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10 May 2009 @ 02:21 pm
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I'm re-reading jae_w's A Marriage of Convenience instead of studying - such a REBEL, y'all - and reflecting on how it was the story that really sold me on Tom. softlyforgotten recently posted a wee William/Tom reunion fic and that made me think how I'd really like to write Tom. I'm just not sure with who. As I explained to Mik, I am not the biggest Billwife in the world. I could go for Tom/Jon too, but that leaves one Panic boy on the outs - as obviously, in my mind they are all neatly paired up. I write under the GWG (Girlfriends? What Girlfriends?) flag, in case you were wondering. I don't know enough about Empires to use any of them to this devious end.

So how about ... Tom/Spencer? If Tom comes to visit Panic while they're on tour, at the instigation of Jon, who misses him. Tom hasn't hung out with Jon properly since Truckstops and Statelines, because there was his sudden rise to fame and Tom's crash from it, the nasty breakup from Academy, and Tom's life-stopping efforts to create an empire with Empires. He remembers that he and Jon were always buddies - how, even with Bill spidering all over them, Jon was still the best for hugs, and never objected to late night cuddles on the sofa. So Tom ... wonders.

And the first thing he does when he arrives is stop wondering, because he's a little early and he gets a cab out to their venue. Jon is sitting beside Brendon on a grassy verge. They're not doing anything, in the biblical or tabloid sense - Brendon rests his cheek on Jon's shoulder for a bare second before reaching over to grub up some dandelions to decorate Jon's hair. Jon is laughing and looking at Brendon like he hung the moon. Tom's pretty sure they're about to kiss when Jon looks up and spots him.

Ryan explains it later, as Jon seems coy, almost tender about the whatever is between he and Brendon. Ryan's got his arm flung across the shoulders of a beaky-looking guy called Eric, whom Tom doesn't remember. Panic wasn't big enough to merit extra performers on retainer when Tom knew them first. Eric's a keyboardist and he and Ryan share a house and Eric is never more than two steps away from Ryan at any point. They sit with their ankles and elbows bumping.

"Yeah, Brendon adores Jon like crazy," says Ryan, who's all slanty-eyed and mellow these days. "I never thought - I mean, Jon is one straight dude, you know?"

"I know," says Tom, a little ruefully. And that's when Spencer appears from the bunks, scratching his unbrushed hair. He blinks a couple times before his eyes widen in recognition. Tom - Tom feels his breath short and tight in his throat. Spencer was a boy, a kid, before, with kickass pink shirts and sparkly belts and the bitchiest scowl. He looks less stand-out now in his severely plain button-down and non-castrating jeans, and a beard, jesus christ. Tom feels a little dizzy, a little warm.

As Tom continues to say nothing, Ryan's eyebrows rise and Spencer's scowl makes an epic comeback. "Cat got your tongue?" he asks.

"Naw," says Tom, hoarsely. "Jon here is the only one who liked to make out with kitties."

"Are you maligning my virtue?" Jon's voice demands from the back lounge, followed by Brendon's ethereal giggle. Spencer's face relaxes and he smiles instead. It dazzles.

"You staying long?" he asks Tom, who feels like saying Maybe, forever.
Current Mood: lazylazy
Current Music: bright smile // josh ritter
oops: Heart in lacesoddishly on May 10th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII YOU SHOULD FILL MY INBOX WITH THIS PLEASE, and you know, I don't even LIKE Spencer that much. As a fictional character, you know, disclaimer disclaimer. He's a cool RL dude. Uh.

... pretend that was in small type.


Also, and sorry for constant editing but I am feeling laaaaazy, you should so very much totally read gigantic's fic! Or the rest of it, or whatever. Um - well, I don't know; did you read disarm_d's latest fic? (I haven't, but tbh I have every faith that the same principle applies) Because you know, I'm a sucker for really really really good Brendons, no matter who they're paired with - and the Brendon/Shia fic is one of my absolute favourites in all of TIME for that, so. You know. Read if you're reading it for Brendon/Unresolved Relationship Issues; otherwise ... much as it pains me to say it, you're probably good.

