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Summary: The Gleeks find out Kurt’s middle name is Elizabeth and he tells them how that came to be.

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Television > Glee
Movies > Pirates of the Caribbean > Non-BtVS/AtS Stories
DemonChildeKyraFR712,505262,31523 Apr 1123 Apr 11Yes
Title: Story Behind A Name

Author: Kyra

Disclaimer: I don’t own them; if I did I wouldn’t be writing fanfiction.

Summary: The Gleeks find out Kurt’s middle name is Elizabeth and he tells them how that came to be.

Pairings: None. Slight Puckurt pre-slash.

Spoilers: Major spoilers for the first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Glee – Up through Furt, though I’m pretending the crap with Karofsky never happened, so Kurt’s still at McKinley and there’s no Lauren. And while I’m at it, let’s say there’s no Blaine either. Not that it really matters to the fic, but still.

Warnings: None that I can think of.

A/N: Yeah, so I watched PotC:AWE earlier this week and have been wanting Glee/PotC ever since. As evidenced by my nice long post on the Glee Cross Meme on LJ. And this is what I ended up coming up with.

Kurt paused in the process of creating a stack of DVDs as the doorbell rang. “Finn!” he called. “Will you get that? It should be the pizza.”

“Where’s the money?” Finn’s voice came, drifting up from the living room where he was waiting with the rest of the Glee club for Kurt to get back with the movies so they could have their movie night.

“My wallet is on the end table by the couch, just grab some cash out of it,” Kurt called back and a few minutes later he heard the door open and close shortly after. Picking up the stack of DVDs, he slowly made his way out of his room and down the stairs to the living room. Putting the movies down next to the DVD player, he turned around to see everyone flocking around the pizzas now sitting on the coffee table that had been pushed to the side of the room to make room for the teenagers.

Everyone except Finn.

Finn stood next to the end table by the couch with Kurt’s wallet in his hand, a weird look on his face.

“What?” Kurt asked, his hands coming up to touch his face. “Do I have something on my face?” When Finn shook his head, Kurt’s hands went to his hair. “Is it my hair then?”

Finn shook his head again, opening and closing his mouth like he wasn’t quite sure how to say what he wanted to say.

Kurt huffed out an exasperated breath and propped his hands on his hips. “Then what is it, Finn? Spit it out!”

“I…Dude, your middle name is Elizabeth?!” Finn asked incredulously.

Kurt’s eyes went wide at the question and the rest of the Glee club went quiet and turned to look at them curiously.

“Dude, what?” Puck asked, looking at Finn. “Why would you think Hummel’s middle name is Elizabeth? I mean, sure, he can be kinda girly and all, but he is actually a guy, you know.”

“Thank you so much for noticing,” Kurt deadpanned, rolling his eyes at Puck before turning back to Finn. “How did you…?” Kurt trailed off, looking at his stepbrother curiously.

“Um…I uh, it’s on your driver’s license,” Finn replied, holding up Kurt’s wallet. “I saw it when I got the money for the pizza.”

“Wait. You mean your middle name really is Elizabeth?” Mercedes asked, her surprise evident, along with everyone else’s as the stared at Kurt in shock.

Kurt sighed in resignation, knowing there was no way they were going to let this go until their curiosity had been satisfied. So he simply nodded. “Yeah, it is.”

“Dude…why?” Finn asked, looking confused.

“Don’t call me that,” Kurt told him, eyes narrowed slightly. After a moment, he sighed again and shrugged. “My mom’s family has this tradition where the firstborn son gets William somewhere in his name and the firstborn daughter gets Elizabeth somewhere in her name,” Kurt said as he started explaining. “My mother’s name, for example, was Katherine Elizabeth. Since it was a given that I’d get one of the family names, Dad told Mom he wanted to pick my first name and they could use the family name as my middle name. Mom agreed. Delivery day came and I was born and when Mom asked Dad for my name, he told her Kurt. Apparently Mom was going to make him pick something else because, well, Kurt William just doesn’t sound very good. But then Dad explained that he chose Kurt because it was a mix of their names; you know, Katherine plus Burt becomes Kurt. And in her Demerol-induced high, Mom thought it was really sweet and couldn’t bring herself to make him pick something else. But Kurt William still didn’t sound good. However, Kurt Elizabeth, on the other hand, didn’t sound too bad. Dad didn’t find out until a few days later when he actually got a good look at my birth certificate.”

“So you got stuck with Elizabeth for a middle name because William didn’t sound good with Kurt?” Artie asked incredulously.

