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Title: To Be Myself
Author: wowbright (username on tumblr, lj, ao3 and dreamwidth)
Beta: A zillion thanks to corinna (ao3)/chiasmuslovesme (tumblr) for helping me find the fic's voice and finish it!
Artist: hopelesslydevotedgleek (tumblr) made amazing art for this. Look! Look! Isn't it beautiful? She made art for my story I'm still swooning.
Additional thanks: To everyone who responded to weird random questions I posted to tumblr and encouraged me in the writing of this fic.
Word count: ~48,000
Rating: PG-13
Summary: What if Kurt had been born 25 years earlier? A story about Gen X Kurt Hummel learning about love and, most importantly, learning to be himself, 1976-1985.
Pairings (most unrequited in one direction or another, in order of appearance): Kurt/Rachel, Kurt/OC, Kurt/Finn, Kurt/Mercedes, Kurt/Dave, Kurt/Blaine
Some other characters include: Burt Hummel, Sandy Ryerson, LeRoy Berry, Hiram Berry (but with a different last name), Noah Puckerman, Santana Lopez, Will Schuester
Warnings: This story reflects the era in which it takes place; homophobia, racism, sexism, AIDS-phobia, sex negativity and tolerance of bullying and other bad things are par for the course. Off-page death of Kurt's mother; Sandy Ryerson is just as awful in this fic as he is in the show. Please contact the author if you have specific questions about triggers or pairings.
Author's notes: Wondering about the towels in Rachel's bathroom or what Kurt's alarm clock looked like? Want to see the cover of that Newsweek Kurt reads in 1983? I have a lot of extra headcanon and many historical notes and photos for this fic. I've posted some of them already on tumblr and will be posting more. You can find them under my 2014 khbb fic headcanon tag.

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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 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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Note: Chapters on AO3 are numbered differently due to factors beyond my control.

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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: 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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Note: Chapters on AO3 are numbered differently due to factors beyond my control.

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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:  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. )

 


It's a little late for the Jewish New Year and a little early for the Roman one, but maybe it's New Year's for some culture somewhere? In any case, have a little New Year's Eve-themed Klaine fluff!

Title: Happy Sappy New Year
Pairing: Kurt Blaine
Rating: PG
Summary: Snapshots of New Year's Eve over Kurt Hummel's lifetime.
Word Count: 933
A/N: Written almost a year ago for a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] mixed_berryjam. Edited today.

It's a little late for the Jewish New Year and a little early for the Roman one, but maybe it's New Year's for some culture somewhere? In any case, have a little New Year's Eve-themed Klaine fluff!

Title: Happy Sappy New Year
Pairing: Kurt Blaine
Rating: PG
Summary: Snapshots of New Year's Eve over Kurt Hummel's lifetime.
Word Count: 933

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Title: Slow Dissolve
Characters/Fandom: Kurt, Blaine, Rachel, Finn, Santana, Brittany, Burt, Carole (in canon pairings)
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~5,000
Spoilers: 4.01, “The New Rachel”
Warnings: possible physical and/or mental health issues, dieting, helplessness
Summary: Kurt changes the summer after he graduates. No one fully understands what it means – not even Kurt.
A/N: The entire fic takes place before Season 4 begins, but it’s essentially a reaction fic to the first episode of Season 4 and how I saw Kurt and his relationships portrayed in it. Title from the song “Slow Motion” by David Gray. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lavender_love00 and [livejournal.com profile] punkkitten2113 for being great betas!

Also on here on tumblr.

Extended author's note/warning: This narrative isn’t what I would consider an angst genre piece. But it’s not a satisfying narrative in which everything gets tied up neatly at the end. I don’t recommend reading this if you have been looking for the meaning of life and are frustrated that you haven’t found it yet, or if you have untreated clinical depression, or if you have a disposition toward hopelessness. I’m being completely sincere here. I’ve read things that lack resolution when I’ve been in those mental states, and I’ve regretted it every time. Come back when you’re in a different space.


If he was so invisible to the world, when would he disappear completely? )

Thanks for keeping your comments spoiler-free! 

Pairings: Kurt/Blaine, Rachel/Finn (but the story is gen)
Rating: PG
Spoilers: 3.22 "Goodbye" and "Rachel's Yearbook Message to Kurt Scene"
Word Count: 7,448
Summary: The more Kurt thinks about Rachel's yearbook message, the more he doesn't know what to make of it. Finn does, though. (Reaction fic to "Goodbye" and "Rachel's Yearbook Message to Kurt Scene".)

Author’s Notes: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] punkkitten2113 and [livejournal.com profile] lavender_love00 for betaing and being thinky with me. Any errors are mine. Also, I don’t own Glee, and I don’t make any money writing this stuff.

When she hugs him, it's like she lets go of everything else. )Also here on tumblr. I love comments, but please don't mention any spoilers in them. I stay away from those as much as possible. Thanks!
Rewatching parts of "Wheels" (Season 1, Episode 9) today. It's the one where Kurt wants to let him try out for the "Defying Gravity" solo.

Just got to the scene where Kurt's telling Burt that Mr. Schuester won't let him try out for it because "it's traditionally sung by a girl."

Part of Burt's response is "Isn't there more crossover these days? You know, chicks doing construction, guys wearing dress shoes with no socks?"

OMG Blaine foreshadowing, I love it.

