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Haunting Past

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"It's good to finally meet you in person, Mr Smith. Or should I call you by your real name, Mr Callahan?"

Kurt smiled and pressed the chocolate bar he held in his hand to Blaine's back.

"You have no idea how long I've been waiting for this moment" he said.

"I could tell you the same" Blaine said as he turned around. "So what now?"

"Let's start by telling me where the diamond is" Kurt replied.

"I have no idea what you're talking about" Blaine said.

"Don't mess with me" Kurt said. "I've been following you around. I know you have it."

"In that case..." Blaine took a step forward towards Kurt. "Why don't you tell me where I keep it?"

"Okay, stop" Danny sighed. "You're awful."

"Why? I think it was a lot better this time" Kurt frowned.

"First of all, you hate this guy. He killed your partner, so don't look at him like you want to kiss him" Danny said. "And couldn't you get something that looks like a real gun? That chocolate bar is ridiculous."

"I think it was great" Blaine said. "Besides, I don't think people would be too happy if we walked around with a real gun. We are on holiday, if you forgot."

"Come on, everyone knows that you own a gun and we could tell them that it's just a toy... you know, to help Kurt get ready for his role" Danny said.

"No" Kurt said seriously. "Especially if you're around."

"Why?" Danny asked.

"Because we are still on holiday and I don't want you to get into trouble again" Kurt explained.

"That was an accident" Danny said, blushing.

"Uhum. I won't let you go near a gun until you turn 21. Or 30. Depends on your behaviour" Kurt said.

"What's wrong with my behaviour?" Danny frowned.

"Do I really have to remind you?" Kurt asked.

Danny rolled his eyes as he leaned his head back against the wall. He didn't understand why Kurt and Blaine were so worried that he would cause trouble. Okay, sometimes it happened but hey, he was 15, when should he turn crazy if not now?

"It was an accident" Danny muttered again.

"Okay, guys. I don't know what you think but I'm so hungry" Blaine said. "Don't we want to grab a snack and go back to our room?"

"You said that you would train with me, too" Danny said.

"Oh, you're right" Blaine nodded. "Sorry, I completely forgot about it."

"It's not the first time" Danny muttered.

"Come on, show me what you can" Blaine said as he raised his arms in front of him, ready for the fight.

"Just be careful" Kurt said in worry.

"Oh, don't worry. I will just kick his ass" Danny smirked.

"You think so?" Blaine challenged.

"I know I will" Danny said confidently.

Kurt shook his head as he stepped back to give the others enough space. Ever since he had been little and had gotten his first self-defence lessons from Blaine, Danny loved martial arts. He was pretty good, Kurt had to admit that, even if he wasn't really okay with the fact that Danny could beat up someone. It wasn't like Danny was a violent person, not at all, but he was about to start his new school year in a public school, for the first time in his life, and Kurt was worried that he would get into trouble. He knew what high school was like but Danny had no idea how kids acted, all his experience came from those fine private schools he had attended so far, and kids there were so different. Blaine could talk about that a lot. Kurt was worried that Danny wouldn't be able to handle the new situation and end up in a fight one day. That was one of his strongest reasons why he hadn't wanted him to transfer schools but Danny was so stubborn and in the end, Kurt let him make the decision alone, believing that it was the best. Danny wasn't a little kid anymore, he knew what he wanted.

He watched as Danny took slow steps towards Blaine, ready to strike. Blaine smiled as the boy approached him, raising his arms in front of himself defensively.

"Are you gonna show me something?" Blaine challenged.

Danny waited another second before he jumped forward, trying to punch Blaine but the man got out of his way easily.

"You have to be a little faster if you want to hit me" Blaine said.

Kurt sighed and shook his head. Sometimes it was hard with these two, especially when they played this game. He knew how it would end, of course. Danny was a good fighter but nowhere as good as Blaine. It didn't mean he stopped trying, though. The boy, just like he expected, ran forward again and when Blaine jumped away from him, he tried to kick Blaine. The man smiled as he caught Danny's ankle and slamming his hand into the boy's chest, he sent him down onto the mattress.

"Not bad but you have to use your head, too" Blaine said and reached out to help Danny get back to his feet. "Learn from your opponent's movements. Try to find their weakness."

"Do you have a weakness?" Danny asked as he stood up with Blaine's help.

"I do" Blaine nodded.

"And what is it?" Danny asked.

"You have to find out on your own" Blaine smirked.

"How am I supposed to learn when all you do is beat me up?" Danny asked.

"I show you what you do wrong. Big difference" Blaine said.

Danny sighed. He wasn't patient enough for this. He wanted to learn everything and preferably as soon as possible. He didn't want to wait.

"Come on, guys, let's go back to our room" Kurt said. "We still have about an hour until dinner."

"Just an hour?" Danny asked with wide eyes. "Damn, I have to do something with my hair."

Kurt opened his mouth to reply but before he could say anything, Danny rushed out of the training room and up the stairs, leaving the adults behind.

"What the hell is wrong with him?" Kurt muttered.

"You don't know?" Blaine smiled.

"Know what?" Kurt frowned.

"I will show you" Blaine said and put an arm around Kurt as they walked to the stairs.

~ o ~

"What's her name?" Blaine asked later that evening as they were waiting for their food in the restaurant.

Danny was unusually quiet since they had arrived. He kept looking at something and when Kurt turned his head to figure out what it was, he smirked. It was a blond girl, about Danny's age.

"I don't know" Danny answered.

"You should talk to her" Blaine said.

"I-I'm not sure" Danny said quietly.

"The first one is always hard" Kurt sighed.

"The first what?" Danny frowned.

"Nothing" Kurt smiled. "Go, talk to her. Introduce yourself and ask her if she would like to go with you to that karaoke party."

"I thought I couldn't go" Dany said slowly.

"I changed my mind" Kurt shrugged. "Go."

Danny smiled and without any other word, he got up and and almost tripped over his own feet in his haste to go to the girl.

"Slowly" Blaine said, rubbing his eyes. "Don't be so nervous. It's just a girl."

Danny nodded and took a deep breath before taking the first step towards the girl. Kurt and Blaine watched as he walked to the girl and tapped her shoulder. The girl turned around and smiled at Danny who seemed like he could pass out in any second.

"He will screw up" Blaine shook his head.

"He won't" Kurt said, elbowing his boyfriend. "He's doing great."

They sat in silence for a while, watching the two teenagers.

"I can't believe he will start dating soon" Kurt said.

"It will be horrible" Blaine groaned.

"Why? First love is always so beautiful" Kurt said dreamily.

"He won't come home for curfew. He will sneak out in the middle of the night. Oh, and I think we should get him condoms" Blaine said.

Kurt looked at him in horror.

"You don't think that he will..."

"No. I know he will" Blaine interrupted. "Should I talk to him about sex or do you want to do it?"

"He's just 15!" Kurt gasped.

"And we both know what teenagers are like" Blaine replied.

Kurt sighed heavily. The idea of Danny dating someone didn't seem so great anymore.

"I can't believe he grew up so fast" he said quietly.

"Yeah. One day he was planning his wedding with... What was her name? Mandy? And now he's interested in real girls. Time passes so quickly" Blaine said.

"I will be a grandpa soon" Kurt said with wide eyes.

Blaine suppressed a laugh as he grabbed Kurt's hand.

"I don't think we have to worry about it anytime soon" he said.

Danny turned away from the girl and ran back to the men.

"She said yes!" he said excitedly.

"That's... great" Kurt said slowly.

"What's wrong?" Danny asked, knowing this look very well.

"Nothing" Kurt said hastily. "We just talked about that karaoke night. Maybe we should join you."

"No way" Danny said.

"Why not?" Kurt asked.

"Because I can't go with my parents. What would the others think?" Danny asked.

"That you have two hot, young dads?" Blaine offered.

Danny rolled his eyes.

"Fine" Kurt sighed. "But don't do anything stupid and be back at 9."

"Kurt, I'm 15 and not 5" Danny reminded him. "What about midnight?"

"10 and it's my last offer" Kurt said seriously. "You should take it."

"Fine" Danny nodded.

"Very good. Now let's eat, I'm starving" Kurt said.

"Just a second" Danny said and grabbed his phone from his pocket. Kurt rubbed his eyes tiredly as he made a photo of his dinner before even touching it.

"You won't post it too, right?" Kurt asked.

"Of course I will" Danny said and got up from his seat to walk behind Kurt.

"What are you doing?" Kurt asked.

"Our holiday is almost over and we don't have a photo together" Danny explained. "Look into the camera and smile. You don't want to look bad on the photo, right?"

Kurt did his best but his smile disappeared as soon as the phone was pulled away from his face.

"I guess you will post it, too" Kurt said. It wasn't like he was completely against Internet but what Danny and the other kids at his age did was insane. They practically shared their whole lives with everyone.

"Just one photo on my Facebook, I swear" Danny promised.

"You know how dangerous social media can be, right?" Blaine asked.

"Come on, it's just Facebook. What can be dangerous in posting a few photos?" Danny asked.

~ o ~

A few thousand miles away, in a huge house in the middle of nowhere, a man was sitting in his study, enjoying his expensive Scotch and watching photos on his computer.

"What are you doing?" the other man asked as he stepped inside.

"You know, I like teenagers" the man behind the desk said. "They share the smallest details of their lives on the Internet and they have no idea how much trouble they can cause with that."

The other man stepped behind him and looked at the photos with a raised eyebrow. They had to go through several pictures of places and food before he found out what his boss was going through.

"It's the kid's profile?" he asked.

"Yes" his boss said. "Such a disappoitment. You would think that kids who grow up beside a bodyguard are smarter than this."

He sighed and leaned back on his chair, closing his eyes.

"It's a good thing, right?" the other man asked. "If we can see his photos, we can learn a lot about him and probably about his fathers, too. We can find out when Blaine is alone and then kill him without problem."

"I don't want to kill him" his boss said.

"You don't?" the other asked. "But I thought..."

"I want him dead but that's not how I do things. You know that" his boss said and leaned forward again. He searched through Danny's photos until he found one where he was with Blaine and Kurt, all of them smiling and seemingly happy. "I want him to feel the pain I felt when I lost my father."

He reached out and ran his fingers down Kurt's face before he moved his finger over the picture of Danny and then back to Blaine's.

"I want him to lose everything" he continued. "I want him to be completely alone and hopeless when I finally go after him."

"The kid is an easy target" the other said. "We could start with him. Take him from school and leave his dead body on Anderson's doorstep."

"I didn't say I wanted to kill them" his boss said.

"Then what do you want to do with them?" the man asked.

"I'm not sure yet" the boss said. "We can't be careless. We only have one chance to destroy Anderson and the plan must be perfect before we make a move."

He leaned back on his chair again, watching the family in disgust. He felt sick as he looked at those smiling faces.

"Blaine Anderson must pay for my father's death" he said determinedly.

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Kurt sighed as he watched Danny get ready for his first day in the new school. It was the last evening before the school year started and Danny, like every single year, checked his bag one more time to make sure he had everything he needed. Like most teenagers, he had trouble waking up early in the morning and it was a miracle that he was never late.Or better say, he was lucky he had Kurt or Blaine to kick him out of the bed in time.

Kurt sighed again. He hated when they reached this day, knowing that he had to wait months for the next longer break. All of them had to go back to work or school, they were busy again and had little time to spend together. He loved summer breaks a lot more, even if Blaine was often gone because of the band, at least he and Danny had more time for each other. It was about to change. He had to work on two movies at the same time and he knew he would barely be at home, he would barely see his family. He wished he could turn back time and go back on holiday for a little while but things weren't that simple for them.

"You are doing this again."

Kurt blinked and looked up at Danny who put down his bag and smiled at him.

"Doing what?" he asked.

"It's just school" Danny said. "Don't worry, we will see each other every day."

"I know..." Kurt sighed.

"Then what's wrong?" Danny asked.

"It's just... this summer was so short" Kurt said. "I want to turn back time and go back on holiday."

"Me too" Danny laughed. "But at least you don't have to go to school."

"True" Kurt nodded. "Are you ready? Because Blaine and I want to talk to you."

"About what?" Danny frowned.

"Let's go downstairs, okay?" Kurt asked.

Danny nodded and followed his father into the living room where Blaine was already waiting for them. Danny raised an eyebrow when he saw how excited Blaine seemed.

"Okay, you are scaring me... What's going on?" he asked.

"Sit down" Blaine said. "We have something for you."

Danny sat down across the others, waiting for them to continue. Now he was curious. They only acted like this when there was something huge coming. He hoped it wasn't about a new project of Kurt, he barely saw him or Blaine and didn't want to be left alone more than necessary, especially now that he was about to start his year in the new high school. He was nervous like hell and he would surely need his fathers more than ever.

"You look like you did something wrong" Blaine smirked.

"I didn't... I think" Danny said slowly. "So what's going on?"

"This is your last night before the new school year starts and we have some presents for you" Kurt said and glanced at Blaine. "Would you like to start?"

"Of course" Blaine nodded.

"Why do I get presents? My birthday was in April" Danny said.

"Because we love you and we want to make this easier for you" Kurt explained. "You don't know public schools the way we know and... let's say you will need these."

"Now you are certainly scaring me" Danny gulped nervously.

"Relax, it won't be that bad" Blaine said. "Hopefully."

Danny nodded silently. From everything he had gathered from the others in the past few months he came to the conclusion that by choosing a new school he had done the biggest mistake of his life. They never told him exact details but the quiet comments were enough to scare him.

"Open it" Blaine said and grabbed a small box from the table, pressing it into Danny'a hands. The boy opened it and laughed as he took the phone into his hands, the one he had wanted for so long but Blaine and Kurt never got him, telling him that it was too expensive and he didn't need it.

"Thank you" Danny said and went to Blaine to hug him. "I can't believe you bought me this!"

"Me neither" Kurt muttered.

Blaine smirked and grabbed his boyfriend's hand to squeeze it before turning back to Danny.

"Here, let me show you something" he said and took the phone from Danny. "This is our new app."

Danny raised an eyebrow as he looked down at the phone over Blaine's shoulder.

"iGuard?" he asked slowly.

"Our newest application" Blaine said again proudly. "We just finished testing it. It's only available for a few people."

Danny looked at the icon sceptically.

"It's easy to handle" Blaine continued. "If you are in trouble, you press the emergency button. It alerts a unit that tracks your phone and gets to you within a few minutes."

"That's why I got a new phone" Danny said slowly, still in shock. Sometimes Blaine came up with the weirdest ideas.

"Well, yeah" Blaine shrugged. "It wouldn't run on your old phone, so..."

"It's for emergency only" Kurt said. "So don't use it for fun."

"Believe me, I won't use it at all" Danny said. He couldn't believe Blaine thought he would need something like this. He was just a regular teenage boy, not the president's son.

"Alright, let's move to your next present" Kurt said.

Danny took a deep breath, worried that it could only be something worse. To his surprise, Kurt smiled at him and raised a plastic card into the air that had Danny's name on it.

"It's mine?" Danny asked. He wouldn't be surprised if it was something tricky again.

"We think that you are old enough for your first credit card" Kurt said. "We can't always be around and you might need money for school or when you go shopping without me..."

"A credit card?" Danny asked excitedly. He could definitely use that.

"You have a 1000 dollar limit, though" Kurt said.

"Monthly?" Danny asked.

"Weekly" Blaine said slowly.

A wide smile spread across Danny's face.

"You don't have to spend it all" Kurt said. "Only if you need money for something. I trust you to be responsible."

Danny nodded. Although the temptation was huge, he knew that Blaine and Kurt trusted him and he would show them that he deserved their trust.

"Now the last present..." Kurt grabbed the last small box from the table and handed it to Danny.

The boy opened it and looked up in confusion as he pulled out the simple golden ring, attached to similar chains.

"What..."

"It was your father's wedding ring" Kurt explained. "Sadly, your mother's got lost but I got this one back and I saved it for you. I thought you would like to wear it but you don't really wear accessories, so..."

Danny opened his mouth but nothing came out. He hadn't even known about this ring and now that he had it, he was overwhelmed by emotions. He didn't have too much left of his parents and now that he had this ring, he felt like he was a little closer to them.

"Are you alright?" Kurt asked in concern. Danny seemed like he was ready to cry in any second.

Danny managed to nod before he threw his arms around Kurt. From everything he had ever gotten from Kurt, this ring was the most precious one.

"Thank you" Danny said quietly.

"Let me help you put it on" Kurt said when Danny pulled away. He took the ring from Danny and quickly fixed the chains around his neck. Danny looked down at the ring hanging over his chest, sighing heavily.

"You won't cry, right?" Blaine asked, smiling.

"I'm not sure" Danny admitted. "That's why I will take these and move back to my room to finish getting ready for tomorrow."

"Okay" Blaine nodded knowingly. Although they were all close, there were things Danny didn't like to do in front of them since he was a teenager. Showing his emotions, for example.

"Thank you, guys" Danny said as he stood up. "I really appreciate it."

Blaine put an arm around Kurt's shoulder as they watched Danny leave the living room. He waited for about a minute, until he was sure that Danny wouldn't come back and it was safe to talk but Kurt was faster than him.

"Don't you think it's too much?" Kurt asked. "He's just a teenager, I don't think we will need to track him down..."

"It will be useful when he won't come home in time and we need to find him" Blaine reasoned.

"I don't know... I did some stupid things when I was younger but my dad never had to track my phone" Kurt said.

"It was different" Blaine said. "Besides, we can never be careful enough."

Kurt sighed heavily. Blaine was right, of course. Over the years, they had dealt with some crazy guys. None of them was as crazy as Jeremy Carter, though, but crazy enough to make them worried about their kid's well-being. It was something that came with being famous.

"That credit card, though..." Blaine said after a while.

"Do you think it's too much?" Kurt asked.

"It's too much" Blaine nodded without hesitation.

"We have to believe that he's responsible enough to..."

Blaine snorted. As if Kurt didn't know Danny at all.

"Okay, you're right" Kurt rolled his eyes. "We can still take it back if he can't handle it."

"I guess it will happen soon" Blaine smirked.

~ o ~

Kurt woke up early in the next morning, so he could make breakfast for his family. It was a habit he had taken up long ago. They couldn't really spend much time together, so it was important for him to start the days with his family, especially when it was an important day like this. It was Danny's first day at the new school and Kurt wanted to make it easier for him. He was still worried that Danny would regret his decision, knowing how cruel kids could be and how hard life in public schools was, but he and Blaine had promised the boy that they would support him no matter what. Danny wasn't a little kid anymore, they had to let him make his own decisions, even if they knew that it wasn't the best for him. Danny wanted to learn what life looked like outside the walls of the expensive private school he had attended so far, so they let him leave that place and find another one. Even if Kurt was scared that his kid would have the same experience he had had in high school.

"Good morning" Blaine greeted him as he stepped into the kitchen only minutes after Kurt. "I hope you are ready for your training."

Oh. Kurt had completely forgotten about that. Blaine helped him with his new role, so he could play the perfect secret agent and it was finally his time to learn how to shoot. He had been excited to try but he had forgotten about their plans because of his worry about Danny.

"Of course I am" Kurt smiled.

"You forgot about it" Blaine smiled knowingly.

"Okay, I did" Kurt sighed. "I'm sorry but... I think I'm worried about Danny."

"Kurt, you have to stop this" Blaine said. "He will be fine."

"What if they will hurt him?" Kurt asked in worry.

"Danny's perfectly capable of taking care of himself" Blaine smiled.

"We can't be sure" Kurt replied.

"That's right. But hopefully he trusts us enough to tell us if something goes wrong" Blaine said.

"Okay. Now I'm definitely worried" Kurt sighed.

"It's just school" Blaine said as he pulled Kurt into his arms. "I don't think he has anything to worry about."

Kurt shook his head. He would be worried about his kid no matter what. It was his job after all.

About a minute later, the door opened and Danny walked inside. Both adults turned towards him and Kurt opened his mouth to greet him but when his eyes landed on Danny's hair, he couldn't stop his gasp. Danny must have tried to gel his hair but it didn't really work because his hair was too long. He managed to gel it down on the top of his head but the rest of his hair was still curly, standing away in every possible direction.

"What did you do to your hair?" Blaine laughed.

"I tried to gel it but it didn't work" Danny sad desperately. "What should I do now? I can't go to school like this."

"You definitely can't" Blaine agreed.

"Blaine, you're not helping" Kurt hissed and turned back to his son. "It's okay. Just... wash it. It will dry until you get to the school."

"You know how horrible my hair looks when I wash it" Danny said.

"I think it looks great" Kurt smiled.

Danny buried his face into his hands. Life was so not fair.

"Come on, I will help you" Blaine said. "Can you handle the breakfast alone, honey?"

"Of course" Kurt snorted. "Go. You will be late from school."

When the others left the kitchen, Kurt turned back to the counter, unable to stop laughing. He knew that it wasn't fair but he couldn't help it. Danny had done some strange things with his hair before but this one was most certainly the funniest so far.

~ o ~

Although they had a rough start, once they solved the gel problem, everything seemed to work just fine. Kurt prepared their breakfast and although they didn't have much time to eat it, he managed to get Danny eat something before going to school. Just like every single day, Kurt brought Danny to school. Sometimes Blaine told him that it was too much, that Danny was old enough to go on his own but he couldn't help it. Okay, maybe he was a little overprotective but they lived in a large and dangerous city, he wanted to make sure that Danny arrived safely.

Once his nervous kid was inside the school's building, Kurt finally left and went back for Blaine. He had to learn how to shoot. He was nervous because of it, he had never held a gun in his hands before but it was time to learn how to use it. To be honest, he should have learnt it earlier. It wouldn't have hurt to have a gun around, even when Blaine was on tour and they were alone with Danny. But now it was his time. And he would show Blaine that he could do it.

"Wow" Blaine said in amazement as after the first few attempts with his help, Kurt held the gun alone and shot the man-shaped figure, surprisingly precisely.

"I know" Kurt said excitedly and fired again. "I can't believe it's so easy. I just pull the trigger and then..."

Another shot into the heart or at least where it was supposed to be.

"Okay... I don't think you need more practice" Blaine said.

"Oh, come on. We've just started" Kurt said and fired again, seemingly enjoying it like a small child a new toy. "Heart, again!"

"Yeah, I can see" Blaine muttered.

"I thought it was harder. You said that I would need a lot of practice to learn how to use a gun" Kurt said and turned around, the gun still in his hand. Blaine reached out instinctively, grabbed Kurt's wrist and held it away. It wasn't like Kurt could cause much trouble with the weapon but he could never be careful enough.

"You certainly need more practice" Blaine said. "Rule number one: never point a gun at me."

"Sorry" Kurt said, seemingly not too concerned. He knew very well that this wasn't real.

"I'm serious, Kurt. What if you accidentally shoot someone?" Blaine asked.

"That won't happen" Kurt replied. "I will never use a real gun, so..."

"You might need one and I want you to know how to use it" Blaine said. "So be careful. Keep it down until you find your target and are perfectly sure you want to shoot."

"That's not how they do it in the movies" Kurt frowned.

"But that's how you can save yourself from the trouble of accidentally killing someone" Blaine replied. "Okay, you have two more bullets, so if you want to..."

Kurt turned towards his target and shot it twice before Blaine could even blink.

"I think it's pretty much dead" Kurt said and finally put the gun down, much to Blaine's relief. For someone who hated violence, Kurt loved shooting a surprisingly lot.

"Now that it's done..."

"Will you really get me a real gun?" Kurt interrupted him.

"We will talk about it" Blaine said slowly.

"It wouldn't hurt" Kurt shrugged. "Who knows, maybe one day when you won't be around and another crazy stalker attacks me in the middle of the night..."

"We will talk about it" Blaine repeated. "You have to learn to use it first. Then we can talk about getting you a real gun. We still have to keep it locked up, though. If you don't remember, we have a teenage kid."

"True" Kurt nodded. "I don't want him to do anything stupid."

"That's why he won't know about it" Blaine said. "If I get you a gun, of course."

"Of course" Kurt rolled his eyes.

"We still have some time left" Blaine said as he checked the time on his phone. "Would you like to train?"

"Not really" Kurt said as he grabbed Blaine's shirt and pulled him close to kiss him. "The house is all ours for a few more hours and I think we should use it for another kind of practice."

"You-you think so?" Blaine stuttered as Kurt's lips found a sensitive spot behind his ear.

"Definitely" Kurt smirked. "If you are in the mood, of course."

Blaine laughed as he turned Kurt around and ushered him towards the stairs. It was no question that he would love to spend his remaining time before the meeting with something enjoyable, especially since they had the house all for themselves and didn't have to be worried that someone would disturb them in the best moment.

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Kurt felt like he was in heaven. Okay, he hadn't done anything useful, unless you counted that less than an hour he and Blaine had spent with his training and that he had made breakfast like every other day, but he decided that he deserved a day off and was determined to enjoy it. Blaine surely made it easy for him, at least until he was still home. Unlike Kurt, he had a meeting later that day and he couldn't skip it, not that he wanted to. Blaine loved his job, both the band and his position as the leader of the Warblers and when he could make it, he was always there on their meetings. But they still had a lot of time until that, so they enjoyed that they had the whole house for themselves, something that hadn't happened in the past few months, then ordered lunch and ate it together in the garden. It was definitely a good way to spend his day off but as every good thing, it ended quite soon. It was past two when Kurt realized that Blaine had to leave soon and Danny was about to finish with his last class as well and he had promised him that he would be there, so even if he wanted to stay in bed or swim in the pool instead of leaving the house, he had to go.

"Don't be lazy" Blaine smiled as he walked out of the bathroom and to his wardrobe, finding Kurt lying on the bed.

