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Title: Friendly Competition
Fandom: Glee
Pairing: Kurt Hummel/Blaine
Rating: G
Word Count: 1,089
Summary: Kurt passes his audition for the Warblers; Blaine offers his congratulations.
Notes: Written for/based on a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] sotto_voice: "I just want to see them have a conversation about something that is not about bullying or trauma."



Kurt is still not quite used to how open people at Dalton are. Well, most people anyway, because there's a zero-tolerance bullying policy, not a rule that everyone has to be friends. But even the ones whose names he doesn't know, or who run in different social circles than him, they're always respectful and offer him a passing smile. He does the same in return, hesitantly, still finding his feet in this new school.

But things like today, he nails his rendition of, "Defying Gravity,"—which he chose more for the way it shows off his range than the symbolism, but the fact that the neither the director nor any of the Warblers bat an eye is reassuring, and they even seem impressed by the way he hits the high F. Only moments after he finishes, the director pronounces him officially a Warbler and he's suddenly surrounded by his new group mates. The director gives him a pat on the arm, and several upperclassmen clap him good-naturedly on the back. Wes and David even actually hug him. It's kind of shocking; he's never made friends so quickly before.

Conspicuously absent from the welcome is Blaine, and Kurt is momentarily upset by that until he sees Blaine hanging back at the edge of the crowd, clearly waiting until there is time to offer his congratulations one-on-one.

Eventually the crowd disperses and the room starts to empty as everyone heads off to their next extracurricular or to the library to start on their homework. Kurt stays, waiting Blaine out, until finally there are only a few other Warblers left in the choir room.

"Where are you headed next?" Blaine asks finally. He hitches his bag higher onto his shoulder while Kurt gathers up the set list, demos, and sheet music he has to catch up on.

"I guess I should go to the library," Kurt sighs. "I have a lot to catch up on."

Blaine nods. "Mind if I walk you?"

Kurt minds Blaine walking him to the library just about as much as he minded Blaine holding his hand as they ran through the halls during Blaine's not-so-short "short cut." Which is to say: not at all.

"All right," he answers. He's really proud of the evenness in his voice.

"After you, then," Blaine says, and gestures towards the door. Kurt goes, Blaine only a pace behind him as they pass through the door, and then beside him once they're in the open hall outside.

"Welcome to the Warblers, by the way," Blaine says. "Not that I had any doubt you'd make it."

"Thanks."

"Nice song choice, too. Really showed off your range. We don't have many guys who can hit notes like that, so it'll be really good to have you with us."

"Right," Kurt says flatly. "Because I sing like a girl and you're an all boys choir."

"No," Blaine says slowly. "I mean, yeah, we are an all boys choir, but I didn't say you sang like a girl. You sing like you. You just happen to have impressive range."

Kurt turns that over thoughtfully for a moment, then decides that Blaine really is just trying to compliment him. And it's definitely not a lie, so he'll take it.

"Thanks," he says finally. "I like to think so."

"After he'd finished tackle-hugging you, David told me he thinks I might have some competition for solos now."

"I'm sure you had competition before," Kurt replies. They're climbing the stairs to the library now and their arms are brushing together as they stay side-by-side in the smaller space. "Wes has a really smooth voice."

"He does," Blaine agrees. "He's not really that competitive, though. He'll take solos when Mr. Bradford gives them to him, but he never really volunteers. He wants to be a veterinarian—the Warblers is just something he does for fun. You, though…"

Kurt laughs. "Right. I want to lead."

"Me, too," Blaine points out. "So I'm guessing David was probably right."

Kurt considers that for a moment, thinking about New Directions, the constant competition, and the bitterness it fueled. He doesn't want that with Blaine. Quite aside from his burgeoning crush, he wants to make a new start here. He wants to have friends, both in glee and not. He wants to sing lead on the occasions when he has earned the right. What he doesn't want is jealousy and backstabbing and sending innocent people to crack houses.

"I—" he starts, but Blaine's face breaks out in a grin.

"I'm not gonna take it easy on you just because I find you endearing," Blaine says, and nudges Kurt with his shoulder. It's friendly and light and it's very much not a diva-off.

"Didn't ask you to," Kurt points out, just as playful in return.

"Guess we'll just have to make sure it stays a fair fight then," Blaine agrees, and comes to a halt. "We're at the library."

Kurt actually knew that, but his new friends have taken to being his unofficial tour guides since he transferred and Kurt appreciates the way they've taken him under their collective wing.

"You coming in?"

"Nah, I've got a chem test to make up from the day I came to see you at McKinley." He says it delicately, as though he doesn't want to touch the concept, and Kurt agrees. It hadn't exactly been the best day of his life and he appreciates Blaine not bringing it up directly.

