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03 February 2011 @ 12:27 pm
Fanfic: Glee  

Title: SuperFinn
Rating: PG
Fandom: Glee
Spoilers: Blanket spoiler for season 2 thus far, and some minor speculation on future spoilers.
Characters/Pairings: Finn, Kurt, some other Gleeks, implied Kurt/Blaine
Summary: Written for
this prompt on the glee_fluff_meme. Five times Finn's Gaga dress made Kurt laugh, and one time it didn't.



1. Paying his dues

The first time it happens, Kurt legitimately believes he is dreaming. Because seriously, what other explanation could possibly exist for Finn Hudson suddenly appearing in a shiny red dress, posed like a Goddamn superhero, to save him from bullies? It’s just too absurd, and Kurt blames it on a) his heart being torn to bitty pieces by the ex-love of his life, and b) the tub of cookie dough ice cream he inhaled before bed in a fit of senseless despair. No other explanation makes sense, except for Finn actually growing a pair and proving that he is something like the good person Kurt imagined. That is, not likely.

Except it turns out to be real life, and in the aftermath, when it all sinks in, Kurt can do nothing but burst into hysterical laughter while Finn worriedly pats his back. Clearly, Kurt will never feel the same way about him again, and he’s not let off the hook completely . . . but that afternoon, Finn Hudson manages to claw his way at least halfway back up the broken pedestal Kurt foolishly built for him. Dressed in a shower curtain.

Kurt feels a fresh wave of manic laughter at the absurdity of it all.

(Finn is a little scared for Kurt, who is apparently going insane, but at least he’s not crying anymore so the dress thing totally counts as a win. But he’s never doing it again.)

 

2. Sucking it up

It’s down to the very last box, and Finn is actually disappointed. He’s been up here for hours, unpacking his stuff to avoid going downstairs, and ok, so it’s not actually like he’s put anything away neatly, so his mom doesn’t actually needs to call the doctor like she said. It’s just that he needs to procrastinate going downstairs to face the music – the music being, in this case, Kurt’s wounded puppy look, which he seriously must practice in front of the mirror, like Rachel does. Just another common thing they share, along with blaming Finn for things that are totally not his fault.

Honestly, how was he supposed to know that ‘keep my room safe while I’m gone’ was actually code for ‘mess it up and I will tear your face off’? Especially since they would be moving the very next day, and Finn had only left a few shirts lying around. Maybe some corn chips. Whatever, he totally didn’t deserve being yelled at just ‘cause Kurt is grumpy and controlling.

So pretty much no one is happy, because what should have been a cool family-night-with-Kurt-for-a-change turned into a screaming match between the two boys. It wasn’t nearly as bad as the last big fight they’d had, but it was no fun either. Especially since Finn has been sulking for like a whole day now, enough that the self-righteous anger is fading, and guilt is beginning to gnaw at his stomach.

But it wasn’t his fault, dammit! Why does he always need to be the one to apologise?

Buoyed by a fresh wave of anger, Finn tears into the last box.

Slippery red fabric spills onto his hands, and he stares at it in surprise. He hasn’t thought about the Gaga dress in months, ever since shoving it at the back of his closet with mixed feeling of embarrassment, guilt and accomplishment. He doesn’t remember packing it, either, and guesses that his mom must have done it for him.

Finn crinkles the ex-shower curtain in his hands, some of that old guilt running into his current guilt and making him feel worse. Would it have really killed him to clean the basement up a bit before Kurt got home? Sure his stepbrother overreacted, but he should have expected that, given how fussy Kurt was about stuff. He probably should have made allowances for that since Kurt has been having such a hard time lately, and coming home from a new school to find his old room looking so . . . lived in . . . wouldn’t have helped. Especially since it would be his last night there.

Oh crap, now Finn doesn’t even feel angry anymore, except at himself. Stupid Kurt, being all sad and vulnerable. How does he do that, anyway?

Finn sighs. Well, if nothing else, he is the big brother now, and big brothers kind of have to suck it up and apologise first, because that’s what being a leader is all about. Right? Besides, he does like Kurt, and has missed him, and doesn’t want to spend the whole weekend not talking to him at all.

Stupid Kurt.

