Devin hadn’t felt like this about someone in a long time. His last boyfriend had left him in the dirt and despite all of Blaine’s joking that he was better off and that it meant they could be together, Devin had felt horrible. For a while the young man hadn’t thought he would be able to move on. It was so lonely after being with someone for almost a year and while Devin had pleanty of options to fill the place, his broken heart hadn’t been ready.
And then he had given Roni a chance.
Veronika Vogel was different from Devin in so many ways. He came from a rich family while she didn’t have one. His parents abused him, while her foster parents neglected her. Their similarities came in the fact that they both needed to get away from home more than any kid should. But that was what brought them together and that was what had caused their relationship to happen. He might have never considered Roni as someone to date if it wasn’t for their late night trips to the middle of Ohio to meet and get away from home. They became something very special to each other and it was impossible to deny physical attraction.
They had been together for a year now and tonight was their anniversary. Roni wasn’t used to having the chance to going to fancy restaurants so Devin had decided that he would spoil her. Roni on the other hand had saved up as much money as she could to buy Devin some new things for his ballet. It wasn’t much but it was all Roni could afford.
Roni managed to convince Mr. Schuester to allow her to borrow one of the dresses they used at Regionals for dinner that night since the dresses she owned didn’t seem nice enough for a four star restaurant. She felt very out of place but Devin pulled her along.
Dinner was going quite well but Devin could tell that something was wrong. Roni wasn’t fully present as he talked to her about everything and anything. She wasn’t ignoring him but she wasn’t paying full attention. “Roni, what’s wrong?”
“Nothing, nothing,” She pulled this routine three times before Devin reached over and grabbed her hand. She shook slightly and as tears began to fall from her eyes Devin became quite concerned. Immediately his mind went to all the wrong places. She was leaving him. She had cheated. She had cancer She was-
“Moving.” she said for a second time because Devin was so shell shocked the first time that he hadn’t understood. “They’re switching me to a new home.” she said with a frown. She had been moved to different foster homes within the state many times but now they had pulled a new trick out of the bag. “To Florida.”
Devin couldn’t find the words to say. A year of being completely happy with Roni and now she was going to be gone. “When do you leave? Are you coming back?”
“I don’t know…I’ll be there until I graduate I guess,” she frowned. The worse news came next “I leave tomorrow,”
“What are you trying to tell me Blaine?”
Devin was sitting on his bed waiting for his friend to spit out what he had been trying to say for the past thirty minutes. Blaine had been crying and he was finally calm enough to speak but he wasn’t explaining. Devin needed to know what was wrong so he could help him.
Blaine hesitated. What he had to tell Devin was not something easy. It was life changing and Blaine was thankful that Cooper had been around to walk him through it all but it was about time he involved Devin. “Dev…I…you’re my best friend and this isn’t going to be easy bu-” the words didn’t seem to form on his mouth so he broke into a bit of a tear fest again. He hadn’t stopped crying for days now but this had been going on for weeks. It was the confirmation that his life was now ruined and over that sent him over the edge.
“Blaine. Stop it. Spit it out.” Devin didn’t understand what was going on. He had come home and found Blaine crying in his apartment. He hadn’t seen him like this since Kurt had left him and moved to California. That had been eight months ago and yet Blaine was here again bawling his eyes out.
Blaine stood there and stared at his friend. It wasn’t working. He should have brought Coop with him, Cooper could have told Devin. No. This was his battle to fight and Blaine was going to have to be brave through this. Courage. Just that thought had him in tears again. It was back in high school when he had been at Dalton that he had sent that word to Kurt. Where was Kurt now? If Kurt was here he wouldn’t be in this mess.
“Blaine, come on, talk to me,” Devin’s voice sounded again before the silence lingered some more. You could hear a pin drop but Devin didn’t have one so the silence was all they had. Suddenly Blaine took in a sharp breath and said what he needed to.
“I’m HIV positive.”
HIV. How? What? Why? The questions flew through Devin’s mind and he just stared at Blaine as if this was some sort of nightmare. His friend had a disease that had killed many and continued to kill many. Yes, the drugs had certainly gotten better but this would no doubt change Blaine’s life forever. But this wasn’t like Blaine. How could something like this happen?
“I got drunk, I missed Kurt and there was a guy…and I…I wasn’t thinking,” Blaine started to cry once again. It was awful that this was all part of a stupid mistake. He would never see the guy again and now he had a disease from him. “I’m scared Dev,”
“So am I.”
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