Author Spotlight: Lady--Divine
Next Fic Rec: Deliver Me
Summary: Cut off from his family and his inheritance, Sebastian Smythe leaves college and his home, and is left with no other choice than to get the only job he can find - as a Fed-Ex delivery driver. He takes over a route that no one else wants, because of a client that has been driving other delivery drivers insane. Desperate for a job, Sebastian could care less, because who in the world can out bitch Sebastian Smythe? None other than Kurt Hummel. Everyone thinks Kurt Hummel is a shut-in. He doesn’t like people. He strives for perfection, is obsessive compulsive, and has strange rituals. But it seems to Sebastian that Kurt is hiding a secret, one he’s itching to find out. It would be much easier, though, if he wasn’t falling in love with him instead.
Even if this might not be my best Kurtbastian fic (writing wise – I think my Dalton Boy series might be that), it’s my most popular Kurtbastian fic. It’s been credited with bringing several Klaine fans into the Kurtbastian fold. But, more importantly, it was written for a really good friend of mine who passed away over a year ago.
I wrote this story for an amazing friend I met on Twitter. His name was Brad Sheldon. I was scrolling through my feed one day and I saw tweets from someone I had recently started following. They were hashtagged “50 Things You Don’t Know About Me.” One of them read, “I’ve tried to kill myself before, but I didn’t succeed. Next time I will.” I couldn’t scroll past that. I didn’t know this person from Adam, but I felt like that one tweet was written so that I would notice it. I started talking to him. The only thing we had in common at the time was Glee, so we started talking about fic. He said he wished there was more Kurtbastian fic. At the time, I was a hardcore Klaine fan. I couldn’t even conceive of Kurtbastian. But I told him that if he didn’t try to kill himself again, that I would write him one, and I did. I also helped him write a fic. We spoke every day. I considered him my muse as far as my Kurtbastian stories go – the Deliver Me series especially. Soon, we started talking about more than fic. He was genuinely one of my best friends. It’s a lot more difficult writing without him around. Sometimes I don’t want to finish the sequel to Deliver Me because if he’s not here to read it, what’s the point? But a lot of people love that story, and I promised Shell I would finish it. So I will.
I like that it was a mystery. It starts out as kind of a typical fanfic, focusing on the two characters meeting and (in this case) hating each other, then liking each other, but then there’s this whole darker side to it that blooms. Again, I was able to use canon characters and explore sides of them that people might not have thought of (or liked, frankly). But, all around, it’s an excellent story, with a little Blaine angst, but we get allusions to the fact that, in the sequel, both Kurt and Sebastian will try to rescue Blaine from a struggle that he’s facing.