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04 May 2011 @ 02:04 am
[fic] this is a song of innocence lost  

a song of innocence lost
community | jeff/annie
r | 800 | oneshot
she carefully avoids stupid, disney terms like make love.



He was wrong, you know, when he said that thing about her being as selfish as he is.

(she's just as good at it.)



-



“I want you to have sex with me.”

She carefully avoids disney terms like make love because, she’s Annie Edison, talking to Jeff Winger and she’s not stupid.

But there’s still this moment when he’s just looking at her and she thinks she’s going to say something about how she’s just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her. Which is so, so stupid that she’s going to have to spend the rest of her life pretending she didn’t just think it.

He laughs, of course, and walks away.

She doesn’t follow, he’ll be back.



-



It’s thirteen minutes and twenty three seconds. She wasn’t counting, okay, she’s just…really good at math.

“So, is this some sort of late starting teen rebellion thing? The ‘I’m going to sleep with the first available older man to show my parents how badly they screwed me over’ phase of a John Hughes movie?”

She shrugs her shoulders in a gesture she stole from Britta, and he likes Britta, he’s been sleeping with her all year, so he should like it.

“something like that.”



-



There are only two things to know about Annie Edison, and nobody’s bothered to know either.



-



“I’m not going to de-virginify you. That’s a strict ‘no’ in the World Handbook on Bachelorhood And How To Keep It: Deluxe Edition.”

“I’m not a virgin.”

“The gay guy counts?”

She smiles then, all wide eyes and nineteen-year-old charm, “not if you don’t want him to.”



-



All she’s learnt about heartbreak she learnt from a broken heart, so really, when you look at it, she’s had a better teacher than most.




-



“You’re trying to seduce me Mrs. Robinson”.

“Is it working?” but she’s blushing and she’s trying not to and it’s still Annie under the layers.

At home it’s her face on every magazine he’s ever kept under his bed, and yeah, it’s working



-



See, the thing is, now that he’s thought it, he can’t unthink it.



-



“Why not Troy?”

Because Troy never said that every moment that ever happened between them didn’t actually happen. But, whatever.

“Mom won’t get the full extent of how messed up I am.” which is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.



-



She's poetry in his mind. He's always been bad at the high school 'analyze this excerpt' questions.



-



And then he's at her door, because. Because he never went to law school. And that’s just as good an excuse as any.

“Don’t you have central heating or something?”

“Didn’t evolution teach you any other way of keeping warm?”

He enters the tenth circle of hell.



-



She stripteases for him, and he knows she’s been watching ‘Girl Next Door’ too many times, and he’s been to too many strip-clubs to not spot inexperience when it dances naked in front of him.

His cock doesn’t know the difference.



-



It's her sweater, the nail on the chair she throws it on, and tears she tries to hide.

“I just, I loved this. And my dad gifted it to me for graduation, because he was so sure I’d do well and then, and then I didn't even graduate and it's…”

She's a half-naked siren song and fully the girl with the Disney face.

He sighs.

(the number one thing you didn’t know about Jeff Winger)

“Yellow thread. Not too bright. And number 22 needles.”



-



She sits by him in her underwear, fascinated. And it’s thoroughly distracting.

He pricks his finger, she sucks on it.

(He also pricks it on purpose, but whatever).



-



She flinches the first time he touches her, and then pretends it never happened.

He stops, “not the reality you wanted?”

“Do we really have to take off all our clothes?”

His head’s in his hands and in every way she’s imagined this, she's never imagined him laughing.

“It’s not funny,” indignantly.

He slows down, “no, it’s not.” It’s a little sad, a little painful, a little tragic and a little something he can’t define, but it’s not funny.



-



“You can try seducing me again tomorrow.” He can’t do this with torn sweaters and cold rooms and the girl who follows the yellow brick road.

“and what if the world ends tonight?”

He’s looks at her, just as she smiles; the wide, bright, Annie smile.

Then he's down on his knees in front of her, it's the start of a new religion.



-



(This is the way the world ends: not with a bang but the sound of his name scraping the back of her throat.)



-

disclaimed: community, john hughes, notting hill, the girl next door, the hollow men, the graphic

 
 
 
dillpickle: Annie/Jeff Communitypoppypickle on May 3rd, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
This is gorgeous. I love Annie asking him and I love Jeff sewing her sweater and I love the awkward intimacy of it all. I basically love the whole thing lol.
youcallitwinter: of the things i've learned about a boyyoucallitwinter on May 4th, 2011 08:13 am (UTC)
Haha, 'awkward intimacy' is a good term! In my personal canon Jeff firmly believes in Mark Twain's "the only way to resist temptation is to yield to it". Also, he's really bad at resisting Annie, but shh, don't tell :D Thanks so much!
30_rock_office: Community -- Cast30_rock_office on May 3rd, 2011 09:38 pm (UTC)
I loved it. :)
*memories*
youcallitwinter: of the things i've learned about a boyyoucallitwinter on May 4th, 2011 08:16 am (UTC)
I appreciate that :) Glad you enjoyed it!
pixie180 on May 3rd, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
AMAZING! This is so perfect for them and their "first time"
youcallitwinter: of the things i've learned about a boyyoucallitwinter on May 4th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
Thank you :) I'm pretty sure their first time would be really awkward. And hot.
wallows: anniewallows on May 4th, 2011 12:08 am (UTC)
dude, you know how much I love your stuff...this is all funny and sweet and awkward but oh so much lovely. I love that it's one scene comprised of vignettes. It just really sets the mood. I really get this in all your fics, just the mood...Annie's seduction techniques are odd, dorky and incredibly charming.

