This Generation: *helps the legalization LGBTQIA+ marriage, actually gives a shit about modern racism instead of brushing it under the rug, accepts each other regardless of gender identity, sexuality, religion, etc., promotes body positivity more than ever before, advocates for the rights of women, and is considered to be way more liberal than previous generations*
Last Generation: ugh, this generation is so shallow! Kids these days don’t care about anyone but themselves and their phones! They play on their devices all day without making any difference in the world! So lazy and selfish!
Ever since I heard this One Direction song, I always liked the 80s vibe and thought it sounded exactly like “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” I’m shocked that no one’s made a mashup yet! So, here. I edited one myself, lol. Enjoy!!!
Inspired by Champagne from In the Heights by Lin Manuel Miranda. Many of the lyrics from this lovely song which is a favorite of mine are woven into the story. If you are also a Broadway and/or ITH fan, go ahead and send me a message to chat.
“Jack?” you asked on the other side of the door to his apartment. “Jaaack? OC?”
“Here!” you heard him before he opened up the door. Your best friend since freshman year standing there in the doorway in jeans, socks, and an Aerosmith t-shirt, his long-ish blonde hair tucked covering his ears and his blue eyes shining. “I’m here. Hey. What’s going on?”
“Nothing, nothing.” you said. “I just happened to be around and realized I needed to talk to you… And I got you a present. Had to go downtown in order to get it… Doing anything tonight or right now?”
“Oh, uh…” he said, looking behind him and back to the apartment’s living room. “Packing up and cleaning. Why?”
“Oh.” you mumbled, keeping the bag in your hand carefully hidden behind your back. “You done for the day? It’s getting kinda late.”
He smiled and shook his head. “No way. I have to leave tomorrow morning for Colorado and I’m not done yet. Set it off for a bit, I guess.”
“Oh.” you said again, looking at the ground. “Sorry, I just um… Well, I thought we could make your last night in town for a while something good. You know?”
His eyes jumped a bit. “Oh! Uh yeah. Sorry, I was just about to take a break anyways. I’ve been just sorting stuff out before putting it back. I was just packing- packing. Know what I mean? You can come in. You did go into downtown Boston in summer to get this present after all. I guess that’s what’s in the bag behind your back.”
You smiled as he stepped aside and let you in. “That actually is exactly what’s behind my back. Well…”
“I figured, before you board the plane, we should celebrate a bit. And I remember the deal we made in freshman year.”
He smiled back at you. “First one to actually make something of themselves owes the other a drink.”
“Exactly.” You pulled the bag out from behind your back and opened it up. “So.. I owe you a drink. I would consider trying out for the U.S. Olympic team is a pretty big deal. Especially since I know you’re going to make it. And I figured that big sports stars drink this stuff, right? Not the best quality, but it’ll do for college kids. So, it works.”
He stared at the bottle in your hands before taking it himself and looking at it. “No way.”
“Yeah.” you grinned. “Cold champagne.”
He marveled at the thing. “Damn, (Y/N), the bottle’s all… You went and got this for me? Us? Wait, how did you get this?”
“Jack, I’m 21. I’m not a baby. And I saved up a bit more than just for average beer and bar money.” you joked. “Go ahead, Jacky. What’re you waiting for? Pop the sucker.”
“Right. I don’t know. Fuck wait, did I pack the cups? Do I have plastic ones? Wait, are the cups even clean?”
You shook your head. “No matter, Jack. I’m not a germaphobe and neither are you. Tonight, let’s drink it straight from the bottle.”
Jack smiled at you again and looked around the top, picking at the foil.
You felt a sudden bolt of courage. “Jack?”
“I…” You took a breath, “Jimmy told me what you did for me… Asking your parents to be my final reference point for my letters to grad school… Jack, that’s honestly the sweetest thing anyone outside of my family’s ever done for me.”
