music-fog

Fog washes out color, everything is grey.

@dp-rarepair-week Day 1, Colors/Grey ;) Rarepair: Savant par

Prompt: Danny’s ghost sense evolves into a completely out-of-control fog that surrounds and suffocates his ghost fights. The fog has supernatural and horrifying characteristics.

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In the event of a disaster, it is not safe to go outside.

Empty cars cluttered the sidewalks, some with the driver’s doors still hanging open and keys dangling from ignitions. It was like a scene out of a b-rated zombie movie: the streets were freshly abandoned, a spilled cup of coffee was still warm on the concrete when Tucker stepped over it and crept around abandoned vehicles. The city’s population had evaporated like water on a hot day, and the only thing left behind was the fog.

A thick, white haze that shrouded every block in mystery was his only companion as Tucker quickly made his way down Keaton Avenue. His footsteps had a strangely metallic echo to them, as if the blacktop he darted across might actually be hollow. The fog did that. Distorted sounds, made them echo from strange directions and with odd new twists. To any casual observer, the fog was a horrifying, living thing, full of disjointed voices and unseen faces.

Tucker ignored everything he heard. He marched bravely along the yellow line in the middle of the road, following it and the map highlighted on his phone. People judged him from behind ‘safe’ boutiques and eclectic local shop windows, their shadows moved in the corner of his eye. It made the hairs on the back of his neck stand at attention, and his teeth clench, but the watching eyes were normal.

He did, after all, look a whole lot like a crazy person lost in the whispering mist.

His phone vibrated, a message appeared. Keaton and Maybury, hurry up. A bubble of warmth passed over his left ear, a woman’s voice told him a secret, and then faded away. He forgot what she said as soon as heat drained out of his face. Tucker blinked, shook his head, and broke into a jog. He carried his inhaler in his left hand and his phone in his right, his backpack threatened to throw his balance and Tucker minded the cracks in the pavement. More bubbles of warmth grazed by him, whispering; unseen hands caressed his knees.

According to GPS, Maybury Street was only a block away.

He decided to run.

His feet slapped the pavement and clanged with the force of beating drums. The street corner arrived in a haze of shadowy pillars that were either manmade or monsters. The area clamored with hundreds of half-heard conversations. His palms grew sweaty. Sick to his stomach, Tucker dropped to his knees and pulled off his backpack. From there, he began to pull out his equipment - a modified pedalboard amplifier, an ancient boombox, and a Fenton Thermos. He extended a mismatched antenna from the amplifier, connected the boombox with an aux cord, and set one of his proudest mixtapes in the tape deck.

He hit play. The cassette hummed with static before music flowed up and out of the speakers, charged with a little bit of extra Fenton protection. The fog started to fizzle with distant pop-crackles.

Tucker turned up the volume and increased the ecto-purifying frequency on the amplifier. The musical stylings of Childish Gambino and Chance the Rapper railed against the fog, thinning it out with a rhythmic beat.

All she needed was some,
(All she needed was some,)
All she needed was some…

He crossed his legs and let the sound take its course, chasing away the fog to reveal the romanesque pillars of the Amity Park library and a bashed-in mailbox. In no time at all, Tucker sat in the center of a haze-free bubble that did not whisper. Tucker picked up the Fenton Thermos and removed the lid, then counted down from ten. At seven, the concrete trembled. At five, a very real howl found its way into the fogless street corner. At three the beast arrived, a black hound with piercing red eyes and two tails darted into the square. As it burst into the anti-fog zone, and mist faded off of its body, the creature came to a stop. It stood still with hackles raised, searching the obscure walls that surrounded them. Tucker clutched the thermos.

At zero seconds, a figure appeared across the street. The ghost moved with distinguishable arms and legs, but blurred beyond reasonable distinction of anything short of a shadowy limb-cloud. While entering the cleared air, his body shifted and refracted light in all directions, as unreal as the haze itself.

Tucker could still make out Danny’s cocky grin underneath it all, though.

He got to his feet and aimed the Fenton Thermos.

The hound leapt at Phantom.

Tucker captured it.

“Gotchya.” Danny’s voice echoed and changed and came back with ringing-bell attached to it. He turned to Tucker, and his insubstantial edges began to harden down into a solid, opaque body. As Danny became more real, the fog followed, raising from the atmosphere and clearing through the streets. Tucker got to see his inhuman green eyes with perfect clarity before those eyes turned blue in a flash of sparkling light.

