Bee: Without even discussing it, they all seem to agree that they're doing their own thing today. Mikey goes out to the dune behind the hideout and practices fighting, the hot glare of the sun turning it into a real workout. Ray goes to the garage, giving Gerard and Frank a look that they already know means "get out unless you want to help" where help means hold something in place for an hour or two and get scolded for fidgetting even a little.

Bee: "We'll leave you to it," Frank snorts, clearly in agreement with Gerard that standing still is the worst idea ever. Instead, they go scrounging.

Bee: Every time Gerard thinks there's nothing left but dust nearby, they find something else. Usually half rusted-through, always broken in some way and pockmarked from sand. Scraps of metal, nuts and bolts, things that would never have been even considered usable before.

Bee: But now there's nearly always a use for something, even if it's just attaching the bits to a jacket or gloves like armor. Frank's pockets bulge just a little with his findings.

Bee: Gerard pulls out the experimental metal detector Ray keeps saying isn't quite ready for use. It might not be a hundred percent reliable, but Gerard would rather have at least a little guidance before he sits down and starts digging for whatever the sand may have buried.

Bee: Grinning, he points it at Frank and it beeps. "Huh. It's about right. Says you've got rocks in your head."

Bee: "That doesn't even make sense," Frank points out, digging a hole with the toe of his boot.

Bee: "What? Yes it does." Gerard lowers the metal detector so it's pointing at the ground. "Rocks sometimes have like, ore in them. You've got good fucking rocks in there, but still rocks."

Linn: *snort*
Linn: Rocks for brains

Bee: well. it's Frank.

Linn: True

Bee: "Better than having rocks in my shoes," Frank suggests, bending over to pick up something that's caked with dirt enough neither can tell what it is.

Bee: He tugs off his bandana, alternating between using that and using his fingernails to scrape, rub, and chip away the dirt. Gerard snorts when he's finished. "See? Rocks." Frank snickers and drops the stone to the ground.

Bee: "At least I fucking tried, okay?" He leans in close to Gerard, trying to peek at the metal detector screen even though Gerard's angling it away from him. "Come on, Mr. Big Shot. Show me your stuff."

Bee: The screen's still showing the image of Frank's head, even though it hasn't been aimed that way for a bit. Frank reaches out and starts pushing buttons impatiently.

Bee: "Be careful!" Gerard warns, biting his lip. "I don't want to bring this back broken.

Linn: You need to watch this.

Bee: " Ideally, he wants to put it away without Ray ever realizing it was gone. Which, okay, will never work because Gee's guessing that Ray already knows.

Linn: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7E-aoXLZGY&feature=player_embedded
Linn: You have been disconnected.
Linn: "Linn" signed on at Tue Oct 19 11:21:25 2010.

Bee: wtf, aim. random booting? not on

Linn: Did you get the link I sent you then?

Bee: got it. then roommate got in the shower. as the pipes run directly next to my computer, I have to wait until he's done to hear anything

Linn: Okay. Just asked since it rebooted and all
Linn: Things tend to get lost

Bee: fair enough
Bee: oh god. the visual is hurting my eyes. But I am loving the words themselves.

Linn: Yeah. I was mostly just listening to him

Bee: actioning lacks poetry. And doesn't have a snap to it to make up for that.
Bee: But I love nouning verbs

Linn: Doesn't mean it isn't useful, though
Linn: And I do too

Bee: I think actioning is kind of vague, though

Linn: The weirder the better, really, but it's gotta have a good sound to it
Linn: I never use it, so I don't really give a hooey either way

Bee: fair enough
Bee: I imagine I shan't find cause to use it either

Bee: "Come on, one of these's gotta be a reset button..." Frank keeps pressing buttons, not quite slamming them down anymore. "Ah, fuck it. Take out the batteries then put them back in."

Linn: Ahahaha
Linn: I bet that IS Frank's approach to technology too

Bee: dude, everyone knows that fixes everything!
Bee: *grins*
Bee: I have to do it with my phone like, once a week.

Linn: *snort*

Bee: Yes. Well. *grins* Apparently Frank and I have at least one thing in common then.

