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Life is hard, especially when your quality of living isn't too great, but you'd do anything to protect the ones you love most.

"Papa!" Adlington shouted, running through the front door.

"Is something wrong Ads?" Kurt runs towards Adlington, worry instantly setting in.

"Not at all!" Adlington says with a huge smile. "I got five gold from running some errands for someone!"

"That's amazing Ads, we might actually be able to have dinner tonight." Kurt says happily, though sorrow was hidden beneath that happiness.

Adlington smiled brightly, handing the measly amount of gold to his dad, who he knew was sad. "Yeah! It'll be great! And maybe I can get more tomorrow!"

"You shouldn't have to worry about it bud, I'll try to get a job again tomorrow. Maybe if I do I can actually send you to school, and get you some new clothes."

"That would be great!"

Kurt couldn't help but smile at his son's cheeriness, despite the situation they were stuck in. "Why don't you go get washed up, I'll go see about getting dinner."

"Alright Papa."

Kurt ruffles Adlington's hair before he heads from the room. He pulls on his old worn out shoes and grabs his trench coat, which had definitely seen better days. He closes the door behind himself as he leaves the small house they lived in. He sighed as he made his way down the street, to a small stand that sold an assortment of food.

"Hello sir, how can I help you?" The lady running the stand asks kindly.

"What can I get for five gold?" Kurt asks, putting on a fake smile.

"I can get you a small loaf of bread, and that's it."

"Alright." Kurt sighs, handing over the gold and accepting the bread that was handed to him.

It wasn't much, but it was more then they've actually had in a while, which would be nice. He hated how they had to live, but there wasn't anything he could do about it, no matter how hard he tried. He knew Adlington wasn't living in the best conditions, and it pained him to see his son like he was, but he kept trying, but he kept failing, there was no winning for him, ever. He walked back into the house and took off his shoes and coat before going into the shabby kitchen and sitting on one of the only chairs at the table. He rested his head in his hands and let out a deep breath.

"You okay Papa?" Adlington asks curiously.

"Yeah, as okay as I can be." Kurt replied with a forced smile.

Adlington frowned slightly as he sat down. "Why are you upset?"

"Its nothing to worry about Ads." Kurt says as he tears the small loaf of bread in half, giving Adlington the bigger half.

They sat quietly as they ate, which didn't take long. Adlington headed to bed not long after. Kurt sat in the kitchen and just stared at a wall for a long time, lost in thought. He really just wanted a better life for his son, for both of them. He'd do anything to give Adlington the life he deserves to have. He couldn't give Adlington what he needed or wanted, he was failing as father, and it got to him everyday.

For the longest time he considered giving Adlington to the foster care so he could have a better life, but he had promised MK he would protect their son because she couldn't. He felt the tears welling up already. Adlington never got to meet his mother, he never got to know what it was like to have a mom, or the love she would have provided. He made MK a promise the day she died, which was the day their son was born. He promised he would protect him and care for him and give him the best life possible, that's all she wanted. She just wanted the best for Adlington, which Kurt felt like he was failing, he felt like he always would.

Kurt stood up and scrubbed at his eyes as he made his way to the door, after hearing a knock. He let out a deep sigh as he saw who stood before him, knowing this could only end badly.

"Your rent is ten months late Kurt, you have to pay it or I'm gonna be forced to kick you out." Guude's southern drawl sounded throughout the house.

"You know I can't pay it right now, please just give me a chance, I'll pay as soon as I can."

"You said that last month and the month before. You've been saying that for months now, and I'm tired of this shit you keep pulling."

"Please Guude! I'm begging you, I need to protect Adlington, he needs a home, and without this place, he won't have one."

"I understand that Kurt, but I'm only loosing money on this and I've given you plenty of slack since MK passed, and I just can't continue this."

"Just give me some more time, please, I promise I'll pay rent by the end of the month. Please Guude, just give me one more chance!" Kurt begged as tears glistened in his eyes.

"This is the last chance Kurt, I'm serious this time. You have one month to pay your rent or you're out." Guude walks away from the small house, leaving Kurt basically in tears, but thankful.

Kurt collapsed on the couch, letting the tears fall down onto his pale cheeks. He was so worried about finding a job and being able to pay rent so he could continue supporting his son, and maybe give him a better life.

"Papa? Was that Guude again?" Adlington asked hesitantly.

"Yeah, it was bud, it was."

"Is he kicking us out?"

"If we pay him by the end of the month he won't."

"Are we gonna be able to do it?"

"I hope so, bud."

"What if we don't?"

"Then we'll just have to figure something out, but we'll make it by, somehow."

It was quiet for a while, Kurt tried to stop the tears, which didn't seem to end.

"Hey Papa?" Adlington questions, tugging at Kurt's sleeve gently.


"Do you ever miss Mama?"

"There isn't a day that I don't."

"What was she like?"

"She was the kindest and sweetest person I had ever meet. The most beautiful too. She loved being outside and exploring. She had a business selling flowers and plants, it was her passion."

"Was life better before me?"

"Well Ads, it was definitely easier, but I wouldn't trade you for anything." Kurt says, ruffling Adlington's blonde hair.

"I'm just glade I have you Papa, I'd be lost without you." Adlington says with a smile.

Kurt was always amazed at his son, he was so young, but he was very wise. "I'm glad I have you too Ads." He gives Adlington a hug. "Your mother would be so proud of you." He whispered, knowing just how true that was, she would've been so proud.

I know I said I wasn't gonna do more than one story at once, but, I've been working on this for a while and its close to being totally finished, so I figured I'd start posting it, especially since ACW is kinda slow right now. Also, the inspiration for this was Ads calling Kurt Papa during the last UHC
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