"I'm not" Kurt muttered.

He watched as Blaine got into his jeans and then grabbed one of the dozens black T-shirt from the shelf. No matter how important his position was, Blaine never wore a suit or anything fancy. He hated formal clothes and to his luck, nobody dared tell him what to wear. Okay, Kurt had tried to give him advice a few times but Blaine was hopeless. Since he was famous enough and had more money than anyone in the city, he realized that he could do anything he wanted and there would be no consequences. Not that most people cared, though. Blaine's fans liked him just like this and to Kurt's surprise, his business partner didn't complain either.

"Do you like what you see?" Blaine winked as he slowly turned around.

"Not fair" Kurt said, blocking the sight with his hands pressed over his eyes. "Don't torture me, just go."

"You have to get up, too, you know" Blaine said. "Danny's waiting for you."

"I know" Kurt sighed. "Just give me a minute."

"Come on, Kurt" Blaine smiled and once he finished getting dressed, he walked to the bed, grabbed Kurt's hands and pulled him up into a sitting position.

"Don't I deserve some time to relax?" Kurt whined.

"You had the whole day" Blaine laughed. "I thought our shared activity was relaxing."

"Well, it was" Kurt admitted.

"Then let's get dressed" Blaine said. "Come on, we have to leave."

Kurt groaned but got out of the bed with Blaine's help. He quickly pulled up his clothes from earlier, checked his hair and was ready to leave within a few minutes. Blaine took his hand and led him downstairs, grabbing their keys on the way. Just when they were about to leave, the front door opened and Danny stepped inside.

"Danny? What are you doing here?" Kurt asked.

"My classes ended sooner" Danny said and without stopping to greet the others, he made his way to the stairs.

Kurt and Blaine looked at each other, frowning. Something was wrong with the boy.

"How was your first day?" Blaine called after him.

"Horrible" Danny answered without looking back.

"I will talk to him" Kurt sighed.

"Good idea" Blaine nodded. "I have to go."

"I know" Kurt said and gave him a quick kiss. "Good luck with your meeting."

He waited until Blaine left, then turned back towards the stairs, sighing heavily. Whatever was bothering his kid, he would find out soon. He walked to Danny's room and knocked on the open door. Danny was lying on the bed but turned his head to face Kurt when he heard him knock.

"May I come in?" Kurt asked quietly.

Danny closed his eyes and nodded. Kurt sighed as he walked to the bed and sat down beside Danny, smiling sadly.

"I guess things didn't work the way you expected" Kurt said.

"Nobody talked to me" Danny said. "Not even the teachers."

"It was just your first day. It will get better" Kurt shrugged.

"What if it won't?" Danny asked. "I don't want to be the weird kid without friends."

"Honey, you have to give them a chance to get to know you" Kurt smiled.

Danny sighed heavily and closed his eyes.

"What's wrong with me?" he asked. "Why does everyone hate me?"

"Don't be overdramatic" Kurt smirked. "You had a lot of friends in your old school."

"Only because they knew who you are" Danny rolled his eyes. "They weren't even real friends. They only wanted to get close to you."

"I'm sure it's not true" Kurt said.

"None of them called me since I left" Danny pointed out.

"Did you call them?" Kurt asked.

"No" Danny admitted quietly.

"See? Maybe they are waiting for you to call them. You should give it a try" Kurt said.

"Maybe you are right" Danny said uncertainly.

"Of course I am" Kurt said. "And I have a great idea how you could get new friends."

"I'm listening" Danny said.

"After-school activities" Kurt said. "When I was in high school, I joined the glee club because I was so lonely. It was the best decision of my life. That's how I got new friends. That's how I met your dad."

Danny smiled like every time Kurt mentioned his parents. He knew that it would happen, that was why he talked about Will now.

"You think that I should join the glee club?" Danny asked.

"Or the drama club. Or whatever you want. It's your life, I can't tell you what to do with it" Kurt said.

"Thank you" Danny said and sat up to hug Kurt.

"You're welcome" Kurt smiled. "Blaine won't be back anytime soon and I'm sure he will be hungry when he gets home. Do you want to help me cook something for dinner?"

"Yeah" Danny nodded. "I think it will distract me for a while."

"That's right" Kurt nodded and stood up. "Come on. We have to figure out what to cook."

"Something sweet and unhealthy" Danny muttered.

"Fine. But only because you had a bad day" Kurt said.

~ o ~

Blaine loved the Puckers. It had been one of the best decisions of his life that he had joined the band. His whole life was about music, being on the stage, travelling a lot and he absolutely loved it. Okay, he missed being at home, especially when they were on tour for a longer time but it came with being famous, they had learnt how to live with it.

Now they were working on their new album and it meant that he could be at home a lot more. They still had to practice every day but he tried to finish early, so he had enough time for his family. They had an especially great day, it was only him and Puck, working on their new songs. They usually wrote them together. Puck had realised soon that Blaine was talented and always had new ideas, so he had asked him to help him with the songs. Thanks to that, their band was more famous than ever and now they had fans all over the world.

"Okay, that's it" Puck said and put his guitar down. "Let's go home."

"So early?" Blaine smirked.

"I promised Quinn that I would take the kids to see a movie" Puck explained. "She's tired."

"No wonder" Blaine nodded in understanding. "It must be hard for her."

"And it becomes harder with every single pregnancy" Puck sighed. "She still blames me for getting her pregnant again and made me promise that I won't go near her ever again."

"Wow" Blaine laughed.

"She won't remember it once the first trimester is over" Puck shrugged. "She acts like this every time."

"I don't understand how you can make it" Blaine shook his head slowly. "We only have one but it's still too much sometimes."

"I try to forget that my son is a teenager. That's how I do it" Puck said. "I simply don't listen to the smaller tantrums anymore. I guess we went through it so many times that I don't even notice them anymore."

Blaine smiled at that. He was surely lucky, considering what kind of hell his friends had to go through. There were the five kids of Puck and Quinn for example. And they had a sixth kid on the way. Even if they oldest was 13, they had two small kids and it would surely be like hell once they welcomed the newest member of their family. The last one if he could believe Quinn. She was pretty determined when she said that but he couldn't blame her. She was a great mother but having so many kids... Blaine felt so bad for them. But there were Nick and Jeff's triplets, too. Even if it was a lot easier now that the kids were older, they had a lot more trouble with them than Kurt and Blaine with their teenager kid. One kid was always easier to handle. Blaine had played with the idea of having one more but he didn't regret that they had forgotten about it with time. They were always so busy and sometimes he felt like they didn't even have enough time for Danny. How could they handle a much younger child on the top of that? No, they were fine this way. They could still have a baby later, if they really want one but not until they survived these years until Danny grew up completely.

"What about you?" Puck asked.

"What about me?" Blaine asked.

"Don't you want a little one you can take care of?" Puck smiled.

"God, no" Blaine said. "I'm glad that it's almost over. I don't want to start it over, at least not now. Luckily for me, my friends have so many children. I can always borrow one when I miss having smaller kids around."

"You can always borrow my kids if you want to" Puck smiled. "You can borrow them for a whole week or two."

"I thought so" Blaine laughed.

The door of the rehearsal room opened and they both turned to see who it was.

"Danny? What are you doing here?" Blaine asked in surprise as his very desperate looking kid stepped inside.

"Thank God you're here" Danny said. "I need your help."

"I told you so many times. Use condom if you don't want to get anyone pregnant" Puck said.

"What?" Danny asked in confusion. "Uhm... No, that's not exactly what I'm talking about but thanks, Puck. I will make sure I use condom once I need it."

"Good kid" Puck nodded.

"Why do you need my help?" Blaine asked as he turned back to Danny. "Wait. Does Kurt know that you came here after school? I thought it was his turn to pick you up after classes."

"He texted me that he couldn't make it in time. I told him that you would come for me" Danny said.

"You came here alone?" Blaine asked.

Danny rolled his eyes as he sat down beside Blaine.

"Believe it or not, I took the bus and guess what happened? Nothing" he said. "I'm old enough to leave on my own. Trust me, I know the way home. And here, too."

"You should have texted me or something" Blaine said in worry. "Anything could have happened and we wouldn't have known..."

"Blaine, I'm here and I'm perfectly fine. Stop worrying" Danny said.

"The kid is right" Puck agreed. "When I was 15, I not only went to school all alone every day, I tried on half of the cheerleaders..."

"Okay, we get it. You had sex with the whole town before you turned 17 but that's not how I imagine Danny's future" Blaine said in frustration.

"Only half of the town" Puck smirked. "I always prefered women."

Blaine closed his eyes and rubbed his forehead. There was a reason why he didn't want Puck to give Danny advice in any question, especially if girls were involved.

"That was a different time" he said in the end. "Today's world is a lot more dangeorus than it was in our childhood."

"He still has to learn to live on his own. You guys are awfully overprotective and it's not good at all" Puck said, smiling when Danny nodded in agreement.

"Say this again when he gets caught by a serial killer" Blaine said.

"Okay... As much as I enjoy this conversation, I still need help and I'm running out of time" Danny interrupted.

"And how can we help you?" Puck asked.

"I don't really know anyone at school and Kurt suggested that I should join a club to meet new people" Danny said. "And I chose the glee club."

"That's a good idea" Blaine said.

"Oh, no" Puck said at the same time.

"What's wrong with the glee club?" Danny frowned.

"Do you want to ruin your high school years?" Puck asked.

"It's just a club. Why would it..."

"Let me explain" Puck and walked to Danny to sit down beside the boy. "It's like... food chain. On the top are the popular kids. Football players, cheerleaders, the bests of the school. If you want to be popular and have a lot of friends, you have to join those teams."

"I hate football and I definitely don't want to be a cheerleader" Danny said.

"Glee club is great" Blaine said.

"Only if you're a loser and don't have a better chance" Puck said.

"I was in my school's glee club. We were like rock stars. We were the most popular kids at school" Blaine said.

"Because it was a private school and that was your only after school activity" Puck pointed out.

"It was still great. I met my best friends there" Blaine said.

"I was member of our glee club, too" Puck said. "Don't get me wrong, I got some good friends from there but I had to work very hard to keep up my reputation. Glee club is like social suicide if you aren't a popular kid, so only do it if you're perfectly sure you can live with the everyday humiliation it means."

Danny gulped nervously. He didn't want to be humiliated. He only wanted to get to know a few kids and have real friends. He didn't want the others to make fun of him.

"You think that I should find something else?" he asked uncertainly.

"No" Blaine said seriously. "If you want to sing, then do it. Don't listen to anyone."

"But Puck said..."

"The world has changed a lot since we were kids. I'm sure that kids at your age more open-minded and don't humiliate others for their love of music" Blaine said.

"I don't know..." Danny said nervously.

"Just give it a try" Blaie said. "If you don't like it, you can always quit."

"Or beat up those who make fun of you" Puck said. "It always worked in my time."

Blaine rolled his eyes but decided to ignore Puck's comment.

"You want me to help you with your audition?" Blaine asked as he turned back to Danny.

"Yes" the boy nodded.

"Why don't you ask Kurt?" Blaine asked.

"Because he would want me to sing from a musical but it's not my world" Danny explained. "I want to show them who I really am. I need something..."

"Cool?" Puck asked.

"Exactly!" Danny nodded.

"Then sing one of our songs. We are cool" Puck said.

"Uhm... I also don't want them to find out who I am" Danny said.

"Okay, I'm confused" Puck said. "That's the opposite of what you said just a few seconds ago."

"I want to show them my talent but without giving them a chance to make connection between me and Blaine" Danny explained.

"Wait. They don't know that..." Blaine motioned between him and Danny.

"Of course not! It would ruin everything" Danny said.

"Because I'm not cool?" Blaine asked in confusion. "Letting them known that your adoptive dads are famous would definitely make you a popular kid."

"And I would lose the chance to have real friends" Danny said. "I don't want them to like me because of you. I want them to like me. The real me."

"Okay" Blaine said slowly. He wasn't sure if he liked this but he wanted to help Danny with his audition. Everything else could wait a little longer. "Let's try a few songs and see which one suits you the most."

"I might have a few ideas" Danny said and quickly pulled out a few sheets from his bag. "I couldn't decide which one would be the best for my voice, so..."

"I love this song" Puck said as he looked down at the first paper in Danny's hand.

"It could be good" Blaine nodded in agreement. "Let's get onto the stage."

He grabbed the guitar and pressed it into Puck's hands before walking onto the stage to get the other one.

"Do you want to play?" he asked and held out the other guitar for Danny to take it.

"Oh, yes" Danny said excitedly and grabbed the guitar.

Blaine nodded and ran his hands down the keyboard, preparing himself for the song.

"Are you ready?" he asked after a second.

Danny looked down at the empty room in front of him, smiling. Of course he was ready. It was practically in his blood to be in the stage.

~ o ~

...It's my life
And it's now or never
'Cause I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just want to live while I'm alive
'Cause it's my life!

Danny smiled as he looked down at the other students sitting in the first rows of the auditorium. His performance was perfect, of course. Every single note in place, every movement smooth, just like how it was supposed to be. He was a lot better than the other applicants, he knew that. They had been awful to be honest. They were insecure, they hadn't moved the slightest and they had all sung those boring old songs. It seemed like they were from another century at least if not another world.

"Thank you, uhm... David..."

"It's Daniel but Danny is fine, too" Danny said.

"Danny. We will let you know about our decision soon" the boy whose name Danny didn't remember because it was so long and strange said.

"But you didn't need time with the others. You accepted them immediately" Danny replied.

"Because they were great" the guy said.

Danny looked at him in disbelief. He couldn't honestly tell him that the others were good enough for them but he wasn't. He was a lot better than any of these kids.

"I don't get it. What's your problem with my performance?" he asked.

"You didn't choose from the setlist" one of the girls said.

"Which setlist?" Danny asked slowly.

"The one we made for this year's performances" the girl said.

"Nobody said anything about the setlist. How was I supposed to know about it?" Danny asked.

"Everyone knows about the setlist" the first boy said.

"I just started attending this school" Danny explained.

"Your problem" the girl right in front of him shrugged.

"Just let me try again, okay? I'm sure I can sing you something that suits this year's themes" Danny said hastily. He had to get in. He couldn't fail in something like this. What would Kurt and Blaine think about him?

"It has to be a classic" the girl replied.

"Okay" Danny nodded, although he had no idea what they wanted from him. It's My Life was a classic, it was the perfect choice for this theme.

"It also can't be from the 21th century" another boy said.

"Or the 20th" the boy beside him added.

"You don't sing songs from the past 120 years?" Danny asked carefully. He must have come to the wrong audition. This couldn't be the glee club.

"From the past 200 but sometimes we can an exception" the boy who must have been the leader replied.

Danny took a deep breath. It must have been a nightmare. Yeah, it was surely a nightmare. He had been so nervous about this audition that he must have fallen asleep on his last class and now he had this very strange dream about kids who got trapped in the 19th century...

"Nobody sang Bach today" a girl said.

"Oh, you're right" the girl beside her nodded. "I don't get it. He's always the most popular..."

Danny had heard enough. He quickly turned around and started walking towards the door.

"Hey! Where are you going?" a boy called after him. He didn't really care who it was.

"I still hope it's just a nightmare..." he said, stopping for a second to look back. "...but if it's not, I wasted two whole hours of my Friday afternoon for this joke of a show choir. I changed my mind. I don't want to join you."

"You can't change your mind!" the leader of the team gasped. "We can kick our members out but noone is allowed to quit, especially not before we decide if they can join us or not."

Danny rolled his eyes and turned away. He wasn't scared of these losers.

"Just so you know, we wouldn't have accepted you anyway!" the boy called after him. "We wouldn't let a rebel like you ruin the hard work of generations..."

Danny stepped through the door and slammed it shut, glad that it cut off the angry voices calling after him. He closed his eyes and sighed, giving himself a second to compose himself. He had imagined how could this audition take a horrible turn but this one was a lot worse than any of his nightmares.

"So much for getting new friends" he muttered. Maybe leaving his old school wasn't a good decision after all.

Chapter Text

"My life is over."

Blaine suppressed a laugh as he turned away from Danny's door. It was Saturday morning and he and Kurt were standing in front of the boy's room, waiting for him to finally come out after the disastrous rehearsal the previous day. Danny hadn't said too much about it but it was obvious that things had gone wrong. He had been hiding in his room since coming home from the rehearsal and Kurt was getting worried about him. That was why they were both standing here, trying to convince Danny that his life wasn't over because of some club.

"I'm sure it wasn't that bad" Kurt said.

"They hated me" came Danny's response form the other side of the door. "I can't go back there ever again."

"Don't be overdramatic" Blaine said. "It's just a club. You will find another one."

Danny didn't say anything at that. Kurt bit his lips in worry as he turned to Blaine.

"What do you think?" he asked.

"He should join the drama club because he sounds awfully like you. That's what I think" Blaine answered.

Kurt rolled his eyes.

"That's not what I was talking about" he said. "I thought you had an idea how we should solve this."

"I think we should leave him alone. He's a big boy, he will come out once he's ready" Blaine said.

"He already skipped dinner and breakfast. I won't let him miss another meal, it's not healthy" Kurt said determinedly.

Blaine shook his head, smiling. He could say whatever he wanted, he couldn't change Kurt's mind.

"Okay. Who wants pancakes?" Blaine asked loudly. "Danny?"

"You can't make my life better with pancakes" Danny replied.

"At least I tried" Blaine shrugged. "Okay. I'm out of ideas."

"Sweetie, just come out and talk to us" Kurt said. "It surely wasn't that bad..."

Suddenly, Danny opened the door and stepped outside. It was obvious that he hadn't had any sleep that night.

"It was" he said. "It was horrible actually. I sang the song we practiced and then they told me that they had a setlist I should have known about and I should have picked a song from that list. Okay, I thought, I'm professional, I can make it. But I couldn't because it turned out they don't sing any songs from the past 200 years!"

"Isn't it a show choir?" Blaine asked in confusion.

"Apparently, it looks like it isn't" Danny replied. "No wonder noone wants to talk to me. Even the losers hate me. I will spend my remaining years of high school as an outsider."

Kurt and Blaine looked at each other. They had had their own problems back in high school but they had never been alone. It meant a lot when you had at least a few friends.

"Other afterschool activities?" Kurt tried to come up with something.

"There's nothing else" Danny said. "Most clubs don't take new students, only these weirdos like the science club or-or the superhero club..."

"There's a superhero club in your school?" Blaine asked excitedly.

"No way" Danny said.

"Why not?" Blaine asked.

"Because they are completely insane" Danny said. He sighed heavily and shook his head again. "Now if you excuse me, I have to do my homework."

Blaine quickly grabbed his arm before Danny could close the door again and pulled him out onto the corridor again.

"You won't hide in there any longer" Blaine said. "Kurt's right. You need to eat something and then, if you're in the mood, we can train a little."

"Really?" Danny asked, smiling the first time since he had gotten home from his rehearsal.

"Yes" Blaine nodded.

"And I have a beautiful idea for the afternoon" Kurt smiled. "Shopping."

"Shopping?" Danny asked with a raised eyebrow.

"Of course" Kurt nodded. "Come on, I know you want to go shopping. It always makes me feel good. It would make you feel better as well, right?"

"Maybe a little" Danny admitted.

"Very good" Kurt nodded. "I will make you breakfast. What do you want to eat? Eggs? Sandwich?"

"Eggs will be fine" Danny said.

"Just give me five minutes" Kurt said and disappeared from their sight within a blink.

Blaine smirked as he turned back to Danny.

"You know you take advantage of his love, right?" he asked.

"Maybe sometimes" Danny admitted.

Blaine laughed, shaking his head. It was unbelievable that Kurt never noticed what was really going on...

~ o ~

Although the morning hadn't started too well, they had a really good day together. Blaine and Danny had stayed in the basement until lunch, using their free time effectively. Blaine showed Danny a few more techniques how he could defend himself and fight back if necessary. When they finally walked upstairs, tired and hungry, Kurt was already waiting for them. They decided to have lunch in their favourite restaurant and then they headed to the mall to buy a few clothes.

Blaine stayed behind after a while. He got bored of shopping a lot sooner than the others and he thought that Kurt and Danny needed some alone time, too. Although they worked together as a real family, Danny was still closer to Kurt than he would ever be to Blaine. It was fine, though. It was Kurt who had raised the boy since his first year after all. They needed this little time they had to keep up their great relationship.

And Blaine needed some alone time, too. Because there was something he had planned for a while and now he felt like he was ready. Once he made sure Kurt and Danny were lost in shopping, Blaine walked to the jewellery shop he had visited so many times in the past few months. It had been before Danny's birthday that he and Kurt had gone out to buy presents for the boy when Blaine had seen it. A simple golden ring with a few bright blue gems. A perfect present for Kurt. Blaine had been waiting for the right time to buy it, though. First he had been afraid of buying it because Kurt would think that Blaine wanted to propose and the thought had scared him at first. But then time had passed by and Blaine had found himself thinking about marrying Kurt a lot. It wasn't like they weren't ready for marriage, right? They had been together for almost 10 years, they were happy together, they worked together perfectly and they imagined their lives together. It wasn't like it would change anything... They would still live together, they would love together and they would dream about a future together. Just like before. So Blaine finally gathered his courage and decided to buy the ring.

He looked around before he stepped inside, knowing that he had to be careful. He could never be sure that there was noone watching him and the last thing he needed was to find his photo in the papers before he could propose. No, it was something they had to do privately. He wanted to surprise Kurt, so nobody could find out what he planned for his boyfriend. Okay, maybe he should tell Danny. He had to explain why he needed a night together with Kurt after all.

He didn't spend much time in the shop, he walked straight to the ring he had chosen and checked if it would fit. It seemed like it had been made for Kurt, though, so he quickly paid for the ring and left before anyone could recognize him. He pocketed the ring and as he walked back to his family, he was already thinking about a way to present it to Kurt. Preferably as soon as possible because he wasn't too good in hiding things from his boyfriend.

"Where have you been?" Kurt asked as Blaine joined him and Danny, still in the same shop he had left them.

"Just looked around" Blaine answered. "You know. To make sure there wasn't any stalkers or crazy fans around."

Kurt sighed heavily. It hadn't been long since a crazy fan of Blaine had followed Kurt and Danny to the mall and trapped them in the bathroom because he had wanted to ensure he got the VIP tickets for Blaine's upcoming concert. Since that incident, they were a lot more careful in the mall, even if Kurt hadn't let Blaine get them bodyguards again.

"It's not funny, Blaine" Kurt said seriously.

"Don't worry, honey" Blaine said and gave Kurt a quick kiss. "I won't let anyone near you. I promise."

"Well, while you were playing bodyguard for us, we found some clothes for ourselves" Kurt pointed at the dozens of outfits at his leg.

"You can't be serious" Blaine said slowly. Kurt had already way too many clothes and his wardrobe seemed to get more crowded with every passed day.

"I will show you them tonight" Kurt whispered into his ear.

"Oh-Okay" Blaine said. He had no chance when Kurt played with him like this.

"Guys, no sex in the mall" Danny said disapprovingly.

"We would never do that. We are professionals" Blaine said and leaned closer to Kurt. "Although that changing room seems nice."

"Blaine!" Kurt gasped and slapped Blaine's shoulder.

"Is it my fault you look so sexy?" Blaine asked innocently.

"Let's go home before you do something embarrassing" Kurt laughed and grabbed Blaine's arm to lead him out of the shop.

Later that evening, when they were home, Blaine finally found some time to talk to Danny privately. The boy was sitting in his room, seemingly lost in some website. Blaine raised an eyebrow and looked at the page over Danny's shoulder. The boy must have sensed that someone was watching him because he quickly closed the window and turned around.

"Blaine! You scared me" he said.

Blaine took a careful step forward. He didn't like it when Danny tried to hide something from him, especially when his Internet connection was involved. Although they had talked about it a lot, Danny still didn't understand how dangerous Internet could be and people like them had to be even more careful.

"What were you doing on your computer?" Blaine asked.

"Just... reading" Danny replied.

"Danny."

The boy sighed. Blaine always knew when he didn't tell him the truth.

"It's just a blog, okay?" he said in the end, still not ready to show Blaine the page. There were all of his secrets after all and he didn't want any of his fathers to see it.

"What kind of blog?" Blaine asked.

"A personal one" Danny rolled his eyes. "It's not a big deal, practically everyone has a blog nowadays..."

"Nobody knows who you really are, right?" Blaine asked.

"Of course not!" Danny said. "Could you stop this I'm-the-security-God-so-I-can-keep-your-whole-life-controlled thing?"

"Security god?" Blaine smirked.

"I'm careful. You don't have to check on everything I do" Danny said seriously.

"Fine" Blaine said in the end. "I believe that you're responsible and I respect your privacy, so I won't check on that blog of you."

"Thanks" Danny said gladly.

"I still need to talk to you, though" Blaine continued.

"About what?" Danny asked.

"I... I would like to go on a date with Kurt. Tomorrow" Blaine said.

"Fine" Danny said easily. His dads didn't need his permission to go anywhere.

"Kurt wouldn't want to leave you alone, though, so..."

"Oh, I get it" Danny nodded. "So I have to convince him that I'm perfectly well without you and that you need some time together."

"Exactly" Blaine smiled.

"I can do that" Danny said in the end.

Blaine seemed surprisingly excited when he heard the answer.

"Is everything alright?" Danny asked.

"Of course" Blaine said. He decided not to tell Danny anything until Kurt said 'yes' because if his answer would be a 'no', it would be awkward enough without anyone knowing about it. "I just... I can't wait to go out on a dinner with Kurt. It's been so long since the last time."

