A Few Great EPs For Your Life and Struggle... and Happiness
Extended Plays (EPs) act as an amuse bouche. There comes the time when we don’t need the whole shebang. EPs offer a space for artist to play with us, offer a sample, or all they have to give in the moment. A chance to work some shit out.
Here’s a couple where some heavy lifting was being done and the product was fantastic:
- Iman Omari, Samadhi (2014)
- Tweet, Simply Tweet (2013)
- Azealia Banks, 1991 (2013)
- KING, The Story (2011)
- Meshell Ndegeocello, The Spirit Music Jamia: Dance of the Infidel (2005)
Author’s note: Don’t mind me with this drabble. I saw everyone posting a picture post about how relationships crumble due to communication problems and not working hard enough, then I stumbled across Gwen Stefani’s “Cool.” I didn’t do any grammar checks and it’s 3:40 am.
One day I’ll make a fic to make people cry.Tonight is probably not that night.
Finn heard the knock on the door from the kitchen, almost dropping the tea kettle in the sink. Immersed in his thoughts due to the overflow of dishes and soap bubbles, he simply forgot how his guest had the tendency to arrive earlier than the time they agreed to. He grabbed the towel to his left, walking until he reached the bottom of the stairs to give a shout.
“She’s here! I got it!”
Finn made a stop in front of the mirror, checking to see if he looked all right. There was a ghost in front of him – a 17 year-old boy in a black Oasis shirt, sunnies, running his hands through his hair to make sure his fringe didn’t fall in his eyes. With a squint, the image of a boy vanished to showcase a man – one who kept his hair shorter, more cropped to the sides, shoulders straight, headphones stashed in a drawer instead of constantly draped over his neck. His eyes did twinkle as he realized he was looking more like his dad, but the long hair was definitely out of the question.
The knocking on the door became louder than the first set. That was twice that his thoughts drifted to the past, so he moved towards the handle to open. His words and breath left him, chest tightening as he watched her bite her bottom lip, hair curled around her face. She knew what she did to him and it amused her, hands crossed over her chest and cheeks slightly colored due to her travels. He would never forget how dark her body could blush underneath his hands, but the mental image flashed away just as quickly as it came.
“Well, it’s about time! Are you going to make me stand out here all day?”
Finn snapped his head up and opened the door wider. “ ‘Course not, silly! Come in, come in, Em is still upstairs. I have no idea what’s taking her so long.”
Rae didn’t need anymore prompt once Finn took his steps. She was already stepping inside the foyer, hands fiddling with the belt of her jacket, while Finn went to grab the suitcase from the car outside. She smiled wistfully at his actions. Finn would always remain her sweetest friend.
“I could have gotten it myself, you know.”
“Ah, no sweat at all. Just one bag and it’s not like you would carry all your possessions. Just your laptop, your cell, your diary, MP3 player – if a record player was portable, I’m sure you’d bring that instead!” He started to laugh as she came around her oversized suitcase to punch his arm, but he surprised her by pulling her into a hug. Rae sighed deeply, breathing in the familiarity of his cologne as he tightened the grip on her waist. They both squeezed, rocking back and forth, memories swirling. Finn nuzzled his face in to her neck once, then pulled back a little so he could could look at her face.
“I’ve missed you, yanno.”
Rae couldn’t help but scrunch her face. “Yeah, I know.” Which meant that she missed him, too.
“Ohhh, I see the love fest already started. Rae, should I go back upstairs so my husband could hog you all up, or do I get a hug as well?”
Rae walked backwards while watching him, but turned and rushed towards Emily, the pretty brunette who was close to giving birth. “There is no way I’ll refuse to hug my favorite mother-to-be! C'mon, c'mon I have presents! Finn, go get the kettle on, I have loads to talk about!”
If anyone told him that Rae and him couldn’t be, he would have laughed and told them to go fuck off. Yet, it happened. It was brutal. When the couple moved in together, they didn’t realize that if they didn’t work hard everyday for their relationship, that it would turn brittle and the slightest wind could carry them apart. Finn thought he proved enough of himself to her, while Rae felt that she wasn’t whole. After that last fight, Rae packed up all of her things, not even stopping to leave a note. He only realized she was gone for good when he saw her records missing. That was a big enough clue.