Kurt just shrugged and nodded. “Pretty much. I also choose to blame it on the Demerol,” he said simply.

“Why William or Elizabeth?” Santana asked, curious but trying not to show it.

Kurt looked around and saw the rest of the Gleeks looking at him expectantly, some of them still standing, some of them leaning against a wall, and others having found seats, but all of them looking at him with the same curious and expectant looks on their faces. “Wouldn’t you guys rather watch a movie than talk about my middle name?” he asked.

Quinn shook her head. “We’re all curious now,” she replied.

“And we’re even more curious now that you tried to change the subject,” Tina added with a smile.

Sighing in resignation once more, Kurt made himself more comfortable on the couch. “Okay, keep in mind these are old family stories that got passed down through my mother’s family,” Kurt said as he looked around at the others. “No making fun of me for this stuff, okay? I’m just telling them the way they were told to me. No, wait, that’s not true. If I did that, we’d be here forever; it usually took Mom a couple weeks at least to tell me the stories. So you guys are getting more of a summary.”

“Just get on with it, Hummel,” Puck said and everyone else nodded.

“Okay, so this goes back to sometime in the seventeen-hundreds and my however-many-times-great grandparents, Will and Elizabeth Turner. This is their story. Now, Grandpa Will and Grandma Elizabeth first met when they were like, twelve after the ship Grandpa Will is on gets attacked by pirates and Grandma Elizabeth and her father find him floating in the water and save him.”

“Pirates?” Puck cut in, earning a glare from Kurt. “What? It’s cool! Totally badass!”

Kurt just rolled his eyes and snorted softly. “Oh, trust me, you haven’t heard anything yet,” Kurt said. “Anyway, so Grandma Elizabeth and her father saved Grandpa Will and they all end up in Port Royal in the Caribbean where Elizabeth’s father is the Governor and Will eventually becomes a blacksmith’s apprentice. Will, of course, falls for Elizabeth. Massive crush on her, but thinks he doesn’t stand a chance because of the difference in their statuses. Eight or so years after they meet, a pirate by the name of Jack Sparrow- Oh, wait sorry. Captain Jack Sparrow arrives in Port Royal. Will has a slight run-in with him and Jack ends up captured and sentenced to be hanged. That night Port Royal is attacked by pirates, by Captain Barbossa and his crew aboard the Black Pearl.

“Now something you should know about the Black Pearl is that it’s basically the ghost story of the pirate world; no ship faster and no one ever survives an encounter with her. Anyway, the Pearl attacks Port Royal and Elizabeth gets kidnapped, mostly because she has a trinket they want and instead of letting them kill her, she demands parlay, which means they have to take her to their captain. So she ends up on the Black Pearl. Will finds out she was kidnapped and goes and breaks Jack out of jail to get his help to rescue her-”

“Why would a pirate help him rescue this chick, though?” Finn asked.

“Because of Will,” Kurt replied. “Well, more because of who he was, or rather, whose son he was. Not that Will knew that until later. Turns out, Will’s dad was a pirate and was part of Jack’s crew. On the Black Pearl. Barbossa had originally been Jack’s first mate, but he betrayed Jack and led a mutiny, marooning Jack on an island and taking over the Pearl after Jack had told him where the treasure they were after was. Anyway, Will’s dad, Bootstrap Bill, hadn’t agreed with it and was made to walk the plank. Thing was, Barbossa needed Bootstrap, only he didn’t know it at the time. That treasure they were after was cursed. They stole it and spent it, only to find out later about the curse. They couldn’t die. Which might sound cool, but not when it’s a half existence. They couldn’t enjoy life’s pleasures anymore. And they needed all of the coins, and blood from everyone who helped steal it to break the curse. Which included Bootstrap. But Will being his son, meant he could be used as a replacement since they shared the same blood. Will also had one of the pieces of gold needed to break the curse. Or he did, until Elizabeth took it when they rescued him. That was the trinket the pirates wanted from her. The coin.