"Seven days, it's an awfully lot" Danny smiled.

"Ah, you don't understand this" Blaine shook his head but he was smiling, too. When he was nervous, he did stupid things.

~ o ~

Kurt hummed happily and closed his eyes as he took the first forkful of cheesecake into his mouth. He loved these nights when he and Blaine were all alone and he certainly loved this place Blaine had picked for their date. The food was delicious and so was the wine and on the top of that, they had a private room just for themselves where nobody saw or disturbed them. It was definitely a good choice. He made himself a mental note to come here more often.

"Thanks for bringing me here tonight" he said. "This place is amazing."

"I know" Blaine smiled. "I wanted a place where we could be alone."

"Why is it so?" Kurt asked, smiling.

"Well, I..." Blaine didn't know how to continue. He knew that it was his moment to ask Kurt to marry him but he didn't know how to do it.

"Blaine, is something wrong?" Kurt asked in worry.

"No. No, of course not" Blaine said hastily.

"You seem nervous" Kurt pointed out.

"I might be" Blaine replied.

"Okay. Now I'm definitely worried" Kurt said.

"I just... You know it's been almost ten years since we got together" Blaine started. Yes, that's how he had to do it.

"Of course I do" Kurt said, taking his boyfriend's hand. "And I still enjoy every moment with you."

"That's... great because I have to ask you something" Blaine said. He should have gone through his speech because he wasn't too good with words and Kurt definitely deserved a better proposal but it was too late. He had to do it without help.

"I'm listening" Kurt said.

Blaine reached into his pocket and grabbed the small box, squeezing it tightly.

"Kurt, you are the love of my life" Blaine started. "These years have been beautiful and I know that the rest of our lives will be just as amazing. Because you are the most perfect boyfriend I can have. You make me a better person, Kurt. You make me happy and I... Okay, I'm stuttering, right?"

"It's sweet but I still don't understand what you're trying to say" Kurt smiled.

Get on your knees, you idiot, Blaine reminded himself.

He quickly got on one knee in front of Kurt and opened the box to show Kurt the ring inside. Kurt gasped in surprise and Blaine panicked. What if he would say no?

"I... I just... Okay, your expression scares me, so I will just say it. I love you, Kurt, and I would love to spend the rest of my life with you. As your husband" Blaine said. He screwed up, he knew it. That wasn't how people proposed. He didn't even asked Kurt in the end, just said what he wanted. It was so wrong...

But Kurt smiled and knelt down beside him, taking his hand.

"Yes" Kurt said.

"Yes, I'm an idiot?" Blaine asked uncertainly.

"You certainly are" Kurt agreed, pressing a soft kiss to Blaine's lips. "But you are my idiot. And I want to spend the rest of my life with you. As your husband."

Blaine was speechless. Was it real? Did Kurt really say that he wanted to marry him?

"Now comes the ring part" Kurt smiled.

"Oh, yes. Of course" Blaine said. His hands were shaking, so in the end it was Kurt who took the ring from the box and put it on his ring finger. It fitted perfectly.

"I love you" Kurt said.

"I love you, too" Blaine replied. Still kneeling on the ground, he pulled Kurt into his arms and kissed him, glad for the private room, so they could enjoy this moment without being scared that someone might see them. They had to announce the news soon because people would notice Kurt's ring sooner or later but it could wait a little more. It was their night, they could share the news with their fans the next day. Or a few days later. It so didn't matter right then and there.

~ o ~

All the lights were on, windows and doors securely locked, the alarm system on. Danny had checked everything four times. It wasn't like he didn't like being alone in the house. He had enjoyed the first two hours when it hadn't been dark outside. He had spent some time outside at the pool, then he had gone inside and ordered pizza. It had been great to have the house just for himself. But then the night came and Danny started worrying. He hated being alone in the dark house. It was one of his biggest secret, one that noone knew about. He was scared of being alone after darkness.

He knew that he had nothing to be scared of. Their house was most certainly the safest place of the whole city, Blaine always made sure to get them the newest alarm systems and nobody but their closest friends knew where they lived, so he was safe from his dads' crazy fans and possible criminals who wanted to kidnap him for ransom. It still didn't help that uneasy feeling that came out every time he was left alone. Because no matter how safe their house was, he knew that there were people out there who could get to him if they really wanted to.

It had happened once. Although Danny had just a few memories of that time of his life, he remembered exactly how scared he had been when Jeremy Carter had taken him from home and had held him captive for days. He still remembered the pain the man had caused him or the feeling of the gun pressed to his head. And that was what made him so scared of the darkness.

Danny closed his eyes and forced himself to take a few deep breath. He had to calm down. Kurt and Blaine could be back in any second and he didn't want to let them know how he felt. Kurt would be worried about him again and probably wouldn't let him out of his sight anytime soon. That was the last thing he needed. And he also had to find a way to fight down his fear because he would move out someday to start his own life and as much as he hoped that he wouldn't be single by that time, there was no guarantee that he would find someone. Especially if things didn't change drastically because right now he was nobody, just a loser without friends who spent his whole weekend with his dads because he had nobody else.

Danny finished his pizza on the living room's couch and when the movie he had been watching ended, he turned off the TV and got rid of the evidence that he had eaten in the living room. Kurt didn't like it when he brought food in there but since Kurt wasn't at home and wouldn't find out about it anyway, Danny thought that he deserved that much. It wasn't like he burnt down the house or something equally horrible. People usually ate in the living room, it was only Kurt who freaked out when his precious carpet got dirty.

He walked back into the living room to grab his phone and check on the doors again. Okay, it was insane but there was no way that he would go upstairs AND turn off the lights downstairs before making sure everything was locked and the security system worked properly. He might try to heal himself from his fear but it didn't mean he would be careless. He shook his head as he checked the front door, knowing how insane he was. He remembered when he had locked it before, of course it was still closed... He quickly turned off the first lights in the kitchen and the hall and then walked back into the living room.

Once his phone was in his hand, he turned off the light in the living room as well and then went to check on the security alarm one more time before moving back into his room. But as he passed the window, he glanced at the garden for a brief moment. Usually, there was nothing out of order out there. Their garden most mostly empty, they only had a few rose bushes, two old trees and grass everywhere else. He sighed in relief when he found the garden empty again and turned to walk out of the room. But then he saw something from the corner of his eyes. It was a shadow – and it was moving.

Danny shrieked and almost dropped his phone as he hastily crouched down. God, there was somebody in the garden... What should he do now?

He took a few deep breaths and shakily stood up. He had to make sure it wasn't just his imagination playing with him and if he was right – he hoped he wasn't –, he had to get help as soon as possible. He carefully peeked out of the window, searching for the shadow he had seen before. But the garden seemed quiet again, there was nobody out there. He pressed his eyes closed and sighed in relief. Of course it was his stupid mind playing with him again. It had happened before. He was so scared of the darkness that something he made up things that weren't even there.

"It was the wind" he told himself. "It was just the wind. There's noone out there."

He kept his eyes on the garden for a few more minutes but nothing happened. He calmed down a bit and finally turned away from the window, berating himself for scaring himself uselessly again. He seriously had some trouble with his head. It wasn't normal that he saw things that weren't even there.

He checked the security alarm before moving to the stairs, deciding that he would spend the evening in his room, writing his blog and answering PMs. He had gotten two that day and it was time to answer those messages. It wasn't like he could sleep until the others got back from their dinner. Even if he calmed down a bit, there was no way in hell that he could fall asleep when he was completely alone in the house.

He walked up the stairs, without looking back at the window one more time, to his luck. Because the man now standing in front of the window would surely have scared him to death.

~ o ~

The man walked back to the car and got inside, looking at the laptop in his boss' lap with a raised eyebrow.

"The kid saw you" his boss said.

"He saw a shadow. Nothing more" the man replied.

"You have to be more careful next time" his boss said, typing on his laptop. He had to change the recordings of the security camera before the bodyguard noticed anything. His man walking around in his garden, for example. Then he opened another window on his laptop and checked the messages. Nothing.

"I don't get it" the other man said after a while. "Why don't we go inside now, kill the kid and then wait for the others in there? It would be so easy to kill them now."

"Because the time isn't right" his boss said.

"It's not now your father did things" the man replied.

"My father is dead, Mick, and you're working for me now" the boss said seriously.

"I remember, Ethan" Mick said. "Although I liked how your father worked a lot better. It was quick, easy and violent. What are you doing by the way?"

"Waiting for a message from William Sh" Ethan smirked. It hadn't been hard to find Danny's blog and get in touch with him. Now Danny believed that he was a nerd from another high school with similar problems. It went slowly because he had to be careful with what he said but it seemed that he would earn Danny's trust soon.

"I don't get. Why are you messing with the kid?" Mick asked.

"Because he will be our best source of informations" Ethan answered.

"You think that he will tell you anything?" Mick asked sceptically.

"You would be surprised how much these kids tell each other when they think they are anonymous" Ethan smiled. "And here it is. Danny's reply."

"We could kill him" Mick said, looking at the house. "You said you wanted to cause the bodyguard pain. It would surely upset him to find the kid dead."

"I want to break him. Big difference" Ethan said.

"I don't understand" Mick said.

Ethan rolled his eyes. Of course. He didn't keep Mick around because he was such a smart man.

"We could kill him right now, yes. It would surely upset Anderson but he would move on eventually. That's not what I want. I want to break him slowly. I want him to lose everything before I strike. I want him to beg for death before I finally kill him" Ethan said.

"It will take you some time" Mick said.

"Ten years in that hell taught me how to be patient" Ethan replied.

His phone beeped and he laughed as he read the text.

"Our lovebirds got engaged" Ethan said. "It's just getting better. Blaine gets everything he wants and then I come and destroy everything. Perfect."

"If you say so" Mick shrugged. He didn't see how this plan could work but Ethan was his boss and he did as he was told. No question. Or not too many. That was how he had survived in this business for the past twenty years.

"Don't worry, if everything goes according to the plan, I will get you one of them to play with. The fiancé or the kid, your choice" Ethan said after a while.

Mick smiled cruelly. Now that sounded like a great plan.

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Kurt moaned and turned to his side, enjoying the warmth of the bed a little longer. He felt amazing. He kept his eyes closed, remembering the previous night. They had gotten home late from their date where Blaine had asked him to marry him. Marriage. It was really happening. He had been waiting for this for so long and now they were finally getting married. Life was perfect.

"Kurt."

"Five more minutes" Kurt muttered.

"Kurt, wake up!" Blaine said urgently.

Kurt opened one eye and looked at his boyfr- fiancé. He could get used to this easily.

"We overslept" Blaine said.

"We... Oh, shit" Kurt said as he jumped out of the bed. "Danny has to go to school!"

He rushed out of the room and to Danny's door. He knocked on the door until he heard his son's gruff voice from the other side.

"What do you want?" Danny asked.

"You're gonna be late from school" Kurt said as he opened the door. "Get up and get dressed. I'll make you something for breakfast."

Danny checked the time on his phone and his eyes widened. They should have been on their way to the school, there was no way in hell he could get there in time...

"Danny, move!" Kurt said and disappeared from his sight to get dressed and make his kid something to eat.

Five minutes later, they were sitting in the car on their way to the school.

"I can't believe I'm gonna be late from school" Danny said in panic. It was just what he needed. His teachers and classmates hated him already, now they gave him another reason to make fun of him. "Why didn't you wake me up?"

"Because I overslept" Kurt explained. "It happens sometimes."

"No, it never happens" Danny said. "Not with you."

"It was a long night, okay?" Kurt said in frustration. "Besides, I think you're old enough to wake up on your own. You don't need me anymore. There'll be days when I have to go to work early and I won't be around to make sure you get to school in time."

"Thanks for telling me in time" Danny rolled his eyes.

Once they got to school, he jumped out of the car and left without a word. Kurt looked after him, shaking his head. Teenagers... And it seemed like it was just getting harder with him every day. Kurt made himself a mental note to get home n time that day because they needed to talk. They had to share the great news with Danny before he could learn it from somebody else.

~ o ~

Danny couldn't believe Kurt and Blaine had done this to him. Thanks for their late night date the previous day, the boy hadn't only overslept, he had been tired the whole day. In the end, he had managed to fall asleep in the middle of his last class and unfortunately, his teacher hadn't been too happy for that. Danny had woken up to the laughing of his classmates, finding a furious looking Mrs Hansen beside his desk. It was the worst way to wake up, that was sure. Although he hadn't been kicked out of the classroom, Mrs Hansen had given him extra homework he had to present the next day.

After all of this, Danny didn't really want to go home. He knew for sure that the others wouldn't understand him and they would blame him for falling asleep in his class. Kurt would probably check on his homework and send him to sleep early to make sure it didn't happen again. He so didn't need any of his fathers to treat him like a baby. He was 15, he was fine on his own.

Believing that some time off after school would solve all of his problems, Danny sent Kurt a quick text to let him know that he had to stay in school a little longer and that he would be home soon. He knew that Kurt didn't like it when he went home alone but he had done it a few times the previous week and he was fine, so he didn't see why he couldn't do it again. It wasn't like anything could happen to him on his way home.

He didn't stay in school, though. He hated this place and couldn't wait to get out of here. He decided to go to the mall instead. He had only used his credit card once and he had a lot of money he could spend. And he definitely deserved to buy a few things after such a horrible day.

He chose one of the less crowded doors to get inside. It wasn't like there were too many people around, it was Monday afternoon and most people were still at work or school, but there was still a chance that he would bump into one of his fathers' friends and he wanted to avoid that. How could he explain what he was doing here when he should have been at school?

So he chose the back door where he knew only a few people were around. This time he only saw a girl and two boys, maybe a few years older than him. He only glanced at them and continued his way to the door when suddenly, the girl cried out. Danny stopped immediately and now he noticed that one of the guys held her pressed to the wall and was whispering something into her ear. Danny turned towards them, dropped his bag and grabbed the boy's shoulder.

"Is there something wrong?" he asked. His fathers had taught him to stay out of trouble if he could help it but he had also learnt from Blaine that they had to intervene if someone was in danger. And it certainly looked like this girl needed help.

"Nothing is wrong. Keep going, kid" the other boy replied.

"Let go of her" Danny said, glancing at the small figure of the girl between the two boys. He recognized this type. Football players, probably. Tall and muscular, seemingly stupid.

"Go, kid" the other boy said.

"Or what?" Danny challenged.

"Or I will break your nose" the boy replied.

Danny snorted. As if it was so easy...

"I would love to see you try" he said.

And he tried. Danny barely had enough time to jump out of the way of the fist flying towards his face. He quickly stepped back, getting some distance between himself and the boys.

"Not so brave anymore, right?" the boy who had held the girl smirked, finally releasing the girl.

"Run" Danny told her.

He didn't have time to check if she ran away because the two boys attacked him at the same time and he had to focus on them if he didn't want a broken nose. And he certainly didn't want one. He took a few more steps back, trying to learn more about the attackers. That was what Blaine had taught him at first. He had to find their weakness, so he had a chance to defeat them.

"Come on, kid. There's nowhere to go" one boy said.

"You should have stayed out of this" the other one said. "But we'll gladly teach you a lesson."

"You think that you Neanderthals can teach me anything?" Danny snorted.

"Someone has a big mouth" the first boy smirked and turned to his friend. "Would you like to start?"

"With pleasure" the other one replied.

He reached out to grab Danny's arm but the boy grabbed his wrist and twisted it behind his back, then pushed the boy to the wall. Once he let go of his arm, he turned to the other boy who was running towards him, raising his fist to hit him. Danny ducked his head and kicked the boy, sending him down to the ground. The boy landed on his back, groaning in pain.

Neanderthal 1 was back, attacking from behind this time. He grabbed Danny's shoulders, puling him close and used one arm to hold the boy down, then reached for his wrist with his free hand. Danny trampled on his foot and threw his head back. The boy behind him hissed as Danny's head collided with his nose and let go of the boy immediately. Danny turned around without hesitation and punch the boy in his face. Although he didn't get the boy's nose again, it surely hurt like hell. His attacker stepped back, pressing a hand to his face.

"Get out of here" the other boy said, watching in horror how much pain Danny had caused his friend.

Danny smirked as he watched them grab their bags and disappear from the scene within a blink. It was always the same. Since he wasn't a huge and muscular boy, no one really expected him to be able to defend himself.

"That's it. Run, cowards!" he called after them.

He heard a quiet sob behind him and he turned around, noticing the first time that the girl was still there, sitting on the ground with her knees pulled up to her chest. She was seemingly scared. Danny sighed as he looked down at her and took a few slow steps towards her, careful not to scare her.

"Hey, are you alright?" he asked gently.

The girl nodded without a word.

"Did they hurt you?" he asked.

"No" the girl answered. "They just..."

She started crying. Danny knelt down beside her without hesitation and pulled her into his arms.

"It's okay" he said. "I don't think they'll be back anytime soon."

"Thank you" the girl cried.

"It's fine" Danny shrugged. He looked at the girl's face again and frowned. She seemed oddly familiar, he just didn't know where he had seen her before. "Have we met before?"

"I don't think so" the girl laughed. "I would remember you. I'm Alison, by the time."

Oh. Danny remembered where he had seen her before...

"I'm Danny" he said excitedly.

Alison looked at him in confusion. No, she seemingly didn't remember.

"I follow you on Twitter" Danny explained. "I love your blog. Your writing style is amazing."

"Oh, I remember you" Alison nodded in the end. "You're that huge Klaine fan, right?"

Danny smirked. If Alison knew...

"You can say that" he nodded.

"I always wondered how you so much about them" Alison said.

Danny smiled again. He could have told her about his relationship with Blaine and Kurt but he decided to keep it secret. Alison was beautiful, she had long, blond hair, bright blue eyes and she was wearing a hot black dress. She seemed a little older than him but who cared? He wanted to get to know this girl and he wanted her to like him. The real him, not the son of the famous Kurt Hummel and Blaine Anderson.

"Would you like a coffee?" Danny asked.

"Uhm... what?" Alison asked.

"I-I mean... I don't want to scare you... I-I'm not a bad guy, I swear..."

"You're cute" Alison smiled.

Well, that wasn't how Danny liked to be called but at least Alison didn't run from him screaming, so...

"So coffee?" he asked again. "My treat, of course."

"Why not?" Alison smiled.

Danny helped her get back to her feet and then stepped away from her to grab his bag. He didn't notice how Alison checked him from behind. Not the boy, just his clothes. When she realized that all of Danny's things were expensive, she smirked. He was definitely a better catch than the other two.

~ o ~

Kurt got home late that evening. He was tired like hell and he felt like he didn't want to talk to anyone at all. He had had a long day, he had repeated dialog after dialog because the guy he was working with seemed to forget his lines over and over again and he was pretty sure that he had been drunk, too. So it had been a very long day and Kurt wanted nothing but a long shower and get in bed with Blaine.

Thank God Blaine had brought Danny home from school. He would have been late again and Danny surely wouldn't have appreciated it.

"Hey, honey" Blaine greeted him as he walked out of the kitchen.

Kurt closed his eyes and hummed happily as Blaine pulled him into his arms. There was a very pleasant smell filling the room and Kurt knew that Blaine was preparing something delicious for dinner.

"You're so good to me" Kurt sighed happily.

"It was a long day, I get it" Blaine nodded and grabbed Kurt's hand, pulling him into the kitchen. "Sit down. I'll take care of everything."

Kurt watched Blaine for a while, taking the glass of water from him gladly. He was such a lucky man he had Blaine. He always knew what Kurt needed and he did his best to make Kurt's days better. He couldn't wait to marry him.

"Have you told Danny about the ring?" Kurt asked after a while.

"It would have been hard since I haven't seen him since this morning" Blaine replied.

"What?" Kurt gasped suddenly. "He isn't home?"

"No" Blaine said as he turned around quickly. "It was your turn to pick him up from school and..."

"...And he texted me that he had to stay a little longer and you would pick him up" Kurt said.

"Oh" Blaine muttered. "Shit."

"Yeah, huge shit" Kurt said and quickly got up from the table to get his phone. It was past 8, Danny was supposed to be home and work on his homework or get ready for bed. Whatever he should do, he should definitely be at home. Kurt berated himself for letting himself being tricked by the boy again and cursed quietly when Danny didn't pick his phone up.

"I'm sure it's nothing" Blaine said when he saw how worried Kurt was. "Maybe he stayed a little longer to chat with his schoolmates..."

"I thought you were there the last weekend when he talked about nothing but how lonely he was in school" Kurt replied.

"I still don't think we should be worried" Blaine said. His sixth sense usually worked perfectly when it was about his family. And now he didn't feel like Danny was in trouble. At least until he got home...

The front door opened and both men ran to the door to see who it was. Kurt groaned in frustration as Danny stepped through the door, seemingly trying to sneak inside without being noticed. Well, it didn't work.

"Where the hell have you been?" Kurt asked. Although he was relieved that Danny was fine, he didn't like that he had spent his afternoon God knew where, without telling his parents about it.

"I..."

Kurt's eyes found the small dark patches on Danny's shirt and his eyes widened.

"Is that blood?" he gasped.

"Kurt, I can explain..."

"Oh my God! Are you hurt?" Kurt aked in concern and pulled Danny into the living room to check on him.

"Kurt, I..."

"Who did this to you?" Kurt asked.

"Kurt, he's not hurt" Blaine said from behind. He knew the signs and had his own idea what could have happened.

"Then how..."Kurt started, glancing at Danny's clothes again. He grabbed the boy's hand and groaned again when he saw it was slightly swollen. "You went into a fight?"

"Kurt, it's not what you think..."

"Really? To be honest, I have no idea what to think" Kurt said. "Where have you been and what happened to you?"

"I... I wasn't in school" Danny said hesitantly.

"I figured out" Kurt replied.

"I had a really bad day and went to the mall after school... There were those boys, they tried to hurt Alison, I couldn't let it happen..."

"Who is Alison?" Blaine asked.

"A girl" Danny smiled.

Blaine raised an eyebrow. They weren't that stupid.

"The girl I saved from those boys" Danny explained. "She was pretty shaken up, I couldn't leave her there alone..."

"So you spent your whole afternoon with that girl you don't even know and didn't even think about telling us about it? What if it was a trap? What if they worked together and tried to lure you to their van to..."

Kurt fell silent, taking a few deep breaths. He had to remind himself that none of that happened and Danny was home safely.

"She's nice" Danny said. "Believe me, she's not like that."

"You don't know that" Kurt said.

"She knows nothing about me" Danny explained. "I didn't tell her who I really was. And she likes me."

He smiled again, remembering the beautiful afternoon he had spent with Alison.

"I'm gonna meet her tomorrow again" Danny said.

"No, you won't" Kurt said seriously.

"But..."

"You lied to us, Danny, not to mention you scared us to death" Kurt said. "You're grounded for two weeks."

"What? You never..."

"We never punished you before, right. Maybe we were wrong" Kurt said. It was definitely hard but he had to do this for Danny's sake. "I'll take you to school every day and pick you up after your classes. You'll spend the rest of the days at home. No friends, no fights with strangers and especially no dates with girls you barely know."

"You can't do this!" Danny gasped.

"Two weeks" Kurt said determinedly.

"Why do you have to ruin my life?" Danny asked and without waiting for an answer, he pushed himself through the others and ran upstairs. Seconds later, the adults heard as he slammed the door shut.

"Was it too much?" Kurt asked in concern as he turned to Blaine.

"No, it wasn't" Blaine replied without hesitation. "You handled the situation perfectly."

"But he hates me" Kurt said in concern. They had had slammer fights before but Danny had never said such things before.

"It's not true" Blaine said. "Just give him some time, he'll calm down."

"I hope you're right" Kurt sighed.

"Kurt, we have to set up some boundaries for his sake" Blaine said, pulling Kurt into his arms. "I know it's hard but we can't always be the cool parents."

"I want to be" Kurt muttered.

"I know, honey" Blaine laughed and kissed him. "Maybe we can reduce his punishment if he behaves himself."

"Tomorrow?" Kurt asked.

"You're horrible in this" Blaine smirked.

"I know..." Kurt sighed again.

"Come on, honey. Let's have dinner" Blaine said.

"Do you think he's hungry?" Kurt asked, glancing at the stairs.

"If he is, he can always come down here and have something" Blaine replied. "It's not like we let him starve."

"Maybe I should bring him some food..."

"Kurt, we're playing the bad parents, remember?" Blaine said. "Stop worrying about him. He's a big boy, he can come down here and make himself something if he's hungry."

"Fine" Kurt muttered. He hated being the bad parent. It was a lot harder than allowing Danny everything but he knew that he had to do this sometimes. It came with raising a teenage boy.

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Kurt was so wrong when he thought Danny would understand them and they could discuss what he had done wrong the next day. The boy simply decided that his dads were unfair and punished them by not talking to them at all. It worked, Kurt had to admit to himself. He felt bad for punishing Danny for that little mistake but he felt even worse when he saw how it affected his son.

Danny woke up early in that morning and got ready without a word. Kurt made him breakfast but Danny didn't even touch it. He got dressed, grabbed his bag and waited for Blaine in the hall.

"Danny, please, talk to me" Kurt said in the end. Screw the whole grounding, he couldn't let his child go to school like this.

"There's nothing we have to talk about" Danny said and turned to Blaine. "Can we go? I don't want to be late from school."

"Just a minute" Blaine said and disappeared from their sight.

"The Warblers are coming over today" Kurt said quietly. "Is it alright?"

"Does it matter what I think?" Danny asked.

Kurt sighed sadly.

