I believe if there’s any kind of God it wouldn’t be in any of us, not you or me but just this little space in between. If there’s any kind of magic in this world it must be in the attempt of understanding someone sharing something. I know, it’s almost impossible to succeed but who cares really? The answer must be in the attempt.
Before Sunrise (1995), dir. Richard Linklater
mckinley high prom royalty
Summary: Kurt gets dragged to a festival with Dani and Elliott for “band mate bonding”. He leaves with misshapen pottery, a new appreciation for face paint, and one more thing…
Word Count: 1739
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Kurt isn’t sure how they got to this point.
Well, he knows how they got here, in the physical sense. It’s pretty hard to forget being dragged out to a festival in the middle of nowhere by your band for some whacked out weirdo bonding type thing, that apparently Dani and Elliott swear by. Kurt had been pretty sceptical at first. He’d always hated camping as a kid, and while he didn’t mind getting dirty, he needed access to a shower or a very good reason to not be clean afterwards.
That was probably why Dani didn’t mention the no showers thing until they were bundled up in her car and driving out of the city. “But band bonding is a good reason!” She pointed out, at Kurt’s indignant squawk. Kurt had rounded on Elliott for support, but he’d just laughed and continued flicking between radio stations.
“Look,” Elliott eventually said, when they’d pulled over to get gas and directions, “it’s two nights. We’re going to spend a weekend surrounded by new people, who are all here to have a good time and let off some steam. You’re not traipsing through mud on a hike, it’s just a few big fields and some trees. I have complete faith that you’ll be able to handle it. And,” he added when Kurt frowned, “if you leave here not having had a good time, I’ll fund your coffee breaks for the next three weeks. Deal?”
Kurt couldn’t argue with that. So he tried. Really. He didn’t complain when the tent bag split and spewed poles and canvas all over the car. He didn’t whinge about the two hour hike to the campsite, another fact Dani had conveniently forgotten to mention- although Elliott seemed as put out by that part as him. Not a bitter word left his lips as they struggled to put a tent up in the pouring rain, climbed inside once it seemed stable to plan their next move, and were promptly engulfed as the whole thing collapsed on top of them.
And eventually, Kurt didn’t have to pretend to not be annoyed.
Now thinking about how much I want to see Marley again.
I’m here because he’s the love of my life and nothing or no one is going to come between us.
I’m super excited that this book is finally out and available! And look at the pretty cover!
Some of you may remember this call for contributions (which I found shortly after I found the Glee fandom, which sadly also was after the deadline for submissions had already passed). This is the resulting book.
I have linked you to the table of contents page (which also contains a “buy now” button for your immediate purchasing satisfaction, and at least one name I recognize from fandom (hi!)).
It also shows that the definition of “queer” is most definitely an intersectional one, so the essays also cover aspects of race/ethnicity, disability, and religion in addition to sexuality, gender, and/or fandom.
I have already ordered my copy and suggest you do the same. Because how else are we going to talk about the essays once I got the book in my eager hands (which will be in another few weeks because I am in Europe and the book isn’t, yet)?!