Fic summary:  An unlikely friendship forms. Dave learns to love himself, Blaine learns to trust love, and Kurt learns that love is both simpler and a lot more complicated than he expected. AU from 3.05 with canon elements.
Chapter summary: Dave and Burt have a talk. ~2,800 words
Notes: This will likely be the only chapter I’ll be posting this week as I have spontaneously decided to take a mini-vacay with my partner. I should be back to the semi-regular schedule next week.
Rating: PG this chapter

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Chapter 16: Amends

On an overcast Saturday afternoon in early April, Dave drives his father's car to Hummel Tires & Lube and asks for an oil change.

The guy who waves him into the garage is not Burt Hummel. Neither is the guy who's working on a tiny Volkswagon on the next lift over. But when Dave steps out of the car and hands his keys over, he spots Mr. Hummel standing in the doorway of the front office, studying a stack of papers in one hand and scratching under the bill of his cap with the other.

It's the first time Dave has seen him in person since making his insufficient apology in Principal Figgins' office a year ago. But he couldn't have forgotten what he looked like, even if it hadn't been for all the campaign ads and interviews and photos that, for a while, popped up on Dave's homepage a dozen times a day along with the oft-repeated phrase The arts were my son's refuge.

Burt Hummel never specified who Kurt needed refuge from. Dave didn’t need him to. He already knew.

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Fic summary:  An unlikely friendship forms. Dave learns to love himself, Blaine learns to trust love, and Kurt learns that love is both simpler and a lot more complicated than he expected. AU from 3.05 with canon elements.
Chapter summary: Kurt discovers something about himself that Blaine’s known for a while; Dave practices (that’s not a euphemism); and the migration of warblers through Ohio begins. ~4,650 words.
Notes:Thanks to unseasonably warm weather, the warbler migration in 2012 started earlier than usual.
Pairings: Kurt/Blaine, Dave/Kurt crush
Rating:PG-13 this chapter

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Chapter 15: Learning to Play Rachmaninoff

It's much too early in the year, but the world is starting to bloom, anyway. Crocuses dot the lawns, and the cherry trees have formed tight buds, tantalizing passersby with the promise of what's to come.

Kurt has cracked the window open. He and Blaine are making out on his bed – really just making out, because it's been so long since they've done that and they miss the slow burn of it, and also because Sam got home early from synchronized swimming practice and keeps darting back and forth between Finn's room and every other place in the house, and it brings his footsteps near the threshold of Kurt's door at least once every four-and-a-half minutes, if the songs that are playing softly out of Kurt's docked iPhone can serve as an accurate keeper of time.

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Fic summary:  An unlikely friendship forms. Dave learns to love himself, Blaine learns to trust love, and Kurt learns that love is both simpler and a lot more complicated than he expected. AU from 3.05 with canon elements.
Chapter summary: Dave discovers that coming out never goes quite as you expect it, and that maybe the good in the world outweighs the bad. ~2,192 words.
Warnings:
homophobia, homophobic language (but they don’t dominate the chapter)
Pairings: Kurt/Blaine
Rating: PG-13 for this chapter

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Chapter 13: Starting Anew

Dave's Monday is surprisingly uneventful – anticlimactic, really, after years of fearing the worst.

Maybe his new school is better than McKinley. Or maybe Burt Hummel was right. Maybe the only reason McKinley was so bad was because Dave made it that way.

There are stares, but he's gotten stares before. Most of the classmates who spoke to him before are still speaking to him as if nothing's changed – and maybe some of them don't know, but a lot of them must.

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Fic summary:  An unlikely friendship forms. Dave learns to love himself, Blaine learns to trust love, and Kurt learns that love is both simpler and a lot more complicated than he expected. AU from 3.05 with canon elements.
Section summary: Dave is the star of an off-season football game. His life will never be the same. ~6,500 words.
Notes: We are past the point 3.14 "On My Way" happened in the canon timeline; it didn't happen in this fic and it will never come up. Yay! Here’s what I did take from canon (reminders from the Second Interlude that are still relevant here: Dave was a member of the hockey team in season 1 (it’s mentioned in 1.08, “Mash-Up”). Scott Cooper was the hockey team member who led the slushying of the football team in 2.11, “The Sue Sylvester Shuffle.” Rick “The Stick” Nelson is the member of the hockey team who ran for class president against Kurt, Brittany and Rachel in Season 3. Finn appears in this chapter; sorry if that inadvertently makes anyone sad.

