Summary: Blaine A. is marked at age 15 by his parents as Defective when they find out that he’s gay. When he’s 26, his contract is purchased by Kurt Hummel, a twenty-something fashion designer who lives in New York with Quinn F., his first Def, and her daughter Beth Hummel. But Kurt may have gotten in over his head with Blaine, who is far more damaged by his years as a Def than Kurt expects— he’s certainly not the competent, professional personal assistant that Kurt thought he had hired. Can Blaine reclaim himself and gain a place in the world, or is he too broken to fix?
Chapters: 17+ Blaine’s File
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Do you love to have your chest cut open and your heart squeezed into pulp and your eyesockets parched of all their juices just from sheer, unadulterated BLANGST?
Well! Then do I ever have a fic rec for you!
(Def)inition by Hedgerose (WIP, 13 chapters posted so far)
This is an extremely dystopian AU in which Blaine is essentially sold into slavery - though it’s a euphemistic and unsettlingly regulated type of slavery - at the age of 15 when his parents find out he is gay. Basically, the government owns him but people or agencies can lease him for periods of time, and 11 years later he ends up contracted to Kurt.
Now, let me just pause to say that Kurt does NOT purchase Blaine for sex, is not even slightly complacent about the system, and does not like the idea of owning another human being at all. He is sweet, moral, compassionate Kurt in this fic and his reasons for buying Blaine make sense within the context of the story, I assure you.
This fic is SO hard to read sometimes because it is just heartbreaking, but it is definitely worth it because it is so skillfully done and incredibly well written. The world is very well fleshed-out, and the fic does not shy away from messy interactions and painfully difficult situations.
One thing that I should mention is that there is no Klaine romance yet, and the author has made no promises that the ending will be a romantic one at all, but the Klaine interaction and growing emotional intimacy between them is incredibly satisfying all the same.
Just go read it. Unless you don’t want to cry. In that case you may want to hold off.
P.s. - I should probably mention trigger warnings for disordered eating, self-harm and discussions of and allusions to rape.
We've fallen into a WIP rut...updates are like crack to us...
sub!Kurt/Dom!Blaine, all people are either one @ Glee Kink Meme *link now fixed!
Beg For You to Let Me In (Courage House) by citysins —> Glee Kink Meme fill that’s just HUGE and super good!
*we’re sure there’s a lot more, but here’s the tip of our iceberg for your perusal ~ all links should open in a new window!
You know, I have work I should really be doing, and if I’m going to procrastinate on that there are certainly writing projects I could be adding words to, but you know what I’m doing instead?
I’m refreshing Tumblr and LJ and hoping that hedgerose is ready to post the next chapter of (Def)inition. (ETA: She’s not going to post it tonight, but the rec still stands!) I don’t talk enough about fic I’m reading and enjoying, and hey! I’m putting off work for a few minutes, so let’s talk about Def.
Def is one of those fics that I keep reccing individually to people without mentioning that it’s a WIP because I think everyone should be reading it.
And suffering along with me between chapters. Although it’s an exaggeration to say the wait between chapters is “suffering,” because I have such trust in hedgerose and the story that I’m happy to go wherever she takes us, whenever.
My guess is that if you’re reading this, you’re already aware of Def. But for the two of you in the back, as Chris Colfer would say: Def is a dystopian AU in which slavery exists as a government-controlled kind of servitude. Among other ways, people can be marked by their parents as “defective,” and those parents are then permitted to have a replacement child. Quinn was marked when she got pregnant with Beth. Around the same time Blaine was also marked, for being gay. Now, Kurt was able to get ahold of Quinn’s contract and get her out of the system, giving her a much higher quality of life than defs generally receive. Blaine … never met Kurt when they were teenagers. But he’s with him now, as Kurt takes on a new def because he needs to for social status and because it gives him the chance to change someone else’s life.
How do Kurt, Quinn, Beth (who’s legally considered Kurt’s daughter, for the protection that brings her) and Blaine, who’s damaged in realistic and heartbreaking ways from his ten years of servitude, fit together? Can they form a family, or are their jagged edges too much to be overcome?
