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Fic: Great Romances of the 21st Century (College AU) (1/9b)
Title: Great Romances of the 21st Century (College AU) (1/9b)
Rating: NC-17 overall (PG-13 for this chapter)
Spoilers: Mentions up to 2x15
Warnings: College AU, major Klaine, some Kurt/Warbler Nick, Jeff/Nick, Blaine/TA, language, sex, blow-jobs, masturbation, underage drinking, angst
Word Count: 1,733/59,838 (total - I have a life, I swear!)
Summary: The one where Kurt and Blaine stay "just friends" until their first year of college, where they conveniently are roommates and meet up with long-lost Warblers (mainly Nick and Jeff), and then swear and have sex a ton. There's some other stuff that happens, but that's basically it.
A/N: Kind of a sequel to One-Eighty By Summer, but you don't need to read it to be able to understand this. That's just a slight background story for this one.

In Kurt's mind, Blaine has come a long way from acting as the charming boy on the staircase that swooned him his sophomore year at Dalton Academy. After they both had transferred to McKinley, Kurt hoped for the entire year that Blaine would ask him out. He never did.
When senior year came, Kurt started asking Blaine to go out with him almost every day as a way to play his feelings off as a joke (because if Blaine ever denied him when he was serious it would have hurt too much.) Kurt believed he was finally okay with just being Blaine's friend. As long as they still cuddled, were able to be completely honest with one another, and took each other on unofficial dates, then Kurt was fine. He figured a best friend in high school was more important than having a boyfriend, anyway. He could wait until college.

He thought this was fine until Blaine had a fling with a boy on his soccer team. It was short-lived, however, since the boy had to move to a different state for his mom's job. Blaine was crushed, and Kurt was secretly relieved but even more secretly than that, he felt bitter.

Kurt always thought Blaine was going to be all of his intimate firsts, but during the last few days of his senior year, Kurt found his drunken self at a party sucking more than just face with a boy named Kyle. Blaine and Kurt had talked about it, and Blaine had helped Kurt through his humiliation and self-disappointment for doing something impulsive, and they managed to get past it how they got past everything else.

Blaine had become a friend of the family, and Kurt just stayed a friend to the boy. They were both excited to leave home and go off to college to pursue their dreams of Blaine becoming a successful filmmaker and writer and for Kurt to be a famous fashion designer and interior decorator.

As far as Kurt was concerned, having Blaine as his roommate in college wasn't going to be that different from how they'd been living before. Blaine used to be over Kurt's house almost every single day and with Burt's permission, they had a sleepover almost every Friday. Blaine hated to be alone.

Kurt hated to be alone, too.

Blaine loves film, loves Clark Gable. He's all about famous actors and films from mainly the 1930's. Clark Gable was from Ohio, and Blaine is from Ohio, so he thinks that's pretty cool still. This actor is the reason Blaine's hair kept its Dalton style until Kurt nearly threatened his life to release his curls from their gel captor.

"I will put holes in all of your scarves and never go get coffee with you ever again if you don't stop with the gel, Blaine."

Serious business.

Blaine really likes screwball comedies, too. He was introduced to them his first semester at McKinley after Lauren convinced him to join the AV Club. He likes the idea of dialogue moving quickly between two characters that is usually upbeat even when the characters are in a bad situation. He tries to convey this idea to Kurt whenever Blaine tricks him into movie-marathons, and he thinks that Kurt can also relate to them since they never show sex...or whatever...
Yeah, Kurt is still awkward about that stuff. Even after he gave some random guy a blow-job when he was drunk this past summer, Kurt acts like it never happened. Blaine lets him think what he wants for now.

Now, it's the middle of October 2013, and both boys have settled in quite nicely to life at Murphy College: School of Fine & Performing Arts. Since both boys were accepted into the honors college, it's just the two of them in their dorm and they have their own bathroom as well.
Kurt showers in the morning and Blaine showers at night in order for them to have time in the morning before their classes start to get breakfast and coffee in the college's main cafeteria.

