A Pianist!Dean x Singer!Reader 1940s Nightclub AU, inspired loosely by the music video of the same name by Marianas Trench & Jessica Lee
In Chicago 1941, the nightlife is booming. The Depression is over and the people are ready to celebrate. After making a deal with Crowley, the reader is forced to become the new singer at his club. There she meets with others in servitude, including the pianist, Dean Winchester.
Fantastic image done by the ever-amazing @leatherwhiskeycoffeeplaid, who is too good for this world and deserves only nice things!
In sixth grade Mrs. Walker slapped the back of my head and made me stand in the corner for not knowing the difference between persimmon and precision. How to choose
persimmons. This is precision. Ripe ones are soft and brown-spotted. Sniff the bottoms. The sweet one will be fragrant. How to eat: put the knife away, lay down newspaper. Peel the skin tenderly, not to tear the meat. Chew the skin, suck it, and swallow. Now, eat the meat of the fruit, so sweet, all of it, to the heart.
Donna undresses, her stomach is white. In the yard, dewy and shivering with crickets, we lie naked, face-up, face-down. I teach her Chinese. Crickets: chiu chiu. Dew: I’ve forgotten. Naked: I’ve forgotten. Ni, wo: you and me. I part her legs, remember to tell her she is beautiful as the moon.
Other words that got me into trouble were fight and fright, wren and yarn. Fight was what I did when I was frightened, fright was what I felt when I was fighting. Wrens are small, plain birds, yarn is what one knits with. Wrens are soft as yarn. My mother made birds out of yarn. I loved to watch her tie the stuff; a bird, a rabbit, a wee man.
Mrs. Walker brought a persimmon to class and cut it up so everyone could taste a Chinese apple. Knowing it wasn’t ripe or sweet, I didn’t eat but watched the other faces.
My mother said every persimmon has a sun inside, something golden, glowing, warm as my face.
Once, in the cellar, I found two wrapped in newspaper, forgotten and not yet ripe. I took them and set both on my bedroom windowsill, where each morning a cardinal sang, The sun, the sun.
Finally understanding he was going blind, my father sat up all one night waiting for a song, a ghost. I gave him the persimmons, swelled, heavy as sadness, and sweet as love.
This year, in the muddy lighting of my parents’ cellar, I rummage, looking for something I lost. My father sits on the tired, wooden stairs, black cane between his knees, hand over hand, gripping the handle. He’s so happy that I’ve come home. I ask how his eyes are, a stupid question. All gone, he answers.
Under some blankets, I find a box. Inside the box I find three scrolls. I sit beside him and untie three paintings by my father: Hibiscus leaf and a white flower. Two cats preening. Two persimmons, so full they want to drop from the cloth.
He raises both hands to touch the cloth, asks, Which is this?
This is persimmons, Father.
Oh, the feel of the wolftail on the silk, the strength, the tense precision in the wrist. I painted them hundreds of times eyes closed. These I painted blind. Some things never leave a person: scent of the hair of one you love, the texture of persimmons, in your palm, the ripe weight.
I’ve been a fan of novel series since I was a child starting with “Cat in the Hat”. I eventually graduated to the Ramona series, then Anne of Green Gables,
and V.C. Andrews. I don’t know why, but I just love being with a
character, lost in the world an author creates for more than just one
book. Reading the YA explosion of series has been heaven, and a whole
ton of fun. A few weeks ago I finished Ellen Oh’s masterpiece Prophecy
series and thought to myself, “what is the next series I could get
into?” Luckily, there is no shortage of YA series with characters of
color and/or by authors of color that are being released, so I am one
happy camper and thought I’d share just a few of my findings. Excuse my
fan-girling for the next few minutes.
I was able to meet Sabaa Tahir (she’s so pretty) and snag an ARC of
her debut novel, Ember in the Ashes. OMG! It was delicious. Made getting
stuck in a Chicago snowstorm enjoyable. I cannot wait for the next
Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Laia is a
slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire,
defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies
to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the
destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world,
inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and
older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s
impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen
what happens to those who do. But when Laia’s brother is arrested for
treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from
rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy
for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There,
Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most
unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained
to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are
intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire
If you haven’t read Susan Ee’s Angelfall series, start now! The last book of the series comes out next week.
Angelfall by Susan Ee
It’s been six weeks
since the angels of the apocalypse destroyed the world as we know it.
Only pockets of humanity remain. Savage street gangs rule the day while
fear and superstition rule the night. When angels fly away with a
helpless girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to
get her back…
I’m also a fan of re-tellings, so I was looking forward to Danielle Paige’s Dorothy Must Die
series, and she didn’t disappoint. The first book so much fun filled
with all sorts of intrigue. The second book just came out, and while I
haven’t had a chance to read it yet, I expect it will be just as
exciting as the first one.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your
whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have
no choice but to go along, you know? Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve
seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little
bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place
where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good
guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s
still a yellow brick road - but even that’s crumbling. What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she
seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe. My
name is Amy Gumm - and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been
recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I’ve been trained to
fight. And I have a mission.