Linn: Of course you do
Linn: Also, hey, next time I'm writing a full lenght novel that isn't the trilogy, I am totally using lyrics as chapter titles
Linn: Mostly because Hallelujah, Lock And Load is too perfect to pass up for Angels

Bee: you delight in the way that makes me crazy, don't you?

Linn: Yeah, pretty much
Linn: You KNOW I suck at titles, though

Bee: also. lyrics. Tell me I'm not the only one who thinks of kids playing tag at the lyrics "Na Na Na"? Cos you're always like "Na na na na boo boo, you can't catch me!"
Bee: I do. That's why you have me, toots.

Linn: You are
Linn: And the problem is that I love wordy titles that tell a little story in themselves. Which is also why I love "Chapter 12, in which..." type titles as well.
Linn: One word titles can suck my dick

Bee: I think that the chapter titles should be a lie.
Bee: Tell a completely different story than the one in the book.
Bee: "Chapter 12, in which an infidelity is revealed" but instead it's just a friendly picnic or something

Linn: Nah, I'm not a fan. Otoh, I like titles that reveal some but not all. Like, it says one thing but in the context of the chapter it's different than what you though
Linn: t

Bee: yeah
Bee: it takes some of the fun if they tell the whole story

Linn: I never said they should. I do, however, think they should tell A story

Bee: Indeed.

Linn: And I like whimsical

Bee: I know

Linn: Hence the, "Mind the rug, honey, blood's the bitch" type titles

Bee: yeah

Linn: Especially whimsical that borders on morbid. I like that
Linn: Like, having a weird-ass, funny chapter title for a chapter that's like a kick in the balls

Bee: you are a bitch like that

Linn: I am
Linn: I have a chapter in part two called "Peace be in the galaxy, fool."
Linn: Not so much with the funny in that one

Bee: not so much...
Bee: god. Is there an easier way to sort queue on tumblr than drag & drop?

Linn: Afraid not
Linn: In some ways it's better, in more ways it's just way fucking worse
Linn: I hate that they lost the "add to top" button or whatever the fuck it was called

Bee: I have 90 items in queue. I would so love a "move to top of queue" button right now

Linn: Yeah, I have almost 200
Linn: You and me both

Bee: ...I should be writing killjoys. I can queue sort after you go to bed

Linn: I'd like Rihanna better if she wasn't so nasal

Bee: Gerard snorts, but does what Frank's suggesting. Frank leans in close, blocking the wind; Ray would not be happy if it comes back full of dust.

Bee: I don't listen to her *shrugs*

Linn: Me neither, but VH-1 is on
Linn: OH MY GOD MICHAEL BUBLÉ IS TOTALLY MOCKING JUSTIN BIEBER IN A VIDEO
Linn: And, like... Tommy Lee, maybe?

Bee: YOU KNOW YOU SUCK WHEN MICHAEL BUBLÉ MOCKS YOU

Linn: RIGHT?
Linn: I like Bublé though
Linn: Ahahaha, Clint Eastwood!

Bee: what?

Linn: In this video!
Linn: Michael Bublé as
Linn: Accompanied by an "ooh la la la" doa chorus
Linn: LAst time his video featured Whoopi Goldberg and Bono
Linn: Eminem ain't blonde anymore
Linn: Shame
Linn: It gets a little awkward when every second word is muted because MTV don't allow curses or mentions of drugs

Bee: god

Linn: Which is fucking stupid, for real

Bee: grow up, mtv/America

Linn: I mean, god. What do they think? That because MCR sings "drugs, gimme drugs, I don't need 'em, but I'll sell what you got" kids will go out and either buy or start selling themselves
Linn: Fucking nannyism, for real
Linn: Damn, but Eminem's got a motormouth on him

Bee: practice, babs
Bee: Anyone who knows anything about MyChem knows that the message is completely not pro drugs
Bee: Never was, really. even when Gee and Mikey were called the chemical brothers. Because they were always pretty clear it was about self-destruction. They knew it was fucking them up.

Linn: Pretty much. Soon enough, MTV won't be able to play any songs without bleeping out everything except the conjunctions

Bee: hilarity ensues
Bee: music videos become a crazy game of madlibs

Linn: Right?
Linn: Sorry to break this to you, adults of the world, but kids are not getting fucked up by a few f-bombs. What they do get fucked up by, to paraphrase Sarah Silverman, is every fucking adult on the planet bullying the shit out of the ones they consider less.

