Klaine Valentines Challenge - “When the Image Seems Very Similar” (Rated T)
Kurt and Blaine don’t meet at Dalton. They meet earlier, in the hospital, after Kurt gets slammed into a locker and Blaine gets beaten up at the Sadie Hawkins Dance. The two of them come from different parts of Ohio, but their experiences are very similar. Even though hate put them in the room they’re in now, it also makes them friends.
Written for the Klaine Valentines Challenge Day Six prompt “Mirrors”
Warning for talk of injuries, bruises, bullying, homophobia, and hospitalization.
Burt looks at the boy lying in the bed across the room from his son - face bloodied, eye blackened, holding a cold pack pressed to the bridge of his nose. He’s wearing what looks like a tuxedo – probably some dude-bro who got into a fight at a high school dance. Some of the other public high schools in town were having beginning-of-the-school-year things going on, dances and stuff that Kurt usually didn’t go to. Burt shakes his head at the boy moaning into his cold pack, slurring underneath his breath about Tylenol. The last thing his son needs is to spend the next however many hours in the same room as some drunk, babbling idiot.
“Can’t my son have a private room?” Burt asks the nurse as she starts taking his son’s vitals. The gash over Kurt’s right eye, which he said he got when he smacked his head into the corner of his gym locker, and being held closed by butterfly bandages, will probably need stitches; the eye itself has mostly swollen shut. This is the third time Kurt’s father has had to bring him to the emergency room to get various injuries looked at, and the second time he’s getting stitches. After this, Burt’s seriously going to consider discussing with Kurt whether or not he should really stay on the team.