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Fic: Where There's Smoke AU, [4/12]

Author: Stoney
Title: Where There's Smoke [4/12+]
Rating: PG-13 generally, but moving to NC-17 in places (will point out, accordingly, for those averse)
Pairing: Kurt/Blaine, Wes and David friendship, mentions of former Finn/Rachel
Word Count: 8100/100,000
Warnings: None, really, aside from future mentions of homophobic treatment by a parent (I never use slurs. Never.)
Summary: Fireman AU, set 7 years after graduation. Kurt is Kurt, except that he never met Blaine Anderson. Blaine grew up in Brooklyn with his mother and firefighter father. Rachel and Kurt have graduated NYADA, Kurt gained a Masters from Tisch, and now they're in their first post-college apartment together ready to tackle their dreams. Unfortunately, Rachel never learned how to properly cook and almost sets their new house on fire. Enter Dreamy McFirepants.
A/N: This wouldn't exist without the most amazing editor a person could ask for, flaming_muse. Any remaining errors fall squarely on her my shoulders. :D Also, I am ultimately a romantic, I don't like character death, I love writing happy endings, and Kurt and Rachel live in my dream place in Carroll Gardens (it's modeled after a real piece of real estate there.) I tried to be as accurate as a visitor to NYC can get, but did take a few liberties with neighborhood bodegas. Um, I also have a huge thing for firemen and I make no apologies for that.
A/N 2 And now there is artwork! Whoa. That is too cool! By mandolinmonger. OVERWHELMED. Very very grateful! But...wow!

Kurt pinked and shoved at Finn's arm. ‘His name is Blaine, and he happens to be a fireman.’ ‘Wow, dude, that is so cool! He let you drive one of the fire trucks yet?’ ‘Don't be absurd,’ Kurt laughed. ‘This is our first official date. Besides, there probably are rules against that sort of thing'Collapse )

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oatmeal_cookie
Dec. 15th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
Talky boys and makeouts, yes, this is definitely what they do best. :D :D :D

Oh, Blaine. So much baggage that comes with being a firefighter, so many kinds of hurt that must come with every single thought of his dad. I ache so much for him, I feel awful that he has to be so careful, that he can't let himself just fall into Kurt completely. I'm glad they found each other, though, that they found someone that they know it'll be worth it with. I love that the instant depth of everything they've been sharing was made clear on both sides, that they're both kind of gobsmacked by the wonder of it all. Gorgeous, gorgeous writing.
stoney321
Dec. 15th, 2011 06:34 pm (UTC)
They really do the talking and make outs so well... And where is THAT very special episode of just them making out?

There is a LOT of baggage that comes with it, and it's something they're both going to have to face head on, no doubt.

And I want to tattoo your comment on my eyelids to be a permanent bedtime story. Thank you!
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stoney321
Dec. 15th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'm so happy you're liking the Rachel/Kurt friendship!! I just love it. Well, and obviously Klaine, too. :D

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!
luvxander
Dec. 15th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
YAY!!!! There's more!!!!









And now I have to wait :(

stoney321
Dec. 15th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD THE BLAINE GIF, CJ. Mesmerizing and HILARIOUS.
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cutepoison89
Dec. 15th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
All together now - D'AWWWWWWWWWWW!!!


Oh my gosh, the date was absolutely wonderful and could not stop grinning like a moron while reading! I love how they talked about everything, not just small talk and they're both head over heels already :') Just beautiful. Also lol Finn yelling at random people because of football and the Michigan dig, heh.

As always, can't for more!
stoney321
Dec. 15th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
I love that you grin while reading it, that's awesome!!

Hahaha, there is NO RIVALRY like Michigan/Ohio, and I'm saying this as a Longhorn. I'm glad you got a kick out of that, too. Thank you so much!
apleby_arrow
Dec. 15th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
Haaa, this chapter was so good. Their conversation was so deep and angsty. It must be awful to be at their place. But they're meant to be. Can't wait for the next chapter, you're doing such a great job with this.
stoney321
Dec. 15th, 2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
There has to be some angst, otherwise it wouldn't feel realistic, right? I'm glad people aren't put off by that (because it's going to get real.)

THEY ARE MFEO. Endgame. Absolutely. And thank you for that, it means a lot. :)
nittyismyname
Dec. 15th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
This story is just the best!
stoney321
Dec. 15th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
no, YOU are! :D Thank you very much!
thimbles71
Dec. 15th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
This story is amazing. Just lovely. I'm savoring every moment of it.
stoney321
Dec. 15th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
My gosh, thank you! That is absolutely lovely to hear, I appreciate that!
mimiheart
Dec. 15th, 2011 06:48 pm (UTC)
That was a lovely first date. And Finn! And everything. :D
stoney321
Dec. 15th, 2011 07:00 pm (UTC)
If only we'd gotten a first date in S2... But hey, that's what fanfiction is for. :)

Thank you for sticking with me!
wowbright
Dec. 15th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
gkjj;glaieruv q;ksfj;slakfj;lkjsfd sfksjdf; alj!!!!!

I had all these brilliant things I was going to say, but now I can't, because THAT CONVERSATION and THAT ENDING.

Feeeeeeeeeelings!!!!!!!!!!!

