07 June 2010 @ 06:49 pm
"Endearing Insults" - Glee - Rachel/Quinn - PG  
Title: Endearing Insults
Pairing: Rachel/Quinn
Rating: PG
Word Count: 506
Summary: Rachel rationalizes her way around Quinn's insults and decides Quinn has had a crush on her for a very long time.
Disclaimer: I don't own the characters but I do own this plot.
Author's Notes: Quinn isn't pregnant and is still in the Cheerios as head cheerleader. No spoilers unless Kurt's hand moisturizing routine counts.

The verbal insults that used to make Rachel cry herself to sleep at age 12 have only been continually recycled since their inception. There’s no originality in the slurs that get thrown at her anymore. The nicknames Quinn came up with for Rachel in middle school are still the same, released with the same bite, the same hissed rage.

She’s gotten so used to being called ‘RuPaul’, ‘Manhands’, and ‘Treasure Trail’ that she even finds them kind of endearing.

A girl simply being called a drag queen would likely sting the ego (though Rachel knows quite a few drag queens and they’re all rather talented and sincere men) but Quinn’s choice to call Rachel ‘RuPaul’ holds barely any sting at all. By Rachel’s standards, RuPaul is a widely acclaimed, talented, gorgeous man and woman when the mood strikes him. If Quinn had perhaps chosen the innocuous term ‘drag queen’ as a taunt Rachel would be less inclined to believe that Quinn, in calling her ‘RuPaul’, was backhandedly complimenting her on a regular basis.

Besides the fact that she’s a girl, there’s no possible way Rachel could be in possession of manly hands based on her stature and frame. She’s even compared her hands to the few boys that have befriended her and though her hands are quite similar to Kurt’s in touch and kept appearance (“I get a manicure every three days and moisturize with duck fat twice a day.” “Duck fat?” “Yes. It’s high in linoleic acid and helps reduce the risk of dermatitis.”), Finn and Puck have hands she could really only categorize as paws. Rachel has thusly rationalized that Quinn, while subjected to the paws of the male sex, would rather the touch of a more feminine hand but as head cheerleader of a nationally ranked team in small town Lima, Ohio needs to keep up a heterosexual appearance and therefore has taken to degrading the object of her desire to a level acceptable to her façade (Rachel thinks Quinn has had on a crush on her since 6th grade).

Rachel had to use Urban Dictionary to identify the term ‘treasure trail’ the first time the insult was thrown. The definition led Rachel to the astounding conclusion that Quinn Fabray, captain of the cheerleading squad, president of the celibacy club, good Christian girl Quinn Fabray, wanted to bed her and was announcing it to hallways and classrooms full of people multiple times a week (though clearly no one at McKinley High had reasoning skills above a 3rd grade level because Quinn was never chastised for openly albeit subtly declaring her lust for one of the school’s most tormented students).

Sure, the nicknames are up for interpretation but Rachel’s fairly certain that, while only 16 years old, her powers of deductive reasoning are much more developed than any of the students who carelessly recycle the blonde’s insults. Only Quinn Fabray knows their true meaning but Rachel’s smart enough to read between the lines.
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[identity profile] tutorgurltigger.livejournal.com on June 7th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
lol, that was cute. Now you should do one from Quinn's pov where the insults are actually what Rachel thinks :-P
Emma: little miss quinn fabray[identity profile] falsealarm715.livejournal.com on June 7th, 2010 11:43 pm (UTC)
hah, yea i was definitely thinking of doing that next so keep an eye out for it. :)
[identity profile] likekazam.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
Love this! As well as the color scheme of your journal... haha
Emma[identity profile] falsealarm715.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
tyvm on both accounts. :D
[identity profile] elerigo-amor.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
I can see her reasoning behind that, and it is a good observation on your part in the show
Emma[identity profile] falsealarm715.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
oh wow, thank you. :)
[identity profile] insaneantics21.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
Loved this! =D It was adorable!
Emma[identity profile] falsealarm715.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2010 02:24 am (UTC)
glad you thought so. :D
[identity profile] miss-darkmoon.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2010 07:14 am (UTC)
This made me smile. So cute!! Go Rachel :D And I love how you had her pinpoint where Rachel thought Quinn had a crush on her from...

Overall, awesome; thanks for posting! :D
Emma[identity profile] falsealarm715.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2010 07:20 am (UTC)
thank you :D
[identity profile] becloseau.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2010 08:34 am (UTC)
This is awesome. I love Rachel's reasoning and I totally agree with it. I definitely want to see this from Quinn's pov.
Emma[identity profile] falsealarm715.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
very happy you liked it. don't worry, i'm working on quinn's part right now. :)
[identity profile] unreao.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2010 09:21 am (UTC)
I loved Rachel's reasoning! Smart girl, of course Quinn wants to get into her pants. Those repressed feelings are so obvious sometimes, :)

That was a great read.
Emma[identity profile] falsealarm715.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
i'm pretty sure rachel is the go-to expert when it comes to repressed feelings lol. happy you liked it. :)
[identity profile] putakeepareyou.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
I had to use Urban Dictionary to figure out what Treasure Trail was as well. Haha.
This was cute, I would definitely like to read Quinn's POV on this! :D
Emma[identity profile] falsealarm715.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
hah, thank you very much. quinn's part will be out soon enough, you won't have to wait long. :D
[identity profile] mjacton.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
Interesting reasoning. I'd be curious to see if it proves true.
Emma[identity profile] falsealarm715.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
you won't be curious for that much longer. :)