"I'm never saying goodbye to you." - Kurt Hummel
Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson are from the long running musical dramedy Glee. They have the rare distinction of being a couple that I shipped from their very first scene together that actually went the distance and were endgame within the canon of the show. Originally from rival glee clubs, they formed a bond very quickly, and we were able to follow their journey together as they went from best friends to boyfriends, from lovers to exes, and finally to husbands. It was not a journey without it's fair share of bumps in the road, but it was mostly fun, and extremely satisfying in the end.
The greatest thing about Kurt and Blaine together is how compatible they were and how they complimented each other so well with their differences. Kurt was such a grounding presence for Blaine because he was so sure of himself and them as a couple, and Blaine's enthusiasm for life and love brought a bit of levity to Kurt's life. Together, they had so many of the same interests and really were a team working their way through their first relationship. Mistakes were made and hurtful things were said at times, but they were always able to overcome their problems after they took the time to talk to each other and figure out the root of the problem. It was also amusing how much they consistently failed at being platonic, both before they were dating and during each of their breakups. Their love for each other ran deep, and there was absolutely no question that they belonged together, they just needed to come to the realization that life is not like a Hollywood musical, and that relationships take work in addition to love. Because their love story seemed so inevitable, things like a surprise proposal directly after getting back together the first time, or a spur of the moment wedding directly after getting back together the second time didn't really seem odd for them at all.
I always had faith that Kurt and Blaine would make it as a couple based on the way that their story was written on Glee. On a show where everyone was playing musical couples, Kurt and Blaine were always written differently, more mature, like their relationship was on a different level to everyone else's high school romances. It took a while for them to officially become a couple (compared to the half episode it took for most couples on the show to share their first kiss), and even though they had communication issues and two nasty breakups, the love they had for each other was never in question. They referred to their shared planned future together numerous times in canon, and it seemed to go beyond what most teenage couples would dream for themselves (seriously, they wanted to buy a lighthouse and found an artist's colony in Rhode Island for their retirement). While I wish that we didn't have to go through so much unnecessary relationship drama with them, it is worth noting that they were still teenagers, no matter how mature they seemed to be. They did a lot of growing up and soul searching during their time apart from one another, so even if I selfishly wanted them to just be adorable together in the limited screen time they were given with such a large cast, the breakups did allow for a lot of character development.
Kurt and Blaine are my OTP of OTPs, and even if I move on to other couples and fandoms, I can't imagine becoming as obsessed as I was over their relationship. Glee was far from perfect, and so everything, including Kurt and Blaine's relationship, was a bit of a mess at times. However, in the end, they had really become the romantic throughline of the series, and while the last season started a bit rough, a lot of time was devoted to showing them coming back together. Not because it was easy, but because they couldn't stop loving each other and wanted to put in the effort towards making a life long partnership work. Getting to see a tiny glimpse of their happy and successful future together was just the icing on the cake.
2x12: Silly Love Songs
Blaine: "Look Kurt...I don't know what I'm doing. I pretend like I do and I know how to act it out in song, but the truth is...I've never really been anyone's boyfriend."
Kurt: "Me neither. "
Blaine: "Let me be really clear about something. I really, really care about you, but as you and about twenty mortified shoppers know, I'm not very good at romance. I don't want to screw this up."
Kurt: "So it's just like When Harry Met Sally, but I get to play Meg Ryan."
Blaine: "Deal...don't they uh get together in the end?"
2x16: Original Song
Kurt: "Why did you pick me to sing that song with?"
Blaine: "Kurt, there is a moment...when you say to yourself 'Oh, there you are...I've been looking for you forever'. Watching you do Blackbird this week, that was a moment for me...about you. You move me Kurt, and this duet would just be an excuse to spend more time with you."
Blaine: [embarrassed] "We should...we should practice."
Kurt: "I thought we were."
[they kiss again]
2x22: New York
Blaine: "Wait, I don't get it. You don't seem that sad at all."
Kurt: "Well it was still amazing. I mean, I flew in a plane for the first time in my life, I had breakfast at Tiffany's, I sang on a Broadway stage..."
Blaine: "I love you."
Kurt: "I love you too. You know, when you stop and think about it, Kurt Hummel has had a pretty good year."
3x09: Extraordinary Merry Christmas
Blaine: "I know that our relationship has reached a new level this year-"
Kurt: "If that's an engagement ring, my answer is yes!"
Blaine: "Kurt, just open the box."
[Kurt opens the box to find a homemade ring]
Blaine: "It's a promise ring. I made it out of gum-wrappers, Juicy Fruit."
Kurt: "Wrigley's, my favorite...is that a bowtie? But what are you promising?"
Blaine: "To always love you. To defend you, even if I know you're wrong. To surprise you. To always pick up your phone call, no matter what I'm doing. To bake you cookies at least twice a year, and to kiss you wherever and whenever you want. But mostly just to make sure you remember how perfectly imperfect you are. Now I know it's not something that Elizabeth Taylor would have worn-"
Kurt: "I love it! [he hugs Blaine] Merry Christmas! It's our first Christmas together."
Blaine: "The first of many."
3x17: Dance With Somebody
Blaine: "In a few months, you're gonna be gone. With this brand new life, these brand new friends, brand new everything, and I'm am gonna be right here, by myself. You're right. I have been distant, and I'm sorry, but I'm just...I'm trying to practice what life is gonna be like without you. You are the love of my life Kurt, and I am pissed off that I have to learn the next year what being alone's gonna be like."
