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Chapter 16: Moving On
One year later
Kurt could hardly believe it, running his hands over the tacky, polyester blue gown that he was wearing. He was thankful at this moment that he couldn't see because he knew he would look hideous. He could hardly believe that he was graduating from Dalton. Kurt was just thankful that he had managed to stay alive.
Karofsky – although fighting it at first – had eventually been found guilty for blinding Kurt and for threatening his life. Much had been celebrated by that news, Burt organizing a party for Kurt, inviting the Warblers and New Directions to join.
Furthermore, his relationship had changed with New Directions. He saw a lot of Tina, Mike and Brittany and caught up regularly with the others but the relationship had shifted. They were happy for him though, glad that he could move and be happy at Dalton, no longer lonely and miserable.
Burt's relationship with Carol had fizzled out; his main priority was Kurt and always would be. Although Burt was upset by the ending of the relationship, he was moving on, too.
"Nervous, love?" Blaine's voice invaded his senses and he felt two arms wrap around his waist. Kurt smiled brightly, turning in his boyfriend's arms. They were still together and were very much in love. Kurt couldn't understand why Blaine wanted him but Blaine loved the challenge of showing Kurt just how much he meant to him.
"What if I trip?" Kurt asked, biting his lip. It was graduation today and they would be accepting certificates on stage.
"You won't," Blaine assured him. "You'll have Lucy with you."
Lucy let out a small bark at the mention of her name and Kurt rubbed her head. Dalton had approved her presence here today, much to Kurt's appreciation. "I must look awful," Kurt whined and Blaine chuckled.
"You look beautiful, as always," Blaine grinned and kissed Kurt's cheek. "You're rocking it better than anyone else."
Kurt gave him what he hoped was a sceptical look and Blaine chuckled again.
"Guys!" Nick said, popping his head around the corner of the classroom. "Are you ready?"
"We're ready," Blaine told him, taking Kurt's free hand and they walked out together, joining the rest of their class mates. "I love you," Blaine murmured in his ear, "and I am very proud of you."
"I love you, too," Kurt smiled.
Blaine grinned brightly and Kurt let go of his hand, reaching up to feel his boyfriend's smile. Blaine grabbed his hand again, kissing his palm and together they walked into the hall for their graduation.
"I didn't trip," Kurt beamed as his father hugged him tightly.
Burt chuckled in his ear, patting him on the back. "I'm so proud of you Kurt. You too, boys," Burt smiled. The Warblers grinned at Burt in return. They could often be found at the Hummel home, hanging out with Kurt and Burt had a soft spot for them.
"Thank you, Burt," Blaine thanked him and Burt clapped him on the shoulder. Lucy was sitting next to Kurt, his graduation cap settled on her head. Many of the boys had already taken photos of it, laughing brightly.
"Are you still coming to the graduation dinner?" Wes asked. The Warblers were celebrating by having a dinner at Wes' home, his parents offering to host the party and all their parents were invited.
"We'll be there," Burt nodded and Wes beamed.
"Alright, we'll see you later," he said and the boys dispersed to their families.
"I'll see you tonight," Blaine grinned and gave Kurt a sweet kiss.
"Tonight," Kurt agreed, smiling. Blaine squeezed his hand before dropping it and weaving through the crowd of students to find his parents.
Blaine watched Kurt, smiling brightly as he interacted easily with their friends, laughing and teasing the boys. A year ago, Kurt had hardly smiled and flinched around everyone, still struggling to cope with how his life had changed. But now, he was embracing it and doing so well. Blaine couldn't be any prouder of Kurt. He was the very definition of courage. Blaine turned when he felt a hand clap on his shoulder and turned to see Wes smiling at him.
"You're drooling over him again," Wes sniggered. "Don't make me get you a bucket."
Blaine rolled his eyes. "I'm allowed to drool over my amazing boyfriend."
"Of course, just not all over the carpet. It was expensive," Wes winked and Blaine shoved him playfully.
"Like you haven't been drooling over your girlfriend," Blaine chided, laughing.
