After Kurt returns to McKinley, not everything falls into place as it should. While Blaine and Kurt are doing their best to stay together, time has allowed Karofsky's jealousy to silently eat away at his thoughts. And the explosion that results from the green-eyed monster changes Kurt's life forever. When everything falls apart, nothing can return to its original perfection. All that's left is for Blaine to rebuild their love from the shattered memories.
(For those who are curious, this starts somewhere in between Born This Way. It's right before Kurt returns to McKinley, but do know it will take its own course separate from the show.)
Chapter 1 - Promises
Panicked voices filled the room with shouts, stifled sobs echoed off the walls, but none of cacophony made sense to Kurt. "KURT!" Someone yelled from far away. "KURT!" He could hear more people screaming out his name, fear evident in their tones. But their voices were distant and the pounding in his ears overpowered the noise. He could see people gathering around him with tears streaming down their eyes. But his vision was becoming unfocused and he could barely make out Blaine's figure right next to him. He tried to speak, but something caught his eye. As he reached out to Blaine, he realized something was missing. His bracelet, where had his bracelet gone? He turned his head to look around, but a sharp pain seared through his body. The last thing he saw before he blacked out was the pool of blood that surrounded him.
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"I don't know Kurt," Blaine sighed "I don't trust him. You know what he's saying is bullshit."
"That much is obvious, but I think that he's too scared to do anything about it. Santana's got him trapped."
Blaine grumbled in reply and sat down on Kurt's bed. He couldn't help but worry about the dangers that Kurt would soon be facing. Even if Karofsky was pretending to be on an anti-bullying campaign with Santana, there was still no telling what he could do. Of course, there wasn't much Blaine could do either. Kurt missed McKinley and the Glee club terribly, and he couldn't stop him from returning. As hard as it would be to be apart from Kurt, he knew that his boyfriend could only be truly comfortable and happy at McKinley. So there was simply no arguing.
Still, he thought, after the move that Karofsky pulled last time I don't think Kurt's safe.
"I know you're scared for me," Kurt whispered as he sat next to Blaine. He placed his hand on Blaine's thigh and gave it a reassuring squeeze. "But I'll be okay." He smiled and took hold of Blaine's hand.
"I'm just worried that he'll get you all alone like last time and try something else..." mumbled Blaine, still doubtful. "He bottles up his anger and his emotions and it can explode at any second, Kurt. He's too unpredictable."
Kurt grabbed Blaine's chin and turned his face to look at him. "Look at me. Nothing's going to happen to me, alright? I'll be too busy texting you during the day and singing in Glee to even notice his existence or be around him. And God knows there are no other openly gay kids at school so you won't have to worry about that either."
Blaine let out a laugh in spite of himself. "You know I'm not worried about that."
"Cocky, aren't you?"
"I like to call it confidence," Blaine smiled. He pressed his hand to Kurt's face and stroked it. Kurt felt a blush creep up his cheeks as Blaine leaned in for a kiss. Just as Blaine's lips brushed his, he pulled back and squeaked. There was silence for a moment, and then Blaine started laughing. Kurt stood up and turned away, trying to hide the blush that was now extending to his ears.
"Did you just squeak?" Blaine said, trying to stifle his laughter.
Kurt turned around only to glare at him, before he went upstairs and left the room. "Hey, why are you leaving?" shouted Blaine as he ran up the stairs after him. He chuckled as he caught up to Kurt in the kitchen. Leaning against the doorframe, he crossed his arms and looked at Kurt expectantly.
"What?" he said when he caught Blaine looking at him.
"Why on Earth did you squeak?"
Kurt blushed again and turned around. "I'm just not used to the whole...you know..." He mumbled.
"What?" Blaine said, a smile forming across his lips.
"You know..." Kurt turned to emphasize his words and he made eye contact briefly before turning back around and digging through the pantry.
"No, actually, I don't know," Blaine said, clearly highly amused.
"I'm just...not used to doing...that."
"Kurt, I can tell you're nervous because you're looking through the pantry for baking ingredients." Blaine laughed. "You're not going to avoid the question by baking cookies." Blaine could see how red Kurt's ears had gotten and he moved in closer behind him.
"It's just...I know we've already done it and everything but it was only that one time and I just get really flustered about it." He muttered, barely audible.
"About what?" Blaine said, inching close enough to Kurt that he could smell his strawberry-scented shampoo.
Kurt grumbled in response, but before he could say anything coherent, Blaine took hold of his hand, turned him around and pulled him up to his chest. "About this?" He asked, grinning evilly as he leaned in and pressed his lips fully to Kurt's. He closed his eyes as he relished in the feeling of Kurt's soft lips against his, the warmth that slowly found its way to his skin. With one hand, he held Kurt's waist and pulled him into a hug.
