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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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timba
Dec. 16th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
Firstly, thank you SO much for clearing up the 'brother' thing so quickly. It is one of those things that I get tired of seeing sometimes...the misunderstanding that can be cleared up if people would just TALK to each other. So, yay.

Also, the DATE! So sweet, so perfect! Just, walking and kissing and talking and connecting. You have written this SO wonderfully...it feels honest, and as if you were recalling something that had actually HAPPENED, not creating something.

(Random info: Hubs is deployed on a submarine at the moment, and won't be home for "some time"...and reading the beginning of this sweet and REAL relationship that very much reminds me of my first date with him, makes me not miss him so badly, for some reason. So, thank you for that!)

stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 03:02 am (UTC)
I haaaaaate when all it takes to stop a whole bunch of "wah!" malarky is for someone to just finish a damn sentence, hate that. So no, I wouldn't do that to you! :D

"it feels honest, and as if you were recalling something that had actually HAPPENED, not creating something." Nuh, uh, I am NOT knuckling away tears.... *sniff*

You are awesome, this is just lovely, and I wish you happy thoughts while he's off - and that he's home to you SOON. <3

AdamPascalFan
Dec. 16th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
Finn...as a fellow displaced Ohioian...I salute your wisdom in picking fights with the Michigan hooligans. IF WE DO NOT KEEP THEM IN THEIR PLACE CHAOS WILL RULE THE WORLD!

(and I say this not even as an OSU fan...we're strictly Notre Dame in my house....but still.)

i am very glad you chose to end the chapter last night where you did and not with Blaine misunderstanding the brotherly hug. I would have gone insane with wait if you had. And then...talky boys......making out.....talking some more...then more kissing......

I'm going to quote Rachel....

YEAHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
DOWN WITH THE BLUE AND GOLD, WHO'S WITH ME?! *sings* What is high on the outside, round on the inside, O=HI=O! Hee. (And I'm a Longhorn! But come on, ain't no rivalry like Mich/Ohio!)

I'm happy to hear you say that about the chapter ending - I didn't want it to be a cheap cliffhanger for the sake of making people wail. :)

Thank you again!!
myriad69
Dec. 16th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
Ugh, you posted this JUST before I had to head into work this morning, but I started reading anyway, because I am an idiot and I am so in love with this story. But I could only read half before I HAD to leave (and I was a few minutes late!), and then spent the whole day waiting to get back home again so I could keep reading!

And oh my FEELINGS!! I feel like I've swallowed rainbows and joy. Now I need to go and read them all again.
stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
Oh, SUUUUURE blame me for you being late. ;D Oh, that's so awesome that you're engrossed in this little made up world of mine! <3 <3 Thank you!
out_there
Dec. 16th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC)
I've just had christmas cake with brandy cream, so I'm not at my most eloquent, but I want to flail at how adorably gentlemanly Blaine is, how fun it is to feel those first-date nerves with Kurt and how weirdly grown-up-kid-endearing Finn is. (And the entire idea of frings. That's awesome.)

*flails appropriately*
stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
So how about we develop of a series of tubes where you send me some of that cake? Because YUM. I am completely surrounded by a lack of that. Ha.

Blaine, even with a "blue collar job" he's ever the dapper gentleman, he just can't help himself. Manners count. ;)

(Frings are real!! And crack me up.) Thank you for reading and commenting again! <3
amyryd
Dec. 16th, 2011 03:46 am (UTC)
HOLY CRAP! Kurt thinks HE was the one swooning in that chapter?? I am not sure if swoon can adequately describe what that chapter did to me. Suffice it to say, I read this at work today and made several NSFW noises while reading...so thanks for that!

So first...LOVED the awkward moment when Blaine arrives to find Kurt in another man's arms. Finn's cluelessness will never fail to amuse me. Loved these two parts particularly:

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

and

“Sweet! That's cool, Kurt, I'm glad you're dating such a cool dude.” Flames may have actually shot from his eyeballs, Kurt wasn't sure. LOLOLOLOLOLOL

Also, this part was perfection:

"Plus, he needed to spend an hour or so making sure his outfit was just right: not too casual, not too thinky, but enough to leave Blaine breathless with anticipation. He'd spent the morning narrowing his options down to two themes, with a subset of four color palettes." - Too thinky...hee!!

Once the date began I really was afraid I was either going to die from swoon-induced euphoria or extreme cavities. I could quote the entire date and tell you how much I loved every syllable. However I will limit my gushing to only the swooniest of excerpts.

1. Blaine went still, taking him in. He laid the magazine down and stood, his eyes raking over Kurt's frame. The intensity in his gaze was heady; not unwelcomed, just not something Kurt was used to.

