Disclaimer: I don't own Glee.
Note: Okay, so it's a short chapter, and it's kind of choppy, but I really didn't know how to write it. I knew what I wanted to happen, but I didn't know how to quite make it happen. Anyway, so here's the end of this half of A Kartie Story! I will do a sequel of their later years, from right after this ends til them having children of their own.
Five months later
"Come on, Artie. Let's just go to Boston for the day. I made plans with Mercedes and Tina to celebrate 'surviving-our-first-year-of-college'. We're gonna go out to dinner and everything!"
Artie sighed. "When are we doing this?"
Kurt squirmed. "Tomorrow?"
"…and you're just telling me this now?"
Kurt looked embarrassed. "It may have slipped my mind…"
Artie chuckled. "It's okay. Where are we going to dinner?"
"That is a secret," Kurt teased. "But do wear something nice."
Artie gave him a funny look, but agreed. "What else are we doing?"
"Well, I figured we'd just spend the night there, you know, get a hotel room. And then we can just fly back to Lima the day after."
"It's a plan. And Kurt?"
"I love you."
Kurt grinned. "I love you, too." Kurt had a secret that only two others knew about, and he could see now that his plan just might come off without a hitch.
The next day
Kurt and Artie took the train early the next morning.
"I'm surprised you're so alert right now," Artie whispered. "Usually you're dead to the world before nine in the morning."
Kurt stared out the window, distracted. "Yeah, um, I went to bed early last night."
Artie frowned. "Are you okay? You seem really jumpy."
"I'm fine," Kurt murmured. "Just excited to go back home."
Artie reached over for Kurt's hand. "Me, too."
Kurt gave a tiny smile and squeezed Artie's hand gently. Once they arrived in the city, Kurt wheeled Artie out into the bright, sunny day. "Perfect day," he smiled, easing up a little. He stopped in front of a large white building.
"What's this? Kurt, why are we at a courthouse?"
Kurt took a deep breath. "Let's get married," he breathed.
"What?" Artie said in disbelief.
"Please, baby, let's just do it. You said you would when we were both old enough, and we're both eighteen now, and it's totally legal in Massachusetts! Look, we're here right now and…and I love you…and I just want to be with you forever and ever. I can't imagine my life without anyone else, Artie, and…oh, God, Artie, please just say yes, please marry me today, right here, right now!"
Artie stared at Kurt for a long moment. "Kurt…I…"
Kurt's eyes filled with tears. "Oh, Artie, please don't do this to me, don't break my heart like this, I don't think I can-"
Artie held up his hand. "I was going to say, I will."
Kurt blinked rapidly. "Wh…wh…wha…"
"I will marry you. Why not? It's a beautiful day, and I did promise you. And I'm obviously madly in love with you. Why not marry you?"
Kurt squealed. "Oh my God," he threw his arms around Artie. "He said yes!"
Mercedes and Tina appeared from seemingly nowhere and showered them with congratulations and hugs. "Where did you guys come from?" Artie laughed.
"Kurt told us to be here today, and, in the hopes that you would say yes, that we would be the witnesses to this marriage."
"I couldn't have asked for better witnesses," Artie smiled. He turned to face Kurt. "Let's do this, honey."
Kurt broke into a wide grin and held Artie's hand as Tina wheeled him into the courthouse. "We're getting married," he told the clerk excitedly, who directed them towards where the justice of the peace was.
"We are gathered here today in the presence of God and these witnesses to see these two gentlemen be bound in holy matrimony," the justice of the peace began the ceremony. Kurt couldn't even hold in his tears; he began to cry, overjoyed. He cried all the way through his vows, while Mercedes sniggered and took pictures and video clips. Kurt vowed to get Mercedes back, someday. For now, he couldn't believe that he was about to be a married man to his childhood and high-school sweetheart. Artie didn't cry much during the ceremony, but he wasn't able to wipe a massive smile from his face. Tina and Mercedes signed off on the marriage certificate, and thus, Kurt and Artie were officially and indeed legally married.