Author's Note: Hi, guys! I wanted to write an AU story where all the characters stay in-character, but have completely different relationships to one another, and this is the result. I should say this is the second result, because I've revised the story somewhat since it's original publication. In particular, there are two endings and you get to choose which one you want.
Summary: AU. The Glee characters have never met each other and lead very different lives. But that all changes when Kurt heads off into the New York night to prevent a premonition of disaster from coming true for his ex-boyfriend Dave Karofsky. Along the way, he gets into the most bizarre situations involving the strangest people! Some want to help him, some want to hinder him, and some just plain *want* him. Amid the chaos and insanity, will Kurt reach Dave in time? Kurt-centric with Kurtofsky, but features the entire regular cast and several recurring Glee characters.
Disclaimer: If I owned Glee, they'd sing more show tunes and Adam Lambert would have a recurring role as Kurt's older, wiser and even more fabulous countertenor cousin.
Rating/Warnings: Rated T for foul language, sexually suggestive situations, mild violence and minor character death. Peppered in amidst the wacky fun are a couple fight scenes and some disturbing imagery. If you want more explicit information about possible triggers, feel free to email me.
Prologue: The Witching Hour
The corridor was freezing, practically Arctic. It didn't help that he was barefoot, which really made no sense, since he was otherwise immaculately dressed in the most magnificent silk-wool blended black and white Christian Dior ensemble. Could he possibly have driven to the hospital without shoes and socks?
Something was wrong with the hospital, too. As the visitor made his way towards the far room, a private room, the diamond white hallway seemed to telescope and extend into infinity. At this rate, he'd never get there before visiting hours ended. The bouquet in his hand started to wilt and he frowned. This would never do. The person he was visiting, he... she... he... um... who was he visiting? Well, it didn't really matter, whoever it was, they were sick and he was there to be supportive, to cheer them up and maybe even sing them something. Damn! He hadn't prepared any song.
Suddenly from every open doorway harsh glaring lights flooded the corridor and he couldn't see. From all sides he was bombarded with derisive whispers:
"No song? Withered flowers and no song?"
"What kind of friend are you?"
"He was counting on you."
"Now he's dead for sure."
The visitor dropped the flowers and started to run blindly. Time was running out and he had to see the patient. The corridor was dark now. All the doors leading off it were closed and the walls were dishwater grey. When did the color change? Well, it didn't matter, he was nearing the end. Finally! The last room was sealed by an iron door with a big round valve instead of a door knob.
"Visiting hours are now over," a high-pitched female voice chirped over the public address system. "All guests must leave immediately."
No! He had to see the patient behind the iron door. It was critical. It was life or death! He grabbed the valve and strained to turn it. Not a movement, not a budge. He gripped it again, hands now cramping and stinging, and threw all his weight against it. Nothing.
He began throwing himself against the door, pounding his fists on it, screaming in panic. Suddenly he stopped, because now his bare feet were warm and wet. Looking down, he saw red seeping from under the door. No, not red. Crimson. Blood. He jumped back and stared at the door. There was a word on it now.
With an anguished cry, he hurled himself one last time at the spiteful barrier and … fell flat on his belly in front of a sterile steel table.
No. No no no no no. He simply wouldn't look. If he didn't look, it wouldn't be true.
"I spent so many mornings," a male voice whispered hoarsely.
He climbed to his knees. His Dior suit was drenched in blood, completely ruined.
"J-just trying ... to resist...you," the man on the table sang haltingly in a strange, reedy tone.
The visitor rose to his full height, and stared down at the body, now covered completely with a white sheet.
"I'm trembling now." The man's voice seemed to be fading, yet the diction was smoother. "You can't know how I missed you."
His heart was pounding unbearably now. He had to see, because it just wasn't possible. The visitor ripped the sheet off the figure. Dave's dull, unfocused eyes and blue lips were unmoving. His once-rich baritone, now hollow and distant, arose from the angry wide gash across his throat.
"Everything's as if we never said goodbye."
Kurt bolted upright in bed. And screamed... and screamed.. and screamed...