Hi! Since I haven't updated since New Year's, Happy New Year! Hope you guys are having a great start to the year :) I'm sorry it took so long - this one was one I had trouble with. Since Mercedes and Kurt aren't on the cheerios, there wasn't much I could do with the cheerleading storyline, and since I haven't really developed Will and Terri in this universe, my version of this episode focuses on the Hudson/ Hummels. Hope that's okay with you. Anyway, enjoy and review if I should keep going!
Kurt and Blaine lay on Kurt's bed making out. While Kurt was glad he and Blaine didn't have to keep things quiet anymore, coming out hadn't been easy. When he was the quarterback, no one dared to make fun of him because of the position he held. Kurt had never even liked football very much, but he thought if he was on the football team, no one would think he was gay. Now that he'd been demoted, things were different. People were willing to call out names to him and Blaine now. They'd been shoved into lockers. Kurt's dry cleaning bill had gone up so much, thanks to the slushies.
This was why he'd been afraid to come out - and he was just glad that Blaine still wanted to be with him, despite all of this.
Kurt's thoughts were interrupted when he heard a knock on the door. His dad must be home. "Hello?"
"Kurt, can I come in?" Burt asked.
"Yeah, of course," Kurt said, getting up and opening the door.
Burt came in. "Oh, hi Blaine."
"Hi Burt," Blaine said.
At least Kurt was okay with Kurt and Blaine being in Kurt's room behind closed doors. "What's up, Dad?"
"I don't know quite how to tell you this, Kurt... but I'm seeing someone," Burt said.
Kurt wasn't expecting that. Burt hadn't dated anyone since Kurt's mom had died. "What?"
"I know this is probably a surprise..." Burt continued. "I didn't expect to date again after your mom's death, but I met her at one of your football games. We sat together and we were talking a lot, and we decided to exchange numbers, so we've been dating..."
Football games? So was it someone Kurt might know? "What the hell Dad? Does Mom mean nothing to you anymore?"
"Of course I still love your mom," Burt said. "But she's gone. When I'm with Carole, I feel happy again. I didn't want to tell you at first because I had a feeling it would upset you and it wouldn't have been worth it if it didn't work out with her..."
"So, her name is Carole?" Kurt asked. "Who is she?"
"She works the desk at the local hospital," Burt said. "Her son is actually on the football team and in the glee club with you... you've mentioned him, I think."
So Kurt also knew this woman's son? "What's his name?"
"Finn Hudson," Burt said. "He's the tall one, right?"
Finn? Burt was dating Finn's mom? He didn't know what to say. Had Carole told Burt about how Kurt used to pick on Finn? Did Burt know that Coach Tanaka had replaced him with Finn for quarterback? Did he remember that Finn had been the one to tell Rachel about him and Blaine?
"Yeah, we know Finn," Blaine said.
"Finn, I need to tell you something," Carole said.
"Okay," Finn said.
"Sit down," Carole said.
Finn began worrying. Was his mom okay? Was she sick? "Are you okay, Mom?"
"Yeah, I'm fine," Carole said. "I was waiting a while to tell you this... but I think I'm in love."
In love? Finn had never expected this. He thought his mom had lots of loyalty to his dad. She talked about him a lot with Finn about his dad... Finn remembered Carole's boyfriend from grade school who'd cheated on her. What if this man did that, too? Finn and his mom were happy together...
"I know this is going to be a bit of a surprise," Carole said.
"Yeah, it is," Finn said. "I don't want you to get hurt again..."
"This guy isn't going to hurt me," Carole said. "I haven't felt this way about a man since your father died. He's a great guy. At first I was afraid to date again, but I felt a connection right away and that connection's just been growing stronger..."
This must have been real. Finn never remembered his mom talking that way about her ex-boyfriend Darren. "Who is he?"
"It's your friend Kurt's father, Burt Hummel," Carole said.
Kurt? Finn didn't think Kurt was his friend. They'd definitely had their ups and downs. Sure, they were pretty civil nowadays, but there was lingering tension. "Uh..." Finn began, not sure if he wanted to tell his mom how complicated things really were with him and Kurt.
"Kurt got you a tryout on the football team and he was your partner for that singing assignment," Carole said. "His dad is a great guy."