Do heed the content notes.
Favorite Klaine Fanfiction
So here we go. Check my klaine fanfiction tag before you start reading. Contains a lot of disclaimers and clarifications. :)
Without further ado, here is the list:
Important! For each of my favorite fics I’ll write a brief list of things that I like (“Reasons” why it’s on the list) about it and another one of things I don’t like (“Problems”).
1. First prize goes to Courtney and If I Die Young
Reasons: Brilliant writing. Perfect characterizations. Her Kurt and Blaine are arguably the most canon-compliant characters out there. She has such a good feel of who they are both as individuals and as a couple. Add to that the masterful dialogue, the emphasis on interaction, the deep emotions, the fact that everything is so genuine and real… We really get into their heads, into their lives, into their hearts. We truly live with them. I’m still amazed that she could accomplish such immersion experience with characters that are not her own. They are living, breathing creatures and the Kurt and Blaine we know and love. Also the writing… Great use of words and expressions, flowing dialogue, beautiful and meaning-ripe descriptions. So great overall! A million times, well done!
Problems: Occasional pacing breaks. Doesn’t read like a purposeful succinct story, although every chapter does read like an episode, like a story in its own right. Given the fact that IIDY is based on a TV show, though, I guess the format works even if it’s not exactly a novel-type format. Blaine and career plans based on trying to please his parents at first is a little OOC for me. I was glad Trip and Karofsky got together within the narrative, but treating the Tripofsky relationship as an epic love story doesn’t work for me. Why are they even together? What can they possibly give each other that they cannot receive anywhere else? Especially given the contrast with Klaine… Not epic at all. Tripofsky taking over during the Blaine death-scare didn’t work for me, because I didn’t really get where it came from. Rachel, Burt, Finn, Wes could have done a better job (maybe together with Trip). The insistence of the narrative that we were made witness to all of Klaine’s interactions for the duration of the story was a little weird at times because it didn’t particularly make sense for them not to try to spend more time together or have more intimate moments and so on. Keep in mind that all of this is really nitpicky because the story is truly wonderful and contains the very best Kurt and Blaine out there, even if it’s not absolutely flawless.
(Oh, one last thing, I hate it when someone tells the person they love to find another significant other after they die. People can actually live without a partner, you know. This just makes me irrationally annoyed, as in I-would-be-so-angry-with-someone-trying-to-pull-that-bs-with-me annoyed. It’s my choice after all. It’s not so easy to find epic love, and I want nothing less, so please, shut up. If I ever find such love I’ll just want to be yours forever and ever and ever, even if you are not alive. Doesn’t matter. I can be as happy (or happier) alone as I would be with a person I only kind of care about or even love. And it’s my choice! The end. But this applies to a lot of stories and ‘mature’ pre-death notes, so not specifically about IIDY. Just had to get it out there.)
Reasons: Beautiful writing. Unique style. Fully-realized world, to the point that it has its own media outlets and political system and reasons behind everything. In-depth analysis of trauma and PTSD. The extremely difficult dynamic of Kurt and Blaine’s relationship given their positions, their own feelings and needs. Kurt’s internal struggles. Kurt and Blaine who are to varying degrees different from their canon counterparts but are still Kurt and Blaine in a believable way given their very different circumstances. One of my favorite chapters was the young Blaine chapter. So I guess I embrace the characterizations in Def and can’t wait to see who Blaine will be once he gets over the trauma and awful memories. Another reason I can’t stop reading is that I can’t totally see how romance can develop out of what we have Kurt and Blaine going through in this reality. I really hope Sarah won’t take the easy way out and just jump a few years into the future when Blaine is healed enough and, having lived as a free man for years, is actually ready for a relationship with his former holder Kurt. I don’t even know if it is possible, but I very much hope to see Kurt and Blaine as equals within the frame of a supposedly unequal relationship. Complicated solutions are so fascinating. But as I said, I am not sure such a thing is even possible and maybe a time jump and explicitly granting Blaine his freedom is the only way Klaine romance can work in that AU. Still a fascinating story, either way. One of the rare ones, where I agree the author can actually work on turning it into a novel, because the PTSD thing is just breathtakingly well-developed and the reasons behind the PTSD are very real and relevant to our society, too. I’ll just say, Def definitely teaches you a lot of things and stop there. I absolutely love all the other characters, too. Also, I forgot to mention the brilliance of the close-psychic-distance POV narrative. It’s so real and well-written. We are truly submerged in Blaine’s thoughts, no matter how scattered and disconnected they are. This is not easy to do, because the author actually knows what is going on even if the character doesn’t. So you have to be able to see it all through the POV character’s eyes. And it’s so hard. And I just love Sarah and Def for how masterfully the POV is done. Stunning, really!
