This is me right now. I have to finish a book for my other business (not IP) and I’m staring down a crazy week. Send me good vibes, if you can. I need them.
AU meet cute in which Kurt, a recent Northwestern grad and Chicago transplant takes a part-time job as a vacation consultant, helping people plan International tours. Blaine, in his last year at UW-Madison, calls in to arrange an anniversary trip to Italy for his parents. They stay on the line well past the allotted 20 minutes, talking and flirting and getting lost in each other’s voices. Reluctant to say goodbye, Kurt gives Blaine his extension “in case you have any follow-up questions.”
The next day, Blaine calls back to say his brother Cooper nixed his Italy plans and wants to send their parents to the Mexican Riviera instead. This becomes a pattern. Every day, Blaine calls back with a new reason to cancel the previous tour and book a new one. “Apparently, my mom hates Mexico,” and “They went to Prague last year. Who knew?” and “My aunt Sadie told me my mom had this boyfriend from Australia who was taller, and smarter, and, um… sexier than my dad, and well, he won’t go.”
The last time Blaine calls, he’s thinking Paris. His parents went there on their honeymoon, and going back 30 years later seems like a romantic thing to do. It’s toward the end of Kurt’s shift, and since he has an audition straight after work, he tries to keep it professional so they can finish the call quickly, but he fails. How could he stay focused when Blaine is flirting with Kurt like it’s his final requirement for graduation, talking about honeymoons and pastries and falling in love?
The perfect tour booked, he doesn’t hear from Blaine again. He’s disappointed, but too busy rehearsing to pine. (Except when he does.) The show is a bit out there, but they have a packed house on opening night and everyone loves it. He’s on his way to the cast party when he notices a gorgeous, well-dressed man standing near the theater entrance, waiting. When the man spots Kurt he smiles and says, “My parents would rather take separate vacations. Any chance you’d like to accompany me to Paris?”
"She dunks her Poptarts in her milk before eating them."
"He used to date a girl named Portia. I refused to be followed by Kia."
"She has six piercings in one ear and only two in the other."
"He went on for an hour about how Tupac is still alive and working as a mechanic in Louisiana."
"She likes Jar Jar."
"He’s a Michigan fan."
It’s the last one that sets Kurt off.
"You don’t even like football!" he cries out before hanging up on her out of pure frustration. In the eight months since Mercedes left on her mall tour (which has been extend twice and expanded to include opening for Mary J. Blige a few times), Kurt has heard every excuse under the sun from her for why she won’t date someone. Blaine is in the same boat with Sam.
"What was Sam’s excuse this time?" Kurt asks him as he settles beside him on the couch.
"She spells her name ‘T-I-P-H-A-N-I’. I hardly see how that’s her fault but he’d already dumped her so…" Blaine sighs, looping an arm around Kurt’s chest and pulling him closer. "They’re getting ridiculous."
"They already were ridiculous," he mutters, snuggling closer to his fiance and pressing a kiss to his neck. It doesn’t take too long for Mercedes and Sam’s aversion to people that aren’t one another to be forgotten for the moment.
The weekend of Valentine’s Day, Mercedes is in town for an appearance on Jimmy Fallon. It’s a huge opportunity for her and Blaine and Kurt convince Sam to fly out for the occasion. And, yes, maybe Kurt slips an intern a fifty dollar bill to lock her dressing room door from the outside when she and Sam are alone in there. And, okay, it is totally Blaine that points out to Sam the extremely attractive dancer grinding against Mercedes’ hip during dress rehearsal. But the deep red lipstick that is smeared all over Sam’s face when they finally open the door… well, that was all Mercedes.
Driving back to NY. Just leaving Glee country. Family road trips, man. It’s like bonding on steroids. So far, the kidlet has asked us to explain poverty and porn. Six hours to go. What’s next? Communism? Columbine? White privilege?
Land Of Dreams by: alematrix
It was with distinct pleasure and tremendous privilege that I read an advance copy of A.J. DeWall’s Forever Man, soon to be published by Interlude Press. I was an early and frequent commenter on the story that started it all, Someone Like You, by IconicKlaine, and I know I speak for so many people when I say that the original story was a game changer. It was beautifully written, lush in its descriptions of people and places, and dotted with wonderful cultural references that drew us all in. There is a reason that it is considered among the best of the best in the world of Klaine fanfiction.
Forever Man retains the magic of the original story and reimagines it through new eyes. Ren Warner is an interior designer relegated to the desert of Santa Fe to decorate the home of a Manhattan socialite. Cole McKnight is a record producer for the international superstar, Alegra, in town to record her latest soon-to-be smash album. Old friends for more than a decade, Ren and Cole run into one another in a Santa Fe hotel bar by chance (or is it fate?) and come face-to-face with a 14 year flirtation that may finally have reached its boiling point. Both carry with them obligations and commitments - to other people, different continents – so will this magical time in this magical city be just a brief moment, or will it represent the moment that changed everything? The community of friends and strangers that they meet in Santa Fe change their lives and ours as readers.
This story is really two love stories interwoven to create one unforgettable tale. The love between Ren and Cole is powerful; the longing that they feel for all that might have been is palpable and the sense that their union was inevitable pervades the story. The story is also a love letter to the city of Santa Fe. The imagery of the landscape, local customs and rituals, and the inclusion of actual Santa Fe locales make this book part romantic novel, part travelogue. It has very much instilled in this reader a deep desire to visit Ren and Cole’s Santa Fe!
I cannot recommend Forever Man highly enough and cannot wait to see what else A.J. DeWall has in store!
Thanks so much!
This reminds me of one of my favourite quotes from G.K. Chesterton: “Fairytales don’t tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairytales tell children that dragons can be killed.”(via murphels)