Finn had met Kurt's dad briefly and he seemed nice, but he wasn't sure about this. He didn't like the idea of his mom dating another man, especially when that man had a son Finn had an uncomfortable relationship with.
Before Finn could say anything, the doorbell rang. "Is that him?" Finn asked.
"No, we can talk more soon," Carole said. "I was just selling some stuff that we don't need on Craigslist, so the people who are getting my old bed are here..."
Finn realized what Carole meant. "The bed you and Dad shared?!"
"Yeah," Carole said.
Finn couldn't believe how calm Carole was being. "Mom, you and Dad shared that bed on the honeymoon..."
"I don't need a double bed anymore," Carole said.
Finn didn't know what to say. His mom was fine with selling the bed. Maybe she really didn't love his dad anymore. "Wasn't I conceived on that bed? Does it mean nothing to you."
"You were conceived on a pinball machine. I'll be right back," Carole said.
Finn wanted to text Kurt to see if he had any idea what was going on. After Carole led the couple who was purchasing the bed out of the basement, the man's eyes fell on the chair Finn's dad was sitting on in the only picture they had of Finn's dad holding him. "Are you selling anything else?" she asked.
"I think she likes the recliner if you're interested," the husband said.
"Well, it still works, how much did you have in mind?" Carole asked.
Finn couldn't let them sell this chair. "Sorry, it's not for sale," Finn snapped, looking at the couple.
The couple looked confused, but then left. When they were gone, Finn held up the photo. "This is the only picture of me and Dad. It's the only picture there's ever going to be of me and Dad. And he's sitting in this chair."
"It's not him," Carole said.
Finn was surprised by how Carole was acting. Now that he thought about it, she'd talked a lot less about Finn's dad over the last few months...
"Finn's mom?!" Kurt asked Blaine once the two of them were alone again. "What if she tells my dad about how we used to make fun of Finn all the time?" He didn't want his dad to know about that. Once he joined glee and got to know Finn, he was afraid to admit, he actually liked Finn...
"Maybe Finn didn't tell her about that," Blaine tried to assure Kurt.
"Oh, this is Finn we're talking about," Kurt groaned. "I'm sure he did..."
"You were having a hard time, with being in the closet and trying to maintain your image," Blaine said. "Even though what we did was wrong, your dad would probably understand..."
"I didn't want to be doing that," Kurt said.
"Neither did I," Blaine said.
"You were ready to come out before I was," Kurt reminded Blaine.
"We may not have social status anymore, but I was tired of living a lie," Blaine admitted. "I don't like it when people make fun of us, but I'd rather be at the bottom of the pyramid and be with you than be at the top and living a lie."
"Yeah, me too," Kurt said. "But Finn..." Finn had always been nice to him, even though the football players had never been nice to him. It was never Kurt, Blaine and Artie who were particularly mean, it was mostly people like Dave Karofsky and Azimio Adams.
"It's probably nothing serious," Blaine said.
"My dad hasn't dated anyone since my mom died," Kurt said. "And if he's telling me, it probably is serious." He began to get worried. What if Finn's mom said something to Burt about how Kurt used to treat Finn? What if Burt was replacing Kurt's mom?
Burt knocked on Kurt's door again. "Oh, Kurt, I forgot to tell you. Tomorrow night, Carole and I thought it would be fun to take you and Finn out to dinner."
"But Blaine and I were going to go to the community theatre production of Spring Awakening," Kurt protested.
"It's fine, we probably would have gotten bad seats since we would have been getting tickets at the door," Blaine said.
Kurt glared at Blaine. His boyfriend was not helping.
Finn and Kurt sat silently at the table at Breadstix with their parents, neither knowing what to say. Their parents seemed happy enough, but Finn couldn't help but be resentful. First his mom was selling things she and his dad used to use together, now this was going on.
"You two are being pretty quiet," Carole said.
"Well, it's not like I want to be here," Finn snapped.
"Finn!" Carole reprimanded.
"He has a point, neither do I," Kurt said. "I wanted to go out with Blaine."
"Well, you probably would have paid for a meal with Blaine," Burt said. "This is a free meal." He looked at Finn. "So, Carole told me that you're playing basketball now?"