A few years apart made a huge difference. He finally cracked Izzy enough to get Rae’s email, pouring his heart and soul to a computer, hoping that she wouldn’t delete his message. Finn knew he was a mess, too. He already found Emily, but was willing to give up anything for his first love. Rae responded a week later, just when Finn had given all hope up. She explained that she could only be friends, because she would never let anyone make her feel that way he did again. Finn replied “Okay…”, so a few months they sent sporadic messages to each other to see how the other was doing. Finn knew she was traveling due to her career, but he also knew through Chop that she was on and off with a few guys. It made his stomach turn.
A weird thing happened. Emily met Rae at a party that he couldn’t go to at Izzy’s. The bubbling red-head didn’t think nothing wrong could happen when introducing the two. Rae was cautious, but Emily certainly wasn’t. They got along so well, that Rae only came around due to his new girlfriend’s insistence. More peculiar things happened. Rae was there for the ring purchase. Rae was there for the wedding. He thought at one point she would finally give up and admit that she still loved him, but his first love had refused to interrupt a blossoming relationship.
“Do you love Emily?” Rae had asked coolly, after a night where he was drunk and arguing about Rae’s intentions.
Finn was originally going to say “Not as much as I love you,” but he surprised himself by simply stating yes. “Yes. I do.”
“Then I’m here to make sure you don’t fuck this one up.”
Sitting in a chair, he watched as both women laughed and giggled, Emily even forcing Rae to touch her stomach when the baby kicked. There was a voice inside that insisted that should have been Rae having his child, should be the one wearing the ring, but he was over the regrets in his past. In another life he would be more careful, but in this one, he would grasp on to the only way he can have her.
Clearing his throat, Finn waited until both looked up at him. “That reminds me…we have a question for you, Rae.”
Rae raised an eyebrow, continuing to rub Emily’s belly.
“How do you feel about being a godmother?”
Emily let out a squeal when she saw the other woman’s face. Rae let out a large laugh, one that reached her eyes and smile. She grabbed Emily and hugged her closely, screaming out that she would love to be.
Finn grinned himself. Yes. This was the way this current life was meant to be.
Finn: All right Rae? Do hope you are ready for tomorrow. XX
Rae: Hello Finn. Is it almost Saturday already? I suppose I will be ready. ;)
Finn: Getting cheeky girl? If so, I like it.
Rae: Cheeky? Me? Never!
Finn: Right. Can’t wait to see you then.
Rae: Laters Finn.
Finn: Until tomorrow Rae :)
“And who are you texting that’s causing a smile like that?” Linda asked as she sat a tea and toast in front of Rae.
“Just a coworker mum, talkin’ ‘bout an interview with a band I have next week. Proper excited, they are a pretty good up and coming. Anyways, how was your trip to the doctors yesterday?” Rae did not need her mum in her business with Finn, besides even though Rae was excited, it still seemed too good to be true for a man as fit and lovely as Finn, to be interested in Rae.
“Everything’s good Rae. Doctor said I am doing well in remission. I’m more concerned about your sister and Karim. He is constantly worried ‘bout me, and Emily, she is so much more visible with her emotions then what I am used to. When you were her age, you just bang on about anything and everything yell most of the time, but her, she just cries all the time, you were tougher.” Linda sat next to Rae placing a hand on hers.
“Mum, you are all right yeah?” Rae looked up at her mum concerned. Her mum and her didn’t always have such an open functioning relationship, but when her mum had become ill with cancer they had settled their differences and have been working on having a good relationship since then.
“I’m more then Rae, I’m great, and my hair has been growing in thicker don’t ya think?” Linda bobbed her hand up and down flashing her hair and smiling. “Dare I say I even feel sexy again Rae.” Linda laughed; Rae scuffed but was still excited her mum was getting back to her self.
“Mum, remember when you and Karim had gotten together and you told me you always questioned what people thought? Did you ever question if he were maybe too good for you?”
“Rae at one point I did think maybe my beasty was too good for me. I mean he is a few years younger, was fit but he showed me he wanted me. He has stayed by my side through everything I’ve been through. Why do you ask dear? Are you having men problems?” Linda was all too eager to hear of Rae’s dating life, her daughter has always kept a lot of her personal affairs a secret.
“No mum, nothing like that, just curious you know. Besides not much to tell in the dating department.” Rae lied; taking a sip of her tea, Linda always knew how to make her tea just the way Rae liked it.
“Right,” Linda looked at Rae questioningly, “Are you available tomorrow evening? Karim and I were thinking of having a night out.”
