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12 October 2012 @ 11:44 am
Mini-Ficlet: The Road to Eternity (or: Saturday Night at the Hummel-Anderson Residence)  
Title: The Road to Eternity (or: Saturday Night at the Hummel-Anderson Residence)
Rating: PG
Word Count: ~1,200
Fic Summary: It's just a typical Saturday night.

A/N: Future!fic. And when I say future, I mean a good way down the road.

I’m dedicating this to the very amazing ca_te, because I got kind of elaborate about Klaine feels via chat and she told me to turn it into fic.

Anyway, this is FLUFF. 4x04 events will be mentioned in this, but fear not! It’s happy!fic. I promise!



**

Blaine closes the door, hand hovering on the door knob for a second before he turns around. It's strangely quiet in the house now that the grandchildren have left, but after an entire day spent at the zoo and then having their house overtaken by two preschoolers, putting band-aids on scraped knees and reading stories, it's not an unwelcome kind of quiet.

Kurt takes his hands, smiles at him, Blaine smiling back just as easily, and Kurt loves the way the skin wrinkles around his eyes when he does. Those lines have long become permanent, no longer only showing up due to laughter, and Kurt can't remember why there was ever a time in his life when he was scared of that happening, to him or Blaine. It's not old age he sees when he looks at those lines. It's a reminder of the decades they have spent laughing together, loving each other.

“I'll make some tea,” he says, “you can pick a movie.”

“It's your turn to choose,” Blaine argues, but Kurt shakes his head.

“I owe you. I let Sarah and Lily eat most of the cookies you were saving for tomorrow.”

Blaine pouts at him, which, even after forty-five years together, still makes Kurt melt on the spot. “You'll make more tomorrow, right?”

Kurt sighs, gives Blaine a quick peck on the lips. “We'll see.”

By the time Kurt returns to the living room, two tea cups in hand, Blaine has made himself comfortable on the couch. There's a movie Kurt doesn't recognize playing on the screen.

“What are we watching?” Kurt hands him one of the cups, sits down close to Blaine on the rather spacious couch. It leaves more than half of it unused, but it's the way they have been watching TV together since they were teenagers. Their daughter has never ceased making fun of them for that, or, alternately, looking utterly embarrassed because of it when she was a teenager herself and having friends over.

“I have no idea,” Blaine confesses. “It just looked like fun.”

Kurt sips his tea, observes the action unfolding on the screen. “Blaine,” he sighs. “What is it with you and teen comedies?”

“You don't know that it's a comedy,” Blaine points out, hands wrapped around his mug, focusing on the rather predictable plot of the movie.

Kurt rolls his eyes even though he knows Blaine isn't looking and decides he can get through this. It'll be his turn to choose a movie the next time.

So he leans back and watches as the guy and the girl on screen meet (“remember when that was us,” Blaine sighs and Kurt smiles and nudges Blaine's foot with his own), watches as they get together, and then, in a somewhat surprising plot twist, go through a teary and heartrending break-up.

He feels Blaine stir next to him, feels him shift just a little bit closer and reach out for his hand. Kurt offers it willingly.

“Remember when that was us?” Blaine asks quietly, but there's no bitterness in his words, not anymore, not after all this time.

Kurt nods, squeezes Blaine's fingers. “Ugh. That was a long time ago.” His own hurt about that chapter of their lives – their life – together has long since faded, too, and he smiles, turns his head to kiss Blaine's cheek.

Blaine looks at him and Kurt meets his eyes, and they're still as beautiful as they were forty-five years ago. “I'm glad I got you back.”

“Mmm.” Kurt kisses him again, on the mouth this time, smiling into the kiss and feeling an answering smile on Blaine's lips. “Definitely,” he says.

There's no need to say more – they did all the talking they had to do about this decades ago. And after years and years of loving Blaine, of being loved by Blaine, years of living together and building a family and taking care of each other and supporting each other, Kurt knows they understand the true meaning of the word forever. There's no need anymore to dwell on old regrets, old mistakes that have been long forgiven. What they have built together since that time outweighs all of it.

Blaine rests his head against Kurt's shoulder and Kurt snuggles closer to him, drapes an arm around Blaine's waist. “Now shut up and watch the movie. Let's see if these kids are as smart as we were and figure it out.”

