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Fic: Where There's Smoke Klaine AU [5/12+]

Author: Stoney
Title: Where There's Smoke [5/12+]
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: 9300/100,000
Warnings:Mentions of homophobic treatment by a parent, stories of fires - no one dies. :)
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.

'Kurt,’ Rachel said quietly, waiting for him to look at her. ‘When it's right, you know it. It doesn't matter when it happens. Just that it does.’ She gave his hands a squeeze and then wrapped hers around her coffee mug for a sip, returning one back for him to hold while he thought. ‘Besides, life-threatening situations count as like, three dates. You two are on your fifth date by now, emotionally speaking.'Collapse )

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amyryd
Dec. 16th, 2011 04:54 pm (UTC)
A few things right off the bat...

I know we've only just met over the internet, but I need for you to give me your home address so I can find you and give you the world's most massive bear hug. Seriously - you are my favorite person on EARTH right now.

Also, I want to marry and have 100 babies with Kurt's interior monologue. I want the oft-rumored Glee spin-off to only be about your Kurt's interior monologue. And if they call it "Kurt Hummel: The Kurt Hummel Experience" I think you might get double royalties!!

Ok...now that we've got that covered...my favorite bits:

*I want the full, 6 volume, leather-bound version of "Blaine Anderson, The Man, The Myth, The Cutie". It sounds marvelous

*The whole scene where Kurt was keeping himself from checking his text messages as he made date plans with Blaine was adorable.

*“But you're on your own if any horse-drawn carriages splash mud on your petticoats. I'm wearing silk, so it's every man for himself.” - HEE!! Kurt, ever the fashionista, even if it means forsaking his true love!

*Kurt was out of practice at feeling attractive. He knew his clothes were stylish and fit him impeccably, but he always thought of himself physically as something abstract. Something to dress nicely, like a mannequin. He wanted to look nice because that's what one did. He hadn't spent much thought beyond that to the “someone is noticing how I look and likes what they see” aspect.
It was a little unnerving and a lot exciting. - This is an amazing glimpse into Kurt's psyche. He is always someone who has used clothes as barrier.

*"It would be wrong to sweep everything off the table with his forearm, throw Blaine onto the white table cloth and ravish him right then and there. That wasn't something that Kurt could do, he told himself in a very stern voice. It came incredibly close to happening, though." - HAHAHAHAHA that would have been fantastic! LET ME LOVE YOU INTERIOR MONOLOGUE!

*"Mostly he was just concerned for Blaine's ability to get a good night's sleep, that was all. He didn't have any other thoughts about how Blaine’s sheets would feel against his bare skin, or how warm and inviting the whole bedroom looked. He certainly didn’t think of sneaking in there to test the mattress’s comfort level with a few bounces. He didn’t have any thoughts like that. None at all. That would be pushy and nosy, and Kurt was never-"
-More Magnificent Interior Monologue!! I love how Kurt's mind just gallops ahead of him until he reels it back in.

So the whole scene at Blaine's was just amazingly intense and sweet and heartbreaking. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the precipice that Kurt is on and the tremendous internal struggle that he is having between desperately wanting to throw caution to the wind and fall even farther for Blaine than we know he already has, but clinging to the self-preservation methods he's grown to rely on all of these years. And I love Blaine with the power of a thousand suns for just laying his heart out for Kurt to take and run with. This line nearly killed me: “Sounds like an amazing person.” “Mm hm. He is. So far.”
My heart broke for both of them when Kurt left at the end of the night, but I suspect all will be made better very soon!

In the midst of all of that schmoopy, angsty, loveliness, though, you put a section that I seriously had to go back and re-read 4 times because I couldn't get through it without laughing to the point of tears. And I am referring of course to the description of "Sven the giant skeletal math nerd." OH MY GOD. This was so hilariously funny and so adorable that I am still laughing almost an hour later.

So now the worst part of my day...having to make it through the next 23 hours until you post again. THANK YOU for the wonderful torture you are putting me through!!

babsmcphee
Dec. 16th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
ITA. With all of this.
Best. Comment. Ever.
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specialj67
Dec. 16th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
I love this. Like, a lot.

AND THE AWESOME KURT AND RACHEL BREAKFAST SCENE AT THE BEGINNING.

It's lunch time for me now and I really want some Thai but don't have any good prospects--damn it!!
stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 06:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, how I love Rachel and Kurt and their hagtionship! I'm happy that worked for you, too. *fist pump*

Mmmm THAI. You should call Blaine up - he knows all the good places. :)
mandolinmonger
Dec. 16th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
“What gives? These are not happy sighs; these are not 'I met the man of my dreams and we're going to run off and get married and adopt a beautiful baby girl and name her Rachel after my dearest friend who encouraged me in the first place' sighs.”

:D :D :D

I am so glad to find this after having the most awful day ever - this made it so much brighter and better! Thank you!

