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02 April 2012 @ 10:37 pm
ficathon: song lyrics  


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This Ficathon Sponsored By: a desperate need for fic and music before I have to take a hiatus and try and graduate etc.

The Basics

1. The prompts should be based on song lyrics. Also add a link to the song in question. (Mostly just to give us something to listen to and because it's interesting to see everyone's song associations with a text, which is actually great insight into how someone views a character or a ship etc).

2. Prompt as much as you want. It is a truth universally acknowledged, where there is a fandom there are people searching for fic for it.

3. Feel free to post any fanvideo that made you relate the song to the fandom/ship in the first place.

4. Site no bar. Link to any site you wish for the music-- YouTube, Megaupload (OH WAIT, IT DOESN'T EXIST /dead), Dailymotion, etc. etc.

5. Morality has no place in this degenerate bar. Anything goes. Any and all ship/kinks allowed; RPF, slash, gen, het, incest, Disney/Nick incest (which is a category on its own, trufax), THEY NEED THE LOVE. 

6. Please add all filled prompts to the thread that very originally says 'filled prompts' below. Try and follow the order as such: name-fandom-ship-rating-prompt.

7. If you know of an existing fic that seems to fit a prompt, feel free to rec it here to the prompter concerned.

8. If you so desire, pimp this on your journals, using the link below for the html code :D



More prompts = more music to listen to prompts to choose from = more writers interested = more fic . /this post requires mathematical expertise y'all.


Filled Prompts Masterlist

upupa_epops | All He Ever Wanted | the vampire diaries | damon/elena | Lover, please do not, fall to your knees / Its not like I believe in everlasting love.

bellonablack | untitled | the vampire diaries | damon/caroline | You don't want to hurt me/But see how deep the bullet lies/Unaware I'm tearing you asunder/Oh, there is thunder in out hearts.

tenthrose | Don't Tell Me If I'm Dying ('Cause I Don't Want To Go) | doctor who | tenth doctor | Don't wake me cause I'm dreaming of angels on the moon/Where everyone you know never leaves too soon.

intrikate88 | untitled | the vampire diaries | klaus/rebekah | Bring on the wonder/Bring on the song/I pushed you down deep in my soul for too long.

smells_corrupt | We Couldn't Bring the Columns Down | btvs/angel | c/a; implied s/b | And the history books forgot about us/And the Bible didn't mention us/And the Bible didn't mention us, not even once.

rosehiptea | I'm Not Your Love Song | the hunger games | katniss/peeta | But hold on to what you believe in the light/When the darkness has robbed you of all your sight.

youcallitwinter | flash forward to december | community | jeff/annie | I'd go back to December, turn around and make it all right/I go back to December all the time.

bellonablack | untitled | american horror story | tate/violet | Come on take a walk on the wild side/Let me kiss you hard in the pouring rain/You like your girls insane.

youcallitwinter | you'll never know what it means | vampire diaries | damon/elena | I was a heavy heart to carry / My beloved was weighted down.

youremyqueen | you get stuck on me and don't know why | skins | cook/effy | 'cause i like you, maybe i'm just like you.

unoshot | Fine Grind | the vampire diaries | Stefan/Ripper(/Elena) | Le Cafe

seraphcelene | Aim for the Head | the hunger games, zombie apocalypse | Can I pose a question? / How do you kill what is dead? / I just shoot from the hip / And I aim for the head

jane_wanderlust | gnaw on your bones so white | the vampire diaries | damon/elena/(stefan) | Light up, light up/As if you have a choice/Even if you cannot hear my voice

youremyqueen | daughter of the rain and snow | a song of ice and fire | sansa stark | she can't see the landscape anymore / it's all painted in her grief / all of her history etched out at her feet

rosehiptea | Bloodstained | death note | rem and misa ; implied misa/light | I’ll love you psychopathically/I can’t breathe without affection.

youcallitwinter | follow the lights that line the streets | lost | sawyer/juliet | If everything we are is true / Our memories are attics in those houses on the hill / Our love is there above us holding everything so still / And we are always here /

bellonablack | untitled | the vampire diaries | damon ; cat | Alouette or Damon adopts a cat.

maridee42 | Crooked Kings | the hunger games | katniss ; president snow | Love your ego, you won't feel a thing, always number one, the pen with a bent wrist crooked king, sign away our peace, for your war.

seraphcelene | Schmidt Happens | the new girl | Schmidt | I work out.

youremyqueeni forget myself | btvs | dawn/teen!crush ; spike | i don't want anybody else / when I think about you / i touch myself.