Turns out, they are. Half an hour later, the couple on the screen is kissing in a crowded park, declarations of undying love on their lips, and Blaine yawns loudly. “I still can't believe you let Sarah and Lily eat all the cookies.”

“Not all of them! I can always make more,” Kurt promises.

Blaine rinses out the tea cups and puts them in the dishwasher while Kurt turns down the bed and uses the bathroom first.

He's already in bed by the time Blaine changes into his pajamas and he holds up the covers so Blaine can slide in next to him.

He does, immediately rolling onto his side and tangling his feet with Kurt's.

Kurt gasps. “Cold! Why are your toes always cold, Blaine?”

Blaine just grins at him. “Well, it's your job as my husband to warm them for me. I could swear there was something about that in the vows...”

Kurt lets out an exasperated sigh, rubbing his feet against Blaine's. “I knew it all those years. You only married me because of my body heat.”

“True. Your body is hot.” Blaine laughs before his face turns serious all of a sudden. “But, really? I married you so I could keep you forever. I love you, you know?”

And there's that familiar warmth again that spreads from Kurt's chest and stomach all the way through him, tingling under his skin and making his heart beat faster. He has never found a proper name for it, though he has tried many – joy, love and happiness just a few among them. He only knows the feeling is Blaine-induced. No one else has ever had that effect on him, no one else has ever stood a chance.

“I know,” he answers, leaning in as Blaine cups his cheek to kiss him softly. “And I love you.”

They just stay like that with their feet still tangled, their hands clasped between them, faces resting close together on the same pillow.

Kurt feels his eyes drift shut, exhausted after a day of watching the grandkids. But it's the weekend and they can sleep in tomorrow. He's looking forward to it. Blaine may be able to make him feel like he's sixteen again, but especially after an entire day watching small children, Kurt's body reminds him that he is indeed getting older.

And yet, as he closes his eyes all the way, runs his thumbs over the knuckles of Blaine's hands and feels Blaine kiss his fingers in return, he doesn't feel old.

All he really feels is lucky.

**

The End - except... is it ever, really?



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vanessawolfie: love-hearts vanessawolfie on October 12th, 2012 11:41 am (UTC)
Oh lovely.
what a crazy random happenstance: tree alianne on October 13th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
whitesheepcbd whitesheepcbd on October 12th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
AWWWWW.
what a crazy random happenstance: tree alianne on October 13th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
Pretty much what I was going for, thanks! :)
fara1903: pic#113683364 fara1903 on October 12th, 2012 01:10 pm (UTC)
That was awesome!
what a crazy random happenstance: tree alianne on October 13th, 2012 03:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
RS: Blaine/Kurt rainbowstevie on October 12th, 2012 01:59 pm (UTC)
*cymbal-clapping-monkey applause* :D
what a crazy random happenstance: tree alianne on October 13th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
*gigglesnorts* Thank you! <3
wowbright: pic#116204491 wowbright on October 12th, 2012 02:59 pm (UTC)
Swoony swoon swoon! ♥
what a crazy random happenstance: tree alianne on October 13th, 2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks! :)
wowbright: pic#116204491 wowbright on October 16th, 2012 04:03 am (UTC)
Now that I am on my computer I can say a little more in detail why I liked this fic. I loved that they are old together and that Blaine still eats cookies and they are still flirting and that there is acknowledgement that their relationship hasn't always been easy, but that they got through it with their love and some work. I have some friends who are so upset after 4.04 because they don't see how Kurt will be able to trust Blaine again -- but I believe that, over the long term, he will, and that they'll come out stronger than before this whole thing blew up. This little ficlet shows just how true that can be.
what a crazy random happenstance: tree alianne on October 16th, 2012 11:32 am (UTC)
Yes, I know, this kind of fatalistic view in fandom right now was my main inspiration for writing this. I was talking to ca_te about this and we agreed that this is what The Boys will be like when they're old - they will be happy together, they will look back on decades of being in a loving relationship, and they will trust each other.

I'm not saying I think it will be easy for them, because it won't. But I've known people who have come back from worse and managed to rebuild what they had.