The cocky grin remained on Danny Fenton’s face. “Twelve ghosts in one hour, Tuck. That’s gotta be a record, right?”

“You trapped people inside for an hour.”

“Everybody has to check Facebook sometime.” Danny rubbed his arm and eyed the Fenton amplifier, “Can you unplug that? This music shouldn’t be giving me chills.”

“Because it’s fire?”

“Tucker Foley, D.J. Extraordinaire, of course it’s fire.”

“Hah. Sweet. Now, speaking of chills.” Tucker unplugged the aux cord, and the boombox continued to play on its own without the added ectoenergy-repellant. “Your mist attack starts to get grabby a half hour in. I feel very violated.”

Danny rubbed his neck and made the face he usually makes when he’s not going to say ‘I don’t know how to control that’ out loud.

“It’s fine.” Tucker began replacing things in his backpack - he kept the boombox out to carry at his side while they picked their way through the street. People were starting to appear on the sidewalks, looking up and down the streets for traces of paranormal fog. They entered the crowd and began their way uptown.

“I just hope nobody else got caught in it. Did you hear about the shelters in the news? Three people almost went crazy.” Danny flushed and shoved his hands in his pockets. “I can’t stop it from spreading, that’s the problem. Give it fifteen minutes and I’ve drowned a five mile radius.”

“I’ve been thinking about how to fix that.” Tucker rubbed his ear, “But you’re not going to like it.”

“Oh?”

“Fenton amplifiers and music kill the fog, so… uh, I’ve been working on this,” Tucker stopped on the sidewalk to slide his backpack off his shoulder and retrieve a case from the front pouch. He passed it to Danny. “It's…”

“Holy shit.” Danny ran his hand over the imprinted logo on the case. “How much was this?”

“It’s a gift. You’re not supposed to ask that.”

Danny unzipped the case. “Tucker.”

Tucker flushed, “Yeah man, sorry. I modified them, so the warranty is bust.”

Danny pulled a pair of very sleek noise cancelling headphones out of the case. They were round, silver, and lined with a very familiar green. “… you made something to help me turn it off?” Danny asked, reverent.

“I’m sorry, it’s going to be a little uncomfortable, especially in your ghost form, but —”

Danny wrapped his arm around Tucker’s shoulder, and pulled him close. “Thank you.” He whispered. His breath was warm on Tucker’s cheek. Tucker flushed.

He’d prefer this to the whispering fog any day.

A thread to hold

Summary: Phil wanted a sensible life, a fireplace and a picket fence, and Dan was a wrecking ball he could simply no longer afford to keep around. But once you care for someone, it never really goes away, a constant thread between the two of them. Divorced!Phan with custody over a child. Angst and Fluff.

Word Count: 8.4k

Trigger Warnings: depression, panic attacks, alcohol, divorce

Author’s Note: Honestly this fic has been in the works for a very long time, it’s my child, and I wrote it during many different periods of my life which is why it flits between happy and sad, I’m sorry but I hope you enjoy it!

Excerpt: Phil opened the door, his hair stuck up just a little at the back, and one of his sleeves pushed up, the other falling over his hand. Fuck. The same sinking feeling in his stomach. Always the same. Because Phil was still breath-taking to him, despite the projected feelings and the ink stained tears that hid in the crevices of his face. He was still breath-taking. And not just because of his looks, of his gentle tilt of the head and his bright blue eyes which seemed to reach inside of him (you could go swimming in those eyes). But because it was him, because he was gentle and kind and warm and he was Phil.

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A night of fog. Music on the radio. Leave the past alone except to fictionalise and transform, and turn sorrows into tales.

While poetry is considered by most as illusion and delusion, it is the only reality, the moment when we are completely alive.

Anaïs Nin

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Welcome to the fog
Welcome to the trees
To the ocean and the sky
And whatever’s in between
To the one’s who’ve left
You’re never truly gone
A candle’s in the window and the kettle’s always on

Where the sun is comin’ up
And the world has come ashore
If you’re hoping for a harbour then you’ll find an open door
In the winter from the water
To whatever’s in the way
To the ones who have come from away, we say

Welcome to the rock!  Welcome to the rock!  Welcome to the rock!  Welcome to the rock! Welcome to the rock!

