BF 8

All Walls Were Harmed in Brick's un-emasculation

A.K.: Last chapter! I'm glad everyone liked this. Oh, PS: every chapter from chapter three and beyond was done from my iPod. Buttercup confiscated my laptop because I refused to let her wear jeans throughout the fanfic.

BC: Damn straight!

A.K.: But in your story, you always wear them!

BC: Wait, my story? FINALLY!

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Brick returned to overly joyous faces and happy smiles; his own personal hell in an apartment.

Bubbles attacked him first. She nearly squeezed the life out of her lungs and beamed at him.

"She came by!"

He roughly disentangled himself from her. "So?"

Everyone looked at him then. "What's with you?" BC demanded. "She's back!"

Brick punched through the drywall. "So what?! She's got a man, now. One who's probably never hurt her; and never will. A guy who'll cherish her too."

Silence assailed them.

"Well, you turned into quite the sissy." Boomer suddenly announced. "Maybe Blossom was lucky to get out sooner than later."

"Boom!" Butch hissed. "We're trying to cheer him up, not turn him into a menopausal mess!"

"Boomie..." Bubbles warned.

"No, Bubbles, it's better this way. Let Brick wallow in his own self pity. He sure as Hell ain't my brother. He's not the same guy who singlehandedly drill halfway to the Earth's core on a dare. He's not the same guy who took on that giant alien squid to save Blossom from becoming a squid bride. He's not the same guy who punched out Dexter for calling Blossom a villain's whore." Boomer was quick. He shoved Brick into the same wall he punched through. "And he's sure as hell not the same guy who beat me into finally facing my demons and asking Bubbles out."

Brick felt his anger rise. Who the hell was Boomer, to tell him he wasn't the same?!

"Hit me." Brick demanded.

Boomer's frown deepened, then broke into a devilish grin. "With unholy pleasure." Boomer uppercut him in the jaw.

Brick instantly retaliated with a roundhouse kick that sent Boomer into the kitchen via wall.

He turned to Butch. "Try me, lizard eater."

"One Rowdy Ruff Fight, coming up!"

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Brick frowned at the slip of paper Raven handed him. "She sent front row tickets?"

"And backstage passes for the killer after party." BB grinned. "Veggie tofu salad here I come! You know, the PC drummer is a vegan."

"Blossom also has an announcement to make. Probably about the Chronic Purple CD coming out." Raven said.

"Are you still planning to whisk her offstage and into your arms like a romance novel character?" BB snickered.

"Watch it, monkey boy. I just might cut off your tongue and make it her engagement ring." Brick warned.

Raven raised a brow. "So that fight really did bring you back."

Brick smiled slyly. "Why? Did you miss me? 'Cause your out of luck, Rae-baby. Your consolation prize is that lovely green-skinned hobgoblin you call so affectionately your boyfriend."

Raven gave him a droll look. "Oh, yeah... He's back."

"And sexier than ever. Never forget that I'm every woman's fantasy." He sobered as he looked at the Pink & Purple Vortex tour ticket. "I just hope I'm still her fantasy."

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Blossom was alerted the moment they arrived. "You've got groupies." Julian chuckled barging into her dressing room.

"Wicked..." she murmured touching up her lip gloss.

"You know, you don't have to make this a public affair, Blossy."

"I want to." Blossom refuted. "It'll put them out of their misery. The old Blossom... The one they knew. She's dead."

"And has been reborn into the vixen that shines onstage." Julian agreed. He stalked over to help her put on her black leather choker. The same one he'd bought her in Tokyo as a congratulatory gift.

She smiled at the picture they presented in the mirror. His ebony locks mixing with her auburn waterfall of hair. A passionate art display. And a true testimony of what they were to each other.

Julian pressed a kiss to her cheek. "Since I can't smudge the gloss job. See you in three."

"Count on it, tiger." Blossom called after him.

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Brick actually enjoyed the concert more before he saw Blossom. PC didn't disappoint. They never did a show the same. Never the same line up, Ohh the same clothes. And each opening was personalized for the town.

"So we smelled out of the plane early this morning, Townsville, and I swore I walked into an Easy Bake Oven. The reporters around here are more thorough than the CIA!" Felicity joked. "No seriously, not even Miranda knew she lost a baby tooth in the womb!"

When the laughter died down, she went on. "I truly do enjoy coming to Townsville... No other place is recommended by giant monsters and hostile aliens quite as frequently. This place inspires me to write horror films!"

