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Title: Accidentally In Love
Fandom: Know Not Why by [ profile] dollsome
Pairing: Gen, Howie/Arthur
Spoilers/Warnings (if any): All chapters, plus added speculation.
Notes: Once upon a time, I promised [ profile] dollsome a slice of the fashion!AU for her birthday. Then I got struck by a seriously crippling case of writer's block. So recently I was pondering exactly what I should give her in replace, and this idea hit me like a ton of bricks. I was going to wait a little longer before doing this (to let the plot of Know Not Why unfold more), only then I realized it would be TOTALLY LAME to give someone a birthday gift for 2008 in 2009, so HERE IT IS.

[ profile] dollsome: my love for your Krafty Times fic has now soared past the line for 'probably unhealthy' and into 'psychotic stalker' territory, it appears. However, it doesn't even come close to my love for YOU (UM, HOPEFULLY THAT DOESN'T COME ACROSS AS TOTALLY CREEPY. ...IT TOTALLY DID, DIDN'T IT?). You are an intelligent, enthusiastic, and terribly fun person and I am so proud to call you one of my LJ friends. ♥

Happy extremely belated birthday Hannah! (Also, there is a movie poster version of the artwork here, because I am a loser and really wanted to make one. Also, also, I think you mentioned that Sendspace worked best for you, so I uploaded the .zip there as well as on Mediafire.)

Bigger Version of the Cover Art
Accidentally In Love - Mediafire
Accidentally In Love - Sendspace

01. CAKE short skirt, long jacket
I want a girl with a mind like a diamond
I want a girl who knows what's best
I want a girl with shoes that cut
And eyes that burn like cigarettes

[“Sensitive,” Amber agrees – and then, after a super-long pause, adds all innocuously, “Or gay.” And this is the money shot right here; her eyebrows arch, and she sounds all fierce and triumphant. “Howie, they’re just going to think you’re gay.”] - The 'Amber Is Awesome' song, basically.

02. THE CLICK FIVE pop princess
Pop princess, I need you now, freak me out, turn me inside out
Pop princess. make me smile
Pop princess, drive me wild
Pop princess, I need you now, so baby turn your love up loud

[“Really?” she asks, beaming even brighter. I’m like expecting her teeth to start sparkling any minute. She’s got a great smile, one of those ones that’s just so bright and, like, true. “That’s awesome of you, Howie! So thoughtful.”

Thoughtful. Thoughtful’s like a shake and a half away from sensitive. I am so getting a piece of that ass.]
- Like a lot of the songs in this thing, this one doesn't translate over so literally but I think the mood is similar. For when Howie is all, "KRISTY IS THE MOST PERFECT HUMAN BEING IN EXISTENCE, YES SHE IS".

03. LIZ PHAIR extraordinary
Yeah, I drive naked through the park, and run the stop sign in the dark
Stand in the street, yell out my heart, to make, to make you love me

I am extraordinary, if you'd ever get to know me
I am extraordinary, I am just your ordinary, average, every day, sane, psycho, supergoddess

[“Yeah, figures.” Cora snorts. “The cute blonde with great tits. How original of you!”]
- Technically this song is about being in love, but IDK, I think it applies very well to Cora if she were in love? OR SOMETHING?

04. PLAIN WHITE T’S hey there delilah
Hey there Delilah, I know times are getting hard
But just believe me, girl someday I'll pay the bills with this guitar
We'll have it good, we'll have the life we knew we would
My word is good

Hey there Delilah, I've got so much left to say
If every simple song I wrote to you would take your breath away, I'd write it all
Even more in love with me you'd fall, we'd have it all

[“Baby, I’ll do the best that I can. I promise, okay?”

“If you don’t go, my sister’s going to think I made you up!”

“Bring a picture. You can take my driver’s license with you. Hell, I’ll dig up my fucking birth certificate, okay? Just don’t be mad.”

“I am mad,” Kristy insists, arms folded adorably.

“I got you roses.”]
- Kristy/Boyfriend! Their sweet and perfect love!

crooked teeth
Cause I built you a home in my heart, with rotten wood, it decayed from the start.
Cause you can't find nothing at all, if there was nothing there all along.