Warnings:
Bullying, homophobia, homophobic language, passing reference to possible, long-past suicidal thoughts (um, but this is not an angsty chapter, so how did that stuff end up in here?)
Rating: NC-17 again. Woot!

Prologue | Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Interlude | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Chapter 11 | Second Interlude

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Chapter 12: Gamechange

A high school all-star football game is, perhaps, one of the most ill-conceived ideas Kurt has ever heard of. As if most of the jocks didn't already think highly enough of themselves. As if the schools didn't already make it clear that athletics were more important than academics (because Kurt has yet to hear of an all-star valedictorian poetry-and-math slam), or that brute force is more important than character.

 

 

 

Fic summary:  An unlikely friendship forms. Dave learns to love himself, Blaine learns to trust love, and Kurt learns that love is both simpler and a lot more complicated than he expected. AU from 3.05 with canon elements.
Section summary: The story of why Dave stopped playing hockey. It’s not a happy one. ~1,235 words.
Notes: It feels weird to post fic today, but I said I would, so I am. Now's a good time to repeat that I ignore 3.14 "On My Way" in this fic. Here’s what I did take from canon: Dave was a member of the hockey team in season 1 (it’s mentioned in 1.08, “Mash-Up”). Scott Cooper was the hockey team member who led the slushying of the football team in 2.11, “The Sue Sylvester Shuffle.” Rick “The Stick” Nelson is the member of the hockey team who ran for class president against Kurt, Brittany and Rachel in Season 3. Also, this chapter is sad (although hopeful). If you’re in the mood for that, okay; if not, wait to read it until I post the next chapter so you can read both at the same time. The next chapter is a lot happier.

Warnings:
Bullying, harassment, homophobia and homophobic language/actions, violence, physical pain, people being awful
Rating: This chapter PG-13.

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Second Interlude

The spring of Dave's sophomore year at McKinley, on the day that his finger splints were removed, he sat down at the piano and tried to play. But every stroke against the keys made him flinch.

The pain brought him back to the moment when Scott Cooper broke his fingers and then tugged him up off the ice with a "Stop moaning, you goddamn Liberace."

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Fic summary:  An unlikely friendship forms. Dave learns to love himself, Blaine learns to trust love, and Kurt learns that love is both simpler and a lot more complicated than he expected. AU from 3.05 with canon elements.
Section summary: The story of why Dave stopped playing hockey. It’s not a happy one. ~1,235 words.
Notes: It feels weird to post fic today, but I said I would, so I am. Now's a good time to repeat that I ignore 3.14 "On My Way" in this fic. Here’s what I did take from canon: Dave was a member of the hockey team in season 1 (it’s mentioned in 1.08, “Mash-Up”). Scott Cooper was the hockey team member who led the slushying of the football team in 2.11, “The Sue Sylvester Shuffle.” Rick “The Stick” Nelson is the member of the hockey team who ran for class president against Kurt, Brittany and Rachel in Season 3. Also, this chapter is sad (although hopeful). If you’re in the mood for that, okay; if not, wait to read it until I post the next chapter so you can read both at the same time. The next chapter is a lot happier.

Warnings:
Bullying, harassment, homophobia and homophobic language/actions, violence, physical pain, people being awful
Rating: This chapter PG-13.

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Second Interlude

The spring of Dave's sophomore year at McKinley, on the day that his finger splints were removed, he sat down at the piano and tried to play. But every stroke against the keys made him flinch.

The pain brought him back to the moment when Scott Cooper broke his fingers and then tugged him up off the ice with a "Stop moaning, you goddamn Liberace."

