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Author: Stoney
Title: Where There's Smoke [11/12+E]
Rating: Fer Errbody
Pairing: Kurt/Blaine, Wes and David friendship, mentions of former Finn/Rachel
Word Count: 10,600/100,000
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. Also, I am ultimately a romantic, I don't write character death, I love writing happy endings, and Kurt and Rachel live in my dream place in Carroll Gardens (it's modeled after an actual 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. Also, FringeFest does not currently have a Broadway segment to their lineup, but they should. :)

Blaine kept futzing with the collar of his shirt, trying to make it lay just right. Kurt playfully brushed his hands away so he could take over the task. 'Stop worrying, it's just my dad.'Collapse )


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Dec. 23rd, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
I spent most of my day reading this when I wasn't doing errands - such an enjoyable, amazing, awesome, heartwarming read <3 That's probably the most coherent thing you'll get out of me because if I'm forced explain, I'll just start squeeing and keyboard smashing hahah
Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much!! I'm so glad to know you liked this, thank you for reading (I bet it took all day, lol!) THANK YOU. <3
Dec. 23rd, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
I love you much time you devoted to this important moment for Kurt--for both of them, actually! It felt really appropriate and celebratory, and I loved it. And it's so nice that Finn got to slide down the pole! ;)

Excited for the performance tomorrow, except for the part where the story's almost over and I NEVER WANT IT TO END *SOB*
Dec. 23rd, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
I love *HOW* much time...

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Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:05 am (UTC)
Sigh, still in love with this story, can't believe it's ending soon! But I loved the Blaine and family interaction, all of them feel so very canon despite this being an AU. How funny is Finn calling Blaine a guy and Kurt's reaction lol, I love how you portray their brotherly relationship. The first "I love you's" were perfect too, it felt right, romantic, ahhh just a great chapter all around.
Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'm just blown away by the response for this, THANK YOU.

I LOVE that they still feel canon, that's the best thing you could say. YAY ROMANCE!! THANK YOU SO MUCH.
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
Aw! I love the way Burt is, and the way you write him! <3 <3 Everything was so perfect in this chapter! You're brilliant! I don't know what else to say!
Other then I like that you don't write Finn as dumb as everyone else seems to. I kind of get mad when people do that... But you do Finn justice ;D He's just so cuddly and cute, even though hes not that smart sometimes. I like that you acknowledge that he can actually be smart in his own way!

I'm so upset that this is going to be over soon! I want it to go on forever! But I'll be reading this over and over and over again when it's completed anyway, so I guess it doesn't make that much of a difference! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Oh! And the way you slipped in 'I’ll be back before you know it.' Just like 'I'll be home before you know it.' back in chapter eight!! I squealed! <3 The best! :)
Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
Burt Hummel, greatest dad on earth. Thank you for saying I didn't mess him up, I would be SHAME FACED. :D And I don't like Finn being a complete idiot, either. He's not stupid, he's just on his own pace, imo. And I do like him so, he's FUN to write. <3

HA! I love your eagle eye, THANK YOU FOR THAT!
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:36 am (UTC)
I love how Blaine's affection for Kurt increases as he becomes more comfortable with the family, and does realize that it's OK to show Kurt that love even with them there.

Thanks for a wonderful story! Don't want it to end!
Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you so much. I'm just so SO happy you're enjoying this. <3
Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
Casually curled up, rocking back and forth, pretending that it's not all ending tomorrow.

I feel like that little boy, "Please sir, may I have some more?"

I know that it has to end, but....why must it hurt so much?
Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
moooOOOOOOORE?! Who ever heard of a boy wanting more? YOU WILL RUE THE DAY... Sorry, little Oliver! moment happening. :D

*hugs you up* THANK YOU so much for coming back and taking the time to comment. It's going to suck for me, too! I've had so much fun posting... <3
Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:58 am (UTC)
OMG Finn wanting to slide down the pole. Love it. Awkward!Blainers is adorable. We're so close to the end!! <3
Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
He TOTALLY would want to slide down the pole, right?! Hahaha. Thank you for reading! (Last chapter, minus E, just went up!)
Dec. 23rd, 2011 06:15 am (UTC)
My cheeks hurt from smiling so much! Happy Hudmels + Blaine, and Burt teasing Blaine -- it's just all so adorable. I'm just a bit sad that Blaine's mom isn't here to see all this, but at least Bill is. :D
Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
Awww, that's awesome, YAY OUCHY FACE! Hahaha.

Blaine's mom is kind of the direction I want to go with any one-shots, actually.... BILL! He gives the new boyfriend and their family the stamp of approval, for sure. :D

Dec. 23rd, 2011 06:27 am (UTC)
Finn went down the fireman's pole!! And that's not a euphemism!! Wheee! Okay...now that that's out of my system...

