Lily stares at the composed text, her thumb hovering over “send”. It’s been six weeks since she last saw James in person, and it’s been raining for the last two of them. There hasn’t been any reason for them to see each other, they don’t have any projects together in the foreseeable future. She’s heard rumors of James signing onto the next Marvel franchise, Lily’s manager has started pushing her more towards YA book-to-film adaptations. Lily doesn’t mind the change of pace, she’s more than just kissing in the rain and period dramas and romantic leads. She can do more, she’d like to do more, she just… sometimes she misses things.
Stupid things, things she won’t bother composing mental lists about because her life is not a 1990’s romantic comedy, and she’s never liked when the heroes of the story come to life-changing romantic epiphanies through addition. When Lily likes someone, she likes them past the point of mathematical explanation.
We are going to be the best of friends. We were born to be good friends, Anne. You’ve thwarted destiny enough.
A small comparison: Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe in several adaptations.
1919 | 1934 | Anne of Windy Poplars (1940) | 1956 | 1958 | Anne of Avonlea (1975) | Akage no An (1979) | Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (1987) | Anne of Green Gables: The Animated Series (2000-2001) | Anne (2007) | Inspiration Found (2008) | Green Gables Fables (2014-2015) | Kissing in the Rain (2014) | Bedtime Story Animation (2014)
(Well, Sri Lankan Gilbert is kind of without Anne, but…)
Lily looks up at her potential co-star, whose name she’s already forgotten. Ben Cute-Hair-Weird-Eyes Something. She hopes to God they don’t cast him, he delivers his lines like they’re in a college production of Our Town, all boyish charm and theater-trained intensity on cue. She leans in to kiss him, then -
“Thank you, Ben, we’ll be in touch,” says Nancy the casting director.
Lily pulls back and smiles at Ben politely. He’s cute in a Neutrogena commercial way, but he smells like an ad for Axe Body Spray and she bets he’d kiss like a public service announcement. She glances at Nancy, who’s already scrolling through her smartphone and doing her best impression of Very Busy Casting Director Lady. If people were rain, Nancy was a freak occurrence LA thunderstorm that casually ruined your day on its way to the Caribbean.
Kissing in the Rain: Lily & James is a webseries from shipwreckedcomedy which follows two actors who keep finding themselves kissing in the rain, despite not being particularly fond of each other.
The Fan-Canon Experience is a compilation (reviewed and approved by Yulin Kuang) of all of the fanfiction, fan art, playlists, movie posters, and other fan works that have been canonized by Yulin Kuang and included as a part of the story of Lily and James. Each of the links below leads to a slideshow containing an episode of Kissing in the Rain: Lily & James and all of the fan-canon associated with it.
I’ve always wanted to make one of these melty crayon rain things…AND NOW I HAVE A VAILD REASON TO. *does crafty dance* This is Lily and James from shipwreckedcomedy’s Kissing in the Rain. GO WATCH IT - IT’S MY NEW FAVORITE THING.