IX \\ An Extraordinary Glee Christmas

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"We might have spent our entire decorating budget for the whole year, but with something that looks as absolutely fabulous as this, I have to say, brav-ho-ho-ho." Emilia said as she walked into the choir room and sat down next to Blaine and Sam. She gazed up at the huge Christmas tree that was covered in purple and silver tinsel and decorations, avoiding Santana's stare.

Finn walked into the choir room, followed by Rory. "Hey, everybody, listen up. My man, Rory Flanagan here, wants to say a few." Finn sat down in front of Emilia and smiled backwards at her.

"Thanks, Finn Hudson." Rory said with a large smile. "So, guys, my mummy was going to come visit for the holidays, but plane tickets are expensive, so it's my first Christmas without any family. I'd like to cheer myself up by dedicating this song to them and to the King."

"Jesus?" Brittany asked.

Rory ignored her and started to sing 'Blue Christmas'. Throughout the song, Emilia found herself looking over at Santana, before realizing what she was doing and turning her attention back to Rory. From what she could see, Santana also looked slightly emotional with the song.

"Gosh, that song was so depressing. I may actually be dead right now." Santana said dryly when Rory had finished singing.

"I think, what Santana means is, although that that was mournfully beautiful, now that the whole glee club is back together, I think that we should focus on the more joyous and the pageant aspect of this holiday season." Rachel translated.

"Rachel's right." Emilia agreed. "Last Christmas was super sad. Kurt was at another school, Coach Sylvester trashed everything, and Artie got a pair of magic legs that broke the next day." She explained. "We were the island of misfit toys. This year is going to be-"

Emilia was cut off by Mr. Schue entering the choir room. "This year, it's a whole new sprig of mistletoe." He announced. "Guess who's not getting coal in their stocking for once. Us. Rory, have a seat." Mr. Schue said with a large smile on his face. "I just got off the phone with Don Borowski, the local station manager at Lima's PBS affiliate. Turns out that their annual broadcast of the Yule log burning has been cancelled."

"The hell?" Artie asked in anger.

"Yeah, they can't afford the licensing fees anymore. But thank you, Scrooges who own that copyright, because Don came to Sectionals, he loved what we did – and he is offering us-"

"A Christmas special featuring all of us?" Rachel asked, interrupting Mr. Schue. "Okay, please say you said yes."

"Not only did I say yes, but when Don said that they were looking for a director for the special, I nominated you, Artie." Mr. Schue revealed.

"Me?" Artie asked insecurely.

"Yeah. He saw West Side Story, loved your work, and he wants to take a meeting." Mr. Schue replied.

"But I swore I would never sell out and do television." Artie protested. "I'm really going to have to think about this, Mr. Schue." Emilia looked at him in surprise but decided to let him think about it.

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Rachel was singing 'River' by Joni Mitchell in the auditorium. The New Directions were sat in the audience watching her perform.

At the end, Artie did not look too impressed. "Yeah. Rachel, could you come see me?" He requested.

"Yes, Artie, of course." Rachel obliged. "And if this is about my ear, I know that they're a little naked right now, but that's just because I'm waiting for something special. Something that's really gonna sparkle and, you know, catch the light. So what's up."

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