“Oh I, um, I can’t mum, I have to help Izzy with a few things for the wedding.” Rae took another sip of her tea unable to look at her mum. “I actually have got to go mum, I’ll see you round.”
“Bye Rachel.” Linda called after Rae watching her walk out the house laughing. Rae may not admit it, but there was something or better yet someone on her mind that has her asking questions about relationships, which Rae has never done.
Finn walked up to the last door on the second level of Rae’s flat building. He couldn’t explain the nerves and excitement that he had for the evening. He had been planning it out since Rae agreed to this date. He inhaled deeply as he stared at the number 17 that was on her door before he knocked, holding his breath.
“ONE SECOND!” He heard Rae shout from behind the door. She sounded different, flustered almost and he exhaled with a laugh imagining what she may look like behind the door.
Finn stood nervously, tapping his fingers against his thighs until he heard footsteps approaching the door.
“Sorry, sorry come in, just give me a few more minutes yeah?” Rae had opened the door for Finn already turning away before he could get a word out, which would have been difficult since she took his breath away even in her not so ready state. She turned quickly away from him, as he appraised her backside, she was wearing a white satin robe, exposing her legs to him, which he appreciated.
Finn glanced around Rae’s flat after she disappeared behind a door and couldn’t help the smile that was ever growing on his face. Her walls were a soft yellow, but one could tell she was trying to cover as much of it with different memorabilia. Band posters lined the walls of her entire flat; pictures of her with different people were on shelves along with different trinkets. He walked over to her entertainment center and noticed a picture of Rae with a young girl who had Rae’s nose and big eyes but had a skin complexion that was a few shades darker then hers.
“That’s my sister Emily.” Rae said from behind Finn. He turned around and saw she was all dressed and ready, his breath caught in his throat again.
Rae had tried to go simple; she wore a simple blue sundress with a jean jacket and matching blue flats. Her hair was straightened and left to flow freely, this time she just did a little more with her make up, a dark chocolate brown smoky eye with mascara and a nude pink lipstick. She couldn’t help but notice that Finn had dressed up more then she has seen him previously. He wore a checkered button up shirt with black jeans and black boots. She couldn’t help but match the smile that was on Finn’s face.
“Wow.” Was all Finn could muster up as he looked her up and down. “Rae, you, you look absolutely stunning.”
“I could say the same about you Mr. Nelson.” Rae swayed from foot to foot, making Finn’s eyes wander down to her legs and slowly back up to her face.
“Shall we get goin’ then?” Finn reached out his hand to Rae signaling her to take it. She walked forward and grabbed his hand with one hand and the other she grabbed her bag.
“And where are you taking me this evening?” Rae asked as they made their way out of her flat and she locked the door behind her.
“That is a surprise my dear Rae.” Finn grabbed her hand again bringing her outside. “I hope you don’t mind if we head back to Uffington, it’s just I kind of planned our date there.” Finn said nervously walking her towards his car.
“No, I don’t mind.” Rae blushed as he walked around and opened the passenger side door for her. She watched him walk around and let himself into the car.
“Ready girl?” Finn looked over to Rae and she nodded. “Now I know you think you have a superior knowledge of music, so I have made a bit of a playlist to see if I could impress you, I expect marks out of 10 for each tune.” Rae rolled her eyes at him as she listened to the slow melody of Tender by Blur start to play.
“You know back when I was in college I had such a crush on Damon Albarn and on that bases I give this a 9.” Rae glanced over to Finn.
“A Damon girl huh? You know people used to say I reminded them of him back then. Had an earring and all, same style hair too. Well, still kind of have that hair now.” Finn looked at himself in the mirror tossing his fringe playfully with a sideways grin to Rae.
“An earring? Oh what ear was it on?” Rae was laughing.
“Oi, it’s not somethin’ to laugh at. It was my left ear by the way.” Finn said matter of factly, “You never did something embarrassin’ that you look back at now and just think what in the bloody fuck was I thinkin?”
Rae thought about it, “Well I’ve done some things in life that I’m not proud of, done things I regret whole heartedly. I use to keep diaries, like I would write all my thoughts in there. My mum found them awhile back when I was in Uni and sent them too me. Quite embarrassin’ stuff in there, no one is ever going to be allowed to read those.”