youcallitwinterfor i have measured out my life with coffee spoons | btvs | buffy/apocalypses ; dawn ; implied buffy/spike | I feel the earth move under my feet.

primeideal | untitled | animorphs | gen (Menderash + Jake ; post-war | with arms up, stretched into the sky / with eyes like echoes in the night /hiding from the hell that you've been through.

rattyjol | dying doesn't mean forgetting how to live | animorphs | Rachel | your methods start to disconnect from all your creeds.

halighfataliter | Oh, Momma, I'm in fear‏ | game of thrones | robb stark (+ catelyn stark) | Ma, Ma--look what I did, Ma. Look what I did to my hands, I broke 'em. I built this suit of armor with wooden arms.
 
 
 
youcallitwinter: a kind of hushyoucallitwinter on April 2nd, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
Questions/Comments/Suggestions/Etc
Leave 'em here!
dante_kentdante_kent on April 2nd, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
Re: Questions/Comments/Suggestions/Etc
Oh my god, THIS. Get out of my head, you (jk, never do that). I get all my fic ideas from song lyrics. I'm pretty sure 90% of all prompts I've ever given are lyrics too. THIS FICATHON IS A GOOD FICATHON. I will raid my music library imminently.
Re: Questions/Comments/Suggestions/Etc - youcallitwinter on April 2nd, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Re: Questions/Comments/Suggestions/Etc - xx_pinkstar on April 6th, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Questions/Comments/Suggestions/Etc - youcallitwinter on April 6th, 2012 02:08 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Questions/Comments/Suggestions/Etc - xx_pinkstar on April 6th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Questions/Comments/Suggestions/Etc - youcallitwinter on April 6th, 2012 04:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
youcallitwinter: the big badyoucallitwinter on April 2nd, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
Filled Prompts
What it says on the can.
upupa_epops: [tvd] Damon/Elena mirrorupupa_epops on April 3rd, 2012 06:28 am (UTC)
Re: Filled Prompts
All He Ever Wanted, Damon/Elena

Prompt: youcallitwinter, Lover, please do not, fall to your knees / Its not like I believe in everlasting love, Ghosts by Laura Marling.


Edited at 2012-04-03 06:28 am (UTC)
Re: Filled Prompts - youcallitwinter on April 3rd, 2012 10:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - youcallitwinter on April 3rd, 2012 10:04 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - youcallitwinter on April 3rd, 2012 10:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - youcallitwinter on April 3rd, 2012 12:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - rosehiptea on April 3rd, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - youcallitwinter on April 3rd, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - youcallitwinter on April 3rd, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - youcallitwinter on April 3rd, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - youremyqueen on April 3rd, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - unoshot on April 4th, 2012 04:55 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - seraphcelene on April 4th, 2012 06:17 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - youcallitwinter on April 4th, 2012 07:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - youremyqueen on April 4th, 2012 11:24 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - rosehiptea on April 5th, 2012 07:43 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - youcallitwinter on April 5th, 2012 01:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - youcallitwinter on April 5th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - maridee42 on April 6th, 2012 04:38 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - youcallitwinter on April 6th, 2012 07:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - youremyqueen on April 7th, 2012 03:35 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - youcallitwinter on April 7th, 2012 10:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - primeideal.dreamwidth.org on April 9th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - rattyjol on April 9th, 2012 04:26 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Filled Prompts - youcallitwinter on April 13th, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Meg, The Great and Terriblelit_chick08 on April 2nd, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
Way to combine everything I love into one thing!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdOF_qYWx-s

Stefan/Elena - And of all these things I'm sure of//I'm not quite certain of your love//You make me scream, then I made you cry//When I left that little bird with its broken leg to die (Little Bird, Ed Sheeran)
Meg, The Great and Terriblelit_chick08 on April 2nd, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
Vampire Diaries
Seven English Girls by Ron Pope

Any character - And I'd paint a picture of my mother but I can't recall her face//She's even far away at midnight and her laughter haunts my dreams
Meg, The Great and Terriblelit_chick08 on April 2nd, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
Vampire Diaries
Liar by Mumford Sons

Stefan/Elena - I know that things are broken and too many things left unsaid//You say you have spoken//Like a coward I am, I hang my head
Meg, The Great and Terriblelit_chick08 on April 2nd, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
Vampire Diaries
Runing Up That Hill (Cover) by Within Temptation

Damon/Caroline - You don't want to hurt me
But see how deep the bullet lies
Unaware I'm tearing you asunder
Oh, there is thunder in out hearts
bellonablack on April 2nd, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Vampire Diaries part 1
(Lol at me having to divide this.)

