As I was browsing through the main page, I've discovered a brilliant writing challenge: The 50 Songs Challenge by Lady Lambert. It's inspired by the iPod Shuffle challenge, only it gives to you the chance to elaborate your drabble and make it as long as you wish without a time limit. This is perfect for me since I'm not much of a speed-writer. So, with Lady Lambert's permission, I've decided to write 50 one-shots based off 50 random songs from my iPod.
First off, here are the rules:
Rule 1: Get your MP3 player or anything type of music player that has shuffle on it.
Rule 2: Write down the name and artist and keep doing this until you get a list of 50 songs
Rule 3: You can write whatever you want. It doesn't matter how long or short they are.
Rule 4: You HAVE to use all 50 songs. They don't have to be in the order you wrote the list, You just have to use all the songs.
I've shuffled my songs and I must admit that it's quite an unusual mix that I'll use as inspiration for my one-shots. Some pairings are official, others are pure crack. I hope you enjoy the collection! :)
Chicago Soundtrack-Razzle Dazzle
Razzle dazzle 'em
And they'll make you a star!
After two spectacular seasons of Total Drama, Chris McLean and his producers were convinced that the show was a gold mine. And to keep the hit going, it was time for a third season. So Chris brought back the cast of teenagers who became famous after being tortured on national television, with more promises of wealth and success.
On the day before the season officially started, the contestants had to visit a legal representative of the show and sign a few documents regarding safety issues. When Heather arrived to sign them, she realised that they were as authentic as a fake Monnet painting. Still, she respected the procedure. After all, it was all worth the chance of winning the prize.
"What are your thoughts on this season, Heather?" The legal representative asked her, while she was scribbling her name on the papers.
"After all the crap Chris has made me endure, this season had better be good." Heather muttered. "I'm not worried though. I already know everyone's weakness, so these losers don't stand a chance."
"I've heard there will be some new contestants this season."
Heather raised her eyes from the documents and scoffed.
"And is that supposed to be a challenge for me?" She laughed.
After signing everything there was to sign, Heather left the office and pulled out her iPhone in order to check her agenda. As she was walking on the hallway, she heard a voice calling her name.
"You're Heather, aren't you?"
She rolled her eyes thinking it was another dumb fan. But when she turned around ready to tell him to get lost, she noticed a tall, tanned and well-built brunette smiling charmingly at her. Heather suddenly wished that all her fans were as good-looking as him.
"That's me." She replied, sliding her phone into the pocket of her denim shorts, trying to play it cool.
"It is indeed an honour to meet you." He said, taking Heather's hand and kissing it.
Heather tried not to blush madly.
"My name is Alejandro Burromuerto and I believe we will be rivals in this season of Total Drama." He said, still exhibiting his perfect smile.
"Uh, what?" Heather stopped admiring his wonderful features and started paying attention to his words. "You mean you're a contestant, too?"
"Indeed I am. And I have a proposition for you."
Heather cocked an eyebrow. This was getting interesting; her hot new rival already had something in mind.
"Amaze me." She said crossing her arms.
"I am a very determined man, Heather. And I can be very convincing, so convincing that no one would suspect my true intentions until it would be much too late. I won't lie to you; I came here to win the money. And that is why I'm going to lie, cheat and manipulate. But I don't need to explain these strategies to you, do I?" He asked with a smirk.
Heather didn't reply.
"I've watched you play the game, Heather." Alejandro continued. "And you're good at it, very good at it. You've played with the weak ones, tricked those who trusted you and eliminated the ones who had the most chances of winning. And you weren't even bothered by guilt."
"What's your point?" Heather asked sternly.
"How about an alliance?"
Heather burst into laughter. "An alliance? Why would I make an alliance with you?"
"You didn't let me finish." Alejandro waved a finger in front of her. "It won't be the kind of buddy-buddy alliance you've tried making in the previous seasons. Oh, no. We will not be friends. We will not even be friendly to one another. On the contrary, we will be bitter rivals. And we'll exhibit such hate that the producers will fear that we might try to kill each other."
