Hold On, Chapter 6

Blaine had called Kurt the instant he and Burt returned to the car. Kurt was sorry that things had turned out the way they did with his dad, but he couldn't help but be ecstatic that Blaine would be transferring to McKinley. New Directions would have a new member, and he would have his boyfriend at school with him. He couldn't hide his enthusiasm from the crowd of friends that had gathered at his home and when he told them his classmates cheered. But the Warblers were all disappointed. They huddled together as if in an emergency meeting.

When Blaine, Burt and Mrs. Anderson arrived at the Hummel home, Kurt met them outside. He ran to Blaine and embraced him. They kissed quickly in greeting.

"There's something I didn't tell you over the phone," Kurt said a bit sheepishly.

"Oh," asked Blaine raising his eyebrows.

"There were…a few people who wanted to be here for you when you got back." He looked back at the house and winced at what hid inside. "Well, maybe more than a few," Kurt admitted turning back. "But I could tell them to go away if you want."

"No," Blaine laughed softly, pulling him in for a hug. "I think I could use some friendly faces."

They walked inside the home, and Blaine was greeted first by his old schoolmates, who all shook his hand, hugged him and told Blaine how much they would miss him. Blaine's tears started flowing again, and he couldn't remember if he had ever cried so much in such a short amount of time. Kurt slid alongside him and slipped his hand into Blaine's. He gave it a squeeze of encouragement.

Nick was the last to greet his old soul mate, tears in his own eyes. Blaine hugged him and said with a sigh, "I'm not sure where I am flying to."

"The future is always uncertain," Nick told him. "All we can do is trust in God that he will care for us."

Blaine nodded while Kurt rolled his eyes. Blaine elbowed him in the side. Nick just chuckled at Kurt and gave him a hug as well, as he went to go talk to his choir mates.

"I'm sorry, Blaine," Kurt said, clasping Blaine's two hands in his. "While I'm thrilled that you get to come to McKinley, I know how much Dalton means to you."

"I was never happier then when I was at Dalton. I thought it was where I belonged. But maybe it was just a bridge to cross to get to where I truly was meant to be," he said, kissing Kurt tenderly. Kurt did not hesitate to kiss him back.

"Ok, this is a lovely moment, but break it up," Wes told Kurt and Blaine, authoritative as always. "The boys wanted to send you off right," Wes said and the Warblers gathered around. Blaine and the McKinley crowd found places on the couches and floor to make themselves comfortable. Blaine wasn't surprised when Nick took the lead. They had started this road together, even before he had met Kurt.

There was a time when we were down and out.
There was a place when we were starting over.
We let the bough break
We let the heartache in
Who's sorry now?

There was a world when we were standing still
And for a moment we were separated
And then you found her
you let the stranger in
Who's sorry now, who's sorry now?

Blaine snuggled close to Kurt, and nuzzled his head on his boyfriend's shoulder. Kurt squeezed the hand he held tightly and placed the other on Blaine's thigh. Blaine thought he could sit like this for hours, even days, and never regret a moment. He finally felt like there was nothing he was sorry for.

What, what kind of fool tears it apart
Leaving me pain and sorrow
Losin' you now, wondering why
Where will I be tomorrow?

The Warblers all looked to Blaine, their lead singer, their leader, despite what the council might say. The thought of losing him was hard to bear, but they all knew that it was the right thing for Blaine. And they were so proud of him, and happy for him. Nick came to kneel before Blaine and Kurt and sang to them with a smile.

Forever more, that's what we are to be
Without each other
We'll be remembering when.

There was a time when we were down and out.
There was a place when we were starting over.
We let the bough break
We let the heartache in
Who's sorry now? Who's sorry now?

What, what kind of fool tears it apart
Leaving me pain and sorrow
Losin' you now, wondering why
Where will I be tomorrow?

Nick stood up, returning to the Warblers as they all playfully held their arms out questioningly to Blaine, singing as a group.

Was there a moment when I cut you down?
Played around?
What have I done?
I only apologize for being as they say the last to know
It has to show when someone is in your eyes.

What kind of fool tears it apart
Leaving me pain and sorrow
Losin' you now, How can I win
Where will I be tomorrow?
Where will I be tomorrow?

