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    If there's one thing Gerard dislikes more than his job at the Needle, Belleville's premier independent record store, it's his co-workers. Frank has an attitude problem, Ray has a stick up his ass, and the less Gerard knows about what Mikey has, the better. The customers are bad, the colleagues are worse and the job, as Gerard will tell anyone who'll listen (i.e. no one), is definitely the worst thing that's ever happened to him. But then, one day, Brian announces that they're being bought out, and everything changes. An Empire Records AU.

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    07 May 2020

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    A bafflingly long-winded, cosy domestic world of fluff! In this universe, MCR never existed. Gerard threw himself into art instead of music after 9/11, Frank owns an indie record label, and Ray is a studio musician.

    Part three of the Nesty Verse! The first two excellent stories are written by Cimorene :D I would really recommend you read those first!

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    06 May 2020

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    The thing is, Frank doesn't actually mean to become a babysitter. At first, he regards it as a kind of horrific accident that's somehow befallen him through no fault of his own. When his mom first mentions it, he's sprawled on the couch doing his best impression of an extremely sober person who was absolutely not about to jack off before passing out for the night. "The Ashers need a sitter for Friday night," she says. "I told them you were free." Frank lets that sentence slop around his brain until he's sure it doesn't contain the words "drinking" or "pot" in conjunction with "have you" and "been", then he makes a vague noise of acquiescence and promptly forgets all about the whole thing. Alternatively, the one where there is absolutely no shame in asking an eight-year-old girl for relationship advice.

    Edit! Now with podfic (LJ | DW) by dapatty!

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    06 May 2020

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    He peers confusedly up at his rescuer in a way that he hopes doesn't make him look like a complete idiot or a damsel saved by her knight in shining... um, t-shirt, despite the fact that this is essentially what has just happened.

     

    He opens his mouth to speak. What he means to say is thank you. What falls out instead is, "Who are you?"

     

    "Me? I'm your fucking fairy godmother," the guy drawls, lighting a smoke. "Who are you?"

     

    In a moment of truly dazzling social dexterity, Gerard promptly forgets his own name.

     

    Normality is a funny thing. Gerard-the-awkward-kid-who-works-in-a-store had more of it than he knew what to do with. Gerard-the-equally-awkward-kid-who-needs-his-life-saving-on-a-regular-basis has none at all anymore and would quite like it back, thank you very much. He doesn't know what happened to his life, but he's positive that Frank had something to do with it. What's only making things worse is that he's equally positive he knows Frank from somewhere – if he could only remember where from.

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    05 May 2020

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    Frank blinked. "What kind of name for a genie is Gerard?"

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