Fun fact: When Kurt was waiting for Blaine to answer his text I read the paragraph in a wonky way, and for a moment I thought that Blaine's answering text was "Come naked and bring belts."
Ngl, I was a bit disappointed when I reread and realized my mistake :'')

Fantastic, as usual.
stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 06:29 pm (UTC)
HA! And you know Rachel fully expects that to happen, as well. :D

Oh, you poor thing, I'm sorry you've had a crap day, but loving boys will make it better? *hugs*

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Blaine meant old fashioned Dom, not dude? Lol.
mander3_swish
Dec. 16th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
Kurt, you have INSANE amounts of willpower. srsly.
thank gawd for daily updates!!!
stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
I don't know about you, but I would have thrown him on the table, manners be damned. :D

YOU ARE WELCOME!
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lavender_love00
Dec. 16th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
1) AHHHMAZING AS USUAL.
2) Firefighter!Blaine is probably the best thing I've ever encountered.
3) Your Kurt and Blaine voices are spot. on.
4) I NEED FOR BLAINE TO WEAR THE OUTFIT HE WORE ON THEIR DATE ON THE SHOW. Because Blaine in pink? WOWZA.
5) I love that Blaine gets that excited over Thai food. (Mainly because I get that excited over Thai food, too...)
6) I cannot wait to hear more Blaine!backstory
7) I really, really want to see what happens when Blaine DOES have a bad day at work. (It's interesting to me to see how spouses/friends/significant others act - I'm a NICU nurse, and some days I just have to come home and fall apart, and even though my husband totally doesn't get it at all, he's happy just to hold me and let me cry. But then, my life isn't ever in danger either...)
8) I cannot believe that Kurt was able to rip himself away from Blaine at the end there. He has waaaay more self-control than I do. :)
stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
1) no YOU are!
2) I just want him to have ONE PICTURE dressed up as a fireman for my...research purposes. *shifty*
3) Thank you for that!!
4) ...that was based on an outfit DC wore in a short film. SO IT EXISTS. I'll post a picture with tomorrow's update. ;)
5) it's SO GOOD
6) hang on, it's coming!
7) oh, that's coming, too. Oh, you work in NICU?? Boy, you are the angel of the hospital, you are. *massive hugs*
8) I know I wouldn't have, that's for damn sure. ;)
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stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
<3 <3 <3 Thank you so much for pull quoting that, I loved that little sentence, I did. :) (I think your parents sound awesome.)

MORE IS COMING! In, like, 20 hours? sorreh
kwritten
Dec. 16th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
oh lordy... I need to stop reading this at work :D
babsmcphee
Dec. 16th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Me too!
Oh, me too.
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luvxander
Dec. 16th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Continuing to amaze me and melt my heart away, piece by piece!

Can I go to their wedding? I promise I won't object!!!
stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 09:28 pm (UTC)
Go to their wedding? Honey, you're my date!!

<3 <3 All the love, babe.
vicannson
Dec. 16th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
This story is just so so so perfect. It has basically been the highlight of my week. Thank you for sharing.
stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
AWW!! That is the sweetest thing, thank you! (And I think I might need to wish you have a better week? *hugs if needed*)
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thimbles71
Dec. 16th, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
Goodness, this is just so beautiful.
stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 09:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, you flatterer, you. Thank you very much. :)
preciousmellow
Dec. 16th, 2011 07:05 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely perfect and I love it. This is one of those stories where I just wish I could hug my computer because it's so beautiful and I just want to cuddle with it forever. I can't wait for more :)
stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
You are just too much, thank you! I'm more than overwhelmed by the response it's gotten. SO happy that people are loving this little world. :)
tvtaughtmehow
Dec. 16th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
I just started this last night and am so in love with this AU, I want to marry it omg. It's seriously becoming a favorite and I've read so many. It gives me all the feelings, I want to scream and cry and jump up and down while reading it, ugh. The emotions feel really raw, I can understand why Kurt is scared to jump into anything too fast. Also, you're hummelberry is amazing and hilarious.
stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, your poor tush, reading all of that? (ha) Thank you,thank you for reading and commenting! Especially for the hummelberry - good lord, I love those two!
brighton_girl
Dec. 16th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
I really appreciate you taking the time to explore Kurt's concerns and put real feeling behind it. I think in the long run it will make them stronger.

As you know...I'm in love with this fic. You're doing an amazing job with it!
stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you for that - I don't want it to feel rushed (says the moron who set out to write 20K and ended with 100K) so it's gratifying to know that it comes off that way to the reader. THANK YOU as always. <3
pyro_semi
Dec. 16th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
I agree with Preciousmellow! I want to cuddle the heck out of this story and possibly have some hot chocolate as well. Being sick sucks but this fic leaves me feeling all cozy and warm :3

stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
I'll design a series of dolls where the story is printed on the fabric! :D And thank you, by the way. <3
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whiterose0328
Dec. 16th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
*sigh* Seriously, this chapter did things to me...it was...it was just so good.

First of all, I don't think I've told you this, I have to commend you on your Rachel. Usually it's a hit or miss with Rachel for me. This season on the show, I've had many 'I'm so disappointed with you Rachel Berry' moments. But your Rachel in this story reminds me why I adore this character so much. Beside Rachel and I had the same reaction to Kurt and Blaine kissing!

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I loved how you had Kurt and Blaine interact with one another on their date, their banter was so cute, I made happy noises at their remarks.

Also, when you had them one moment teasing each other (with Kurt in Blaine's lap) and then after you still had them talking about the main problem with them getting together, the whole life risking deal. It's true how you put, Kurt has to come to terms with it before these two can embark on a relationship because it's clear to see if they do, they both see forever with each other which is monumental for them if you take in their past romantic experience.

I love how you have them so real. I've said this before and I'll probably say it again.

I just love this whole story! (Hence me dating this story and marrying it during the epilogue!) I can't wait for tomorrow!

[Fifth date, this calls for flowers! I may be having to much fun with this.]
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stoney321
Dec. 16th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
YAY FLOWERS FOR MEEEEEEE. And I am SO glad to hear that Rachel is translating well, I just love her. I'm happy that you do, too! :)
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