Damon knew that she thought he wouldn't notice the change that had overtaken her lately.

It was the centennial, and Damon couldn't say how they ended up together. He didn't think it would be termed 'together' but she stayed with him and he stayed with her. And for a time--all that time-- it worked very well. It worked better than well. He didn't want to think of it as a relationship because he still saw it was a fatality. That was the point of a relationship, to flirt with your own demise and embrace that potential, love that potential...maybe that was why it worked. They had already done that part, and she made jokes about it with him, loud and bright and direct. He let her.

He wouldn't say sorry because he constantly was apologizing in his way because it was his way...and he made her laugh, she amused and distracted him. That had moments that were fun for years while watching each other's backs and that reliance turned into something more. It was just what he wanted, what she wanted.

Their 'first' first time--Caroline had coined the term, when his hand was curled in her hair, was rough and fast and bloody, and she had taken to the physical aspect naturally, eagerly, hungerly. She had loved it without expectation. That's how it was: no expectations. They didn't need that.

It lasted a week. Then he noticed she didn't smile as much. He thought it was a moody vampire moment. Even Caroline had them. He tried his best to cheer her up, be supportive. Then, he woke up in bloody sheets, still feeling her teeth in his neck, and heard her crying.

She had left the apartment but he could still hear her out there, alone on a rooftop somewhere. He wanted to chase her and drag her back, to put a stop to it because he realized it was a horrible sound. He looked at the empty space besides him and realized that he could miss her in a second. He forced himself to wait.

Re: Vampire Diaries part 1 - bellonablack on April 2nd, 2012 07:02 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Vampire Diaries part 1 - youcallitwinter on April 3rd, 2012 12:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Vampire Diaries part 1 - bellonablack on April 6th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Vampire Diaries part 1 - youcallitwinter on April 3rd, 2012 12:30 pm (UTC) (Expand)
upupa_epops: [tvd] Damon/Elena fightupupa_epops on April 2nd, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
Vampire Diaries
TVD, Damon/Elena, I was a heavy heart to carry / My beloved was weighted down Heavy in your arms

Or, you know... Just pick any line from this song, because it's perfect for this ship.

Edited at 2012-04-02 05:22 pm (UTC)
youcallitwinter: and I'm here to get it back from youyoucallitwinter on April 3rd, 2012 06:33 pm (UTC)
you'll never know what it means (but you'll know how it feels) | damon/elena | r | 1/1
He loves too much and she’s loved too much and they make perfect lovers.

The first time is exactly what you think it’d be. Drunken recriminations and too much screaming and suddenly they’re standing one point three seven feet away and then there isn’t any space to pass air through and she drowns somewhere between his words and his mouth. She has Stefan in her eyes and her skin and her breaths and his brother inside her.

She fucks him and he makes love to her and that’s their tragedy in two acts.





The seventh time, it’s him in her room, and her clothes at his feet and he really needs to stop coming in like this.

He’s down on his knees in front of her and he has been since such a long, long time and she’s sorry, she really is. Sorry because he always loves the same kind of girl with the same kind of face and this girl with her face never seems to love him back. She’ll tell him to go for someone else, some nice girl somewhere who hasn’t broken his heart in seven ways since Sunday, but she’s too selfish for that. Always has been too selfish for that.

She’ll be heavy in his arms tonight and he’ll take it as a affirmation of something else, something more and she won’t correct him.





The twenty first time they’ve had another grand session of declarations of love that lasts forever (his) and silences (hers).

And when he looks like her that, she won’t tell him this. She’ll never say anything, won’t tell him that she doesn’t know, god Damon, it’s complicated. She’ll stay silent, let him imagine his name on her lips, leave Stefan out of her eyes, and keep Damon there because there’s this moment when she thinks he might leave her and there’s this moment in which she can’t breathe, and they are the same moment.

And was it worth the wait, she won’t ask, because then he might realize she never was.





By the sixty ninth time, she doesn’t need excuses.

She doesn’t need alcohol, she doesn’t need grief, she doesn’t need the reminder of his brother rejecting her again and again and again. Doesn’t need anything more than that second where his eyes darken and he turns away from her and doesn’t allow to see his eyes change. That instant where his teeth graze her lips and draw blood, but not quite, and she’s ridiculously proud because he’s always the one in control while his brother gets lost and she wants to do this to him.

And because he won’t leave her, he won’t ever leave her, Stefan, she says, oh god, Stefan.

He stays anyway.





