Artist: The talented and understanding evinyakwende
Pairings/Characters (other than K/B): Kurt/OMCs
Word count ~22 000
Warnings: Language, sex, mention of character death (Burt)
Summary: AU. In Lima, Kurt Hummel scrunches up his nose as he peels off his grease-stained coveralls after a long day at the garage. In Westerville, Blaine Anderson sits on the bed of his childhood bedroom and stares at the luggage he hasn’t fully unpacked since he’s been back home, about four months ago. Tonight, they’re going to meet for the first time in a dive gay bar. The year is 2018, this is Ohio and adult life is nothing like either of them had imagined it would be.
Author’s Note : Huge thanks to my artist evinyakwende (please go to the Art Post and leave a comment on the gorgeous banner!). All remaining mistakes and typos are to be blamed on me, but much gratitude to BB, who proofread this story for me at the last minute because I couldn’t seem to stop tweaking it long enough to send a copy to secret_chord25 who was supposed to beta for me. (I’m sorry I didn’t get to work with you on this one! I was so concerned with sending you an unfinished version that I ended up too late to collaborate with you. :( Maybe next time!) Finally a big thank you to raving_pirates for all the work that went into organizing this challenge!
NB: All of these facts are dropped at one point or another in the story, so you don’t have to read them, but if you do you might feel a little less lost. AU: For the sake of the plot, Burt and Carole have broken up after “Theatricality”. Burt dies shortly after “Duet”, causing Kurt to miss a lot of school. When he comes back to McKinley, he has to quit Glee club for what remains of his junior year in order to make up for the time lost. Consequently, the situation with Karofsky doesn’t escalate past slushies, taunts and shoves; Kurt never meets Blaine and Kurt doesn’t go to New York with ND for Nationals. When Kurt turns 18, he inherits the house and the garage and decides to stay in Lima and keep his father’s business alive.