the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Twist and Turn 'til You've Got It Right
Pairing: American Idol: Kris Allen/Adam Lambert
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Kris just wanted some variety, was all.
Length: 700 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Title from the Depeche Mode song "Get the Balance Right." Based on the '90s AU established by Keep Your Enemies Closer. Fulfills the "spooning" square on my [profile] schmoop_bingo card. Beta'd by the always-awesome [profile] lillijulianne.

He just kinda fit right in the pocket )
the_water_clock: photo of London skyline, B&W, during the Blitz (adtcnl banner skyline)
Author: Clio
Title: Code Breaking
Pairing: American Idol RPF: Chris Richardson/Blake Lewis
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Sometimes you find someone speaks your language, and you didn't even realize you were saying anything. Or, Blake discovers Chris on a RCAF base in 1939.
Length: 900 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Based on the 40's AU established by A Dream That Could Not Last. Fulfills the "falling in love" square on my [profile] schmoop_bingo card. Beta'd by the always-awesome [profile] lillijulianne.

A fella who isn't queer doesn't blush when another fella stares; he knocks that fella's block off )
the_water_clock: photo of London skyline, B&W, during the Blitz (adtcnl banner skyline)
Author: Clio
Title: A Few Kisses Ago
Pairing: American Idol RPF: Anwar Robinson/Kimberley Locke
Rating: PG-13
Summary: It's been twenty-five years since Anwar and Kimberley met in London, but it feels like yesterday
Length: 500 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Title from the Johnny Mercer song "I Remember You." Based on the 40's AU established by A Dream That Could Not Last. Fulfills the "memories" square on my [profile] schmoop_bingo card. Beta'd by the always-awesome [profile] lillijulianne.

Remember, you couldn’t even make yourself say that? )
the_water_clock: photo of London skyline, B&W, during the Blitz (adtcnl banner skyline)
Author: Clio
Title: We'll Make It Up As We Go Along
Pairing: American Idol RPF: Carly Smithson/Amanda Overmyer
Rating: PG
Summary: Memorial Day, 1965, in a little town outside San Francisco, and the one non-veteran in the family remembers.
Length: 700 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Based on the 40's AU established by A Dream That Could Not Last. Fulfills the "summer holiday/festival" square on my [profile] schmoop_bingo card. Beta'd by the always-awesome [profile] lillijulianne.
While there are certain aspects that are small-town fantasy, there are many more that are based on the small town I grew up in, where between scouts and marching band I marched in every Memorial Day parade from the age of eight until I was about to graduate from high school. And Carly in some ways is an homage to my own beloved (lesbian) Girl Scout leader, who went by the nom de camping of "Bucket."

How they’d managed to hide in plain sight for so long, Carly wasn’t sure, but this little town outside of San Francisco surely had something to do with it )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Takes One to Know One
Pairing: American Idol: Ryan Seacrest/Simon Cowell
Rating: R
Summary: Someone is using Simon Cowell's old methods to steal jewelry from the wealthy summering in the south of France, and only he has the skills to work out who is doing it and stop them before the police send him to jail instead. And rich young American Ryan Seacrest is a distraction he can't afford.
Length: 16,000 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Written for the [livejournal.com profile] reel_idol challenge and based on the film To Catch a Thief. Thanks to [personal profile] ignaz for her amazing beta skills and general cheerleading!
For reasons that will become clear, Ryan's parents in this story are not Gary and Connie Seacrest; instead they are Ryan's mentor Merv Griffin and his companion Eva Gabor.
Also, I've changed the timing from the post-WWII 1950s of the film to the post-WWI 1920s. (In doing so, I have slightly altered the timeline of an actor referred to in the story.) Please note that because this story is based on a romantic caper film, it does not reflect the actual attitudes toward race and sexuality prevalent among the American expats on the French Riviera in the late 1920s. While the shift in time period from the restrictive 1950s to the relatively permissive 1920s allowed a bit more freedom (Ellen's cross-dressing, Ryan's all but open homosexuality, Merv's general eccentricity, Randy's position as a bandleader), the reader should no more take away from this story that these were the possibilities for gays, lesbians, women, Jews, and blacks in this place at this time than they should that the main character is in any way representative of jewel thieves in general.

'Padre,' Ryan said, using the only father name Merv would answer to, 'what do you say about heading to the Riviera a little early?' )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Keep Your Enemies Closer, Chapter 1: The Unpleasantness at Club Idol
Pairing: American Idol: Adam Lambert/Kris Allen; established Ryan Seacrest/Simon Cowell
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Simon Cowell, manager of pop star hopefuls and owner of the hot downtown Club Idol, has been framed for a crime he didn't commit. Can new kid Kris Allen convince rival divas David Cook and Adam Lambert to work together to clear Simon's name? And what will happen when Simon asks Adam and Kris to "take care" of his boyfriend Ryan for him?
Chapter Length: 5800 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Keep Your Enemies Closer is an mystery AU set in the New York club scene of the mid-90s, when a rapidly gentrifying East Village contained chain stores and after hours clubs, hungry young artists and heroin dealers. As usual, there will be plenty of music to set the scene and bring you back to a time not long ago. Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose, who as usual went well beyond the call of beta-duty on this one, [livejournal.com profile] dreamerren, who encouraged me to keep going when I'd hit an impasse, and [livejournal.com profile] honestys_easy, who helped me give it that final polish. All the chapter titles for this story are from Dorothy L. Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey novels, some of my favorite mysteries ever, as well as being one of my favorite romances. This chapter title from The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club.

