At hearing the doorbell, Kurt slipped his oven mitts off and headed toward the front door. He stood before the door and took a deep breath, wondering if the phrase 'swallow your pride' drew its inspiration from the literal.
When he pulled the door open and saw her standing there, his heart involuntarily melted a little. He almost could have hugged Harmony and her cute little Giselle outfit that was no doubt worn in honor of the day's musical intervention selection: Enchanted.
Sighing inwardly at his crippling weakness for cute outfits and Disney princesses, he waved her in with an ushering hand and closed the door behind her.
Looking toward the empty living room, Harmony asked, "Where is everyone?"
"Rachel, Finn, and Rory are making a quick trip to the store," Kurt answered. "They'll be back soon."
"Oh," Harmony said, looking at him uncertainly.
"Blaine is in the kitchen with my little cousin, Amanda," Kurt added.
"The cousin with Celiac?" Harmony asked. "Rachel mentioned her. She made it sound like you really care about her."
"I do," Kurt replied, his expression softening.
"That's sweet," Harmony said, relaxing a little. "Is Amanda going to watch Enchanted with us?"
Kurt nodded. "I was talking to her on the phone last night, and I let it slip that we planned to watch Enchanted today. As soon as I let the name of that movie hit the air, that girl was up in arms, demanding to her mother that she be allowed to come here after school today. She's kind of obsessed."
Harmony smiled. "Well, I think I can forgive her for that."
Kurt's face fell, and he knew he couldn't put off the conversation they needed to have any longer.
"Can you forgive me?" he said suddenly, catching Harmony off guard. "Look, Harmony, the night I met you, you were being a jerk. You were better than me and made sure I knew it, and I just couldn't stand that."
Harmony opened her mouth to say something, but Kurt shook his head to stop her from speaking.
"Let me finish. When Rory first told us how you helped him out, I couldn't feel grateful toward you for helping him because I was still caught up in how insecure you had made me feel. When I saw how upset you were about not getting into NYADA, I couldn't feel bad for you, because I was still so wrapped up in my own hurt. And when I saw how happy Blaine was to see you, I got really overprotective because he's one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I felt like you had already taken my pride, and I didn't want you to take anything else from me."
"Oh, Kurt… I didn't mean to hurt you as much as I did," Harmony said genuinely. "And I have no intention of taking Blaine from you. Plus, judging by the way he acts, I couldn't take him from you even if I wanted to."
Kurt gave a tight-lipped smile and said, "I know that now."
Harmony looked around and then asked, "Should we hug now?"
"Not yet," Kurt said, shaking his head. "Don't worry, I'll cue you."
"Okay, good," Harmony replied, feeling a little bit better about the situation.
Kurt sighed and then admitted, "I made sure that Blaine went to the library with me last night, even though we didn't have anything to study together. I just didn't want him to be around you. He figured me out, though. He was really upset at first, and after a while I realized that he had the right to be. It took some time, but he set me straight. Maybe you weren't the nicest person the night I met you, but I can't hold that against you, because I don't want the things that I've done in the past to be held against me. I have no reason to fear losing Blaine, and I have no reason not to treat you decently, especially since you're an old friend of the person I love. And now, all I have to say is that I'm sorry."
"It's okay," Harmony said, nodding. "And I'm sorry too, for anything and everything I should be sorry for. Is that okay?"
Kurt breathed, "Yes, it's okay."
Harmony stepped toward him and gave him a hug, which he tentatively returned.
"I didn't give you the cue yet," he remarked half-heartedly.
"I thought that you getting all misty-eyed was the cue," Harmony answered as their hug broke apart.
"I was not getting all misty-eyed," Kurt said, contradicting himself by looking toward the ceiling and wiping at the corners of his eyes. "Now, if you don't mind, we need to make a scene change so that I can check on the array of apologetic and delicious gluten-free foods that I am preparing in the kitchen."
"Ah, apologetic and delicious gluten-free foods are definitely the way to my heart, Mr. Kurt Hummel."
"Well, I'm glad to hear that, Miss Harm Alarm," Kurt replied, immediately laughing at himself. "I'm sorry, that is such a tacky nickname."
"We were in middle school! Very few good things come out of middle school," Harmony said matter-of-factly. "Oh, we should come up with a horrible nickname for you!"
Kurt smiled and guided her toward the kitchen. "I think I could do without one of those, thank you."
Harmony began to brainstorm out loud anyways, "Kurtmit the Frog? Kurt the Flirt? Hummingbird Hummel? Humm-drum? HumMel Gibson? Wow, these are all gold…"