Edited at 2009-05-10 01:32 pm (UTC)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Fooish: pink bottlesscoradh on May 10th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
LOL NO. That's all I've got, bb. On the other hand I wrote 3000 words of porn for Harlequin the other night, so I must send that on in case my computer blows up or something. (I already detailed my paranoia on this count, I think.)

I totally read disarm_d's, but I have to say I'm a sucker for Adam L's looks and the VISUAL of him and Brendon is stunning. Whereas Shia la Beouf is more attractive in an 'I'd do him' way and the crossed signals make it Wrong. However, I will! If only because I'm supposed to be studying. (Um. That is not so complimentary but WHATEVS.)
Blindmouse: Spence & Ryan in the skeleton 'verseblindmouse on May 11th, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)
and you know, I don't even LIKE Spencer that much. As a fictional character, you know

OK, I see your horror over the Aristocats dissing and raise you an OMG Helen have you not let the love of snarky ficcish Spencer Smith into your life?
oopsoddishly on May 11th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)
I don't know! He's just not ... he's just not as lovable. In my head. Take all the cliches of hyperactive!Brendon and superman!Jon and angsty!Ryan, and Spencer just isn't quite there. Also, he isn't as good looking. To me. Yes, fine, I am shallow like a VERY SHALLOW THING.

Um. *hides*
Kat: [bandom] spencerkyasuriin on May 10th, 2009 01:33 pm (UTC)

*flails about* love!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: collapsingnight: pretty orange facescoradh on May 10th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
lol thank you, m'dear!
Taelor: Band; Panic - Redromasquerade on May 10th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC)
*also flails about* wantwantwant!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: collapsingnight: pier jumpingscoradh on May 10th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
You have! Honestly, I can't do all the work in this fandom. ;D
Merit: BPanicmeritjubet on May 10th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
That fic was one of the very first fics in bandom that I ever read. Which is weird in retrospect considering the relative popularity of the pairing and how I was still kind of confused with all these different brunet boys. It took me a while to figure out all of Panic >.> Not mention their hanger ons.

Anyway! I like how you wrote Tom and how he was totally fanboying Spencer (as you should). And I cracked up reading this line, </i>"Naw," says Tom, hoarsely. "Jon here is the only one who liked to make out with kitties."</a>
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: collapsingnight: pink legsscoradh on May 10th, 2009 08:30 pm (UTC)
I should think it's an excellent starter fic - nearly as good as The Holly Golightly Club, which I have read oh, three times. Even though I'm not that into MCR fic any longer and at the time I thought that was Pete's band. Oh, younger and innocent self.

I totally let kitties kiss me. Tom is a strange boy that he doesn't. ;DDD
allyndra: Frank/Gerardallyndra on May 10th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
The Holly Golightly Club was one of the first bandom fics I ever read, and it totally converted me to the fandom. And put Frank/Gerard in my head and heart.
Merit: BGretameritjubet on May 11th, 2009 08:52 am (UTC)
I had fun reading it once I wasn't checking a Panic primer every ten seconds to remind me who 'Jon' looked like *g* and I loled at the end with what happened with Pete and Ryan. The HGC is super awesome :DD well. Nearly every 'main' band in bandom is related to Pete in some way. So incestuous. XD and you! so *innocent*.

I let kitties kiss me as well. But not on the mouth? >.>
Maple: tom jonmaple_mahogany on May 10th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
FWIW, I would read Tom/Anyone-in-Panic with bonus multi-directional friendshipping. :D
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: bands PATD hee Brendonscoradh on May 10th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
Me, I definitely think someone should take it away with the Ryan/Eric 'Rick' Ronick. And Brendon/Jon is diabetes-inducing cute.
high and mighty mansplaining robotrimestock on May 10th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
And then you accidentally wrote fic on my flist, and that was pretty cool.

... so where's the rest of it? ¬_¬
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: collapsingnight: guitar tshirtscoradh on May 10th, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
It was pretty accidental (and took five minutes, oh dear).

