Cop's gone and written yet another 'Joan of Arcadia' fanfiction.  This one is set on an entirely different timeline than 'Musings of a Child' and 'Thrice is the Charm', however.  Will it ever end?  Cop does not know.  Perhaps no one truly does.

Anyway, Cop is so very extremely pleased, as she has finally found an excuse to write a PG-13 fic for this show.  And, no, not PG-13 for…adult…things, just in case you're wondering.  No, the rating is for copious amounts of blood.  Okay, maybe not copious, but yes, there is blood.  And I find enjoyment in things like that.  Of course, that has led my mom to think that I have a preoccupation with death, but that's another story.

I don't own 'Joan of Arcadia', as much as I wish I owned dear space boy, even if his uncle did flush kittens down a toilet.  I really don't want to watch 'Freddy vs. Jason', but it's either that or 'The Girl Next Door' if I want to see Mr. Marquette in anything else.  Well, I did see him on an episode of 'Even Stevens', but he was like, eleven, and his voice was funny.  It was hilarious, though.  

Uhm…back to a relevant topic.  I had this idea a while ago, after watching 'Impact, Stories of Survival'.  I don't own that show, either.  Everything else comes from the violent part of my mind, hidden deeply behind my seemingly innocent nature.  And believe me when I say seemingly.

Okay, now for this first chapter I've put the lyrics to a song, which I don't own.  It fits perfectly with the plot, especially for this one.  Now, you might want to kill me after reading this, but please don't.  Things aren't always as they seem.  Besides, if you kill me you'll never find out what really happens.  I have the first four chapters written, and the entire thing mapped out, so hopefully updates will be timely.

Before I go, please let me have some ranting time.  If you haven't seen 'State of Grace', then just skip this, okay?  I can deal with the whole Adam and that other girl thing from next episode, because high school relationships never last, and Adam and Joan have a better chance of staying together if they just chill out till after high school, but you know what I can't deal with?  Luke and Glynis.  I'm serious, Luke and GLYNIS?  Whatever happened to Luke and Grace?  *Is so very mad* Okay, I'm sorry about that.  I'll shut up about that now.

Gosh, I don't think I have much more to say.  If the people seem out of character, I'm really sorry, and will try to work on it.  Please review and tell me what you liked or what I should work on.  For the people who have read my other 'Joan of Arcadia' stuff, this is a look into the darker writing style that I prefer.  Writing about Liz and such is all good and fun, but angst is so much more…me.  Does that make sense?  I hope so…

And, without further adieu, here's chapter one of 'Soundtrack of Sorrow'.

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Soundtrack of Sorrow

Chapter One:  Everything Changes

'Tonight is the Night I Fell Asleep at the Wheel'

Barenaked Ladies (CD:  Maroon)

Driving home to be with you

The highway's divided, the city's in view

As usual, I'm almost on time

You're the last thing that's on my mind

I wish I could tell you the way that I feel

But tonight is the night I fell asleep at the wheel

No commotion, no screaming breaks

Most of it's over before I awake

From the ceiling my coffee cup drips

While out my window, the horizon does flips

The worst part was hitting the ground –

Not the feeling as much as the sound

Can't help but wonder if all this is real

'Cause tonight is the night I fell asleep at the wheel

Rubberneck traffic and passersby

And Slow Motion Walter the fire engine guy

Stand around with their mouths open wide

I heard some idiot ask if someone's inside

With the Jaws of Life they tried and they tried

But nobody here can know how I feel

'Cause tonight is the night I fell asleep at the wheel

I guess it's over now

Because I've never seen so much

Never seen so much

Never seen so much blood

In all the confusion, there's something serene

I'm just a posthumous part of the scene

Now I'm floating above looking in

As the radio blares and wheels spin

I can see my face slump with a grin

And you…you're the last thing on my mind

You're the last thing on my mind

You're the last thing on my mind

You're the last thing on my-

It was mid July, and four friends were on their way home.  They had left Maryland for a sojourn in New York City, but their trip had come to an end, as all good things must.  Three of them would be heading off to college in the fall, and the fourth would begin his senior year of high school.  It was the last little bit of time they would spend together before everything changed.

Of course, they didn't know exactly how much things were about to change, or how drastically.

It was close to four in the morning, and Adam was in the driver's seat, absentmindedly tapping his fingers of the steering wheel.  Grace sat beside him, staring out the window, and Joan and Luke were both half-asleep in the backseat.  There were only a few more hours to go until they reached home.  The road that they now traveled on ran along the edge of a cliff, with a wall of rock on one side, and a steep, downward, tree-covered slope on the other.  Eventually, the land evened out, but it was still covered by trees for a few miles in three directions.  There was a river running through the forest somewhere, but the trees were so dense that it wasn't visible from above.

The radio was tuned into a late night talk show, and the volume was at the minimum.  Over the quiet whisper of voices, Adam thought that he heard a dull roar.  He figured that was probably a sign that someone else needed to drive, since he had known that he himself was ready to fall asleep, but decided that he would wait until they found somewhere to stop.  He turned the car slowly, and unknowingly crossed into the path of incoming traffic.  Something registered in his mind as not right, and he stopped the car for a moment, trying to figure out where that roaring was coming from.  Suddenly, glaring lights illuminated the inky night darkness.  Adam looked dazedly straight into the lights, but his dozing mind barely had time to recognize what the object was before the semi-truck crashed forcefully into Adam's side of the car, smashing it in, and tearing the vehicle all but in half.  The truck stopped soon enough to remain on the road, but the dark Chevy Trailblazer and its inhabitants, were less lucky, and went tumbling through the trees and down the slope.

Amidst the sounds of crashing and tearing as the car finally split in half, Adam heard screams.  He looked around in the shining blackness of the night, and for a moment he wondered if Jane was alright, but then he felt a terrible, sharp pain as something pierced his chest.  The last thing that Adam saw was darkness, the terrified scream still echoing in his now deaf ears.

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Nice song, don't you think?  Very relevant.  Yes, I know that was short, but it's supposed to be that way.  It was setting the scene for the rest of the chapters, which will be longer.  Please review!

~Cop~