(The hundredth and fifth time she makes love to him.)
(no subject) - ever_neutral on April 4th, 2012 04:24 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - youcallitwinter on April 6th, 2012 10:42 am (UTC) (Expand)
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Meg, The Great and Terriblelit_chick08 on April 2nd, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
BtVS/Angel
Samson by Regina Spektor

Angel/Cordelia - And the history books forgot about us//And the Bible didn't mention us//ANd the Bible didn't mention us, not even once
youcallitwinter: you're such a good friendyoucallitwinter on April 2nd, 2012 05:38 pm (UTC)
Re: BtVS/Angel
I am so much in an Angel/Cordy mood, SO OMG PERFECT PROMPT IS PERFECT. I'm on the fifth season, fifth episode or something and they're trying to shove Eve/Angel down my throat and I'm all FUCK YOU. But seriously, this prompt is exactly my view of Angel/Cordy in canon D:
Re: BtVS/Angel - lit_chick08 on April 3rd, 2012 05:29 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: BtVS/Angel - youcallitwinter on April 3rd, 2012 10:12 am (UTC) (Expand)
We Couldn't Bring the Columns Down - smells_corrupt on April 3rd, 2012 12:31 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: We Couldn't Bring the Columns Down - gryfndor_godess on April 3rd, 2012 01:17 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: We Couldn't Bring the Columns Down - smells_corrupt on April 3rd, 2012 03:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ever_neutral on April 3rd, 2012 03:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - smells_corrupt on April 3rd, 2012 03:15 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: We Couldn't Bring the Columns Down - samsom on April 3rd, 2012 03:49 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: We Couldn't Bring the Columns Down - smells_corrupt on April 3rd, 2012 04:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: We Couldn't Bring the Columns Down - lit_chick08 on April 3rd, 2012 05:27 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: We Couldn't Bring the Columns Down - smells_corrupt on April 3rd, 2012 05:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: We Couldn't Bring the Columns Down - youcallitwinter on April 3rd, 2012 12:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: We Couldn't Bring the Columns Down - smells_corrupt on April 3rd, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: We Couldn't Bring the Columns Down - youcallitwinter on April 3rd, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: We Couldn't Bring the Columns Down - smells_corrupt on April 3rd, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: We Couldn't Bring the Columns Down - aerintine on April 3rd, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: We Couldn't Bring the Columns Down - damnskippytoo on April 5th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: We Couldn't Bring the Columns Down - japanimecrazed on April 10th, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
upupa_epops: [tvd] Bracia Salvatoreupupa_epops on April 2nd, 2012 05:25 pm (UTC)
Vampire Diaries
TVD, Stefan, Le Cafe (song in French, subtitles in English - I figured it made no sense to pick a particular line? Careful, the vid is very relevant!)
gemma: TVD; Rippercranmers on April 2nd, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
Re: Vampire Diaries
Whilst I don't really see 'Ripper!Stefan' in that light, at all. That is stand alone one of the best things I have ever seen (on youtube)! :)
Re: Vampire Diaries - upupa_epops on April 2nd, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Vampire Diaries - cranmers on April 2nd, 2012 07:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ever_neutral on April 3rd, 2012 03:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Vampire Diaries - youcallitwinter on April 3rd, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Fine Grind (1/2) | Stefan/Ripper(/Elena) | R - unoshot on April 4th, 2012 04:51 am (UTC) (Expand)
Fine Grind (2/2) | Stefan/Ripper(/Elena) | R - unoshot on April 4th, 2012 04:52 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - ever_neutral on April 4th, 2012 08:01 am (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - unoshot on April 4th, 2012 03:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Fine Grind (2/2) | Stefan/Ripper(/Elena) | R - unoshot on April 6th, 2012 04:17 am (UTC) (Expand)
wishdreamer27: Hope — pretty bb's all grown up!wishdreamer27 on April 2nd, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
Gringoire/Esmeralda, Hunchback of Notre Dame

you asked me if i’d ever been to that house in your dreams, said there was something real peculiar
about me that reminded you of that place, perhaps that dark phantom who haunts those corridors at night there, apparently i forgot to leave without a trace.