"You know why we have to do this" Kurt said.

"No, I don't see why you have to punish me for defending an innocent girl" Danny said.

Kurt opened his mouth to say something but Danny was out of the house within a blink, slamming the door closed behind him.

"Still angry?" Blaine asked as he joined his fiancé.

"Yes" Kurt sighed. "I don't think he understands why he is grounded."

"I'll talk to him" Blaine said and kissed Kurt. "It's gonna be fine, honey."

"I hope so" Kurt said. He hated that Danny didn't talk to him. It felt so wrong.

Blaine and Danny were mostly silent on their way to the school. Danny looked everywhere but at Blaine and didn't even seem to notice the worried eyes of Blaine on him.

"It's not fair, you know" Blaine said in the end.

"What?" Danny asked.

"You know that he loves you and you use it against him. It's not fair" Blaine said again. "You are grounded for a reason."

"Yeah. For defending someone who needed help" Danny rolled his eyes. "Thanks for that, by the way. You're the parents of the year."

"You are grounded because you lied to us and didn't come home in time" Blaine reasoned. "I'm glad that you helped that girl yesterday but playing with us like this isn't cool. You should have gotten hurt and we wouldn't have known about it at all. You can't do that anymore. We are responsible for you and we will keep you safe, whether you want it or not."

"I wish I had normal parents" Danny sighed.

"Well, this is all you get" Blaine replied. "Don't think that other parents don't do such things when their kids do something stupid."

Danny snorted but didn't say anything. He had already decided to ask his newly gotten friends about it and he was sure that their parents weren't that old fashioned.

"Kurt'll be here for you at 3" Blaine said as they arrived. "Just... try to be nice to him."

"How long do I have to wait for him if he doesn't show up?" Danny asked. "You know, if he has something more important to do than coming for me. Like every other time."

"He will be here" Blaine replied. Danny's bad mood started to affect him as well. "Let's go! I don't want you to be late from your first class."

"Of course not" Danny muttered as he got out of the car and left without saying goodbye. Blaine shook his head as he watched the boy walk to the building. Damn, sometimes it was so hard with a teenage kid.

~ o ~

Kurt had a horrible day. He couldn't stop thinking about Danny and how he could make the boy talk to him. He considered taking back the punishment, so Danny would forgive them, but he wasn't sure if that was the best he could do. Danny had to learn not to lie to them again because he could get in trouble the next time, and Kurt didn't want him to get hurt. So he had to be strong and not let the boy have what he wanted. It was still hard. He had thought that these years would be a lot easier. Danny wasn't a small child anymore, he understood things a lot better, or so Kurt thought. He wasn't that sure anymore.

Luckily, he didn't have to spend the afternoon worrying about his child who decided to lock himself up in his room again after school. The Warblers came over and they made Kurt forget about his problems for a little while.

"How much time do you have left, Tina?" Jeff asked from where he was sitting with Nick on the couch.

Tina sighed as she looked down at her huge baby bump and then up at Wes who pulled her into his arms.

"Two more months" Tina said. "I can't wait to get over with it."

"And have our little one in our arms" Wes said.

Kurt smiled at the couple. Wes and Tina had gotten together six years earlier, after the huge Warbler party. They had surprised all of their friends when they had announced their relationship but everyone was happy for them. Apparently, the baby they had been trying to have had made them wait for long years. Tina couldn't get pregnant for a long while and they had already given up when Tina got finally pregnant. Now she was seven months along and she looked absolutely beautiful. She was clearly happy, even if the pregnancy got harder with every day.

"I can't believe you guys don't want to know its gender" Nick shook his head. "Wouldn't it be easier to know if it was a boy or a girl?"

"It would be, but we like surprises" Tina smiled.

"You have to tell us as soon as you get to know" Kurt said. "I haven't bought anything for the baby yet."

"Choose a neutral color" Wes suggested.

"Where would be the fun in that?" Kurt asked. "No. I'll wait until I figure out if it was a boy or a girl and then buy something beautiful for the baby. I have a lot of ideas what your baby should get."

"That's what I'm afraid of" Wes laughed.

"Come on, I love shopping for babies" Kurt sighed happily. "It's so great that there are more coming. Now your baby, then Puck and Quinn's... I'm so excited!"

"What about you, guys?" Jeff smirked. "When will Danny get a little brother or sister?"

"Preferably never" Blaine groaned. "We have enough trouble with this one."

"The beautiful teenage years" Jeff sighed. "I remember how crazy we were at this age."

"Believe me, he isn't easier to handle either" Blaine muttered.

"I can practically sense a good story coming" David said, talking for the first time since they had arrived. He was mostly quiet when they talked about their families, probably because he was the only one who didn't have one. He had had a few girlfriends in the past few years but nothing serious. And he was single again, without any chance to have a family on his own in the near future. He always said that he was fine like this, but his friends knew how much he wanted what they had. David was lonely. They had tried a few times to help him but it seemed like there was no woman in this world who was good enough for David. So they had given up after a while.

"There's no story" Kurt said, rubbing his forehead. "He's just... He is like every other teenager."

"Yeah. He lies about where he goes, he gets into fights, just the usual" Blaine shrugged.

"Fights?" Tina asked.

"Don't ask" Kurt replied.

"Is that why he didn't come down here to greet us?" Nick asked knowingly.

"He is grounded" Kurt explained. "Apparently, he doesn't take it too well."

"It's normal" Nick shrugged. "He'll calm down after a while and understand why you had to do this."

"I hope so" Kurt said quietly. "I really didn't want to punish him but I don't want him to do anything stupid either."

"That's completely understandable" Wes nodded.

Kurt sighed sadly and looked down at the ring he had gotten from Blaine. He couldn't even share the news with Danny because the boy didn't talk to them. Apparently, as Kurt played with his fingers, Tina pointed out the ring and she cried out excitedly.

"Is that what I think it is?" she asked, pointing at Kurt's hand.

Kurt blushed as he looked at the ring again. It wasn't like he didn't want to tell his friends about it, but he wanted to tell Danny first. It was too late, though.

"It is" Blaine nodded happily.

"Guys, this is amazing!" Nick said.

"Damn, I lost the bet" Jeff muttered at the same time.

"Bet?" Kurt frowned.

"Yeah. We bet if you would get married sometime" Jeff explained. "Since you have been together since ages and nothing happened, I thought you wouldn't get married at all."

"But I knew it would happen someday" Wes smirked. "So I won."

"No" Tina shook her head. "You said that they would get married on their 50th anniversary if they live long enough for that. Nick was the closest because he said ten years."

"That's right" Nick nodded. "Come on, guys. Make me rich."

"You are crazy" Kurt muttered.

"I'll buy your wedding gift from this money if it makes you feel better" Nick smiled.

"When are you going to get married?" Tina asked excitedly. "Please, tell me you'll wait until I give birth. I have to be there."

"We haven't talked about the wedding yet" Kurt said as he looked at Blaine who nodded in agreement. "I don't think it'll happen before next summer. You know how busy we are."

"Sure" David smiled.

"Was Danny happy when you told him?" Tina asked.

"He doesn't know yet" Blaine replied.

"Since he doesn't talk to us..." Kurt shrugged.

"Just tell him. He'll surely be excited" Tina said.

They heard a loud bang coming from upstairs and then one of Nick and Jeff's daughters screamed. They all turned towards the stairs and most adults jumped up, ready to go upstairs to see what had happened.

"This can't be good" Jeff muttered, knowing his kids too well.

Within seconds, Danny walked down the stairs, the triplets following him closely.

"What happened?" Kurt asked.

"Ask them" Danny said, nodding towards the triplets.

"Danny doesn't want to play with us" Gabe said as he ran to his parents, his sisters following him soon.

"I have to do my homework but they don't let me study" Danny said.

"You surely have some time for them" Kurt said calmly, although he didn't like how Danny looked at the triplets at all. "You know how much they love you..."

"They ruin everything!" Danny said. "They climb on my bed, they play on my computer, make a huge mess in my room and I have to clean up after them in the end. I don't want them to be in there! Why don't you play with them?"

"Danny..." Kurt rubbed his forehead tiredly. Danny usually wasn't like this, he had no idea what was wrong with his kid. Okay, they had had a fight but it didn't mean that Danny had to be so rude. "Just play with them a little, please. They are so happy to see you."

"And I don't have a choice, right?" Danny asked as he took a few steps backwards. "Because this is your house and I'm nobody here."

"What?" Kurt frowned.

"Never mind" Danny muttered and quickly turned around to run back into his room.

"Why is Danny angry?" Ellie asked quietly.

"He isn't angry, sweetie" Kurt said as he crouched down in front of the girl. "He's just..."

"Teenager" Jeff smirked.

"I'm sorry, guys" Blaine said. "He usually isn't like this."

"It's fine" Nick shrugged.

"Kids at this age has more important things to do" Jeff said. "Girls, parties, girls..."

"No girls, please" Blaine groaned. "Just for a little while."

"Nah, it'll be fun" David said.

"For him, maybe" Kurt sighed. He hoped that it wouldn't be that hard with Danny, though. He had no idea what had gotten into his kid but he hoped that it would be over soon.

~ o ~

Danny went back into his room and slammed the door shut, then locked it to be sure no one came inside without his permission. He was still angry for the previous night and it was a very hard day for him on the top of that. Some stupid kids in his school had made fun of him again and when he finally got home and hoped that he would have some time alone, the Warblers arrived and it meant having the crazy triplets around. Danny usually survived these afternoons without saying something he would regret later but not this time. He could have horrible days and even if Kurt and Blaine took his freedom away, he still had his own room and the right to decide who he wanted to see in there.

Luckily, the triplets didn't come after him this time. He sat down to his laptop to check on his emails and write another entry for his blog. At least he was popular online. Since he had started posting about his own life, a lot more people read his blog and sent him messages. Teenagers like him, of course, but at least they understood him. There was a new email from Pete, the boy who wrote him the most often. Danny didn't really like Pete, maybe because he reminded him on his own miserable life, but he was the only one who wrote him regularly and seemed to understand him more than anyone. Pete had the similar troubles at school and always tried to make Danny feel better. Just like now.

Danny smiled as he went through the message but then closed the window, deciding that he would reply later. He wasn't in the mood to read about another horrible day of Pete, even if he knew he should do that much for the boy when he always listened to his own problems. He wanted to get out of his prison and do something that would make him forget about his problems for a while.

His phone beeped and Danny checked the message immediately. Now that was something he didn't want to avoid. It was from Alison and she wanted to meet him again. There was only one problem: he wasn't allowed to leave the house.

He sighed and texted Alison, telling her that he was grounded and he wouldn't be able to meet her anytime soon. The reply came within seconds.

They don't have to know.

Danny hesitated. Sure, Alison had a point. Blaine and Kurt had guests, they surely wouldn't search for him until the Warblers were gone and knowing them, it wouldn't happen for a few more hours. Danny could sneak out of the house and come back in time before anyone could notice his absence.

He quickly discussed the details with Alison and then got dressed. He wanted to look the best he could when he met the girl. Alison wasn't like the others... She was beautiful, clever and funny and Danny hoped that she was single because he felt like there could be more than friendship between them. Okay, he barely knew her, but he could feel something special forming between them. It was real this time.

When he was ready, he grabbed his phone and walked to the window. It wasn't too hard to climb down from his room, there was a tree beside his window that made it quite easy for him. He only had to be careful when he landed on the ground, he had to avoid the living room's windows, so no
one could notice him. It meant some extra time until he left the garden but a few minutes later, he was already on his way to Alison.

He arrived ten minutes later and looked around in the deserted looking park. Not the place he would have chosen but if Alison wanted to meet him here...

"Hey, Danny."

Danny smiled as he turned around but his smile dropped as soon as he realized that Alison wasn't alone. There were two boys with her and one of them had an arm around her waist.

"Oh... Hey" Danny said quietly.

"I brought a few friends of mine" Alison explained. "I hope you don't mind."

"Of course not" Danny said.

"I'm Jay and this is Ryan" the boy beside Alison said.

Danny nodded, not knowing what to say. It was so not what he expected. He wanted to meet Alison and not these boys, especially not Jay who was most likely Alison's boyfriend. He fought against the heavy sigh that threatened to escape. Jay was a lot older than him, he was tall, muscular and everything a girl would need. Alison surely loved this boy and Danny had no chance against him.

"So you sneaked out?" Ryan asked.

"Yeah. My dads are kind of old-fashioned" Danny said carefully. Should he be afraid if these guys?

"We get it" Jay said. "You did the right thing. My old man was just like that, I know how hard it is for you now. But you can't let them tell you what to do. You are what, 17? Almost adult."

"I'm 15" Danny said, happy that he looked older.

"15? The best age" Jay said and turned to his friends. "I need a beer. What do you say?"

"Me too" Alison nodded in agreement.

"What about you, Danny?" Ryan asked.

"I..." Danny looked down uncomfortably. "I'm not allowed to drink. Kurt says I'm too young to..."

"And what do you say? Do you want to drink?" Jay asked.

"I..." Danny didn't really want to but he didn't want to look like the sheltered rich kid anymore.

"You know what? I don't think I wanna drink either" Alison said and smiled at Danny reassuringly as she made her way to him. "It's okay. Don't feel uncomfortable around us."

She kissed Danny's cheek and the boy turned scarlet within a second. Alison was a nice girl...

"Tell us about yourself, Danny" Jay said as he sat down onto the nearest bench.

Alison led Danny to the other bench and they sat down together. Now Danny felt confused. He thought that Alison was Jay's girlfriend but why did she sit with him then? It didn't make any sense. Unless... Maybe Alison wasn't Jay's girlfriend. Danny smiled as Alison took his hand and squeezed it reassuringly.

"We just want to get to know you" Alison said.

Danny trusted her. Even if her friends seemed a little scary, Danny knew Alison. He had been reading her blog for months, he knew that she was a great girl.

So he told them a lot about himself. He was still careful not to let them know about his family but he told them a lot about his life. How it felt that his parents worked a lot, how lonely he was in his new school... Practically everything that bothered him. Alison seemed so understanding, he couldn't hold anything back from her.

"You don't have to be alone anymore" Alison said nicely. "We are your friends. You can trust us."

"Thank you, guys" Danny said gladly as he looked around. It was nice to talk to someone who understood him.

"The night is still young" Jay said. "Who wants to do something funny?"

"Oh, I have to go home" Danny said as he stood up. Although he wanted to stay, for Alison, he knew that he would be in trouble if he got caught. Kurt would surely never let him leave the house again. "My parents... Well, they are a little overprotective..."

"It's okay" Jay nodded. "Let's bring you home then."

"I can make it on my own" Danny said.

"Come on" Alison said as she grabbed his arm. "We don't want anything happen to you."

Danny sighed but nodded. He was perfectly sure that he could never say no to this girl.

"Show the way, friend" Ryan said, putting an arm around Danny's shoulders.

Danny wished the way home was longer. They got to the house in no time, he could barely have enough time to talk to Alison a little more. He wanted to stay so badly. He couldn't be sure when he could sneak out of the house again and he already missed the girl.

"I'll call you" he promised Alison as he stepped away from the group.

"And I'll text you as much as I can" Alison said, hugging Danny. She pressed a kiss to the boy's cheek before pulling away.

"Don't do anything stupid without us" Jay winked.

"I won't" Danny smiled and finally turned away from them. He carefully walked to the house and checked if the way was clear before climbing up the tree beside the house and disappearing through his window.

The others stayed on the other side of the street, watching the house.

"You were right" Jay said after a while. "He comes from a rich family."

"I can't believe three people live in such a huge place" Ryan shook his head.

"So what now?" Alison asked as she turned to Jay.

The boy pulled her into his arms and kissed her.

"Now, babe" Jay started with a smirk. "You make him fall for you. You have to make him trust you completely. And then we'll see how much money we can get out of him."

"We don't have much time" Alison said in worry.

"I'm sure they'll give us some more time if I tell them what we have here" Jay said. "Don't worry. We'll be fine."

Alison sighed heavily and nodded.

"Just a little more" Jay said. "Once we get the money, we'll be out of this city in no time and never come back."

Alison closed her eyes and let herself get lost in that dream. She hoped that they were right and it was easy to fool Danny. They would be in so much trouble if they couldn't get the money in time.

~ o ~

Unfortunately for the family, it wasn't just Danny's new acquaintances who planned something bad behind their backs. Ethan was sitting in his study again, drumming with his fingers impatiently. It had been hours since his last message to Danny but the stupid boy hadn't replied since then. He hated waiting. He enjoyed this game but waiting wasn't his thing. And Danny didn't play as expected anymore. He barely wrote him back and there was nothing useful in his messages. He had to do something about it.

Smiling, he opened another message. He was determined not to give Blaine's family any second of peace and he believed that his best chance was to destroy the family from the inside. He had been watching them for a long while now, he knew all of their weaknesses. It would be so easy to manipulate them.

Smiling, he copied the link from the message and sent it to Danny with a short, innocent looking message. That was surely something the boy wouldn't ignore.

"Let the fun begin" Ethan whispered. He wished he could be there to see how Blaine reacted when he found out about this.

Chapter Text

Kurt decided to talk to Danny before school the next morning. Now that some of their friends knew about the engagement, they had to tell the boy as soon as possible. The last thing he wanted to let Danny learn the news from somebody else. Their relationship wasn't the best lately, it surely wouldn't help.

As he walked downstairs early that morning to make breakfast for his family, Kurt was surprised to find Danny already awake, preparing his breakfast.

"Good morning" Kurt greeted him.

Danny didn't say a single word. Kurt frowned as he walked closer to him.

"Are you still angry for being grounded?" he asked.

Still nothing.

"Come on, you know why..."

"I don't want to talk to you" Danny said.

"We can't do this anymore, Danny" Kurt sighed. "Let's talk about it, okay?"

"Why should we? It's not like you tell me anything. You surely don't care about me anymore" Danny said.

"Is there something wrong?" Kurt asked.

"You know exactly what's wrong" Danny replied.

"Good morning, guys" Blaine said happily as he joined the others but his smile dropped as soon as he looked at the others. "What's going on?"

"I have no idea" Kurt admitted and turned back to Danny. "Just tell me what bothers you."

"What bothers me is you two leaving me out of everything" Danny replied. "I know everything. Didn't you think I would find out somehow?"

"We wanted to tell you but..."

"But it wasn't important. I wasn't important" Danny interrupted Blaine. "And it looks like I'll never be. Not anymore."

"Danny, this doesn't have to change anything" Kurt said. He finally understood what was going on. Danny had somehow found out about the engagement. "Look, you're right. We should have told you earlier but it came so suddenly and then you didn't talk to me, so..."

"So it's my fault. Of course" Danny nodded angrily. "It's not like I have a say in this. You already decided what to do, so... I guess I have to accept it."

"Well, we thought you would be happy for us" Blaine smiled as he pulled Kurt into his arms. "Maybe help us prepare..."

"No" Danny shook his head. "You can do whatever you want but don't expect me to help you in this."

"Aren't you happy?" Kurt asked hesitantly. He had hoped that Danny would be happy to see them getting married after all these years.

"Happy? It's every foster kid's nightmare!" Danny shouted.

"Am I the only one missing something?" Blaine asked in confusion.

Danny grabbed his bag from the ground and threw it over his shoulder.

"At least you should have told me before I found out from the news" he said quietly. "I thought I was part of this family and not just a burden to you. I guess I was wrong."

He pushed himself away from the counter and walked to the door.

"Where are you going?" Kurt asked.

"To school" Danny answered.

"Wait" Kurt said as he and Blaine followed Danny. "Give me five minutes. I'll just grab my coat and..."

"I'm perfectly capable of finding the school alone" Danny said and before the adults could reply, he walked through the front door and slammed it closed. Kurt wanted to follow him but Blaine grabbed his arm.

"Leave him" he said gently.

"We have to talk about this" Kurt said.

"We will" Blaine nodded. "Tonight, once everyone is back from work. We have to find out why it bothers him so much."

Kurt nodded in agreement. He had no idea why Danny was so upset. It was just a wedding after all, it didn't change anything.

~ o ~

It turned out Danny wasn't the only one acting weirdly. Kurt barely got out of his car at the studio and he was surrounded by his curious co-workers.

"Congrats, Kurt!"

"So is it true?"

"It was about time!"

Kurt didn't know what to say. He knew it came with being famous, they couldn't really hide things like this and there were always people too curious or too honest. This time, as he slowly made his way inside, he heard everything he didn't want to. He didn't understand why people thought he was deaf, they didn't even try to keep their voices down as he walked inside. So he heard everything. Most of his co-workers were happy for him and Blaine but some of them didn't really seem to like that they were going to get married. Most of the younger girls, of course. Kurt had dealt with this before, hell, he had to deal with this every single day. No wonder, his boyfr- fiancé was hot and everyone wanted him. He should be glad he was the one Blaine had chosen when he could have had anyone else.

Things didn't get better during the day. Kurt heard some more hateful comments and it made him hard to work. He accepted when someone criticized his work, that was fine. He wasn't perfect either and he knew he needed those critiques to become a better actor. But judging him for loving someone? What the hell was wrong with these people?

He decided to check on that article later. He had to figure out who and how had found out about them and make the right steps. Not during work, though. He barely had time for lunch between shooting different scenes. But before he could do anything, the director asked him for an emergency meeting with the producers. God, it couldn't be good.

"So, Kurt" he started once the door was closed behind them. "I think we should talk."

"Talk about what?" Kurt asked innocently. It wasn't like he wanted to lie about his private life but he didn't think they had to talk about it so privately either. It was just a wedding, why were people so curious? He had nothing to discuss with these people.

"We are really happy for you" the other man said hesitantly. "You know that we are like a family here and we support each other."

"Thank you" Kurt smiled. That was right, they were always nice to him.

"That's why we need to know how you and your partner plan to do this" one of the producers said. "This is a huge project and we don't want another lead actor. We are satisfied with your work here..."

"Why would you need another actor?" Kurt frowned. "It's not like I'm leaving..."

"Well, this is what makes us worried" the producer said, handing Kurt his tablet.

Kurt looked down at the article. It was surely what Danny had read that morning and what the others were talking about. He went through the text quickly and gasped as he figured out what they were talking about. It was a report, with Blaine, who talked about... His future children with Kurt.

"This-this is a mistake" Kurt said, not believing that Blaine not only talked about this behind his back but also told the reporter that Kurt would stay with their kids at home until they grew older. "We... we don't want any..."

"You don't have to tell us about your future plans but we need to know if you're planning to leave us" the producer said.

"I-I have to talk to Blaine" Kurt said in the end. As soon as possible.

~ o ~

Blaine had no idea why everyone kept smiling at him. He loved when people were happy but it wasn't a good day, at least not for him. He still couldn't get Danny's reaction out of his head. He had thought that he would be happy that he and Kurt finally got married after all these years and wouldn't act like this. It wasn't like it changed anything... He didn't plan to change his name and Kurt would surely keep his own as well. They would still live together, they would only have a paper about their status. He didn't believe in those 'It changes your life forever' theories. He just wanted to show Kurt that he still loved him and planned to stay with him until his dying day. Why it made Danny so upset, he had no idea.

He had some more time before the Warbler meeting, so he sat down in his office to go through that article. He had to call Tina as well because even if they knew it would go public soon, it wasn't okay that someone shared the news with their fans without permission. He had to see what they were dealing with. But before he could do anything, somebody knocked on his door. Blaine looked up and was about to stand up, but then the door opened and Jeff stepped inside.

"I hope I'm not disturbing anything" he said.

"Of course not" Blaine smiled. "You are early."

"I saw the news in the morning and wanted to talk to you before the meeting" Jeff explained. "Congratulations! You certainly know how to surprise your friends."

"What are you talking about?" Blaine frowned. "We told you yesterday."

"Well, not the best part" Jeff replied.

"What are you talking about?" Blaine asked in confusion.

"The baby, of course" Jeff said. "I can't believe you're gonna be dad soon. I mean, I know you have Danny but it'll be different..."

"Wait a second" Blaine stopped him, still not knowing what this was about. "Baby?"

"Yes" Jeff nodded. "The one you talked about in the report."

"Which report?" Blaine asked. He had no idea what was going on.

"You are a great actor, you know?" Jeff smirked. "You seem like you have no idea what I'm talking about."

"Because I honestly don't know" Blaine explained. "There's no baby. Yes, we're getting married but having a hormonal teenager around is more than enough. We don't want a baby."

"Are you sure?" Jeff asked. He grabbed his phone from his pocket and a few seconds later, he pressed it into Blaine's hands. "Because that's certainly not what you said."

Blaine went through the report and his eyes grew wide as he read what he had told... Or better, hadn't told the reporter. There wasn't a single word about his engagement with Kurt but pages about how they would raise their own child they wanted so much together. And the details how Blaine planned their future that didn't include Danny at all and made it look like Blaine wanted Kurt to give up his career and stay home to raise their kids.

"This isn't true" Blaine said quietly. "I would never..."

"Blaine Anderson!"

Blaine jumped as Kurt walked through the door without waiting for his permission, seemingly pissed off. He must have read the article as well.

"I can explain" Blaine said hastily.

"I hope you do because you're in huge trouble this time" Kurt said. "How dare you say things like this without discussing them with me? Do you think that now that we are engaged you can decide everything on your own?"

"Kurt, stop..." Blaine said.

"I thought we agreed that we didn't have time for more kids" Kurt continued. "We already have one, by the way. Fine, he might not be your own, but I thought you considered us as your family. Both of us! How do you think it makes Danny feel?"

"Kurt, calm down" Blaine said hastily. Kurt had to stop, so he could explain everything. "I didn't say these things..."