Bee: yeah
Bee: "The fifth of September marks my MyChemversary" god, I gotta put this shit on my calendar

Linn: *snort* I have no idea what my MyChemversary is. Probably nowish.
Linn: Also, Bon Jovi's teeth and leather face scare me

Bee: "it was on September fifth that Jess linked me to this[INOK vid], saying something about prep school and uniforms with ties"
Bee: I don't know or want to know what Bon Jovi looks like

Linn: ...seriously? HOw have you missed it?
Linn: Like he did on Ally McBeal, only more leathery and with an emo sweep

Bee: I never saw Ally McBeal

Linn: How. Did. You. Miss. It.

Bee: *laughs* oh hey, I forgot how I totally took a picture of Frank in a wolfshirt
Bee: I AM NOT A MASOCHIST?

Linn: Hey, by the way, do you guys get Robyn a lot over there? Like on the radio

Bee: I never listen to the radio

Linn: She of the amazing, feathery, platinum do

Bee: except when forced at work. And then it's all Christian or Spanish

Linn: But do your average American know who she is?

Bee: I have no idea
Bee: I don't know who she is
Bee: I am not average

Linn: Also, you're frustratingly anti everything new
Linn: This girl. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T4uLB-wzYk

Bee: You love me anyway

Linn: Whilst banging my head against the wall, sure

Bee: *giggles* aaaaand I just found some of my old mychem posts

Linn: Jesus, singer of Maroon 5, you are NOT as hot as you think you are.
Linn: Although I thouh like your bouffant+leather jacket combo

Bee: Oh Linn

Linn: Ahahahahahahahaaaaaa. Okay, so this video features a girl playing with a knife, but they censored themselves, so instead she's stabbing between his fingers with a cartoon ice cream cone

Bee: wh-------
Bee: um

Linn: It's HILARIOUS
Linn: I wanna find the MTV version! But this is the original. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6g6g2mvItp4&ob=av2e
Linn: I swear, the censored version has teddy bears in it that look like pedobear

Bee: god

Linn: It's weirdly hot too
Linn: I mean, look at her, she's beating the shit out of him
Linn: I can't find the censored version, but it was fucking hilarious
Linn: The car he gets hit by is made of balloons

Bee: ...what
Bee: just what

Bee: Linn: You know what I want though? Real, nothing more nothing less Frank and Mikey BFF fic. Just cuz.
Bee: Not AU. Just BFF, save-him-from-the-cliff, bastard roommate fic
Bee: GEN to end all GEN
Linn: YES. I mean, I wouldn't MIND hints of pairings (F/G OTP! Or even Pete/Mikey or whatever), but at the end it's all about the BFF-ness.
Bee: The world needs it
Linn: The world does.
 
Linn: *snort*
Linn: That Robbi Williams/Gary Barlow video is the gayest thing I have ever seen
Linn: And that INCLUDES Frank humping Gerard's head and Adam Lambert's entire person
Linn: Look, even my keyboard thinks it's gay! IT GAVE ROBBIE A STRIPPER NAME
Bee: HAH

