Title: Kurt Hummel Has Mail
Chapter: 6/6 plus bonus-sebastian
Pairing: Kurt/Sebastian, implied Kurt/Blaine
Spoilers: You've Got Mail, and Glee up to 3x14
Genre: AU, future!fic, romance, mild angst
Summary: Once upon a time there were two boys. One was caring, proud, and determined. He was attending NYADA. The other was arrogant, worldly, and intelligent. He was attending Columbia University. Not too long ago the second young man tried and failed to steal the first young man's boyfriend. He did, however, manage to succeed in seriously injuring the boyfriend's eye. Even after a change of heart and a sincere apology, the two boys were natural enemies. But when they coincidentally, and anonymously, met in cyberspace, they accidentally fell in love.
At Joe's Kurt ordered a grande mocha and didn't realize it was full fat until he was seated near the front row of windows sipping it. He contemplated going back for his usual but decided that one morning of indulgence wouldn't kill him. The mocha was amazing after all; it would be a shame to waste it. Kurt was distracted by his beverage so he didn't notice Sebastian until he was standing on the other side of the table saying good morning.
Kurt looked up at Sebastian's smile. "Good morning." Kurt replied with a smile of his own.
"May I?" Sebastian asked, gesturing to the empty seat.
"Sure." Kurt replied.
Sebastian sat and leaned back in his seat, open and relaxed. "You're looking much better." Sebastian observed.
"Thanks. I'm pretty sure just about anyone could look better than I did when you last saw me." Kurt gave a wry chuckle and sipped his fully fatted mocha.
"Yes, well, that was me being polite. I know you might not be used to seeing what polite looks like on me, but that was it." Sebastian chuckled back at Kurt.
Soon they were chatting away as if it were the most natural thing to do. Kurt didn't even blink when Sebastian inquired about his online friend.
"He said it wasn't a good time." Kurt said softly.
"What did he say exactly? Sebastian asked.
"Just that he wanted to meet but he couldn't right now because he had a project he has to focus on." Kurt couldn't help but be a little sad about it, even days later.
"A project?" Sebastian laughed and Kurt shot him a look, one eyebrow raised in query.
"He said he's focusing on a project?" Sebastian repeated, still smirking.
"Yes, he's busy." Kurt was determined to defend his friend.
"He's not too busy to meet you, he's avoiding you. He's probably married with kids or something." Sebastian teased.
"What? No he's not." Kurt crossed his arms over his chest.
"Have you ever asked him? Sebastian wondered.
Kurt wanted to throw out some witty remark then but the truth was he hadn't ever asked NY444 about anything like that. It was too personal. They avoided stuff like that.
Kurt shook his head no.
"Oh he's married, Kurt, oh my god." Sebastian was still laughing.
"Shut up." Kurt told him, but he wasn't really mad. It was a little funny that he'd never asked. "I'll ask, alright, just... stop giggling like a gossipy tween." Kurt sipped his coffee and the conversation moved on.
That evening, after working with a new client on his closet situation, and it was in fact a situation, Kurt wrote NY444.
Subject: no subject
I know it's a little late to be asking this, but are you married?
His reply was waiting for him when he got back from dinner with Rachel and Jenna.
Am I married? How can you even ask that, don't you know me at all? Wait, I know what this is. Your friends are pressuring you, aren't they? They think it's weird we've never met and now they're trying to put ideas into your head about why.
When Kurt walked into his favorite cafe a few days later for lunch, Sebastian was already there having a sandwich and waving him over.
"This is starting to feel like high school." Kurt said as he sat down.
"I hope you mean that in some obscurely good way and not in the trying to steal your boyfriend way. I don't even know your boyfriend's handle." Sebastian punctuated the end of his sentence by gesturing with his pickle spear.
Kurt laughed openly and then covered his surprise at his laughter with a slight cough. A year ago he would not have found that remark amusing at all. Even a few months ago it wouldn't have been funny.
"Okay, two things. One, he's not my boyfriend, and two what I meant was it's like you're everywhere now. It's very Lima Bean 2012." Kurt took a moment to order a salad, and then they relaxed into comfortable conversation. It didn't take too long for Sebastian to come around to the subject of Kurt's friend again.
"So did your friend ever admit to being married?" He asked.
"No he did not!" Kurt threw his napkin down. "He knew what was going on and he called me on it."
"What you mean to say is he didn't give you an answer at all." Sebastian said pointedly, and then he grinned.
"No, he didn't need to answer me. He's not married and I know that because I know him. He would have said something months ago." Kurt shook his head a little more forcefully than necessary and then laughed when he saw the expression on Sebastian's face.
"What?" He was almost afraid to ask.
"You're very trusting, bright eyes. You have no idea who this guy is, he could be anyone. What's his handle?" Sebastian leaned forward and managed to look slightly predatory.
Kurt's eyes narrowed at him suspiciously.
"What? I'm not going to try and write him if that's what you're worried about." Sebastian just chuckled.
"NY444." Kurt told him a little reluctantly.
"NY444." Sebastian rolled the name around a couple of times. "New York four hundred and forty four. Four hundred and forty four. He weighs four hundred and forty four pounds." Sebastian deduced.