While Kurt is busy on campus all day with his five classes, Blaine is only taking three classes this semester, choosing to join clubs and to get used to college campus life before he starts to get serious with his studies. Truth be told, Blaine doesn't really know what he wants to do yet. All he knows is that he likes editing short films and writing.
Blaine loves to write. He keeps a journal with him at all times.

I'm never in my own bed anymore. I told you that it's because I don't like to sleep alone, but really I just don't think I can sleep without you anymore. Your skin is always so cold, but when we're sleeping, being close to you is the only way I can keep warm.
I wouldn't tell you this, because you'd undoubtedly call me a creep. I guess I just like being around you.

Mostly he just writes about his thoughts and observations of every day, but these two factors have a lot to do with Kurt. Basically, he has a Kurt journal--a platonic Kurt journal. Yes.


To most people, Kurt and Blaine are obviously going out. To their friends and family: Something's wrong with you guys, we swear, just make it official already.

To Kurt and Blaine, they are most definitely not dating. They just cuddle, buy each other Valentine's Day presents, and hold hands at the movies. Normally, these can just be affectionate friendly activities, but this is Kurt and Blaine.
Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson are both hopeless romantics in their own separate rights. Blaine views his entire life like a movie, and Kurt just really wants to be kissed under a full moon one of these days.

It's almost Halloween and both boys don't have costumes yet. Kurt really wants to have the most original and creative costume idea and to execute it well.

"Hey, maybe we should be boyfriends for Halloween. I bet no one would expect it."

Kurt and Blaine are sitting on Kurt's bed, making friendship bracelets for when Rachel and Mercedes come out to see them (Mercedes went to New York City while Rachel went to LA.) Kurt has an afternoon class in twenty minutes, but he had come back to the dorm room around noon to change his clothes.

"Ha! Very funny, Kurt. You're so original."

"I know, that's why we should, Blaine. Why don't you want to?"

Blaine stops braiding his thread for Rachel. "Because, Kurt, we know each other too well now. What would be fun about it?"

Kurt drops his string and stares hard at Blaine for a moment. "Sex, Blaine. Sex is a fun past-time shared by more people than you'd actually think. It's considered to be the activity that causes babies to be born an--"

Blaine interrupts his sarcastic comeback and smirks. "You really want to have sex with me?"
He knows that Kurt likes to make jokes about other people having sex all the time or about Kurt and Blaine doing it, but Blaine knows Kurt never means what he says. He never has.

"Well, not when you say it like that. Absolutely not."

"No, come on, do you really? You think I'm sexy, Kurt?"
Sometimes, it's just fun to egg him on.

Kurt glares at Blaine's stupid smirking face. It isn't funny to Kurt. It probably never will be.
"You can't say that to me, because I actually like you. Don't hurt my beloved, angelic feelings like that, dick."

Blaine's face quickly matches a kicked-puppy's, and he leans over the bed to hug Kurt. "I'm sorry, baby. I'm just trying to understand why you find me appealing. I've never understood. Here, let's try this: Hypothetically speaking, if there was this one guy that wanted to go out with this other guy, what would the first guy do to the second guy once they started going out?"

Kurt inwardly cringes at Blaine calling him "baby" but then launches into one of his many sexual fantasies. "Well, the first guy would obviously be better looking and would have a superior fashion sense to the second man. But to make up for his lack of style, the second guy would make up for it in bed."

"...And what would that second guy do in bed?"

Kurt bites his lip and scoots to the edge of the bed, putting his shoes on to get ready to leave for his afternoon class. "Well, let's see... The second guy would um, let's see... Be good? Really good? ...In bed? Yes, definitely."

Blaine sighs, standing up to walk over to Kurt who is already putting his yellow pea coat on by the door. "Do you not fantasize about anything sexual, Kurt? Are you still stuck on the ecstasy of finger-tips touching?"

Even though Kurt's back is to him, Blaine can tell Kurt is blushing. "No, I do think about that stuff, Blaine. I just don't need to think about it all the time. Fashion is better than sex, I was just trying to think of costume ideas for Halloween, really..."