"They made a report with you" Kurt said.

"No, they didn't!" Blaine almost shouted. "Somebody is fooling with us, don't you see?"

That made Kurt stop, finally. He took a deep breath, biting his lower lip.

"It wasn't you?" he asked.

"Of course not!" Blaine said. He seriously had to prove Kurt that he would never talk about him like this behind his back? "I love you, Kurt. I would never make a decision concerning our family without you and especially not one that makes Danny look like an outsider."

Kurt closed his eyes and took another deep breath.

"But who..."

"I have no idea" Blaine said. "I'll ask Tina to find out, though."

"We also need a correction" Kurt sighed. "God, I can't believe someone did this to us!"

"Me neither" Blaine sighed and pulled Kurt into his arms. "Don't worry, honey. I will take care of it."

"I'm sorry for yelling at you" Kurt said quietly. "I just..."

"I know" Blaine said and kissed Kurt's forehead. "It's gonna be okay."

Whoever did this, Blaine would find them and make them pay. He wouldn't let anyone mess with his family like this, even if it was only a joke.

~ o ~

It seemed like he only had horrible days lately. Just when he thought his dads couldn't hurt him more, Pete sent him that article that changed everything. Kurt and Blaine hadn't even bothered to tell him before making it public... It hurt so much. Not only because they left out of things, but also because it felt like they wanted to replace him... With a baby. An annoying, crying little monster. And he had found out from the news.

"It's a good thing, right?" Alison asked later that afternoon when Danny asked her to meet him. He skipped his last class to meet her but he didn't care. He needed someone who understood him.

"It's not" Danny said.

"Why? Babies are cute" Alison said.

"See? That's why I don't want them to have one" Danny said. "They'll love the baby a lot more than me and they'll forget about me completely."

"Ah, you are jealous" Alison smiled.

"I'm not" Danny muttered. It wasn't true, though. He was jealous. He knew that once Kurt and Blaine had their own child, they wouldn't care about him anymore. He wasn't truly their son after all, even if they had made him feel like he was so far. But once they had their own kid, Danny wouldn't matter anymore. He was only a replacement because Blaine and Kurt hadn't been ready to have their own child so far but it seemed like that time was going to end soon. It was just the matter of time and somebody else would take Danny's place. What would happen to him then? Maybe they would send him back to that private school to get rid of him...

"Well, it's not like you can do anything to stop them" Alison shrugged.

"I know" Danny whispered.

They stayed quiet for a long time after that. Danny kept his eyes closed, enjoying Alison's touch on his hair.

"I like your hair" Alison said after a while. "It makes you look so cute."

Danny sighed in frustration and pushed himself up to a sitting position to face Alison. He hated when people called him cute, especially when it was the girl he liked so much.

"I don't want to be cute" he said. "See? That's why people treat me like shit. Because I'm a cute little boy and I wouldn't do anything to defend myself. That's why kids in the school keep making fun of me."

"I'm sorry" Alison sai quietly. "I didn't mean to hurt you."

"It's fine" Danny sighed. "It's not your fault anyway. I became a loser the second I was born."

"Is it your hair that bothers you so much?" Alison asked. "Because it's something you can easily change."

"What do you mean?" Danny asked.

"The important question is, do you have enough money to change your look?" Alison asked.

Danny thought at the nearly 3000 dollars on his account.

"More than enough, actually" he nodded slowly.

Alison smiled in satisfaction.

~ o ~

"What should we tell him?" Kurt asked in concern as he and Blaine walked to their front door later that evening.

"The truth, of course" Blaine shrugged.

"I think we should forget about his punishment, too" Kurt suggested. "Believing that we would replace him with a baby for a whole day had to be worse than being grounded for a week."

"You might be right" Blaine nodded as he opened the door. "It's not like we... Oh, God."

Both them stopped at the door of the living room. They needed almost a whole minute to recognize the person sitting on the couch. It was Danny but he certainly didn't look like usually. His clothes were all black, just like his nails, and his hair...

"Hey, guys" Danny greeted them, seemingly enjoying their stunned faces.

"What happened to your... everything?" Kurt asked, gesturing widely towards his son.

"This is my new style" Danny replied.

"Your new... Are your nails polished?" Kurt asked in disbelief.

"This is the 21th century, Kurt" Danny rolled his eyes. "I might try a new color, though. But what do you think about my hair?"

"Wel... Uhm... It's certainly..." Blaine didn't find the right words.

"Blue" Kurt helped him out. He blinked a few times, hoping that the dark blue color of Danny's hair would disappear but it didn't happen.

"Yeah... It's definitely blue" Blaine nodded in agreement, his eyes just as wide as Kurt's.

"I know" Danny said excitedly. "I can't believe I never thought about it before! Thank God I have Alison and her great ideas now."

"So it was Alison's idea" Blaine said slowly. He started to understand things. "She's your new friend, right?"

"Sort of" Danny shrugged.

"Sort of" Kurt repeated.

"Uhm... don't you think you should discuss things like... dying your hair blue with us before actually doing it?" Blaine asked hesitantly.

"Why should I?" Danny asked, that angry flame from before appearing in his eyes again. "It's not like you care."

He stood up and started walking towards the stairs.

"Danny, wait" Kurt called after him. "We have to talk about this..."

But Danny was already gone.

"Great" Blaine muttered. "Is that how he'll act every time we want to talk to him?"

"No" Kurt said determinedly. "I won't let that happen. Give me half on hour. I make us something for dinner and then we'll sit down and discuss everything. Together."

"Okay" Blaine sighed heavily. He had a bad feeling that it wouldn't be that easy.

At least Danny was willing to eat with them this time. Blaine was surprised when he let him know that dinner was ready and the boy joined him without a word. They sat down in the dining room together but none of them actually ate their dinner. Danny kept his eyes on his food but was only playing with it and the adults were watching him in concern. Teenage years or not, Danny usually wasn't like this. He only acted so weirdly since he knew that girl and it made both adults worried.

"So... Uhm... You can wash it off, right?" Kurt asked hesitantly, his eyes on Danny's hair. Blue... What the hell was this boy thinking?

"Yeah" Danny said quietly, not looking at Kurt. "But I don't want to. Alison likes it."

Kurt took a deep breath and forced himself not to make any comment involving that girl. It wouldn't do any good for them.

"Danny, we should talk about something" Blaine said, seeing that Kurt couldn't not think about the changes in his son's look.

"It's okay" Danny smiled weakly. "Congrats, guys. A baby... That's a huge thing. And permanent."

"And not true" Kurt replied.

"What do you mean?" Danny asked.

"That report is fake" Blaine explained. "I never said such things about you two and we definitely don't want a baby now."

"Oh" Danny said in surprise. "But why would someone do this?"

"To hurt us, I guess" Kurt shrugged. "Considering how upset you were in the morning, they did a great job."

Danny turned his head away, ashamed.

"You really don't want a little sibling, right?" Blaine smiled.

Danny just shook his head in response.

"Is that because babies are annoying or..."

"It's because it would be real" Danny explained, knowing how stupid he sounded. "You would have a kid on your own and you wouldn't..."

"What, honey?" Kurt asked gently when Danny fell silent.

"You wouldn't need me anymore" Danny muttered.

Kurt glanced at Blaine, only to find him looking just as surprised as he felt. He had never thought that Danny had such fears.

"Are you scared that we wouldn't love you if we had a baby?" Blaine asked.

"Yes" Danny whispered. "It would be completely different. You would have a baby because you want one and not because you got stuck with your dead friends' kid."

"Danny…" Kurt didn't know what to say. He loved Danny like his own and he knew for sure that nothing could change that. He didn't raise Danny because he had no choice but also because he loved the boy.

"Hey, look at me" Blaine said.

Danny slowly raised his head.

"I have no idea why you think that way, but I think we already showed you that you are more than just a foster kid for us" Blaine continued.

"We love you like our own son, Danny. And there is nothing that could change that" Kurt said gently. "You are wrong. Sure, I freaked out when your parents died and I got custody of you but not because I didn't want you. I was only a few years older than you now. I had no real plans for the future, I had no money, not even a real job and then, suddenly, I had to take care of another human being. It's a lot to take in, believe me."

Danny's smile was honest this time, much to Kurt's relief.

"But you are the best present I have ever gotten from life" Kurt continued. "I don't regret accepting you for a second. Honestly, that was the darkest time of my life and you saved me. I wouldn't be here now without you."

"That's not true" Danny said.

"It is" Kurt replied. "I love you, Danny. We both love you. And even if we decide to have a baby on our own in the far future, we'll always love you like our own child."

"Just like I love you like my real parents" Danny smirked.

"Come here" Kurt said as he stood up and walked to hug the boy, smiling as Blaine joined them.

"Now that we are fine, we want to tell you something, though" Blaine said after a while.

"It's not something bad I hope" Danny said in worry.

"No" Kurt said excitedly. "Blaine and I are getting married."

There was no awkward silence this time. Once Kurt shared the news with him, Danny cried out happily and hugged both men again.

"That's amazing, guys!" he said.

"For real this time?" Blaine asked.

"Absolutely!" Danny said. "Can I be your best man?"

"You are too young for that" Blaine laughed.

"But you can help me plan everything" Kurt said.

"Everything?" Danny smirked.

"Nothing extravagant, okay?" Blaine asked quickly. "I want a simple ceremony. Just you two, Burt, Carole and our closest friends."

"Exactly" Kurt nodded in agreement. "We had enough trouble with this article. We don't need more lunatics spreading lies about us."

"I'm sorry about that" Danny said guiltily. "I should have asked you about it but when my friend sent me that link and I read the article..."

"It's fine" Kurt said. "You finally know the truth. Although you should talk to us next time before you dye your hair again."

"I can't promise anything" Danny laughed.

Kurt sighed as he glanced at the boy's blue hair for a second, not knowing when he would be able to get used to the sight. Probably never. But he hoped that now that they were back to normal, Danny would get this craziness out of his head soon and return to his usual look.

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Blaine leaned against the wall as he watched Kurt hitting the punching bag over and over again. It had become Kurt's newest hobby in the previous few weeks. He often spent his free time in the basement, either training with Blaine or on his own. Blaine had been so proud of him at first. He was glad that Kurt finally wanted to learn how to defend himself, it was certainly something he could use later. But Kurt spent more and more time in the gym and Blaine started getting worried about him.

He knew why Kurt spent so much time down here. After their big family talk a few weeks earlier, it seemed like everything was back to normal. At least for a few days. But Danny had started to turn away from them again and it was something that bothered both of them, especially Kurt. It wasn't like before. Danny still talked to them and they managed to prevent fights over the previous weeks. But something had changed and none of them was sure that those changes were right.

Danny didn't spend much time at home. He was usually with Alison after school, the girl they still didn't know. From that little information Danny had told them about her, it seemed like they were together, even if the boy tried to deny it. He always smiled when he talked about Alison and blushed when his fathers asked him about them. So there must have been something going on between him and that girl.

It didn't concern Blaine as much as it did Kurt. He didn't think it was right that Danny didn't tell them anything and spent so much time away from home. They often didn't even know where Danny spent his afternoons and that was what made Kurt so worried. Maybe he was a little overprotective but his instincts told him that that girl wasn't right for Danny and their relationship could only end badly. Danny didn't listen to him, of course, and Kurt gave up after a while, knowing that he would only push his son away if he continued talking to him about his wrong choices.

So Kurt tried to keep his frustration in him, or better give it out on the punching bag. Blaine was glad he found a way to relax but he wasn't sure if all those trainings were good for his fiancé.

"Are you alright?" Blaine asked in concern.

"Perfectly fine" Kurt said, raising his leg to kick the punching bag this time.

"You don't look fine" Blaine pointed out.

"It's almost 6" Kurt said after a while.

"Uhm… yes?" Blaine said uncertainly. He had no idea what Kurt wanted to say with this.

"He should be home" Kurt said. "He has to do his homework, not to mention that he'll miss dinner. Again."

"Oh, so that's why you are worried" Blaine smirked. "I guess he'll grab something with Alison."

"Alison" Kurt muttered quietly.

"You know, it almost seems like you are jealous" Blaine smirked.

"I'm just worried about him" Kurt replied.

"He is 15, Kurt" Blaine said. "It's completely normal that he has a girlfriend."

"That's not what makes me worried" Kurt said. He stopped hitting the punching bag and turned to Blaine. "You can make a research on her, right?"

"You want me to find her dirty little secrets?" Blaine smirked.

"Exactly" Kurt nodded. "Something isn't right with that girl. I can feel it."

"Kurt…" Blaine sighed.

"You have to believe me" Kurt said as he stepped to Blaine. "I have this feeling about her I can't explain. Something is wrong with her."

"And you think that Danny'll break up with her if we proove him that that girl isn't right for him?" Blaine asked with a raised eyebrow.

"We can try" Kurt shrugged.

"I think we should talk to him about something else" Blaine said hesitantly.

"About what?" Kurt asked.

"Sex" Blaine said.

Kurt was about to go back to train but Blaine's words made him stop. He slowly turned back around, his eyes impossibly wide.

"No way" Kurt said slowly.

"Look, I know you have trouble accepting that he isn't a small kid anymore…"

"He can't have sex with that girl" Kurt said desperately. "She… Blaine, you have to believe me. Something is not right with her."

"Because she told him to dye his hair?" Blaine smirked.

"And changed his whole wardrobe" Kurt said. "Have you seen that shirt he bought yesterday? It's not even a real shirt, it barely covers anything from his chest."

Blaine's smile grew wider. Yeah, Kurt definitely had some trouble accepting that his little boy wasn't a little boy anymore.

"First his clothes, than alcohol… God, what if she makes him try drugs?" Kurt asked in concern.

"You should definitely stop" Blaine said and stepped to Kurt to pull him into his arms. "It'll be fine. Although we can ask him to invite that girl for dinner someday. We can get to know her if it makes you feel any better."

"That's a good idea" Kurt nodded.

"Promise me something" Blaine said quietly.

"What?" Kurt asked.

"Don't make comments about Alison" Blaine said. "Believe me, it wouldn't do us any good."

Kurt sighed heavily. He knew that Blaine was right, of course. He still remembered what he had been like at the age of 15, he never listened to his father, especially when he had been right about something.

"Fine" he said finally. "But make a research on her."

Blaine sighed and shook his head. It was so hard to convince Kurt not to stress too much.

~ o ~

"Sit down" Blaine said the next evening. Danny had gotten home earlier for change and they decided to talk to him now, not knowing when they would have another chance.

"Is something wrong?" Danny asked in concern.

"Uhm… We think we should talk about something… serious" Blaine said hesitantly.

"You mean you think we should talk about it" Kurt replied. He still wasn't sure if it was the right time for this. Danny was too young for this. He finally understood what his father had meant when he had told Kurt that his first time would be a great present for his 30th birthday. He hadn't understood his dad then but now that he was in the same situation, he felt like he couldn't give his own kid a better advice.

"Talk about what?" Danny asked in confusion.

"We aren't those kind of parents who act like they are blind, hoping that their kids won't do anything stupid" Blaine started. "We noticed that your… relationship with Alison is getting serious…"

"We're just friends" Danny said quickly but the blush on his cheeks betrayed him. They were definitely more than friends. They spent most of their time together, they were over a few dates and Alison even kissed him once, so… They were sort of together.

"Of course" Blaine said. "Since we don't want to be grandparents anytime soon, we think you should have this."

Danny's face was deep red as he took the small box of condoms from Blaine with shaky hands.

"It doesn't mean you should use it" Kurt said quickly.

"We just want you to have condoms in case…"

"There's no rush…"

"...You get more heated than expected..."

"...It's completely fine if you don't feel ready…"

"...We just want you to be safe if you two…"

"...Don't let her push you. It's a huge thing…"

"...Decide to take that step."

"...And it's okay if you won't feel ready anytime soon. In case, I think you should wait a few more years. Until you understand everything perfectly. Until your 30th birthday, for example. That's a perfect age to lose your virginity" Kurt said nervously.

Both Blaine and Danny raised an eyebrow as they looked at Kurt.

"The point is, it's a huge step to take and we don't want you to do anything in rush. Your first time should be special. It's something you can never do again and you should give it to someone you trust unconditionally" Kurt said.

"We only want you to have those condoms in case you and Alison decide to take that step" Blaine explained. "Always use protection. Don't trust girls. They often say they take pills or that they can't get pregnant from one time…"

"...That's a lie" Kurt nodded in agreement.

"...Not to mention the diseases you can catch" Blaine continued.

Danny looked like he was ready to pass out.

"We can show you how to put it up…"

"No!" Danny said hastily.

"We have cucumber in the fridge" Kurt said as he turned to Blaine.

"There are surely descriptions on the Internet" Danny said. This talk was the most ambarrassing one he had ever had with his dads. He just wanted to get over with it and flee into his room.

"If you have questions about anything, just ask us. We'll try to answer them the best we can" Blaine said in the end.

Danny was pretty sure that he would never ask them about sex.

"Now that we are done here… Do you want some snacks?" Kurt asked.

"I-I think I'll go back to my room" Danny said. "I have some more homework to do."

"Don't forget this" Blaine said when Danny tried to flee without his box of condoms. Danny reached for the small packet and quickly pushed it into his pocket, determined to hide it from sight for a very-very long time.

~ o ~

"The sex talk?" Alison laughed as Danny told her about his talk with his dads the next day.

"It's not funny" Danny muttered. "It was the most embarrassing half hour of my life."

"That's so cute" Alison said. "Your dads must love you."

Danny sighed. Sometimes it felt like they only wanted to ruin his life but he knew they loved him. Even if they had such weird ways to show him.

"What do you want to do after school?" Danny asked to change topic. He didn't want to talk about sex. He still thought that they could have waited with this talk for a very-very long time. Okay, he was curious, he read a lot, but he certainly didn't feel like he wanted more than kisses for a while. Luckily, Alison didn't push him into anything. She wasn't like that.

Alison glanced around nervously. She didn't attend Danny's school, she only skipped her last classes to join Danny. Or so the boy believed. Luckily, no one asked questions about her and she was never stopped when she walked inside. She looked like a high school student after all. It didn't mean she felt well in this place but everything for their plan...

"Do you want to go to the mall? I saw a beautiful shirt the other day and I want to see if it fits" Alison said.

Danny sighed. That was what they usually did. Alison liked clothes and accessories, so they often went to the mall to buy new items for her. Well, Danny bought her those clothes. He had offered Alison to buy her things once and she had accepted gladly. Like every other time. Danny didn't really mind, he had a lot of money he couldn't spend on himself after all and it made Alison happy.

"Sure" Danny smiled.

"Uhm… I would like to ask for a favor, too" Alison said quietly, seemingly ashamed.

"What is it?" Danny asked.

Alison took a deep breath before continuing.

"I… My father lost his job" Alison lied. "We can't pay the bills…"

"God, that's horrible" Danny said.

"...So I thought… If you could borrow me some money…"

Danny sighed sadly.

"I would love to but I only have my credit card" he said. "I can ask my dads, though. They would surely help you and your family."

"I don't think it's a good idea" Alison said hastily.

"They are great. They always help people, I'm sure they would…"

Danny saw the movement from the corner of his eyes and ducked his head just in time to avoid the slushie thrown at him. Alison, on the other hand, wasn't that fast, and the cold, blue liquid hit her right in her face. Danny stood up immediately to check on the girl who was still frozen in shock.

"Beautiful, isn't it, Schuester?" the boy who slushied Alison asked. Seth, Danny's classmate, the boy he hated so much, "Now her hair matches yours."

Danny dropped his bag onto the ground and threw himseld at the boy.

"Danny, don't!" Alison said but Danny didn't listen to her. He grabbed Seth by his shoulders, pushed him down onto the ground and punched him.

"What's going on here?"

Danny didn't stop hitting Seth as a teacher made his way towards them. Alison, on the other hand, saw the danger and knew that she could get caught, so she ran out of the building as soon as she could. Danny didn't even see her leave as the teacher grabbed him by his shoulders and pulled him away from Seth.

"What do you think you are doing?" the teacher asked him.

"He started it" Danny replied and surged forward again, only to be held back by the teacher.

"Principal's office. Now" the teacher said.

Danny couldn't believe they blamed him when it wasn't even him who started the whole fight. It was all Seth's fault, he had hurt Alison, he couldn't get away with it.

"I'll call your parents" the teacher said.

Danny gulped nervously. If they called Kurt and Blaine, it meant that they would come to the school and it also meant that everyone would know who he really was… He screwed up everything.

~ o ~

Kurt tried not to be too angry as he stepped through the school's door. He didn't know much but they had told him that Danny had gotten into a fight and hit another student. He had to leave work immediately since Blaine was on an important meeting and he couldn't bother him with such things. It was better if he dealt with this anyway. Blaine surely wouldn't be able to stay calm and that was what they needed right now.

Danny was already in the principal's office as Kurt arrived. He was sitting in a chair in front of the principal's desk, staring at the ground.

"Thank you for coming in, Mr Hummel" the principal said as Kurt stepped inside.

"It's an emergency" Kurt said, glaring at Danny as he sat down beside him.

"It certainly is" the principal nodded.

"What happened?" Kurt asked.

"Daniel hit another student" the principal said.

"He started it!" Danny said.

"Danny!" Kurt hissed.

"It's true! He slushied Alison, what else was I supposed to do?" Danny asked.

"What was Alison doing here?" Kurt asked. He didn't know much about the girl but he knew that she attended another school.

Danny turned pale, not knowing what to say. He was caught.

"Other schools' students are not allowed in here" the principal reminded Danny. "But it's not what I want to talk about. Mr Hummel, there are serious problems with your son."

"What do you mean?" Kurt asked.

"This fight is just the top of the iceberg" the principal said. "Many of his teachers reported that they have trouble with Daniel. He talks back to the teachers, doesn't do his homework and often falls asleep, if he arrives to his classes at all."

"You skipped your classes?" Kurt gasped as he turned to Danny

"I wasn't feeling well…" Danny tried to explain.

"Three times just this week and it's only Wednesday" the principal said.

"I… I don't know what to say" Kurt said awkwardly. He had never been in this situation before. "We didn't know about this…"

"Mr Hummel, I know that you and your partner are busy, but I suggest you to spend more time with Daniel" the principal said. "Believe me, I have seen this before. Children usually act like this when they don't get the attention they need."

Kurt bit his lip nervously. He knew he had screwed up a few things but he didn't think it was so serious.

"I also suggest you to find him a therapist who helps him with his anger issues" the principal said. "I hope that two weeks of suspension will be enough to deal with that."

"I'm suspended?" Danny asked with wide eyes. "But…"

"Thank you, principal" Kurt said quickly. The last thing they needed was Danny's comment. He was pretty sure that it wouldn't be nice. "Let's go, Danny."

He grabbed Danny's arm and led him out of the office before Danny could say something to make things worse. Kurt had heard enough, he didn't need more trouble. It was hard to avoid, though. Now everyone knew that he was in the building and he could barely push themselves through the wall of curious students. He was relieved when they finally escaped and he quickly led Danny to his car.

"Kurt, I…"

"We'll talk about it at home" Kurt said sternly.

Danny bit his lower lip and turned his head away. Kurt was disappointed in him. He had never been before and it felt so bad to see him like this. He wasn't looking forward to that conversation at home either. He was pretty sure that the punishment he got for this would be really bad.

~ o ~

Alison hissed as Jay and Ryan helped her get the remainings of ice out of her clothes. She had never been slushied before and she certainly didn't want to be again. It was so cold that it practically hurt, and the blue liquid ruined her hair and her clothes as well. Not to mention that she couldn't get what she wanted from Danny. This whole afternoon was a waste.

"Don't worry, honey" Jay tried to cheer her up. "You have a change of clothes, right? That Sam guy won't notice anything."

"It's Ken" Alison said. "I think I'll call off that date. One loser was enough for today."

"Did you get the money?" Jay asked.

"No" Alison said. "He doesn't have cash."

"Shit" Jay muttered.

"Yeah, huge shit" Alison said. "I wasted three whole weeks for him and he doesn't even have money."

"Then forget about him" Jay shrugged and pressed his phone into Alison's hand. "Call Sam. You have to meet him today. And do a better job with him, we really need that money."

"Ken" Alison muttered as she went through the names of boys and girls they fooled for their money to find Ken's number.

"Guys, look" Ryan said, nodding towards the school's building.

"What?" Alison asked in a bored tone as Danny left with a guy who was surely his father.

"It's Kurt Hummel" Ryan said excitedly.

"Who?" Jay asked in confusion.

"Blaine Anderson's boyfriend" Alison explained for him.

"Oh, that actor" Jay nodded slowly.

"Yeah, that actor" Ryan nodded. "The biggest name of the city. I saw all of his movies!"

"Should I get you an autograph or what?" Alison asked.

"Don't you get it?" Ryan asked. "Danny's dads are not just rich, they are probably the richest couple of the whole world."

"It doesn't matter if we can't get that money" Alison said.

"Maybe we can" Jay smiled. "New plan, guys. Forget about everyone else and focus on Danny. We only need him."

"What do you mean?" Alison asked.

"Why should we waste our time to fool all those kids when Danny's parents are rich enough to pay a whole fortune for us without trouble?" Jay asked.

"And how do you want to get their money?" Alison asked sceptically. "I'm pretty sure they won't give us anything just because Danny likes me."

"No, they won't" Jay agreed. "If it means getting him back safely, on the other hand..."

"You want to kidnap him?" Ryan asked with wide eyes.