"No he does not!" Kurt laughed.
"He has a collection of four hundred and forty four china dolls and has all their names and birthdays memorized." Sebastian went on, ignoring all the faces Kurt was making. "Four hundred and forty four. It's the number of zits he has on his back." Sebastian was laughing now at his own jokes.
"Shut up, why are you always so mean?" Kurt threw his napkin across the table at Sebastian. "I don't care what he looks like anyway. Not everyone is as shallow as you."
Sebastian was completely unfazed. "You don't care?" Sebastian asked with a chuckle. Kurt just shook his head. "You don't care that he's four hundred and forty four years old, covered in bacne and wrinkles, and his waist is four hundred and forty four inches around?" Sebastian was wheezing now from laughing so hard. People were beginning to stare.
"You're terrible. Stop that." Kurt chided, but he was still chuckling under his breath.
"I think it must be the number of people that believe he looks like Taylor Lautner." Kurt smirked.
"Four hundred and forty four people believe he looks like Taylor Swift." Sebastian shot back.
They both dissolved into laughter over that. After they finished off the pie that Sebastian ordered, Kurt agreed to go through the open air market with Sebastian since they both had things they wanted to get.
Thirty minutes later, Kurt had a small bag of apples and Sebastian was back to his new favorite obsession.
"Four hundred and forty four is his S.A.T. score." Sebastian bumped Kurt shoulder playfully as they perused the flowers together.
"It's probably his I.Q." Kurt said and nudged back.
"The number of sexual partners he's had." Sebastian suggested and Kurt just rolled his eyes.
"The number of times he's seen Fight Club." Kurt replied primly.
"Now you're talking. That's the best thing you've said about the guy yet." Sebastian grinned but his smirky grin turned to a real smile when Kurt added his little fern to the flowers he was buying..
"I suppose it could be his address." Kurt said a few minutes later.
Sebastian stopped walking and waited.
"No, that's too pedestrian for him." Kurt decided.
Sebastian didn't have a comeback for that but Kurt didn't seem to notice.
'There's really only one thing I care about and that's the hunting thing." Kurt said.
"The hunting thing?" Sebastian asked him. He was looking through different types of fresh baked bread.
"Yeah. I could never be with a guy that hunts. All I'd be able to think of is Bambi and how much I hated those men for killing his mom." Kurt reached over Sebastian to grab a sample of the multigrain loaf and caught Sebastian's strange look.
"My dad sometimes takes me hunting." He admitted softly. "I guess that seals it. We can never be together." Sebastian sighed dramatically and it made Kurt laugh.
They left the bread and moved down to the cheese.
"I could never be with a guy that doesn't like junk food. There's such a thing as being too health conscious. I feel like a good night out is one that might include a hot dog vendor." Sebastian raised an eyebrow at Kurt, but Kurt had no reply for that and instead he went back to cheese shopping as if it were the most interesting thing he'd ever done.
A few days later, Kurt ran into Sebastian again, this time at Bookleaves.
"Find anything good?" Kurt asked him.
"Maybe." Sebastian replied with a smile.
They shopped around together a bit and wound up sitting in the plush chairs in the back, just talking.
"You haven't told me yet about your new job." Sebastian pointed out.
"It seems like maybe you already know." Kurt accused, but he grinned at Sebastian.
"I probably do, but I bet you can tell it better than Rachel Berry can. I am continually amazing by her ability to make anything about herself." Sebastian said.
Kurt nodded slowly. He was still pretty amazed by that too, despite having been best friends with Rachel for so long now.
"I'm helping stage a youth production of Beauty and the Beast with All Stars Project, Inc." Kurt said with a smile.
"That's not exactly what I heard." Sebastian prodded him with his foot.
"I'm helping direct it." Kurt added.
"Better." Sebastian nodded.
"It's funny because I'm having such an amazing time working with the kids and I never would have had the chance if you hadn't gone after that internship. I never would have met Chace or been introduced to the people over at All Stars. Actually my friend was the one that encouraged me to fight you for it which led to the benefit and now everything else." Kurt leaned back with a smile.
"Mr. Four hundred and forty four brightly patterned Hawaiian shirts." Sebastian grinned.
"More like Mr. Four hundred and forty four insights into my soul." Kurt told him.
"Oh, well, who could compete with that?" Sebastian held up his hands as if in defeat.
After they both stopped snickering, Kurt looked at Sebastian, thoughtful.
"Penny for your thoughts?" Sebastian tilted his head in a mirror of Kurt's.
"I was just thinking about how I keep accidentally running into you." Kurt admitted.
Sebastian just nodded and smiled. "You want to run into me on purpose, say, Saturday, lunch?"
Kurt pretended to think about it for a moment and then he just smiled. "Sure." He said.
They made their plans and then parted ways. That night, Kurt got a message from NY444.
Subject: no subject
How about meeting Saturday? The park is beautiful this time of year and we can stroll around and talk. Does four o'clock work for you? Meet me in front of the Alice in Wonderland statue.
"Today?" Sebastian sat his slice of pizza back down without biting into it.