"Maybe we should make-out."

Kurt turns around only to eyebrow Blaine before going back to shoving his folders and textbook into his messenger bag. "No. You said it yourself, you think we know each other TOO well, so fuck me, right? There's no fun in falling in love with your best friend. Again, sorry, I'm kind of kidding. Sorry."

"No, I was wrong, come here."
Blaine grabs Kurt by the hips and spins him around, causing the other boy to gasp at the sudden movement.
"I'm going to kiss you now."

Kurt clenches his jaw and tilts his head lightly. "Fine. Go for it."

After he presses his lips gently to Kurt's, Blaine pulls back first to see his reaction.
Kurt just stands still, an intense, expressionless face forming on the boy.
"See? Nothing. Can I go to class now?"

Blaine almost looks disappointed and maybe a little more confused than that. "...Yeah, sorry." He shakes his head, "Sorry."

Kurt throws his messenger bag's strap over his shoulder and walks out of the room, walking down the hallway of other dorms in what feels like slow-motion.
His heart beat is the only thing he hears for three minutes straight.

What was that?

Chapter 2

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So, I may have gotten irrationally excited when I saw the words "College AU" and "Klaine" in the same post.

And then I saw that it was a quasi-sequel to One-Eighty By Summer, which I happened to like quite a lot, and nearly hyperventilated from excitement.

Yes, I do have a problem.

Basically, he has a Kurt journal--a platonic Kurt journal. Yes. -- I laughed out loud. Platonic indeed, my dear Blaine.

I'd be willing to beta for you if you want. jsyk. :)

*loves you forever already*
Hey, no, your problem is the best compliment ever. haha. (I understand Klaine-irrationality along with you bb.)
I'm so glad you enjoyed One-Eight By Summer, too!

And I'd be forever grateful if you did! It's ridiculous how bad I am at understanding how this works though, so I'm going to message you with my questions if that's alright ha.

Ooh! This looks like it's going be fun.

Let's hope so! (I should probably write the second chapter now then, right? ha)
Thank you for reading! :D

Love this! I was so super excited to see that it was a sequel to 180 by summer! Plus I love college!Klaine :D Can't wait to see more!

Aw, sweet! I'm so glad you liked that one, too!
College!Klaine is one of my favorite types of Klaine as well.
Thanks for reading. :)

I loved One-Eighty by Summer, so the fact that you've sort of sequeled on from it is awesome. You write really well and I seriously love this already. More. Moooooooore.

And thank you so much, really. You've made my night. :D
I'll post the next chapter within the next two days if possible (you know, RL and all...)

I'm glad you think so! Thanks for reading. :)

Okay, so I'm totally strapped in for this college AU ride. It's even better since it's a follow up to a fic I really wanted a follow up to. Basically, there is no bad.

Okay, first, I'm memorized by their hands in your icon. They really should be together just based on their hand attraction, you know? *stops*

Thank you so much, and I'm really glad you enjoyed the other one, too. I hope it continues to be alright!

All right and then some! And this icon always makes me think their hands are going to look wonderful holding each other instead of coffee cups.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm, yes.
Their hands are going to look so. good. together. /endcreeper

OMG!! This is why I hate wips, because I want it all now! I'm like Veruca Salt. A bad egg who wants it all at once.

I LOVE THIS!!! You are a magical being. I like this concept and I can't wait for all the angst I'm sure is going to come :D

THE GENTLEMEN! Such a good episode.

I know! I hate WIPs, too. I'm sorry. D: But I'll luckily have you know that I always push my entire life aside for Klaine, so the next chapter will be coming as soon as my lazy fingers write it!

And thanks so much for reading. Angst is on the way!

Ooooh. Highly promising. I just read the prequel too and I feel for Kurt and his accidental drunken blowjob. D:

But this is awesome so far! I can't wait to see what direction they go in!