"Just borrow him for a few days" Jay shrugged. "I'm pretty sure we can convince Danny to meet us in a deserted area. We only have to bring him to a safe place where they can't find us, keep him there for a while to scare his fathers and then ask for ransom."

"It's too risky" Alison said.

"I'm tired of dating girls who disgust me" Jay said. "Weren't you the one complaining about how exhausting fooling all these kids was? Here is the easy way to get the money, why don't you take it?"

"Jay is right" Ryan said quietly.

Alison watched as Danny and his father left, thinking. It would be such an easy job. Danny was a naive kid and always believed her. It would be so easy to lure him to a safe place and catch him. She wouldn't have to date losers anymore. They would get the money in no time, pay the debt and get out of the city. They wouldn't get caught and they would be able to be happy with Jay without worrying about the money.

"Let's do it" she said in the end.

"Good decision, my dear" Jay said as he pulled her into his arms. "Very good."

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Blaine knew that something was wrong the second he left the meeting and it turned out that Kurt had left a note for him, letting him know that something happened to Danny and he should head home as soon as possible. Blaine got home just a few minutes before the others arrived. He could tell that Kurt was very angry as they stepped through the door. He held Danny's arm tightly as he ushered him into the living room.

"What happened?" Blaine asked carefully.

"He went into a fight. Again" Kurt said.

"He started it" Danny muttered for the 10th time that day.

"You did what?" Blaine asked.

"Oh, that's not everything" Kurt continued. "The young man thinks that he doesn't need education. He skips his classes and even when he goes to his classes, he doesn't pay attention, doesn't do his homework and on the top of that, he is rude to the teachers."

"What the hell, Danny?" Blaine asked with wide eyes. It was definitely something none of them expected.

Danny looked away and didn't say anything. It wasn't important what he said anyway. He would get punished, probably be grounded again and they wouldn't let him see Alison anytime soon.

"Look at me" Kurt said, somewhat calmer this time as he sat down beside Danny. "Is there something that bothers you? Is it true that you act like this because we don't spend enough time with you?"

"No" Danny said quietly.

"Then why, Danny? You'll ruin your life if you continue doing this. Education is very important. How do you want to go to college when you miss your classes and get horrible notes?"

"It doesn't matter" Danny shrugged. "I won't go to college anyway."

"Excuse me?" Blaine asked in surprise.

"I thought about it but I won't need college anyway. I don't want to waste years of my life for something I won't need later" Danny said.

"You need a degree" Kurt said slowly, feeling frustrated again. "What else do you want to do with your life?"

"I'll be a rockstar like Blaine" Danny said as he looked at Blaine. "You didn't need a degree for the band either."

"He has a point" Blaine muttered, much to Kurt's annoyance.

"You should know how risky this lifestyle is" Kurt said. "Even if you manage to have a famous band, you could part any time, not to mention what will happen if you can't keep up your fan base. What if people won't like your songs. It's easy to get five minutes of fame but keeping it up… that's another case. You need to get a degree, so you'll have different options, even if we won't be around anymore to help you out if necessary."

"My band will be famous" Danny said determinedly.

"You don't even have one" Kurt pointed out.

"I do" Danny disagreed.

"Excuse me?" Kurt asked.

"I do have a band" Danny repeated slowly.

"Since when? And why don't we know about it?" Blaine asked.

"Since I didn't get in the glee club and missed music. It was Alison's idea…"

"That girl. Again" Kurt groaned.

"...And it worked! There's a competition coming up and we have good chances to win it…"

"Oh, come on, Danny. Wake up!" Kurt said. Okay, maybe he was rude, but it was a long day and he didn't like how Alison changed his son. "Even if you win that competition, it doesn't change anything. But if you get kicked out of school, it'll affect your whole life!"

Danny sighed, shaking his head.

"Why don't you support me?" he asked.

"We are trying but it seems like all you do is trying to ruin your future!" Kurt shouted.

Danny inhaled deeply. Kurt never yelled at him, he just wasn't that type. He barely even saw him angry. He certainly didn't like where this conversation went.

"I'll be in my room" Danny said quietly. "I know. I'm grounded for the rest of my life and banned from school for two whole weeks and now you want me to think about my actions. I will."

Kurt rubbed his forehead as the boy left, seemingly not too convinced that they only wanted the best for him. He took a deep breath and turned to Blaine because he was out of ideas.

"What should we do?" he asked desperately. "I-I don't know what to do with him but we can't let him ruin everything."

"I know" Blaine nodded in agreement. "Honestly, I have no idea what we should do. It seems like everything falls apart."

Kurt couldn't agree more. And they didn't even know that it was just the beginning.

~ o ~

Ethan watched the house from safe distance. He wished he could be there to see this but he knew he had to be careful. At least for now. He had to show himself eventually but he didn't want to do it until he played with Blaine a little more. He had enjoyed his previous game, this one would be even better.

Mick raised an eyebrow as he looked at his boss. He certainly didn't like these games as much as Ethan did.

"How long until we actually do something?" Mick asked in a bored tone.

"Soon" Ethan replied and leaned forward to see the two people knock on Blaine's door. "Are the microphones ready?"

"Yes" Mick nodded.

"Very good" Ethan smiled. The door was open and the woman and the man he had sent to play with Blaine's family stepped inside. "They are inside."

"It's getting boring" Mick sighed. "Do you even want revenge? Because it seems like you are scared of facing them."

Ethan pulled out his gun within a blink and pushed the older man to the door, pressing the gun to his head.

"I'm not scared" he said slowly. "I could go in there now and kill his kid but I won't because I know what patience means."

He let go of Mick and turned back towards the house.

"I want to enjoy this" Ethan continued. "I've been planning this for so long, I want to have some fun with them before I actually strike."

"Does it mean we'll attack them soon?" Mick asked hopefully.

"Something like that, my friend" Ethan smiled. He had a very good idea how to take Blaine's family away from him.

~ o ~

Danny almost fell asleep on the couch when someone knocked on the door. He frowned as he sat up and pushed himself up from the couch. He didn't expect anyone this time of the day. He had tried to invite Alison over until his fathers were at work but unfortunately, she was busy and couldn't come to see him that day. Danny groaned as he got another idea of who it could be. After the previous day's fight, Blaine had told him something about getting him a bodyguard - or better a babysitter as Danny thought about it – to watch him when they couldn't be around in case Danny decided to do something stupid. Maybe Blaine was serious and now he got someone to watch him all the time. Great. Just what he needed.

Danny opened the door and frowned as he found an older woman and a man, dressed in formal clothes, standing on the doorstep. They were definitely not bodyguards.

"Uhm… Can I help you?" he asked uncertainly.

"You are Danny, right?" the woman asked. "We are from CPS."

Danny looked at them in concern. It had been a very long time since anyone came to check on them and he didn't even remember when he had last met anyone from CPS.

"My fathers are not home" he said quietly.

"It's okay. We want to talk to you anyway" the woman said reassuringly.

Danny looked around in concern. Kurt had never told him what to do if something like this happened. Probably because they hadn't seen it coming. He had spent the past 14 years with Kurt and since everything had been alright around them, no one had questioned if Kurt was good enough to raise Danny. He knew that he couldn't actually send these people away. If they were in trouble, they would get in even bigger if he slammed the door into their faces. So he gulped and took a step back to let the adults in.

"Thank you, my dear" the woman said.

"What do you want to talk about?" Danny asked as he led them into the living room but grabbed his phone on the way, prepared for everything. These people scared him.

"We heard that you had trouble in your school" the man said.

"It was just a misunderstanding" Danny said quickly.

"And we think it's because you have trouble at home, too" the woman said.

"Why is everyone coming with this?" Danny wondered.

"Look, Danny, you can tell us everything" the woman said. "If something makes you scared…"

"What do you mean?" Danny asked.

The woman sighed heavily and glanced at his partner.

"We know that Blaine had trouble with the authirities before" she said.

"Blaine? No, that's not possible..."

"We have proofs that he hurt children like you before" the man said.

"It's okay. We can help you" the woman said.

"I don't need your help! Is-is it even legal that we talk without Kurt and Blaine..." Danny started but the woman cut in.

"It's okay if you are scared. But we can help you. Just tell us everything" the woman said.

"Did he try to… force you to do things you didn't want?" the man continued.

"Of course not!" Danny gasped. Why were these people talking about Blaine like this?

"Maybe he tried to make it seem like it was a good thing" the woman said gently.

"You-you think that he's pedophile?" Danny asked with wide eyes. It was surely a nightmare, it had to be one…

"Danny, if he hurts you, we have to make the right steps" the woman said.

"There are people who would love to help you" the man said. "We contacted your grandparents, they would be happy if you moved to them."

"My-my grandparents?" Danny asked shakily.

"Your mother's parents" the woman explained.

Danny gulped nervously. He didn't want to see those people. He didn't remember much of them but he knew he didn't want to see them ever again. Damn, he shouldn't have missed his classes…

"It's okay, honey" the woman said. "Just come with us. We'll take care of everything…"

"No!" Danny shouted. He grabbed his phone and unlocked it, ready to call Kurt. "I won't go with you. You can't force me."

"Danny, we only want to help you…"

"Leave!" Danny said. "I-I want you to leave. Now. Or I'll call the police."

"Danny, that man is dangerous" the woman tried to reason.

"No. I don't know where your lies come from but I don't believe you" Danny said. "I want you to leave or else I'll call for help."

"If that's what you want" the woman sighed in the end.

Danny watched as she and her partner left and when they got out of the house, he quickly locked the door behind them and went to the window to make sure they didn't come back. When he saw them get into the car and leave, he finally relaxed a bit. These people scared him to death, he was still shaking and didn't feel like he could stay at home all alone any longer. So he quickly texted Kurt, hoping that he would be able to come home soon. They needed to talk about this as soon as possible.

~ o ~

By the time Blaine got home from work that day, his whole family was in panic. He frowned as he stepped into the living room, finding Kurt and Danny whispering on the couch. Something was wrong. Again.

"What is it this time?" Blaine sighed heavily. Danny hadn't even left the house that day. How the hell could he get into trouble again?

"Two people came from CPS today" Danny said quietly.

"What?" Blaine gasped.

"They told me that I have to live with my grandparents" Danny said in panic.

"They were here before I got home from work" Kurt said as he pulled Danny into his arms. "It's okay, honey. They can't take you away from us."

"What if they can? I-I don't want to live with my grandparents. Those people are insane!" Danny said.

"They can't have you. We won't let that happen" Kurt said.

"Besides, I don't think they'll want you anymore if we tell them about this" Blaine said, running his fingers through Danny's blue hair, trying to cheer him up.

"They said horrible things" Danny said quietly.

"What did they say?" Blaine asked.

"They told me that you had trouble with the authorities… because you hurt children… sexually" Danny whispered, looking down.

"I told him that it was a lie" Kurt said hastily.

"I know that Blaine would never do that" Danny said as he looked up at the man. "I know."

"Of course not" Blaine said.

"He never did such things" Kurt nodded.

"Well…" Blaine said hesitantly.

Kurt turned to him immediately.

"You didn't, right?" he asked.

"First of all, it wasn't a small child but a 16-year-old boy" Blaine started.

"Blaine!" Kurt gasped.

"And I didn't do anything!" Blaine said. "He lied to his parents and I was arrested but then it turned out I was innocent and they let me go!"

Kurt inhaled deeply. Blaine had never told him about this but he should have known. Way before they were in so much trouble. They were always honest to each other, or so Kurt had believed.

"They'll take me away from you" Danny said.

"No, they won't" Kurt said reassuringly. "We won't let it happen."

"What were they even doing here?" Blaine asked after a while. Something wasn't right with this visit.

"I guess the school reported the fight" Kurt shrugged. "They surely came to check on us because Danny has trouble in school."

"Is it all because of me?" Danny asked. Sure, they had some trouble lately and he had done stupid things to piss his fathers off, but he never meant to do anything bad. And he definitely didn't want to leave. He loved Kurt and Blaine, he didn't want a new family.

"No, it's not" Blaine said.

Danny turned to Kurt for reassurance but the man remained silent.

"It's all because of me" Danny said quietly.

"We had a lot of trouble with you lately" Kurt said.

"I know" Danny said, blinking rapidly. He was on the verge of tears. "I-I know I shouldn't have skipped my classes or be rude to the teachers and I'm so sorry. It won't happen again, I swear. Just please don't let them take me away from you."

Kurt sighed as he looked at the boy. It didn't matter how much trouble Danny caused them, he would always love him. He pulled Danny into his arms again, thinking rapidly.

"Do you remember their names?" Blaine asked. "I'm gonna call CPS in the morning and ask them about this visit."

"No" Danny said. "They didn't introduce themselves."

"But they showed you their badges or…"

"They didn't show me anything" Danny admitted.

"Danny" Kurt sighed heavily.

"I'm sorry" Danny said again.

"You can't let strangers inside, especially not when you are all alone at home" Kurt said. "God, they could have been burglars. They could have hurt you…"

"I know!" Danny said in frustration.

Blaine looked at his family, both of them upset and panicking. He hated seeing them like this and he was determined to solve their problem.

"Calm down, both of you" he said. "I'll ask Nick to help with this in the morning, but I don't think we should be worried about CPS."

"What do you mean?" Kurt asked.

Blaine glanced at Danny. He wasn't sure if he should hear this. He certainly didn't want to scare him needlessly.

"Why don't you go upstairs and have some rest?" Blaine asked as he turned to him. "It was a long day."

Surprisingly, Danny nodded in agreement. Blaine sighed in relief as he walked upstairs and a minute later, they heard as he closed the door behind him.

"What's going on?" Kurt asked in concern.

"I'm not sure but something isn't right here" Blaine said. "First that article, now this… I have a bad feeling."

"You think that those people weren't from CPS" Kurt stated.

"I don't think they were" Blaine said. "They could fool Danny but if they were professionals, they wouldn't have acted like that."

"We can't be sure" Kurt said. "Even if it wasn't real, we have to be more careful."

Blaine nodded in agreement.

"I'll get him a bodyguard" he said. "And for you, too. We can't risk anything until I find out what's going on."

"I'm not talking about safety" Kurt said.

"Then what…"

"About us. About our family" Kurt said. "Even if it was just a false alarm, we aren't safe. Danny has trouble in school and if we don't do anything, they'll take him away from us."

"What should we do?" Blaine asked.

"We'll act like a perfect family" Kurt said slowly. "We'll come home in time and spend time with our child. We won't do anything scandalous. Oh, and most importantly, we won't keep things from each other."

Blaine looked down, sighing heavily.

"Why didn't you tell me?" Kurt asked quietly.

"It happened way before I met you" Blaine explained. "I was 21, I spent the night in a club with Jeff. We celebrated his birthday when those kids joined us."

He took a deep breath and walked to the couch to sit down.

"He told me that he was 18 but I knew he was younger" Blaine continued. "So nothing happened between us. I left and went home. I woke up to the police banging on my door."

"You should have told me" Kurt said quietly as he sat down beside Blaine.

"I felt ashamed. I still do" he said. "Even if it was just a lie, people treated me differently after that. We lost a good job because our employer was worried that I would fuck his son."

"And you thought that I would look at you differently, too" Kurt said, finally understanding what Blaine meant.

"I know it's stupid…"

"It is" Kurt nodded. "I know you, Blaine. I know that you would never do anything to hurt Danny."

"I don't. I have done some things I'm not proud of but I would never do that to a child" Blaine said.

Kurt sighed and sneaked his arms around Blaine to pull him close. It had been another very long day for them and it looked like they only had those bad days lately. He wished it would be over soon. The stress wasn't good for any of them.

"Tell me if Nick finds something" Kurt said. "I'm worried."

"I know" Blaine said as he leaned against the pillows and pulled Kurt with him, kissing his forehead. "It's gonna be okay. I won't let anyone hurt you, you know."

"I do. I trust you" Kurt nodded.

Even if none of them really knew what they were facing this time.

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Blaine came to the realization that saying that something wasn't right was an understatement. He had tried to sleep that night but he couldn't stop thinking about the day's happenings, so he had ended up in his study, going through the recordings of the camera system to clear his head. That was when he had seen it. He had almost missed it but even if he wasn't a bodyguard anymore, he knew the signs. He knew what to look for. That was how he had found the recording of a few weeks earlier and noticed that it was manipulated. About twenty minutes of the recording were missing and he knew that it could only mean something wrong. So he had called Nick in the morning and arranged a meeting with him.

 

"You are right" Nick sighed as he leaned back in his chair. "It's manipulated."

 

"Can you restore the missing piece?" Blaine asked.

 

"It was deleted" Nick said.

 

"But you can surely do something…"

 

"Maybe I can but I need more time" Nick said.

 

"I really need this, Nick" Blaine said.

 

"Is there something wrong?" Nick asked knowingly.

 

"Yes" Blaine nodded. "I'm sure Jeff told you about that article."

 

"Of course" Nick nodded.

 

"That's not everything" Blaine said. "Yesterday, when we weren't home, two people visited Danny at home. They scared him to death. They told him horrible things about me and that he wouldn't be allowed to stay with us any longer."

 

"Poor kid" Nick sighed. "Is he okay? And Kurt?"

 

"They'll be fine but I have to find out what's going on. Whoever plays with my family, I will stop them" Blaine said.

 

"So that's why I had to get into that database" Nick said.

 

"Just to make sure the CPS isn't after us" Blaine said.

 

"Why would they? Blaine, you are perfect parents. There's no way they can take Danny away from you" Nick said.

 

"We have some trouble with him" Blaine admitted. "He missed classes and beat up another student."

 

"No way" Nick said with wide eyes.

 

"It's true" Blaine sighed. "He has these new friends. I'm not sure I like them, they certainly aren't good for him. Kurt definitely hates them, especially the girl."

 

"Oh, so there is a girl involved" Nick smirked. "Then don't be too surprised that he acts like this. Do you remember what Jeff was like in high school?"

 

"I do, actually. And I certainly don't want Danny to do such stupid things" Blaine said.

 

"It's not like you can stop them. He's a teenager, he'll do stupid things, whether you want it or not" Nick pointed out.

 

"I know. But I would be a lot calmer if I knew he was safe. I'll get him and Kurt a few bodyguards until we find out what we're dealing with here. Let me know if you find something" Blaine said.

 

"I will" Nick nodded. "Just call me if you need anything else.

 

"Thanks" Blaine said gladly. He knew that if there was something to find, Nick would get it for him.

 

~ o ~

 

"A bodyguard" Danny said slowly when Blaine went home later that day and shared the news with his family.

 

"That's right" Blaine nodded. "Although it seems like we don't have to be afraid of CPS anymore, I'm worried about you, guys. So until I make sure you are safe, you'll both get a bodyguard to follow you around. Everywhere."

 

"I can't believe this is happening again" Danny sighed.

 

"Look, I don't like this either but we have to be careful" Kurt told him. "It's just temporarily."

 

"Will it be one of the guys?" Danny asked hopefully.

 

"No" Blaine smiled. "You don't know them but they'll be perfect for the job. I looked into their records and I can only say that they are excellent."

 

"Great" Danny muttered. "I not only have to deal with you being famous when I go back, I also have to bring the new guy with me. So much for not too much attention."

 

"Danny, it's necessary" Kurt tried to explain him. "We'll be a lot calmer if we know you aren't alone."

 

"Oh, about that" Blaine said. "We also need to set up a few new rules."

 

"Not again" Danny groaned.

 

"For safety reasons" Blaine said with a pointed look. "First of all, I updated the newest version of iGuard on your phones."

 

Kurt smiled as he looked at Danny and saw the boy roll his eyes.

 

"Keep your phones close every time you go somewhere, so I can track you down if necessary. Your bodyguards also have to report me about you twice a day. For safety reasons" he said again.

 

"Of course" Danny muttered.

 

"And I want you to call me when you leave the house and arrive to school or work" Blaine said at least. "Every time you go somewhere."

 

"Even when you work?" Danny asked.

 

"Especially when I work" Blaine nodded.

 

"Is it because we are in real danger or because you are being overprotective again?" Danny asked.

 

"Danny…" Kurt hissed, rubbing his forehead.

 

"I don't know for sure" Blaine said honestly. "I'm working on it but until I find out what exactly is going on, I want you to be safe."

 

"It also means that you can't leave the house, unless you have to go school. Once you'll be allowed to go again, of course" Kurt said.

 

"No dates, no late afternoon programs, absolutely nothing until this is over" Blaine said.

 

"But what about Alison?" Danny asked.

 

"Ask her to come over" Kurt said. "You can listen to music or watch movies here, you don't have to go out for that."

 

"We wanted to ask you to invite her over anyway" Blaine shrugged. "We would like to get to know her."

 

Danny sighed heavily. He was pretty sure that his parents would screw this up for him. In the next second, his eyes widened when he realized what they had agreed in.

 

"Wait, what about the competition?" he asked.

 

"What competition?" Kurt frowned.

 

"My band! We have a competition next week!" Danny explained. "We need to practice a lot if we want to win and I have to be there on Friday, too. We have to win this."

 

"You can't go to that competition. It's too risky" Kurt said.

 

"Please, you can't do this to me…"

 

"They could use our rehearsal room" Blaine said as he turned to Kurt, trying to find a solution. He understood how important this band was for Danny. "And I can surely get him a few more bodyguards for Friday…"

 

"No" Kurt said determinedly. He knew that Danny would hate him for this but he would be a lot calmer if he knew that his son was safe. Being in a crowded bar that wasn't even suitable for a 15-year-old boy wasn't safe. "Not until we find out what's going on."

 

"Kurt, please…"

 

"Danny" Kurt sighed as he turned to face him. "I know that you think it's important and your life will be over if you don't compete but this is just one event. There will be more and I swear I'll let you sing next time..."

 

"This isn't just one event" Danny glared at him. "I thought you would understand."

 

He turned around and left in a blink, slamming his door shut before Kurt could call after him.

 

"Danny…" he whispered.

 

"Just one song, Kurt" Blaine tried to concinve him. "It's important for him."

 

"And he's important for me!" Kurt shouted in frustration. "Have you forgotten what we talked about the other day? Perfect family image, nothing out of order. A 15-year-old playing rockstar is definitely something out of order."

 

"I know" Blaine sighed. He knew that Kurt was right but he didn't want Danny to hate them for this.

 

"He can have a band when he gets older" Kurt said. "Once this is over."

 

Blaine watched in silence as Kurt walked out of the room, leaving him all alone. He had no idea what to do now. He wanted to help Danny but he also wanted to do what he agreed in with Kurt… Whatever he did, someone from his family would hate him.

 

~ o ~

 

It was Friday evening and Danny was sitting in his room, leaning his head against the window. It had been more than an hour since Kurt and Blaine had left for their dinner with Puck and Quinn. Danny had tried not to be too disappointed that they were allowed to leave the house and he had to stay home. Well, that was what the men thought. Because he certainly wouldn't stay home when there was an important competition coming and his band had a chance to become famous. Okay, maybe not for the first time, the guys still needed a lot of practice but Danny knew that he had a great voice and he had been on the stage enough to do something unforgettable this time.

 

Blaine and Kurt had screwed up when they had hired him a bodyguard who had freshly joined the Warblers. He was surely great, Danny didn't deny it, but he strictly followed the schedule and accidentally made his job a lot easier. Danny didn't need much time to figure out when his bodyguard was on the other side of the house, checking the doors and windows. He also checked how much time he had once the man moved to the other side of the house and smiled when he realized he had minutes to climb down from his window and disappear before the guy could realize that he was gone.

 

So he got dressed and waited for that time to come. He would perform tonight, his dads couldn't stop him this time. And Alison had promised him to be there, too. It was definitely going to be a good night.

 

He went to the door and opened it slightly. The bodyguard had to be downstairs but he couldn't see him. So he went to the stairs and looked down. The guy was standing at the front door, his eyes never leaving the windows beside him. Danny shook his head as he watched him. The new guy seemingly didn't know that he didn't have to take his job that seriously because there was nothing to be afraid of.

 

Five minutes later, it was time for the next round. Danny leaned back against the wall as the man checked the door and then disappeared from his sight. That was the moment he had been waiting for.

 

"Shitty job, newbie" Danny muttered as he went back into his room and opened the window. He couldn't believe it was so easy to leave. He didn't even need much time to figure out how to do it. It was usually a lot harder.

 

He quickly climbed down the tree and without wasting any more time, he started running. The bodyguard would surely notice his absence soon but it wouldn't matter. He would be on the stage by then and nobody could stop him from performing.

 

~ o ~

 

Alison was nervous. Danny should have arrived about half an hour earlier but the boy was nowhere to be found. She hated this. They had wasted too much time for this boy and the plan had to work if they didn't want to lose everything. She was pretty sure that Tommy would kill them all if they couldn't get the money in time. The time they didn't have. Although Jay had somehow convinced the man to give them a few more days, Alison knew that Tommy wasn't too happy about that. They needed Danny, quickly, or they would be in so much trouble.

 

"Relax, honey" Jay smiled as he went to the girl and pulled her into his arms.

 

"Don't do this" Alison said and pushed him away. "Somebody might see us together."

 

"Does it matter?" Jay asked.

 

"Yes" Alison hissed. "Danny thinks that we are together, remember? I can't screw this up."

 

"Calm down, honey. He won't find out" Jay said and looked around. "Is he even here?"

 

"Not yet" Alison said.

 

"But he'll come, right?" Jay asked.

 

"He told me that he would" Alison replied.

 

"He better comes because we need that money, now" Jay said.

 

"Don't you think I know?" Alison asked in frustration.

 

Jay took a deep breath and forced out a small smile.

 

"I'm sorry, honey" he said. "You know what you have to do, right?"

 

"Take him to the car after the performance" Alison nodded.