anyway lines...
Which is so, so stupid that she’s going to have to spend the rest of her life pretending she didn’t just think it.
That’s a strict ‘no’ in the World Handbook on Bachelorhood And How To Keep It: Deluxe Edition.”
“Didn’t evolution teach you any other way of keeping warm?”
He enters the tenth circle of hell.
she’s been watching ‘Girl Next Door’ too many times, and he’s been to too many strip-clubs to not spot inexperience when it dances naked in front of him.
His cock doesn’t know the difference.
HA!
youcallitwinter: of the things i've learned about a boyyoucallitwinter on May 4th, 2011 08:28 am (UTC)
Annie is just so charming on screen that its difficult to translate the whole adorable dorkiness in writing! So I'm glad you liked it! :) I have exams in a WEEK, so obv I'm spending all my time not studying, and fic-writing is suddenly insanely interesting, FML.
0penhearts: c a ffy0penhearts on May 4th, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
HELLO.

YES.

I usually try to be less noisily ineloquent in comments but I think that's all I've got right now because this is YES.
youcallitwinter: of the things i've learned about a boyyoucallitwinter on May 4th, 2011 08:48 am (UTC)
LJ IS FLIPPING OUT ON ME AGAIN.

Ah, sorry. Let's try this again- HELLO. We met at 'will_rachel', which makes me ridic excited (although technically lots of people share multiple ships, but STILL, WILL AND RACHEL, like who even ships them!)

I'm so glad you liked this :D
Julieta Colás: Joel McHaleengelen on May 4th, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)
HGfydtatewstrfyguy

I really look forward to reading your stuff whenever you post, even if I always leave the worst comments. I loved this. Thank you for writing it. Can I have some more, please?
youcallitwinter: of the things i've learned about a boyyoucallitwinter on May 4th, 2011 08:44 am (UTC)
You don't leave the worst comments! I honestly appreciate that you bother to comment at all. I'll probably write more since I've exams on, so everything else is VERY interesting D:
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wednesdaya: jeff annie sad face emoticonwednesdaya on May 4th, 2011 07:31 am (UTC)
Wow, that was great. Loved it :)
youcallitwinter: of the things i've learned about a boyyoucallitwinter on May 4th, 2011 08:42 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot, I'm glad you liked it!
jane_wanderlustjane_wanderlust on May 4th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
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OMG, DANNY DEVITO, I LOVE YOUR WORK!
That's me.
And you're the Danny Devito person.
Except...I'm not a man, and I would NEVER chase you out of the bathroom.
Or anywhere, for that matter.

ILY <3
youcallitwinter: of the things i've learned about a boyyoucallitwinter on May 4th, 2011 06:16 pm (UTC)
YOU'RE SUCH A SWEETHEART, ILY <3 But honestly, don't encourage me; I should be tied to my chair and forced to study Foucault or whatever it is that I should be studying for my finals, which start in a WEEK DDD:
ro5guero5gue on May 5th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
This is sooooo cute! Kool! awesome! etc! *zombie*
I love it! You are amazing! Please write some more >
youcallitwinter: of the things i've learned about a boyyoucallitwinter on May 6th, 2011 08:49 am (UTC)
Haha, your icon made me LOL so hard, it's like the cutest thing ever! And I'm really glad you liked it :D
i flamed amazement: Yes!pockyxchan on May 6th, 2011 06:45 am (UTC)
I love everything about this fic! I cannot even give constructive criticism or anything, it is literally perfect. ♥
youcallitwinter: of the things i've learned about a boyyoucallitwinter on May 6th, 2011 08:51 am (UTC)
That is so sweet! It's far from perfect though; more like utter randomness because I'm procrastinating on what I'm supposed to be doing so I didn't have time to think of a plot, lol
LunaMystiklunamystik on May 7th, 2011 03:33 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! I love the way this was written, in the shifting POV and the fill-in-the-blanks-between-scenes way.
youcallitwinter: of the things i've learned about a boyyoucallitwinter on May 7th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Although honestly it's only written this way because I was too lazy to want to invent a causal connection between scenes and write a lot of dialogue :P
all these hearts made of plastic: andrew garfieldenemeriad on May 16th, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
skdlf;alskdjfa this was wonderful and tragic and beautiful and sad. ugh. this though:

All she’s learnt about heartbreak she learnt from a broken heart, so really, when you look at it, she’s had a better teacher than most.

was just flawless.
your favorite flavor of insufferablekathrynthegr8 on May 29th, 2013 11:21 pm (UTC)
This is lovely.