Christopher Paul Stelling - Never Been There

Edited at 2012-04-02 05:33 pm (UTC)
youcallitwinter: btvs - buffy - a girl too in love with tyoucallitwinter on April 4th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
Oh these are beautiful, beautiful lyrics; checking out the song asap!
youcallitwinter: a kind of hushyoucallitwinter on April 2nd, 2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
Ats
Connor/Cordelia/(Angel)

tonight is what it means to be young

But I don't see any angels in the city
I don't hear any holy choirs sing
And if I can't get an angel
I can still get a boy
And a boy'd be the next best thing
The next best thing to an angel
A boy'd be the next best thing

But it's only a dream and tonight is for real
You'll never know what it means
But you'll know how it feels
It's gonna be over (over)
Before you know it's begun


(I don't even ship this really, but the song reminds me SO MUCH of Connor/Cordelia, especially at the Apocalypse Nowish stage that I cannot even. Also, it's a beautiful song)
brightstarmarabrightstarmara on April 2nd, 2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
Finito, you liar
Iya iya your things are on fire


sendspace.com/file/rd9nc8
wishdreamer27: Rory/Amy/11 ~ OT3 wedding!wishdreamer27 on April 2nd, 2012 05:45 pm (UTC)
The Hunger Games, zombie apocalypse, Aim For The Head by Creature Feature


Can I Pose A Question?
How Do You Kill What Is Dead?
I Just Shoot From The Hip
And I Aim For The Head

seraphcelene: it mocks me by vamptasticaseraphcelene on April 4th, 2012 05:55 am (UTC)
Hmmm ... I've never committed comment fic before, but I was intrigued by your prompt. It's not as lighthearted as the song is, or that your prompt probably requested.

Aim for the Head

It's easy as shooting squirrels or deer. Bullseye into the decaying frontal lobe, right between the eyes or, easier still, into the eye socket itself. The zombies are more dangerous in herds, attracted by loud noises, by the cracking ricochet of gunfire in a canyon. Strays are easy to take down, especially from a distance. There's plenty of time. No rush, no hurry.

Nock the arrow, draw the bowstring, aim for the head.

Breathe.

Release.

The quiver blooms suddenly from the eye; it falls.

*

Make plans, God laughs, and suddenly it's the end of the world. Like Jabberjays in the wild mating with Mockingbirds, things seldom go as they are intended. Katniss knows about good intentions better than most.

A series of whistles pass overhead, Mockingjays trading four notes through the forest. There will be no more walking dead stumbling out of the woods today.

Katniss nudges the body, then bracing her foot against the rotting chest, she yanks the arrow free.

"Kill the brain and you kill the ghoul."

Katniss cleans the arrowhead on the grass.

Breathe.

Release.

She crushes the skull with a rock just to be on the safe side.

*

"Four on the North Slope, " Katniss tells Gale once she's back behind the fence and the low hum of electricity drowns out the white noise voices in her head.

"That's down six from last month," Gale says. "That's a good sign."

"Better than it was," she replies. Maybe better than the days before the Quarter Quell, before the second rebellion, before they gave her back Peeta, a damaged gift carrying an undetected infection that mutated in the wild. "Still not the best."

Gale takes her hand as they walk back towards the Victor's Village. "Well, except for Prim, I can't say that I'm sorry about the zombies. Keeps their eyes off us."

"Zombie Games make for better entertainment, I guess. What did you once tell me?"

*

For five years, cut off by the legions of walking dead, cut off from the Districts by their own too clever plan to brain wash the population, The Capitol feeds its hunger for entertainment with new games. Cesar Flickerman has the same shark-toothed smile, too wide and too bright, even if his clothes have gone a little threadbare.

"I've been told that killing zombies is like shooting fish in a barrel.Except they bite! Before we meet our eleven contestants, culled from our very own audience, let's take a look back at the previous victors of the most recent sensation to sweep Panem, The Zombie Games."

The vid screen flickers through zombie hordes corralled in a re-purposed Arena. Tribute are eaten, trampled, starved, and bitten only to die and re-animate. They fight each other and the zombies until one person remains.

*

Katniss leans back and watches the retrospective. "All they want is a good show," she whispers.

On screen, Cesar Flickerman leans towards the camera. "Wasn't that amazing?"

The audience off-screen roars.

"Good luck to all of our participants." Cesar smiles. "And remember, shoot from the hip and aim for the head."
(no subject) - rosehiptea on April 4th, 2012 07:50 am (UTC) (Expand)
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bellonablack on April 2nd, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
Klaus/Caroline-Sweetness by the Toadies
bellonablack on April 2nd, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
kilodalton: 10 master spankkilodalton on April 2nd, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
Doctor Who: Doctor/Master

Skipping stones
We know the price now
Any sin will do
How much further, if you can spin?
How much further, if you are smooth?

- Kid Fears by The Indigo Girls

Edited at 2012-04-02 06:23 pm (UTC)