Disclaimer: I don't own Glee.


First off, I'm really sorry for the late update. I was taking a condensed class that literally took up most of my time, and I also work, so I literally had no time to write much. I passed the class so it's over now. This chapter isn't my total favorite, but it helps move things along.

The story is half over, actually a little more than half over. Time flies.

This chapter does not involve smut, but brace yourselves, the next one will. Thanks again to my beta, amandapanda222. Enjoy!


.: Second Chances :.
Chapter 17


Kurt! I wish you could have gone with us! New York is so big and so much! I couldn't live here but you would totally love it here! – Finn

Kurt smiled. Finn and the glee club were at Nationals in New York. He thought about saving up to take Tabitha on a little family trip, and maybe bringing Blaine with them.

Just the mention of Blaine's name brought a smile to Kurt's face. He hadn't gone to Blaine's house for a sleepover since the night he showed up on Blaine's doorstep. It was getting close to summer vacation and Kurt needed to be sure he had decent hours to save up.

He did some shopping around for a used car. Thanks to his father, Kurt knew how to haggle for anything. He kept applying for jobs and tried not to get his hopes up whenever he went on an interview and wasn't selected for the position. He built a portfolio for the costumes he helped with for Phantom of the Opera.

Wes also helped to expand Kurt's portfolio after asking him to design new uniforms for Warblers. The uniform was basic, but Kurt had come up with a nice logo design to wear on their shirts. For a semester, Kurt took a few courses of graphic design and he was glad he did. After a few hours of playing around with the name Warblers and looking up info about the bird itself, Kurt came up with a simple design that would make the basic black shirt and pants stand out more.

Everybody at Warblers loved the design. The waitresses wore black vests with the logo and a white t-shirt or long-sleeved shirt. The bartenders wore the black shirts and pants. The logo was a silhouette of a bird sitting on a branch and a few music notes over its beak.

There were times Kurt would go to the club for an hour or so, right on Blaine's break and they would spend it with each other. Jeff started complaining that he didn't see his bestie all the time. Kurt adored Jeff and was always happy to hear from him. Jeff and Nick came to the house one day for a simple lunch. Tabitha started calling them Uncle Jeff and Uncle Nick, but Uncle Finn would always be her number one.

Despite the position Kurt was in, working for his dad and living in the house, Kurt felt happier than he had in a long time. And any time Kurt told Tabitha that Blaine was coming by, she always smiled and knew immediately when the doorbell rang, that it was Blaine.

It was a long day at the garage. It wasn't until just after one when Kurt finally had the chance to check his phone and saw a few missed calls from Tabitha's school, as well as one from Carole. Within ten minutes, Kurt had gotten voicemails from the school and from Carole. He played the message from Carole.

Hey, sweetie. The school called me when they couldn't get a hold of you. Tabitha wasn't feeling well so I checked her out and she's home now. Give me a call when you get the chance. Love you.

Kurt immediately dialed Carole's number and she picked up after the second ring.

"Carole? Is Tabitha all right?" Kurt asked.

"She'll be fine. She's a little tired from the medicine I gave her. She is running a slight fever, but she's fine."

"I'm coming home," Kurt said with finality.

"Kurt, finish your work first. I'm here with her. Everything is under control," Carole assured.

"Are you sure?" Kurt asked.

"Absolutely. Burt and I are going out tonight, so it'll be all right once you get home," Carole said with a warm tone.

Burt and Carole were going out on the anniversary of when they started dating. The date was Burt's idea, but Kurt helped spruce up some of the details. Burt had planned on taking Carole to one of her favorite movies, even if it was a movie he wouldn't see, and then taking her out for a nice romantic dinner. Kurt suggested the Italian restaurant Blaine took him to. Blaine called in a favor for them and they had a reservation whenever they arrived.

"All right. I'll try to get done here. Tell her I'll be home soon," Kurt said.

"I will, sweetie. I love you," Carole said. Kurt said I love you before he ended the call.


Burt finally closed down the garage and he and Kurt headed for home. Kurt knew Carole was taking care of Tabitha, but whenever Tabitha had those occasions when she wasn't feeling well, he would rather be there with her. They came home and Kurt saw Tabitha lying on the couch, barely watching the television. Kurt knelt down beside her.

"How you feeling, baby girl?" Kurt asked in a low voice, pushing her hair behind her ear.