 

"Make sure no one follows you" Jay reminded her. "I'll be waiting at the car with Ryan. We have to be quick and quiet. We can't get caught."

 

"I know" Alison nodded.

 

"He's here" Jay said and motioned towards the entrance where Danny stepped inside. "Go to him."

 

Alison took a deep breath and checked on her clothes before she made her way to the boy.

 

~ o ~

 

"Hm, this is amazing" Quinn hummed happily as she took another bite of her cheesecake.

 

"Does it mean that the morning sickness is gone?" Kurt smirked.

 

"Mostly" Quinn replied. "I still feel sick sometimes but it's not that bad anymore."

 

"She doesn't want to kill me anymore, so it's definitely getting better" Puck said.

 

"Do you know if it's a boy or a girl this time?" Blaine asked.

 

"Not yet" Quinn answered. "And I don't think we want to know this time."

 

"We want to wait until the baby is born" Puck said. "It would be such a surprise."

 

"Not you too" Kurt groaned. "How am I supposed to buy you anything when you don't want to know the gender before the baby is born?"

 

"Neutral colors, Kurt" Quinn said.

 

"I can't believe you are so patient" Blaine shook his head. "I wouldn't be able to wait so long. I would want to know as soon as possible."

 

"When it's about your sixth kid, it doesn't matter anymore" Quinn said. "We'll love this baby, no matter what."

 

"I bet you will" Kurt said.

 

Suddenly, Blaine's phone beeped and he took it out of his pocket to check the caller's ID.

 

"It's Danny's bodyguard" he groaned and raised his phone to his ear. "I'm listening."

 

Kurt didn't need much time to realise that something was wrong. Blaine turned pale and swore quietly before giving the man orders and disconnecting the call.

 

"What's wrong?" Kurt asked.

 

"Danny left" Blaine said, already working on his phone to check where Danny was. Thank God he could track the boy's phone so easily.

 

"What?" Kurt gasped.

 

"He sneaked out when Brad was checking on the doors" Blaine explained.

 

"I can't believe he's doing this again" Kurt groaned.

 

"I found him" Blaine said after a minute and stood up. "Let's go!"

 

"I'm so sorry, guys" Kurt said as he stood up as well.

 

"We're coming with you" Puck said.

 

"It's not necessary…"

 

"We don't mind. Really" Quinn said, smiling at her husband as Puck helped her get to her feet.

 

"I'm getting tired of this" Kurt muttered. Sure, he knew that Danny was upset because they left and he had to stay home, but leaving like this… The boy was surely insane. Or he just didn't understand how risky it was. Either way, they had to find him soon and make sure nothing happened to him.

 

When they arrived at the bar twenty minutes later and stepped inside, they found Danny immediately. He was on the stage, seemingly getting ready for his performance.

 

"I'm gonna get him" Blaine said but Kurt grabbed his arm to stop him.

 

"Let him perform" Kurt said quietly.

 

"But I thought…"

 

"He's fine. Just let him do it" Kurt said. "It must be important if he was willing to sneak out."

 

Blaine sighed but nodded. Danny was seemingly fine, so they could wait a few more minutes and let him sing. Danny noticed them, too, just when he grabbed the microphone. He took a deep breath, seemingly trying to say something but then he shook his head and motioned for his band to start playing.

 

I walk a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Don't know where it goes
But it's home to me and I walk alone

I walk this empty street
On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Where the city sleeps
And I'm the only one and I walk alone

I walk alone
I walk alone
I walk alone
I walk a...

My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
'Til then I walk alone

"The kid is talented" Puck whispered to Blaine.

 

Blaine nodded in agreement. Although the band wasn't a big deal, they made too many mistakes, Danny was great. Maybe he could win them this competition.

I'm walking down the line
That divides me somewhere in my mind
On the border line
Of the edge and where I walk alone

Read between the lines
Of what's fucked up and everything's alright
Check my vital signs
To know I'm still alive and I walk alone

I walk alone
I walk alone
I walk alone
I walk a...

My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
'Til then I walk alone

"He's like Mr Schue" Quinn smiled.

 

Kurt sighed sadly. He wished Will and Emma could see this, they would have been so happy to see their son perform. Even if he knew very well that this song was Danny's choice and wanted Kurt and Blaine to hear it.

I walk this empty street
On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Where the city sleeps
And I'm the only one and I walk a...

My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
'Til then I walk alone...

 

The end wasn't perfect but it seemed like the audience loved Danny's voice and after a moment of silence, they broke out in loud applause. Kurt took a deep breath as he prepared himself for facing his son, trying to fight his mixed feelings. He was glad that Danny was safe and had such a great performance in the end but he couldn't forget about the fact that he didn't listen to them, again, and he could have gotten hurt. He didn't want to fight this time, though. He was tired of fighting.

 

He grabbed Blaine's hand and they walked towards the stage . For a second, they couldn't see Danny but then they found him, with a girl in his arms who was kissing him. Kurt turned his head away, feeling like they shouldn't watch this. He gave the kids a few more seconds but then turned back, just in time as the girl pulled back. And that was when his eyes widened in shock. Because the girl in Danny's arms was a lot older than him, definitely not his age.

 

"Please, tell me it's not Alison" Kurt said.

 

"I think that's her" Blaine said, seemingly just as shocked as Kurt.

 

"But-but she is…"

 

"I know" Blaine nodded.

 

Danny finally noticed them and shook his head as Alison told him something. He nodded towards them and shrugged. Alison's eyes widened and after saying a quick goodbye, she left. She didn't even wait until they got there, although Kurt already had a few things in his mind he wanted to share with the girl.

 

"Hey, guys" Danny said. "So… Did you like our performance?"

 

"You are in trouble" Blaine said shortly.

 

"I know" Danny nodded. He had known that it wouldn't end well, he had had enough time to prepare himself for this.

 

"Let's go home" Kurt said, his voice surprisingly calm. Too calm for Danny's taste.

 

"Okay" the boy said quickly. It didn't mean anything good when Kurt was so angry that he didn't even yell at him anymore.

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Kurt didn't say a word on their way back home. Danny had no idea what was wrong with him. He usually told him what was wrong without hesitation but it looked something bothered the man this time. Danny had no idea what it could be. Yes, he had sneaked out and Kurt was definitely not too pleased. But it seemed like there was something else, too.

When they arrived home and walked into the living room, Kurt was still silent. It was killing Danny, he had to find out what was wrong, he wanted to get over with their newest talk about how irresponsible he was, so they could get back to normal. He hated it when Kurt didn't talk to him at all.

"Sit down" Kurt said quietly.

Danny took a seat immediately. It was better not to piss Kurt off any more.

"Am I grounded again?" Danny asked carefully.

Kurt glanced at Blaine. He had no idea what to do with Danny. They had told him so many times what he shouldn't do but the boy didn't listen to them at all. It was pointless… And he knew why. No wonder Danny acted so horribly when that girl controlled him. Because Kurt was certain that it was all Alison's work.

"Why did you leave tonight?" Kurt asked quietly.

"Because of the competition?" Danny asked back. How could Kurt forget about it when he had told him about this so many times?

"Was it your idea?" Kurt asked.

"Of course it was!" Danny said.

"Are you sure? Nobody told you how you should get out of the house or… encouraged you to meet them?" Blaine offered.

"What do you want with this?" Danny asked. He didn't like where this conversation went.

"How much do you know about Alison?" Kurt asked.

"Not again" Danny sighed, rolling his eyes.

"Yes, again, Danny" Kurt said in frustration.

"Alison is a good girl. Believe me" Danny said.

"Do you even know her?" Kurt asked.

"Of course I do" Danny said. "I love her."

"How old is she?" Kurt asked.

"Uhm… A little older than me" Danny said, blushing. He had no idea.

"Which school does she attend?" Blaine asked.

"Another one?"

"Which one?"

"I don't know!" Danny said. "I never asked her because it's not important."

"When is her birthday?"

"What is her favourite color?"

"Favourite band?"

"Food?"

"I think she likes black" Danny muttered quietly. These questions were so not important. Okay, maybe he didn't know too much about Alison but it was only because they mostly talked about him. Alison liked listening to him, not talking about herself. It wasn't a big deal...

"So you don't know anything about her" Kurt came to the conclusion.

"I know that she's nice and I love her" Danny said.

"Danny, you don't even know this girl" Kurt sighed heavily.

"I do" Danny said.

"No, you don't" Blaine said seriously. "You don't know a thing about her and honestly, from what I saw today, I'm not too impressed."

"Because you don't want me to date her. Or anyone else" Danny rolled his eyes. "I'm not a child anymore, could you not treat me like one just for once in my life?"

Kurt and Blaine looked at each other. Fighting over this was completely useless. They had tried to talk to Danny so many times but he never listened to them. And it looked like he never would. They had to deal with him differently this time because Danny was falling deeper and deeper and they were afraid that there was a point where they couldn't help the boy anymore.

"You know what? Be that way" Kurt said suddenly.

"Excuse me?" Danny asked carefully. Kurt's smile was too bright… It was definitely fake.

"Yeah, let's give her a chance" Blaine agreed.

"Tell her that she's invited for dinner tomorrow" Kurt said.

"You want to meet her?" Danny asked. That was strange.

"She's important for you" Kurt said sweetly. "The least we can do is to give her a chance to impress us."

"Okay…" Danny said slowly.

"Tomorrow, at 7" Blaine said.

"Tell her not to be late" Kurt smiled.

Danny blinked a few times to make sure he wasn't dreaming. But it seemed like he was awake and it wasn't just some weird nightmare.

"I’ll let her know" he nodded. "Although I would like to ask for a favor."

"What is it, honey?" Kurt asked.

"The bodyguards" Danny said. "I don't want them to be here tomorrow. They would scare Alison."

"She doesn't know about them?" Blaine asked.

"She doesn't know about you either" Danny explained.

"Oh" Kurt said.

"Unless she recognized you today but I don't think she did" Danny said. "But she doesn't know about the bodyguards and I want to keep it that way."

Kurt glanced at Blaine who nodded.

"Fine" Kurt said as he turned to Danny. "No bodyguards tomorrow."

"Thank you" Danny said happily and to Kurt's surprise, he threw his arms around him. "Thank you for giving her a chance."

"You're welcome" Kurt muttered.

Once Danny left, Kurt's smile disappeared and he turned to Blaine, seemingly in concern.

"This isn't good" Blaine said in worry.

"I know" Kurt sighed. "This won't end well. I can feel it."

"Let's give her a chance, okay?" Blaine said and pulled Kurt into his arms. "Maybe we are overreacting."

Kurt was pretty sure that it wasn't the case. He just didn't want to see his son getting hurt. Danny was such a nice kid, maybe a little too naive, but Kurt didn't want to see him break. He had a bad feeling that it would happen anyway.

~ o ~

"This is insane!" Alison groaned as she got into her clothes for the evening. Dinner with Danny's parents… Just what she needed.

"Come on, babe, you can do this" Jay told her, seemingly enjoying the situation.

"They are surely nice" Ryan said.

"What if they aren't?" Alison asked. "What if they find out what I want from their son?"

"Don't be so scared" Jay said. "A musician and an actor, how do you think they would find out who you are? Just be nice to them. It's gonna be okay."

"Once the dinner is over, you could ask Danny to bring you home" Ryan suggested.

"Wouldn't it be too risky?" Alison asked.

"It doesn't matter" Jay said. "We’ll leave the city anyway, they won't find us. But first..."

"We need the money" Alison sighed.

"That's right, babe" Jay said and pressed a quick kiss to her lips. "You're ready. Let's go!"

"Stay close" Alison said. "In case I screw this up. I don't want to get caught."

"You won't" Jay reassured him. "Besides, Danny is totally in love with you. He’ll defend you if necessary."

Alison nodded in agreement. Danny was a nice kid, he certainly wouldn't let anything happen to her. She had planted so many lies into his head that he trusted her completely.

~ o ~

Danny was nervous, Kurt could see it. He changed clothes three times but still couldn't decide what to wear. He walked around in the house, moving things from one place to the other, nothing was good enough for him. At least he decided to wash that horrible blue color out of his hair. It was nice to see his original hair color for once and it made Kurt somewhat calmer. To his relief, Danny didn't ruin his hair completely.

He moved into the kitchen to prepare their food, going through what he wanted to ask from Alison. He had thought this through completely. He was determined to find the girl's weakness and show Danny that she wasn't right for him. He still had that bad feeling about the girl that didn't let him rest for a second. Something wasn't right with Alison and he was going to find out what it was. Luckily for him, Blaine was just as determined to find out the truth as he was. He would surely help him with this.

"Are we ready?" Blaine asked as he stepped into the kitchen.

"Yes" Kurt nodded as he checked the food.

"You seem nervous" Blaine pointed out.

"Because I am" Kurt said. "I'm worried about him."

"Maybe we were wrong about Alison and she isn't bad for him" Blaine said.

"I don't think so" Kurt shook his head. "Something bothers me in that girl, I just don't know what it is."

"We’ll get to know her better tonight and then we can decide what to do next" Blaine said.

"He won't listen to us" Kurt said quietly.

"He is in love" Blaine said and walked to Kurt to hug him. "Don't worry so much. If something is wrong, we’ll make him see it. He's a clever kid, he’ll understand."

"I'm not sure anymore" Kurt said. "He's so not like himself anymore."

"This is just temporarily" Blaine replied. "A few more years, remember?"

"How will we survive till then, I have no idea" Kurt smiled.

The doorbell rang and they both turned towards the door.

"It's time to go" Blaine said. "Deep breath. It's gonna be okay."

Kurt closed his eyes for a moment and forced out a small smile as he walked to the door.

As they walked into the hall, Danny was already at the door, talking to Alison. The girl stepped inside, looking around in awe. She seemed nervous but she seemingly forgot about it for a second when she saw their home. Blaine squeezed Kurt's hand as he stepped forward.

"Hello, Alison" he greeted her. "It's good to finally meet you."

"Mr Anderson" Alison nodded nervously.

"Oh, so you know who I am" Blaine smiled. It was time for the first test.

"Yeah, Danny talked a lot about you…"

"She saw you yesterday" Danny said at the same time.

"Oh, yes. The concert" Alison said awkwardly. "That's how I know about you."

Blaine glanced at Kurt for a second. It looked like Kurt was right about this girl, although they needed more to prove that.

"Dinner is ready" Kurt said when he was able to put that fake smile back on his face. "Why don't we move to the dining room?"

"It's gonna be okay" Danny whispered to Alison and squeezed her hand reassuringly. Alison wasn't too convinced, though. Danny's parents seemed scary and she didn't even know that it was just the beginning.

"Tell us about yourself, Alison" Blaine said after a while to break the silence.

Alison glanced at her food. She knew she had to be very careful. Fooling Danny was one thing but his parents… She hoped she could do it.

"What do you want to know?" she asked.

"Everything" Kurt said with fake excitement. He reached out to grab Danny's hand and smiled at Alison. His face already hurt from all the smiling he did that evening. "We were so happy when Danny told us about you. Apparently, he couldn't tell us too much, although we are so curious."

"We certainly are" Blaine agreed.

Danny looked at the men in worry. He had no idea what the hell was going on here.

"How old are you?" Kurt asked when Alison didn't start to talk.

"I… I just turned 17" Alison answered.

"You look older" Kurt commented.

"Much older" Blaine agreed. "I would have said at least 25."

"I-I just look older" Alison said, blushing.

"I thought we shouldn't ask women about their age" Danny said through gritted teeth. "To not make them uncomfortable."

"It doesn't matter when it's about teenagers" Kurt said way too sweetly. "You like looking older, right?"

"Definitely" Alison said quickly.

"Which school do you attend?" Blaine asked next.

"I…"

"You don't have to answer" Danny said quickly.

"Why not? We just want to get to know her better" Kurt said innocently.

"I'm home-schooled" Alison answered. "I was bullied in high school and my parents took me out."

Danny glared at Kurt and Blaine, not believing that they were doing this to Alison. He didn't even notice that something wasn't right with what the girl told them. Kurt looked at Blaine in concern. This wouldn't end well, he knew it.

They fell silent again. Blaine kept his eyes on the girl on his right, trying to figure her out. He was good in this. He had gotten a lot of practice during his years as bodyguard, he knew the signs. He could tell that Alison felt uncomfortable, and also that it was more than the usual first meeting with parents. He had to find out what it was...

"What do you parents work?" Blaine asked suddenly.

"My parents?" Alison asked back quietly. "Why is it important?"

"If you two stay together, we’ll surely meet them, too" Kurt explained. "We would like to know more about them as well. You surely don't mind talking about them."

"I don't really like talking about them" Alison muttered.

"Why is it so?" Kurt asked.

"Because… They don't really care about me" Alison answered, looking away.

"Ah, I thought they did" Kurt frowned. "They took you out from school. It seems like they love you."

Danny slammed his fork onto the table, getting the others' attention. When Kurt looked at him, he shook his head, telling the adults that it was enough.

"But you know them better than we do" Kurt said quickly. "Would you like dessert?"

They were silent for the rest of the dinner. Although Blaine was ready with his next questions, just like Kurt, they both knew that they couldn't do anything while Danny was around. They had to wait to be left alone with Alison to find out more. That moment came when after dinner they went to the living room and Danny left for a few minutes to use the bathroom. Just what they were waiting for.

"So, Alison, how much do you know about us?" Kurt said when Danny was out of earshot.

"Danny told me a lot about you…"

"That's not what I mean" Kurt interrupted her.

"I keep wondering what a girl like you wants from a boy like Danny" Blaine said as he sat closer to Alison. She was scared of them. Good.

"Girls at your age don't date younger boys" Kurt said, sitting on the other side of Alison.

"I-I don't like the boys in my school" Alison said.

"I thought you were home-schooled" Blaine said.

"I…"

"Just so you know, if you mess with our son, you will regret it" Kurt said, keeping his voice as sweet as possible.

"What's going on here?" Danny asked as he returned from the bathroom and found Alison, seemingly in panic, cornered by Kurt and Blaine.

"I have to go!" Alison said quickly and as soon as the way was free, she ran to the door.

"Alison!" Danny called after her. "Wait, please!"

"I can't" Alison said in panic as she opened the door.

"What's wrong?" Danny asked.

Alison looked at the two men standing behind them. She shook her head and turned back to Danny.

"Your parents are insane" she said.

"What?" Danny asked and turned around to look at Kurt and Blaine. "What did they…"

"It doesn't matter" Alison said. "Call me if you want to see me but… I don't want to see them again."

With that said, she walked out of the house and slammed the door shut behind her.

~ o ~

She was so scared that Alison didn't even notice Jay until she literally ran into him.

"What happened?" Jay asked as he pulled Alison behind a tree in case Danny or his dads followed them.

"They know!" Alison said in panic. "We’ll be caught… They’ll send the police after us…"

"Take a deep breath and tell me what happened" Jay said.

Alison closed her eyes and took a few deep breaths before she was able to tell Jay and Ryan what had happened inside of the house.

"You're an idiot" Ryan sighed.

"I had to leave!" Alison said. "They know…"

"They know nothing!" Ryan shouted in frustration, digging his fingers into his hair. "Shit! You screwed up everything! How will we get the money now?"

"Calm down, both of you" Jay said and reached into his pocket for their shared phone.

"What are you doing?" Alison asked.

"Trying to find out if we still have a chance here" Jay replied.

Soon after that, the phone beeped and Jay smiled as he looked at the text Danny sent them.

"What's so funny?" Ryan asked as he glanced over Jay's shoulder.

"Get ready" Jay said as he quickly texted back. "It looks like today is our lucky day."

He sent the text and then turned back to Alison. He grabbed her arm roughly and pulled her close.

"Last chance, Alison" he said seriously. "Don't screw this up for us."

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All the three of them were staring at the door where they had seen Alison the last time. It was definitely not how they had imagined this night but there was nothing to do now. Danny needed to see the truth. He was in love and he was blind, he couldn't think straight. Kurt wished they could make him understand… He wished they could make it easier for him to accept the reality, but he had a bad feeling that it wouldn't be that easy.

"Danny…" he started quietly.

"Don't" Danny said.

"Danny, this girl…"

"I don't want to hear!" Danny shouted.

"Just listen to us" Blaine said as he took a step towards the boy. "I know that you like this girl, a lot, but she isn't what she seems. You did hear her, right? She was so confusing because she's lying to you! She can't make difference between the truth and her lies anymore and..."

"Don't talk about her like that!" Danny said. "You… It's all because of you! You scared her and now she's gone, she won't come back anymore."

"It's the best for you" Blaine said gently. "Believe me, Danny, this girl is just playing with you. She doesn't love you."

"You don't even know her" Danny said.

"But we can see her true side, something you don't see because you're in love with her" Kurt said.

"No…" Danny shook his head. "You are wrong. You don't know her. She's a nice girl and I love her, and we will be together whether you want it or not."

"Danny…"

"Just once in my life, let me decide what's the best for me" Danny said.

"We can't do that" Blaine replied.

"I'm old enough to decide what I want" Danny said seriously.

"Are you sure?" Kurt asked as he stepped closer to the boy. "Just look at yourself. You let her control you completely. You're not even a real person anymore."

"This is who I am now" Danny said.

"Is it?" Blaine asked. "You skip classes, you go into fights..."

"I'm trying to survive" Danny explained.

"...You don't care about anyone or anything anymore. Just that girl" Kurt said.

"That girl has a name" Danny said.

"You can't see her anymore" Blaine said seriously. "We won't let her ruin your life, so we won't let you meet her again."

"You can't do that…"

"We are your parents, Danny. It's our job to stop you when you do something stupid and believe me, now you're doing the biggest mistake of your life" Kurt said.

"That't not true" Danny shook his head. "You don't understand a thing."

"Believe me, I…"

"You can't tell me what to do! You're not my father!" Danny shouted.

They fell silent, again. Danny knew what a huge mistake he had done to second those words left his lips. But it was too late to take them back. He saw the pain in Kurt's eyes as he took a deep breath and stepped away from him, seemingly fighting to hold his tears back. There was only one thing he could say that hurt Kurt so much. The fact that even if he tried so hard, he would never really be his father. Danny had never pointed it out before because he knew how much pain he would cause Kurt. And now he could see it. It was so bad to see Kurt like this, all of his anger disappeared and he just wished he could take everything back. Kurt didn't deserve this, even if Danny was angry with him.

"No" Kurt said quietly. "I'm not."

"Kurt…"

Kurt turned around and rushed upstairs. They could hear a quiet sob that escaped his lips before the bedroom's door was closed behind him. Danny sighed heavily, his eyes still on the stairs. He had screwed up this time, really badly. Unfortunately for him, Blaine was still there to remind him on his mistake, seemingly pissed off for the comment that made his fiancé cry.

"That was really not fair of you" Blaine said after a while.

"I didn't mean to…"

"Do you have any idea how much trouble he went through for you?" Blaine asked angrily. "He could have let your crazy grandparents have you and do whatever they wanted with you. Most people would have done that, you know? He didn't even know about your parents' will until the accident. He was young, he had his whole life in front of him. He could have said no and lived like any other young guy. But he didn't. He was willing to give up everything for you and what does he get in return? You rub into his face that he isn't your father? He's a lot better father than most men. You have no idea how lucky you are to have him."

Danny looked down, not knowing what to say. He knew that Blaine was right, of course, and he felt so bad for saying those things… But he didn't know how he could make things better.

"I’ll talk to him" Blaine said after taking a deep breath. "He must be really upset right now. I suggest you to go back to your room and think about your oh, so horrible life with us."

Without another word, Blaine left and joined Kurt upstairs. Danny heard as he knocked on the door and then stepped inside, whispering calming words before the door was shut behind him and Danny couldn't hear anything else anymore. He looked around in the living room and sighed. He had been such an idiot. What could he say now to make things better?

His phone beeped and he took it out of his pocket to read the text.

I hope I didn't cause any trouble

Danny smiled sadly. Even if Blaine and Kurt hated Alison, he knew for sure that she was a good girl. And now that he was all alone with his guilt, he felt like he needed her more than ever. So he quickly texted her back, letting her know that he needed to see her. Alison texted back immediately, telling him where to meet her. It was the park nearby, much to Danny's relief. He didn't really want to see anyone else but Alison right now. He glanced up at the stairs before turning to the door. He would talk to Alison and ask for her advice. She surely knew how to make things right with Kurt. She had to know, because Danny had no idea what to say.

~ o ~

Blaine sighed sadly as he stepped inside and found his fiancé lying in the bed, with his face buried into the pillow. He could tell that Kurt was crying from the soft noises he made and the shaking of his shoulders. Of course he was crying. Blaine knew better than anyone how important Danny was for him and how much trouble Kurt had gone through for the boy. And that was what he got in return… He still couldn't believe Danny had said those stupid things, only to hurt Kurt. He wasn't like this. Sure, he got into trouble sometimes but he never really tried to hurt any of them like this. Danny wasn't stupid, he knew very well how much pain he caused Kurt this time.

"Hey" Blaine said as he stepped to the bed and sat down beside Kurt. "Are you alright?"

"No" Kurt cried.

"If it makes you feel better, he knows that he was stupid" Blaine said gently. "He seemed to feel really bad when I left him downstairs."

"I don't want to make him feel bad" Kurt cried. "I just… God, I don't even know why I'm crying. It's not like he didn't say stupid things before."

"But it hurts more than any of them" Blaine nodded in understanding.

"You know why?" Kurt smiled sadly as he turned to look at Blaine. "Because he's right. I can do whatever I want, I will never be his father. I'm just a substitute."

