Kurt had run after his boyfriend all the way to the side of the street, right next to the Range Rover, where the boy finally stopped. He turned around to face Kurt, and the shorter young man stopped moving instantly: Jesse seemed really pissed.
"I told you it was a bad idea! I told you I didn't want to come! Why did you have to push this?"
Kurt felt the tears coming to his eyes. Everything he had planned, the big event that would bring peace between the two boys of his life, was a total and complete failure. Not only was Finn mad at him, but so was Jesse, and he would probably break up on the spot.
"I'm so sorry…" Kurt whispered, his voice shaken by a heart-breaking sob.
Jesse's expression softened. He walked to the shorter boy and wrapped his arms around him, holding Kurt's head on his heart and caressing his hair.
"I- I ruined everything!" Kurt said between two sobs.
"Shh… shh… It's okay… I'm sorry I yelled."
"Y-You're not… gonna… break up with me?" Kurt asked.
Jesse cupped Kurt's face with his hands, and looked into his eyes. "No way. I care about you too much, Kurt. I love you."
A sweet smile found its way through the tears on Kurt's face. "I love you too, Jesse, I love you so much…"
Jesse lowered his head and kissed the tears off Kurt's face. The shorter boy closed his eyes and enjoyed the loving touch, his hands resting on his boyfriend's chest.
"Are you feeling better?" Jesse asked after a moment.
"I think so…" Kurt replied, attempting to regain some composure.
"Okay, then be as good a host as you can to your guests, skip the empty calories and come to my house tonight. I'll cook you a romantic meal and we'll cuddle while watching a movie of your choice."
"Thank you, I'd love that."
Jesse planted a kiss on Kurt's hand, a familiar gesture that he adored, and then the star of Vocal Adrenaline left in his car.
Kurt took several deep breaths and rubbed the drying tears off his face, then walked back to the backyard. As soon as she saw him, Mercedes pulled her friend into a tight hug.
"What do you say we wrap things up real quick?" Mercedes whispered to his ear.
"That would be beyond amazing." Kurt whispered back.
The other teenagers all ended up at Mercedes' house to continue the party, to Kurt's relief. He was finally able to go back inside after telling his best friend how much he worshipped her before they left. The ruined burgers and hot dogs ended up in the trash, and a sheepish Will went back home as well.
Kurt carefully went down the stairs to his bedroom. Finn and Rachel were there, talking quietly on the quarterback's bed.
"Hi…" Kurt said.
They both looked at him, Rachel with anxiety, Finn with resentment. Kurt kept his eyes on the floor. He had seriously messed up with both of them, and it was now time to make amends.
"Rachel, I'm very sorry for screaming at you and calling you a bitch. I overreacted."
"It's okay… I did slap your boyfriend, after all, and since we're New Directions' two biggest divas, a clash of this type wasn't surprising. Like I already told you, I'm happy that you're with Jesse – even though Finn strongly disagrees with me on this point – but ever since he smashed an egg on my forehead, I've been aching to slap him. The occasion was too perfect, I couldn't think clearly. But I shouldn't have… I didn't want to hurt you. I apologize."
"Thank you, Rachel."
They looked at each other awkwardly. "I guess you boys must have a lot to talk about, so I'll go home now."
Rachel gave Finn a quick peck on the lips, and then disappeared up the stairs.
Kurt sat next to Finn, his hands on his lap. Finn's body seemed very stiff; Kurt could see the tensed muscles on his jaw.
"Did you mean it?" Kurt finally asked, breaking the uncomfortable silence.
"Did I mean what?" Finn asked with a coarse voice.
"When you said that I'm your brother…"
Finn seemed to relax a bit. He closed his eyes, and a faint smile appeared on his lips. "Yeah, of course I did." Finn answered, opening his eyes and looking at Kurt for the first time since Rachel had left.
"You really care for me that much?"
"Yeah. I do."