Finn took his eyes off the road just to catch Rae staring out the window nodding her head to the music thinking she was the most beautiful thing he has ever seen. He couldn’t wait to pull out all the stops for her tonight.
Finn reached for the door to the Italian restaurant opening it for Rae, “After you.” He motioned for her to go ahead of him as she stepped in. A waiter greeted them as Finn explained that he had reservations. They were brought to a corner booth, Rae noticing the seclusion it had from the rest of the restaurant. The atmosphere was quaint and small, had dim lights on the walls that were painted to look as if you are looking over Tuscany; candles were set on every table as white linen covered them. The two sat in the circle booth meeting awkwardly near the middle, as they’re thighs touched they both looked up at each other smiling before adjusting to get comfortable. They sat in an uncomfortable silence as they looked over the menu, until the waiter came over and took their order, Finn ordering a bottle of Pinot Grigio for them to share and drink.
“You make me nervous Rae.” Finn admitted as he ran his finger around the circle of his wine glass finally breaking the silence.
“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to?” Rae looked over in confusion unsure why he would admit something like this, and she thought to herself this couldn’t be a good admission and this is only going to end like every other one of her dates.
“No, no don’t apologize, I mean it in a good way, I like it. It’s just we are still getting to know each other and I’m still trying to impress you.” He looked sideways at Rae who was blushing.
“Well, you’ve impressed me quite right with your taste in music, which in my book speaks volumes and for the rest you are doing well. Besides, there is no need to be nervous, it’s just me.” Rae placed her hands on the table fiddling with her napkin.
“That’s exactly my point, it’s you. Rae from the moment I saw you starin’ at my pictures at the shop, I knew I wanted to get to know you. Haven’t you felt a pull to someone? Felt like even after just a few encounters with them you felt like you’ve known them forever? Felt the need to get to know everything there is to know about them?” Finn was staring at Rae so intently, watching her face go from a smile, confusion to her face relaxing with a simple nod. Truth is, that is how she felt about him, but it was still confusing to her why he felt like that towards her.
Their food arrived and they had a much lighter conversation while eating. They talked about their younger years and even though they had virtually grown up around each other they had never met. They chatted about their friendships as Finn animatedly did spot on impressions of Chop and even funnier impressions of Archie. He told them how they all met each other in primary fighting over a football. Rae told Finn how it was actually Chloe that introduced her to Izzy in college and that Chloe and Rae were once best friends but things had happened where they just didn’t get on anymore. Rae told Finn how Izzy was there for her while her mum was going through chemotherapy and did anything for Rae and her family at the time. They hadn’t noticed the restaurants other patrons had long gone and they were the last ones left until Finn realized the restaurant staff had stopped coming around asking if they needed anything else as they were now busy closing around them.
“Rae, I think it’s time for us to leave.” He looked around watching several restaurant employees wiping down tables. Rae looked up and started to giggle.
“How did we not notice that? Tonight has been great Finn we sh-”
“It’s not over, I still have a surprise, come on I’m going to bring you to me favorite spot.” Finn paid and escorted Rae out to the car once again opening and closing the doors for her. They drove as Finn gave her a small “did you know” about Uffington giving detailed information about the famous White Horse hill figure. Finn pulled up to a home. Rae looked noticing they were at a small cottage house, a little confused.
“So this is me home, but it’s actually the view from the balcony outside of my loft.” Finn opened the door and stepped around to open Rae’s. Finn fumbled with his keys nervously as he opened the door stepping aside for Rae to go in. Rae looked around inside, it was definitely a home of a single man. Very little furnishing inside, more like the had the basics, his lounge was rather large but empty other then a television, gaming consoles and a settee directly in front of it leaving the rest of the space bare, he did however have a few similar posters around the television that Rae had in her flat.
“Come on this way,” He nudged her forward turning on lights as they went. He led them upstairs, “I guess I can give you a quick tour. You saw the lounge, here is the bathroom and toilet.” He pointed to a door as they reach the second landing, “that is a spare room, not much in there but albums and some exercise equipment. This here is my bedroom,” he pointed to a door that was open and Rae could make out a large mattress and a wardrobe. Finn cleared his throat nervously as he watched Rae size up his house.
“There is another small flight of stairs past that door that leads to the loft. Come on,” he opened the door and led the way this time considering it was dark, once up the stairs he fumbled for the lighting, the room illuminated dimly but Rae was able to see a door leading out to the balcony. Once outside, there were blankets on the floor and fairy lights strung across the bannister of the balcony.