"Don't feel good," she mumbled. Kurt put his lips against her forehead. It was still warm.

"How about some juice?" Kurt asked. Tabitha gave a small nod. Kurt offered a smile as he got up and went into the kitchen. He went to the fridge and pulled out a small carton of apple juice. Carole was finishing up a few dishes.

"She's still running a fever," Kurt said.

"Just a small one. I gave her some medicine to help bring it down. She'll probably fall asleep soon. Check it in a couple of hours," Carole said. Kurt nodded, grabbing a cup and pouring some apple juice.

"Everything will be fine," Carole said with an assuring tone. She really did know her son well.

"I know," he said. Carole smiled and kissed him on the cheek.

"I'm gonna get ready. Make sure Burt does, too," Carole said. Kurt chuckled as Carole went up the stairs. Kurt brought Tabitha the cup of juice.

"Do you want some now?" he asked. Tabitha pushed herself up, slowly. She looked so tired. She held out her hand and Kurt handed her the cup. She only took a few sips before she gave it back and settled back down on her pillow.

"Do you need anything?" he asked her. Tabitha pushed off her blanket.

"It's hot," she said.

"I know, baby girl. Do you want to lay down in your bed?" he asked. Tabitha didn't mind the couch, but she preferred her own bed. She nodded and let her father pick her up from the couch and carry her upstairs to her bed. Kurt threw off the comforter so that the bed only had her pillow and sheet. He laid her down and she seemed to settle into the coolness for a brief moment. Kurt laid the sheet only over her legs and she seemed fine with that.

"I'll be in my room. I'll check on you in a few minutes, okay?" Kurt said. Tabitha had her eyes closed, but she nodded. Kurt gave her a light kiss before leaving the room, keeping the door wide open.


It was just a little over an hour after Burt and Carole left for the evening when Kurt checked on Tabitha again. When he came in her room the second time, he had the thermometer with him. Tabitha didn't want to get up. She even kicked off the sheet and her pajama pants.

"I know you don't feel good, baby girl, but I need you to sit up for me for a few moments," Kurt said. Tabitha moaned, but did as her daddy said. She pushed herself upward. Her hair was tousled and Kurt noticed a little moistness behind her neck. He stuck the thermometer in her ear, waited three seconds and then clicked.

He looked at it and gasped.

103.

"Okay, honey, I need you to put your pants back on," Kurt said, trying not to sound panicked.

"Too hot," Tabitha moaned.

"I know, baby. I need you to do it, though. I have to take you somewhere," Kurt said.

"Where?" Tabitha asked, letting her daddy help her get her pajama pants back on.

"The emergency room."


It didn't take long to get to the emergency room and get Tabitha admitted, but that didn't help calm him down at all. Tabitha's temperature was high, and he had no idea what was wrong. He was in the waiting room area, trying so hard not to let his anger out because it was taking so long. Granted, he had only been there so far for thirty minutes, but it felt much longer.

He hated waiting.

Kurt wasn't a patient man at all.

When he still heard nothing, he almost yelled at the nurse behind the counter. It wasn't her fault and he knew that.

He looked down at his phone and sighed. He couldn't help the single tear roll down his cheek as he pressed a few buttons and put his phone against his ear, waiting for Blaine to pick up.

"Hello, gorgeous. I was just thinking about…"

"Blaine…" Kurt said in a choked voice. All teasing and joking was over.

"Kurt? What's wrong?"

"I'm in the emergency waiting room," Kurt started.

"What? What happened?" Kurt took in a breath and more tears came.

"Tabitha was running a fever at school. Carole picked her up and now…Blaine, her fever was 103, and I didn't know what else to do…"

"What hospital are you at?" Blaine asked.

"It's okay…"

"What hospital are you at?" he repeated. Kurt told him. "I'll be there in fifteen minutes."

"Blaine…"

"Don't argue with me, Kurt Hummel. I will be there in fifteen minutes." Blaine said I love you before he disconnected. Kurt sighed, secretly relieved that Blaine was going to be there soon. He needed him.


Kurt only spoke briefly with a doctor before Blaine finally arrived. Kurt hadn't told Burt and Carole what was happening. He didn't want to disturb their evening. When Kurt saw Blaine jog into the waiting room, he went up to him and hugged him.