Kurt: "But you're not gonna be alone! I'm gonna Skype you every day, and you're gonna come visit me in New York every weekend as far as I'm concerned, but I promise you aren't gonna lose me."
Blaine: "I love you so much."
Kurt: "I love you too."
Blaine: "We've been putting this off for far too long, but don't you think we should have the talk?"
Kurt: "Can't we just have two final days of denial?"
Blaine: "No! No, we cannot. This is happening right now Kurt, it's not some far off thing in the future. You're graduating, I'm not. You know how hard long distance relationships can be, we both saw 'The Notebook'."
Kurt: "Do you want to know how I picture the end of my life? Just like in 'The Notebook', I'm sitting in a nursing home, talking endlessly about my high school sweetheart, my first love, going on and on about every little detail, as if they mattered. Only in my version, he's there with me, telling me to shut up so he can finish watching the American cinematech salute to JLo."
Blaine: "So, we're gonna be alright?"
Kurt: "Yes, we're gonna be alright. I told you I'm never saying goodbye to you. We'll figure out this whole long distance relationship thing. I promise."
Kurt: "Look, you've said you're sorry a million times, and I believe you, and I'm trying to forgive you, but I'm just not there yet, but it's Thanksgiving, and it's Sectionals, and...I miss you like crazy, and I can't stand not talking to you even though I'm mad at you because you're still my best friend."
Blaine: "You're mine too."
Kurt: "At Christmas, we need to have a mature heart to heart, and maybe if it's cold enough we can go ice skating on the Auglaize river, and get hot chocolate. Anywhere but the Lima Bean because when I was working there I saw a mouse."
Blaine: [laughs] "So, we're really gonna see each other at Christmas?"
Kurt: "Yeah...well don't let any of those hideous Warblers win, alright? Break a leg. Happy Thanksgiving."
Blaine: "Happy Thanksgiving...Kurt I love you so much."
Kurt: "...I love you too."
4x14: I Do
Blaine: "Tell me now that we're not back together."
Kurt: "I mean, it was fun, but..."
Blaine: "I'm not gonna let you minimize this Kurt! It's no accident that we were together on Christmas, and again on Valentine's Day, and we're going to be together for many, many more, no matter how much you pretend that this doesn't mean anything."
Kurt: [leans in close and whispers with a coy smile] "I'll see you downstairs."
5x01: Love, Love, Love
Blaine: "We met right here. I took this man's hand and we ran down that hallway, and for those of you that know me know I'm not in the habit of taking people's hands I've never met before, but I think that my soul knew something that my body and my mind didn't know yet. It knew that our hands were meant to hold each other, fearlessly and forever, which is why, it's never really felt like I've been getting to know you, it's always felt like I was remembering you from something, as if in every lifetime that you and I have ever lived, we have chosen to come back and find each other and fall in love all over again, over and over, for all eternity. And I just feel so lucky that I found you so soon in this lifetime, because all I want to do, all I've ever wanted to do, is spend my life loving you. So, Kurt Hummel, my amazing friend, my one true love, will you marry me?"
5x14: New New York
Kurt: "We can't go backwards."
Blaine: "We're not going backwards. I think we're being smart-"
Kurt: "By protecting something that is very precious to me...you know that right?"
Blaine: [hugging Kurt] "Of course I know that, of course, always, I know."
Kurt: "No matter who we become, even if we do need alone time - which is perfectly valid - we'll always belong to each other." [they kiss] "And even though this, this wasn't a fight, this was just a, you know, grown up, adult conversation, you know, we are now going to have the hottest make up sex ever!"
Kurt: "Maybe you're right, maybe it is a contest. Maybe that's the way it has to be with two guys, but I would much rather be running this race with you rather than against you."
Blaine: "Me too, I just-"
Kurt: "As equals."
Blaine: [upset] "I know, I know, I, I know. I know that. I'm sorry, I'm just...I'm just so scared that you're gonna keep changing, and you're gonna keep getting stronger, then one day you're gonna wake up and you're gonna realize that 'I don't love him anymore'."
Kurt: "Never. I'm always gonna love you."
5x20: The Untitled Rachel Berry Project
Blaine: "I don't understand, if you're not mad at me then where are you going with all this flying stuff?"
Kurt: "Oh no, I was mad, but then I realized that trust is a choice. Everyday we're gonna roll out of bed and send each other out into the world, just trusting that we have each others backs, and we will slip up, and we will be scared, but I choose to trust and to love you through everything."
Blaine: [hugging Kurt] "Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. I love you so much."
6x01: Loser Like Me
Kurt: "I blew the best thing that ever happened to me."
Rachel: "Are you sure you're not just saying that because you're lonely? I mean, New York must feel pretty empty without all of us there."
Kurt: "No. Blaine's the love of my life. I started seeing this therapist who said I have this thing with love. You know, men fight as a way to stay connected, but Blaine wasn't like that. He wasn't afraid of intimacy."
6x08: A Wedding
Kurt: "Blaine, I'm a man who's always lived in the shadows, and everyone who's come into my life has always tried to pull me out into the sun or push me back into the darkness."
Blaine: "I honestly thought that I would never find real love."
Kurt: "And then you came along, and even if someone had told me that it wasn't gonna work out, and at the end of all of our struggling and all of our work, it would just end in heartache."
Blaine: "I would've said yes."
Kurt: "I'm a work in progress."
Blaine: "I'm a work in progress."
Kurt: "You don't ask me to come out of the shadows. You help me rip away anything that's blocking the sun. It's time for all of us to walk into the sunshine together forever. Is that something you wanna do?"
Blaine: "I do."
Kurt: "I do."