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Title: Like Springtime to the Cherry Trees
Fandom: Fakenews
Pairing: Joan Stewart/"Stephanie Colbert"
Summary: Stephanie always listens to her gut. The problem is her gut hasn't been able to make up its mind lately.
Warning: None.
Notes: Inspired by [personal profile] erinptah's wonderful genderswap 'verse.

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Bitch and Animal - Pussy Manifesto (POV Joan)

Silver hair, a rapier wit and a feminist agenda. Who would have thought that some day the most trusted name in news would be Joan?

Manifest this Muthafucka #3:
I'm sick of my genitalia being used as an insult. Are you? It's time to let my labia rip and rearrange this. Here we go:
"That was so Pussy of you to help me move to my new place! Especially since I'm living on the 13th floor. You've really made this a Pussy move!"

Manifest this Motherfuckrr #4:
The power of Pussy could be blinding. Do not misinterpret its strength and fear it. Do not try to control it. It is light, rich and full of warmth. Use it wisely and with jeweled intentions.

The Veronicas - Faded (POV Stephanie)

Her ratings are on the up and up. She's baked apple pies with Martha Stewart and just won TV Guide's Best smile for the third year in a row. And she's engaged! She has it all. Everything a girl's got to have. Everybody's so proud of her back home.

Yet there are days like these where every hard-fought victory seems to bring little more than a new set of constraints. Head pounding, Stephanie takes a weary look at the diamond on her finger. This is her greatest achievement, and her biggest job by far.

You never take
Take the time to really look
Look at the one
The one I really am

You try to fit
To fit me in a perfect box
You let me slip between the cracks

Now I've faded
into someone else
Made me someone I don't wanna be
Yeah I'm faded
My true colour's gone
Like a picture nobody sees

Aretha Franklin - Bridge Over Troubled Water (POV Joan)

The fair-weather friends get the girls nights out, the liberal gets the lunch hours filled with doubts, ensconsed in Joan's office. She knows her biggest quality is probably that she's not friends with any of Stephanie's acquaintances. It's a happy coincidence that she also happens to be the one who cares the most.

When you're weary, feeling small,
When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all;
I'm on your side. When times get rough
And friends just can't be found,
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.

Brandi Carlile - If There Was No You (POV Stephanie)

Joan and her have nothing in common, but the godless anchorlady is the opposite she's always used to calibrate herself. When she looks at Joan, she knows who she is, where she stands and what she's worth.

When I see myself
I'm seeing you too
as long as I remember
and I'm feeling like I knew
that my jokes aren't funny
the truth isn't true
if there was no you

If you were my boat in the deep blue sea
I'd probably sink you down
I know I should have thanked you for carrying me
but for you I would happily drown

Sophie B. Hawkins - Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover (POV Joan)

Last time she's seen Stephanie so much was back when she still worked on the Daily Show. But Joan would rather see her less often if it meant the woman was out on the town with her conservative partygirls posse instead of crying about Billo's latest putdown on Joan's couch. This is ten different kinds of torture.

That old dog has chained you up all right
Give you everything you need
To live inside a twisted cage
Sleep beside in empty rage
I had a dream I was your hero

Damn I wish I was your lover
I'd rock you till the daylight comes
Make sure you are smiling and warm
I am everything
Tonight I'll be your mother
I'll do such things to ease your pain
Free your mind and you won't feel ashamed

K.D. Lang - Sexuality (POV Joan)

The sadness in Joan's eyes looks like passion, and Stephanie knows it's not embarassment that makes her embrace awkward. The woman is depraved in just every way, but right now Stephanie just doesn't have the energy to care. She knows Joan's eyes will speak, but her words and hands will stay in their place.

Come on, come on
Shed the skin thats held you in
ya, held you far too long

Now how bad could it be
If you should fall in love with me
How bad could it be

Come on, come on
Kiss away the ones who say
The lust you feel is wrong

Suzanne Vega - Gypsy (POV Stephanie)

The real threat is this voice inside who tells her that love would be so much easier in those short arms.

Oh, hold me like a baby
That will not fall asleep
Curl me up inside you
And let me hear you through the heat

You have hands of raining water
And that earring in your ear
The wisdom on your face
Denies the number of your years
With the fingers of the potter
And the laughing tale of the fool
The arranger of disorder
With your strange and simple rules

(The lyrics suit Joan pretty well for the most part, but that bit about a long and slender body is a bit jarring. Let's just put this on the account of Stephanie being in love.)

Hole - Heaven Tonight (POV Joan)

For Joan, it's heaven. For Stephanie, it is suicide. Followed by heaven.

Here comes the sun in the form of a girl
She's the finest, sweetest thing in the world
Uh-huh, take you to heaven tonight
I feel the horses, coming, galloping, in the summer rain,
Take you to heaven tonight, uh-huh,
'Cause I love you, for what you are,
I'll gallop to you, tonight, tonight, we'll ride,
I'll give in to you, we're going to heaven tonight

Tanita Tikaram - Twist In My Sobriety (POV Stephanie)

It's as if she had two guts. One that makes her rush towards what she doesn't really want, and one that tells her to grab what she swears she's never wanted.

She's got to fight this.

In the morning when I wipe my brow
Wipe the miles away
I like to think I can be so willed
And never do what you say
I never hear you
And never do what you say

Look my eyes are just holograms
Look your love has drawn red from my hands
From my hands you know you'll never be
More than a twist in my sobriety

Madonna - Rescue Me (POV Stephanie)

She needs it so much.