I have a semi-unrelated question. I'm assuming (potentially incorrectly) that you are or have been a college student. You mentioned that Blaine is only taking three classes while Kurt is taking five. At my school, the absolute minimum amount of classes you can take is four, five is about average, I'm taking six, and my friend is taking seven next semester. I have a friend at a different school where the average is four and five is over-reaching, so I thought that we just had different systems, but is my school just really weird?


Thank you very much, and thanks for reading the other one, too! I'm happy you like it so far. :)

And yes, I am currently a student. And lol, I'm not sure if your school is weird! I'm sure it's not, bb.

But three to four classes is pretty normal between the people I know. At my school anyway, all you need to be a full time student is 12 credits, and so I'm currently taking 3 four credit classes, so... idk. :/
I just know that three classes makes for obvious free time (hence my devotion to this community/no life.) But you do make a good point, I don't want Blaine to seem as lazy/unsure of career-life as I am! haha.
(And duude, six classes? That's insane! I wish you luck/sanity!)

I think I'm going to unnecessarily assign them classes, and will probably change Blaine to 4/Kurt to 6, because really, it stands out less that way.
Thanks for bringing that up!

Oh, I didn't mean to imply that it was wrong or anything, I've just been asking other people the same question, trying to figure out what the norm is. This school is skewing my perception of things. /:

Well, most of the courses here are three credits each. Maybe that explains it... I'm currently taking a total of 20 credits, five three-credit courses and one 5-credit course. TBH, I'll probably tank Anthropology because I don't care about that class at all, I'm just trying to get my gen eds out of the way. Good thing I'm taking it pass/fail.

Maybe I am crazy. I'm only taking five classes next semester, though. Hopefully, I live long enough to get that far. D:

20 credits? 0_o Oy, jeez. Cheesus bless you.
I HATE my anthro class! Sorry. I'm really excited that I know others now that share a disinterest in the class. (It's not that it's not an interesting subject, it's just so. boring.)

Klaine hasn't happened yet! That's enough of an incentive to live!


Btw, sorry I'm responding like way late to everything. My email doesn't deign to inform me when I receive LJ messages until four days after it's happened.

Yeah, I mean my anthro professor is nice enough, but I don't care about any of the terms and I don't want to know them. Reading the textbook is a waste of my time, so I just don't do it. I somehow got a B on my midterm without giving a fuck, though. We'll see if I get that lucky on the final...

THAT'S SO WEIRD. It totally has and we didn't knowwww! Haha. I'm so happy right now. How joyous. (Looks like there's no longer an incentive to live though! D:)
It's weird still going with this story, because now all I want to do is write pukable-fluffy stories regarding post-2x16, but I am determined to finish this ha. Chapter 3 almost donneee.

S'all good. Livejournal's been acting weird for me, too, lately. bleh.

Dude, wow, are you me? I also don't care, think the textbook is a waste of time, and also got a B on my midterm! lol. Nine chapters worth of information crammed into a 40 minute study session right before taking the exam.
I predict we both get A++'s.

Oh, look at that. You did post a second chapter. Guess who's out of it? It's me.

Dude, I now have even more incentive to live. I have to live long enough to see their wedding, of course. :D

Well, we have 2 textbooks, sorta. There's the one that I don't care about and I don't read and then there's one full of articles that we have to read for our discussion class every week and those are interesting, usually, I just don't give a shit about applying the terms we "learned" from the other book to the articles. Like, at all.

Lol maybe. I'm actually your long-lost twin. Ta da.

But seriously, I am not getting an A of any sort. I got a B on the essay I passed in last week and along with the B on my midterm I think I've set a fairly acceptable precedent. I'm willing to accept any passing grade because it won't affect my GPA.

For the long run, I just made a set of flashcards online with all of the pointless vocab and studied it for a little while. So, I put in the minimum amount of effort. Go me.

Their wedding... How adorable to think. I would hope that they at least break-up once though to try to see other people, but then realize that they are endgame together, and then all is well in the end. haha.

