown up, and everyone had different lives now than they had before. Even with her closest friends, it was hard see them as often as she wished she could, because they all had different lives and different responsibilities that all kept them busy. Which made now the perfect time to catch up with some people she might not get a chance to see for another long while once the weekend was over. As Azriel came back over towards her and clutched the fabric of her skirt with his small fingers, Rachel smiled at him and ran her hand over his hair before glancing at Avi, checking to see if the baby was still handling the overwhelming amount of people okay. “How are you doing, bud?” She asked, glancing down at him once more and returning him smile, “Are you having fun?” Nodding his head, Azriel glanced around the room, and Rachel could almost swear she noticed his eyes light up (again) when they landed on a figure across the room. "Uncle Jeff!" His tone was excited, and Rachel smiled, tapping his cheek, causing him to look back up at her. “Do you want to go say hi? I’ll go with you, I think your sister would like to see him as well.” Seconds later, an excited four year old was all but dragging Rachel through the room, an excited cry falling from his lips once more, "Uncle Jeff!"
Jeff seriously couldn’t believe the turnout for the reunion. He’d known that most of the McKinley New Directions kids had kept in touch with each other in some way over the years with a couple of exceptions. He was the same with his own glee club, having kept in touch with all his old Warbler friends over the years. Sebastian was working at a law firm, making plans to partner before thirty, Ezra was working on his next album and traveling for inspiration, David had just gotten a promotion while working for the NSA, Trent was working in San Francisco and Nick was a high school English teacher, just like he’d always wanted. If he stopped to think about it he’d notice how cool it was that he seemed to be surrounded by successful people. But this was a reunion, and even more this was different. It was one thing to call, text and skype each other, updating one another on their lives and liking each status update on facebook. It was totally different to come together in one place like this, for one unifying reason with family and friends. But so many people were here and that was just so, so cool to Jeff. That feeling of family and community was coming back to him, and he didn’t realize until now that it had been something he’d lost over the years. Yes he had his family and his loved ones and he kept in touch as best he could. But traveling as much as he did, he didn’t feel grounded sometimes, which made this whole coming together feel a bit of a rarity. Which is why he was glad he got to experience it now tagging along with Harmony.
Smiling as the kids ran by, he watched them dart up the stairs in whatever game they were playing. Then he turned his attention back to chatting with Mrs. Schuester and complimenting her on how lovely her home was. When he was done making small talk he let her go to talk to the other guest, knowing that she’d probably want to catch up with the McKinley folks and trying not to monopolize her time. He was thinking he’d get a refill on his drink when he suddenly heard his name being called through the crowd. He grinned, looking in the direction of the voice, then looking down. “Hey buddy, how’s it going?” He greeted Az, the biggest smile on his face as he bent down to muss the boy’s hair. “Give me some skin.” He added, holding his hand out for a high five from the kid. “How’s it feel being a big, bad four year old now?” He asked, finding humor in the question even though he knew turning four was a big moment in a kid’s life. He would know, he’d been there and the party had been pretty awesome. At the very least Az looked like he really enjoyed himself, or at least enjoyed the large pile of presents he received. Glancing up at Rachel, he stood to full height and pulled her into a hug. “Hey shining star, nice to see you again.” He laughed, knowing he only saw her the other week. Still, he enjoyed seeing her and her family and would take every moment time allowed them. “And hello to you too, Avi.” He smiled, bending down to kiss the girl’s forehead before she started squirming again. “You guys enjoying the reunion then?”
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March 5, 2020
Jeff really loved Harmony. Sometimes he felt like he couldn’t ever express that enough, but he was absolutely in love with this woman. He loved the way she smiled, he loved the way she sang, he loved the look on her face when she came out for curtain call and the entire theatre was filled with the sound of thunderous applause. He loved her when she succeeded and he loved even when she was full of doubts (though he’d do anything to get rid of them). She was one of his best friends, a constant in his life despite his constant movement all over the country. He shared everything with her, and being back home swimming in a sea of nostalgia had him quickly realizing there was one more thing that he had absolutely had to share with her before they left.
“Come on, it’s just up here.” He told her as they cut through the courtyard after he’d shown her around some of Dalton’s grounds. The campus really was beautiful. He’d never taken the time to appreciate it when he’d gone there, but now he could see how lucky he was to go to non-magical Hogwarts (or gay Hogwarts as it was more commonly known). Letting go of Harmony’s hand to open the door for her to walk through, he flashed her a smile before following in after her and closing the door. Immediately he felt like his bones were defrosting as the school’s central heating melted off the icy chill from outside.
Defrosted and excited he began leading her down another hallway. He’d already shown her all the main attractions, the grand staircase, the dorms and all his old stomping grounds (now being promptly stomped on by fresher, younger faces), but there was one more thing he wanted to show her while they were here. Well, there were a million things he wanted to show her, and maybe one day he finally would, maybe with their child in tow. Just like his parents had shown him around their university where they’d met. It was in a show choir competition that he’d initially met Harmony, after all. It could be a family trip one day. Jeff smiled to himself as he entertained the thought, wondering when he’d started thinking about family all of a sudden. But then he realized that Harmony and their child would be his family, and maybe he was just finally starting to grow into his new role.