Blaine looked at Nick, once again taking the solo and he felt as if he was passing the torch. He bowed his head briefly as tears once again shined in his eyes. He loved them all so much. They were everything he needed to hold on, until his angel came. And he would miss them enormously.

Forever more, that's what we are to be
Without each other
We'll be remembering when.

The small audience, New Directions and family alike, erupted in applause. Rachel jumped up and down and hugged Nick, while Brittney ran over to Wes and David. Quinn walked quietly over to Jeff and gave the blond a quick kiss on the cheek. The guys on both teams shook hands.

Nick walked over to Blaine to shake his hand. "Things won't be the same without you. But we'll see you at Sectionals, brother," he said.

"Bring it!" Blaine challenged with a smirk.

"And if you ever want to join us at the nursing homes, or the next Gap Attack, we're happy to be Blaine and the Pips for the day," Nick said, winking at Kurt.

"I'd love that," Blaine smiled widely.

"Okay, enough of this," Rachel interrupted, grabbing Blaine from the uniformed boys. "You're fraternizing with the enemy now Blaine War…uh…Anderson! It's time to get it on with New Directions." And she stole Blaine's hand from Kurt and whisked him over to the McKinley crowd, who were turning the music back on.

Kurt found his Dad and Carole mixing together some drinks and snacks in the kitchen. He leaned on the counter.

"Thank you Dad. For being there for Blaine, I mean. Do you really think he's going to be ok?"

Burt came around and hugged his son. "Yeah, I do. Your boyfriend is a remarkable man. Almost as remarkable as you," he said giving Kurt a squeeze on the shoulder.

"Thanks Dad!" Kurt beamed.

Carole came around and hugged her stepson, "I'm so proud of you both," she said.

"Now get out there and spend time with your friends," Burt ordered.

"Yes, sir!" he said, and he crossed paths with Blaine's Mom as he went to leave the kitchen.

"Kurt," Mrs. Anderson stopped him.

"Yes Mrs. Anderson?" he said, glancing at his Dad. Burt just nodded to him encouragingly.

"I just wanted to say, thank you, for giving Blaine some happiness. And for opening my eyes," she said, and she hugged her son's boyfriend. "As soon as Blaine and I settle in, I'd love for you to come over for dinner."

Kurt's eyes teared up, and he took Mrs. Anderson's hands in his. "I'd love that," he accepted.


Blaine was dancing and singing with all his friends, old and new, enjoying the festivities, when he noticed Santana standing in the corner, a distant look in her eye. He followed her gaze to Brittney dancing with Wes and Jeff. He walked over to her.

"Why don't you get in there and dance?" Blaine asked casually.

"What's it matter to you?" Santana snapped back at him.

"You think I don't notice my own look in your eyes?" Blaine asked, nonchalantly leaning against the wall next to her crossing his arms across his chest. "It doesn't work, you know, living with secrets. It feels like it does, like you have everything under control. But at some point, it will all unravel. And when that happens, you need people around you. You need someone that loves you," he said glancing at Kurt across the room.

Santana looked over at Blaine, and her eyes softened slightly. Blaine turned his head to study her.

"Give me your phone," he ordered suddenly, holding his hand out.

"Why?" she asked suspiciously.

"Just give it to me," he said, grabbing it from her hand.

Blaine entered his number into her contacts, and handed it back. "You're not alone, Santana. I know it feels like you are, but you're not. If you need someone to talk to, I'm here. Until then, hold on," he said, giving her hand a quick squeeze before disappearing into the crowd.

Kurt found Blaine and grabbed his arm, sitting him on the couch. "The Warblers aren't the only ones who get to sing to you. New Directions has something we'd like to say as well," he said smiling. Blaine looked at him suspiciously, but Kurt just winked. The Warblers, Carole, Burt and Mrs. Anderson also took seats as the McKinley kids gathered together.

Blaine smiled as Mercedes stepped forward to sing to her best friend's man.

Three little birds, sat on my window.
And they told me I don't need to worry.
Summer came like cinnamon
So sweet,
Little girls double-dutch on the concrete.

Mercedes smiled as Kurt stepped forward. She returned to sing background with the others.

Maybe sometimes, we've got it wrong, but it's alright
The more things seem to change, the more they stay the same
Oh, don't you hesitate.