"You're cute when you're flustered," he whispered in Kurt's ear.
At that statement, Kurt pushed his boyfriend away playfully and walked out of the kitchen. He could feel the heat rising to his face, the burning feeling that was now expanding across his cheeks. If there was one thing he both loved and hated about Blaine, it was his damn charm and the power it had over him.
"...I really am going to miss you though." Blaine sighed, still looking at Kurt from the kitchen doorway.
Kurt turned around and gave him a sad smile. "I know. But we'll have weekends and afternoons together, right?" He looked into Blaine's hazel eyes, wishing that there was a way to see them every day. But things were going to change and he wouldn't be able to see Blaine as often as he used to. He knew the transition would be difficult. No more spontaneous plans in the middle of the day, no more morning coffee. Everything from that point on would have to be planned ahead of time to fit both of their schedules. Blaine would soon be busy with the Warblers, and since the Glee club had an entirely different rehearsal schedule, they would see less of each other. Looking into his eyes, he knew he was thinking the exact same thing. They would be losing the comfort of being around each other, the safety of their previously perfect, peaceful world.
But it was a choice that Kurt had to make. Whether he had to stand up to the threats or the slushies, he knew that his heart belonged at McKinley with the rest of his friends. It was his home, after all, and it was difficult to imagine living any other life. Being with the Warblers at Dalton was a great experience and it allowed him to meet the person standing before him right now. But his lesson was learned, and there was no more need to go on. What he learned from Blaine and the Warblers during his time at Dalton was something that Kurt would have to put to practice. He couldn't simply sit there, hidden in his haven and not stand up to his bully.
What better time to test out his courage than now, with a strong group of friends and a lovely boyfriend standing by his side? Of course, he didn't feel entirely brave. He was scared about what was in store for him, but despite his fear he wanted to go back.
"I'm really going to miss you too Blaine..." Kurt whispered. Before Blaine could reply however, Kurt cut him off. "Oh, wait! I have something!" He said smiling, as a look of dawning spread over his face. He rushed out of the room and ran back in with a box in his hand.
"What's that?" Blaine asked.
Kurt grinned and grabbed his hand, lacing his fingers between Blaine's as he pulled him to the living room. "Well, I know that it's only been a few weeks but I really wanted to do something that would make this official. It's a little corny, I know, but I figured since we're both going to be spending some time away from each other, this would be a nice way to keep us...connected." Kurt blushed a little as he explained. "Close your eyes."
"What, and let you take advantage of me?" Blaine retorted, his eyes squinting.
"Blaine!" Kurt shouted, hitting him on the arm.
"Okay, okay, I was kidding." Blaine said, and he closed his eyes obediently. Kurt pulled out a hand-made bracelet from the box, made from blue and red string, and he tied it around Blaine's left hand. The pattern consisted of diagonal lines from the alternating colors, and in the middle of the bracelet there was a red heart stitched in with the letters K and B placed inside.
Blaine opened his eyes and looked down at his wrist. He smiled as he saw Kurt flush red and he brought his hand up to caress his face. "Did you make this for me?" He asked in a gentle voice. Kurt nodded and looked down, too embarrassed to meet his eyes.
"Can I put the other one on you?"
Kurt nodded his response and Blaine gently tied the other identical bracelet to Kurt's left hand. He leaned in and pressed his lips to Kurt's forehead. "I love it." Kurt smiled and leaned his head into the crook of Blaine's shoulder. He wrapped his arms around his boyfriend's back, who reciprocated.
"Thank you..." Kurt whispered.
"For what?" Blained replied just as softly.
"For being here with me."
Blaine pulled Kurt a little closer. "I'm always going to be here. For whatever you need."
A moment passed, as the two held on to each other. Neither spoke, they were far too busy trying to memorize every little detail. Blaine ran his fingers through Kurt's hair, trying to capture the feel of it, its scent. He stroked his back, following the line of his spine down halfway then back up. Kurt pressed his ear closer to Blaine's chest, listening to his heart drumming against his chest, capturing the tune in his mind.
"...I'm a little scared, Blaine."
"I know, I know you are. But, you're going to be okay." Blaine cooed, stroking his boyfriend's hair. "You have all of us to take care of you, and like you said, Karofsky is too scared to do anything. I won't let him do anything to you."
"Promise?" Kurt asked.
Whether or not he could keep that promise though, that was an entirely different matter.
Definitely not one of my best, but it's my first Klaine fanfiction and I really wanted to get the idea down. I'm also writing late at night, so don't worry the quality will improve :) Chapter 2 should be coming later this week! Hope you enjoyed.