“Do you conveniently leave these out here or is this a special occasion?” Rae joked.
“Oh I do say it is a special occasion, come on join me.” Finn sat ungracefully on the floor and reached his hand out to Rae. Rae placed her hand in his and settled next to him.
“So what’s so special about this place?” Rae asked as she picked lint from the blanket.
“Look around, it’s beautiful. I mean, the hills around, the stars, during the day just over there,” Finn pointed into a the vast black of nature that laid ahead of them, “Over there is a stream of water. It’s just peaceful, compare to the fast pace world that I’m sure you are used to.”
“What do you mean?” Rae looked at Finn with her eyebrows raised.
“Your career, it’s fast paced, it’s music, constantly changing. You are always going here and there, it’s exciting, and you’re exciting.” Finn put his arm around Rae’s shoulders bringing her closer to him and she went willingly.
“That it is, sometimes too fast, but I love it.” Rae admitted.
“Who is the best band you have heard of recently?” Finn was curious; one thing that he is definitely attracted to is Rae’s knowledge of music.
“Um Arctic Monkeys, they seem promising.”
“I’ve heard of them, they are amazing. I told Archie, if they play a gig anywhere near we are heading over.”
“Really? I am interviewing them in a week before their set. You could come with me if you’d like.”
“Did you just ask me out on another date Rachel Earl?” Finn pulled away from Rae slightly so he can see her face, which he could tell was glowing red even through the weak shine of the fairy lights.
“It’s not a date, if you don’t want it to be,” Rae said weakly.
“Oh it’s definitely a date.” Finn laughed.
“You know, if someone would of told me someone as lovely as you would be interested in me a few weeks ago, I’d laugh in their face.” Rae admitted. Finn furrowed his eyebrows.
“What do you mean?”
“It’s just, Finn, you are lovely in almost every way. Seriously, I am still looking for a flaw, even though, admitting you at one point enjoyed Babylon Zoo is questionable, but other then that. I just thought someone like you would want a Chloe, not a me.” Rae moved out of Finn’s arm.
Finn looked at her solemnly, “Why would I want a Chloe? When there is a Rae?”
Rae huffed, “Look at Chloe and look at me. Right? Chloe tried so desperately to get your attention and don’t get me wrong, I also put effort in, but it seemed too easy, it still seems too easy. I just don’t get it. I don’t get the guy normally. Like Chloe said, always a bridesmaid, never a-”
Finn cut her off, “Rae you’re talking crazy. First off, Chloe is definitely not my type at all, even if you hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t have paid much mind to her. Secondly what’s wrong with easy? I enjoy the fact that we get on so well, the banter you put me through. You’re always bangin’ on about stuff, I like it, I like talking to you and I don’t like talkin’ to anybody, honest. I don’t know those other lads you had dated and frankly I don’t want to know them, even though I would thank them for not keeping you so I am able to date ya. Thirdly, that’s just a horrible saying made up by old hags to make people feel like rubbish, and you are still young Rae, are you in a rush to get married?”
“No obviously not but I just hear it a lot from people, Chloe’s been married, Izzy’s getting married, even acquaintances from work are tying the knot. Guess it just puts things into perspective that one day, I would like to.”
“Well then, that’s in the future right?”
“Right.” Rae nodded.
“Can we please get back on to a lighter subject?” Finn asked.
“Yeah of course.”
“So tell me about Rae, not what Rae does, but Rae.” Finn looked at her squarely in the eyes.
“Ok. Well I am extremely loyal to my family and friends. I spend way too much time at or on work. I live for music. I have tried a go at knitting but realized I just do not have the knack for it like my sister. On the subject of her, she is like my favorite person in the entire world. I talk too much but then not enough, because I talk nonsense mostly. I don’t know what else to say, should I show you my CV?” Rae joked. “But really, I’m no good at talking ‘bout myself. What about Finn, who is Finn Nelson?”
“Hm, the tables have turned haven’t they? Let’s see, I have been known to be a bit of a grumpy sod but you haven’t seen that side of me. Kind of hard to be grumpy when around you I guess. I have a horrible habit of biting my thumbs. I go and see me da’ every Sunday to catch up with him, he still lives in Stamford, so that makes me a bit of a family person too I guess considering we are all each other has really.”
“Oh Finn, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to bring up anything bad.”