 Bee: So I was reading fic the other night, and there was a line where Pete says Patrick swears like a tiny pirate. Which was wonderful, and made me have to share with Linn.
Linn: *g* Awww, tiny pirate!
Bee: I KNOW
Bee: he could start a club with Mikey!
Linn: He could.
Bee: IT WOULD BE CUTE
Linn: IT WOULD
Bee: THEY WOULD HAVE A TINY PIRATE SHIP AND GO SEARCHING THE SEVEN SEAS TO FIND UNICORNS
Linn: *laughs* TINY PIRATE SHIP. YES. BEST THING EVER
Bee: They would find Pete instead though.
Bee: MIKEY IS SO DISAPPOINTED :(:(:( HE'D THOUGHT THE SOUND HAD TO BE A UNICORN
Linn: AWWW POOR MIKEY
Linn: Woe. Well, there is Mikey and unicorns at least
Bee: Pete joins their quest though because he has nothing better to do and he smiles and says something about cute pirates (Patrick gets pissy; they are not cute! They are tough and hard working!)
Linn: *laughs* Patrick is so misunderstood! It's not his fault he's tiny!
Bee: Mikey just crosses his arms and gives Pete a look and sighs. "Fine, but you have to work hard to be on our crew."
Linn: (I'm sorry, but that just made me giggle. "Well, that sucked.")
Bee: (Mikey has CHARTS, okay? He is going to search every damn island in the world until he finds himself some fucking unicorns. And yeah, they pillage and stuff to afford to keep looking, but as far as he's concerned, the unicorns are the real treasure)
Linn: (The pillaging kind of sucks. People scream a lot and try to beat them with various objects and the navy shoots at them too, and the village girls are always so very high-pitched and then it's almost like they get offended when you have no intention of kidnapping them or whatever. But hey, it pays the bills. Or it would, if they had any.)
Bee: (It keeps them fed and the boat in repair anyhow.)
Linn: (indeed. And it keeps Mikey looking for unicorns. Because you have to keep Mikey out of trouble, he'll just wander into things if you don't.)
Bee: (Like that time he wandered into that bar full of hookers...)
Bee: (And accidentally slept with one? But didn't pay the pimp because he didn't know about the hooker thing? [the hooker was Pete?])


Linn: Ahaha
Linn: I don't even remember this

Bee: Me neither. Which is why saving conversations is awesome

Linn: *DIIIIIEEES* http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lajva0AqOP1qzcj4vo1_500.png

Bee: *grins* well played
Bee: OH GERARD
Bee: WEARING A BANDANA ON YOUR LEFT LIKE THAT IS GROSS
Bee: DON'T PEE ON FRANKIE, PLEASE

Linn: Ahahaha

Bee: This time Gerard keeps the metal detector pointed at the ground, walking along and squinting at the screen.

Linn: LJ needs to stop being a twat

Bee: He knows Frank has his back if something happens, so Gerard just focuses on the little machine. He stumbles a few times, but Frank just grabs his elbow so he can keep his balance

Bee: what's lj doing now?

Linn: Not loading pages

Bee: whore!

Linn: Pretty much
Linn: GIMME MAH FICS

Bee: NO FICS FOR YOU
Bee: are we gonna revive wolfshirts?

Linn: Wolfshirts the verb or wolshirts the comm?

Bee: well. revive it as a verb by reviving the comm, I suppose

Linn: Go for it

Bee: I am not idea-happy yet. Just curious
Bee: well. And pining for brothers being brothers fic. and Frank&Mikey BFFs fic.

Linn: *patpat*
Linn: Enrique Iglesias is weirdly charming
Linn: I mean, he's a walking mole, but at least he has a sense of humor
Linn: HEY
Linn: HE HAS TOTALLY HAD THE MOLE REMOVED
Linn: Man, you don't even notice. Like, on account of his face being, you know. His face.

Bee: *laughs*
Bee: what the fuck, Linn

Linn: Girls in bikinis bouncing on a bead and hitting each other with pillows
Linn: Yeah. You're way hetero boys
Linn: Ahahaha, I carnt spel
Linn: Or use commas, apparently

Bee: you're a special snowflake

Linn: Yep!
Linn: Oh! This song! I THROW MY HANDS UP IN THE AIR SOMETIMES SINGIN AAAAAAYOOOO
Linn: So this is where that meme comes from

Bee: sure
Bee: ...for being such an internet junkie, I am usually oblivious to memes

Linn: I love memes
Linn: Most of them, anyway

Bee: I know
Bee: you whore

Linn: They amuse me. But that could be because I love the language in them, usually. They're not perfect or anything, but there's that snappiness I appreciate
Linn: Like, you can say a lot with just two lines -- like Insanity Wolf, for example, where the pause is crucial.

Bee: Indeed!
Bee: I do love those
Bee: and hate people who can't grasp it

Linn: I love how it's a language of it's own -- they rapin' errbody out here and Imma let you finish but shit son I'm disappoint
Linn: I also love how memes usually makes EXCELLENT use of the verbing nouns convention
Linn: And there are some memes I hate, but it feels like they're valuable in their own right

Bee: memes have to. they lose momentum if they're not efficient with words

Linn: It's almost like it's an internet language of its own -- part advice memes, part Kanye and Keanu, part lolspeak
Linn: And it influences language outside of the internet as well. Languages outside of English even.
Linn: And it manages to influence them in a way that's actually funny too
Linn: Well. Mostly funny. Sometimes it's just annoying

Bee: like I am disappoint?

