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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:  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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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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Characters: Kurt/Blaine, Rachel, Finn, Artie, Mrs. Pillsbury
Rating: NC-17
Reaction to: 4.14, "I Do"
Word Count: ~10,000
Summary: 4.14 missing scenes. The line in the sand that Kurt has drawn between himself and Blaine keeps shifting. Kurt might be okay with that.
Porn summary for people who want to skip to the good part: UST, UST, UST, UST, UST; followed by sex, UST, sex, sex, sex
Warnings: light kink
Author's Notes: I made a YouTube playlist for folks who may not be familiar with the songs in this story. Also, Kurt Hummel accessories-with-chains will be a theme herein. Here's a visual reference for those who have not memorized his canon wardrobe.
It Takes a Village: Thanks to nachochang for cheerleading and multicorn for a smash-up job of betaing. I could not have done it without either of you. Thanks also to misqueue, nadiacreek and whisperyvoices for helping find Kurt's chained accessories. Thanks judearaya and her belly fics for belly-worship feels.

 

 

Kurt should try to forget why he fell for Blaine in the first place, but it's kind of difficult with Blaine smiling at him through every damn lyric of the song and his eyes all wide and expressive like some Disney cartoon heroine. )

 

Pairings: Kurt/Adam (sorta kinda maybe dating),Kurt/Blaine (bros helping bros)
Reaction to: 4.14, "I Do"
Word Count: 1,663
Summary: Kurt has coffee with Adam the day after he gets back from Lima. Kurt notices that the barista has a crush on Adam, and Adam notices … well, you'll see.
Alternate summary: Kurt hits Adam with the DUH stick, and then Adam hits him back.

Author’s Notes:
Thanks to Excedrin Migraine for making this story possible, and to 

[livejournal.com profile] punkkitten2113  for giving in to my caffeinated pleas for a beta.

 

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Here's another ficlet I started the week after 3.05 The First Time and never finished. I think I intended it to be part of the same fic as this, which is probably why I never finished either of them. They are so different, tonally. Of course, so were Kurt and Blaine for much of that episode.

It ends just before the "If you see any of Rachel's campaign posters, feel free to tear them down"/"Do you think we're too sheltered as artists?" that takes place in canon.

Kurt POV, 816 words, no warnings. Unless you need to be warned for science.Kurt almost didn't sign up for astronomy. Since his freshman year at McKinley, he's always associated the astronomy room – and hence, the entire field of science – with straight kids making out. )



Characters: Blaine and Emma Pillsbury, with brief appearances by Sam, Kurt and Asian Persuasion
Rating: PG-13
Spoilers: 4.12 "Naked"
Word Count: ~2,000
Summary: 4.12 missing scene +. No teacher tells Blaine to go see Ms. Pillsbury, and his boyfriend doesn't drag him there. But he goes to talk to her anyway, because he wants to.
Warnings: living with/internalizing homophobia (not a central theme of the fic, but it comes up).
Author’s Notes: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] punkkitten2113  and [livejournal.com profile] lavender_love00  for the encouragement! This one is thrilling and terrifying to post since it's pretty much a freewrite. But I'm gonna be brave like Blaine and do it anyway. Any errors are mine. 

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Characters: Blaine, Sam, Tina, Kurt (pairings as in canon)
Rating: PG-13
Spoilers: 4.11 "Sadie Hawkins"
Word Count: 2,882
Summary: 4.11 reaction. Blaine loves three different people in three very different ways. Kind of a mirror piece to "Unexpected Gifts" (lj / tumblr / dreamwidth), but can be understood on its own.
Author’s Notes: Thanks to nachochang for betaing! Title inspired by meta by [personal profile] misqueue. Any errors are mine.


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Title: Everything's Connected, If Only You Can Feel It 
Characters/Fandom: Kurt/Blaine, Stoner Brett
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~5,500
Spoilers: 4.03, “Makeover"
Summary: Blaine takes up a new hobby in hopes of becoming closer to Kurt, despite the distance between Lima and New York. Stoner Brett turns out to be a surprisingly erudite, if flawed, mentor. Blangst with moments of humor.
A/N: Reaction fic to 4.03. Thanks to The-Multicorn for betaing,

[livejournal.com profile] lavender_love00 for helping me figure out what this story was going to be about, and[livejournal.com profile] punkkitten2113for encouraging me and trying to help me come up with a title in the middle of the night. You can find the canon reference to the club Blaine joins here.

Also on tumblr.
The poster was covered by the words "Fixie Your Life" in all-caps Helvetica and, at the very bottom, the hand-scrawled meeting time and location. )

I do not know spoilers for 4.04 or beyond, so please help keep me and my little secluded corner of fandom protected by not mentioning spoilers or spec (including songs, guest actors, scenes from promos, etc.) in the comments. Thank you!
Title: Everything's Connected, If Only You Can Feel It 
Characters/Fandom: Kurt/Blaine, Stoner Brett
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~5,500
Spoilers: 4.03, “Makeover"
Summary: Blaine takes up a new hobby in hopes of becoming closer to Kurt, despite the distance between Lima and New York. Stoner Brett turns out to be a surprisingly erudite, if flawed, mentor. Blangst with humor, or humor with Blangst – I'm not sure which.
A/N: Reaction fic to 4.03. Thanks to The-Multicorn for betaing, gingerandfair  for helping me figure out what this story was going to be about, and nachochang for encouraging me and trying to help me come up with a title in the middle of the night. You can find the canon reference to the club Blaine joins here.

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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: Cat-alyst
Pairing/Fandom: Kurt/Blaine, Glee
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~1,650
Spoilers: Vaguely for canon up through 3.03 "I Am Unicorn"; but no specific plot spoilers
Warnings: none (unless you count flirting and PG-13 raunchiness)
Summary: Written for this prompt from [personal profile] likeasouffle: Future!fic: Blaine wants a kitten! (Look at its little paws!) Kurt is skeptical. (They pee! They scratch things!) In the end, Blaine wins.

A/N: I wrote this last winter as a freewrite, then took it out this week to clean up as an antidote to the awfully sad piece I finished on Tuesday. Thanks to punkkitten2113 [profile] punkkitten2113 and [personal profile] judearaya for cheerleading. Enjoy!

 

"Kurt." Blaine swallows hard and looks into Kurt's eyes. "I visit ICanHasCheezburger like, 12 times a day." )

 

Title: Cat-alyst
Pairing/Fandom: Kurt/Blaine, Glee
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~1,650
Spoilers: Vaguely for canon up through 3.03 "I Am Unicorn"; but no specific plot spoilers
Warnings: none (unless you count flirting and PG-13 raunchiness)
Summary: Written for this prompt from [livejournal.com profile] likeasouffle: Future!fic: Blaine wants a kitten! (Look at its little paws!) Kurt is skeptical. (They pee! They scratch things!) In the end, Blaine wins.
A/N: I wrote this last winter as a freewrite, then took it out this week to clean up as an antidote to the awfully sad piece I finished on Tuesday. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] punkkitten2113 and [livejournal.com profile] judearaya for cheerleading. Enjoy!

"Kurt." Blaine swallows hard and looks into Kurt's eyes. "I visit ICanHasCheezburger like, 12 times a day." )

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!
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