THEY LOVE EACH OTHER!!! I mean, WE all knew that, but its nice to see they've figured it out too.

This chapter was filled with so much sweetness.

*The family dinner was deliciously awkward (though I was a little surprised at how hard a time Burt gave Blaine). The end of the dinner was lovely though:

"Burt stood up and followed Kurt and Blaine to the front door. “You know, I’m new to all of this ‘meeting the significant other’ stuff -- is that what I call it? I don’t want to be offensive.”
Burt looked questioningly at Kurt, who couldn’t help but laugh. “That’s fine, dad.” Kurt inhaled sharply at the affectionate squeeze Blaine gave his hand.
Burt continued, “So I guess we’ll just have to figure this out together, huh?” - awww...this is going to be so much fun!

*The moment with the Hudmels on the park bench was just adorable.

*Burt giving his tire recommendations to Bill (and Kurt viewing it as "the parents" meeting and getting along) was fantastic. And this part was HI-larious:
"Besides, he hadn’t even narrowed down what font he would use for invitations, let alone a color scheme for the parents of the grooms. Bill would make it challenging to determine if ecru, bone, or linen would be the best choices, what with all of that grey hair. Maybe with a navy accent?" HA! There will be an emptiness in my heart after this weekend when I no longer have Kurt's interior monologue in my life....

*Blaine's increasing willingness to show affection in front of the Hudmels made me smile.

*“Okay, we've all agreed I'm absolutely amazing, something I could have saved you the trouble of debating by simply reminding you of that fact.” - LOLOLOLOL

*I love how comfortable Kurt is becoming at the firehouse, even when the bells go off. It was a wonderful visual of the Hudmels all frozen in shock when the bells were ringing while Kurt handled it like a pro.

All of that was just minor infatuation for me though when matched against the bone melting perfection of these two moments:

“I love you, you know.”
Everything stopped, the world, his breathing, maybe even his heartbeat. Kurt still felt the buzzing tingle of the pressure from Blaine's knuckles on his lips, Blaine's warm, dry hand in his, but mostly he was aware of the prickling heat behind his eyes and the ache in his chest. His heart had been empty and unloved for so long, and he now knew that Blaine felt the same way. It was pretty overwhelmingly wonderful to hear that those feelings were reciprocated. “No, I didn't actually,” Kurt exhaled.

- I think this story is making me clinically addicted to swooning....


”Blaine?” “Mm?” “I love you, too.”
Blaine went still, his eyes closed. When he opened them, he laid his hand on his heart and said softly, “It’s yours.” He walked the few steps back to Kurt, cupping his face gently and pressing a sweet kiss against his lips.

-I love that Kurt waited to share his own feelings with Blaine. They have such a wonderful future ahead of them and they are building a foundation of trust, love and mutual respect that will take them far.

So you are just dangling that 3rd song like meat in front of a tiger now, aren't you?? I hope you are pleased with yourself :0)

(I am living in a state of denial that this story will be over in 2 days. Lala-la-di-dah)

Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:38 pm (UTC)
They do, they do love each other! And now they both know it. Hahahaha, I mentioned in another comment that Finn probably texted Puck about it, and Puck made dirty jokes and then it went off into this whole thing, because I can't let this universe go, it seems. LOL.

Burt had fun in the beginning with Blaine's nerves because I think he realizes this is going to be the only time he gets to grill the potential/current boyfriend. Klaine is endgame, even Burt knows it! :)

I am SO HAPPY the Big Moments where they revealed their love for each other played out nicely and not as utterly cheesy, WHEW. I just love them so muh-huh-huh-huch!!!

Thank you, as always, for being just an outstanding reader and supporter of this. I get so happy when I see a comment from you!
Dec. 23rd, 2011 06:42 am (UTC)
This whole chapter was just perfect. Finn, Carole and Burt were the cherry on top to that delicious sundae.
The way you write Kurt's emotions I can't help but get teary now and then. Like suddenly I have all these emotions that I didn't even know existed. I can't believe the end is so close :(
I am both amazed and jealous of your relationship with words.
(almost went to sleep without reading this chapter! I would've never have forgiven myself)
Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
(but then you would have woken up to TWO chapters!) :D

Thank you SO MUCH for this. I'm just so relieved that everyone feels in character and that you're connecting to the story - best compliment ever. <3
Dec. 23rd, 2011 07:08 am (UTC)
Aw loved this one! The interaction between blaine and kurts family was just lovely, and i love nervous!blaine, he is completely adorable. And yay for i love you's! These boys are so in love its ridiculous.

