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Fic: Where There's Smoke Klaine AU [8/12+]

Author: Stoney
Title: Where There's Smoke [8/12+]
Rating: This part R for intense action and nudity [zomg nekkid butts]
Pairing: Kurt/Blaine, Wes and David friendship, mentions of former Finn/Rachel
Word Count: 10,500/100,000
Warnings: Kurt finally hangs out at the fire station. Guess what happens? (Be prepared, my firefighter daughters, for intense situations)
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.

(Speaking of flaming_muse - if you think you like how I write Kurt and Blaine, you really should read everything she's written. I learned at her knee.)


Kurt spent the next morning floating from task to task, unable to keep his mind focused.Collapse )

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amyryd
Dec. 20th, 2011 05:20 am (UTC)
Another day, another amazing chapter in this story. Seriously, how do you do it?

Kurt's conversation with Burt was so needed and went so far in settling Kurt's mind. I love how they each know the other so well. Hearing his dad say he would have fallen for Kurt's mom even if he had known her days would be short must have meant the world to Kurt. I love the way you've written Burt.

Kurt sliding down the fire pole was both hot and awesome. Especially this line: “I really didn't think you'd do it. Have I told you how amazing I think you are?”

Kurt sniffed, faking that he was perturbed. “No, you haven't, and I know you didn't think I would, which is precisely why I did.”
THAT is quintessential Kurt!! Bravo!

The dinner with Blaine's "family" (since they are really all he has at this point) was just wonderful and warm and you totally captured that whole scene so fabulously as Kurt started integrating himself into this group (which will be his family too, soon enough!)

The fire was intense in so many ways. I love that Rachel dropped what she was doing to go and be with Kurt and try to keep him calm. As hard and terrifying as it was for Kurt to be so up close to all of the action, I think it will go a long way to calming his nerves in the long run to see Blaine battle such a hard, dangerous fire and come back in one piece, tired and dirty but fine. It all goes back to Blaine trying to assure him that they are very good at what they do. Tonight, Kurt got a big taste of that.

I absolutely loved the description of the trucks returning to the station and Blaine taking the place in for a moment then climbing the stairs to find Kurt waiting for him. I am sure Kurt must have seemed like an apparition to him for a moment. And the fervor with which Kurt hugged him when he finally got his hands on Blaine was palpable.

And then the chapter ended...wait...what? It didn't end there??

Oh right...the shower scene. GAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! If this is just another of your "amuse bouches" for the upcoming sexytimes I may need to seek medical attention. Holy crap. This line killed me: "...Blaine's thick, strong thighs with pronounced quadriceps and just focus on the bottle of shampoo lying at Blaine's feet. Which were also naked." HAHAHA

Oh and this:
Kurt cleared his throat. “Um, you do not have a single thing to be embarrassed about.” My...god.

I love that they are both on the verge of exploding sexually, yet in this moment Kurt suppresses those urges to just care for Blaine with loving rubs and kisses. There will be plenty of time for *other things* later (but hopefully not too much later!!)

And finally, the sweetness of Blaine sending Kurt off with his keys and a promise to "be home soon" was just a magnificent way to end this chapter.

It is just after midnight here and that means I am only about 11 hours away from another update!! Huzzah!




stoney321
Dec. 20th, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
Okay, I have to tell you that I was going to bed last night and checked my email and found this (and your other message) and promptly burst into tears. The happy kind.

I will send you a nice, lovely fawning and grateful PM later, but for now, THANK YOU. And I'm also rushing so I can get the next chapter up for you. :)

<3 (And i LOVE that someone laughed at the "feet. Which were also naked." line.) HEE!! <3
pushplaytobegin
Dec. 20th, 2011 05:57 am (UTC)
Halfway through, I thought you were going to leave the chapter hanging with, "Kurt, promise you won't turn on the TV." Rachel was so wonderful here — truly, truly wonderful in a way I so rarely see in canon (or can accept even when I see it, because she's so overwhelmingly selfish at times). I just love her to pieces the way you write her. I was so worried about Blaine, heart in my throat, and so worried about Kurt, too, thinking this might make him decide he didn't have the emotional make-up for this kind of relationship.

Speaking of relationships, I adore just about any appearance of Burt, because Burt Hummel is one of the best, fiercest, most loyal, determined, compassionate, straight-spoken characters ever to grace my TV set, but I especially love their conversation, so filled with love and memories.