_

Kurt is in the den when Finn makes his way downstairs, watching some TV show with girls dressed in weird clothes. Finn considers making a grand entrance, like a superhero or something, but something about the miserable slump of Kurt’s shoulders tells him that it probably wouldn’t have the desired effect. So instead, he walks calmly into the room, in front of the TV, and plunks down beside him on the sofa.

“Hey,” he says nonchalantly.

Kurt makes a funny choking sound, but otherwise seems speechless.

“So, what are we watching?”

His stepbrother stares at him for a moment longer, than shakes his head. “Finn, what are you wearing?”

Finn’s dress creaks stiffly as he tries to make himself comfortable. “You don’t remember it?” he asks innocently.

“Of course I remember it, but why the hell are you wearing it here?”

He shrugs, and the giant pointy shoulder pads momentarily block his view of Kurt’s flabbergasted expression. “It’s comfy?”

“It is not. You look constipated.” Kurt folds his arms. “Finn, seriously.”

He sighs. “I – I guess I thought that maybe if I dressed up, you’d forget I’m your idiot brother who says stupid stuff and is also an inconsiderate jerk.”

Kurt stares at him for another long, speechless moment, and Finn wonders if he can get away with tearing the back of his dress a bit, because you really can’t lean back in this thing. Then his face breaks out into a tiny, honest smile. “Okay, okay, you win,” Kurt sighs. “I’m sorry I yelled. I was tired and homesick and just wanted to have my old room back for one more night, but it was uncalled for. It’s not like you’re to blame for any of that.”

Finn shrugs. “Well I knew you had that thing about crumbs and laundry, so I kinda had it coming. Anyway, we’re cool now, right? ‘Cause I gotta be honest, fighting with you is really stressful.”

“Yeah, we’re cool.” Then he smirks. “Well, I’m cool. You’re a huge dork.”

“Dude, what are you talking about? I’m like, Batman!” He pushes himself off the couch and strikes a dramatic pose, one of the ones he practiced in the mirror. That’s enough to send Kurt into a fit of giggles. Then Finn raises his arm too high and accidentally pokes himself in the head with a shoulder puff, which makes him burst out laughing.

The unexpected sound draws Burt into the room, where he stops and stares for a few long moments at Finn’s costume. Eventually he says, “I don’t even wanna know, do I?”

Finn and Kurt are laughing too hard to answer, so he shakes his head and ambles on to the kitchen to tell Carole that her son is insane, but at least he’s a damn good kid.

 

3. Cluelessly perceptive

He’s back at Dalton, in the middle of a Warblers’ meeting, trying to ignore the way Blaine and Whatsisface have been making Significant Eye Contact for the past hour while Wes goes on and on about unimportant things. It’s beyond depressing, it’s downright devastating, so he rebels against the injustice of life by sneaking a mass text to about five members of New Directions.

Bored. :(

They’d probably be in Glee now, either fighting over sex and stuff, or launching into an impromptu dance number. He glances at Blaine, who is not looking at him, and feels suddenly, fiercely homesick. It’s an ache he’s beginning to get used to, but there’s now a new, fresh edge to the pain, and he doesn’t want to have to cope with it. Not again.

A couple of his friends reply. Mercedes tells him, ditto. rachel is talking lots :P. Mike, Artie and Tina all send him sympathetic :( faces in return, and Brittany says, think of zombees there fun!

He’s still puzzling over Brittany’s text – which at least takes his mind off Stupid Warblers and Stupid Blaine and Stupid Blaine’s Maybe Boyfriend – when Finn send him a picture of himself wearing a familiar red eye mask, making an exaggerated frowny face.

Kurt’s sudden bark of laughter effectively brings the meeting to a screeching halt, but he can’t bring himself to regret it. He’s still smirking slightly even as Wes confiscates his phone, but that’s mostly because Blaine is staring at him for a change, and he’s totally going to ignore it. See how Blaine likes that.

(Then he wonders why Finn even has that mask in Glee, and concludes that he must just carry it round waiting for a chance to make Kurt laugh inappropriately. Moron, he thinks affectionately.)

 

4. Respecting boundaries

“Dude, if you don’t want to go, then don’t go.”

“Of course I want to go.”

“Then stop pacing already!”

“I’m not pacing.”

“I think the carpet says differently.”

