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Hi!

So I have a midterm tomorrow for which I should be studying, and an activity I need to plan out for the girls at the group home, but all I really want to do is continue working on the first story I've gotten real inspiration for since the summer.



Here's the premise. Kurt hits major success in the Broadway world when he's 22, and pretty quickly after that Kurt and Blaine become a famous couple. This will be the story of their navigation of all that fame and celebrity entails; the good, the bad, and the ugly. It just suddenly occurred to me that I've never really considered and explored the possibility of a world where Kurt and Blaine are a famous couple, learning the ins-and-outs of having their relationship held up to a microscope and dissected by the Public Eye. There will be a connect between the media and fan reaction to Kurt and Blaine in our own reality as well as within theirs, so this story will be blurring those lines a bit. Or a lot. I will say it's probably going to be one of the most meta stories I've ever written.

I hope you enjoy this first look at what I've been working on. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

~*~


"Blaine," Kurt calls excitedly, "Blaine, you've got to see this. Get in here." Blaine walks into Kurt's office with half his face covered in shaving cream. Kurt lets out a shout of laughter. "Wow, thanks for coming so promptly."

Blaine smiles and saunters over. "Not a problem. Now what have I got to see?"

"This." Kurt turns his laptop so Blaine can lean in to see the screen properly. "Read it out loud."

Blaine glances sidelong at Kurt with a fond look, then reads, "'How Kurt Hummel Found Love'. Oh, god. Do I really want to read this?"

"I think you do, yes," Kurt insists.

"Alrighty." He clears his throat, hams it up a bit with a serious expression, "'Broadway's Kurt Hummel--" Blaine grins, "'found love years ago in the form of an attractive young man named Blaine Anderson. You may have seen him at Kurt's side on the night of the Tony Awards, or perhaps in the paparazzi photos in downtown Manhattan from just last week. Kurt and Blaine met during Kurt's junior year, and they soon discovered a deep love that is still going strong today. The question is--with gay marriage having been legal in New York for some time now--when are these lovebirds getting hitched?'"

Blaine's smiling when he reaches the end. "That's a nice picture of us," he says quietly, pointing at the shot of them just below the article. It's one of them from the Tonys; Kurt has his arm around Blaine's waist, and they're both grinning wide, flushed.

They look happy.

"Well, your public is curious, Kurt," Blaine says, straightening up with a smirk. "They want to know when we're getting married. I have to admit, I'm sort of curious, too."

Kurt wipes a spot of shaving cream off Blaine's nose. "How should we break the news?" Kurt asks instead of answering which is an answer in itself.

---

No wedding bells for Kurt Hummel And His High School Sweetheart After All?

"The engagement's off," says a source close to the couple. "Blaine's sick of Kurt being away so much. And with all the time Kurt's been spending rehearsing for next year's revitalized
RENT, he's also jealous of how much time Kurt spends with his on-stage love interest, Jeremy Saunders. Can you say sexual tension? Blaine's holding their engagement over Kurt's head, using it as leverage to get what he wants."

Another source says Kurt's tired of Blaine being so controlling, always telling Kurt what to do, that he should ‘tone down his gay' so that he can fit better in the industry. And apparently this is nothing new. An old schoolmate of Kurt's reports that Blaine has always been controlling. "He used to silently coach him during performances."

We’ve heard of stage parents before, but stage boyfriends?

According to a third source, "Blaine is borderline abusive."

A body language specialist analyzed the photos of Kurt and Blaine from their latest awards show appearance. "You can see that Blaine is physically clinging to Kurt; just look at how strong he's holding on. He's afraid Kurt's going to leave him. It seems very possible that Blaine might be resorting to emotional and more serious physical methods of control, and abusive behaviour is often be an aspect of that. "

Sounds like trouble. Are you rooting for Kurt and Blaine? Or do you think Kurt needs to move on? We hear there are plenty of men who are willing to take Blaine’s place...


