bethynycfics2: (Kurt Blaine Kiss)
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Title: Fishs Eddy
Author: [ profile] bethynyc
Rating: PG
Pairings: Kurt/Blaine
Spoilers: through 2.22, future fic set in NYC. Kurt, Blaine, and Rachel all go to college there, and Kurt and Blaine share a room in their dorm suite.
Warnings (if any): n/a
Word Count: 1055
Summary: Kurt and Blaine need mugs.
Author's Note: I don't own Kurt or Blaine. I do, however, live in NYC, and therefore have a wonderful time picturing them in places I know. Many thanks to [ profile] m_cobweb for the beta!

We need more mugs.

And with that seeming non-sequitur, Kurt led Blaine on a walking tour of thrift shops in the East Village and Gramercy area.

Their dorm at The New School was made up of suites that shared a common kitchen area and bathroom. Loeb Hall had a great location, close to Union Square and all the amenities thereof, and although it was a bit of a walk from the West Village campus buildings, there were buses, and walking in New York was one of the perks of being there.

The 'Welcome to College' swag bags they received during orientation included New School mugs, but apparently that wasn't enough for Kurt. “What if we have Rachel over?” he said, “Or have an all night study session and run out of mugs?”

“I think it is just an excuse to wander around on a Saturday before classes get too heavy.” Blaine replied with a smile.

Kurt tilted his head. “Well, yes. But we still need the mugs.”


After zig-zagging along 12th, 13th, and 14th streets (and finding nothing that they liked in any of the thrift shops along the way) they came to the south end of Union Square. Skaters practiced aerials and flips on their boards. The short flight of steps was crowded with people eating lunch, reading, or chatting in groups. A tall woman with dreadlocks strummed a guitar and sang Bob Marley songs. One man had a leashed cat perched on his shoulder. Chess players congregated near the southwestern subway entry, and tables filled with all sorts of items for sale crowded the area.

It was a noisy, friendly, crowded mess, and Kurt looked at Blaine with a huge grin. “Sometimes I can't believe that we're really here.”

Blaine reached out and snagged Kurt's hand. “I can.”

Hand in hand they walked through the crowd. They paused at a table of original artwork, and another with ceramic salt and pepper shakers in the shape of hugging figures. The Greenmarket appeared ahead of them, and Blaine smiled as Kurt talked to a stand employee about new potatoes as he snagged a slice of apple from a paper plate.

“We have to make gratin daphenois once it gets cool enough.” Kurt bounced back to his side, and Blaine fell in love with him just a little bit more. “I mean it, Blaine, between the Greenmarket and Whole Foods and Trader Joes we are having a proper dinner party at some point.”

Blaine laughed. “Looking forward to it.” They threaded through the crowds to the northeast corner of Union Square, Petco ahead of them and to the left across the street... “Oh my god, Pret! Kurt, we are so stopping there for lunch, it is awesome!”

Kurt squeezed his hand. “Sounds like a plan.”

They kept walking up Broadway. Blaine had to drag Kurt away from the ABC Carpet windows. (“Did you see what they did with those windows? Did you?” “Yes, Kurt, for twenty minutes!” “Two words: Authentic. Aubusson.”)

At 19th street, Blaine noticed a store with the windows piled high with dishes. “Let's try this place.” They crossed Broadway to the shop on the corner. Fishs Eddy read the sign, and Blaine caught Kurt's eye and grinned in amusement at Kurt's whispered “Quirky name!” as they stepped inside. Instantly Kurt snagged a basket from the pile just inside the door, while Blaine was distracted by the sight of vintage glove molds reaching out to him.

This was the place, Blaine realized, where vintage hotel dishes went to be reborn. Barrels full of bowls and mugs were crammed against wooden shelf units similarly packed with china. Kurt picked up a New York Times crossword puzzle themed mug almost instantly as they stepped into the store. “This...this is...”


“Perfect.” Kurt turned the mug in his hands. “This place is fantastic!” Together they browsed through the dishes, showing each other what delighted them. One set of shelves had all mugs with cartoons from the New Yorker, and Blaine instantly captured one that he thought was hilarious and put it in the basket.

“We should have an eclectic mug collection.” Kurt decided. “Something to suit all of our moods.”

“Though there should be some plain ones, you know, for parents.” Blaine held up a couple of simple scalloped mugs in light blue and green. “These might work.”

“Good idea.” Kurt took the mugs and continued to browse the shelves, while Blaine strolled along the back wall, fascinated by the vintage dinnerware.

He glanced back at Kurt, to see him give the little 'come over here' head tilt that Blaine loved. When he reached him, Kurt's expression was oddly devious for the situation. “I have found the perfect mug for you. Well, almost perfect.” He held it up for Blaine to read the side.

“Hey!” The mug read You are not perky. You are obnoxious. in courier type on the side. “Let me see that!”

“We are totally getting this!” Kurt snatched it back and placed it in the basket. Blaine grumbled briefly before turning back to look at some other displays.

Two older men standing by a barrel caught his eye. They weren't holding hands, but the way they looked at each other, a certain softness to their smiles, felt very familiar to him. One caught his eye and gave him a little smile before kissing the other on the cheek. As they chose two mugs from the barrel, Blaine noticed the matching rings on their hands.

They moved to another section, and since his curiosity was piqued, Blaine decided to check out that particular display. He was surprised to have missed it, since the store wasn't all that big, but here was a perfect theme. Blaine picked up two matching mugs and brought them to Kurt who was waiting in line. “I think we need these two,” he said.