"Hey, that's not true" Blaine said gently and pulled Kurt into his arms. "You might not be his biological parent but you are his dad. And he knows that. He just… He lost his mind because of that girl but once it's over, he’ll be begging for your forgiveness. Believe me, he’ll realize that that girl is just playing with him and he’ll come to his senses. Sooner or later."

"I just don't want to see him get hurt" Kurt said. "I've been there before. I went through this when I was younger and I know how badly it could end. I don't want him to go through all those horrible things I had to."

"I know" Blaine said, kissing Kurt's forehead. "But you can't protect him from everything. He has to make his own mistake because that's what makes him a better person."

"I won't let him see that girl again" Kurt said determinedly. "I'm sorry, Blaine, but I can't. Maybe he won't talk to me ever again but I can feel that something is very wrong with that girl. I could see it in her eyes. I can't let her hurt my son, I just can't let it happen."

"I know" Blaine said. "Why don't we have some rest now? I'm pretty sure that we’ll be able to discuss this in morning, once we all calm down a bit."

"What if we can't?" Kurt asked.

"I know we can" Blaine smiled. "We always solved our problems so far. I know we can do it again."

"I love you" Kurt said, running his fingers through Blaine's hair. "I love you so much."

"I love you, too, honey" Blaine said and tightened his arms around Kurt. "Would you like me to sing something for you?"

Kurt nodded and Blaine smiled as he started singing, an old song he had written for Kurt so many years earlier, when their relationship had been so fresh and everything seemed so bright. Even ten years later, it still felt the same, and Blaine was so grateful for that. When he had written that song, he hadn't believed that they would last so long or even if they did, they would still be in love with each other like the first moment.

Once Kurt fell asleep in his arms, Blaine pulled the comforter around him and then got into the bed beside him, pulling Kurt into his arms again. He truly believed that they could discuss everything in the morning… He didn't know that they wouldn't have a chance to talk at all.

~ o ~

Danny closed his eyes and took a deep breath as Alison ran her fingers through his hair. He was lying on a bench in the park, his head resting in Alison's lap. It felt so relaxing… He still felt bad inside but Alison's touch made everything a little bit better.

"And he started crying?" Alison asked.

"Yeah" Danny answered. "I really hurt him this time."

"I don't get it" Alison said. "They adopted you, right? It's not like you told him something new."

"You don't get it" Danny said. Of course not. He hadn't told Alison the whole story about them.

"Ah, here you are!"

Danny sat up quickly as he heard footsteps heading towards them. Seconds later, Jay and Ryan stepped out from behind the trees, much to his annoyance. He didn't want to see them right now… Or anyone else, to be exact. He only wanted to be with Alison.

"You didn't tell me that they would be here, too" Danny whispered to Alison.

"Oh, I'm sorry. I thought you would need some distraction" Alison said.

"She told me that you had a bad day and we know exactly how to make you feel better" Jay said and pushed a bottle into Danny's hand. "Beer!"

Danny glanced at the bottle, raising an eyebrow. He was pretty sure that a bottle of beer wouldn't solve anything.

"Come on, drink it" Jay said encouragingly.

"I'm not sure I should" Danny said and tried to give Jay the bottle but he pushed it back into his hand.

"Of course you should" Jay said. "Believe me, it’ll make you feel better. Just try it."

Danny sighed as he loked down at the bottle again. He had never drunk alcohol before. He knew that it made people relaxed, sometimes funny. And some beer surely wouldn't hurt… It wasn't like he wanted to drink the whole bottle. It would help him relax a bit, and then he would be able to figure out how to apologise.

"That's it" Jay smiled as Danny raised the bottle to his lips.

"God, it's awful" Danny grimanced, hoping that that horrible bitter taste in his mouth would go away soon. Why did people drink beer when it tasted so bad?

"Nah, it's not that bad" Alison said. She grabbed Danny's hand and led him back to the bench. "The more you drink, the better it tastes. That's how alcohol works."

"I'm not sure" Danny said hesitantly.

"Come on" Alison said. "Try it for me."

Danny sighed heavily. All of them were watching him expectantly and he hated the attention… So he drank, again and again, until half of his bottle was gone.

"You were wrong" he said in the end. "It's still awful…"

A sudden wave of dizziness hit him, so quickly that he almost fell from the bench. Danny quickly put his bottle down and grabbed the edge of the bench, taking a deep breath.

"Are you alright?" Alison asked.

Danny expected her to be worried about him but as he looked at her, she seemed like… She was waiting for something? Danny looked at Jay and Ryan then who kept their eyes on the bottle Danny had placed onto the ground, checking how much he had drunk.

"Something is wrong" Danny said as his vision became blurry and it seemed like his limbs started turning to gel. Sure, he had some beer but it was surely not enough to make him that drunk, right?

"Shh, it's okay" Alison said reassuringly.

But Danny didn't look at her this time. He kept his eyes on Jay whose expression told him the most. Something was definitely wrong. Danny knew that he shouldn't feel so bad from the beer, especially not so quickly, and Jay knew that, too. He knew that this would happen.

Danny's eyes widened when he finally realized what was going on. He should have figured out sooner. Blaine had prepared him for every possible dangerous situation, he knew the signs, he knew exactly what was happening to him. He was drugged.

He pushed himself up from the bench, knowing that he had to be quick. He couldn't be sure how much time he had before the drug in his system took effect… Probably not much, considering how hard it was to stay on his feet when his legs were shaking and he could barely see anything.

"Hey, sit back down" Jay said and pushed Danny back down onto the bench. "It's okay, Danny. It’ll happen anyway. But it’ll be a lot easier if you don't fight."

"It's okay, Danny" Alison said. "Don't be scared. You’ll sleep a little but you’ll be fine."

"No… Stay away from me" Danny said and pushed himself up again but his legs couldn't support his weight any longer and he fell backwards, against a tree and then down onto the ground.

"Shouldn't we bring him back?" Ryan asked as Danny tried to crawl away from them, slower with every passed second.

"It's not like he can go anywhere" Jay smirked.

He was in trouble, in huge trouble this time, Danny knew that. And he needed help, fast. But how could he get help when he was all alone, in a dark park, with people who wanted to hurt him?

He blinked rapidly to clear his vision and that was when his eyes landed on his phone, lying on the grass beside him. He must have dropped it when he fell. Another second later, he knew what he had to do. He needed his phone. He could call for help, he only had to reach it.

With a lot of effort, he forced his hand to move and soon, he had his phone in his hand. He quickly unlocked it and tried to focus on the screen enough to find Kurt or Blaine's number. He knew that they were still angry with him but it didn't matter. He would beg for their forgiveness, he would spend the rest of his life locked in his room if he had to, but he needed them now. More than ever in his life. He was in danger and only they could help him.

"Hey, what are you doing?" he heard Jay's voice behind him.

Danny's eyes landed on a bright green icon on the screen. iGuard. Blaine's freaky app that seemed like the most perfect gift right now. He could be saved, he only had to alert those guys and they would be here for him in no time. He only had to press that button...

"Get it out of his hand" Ryan said as he and his friends jumped up and made their way towards Danny.

They were too slow, though. Danny pressed the button with a shaky finger, right before the phone fell from his hand. But it didn't matter anymore. The sharp sound it made let the boy know that help was on the way.

"What the fuck?" Ryan asked as he grabbed the phone from the ground. "He alerted someone."

"You little shit" Jay growled and punched Danny who was already barely conscious, knocking him out completely. "Break it!"

Ryan nodded and threw the phone against the nearest tree. They watched in silence as the phone broke into pieces and fell silent immediately.

"What should we do now?" Alison asked in panic.

"What do you think?" Jay asked as he crouched down beside Danny and grabbed his arm. "Ryan, help me! Alison, grab the bottles. We can't leave anything behind."

"They’ll catch us" Alison said. "Let's get out of here and leave him!"

"No" Jay said seriously as he and Ryan lifted Danny off the ground. "We need that money. Move!"

The boys started running towards the street where their car was waiting for them, leaving Alison behind who quickly grabbed the bottles, threw them into her bag and followed the boys. She arrived first and quickly opened the trunk, so when Jay and Ryan arrived, they threw Danny into the trunk in no time and slammed the lid shut.

"Get in, honey" Jay said as he ushered Alison to the back door. "We have to hurry."

He got onto the driver's seat and started the car as soon as all of them were inside. As they disappeared at the corner, they could see for a second as the first car with the Warbler logo arrived.

Chapter Text

Kurt woke up to an annoying beeping sound coming from… somewhere in the room. He groaned in frustration and opened his eyes, only to find Blaine already sitting on the edge of the bed, with his phone in his hand.

"What is this sound?" Kurt asked.

"iGuard" Blaine replied.

It sounded familiar. Wait a second...

"But we are here" Kurt said. "We are not in danger…"

Unless it was somebody else who was in danger.

"It's Danny" Blaine said in the end.

They looked at each other for a brief second, taking in the information. If Danny sent an alert from his phone, it could only mean that...

"Oh, my God" Kurt cried out and jumped out of the bed.

They both ran to Danny's room and opened the door without knocking, only to find it completely empty.

"He isn't here!" Kurt said in panic.

"It came from outside of the house" Blaine said and left Kurt at the door to run into his study and get the exact coordinates because it was faster than checking them on his phone. A unit should already be on their way to Danny but it didn't mean they could sit at home and wait for them to bring the boy back. If Danny used the iGuard, it meant that he needed help. That he was in danger.

"Where is he?" Kurt asked desperately as he followed Blaine.

"I don't know… Just give me a second" Blaine said.

"Why isn't he home?" Kurt asked, close to tears. "He was supposed to be in his room..."

"I know!" Blaine shouted in frustration.

"He was upset" Kurt continued, talking mostly to himself. "After our fight… He must have left. God, I shouldn't have left him alone."

"I've got the coordinates" Blaine said as he stood up from his computer. "Get dressed, we have to leave."

They got ready in no time, both of them grabbing the first clothes they found. Before Kurt could blink, they were on their way to… somewhere. He didn't know where they were heading, he only knew that Blaine was just as worried, if not more worried than him. It couldn't mean anything good.

Just when Blaine parked the car at the park, his phone beeped. Blaine answered the call immediately. Kurt couldn't hear much of the conversation but Blaine turned pale so quickly, he knew it couldn't mean anything good.

"Stay where you are. I’ll be there soon" Blaine said and disconnected the call.

"What happened?" Kurt asked in fear.

Blaine didn't reply. He got out of the car without a word but Kurt noticed that he was shaking. Whatever had happened, it couldn't be good. Kurt was more scared then before.

They quickly made their way down the path and arrived to the scene within minutes. Kurt looked around frantically, his eyes searching for Danny. He didn't find him, though. He looked around twice but there was no sign of Danny.

"Where is my son?" Kurt asked, barely able to breath. This couldn't be happening…

"We got the call and arrived four minutes after that" one of the guards informed them. "This is what we found."

Blaine stepped away from them to look around. He crouched down, looking for signs in the dark park. There had been someone lying on the grass or better, crawling away from the bench a few feet away. Blaine got up and moved closer to the bench. Footprints. A lot of them. Maybe three or four people, he wasn't sure.

"Where is he?" Kurt asked in panic again. He needed answers. He had to know where Danny was, if he was safe… He needed to know what had happened, right now.

"Sir, we found this."

Kurt gasped as he followed Blaine to a tree and didn't need Blaine's affirmation to know that it was Danny's phone, broken into pieces. He pressed a hand to his lips, afraid that he would get sick.

"We were as fast as possible" one guard said. "But they were faster."

Blaine grabbed a piece of the phone from the ground and squeezed it tightly. He knew the signs. He didn't need someone to tell him what had happened here.

"Blaine…"

Blaine looked up at his fiancé, not knowing how to tell him the truth. As he looked into Kurt's eyes, he knew that he didn't have to say anything. Kurt knew exactly what had happened to their son.

"We will find him" Blaine said, his voice shaking. Because he knew the truth, that they had no idea where Danny was and how to find him or the people who had taken him.

Kurt threw his arms around him and broke down, loud sobs shaking his whole body. Blaine pulled him closer, his arms so tight around him that he was afraid of hurting him. He felt guilty. He had left Danny in their living room earlier that night, without making sure the boy was back in his room safely. And now Danny was gone… It was all his fault.

~ o ~

It felt so familiar… Sitting in the living room in silence, letting time pass over his head, without knowing anything about his son… Kurt felt like he was going to be sick. It had been hours since they had found Danny's phone in the park but there was still no sign of the boy. Blaine had made a whole bunch of Warblers work on Danny's case, his best men, just as their friends. He had also called the police, even if Kurt didn't want them to be there at all. They had failed once when Danny had been in danger. Kurt was pretty sure that they couldn't help them this time either.

Forcing his horrible thoughts about Danny being tortured to the back of his mind, he tried to figure out who and why had taken his son and how could they let this happen. Maybe it was because they weren't careful enough. Maybe someone was after his family and he hadn't even seen it coming. And now Danny was gone… What did those people want from them? Money? Would they call them and ask for ransom? That would be the easy way. They had a lot of money, they could easily pay for getting Danny back. But what if it was something more serious? What if there was a lunatic out there again who wanted to hurt his child? Kurt felt like he was going to be crazy.

"Honey, are you alright?" Blaine asked as he sat down beside Kurt.

"No" Kurt shook his head. "It's all my fault."

"Don't say that" Blaine said.

"It's true" Kurt said. "It's not like there weren't signs… He got in trouble all the time. I should have seen this coming."

"We didn't know" Blaine said, trying to convince Kurt just as himself. He felt guilty for letting this happen, too. "There was nothing we could do to stop this from happening."

"Should it make me feel better?" Kurt asked sadly. "I'm responsible for him. I have to keep him safe, no matter what happens. And I failed, again. I was blind and now I don't even know if I would get him back ever again."

"We will find him" Blaine said reassuringly. He could see how close Kurt was to tears. "We will find him and get him back safely."

"You can't be sure!" Kurt shouted, making Blaine jump. The man opened his mouth to say something but then Nick stepped to them and both of them looked at him.

"Guys, you should see this" Nick said. "Do you remember that recording you asked me to analyze?"

"Of course" Blaine nodded.

"I have the missing part" Nick said. "And you won't like what I found."

Kurt looked at Blaine in worry before following Nick into Blaine's study.Whatever it was Nick wanted to show them, he had to see. He wanted to know the truth.

Nick walked to the computer and started the recording. The beginning was familiar for Blaine, he had seen it so many times before, that was how he had noticed that something was out of order. But then came the part that had been missing before. There was a man on the screen, someone whose face they couldn't see. He walked to the house, peeked through the windows, then walked into the garden. He had spent a lot of time at their home, searching for… Whatever he wanted from them. Kurt pressed a hand to his lips, feeling sick. There had been a man in their garden weeks earlier. Maybe it wasn't even the only time he had been stalking them. He could have gotten into the house and hurt them all...

"Which night was it?" Kurt asked in fear.

"The one when we got engaged" Blaine answered carefully.

Kurt was definitely going to be sick. Danny had been alone in the house that night, the man must have seen him, he could have hurt him before… And Kurt was pretty sure that this man had taken Danny. Whatever he wanted from them, he wanted to use their child against them.

"Can you get a closer picture of him?" Blaine asked.

"Of course" Nick nodded.

Nick started working on the computer and within seconds, a picture appeared on the screen. They still couldn't see much of the man, it was too dark and he avoided looking into the cameras but it was still more than nothing.

"He looks familiar" Blaine muttered.

"You know him?" Kurt asked hopefully.

"I think I might have seen him before" Blaine replied. He wasn't sure when or where but he had seen this guy before.

"They are professionals" Nick said. "They knew where the cameras were and they broke into the system to manipulate the recordings. They knew what they were doing."

"Is it a team?" Blaine asked.

"It has to be" Nick nodded. "At least one more person who dealt with the cameras. Maybe even more, I can't tell without having more."

It made sense. Even if Danny had left the house on his own, he could defend himself, it wasn't that easy to take him, not to mention that they had found a lot of footprints on the scene. It had to be a team. A team wanting to hurt them. But why?

"I should have protected him better" Blaine shook his head, still blaming himself. "I knew that something was wrong. I should have… I should have done something."

"You didn't see this coming" Nick said gently.

It wasn't true. Blaine had known that they were in danger, he should have kept the bodyguards close all the time.

"Guys, we have something" Wes said as he joined them. "We went through the recordings of the house before Danny's disappearance. He texted someone before he left."

Kurt looked away, biting his lip nervously. The guys must have seen what had happened that night, what they had done. He felt guilty. They surely knew that they had had a fight before deciding to leave Danny all alone. All because of a few stupid words of a teenager...

"Who?" Blaine asked impatiently.

"David is working on it. He might get the text messages soon" Wes said.

"They lured him out of the house" Kurt said quietly.

"It looks like they did, yes" Wes nodded.

"We told him to be careful so many times" Kurt sighed, burying his face into his hands.

"It wasn't your fault" Nick said.

"It kind of was" Kurt said.

Blaine pulled him into his arms and kissed his forehead. He felt awful and he knew that Kurt felt just the same. They could have stopped this from happening but they had failed. And now who knew what those guys were doing to Danny… If something happened to the boy, they would never be able to forgive for themselves.

~ o ~

Alison glanced at Danny in worry. It had been hours since they had arrived but Danny was still unconscious. She was getting worried about him. He should have woken up by now. What if they had given him too much of the drug? What if Danny would never wake up again? They would spend the rest of their lives in jail…

It looked like she was the only one worried about the boy. Once they had tied him up, the boys had left Danny, acting like he wasn't even there. Alison couldn't believe they were so calm. They had just kidnapped someone, someone who was prepared for such situations on the top of that. She still didn't know what that alarm had been in the park but Danny had let someone know that he was in danger. It meant that his parents already knew about his disappearance and they were surely searching for him. She had a bad feeling that this wouldn't end well. If they found them, they would lock them up. God, she couldn't go to jail, she would go crazy in a small cell. She shouldn't have let Jay do this...

"Do you think he's alright?" Alison asked after a while.

"Of course" Jay said easily. "Let him sleep. It w’ll be a lot worse with him once he wakes up."

"I'm just worried" Alison said.

"Oh, don't say you like him, darling" Jay smirked.

It was hard to admit for herself but she kind of did. Danny was a nice kid, someone who didn't deserve to be treated like this.

"Do you want one?" Jay asked, raising a cigarette into the air.

"You can't smoke here" Alison gasped. "What about Danny?"

"He's our captive, not a guest" Ryan said, rolling his eyes.

"So you think you can poison him?" Alison asked with her arms crossed in front of her chest.

"Come on, let's go outside" Jay said in the end. "She’ll be pissed if we disturb her precious little toy in his sleep."

Alison glared at him but said nothing. She might have agreed to do this but she didn't want to hurt Danny. She only did this because they didn't have a choice. They needed that money to survive, to get out of the trouble they had caused for themselves. But Danny was innocent. His only fault was that his parents were rich and he had bumped into Alison that day at the mall. She knew very well that Danny didn't deserve to be treated like this and she wanted to make it easier for him. He would be angry with her, he would probably never talk to her again but he would forget about her eventually. At least she had to believe in that.

She walked to the boy, sitting still on the chair they had left him, his arms and legs tied to the chair securely. She checked on the ropes first, making sure they weren't too tight but also not loose enough to undo them. As she expected, Jay had done a perfect job with the ropes. Danny could fight as much as he wanted, he would never break free. Then she looked at the boy's face. They had taped Danny's mouth shut in case he freaked out and tried to scream. It was a deserted area but they couldn't risk anything. Danny was pale, paler than usual, and that huge bruise under his left eye seemed bad. It would surely hurt for a while.

Alison sighed as she reached out to brush a few locks of ginger hair out of Danny's face. Damn, this boy was so young, too young to end up in such a horrible situation. At least Alison didn't have to look into those huge, innocent eyes. It would make everything a lot worse.

She jumped as Danny let out a soft moan and slowly raised his head. She quickly stepped away from him, not knowing how he would act once his head was clear. The boy needed a few minutes to wake up. He blinked a few times, seemingly not knowing what was going on. Then he moved his head from side to side. His neck must have hurt from being in such an uncomfortable position for so long. Then he looked down and his eyes widened when he finally noticed the ropes binding him to the chair. And a second later, Danny started panicking.

Alison took another step backwards as Danny screamed, glad for the tape over his lips muffling his voice. He tried to pull his hands back, out of the ropes, to no avail. Alison knew that she had to do something before Danny hurt himself.

"Hey, stop it" she said as she stepped forward, putting her hands on Danny's shoulders.

The poor kid was so confused, he seemed like he didn't even believe his eyes first. He blinked a few times and pulled away from Alison as much as he could, shaking his head.

"I-I’ll get the tape off, okay? Just promise me to be silent" Alison said.

Danny hesitated for a moment but then he nodded. Alison sighed in relief and leaned forward to tear the piece of duct tape off of Danny's lips. The boy hissed in pain and closed his eyes for a second but then looked back at Alison.

"Alison, what's going on?" he asked shakily. "Where-where are we? Why am I tied up?"

Alison took a deep breath, not knowing what she should say. The truth? It would be so cruel.

"You have to let me go" Danny said.

"I can't" Alison said.

"Why are you doing this?" Danny asked hysterically.

"Danny, I'm sorry but we didn't have a choice" Alison said slowly.

"We?" Danny asked, slowly understanding what was going on. "Oh, my God. You-you… How could you do this?"

"You have to understand" Alison said. "We need money. A lot of money, or else those guys will come after us and kill us. This is our only choice."

"I don't have money!" Danny shouted desperately. "I-I can't help you..."

"No. But your dads can" Alison said.

Danny opened his mouth but nothing came out. He finally understood everything. It was all fake, Alison didn't love him, she was just using him to get what she wanted. Money. She wanted to ask for ransom to let him go.

"No" Danny whispered. "No, this can't be happening…"

"It’ll be over soon" Alison said reassuringly. "We keep you here for a little while to scare your parents and then ask for ransom. Once they transfer the money, we’ll let you go."

Danny wanted to cry. He wanted to hide in his room and cry his heart out because this couldn't happen to him. He wasn't ready to accept that he dated a monster.

"Let me go. Please" he said.

"We will. Once this is over and we get to safety. We’ll call your fathers and tell them where to find you" Alison said, remembering the plan.

Danny closed his eyes, shaking his head. This was a nightmare. It had to be a nightmare, it couldn't be anything else… But if it wasn't, he had to do something. He couldn't just sit here and wait to be rescued. He tried to remember what Blaine had told him about such situations. He needed help. He had to let people know that he was here and he was in danger.

"Help!" he shouted. "Somebody help m-"

Suddenly, a cold hand was slapped over his mouth, muffling his voice.

"Shut up" Jay hissed into his ear before turning to Alison. "Why did you take the tape off?"

"He was scared. I just wanted to explain things for him" Alison replied.

"Somebody might hear him" Jay said. He tightened his hold on Danny as he leaned back down to his ear. "You are a smart boy, right, Danny? Then you know that you should listen to me. Be quiet. If you try to call for help again, we will tape your mouth shut. Do you understand?"

Danny closed his eyes and tried to nod, barely able to move his head with Jay's hand over his mouth.

"Very good" Jay nodded and stepped back.

Danny inhaled deeply when he was finally able to breath through his mouth again. He leaned his head down, blinking hard to fight back the tears threatening to escape. He had to stay strong. That was the only way to get out of this situation.

"Relax" Jay said easily as he sat down to the table and reached for his cigarettes again. "Just a day or two and you’ll be back to your daddies and you can forget that this ever happened."

Danny closed his eyes again, unable to look at his captors. Jay was wrong. He would never forget that the person he trusted so much betrayed him.

~ o ~

Ethan was tapping his feet impatiently. He wasn't prepared for this. Okay, he had known what those kids wanted from Danny but that they had actually succeeded and gotten away with him before Blaine could stop them caught him by surprise. Maybe Blaine wasn't the man he had known anymore. Maybe he had become weak and careless and this game he played with him was all pointless. Maybe he just wasted his time for nothing.

He would find out soon but first he had to deal with the kids. He already had a few ideas what to do...

"We know where they keep the boy" Mick said as he walked into the room without knocking.

Ethan nodded in silence and reached for his drink. He wasn't surprised, Mick always did his job.

"What do you want to do now?" Mick asked after a while.

Ethan watched the dark liquid in his glass for a while without saying anything. Those kids getting involved wasn't that bad actually. They could easily get Danny from them and use them for his own purposes without any of them noticing that something wasn't right. As much as Ethan adored young criminals, those three were simply stupid. They were lucky they managed to get Danny before Blaine and his friends stopped them.

"I want you to contact them" he said in the end. "They want money. Offer them a nice prize for the boy."

"Excuse me?" Mick asked slowly. He certainly wasn't used to making things like this.

"They want money for Danny" Ethan explained for him, rubbing his tired eyes. Sometimes Mick was so slow. "I want you to pay them and bring the boy here."

"Why don't we just take him?" Mick asked.

"Because I will make sure Blaine goes after those idiots instead of us" Ethan explained for him.

"I really don't get it" Mick admitted.

"You don't have to understand anything. I know what I'm doing" Ethan said, losing his patience. "I want you to pay them and then bring the boy to me. Unhurt."

"You are crazy" Mick shook his head.

"I'm patient, my friend" Ethan said. He glanced at the screen in front of him and the hundreds of photos of Blaine and his family. Things had taken an unexpected turn but it might be better than his original plan.

"As you wish" Mick said as he turned around.

Ethan didn't look after him, he was busy planning the future and all those beautiful ways he would hurt Blaine.