Blaine laughed as all his new glee mates joined in on the chorus.

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favorite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,
Just go ahead, let your hair down.
You're gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow.

Rachel stepped forward and grabbed Blaine off the couch, smiling as she sang to him:

Blue as the sky, sunburnt and lonely,
Sipping tea in a bar by the roadside,
Just relax, Just relax
Don't you let those other boys fool you,
Got to love that afro hair do.

Rachel ruffled Blaine's hair to bring out his curls and twirled him to Kurt, beautiful Kurt. They locked eyes and Kurt ran a gently hand through Blaine's hair.

Maybe sometimes, we feel afraid, but it's alright
The more you stay the same, the more they seem to change.
Don't you think it's strange?

Everyone sang, including the Warblers who got up to dance with Blaine and the New Directions. Blaine and Kurt laughed as they danced together amongst all their friends and family.

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favorite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,
Just go ahead, let your hair down.

You're gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow.

Everyone quieted as Kurt again looked Blaine in the eye and sang as if no one else was in the room. Blaine didn't feel that he could ever be more in love.

'Twas more than I could take, pity for pity's sake
Some nights kept me awake, I thought that I was stronger
When you gonna realise, that you don't even have to try any longer?
Do what you want to.

And the room broke out in song, as Rachel grabbed Burt to dance and Puck pulled Carole in.

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favorite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,
Just go ahead, let your hair down.

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favorite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,
Just go ahead, let your hair down.

Oh, you're gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow

Blaine kissed Kurt deeply. "I have already found myself," he whispered, "with you." Kurt smiled. "Come with me," Blaine said, as he grabbed Kurt and dragged him to Kurt's room.

Burt and Mrs. Anderson both glanced over thinking to stop them, but Carole hugged Burt close and touched Mrs. Anderson's hand. "Give them a moment. They've had no privacy since Blaine got back."


Kurt followed Blaine breathlessly as Blaine nearly ran to the privacy of Kurt's room. He pulled Kurt and closed the door quickly, pressing their lips together and savoring the feel of their bodies so close. He poured all of his emotions into the moment, until he could finally just settle into the comfort of Kurt's arms around him. He slowly pulled away.

"Wow," said Kurt breathlessly. "What was that for?"

"I just love you," Blaine said. He went to sit on Kurt's bed. "It's not just going to go away, you know. All the feelings. I can push them away for a time, but then they all come rushing back."

"What do you feel?" Kurt asked, sitting next to him and taking his hand.

"Sad and angry mostly. I gained so much today, but I lost my father. I may have hated him sometimes, but I always loved him and just wanted his acceptance."

Kurt came to sit next to him and took his hand. "I am always here for you whether you are sad, angry, or completely full of passion," Kurt teased. He placed his hand on Blaine's chest. "I am always with you."

Blaine placed his hand over his boyfriend's, looking at him tenderly. "Like a handprint on my heart," he whispered. Kurt blushed.

They heard a knock on the door, and after a few seconds, Burt opened it slowly. "Your guests are getting ready to leave boys," he said.

Kurt and Blaine smiled at one another and returned to the crowd. They hugged all their friends from New Directions, and made plans for the last weekend before school started. Wes, David, Thad and Jeff, along with the other Warblers, shook hands with Blaine and Kurt and wished them well. Finally, there was no one left but Nick.

Nick clasped hands with Kurt. "Take care of him," he said.

Kurt nodded. "Always," he promised.

Nick embraced Blaine, not wanting to say goodbye. "I'm so proud of you, man."

"Thank you," Blaine answered, "for everything."

When everyone but the Hudmels and Mrs. Anderson had gone, Blaine stood looking at how much his family had grown despite the loss of his father . He turned to his mother.

"So," Blaine said, taking his Mom's hand. "What do we do now?"

She looked at her son, and wiped his curls out of his eyes. "We hold on. We hold on to these amazing friends and family you have around you. And we wait for what is to come…together."


Thank you all so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed the conclusion of Hold On. Please review and let me and others know your thoughts. It has been an honor to write for all of you.

If you are interested in seeing Blaine's story continue, I hope you will check out the rest of the Ready to Fly series.