Rating (art/fic if different): G/NC-17
Word Count: 17,000
Warnings: social discrimination, segregated society, references to mild depression, mentions of poverty
Fic Summary: Relationships with the Winged are as close to illegal as can be, but when Kurt Hummel hires Blaine Anderson to walk in his runway show, neither can deny their instant chemistry. Soon what started as furtive motel trysts becomes more complicated as their feelings deepen, threatening Kurt’s rising career. In an effort to hold on to what they have, Kurt offers Blaine an interlude: a trip somewhere in the world where they can be together without fear, even if only for a few weeks.
Notes: I am so indebted to the incredibly talented Magicalplaylist for this art. If you had bet me a million dollars a year ago (well maybe a thousand), I would have claimed I’d never write a wingfic! It’s amazing what stunning art can move you to do! As it turned out, we both seem to have a love for Coldplay; this art, which was inspired by Death and All His Friends, which in turn inspired a lot of this fic. And, titled it (listen to the whole album, but if you’re curious about the title, it’s from Strawberry Swing).
This fic had the support of some wonderful people: my lovely beta, gingerandfair, who gets top praise for putting up with me, as well as wordplaying for helping me navigate London, knittywriter for helping me figure out Paris, and lurkdusoleil for last second hand holding and for schooling me on m dashes.
Link to Art: to come!
Link to Fic: on AO3 OR under the cut!
What a daring piece of moments (a theme I love always) stitched together by the astonishingly talented judearaya. There’s an urgency to it, all the good and bad about anxiety pulses throughout the fic, not to mention the fantasy and humanity tangled together in a rich universe that is otherwise unexplained but still tangible.
Also I fell in love with the descriptions of Paris and France… I’m a Rome girl, through and through… but this piece left me wanting to visit the idea of Paris that Jude lays out.