Filling another prompt for Hailee because I can’t stop.
They started the walk to Noah’s house in silence, and she noticed Finn actively slowing his stride so that they could walk at the same pace. Their hands brushed each other incidentally and she tried to ignore the shiver it gave her.
"What’s wrong?" Finn asked after they’d walked about a block.
Finn snickered. “Rachel, we’ve known each other since we were 5, and this is the first time I’ve ever heard you go 3 minutes without talking. So, tell me - what’s buggin’ ya?”
Rachel sighed, kicking the ground a little with her next step. “I guess I just don’t feel like I fit in with everyone who’s going to be at this party,” she said quietly. “Noah only gives me the time of day because his mother and my papa know each other from the synagogue booster club. And I’m sure he invited all the cheerleaders, like Quinn Fabray who hates my guts.”
In response to that sneering comment, Finn chuckled. “Rach, you’ve gone to school with her for less than a week. How can you be so sure that she hates you?” Without waiting for an answer he playfully wraps an arm around her shoulder as they keep walking. “Besides, I’ll be there. I’ll introduce you to the guys from football and the other cheerleaders and you’ll be good to go. It’ll be totally cool, I promise,” he insists, giving her a little squeeze before withdrawing his arm.
"Okay…" she said, dramatically exaggerating her resigned tone, and he laughed.At least she’d successfully deflected the conversation away from the issue that was really bothering her.