ladyfoxxx: (Frank giggles a lot)
ladyfoxxx ([personal profile] ladyfoxxx) wrote2012-07-13 06:18 pm

Master Post: We Used To Be Friends

Fandom: Bandom
Bands: MCR, The Used (Panic, FOB)
Pairing(s): Frank/Mikey (Ray/Spencer)
Word Count: 50 500 words
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Canon fuckery - this is an AU which borrows heavily from canon, but it's still an AU.
"You and me, right Mikes?"

"Yeah, fuck everybody else."

Best friends since high school, if Frank could've chosen a brother, he'd pick Mikey. Then Mikey became a rock star and Frank... didn't. After years of radio silence, Mikey steps onto a stage in Jersey and back into Frank's life.

(Or, the one where Frank is a school teacher and Mikey plays rhythm in The Used.)

A/N: This story owes a lot to a lot of people. To [ profile] anoneknewmoose for stellar beta and making sure I knew it was worth posting. To [ profile] mizubyte for straightening out my canon fuckups (she drew me a diagram of the Starland Ballroom, you guys!) and being generally brilliant. To [ profile] jenepel and [ profile] silly_cleo the most awesome Nano gurus without whom this story wouldn't even have been finished, and to [ profile] turps33, [ profile] kopperblaze, [ profile] cee_m and my entire twitter feed for continually reassuring me that there were people out there who actually wanted to read this ridiculous story. Lastly, to the awesome [ profile] bandombigbang mods for running the challenge beautifully and being super helpful and amazing.

The whole fic on AO3

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

Bonus Materials


One gorgeous piece by [ profile] anna_luna (Spoilery for the fic)


You're My Guitar Hero by [ profile] almostblue

[identity profile] 2012-07-13 11:36 pm (UTC)(link)
I am such a sucker for this fic. I read it all night long, totally chinhanding the whole way through it. *____* Amazing, seriously. Totally captured me. Thank you for writing it, bb! ♥
ext_399013: (mikeyfuckingway)

[identity profile] 2012-08-30 06:18 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you for reading it! I'm really, really glad you liked it. I was nervous to post since I've not really written the Used before and I wasn't sure how TU fans might react to me shoving Mikey in there, so that means a lot coming from you. ♥

[identity profile] 2012-07-14 11:57 am (UTC)(link)
Hi! Thanks! I loved the fic so much. I couldn't wait to read what happened but didn't want it end!!!! Loved lots of little touches - Ray/Spencer, teacherFrank, Ray the ex, Mikey's sparkly guitar, his bunk pictures and Frank's loyalty and love. Most of all I loved the feelings of hope - for friends, for music and for love. Plus beautiful boys and lots of kissing!!!!!! Thanks again!
ext_399013: (Ray smiles like the sun)

[identity profile] 2012-08-30 06:26 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know what you liked! Of COURSE Frank stays friends with his exes and oh man I had way too much fun writing that little hint in there. I'm really glad you enjoyed the friendship, love and music. This fic has been with me for a long while so I'm really happy I'm not the only one who loves it.

[identity profile] 2012-07-15 03:17 am (UTC)(link)
Oh my gods, ladyfoxx. This actually hurt. My *heart*. Poor, poor Frank. Poor Mikeyway. But Fraaaaaannnk. I just. It rang so true - your descriptions of him working through his loss and abandonment were gorgeous. Reading that was like knuckling over a bruise. ;__;

ext_399013: (Frank giggles a lot)

[identity profile] 2012-08-30 06:22 am (UTC)(link)
I'm sorry! I didn't mean to make it hurt! Like I knew there would be an angsty part, but it kinda got really ANGSTY. I'm glad you hung in there for the happy ending though.

Thanks so much for commenting and sorry about the late reply! <3

[identity profile] 2012-08-30 05:02 pm (UTC)(link)
It was a good pain! :D :D

[identity profile] 2012-07-17 07:16 pm (UTC)(link)
LOL do you still have that drawing? Totally should stick it up as "art" :-P
ext_399013: (Frank FACEPALM)

[identity profile] 2012-08-30 06:27 am (UTC)(link)
It's in London and I am in Australia sadly. I should have scanned it!

(PS. Miss you)

[identity profile] 2012-07-19 04:09 am (UTC)(link)
Such a beautiful story! My heart broke again and again for both of them. I would love to see a future!fic about this scenario, if you could figure out a way to make it as awesome as this bit was. Kudos.
ext_399013: (Ray smiles like the sun)

[identity profile] 2012-08-30 06:34 am (UTC)(link)
Oh thank you! Sorry about the angst. Wow I don't think I've considered futurefic for this scenario. It would probably be quite self indulgent - Frank and Mikey as an established couple, maybe Frank tagging along on another tour - oh or maybe Mikey comes home to Frank at the end of a tour! And he's moved his stuff into Frank's place because he lives there now. And Gerard comes over a lot and complains good-naturedly about how Mikey doesn't stay with him when he's off tour anymore. And they have end-of-tour BBQs on the back porch with the guys from The Used when they come through Jersey to tour. And eventually they get Frank and Ray's band to play the support slot on their Jersey shows. You know, that kind of thing. <3