AN: Hi everyone! Nini here, signing off on the final chapter. This has been... one hell of a ride. It's probably my most popular fic to date. Almost 300 alerts and over 130 faves - that's just insane XD Thank you all for reviewing and for sticking with me the further I go into AU territories. All of us who want a Kurtofsky endgame have to stick to fanfiction nowadays.

And now I give you without furthur ado, the last chapter of "Everything"!

Chapter Thirteen

"Mr. Shue, what's going on?" Finn asked as the entire Glee club made their way into the auditorium.

"Yes, Mr. Shuester, we don't have time for this," Rachel said. "We should be making a setlist for Regionals, it's only four months away and we have to –"

"Chill out, Rachel," Puck said, wrapping his arm around Santana. "We just got through Sectionals, we can relax for like a microsecond before you work your panties into knots again."

"Rachel doesn't know the meaning of the word 'relax'," Santana snickered.

"Guys, there's a reason we're here," Mr. Shuester said as he led the children down to the first rows of the theater. "At the beginning of this week, Kurt's boyfriend came to us with an apology." Everyone turned to look at Kurt, who blushed under the scrutiny, and at Mr. Shuester calling Dave his boyfriend. He'd used the term himself many times, but only inside his head so far. "Dave put himself out there," Mr. Shuester was saying, "even though he knew you would all probably keep your grudges against him. He was very brave and courteous, and asked for your forgiveness and for your blessing to date Kurt – even though he shouldn't need it."

Mr. Shuester stood before his students and looked at them seriously. "He's given you a few days to consider his apology and his request, but so far none of you have shown any hint of forgiveness or openness. So Dave came to me, thinking that maybe there was a different way he could appeal to you, and show you how much Kurt means to him." Mr. Shuester turned to the stage, where only now the Glee club noticed that the jazz band was assembled. "Dave?"

The members of New Directions gaped as Dave Karofsky stepped up to the middle of the stage, dressed in a smart suit and looking quite unlike anything they'd seen of him so far – even Kurt was surprised at how handsome he looked. The chubby boy he'd once called 'Hamhock' and 'Meathead' was gone, replaced by this suave young gentleman that Kurt was proud to call his boyfriend.

Dave took a deep breath and turned on his microphone. "Hey, guys," he said, sounding nervous but determined. "I apologized to you all because what I used to do to you was wrong. You're all Kurt's best friends, and I don't want him to feel bad just because you don't think he should date me. I get that you all love him, and I'm grateful that he has you guys to look out for him. But I love him too."

Kurt gasped, and Mercedes, sitting next to him, grasped his arm with a little squeal.

"So I guess maybe singing is the only way you guys will understand how I feel," Dave finished, and then nodded to the band. They started to play, and Dave twirled the microphone in his hand a few times before he began to sing:

"You're a falling star, you're the getaway car.
You're the line in the sand when I go too far.
You're the swimming pool, on an August day.
And you're the perfect thing to say."

No-one was more surprised than Kurt. He'd heard Dave sing before, but never like this – it was always singing along with songs on the radio, and never this type of song. Dave's low, crooning voice moved something inside him; he felt that if he hadn't already fallen head-over-heels for Dave, he'd be in danger of falling now.

"And you play it coy, but it's kinda cute," Dave winked at Kurt in the audience.
"Oh, when you smile at me you know exactly what you do.
Baby don't pretend that you don't know it's true.
'Cause you can see it when I look at you.

"And in this crazy life,
And through these crazy times
It's you, it's you," Dave pointed at Kurt, "you make me sing.
You're every line, you're every word,
You're everything."

Dave did a few spins on the stage while the jazz band's trumpets rang out.

"You're a carousel, you're a wishing well,
And you light me up, when you ring my bell.
You're a mystery, you're from outer space,
You're every minute of my everyday."

"And I can't believe, oh, that I'm your man," Dave brought one hand up to his heart, then held it out towards Kurt,
"And I get to kiss you, baby, just because I can.
Whatever comes our way, oh, we'll see it through,
'Cause you know that's what our love can do.

"And in this crazy life,
And through these crazy times
It's you, it's you, you make me sing.
You're every line, you're every word,
You're everything."

The entire Glee club was staring at Dave, but some of them had begun to clap in time as he spun on the stage again. It seemed like Dave was winning them over: Kurt spotted smiles on Quinn and Tina's faces. Mercedes, of course, was already sold.

"So, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
So, la, la, la, la, la, la, la.

"And in this crazy life," Dave put all his affection for Kurt into the last chorus,
And through these crazy times
It's you, it's you, you make me sing.
You're every line, you're every word,
You're everything..."

He crouched at the edge of the stage, singing directly to Kurt,

"You're every song, baby,
And I sing along.
'Cause you're my everything.
Yeah, yeah, yeah."

Kurt grasped Mercedes' hand tight in his, eyes glittering with tears.

"So, la, la, la, la, la, la, la." Dave motioned for the band to cut the music, intending to sing the last line alone. But quite unexpectedly, almost all the members of the Glee club sang along with him:

"So, la, la, la, la, la, la-la-la, la-la-la."

Several seconds of silence followed Dave's debut performance. It was broken by Mercedes standing up to clap, and to step out of Kurt's way as he ran down the aisle and towards the stage. He clambered up the side stairs and took a running leap towards Dave, who barely had time to set the microphone on the piano before Kurt was upon him, hugging him tightly.