“You look terrific.” - SWOON

2. He was still smiling in a way that made Kurt's toes curl, so that was a positive. Kurt looked down at Blaine's hand, inhaled deeply and took it in his. Blaine gave it a squeeze and tugged Kurt to his feet.
“Why don't we go somewhere else where we can talk some more?”
Kurt bit his lip. “Sure, that would be lovely. Is there anywhere you had in mind?”
Swinging their hands a little between their bodies, Blaine asked quietly, “Is it too presumptuous of me to ask if we could go back to your place?”
- SWOOOOOOOONNNNNN

3. DO NOT COME BACK FOR SEVERAL HOURS. You owe me. - not a swoon but a hilarious moment I couldn't overlook.

Ok...where was I?

4. “What did I do,” Blaine murmured, lightly tracing his lips over Kurt's, ghosting along Kurt's jaw, “to have this, you.” He pulled back again, thumbs stroking along Kurt's cheekbones. Kurt felt both light-headed and solidly affixed to every point in his body that was touching Blaine's.
Blaine lifted Kurt's hand from his shirt and held it, clutching it to his chest. Kurt had wanted romance, had dreamed of finding a man that was a gentleman, was kind and handsome, and somehow the very embodiment of what he'd been searching for had come to him, lights flashing, to make sure he got the point.

SWOON SWOON SWOON!! Gah. And I love the last part of the last sentence.

4. “Because of the hours? Or the danger? Or is it the horrid poly-blend trousers? Because I'll be honest: I never thought I'd date a man that wore synthetic fibers, it's going to be quite a challenge.” - ok this is another part that had me dying laughing, as you got Kurt's voice just perfectly here.

And finally...

5. "Mostly, I just don't want to fall any hard--” Blaine blushed, smiling, and sucked his bottom lip between his teeth." - this is the moment where my swoon induced coma kicked in. I have only just regained consciousness.

So the perils of Blaine's job are always going to be lurking at the edges of their relationship (I suspect something dramatic is going to happen at some point in the story, though Blaine will be fine) but I am interested to see how they handle it. I am also convinced there is a lot more to the story of his Dad's death - either Blaine was there and blames himself for not being able to save his dad, or he was not on a shift that day and blames himself for that.

Ok, my review has become epically long so I will end here. This story is like the greatest Advent calendar of all time and I cannot wait to open tomorrow's door!






stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
So this is basically the best comment ever, and if there were an Olympics, you'd have the gold AND silver. Just putting that out there.

I am SO PLEASED that you loved Kurt's outfit planning inner dialog. He has color charts and theme boards in my mind, possibly even miniature designs of his outfits to try on a Ken doll to make sure they work. (And he'd photograph them from every angle, making sure it looked Just Right.)

I'll make an addendum to the story when Kurt asks himself if this is what swooning is to link back to your comment, which is now being tattooed on the chests of my child, that's how much I love it. (Hahaha)

And I can't tell you what happens or doesn't happen, that's cheating! ;D New chapter up in two hours!

<3 THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS.
many_a_dream
Dec. 16th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
The interaction between Kurt and Blaine are utterly fabulous, so very tender and so profound. I am really stoked that your updates are regular and that is a treat in itself. Mucho thanks.
stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! That's what I'm aiming for, so it means a lot to hear that it's coming through. YAY REGULAR UPDATES! I'm a big fan of them. :)
citizen_bliss
Dec. 16th, 2011 04:16 am (UTC)
omg I just started this and read all the chapters at once! It's so good! I can't wait for more :D
stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 01:21 pm (UTC)
Your poor tush! Ha. Thank you so much, I'm happy to hear you're enjoying it, thank you!
ficcy
Dec. 16th, 2011 07:24 am (UTC)
I was going to write this lengthy piece about how mortality is a fact of life, throw in a few choice quotes from Fight Club, and chastise Blaine for putting his life on a standstill, but my brother needs the computer right now, so my parting words are a juvenile LIVE LIKE YOU'RE GONNA DIE SOON, BLAINE.
stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
Uh....what's rule number one of Fight Club? I think your brother was trying to help you not break that rule. Or rule #2. Ha.

BLAINE IS OLDER AND A LITTLE SCUFFED AROUND THE EDGES. He hasn't jumped on a sofa in a long time... I bet Kurt will fix that. (but only a tacky sofa, Kurt has standards.)
latereader
Dec. 17th, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
Wow, so many feelings here! I love real scenarios with these two, and yours feels so true and honest. I am glad that you are exploring the risks of the job, and how it really is a commitment. Just please don't have anything terrible happen to Blaine. Couldn't handle that if it happens...