---

When Kurt gets home from a 15-hour day of rehearsing, he's ready to collapse into bed and sleep until Monday when he'll have to be back at the theatre to do it all over again. The slight flaw in his plan is Blaine sitting on the couch in the living room with the television off. He looks up when Kurt pokes his head in, and he looks so miserable that Kurt feels some of his exhaustion slipp away.

"What's wrong, baby?" he asks gently. Blaine shakes his head minutely, but Kurt walks right over and sits beside him, takes Blaine's hands in his. "Come on, talk to me."

Blaine bites his lip. "It's stupid."

"Tell me anyway."

"Fine.” He sighs. “I know I probably shouldn't read any of the press about us."

"Correct," Kurt says immediately.

"But I couldn't help myself," Blaine continues, "I went online after dinner, and--god, it was horrible, Kurt. The things people are saying. They hate me. They don't think I deserve you." He swallows. "Maybe they're right," Blaine says softly.

Kurt sees red. "What the fuck are you saying?" he demands. "That these strangers on the internet know us better than we do?"

"They were saying that you could do so much better than me, and they're right! You could! You're so famous now!"

"Oh, I see. So having some notoriety must mean I want someone else?” Kurt translates. “Do you really think I want someone who doesn't know the first thing about how to love me? Or how to be courageous and self-sacrificing? Tell me, did any of those internet bloggers come to my high school prom with me after experiencing hell at his own school dance? Have any of the ample out actors in Hollywood encouraged me and stood by me every goddamn step of the way?"

Blaine's staring at Kurt, mouth slightly open, but Kurt doesn't let him say anything yet.

"These people who think they know me because they've seen my performances? They haven't got a fucking clue who I am. But you know. You know, and you love me anyway. Why would I ever want anyone or anything else? Don't ever think the rest of the world has us figured out, all right? If their made-up drama about us is going to bother you this much--if those idiots are going to make you doubt us, don't read any of it. Any of it. Don't read it, and don't believe it. It's all complete bullshit. Got it, Blaine? Fuck 'em."

Blaine heaves a watery chuckle, whispers, “Got it,” and leans in for a kiss.

Kurt happily gives him one.


~*~



So there's a little snapshot for you. Please feel free to give me feedback if you have it.

And now to buckle down and get to work. I have studying incentives in the form of chocolate; that is, a white-chocolate Toblerone. So excited!

And how are you all doing, flist!?

Comments

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rockinhamburger
Oct. 16th, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks so much for reading this! I'm so glad to hear you like the premise. I think this will probably wind up being a longer one-shot rather than a multi-parter because it will fit better with the structure that's taking form right now.

Heh, glad you caught that ~abusive shout-out. Blaine is such an asshole, really.

And thanks for the good luck! I'll definitely need it! ♥
keenoled
Oct. 16th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, coolest idea ever! I'm hungry for more like I'm starving. :)))
rockinhamburger
Oct. 16th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you! More might take a little while, but I promise it's coming! Thanks so much for reading and leaving feedback! :D
blueb1rd
Oct. 16th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
ooo i love this!! i think it'll be really interesting and what you have so far is awesome! kurt's speech to blaine about blaine being the one who really knows and loves him, etc., is my fave bit so far. so sweet <333
rockinhamburger
Oct. 16th, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for the words of support! I'm glad you're interested so far.

Love your VM icon, btw!
blue_peridot
Oct. 17th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
oh my goodness. i loved the premise, and that little snapshot has me hooked. i can't wait til you write more of this! i can already tell it's going to be amazing, and i'll be looking forward to updates of this! and, of course, you're a great writer, so there's that...

this is such an original idea- i've seen vague forms of this in other fics but i've never seen this exact premise. i think it's something i've always wanted to read though- you know, it's like an iPad, you don't realise how much you want it until someone tells you it exists. this sounds absolutely fascinating. i love the idea that kurt's successful, that blaine becomes successful at whatever he does (what is that, btw? he's a great performer, but what does he want to do?), and that they stay together and in love. how they handle press scrutiny is just a great, great, fascinating thing to read- because it'll bother them, we know it will, but we also know they'll work it through.