"Hey, baby," Blaine said into Kurt's ear. Blaine didn't normally call Kurt baby, only during their intimate or tender moments with each other. Kurt just let out a breath.

"I'm glad you're here," Kurt admitted. Blaine let out a small chuckle.

"And you tried to keep me away. You know once I'm around, you can't get rid of me," Blaine said, jokingly. Kurt smiled as he pulled out of the hug.

"I talked to the doctor," Kurt said.

"What did he say?"

"They got her fever down. There is some bug going around, and the high fever is just one of the symptoms. Some kids came in with a stomachache and a sore throat. He's going to give me some prescriptions to help the next couple of days. She'll be okay, though." Blaine could see the relief on Kurt's face.

"You did the right thing. 103 is too high for anybody, including children," Blaine said, giving him a kiss on the lips.

"I'm sorry…" Kurt started.

"Don't make me take you to a nearby closet and punish you. Actually, scratch that, you may like that too much. Don't make me not take you to a nearby closet and not punish you. Don't ever apologize for calling me. I'd drop everything if you needed me." Kurt smiled.

"I love you," he said. Blaine smiled back.

"I love you too, gorgeous."

"Mr. Hummel?" the doctor called.

"Yes?"

"Tabitha is ready now. She's in room twenty-one. I'm sure she's anxious to see her daddies," the doctor said with a smile before she walked away. Kurt didn't correct the doctor, nor did he feel the need to. Kurt took a hold of Blaine's hand and led him through the hallway to Tabitha's room.


Kurt was exhausted. Tabitha missed a couple of days of school, but by the end of the week, she was feeling much better. Once Tabitha was back in school, Burt told Kurt to take a morning off and rest. For once, Kurt was too tired to argue. When he got home, he went upstairs to lie back on his bed.

He was about to fall asleep when his phone buzzed. He groaned as he looked at the display and smiled when he saw that it was Blaine.

"Hello?"

"How's little darlin'?" Blaine asked. Kurt smiled.

"She's much better now. She was so happy to go back to school," Kurt answered. Blaine laughed.

"Smart girl. You sound tired," Blaine said. Kurt stretched.

"I am. Dad told me to take the day off," Kurt responded.

"That's good. Now, I don't care how old you are young man, you go to sleep. And actually sleep." Kurt chuckled.

"What if I don't want to sleep? What if I want you to help me go to sleep?" Kurt hinted.

"If I didn't have my studies to worry about, I would be at your house in a heartbeat. You owe me now," Blaine said.

"Oh, really?"

"Yep. I've just decided. Next weekend, you are going to spend the whole weekend with me," Blaine said. That caught Kurt's attention.

"What?"

"Yes. I'm gonna con Wes into giving me the weekend off and you will spend the whole weekend at my house with me."

Spending a weekend with Blaine at his house sounded so nice. And Kurt would be lying if he didn't feel the need to spend more alone time with Blaine. He let out a long sigh.

"You're taking advantage of my fatigue," Kurt said jokingly.

"Yes, I am. So, can you survive a weekend with me?" Blaine said seductively. Kurt smirked.

"The question is, can you survive a whole weekend with me?" Kurt matched his tone with Blaine's.

"You are secretly kinky, aren't you? I was right that you like to role play," Blaine said. Kurt just laughed.

"The idea sounds exciting," Kurt admitted.

"Idea? What's his face never let you play the dominant?" Blaine joked. Kurt laughed a little.

"On the contrary, I was always the dominant," Kurt said.

"Really?" Blaine sounded very interested.

"Not like it sounds. I meant that…I was always the one to be…the one topping, so to speak." Kurt never talked about his sex life with anybody. Talking about sex, even with Troy, was awkward.

"So you really have never let anybody top you?" Blaine asked, no joking in his voice.

"No. I actually talked with Troy about it a few times. The last time I brought it up to him was actually the last time we tried having sex," Kurt said.

"He wasn't willing?"

"The last thing he said to me about it was that I was too much of a control freak and I couldn't handle being the bottom," Kurt said with some bitterness in his voice.

"Fucking bullshit. He wasn't willing to be a gentle top for you. What a pussy," Blaine said. Kurt couldn't help it, he laughed. Blaine's language was unbelievable, but at least he got some entertainment out of it, and Blaine knew when to censor himself around Tabitha.

"What am I going to do with you, Blaine Anderson?" Kurt asked.