“It was no problem-”
“It’s a really big deal for me, though.” you blurted. “And you know that. You’ve heard me ramble about wanting to become a teacher and go to grad school and stuff since we were eighteen and scrawny freshies roaming campus like lost puppies… Is there anything I could say or do to repay you? It feels like I owe you something.”
“(Y/N), you don’t owe me anything.” he swore, still fiddling with the foil. “Well… unless you know how to get this gold shit off.”
You smiled and helped him tear off the foil from the neck of the bottle and grabbed his keys which had a bottle opener key chain on it in order to help with the cap. “There… Jack?”
“Um… Before you leave town tomorrow, do you wanna go take a walk down by the river or something? Go get breakfast?” you noticed him then struggling with the cap. “Jack, are you alright?”
“I’m fine. “ he assured. “I’m just trying to open it. The cap’s being weird and maybe an edge of it is broken, but I’m gonna open this.”
You rolled your eyes. “Jack, lemme see it.”
“No, I got it.”
“No-” you sighed. “Jack, just drop it, okay?”
He looked at you with confusion before setting it down on the coffee table. “Sorry, I just… It’s been a long day.”
You shrugged. “I figured… um…”
“You oughta stay.”
You looked up to see his face, eyes squinted a little, searching your face for the possible punchline of what was maybe a joke and his head cocked a bit to the side. “What?… Uh… Very funny, (Nickname). Come on, you can tell me what’s up.”
“I’m… I’m serious.”
His shoulders dropped once he realized it wasn’t a joke. You were completely serious. “What are you talking about-”
“I’m just saying… I think maybe some things can just.. wa-”
“Wait?!” he exclaimed. “(Y/N), I can’t wait on this! This is my chance! And, (Y/N), you’re leaving too! Don’t act like it’s just me!”
You scoffed and started to get pissed. “I’m just moving a few blocks to be closer to the school! I’m not moving too far! You could take a subway! And you’re leaving the state for maybe even ever and I may never get see you again!”
“(Y/N), what are you trying to say-”
“You get everyone addicted to your charm and now you’re going to leave and go play hockey and forget about us and me and off you go!” you shouted. “Jack-”
“(Y/N), I don’t know why you’re mad at me!” he shouted back to retaliate. “I thought you were happy for me! About all of this and shit!”
“Jack, don’t you get it!?” you groaned. “I am happy! And… And.. Goddammit, I wish I was mad!”
His face softened a bit. “What? (Y/N), what?”
Your body moved before your mind could react. “Fuck it.”
And before you knew it, your lips were planted firmly on his.
Jack completely froze for the minute it happened. He was just about to have some kind of reaction until you pulled away.
His eyes looked soft and sad. “(Y/N)…”
You looked down, knowing what he meant. “I get it… I have to go, I… I’m just too late”
“(Y/N). (Y/N), wait-”
You had already marched out the door feeling heartbroken before he could finish and hurried to the elevator.
It was a couple weeks later.
You hadn’t talked to Jack at all since what happened. And he apparently didn’t want to talk about it either since he hadn’t even tried to call your house. It was probably also due to hockey camp, if he was still there, but the kiss and stuff likely also played into it.
You regretted everything. Why couldn’t you have just shut up and been normal? He’s not into you and sees you just as a friend. That’s what you should have just expected after being one of his closest friends after 4 years. It’s not like he was obligated to like you back because he just wasn’t.
Now, though? You screwed up everything. Your entire friendship was probably toast and it was going to take a miracle to fix it.
“(Y/N)!” your heard your mom call downstairs. “Sweetie, there’s a call for you!”
“Coming mom! you replied before getting up from where you’d been lying on your bed and marching downstairs to the kitchen to get the phone. “Hello?”
You were stunned to hear the male voice from the other line. “Oh.. Uh.. Hi Jack.”
“Hey. he said. “Um.. We should talk.”
“Yeah. We should.” you replied, slumping against the wall with every possible swear word you knew running through your head. “How’s the camp?”