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Fic summary:  An unlikely friendship forms among Dave, Blaine and Kurt. Dave learns to love himself, Blaine learns to trust love, and Kurt learns that love is both simpler and a lot more complicated than he expected. AU from 3.05 with canon elements.
Chapter summary: The boys try hanging out together in a new place. Also, Blaine apparently wants to be every gay teen's peer sex educator. ~4,000 words.
Notes: Now's a good time to repeat that I ignore 3.14 "On My Way" in this fic.

Pairings in this section:
Kurt/Blaine, Dave still has his crush on Kurt.
Rating: This chapter PG-13 (How'd that happen?)

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Chapter 11: The Long and Winding Road


The shop is closed on Monday for President's Day, so Kurt decides to join Blaine and Dave for one of their Monday-afternoon study sessions.

Except that school is also closed on Monday, which somehow translates into Dave having an all-day football thing that makes no sense to Kurt, so the study session is cancelled. Was cancelled ages ago, in fact, but no one bothered to mention it to Kurt until Sunday.

("Didn't football season end already?" Kurt said irritably when Blaine broke the news to him. He was ashamed for snapping at Blaine, but Blaine took it in stride, which was good, because if Blaine had asked him what he was irritable about, he wouldn't have had an answer.)

So they don't see Dave on Monday, but Kurt and Blaine sit at the kitchen bar and study anyway because they've been putting it off all weekend, and it's nice, the way their legs brush against each other as they work. Kurt tries not to think that it would be even nicer if Dave were there, sitting on the other side of Blaine, how it would be a little easier to concentrate because Kurt would know for sure that everything was normal between them, and not weird and awkward because of what happened Saturday night.

 

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Fic summary: An unlikely friendship forms among Dave, Blaine and Kurt. AU from 3.05 with canon elements.
Chapter summary: Blaine gets back from Cincinnati, and he and Kurt make up for lost time (i.e. lots of sex ensues). Dave surprises himself. Sugar has her Valentine’s Day party at Breadstix, but other major events from 3.13 “Heart” involving these characters do not happen. 10,345 words.
Notes: Now's a good time to repeat that I ignore 3.14 "On My Way" in this fic. Also, sorry about the double returns in the LJ version of this; LJ didn't like my html and the only workaround is manually reentering 400 paragraph returns. I hope you understand why I'm not going to do that. :).

Warnings: slut-shaming/shame
Pairings in this section: Kurt/Blaine, Dave/OC, and Dave still has his crush on Kurt.
Rating: NC-17

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Chapter 10

Kurt wakes up to find a bottle of ibuprofen and a glass of water next to his bed, and three messages on his phone.

Blaine: Call me when you’re up to it.

Dave: I hope you’re feeling as good today as you did last night.
Dave: P.S. Blaine loved this picture so I thought I’d send it to you.

The photo is from Scandals. Kurt doesn’t often like to look at pictures of himself, but Blaine’s right: this one is good. His face is glowing with soft colored light of the movie screen, and somehow he has a smile on his face even as he sips his Long Island iced tea through a straw. He’s just noticed the camera and is looking at it sidelong in a way that looks like both invitation and challenge. He’s vivacious. He’s radiant.

Looking at the photo, Kurt feels a tenderness toward himself that he doesn’t often experience, like he’s getting a glimpse of himself through Blaine’s eyes. Although, of course, it’s Dave who took the picture.

Kurt doesn’t dwell on what that might mean.

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Fic summary:  An unlikely friendship forms among Dave, Blaine and Kurt. AU from 3.05 with canon elements.
Chapter summary: Blaine gets back from Cincinnati, and he and Kurt make up for lost time (i.e. lots of sex ensues). Dave surprises himself. Sugar has her Valentine’s Day party at Breadstix, but other major events from 3.13 “Heart” involving these characters do not happen. 10,345 words.
Notes: Now's a good time to repeat that I ignore 3.14 "On My Way" in this fic.
Warnings: slut-shaming/shame
Pairings in this section:
Kurt/Blaine, Dave/OC, and Dave still has his crush on Kurt.
Rating: NC-17

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Chapter 10

Kurt wakes up to find a bottle of ibuprofen and a glass of water next to his bed, and three messages on his phone.

