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quarterturn ([personal profile] quarterturn) wrote2009-03-10 02:16 pm

The One Where Ryan's a Mime and Brendon's a Busker (Brendon/Ryan, G)

The One Where Ryan's a Mime and Brendon's a Busker
Brendon/Ryan, G
~1000 words
This is a completely sappy, self-indulgent thing written as a response to a prompt for [livejournal.com profile] anon_lovefest, where someone requested fic based off of this adorable fanart. Also, I know, the title is totally creative, right? eta. This is more of a snippet than a full story, btw. The full story is in my head, but this was the part that got written.



Brendon's first day as a busker doesn't go very well.

There really isn't much to it, so he's not sure why he's having such a hard time. Step one, find a corner, step two, provide entertainment, step three, profit! But he thinks there may be a step in there he's missing, and it definitely comes before profit, because so far he has seventy-seven cents mostly in pennies, two bottle caps, and a piece of used chewing gum. The gum is on top of one of the few silver coins he's gotten, and he's strumming an aimless tune and trying to decide whether it's worth touching the gum to get to the quarter or if he should just write it off as a loss when someone's shadow looms over him.

It's a mime. A tall, skinny, pretty-looking sort of mime, with a black heart painted on one side of his grease paint-white cheeks. Brendon waits, expecting to get yelled at for stealing his corner, or being a dumb new kid, or sucking with great suckitude or something, but the mime just glares at him. Oh. Right. Mime.

Brendon grins, full and bright, tipping his head back so far his neck twinges a little at the angle. "Any requests?"

The mime jabs a finger at him, and then points to a spot off in the distance.

Brendon nods, humming thoughtfully and then strums the intro. He sings with what might be called a slight exaggeration of emotion. "Near, far, whereeeeever you are-"

The mime kicks him in the leg. It's not a hard kick, and probably more a natural reaction to Celine Dion than anything, but Brendon frowns up at him.

"You're gonna have to be more specific, then."

The mime rolls his eyes, and Brendon has to really focus on keeping his frown frown-y, because it's hard to take someone seriously when they're wearing mime paint and a hat with a feather in it. Brendon is gallantly not speculating about the fancy suit jacket and what may actually be pajama pants. The mime points at Brendon again, raising his eyebrows expectantly until Brendon says, "Me?"

The mime nods, bobbing his head a little over-enthusiastically, and Brendon ignores the expression that clearly indicates the mime thinks Brendon is mentally deficient. The mime's still bobbing his head when Brendon starts in, pitching his voice a little lower and rougher than he usually does. "Busted flat in Baton Rouge, waiting for a train, and I's feeling nearly as faded as my jeans..."

The mime almost looks impressed, and for a second Brendon thinks his day might not turn out half bad after all. He gets about a two-second interval of hope before the first crack of thunder sounds, and two seconds after that to scramble to get his amp up and under an awning before the first raindrops hit. When he gets everything under the overhang, he turns to invite the mime into his temporary shelter, but there's no one around.

Brendon sits himself down and hums the refrain of “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” until the weather clears up enough to walk home.

--

Brendon doesn't see the mime for a couple days, and he doesn't mark it down to coincidence that his first day on the corner alone he makes fifteen dollars and change (and half a Snickers bar, which, score!) and the second day he makes almost twenty (and a nice older lady gives him a cup of coffee, which he appreciates but doesn't drink, because she also gives him a pamphlet about joining a church that worships an albino goat).

On the third day, the mime shows up, and this time he's got his angry face on. Literally, he's drawn angry eyebrows over his own, dark, jagged lines meeting just above his nose, and a drawn-on grimace over his mouth.

Brendon finishes the song he was playing and sets his guitar down so he can prop his elbows on his knees and cup his chin in his hands. He waits. The mime glares. Brendon waits some more. Finally the mime very carefully begins a performance, long fingers strumming an invisible guitar, body swaying to the silent music. When he finishes, he bows, holding a hand up to stop the applause from a non-existent audience, and gently puts his invisible guitar into an invisible guitar case. He locks it up, slings it over his shoulder, and gives a jaunty little salute to the street sign. Then he skips in place, putting a hand up over his eyes and squinting into the distance.