Problems: One problem I can think of is potential out of character behavior as the healing continues. And potentially taking the easy way out as mentioned above. Or potentially making someone other than Kurt fully responsible for Blaine’s healing. Just potential problems though, no actual ones so far. Can you tell I love this story? :) Make sure to read the extra stories set in the universe, too.
Reasons: Most beautiful, love-conquers-all story this fandom has produced. I find everything about it totally fascinating if completely heartbreaking at the same time. The brain injury, the recovery, the medical information… The familiarity the author has with the subject. What it takes to go through all of this. Kurt! The incredible strength of Klaine’s love and connection. The optimistic tone despite the tragic circumstances. The reality of setbacks dispersed among the numerous small successes. Kurt’s thoughts and feelings, his unconditional, unquestionable adoration of Blaine now, before, in the future (whatever it may hold), his holding onto what Blaine used to be, his dedication and eternal patience. Blaine’s frustration. And love, love, love. The questions, the doubts, mainly coming from the readers: could I do this if I were them, would I even want to try, I wish I could do this if anything like that ever happened to my partner… The fact that there are almost no questions and doubts within the narrative. Because Klaine’s function has always been to inspire, and nowhere else is it as fully realized as in this story. Favorite chapter: Hold on to the Sun. Also, as a whole, very nice, flowing, soft writing style.
Problems: Not impressed with the sex in the last chapter (found): the whole thing is getting a little redundant and porny in a somewhat cliched way. Pretty much love everything else about Lovesong. But it’s so bittersweet, it’s definitely hard to wrap your mind around it. I am also really wondering about Kurt and his career goals. Which of course makes me feel so bad about it all. So, so sad. But so beautiful.
New thing I’m trying out! Every Sunday I’ll rec a fic that I’ve really enjoyed. Only today I have three.
I accidentally stayed up till stupid-early a.m. reading these two:
- Good (You Know What I Mean) - nc17, little dub-conny in places, Kink Meme WIP - 1950’s bad boy!Kurt and preppy, buttoned up Blaine. *__* It’s hot. Like, really hot. But my favorite part, actually, is when Kurt freaks the fuck out when they’re in the car. It feels… time period appropriate to be that scared of the wrong people finding out.
- (Def)inition - R, WIP, slave fic. Warnings are listed in the link. I wasn’t going to read this, because slave fic is not really my thing and usually involves a lot of unpleasant things for gratuitous, ~edgy~ angst. This is not like that. There’s angst and unpleasantness, definitely, but it’s… well written, well thought out, and treated with grace. I got sucked into it. Blaine, oh, my heart bleeds for him. Kurt is phenomenal in it, and I think hedgerose’s Quinn voice is spot on. Just… go read it, okay?
And now that I’ve had some sleep I will be reading Lissa’s epically huge historical au
- Velvet Petals, Piercing Thorns - Hard R/Nc-17, now complete!!! Warnings listed in the link. “England, 1484-85: The forces of Lancaster see Edward Blaine Anderson, Viscount Dalton, as key to their plans to retake and hold the throne of England. The House of York has come to the same conclusion and they want to stop that from happening. Their secret weapon will be Kurt Hummel, stableman’s son and reluctant spy.”
I’ve read a few chapters of it already, but then decided to wait until it was finished and marathon the heck out of it. I’m super excited!! You guys should come read along with me :D