[ Fic-A-Thon ] Those Three Words

Those Three Words:

Kitty and Artie have another heart to heart conversation about their relationship. This scene takes place several episodes after “Do You Love Me”, during either 100 or New Directions.

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Kitty and Artie lay in bed together cuddling after having made love.

“What’s wrong,” Artie asked.

“Hmm?”

“You seem distracted …. ” he asked. “What’s bothering you?”

“I was just thinking about next year,” she told him.

He kissed her neck. “We don’t need to worry about that now.”

“But it’s hard not to,” she responded. “I’m the one who’s going to be left behind.”

“I may be in New York,” he reassured her, “but I’d hardly call it leaving you behind.”

“It’s 589 miles away, Artie. It’s not as if you could just come home every other weekend.”

“Why not? Kurt did.” He chuckled.

But she wasn’t smiling.

Seeing that this was a little more serious than he thought, he got serious with her for a minute.

“Look sweetie, I know it’s not gonna be easy, but we love each other and with two people that love each other, that’s enough.”

“Kurt and Blaine love each other too; and Tina and Mike; and your friends Finn and Rachel. But the distance killed them,” she countered.

He looked her deeply in the eyes and said, “Kitty we’re not them. They all had problems with the relationship before they separated which were just made worse by the separation. I’ve never felt so close to someone as I do to you, and looking back I realize why all my old relationships never worked. You and I have a connection I never had with Tina or Britney or Sugar or Becky. I thought you felt the same way.”

“I do,” she said. “You show me what love is, and that’s something I’ll always be grateful for. You fought for me when don’t one else did. Cared for me even when I was a mean bitch. You befriended me and got to know me and little by the little melted my heart. I’m just so scared about the distance!”

Artie began to realize that this was more than just the jitters that he thought he was before. “Are you breaking up with me,” he asked.

“No,” she said, beginning to panic. “I couldn’t bear to do that! I just don’t know what to do!”

The two of them just lay there holding each other.

[ARTIE]
We’ll do it all
Everything
On our own

[KITTY]
We don’t need
Anything
Or anyone

[ARTIE]
If I lay here
If I just lay her
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

[KITTY]
I don’t quite know
How to say
How I feel

[TOGETHER ]
Those three words
Are said too much
They’re not enough

[ARTIE]
If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

[KITTY]
Forget what we’re told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that’s bursting into life

[ARTIE]
Let’s waste time
Chasing cars
Around our heads

[KITTY]
I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own

[ARTIE]
If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

[TOGETHER]
Forget what we’re told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that’s bursting into life

[KITTY]
All that I am
[TOGETHER]
All that I ever was
[ARTIE]
Is here in your perfect eyes, they’re all I can see

[KITTY]
I don’t know where
[TOGETHER]
Confused about how as well
[ARTIE]
Just know that these things will never change for us at all

[ARTIE]
If I lay here
[KITTY]
If I just lay here
[TOGETHER]
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Artie knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that Kitty was the woman for him, and up until now he thought that she felt the same way. Ever since they had met Kitty had always seemed to have a soft spot for him. She was nicer to him than most, and even when she was snarky it wasn’t usually mean spirited. They’d had a flirtation of sorts most of the year off and on. But they had really bonded after during the aftermath of the school shooting. When he had been reluctant to follow through on his acceptance into film school it was Kitty who had encouraged him to embrace his passion, and accept going there when he was scared and tried to blame being scared on his mom. That was something so completely and totally uncharacteristic of her, and at the point he knew that there was something special between them. Over the next few weeks they had spent time getting to know which other privately, and little by the little cementing their relationship.

The weeks since they had gone public had been the happiest days of Artie’s life. He thought that they would be together forever. She had supported him and going to film school and it never really occurred to him that she might let the distance between them get in the way. He didn’t know what to do.

Kitty just lay there in her boyfriend’s comforting arms. She didn’t know what to do. Five-hundred and Eighty-Nine miles was an extremely long distance for a couple to maintain a relationship. She knew that she loved him and had confidence that he loved her in return. That was something that she’d never experienced before. Jake and “checked out” of their relationship before it had ever begun thanks to his crush on Marley. Puck was barely even a friend, let alone a real boyfriend. Their ‘relationship’ was just for show and was a last ditch effort to get Jake back by making him jealous. The ‘breakup’ had stung, but she’d gotten over it quickly because there was no emotional connection. For maybe thirty seconds she’d considered the possibility of something with Ryder, but he was too obsessed with his online fantasy to even be a friend to her let alone anything more than that. Plus, he too had been crushing in Marley from the moment he laid eyes on her.

But through all of this, there had been the constant and reassuring presence of Artie. He’d offered her friendship when no one else did, even when she’s tried to hide it; even when she was kind of a bitch to him. He’d been the only one to really welcome her into the New Directions and Grease cast. He’d been her friend, singing and dance partner, emotional support, and for the last couple months boyfriend and lover. He’d always been there unconditionally. She now knew what love was because of him, and she could not imagine what her life would be like without him in it. But bring 589 miles away was going to be so hard.

[Song Credit: Chasing Cars, originally performed by Snow Patrol]

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