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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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al_hazel
Dec. 23rd, 2011 01:30 pm (UTC)
I am catching up, and I regret not being able to read this when it was posted, because this HAS to be my FAVOURITE chapter EVER. I ADORE THIS CHAPTER TO BITS. Just the way Blaine slowly fits into the family, the way Kurt and Blaine's relationship settles down into something full of trust and love, it is PERFECT.

so much ♥.
stoney321
Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, HOORAY!!! I'm so glad you enjoyed this particular one, that's wonderful to hear! I just love the five of them as a family. LOVE IT. So glad it worked for you, THANK YOU.
citizen_bliss
Dec. 23rd, 2011 03:06 pm (UTC)
Amazing chapter omg <3 I already said this but this is one of my favorite fics :DD
stoney321
Dec. 23rd, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!!! Aww, that's just the best thing, you're aces to me, too.
seanmegansean
Dec. 23rd, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this soooooo much!!!! Blaine and the Hudmels - I'm in heaven!
stoney321
Dec. 23rd, 2011 07:44 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you!! I'm so happy you liked it!
out_there
Dec. 24th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
“But if he breaks your heart, I'm taking a tire iron to his kneecaps.”

Favourite line! Mind you, Finn's "he's a guy" comment about Blaine was also awesome, but the kind of line so based in finn-logic that it needed a lot of explaining.

This was so lovely. It was wonderful to see Blaine so nervous about meeting Kurt's family and then so accepted (and accepting) of them.

And Finn finally getting to slide down the firemen's pole. So awesome!
pushplaytobegin
Dec. 26th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
Blaine worried his lip with his teeth, lost in thought. “Is he a...big man?”

“He's not Finn's father; quit worrying.


OMG, this made me laugh so hard. And now I want hot wings so bad.

Blaine was getting his ear talked off by Finn about how amazing it was that you didn't have to pick between onion rings and French fries anymore, as if were some kind of Sophie's choice. OMG, DYING.

He did put his sunglasses back on, just in case. So cute.

Kurt felt Finn stiffen next to him, almost thinking he’d been offended. He quickly realized it was due to something else. “Finn. I’m sure they’ll let you play with their toys if they’re not busy and you ask nicely.”

“Really?” Finn asked, trying to contain his excitement. “I mean, that’s cool, you know. Whatever.”
I love family fics, and this section was so wonderful. I love Kurt thinking about the wedding, too. People and their hobbies.
stoney321
Dec. 26th, 2011 06:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, I LOVE that those moments made you laugh/smile. I have a ridiculous love for Finn still being an overgrown child. :)

Thank you so much! (Mmm, hot wings.)
webeh
Dec. 30th, 2011 07:06 am (UTC)
I'm glad that Kurt's now trusting in Blaine's abilities. He is good at what he does, otherwise he wouldn't be doing it. :)

It was adorable seeing Blaine be timid because of Kurt's parents, which ended up being okay. The Hudmels are a fair family. If Kurt likes Blaine and he's treated well, the rest of the family will like him as well.

And... Burt jinxed Blaine this time. ;)
stoney321
Dec. 30th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
Those Hummels...never paying attention to what comes out of their mouth until they've said it. ;) And the Hud-mels are an OUTSTANDING family. ...bet Blaine's going to be a part of it. <3
roscafeliz
Jan. 2nd, 2012 01:37 pm (UTC)
This is the best written fic I've ever read, and that's saying something. I hope you write more (a sequel, another fic, anything!). I think I fell in love with you and your mind, really.
I spent two or three days reading this and I will spend three more rereading it. Thank you.
stoney321
Jan. 2nd, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you so much! I'm so, so glad to know you've enjoyed this story. <3 I do write for a living, so you can trust that there will be more. Got a backlog of fic, too. (Not much for Glee, yet, but it's coming.)

Thank you, hope you have a wonderful New Year!
amordemealma
Jan. 5th, 2012 09:34 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness Smokey! I'm so, so, so sorry this has taken me so long to read. I really don't have a great excuse. Yes, RL can be a bitch, and it was but... not really an excuse. I'm sorry I left you hanging. I promise is was all about having enough time to read and properly and thoughtfully respond and not anything to do with not wanting to read. Because oh god I do. Can't wait to read all this. So I shall delay no further. On with the super amazing Fireman!Au that has stolen my heart!