I can’t wait for Come From Away to open in Toronto next year, so I can finally see it. Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s musical beautifully encapsulate this very Canadian spirit of openess. They welcome you with open hearts and arms. The people of Gander, Newfoundland did it in 2001 when the world was shaken by the 9/11 attacks. The people of Ontario (and other provinces across the country) did it in 2015 to welcome Syrian refugees. They will always do it, because it’s who Canadians are. You never feel a stranger in Canada, you feel welcome, you feel home. 

When I was on the plane, flying from Providence to Toronto, and telling Leslie, my neighbor on the flight that I was going to live in the city, where I didn’t know much people, she gave me her number and told me to call her if I ever felt blue or if I needed company, especially during the Holidays. I did, and we had coffee and chats sometimes.

So, I’m very gald the musical won a Tony Award yesterday. I wish Irene and David could have one too, but I’m very glad Christopher Ashley won for directing. Congratulations!

Great Lakes Gothic

Skeletal concrete piers, reaching like broken fingers into the grey water. Eighty years ago they were a crucial figure of the industrial waterfront. Now they are crumbling.

Six hundred gulls in the grocery store parking lot.

“A high of seventy degrees today,” the weatherman says, “cooler by the Lake.” Snowflakes kiss your eyelashes. It is July.

You are barefoot at the edge of a vast beach. The sand is impossibly hot. You run toward the water, but the waves shrink away. You have been running for hours. You never get closer.

A foghorn sounding on a clear night.

Scorched sticks and blackened sand mark the remnants of another campfire. You were here all night. There were no other flames.

The town reeks of rotting fish for days. No one mentions it.

The hottest week of the summer, there is an E. coli outbreak. No lifeguards are posted because, officially, the beaches are closed. Hot bodies press against each other, straining to reach the water.

Large, strange bones flash white in the shallow water, tumbled smooth by rocks and waves.

The lakefront glitters silver and gold. The gold is warm afternoon sunlight, kissing every waves. The silver is hundreds of thousands of tiny dead fish, their scales glinting with every movement of the water.

The lighthouse a few miles away flashes its lantern. Again. Again. You stare into the darkness, counting the seconds between rotations, matching the rhythm with your breath. It takes a little longer each time. You begin to feel faint.

There is no sand. There are only a hundred million zebra mussel shells, cutting at your feet.

Ships of sunken iron ore, a hundred thousand tons of metal rusting at the bottom of a lake.

This beach is popular with joggers. You nod at them as they pass you. Something begins to nag at your mind. Something familiar. His face. Again. Again. There is only one jogger, who runs this leg of beach over, and over, and over.

An ice cream truck on a damp morning, its tinny music muffled by the fog.

You are digging a hole at the beach. The walls begin to crumble, and you dig faster. Water seeps up from the bottom, sloshing thickly about your ankles. It is cold. So cold.

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Behind The Scenes Photos from Classic Universal Monster Movies

Spearheaded by producer Carl Laemmle, Jr. and visionary makeup artist Jack Pierce, Universal Studios’ series of monster movies were responsible for giving the world of cinema its first true horror icons, laying the groundwork for all other iconic boogeymen to follow. 

Beginning in 1925 with the Lon Cheney fronted silent horror classic The Phantom of the Opera, Universal Studios churned out a series of monster movies that were heavy in tension, suspense and atmosphere, setting the ominous mood and tone for each film by way of thick fog, classical music scores and towering gothic castles. Adapting the works of such prominent literary figures as Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and H. G. Wells, Universal effectively established itself as Hollywood’s ‘House of Horrors’ and continued its landmark series through the 1960s, the last of its original iconic monsters arriving in 1954 with Creature From the Black Lagoon.

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“Hey, Sangria!” Posy said when he came back downstairs. The party was now in full swing. Lilla was dancing closely with a guy, and Violetta was chatting to another girl Sangria didn’t recognise. The fog and music all made him dizzy. “You disappeared on me!” 

“Yeah, I did. Sorry about that.” Sangria said awkwardly. 

“Aw, just when I was about to ask you to dance.” Posy said. “Do you wanna?” 

Sangria’s stomach contracted. He couldn’t think of anything he wanted to do less than to attempt to look cool dancing in a big crowd, in front of his crush. 

“Actually… no… i’d rather not… sorry…” Sangria said. He slipped in between a few flirting couples and sat down on the couch. Posy sighed.