[“I work at an arts and crafts store,” I say after a long silence. Just to get used to the reality, the sparse ugly truth of it, minus the Kristy-induced haze that camouflaged the bleakness.] - Howie adjusting to the Boyfriend Situation.

be ok
Open me up and you will see, I'm a gallery of broken hearts
I'm beyond repair, let me be, and give me back my broken parts

I just want to know today, know today, know today
I just want to know something today
I just want to know today, know today, know today
Know that maybe I will be ok

[And so we sit there, two tragic specimens of humanity, swinging slightly back and forth.] - Because some days the mediocrity of life makes it hard to get up in the morning.

07. ALY & AJ chemicals react (remix)
Both of us broken, caught in a moment
We lived and we loved and we hurt and we jumped, yeah
But the planets all aligned, when you looked into my eyes
And just like that, the chemicals react

[Then it just gets quiet. I watch a raindrop slide down his face; it makes it all the way to the floor. Not bad, for a raindrop.] - Just a little mood piece.

08. OWL CITY the saltwater room
What will it take to make or break this hint of love?
We need time, only time
When we’re apart whatever are you thinking of?
If this is what I call home, why does it feel so alone?
So tell me darling, do you wish we’d fall in love?

- Another mood piece. It seemed to fit here even though there wasn't an appropriate excerpt.

then you look at me
Laugh and cry, live and die, life is a dream we're dreaming
Day by day, I find my way, look for the soul and the meaning

Then you look at me and I always see what I have been searching for
I'm lost as can be, then you look at me and I am not lost anymore


10. TILLY AND THE WALL falling without knowing
The feeling was psychic, passing through, electric
My palm against your fingers, pressing needles, through my wrist
Hearts meet, though we didn't speak of those things
Falling, falling, without knowing.

[It’s feeling, it’s a mouth on mine, and everything that’s not that, everything that’s not two mouths becomes conveniently unimportant, handily blurred. I shut my eyes.]

11. RIHANNA disturbia
What's wrong with me?
Why do I feel like this?
I'm going crazy now

No more gas, in the red, can't even get it started
Nothing heard, nothing said, can't even speak about it
On my life, on my head, don't wanna think about it
Feels like I'm going insane, yeah

[I don’t even want to think about Arthur – Artie II, my number one nemesis, like, who knows what was going on in his brain? Maybe it’s like breakup stress or something, and it’s just turning him nuts. Maybe it was so bad, losing his house and his dog and having to sleep on Kristy’s couch, probably on sheets with like hearts or ponies on them or something, that it just snapped something inside him. The sane part. The straight part. Ponies could drive any man to a random act of less-than-straightness.

Except, like, me. Unicorns couldn’t shake me.]
- The slippery slope of Howie's DENIAL.

12. PARAMORE crushcrushcrush
I got a lot to say to you, yeah, I got a lot to say
I noticed your eyes are always glued to me, keeping them here
And it makes no sense at all

[“Yes,” he says – and then, as if the word itself isn’t enough, he gives a brisk nod, too.

So he didn’t want to kiss me? What? Like – like, what, was it not good for him or something? So he comes stomping on in and he fucking violates me – yeah, that’s right, violates me! – and then he doesn’t even have the secretly gay decency to enjoy himself? What the fuck is that about??]
- OK, this is where the mix slides into crazed speculation on my part. IT'LL PROBABLY ALL BE JOSSED IN A WEEK OR SO, BUT WHATEVER. Anyway, this is the insane dance of, "I like him, no I don't, his eyelashes are nice..., WAIT WHAT AM I THINKING?" a.k.a., slipping in and out of denial.

I'm in like with, not in love with you quite yet
My heart's beginning to slightly overrule my head

Oh no, oh no, my self control
It won't hold up for very long
Oh no, oh no, you touch my soul
I can't help falling too fast for you

[N/A] - More slipping in and out of denial!

don’t let go
Will you forgive me if I feel this way?
Cause we've just met - tell me that's OK
So take this feeling and make it grow, never let it, never let it go
(Don't let go of the things you believe in)
You give me something that I can believe in

[N/A] - That 'maybe this could be something more' phase.

black roses red
Drowning in my loneliness, how long must I hold my breath?
So much emptiness inside I could fill the deepest sea
I reach to the sky as the moon looks on, one last year has come and gone
It's time to let your love rain down on me


accidentally in love
Well baby, I surrender to the strawberry ice cream, never ever end of all this love
Well I didn't mean to do it, but there's no escaping your love

[N/A] - And they lived happily ever after. ♥


[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 27th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC)

Tilly! Ohhh, Tilly ♥ And Ingrid! And Death Cab! And HOMG, the arrrrrt! Eddie and his face and Harrrrryyyy and who is Kerri Russell meant to be? THE ARTISTICALLY RIPPED IN HALF ARTHUR IS KILLING ME! And the posterrrrrr! A Dollsome Production! SIX APART PICTURES!