Am excited to read about kurts performance! Can't believe this is almost over (pouty face) I will have to keep rereading.
Dec. 23rd, 2011 07:30 am (UTC)
I already commented on this chapter but ohhhh welllllll. I just wanted to say that (as a non-Rachel, -Finn, or -Finchel fan) I really love what you've done with Rachel and Finn's relationship. The only pairing on Glee I give a crap about is Kurt and Blaine, but where you've taken Finchel is both realistic and satisfying. I think on the show they're putting endgame emphasis on Finchel in New York, but the idea that they're not done after high school, find it difficult to be with and without one another for a few years, and then find happiness in the places where they individually belong and thrive is PERFECT.
Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is outstanding, thank you!! I do like Rachel and Finn, but...I just don't see how it could work long term, and actually get sad when I read stories where Rachel is stuck in Ohio with him. She's meant to be in NYC! And I really think Finn's character wouldn't be happy there (as I had him say) so I'm SO PLEASED to hear that you agree with me on that.

Thank you.
Dec. 23rd, 2011 08:55 am (UTC)
This was me, when Blaine told Kurt that he loved him. I got a lot of "looks" because I was sitting in the break room at work, and I may have made a few sounds that sounded like an alien language from Star Trek, and then just puddled down into my chair, sighing and crying.

I love that Kurt thinks it's hot when Blaine slides down the pole. You know that's totally why Blaine does it now, considering he took the stairs up until he figured out Kurt liked the pole. (that didn't sound nearly so dirty to me until I read it....but now it's just too beautiful to reword)

I love that Burt and Carole like Blaine. I love Kurt sending Carole back upstairs to change her shoes, and the interaction between Kurt and the Desk Clerk (I'm not sure why I feel like I should capitalize that, like it's his name, but I kinda think it is). And it suddenly ocurred to me that the Desk Clerk could be that Sebastian guy, so now I possibly don't like him at all.

I love that Finn is adopting Burt's mannerisms. I love that Blaine's substitute "dad" likes Kurt's family, and vice versa. I love that Kurt is mentally planning their wedding, as well as their entire married life together. I love the little warning glares that Kurt keeps sending to Burt to make him behave, and how Burt just kinda chuckles and ignores him.

I love how Blaine treats Carole like a lady, even though he barely knows her. I love how Kurt knows all of Blaine's favorite snack foods, yet was genuinely surprised that Blaine knew his coffee order in a previous chapter. I love that Burt was genuinely concerned that Blaine had a "good" night at work.

I love how Finn is embarrassed about being excited about the pole. I love that Burt and Carole were upset when the alarms went off and Kurt was the one to calm them down and tell them there wasn't anything to worry about (see Show Writers, this is a little thing we call Character Development).

HA!! Finn wants a longer pole. And no, I won't stop saying pole. I like saying pole. Pole shall become my new word for everything. I may even change my Facebook name to Pole!!!

I love.....well, I think you kinda get the idea by now. There isn't anything about this entire fic that I don't love. But, most of all, I love YOU, for giving it to me.

Now, who's going to write the 200,000 word follow-up?
Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:49 pm (UTC)
Ahahahaha, I love you crying in public, but that's because I'm secretly awful and your tears give me POWER. Lol.

And come on, Carole, sketcher shape ups? They're totally fug. Sebastian is in prison in Thailand for creeping on an underaged boy in this story, did I forget to mention that? ;)

I am SO HAPPY someone commented on Finn picking up Burt's little gestures! I love that idea, personally. AND I LOVE YOU FOR LOVING THIS. <3 <3 <3
Dec. 23rd, 2011 09:18 am (UTC)
so i missed commenting on a chapter of this i think. mainly because figuring out how to comment on this new LJ layout was akin to brain surgery and I HATE MY MALL JOB AT CHRISTMAS. but anyways, it is still fabulous, you are still fabulous, and once i'm not being slaughtered by crowds demanding deep fried food i will give a more academic review of this masterpiece.

Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)

And YOU are fabulous for sticking with me and I am SO GRATEFUL for every comment. Thank you. <3
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Dec. 23rd, 2011 11:03 am (UTC)
OH! MY! GOD!!!

this is REAL! i can totally see every freaking SECOND!!

i bow before your talent and wit!
Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Haha, YES THIS IS REAL. I am actually Kurt living in Brooklyn! Oh, how I wish. Well, that I was his neighbor. :D Thank you!
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Are You Actually

Reading this? I'm just curious. Because that's really detail-oriented of you. Feel free to stop reading. But you can see that there's more here, so are you going to keep reading? Really? That's pretty dedicated. I'm impressed. No, really. I'm not being sarcastic, why do you get like that? See, this is the problem I have with your mother - yes. YES. I'm going there. It's time we put all of our cards on the table.

I love you, why are you doing this? After all we've been through? You don't have to be like this. You know, still reading. You could be baking a pie. And then sharing it with me.

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