Futzing. Ha! What a word. At first I thought maybe it was a typo and you meant fussing, but no. actually, when I looked it up it kinda has the same connotation...Anyways, thanks for expanding my mental dictionary. Futzing. Word of the day!

I love Burt's little evil laugh at Kurt's mentioning that Blaine was already half scared of him. Haha. So true. It felt very realistic. I think every father loves to feel that slight bit of power, knowing that the boyfriend (or significant other) is at least the teensiest bit scared of them, even if they really like said significant other. It puts the fear of god into them, and allows the parent to relax a bit knowing that the other will be respectful of their child, just a little bit more, knowing that if they aren't they're coming for them. :)

And I think Burt would be great at being the intimidating father figure. *nods*. Yep yep. Total head cannon, and you got it spot on.

Also Kurt berating Burt for not eating right. Haha! So totally true to cannon!

I like how long it took Blaine for it to sink in that Kurt played football. Haha. Oh Blainers.

“No shi- er, really?” Blaine said, catching himself.
HAHAHAHAHA! (insert Chris Colfer laughing hysterically gif here) loved that line. Because Blaine would totally swear if he was with his firefighter family or with friends, but this is Kurt's dad, and he can't swear in front of Kurt's father. He has to make a good impression. *snigger*

I love that little moment when Burt squeezes Blaine's shoulder and tells him to relax, that he's doing great. I'm a sucker for parents putting their child's significant others at ease, okay?

Oh and that little I love you moment. So sweet. I just. I actually like that Kurt doesn't say it back right away. That he holds on to it, to make sure when he does say it that it's special and real. But then, I also feel sorry for Blaine who's probably waiting on pins and needles for Kurt to say it back. Cause even if you know that they're into you, there's that little bit of doubt when they don't say it that nags at the back of your mind. I hope Kurt doesn't make him wait too long.

I like that Blaine finally relaxed around Burt as the night went on. And Carole Hugging Blaine, and the total bro hug from Finn. <3 total love. I also loved the line about Kurt's mental note not to beat up his boyfriend. Haha.

Oh my goodness. Blaine looking for conformation...that “I meant it you know.” was he worried that Kurt didn't think he really meant it? Or scared that he didn't feel the same? Oh baby. But I love Kurt's quiet affirmation, and then when Blaine's about to leave, after the moment has passed when He least expects it...'I love you too.' (insert Santanta's I just have a lot of feelings gif here) that was a really, really beautiful moment. And so perfect, because it wasn't a big grand jester, or a really romantic evening or anything, but he did manage to make it real. To make it more than parroting it back as you stated earlier in the fic. Gah. So much love.

 He realized that he wasn’t alone anymore, wouldn’t be alone again. He had someone, and that someone had him in equal measure. 
Okay, seriously. I legitimately started tearing up at that line, because really. In any universe, whether it's glee itself or this fic or any other for me it's all about the boys being complete in each other, and having someone with them no matter what. Never being alone in anything. And it was just such a beautifully stated sentence, and seriously. I'm still crying a little.
amordemealma
Jan. 5th, 2012 09:38 am (UTC)
Oh Finn. You would muck up a sentence that's trying to complement Blaine by inadvertently insulting Kurt, wouldn't you? *shakes head and chuckles*

I love that moment when Burt sags against the couch, after Kurt tells him he loves Blaine. Because it is so real. I think it's one thing to want something for your kid and to be happy for them, but another altogether when faced with the facts. Because of Course Burt is happy for Kurt- he can see how good they are together, and of course he wants that for Kurt, but at the same time, Kurt's his little boy, and I don't think anything really prepared him for the moment when Kurt would declare his love for someone else. It's a lot to take In for a parent, I think.

And then the threat. Because yes, as happy as you can be for someone, and actually like them, there's no love loss if the significant other ends up hurting your child. None whatsoever. I actually think the tire iron to the kneecaps is going easy for Burt. I always imagined him as a shotgun person myself.

Oh and the whispered I love you into the pillow case. So many feels. And again very realistic feeling.

Sketcher Shape Ups with a three hundred dollar dress. Only Ohio.
oh wow. I actually did a giggle snort when I read that line. No lie. Totally caught me off guard. It's a fabulous line. So funny.