[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 27th, 2008 01:04 pm (UTC)
Keri Russell is meant to be Howie's mom, so JUST IMAGINE SHE'S A BIT OLDER. And artistically ripped in half Arthur! I WAS FEELING SO RANDOMLY DRAMATIC WHEN I DID THAT. Like, 'this is symbolic of their tortured love!!!!!1!!1' dramatic.

[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 27th, 2008 05:53 am (UTC)
Oh, that's gorgeous. If only I understood.
[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 27th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you, bb. ♥ It means a lot that you commented to tell me that it was pretty even thought you didn't get what the hell it was. :D
[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 27th, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)

but you are awesome. so i am sure it is awesome.
[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 27th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)

ILU! ♥♥♥
[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 27th, 2008 09:38 am (UTC)
OHHHH MY GODDDDDDD, YOUUUUUU. I-- I--! I was just scrolling along down my friends list, and my eye caught "Howie/Arthur" in your subject line, and I had this total, 'Whoa, what, wait, what, I'm clearly hallucinating!' moment, and THEN IT WAS THIS. This is so gorgeous and sweet and I think I might just be having some sort of emotional breakdown, because it may or may not, lamely, have been my actual longstanding dream to one day write something of my own that someone would care enough about to, like, do a fanmix for, and you DID and it's like dreams are coming true and my life is Disneyland and seriously, you, YOU!!

The cover art is so GORGEOUS, aaaaaah, I may or may not have wanted to WEEP. With all these beautiful people and BURT'S BEES and FAKE FLOWERS and CHAMOMILE TEA, I so just want to cry a stupid amount, youuuuuuu! A MOVIE POSTER! I want to, like, show this to everyone I know and jabber incoherently. Much like I am doing right now!!

AND OH GOD THE MIX! Short Skirt, Long Jacket for Amber, YESSS! KRISTY/BOYFRIEND GET THEIR OWN SONG! Here's some Kristy/Boyfriend knowledge for you, just ... in case you were wondering? (I assume it'll make its way into the story sooner or later, but WHO KNOWS.) Boyfriend's name is Clifford, which is sort of dorky, and everybody calls him Cliff except Kristy, who calls him Red, like Clifford the Big Red Dog reference. And it is maybe a little nauseatingly cute, because that is just how our K-girl rolls.

AND YOU GOT CELINE DION ON THERE! And "Falling Without Knowing" might be the best song title I have ever heard, even though I am not familiar with the song, and and and I REALLY NEED TO DOWNLOAD THIS, STAT. WHY, YES, YOU ARE ACCIDENTALLY IN LOVE, GENTLEMEN!!!

Seriously, thank you so, so much for doing this! It is just so thoughtful and sweet and touching and like a zillion other sappy adjectives, and ... the fact that you care this much makes my heart grow like seven sizes or something, and I want to do a giddy giddy dance of joy. I am surprised by how fast this thing sort of sneaked into my brain and my life and promptly TOOK IT OVER, and having you guys there to care about it has made the experience even more amazing, like possibly 5000000x more amazing. THANK YOU, you wonderful, wonderful, most wonderful of humans. ♥

Now I need to go, like, weep or squee or do some weird weep-squee hybrid. dun dun DUNNNNNN.
[identity profile] wrote:
Dec. 27th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)

Boyfriend's name is Clifford, which is sort of dorky, and everybody calls him Cliff except Kristy, who calls him Red, like Clifford the Big Red Dog reference.

!!!! I am always struck dead by the cuteness of Kristy and her LIFE. She had about five songs at one point, but I thought that was perhaps a little unequal compared to everyone else's song count. KRISTY (there will possibly be a Kristy EP at one point because OH HOW I ADORE HER)!

And "Falling Without Knowing" might be the best song title I have ever heard

The Tilly and the Wall song! They have the best pretty yet quirky song titles known to man! "Alligator Skin"! "Chandelier Lake"! And their music is pretty much just awesome. THEY HAVE A TAP DANCER INSTEAD OF A DRUMMER (though you can't tell in "Falling Without Knowing", since it's one of their more electronic songs with no crazy tap dancing, alas).

Again, I am all ridiculously happy that you like this thing! TELL ME HOW YOU ENJOY THE MUSIC, MMKAY? ♥♥♥