And then the show began. The song queue for the first half this time was, 'Dancing on Glass', 'Falling for a Monster', 'Regency of the Damned', 'Haunting Myself' and 'Exiled to Eternity'. Then the short break came and Chronic Purple took the stage.

Brick instantly spotted Blossom getting chummy with Julian Orion. They were even matching!

Her short black and white pleated plaid skirt matched well with his plaid skinny style pants. The white form-fitting tank top she wore was decorated with black stars, black skulls and grey stenciled roses, much like the shirt under Orion's unbuttoned short-sleeved black shirt.

When they took their positions, Orion was closer to Blossom than the others.

Oddly enough, Julian took the mike. "Alright, Townsville, we're holding her hostage as she sings her heart out for your enjoyment and our fame! She's got translucent rose eyes and a smile that has taken down every city we've been to. Her heart's made of platinum and she lives to save the bad boys of the world. This is your shining pink angel: this is Blossom Utonium, reloaded."

Slightly blushing, Blossom accepted the mike and beamed out at everyone. "Hey, Townsville... If you've noticed, I've changed some while I went on my personal journey. And thanks Lee, you're a real gem to be around. Even if you are a little touchy."

She winked at Orion, and Brick wanted blood. "I knew I'd miss this place, and I didn't realize how much until I flew around the air. But since I can't just talk out the time, let's rock out with some intros."

At the amassed crowd's cheers, Blossom moved backwards to Tanya. "She's the leader with the moody hair, and a perpetual smirk, Tanya!"

Once again, Tanya struck a power cord on her guitar.

Blossom moved back to Orion's side. "The Ace on bass, and my best friend since I met him, Julian Orion!"

Instead of showing off his bass skills, Julian moved his bass to his back and wrapped his arms around Blossom's middle. Brick was seeing red. He made a move to take flight, but Raven used her powers to keep him grounded. "Don't cause a scene."

"Fine."

After what seemed like an hour- but what Raven said was twelve seconds- Orion released her and finally displayed his talent for something other than baiting Brick's anger.

"Told you he was touchy... And now, for the official flirt of Chronic Purple. He's the drummer boy with the dreamy eyes, and possibly more hands on than his brother, Theo Orion."

Theo gave a short drum solo with more crashing symbols than the norm. "That one's for you Blossy-babe. Your the pink light of my life."

The rest of the band rolled their eyes.

"And the sharpest tongue in the band, and wherever she goes, Nadia Sparks, our silver tongued conscience."

Nadia grinned and played a short piece. "I'm not silver-tongued, just opinionated."

Theo snorted like he disagreed.

"Let's just jump into some Evanescence before it all gets out of control." Tanya suggested into her headset microphone. "'Going Under' in one, two..."

Blossom drove straight in, her smile vanishing as she sang, "Now I will tell you what I've done for you -

50 thousand tears I've cried.

Screaming, deceiving and bleeding for you -

And you still won't hear me.

(going under)

Don't want your hand this time - I'll save myself.

Maybe I'll wake up for once (wake up for once)

Not tormented daily defeated by you

Just when I thought I'd reached the bottom

I'm dying again

I'm going under (going under)

Drowning in you (drowning in you)

I'm falling forever (falling forever)

I've got to break through

I'm going under

Blurring and stirring - the truth and the lies.

(So I don't know what's real) So I don't know what's real and what's not (and what's not)

Always confusing the thoughts in my head

So I can't trust myself anymore

I'm dying again

I'm going under (going under)

Drowning in you (drowning in you)

I'm falling forever (falling forever)

I've got to break through

I'm...

So go on and scream

Scream at me I'm so far away (so far away)

I won't be broken again (again)

I've got to breathe - I can't keep going under

I'm dying again

I'm going under (going under)

Drowning in you (drowning in you)

I'm falling forever (falling forever)

I've got to break through

I'm going under (going under)

I'm going under (drowning in you)

I'm going under!"

They all cheered and clapped as the band tuned for another song. "Now for something a little different."

Blossom took Orion's bass guitar and Orion took the mike. Nadia added a synthesizing board to her keyboard. Theo was given a headset. A few minutes later, Nadia led them into the song, 'Burn it Down'.

