Characters: New Directions + Will Schuester
WARNINGS: Talk about depression and suicide.
Spoilers: 3x14, “On My Way”
Summary: Based on this prompt at the Glee angst meme (x)
“Tell me what would be the one thing that would send every member of ND over the edge.”
A/N: I don’t usually ever take prompts, but this wouldn’t get out of my head. And it’s meant to be for me, privately. But just in case I ever do show someone.
“Is that true?”
“That day, I promise you it felt like the end of the world. But you know what? It wasn’t. Yknow for some of you, getting caught cheating isn’t a big deal. But there’s something. Everyone has something that might take them up to that edge. And look at all the things I would have missed out on, I would have never met you guys, or Emma, I would have missed out on everything.”
“So right now, I want you all to think of something that would take you to that edge. What is the one thing, the one event or circumstance that you feel you wouldn’t be able to deal with, the thing you would make you feel like giving up.”
Many of the kids felt panic grip them, that was far too personal to share, why would he ask such a thing. Making them think depressing thoughts didn’t seem the right way to go about this.
It was Finn who spoke up, “Mr. Shue—”
“Hear me out guys. I want you to think of that thing, and then I want us to share them with each other. I think it will bring us closer together as a group, as a family. It will also make it easier for us to look out for each other. Sometimes these thoughts sneak up on us, and if we know what to look for, maybe we can catch you before you fall from that edge,” his voice starts to twist up, eyes shining, “You kids are amazing. Sometimes I think you’ve all taught me more than I could ever teach you. You all have such bright futures, I just don’t want to see any of you hurting in that way, desperate enough to try something like that.”
There’s a small silence that follows while Mr. Schuester composes himself.
Then, someone clears their throat to speak.