Linn: No, I like I'm disappoint

Bee: I know you do. But I hate it

Linn: But, like making a meme out of a serial rapist because the guy in the newscast has a funny accent

Bee: ohhhhh
Bee: that is kinda fucked up

Linn: Yeah
Linn: And it was good for the dude and it did cast some light on the issue, but while going on and on about how you need to lock up your wives and sisters 'cause they rapin ERRBODY out here, people kind of forget the central issue here, which is that THERE IS A SERIAL RAPIST CLIMBING IN THROUGH PEOPLE'S WINDOWS AND RAPING THEM

Bee: WHOA DUDE'
Bee: SUBMIT YOUR OWN VIDEOS FOR MYCHEM SHIT
Bee: And I agree, a serial rapist should be A SERIOUS IMPORTANT THING WITHOUT MAKING IT A JOKE
Bee: It shouldn't need to be funny to spread
Bee: .............and I almost made a joke about thighs there, so I should try not to be a hypocrite

Linn: *snort*
Linn: Ffs, a top10 chart with TWO Rihanna songs
Linn: Isn't it enough with one?
Linn: It does have Eminem in it, though
Linn: Redeeming feature

Bee: too much with one. Needs all MyChem, thanks

Linn: Ahahaha, yeah
Linn: They don't even play Na Na Na, the asshles

Bee: THEY ARE ASSHOLES
Bee: NO NEED TO CENSOR THAT WORD, LINNBY

Linn: *snort* My keyboard is having fits again

Bee: lovely
Bee: clean it?

Linn: Doesn't help

Bee: stab it

Linn: I've tried, it made it worse
Linn: Both actually


Bee: how does cleaning it make it worse?!

Linn: No clue
Linn: But it did

[EDITED FOR CONTENT LINN AND I PROBABLY BOTH DON'T WANT POSTED]

Linn: Maybe Killjoys never die, but Mikey dies all the fucking time

Bee: :( and leaves temporarily

Linn: Yep

Bee: and they never did explain the joke behind the Mikey Fucking Way shirts

Linn: There was a joke?
Linn: I just thought it was because he's awesome

Bee: they said the shirt has like, an in-joke that they'd explain in the future
Bee: He is awesome, true'
Bee: And some people were confused about bassist, was it Mikey or was it Matt, a few times.

Linn: Wow. Those girls walk like giraffes

Bee: And MIKEY HAS A HUGE FONDNESS FOR CLOTHING WITH HIS OWN NAME ON IT, SERIOUSLY.
Bee: Oh?

Linn: Pet Shop Boys video
Linn: Some can can dancers walked by and it was like watching a herd of grazing giraffes
Linn: In pink underwear and feathers

Bee: that sounds pretty gay, even for Lion King

Linn: *snort*

Bee: I think my brain's no longer running on that extra cylinder
Bee: It may have blown a few others while running, in fact.

Linn: It sounds like it
Linn: This is an intensely 90's video

Bee: the 90s were pretty fucking 90s

Linn: They were
Linn: Okay, did U2 do a cover of Pet Shop Boys or vice versa? Because both of these are dated as fuck
Linn: But, like, late 80's/early 90's Bono was pretty cute

Bee: I am not surprised. How else did he get popular?

Linn: *laughs*
Linn: Couldn't have been the glasses and the shitty savior complex

Bee: nope
Bee: we're shallow. it's all being hot

Linn: Yeah

Bee: definitely down a cylinder or two.
Bee: possibly three.

Linn: *snort*

Bee: forgot I'd ordered Jess a book, forgot I've not yet mailed her tea and biscuits

Linn: Dementia, babay
Linn: It was just a matter of time
Linn: Also... dude, I am so not firing either

Bee: could be alzheimers. Not even early onset for that

Linn: "babay"
Linn: How is that even pronounced?

Bee: well. it is practically your bedtime

Linn: It is. I get to sleep in tomorrow, though

Bee: nice!

Linn: Yes. I don't have to be at work until 11:30
Linn: Which means I don't have to get up until 10:30, and I only have to get up that early because I have to shower

Bee: \o/
Bee: sleeping in for the win!