The Unpleasantness at Club Idol | Whose Heroin? | Crowds of Witness | A Few Red Herrings | Have His Caretakers | Pushers Must Advertise | Glitzy Night

The Unpleasantness at Club Idol )
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Author: Clio
Title: A Dream That Could Not Last: Prologue
Pairing: American Idol: Ryan Seacrest/Simon Cowell, Amanda Overmyer/Carly Smithson, Kimberley Locke/Anwar Robinson
Chapter Rating: PG
Chapter Summary: The fire last time.
Chapter Length: 1100 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: A Dream That Could Not Last is an AU romantic comedy set in 1939 London, when everyone knew war was on the horizon but no one was sure when or how it would arrive—which made love of all kinds that much more important. Follow a year in the life of three groups of (mostly) Americans: pilots who joined the RAF, singers and dancers in a swing music revue, and reporters for BBC Radio. As usual there will be plenty of songs along the way to set the mood, plus art by the amazing [livejournal.com profile] bhanesidhe.
This was a big undertaking, and needed a team. If I was the writer/director, then [livejournal.com profile] locumtenens was my editor, [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne, [livejournal.com profile] musicforcylons and [livejournal.com profile] evil_erato my producers, [livejournal.com profile] dana_kujan the actually helpful studio executive; and [livejournal.com profile] ali_wildgoose my executive producer who kept the train on the tracks in ways so numerous I cannot list them here.

Prologue | 1: The Lady Eve | 2: Adam's Rib | 3: His Girl Friday | 4: Bringing Up Baby | 5: Stella Dallas | 6: Pursuits of Happiness | 7: Gaslight | 8: The Philadelphia Story | 9: Contesting Tears | 10: It Happened One Night | 11: The Awful Truth | 12: Now, Voyager | Epilogue

Credits )

Prologue: September 1916; February 1939 )

Chapter One: The Lady Eve
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Goodbye Mr. Seacrest, or, To Simon, with Love: Rymon Missing Scenes from the Fast Times at Idol High 80s AU
Pairing: American Idol: Ryan Seacrest/Simon Cowell
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Ryan Seacrest knew when he took the job at John Hughes High that his romantic prospects would be limited. But he wasn't counting on the arrival of Simon Cowell.
Length: 1800 words
Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction, clearly, as Ryan turned 7 in 1981, and Simon was 22, and that would be gross.
Notes: For this to make much sense, you have to read Fast Times at Idol High, [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne's 80s high school AU. But you really should be reading that anyway! Go join [livejournal.com profile] stepintomyocean, read the fic, then come back here.
Special thanks to Juli for writing this awesome AU, letting me be a part of it, and encouraging me get my teacher kink on. Oh, and for writing Ryan and Simon into her story in the first place.

Prologue: September 1981 | 1: September 1984 | 2: October 1984 | 3: November 1984 | 4: December 1984 | 5: January 1985 | 6: February 1985 | 7: March 1985 | 8: April 1985 | 9: May 1985 | 10: June 1985 | 11: July 1985 | 12: August 1985 | 13: September 1985

Prologue: September 1981 )

1: September, 1984

Notes )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: One Big Circle
Pairing: Chris/Blake, Kat/Elliott and Gina/Haley (American Idol)
Rating: NC-17
Summary: From the Radio Friendly AU: On a lazy Saturday evening out at the Pines beach house, Kat proposes a game.
Length: 6400 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne for reacting to this idea with "you need to write this." Thanks also to her, [livejournal.com profile] allysonsedai and [livejournal.com profile] hearthisvoice for their beta work along the way! Title from "Everybody is a Star" by Sly & the Family Stone.

If you'd asked Chris about it later, his only response would be, 'Man, it was 1970.' )
the_water_clock: abstract painting (No. 61 (Rust and Blue) 1953)
Author: Clio
Title: Radio Friendly Part 1 of 10: Come to Where the Flavor Is
Pairing: Blake/Chris (American Idol)
Rating: PG-13
Summary: In which Blake Lewis gets a new songwriting partner.
Length: 2300 words
Disclaimer: People sort of own themselves, don't they? Which means this is a work of fiction.
Notes: Radio Friendly is an AU set in 1962, when New York was the center of pop music and the Brill Building was where it all happened, when a group of talented songwriters and producers crafted perfect pop hits for artists whose every move was controlled by their label. Pictures and songs will be used along the way to take you back to yesteryear—and for those who'd like more info, see the additional author's note at the bottom.
You're reading this story because [livejournal.com profile] lillijulianne was so enthusiastic and [livejournal.com profile] allysonsedai insisted that it see the light of day, were willing to keep reading even when I sent three chapters in one weekend, and were instrumental in the flow, in pointing out what it needed and what it didn't, and holding my hand through the entire thing. Thank you, ladies!

1: Come to Where the Flavor Is | 2: Where Particular People Congregate | 3: This Is the One They'll Have to Beat | 4: You've Come a Long Way, Baby | 5: Alive with Pleasure | 6: It's What's Upfront That Counts | 7: We'd Rather Fight Than Switch | Missing Scene: Ryan and Simon | 8: So Round So Firm So Fully Packed | Missing Scene: Chris and Blake | 9: Instead of a Sweet | Additional Scene: One Big Circle | 10: I'd Walk a Mile

'I want you two to work as a team.'  )

2: Where Particular People Congregate. Includes music!

After-Notes )

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