Kurt tosses a glare at Finn over his shoulder, and keeps on walking back and forth across Finn’s bedroom floor. He looks nervous, but not excited-nervous. More like worried-nervous, or I-just-want-this-over-with nervous. A guy shouldn’t look like that when he’s about to go out with his boyfriend, or whatever the hell they’re calling themselves these days. Finn sighs and presses pause on the controller, giving Kurt his full attention.

“What’s the problem, exactly?” he says. A couple months ago he wouldn’t have asked this; in fact he’d probably be hiding in his room just to avoid the issue altogether. But Kurt’s issues have a way of invading his life whether he wants them to or not, and the fact that Kurt has trusted him enough to complain about Blaine’s recent transgressions is enough to make him put in some kind of effort. Even if he really sucks at it.

Kurt wrings his hands together. “There’s no problem, exactly. It’s just, well, there is, but I don’t know what it is. I just . . . I want to know where I stand with him, you know?”

“I guess ... so right now you think you're in a bad place?”

Kurt sighs, and his shoulders slump down a few inches. “I don’t know.”

Finn feels a sudden stab of anger. Does Kurt really need this Blaine guy screwing him over, on top of everything else? “Want me to tag along?” he offered. “I could like, sit in the booth behind you and make scary faces at him?”

Kurt smiled crookedly. “Thanks, but no.”

Finn think for a moment. “I could bring Puck, and we could scary faces at him?”

That gets a short laugh. “Again, thanks, but I can’t think of anything more off-putting. It’s something I’ll just have to get through by myself, like a mature adult.”

Finn respects that decision, he really does. Therefore, it’s purely for his own benefit when he rocks up at Breadstix an hour later, flanked by Mike and Tina, causing almost everyone in the restaurant to drop their forks.

(“You didn’t tell me we were dressing up,” Mike complains, looking strangely disappointed.

“No it’s just me,” Finn said. “Can you guys, like, pretend this is totally normal?”

Mike and Tina glance at each other, then shrug in unison. “Okay.”

There was a reason he invited them, and not Puck.)

Kurt’s head drops to the table with a heavy thunk as he breezes past, smiling politely. But his shoulders are shaking with what is either suppressed laughter or violent sobs, and Blaine is choking on his lemonade, so Finn is counting this as a victory. At the very least, he is an awesome ice-breaker.

 

5. Listening to reason

Kurt eventually stages an intervention about the dress. He says that he really appreciates Finn wanting to cheer him up, but he doesn’t need to dress up like a fire engine to do it. So it is with a strange feeling of melancholy that Finn folds the costume into a box and stows it in the depths of his wardrobe.

But first, he and Kurt took a few goofy pictures of him wearing it, laughing like idiots the whole time, so that Kurt can stow them away and look at them when he is feeling really run-down.

It says a lot about how far Finn has come, that he doesn’t find this creepy at all.


+1. Being there
 
Kurt knows it’s a good thing that his semester break happens to fall around the worst day of the year. If it didn’t, and he had to study or do exams while imagining his dad going to the cemetery all alone, the guilt might well kill him. So it’s really fortunate that he can be back in Lima for this particular day.

That doesn’t stop him from wishing he was far, far away that evening when they returned from visiting his mom’s grave. There’s something particularly cruel about this time; maybe it’s to do with the fact that he’s had a whole year of college, at the place he’s always wanted to go, in the city he’s always wanted to live in, and his life is beginning to drag itself out of the dark adolescent years into adulthood. Maybe because it’s only just occurred to him that he’s spent more years without his mom than he had with her. Maybe he feels guilty about finally feeling like his is part of a family, and it doesn’t include her. Maybe he just has a sudden, irrational and desperate need to hear her say that she’s proud of him.

Maybe he’s an ungrateful, idiotic baby, but whatever the reason, it drives him into his old room that evening (still the exact same as when he left a year ago, not a dirty shirt or corn chip in sight) to curl up on his old bed, and cry for a while.

His dad comes in at one stage, and Kurt appreciates it, but they both need their space. It’s been a Hummel tradition for years.

As the light begins to fade outside, and Kurt’s tears stop, he falls into a state of quiet, sleepy numbness. At around that point, his door creaks open, and someone shuffled in noisily. The bed dips, and Kurt’s hand brushes against plastic.