Linn: Yes
Linn: I LOVE IN LOVE FRANK
Linn: "Frank is seventeen years, nine months and three days old, and he is pretty sure he's in love."
Linn: I LOVE FRANK BEING HEAD OVER HEELS
Linn: I LOVE FRANK BEING GRUMPY ABOUT IT
Linn: I LOVE FRANK WANTING SO MUCH HE CAN'T STAND IT
Linn: I LOVE FRANK PINING

Bee: LINK ME?
Bee: GOD YES
Bee: BUT THAT WRITING SOOOO MAKES ME WISH I'D FINISHED MY PUSHING DAISIES AU
Bee: ALSO, I WISH I'D FINISHED MY ALICIA IS GYPSY-CURSED INTO BEING MIKEY'S BASS FIC

Linn: Actually, this isn't in one fic. That one quote is from one where Frank is in high school and falls in love with Gerard and it doesn't have the being grumpy bits, but... I mean, that's what I read Frank/Gerard for.
Linn: Frank being so in love he doesn't know how to breathe without it

Bee: I rewrite stories in my head sometimes to include all I want
Bee: but link me to the fic that has that quote?

Linn: Hah, what do you think Lilith was there for?
Linn: http://maryangel200.livejournal.com/199696.html#cutid1


Bee: whatnow about Lilith?
Bee: oh right
Bee: hah
Bee: You have, indeed, explained this before
Bee: possibly several times

Linn: I have
Linn: But in Angelsverse, Frank really is so in love that he doesn't know how to deal with it. And has been since they were both fat losers slogging through New Jersey in a shitty van

Bee: *siiiiiiiigh*
Bee: I do miss Frank before he became a lesbian and decided to only date girls

Linn: *snort*
Linn: Yeah. The feeling is mutual, of course, Gerard is crazy about him too, but Gee is a bit more neurotic about the whole thing and while I like reading about Gerard being so in love it kills him, it's not nearly as satisfying as reading about Frank being likewise.
Linn: Man, Flea is starting to look old.

Bee: Flea?

Linn: The bassist of RHCP.

Bee: Frank's melodrama is better than Gerard's, this is true

Linn: The coolest thing about that band. Their bass lines are so fucking fantastic I don't even know what to do with myself
Linn: Seriously. The only reason I even listen to Californication the album anymore, is because of Flea.
Linn: And yes, it very much is. Partially because Frank feels very down to earth, partially because I like reading about how pretty Gerard is, and partially because I relate better to Gerard, so I already know what he'd be thinking, roughly, while Frank is more interesting to read about.

Bee: yeah.
Bee: Frank puts it differently than Gee, too

Linn: He does

Bee: he makes being in love totally punk rock

Linn: He DOES
Linn: Have you seen the video to Alien Ant Farm's cover of Smooth Criminal?

Bee: I think so. Back in the day. I know I listened to the song a lot...

Linn: I just saw it for the first time
Linn: I love that bit in the middle where the music stops and he jumps up on the car, grabs his crotch and howls while the windows explode
Linn: Wow, the Michael Jackson video is very Luck Be A Lady Tonight at times

Bee: yeah. but I like it

Linn: Who wouldn't?
Linn: It's all speakeasies and fedoras
Linn: I'm not a Jackson fan, but I like his dancing

Bee: I only know his big stuff, but I like it

Linn: I like some

Bee: Yeah

Bee: Gerard keeps frowning at the screen, the frown only wavering to answer Frank or when his face goes open and surprised every time the terrain gives way under him. He's not seeing anything, nothing at all pinging the detector.

Bee: They've wandered far enough from the hideout that something should be turning up, but nothing is.

Bee: He lurches when Frank stops and grabs his elbow to keep him from walking on alone. "Gee," Frank covers the screen with his hand. "I think it froze again. Piece of shit's not picking up that?" He points a few feet back, where what looks like a busted tailpipe is half-buried.

Bee: "Oh." Gerard groans and turns off the fucking metal non-detector. Maybe Mikey can get it to work, he's usually good with things like that.

Bee: Frank squats next to the tailpipe and scans the ground around it; Gerard just drops to his knees and starts digging.
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