Orion started the song, with an oddly perfect match to Chester Bennington as he crooned, "The cycle repeated

As explosions broke in the sky

All that I needed

Was the one thing I couldn't find

And you were there at the turn

Waiting to let me know

We're building it up

To break it back down

We're building it up

To burn it down

We can't wait

To burn it to the ground

The colors conflicted

As the flames, climbed into the clouds

I wanted to fix this

But couldn't stop from tearing it down

And you were there at the turn

Caught in the burning glow

And I was there at the turn

Waiting to let you know

We're building it up

To break it back down

We're building it up

To burn it down

We can't wait

To burn it to the ground

You told me yes

You held me high

And I believed when you told that lie

I played soldier, you played king

And struck me down, when I kissed that ring

You lost that right, to hold that crown

I built you up, but you let me down

So when you fall, I'll take my turn

And fan the flames

As your blazes burn

And you were there at the turn

Waiting to let me know

We're building it up

To break it back down

We're building it up

To burn it down

We can't wait

To burn it to the ground

When you fall, I'll take my turn

And fan the flames

As your blazes burn

We can't wait

To burn it to the ground

When you fall, I'll take my turn

And fan the flames

As your blazes burn

We can't wait

To burn it to the ground..."

Everyone cheered and Blossom grinned. Brick was in shock. "She can play guitar?!"

Blossom gave the bass to Tanya, who handed her guitar to Orion. "Wicked, Lian. How about 'Bring Me to Life'"

Nadia instantly began the soulful piano piece. Blossom serenaded, "How can you see into my eyes like open doors?

Leading you down into my core where I've become so numb

Without a soul my spirit's sleeping somewhere cold

until you find it there and lead it back home"

"(Wake me up)" Orion demanded in a lyrical voice.

"Wake me up inside

(I can't wake up)

Wake me up inside

(Save me)

call my name and save me from the dark

(Wake me up)

bid my blood to run

(I can't wake up)

before I come undone

(Save me)

save me from the nothing I've become

now that I know what I'm without

you can't just leave me

breathe into me and make me real

bring me to life

(Wake me up)

Wake me up inside

(I can't wake up)

Wake me up inside

(Save me)

call my name and save me from the dark

(Wake me up)

bid my blood to run

(I can't wake up)

before I come undone

(Save me)

save me from the nothing I've become

Bring me to life

(I've been living a lie, there's nothing inside)

Bring me to life

frozen inside without your touch

Without your love, darling

only you are the life among the dead" Blossom's voice faded out.

Orion didn't slack as he came in with,"All this time I can't believe I couldn't see

kept in the dark but you were there in front of me."

Blossom answered with, "I've been sleeping a thousand years it seems

got to open my eyes to everything..."

"Without a thought, without a voice, without a soul-" Orion crooned.

"Don't let me die here-" Blossom demanded in a haunting tone.

"There must be something more!" Orion yelled

"Bring me to life!" Blossom demanded in her singing tone.

"(Wake me up)

Wake me up inside

(I can't wake up)

Wake me up inside

(Save me)

call my name and save me from the dark

(Wake me up)

bid my blood to run

(I can't wake up)

before I come undone

(Save me)

save me from the nothing I've become

(Bring me to life)

I've been living a lie, there's nothing inside

(Bring me to life)..."

Brick was too amazed to clap and cheer.

Several more songs followed: 'Lithium', 'Everybody's Fool', 'Numb' by Linkin Park...

Finally, PC came back.

They sang some more songs, and they were amazing, but Brick was stuck on the fact that as they had left, Blossom had strayed to Orion's side. She had a new 'best friend'...

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For Blossom, the afterparty didn't come fast enough. Her family instantly gushed over how amazing she did, and how much better she looked now, etc. She caught up on the intimate details of Bubbles and Boomers' nuptials, and found out Butch had proposed to BC at her favorite racecar track, and when her favorite car, Green Lightning, had won, she'd indadvertedly accepted. Then, moments after Butch slipped the ring on her finger, she actually agreed.

Blossom caught them up to speed on her life so far. And the Beast Boy approached the elephant in the room, by turning into one and, once Raven forced him back to human form, demanded to know, "So who's your new boyfriend?"

Brick, who hadn't spoken to her all through the thirty-six minutes and twelve seconds the afterparty had been in swing, stiffened. His entire, drop-dead handsome face hardened.

"Garfield..." Raven warned.

"Hey, was I the only curious one?" he replied.

Blossom smiled to herself. "Oh, yeah, my Facebook status. About that... Really, it has to do with my announcement. You know, what with P&P Vortex tour and all... Also Chronic Purple; they offered to include me in the band-"

"Blossy!" Julian appeared beside her. "Announcement time, we got to jet, Red."

With a swift salute to her assembled friends and family, he dragged her off. Once they were out of hearing range, he asked, "Was the redhead Brick?"

"Yep."

"He looks jealous."

"He'll get over it."

"He'll have to."

