Title: For What Binds Us
Length & Rating: ~5,000 / ~31,000 (R-ish) (completed)
Summary: It’s five years after the end of Glee and Chris and Darren haven’t seen each other since everything fell apart. When Chris shows up unexpectedly at Darren’s new home, he struggles to find out if they still have a place in each other’s lives.
Warnings: Brief mention of Chris/OMC, who never makes an appearance. Additionally, Lea Michele is with an unnamed, unseen husband and pregnant with their first child.
AN: This would quite literally not exist without the weeks of endless support and thousands of text from Katie.
And thanks to anyone and everything who’s been reading this.
"And when two people have loved each other
see how it is like a
scar between their bodies,
stronger, darker, and proud;
how the black cord makes of them a single fabric
that nothing can tear or mend.”
- Jane Hirshfield, “For What Binds Us”
Chapter 5: And I’ll Kneel Down
Chris fumbles with the locks, fingers gone numb and useless, and it seems to take too many breathless moments before he can yank the door open. The warm breeze rushes inside his house.
“You were right,” Darren says before Chris can even open his mouth. “I was hiding.” He’s wearing a beanie and a soft hoodie, shoulders drawn in and arms folded across his body, making him look small.