“Anyway, so Will wants Elizabeth back and Jack wants the Pearl back, so they go after Barbossa together. There’s lots of secrets and fighting and betrayal and perceived betrayal involved, but like I said, if I told the full story, we’d be here forever. So to jump to the end of this part of the story, all the gold gets returned, Will adds his blood, Jack kills Barbossa, Will and Elizabeth admit they’re in love with each other and everyone goes back to Port Royal. Which means back to the gallows for Jack. Only Will helps him escape. So Jack’s gone on the Pearl and Will and Elizabeth are set to be married. But the wedding gets interrupted and Will and Elizabeth both get sent to prison for being pirates. Guy that arrested them sends Will to get something from Jack in exchange for their freedom and Elizabeth escapes and goes after him. Turns out, Jack had made a deal with Davy Jones and it was time to pay up. So Jack’s running from Davy Jones and everyone’s looking for this chest. You know that pirate song that has a line about ‘thirteen men on a dead man’s chest’? Well, this is the Dead Man’s Chest. And inside of it is the heart of Davy Jones. Only way to kill him is to stab the heart. So Jack wants it so he can kill Davy Jones and get out of paying his debt, which is a hundred years of service aboard the Flying Dutchman. During all this craziness, Will has found out that his dad is still alive and serving on the Dutchman. So Will’s after the chest to free his dad. Jack ends up getting captured and sent to Davy Jones’ Locker and now a rescue mission needs to be mounted to get him back. Oh, and Barbossa was resurrected by someone named Tia Dalma.

“So, Barbossa, Will, and Elizabeth, along with the crew of the Pearl, set off to World’s End to save Jack. They get him back. Now, a bunch of other stuff is going on as well, including Elizabeth becoming not only a Pirate Lord, but the Pirate King as well. But to jump to the end again, Tia Dalma is actually the sea goddess, Calypso bound in human form. They set her free and she’s all pissed off because Davy Jones was the one that told the people who bound her how to do it. Oh, and he was also her ex-boyfriend. So, yeah, woman scorned; hell hath no fury like her. Big, epic battle between those on the Black Pearl and the Dutchman, which is being controlled at the time by the guy who had arrested Will and Elizabeth because he had ended up with the chest containing Davy Jones’ heart.

“Jack has still been trying to get a hold of the chest, partially because he doesn’t want to go back in the Locker and partially because he’s found out that the Dutchman must have a captain and therefore, whoever kills Davy Jones has to take over. Now the thing about being the captain of the Dutchman is this: you’re immortal. But there’s a price. You’re only allowed on land for one day every ten years. Originally, Calypso made Davy Jones captain of the Dutchman and charged him with taking those who died at sea to the other side. But Jones corrupted that. When his day on land came, he was supposed to meet up with Calypso, but she never showed. So he stopped doing what he was supposed to and instead did as he pleased.

“But anyway, big, epic battle happens and Jack ends up with the chest; and Jones’ heart in his hand, ready to kill him. Only Jones turns and stabs Will and it’s obvious that Will won’t live. So Jack makes Will stab the heart of Davy Jones. And Will becomes the captain of the Flying Dutchman, only able to spend one day with Elizabeth every ten years. The battle ends and Will and Elizabeth spend their day together before Will has to leave to captain the Dutchman. Barbossa takes off with the Black Pearl, leaving Jack in Tortuga.

“There’s more to Jack and Barbossa’s stories, but they’re not important after this point so I’m not going to go into that. But yeah, so Will’s the captain of the Flying Dutchman, but only gets to see his wife once every ten years. Though, the first time he comes home, Elizabeth isn’t the only one waiting for him; his son is too.

“Then over the generations, the stories were passed down and it became tradition to use William and Elizabeth in the names of the firstborn son and daughter. The names of the captain of the Flying Dutchman and his wife, the Pirate King. So that’s how I ended up with Elizabeth for a middle name,” Kurt said, looking around at the others.

“I liked your story, Kurt,” Brittany told him with a smile. “Is your Grandpa still the captain of the Flying Dutchman?”

Kurt smiled back at the blonde. “I don’t know, Britt,” he replied. “I mean, they’re just stories, so maybe he never was at all.”

“I think he was,” Brittany said with another smile.

“So you were named after a Pirate King?” Puck asked and Kurt nodded. “Dude, that’s totally badass!”

“Don’t call me Dude,” Kurt replied automatically.

“Can I call you Pirate Dude?” Puck asked, a teasing grin playing at the corners of his mouth.

Kurt shook his head. “No.”

“Captain Dude?”



“No, Puckerman.”

Puck pouted and slouched back in his seat.

“So, uh, are we going to watch any of these movies?” Finn asked, trying to break the awkward silence that had settled as Puck pouted and Kurt scowled at the mohawked boy.

Everyone agreed and a movie was quickly chosen and put in the DVD player. As the movie started, Kurt shot one last annoyed glare at Puck.

But that didn’t stop him from smiling slightly the following Monday when Puck passed him in the hall and greeted him with a nod, a slight smirk, and a ‘Captain Hummel.’

Hope you all liked it! :-)

~ Kyra

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