"Ah," Kurt acknowledges, and shifts his weight to his other foot. "Listen," he starts, just as Blaine says, "Kurt—"

"You first," Kurt adds after a moment of silence.

"I was wondering if maybe you wanted some help learning that set list," Blaine offers. "I've got some free time all this week. If you wanted to."

Kurt arches an eyebrow. "What about me being the competition?"

"It's hardly a competition if you're not caught up enough yet to really compete," Blaine teases. "Besides, all's fair in love and war."

"That's not—" Kurt starts to say, because Blaine is using it the exact opposite way it's intended. Then his brain catches up to his mouth and he stops, flushing.

"Oh," he says, and Blaine grins back at him shamelessly.

"Tonight, then? Text me when you're ready for a study break."

"Sure," Kurt breathes, and watches until Blaine has disappeared into the crowd at the end of the hall.

If this is what passes for "competition" at Dalton, Kurt has a feeling he's going to do very well here.

Date: 2010-11-14 12:22 am (UTC)
sotto_voce: Joshua Chamberlain staring into the distance, with caption "brains are sexy" ([HIMYM] KAYLEE FACE)
From: [personal profile] sotto_voce
Oh. Oh oh oh oh YES this is EXACTLY what I wanted. I love that Kurt is worried about having another diva-off and Blaine is like, nbd! and gives him a friendly nudge. And the shameless grinning!! And. Yes. I am very happy. Thank you!!!

"No," Blaine says slowly. "I mean, yeah, we are an all boys choir, but I didn't say you sang like a girl. You sing like you. You just happen to have impressive range."

♥_♥

Date: 2010-11-14 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
Thanks! I seriously want Papa Hummel fic realizing how much happier Kurt is once he starts at Dalton, and acknowledging that it's not just Blaine, which he's trying to get comfortable with, but it's everything, that he's just plain happier and more confident. 'Cause Burt would totally notice and be happy even if he was all gruff about admitting it.

Basically, the world needs more Hummel fic during the next few episodes. *nods*

Date: 2010-11-14 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cuckooed.livejournal.com
Oh, this is just lovely. ♥ I can just see the characters acting this way, and I love that Kurt would sing Defying Gravity and finally get to shine.

Date: 2010-11-14 12:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
I'm kind of in love with Defying Gravity as Kurt's Song, and how it represents him coming to Dalton. And "those who'd ground me" being the folks he left behind at McKinley they know who they are. *sigh* Kurt. I can't wait for you to get to Dalton. You might have a chance to actually smile once in awhile.

Date: 2010-11-14 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarah-the-crab.livejournal.com
Awww, this was so sweet! I could totally see Blaine and Kurt having a gay sing off.

Date: 2010-11-14 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
Thanks!

Oh, I imagine they also have a gay off, but it involves a lot of rigorous shagging of each other and everyone wins. Heh.

Date: 2010-11-14 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] novoamor.livejournal.com
Eeeeeeeeeeee this is adorable! And very in character. Loved it *-*

Date: 2010-11-14 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
Thank you! :)

Date: 2010-11-14 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ileliberte.livejournal.com
This was really sweet. Kurt/Blaine is great, but you got Kurt/Happiness, and frankly, that's all I ever want :D

Date: 2010-11-14 01:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
Thank you! I agree. I don't care who it's with! JUST LET THE BOY SMILE!

Date: 2010-11-14 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cher-arlequin.livejournal.com
D'you hear that? That's the sound of my heart exploding with squee.

Adorable fic, perfectly in character, and extremely well written to boot. ♥ I loved it.

Date: 2010-11-14 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
Aw, thank you! I think my heart explodes with squee every time I so much as think about these two, which makes writing them a very noisy but pleasant experience. :)

Date: 2010-11-14 02:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] celemie.livejournal.com
YAYAYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THEY MAKE ME SOOOOOO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And this story is just PERFECT!

*flails all over you*

Date: 2010-11-14 02:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
I seriously am starting to wonder if there is a way to bottle these two in pill form and prescribe it to people with depression. They have literally gotten me through the four worst days of my entire year with a smile on my face 75% of the time. MAGIC.

Date: 2010-11-23 07:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] celemie.livejournal.com
I think medical professionals should DEFINITELY look into this! Magic klaine pills, full of rainbows and sunshine!

Date: 2010-11-14 02:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tech-ftw.livejournal.com
Oh, I love it! It's too bad that the only episode Blaine's been in so far was riddled with angst, cause I absolutely adore gems like this.