“Finn,” he sighs into the mattress. “This really isn’t helping, you know.”

“I know,” Finn replied, and one large hand gingerly touched his shoulder. “I just didn’t know what else to do.”

Kurt cracks one watery eye open, and his stepbrother’s blindingly red form swims into focus. The costume is getting a little tight. He sits at an awkward angle on the bed, but his face is full of soft concern – no mask this time – that makes Kurt want to start crying again.

“There’s nothing you can do,” he says truthfully. “It’s just one of those times where life feels awful, and nothing makes it better. But I appreciate the effort.” He turns his head away. “Now please leave me alone.”

Finn squeezes his shoulder, then says awkwardly, “I think she’d be really proud of you. I know you probably already know that, but . . . yeah. I think she would.”

There’s a long pause, and Kurt can feel the bed shifting, like Finn’s about to move. Suddenly, Kurt changes his mind and rolls over, burying his head in Finn’s crinkly plastic lap, sobbing uncontrollably. Finn stiffens for a brief moment, but gets over his surprise and brushes Kurt’s bangs away from his forehead. He doesn’t say anything else, but Kurt doesn’t mind. It’s enough that he’s there. He and his stupid red dress.

 


 
 
 
Anjiallmadhere on February 3rd, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
Eee! They are so awesome and brother-y and then last one made me sniffle. <3
catte_noir: kinncatte_noir on February 3rd, 2011 05:54 am (UTC)
Aww thanks :) lol it did end on a bit of a downer, didn't it? But I'm glad you liked it anyway.
sinkwriter: Glee - Kurt - Never Been Kissed (scarf)sinkwriter on February 3rd, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
Nothing but love for Kurt and Finn and this awesome brotherly relationship. Lovely.

Thanks for sharing it with us. :)
sinkwriter: Glee - Kurt - Never Been Kissed (scarf)sinkwriter on February 3rd, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
P.S. The image of Finn strolling past Kurt and Blaine in that restaurant (and poor sweet Mike feeling a little disappointed that he didn't get to dress up too, heeeee) is just hilarious. Love that a lot.
catte_noir: kinncatte_noir on February 3rd, 2011 05:59 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! LOL the Breadstix scene was probably my favourite one. Poor Mike really just wants to join in the crossdressing fun, and is thwarted at every turn. He totally would have done Gaga that week if the guys hadn't forced him to do manly things like KISS.

Anyway, I'm happy you enjoyed it :) Finn/Kurt brotherliness is my favourite thing ever in this fandom, I think.
lennoxavelennoxave on February 3rd, 2011 05:48 am (UTC)
Aw, this is lovely. I can totally see Finn deciding that the Gaga dress is the solution to any problem with Kurt, and I love the evolution of their relationship in this. And the last part? <3
catte_noir: kinncatte_noir on February 3rd, 2011 06:06 am (UTC)
LOL Finn's philosphy is like, 'well if something works once ... do it again! And again! And again!'

Kurt: ...*facepalm*

Thanks so much, I'm glad you enjoyed :)
ambadassador.zizes on February 3rd, 2011 07:59 am (UTC)
Aw, this is hilarious and so sweet! I love the image of Finn practicing superhero poses in the mirror, because you know he did.
catte_noir: kinncatte_noir on February 4th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
lol OF COURSE he did. And then Carole walked past and sighed and was like, 'well, at least he's not singing to a sonogram.'

Thankyou!
catte_noir: kinncatte_noir on February 4th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
btw your icon and username are great :D <3 Lauren
ambadassador.: ashley GGs big smilezizes on February 4th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
Finn singing to the sonogram is one of my very favorite Glee scenes. It's the very best of Finn -- sweet, sincere, awkward.

And thanks! Ashley and Lauren are both fabulous.
agent_girlsnameagent_girlsname on February 3rd, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
Ahh I love Finn and Kurt brotherly love fics and this one is awesome! Thanks :D
catte_noir: kinncatte_noir on February 4th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
Finn and Kurt bro-fics are my favourite things ever right now. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, I had lots of fun writing it!

no no no thank YOU :D
aura218: glee teenage dreamaura218 on February 7th, 2011 09:00 am (UTC)
I like this. You popped the voices v well, but I think they'd be stronger if you strictly stayed in one person's head per scene. Off to read more of your stuff...
catte_noircatte_noir on March 29th, 2011 07:46 am (UTC)
Sorry for the late reply, but thank you! Ah yes, I will have to be more careful of POV in the future, thanks for telling me :)
aura218aura218 on March 29th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
You're welc. :) I wouldnt'have bothered with concrit if I didn't think you were worth it. :D
Hikari's Shadowhikaris_shadow on March 17th, 2011 05:34 am (UTC)
\^^/

Hell yeah!

