Title: Apologies

Fandom: Glee

Pairing/Characters: Jesse St James, Shelby Corcoran, mentions of Rachel Berry

Rating: FR13

Disclaimer: Glee belongs to Ryan Murphy and company.

Prompts: Written for day 15 of mini_nanowrimo where I signed up to write 250 words a day during the month of November.

Notes: Set post Season One, but does not contain spoilers for Season Two.

Summary: Jesse and Shelby both show up to watch Rachel during Sectionals.

Word Count: 279


Jesse doesn't call attention to himself, instead he slips into a seat in the back of the auditorium. It's only Sectionals and he doesn't want to throw her off. He doesn't acknowledge Shelby when she sits down in the seat next to him. It might be unfair, but he blames her for everything that went wrong in his life between Sectionals and Regionals last year. The only good thing that Shelby did for him was that she introduced him to Rachel.

Still Jesse takes her hand when Rachel graces the stage. He thinks about the last time that he saw her and he wishes that he could take away that moment of defeat away from her. All thoughts of the past fade away with the first note that comes out of her mouth. Jesse turns to Shelby and they share a brief smile. Rachel has only gotten better since they last watched her perform.

He loses himself in her flawless performance and when she's done, he turns to Shelby.

“She's only going to get better.”

Shelby gives him a smile that might contain some maternal pride but Jesse's not completely certain. And once again, he feels anger at Shelby. If not for her meddling, he might be sharing this moment with Rachel instead of lurking in the back of the auditorium because he has to hide his feelings for her. Shelby gently squeezes his hand and he looks back at her.

“I'm sorry,” Shelby quietly states.

The apology is late and he's not certain that it actually makes anything better but it's something and it's a start. He squeezes her hand back as the next group takes the stage.



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