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The Popular Kids (Prologue) R

Title: The Popular Kids
Author: glasheen25
Rating: R
Pairings/Characters: Finn/Quinn, Puck, Rachel, ensemble
Warnings: character death, strong language, some sexual scenes
Spoilers: for all of season 1
Word count: 733
Disclaimer: This Glee fanfiction is based upon the television show of the same name. All characters and situations other than my own are sole property of Ryan Murphy Productions and 20th Century Fox Television.
Summary: When Quinn Fabray is brutally murdered, the police mount an investigation and quickly discover that there is more than one McKinley High student who would like to see her dead. The prologue is set in the days preceding the pilot episode of Glee.
A/N: I just want to say a huge thank you to abluegirl who very kindly agreed to beta this story for me and gave me lots of good advice:)

The wind whipping her golden-blonde hair furiously around her face, Quinn raced desperately along the dimly lit street. The night sky was inky-black, the stars and moon obliterated by the stormy clouds overhead and the surrounding darkness was almost suffocating. No lights glowed in the windows of the magnificent houses that lined the street, their occupants long tucked up in their beds. Quinn screamed and roared but nobody came to her aid, the sound of her voice lost under the furious screech of the wind.

The steady patter of footsteps behind her echoed ominously in the air and Quinn’s heart practically exploded out of her chest with terror.

She wasn’t going to make it, Quinn suddenly knew, her breath coming out in low, shallow rasps and burning her lungs. Panic threatening to overcome her, Quinn redoubled her efforts, her long, bare legs splattered with mud as she rounded the final corner.

This was the street she'd known all her life. The place where she'd played jump rope with her sister as a child; their happy cries filling the air as the thick rope slapped off the warm asphalt. The place where she'd shared her first kiss with Finn Hudson, her lips on his sticky with cherry lipgloss and his hands sweaty against her back. This was her home. The one place where she was meant to feel safe, where nothing bad could ever possibly happen. Not anymore. The graceful trees lining the street now took on a more ominous presence, their branches threatening to reach out and swallow her whole. Shadows loomed from every corner and promised to harbor something even more evil than the person who even now, Quinn was certain was gaining ground behind her.

Sometimes, shivering in her skimpy Cheerio uniform on the playing field, Quinn inwardly cursed Ms. Sylvester, wishing she could be anywhere but there. Now, she was grateful. Being head cheerleader of the Cheerios, ensured Quinn was strong and fit, her lean body carefully honed through hours of turning cartwheels and flying into somersaults in the air. Quinn had no baseball bat, no gun, no knife, nothing she could use to fend off her assailant. Her body would be the only weapon she could use if she was to save herself.

Stepping down off yet another curb, Quinn cried out in frustration as she momentarily lost her footing and fell down heavily onto the ground.

"Fuck." she groaned, her knee aching in protest as she forced herself to get to her feet, not even seeing the bright trail of red that snaked down her leg.

“Come back here, Quinn. I just want to talk to you.” the voice called menacingly from behind her, causing Quinn to quicken her pace, her eyes desperately scanning the darkness for an escape. Icy water seeped into her sneakers as she stepped into yet another puddle and her Cheerio’s uniform clung miserably to her skin but Quinn hardly noticed.

She was almost there.

The sprawling mansion loomed into sight and racing up the driveway, Quinn banged desperately at the door.

“Mom, open the door.” she pleaded, her knuckles reduced to a bloody mess as she pounded frantically on the door.

“Mom.” she screamed again, tears stinging at her eyes and nausea starting to pool in her stomach. “Help me, please. He’s going to kill me.”

A resounding bang and an explosion of pain was the last thing Quinn felt before she sank into darkness.



( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 9th, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
What is this!? New fic from you!? Yay!!
Your writing is impeccable, the descriptions are perfect and so real. You can definitely feel the absolute terror and anguish, especially at the end. I'm excited to see where this is going, can't wait for the next chapter! I'm anxious to find out who it is...they know her name...hmmmm
Jan. 9th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
Yay:) Glad you enjoyed it ♥

Thank you for the wonderful review ♥
Jan. 10th, 2011 12:48 am (UTC)
This is a great start. I've always thought Glee needed a little murder mystery. And a guess from the title that this killer is going after the popular kids???

Can't for next chapter.
Jan. 10th, 2011 07:28 am (UTC)
Yay!!!! glad you enjoyed it ♥
Jan. 10th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
This detail was especially fantastic: The place where she'd shared her first kiss with Finn Hudson, her lips on his sticky with cherry lipgloss and his hands sweaty against her back I really love the tactile imagery of it! I think it adds a lot.

Can't wait for the rest! (I love whodunits!)
Jan. 10th, 2011 07:29 am (UTC)
I love whodunits as well!!! I think I've watched too much Cold Case/Criminal Minds etc. in my time:)

Anyway, glad you enjoyed it ♥
Jan. 10th, 2011 07:15 am (UTC)
I am so intrigued by this and can't wait for more! This bit totally got me: The place where she'd shared her first kiss with Finn Hudson, her lips on his sticky with cherry lipgloss and his hands sweaty against her back.

Fantastic detail... it all made my heart ache. Wonderful job! :)
Jan. 10th, 2011 07:30 am (UTC)
Thanks for your wonderful review:) I'm glad you enjoyed it ♥
Jan. 10th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
Great story! Can't wait for the rest of the story! :-)
Jan. 11th, 2011 12:57 am (UTC)
Yay:) Glad you enjoyed it:) (Forgot to log in first time)
Jan. 29th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
Stunning opening! Love it!
Jan. 29th, 2011 02:06 pm (UTC)
Yay:) Glad you enjoyed it ♥
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