i love that little snapshot of yours. it's so clear that kurt's well known and loved and popular, which is lovely. you can also see that he and blaine have a wonderful relationship. i like the papparazi story because it shows just how wild these rumors can be, while also testing their relationship a little. i like seeing blaine get a bit doubtful of himself, and i LOVE kurt's searing defense of him.

in short: THIS SOUNDS AWESOME. I CAN'T WAIT TO READ IT. gosh, i'd love to beta this.
rockinhamburger
Oct. 17th, 2011 10:46 am (UTC)
WOW thank you SO MUCH for this lovely comment! I'm so, so glad you think this is compelling so far. And, you know, if you're offering to beta, I'd be interested in taking you up on that? I've only got about 3500 words to share with you, but I'd love to get someone else's thoughts on it, maybe ramble about what else I'm planning... You up for it? :D

xoxo
blue_peridot
Oct. 17th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC)
man, i'm glad i threw it out there; i figured you might already have a beta you regularly use but no harm trying :) i would absolutely love that! and you're welcome, it sounds so good so far!
rockinhamburger
Oct. 29th, 2011 03:32 pm (UTC)
Hiiii! So would you be able to PM me your email address so I can send you what I've been working on? I definitely need a second opinion on what I've been writing. I'm at about 7000 words right now; are you up for taking a look at it? :)
pushplaytobegin
Oct. 18th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
*flails*

I swore I wouldn't read any more WIPs, but here I am. Because you gave the world Manuel, and Fiducia, and IDEK how I thought I could resist. This is awesome. I can't tell you how excited I am by the premise. Reading that story about Blaine coaching Kurt, OMG, I laughed so hard — and was simultaneously horrified. Poor Blaine, with his eagerness to be liked... the press would be pure hell for him. He wasn't at McKinley for Rumours, so he didn't learn that lesson. Kurt, however... he's going to have his hands full with Blaine's insecurities.

(Do you know how many typos I had to correct typing that because I'm so excited?)

I can't wait. *bounces*
rockinhamburger
Oct. 29th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
late reply is late!
Sorry about that! Things have been a little nuts, school-wise. But I've got the weekend off, relatively speaking, so I just have to thank you PROFUSELY for this very encouraging comment while I have the chance. I'm very glad you've caught what I'm going for in these three tiny scenes. It's such a relief to hear that those things are coming through.

And I'm doubly sorry about the WIP-status (us Canadians are so apologetic XD), but I can assure you now that when I do post this story online it will be in its entirety. You'll get every word without any cockblocking on my part. You just have to wait until it's all written. I'm getting there. Consider this foreplay, some couch make-outs, if you will.

[ALSO: how are things going with Put Away Childish Things, speaking of WIPs... ;)]
pushplaytobegin
Oct. 30th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
Re: late reply is late!
[ALSO: how are things going with Put Away Childish Things, speaking of WIPs... ;)]

:-p

I swear on everything good and holy that CT is my first and last WIP. Beta looked at rough draft of Ch7 and helped; I'm going to work on it tomorrow (I'm sick, so I'm hoping my subconscious can bang out a chapter), and I think I'll actually go for Ch8 to wrap it. Ch8 will be basic PWP, thank god. I think I've had enough thinky thoughts for a lifetime.
valentina_says
Oct. 20th, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
GIMME MORE. *grabby hands*
rockinhamburger
Oct. 29th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
More is on the way, darling! I just have to get it out of my brain first! xoxo <333333

LOVE.
valentina_says
Oct. 29th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
CAN'T WAIT.

Let me know if you need a beta, I'd be glad to help you out! <3
pplemmy
Oct. 26th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
rockinhamburger
Oct. 29th, 2011 03:43 pm (UTC)
Endorsement by Rebecca Black?? YAAAAAAY!

(I've said it before but I cannot even with your icon; Janelle looks SO GOOD in it!)
pplemmy
Oct. 29th, 2011 07:02 pm (UTC)
if there was any person in this whole world that i would want it be...janelle monae would be it!
baielunywi
Nov. 3rd, 2011 05:04 am (UTC)
This blog is bookmarked! I really love the stuff you have put here.

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