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
stoney321
Dec. 15th, 2011 07:12 pm (UTC)
I JUST LOVE THEM SO MU-HUH-HUH-HUUUCH.

Ha. THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
luvxander
Dec. 15th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
“I've wanted to do this since I met you,” Kurt whispered in Blaine's ear, burying his fingers in Blaine's soft curls. He traced along Blaine's temple with his mouth, trailing sweet kisses along Blaine's cheeks, over his eye-lids, and one soft kiss to his rosy mouth.

Oh, I'm melting!!! Secretly, I love to do this too. I calling the I'm-kissing-your-whole-face move.

“Maybe I was supposed to wait. For this. You.”

How do you know exactly how to get right into my heart, Stoney!!?

“But you don't always. It's not always the worst thing. After all, you got a call that brought you to me.”

From the guy who doesn't believe in fate. Hee!!!

*deep, satisfied sigh!!!*

Okay, so I went back and read this chapter for a third time and it's just so amazing. I still want to wrap myself up in it like a warm blanky and just cuddle!
stoney321
Dec. 15th, 2011 07:32 pm (UTC)
KURT IS LIVING MY DREAM. Ahahaha. And whee, I'm glad that line worked for you, he's so EARNEST. I heart him.

Awwwww!! Well, since I can't be down there to give you a squeeze, consider this my replacement hug. :)
rockinhamburger
Dec. 15th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Oh good, we're getting into the real meat of the conflict in this relationship. It is not easy to be with someone who risks their life every single day, and I'm sincerely glad you're delving into that, and, by the looks of it, quite deeply. As much as I love the idea of Firefighter!Blaine, it's not at all the picturesque scene Kurt (and we) are clinging to. Kurt's got to face the reality of Blaine's occupation if they're going to make this work, and I am so glad you're doing that.

Having said all that, their first date was so sweet and yummy, and I'm excited for their subsequent dates. And of course Blaine jumped to conclusions about Kurt and Finn, omg lol. Too funny. And poor Finn, all conflicted about Rachel moving on even though it was mostly his idea. But that's such an accurate reality to how we humans are. We can't help but feel pain even when we know it's the best scenario.

God I love this story. I cannot say it enough.
stoney321
Dec. 15th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love happy and sweet, but I also love for things to be real - and you take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and... I'll stop there. :D But yes, that's something that will be dealt with for sure, because it has to, right?

I just love your comments, they give me the warm fuzzies. :) Thanks so much! I really appreciate it, truly.
mandolinmonger
Dec. 15th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
“Huh?” Finn looked like he was trying to puzzle something out, then the pieces snapped together. “Oh! Fireman Blaine!”

Unbelievable. Was it going to be like this every time he met Blaine? Awkward and Kurt doing something ridiculous?


:D :D :D :D

That discussion in the end made me a bit teary. I keep clicking on the little TBC at the end hoping it will turn into a link. Is there a certain time (and in which time zone) you're updating this?

On the other hand I'm glad there's no more at the moment, because now I can start working on the fireman!Blaine -pic ;)
mandolinmonger
Dec. 15th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
Duh, firefighter!Blaine. I'm ashamed. :')
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star55
Dec. 15th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC)
Wheeeeeeeeee!! Oh, Finn, you make me love you even more when you're written as an adult. He's so adorable.
Poor Blaine, though, walking up to see Kurt hugging this other guy. ;D
This was a lovely, lovely chapter. I'm glad that Blaine and Kurt are getting to know each other before diving too deep. They're so utterly perfect for each other that it makes me swoon.
Love this chapter so much. *drifts happily*
stoney321
Dec. 15th, 2011 10:21 pm (UTC)
I really love Finn - I know it's out of fashion lately to like him, but I can't help myself. I love all the characters. (Well, mostly.)

Aren't they just the best? I love this pairing so much, it's ridiculous. Thanks, as always, for being such a great commenter/reader.
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stoney321
Dec. 15th, 2011 10:23 pm (UTC)
All of the feelings? Even constipated? I AM SO SORRY FOR THAT, THEN. ;D

I'm right there with you, people who's actual lives are on the line should be honored, and hopefully I'll do a decent job of that in this story - I really do admire firefighters, beyond just them looking lovely in their uniforms.

Thank you so much for staying with me on this story!
schmoopiepants
Dec. 15th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
I am giddy.

I have a shit eating grin plastered on my face and I'm bouncing in my seat.

The person in the office next to mine just called to see if I was alright because apparently I squealed.

This is what you have done to me.

I only started reading this today because I thought this was the other FireFighter fic that I have read already. I saw your note addressing that, and yes they started of in a similar way, but honestly, isn't everyone's headcannon that Kurt and Rachel end up as roomies in NYC and that Rachel is a terrible cook?

I've been so impressed by how spot on your Kurt and Blaine dialogue is. I think you have their voices down better than some (most) of the Glee writers.
I can't wait to read moooooooooooore! So glad this is not a WIP as I think the uncertainty and waiting would make me combust.
stoney321
Dec. 15th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
I laughed fairly loudly myself that you were busted for your squee. Then again, I only startled the dog, so...

(I actually heard back from the other author, and she's aces. We're all in agreement that Rachel would screw things up in the kitchen, bless.)

Thank you so much for trying it out, and then staying with the story! I try to post by 9am every morning, so it's not terribly painful a wait. <3
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