"Yeah," Finn said. "I liked football better though."
"Really?" Carole asked.
"Yeah," Finn said. "I know it sounds crazy, but getting thrown at was kind of fun."
"It's not crazy," Burt said. "You know, I was a football player too in high school."
"You were?" Finn asked. "Is that how Kurt started playing football?"
"Yeah, but he didn't seem to enjoy it as much as I did," Burt said. "I really liked getting the feeling of catching that ball and having everyone come after me..."
"Yeah, I really like that too," Finn said.
"You know, one of the guys I sell tires to is an assistant coach for the Browns," Burt said. "Maybe sometime I could get tickets to a game."
Finn liked that idea. "I've never been to an NFL game. That would be so much fun!"
Kurt couldn't help but notice how his dad was hitting it off with Finn. Sure, Kurt had played football, but it was more to hide the fact that he was gay than anything. But seeing his dad talking with Finn made him wonder - was Burt disappointed that he wasn't as into sports as Burt was?
Kurt turned to Finn's mom, hoping to break up Burt and Finn's conversation. "So, Mrs. Hudson, I like that sweater."
"Thanks, Kurt," Carole said.
"But I must say, those jeans don't go with it," Kurt said. "Where do you do your shopping?"
"It really depends," Carole said. "Generally wherever happens to be having a good sale at the time."
"Oh, you should go out and have fun with your shopping," Kurt said. "I personally really like J Crew, H&M, White House Black Market..."
"What types of names are those?" Burt asked.
"Those are stores, Dad," Kurt said.
"I thought you liked that Marcy's place," Burt said.
"Macy's, and I like them too," Kurt said.
"What difference does it make?" Finn asked. "As long as my clothes fit and they're clean, that's all that matters."
"That's what I've spent nearly sixteen years trying to tell Kurt," Burt said as he and Finn both laughed. Kurt didn't find that funny though.
Kurt had a feeling from the beginning that he didn't want his dad to be dating again - but right now, the problem he had wasn't Burt, it was Finn. It had hurt to see Burt talking to Finn and the two of them acting like such good friends. Even when Kurt tried to move the conversation away, Burt and Finn took over again.
He'd spent his whole life trying to please his dad, even signing up for activities he didn't enjoy... but the uncoordinated, nerdy, glee club geek who everyone at school made fun of walked in and managed to bond with Burt right away.
Kurt began ripping down colors he had in mind for his bedroom in frustration when Burt came down. "Picked one out?"
"These are all wrong," Kurt complained.
"Well, they all look the same to me," Burt said.
"Maybe if they were different colored football jerseys, you'd be able to tell them apart," Kurt said.
"Are you upset about me talking about sports with Finn?" Kurt asked.
"You don't think it wasn't hard for me to watch you bonding with the son you've clearly always wanted?" Kurt asked.
"What's that supposed to mean?" Burt asked.
"Oh, don't pretend you don't know," Kurt said. "I've spent my whole life trying to please you and then the biggest loser at my school manages to do it in one meal..."
"Now Kurt, Finn's not a loser, he's a great guy," Burt said.
"Oh, you're defending him?" Kurt asked.
"Kurt, you're my son," Burt said. "And some guy talk with Finn isn't going to change that."
"Guy talk?" Kurt asked. Was he not enough of a guy for Burt?
"You shouldn't bring your resentment of me dating again out on Finn," Burt said. "I know you're upset about me dating again, but I'm not trying to replace your mom. One can love more than one person. I haven't been this happy since your mom died."
Kurt thought about what his dad was saying. Sure, he was glad his dad was happy, but he didn't want his dad to replace his mom, or the idea of his dad being closer to Finn than him. He picked up his phone and dialed Finn's number. Finn picked up. "Hey."
"Hey," Kurt said. "We need to put a stop to what's going on with our parents."
"You were upset when I was talking with your dad, weren't you?" Finn asked.
"Yeah, I was," Kurt said. "And don't you feel like they're replacing our dead parents with each other?"
"Yeah, we need to help keep our parents' memories alive," Finn agreed. "We should talk to them..."
"Yeah, so you agree, they need to break up," Kurt said.
"Yeah," Finn agreed.