This makes me so incredibely happy!

I'm so happy I stumbled upon this Brotherly Kinn. I can NEVER find any! if you know any let me knowplease!
catte_noir: furtcatte_noir on March 17th, 2011 08:38 am (UTC)
Brotherly Kinn is my absolute favourite genre in the Glee fandom :) Thank you so much, I'm glad you liked it!

Hmm as for really good Kinn fics - tamakito's fics are fantastic, especially these ones:
http://tamakito.livejournal.com/2810.html
http://tamakito.livejournal.com/1768.html (in which there is talk of sex, jsyk, but nothing overly mature, and the focus is fluff and hilarity :D)

And also this one:
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6463629/1/Odds_And_Ends

Also this, plus pretty much everything else by the author:
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6775802/1/Whether_You_Like_It_Or_Not

LOL as you can see, I've been around the Kinn block and back. Hope there are a good starting point for you!
RoTyND: glee awesomerotynd on March 29th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
This. Is so. Amazing. Also I'm super psyched you posted it to Hudmels because I read it ages ago but then I lost it, and it was totally worth the re-read. I love love love that line about Finn clawing halfway back up his pedestal. And Mike being disappointed about not getting to dress up, lol forever, he would though. So yeah, this is just v. touching start to finish and I love your Finn, and the ending is so sad and perfect.
catte_noircatte_noir on March 29th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
Wow thank you so much! Honestly the Hudmels comm is my new favourite place in the whole world right now, I may just move in. You're right, Mike would be devastated - I feel terrible for leaving him out of the fun actually (don't worry Mike, I will one day write a fic about Asian Fusion going to the grocery store or something...). But I'm most happy that you like Finn's characterization, because it's sometimes hard to pin down :P

Thanks again!
Danithesparrowgirl on June 12th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)
I know this is, like, really old, but I was going through old fluff meme prompts and I just felt the need to tell you that this is just about my favourite thing ever.
catte_noir: kinnbroscatte_noir on June 12th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
Aww thanks so much ^_^ I know a lot of the stuff here has been jossed now, like Blaine's supposed Other Love Interest, etc, but the Kurt/Finn fuffy bro relationship is definitely still relevent (and awesome), so I'm glad you still enjoy this fic!
Sam: a world out there that we should seeliveyourstory on June 14th, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
I'm super late in finding this too, but it was so good I had to comment. I love these two being brotherly and awesome! #4 was my favourite (Mike being put out at not being told to dress up too made me literally lol, thank god I'm alone or I would have got some weird looks!)
catte_noir: kinnhugcatte_noir on June 14th, 2011 12:33 pm (UTC)
LOL poor Mike just wanted to join in the fun. I feel like I ought to write him a dress-up fic just to make it up to him :P

Anyway, thanks so much! I freaking LOVE your icon. Cory is so adorable <3
Samliveyourstory on June 18th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
late reply is late, sorry
LOL! I would read it...

Thanks! A friend of mine made it :) I smile every time I use it, he's too cute xD
babushka_yojik on September 10th, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)
Very, very late comment, but I loved this so much! I really like brotherly Kurt and Finn fics, and this is so funny and generally awesome (I especially liked the fourth one). And the last part...*sniffle*
catte_noircatte_noir on September 21st, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
Never too late! Thank you very much, I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
yourebrilliant: klexyourebrilliant on January 12th, 2013 02:20 pm (UTC)
This is AMAZING! I love this so much. :D It could have been so over-the-top but I love that there was always a really good reason for it and Finn managing to be subtly supportive in such an obvious way is very clever and well written. Beautiful :D
catte_noircatte_noir on January 14th, 2013 10:25 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad it wasn't over-the-top despite the inherently cracky nature of Finn's quest. Glad you liked it! :)