Blaine and Kurt were much more reserved than usual in the first Warbler rehearsal of the following week and the whole group noticed it. Both boys remained sat on their favourite sofa holding hands and trying to pay attention to whatever Wes was saying, but more often than not, they were just sending sad glances to each other. Half way through the meeting, the head councilman had had enough of not getting their full attention as they were beginning to discuss some important details regarding their next performance for the Academy.
“Alright Warblers Blaine and Kurt. What is wrong with the two of you? You are barely listening to me.” The two boys looked at each other grimly once again before Kurt stood up and addressed the room.
“If it’s alright with everyone, I have an announcement I have to make.” He looked over to Wes for permission to speak and was granted it with a nod. “Well, I have decided to transfer back to Lima and this is my last week at Dalton.” The whole room gasped in surprise and started murmuring to one another.
“Order!” Wes shouted with the accompaniment of his gavel to silence the room. “What changed Kurt? I thought you were happier here?” Wes asked sympathetically.
“I am happy here. I love it here, I really do, but it isn’t my home.” Kurt said and tears began to form in his eyes. “I’m sorry,” he added in a whisper before rushing out of the room before anyone saw him break down in tears. Blaine stood up to follow and comfort his boyfriend but got held back by Wes.
“Blaine wait. I know this isn’t a good time for you, but there is a Warbler tradition we must uphold.” Blaine nodded and sunk back into the sofa, this time without Kurt beside him. “For the newer member who do not know of this tradition, if any Warbler chooses to leave us for whatever reason, we hold a farewell celebratory party on their final afternoon to say goodbye. Blaine, as you are closest to Kurt, you get to choose the song that we will sing to him, but obviously you won’t be able to practice because he would be able to hear you so make it something we have either done before or that you know you can pull off.” Blaine instantly had the perfect song in mind and once it was approved by a majority vote, Blaine excused himself to go and find Kurt whilst the Warblers began working out the staging for Kurt’s song.
Kurt’s final week seemed to pass in a heartbeat and all too soon it was Friday and he was sat in his final lesson at Dalton, watching the seconds tick down. When the final bell went, Kurt paused to take a deep breath and compose himself before gathering his things and heading out of the door where he found Blaine waiting for him. Blaine immediately wrapped Kurt in a hug, then took his hand and led the boy down the familiar hallway to the rehearsal room. As soon as they stepped into the room, Kurt saw all of the Warbler standing in their traditional formation and was incredibly confused when Blaine dropped his hand and moved to the front of the group.
As soon as Blaine had reached his mark, the boys behind him started humming and Blaine sang the opening to ‘Somewhere Only We Know’. Kurt could feel his legs beginning to give way and ended up collapsing into a chair that had been placed in the middle of the room after being dragged over to it by Jeff and Nick. A watery smile was plastered onto the boy’s face because he realised very early on into the song, that this was the Warblers’ way of saying goodbye to him.
Half way through the number, the Warblers moved out of formation and began hugging Kurt, who was no longer trying to contain his tears. In a truly professional manner, none of the Warblers allowed themselves to shed similar tears throughout their performance, because this was Kurt’s moment and they were not prepared to ruin the song dedicated to him. However when hugging Kurt for possibly the last time, Kurt could see the tears collecting in a few of their eyes and he knew that none of them wanted to say goodbye. Blaine was the last to approach Kurt as the final notes were dying out and Kurt couldn’t hold back any longer, so flung himself into his boyfriends arms as the rest of the room burst into applause.
Wes invited Kurt to say a few words but the boy in question just shook his head and buried his face further into Blaine’s shoulder. Without another word, the second and last Warbler party that Kurt would ever attend broke out in full force. Blaine managed to extract Kurt from his shoulder and began spinning him around in the room in time with the music in the hope that they might forget about Kurt’s imminent departure. The whole group ran through a mini-setlist of all of the songs that Kurt had been a part of in his time at Dalton with a recreation of the infamous ‘Animal’ performance as well as Kurt and Blaine’s duet of ‘Candles’ that was last song of the afternoon. After prolonging the final note for as long as possible, the two boys had to give in and Kurt had to say goodbye. By this time, Kurt had managed to work up enough courage to give a small speech to the group.
“You have all done so much for me these past few months. I have made better friends than I could ever have imagined and I will be forever grateful to every one of you.” Tears began to snake their way down Kurt’s cheeks, but he continued and didn’t even bother to swipe them away. “I will miss you so much and I hope we can keep in touch no matter what. I guess the only thing left to say is thank you and goodbye.” Kurt’s voice caught on the final word but he was the only one who noticed as the rest of the room erupted in thunderous noise as the boys began cheering and clapping for their friend.