WHAT DO YOU MEAN. Um. Tom and Spencer have the hot sex and he goes back to Chicago and Spencer maybe swaps houses with Jon so Jon can live with Brendon and Spencer lives with Tom and they all go to the same nursing home in the end and annoy medical students by warbling about 'this one time, when I was in a band...'
and that was the beginning of fairies: Perplexednyx_nox on May 10th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
*squeals* moremoremore!

Ahem. I mean, should you feel the urge to continue this delightful piece of Tom-filled fiction I would fully support you in your endeavour. Or like, maybe pretend to be a sparkly med student so that you'd have time to write it, y/y? :D :D y?

Even as it stands, my heart has grown about three sizes! Tom thinks Spencer's pink shirts were kickass! Also there is Jon/Brendon and there will never be enough of that in the world. ♥
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Fashion: Alexis Bledelscoradh on May 10th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Man, you wanna stand in for my exams, I will write you Tom fic all day. ALL DAY.

Sorry, but who doesn't think Spencer's lesbian stage was kickass? I wish he'd go back to it. *sigh*
and that was the beginning of fairies: Piano handsnyx_nox on May 10th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind failing miserably, you have yourself a deal! I rather think I'd have the better end though :P

I know, I know. Facial hair is all well and good tiny musical boys, but there comes a time when even the most mountain-y of men must tire of it. If only briefly. SPARKLY SHIRTS. *sighs with you*

Tom Conrad is of course the exception to the above. A bare-faced Tomrad would just be upsetting.
allyndra: Taken by Tomradallyndra on May 10th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
♥ Your Tom/Spencer snippet is made of awesome. I don't think I ever really considered them, but I certainly will from now on.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: bands PATD Joncer prettiscoradh on May 11th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
It was a Moment of Gehnius, I swear, because I got a pairing for Tom, Jon/Brendon and Eric all into the same 500 words! And now maybe someone else'll write the rest.
Lib: Dandelionlibgirl on May 11th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
Yes, please.

(What do you mean that wasn't a question?)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: bands PATD &hearts Brendonscoradh on May 11th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Ooh, are you roleplaying Spencer in this episode? :P
Lib: Spencerlibgirl on May 12th, 2009 07:04 am (UTC)
It's the low voices coming from the lounge that decide him. It doesn't sound like Brendon and Jon, whose rattling down the stairs and off the bunk originally woke him, which means that there's probably someone else here.

He gets up, dragging on his jeans and a pulling a black shirt out of his bag. He's running his fingers through his hair, deciding to save a brushing for later when he walks into the lounge and sees him.

It takes him a minute to recognize the scruffy blonde guy standing there with his shy smile. Spencer knows him, knows he does, but right now all he can think is, wow, he's pretty.

It's times like these he's glad that he and Ryan do not share a brain, he's saving himself ten kinds of mocking on that one. He just stares at him for minute, Tom. That's his name, Tom. Jon's friend. It takes a minute for his brain to catch up and then he feels Ryan's amusement, sees him raise his eyes and scowls.

Tom's good for Jon, makes him smile. Heck, Tom makes him smile, he feel the way it's over-bright. Ryan's going to mock for a year over this. Even that can't keep him from asking Tom if he's staying long.


\o? is that what you meant/wanted?


every Starbucks should have a polar bear: collapsingnight: halogen facesscoradh on May 13th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)

It takes him a minute to recognize the scruffy blonde guy standing there with his shy smile. Spencer knows him, knows he does, but right now all he can think is, wow, he's pretty.

Wowzee. I never thought of taking the 'Spencer forgets/doesn't know Tom' POV.

... incidentally, I wrote another 500 word snippet and I think I'll post them every few days. Idw, it seems like fun (to me). You are VERY WELCOME to continue telling me Spencer's side of the story... ♥
Lib: Spencerlibgirl on May 21st, 2009 09:42 am (UTC)
I swear to you that like four days ago I wrote this long, rambly comment to you asking you questions about what you wanted and also explaining my reasoning here. When I didn't hear back from you I just figured, eh, and since I'd told you in the comment that I wouldn't have time for a couple of days to do the other ficlet I thought all was good. Now I'm coming back here to get caught up and write the other ficlet only to find the comment DOES NOT EXIST!!!