The main issue for me is that it's a TV show and there are time constraints. Really gaining back the same level of trust may take a while and I don't think the show will devote that kind of time and weight to one couple. However, that doesn't detract from the fact that it's not only possible, but very likely in the case of The Boys.

I think people are worried that once they do get back together, every interaction and every moment between them will be tainted by this mistake and the loss of trust. I'm not worried about that. I think Kurt will forgive Blaine and they will have their happy moments together - watching movies, cuddling, holding hands, baking cookies, talking. And it won't be an issue in those moments. They will just be in love and content. And then there will be moments when it will be an issue, for example when they don't see each other for a while, when someone hits on Blaine at a party, when one tries calling the other and he doesn't pick up. But those moments will not define their relationship in the long run if they work on rebuilding the trust. There will be fewer of those moments over time, and they will get through them. There will be fights, but there will also be love and joy and all those good things they had right from the start.

Too many people try to blame one of The Boys for everything. I think they share the blame, if that is even the right word. They are so young and they're each other's firsts in every respect. And long-distance is hard. They were bound to screw up. I don't know one long-distance couple who hasn't had at least one big fight or broken up for a while because it was so difficult.

Kurt was unaware of how sad and lonely Blaine was because he was overwhelmed with his new life in New York. And Blaine, who has been the one to talk Kurt into going, probably saw all of his worst dreams coming true. Let's not forget that he'd been worried before Kurt even graduated. And that Kurt was the one to repeatedly assure him that they would be fine and that they would make time for each other. Blaine believed him and then probably felt that much more alone because of it when it turned out that Kurt didn't have as much time. But it's not Kurt's fault either, because how could he have known what New York was going to be like for him? And he said he missed Blaine, too, he wasn't happy about the fact that they didn't have more time for each other.

So Blaine made a mistake - one mistake. And he regretted it immediately and confessed it to Kurt right away. That's an important fact, because it means he's willing to do whatever he can to work past it. It's natural that Kurt needs more time right now - he didn't see this coming at all. But I think they will get there.

They are The Boys.

Um... long reply. Sorry. I have a lot of feelings about this.
wowbright: pic#116204491 wowbright on October 16th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, I have been known to write very long replies, too. I agree with just about everything you said here. I'm not sure I have much to add but, "Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes." I don't think we'll see the full healing of the relationship on Glee, but I believe we'll see that it's happening. (This is why Glee needs the Klaine spinoff SO BADLY. *smiles* Or, you know, fanfic like this!) I look forward to all the cuddling and baking cookies forever.

Edited at 2012-10-16 09:34 pm (UTC)
superbia_jace: awww superbia_jace on October 13th, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC)
I just melted. Like a lot.
This is so cute <3
what a crazy random happenstance: tree alianne on October 13th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
Well, that was the effect I was going for. Good to know that it worked! :)
Thank you!
superbia_jace: awww superbia_jace on October 13th, 2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
I am just a sucker for old!Klaine. <3 So, so good. <3

Is it okay if I would save your fanfiction for me as pdf for my kindle?

what a crazy random happenstance: tree alianne on October 13th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
OMG seriously? ... I mean, yes, of course, please feel free to do so! (Even though MOBI format is better for Kindle use, you should check out Calibre, it's a free open-source software that I'm using as well to convert PDFs to Kindle format. Just a tip, because you're nice.) Thank you for asking, and I feel flattered.
superbia_jace: awww superbia_jace on October 14th, 2012 01:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, seriously. And thank you! *________*<3

(I didn't know that, woah, thank you so much! I tried it and it's really so much better than pdf. <3 You are soo nice to me, thank you ;O; *virtual hug*)

No need to thank me. <3
what a crazy random happenstance: tree alianne on October 16th, 2012 09:40 am (UTC)
No problem at all, you started this whole being nice thing! *hugs* :)
superbia_jace: awww superbia_jace on October 17th, 2012 07:36 am (UTC)
Nawh <3 I was just being honest hun :3
*rehug*
keenoled marvel: surf girl keenoled on October 13th, 2012 08:15 pm (UTC)
Brilliant.
what a crazy random happenstance: tree alianne on October 13th, 2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)