Posts Tagged ‘ eric & lux ’

WALLPAPER: Pacific (Life Unexpected)

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I know there have been a lot of Parenthood comparisons thrown around in reference to This Is Us, but I still haven’t had the chance to watch that series yet. What it’s actually reminded me of from the beginning is a more grown-up Life Unexpected. And this scene depicted in the wallpaper above is probably one of my favorite scenes from a show that struggled to find an audience and was far too short-lived. I loved the symbolism of water and the ocean throughout season 2, particularly in regards to the Eric & Lux relationship. At the time I shipped them together romantically, even though I recognized their dynamic was problematic. I still think they could be good for each other in the future, and I always imagined them crossing paths again after Lux finished college. (There’s certainly a story about that in the fanfic section if you haven’t read it yet.) At the time though, I was going through some personal stuff that was seriously clouding my perspective.

So this concludes the ATLAS: Oceans series, which also concludes the whole ATLAS: Year One series. I doubt I’ll attempt to take on Year Two, but who knows? Never say never. I am quite sad it’s over because I’ve loved making each and every one of these 28 wallpapers. Some of them were definitely challenge, but I mean that in absolutely the best way. Please check out the whole series here if you haven’t already!

Next: Gilmore Girls, The Affair, Friday Night Lights, This Is Us, Supernatural. Those are my top priorities anyway.

FANFIC: House of Light – Today Will Be Better, I Swear (Life Unexpected)

A/N: Unfortunately, this is not a new chapter. This is chapter 8, which I first posted in the summer of 2012 at ff.net, but never added to this blog. I’m sorry to say I can’t give any decisive updates regarding this story at the moment. This is my most popular fanfic of all time. I still get notifications that new readers have favorited it or subscribed to it even now, years later, so I’m sorry I don’t have better news for you right now. Please know I’m very grateful to everyone who has read it.

Old pale memories of someone you knew
Keep crawling through the back of your mind
And the closet’s been shaken with bones

Little reminders that you’re out on your own
– Stars

1. Prologue
2. Morning Madness
3. Give Me Something (To Hold Onto)
4. Hunches in Bunches
5. [ Ocean Waves ]
6. This Is A Recording
7. Speak
8. Today Will Be Better, I Swear

Lux kept the slip of paper tucked in her pocket like a good luck charm for days afterwards, only pulling it out every so often to run her fingertips along the texture of the torn edges. Paper was the opposite of ceramic, or glass: unexpected in the way that it softened at each haphazard tear, as opposed to the straight, precise edges of pre-cut sheets that would slice through your skin if you weren’t careful. Ceramic, on the other hand, became more dangerous with each sharp, jagged break.

She decided early on that she would start with the first name that Mr. Daniels had written down, the one at the top left corner. To be honest, she never allowed herself to read past that space, saving her mother’s name for later the way you might hoard the last cookie in the jar, unable to face the inevitable emptiness that followed. There were times when she wanted to throw the paper away entirely. In fact, her fingers hovered above the wastebasket more than a few times, but in the end she couldn’t go through with it.

A part of her wanted them to see her…

FANFIC: House of Light – Speak

The tears dissolve the last block of ice in my throat.
I feel the frozen stillness melt down through the inside of me, dripping shards of ice that vanish in a puddle of sunlight on the stained floor.
Words float up.

–  Laurie Halse Anderson

House of Light

1. Prologue
2. Morning Madness
3. Give Me Something (To Hold Onto)
4. Hunches in Bunches
5. [ Ocean Waves ]
6. This Is A Recording
7. Speak

“There are a lot of things you’re going to want to push the rewind button on,” they tell me, and my natural instinct is to respond with sarcasm: The rewind button? You think?, but instead I bite my bottom lip and listen.  “There are a lot of things you’re going to have completely relearn, a lot of basic things you used to take for granted.”  Listening is one of those things.  I never realized how much of the world I missed out on when I could see, those little sounds that used to just be background noise to me but now they are everything.  “It won’t be easy,” they say, as if they weren’t stating the obvious, “in fact, I can guarantee you it’ll be frustrating.  Most likely, you’ll be angry for a long while.  But we can get you through it.  We can help you rewind.  And we can help you get back to a place where you can press play again.” 

There are a lot of things I want to say in response…

FANFIC: House of Light – [Ocean Waves]

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– Relaxation Collection

House of Light

1. Prologue
2. Morning Madness
3. Give Me Something (To Hold Onto)
4. Hunches in Bunches
5. [ Ocean Waves ]

When I finally tell Valerie, the conversation doesn’t exactly go the way I imagined it in my head—but any moron with a pea-size brain probably sees the disappointment coming before I do.  I don’t have an excuse for believing it might end differently.  After thirteen years in the foster care system, I should know better.

Call it what you want. Call it blind faith.

FANFIC: House of Light – Morning Madness

A/N: The remainder of the story is going to take the form of a playlist or soundtrack of sorts.  The idea is that after Lux loses her vision, she finds comfort in and defines her life by what she is currently listening to, whether it be a radio show, a song, an audiobook, or something else.  Each one will serve as the foundation for its respective chapter, which will be titled to reflect that.

“It’s half past six.
And if you’re just waking up, screw you.
Ryan and I have been up since five.”

– Cate Cassidy

House of Light
1. Prologue
2. Morning Madness

“Good Morninggg, Porrtlaaannnnddd!”

That familiar radio wake-up call was what finally stirred Lux from her sleep.  For a while, she lay in bed without moving, allowing the remnants of last night’s dream to slowly melt away from her brain.  She hated unwelcome memories of the past.  They wormed their way into her dreams like nighttime intruders discovering a broken latch on a window, often bringing with them an intense visual clarity that would forever be absent from her present and future.

Reluctantly, Lux sat up and clicked off the radio, her senses adjusting to the waking world.

FANFIC: You are the Ocean & I’m Good at Drowning

LIFE UNEXPECTED

Summary: May 2016; Twin Cities, MN: The week before her college graduation, Lux and Eric finally cross paths again, thanks to a new novel by a familiar author. Part 4 of my multi-fandom series, “Somewhere in this Wide World.”

Disclaimer: I do not own Life Unexpected or its characters.  I do not own Gilmore Girls either.  The title is the name of a great Phantogram song, also not mine.

A/N: This is the fourth part of a multi-fandom series I’m working on called “Somewhere in This Wide World.”  It charts the interlocking lives of 5 couples from 5 different shows over the course of 20 years.  They are all “aftermath” stories that take place in the future, beyond the original time period of each respective show.  You can read more of the series on my Fanfic page.  The parts are meant to work individually as standalone stories but also work together as a continuous series.  (Yes, I skipped part 3, but I’ll get back to it.)  This part has a minor crossover with Gilmore Girls, continued from part 2, that shouldn’t affect your understanding of the story if you are not familiar with the show.

Where the show left off: Lux graduates from Westmonte in 2012 and heads to the University of Oregon with Tasha and Jones.  Eric is last seen in the present storyline when Baze and Cate ask him to leave town immediately and threaten to call the police if he ever contacts Lux again.  The last episode aired January 2011.


You Are the Ocean & I’m Good at Drowning

May 2016 / Twin Cities, Minnesota

He went to the bookstore on a Saturday, just as the sun was completing its slow descent toward the horizon.