At least Finn agreed. Kurt went upstairs to where his dad was. "Finn thinks you and his mom shouldn't be together, too."
"What?" Burt asked.
"I just talked to him on the phone," Kurt said. "We don't like that you're trying to replace our dead parents with each other..."
"Is there anything I can say that can convince you you're not trying to replace my mom?" Burt asked.
"I don't know," Kurt admitted.
"I have lots of good memories with your mom," Burt said. "Dating Carole isn't going to change that."
There clearly wasn't a way to convince his dad to break up with Finn's mom. Maybe Finn would have better luck.
Finn had realized - maybe Kurt was right. Maybe he'd been right from the beginning. His dad had been a hero, after all, and his mom had gotten help from his dad to make him. And maybe if Finn did something extreme, she'd get the point.
Finn went into his mom's room and got the urn that Carole kept Finn's dad's ashes in, then headed downstairs.
Carole looked up. "What are you doing?"
"I'm going to dump Dad's ashes in the street," Finn said.
Carole jumped up. "What?!"
"I'm following your lead, Mom," Finn snapped. "You're dumping him, so why shouldn't I do the same?"
"I don't understand," Carole said. "You seemed to be having fun tonight with Burt."
"Well, I don't like that you're replacing Dad, and Kurt doesn't like that Burt's replacing his mom."
Carole took the urn from Finn. "Okay."
"What are you doing?" Finn asked.
Carole put the urn in the chair. "What you want. What we've been doing for the last 15 years: pretending." She turned on the TV. "Come on, Finn, let's sit and watch TV as a family. Look! There's a basketball game on. Your dad would've liked to watch that." She turned to the urn. "What do you think, Christopher?"
"Mom, you're acting insane!" Finn groaned.
"And you're acting selfish," Carole said. "I'm in love with Burt... it's the first time I've been really happy since your dad died."
"So, you're not happy with you and me?" Finn asked.
"Of course I'm happy," Carole said. "But one day, you're going to go off to college. You'll leave and start your own life. I miss your dad so much. I talk to his urn every day. You think what we have is normal, but it's not."
"He wouldn't want you to date another man if I wasn't ready for it," Finn protested.
"You didn't know him," Carole snapped. "I love you so much Finn - but we need a family, a home."
"Where are we going?" Kurt asked Burt as they drove.
"We're going to go see Carole and Finn," Burt said.
"Carole and Finn?" Kurt asked. Maybe they were going to break up...
When Burt and Kurt went inside, Kurt went to sit next to Finn in the living room. "Do you think we'll have any luck?"
"I don't know," Finn said. "I may not have gone about it in the best way last night..."
"Oh God... what did you do?" Kurt asked.
"I told my mom that I was going to dump out my dad's ashes like she's dumping out his memory..." Finn said.
"Oh God," Kurt repeated. "I didn't think you had that side to you, Finn."
Before Finn had a chance to respond, Burt and Carole came in. Kurt looked at Finn, then at their parents. "We want to talk to you..."
"We want to talk to you two first," Burt said. "Finn, you're pissed, I get it. Your dad is a hero, not only to the world for what he did in Desert Storm, but he's a hero to you. No way I can fill his shoes. It's just, you know... I love your mom. She's like this angel that, you know, came down to wake me up after all these years, and I swear to you I will never hurt her, I will always take care of her. And I can't be your dad, but I will be her hero for as long as she'll take me."
"It's the same for me, Kurt," Carole said. "I'm not trying to replace your mom. I see the amazing man that you are and I know that it's because of your mom and your dad. I'm never going to be like that for you. But I do want to be a friend to you. And I love your dad. I'm finally happy again. Like your dad said about me, I promise, I'm NEVER going to hurt him. We've said what we wanted to say, what did you two want to say?"
The things Burt and Carole were saying had gotten Kurt thinking. He looked at Finn, who seemed to be thinking as well. Finn's mom was a good woman. And he had to admit, Finn was a good person too. "I'm sorry for how I acted last night," Finn finally said.
"Yeah, me too," Kurt said.
"We don't know if this is going to last long," Carole said. "I hope it does. We didn't want to upset you two, but you should know - we're not trying to replace your parents."
"I'm sorry," Kurt repeated.