Disclaimer: What? You still need a disclaimer when this chapter speaks for itself? Fine. I'll give you one word: Crossover.
Tidbits in the Elements of a Crossover
(Switch: a Trivia)
aka The interesting tidbits on the details that are interesting because they're tidbits.
T (Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me" Video element)
S (Skins UK, Gen 1, Seasons 1-2 element)
X (X-Men: First Class element)
M (Miscellaneous, maybe unrelated, wanted to note it anyway)
The Chapter Names (T): all taken from phrases in her song (yes, I may have listened to it a couple of times when writing. A fabulous guilty pleasure.)
Chapter 1: Typical Tuesday Night ("You're on the phone/It's a typical Tuesday night." Yes, the day was set on purpose haha, and of course they started out the music video at night.)
Chapter 2: Dreaming ("Dreaming about the day/When you wake up and find that what you're looking for has been here the whole time…" The chapter's Hank's reminiscing about the past, so sort of like a 'dream' state about the first times he met Alex and Tony.)
Chapter 3: Light Up This Whole Town ("You've got a smile that could light up this whole town…") It was going to be Light Up (This Whole Town), but FF . net won't let me use parentheses in chapter names. So there it was. The chapter's about Tony's plan, the build up to the climax. So yes, Light up!)
Chapter 4: All This Time ("Standing by/And Waiting at your back door/All this Time/How could you not know?" My favorite chapter name of all. Sort of has a nice ring to it. When everything happens.)
Chapter 5: Just Maybe ("Have you ever thought just maybe…" Towards the ending. All happy endings are unfinished stories.)
A bird flew at my window (M): Total misc. I was stuck on a writer's block until my friend offered a random sentence. Thanks to him, the whole story was born. And Chapter 3 of Otherwise Known as Us (my other baby).
Blasting his stereo (S): First scene of Season 1, Episode "Tony." Tony blasting out his stereo on his dad on purpose for Effy to sneak in 3. Except in the series it was metal, I think, the music. Not rap.
Rap music (S): Whenever I listen to that song Chingy's Right Thurr (yes, I did make it my business to find out the particular song he exercised to. Cough.), mental images galore.
Later (S): Tony's just like that. Isn't he. Predictable.
Half-sister (S): Indirect, rough reference to Effy. Her in the very first scene in season 1. Oh, Effy. I love you.
Debussy's Clair de Lune (T, M): Taylor Swift element in that he's "listening to the kind of music [she] doesn't like" as in the song. Hank in this story may not only listens to Classical, but probably not rap like Tony does. Misc element in personal interests (lol)—this is the one classical song that can calm me right down when I'm stressed. Works. Also, it's beautiful in its sad way.
The Whole Notepad Scenario (T): of course. Cutest thing ever. I think this is one of my favorite music videos, and that it deserved that award at the VMAs.
The Whole Status-quo Scenario (T, M): Cliches-ridden. Tried to straighten that bit out later on, but as with the music video, this triple crossover, this whole story was an absolute guilty pleasure to write. So.
Hank's back story (X, M): Completely fictional. The genius part, probably loosely on his X-Men character.
Star Trek (M): There's this one cute story on the LJ Kink Meme (I STALK IT LIKE A BOSS) about Alex actually being a secret nerd and using that to seduce Hank. Star Trek quotes included. PG, but fun.
Tony's back story (M): Again fictional. The raining scene was an indirect reference to a Nicholas Hoult movie (hahahah), The Weather Man starring Nicolas Cage (you have to be careful with the spelling of the names…). Nic Hoult starred as Nicolas Cage's son. Nic Cage's character's father passed away in the film. There was this one scene, quite dismal, rain at a funeral. So I thought of that and captured it here.
Mesmerizing Blue Eyes (M): Nicholas Hoult's eyes. Swoon.
Taking a piss (M): I don't know that many British slang and phrases. Was alerted to this one from About a Boy. Of course I did a Nicholas Hoult marathon. What obsession would be complete without one? :P
Perfect sneering (S): Michelle shot insults at Tony at a point towards the end of in Season 1. She told him to stop all of what he did, including "sneering."
When phones rang, it was never for him. Ditto the doorbells. (M): Direct Quote (this here be a disclaimer. I don't own this sentence) from Meg Cabot's All American Girl. The protagonist Sam, who was more of a street-wise artist than a nerd/genius, (and who saved the life of the President) was in a similar situation, living in the same house as her popular sister (not a twin sister).
The balance (S): Tony made it seem that way in the beginning of Season 1. He's doing quite well at school. Sid's parents, especially his dad, loved him and wanted Sid to be more like him. (Poor Sid, though.) In the second episode, "Cassie," he showed up at the cafeteria, where Sid's sitting and talking to Cassie, commenting on the fact that Sid hadn't even return home to shower after heavy partying, while he himself had done a variety of activities plus his English paper.
Tony's quote (S): Direct quote (here be disclaimer again) from Nicholas Hoult's Skins Character video.
How Fiction Works (M): My favorite non-fiction book on fiction. An amazing read. Literature is love.