Those are the series I have started, but here are some series that are part
of the ever-growing stack of “to be read” books that is slowly taking
over my living room.
Gates of Thread & Stone by Lori M. Lee
the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe. In a
city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess
magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own
secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she
was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of
her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where
she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and
maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away
from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the
shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and
intrigues her. Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means
losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She
will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a
revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel
the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her
friendship with Avan, and her unique power.
Talon by Julie Kagawa
Long ago, dragons were
hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary
society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their
numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning,
and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the
wiser. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to
dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen
experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined
place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue
dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember
struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the
Order of St. George. Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to
seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular.
But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and
nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery,
confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question
everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be
willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this
heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer
I Turned Pretty series. What if all the crushes you ever had found out
how you felt about them…all at once? Lara Jean Song keeps her love
letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that
anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every
boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her
heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life,
because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret
letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from
imaginary to out of control.
Extraction by Stephanie Diaz
Extraction testing.” Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for
her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the
hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much
safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she
proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan,
the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem
promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life. What she
finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s
free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid.
But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s
leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means
Logan, too. Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies
that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue
Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her
running—they want her subdued. With intense action scenes and a cast of
unforgettable characters, Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read,
sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game and leave them
breathless for more.
in “Aaron Burr Sir” when Laurens says “Well if it aint the prodigy of Princeton College” he slings an arm over Burr’s shoulder
when Hamilton delivers his burn “if you stand for nothing, Burr, what’ll you fall for?” he says it quietly and stands off to the side, looking down like he’s saying it to himself more than the others
Mulligan. Laurens and Lafayette pound the beat on the table of the tavern in “Aaron Burr Sir” and “My Shot”
in a tavern for “My Shot” when Burr tells the the others “you got to be carefully taught, if you’re gonna get shot” on shot they all knock back a shot
When Lafayette does his part in my shot “Onarchy, how you say, how you say,” Laurens or Mulligan leans forward like they’re whispering it to him then “Oh, anarchy”
for “Farmer Refuted,” Hamilton walks over to confront Samuel Seabury but Burr tells him to let him be. He walks back over to Laurens, Mulligan and Lafayette who shove him back towards Sam
Seabury delivers his speech while standing on a crate or box. Hamilton steps in front of him to talk. Seabury gets off the crate and moves it. It ends up with the both of them standing on the crate trying to shove the other off all while singing over eachother
the beginning of “Right Hand Man” is very serious and starts with the stage dark and then you see a patriot soldier standing like a sentinel, then a red coat comes up behind her and kills her, dragging her off stage
Hamilton does a full out happy dance after getting Philip Schulyer’s blessing to marry Eliza, then he quickly has to recompose himself
the roatating part of the stage creates such a cool effect when Angelica is “rewinding” in “Satisfied”
in “Ten Duel Commandments” on number eight when Hamilton and Burr are trying to negotiate. Burr says, “With his life? We both know that’s absurd, sir” Hamilton responds but he’s really talking to Lee, whose standing with his back turned not far away. Hamitlon raises his voice and looks at Lee to say, “Hang on, how many men died because…”
Hamilton and Laurens hug after Laurens duels Lee
in “That Would Be Enough” Eliza sings “and I could be enough” then looks down at her stomach and unborn child, “and we could be enough.”
“Hurricane” utilizes the turning part of the stage; Hamilton stands in the center while ensemble members slowing rotate around him holding pieces of furniture. Under the lights he looks like he really is caught in the eye of a Hurricane.
for “The Reynolds Pamphlet” actual papers are being distributed around the stage. One is handed to the orchestra in the pit and Jefferson makes it rain
in “What Comes Next” King George sings “…now I’m fighting with France and with Spain, I’m so blue” and then stamps his foot so the stage lights turn blue
Eliza stares straight ahead and doesn’t acknowledge Alexander for most of “It’s Quiet Uptown” when she takes his hand his face crumbles- Javier Munoz’s acting was so amazing I could feel that relief and guilt all the way up in the rear mezzanine
In “Your Obedient Servant,” ensemble members pass letters between Burr and Hamilton. Hamilton’s letter containg “an itemized list of thirty years of disagreements” is at least ten pages long, each page handed to Burr one by one as he becomes more frustrated
Eliza comes up and hugs Alexander from behind while he sits writing in “Best of Wives and Best of Women” and he kisses her hand
in the final duel the bullet is being carried by an ensemble member in slow motion while Hamilton monologues; it speeds up and prompts him to say “I’m running out of time-” with sound effects it creates the sense of time abruptly stopping and restarting
during this same sequence at one point the other ensemble members are trying to hold back the girl guiding the bullet, trying to give Hamilton more time
when he says “Laurens leads a soldier’s chorus on the other side,” Laurens appears on the balcony level of the stage, illuminated by a white light. He is joined by Washington for “Washington is watching from the other side”
at the end of Alexander’s monologue Eliza walks out on stage and he turns to look at her when he says her name. She is standing directly between him and Burr, him and the bullet