“No no, it’s fine, I like that it’s me and my dad. We are close so it don’t bother me none. There is this one thing though. See there is this girl in my life right now, drives me mad in a good way. When I’m around her can’t get enough of her and when I’m not with her, I’m scheming of ways to see her.”
“Sounds disturbing,” Rae pushed Finn a bit.
“Oh it is,” He grabbed her arm and pulled Rae closer, “Oh shit Rae, you’re freezing, here.” Finn wrapped Rae in a duvet pulling her closer with it where their faces are centimeters apart from each other.
“Can I kiss you Rae?”
“Yes.” That is all it took for Finn, he put his hand on both sides of her face, and it was cold. Finn leaned in placing his lips softly on Rae’s running his thumbs on both of her cheeks. Rae released the light grip she had on the duvet, putting more pressure into the kiss. They broke apart, Finn wrapping his arms securely around Rae bringing her back to his chest. “This has been the perfect date Finn.”
Finn chuckled as he ran his hands up and down Rae’s arm, placing soft kisses on her temple.
They stayed there talking about anything and everything that came to mind, sharing kisses in between laughter and more serious subject matter. Rae had never opened up to someone as much as she has opened up to Finn. It was terrifying and thrilling all at the same time, Finn feeling exactly the same.
They were in the middle of another hot snog session under the stars when Rae heard a beeping. Rae broke apart resting her forehead on Finn’s. “Um, either you’re phone is going off or your arse is giving us a warning Finn.” Rae laughed breathlessly.
“Oi, bollocks, it’s me alarm. We need to get to the shop.” Finn stood up and put his hand out to help pull Rae up.
“We need to get to the shop?” Rae repeated perplexed.
“Yeah, I need to start baking, it’s 4 in the morning, need to get down and start the breads, and you my dear are helping me.” He pulled Rae into a standing position.
“You are just full of surprises aren’t you?” Rae rolled her eyes with a smile as Finn dragged her down the stairs.
“Oh Rae, stay with me and you will see just how good this can be.” Finn leaned in and pecked Rae on the lips before dragging her to his car and towards the shop.
1 month later.
“Rae, are you going out with Finn again?” Izzy asked as she sat in Rae’s flat, they had their last fitting for Izzy’s dress and Rae was finally able to pick her dress up.
“He is my boyfriend Izzy, who else would I be going out with?”
“No one obviously, but you seem happier Rae. I am happy for you. Even though you made me change my seating chart AGAIN, but for you I did it.” Izzy acted as if put out but ended with a smile on her face.
“You are far too kind Izzy. Are you ready? Need to drop you off before heading to Uffington for the evening.” Rae said as she grabbed a bigger bag then normal.
“Is tonight finally the night Rae?” Izzy wiggled her eyebrows.
“A lady never tells, at least before I sleep with him, but expect a full report after.”
“Oh you two, are in such puppy love, I find it adorable.” Izzy chirped happily.
“Come on I want to beat traffic.” Rae ushered Izzy out the door.
“I’m gonna piss off early is that ok Finn? Got myself a date with a lad from the gym.” Archie was already removing his apron.
“Yeah yeah, that’s all good.” Finn nodded.
“See you later mate.” Archie patted Finn roughly on the back before leaving the shop.
Today was an abnormally slow day at work, but it was fine, Finn spent most of his time texting Rae getting excited for tonight. She had only stayed at his a few times but she kept hinting tonight was going to be special which made Finn eager, he hadn’t put any pressure on her but he was ready to finally be together intimately.
Finn had his back towards the doors as he was cleaning getting ready to close just a bit early so he could go home and get ready when he heard the door open.
“Sorry we are closed,” Finn turned around when he saw a familiar face.
“Well, it seems to me that the best relationships–the ones that last– are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship. You know, one day you look at the person and you see something more than you did the night before. Like a switch has been flicked somewhere. And the person who was just a friend is…suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.” - Dana Scully (The X-Files)
I think Emily really admires Talia. Emily sees how professional and driven and put together she is. There’s definitely something sweet and sincere between them. We also haven’t really seen Emily with someone who isn’t her peer in high school before, so that’s different.
Should the absence of a narrative matter when the music is this good? When those stop-and-freeze downbeats on “Making the Most of the Night” hit you like a hairflip? When you’re able to sing along to the lovelorn chorus of “Your Type” after one listen?