I am glad they didn't just fall into bed together already. That's the old-fashioned me talking. Karma does exist Kurt. You just can't expect it.

stoney321
Dec. 17th, 2011 03:37 pm (UTC)
The best thing you could say to me, that it feels real. *does a little dance a la Kurt* Make sure you read the a/n - I do NOT write character death. So. No cheap tricks here, promise.

I'm REALLY happy that you're okay with them taking it slow - that's how they are on the show, that's just how they are. Thank you so, so much.
buckeyegrrl
Dec. 17th, 2011 06:22 pm (UTC)
"He'd spent the morning narrowing his options down to two themes, with a subset of four color palettes."

So perfectly first date jitters, so quintessentially Kurt!

And...
"“Five more minutes, dad,” pleased when he felt Blaine smile against his mouth before kissing him again."

These little gems you drop throughout your story. Absolutely squeefully delicious!

Love it!
stoney321
Dec. 17th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
HEE! Kurt probably has notebooks with swatches and themes listed, for those "I only have an hour to get ready" days. :D

Thank you thank you for reading! <3
denelian
Dec. 18th, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
i'm not complaining or nitpicking or anything, i'm just a bit confused. on the show, it's seems [to me - i can be wrong, though] that Blaine's parents were pretty cool about him being gay; that's why he's at the private school, where he won't be bullied.
did i miss something on the show that points to Blaine's parents being uncomfortable with him [but still loving him]? or is this part of the AU-ness of it - that living in not-Ohio made Blaine's parents different enough to not be as accepting as i thought they were? [and who'd'a thunk that living on *OHIO* would make parents more accepting? Outside of Columbus, anyway - Columbus is the city with the third largest LGBTQI population, and people IN CBus are pretty cool. not so outside CBus, sadly]


also - the football stuff was pretty funny :) i'm with Kurt, sort of - i used to love PLAYING football [when i could - it's hard to get guys to let you be on their team] and even sometimes enjoy watching it - but "Buckeye Fever" should be listed in the DSM! people are here are CRAZY! though, thankfully, the riots have stopped happening, i remember one night where i was *terrified* to go out, people were trashing cars and setting everything except houses on fire. it was like looking out at a Zombie Apocolypse...

and poor Finn! good to see he's starting to grow up, though... he's much less stupid than he acts, and i love the portrayal. "Oh, FIREMAN Blaine!" lol
stoney321
Dec. 18th, 2011 02:09 pm (UTC)
When Blaine went to talk to Burt Hummel in "Sexy" he made it clear that his father wasn't okay/happy about him being gay and tried to get him into "manly" activities to "straighten him out."

Also, we never hear about his family, which has led fandom to believe that they aren't active participants in his life.
... - denelian - Dec. 18th, 2011 11:01 pm (UTC) - Expand
pushplaytobegin
Dec. 18th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
Wow. Things just got real. Yeah, Kurt's got something to think about, but their connection is so strong, I doubt he'll think very long. My stomach is in knots, though, thinking about the tension that might be ahead. Eek. I guess I will just pray for fluff.

I decided when I was, like, twelve, that I'd never date a cop or a firefighter. I knew I couldn't handle the stress. But oh, they're so nice to look at. I love being in the grocery store when those guys are doing their shopping.
stoney321
Dec. 18th, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
There's fluff and angst mixed in together, so there's your head's up - I'm trying to make it real (but Kurt is determined to be a happy person in spite of everything life's thrown at him, so keep that in mind. *g*)

Ha! ME, TOO. I actually live right between two fire stations and I see them all the time and now I blush when I see them. Hahaha.
mardie186
Dec. 19th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
Loved the whole Finn and his excitement about Kurt dating a firefighter. Did he let you drive the fire truck yet. And asking Blaine if they have a Ghostbuster pole at the station. Loved Blaine telling him he could come and slide down it sometime.
And loved how Blaine had a brief flare of jealousy before he found out Finn was Kurt's stepbrother. Loved Kurt and Blaine's first date, and their sharing some about themselves. And the kisses. Hot damn, the kisses. We need more kisses. And yes there are risks if you are a firefighter. But you could get run over by a taxi in NYC too. Life is full of risks. Proper training and following procedures and using good judgement can minimize those risks. They are still there. But a 9-11 type event no one can prepare for. Hopefully thats a once in a lifetime thing and nothing like that will ever happen here again. EVER.
stoney321
Dec. 19th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
I'm so happy to know that you liked this chapter! THANK YOU!
mulder1921
Dec. 20th, 2011 11:57 pm (UTC)
I just love how head over heels they both are already. I love that magical first date, you just might me the one moment.
stoney321
Dec. 21st, 2011 12:42 am (UTC)
Oh, good! (And I love that time, too. <3)
ca_te
Dec. 24th, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful! I'm totally in love with your story! <3
stoney321
Dec. 24th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much!!
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