I am so sorry. You much have thought me so rude! I really, really did leave one. You're not the only person whose comments are MIA. :(

Anyway, I was saying that I made Spencer take a minute to recognize him because I figured it had been years since they'd toured together and he was sleepy and this was a HOT DUDE in his bus. But then he remembered and that was awesome.

And, anyway, I'm glad that you liked this one.

My other question was whether or not you wanted the Spencer POVs to be the other side of that ficlet or not, but I'm going go try and write the other one now (I fail at life) and if you hate it, just delete it. Yes?

Again, I'm sorry for being the captain of the failboat. Bah.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Bookishscoradh on May 21st, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)

I am so sorry. You much have thought me so rude! I really, really did leave one.

No, no, it's okay! I mainly thought you probably had more important things to do than mess around with this. Actually, that's a lie, MAINLY I was worrying about my sudden-onset Pre-Exam Empty Brain Syndrome. ;D

Anyway, I was saying that I made Spencer take a minute to recognize him because I figured it had been years since they'd toured together and he was sleepy and this was a HOT DUDE in his bus.

LOL YES. Spencer often thinks about hot guys when he just wakes up but now he can summon them with the power of his mind! Huzzah!
girl; obsessed: bandom - tomradcomplications_g on May 11th, 2009 05:33 am (UTC)

You are finally realising the amazingness of Spencer Smith! I am so happy right now! :D And Spencer/Tom is one of my favourites! This is totally awesome and you should keep going with it!

And I really like Tom fic. He's such an interesting person, and there are so many periods of his life to explore! His time with TAI, with Panic, and now with Empires! I don't know where there isn't more Tom fic. :(
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: bands PATD Brendon o rlyscoradh on May 11th, 2009 06:26 pm (UTC)
YES BUT WHERE WOULD I GO WITH IT? is the question. For some reason Tom and Spencer seem to fit, they're both small and snarky and have faily facial hair.

I think many didn't like him post-breakup because there are more Billwives than Tomwives? But now they're all ~reconciled, Tom!fic may flourish.

Edited at 2009-05-11 06:27 pm (UTC)
girl; obsessed: bandom - tom arrrgcomplications_g on May 11th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Heh, faily facial hair: bringing people together! :D

The fact that there are more Bill!wives than Tom!wives makes me sad, idgi. I like Bill, but Tom is so much hotter and more interesting! ;)

That's the hope!
Blindmouse: Spencer Smith Wants YOUblindmouse on May 11th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
Hey hey hey, so that is not a pairing that would have sprung naturally into my mind, but I'm pretty sure I could ship them pretty fanatically if you would keep with the writing.

... or you could write Jon/Brendon OH MY GOD WHY HAVE YOU NOT WRITTEN MORE JON/BRENDON? Uh.

I mean, thank you for filling my friends page with random fic <3
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Blue haired boy w/ phonescoradh on May 11th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Speaking of random snippeting, I wrote 2000 words of mainly Jon/Greta for that iconmeme you tagged me with! I will post it when I am back at college and with access to broadband to link up other people's icons. (You have NO IDEA how long that would take on this dialup.)

idek where this came from, man. Tell me where it goes next?

THEY ARE SICKENINGLY ADORABLE! But I am only used to writing angsty conflict, o what to do.
the claw-foot Lady: [ss] light up light up; as if yousoftlyforgotten on May 11th, 2009 06:58 am (UTC)

every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Skins: Cassiescoradh on May 11th, 2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
... and Tom and Spencer have sex on a drumkit. (Somehow.)
☠ Adrienne ☠snarkaddict on May 22nd, 2009 05:49 am (UTC)
That story really sold me on Tom too! It was awesome! I think I want to re-read it again now! :P

The last line of your fic? :DDDDDD Just. MY HEART!
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: JK on DHscoradh on May 22nd, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
It is da bomb. :D

Thank you! I have a not-so-secret weakness for sudden crushes.