Title: Being Born Is the Hardest Thing
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Kurt/Blaine, Burt Hummel, Mrs. Anderson, David Karofsky
Spoilers: 3.14 ("On My Way")
Word Count: 2,881
Warnings: Triggers that appeared in the episode, one instance of homophobic language, one instance of misogynistic language, non-explicit sex, non-explicit violent thoughts.
Disclaimer: I don't own Glee, and I don't make any money writing this stuff.
Summary: Blaine is sleeping in Kurt's bed while the rest of the family is home because, this week, no one has the energy for pretense. Feelings, with hope.
Author's note:  Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] anxioussquirrel and [livejournal.com profile] lavender_love00 for betaing. The story is also here on Tumblr. My other 3.14 reaction fic, about a discussion between Burt and Kurt, is here. I LOVE COMMENTS, but I like to stay unspoiled for future episodes; please don't mention anything that's coming up, including guest stars and song choices. Thanks!

But his son, and his son's boyfriend, are always being told that their choices are wrong. Burt doesn't want to be another voice in that chorus. Not this week. He doesn't know if that makes him a bad parent, but he can't really bring himself to care right now. )

Title: Being Born Is the Hardest Thing
Rating: PG-13
Characters: Kurt/Blaine, Burt Hummel, Mrs. Anderson, David Karofsky
Spoilers: 3.14 ("On My Way")
Word Count: 2,881
Warnings: Triggers that appeared in the episode, one instance of homophobic language, one instance of misogynistic language, non-explicit sex, non-explicit violent thoughts.
Disclaimer: I don't own Glee, and I don't make any money writing this stuff.
Summary: Blaine is sleeping in Kurt's bed while the rest of the family is home because, this week, no one has the energy for pretense. Feelings, with hope.
Author's note:  Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] anxioussquirrel and [livejournal.com profile] lavender_love00 for betaing. The story is also here on Tumblr. My other 3.14 reaction fic, about a discussion between Burt and Kurt, is here. I LOVE COMMENTS, but I like to stay unspoiled for future episodes; please don't mention anything that's coming up, including guest stars and song choices. Thanks!

But his son, and his son's boyfriend, are always being told that their choices are wrong. Burt doesn't want to be another voice in that chorus. Not this week. He doesn't know if that makes him a bad parent, but he can't really bring himself to care right now. )

Title: Looking for White Buffalo
Rating: PG
Characters: Kurt (as part of Kurt/Blaine), Burt, David Karofsky mentioned
Spoilers: 3.14 ("On My Way")
Word Count: 1,647
Warnings: things that happened in the episode, a couple swear words
Disclaimer: I don't own Glee, and I don't make any money writing this stuff.
Summary: Burt wants to make sure that Kurt is doing things for the right reasons. (For the spoiler-containing summary, highlight the black part: Burt's not sure visiting his former bully in the hospital is the right thing for Kurt to do.)
Thanks: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] anxioussquirrel and [livejournal.com profile] lavender_love00 for betaing. Author's note at the end of story.

Kurt sighs. His father always makes him talk about the difficult things. )

Title: Looking for White Buffalo
Rating: PG
Characters: Kurt (as part of Kurt/Blaine), Burt, David Karofsky mentioned
Spoilers: 3.14 ("On My Way")
Word Count: 1,647
Warnings: things that happened in the episode, a couple swear words
Disclaimer: I don't own Glee, and I don't make any money writing this stuff.
Summary: Burt wants to make sure that Kurt is doing things for the right reasons. (For the spoiler-containing summary, highlight the black part: Burt's not sure visiting his former bully in the hospital is the right thing for Kurt to do.)
Thanks: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] anxioussquirrel and [livejournal.com profile] lavender_love00 for betaing. Author's note at the end of story.

Kurt sighs. His father always makes him talk about the difficult things. )

3.11 spoilers )
3.11 spoilers )
A post by [livejournal.com profile] crown_of_weeds was getting me all thinky about the wasting away of Kurtcedes, so I went back to Grilled Cheesus (S2Ep3) to see if that's where it all began. I was scrolling through to get to the Kurtcedes scenes, when up popped a still image of two hands, poking out from black trench-coats and clasped together. For a moment, I forgot where I was and thought it was Kurt and Blaine at Pavarotti's burial in Original Song (S2Ep16). Then I remembered where I was, hit play, and realized duh, it was Burt and little Kurt at Mom's funeral. The camera focuses on their hands, Burt's hand over and Kurt's hand under, and then Burt leads Kurt away.

In Original Song, the camera focuses on two hands, poking out from black trench-coats and clasped together, but this time they are Blaine and Kurt's, Blaine's hand over and Kurt's hand under, and they walk off the screen together, neither in the lead.

Musings on Glee, symbolism and religious texts - if you are a scriptural literalist, you should probably not read this, but if you are, you probably don't follow me, anyway. )
A post by [livejournal.com profile] crown_of_weeds was getting me all thinky about the wasting away of Kurtcedes, so I went back to Grilled Cheesus (S2Ep3) to see if that's where it all began. I was scrolling through to get to the Kurtcedes scenes, when up popped a still image of two hands, poking out from black trench-coats and clasped together. For a moment, I forgot where I was and thought it was Kurt and Blaine at Pavarotti's burial in Original Song (S2Ep16). Then I remembered where I was, hit play, and realized duh, it was Burt and little Kurt at Mom's funeral. The camera focuses on their hands, Burt's hand over and Kurt's hand under, and then Burt leads Kurt away.

In Original Song, the camera focuses on two hands, poking out from black trench-coats and clasped together, but this time they are Blaine and Kurt's, Blaine's hand over and Kurt's hand under, and they walk off the screen together, neither in the lead.

Musings on Glee, symbolism and religious texts - if you are a scriptural literalist, you should probably not read this, but if you are, you probably don't follow me, anyway. )

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