I thought it was great that - while you mention the fact that Kurt is still uncomfortable with what happened at McKinley and not everything is kittens and sunshine - Kurt and Blaine push it to the back of their mind. In this particular snapshot of their lives, they're just two teenage boys trying to figure out their emotions.

I think it is absolutely fantastic. ^^

tech

Date: 2010-11-14 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
I have a feeling that once Kurt transfers, there will be slightly more fluff than there will be for the next few episodes. Or I hope so, at least. I don't know how much angst I can take.

Thank you!

Date: 2010-11-14 02:14 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-11-14 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
*scratches ear*

Date: 2010-11-14 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bright-lights28.livejournal.com
This is so cute! And I LOVED that Kurt would pick Defying Gravity as his audition song - it's pretty much his anthem in my mind. <3

Date: 2010-11-14 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
Me, too. It feels so appropriate, given what he's leaving and what he's going into. I honestly did try to come up with a different song for him to audition with and I just kept coming back to that one over and over again. ♥

Date: 2010-11-14 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jedishadowolf.livejournal.com
Love it! I just love all these Dalton fics where he's accepted and welcomed! :)

Date: 2010-11-14 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
Me, too. I'm such a sap about it, too. I don't think I've ever felt this...protective of a fictional character before. It's very strange.

Thank you!

Date: 2010-11-14 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jedishadowolf.livejournal.com
I know what you mean. I've enjoyed characters before but Kurt's taken it to a whole new level. So protective over him now!

Date: 2010-11-14 06:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mandy-croyance.livejournal.com
I'm literally cooing at my computer screen. This pairing's adorableness has honestly just melted my brain to mush. Giddy mush.

I'm totally going to be driving to work on Monday and still thinking about this fic, freaking out all the harassed commuters around me with my incomprehensible grin.

Date: 2010-11-14 12:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
Thank you! They really are too adorable for words. The only thing I can think of cuter than them is a box full of kittens and puppies playing together. And even then, they'd have to be supercute kittens and puppies.

Date: 2010-11-14 08:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] polychromator.livejournal.com
Gah, be still m heart. How I just love happy!Kurt. Just, in general.
My brain is trickling out of my ear after being melted by cuteness. So wonderful ~

Date: 2010-11-14 12:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
Seriously. I ship Kurt/Happiness like a freight train. It's sadly not canon (yet), but I ship it anyway.

Thanks!

Date: 2010-11-14 04:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mod-squad7117.livejournal.com
"It's hardly a competition if you're not caught up enough yet to really compete," Blaine teases. "Besides, all's fair in love and war."

And then kurt's wonderful reaction where it takes him a second to figure out he's not in Kansas anymore! I particularly loved that you used this as a way of exploring kurt's relationship to his talent and other people's reactions to that. It's a side of Kurt we never get to see since it's all too often a site of contention and begrudging admiration. This is a great exposure of the other side!

Date: 2010-11-14 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
I love talented!Kurt. Because he is, and it completely baffles me why no one seems to acknowledge this. Blaine will. I have faith in that. And if he doesn't, I will cry. Woe.

Date: 2010-11-14 05:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] roga.livejournal.com
Awwwwwww! God, I love this, how warm and comfortable it is ♥.

Date: 2010-11-14 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
Thank you! I like to think of them as being extremely comfortable together, and just happy to be around each other, even just as platonic friends. They seem to have that kind of dynamic building already.

Date: 2010-11-14 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] signe-chan.livejournal.com
Ah bless, that's just downright adorable. Now I hope something like this happens in canon.

Date: 2010-11-15 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
I do, too. It's fine if it doesn't happen just this way, but I am desperate for actual friendly competition between Kurt and Blaine that is a thin veil for flirting. Please, show? Please?

Date: 2010-11-15 10:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shizam-i-am.livejournal.com
SQUEEEEEEEE

so flirty and cute, love it. thanks for sharing! :D

Date: 2010-11-15 12:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Date: 2010-11-16 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] moonmelody.livejournal.com
This was adorable!!! <333

Date: 2010-11-17 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
Thank you! :)

Date: 2010-11-19 11:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crumbfreebread.livejournal.com
awww that made me smile! really very cute :)

Date: 2010-11-19 12:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
Thank you! :)

Date: 2010-11-25 07:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ooshady-girloo.livejournal.com
i didn't think of them as competition until i read this. but they are, however friendly. fics, always making me think.

Date: 2010-11-25 10:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
Thanks! Hopefully, it will not be as um...crack-house-y as New Directions was, lol.

Date: 2010-12-06 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reremouse.livejournal.com
Yep. Your Kurt/Blaine absolutely does it for me. Thank you.

Date: 2010-12-06 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guest-age.livejournal.com
Aw, thank you!

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