Kurt had prepared dinner ahead of time, and now he hurried to set the table. He’d made the healthiest things he could without making his dad grumble, and Burt gave a nod when he sat down.
Blaine and Alex sat next to each other, letting Kurt sit next to his dad. There was an uncomfortable silence around the table, but then Kurt set the turkey out and Alex smiled. “This smells delicious Kurt,” he said softly.
Burt nodded slowly. “Sounds like a good plan. Maybe you can encourage Kurt to work.”
"Dad! I work!"
"From home. It’s not the same as going in and seeing people face to face." It was a well-worn argument, one neither of them took too seriously. Mostly, Burt liked to watch his son’s face turn red. "So. Anyone else hungry?"
Blaine and Alex chuckled a bit, but nodded to the question. “Lord, I’m starving,” Alex said with a sigh, standing up first.
Blaine chuckled and stood as well, keeping his hand firmly in Alex’s, letting the boy know that he was still there and not going anywhere.
Burt and Kurt babbled through some smalltalk for a bit, Burt explaining how things were back home. It was only after Kurt looked like he was going to start criticizing his diet that he turned to Alex. “So what do you do?”
Alex was a little lost in the conversation, but Blaine was holding his hand tight and that made him feel better. He flushed when Burt actually talked to him and he swallowed. “I, um, I’m going to NYU and I’m hoping to get my Bachelor’s in Counseling.”
Burt accepted the hug gratefully. Blaine, he understood. “I’m doing just fine, Blaine. Healthier than ever thanks to Carole and Kurt cutting out anything remotely tasty from my diet.”
Kurt rolled his eyes. “You already have my permission to pig out for Thanksgiving. Don’t push it.”
Blaine chuckled and pulled back, immediately reaching for Alex’s hand again. “Well, come in, we can catch up in the living room,” he said simply, leading the way there.
Alex was grateful for the contact with Blaine and sat close to him, eyeing Burt carefully. He seemed nice, but he was tall, and gruff, and he didn’t seem like he approved. He made Alex nervous.
The first thing Burt did when he entered the apartment was hug his son. “Jeez, kid, it’s been too long. You never come out to see us anymore.”
Kurt flushed, glancing at Blaine. “Well, we’ve been busy.”
Burt nodded slowly, looking to the other two men. “Right. With the uh… new… Alex.” He didn’t get it. He really didn’t get it and he was pretty sure it was going to end in heartbreak for someone, but if Kurt wanted to have a boyfriend and a husband, Burt wasn’t going to stop him. He held his hand out for Alex to shake. “Nice to meet you, kid.” And he was a kid. 18, practically a baby. If he didn’t know his son better, it would make him uncomfortable.
Alex was shy, but he held out his own hand and gripped it firmly. “It’s nice to meet you, sir,” he said softly, but keeping eye contact. Good impressions, good impressions.
Blaine smiled and stepped in as well, taking Burt’s hand and brought him in for a small hug. “Hey, Burt, how are you?”
Kurt bounced Alex gently. “That’s right. He’s a good man. You’ll think he’s so great. And I’m never going to stop loving you.” There was a knock on the door and Kurt looked up. “Time to get out of my lap, sweetheart, but I’ve hidden some bottles in our room so if you need to, we can have one before bed to relax.”
Alex nodded and stood up, taking Blaine’s hand instead as they all went to answer the door together. Yes, he was holding his breath. Yes he was nervous. But Blaine and Kurt would make sure he was safe- they would make sure they were okay.
Kurt held out his arms, just as anxious as Alex. “Come here, baby. He’s going to love you, I promise. And I’m in my twenties. I don’t need his approval to love you.”
Alex sank into Kurt’s arms, nuzzling his cheek against his shoulder. “But what if he doesn’t and I cause a feud between the two of you? I know how important he is to you.”
Blaine went up and rubbed his back, shaking his head. “Burt wouldn’t do something like that, sweetheart. He loves Kurt too much to do that. He may not like it at first, but he’ll try.”
It was Thanksgiving weekend and Blaine was more than excited. Burt was the only one that was coming- Carole and Finn going to their side of the family that Burt didn’t care for. The dillemma was explaining their relationship with Alex. Burt knew about him, but not in depth. That was why they found themselves in the living room with Alex pacing. “What if he doesn’t like me? What if he doesn’t approve?”
"How does he always end up in the middle?” Kurt asked with a small laugh, curling up on the other side. “Goodnight, Blaine.”
"Umm, I’m pretty sure you gave him that spot," he said simply, leaning over Alex to kiss Kurt gently. "Goodnight, my love. Sleep well."
Kurt shook his head. “I’ve already made up my mind. He deserves something safe. I’ve built him a safe place here and I won’t take a single thing away.”
"Okay," Blaine said softly with a gentle smile, curling in around Alex. "Now I propose we go to sleep. Sound okay?"