"Oh, Dave, Dave, I can't believe you did that," he said, muffled against the lapels of the taller boy's jacket. "You were amazing, I can't believe you did that for me! –" he stepped back a bit, looking up at Dave's smiling face with tears of joy in his eyes.

"Kiss him already!" Mercedes shouted from the seats, and everyone laughed and clapped as Dave did just that, leaning down to kiss Kurt, hard. Even Finn was smiling, happy to see his stepbrother in good hands. By his side, Rachel looked calculating. She stood up, and Finn took her hand to hold her back.

"At least let them have their moment before you try and rope Karofsky into the club," he said. Rather than be annoyed that her plans had been thwarted, Rachel smiled at how well her boyfriend knew her. Puck was wolf-whistling in the seat next to them, and everyone laughed as Dave and Kurt finally parted, with Kurt looking dazed but happy. They stepped off the stage and went to sit with the other students, an accepted 'item' now, hand-in-hand.


Will Shuester had observed the performance from the top level of the theater, and turned to see Emma Pillsbury-Howell standing at the doors when it ended. It still hurt to see the silver wedding ring glinting on her finger, but he pasted a smile onto his face and asked, "Did you hear Dave sing?"

"Yes," she answered. "He's come a very long way since what happened with Kurt. I'm happy for them." She looked down to where Kurt and Dave were seated, hugging. "Um, I'm actually here to tell Dave that Principal Figgins has reinstated him on the football and hockey teams, and he doesn't have to drive Kurt around anymore. Whether or not he chooses to do that of his own free will..."

"I'll tell him," Will said. Emma nodded and turned to leave, but then stopped.

"Will, I'm proud of Dave for standing up and showing everyone how he feels for Kurt." Will looked into her eyes, wondering if she was trying to tell him something, trying to tell him that he should do the same. "But I'm also very proud of you for helping him do it, and for leading the other children to accept him. You're – a very good teacher."

Will sighed. "Thank you, Emma."

She nodded and left, and Will knew himself a fool for letting her slip away.


"So, Karofsky – Dave," Rachel amended with a smile. "Have you thought about joining New Directions?"

"Rachel," Kurt began, but Dave cut him off with a laugh.

"No offense, Berry, but it's just not my thing. Don't get me wrong, I think what you guys do is amazing –" he held his hand out to include all of the Glee club, "but it was hard enough to get up and sing for just you guys – I can't imagine doing it in front of a thousand people."

"Dave isn't going to have time for Glee, anyway," Mr. Shuester said, coming down the stairs. "I've just been informed that you're back on the school football and hockey teams." He clapped Dave's shoulder. "That was a hell of a performance, Dave. Well done."

"All thanks to you, Mr. Shue," Dave said, smiling. "See, guys? No way am I going to manage football and hockey and Glee."

"Yeah, it's hard enough to do football and Glee," Puck said, stepping forward to clap hands with Dave. "It'll be good to have you back as right guard, Karofsky."

"Thanks, man."

"But, Dave," Rachel wasn't giving up so easily. "Maybe you could go back to the football team, and do Glee instead of hockey?"

Dave looked at her with an incredulous expression. He turned to Finn and said, "Hudson, tell me your girlfriend didn't just suggest I give up hockey so I could wear purple-sequined vests and bowties and sing show-tunes in front of an audience."

Finn opened his mouth, but it was Kurt who answered, saying, "Rachel, leave Dave alone. He's been suspended from the football and hockey teams for the past two months and he can't wait to get back to them. He's already told you that Glee is not his sort of thing. So back off," he finished, but without venom. He glanced up at Dave affectionately. "Besides, if he had to give up either sport, it would be football. Hockey is much more important to him."

Dave laughed, and leaned in to steal a quick kiss from Kurt. "I love that you know that about me."

Kurt blushed and smiled. "Well, considering how much time you spend at the ice-rink, it's a no-brainer."

"Why is Kurt saying Dave has no brain, if he likes him?" Brittany whispered loudly to Santana. At her side, Artie dropped his head into his palm, trying not to laugh.

"Purple would go very well with your skin-tone, though," Kurt was saying thoughtfully. Dave laughed again.

"I know you well enough now to take that as a compliment," he said, making everyone laugh as well. "So thanks, everyone, for okaying my singing and my dating Kurt. Now that I'm back on the school teams, us guys can all look out for the Gleeks together," he gestured at Finn, Puck, Sam, Mike, and Artie. "No-one's gonna slushy my boyfriend or his friends," he hugged Kurt close. Everyone agreed heartily; even Rachel had to admit that this was as good an offer as she would ever get from the former bully.

And Kurt, proud of his newly-out and apparently quite talented boyfriend, had never felt happier.



Disclaimer: 'Everything' is © of Michael Bublé. I based Dave's performance on Bublé's live show at Madison Square Garden (it's on YouTube and I highly recommend it!) Obviously I chose the song because Max Adler sings and revealed in an interview that he likes the crooners - he mentioned Bublé specifically! This song choice also became the title of the fic, and I've been wondering if anyone caught on or considered this scenario :D

Note on The Sequel: It's happening, people! I've already got several chapters written, and I'm just going to let it sink in a bit before I start posting :) Put me on your Author Alerts if you want to know when it comes out - here's a little incentive for ya: there's smut. In, like, chapter 2 :P

Also, now that you know the meaning behind this story's title, I'd welcome any suggestions for a title for the sequel! :)