Shuffle Challenge Rules:
1. Pick a character, fandom, pairing, friendship, whatever.
2. Put iTunes or your music program on shuffle and start playing songs.
3. For each song, write something inspired by the song related to the theme you chose earlier. You only have the song length. No pre-planning and no writing after the song is over. No skipping songs either.
4. Do this for ten songs.

Chosen theme: all ST characters.

A/N: The awesome LadyCatfish27 did this a few weeks ago. I thought it looked like fun, so decided to have a go. Wow. I didn't realize how hard it was going to be! But it's definitely a good exercise for anyone interested in trying something very different. I'm thinking about doing it again, actually, with maybe only one or two ST characters. Really forces your inner editor to shut up.

Anyway, so here is the product of my experimenting with this challenge. I'm very tempted to edit/expand on most of these drabbles, as I ended up running out of time for just about all of them . . . but rules are rules. ;] And yes, I realize that four words doesn't exactly qualify as a drabble. Go easy on me; that song is 40 seconds long, and I wrote all this by hand, which always slows me down tremendously.

And I feel I should mention that I did skip one song that came up on my iPod as it was shuffling. But the song was A Little Priest, and I figured it would be pointless to write a ST drabble about a ST song.

I. Finale from Wicked

Nellie Lovett received no funeral. No one came to mourn her. No one was saddened by her death.

No one cared.

From somewhere deep in Bedlam, a voice cries to turn the grinder three times.


II. Your Song from Moulin Rouge

"I love you. I love you, I love you, I love you."

If she whispers it enough in the darkness, maybe one day he'll hear. Maybe one day he'll care.


III. Burning Love by Wynonna

Love. It's something she's only ever read about in the forbidden books of her guardian.

But when Anthony comes, suddenly it's more than a word. It's a feeling. Knowledge. Truth.



IV. Christmas Bells from RENT

Bells don't toll in Australia. They clash, they shudder, they shriek as they demand every convict rise to consciousness before morning has even considered dawning.

But they do not toll as did those in London, with that same energy, that same charm, that same beauty.

Not that he's sure he can recognize beauty anymore. Beauty, like happiness, is so far removed here that he sometimes doubts they ever existed.

Days come and go without comment, pass in indistinct blurs of suns rising and suns setting.

He's beginning to forget what being human feels like.


V. Ordinary Day by Vanessa Carlton

Their hands fit together. Perfectly. Like it is meant to be. Even if it never will be.


VI. Golden Bangkok from Chess

"And I would like to see Bangkok too," Johanna requests.

"Anywhere," Anthony promises. "Anywhere you want."


VII. Steady as the Beating Drum from Pocahontas

Her love never wavers.


VIII. It Hurts To Be Strong from Carrie

"I've got to tell you something."

The officer looks at Toby. Raises an eyebrow. "Yes?"

maroon curls careful hands smiles smiling loving loves him


He can't tell.


IX. No One by Alicia Keys

Her parents say to not rush into this. Her sisters say it's an infatuation. Her friends say she can do better.

But when Benjamin Barker smiles at her, none of that matters.


X. Crazy Love by Paula Abdul

"You're in love," Mrs. Mooney announces.

"What, a woman's not allowed to love her husband?" says Nellie.

"Oh, it's him, is it?" Mooney questions with a smile that knows too much.

"'Course it is," Nellie asserts, but can't stop her gaze from flitting above towards Benjamin's room.