"Do you really want me to answer that question? I have a list…"

"I'm sure you do. Now, I'm going to go to sleep and I know you have studying to do," Kurt said, settling himself on his pillow.

"All right, gorgeous. You get some sleep. I'll talk to you later. I love you," Blaine said with his gentle voice. Kurt loved that voice the most.

"I love you too, baby."


Finn came over to the house during dinnertime. He was so happy that his glee club won first place and couldn't stop talking about how proud he was. Tabitha was happy to see her uncle and she looked like she was feeling so much better. She ate all of her food and seemed to have more energy now than when she did before she went to school. Kurt told Finn some details about having to take Tabitha to the emergency room.

Carole and Burt were concerned when they came home from their date and Kurt almost got a lecture on not calling them, but Burt decided against it. Kurt was Tabitha's father and he knew what to do. Burt couldn't be more proud.

Finn was watching television with Burt and Carole when Kurt came downstairs after helping Tabitha prepare her bath.

"Kurt! We need to see that movie," Finn said, pointing to the television. Kurt didn't even pay attention to the screen.

"Sure. I need to ask you something. Can you come into the kitchen with me?" Kurt said. Finn shrugged as he got up and followed Kurt into the kitchen.

"What's up, bro?" Kurt took in a breath. Asking for favors was not something he liked doing, but he was getting better at it when it was needed.

"Is the offer to let Tabitha stay with you still open?" Kurt asked. He was about to explain when he saw the goofy grin on Finn's face. He didn't have to explain anymore.

"Absolutely. You and Blaine gonna spend time together?" Finn asked. Kurt blushed.

"Yes. He wants me to spend the weekend with him at his house. I know Dad and Carole will do it, but I wanted to…"

"Kurt, it's fine! I'm actually spending some time with Sarah and Melissa this weekend. I was gonna ask if it was all right for Tabitha to join us. I promise no junk food, at least not too much of it." Kurt just chuckled.

"So, Sarah and Melissa are staying the night with you?" Finn's mouth gaped open.

"But we aren't going to do anything! I swear no sex will happen between Sarah and me with Tabitha and Melissa in the same room! No! I mean apartment!" Kurt tried not to laugh, but this was Finn. Sometimes his mouth got him into trouble.

That was proof when Tabitha said something about Burt's singing. When Kurt scolded Tabitha for a rude comment, she said that was what her Uncle Finn said. Tabitha learned that day that it was best not to repeat what Uncle Finn says because not only did she get in trouble, but so did Uncle Finn.

"Finn, just say you will take Tabitha this weekend," Kurt said. Finn let out a relieved sigh.

"Yes, I will take Tabitha this weekend. You need a break, Kurt. Can we still see that movie?" Finn asked. Kurt just smiled.

"We will go see whatever movie you want, Finn." Finn did a mini jump in the air with the same goofy smile.

"Awesome! I read the book, so you may want to bring tissues with you," Finn said before leaving the kitchen. Kurt watched Finn leave, baffled.

Tissues?

"Daddy? My hair is tangled," Tabitha called.

"I'm coming," he said, heading up the stairway. Tabitha had beautiful hair, but she really needed to learn how to properly take care of it. He was happy to help, though. He was glad she felt so much better. Tabitha was dressed in her pajamas when Kurt came into the bathroom and picked up the hairbrush.

"I messed it up," Tabitha said. Kurt smiled.

"No you didn't, it just needs a good brushing. Turn around," Kurt instructed. Tabitha did as told and let her daddy brush her hair. Kurt was gentle with her hair when it was knotted. There were only a few times where it hurt to brush them out, but Tabitha never cried.

"Is Uncle Finn still here?" she asked.

"He is. In fact, we were talking about you staying at his place for the weekend. Melissa will be there," Kurt said, smiling at the sound of Tabitha gasping.

"Really? Can I?" She turned around. Kurt laughed.

"Yes, you can. Let me finish brushing your hair and we'll go downstairs. Give me a hug first," Kurt said. Tabitha didn't question. She threw her arms around her daddy's neck. Kurt hugged her tightly.

"I love you, baby girl." Tabitha's grasp tightened.

"I love you too, Daddy. Will you finish brushing my hair now?" Kurt chuckled as he broke the hug and told her to turn back around. He brushed her hair gently and Tabitha waited.