The moment between Finn and Kurt was so precious. And I liked your explanation for Finn not wanting to live in New York. It makes complete sense to his character. (seriously I love that while Au all the characters feel completely cannon to me, despite being in completely different circumstances)

Also, looking forward to reading Finn being a little kid at the fire station. ;)

. Not that he was imagining it was a potential in-law scenario. It was far too soon for that. 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
Totally giggle snorted again. I must be tired. I only do that frequently when tired or drunk. Oh wait, it's past one in the morning. When did that happen?

In all seriousness though, I love the whole exchange you have there with Burt and Bill and Kurt's seeing it as basically the parents meeting each other. I love that Kurt recognizes how important Bill is in Blaine's life in that particular manner.


I love Kurt's wandering thoughts through all of this. It's so perfect.

“My god, Finn, just slide down the damn pole,” Kurt huffed.
third giggle snort. My god, I need to sleep. But I need to finish this story more. Or at least this chapter. Then sleep.

The plaque is mentioned again. Definitely important. Yup.

And God, Finn's reaction to them leaving. LMFAO! So perfect. Again, spot on characterization. And I loved him finally sliding down the pole. He he.

Much love for Kurt's realization that his family now included one other person. Oh God, smokey, you give me all the feels. And now, as it is almost 1:30, I shall bid you goodnight, and hope that I can return to chapter twelve tomorrow.
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ampersandandink
Feb. 4th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
“Ease up, kid, you're doing great.”
BURRRRRTTTTT. Ah, this is so amazing. I'm always shocled when people list their favorite glee characters and Burt isn't there.
And of course you would make him go out on a call like that, I can't believe you.
stoney321
Feb. 4th, 2012 08:31 pm (UTC)
BURT HUMMEL IS THE GREATEST FATHER IN THE HISTORY OF TELEVISION. Full stop. <3

Of COURSE I did! That's the job! ;D
sin_fuego
Feb. 9th, 2012 12:35 am (UTC)
“Blaine, really. My dad wants me to be happy, and how can he not see how happy you make me?”

Their exchange on the stoop before Blaine's shift was so heartwarming. ♥

Kurt turned around, leaning back on the railing to see his dad, still on the top step of the stairs with his eyes wide as saucers and Carole pressed against the wall, her hand clutching at the front of her dress.

Kurt's come so far since that first time he went to dinner at the firehouse. It's like a 180 - he was where Burt & Carole are now but has made peace with Blaine's job.

Finn is adorable! Glad he got to slide down the fire pole :)
whisperyvoices
Jul. 15th, 2012 09:59 am (UTC)
=) =) =) =)

there's a song of joy, drumming in me heart!

The I Love Yous were, as expected, beautiful. So, SO *sincere*. and Real.

Kurt’s reaction – what a fantastic insight into Kurt’s inner monologue during the The Pause, as he gulped his coffee down after Blaine first said I love you in the ep.

Blaine went still, his eyes closed. When he opened them, he laid his hand on his heart and said softly, “It’s yours.” :: *tears* ::

The Finn-Kurt chat on the bench? PRECIOUS! And so spot on, Kurt’s opinion that Finn makes Ohio better because [even though he clearly needs to work out his ideas about gender stereotyping], the dude has come a long way, and he Will make Lima better for it. I appreciated this detail very much, because it often can seem [at least where I'm at] that is the role of the gay community to change perceptions. Which is silly, but yeah... Everyone else who knows better, make things better too! [i know this is such an Obvious thing to say, but I wanted to highlight my appreciation for you pointing that out].

*here's a hot cup of coffee for your sunday. and a daisy*


stoney321
Jul. 15th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, how happy I am that you found their declarations of love sincere. <3 (And I'm extremely glad to know you liked the convo with Finn and Kurt. I think you're the first person to comment on that, actually. That's something that's important to me, too - why should the onus of mind-expansion fall on the LGBT community? Other people need to step up.) <3

Thank you so much for my virtual coffee and daisy! :)
dani_elizabethx
Aug. 2nd, 2012 06:53 am (UTC)
jfvbhvk;fkjvbfdljvblafd/lvjdfhnvljdnkvdf!

I am no okay, omg.
(Anonymous)
Aug. 28th, 2012 05:26 am (UTC)
That was awesome! :D
Would have been fun if someone had asked how they met, as Kurt haven't told them that Rachel set the house on fire x3
stoney321
Aug. 28th, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reading!
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