Kurt's heart swelled inside of his chest. It felt so good to be loved by the boy he himself had loved for so long, in a way he had never thought possible.
"Finn, I've been such an idiot. I was so mad at you for not accepting my relationship with Jesse, but I never understood where it came from."
Finn smiled apologetically. "I did kind of react like a lunatic…"
Kurt smirked. "I'm glad you realize it."
"You gotta understand, though… This guy has already messed up so many things in my life! He seduced Rachel when I wanted to be with her, and then he hurt her… He stole the win from us at Regionals…"
Kurt held his hand in protest. "I have to stop you right here. Jesse showed me a tape of Vocal Adrenaline's number at Regionals. Their performance of Bohemian Rhapsody was absolutely stellar. We just didn't measure up to them… yet. We were much better than those Aural Intensity people, though… So if someone screwed us over, it's coach Sylvester and her BFF Olivia Newton-John. I swear to God, ever since Regionals, I can't bear the mere sight of my Grease DVD."
Finn laughed. "Okay, forget what I said about Regionals. He really did hurt Rachel though… and I couldn't do anything. I was powerless. So God forbid I let him hurt you, too. If he did, it would be just as bad, if not worse, than when he hurt Rachel… because you're family. The truth is… I love you, man. In a totally non-romantic, brotherly way."
Kurt' wide smile showed how immensely happy he was at that moment. "I love you too, Finn. I'm so glad to be your brother."
"Can I have a hug?" Finn asked, making puppy eyes.
"Of course, silly!" Kurt laughed.
Finn moved closer to him and they hugged. Kurt rested his chin on the taller boy's shoulder, amazed by the brotherly love they had for each other.
"Can you just promise me one thing?" Finn asked after they broke the embrace.
"Sure, what is it?"
"If Jesse ever hurts you, if he makes you cry, if he's not being the perfect gay guy that I know you deserve, I want you to tell me, so I can kick his ass."
Kurt laughed. "Deal." They sealed the promise with a fist bump.
"Are you going somewhere?" Finn asked half an hour later when Kurt appeared in the living room in skinny jeans and a designer shirt.
"Yes, I am. I'm going to Jesse's, he's cooking me dinner to cheer me up for this afternoon."
"Are you going there by yourself?"
"Huh, yes. I have my Navigator for a reason, you know."
"Uhm… Could he come here and pick you up instead? There's something I have to say to him."
Kurt frowned. "Finn…"
"No, really, Kurt, I'm not gonna freak out again. I won't punch him, I won't insult him, heck, I won't even yell at him. I swear."
"You're very mysterious all of a sudden… Okay, I'll call him."
Kurt picked up his cell phone and called his boyfriend. He explained the situation to him, and Jesse obliged, even though he didn't seem quite sure of Finn's good intentions.
When the Range Rover pulled over, Finn went outside and closed the door behind him. Kurt could do nothing but look outside at the boys through the window.
"Jesse…" Finn greeted as the young man got out of his vehicle.
"Finn…" Jesse replied, looking at the quarterback with suspicion.
"I have to talk to you. It won't take long, I promise."
Finn looked straight into the other boy's eyes. "I don't like you, Jesse. You have treated Rachel like dirt, and I don't think I'll ever forgive myself for allowing that. But I have to warn you: you gotta keep Kurt happy. If you make him sad, if you hurt him, there will be consequences. Kurt likes you, so I'll have to deal with it. But don't you dare hurt him."
"I won't, Finn. I love him."
"Well, so do I. That's one thing we have in common."
In the living room, Kurt let out a squeal of happiness as he saw the two most important boys of his life shake hands. He never thought it could happen one day, but really, at this moment, he had it all. He felt like the luckiest man in the world.
I hope you enjoyed this story! I am planning 3 one-shot sequels to Summer of Love, but for now I'm working on another story about Finn, Kurt and Sam. Thank you for all the reviews, it was much appreciated! :)