Suddenly he stops, dropping the entire act and resuming his glare. Pointedly.

Brendon claps enthusiastically, pulling a crumpled dollar bill from his pocket and standing up so he can press it into the mime's hand.

“That was really great, seriously! Hey, do you wanna get a cup of coffee with me later?”

The mime frowns, and it deepens the drawn grimace so much that Brendon can't help but burst out laughing. The mime's glare intensifies, and a slight flush creeps up his throat. He turns on his heel, ready to march away, but Brendon grabs his elbow.

“Hey, no, don't go. I wasn't being mean, I really do want to get coffee with you.” The mime doesn't look impressed. “Or...oh! Ok, here.” Brendon lets go of him and looks around wildly, patting himself down even though what he's looking for won't be there. Finally he reaches out and plucks something invisible out of the air at random, pinching his fingers nearly all the way together and holding something steady. With his other hand, he curls his fingers around an invisible handle and tips, his tongue poking out the side of his mouth as he concentrates on pouring. When he's done, he offers the imaginary coffee to the mime.

There's an awkward moment where nothing happens, Brendon standing there with empty hands, offering what's in them to the mime, and the mime staring at him like he's lost his mind.

And then the mime reaches out and daintily takes the cup and saucer, lifting it to his lips and blowing over it gently.

Brendon's smile nearly splits his face.

[identity profile] imconfusedotcom.livejournal.com 2009-03-10 08:51 pm (UTC)(link)
oh man, that was you! i read that and wished i knew who wrote such a pretty pretty little piece.

how so fabulous, jess? how so utterly and completely fabulous?

frank and his paedostache approve highly. ♥

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:01 am (UTC)(link)
:D! Aw, thank you, bb! It was such a cute prompt, I couldn't pass it up.

PSH. PSH IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY TO THAT, MISSY. Except thank you ilu v. v. much. ♥

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:02 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! ♥

I love your icon so much. *___*

[identity profile] seratonation.livejournal.com 2009-03-10 09:19 pm (UTC)(link)
:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D

thats so adorable!

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:03 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much! And I am totally behind on comments in general, but thank you for all the wonderful comments on my other fics, too, bb! It always makes me grin to see your name pop up in my inbox. :)

[identity profile] sparkfrost.livejournal.com 2009-03-10 09:26 pm (UTC)(link)
So cute! Ryan the angry mime had me giggling uncontrollably. :)

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:04 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I'm so glad it worked, giggling was definitely the response I was hoping for. :D

[identity profile] alternatekeys.livejournal.com 2009-03-10 09:26 pm (UTC)(link)
Aww, that's so freaking adorable. You're awesome ♥

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:05 am (UTC)(link)
♥ ♥ ♥ That makes me so happy to hear, especially from you, bb. I'm glad you liked it!
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[identity profile] schneestern.livejournal.com 2009-03-10 09:46 pm (UTC)(link)
I'M IN LOVE WITH YOU! And mime!Ryan. GENIUS!

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:06 am (UTC)(link)
SHUT YOUR FACE OMG ILU. THANK YOU, BB!

[identity profile] anothersadsong.livejournal.com 2009-03-10 11:00 pm (UTC)(link)
ryan the angry mime! brendon the faily busker! i loooove them.

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:07 am (UTC)(link)
:DDD I'm so glad you do!

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:07 am (UTC)(link)
Hee, thanks! ♥

[identity profile] tuesdaysgone.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 12:19 am (UTC)(link)
This is so cute! Nice one bb :D

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:08 am (UTC)(link)
Aw, thank you, bb! Glad you enjoyed! :)

[identity profile] elenlor-edhelen.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 02:02 am (UTC)(link)
This is adorable and awesome! Ryan as a mime is so much win, and just...&Brendon;.