You see that I am hungry for a life of understanding
And you forgive my angry little heart when she's demanding
You bring me to my knees while I'm scratching out the eyes
Of a world I want to conquer, and deliver, and despise
And right while I am kneeling there
I suddenly begin to care
And understand that there could be
A person that loves me

Rescue me (rescue me, it's hard to believe)
Your love has given me hope
Rescue me (rescue me, it's hard to believe)
I'm drowning, baby throw out your rope

Deb Talan - Cherry Trees (POV Joan)

Some would call this a dysfunctional relationship. Well, to be very honest, most do. And right to her face. But Joan knows that Stephanie and her are right for each other. They're perfect.

I want to do with you
What spring does with the cherry trees
I want to do with you
What spring does

Sometimes our love is like a mountain
Solid an steep, grounded in heat
And sometimes we rage like a river
Cold and fast then quiet & deep
We ride the storm
Cause when it's through
We have changed
And love is new

Eisley - Combinations (POV Stephanie)

And Stephanie knows it too, which really means something.

I saw you there, wanted you there
I knew that it was best for me
You brought me back to that place in my heart
I thought was gone, oh so long
I was unhappy now it's gone
And I'm moving on, moving on
I'm moving on

I went for so long
And I was so wrong
And then I met you
And now I can't live without you
And I don't want to
I've done that all my life up till now

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Date: Saturday, 13 February 2010 00:01 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sirdrakesheir

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Date: Sunday, 14 February 2010 03:25 (UTC)
sarken: leaves of mint against a worn wall (Default)
From: [personal profile] sarken
The art on this is to die for.

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Date: Sunday, 14 February 2010 05:49 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] espreite
This is so amazing :DDDD

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Date: Sunday, 14 February 2010 07:38 (UTC)
girlanachronism: John Oliver in a pink scarf with aviators (John Oliver - Scarf)
From: [personal profile] girlanachronism

This is wonderful and brilliant :P

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Date: Monday, 15 February 2010 22:52 (UTC)
girlanachronism: John Oliver in a pink scarf with aviators (John Oliver - Scarf)
From: [personal profile] girlanachronism

The best part is the sunglasses. That he is wearing. Over his glasses.

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Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2010 00:14 (UTC)
girlanachronism: John Oliver drinking tea, sepia, animated (John Oliver)
From: [personal profile] girlanachronism

It's a bit hard to see in the icon. It's a bit more obvious here:

This is why I ♥ him :D also, look at the hands

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Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2010 03:02 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] girlanachronism

I did not realise, until I saw that picture, how much I like teh big hands.

That's exactly what he looks like! And, I mean, how can you not see the resemblance to "Stephen" photoshoots? I always feel Jon looked at him and saw some Stephen there, and that's why he hired him.

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Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2010 12:42 (UTC)
girlanachronism: an animated list of reason why I no longer have an appropriate icon (Default)
From: [personal profile] girlanachronism

I am in your brrraaaiiinnsss...

I know, and it's gorgeous that he's so "why was I even hired? Seriously, I think it was a mistake, let's gloss over it, eh?"

I would be so happy if he took over. Well, you know, sad, Jon was gone, but...Even though he's one of the youngest, I don't knoow if anyone but Sam has been there longer. (It's funny, neither of them are American, it would really switch up the dynamic if they took over...)

Also, the cutest thing is in more than a couple of interviews the interviewer has referred to him as the 'head daily show correspondent' and my god is he vehement in denying that. "We're a group of equals, I swear!"

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Date: Wednesday, 17 February 2010 04:19 (UTC)
girlanachronism: Noel Fielding and Julian Barrat close-up, peering through their fingers (The Mighty Boosh)
From: [personal profile] girlanachronism

He really does. And a very good BFF, if the Bugle is anything to go by.

IT WOULD BE AMAZING. With ongoing I'm-more-American-than-you jokes and someone being in denial (I was born in Chicago! It's the truth, I tell you!)

I love Republican-baiting far too much.

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Date: Thursday, 18 February 2010 06:21 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] girlanachronism

Yay! Yes please! (I'm greenpixiehair on lj, you know that right?)

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Date: Thursday, 18 February 2010 06:43 (UTC)
girlanachronism: robert smith and david bowie (Rock Gods)
From: [personal profile] girlanachronism

Oh god I'm predictable :P but yeah, I forgot I had the same icon.

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Date: Thursday, 18 February 2010 09:32 (UTC)
girlanachronism: Brandon Flowers on a bike kissing his bandmate on the cheek (Killers Kiss)
From: [personal profile] girlanachronism

Stalker girl back, just realised how relevant this is to our interests conversation. His hosting potential has been recognised.

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Date: Sunday, 14 February 2010 19:00 (UTC)
aybara_max: (Geek (rachel))
From: [personal profile] aybara_max
Unf, I love that k.d. lang song ^_^ such a great mix, love the story flow & artwork. Tags added!

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Date: Saturday, 20 February 2010 00:55 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] erinptah
This is some kinda awesome right here.

Especially "Rescue Me". And that cover art. And the way the backstory builds up. (, basically, all of it.)

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Date: Friday, 24 September 2010 23:04 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] willwrite_fortea
it is a CRIME that I'm just now finding this, it looks really really good :D *downloads and ponders her own gender-switch universe*