Title: For What Binds Us
Length & Rating: ~8200 / ~31,000 (PG - eventual R) (completed)
Summary: It’s five years after the end of Glee and Chris and Darren haven’t seen each other since everything fell apart. When Chris shows up unexpectedly at Darren’s new home, he struggles to find out if they still have a place in each other’s lives.
Warnings: Brief mention of Chris/OMC, who never makes an appearance. Additionally, Lea Michele is with an unnamed, unseen husband and pregnant with their first child.
AN: This would quite literally not exist without the weeks of endless support and thousands of text from Katie.
"And when two people have loved each other
see how it is like a
scar between their bodies,
stronger, darker, and proud;
how the black cord makes of them a single fabric
that nothing can tear or mend.”
- Jane Hirshfield, “For What Binds Us”
(AO3 Link to Full Verse) (AO3 prologue link) (AO3 chapter 1 link)
Prologue: No Time To Regret
Chris isn’t even home when Jamie moves out. He’s had a day full of meetings – with the last one running late because of someone’s ego – and hadn’t gotten around to listening to the voicemail Jamie left earlier in the afternoon. He only knows his boyfriend (ex-boyfriend) is gone because there’s a set of keys on the kitchen table and a missing pair of shoes by the front door when he finally gets home that night.