He could hear the familiar squeak of the ancient chair Burt had in his office for almost twenty years, refusing to give it up for something newer and ergonomic. “I like this chair,” he'd told Kurt on one of his last attempts to redecorate his dad's office. “Your mother picked it out, you know.”

Now, the sound of that squeak meant home. It meant family, love, things that carried on as they had for years. Kurt was almost overcome with gratitude for his dad, just hearing that familiar sound.


I loved this detail. It framed the conversation so beautifully.

This story has become the thing I look forward to coming home to each night. It's like a friend waiting for me. ♥
stoney321
Dec. 20th, 2011 01:57 pm (UTC)
No cliffhangers here! I love Rachel - I think she's the acceptable and far more impulsive version of Kurt (sans his glorious sense of fashion) and when the writers remember that they let her grow up in Season 2 at the end, she and Kurt's friendship is wonderful! (But then, the writers forget they do a lot of things, so...)

But I'm glad she's working here for you, if not always on the show. :) And I LOVE Burt Hummel. I've waxed philosophic about him in other comments, but yes-he's fabulous.

Thank you for pulling those lines, I have all sorts of head canon about things in the Hummel house that are kept because they're reminders of Elizabeth. (Like Kurt's vanity. *g*) THANK YOU!
(Anonymous)
Dec. 20th, 2011 07:35 am (UTC)
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ugipinky
Dec. 20th, 2011 09:59 am (UTC)
OMG ... I totally love this story and the intensity within. Romance is in the air!
stoney321
Dec. 20th, 2011 01:58 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! And indeed it is!! :D
aheartsdesire
Dec. 20th, 2011 11:37 am (UTC)
Burt is like the best father in the world. I wonder if Kurt would let me borrow him in the future ( if I ever meet someone) and need love advice.
But omg I was so nervous during the fire scene. I just kept telling myself, "not Blaine, not now." and Rachel wasn't helping when she was on the phone with Kurt. Oh but the shower scene made up for it! Oh my I can't wait for them to take that next step in their relationship.
stoney321
Dec. 20th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
He really is, isn't he? He should be cloned and passed out.

I love that you were nervous! I mean, oh, I'm so sorry! :D Thank you for reading (and yep, it's coming...)
auroraskyes
Dec. 20th, 2011 12:28 pm (UTC)
I just discovered this fic a few days ago and it is wonderful! I'm so glad you are posting everyday because I'm pretty allergic to WIPs, but even so it's so hard to wait for a new chapter everyday because I just want to read it ALL now. Anyway I love how well written this fic is and how much emotion you have infused into it. Your characters are spot on, and I'm so happy to see David and Wes in this too because I seriously heart them. (I know this is a Klaine fic, but I'm also secretly hoping for more Rachel/David, a pairing I would have never thought of myself!)

I love Kurt and Blaine in this, how grown up they are, yet how they are unmistakably still who they are on the show. I love that their romance has kinda been this slow burn, nothing rushed though there's been that instant attraction from the beginning... It's so sweet and so fun to read. I love how you've written and handled the firefighting aspect, balancing Kurt and Blaine's growing love for each other with Kurt's apprehension and fear and all the emotion between the two of them. Basically I could go on and on about the things I love in this fic but this review is getting wordy so I'll just sum it up with: I love this fic, you are freaking amazing, and I can't wait to read more. I think I'll be sad when this ends because I could read this forever, but I'll settle for rereading it over and over once you've finished it. Gah, seriously you are a wonderful writer!!!!
stoney321
Dec. 20th, 2011 02:01 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, I am TOTALLY allergic to WiPs (ha, that's just how I describe it, too!) so I'm glad to know there are others just like me. :D

And thank you so very much for saying that they still feel like the characters on the show - that was definitely my goal. I want to take your comment out for ice cream - two scoops, even! <3 <3 <3
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stoney321
Dec. 20th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
It's there! <3
dareu2beme
Dec. 21st, 2011 07:40 am (UTC)
daaaaahhhhhhh... this story... oh man...
stoney321
Dec. 21st, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)
<3 <3 <3
amordemealma
Dec. 21st, 2011 10:52 am (UTC)
Oh my poor heart. you werenk't kidding when you said intense!