Yeah, maybe we just have bad professors. Because anthropology itself seems pretty okay, but honestly, I'm just on the community the entire time she's talking ha. Pointless vocab is pointless.
But passing grades with minimum effort ftw! Always, always.

Hooray for laziness! But seriously, I hope they get married. Like, when the series eventually ends, we need some sort of epilogue episode where they get married like ten years (or less) in the future.

I was thinking about that earlier today! Part of me wants to see them get married, but the other half of me just wants to know that they'll be together in the end but just imagine them living their years in happiness without showing it lol. Or not.
But yes, they really should do an epic playback of all the best Klaine moments to the best love song and have some moments be in black/white...ALL of that. Yes.

LOL. That is so cheesy and I LOVE IT.

I love that gif. So much. And you, yes.
Thanks so much for reading/enjoying it so far!

Kurt putting on a cool expression and then going wtfoufvzhdrgfudfghd5rt8sdf*3! when he's out the door?

I'm in love.

Aw, thank you so much, I'm glad you like it so far. <3

What a lovely ending. All this cute banter was making me confused. I can only settle for bitchy Kurt. And just realized I love college AUs.

Thank you very much! And yes, I'll try to keep with an independent/slightly bitchy side of Kurt, but mainly he just won't fall victim to Blaine's dapperly ways just yet (and to be fair, this Blaine is far from dapper.)

I figured A) I'm in college, B) I love Kurt/Blaine, and C) I love wasting time writing fiction, so it equaled this ha.

ohhhhhhhhhhhh excellent start! can't wait to read more

Thank you. <33 I'll try to be regular about the posting!

His heart beat is the only thing he hears for three minutes straight.

So let me see if I understand this correctly...

Years have passed and Blaine continues to be an oblivious, flirty dick to Kurt?!


[Sarcasm] Just how I fantasied Kurt's life to be years from now... /sarcasm

(Please let Kurt be happy... pretty, pretty please...)

*waits impatiently for part two*

Yes, yes, I'm sorry. :(
He will be happy! Shortly! I guess I should have told people that read the first story first that over the summer they still didn't end up being boyfriends ha.

He just can't help the way Blaine makes him feel, you see...
And yes, Blaine is a dick. It'll get addressed ha.

But don't worry, happy Kurt is on the way. I promise. It just might be angst-filled happiness until things smooth out.

don't worry, happy Kurt is on the way. I promise.

*smiley face*

31 and one half hours 'til a new episode of Glee!!

*glares at time* Y u no move faster, time?
I think I want a watch that specifically just tells me what time it is until the next Glee.

Someone asks you what time it is: "Well, sorry, friend. I don't know the exact time, but right now it's 2 days, 7 hours, 36 minutes, and 14 seconds away from the next Glee, so..."

But yes, happy Kurt and all that good stuff. The kid is too amazing to not get a happy-ending.

I hate to be so petty...but I actually look forward to the "yes, vindication timezzz!!" that I can see in the horizon.

As long as they are not so cruel? And not so long? And-and- *squirms* But on the other hand...yes yes yes, angst, such a fine thing.

With you as the author, I am so in for this, so ready for this ride. The way you introduced both POVs was a marvelous contrast, and the way this short intro ended was fabulous.

Kurt's final emotionless expression!! So proud of bb right now. Don't fold, Kurt. You deserve someone building up imaginary sand castles for you now. You already played charming (lol but naive and awkward) suitor for enough time.

And Blaine...oh Blaine, how come one kiss is rocking your world? Sir ex-warbler, I hope your reasoning and emotions run deeper than that.

*realizes she's rambling* SO, thanks so much I love you and your story and look forward to more!!

Gosh, you are going to kill me with your awesome comments. Thank you so, so much!

And haha. Blaine is in for a rough patch of the angstiest (not a word, but I'm making it one!) times in his young ex-warbler life. They did not prepare him for Kurt Hummel, no sir.

Vindication on the way, bb. Followed by angst, followed by love, followed by fluff, love, and all its verses...

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