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Author: Stoney
Title: Where There's Smoke [12/12+E]
Rating: Fer Errbody
Pairing: Kurt/Blaine, Wes and David friendship, mentions of former Finn/Rachel
Word Count: 5100/100,000
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. :)

Kurt had dropped his family back at their hotel with meticulously written instructions for how to get on the subway, how to behave on the subway, who to not speak to on the subway, and how to get to the area by Turtle Pond where his performance would be held.Collapse )


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Dec. 30th, 2011 07:37 am (UTC)
I love Kurt and Rachel conversing in scales to each other. It's definitely something they would do, especially Rachel.

Haven't mentioned this, but I really like how you write Rachel. She's older now and I can definitely sense that she's grown out of some of her more outrageous tendencies. That's exactly how I see the character 10 years from now. :)
Dec. 30th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
Ha - I would do that before performances, too, the singing in scales. :D And thank you for your comments about how I'm writing Rachel! I think she'll definitely mellow over the years (esp. after living in NYC for a while and not being Top Dog.) Thank you for that!
Sierra Pisciotta
Dec. 30th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
Oh my goodness, this story is seriously bad for my health. There I was, minding my own business on Tumblr when I read a post that said "That moment when you read an AMAZING story AND it's complete" with a link so of course I just had to read it. I got hooked immediately after reading the first few paragraphs, and I didn't go to sleep till 5:36 and had to be up at 9:15 for work. So my exhaustion today, I'm blaming all on you :) Though, for stories like this one, I don't mind a little sleep deprivation. I really hope you write more stories (I love AU ones :))because you have some serious talent, and I'll definitely spread the word of your amazingness and check back from time to time hoping for a new story. So thanks so much for writing this, it was such a joy to read!
Dec. 31st, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
Hahaha, I promise that the next story I write will be so dull, getting to work well-rested will seem like a holiday. :D

I've been writing in different fandoms for years, so I have no intention of stopping, and THANK YOU, that is wonderful of you to say.

I typically update on K_B if I have a new fic, so if you happen to watch them (or check stoney321 on tumblr's tags) you'll know. (And there was an epilogue after this along with ebook files, just in case you didn't see them.)

Again, thank you very much!! I'm glad you enjoyed this, and hope you get a better night's sleep tonight. :)
Jan. 6th, 2012 07:23 am (UTC)
Why can't I ever seem to get to this until it's like ten at night or later? *la sigh* Oh well. Say la vi. Hopefully it won't take me quite so long to get through this chapter and hopefully the epilogue plus commenting. On to the story.

The singing scales thing is so adorable. Tell me truthfully. How many versions of those lines did you go through to make sure all the words fit properly in the scale? Also, shamelessly admitting that I may have sung those lines in the scale out loud so as to make sure that it all fit and worked. *blushes* I'm a nerd like that.

And oh Rachel. I love how you have both her and Finn knowing that it's better this way, but also still having that wistfulness because they didn't break up because they didn't want to be together anymore. They broke up because it wasn't logical anymore, but still, the feelings would all still be there. They still love each other to an extent, and truly moving on from that would be hard I'm sure.

Blaine's texts were uber sweet. I loved it. I was actually scared that something was going to happen and he wasn't going to make it, or he'd be late and miss the first few numbers, but then sneek in at the end or something. But I'm glad you didn't throw a monkey wrentch into their happiness or Kurt's success.

Kurt singing Defying Gravity. I cried. Seriously cried and everything you said about it being his song, and how people put him down, but he was here, he was singing. God. It pulled on my heartstrings, and then the audience and family reactions. And oh God, I'm going to start crying again.

I loved Kurt's song choice for his final song. It's a good one. And him singing it to Blaine was just so sweet.

I loved Rachel being on duty as he greeted his family. The capping of the water bottle was a nice touch.

And oh, Burt crying because he's just so damn proud of Kurt had me in tears too. It was a sweet moment.

Also, oh Rachel and Finn. My heart kind of breaks for them, though as much as I love them as a couple I don't see them as being together forever, much like in this fic. I just don't think that they're compatible enough for a happily ever after.

Also Blaine holding back and giving the family a moment, even though Kurt sees him as family now. Sweet little moment, though maybe Kurt should clue Blaine in on the fact that he's already reached family status. (and of course I should have just kept reading a little bit farther. Ha! The problem with commenting as I go. Oh well.)

And oh. That line from the First time. I love it when authors of AU's give little nods to cannon like that. It's almost as if we're saying that in any universe, those moments are meant to happen in some form. Very nice.