Blaine: Call me when you’re up to it.

Dave: I hope you’re feeling as good today as you did last night.
Dave: P.S. Blaine loved this picture so I thought I’d send it to you.

The photo is from Scandals. Kurt doesn’t often like to look at pictures of himself, but Blaine’s right: this one is good. His face is glowing with soft colored light of the movie screen, and somehow he has a smile on his face even as he sips his Long Island iced tea through a straw. He’s just noticed the camera and is looking at it sidelong in a way that looks like both invitation and challenge. He’s vivacious. He’s radiant.

Looking at the photo, Kurt feels a tenderness toward himself that he doesn’t often experience, like he’s getting a glimpse of himself through Blaine’s eyes. Although, of course, it’s Dave who took the picture.

Kurt doesn’t dwell on what that might mean.

He calls Blaine.

 

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Fic summary:  Blaine is drunk at Scandals and asks Dave Karofsky to tutor him in math. An unlikely friendship forms among Dave, Blaine and Kurt. AU from 3.05 with canon elements.
Chapter summary: Señor Martinez! Moulin Rouge! 7,775 words!
Notes: It probably will help if you’ve seen 3.12 “The Spanish Teacher" and Moulin Rouge! but it’s not strictly necessary. Also, since I’m playing with canon the past few chapters and some people may be panicking, now’s a good time to say I completely ignore 3.14 “On My Way" in this fic. Although there is angst in this story, there will never be *that* much angst.
Pairings in this section: Kurt/Blaine, and Dave still has his crush on Kurt
Rating:
NC-17
Warnings: underage drinking

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Chapter 9

Blaine’s been in Cincinnati for a few days, staying with his aunt after the surgery, when he receives a text from Puck.

Puck: You better come back soon. Mr. Schue brought in this guest teacher today to show us how to get our Latin spirit on, and your boy is totally eye-fucking him.
Puck: Which I have to admit, I would too if I was gay, because this guy is almost as hot as I am.

 

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Fic summary:  Blaine is drunk at Scandals and asks Dave Karofsky to tutor him in math. An unlikely friendship forms among Dave, Blaine and Kurt. AU from 3.05 with canon elements.
Chapter summary: Sebastian turns out to be more dangerous than anyone thought. A chapter with canon elements. Assumes familiarity with 3.11 “Michael.”
Notes: Sorry for the delay in posting this. Work, migraines, computer problems, life …
Pairings in this section: Kurt/Blaine, background unrequited Dave/Kurt
Rating:
NC-17 overall, this chapter PG-13
Warnings: violence consistent with canon, discussion of eye surgery, Sebastian and Santana saying things that Sebastian and Santana would say

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Chapter 8

At the end of January, Dave gets a call from Kurt.

Kurt's texted Dave before, but he's never called – even digitized, his voice makes Dave's heart beat faster.

"Kurt." Dave sits down on the edge of his bed.

"Hey. I just wanted to let you know – Blaine can't – no tutoring tomorrow." There's something wrong with Kurt's voice, not quite panicked but definitely edgy.

Dave tries to inhale, but his lungs only stretch so far before the knot in his stomach stops them. "Are you okay? Why didn't Blaine call me?"

"Um, he's asleep. On, um, opiates. His eye. Sebastian hurt Blaine's eye."

 

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Chapter summary: Have you ever gone trick-or-treating hoping you'd get peanut butter cups, but you got NONE and just ended up with a ton of  useless candy? Well, that's kind of how Dave's week goes. Also, Kurt and Blaine discover a shared erotic interest. ~8,950 words
Pairings in this section: Kurt/Blaine; one-sided Dave/Kurt; Dave/OCs; references to Dave/Sebastian; and then there's the bromantic pairings, but the list would get way too long
Rating:
NC-17

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Fic summary:  That first time they go to Scandals, about the only thing that doesn’t end up in disaster for Blaine is when he asks Dave Karofsky to tutor him in math. An unlikely friendship forms among Dave, Blaine and Kurt. AU from 3.05 with canon elements.

