So here’s what I love about how Kurt and Blaine dealt with Prom Queen.
There’s the intial shock, where Kurt is once again shoved down and told, “no, you can’t have it all. Fairy tails can’t come true for you.” And there’s the part where Blaine sits back and lets Kurt work through this because he doesn’t know what to do either and goddamn, this is all so unfair. And then there’s the part where Kurt paces and dithers and reflects on how incredibly hurtful these people are. Then there’s the part where, after all that, Kurt decides that no, he will not let those assholes think that they got him. He will not give them the satisfaction that they could do anything to push him down for good. His decision to go back out there is a giant declaration of fortitude and resilience, a great big fuck you to all the haters.
And Kurt decided this all of his own volition.
And Blaine could not love him any more than in that moment. Seeing Kurt this strong, this determined, Blaine is almost moved to tears. The depth of admiration and respect and awe and pride he feels for Kurt is written all over his face.
Who blame Blaine for feeling this way though? It is something to behold really, because this is Kurt being strong through his vulnerability, not in spite of it. In the hallway with Blaine, this is Kurt without the facade he usually puts up and even with his defenses down he’s just as strong—no, stronger—than he is when he’s feigning utter invincibility.
All those moments where Blaine is heart-eyeing and melting into the presence of Kurt—where he’s perfectly content just basking in the comfort of being with the boy he loves—they’re backed up by moments like this. Where the powerful unguarded openness they share with each other is the most important thing between them. Theirs is a relationship based on mutual respect and support, and the trustworthiness it takes to sustain those qualities.
But here’s the best part. It comes after all that insecurity and being in that auditorium with that palpable hostility in the air and then that feeling of alone-ness in the pit of Kurt’s stomach when Karofsky runs away from Kurt. It’s after Kurt has to look around at all these people judging him, and it’s after Blaine shoves his own reservations aside to ask Kurt to dance with him. It’s after all that focusing on other people and the worrying and fretting.
The best part is when Kurt and Blaine start to dance. It’s that moment when it’s no longer about the other people, but about them being together. It’s about Kurt living the fairy tale. It’s about him being able to have his Prince Charming for once. And not in some syrupy fantasy cartoon way, but in a real, “this is my boyfriend and I get to dance with him at prom and despite all the other shit that’s happened, this moment right here is what I’ve always wanted” way.
Right then it’s only about Kurt and Blaine. It’s about them being there for each other and understanding each other and Blaine trying to assuage any lingering apprehension. And then it’s none of that. Then it’s just Kurt and Blaine, two people in love having fun and dancing at prom. And it would be extraordinary if it weren’t so ordinary. And that’s the most triumphant part of it all.