Turns out, he laughed. It was funny, the boy who preached courage turned out to be the cowardly lion. That was something he hadn't seen coming. He shrugged, guessing his subconscious had picked up something he wasn't aware of. It was Blaine, it was definitely Blaine, but at the same time…it wasn't. His hair was curly and wild, falling over his forehead and sticking out at the sides. He was wearing a tight tan t-shirt and white pants that cut off right above his ankles.

"Who're you?" Brittany asked, walking up to him, he took a step back

"Blaine," he said, the scowl never leaving his face. Kurt rolled his eyes and walked closer

"You're not scaring us." He said, crossing his arms and looking Blaine in the eyes. Blaine's chest deflated and he hung his arms

"I know." He said pathetically

"I couldn't be scary if I tried. I'm scared of everything!" as he said that, Pavarotti swooped down and flew in front of his face, Blaine yelped and jumped back, cowering against a tree trunk.

"Well, we're going to the see the wizard, if you'd like to join us." Kurt smiled friendly at him, because no matter what realm he was in, Blaine was still nice to look at.

"I don't know…that's awfully far from home…"

"Don't you want to ask the wizard for anything? Anything at all?" Blaine swallowed

"Some courage would be nice." Kurt chuckled and wished he had his phone, he could show Blaine just how many texts he had saved with that exact word.

"Well then come along," Kurt said, holding out his hand. Blaine took it reluctantly and they began to walk again.

"What's your name?" Blaine asked, shyly looking up at Kurt through thick eyelashes.

"Kurt." He smiled and nudged Blaine's shoulder "you don't have to be so shy, I won't bite." Blaine smiled meekly

"Why do you want to go to the wizard?

"Because I have to go home."


"Because…something bad will happen if I don't…I think." Blaine frowned

"What will happen?"

"I don't know."

"Then why do you need to leave?" Kurt sighed,

"Because I have to go back to my friends and my family." He said softly, Blaine nodded.

"I see."


"Ugh." Santana groaned from behind them

"What?" Kurt snapped

"How much farther?"

"I don't know! Ask the road!" he sighed heavily, but beside him Blaine was chuckling

"What?" Kurt asked, turning on him

"Nothing…I've just never really had friends before…it's funny." He shrugged, Kurt's heart softened, he wondered where this Blaine had come from, this shy, timid, friendless Blaine, where had his mind come up with this? He briefly wondered if this was what Blaine was like before he transferred to Dalton, before he had the Warblers.

"Well, you've got them now." Kurt smiled "even if Santana is…intimidating."


"Okay, we're stopping for a bit." Santana announced and sat down on a stump. "Anyone know where we could get some water?"

"Oh! There's a creek right over there" Blaine said "I could show you guys." The girls nodded, but Kurt declined

"I'll get some apples over here, you guys go get water." They nodded and parted ways.

As Kurt was picking the apples, something crunched in the leaves behind him, Pavarotti began chirping loudly and flitting around Kurt's head.

"Listen up, lady face." Said a voice behind him that sent chills up his spine. He turned around slowly. How had he not seen this coming? Sue Sylvester stood behind him, arms crossed, clad in a black and green jumpsuit.

"You're gonna give me those shoes. Their fancy, I like 'em" Kurt swallowed thickly

"I…I don't think that's a good idea." He said "Brittany said that these would help me get home…and I need to get home."

"Oh, no you don't, you're fine here, got your lady friends and that midget whose hair brings back my absolute fear of that of William Schuster's." She shivered

"No." Kurt said more firmly, Sue narrowed her eyes

"Fine. But be warned. I'll get them eventually, even if that means sending my gorillas on you." Kurt shuddered, the football players, of course. Sue stepped back

"I'll get you, Porcelain, and you're little flying sack of bird flu, too" and with that she was gone in a puff of smoke and pom-poms. It wasn't so much that run in that shook him, it was the fact that even in his dreams, he might be harassed by Karofsky. He knew how the Wizard of Oz ended, it was one of his favorite movies…but this wasn't like the movie, not exactly. What if his ending was different?

"Kurt!" he heard a voice, it sounded muffled "Kurt!" It came again, Kurt looked over to see Blaine barreling towards him

"Oh my god, are you okay?" he asked "I saw that, the witch!" he brought Kurt into a tight hug "you're alright, aren't you?" Kurt nodded before briefly squeezing him back.

"Yeah, I'm fine." Blaine let go and blushed, stepping back a foot.

"What did she want?"

"The shoes."

"Oh, yeah, those shoes are special," Blaine said "they're pretty much the only things that can get you into the Emerald City." Kurt looked down at them again, bright red converse. They didn't seem that special…but they did seem familiar. He shook the feeling off and grabbed Blaine's hand.

"We should keep going." He said and began moving forward, despite Santana's protests.

(AUTHORS NOTE: Yep. I thought Blaine needed some courage… and I really like the image of him with wild hair XD anway, how are you guys enjoying it? Let me know!)