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:09 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much! That's kind of my default response to Brendon, too - &Brendon; :D

[identity profile] hesmagicandmyth.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 03:16 am (UTC)(link)
You.Just.Made.My.Life

That was too cute!
If you decided to write more, I'd love you for it!

*sticks in del.icio.us*

-Seda*
:)
*uses angry!Ry icon*

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:12 am (UTC)(link)
Happy I could oblige! :D Thank you so much for the comment, I'm overjoyed to hear that people liked it. And there's definitely more in this universe rattling around in my head, so I'd love to nail it down at some point! ♥
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[identity profile] mayqueen517.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 03:47 am (UTC)(link)
...I seriously just squeed in absolute delight. Because I can't even describe HOW FREAKING ADORABLE IT IS.

OH MY GOD.

*stares for a while*

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:14 am (UTC)(link)
:DDD Thank you so much, you have no idea how giddy comments like this make me. I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

[identity profile] diamondnation.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 03:52 am (UTC)(link)
NEED MORE OF THIS IN MY LIFE NOW PLEASE

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:15 am (UTC)(link)
I WILL DO MY BEST TO COMPLY WITH THAT REQUEST ASAP.

[identity profile] softlyforgotten.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 05:13 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, man, this was utterly gorgeous! I feel like I have been waiting for this story my whole life. *sighs happily*

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:19 am (UTC)(link)
Poking around just now I realize you were the one that requested/inspired the original fanart, so I have to thank you! What an amazing idea to springboard from, and I'm so glad the fic didn't disappoint. Thank you x a trillion for the comment!

[identity profile] unlurkster.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 06:38 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, this was adorable!

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:19 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much! :)

[identity profile] letsgetsavvy.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 07:01 am (UTC)(link)
This was freaking adorable.
I loved it :D

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:20 am (UTC)(link)
I'm so glad you enjoyed it, thank you for the comment! :)

[identity profile] redorchids.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 07:51 am (UTC)(link)
Aw! this was really sweet.

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:21 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much for reading, I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)
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[personal profile] littlerhymes 2009-03-11 07:56 am (UTC)(link)
Hee, this was charming!

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:22 am (UTC)(link)
Aw, thank you so much! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :)

[identity profile] novalinedy.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:32 am (UTC)(link)
Aww, this was really cute!

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-12 08:18 am (UTC)(link)
I'm so glad you enjoyed, thank you for the comment! :)

[identity profile] tardis80.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 11:14 am (UTC)(link)
\o/ Eee I loved it! Brendon miming a cup of coffee♥ Thank you :D

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-12 08:20 am (UTC)(link)
:DDD I really couldn't ask for a better compliment than this. Thank you for drawing such an adorable picture!

[identity profile] jaden-reads.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 12:53 pm (UTC)(link)
So adorable!

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-12 08:20 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! :)

[identity profile] lonesomeoctober.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 05:55 pm (UTC)(link)
THIS IS SO CUTE, oh my god. :D

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-12 08:21 am (UTC)(link)
:D Thanks, bb!

[identity profile] shattered-ink.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 08:09 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh, so you're the nice anon! (I'm the one who made that request in anon_lovefest, haha.)

Again, this is so cute. It causes permanent smiles, really.

<33

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-12 08:22 am (UTC)(link)
What a fantastic request it was! I'm so glad it didn't disappoint, I had a lot of fun writing it. :)

[identity profile] ferardx3.livejournal.com 2009-03-11 10:23 pm (UTC)(link)
jshdkajshfkajsfh.
this is the first bren/ry i've read in a while and lemme just say thank you for writing this fabulous piece of work!

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-12 08:23 am (UTC)(link)
That is such a great thing to hear, I'm glad I could tempt you back into the pairing! I'm glad you enjoyed, and thank you so much for the comment. :)

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[identity profile] ignipes.livejournal.com 2009-03-12 11:02 pm (UTC)(link)
This is so adorable!

[identity profile] quarterturn.livejournal.com 2009-03-13 08:09 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you so much! :)

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