The party drew to a close and one by one, the Warblers left the rehearsal room and left Kurt and his closest friends alone for a more private goodbye. Wes approached Kurt first as he had been more of Kurt’s mentor than a close friend, however Kurt still valued their relationship greatly.
“It has been an honour, Kurt Warbler. It is a shame to see you go but I think I speak for everyone when I say that this is something that we know you wanted and we are happy that you are able to go back where you belong.” Wes held out a hand for Kurt to shake and the younger boy took it without hesitation.
“Thank you for everything, I don’t know what I would have done without the Warblers so thank you for letting me audition when I first arrived and everything else since.” Wes squeezed Kurt’s hand before he let go and gave the boy a quick hug.
“Once a Warbler, always a Warbler. You are welcome back anytime, as long as you aren’t spying on our setlist,” he said with a wink and then turned and headed out of the room to catch up with the rest of the council. Nick and Jeff were next and they simultaneously wrapped Kurt in a hug so he ended up caught in-between them. Kurt could feel their tears seeping into his shirt.
“I am going to miss you guys so much.” Kurt said with a sniffle once they had let him go and they both just nodded and sped out of the room hand in hand before they broke down completely. Trent just flashed Kurt a smile and a small wave, which was returned, before heading out of the room which left Kurt and Blaine alone.
Blaine knew he had to stay strong for his boyfriend and refused to let any tears fall as Kurt slumped into his arms once again. Blaine held Kurt for a few minutes, and when he felt the boy calm down he brought Kurt in front of him and kissed him softly.
“You know, there was always one song that I wanted to sing with you, but I thought it was maybe too much considering that we haven’t been together very long.” Kurt looked at him with a confused expression. “I know you know it and it just about sums up everything that I am feeling right now so I am just going to go ahead and sing it.” Kurt didn’t want to let Blaine move away from him, so let himself get dragged over to the piano that sat in the corner of the room. The two boys sat side by side on the little piano stool and Kurt let go of Blaine’s arms so he could start to play. Kurt recognised the song the second Blaine played the first few chords and looked at him in surprise. Blaine began to sing the opening lines of ‘Come What May’ and Kurt just sat next to him and soaked up the sight and sound of his perfect boyfriend serenading him with one of the most romantic love songs he had ever known. Kurt knew the song so well that he could almost hear the swelling music as Blaine hit the chorus. Kurt steeled himself enough to join in to harmonise effortlessly with Blaine’s rich tone. Both boys belted out the final chorus and looked directly into each other’s eyes for the final lines and Blaine immediately took Kurt’s face in his hands.
“I love you Kurt, so much.” Kurt’s eyes widened although he was confused as to why he hadn’t expected Blaine to respond this way after the pure emotion that was conveyed in the song they had just sung to each other.
“I love you too,” he replied and once again collapsed into his boyfriend’s grip, whispering those three words over and over again. Blaine just grinned into Kurt’s shoulder and held him tighter.
The boys finally made their way out of the rehearsal room and walked down the winding hallways of Dalton Academy and then out of the building. A sense of finality struck both boys as they approached Kurt’s car and Blaine leaned over to kiss him once more before he left.
“You know that I’m never going to leave you right? Just because I am going back to McKinley doesn’t mean I’m leaving you behind.” Kurt said as he traced spiralling patterns into Blaine’s palm.
“I know that, of course I do. I just won’t get to see you every day anymore and that will take some getting used to. I won’t be able to grab your hand as we walk into the dining hall together, I won’t be able to steal a kiss when I bump into you in the hallways between lessons, I won’t –” Kurt cut him off with a kiss in order to silence his ramblings.
“Instead of thinking what you won’t be able to do, try thinking about what you can do.” Kurt said logically. “You can sing to me during Warbler rehearsals and when you’re in your room and you don’t have to worry about distracting me while I’m driving home, you can arrange big fancy dates when we haven’t seen each other face to face for a few days, you can skype me every day if you want to and I demand at least one phone call every day too.” Blaine laughed through his tears and pushed Kurt gently towards the car. He knew that this was going to be difficult for both of them, but a certain phone call from the previous week helped him keep a smile on his face.
“Go, or I won’t be able to stop myself from kidnapping you and hiding you away in my and Trent’s room for the rest of our school life.” Kurt laughed and kissed Blaine’s knuckles before sliding into the driver’s seat of the Navigator. Kurt pulled out of the car parking space and headed down the driveway. Just as the building was about to disappear from view, Kurt could see Blaine standing on the gravel waving, with tears streaming down his face as he watched the boy he loved drive away.
But Kurt knew that even with the added distance nothing could go wrong because he and Blaine would be singing to each other’s souls ‘until the end of time’.