Blossom took the stand and the music cut. All five hundred plus people stopped grooving. She cleared her throat. "So... Announcement time, folks. This was probably the greatest concert I've had all my life. It was wicked." She chuckled at her product placement. "And, a little advanced info for all fans of Pink Carnage, the bonus edition of their next album- Wicked Illusions- will have a duet with Julian and I as a bonus track. And Chronic Purple will release a cover album featuring Felicity and I, this October. It's called Toxic Remix. I hope you'll all enjoy it."

"But what about your Facebook status?!" BB called. "Ouch! But Rae..."

Blossom tried hard to keep from smiling, but she lost. "Oh right, my Facebook status... Well, my best friend in the band has really been nagging me to set the record straight, and stop the speculations." She locked eyes with Brick and she broke contact first. "I'm not dating Theo."

After a wave of, "I guessed that"s, and "That was a given"s, she went on to say, "And I'm not dating the model Brandon Tussler, no matter what his publicist says.

"Actually, I seem to have a tendency to lean toward the guys who are 'bad boys'. It's a nasty habit I've had since childhood. And I can't seem to break it. Bad boys are the ultimate folly for me. And so, I'm really excited to present my boyfriend to you all. Maybe you know him for being stuck to my side? His name is Brick Jojo."

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Brick's heart stopped. Then it started running a marathon. Brick, he silently celebrated, she said 'Brick'...

He couldn't get onstage fast enough to kiss her. And he kissed her long and deep, all while backing her off the stage. He barely registered it when someone tapped on his shoulder. Blossom disentangled them, with a little less reluctance than him, but none of his irritation.

"Hey, lover boy. Can I borrow the object of your... Obsession?" Orion asked cockily.

Brick wants to plant a fist in the guy's face.

"I'll be back in three." Blossom told him. She pecked him once on the lips.

When Orion led her off, Brick felt the loss as soon as she was out of his reach. He'd give her two minutes.

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Blossom returned ten minutes and forty-seven seconds later, not that Brick was counting. She had a dazed, gleeful look in her eyes.

"Felicity just asked me to be her maid of honor." Blossom told him before be asked.

He grinned and kissed her soundly on the lips... Then backed her against a wall and deepened the experience.

"Get a room!" Tanya laughed as she danced by in the arms on a brunette boy.

"I think we may just take you up on that. C'mon." Ignoring her protest, he scooped her up and got them back to his apartment in record time.

"Brick, I still have another... Oh..." He kissed her collarbone, and trailed down.

"Another what?"

"Can't remember... Need to think..."

"Need to feel." Brick countered. He pushed her back on his bed and kissed her into a wanton state. Later, he'd deal with her thoughts. Right now, her skirt was short and very much in his way. As we're the rest of her clothes. And after she was naked, so were his...

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"You are a very bad boy, Brick." Blossom huffed.

Brick could tell there was no anger behind her words. "And you are a girl attracted to guitarists." He toyed with her hair.

"What?"

He buried his face in the waves of auburn that glistened in the moonlight. "You like guitarists. I've noticed a pattern... I play lead guitar. Crow plays lead guitar. Orion plays bass."

"Lian also plays piano, cello, saxophone... Oh... What was I saying?"

Brick stopped suckling on her neck to reply, "You were bragging about your new best friend."

Blossom ended his exploration of her neck by turning to face him. His blood red bed sheet contrasted with her creamy skin in a sinfully innocent way.

"Brick, are you jealous of Julian?" she laughed.

"Sure take shots at my ego. It's not like you'll remember when I'm up for round two. And your liable to forget Julian by round three."

She rested a cool palm on his chest. "Brick, Julian is my best friend in the band. Crow is like a brother to me. You're my all-time best friend."

Brick grinned as unadulterated pleasure jolted him. "I'm also your boyfriend, your lover, your boy toy... Hell, in time, when I finally can't stand you being able to get away from me, I'm gonna put a sparkling diamond on your finger than says your mine."

"How do you know I'll agree to becoming yours? What's in it for me?" Blossom teased.

"Well for one you get a love slave..." Brick grinned at the flush of pink that hit her cheeks. "And as your best friend, I know just how to persuade you..."

XXXX FIN XXXX

AK: I love happy endings.

Brick: I love this ending. *looks to Blossom, who's in his lap* I also love you.

Julian: Get a room!

Brick: Who invited you?!

AK: Me!

Julian: If Blossom ever gets tired of Brickhead, she can cry on my shoulder.

AK: Ah, a rival for the fair Blossom... Love it! Also, to those who suggested the story couple: kind of stuck on idea for Buttercup. Whatever happens will handle it. Julian, take us home.

*Julian plays ending chorus to Misery Business.*