"Today." Kurt confirmed. His veggie pizza was still sitting on his plate.
"Wow." Sebastian said.
"I know. He wants to meet by a statue." Kurt told him.
"He could be anyone. He could be someone I've met." Sebastian mused.
"I know." Kurt nodded.
After lunch, on the walk back toward NYADA, Sebastian was still thinking about it.
"He could be the shoe doctor." He said.
"The shoe doctor?" Kurt asked.
Sebastian stopped walking. "Yeah, the shoe doctor, that guy that can fix a lady's heel or resole your shoe while you wait, stuff like that. He could be that guy."
Kurt laughed lightly.
"No, think about it Kurt. You love fashion and he fixes shoes. That could be a match made in heaven." Sebastian pretended to be very serious which only made Kurt chuckle some more.
"You have to appreciate his timing though." Sebastian said, and Kurt could tell he really was being serious now.
"I mean just think about it. All this time you've been writing each other and you've never met. He waits until now; until you're available. Until you've decided he's the only guy you could ever love."
Kurt didn't know what to say to that. He just stood there looking up at Sebastian and wondering where this was leading.
"Sometimes I wonder." Sebastian said softly. He stepped closer to Kurt. "If I hadn't been going after that internship, if you hadn't fought me on it, and then lost... If we had just run into each other here in the city of our dreams without any of that between us..."
"Don't." Kurt whispered.
"I would have asked for you number and I would have called right away. I would have right there in that department store except you didn't seem as happy to see me as I was to see you. I would have asked you out, and then I would have wooed you until you came around, until you were available. I would have turned my world upside down to be the guy that made you happy." Sebastian's voice grew hoarse with emotion. Kurt had never seen him this way, had never known this side of him.
"Sebastian." Kurt whispered, pleading.
"And we never would have been at war." Sebastian concluded.
"No." Kurt agreed.
"The only thing we'd ever fight about is where to order in from on a Friday night." Sebastian stepped forward again and Kurt felt rooted on the spot.
"That's ridiculous, who fights about that?" Kurt asked softly.
"We wouldn't." Sebastian said and Kurt just shook his head.
"If only..." Sebastian began.
"Please, I have to go, I'll be late." Kurt could hear the note of desperation in his voice.
"Just let me ask you one thing." Sebastian said so softly, all Kurt could do was nod. "Why is it that you can forgive this guy for standing you up but you can't forgive me for this one tiny thing; winning that internship?" Sebastian asked.
"You have no idea how much I wish you would." He said and then he was leaning forward. Not enough that Kurt thought he might be about to kiss him, but enough that if Kurt wanted to he could lean forward and close the remaining distance between them.
"I have to go." Kurt said, looking away. Sebastian moved back and smiled softly down at Kurt.
"You don't want to be late." Sebastian said when Kurt hesitated.
Kurt turned and began walking on down the street and he didn't look back. Sebastian waited just a little bit, watching Kurt as he walked away.
Kurt changed into his best jeans and his robin's egg blue button down with a skinny white tie. He must have checked his hair a hundred times before leaving. He stayed focused on his appearance; he didn't let any other thoughts creep in. Later, he promised himself. Right now he had an appointment to keep.
He arrived at the Alice statue just a little early thanks to his nerves so he decided to focus on it rather than stand there looking at his feet. Kurt had stood before this statue many times before; it was one of his favorites in the park. Usually it was covered in kids climbing here and there and playing around the base of it, but today it was oddly quiet. Kurt thought that must be due to the time of day. Maybe everyone was at home right now for a snack or getting ready for the next part of their Saturday.
A quick glance at his phone told Kurt there were only a couple of minutes left, so he turned and began searching the people as they came into view along the path. His heart was racing but he was trying to keep himself calm. Any minute now, any minute now. He wondered if he would recognize his friend right away.
Then Kurt saw him. Sebastian was walking toward him, slowly, a hesitant look on his face. Kurt felt his eyes widen and his heart rate pick up suddenly. Sebastian must have sensed it because he came even slower until he was standing right in front of Kurt.
Kurt kept opening his mouth to speak but nothing was coming out. Sebastian, Sebastian, his mind kept repeating. Then he started to cry.
"Don't cry, songinmyheart." Sebastian said softly and he reached out to swipe a tear off Kurt's cheek with the pad of his thumb. "Shh."
When Kurt finally found his voice he said, "I wanted it to be you. I knew it couldn't be, but I wanted it to be you so bad." Kurt's tears were falling in earnest now.
Sebastian stepped forward and pulled Kurt into his arms carefully until Kurt was pressed against him and held close like something precious. They moved as one then, Sebastian leaning down just a bit and Kurt tilting his head up, and their lips came together softly. Kurt wound his arms around the back of Sebastian's neck and pulled him closer still. The world fell away from them in that moment and everything that came before, everything except what they'd become, ceased to matter.
It would be a long time before either of them was able to pull away, and an even longer time before they could make themselves move to walk through the park. When they did move at last, Kurt slipped his hand into Sebastian's and they both knew they never wanted to let go.
A/N: Thank you all for your support and reviews. I've really enjoyed sharing this story with you.