Title: Third Time Around (Remixed)
This is an AU One Shot for an old (and since discontinued) story “Third Time Around”. Mostly because somehow this re-mix actually turned out better then how the original long form story was going.
Basically the initial prompt was: “Rachel lives in a Brooklyn loft with her teenage daughter. The dad – maybe Finn – isn’t involved. Puck enlisted in the military right after he graduated but now he’s moving to New York. Somehow he runs into Rachel and they spark something up.”
In “Third Time Around” Rachel had gotten pregnant by Finn before HS graduation and in the story she tells Noah (Puck), 14 years later, that her initial gut reaction was to tell Finn the baby was Noah’s; but, not wanting to saddle Noah with a child that wasn’t his she didn’t (especially since he was leaving for boot camp). During that conversation with Noah she remembers what Finn’s initial reaction to being told she was pregnant was and how she had once again had the urge to run to him due to Finn’s reaction rather then stay with him and try to “fix things”.
In this little slice of universe, she did.
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