Chapter summary: Dave's car breaks down and Kurt helps. Finn is a bit of a douchebag, and Burt wants to know why Kurt never tells him anything. Also, Dave is kind of overwhelmed by Kurt's amazing wondrous amazingness, but Kurt doesn't seem to notice, and Dave is fine with that. ~8,300 words

Notes: This is an ensemble fic, and Blaine doesn't appear in this chapter. But the Hudmels do! Go Hudmels!
Pairings in this section: Kurt/Blaine; one-sided Dave/Kurt
Warnings: brief negative self-talk, language
Rating:
NC-17

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Chapter 6

 

When the other Scouts in his troop were pursuing their merit badges in automotive maintenance, he stuck his head in the clouds and went for aviation and astronomy. )

 


Fic summary: An unlikely friendship forms among Dave, Blaine and Kurt. Or, Dave learns how to love himself, Blaine learns how to accept love, and Kurt learns that love is more complicated — and simpler — than he ever imagined.

Section summary:
Flashback. Dave realizes he’s gay and doesn’t come to terms with it.

More notes: There is a reason this isn’t a numbered chapter. It takes a step out of the timeline and back a couple years. It can be read at any point – on its own, before you begin the story, or several chapters in. If you’re reading Fidelity as I post and don’t feel like going into Dave’s brain right now, save it for when you do.

Section warnings: If this chapter didn’t have homophobia, internalized homophobia, slurs, and misgendering, it would be a very inaccurate portrayal of Dave’s journey.
Pairings in this section: Dave/Brittany, massively unrequited Dave/Kurt
Rating: NC-17 overall

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2009
 

What Dave is has been written in his muscles and his heart as long as he can remember; it’s been plastered all over his wet dreams since puberty began. Still, he never let his waking brain clearly picture himself with a guy until he finally hooked up with someone for the first time.

Before that, the images were vague and inexplicit when he jerked off. Sometimes, he thought of the strange, warm feeling of safety he’d have sitting at the foot of Azimio’s bed, flipping through Sports Illustrated and sharing a bowl of popcorn while watching whatever was on ESPN. When he felt more daring, he’d remember details of the casual football scrimmages he played with his friends after school: the grip of another player's hands on his hips as he was being tackled, the heft of torso and pelvis on the back of his thighs, the shock of hitting the turf all tangled up in someone else's body. The best times were when he’d replay and expand upon backyard wrestling matches that he’d lost, pinned down to the ground by the weight of another guy, helpless and immobile, caged between their legs and arms and at the absolute mercy of anything they decided to do to him.

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Summary: That first time they go to Scandals, about the only thing that doesn’t end up in disaster for Blaine is when he asks Dave Karofsky to tutor him in math. An unlikely friendship forms among Dave, Blaine and Kurt.

Or, Dave learns how to love himself, Blaine learns how to accept love, and Kurt learns that love is a lot more complicated — and a lot simpler — than he ever imagined.

This chapter is about 5,000 words.

Chapter warnings: near-helplessness, homophobia in many forms, references to dead animals and dissection in biology class – and math
Pairings in this chapter: Kurt/Blaine (throughout)
Rating: PG-13/R this chapter; NC-17 overall

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Chapter 3

Dave manages to go a week without calling Blaine. He keeps telling himself he can do this year on his own, the way he's pretty much done every year of high school: no connections, no true friends, no one who knows who he really is.

Just nine more months in solitary – that's all he has to do, and every day brings him closer to his release date.

 

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Notes: This chapter is so dependent on canon that it can be read as a standalone 3.05 ("The First Time") reaction fic. At the same time, it's integral to Fidelity, so ... read it on its own or with the rest (or not at all). It's up to you. Starts out sad, ends up with 6,000+ words of NC-17 yay-sexytimes. Additional author's notes, etc. at the Prologue, which you can get to by clicking on "prologue" in my taglist in the sidebar.

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Chapter 2

It turns out that tonight is not the best night of Blaine's life.

If it had ended the moment he exited Scandals, it might have been. But outside of that refuge, everything goes awry. Love and desire, it turns out, are not enough to get him and Kurt to the place they’ve both said they want to go.

 

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