"OK, point made," Wes laughed. "So why are you standing here?"
"I went to get a drink and now I'm just observing," Blaine shrugged.
"Thinking about Kurt?" Wes asked and Blaine grinned.
"Come on, time to join the party," Wes beamed and pushed him forward. Blaine laughed and immediately went to Kurt, wrapping his arm around him. Kurt leaned up and placed a kiss on Blaine's jaw. "You are so sweet," he whispered and Blaine's eyes widened.
"You heard that?"
"Of course," Kurt beamed. "I love you."
"I love you, too," Blaine grinned and placed a kiss on his cheek.
It was around midnight when they got back to the Hummel home, Burt allowing Blaine to stay the night.
"Blaine," Burt called and jerked his head. Blaine nodded and followed him into the kitchen while Kurt made his way downstairs. "You're a good kid, Blaine, and I want to thank you for everything you have been to Kurt," Burt said bluntly and Blaine eyes widened with surprise.
"I should be thanking Kurt," Blaine told him honestly. "I love him."
"I know," Burt smiled. "I trust you Blaine which is why I am allowing you to stay in Kurt's room tonight."
Blaine eyes widened further and he blushed. "I – thank you, Burt," Blaine gushed. "I won't break your trust, or Kurt's."
Burt smiled and clapped him on the shoulder. "Night, Blaine."
"Goodnight, Burt." The older man left the kitchen and Blaine followed out and headed downstairs to Kurt's room.
Kurt was already changed and pulling back the covers on his bed. "Blaine?" He asked, stopping his movements.
"Yeah, it's me," Blaine smiled and went to him.
"Did you want help setting up the couch?" Kurt asked.
Blaine took a deep breath. "Actually, your dad said I could sleep in here, with you. If you're comfortable that is," Blaine rambled, voice hesitant with nerves.
Kurt breathing hitched and he swallowed. "Do you want to sleep here?" He asked.
"Yes," Blaine answered honestly and Kurt smiled.
"I want you to, too," Kurt smiled and Blaine grinned.
"I'll just get changed," he said and quickly grabbed his clothes, changing in the bathroom. He slipped out and turned the lights off once Kurt was in bed. Blaine stumbled to the bed and crawled under the covers, relaxing into the mattress. Kurt rolled over and pressed himself into Blaine's side, head buried in his neck.
"Is this OK?" Kurt asked, lips brushing against Blaine's neck. Blaine snaked an arm around Kurt's waist and tangled their legs together.
"More than OK," he assured him. Blaine gently kissed Kurt on the lips, the other boy kissing him back lazily.
"Goodnight, Kurt," Blaine whispered, pulling back.
"Night, Blaine," Kurt smiled in the darkness and cuddled against Blaine.
When Kurt woke up he was surrounded with heat and Blaine's scent was all around him. Kurt shifted and found his legs tangled with Blaine's, his back pressed to Blaine's chest. The arms around Kurt's waist tightened and Blaine nuzzled into his neck.
"Morning," he said hoarsely and Kurt smiled.
"Morning," Kurt smiled, turning in Blaine's arms so he was facing him. He ran a hand up Blaine's chest, along the column of his neck and let his fingers dance over Blaine's face, taking in the crinkles around his eyes, how his lips were turned up in a smile.
"I love you," Blaine smiled.
"I love you, too," Kurt replied. He snuggled into Blaine's chest, loving the feel of Blaine's arms around him. Even though he would never see Blaine again or his family, it didn't mean he couldn't feel their love and support. Kurt never wanted to leave Blaine's arms again.
Blaine looked into Kurt's eyes. They were no longer red and cloudy but once again their unique shade of blue. They were beautiful and Blaine could stare at them all day. He stroked Kurt's cheek, smiling as his boyfriend leant into the touch, fingers gently toying with Blaine's lower lip.
Against all odds they had made it through school and could finally move to a place where they were accepted by the community. They'd come so far and though more obstacles faced them, Blaine knew they'd be OK. Because they had each other, and that was all they'd ever needed.
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