Kurt took one to look at it. Two grooms stood next to each other, simple line drawings in blue against the white background of the mug. “Yes. We do.”

Blaine rested his hand on the small of Kurt's back and whispered “I thought so.”

Date: 2011-07-22 02:59 pm (UTC)
ext_41564: (glee - klaine approved)
From: [identity profile]
I love everything about this.

Also it is refreshing to read a NYC fic written by an actual new yorker. I felt like I was wandering Union Square alongside the boys. The moment I read the title I knew I'd enjoy this.

(Makes mental note to pick up some bowls this weekend.)

Date: 2011-07-22 03:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much! I was nervous about this, because Glee is kind of a new fandom for me. I love living here and picturing them living here!

Date: 2011-07-22 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This is amazing, you capture the feel of their easy coupledom and the vibe of New York beautifully. *sprinkles you with double klainebows of joy*

Date: 2011-07-22 05:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much!!!

Date: 2011-07-22 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Love. You have captured Union square so well. Also Blaine's reaction to Pret is basically what my reaction is too. I think I got lunch there almost daily when I first discovered it. ^_^

Date: 2011-07-22 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I *love* Pret! When I first found them in NYC I knew I had my go-to lunch place! When I was in London we got lunches there as well! I knew that Blaine would like it, and I'm sure Kurt will as well!

(I miss the Coronation Chicken though...)

Thank you so much for your kind words!

Date: 2011-07-22 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That was such a sweet moment in time. We do eclectic mugs too, and I always like reading Kurt and Blaine doing something domestic together.

But also, totally surprised NY has a Pret - they're my sandwich chain of choice here in the UK

Date: 2011-07-22 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I really love picturing them together here in NYC! And yes, we have Pret here! Love it!

Thank you so much for commenting!

Date: 2011-07-22 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I absolutely adore this on so many levels. I love the voice you've found with the boys. I adore the perfection in weaving in the NYC-ness (Fishs Eddy is one of my favorite places ever!!) not to mention is spot on perfect NYC references.

Look forward to reading more from you!

Date: 2011-07-22 08:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! I love living here, and Love setting fic here! These two were made for NYC stories!

Date: 2011-07-22 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It was really nice and cozy.

Date: 2011-07-22 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much!

Date: 2011-07-22 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Aww! Very New York, very sweet. :)

Date: 2011-07-22 08:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! ::hugs::

Date: 2011-07-22 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Fishs Eddy is where we got stuff for our B'klyn apartment! Back when online shopping was unheard of, we lugged those pasta bowls blocks and blocks. Kurt would totally plan a full-on dinner party, when all the other college kids are drinking out of jars and plastic quart containers.
Hi from up North a little -- moved up to Westchester but still connect to NYC lots. Love Union Square, except on days like today when it will be about 115 degrees -- I'd almost volunteer to get slushied.

Date: 2011-07-22 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love Fishs Eddy! I went there one day and could just *see* Kurt and Blaine wandering through in my mind! And yes, Kurt will have a dinner party as soon as he gets a long enough table!

Thank you so much for the comment! I appreciate it!

Date: 2011-07-23 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love reading their NYC adventures, this is fun, and I love all the links. Well done. And Fishs Eddy seems like a very cool place!

Date: 2011-07-23 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you so much for commenting! I love when fics set in a real place *feel* real, and so I try to make it work! Fishs Eddy is a very cool place!

Date: 2011-07-23 04:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OMG, I just flipped through the Fishs Eddy website and that store looks amazing!! Too bad I didn't know about it before my NY trip in February. Would have lost my mind and bought a ton of cups/plates/whatever. LOL.

Damn, I want to go to NYC again...

Date: 2011-07-23 12:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
::beckons enticingly:: Come back to New York...come baaaaaack! Hee!

Thank you so much for commenting! I appreciate it, and glad you enjoyed the story!

Date: 2011-07-23 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
One man had a leashed cat perched on his shoulder.

I saw that guy this morning!

Adorable story.

Date: 2011-07-23 04:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love seeing that guy! Malkav would never be so calm! Thank you for reading and commenting!

Date: 2011-07-23 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You know I don't read fic much, but Fishs Eddy is possibly my favorite store in the world (I went there last specifically looking for a Vaseline-glass chicken-shaped serving dish in lime green, and I'll be damned, they had one!), so I read and enjoyed immensely! Evokes those perfect "zomg, I love NYC so much" days and moments!

Date: 2011-07-23 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thank you! That is what I was aiming for with this, to show what these characters would do in NYC and having NYC as a character itself, if that makes sense.

I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I love when non-fandom people can enjoy a story as well! ::hugs you::

Date: 2011-07-26 12:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I have been shopping at Fishs Eddy since it was in a whole other location and they were not yet doing their own pieces . . . you can imagine what set I am slowly trying to collect now? ;-)

Of course they would love it. In fact, were they the two guys who were totally getting in my way last time I was there just trying to quickly pick something up? ;-)

Date: 2011-07-26 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, probably! And the last time I was there all the Alice stuff was on sale!

Thank you so much for reading and commenting--I know it isn't your thing, so I appreciate it even more!

Date: 2011-07-26 01:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Dammit -- that means they're probably phasing out the line, and I have no money now. Oh well. I never intended to get a full service, but I was hoping to pick up two of everything.


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