“It’s great.” he confessed. “And I.. I made the team.”
“Really? Jack, that’s great! I knew you’d do it! I’m happy for you. I mean that.”
“Thanks, but,” he sighed, “it’s not why I called. (Y/N), we need to talk about what happened. And I don’t have a whole lot of time since I don’t want to hike your phone bill up a mile.”
Your heart dropped. “Oh. Okay.”
“(Y/N), I’m so sorry. I… I just guess I got carried away and I’ve been so focused on making sure I make the team and that the Hawks call me up so I can start that I… I forgot other important stuff. And I’m sorry.”
“I’m sorry.” he repeated. “I miss you and I… I like you, okay? Kinda a lot and for a while. And I just want to make sure this all goes right because it means a lot to me, but so do you… (Y/N), I don’t want to do this if I don’t have your support. This is my dream, but you’re a part of it too. And I’m sorry if I didn’t hear you out and if I was a dick. I’m sorry.”
“Jack, It’s okay. You weren’t the only one who was a dick.” you assured. “And… Jack, you should always know that you have my support. Especially now. I couldn’t be prouder of you and I know you’re going to do great. I really like you too, Jacky.”
“Yeah.” you smiled. “I am and I do. I really am proud of you and I know you’ll do great. I was just afraid you’d leave me in the dust while you run off doing great things and being a pro and you’d forget. I was afraid.”
“So was I.” You could hear his smile through the other line now. “I’m not anymore, though.”
“Okay.” he said before staying silent for a bit. “I gotta get going. One last question. Be mine? And do you want to go out sometime when I go back?”
You smiled. “I’d be honored.”
“Great. Thank you. I gotta go. Take care, (Nickname).”
“Bye Jacky.” you grinned before hanging up and going a small, bouncy happy dance on the kitchen tile. No one had to know that last part, though.
“You spent months listening to your old songs, and for 24 Karat Gold’s art, looking at photos of yourself as far back as your 20s. What did you learn about your life?
Part of me is feeling extremely old now, and part of me is feeling extremely young. Because I look at these pictures and realize I worried about things that I shouldn’t have been worrying about. Like the fact that I had little marionette lines around my mouth when I was 29, and I was complaining about them. I wouldn’t go out to the beach without a sarong from my neck to my ankles. Now I see a picture of myself from that era in a bikini and I’m like, “You looked great. And you missed out on a lot of fun vacations, because you were so sure that you were fat.”
So the moral is, spend more time in a bikini?
Spend more time in a bikini! All the little girls in their 20s, they’re terrified of looking like they’re not 16. And I’m like, “Oh, just get ready for what’s to come.” It’s going to be way harder for them. The world has become a much more vain place.”
I had the honor to work on this project! I got to pick out the 1980s and 2010s of Palestine! It was amazing and if you guys have any questions contact me through this blog or my personal @ghassankanafanis !!!
George Harrison (and his brother Peter) with Harold, 1940′s, 7 December 1963, and during the Dark Horse Tour, 1974; as well as George and Dhani at FPSHOT, at the Prince’s Trust Concert on 5 June 1987, and at the Natural Law Party concert on 6 April 1992… Happy Father’s Day!
“I stopped being as crazy as I used to be because I want this child to have a father a bit longer. Also with a child around I can realize what it was like to be my father. At the same time, you can relive certain aspects of being a child. You watch them and have all these flashbacks of when you were a kid. It somehow completes the generation thing.” - George Harrison, 1988 [x]
“My dad was my hero, my best friend.” - Dhani Harrison, 2012 [x]
“My father was very lovely when I was growing up. I might have gotten in trouble for anything to do with hurting trees or guitars but not much else. That would land you in a lot of trouble at my house. He was very reasonable. But he didn’t mess around. He was stern, but he was very cool. He would play his guitars and have a cup of tea in the garden. That was the way it went. He liked to just plant trees all day long.” - Dhani Harrison, Filter, Fall 2011 [x | x]