Raven Darkholme, Angel Salvadore, Emma Frost (X): Total cameos. Had to sneak them in there. Couldn't resist. Hee hee.
Pieces of Macaroni weaved in (S): The gang was sleeping at Michelle's house at the start of Season 1's episode "Cassie." Most of them have food in their hair. I still don't know what kind of party that was, either.
Customers come in to look at her curtain designs (S): Apparently Michelle's mother's job. Interior Designing, I guess. Adapted to be Tony's and Hank's mother's. One can still remember the chaos when Michelle's mother arrived in that same episode. Tony in his jeans too. (huh). Poor Hank. Left to clean up the mess.
Yell at them to keep it down (S): Sid had the worst luck the beginning of season 1, always walking in on Michelle and Tony getting it on, especially in the episode "Jal." He stood in the doorway, asked Jal if Tony was in, and heard those very specific sounds confirming that indeed he was (with Michelle).
Cheeks comically puffed out as he munched on his cereal (S): Season 1, episode "Tony," when he's having breakfast. Tony mentioned on his character page on the Skins E4 website (I'm a fact monster, rawr.) that breakfast's the source of his power (something along that line..). SO CUTE. The mental image of his cheeks puffed out when he's chewing. I know, I'm obsessed, don't mind me.
Canoeing (S): Season 1, episode "Maxxie and Anwar," (alternatively titled that episode with a hot (don't deny it) fan service makeout scene usable for all the Hank/Alex graphics on Tumblr), when the gang went to Russia for a field trip. Tony insisted on experimenting with Maxxie, who said he's "not a hobby." Current girlfriend mention—of course Michelle.
Tony's subatomic particles mini-speech (S): Season 1, episode "Sid," Tony told Sid, his best friend, to go after his girlfriend and then (lalala) got back together with her in front of him. Such a good, honest guy. He might have wowed Sid, but here I've got Hank battling it out hahah.
Hank's reply "God does not play dice" (M): Love this quote. Direct hit to Tony. Take that! Could be true or false, since what I've heard is that Einstein was said to have said it…
"Honest to God, I have no idea what you're on about most of the time" (S): (this here be another disclaimer) Direct quote of Sid's words to Tony when the latter came to rescue him at Cassie's Clinic, Season 1 finale "Everyone."
"He's your boyfriend."/"Think of it as my gift to you." (S): Direct quotes (except substitute the boyfriend with girlfriend) from Season 1's episode "Sid," see the plot-line of the episode above.
Back door (T): "Waiting at your backdoor" Not entirely incorporated, but Hank and Alex were that close.
Chris, Maxxie, Anwar (S): I love each and everyone of the Skins Gen 1 characters. Anwar's the funniest. Maxxie is adorable and such a fantastic dancer. Chris –no words. Don't make me cry.
French (M): Always thought the language sounds sexy. My friend studied it and thought otherwise.
Psych (S): Chris's love interest in Season 1 was his Psych teacher, Angie. The gang shared this class and another class taught by a male teacher. (We don't get to see them in other classes, though, as far as I remember…)
Messenger Bag (S): Tony always carried that around 3.
What's he doing with a guy like Tony? (T): "Whatchu you doing with a girl like that?"
Brunette reaching down/certain area of trousers (S): Michelle. I had to have her make an appearance. Grew to love her as I watched the series more. Reaching down below the waistband was in Season 1's episode "Tony,"(Is this waking up your chi, karate kid?) except Tony smiled at her.
Where it ought to be (T): "This is how it ought to be"
Worn Out Jeans/Walking the town's main streets (T): "Walking the streets with you and your worn out jeans" Self-explanatory, my love.
Understood each other's humor (T): "She doesn't get your humor/Like I do"
Dreams/Favorite songs (T): "And I know your favorite songs/And you tell me about your dreams"
Maybe he was worth the place where he thought Alex belonged (T): "Think I know where you belong/Think I know what's worth of me."
The Whole Notepad Scene (T): Adorable again, except I tweaked things around a bit :D
Wish You Were (M): Hur hur. Analysis are so fun.
Dreams' lost hopes (M): Was just reading a Neil Gaiman quote about how dreams, while not matter, contain lost hopes, puns, etc.
Fuck it and let live. Write. (M): I think this to myself. A lot. When writing.
Color of Michelle's gown (S): Green. I think it brings out her eyes. The couple looks so perfect together both dressed in green (Tony in a green suit) in Season 2's "Cassie."
Corny True or False questions game (M): A Cinderella Story, anyone? My favorite fairy tale-ish, chick flick growing up. Was still into Hilary Duff then. And don't worry, this isn't a bashing or anything. A fond nostalgic brush into that territory, more like :) Yes, and the gardens in that hotel in the homecoming dance scene were very fancy.
I Love You (T): Only had Alex presented his paper.
A/N: And that is really it, ladies and gents. Thank you so much for all your invaluable support, for everything you do. Means so much to me.
I'm a trivia lover. Had been itching to write this since the first chapter, so :D.. There it is.
Love, and see you all again when opportunities present themselves,
Your ever humble fanfic writer :)