“Here it is.” He said, stopping in front of a large trophy case (more like cases). It’d been a long time, and there were so many new names and awards filling the shelves. But Dalton loved its history and they kept everything they could as far as school wins went. Which is why after some careful searching he finally found it. “There.” He said, pointing at a section housing all the Warbler wins over the years, specifically the ones ranging from 2009-2013. All hanging over annual pictures of the Warblers from the years he went to school. “I know it’s weird taking you here, but we’ve spent the last few days with your old choir talking about your old McKinley family. Thought I’d show you my family from when I was here.” He explained, reaching out to take her hand in his. “These guys were– most of them still are brothers to me. They were my family when I didn’t think I really had one.” He looked down at her and gave her a soft smile, his thumb absentmindedly grazing over the back of her hand. “So I kind of wanted to share this with you.”
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It’s cool being back in Ohio for longer than two seconds to see my family and eat all their food. I never realized how much I let this stuff slip my mind over the years. Now I feel like I’m being hit with wave after wave of nostalgia.
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Joe and Kato sat outside in the jeep, cigarettes to their lips, and smoke coming out of the windows.
"Go in." Kato told him. "I’m here to be your moral support remember?" he put the cigarette out on an ashtray that sat between the two of them, the contents of two packs worth of cigarette stubs in the tray. "We even ended up getting a hotel room and everything." Joe sighed and lit another cigarette. The last time Joe had been to an event with the old glee club was Stevie’s funeral, and that was to be a support to Sam. This time however, it was a joyful event, with people he had only really truly gotten to know over the internet after moving to Japan and back again. He felt himself sinking into the same depression that happened after his break up with Tina.
"I guess you’re probably right. But I don’t know." Joe replied. Kato glared at Joe.
"JUST DO IT. Don’t be so insecure, we’re not teenagers anymore." Kato snapped at him. Joe nodded and finished his cigarette and put it out. He opened the door and slammed it behind him, with Kato following soon behind him. He knocked on the door and smiled when Mr. Shue opened the door.
"Long time no see Mr. Shue." Joe told him. "This is my friend from Japan, Kato."
Time was seriously going by too fast for Jeff to be able to keep up. On one hand, he loved living the fast life, going from place to place and making the most out of every moment. On the other, every day that passed felt like a day closer towards this future that he simply wasn’t prepared for. But he was trying, God was he trying. And part of that meant getting back to his, and Harmony’s roots. After spending some time in New York trying to sort things out for said impending future, Jeff hopped a plane back to Ohio to both spend some time with his family and attend McKinley’s glee club reunion with Harmony.
If anything, this was what both of them needed right now. To slow down for a second and remember their foundation and their family. He spent some time in Westerville with his family and after this he was planning on checking out Dalton again for kicks. They always loved when alumni came back and showed off how successful they were. But this was something else entirely, a small family of people who loved each other but weren’t bound by blood. It was weird because he usually tried to see them so often, but really getting all for them together like this, including some outliers like Santana and Dave, really said something. Yeah, he loved the fast pace life, but if they were going to bring a baby into this world, this was the kind of environment he wanted it to be in. Loving, warm and friendly.
Jeff walked into the reunion with Harmony, characteristic grin on his face as he did so. The first thing he did was beeline for Mr. Schuester, and on the way saw another friend of his. It was nice to see everyone gathering here, especially people like Joe who he rarely ever got to catch up with in person for one reason or another. “Mr. Schuester! Hey, thanks for letting me come today. It’s really nice to see you again.” He greeted the old choir director whom he’d met back in their competition days. Man those seemed so long ago, but he certainly still remembered the quite interesting character. “And hey Joe, what’s up man. Long time no see.”
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I don’t know. I haven’t really spoken to him in a while. He’s probably been busy. I’m pretty sure he’s got his own thing planned out though with his family and what not and I’ll just see him at the reunion. I’ll be fine on my own.
Oh, well that’s unfortunate, but I get it. If you’re sure, but maybe if you run into someone you guys can work something out. Hopefully, right? Besides, it’s a reunion, I wouldn’t say you’d be on your own for very long. I’ll see you soon though.
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I arrived here today too! No family to stay with however, and I’m starting to wonder if I should have asked someone to share the hotel room with me. It’s a little weird being here on my own.
Aw no, well that sounds a bit lonely. I’d offer to let you stay with me, but I think Westerville is quite a bit out of your way. Where’s Sam staying? I’m surprised you didn’t just room with him. You guys are like brothers after all.
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After a crazy month of coast hopping between LA and New York, I’ve finally stopped somewhere not really in the middle. I’ve spent most of the night catching up with my family, and in case anyone was wondering, they’re doing great! My sister is ruthlessly climbing the corporate ladder over at Silver & Sterling’s, and my folks are kickin’ it like they do. It’s pretty sweet. Nothing like being back home.
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