Blaine wracks his brain for all the offhanded bits and pieces of Kurt’s past that he’s collected so far. There’s the virginity thing, the Cheerio thing, getting arrested, Scandals, the Glee club exit Kurt blatantly refused to talk about just this morning… The root of all this could be anywhere, so Blaine settles on a familiar place. “Remember when you said you’d thought about going to Dalton? Why did you want to transfer? And… why didn’t you go?”
Kurt hasn’t said a word since they left the Scandals parking lot.
Blaine glances over at him every so often from the driver’s seat, but he can’t bring himself to say anything. Kurt still seems unsettled, curled up in the passenger seat with his arms wrapped around himself. It’s scary, if Blaine’s honest, and the silence is far from comfortable.
“This—today has been—” Blaine stops, sighs, and anxiously flexes his hands around the steering wheel. He can see Kurt in the corner of his eye, staring out the window and looking at nothing.
“Started shitty, ended shitty,” Kurt replies. He looks exhausted.
Blaine thinks of their awkward morning and tense afternoon with a fair amount of guilt in his stomach. The spark in Kurt’s eye has been flickering and threatening to go out all day, ever since Blaine pushed him away at his locker and showed Kurt how much of a coward he is. Kurt had said he understood, and didn’t want Blaine to beat himself up over it, but if there’s a reason this day ‘started shitty,’ Blaine’s pretty sure it comes down to him.
He pulls into the Hummels’ driveway and parks the car, then reaches over and gently pulls one of Kurt’s hands from where it’s hidden in his folded arms. “You don’t have to tell me everything right now if you don’t want to. We could save it for tomorrow, or any other day. I mean, I do need to hear it, and I know I’m the one who wanted to talk about it tonight, but if it’s too much right now, I can wait.”
Kurt finally looks at him, tired blue-green eyes blinking slowly as he shakes his head. “If we wait, then I have to feel like this even longer. Let’s talk.”