Oh Finn. Way to herp derp your way into a beautiful moment. Haha. It was cute though.

I was very forcefully struck by the use of 'their home' when they're dancing in Blaine's apartment. That even though they don't live together, and Kurt still has his place with Rachel, Blaine's very much does not feel like Blaine's but theirs. Awesome. I love how little word choices like that can just stop us dead and hold so much importance in them.

So gorgeous darling. I loved the ending. I'm so glad you shared this journey with us. Epilogue hear I come!
Jan. 6th, 2012 02:07 pm (UTC)
I love that you sang the scales! That's how we would prepare for performances when I was doing musical theater. :D

I'm so glad to know that those moments worked for you, with Finn, Rachel, the Hudmels. And especially happy that the dance in "their" home was touching. Thank you so much! <3
Jan. 9th, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, my heart, Stoney! No seriously, oh my God! This was super lovely and romantic and absorbing and heartwarming and sweeeeeeeeeeeeet and I'm so happy I finally had a chance to read it! Thank you!
Jan. 13th, 2012 04:26 am (UTC)
OH, PIQUE!!! I'm so SO happy to know you read this and liked it!! That's so awesome. (In case you didn't know, there is one more part after this, linked above. JUST IN CASE.)

I'm so glad you liked this, HOORAY! <3
Jan. 17th, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
Humany wumany happy tears! I feel like my heart exploded. In a good way. omggggg<33333
Jan. 17th, 2012 05:44 am (UTC)
*clappy hands* I'm happy to know it moved you, even if it was to tears! <3
Feb. 5th, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
So, let me preface this by saying I'm a bit drunk, but this was wonderful. I'm happy Blaine didn't die, though him in the hospital might have been good to read about.
Feb. 5th, 2012 05:11 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you thought it was wonderful! I'm happy Blaine didn't die either. :)
Feb. 9th, 2012 12:47 am (UTC)
Thanks for embedding the songs Kurt sings! Lovely little touch.

Loved the inclusion of “That...Kurt, you take my breath away. Just...tonight on that stage? I’m so proud to be with you.” and He whispered into Blaine’s ear, “I hope so. I want you to be.”
Mar. 25th, 2012 06:39 am (UTC)
You've done something to my heart, and I don't know what it is. You made it beat faster and slower, and I am about 3 seconds from breathing into a paper bag and crying hysterically. Goodness. Why is this story so amazing? Why are YOU amazing!!!!!! Keep being amazing. Gah. So many happy tears.
Mar. 25th, 2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
Aww! Best compliment ever, thank you!! So happy to know you were moved by this little thing of mine. <3 <3
May. 18th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
My first Klaine fanfic experience
What??? NO, NO, NO!! I just got to this page!! I know it's going to have a lovely ending, I know that, I do, BUT I DO NOT WANT IT TO END.

EVER. <----- that.

You are such a wonderful writer. I'm going to finish reading this fic, read it again, and then put it on my Sony Reader so I can read it again tomorrow. Then I'm going to start on the rest of your works. I'm so excited! :)
May. 19th, 2012 03:42 am (UTC)
Re: My first Klaine fanfic experience
:D I'm so glad to know you enjoyed this! (You did see that there was one more after this, I assume?)

Thank you very much - it's wonderful to hear back that you liked this and want to read it again! Best compliment ever. :)
Jul. 17th, 2012 09:11 am (UTC)
He made his hands into a heart around the mic and mouthed, “I love you,” before stepping back to center with the microphone stand. :: my heart, has wings ; the wings, have taken my heart up and up into the sky.


p.s.: When Season 4 rolls around, and I 'discover' that Blaine is Not a fire-fighter; Rachel Berry did NOT hop onto a train to NY just so she can accidentally set something on fire which would lead Kurt & Blaine to meet for the first time ; there are no scenes of Blaine in tight charcoal-grey boxer briefs [what? why can't this be in the first ep of S4?], Kurt & Blaine are not karaoke-bar flirting ...there are going to be some angry-sad feelings for me to deal with. Just sayin'.
Jul. 17th, 2012 01:32 pm (UTC)

But I will take that compliment, and I will also say thank you for reading this! I'm so happy you felt satisfied by the ending. <3
Aug. 2nd, 2012 07:10 am (UTC)


Aug. 13th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
Gosh, I loved this fic so much! So sweet and romantic.
Aug. 13th, 2012 11:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow
Thanks so much! It's my fic equivalent to a Snuggie and plate of hot, freshly baked cookies. :)

Glad to hear you enjoyed this, Nony!
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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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