"Why would we do that?" Heather questioned.
"We would do it for our audience." He whispered delicately in her ear.
Heather's brow furrowed.
"This isn't a popularity contest." She argued, slightly pushing him a few inches further. "It never was and it never will be. The audience doesn't have any major role. If you want to win this, you've got to handle the competitors, not the spectators." She added on a superior tone.
"Oh, chica." Alejandro laughed, slightly lifting Heather's chin and gazing into her grey eyes. "Stop thinking of the competition and the competition only. If we play our cards right, we'll be so popular that our names we'll still be in the spotlight even after the show ends. If we give the viewers the drama they want, they'll love us. And they'll want more."
Heather analysed his proposal. She did gain fame after the first two seasons, but not enough to keep her into a permanent spotlight. There had been a few invitations to several talk-shows, but she was eventually told that the public got bored of her. So was Alejandro's invitation the opportunity she needed to regain her fans? Apparently, it was her best chance of reinventing herself.
As if he could read her mind, Alejandro asked her: "Don't you want to show the world that you haven't turned soft?"
"I can do that without even having to pretend." Heather replied. "But I don't get it. What's with all the planning? Starting a rivalry with me is not that difficult. As you've probably noticed, I make enemies, not friends."
"This won't be just any rivalry. You and I are going to make it to the final two." Alejandro added.
"The final two?" Heather repeated skeptically. "What makes you so sure that you're going to be in the finale with me?"
"We'll do whatever it takes to get there. Only as the final two will we be able to give one last dramatic blow." Alejandro explained.
Heather's curiosity grew. It all sounded as part of a carefully-written play, where she and Alejandro would be the main characters. It certainly had it all: a set, a fixed relationship…even a last dramatic blow. That sounded intense and oh, so tempting.
"What kind of dramatic blow?" Heather asked, already picturing herself on a stage in front of a red velvet curtain, wearing a glamorous dress and waiting for the director's orders.
"I don't know yet, but it will have to be dramatic, intense and completely unexpected. Can you handle that, my little actress?" Alejandro asked, slowly caressing her cheek.
And then, Heather saw it all clearly. She was standing on that stage with Alejandro right beside her, both of them looking stunning together. With the public staring at them amazed, waiting for a glorious end to the play. Heather would be the one to end it, with a theatrical hit, a hit so unexpected, so crushing, that it would guarantee her a spot in the viewers' minds and hearts for all eternity.
She smiled wickedly and gazed into her accomplice's eyes. She saw the same hunger for fame and recognition that she possessed. And that was good. Alejandro could definitely be her key to becoming memorable. All she had to do was use him…
But Heather's smile suddenly faded, as precaution replaced wickedness.
"I have one condition, though." She said. "Whatever we do on the show, it will be pure strategy."
"Is this your way of telling me that you'd enjoy the two of us having something other than a fake rivalry?" He asked teasingly.
"Maybe…" Heather played along, running her hand through his hair.
"Alright, then. Our rivalry will be bitter, but it will only be a façade. We will trick every contestant and we will dazzle the public."
"Dazzle?" Heather purred, a grin spreading across her face.
"Razzle-dazzle." Alejandro replied, imitating his ally's facial expression.
And razzle-dazzled they did…
The plot of this one-shot was basically an answer to a 'what if' question. What if it was all a strategy? Since both Heather and Alejandro proved to be masters of deception, I thought that it could be possible for them to fake an entire dramatic relationship just for the eyes of the public. Still, that doesn't mean they can't develop a real one away from the cameras. After all, they are one of my favourite couples.
I hoped you enjoyed my first one-shot for the challenge. I would like to thank everyone who has added my story to the alert/favourites list before I even started writing. It means a lot to me and I will do my best not to disappoint you!
Lots of hugs!