Kurt, you never listen to the dispatch! it only makes it worse, because you don't know! (my mom used to listen when they were first married, and it drove her crazy. she learned to not turn on dad's radio after awhile)

It was rocky there for awhile. and I wasn't sure if I was going to make it. like the last part, I probably should have ditched, but again...I just....You have no idea how much love I have for this. everything is just...adhgfklsghlk

And thank you for that cute shower scene in the end. It definitely helped in getting me back to okay.

I loved Kurt's conversation with burt. It was so amazing, and I absolutely loved the way Burt described what love was like. It was so accurate.

“But I don't want a second chance. I want this chance. I want it to be always.”
Kurt, listen to what you're saying. that's love. you don't walk away from that.

I'm sitting here waiting with bated breath for Kurt tell Blaine exactly how he feels and to tell Blaine, "screw it, I don't care what you do, or the dangers you face, or what it could mean for me, I love you, and I'm not going anywhere."

BTW, I've pretty much decided that I don't care what you throw at me in this fic. trigger y or not, I've already read things I didn't think I would/could handle (and really kinda didn't handle at the time but I'm dealing). I will go down with this fic. Honestly, I love this so much, that I'm pretty sure I'd sob my way through a character death if that's where you took this thing. (I know there isn't but I so would if there was.) You're amazing, this fic is amazing, and I don't want it to end.
stoney321
Dec. 21st, 2011 02:29 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that Blaine's...shower helped get rid of the tension. HEE.

"I will go down with this fic." Will you put your heart in surrender?? *hugs you* I'm happy you're sticking with it - who knows, maybe some of the upcoming chapters will be good for you? IDK, but if it's too much, just know I won't be offended AT ALL. <-- is a total grown up.

*hugs*
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webeh
Dec. 29th, 2011 08:03 am (UTC)
OMG, Blaine's fire station is staffed with sous chefs. (Except for Tony.) It's like Dalton all over again. ;)

Kurt, you totally jinxed Blaine's shift. Fail... LOL.

I was half expecting Kurt to get kinky with Blaine after he got back from people saving, but unfortunately real-life stepped in and made Blaine exhausted...
stoney321
Dec. 29th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
Ha! Those guys (and ladies) are really good cooks - they have to be!

And Blaine was a little blasted, no sexy funtimes when your partner is swaying on their feet from exhaustion... :)
sin_fuego
Jan. 29th, 2012 04:14 am (UTC)
He liked taking care of his family, taking care of people that mattered to him. He had lain in bed for some time, thinking about how his natural instinct had been to protect Blaine, to hold him, to soothe him. He didn't want to run away.

And I love how this manifested after the fire. Very intense for Kurt to experience his first dinner with the company & first time hearing the sirens go off while present. The shower scene was sexy and intimate in the best ways - Blaine's body is so fit.
stoney321
Jan. 29th, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
That was a make it or break it moment for Kurt, for sure. Fortunately for us, he made the right choice. :)

Oh, Blaine in the shower... Whew. And I'm happy to know you enjoyed this stressful chapter!
Lizzie Fleck
Feb. 4th, 2012 05:16 am (UTC)
Seriously a wonderful chapter! So intense!Glad it had a happy ending though! Just love it! I really like how you mention things people have said to Kurt, I've never thought of doing that in a fic before! LOVE
stoney321
Feb. 4th, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC)
I like in a tight POV like this story to get into their thoughts more - and you'd think about advice, right? Past conversations? Love that you liked that, thank you!
ampersandandink
Feb. 4th, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)

I just can't with you anymore. How am I supposed to function after this? How am I supposed to go about my day knowing this exists?

Sidenote: You Troy icon is amazing.
stoney321
Feb. 4th, 2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
NOT THE PAM CRY, PAM YOU CAN HAVE YOUR BALCONY! *cries*

And I am so sorry. So sorry. (Read: not in the slightest.) :D

THANK YOU, by the way.
dani_elizabethx
Apr. 1st, 2012 06:59 am (UTC)
tlfdhvjfdkvbdfjkvhbdfljklvbdkjvbdfavbhfakjvhbdh!
This story just gives me so many feelings.
stoney321
Apr. 1st, 2012 09:18 am (UTC)
YAY! I mean, aww! Wait... (haha)
leahmoulder5
Nov. 8th, 2012 07:40 am (UTC)
where there's smoke
Talk about intense.I had to read the whole chapter.Now,Im going to sleep.I read the rest tomorrow.
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