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Title: The Moment I Wake Up
Author: Beer Good ([livejournal.com profile] beer_good_foamy)
Rating: PG
Fandom/timeline: Angel, pre-series
Word Count: 321
Characters: Lorne

The Moment I Wake Up

Lorne had been in LA all of seven hours when he heard Aretha for the first time.

He was cowering in an officially abandoned building, home to all sorts of transient demons who had never heard of Pylea. Outside, the noise of cars, millions of cows and the occasional gunshot was louder than anything he'd ever heard. He was wet, cold and a million miles from a home he never wanted to go back to.

The music was faint at first, drifting in from a nearby parked car, a slow piano intro almost drowned out by the surrounding din... and then that VOICE kicked in and Lorne's heart jumped out of his ass. He wept with emotions he never knew he had, let alone shared with another living being, stood at the window forgetful of everything around him, soaking up the tinny sound of the old stereo with his whole body. Everything inside him felt like it was shifting into place, finally finding a purpose as the chorus came around and the woman's voice ("Freedom, freedom, freedom, FREEDOM!") soared into the heavens.

The same day he was settled enough to have money and a place to put plug in a stereo, he bought the CD and stared at the track listing
"Think" (Franklin/White) – 2.15
refusing to believe it could be that short. Every time he listens to it in the years to come, he's astonished; the chorus only comes around once, not even halfway into the song, and it's over before he has time to miss it. And yet there's no time he can't summon up how it felt, steadying himself on the empty windowsill to stop from shaking, breathing in the dank city air, feeling the ache in his tired legs and have none of it matter. How beauty can come in brief, concentrated flashes and linger forever. How two minutes of heaven can wash away years of hell.
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Date: 2009-03-31 06:44 pm (UTC)
elisi: (Lorne/puppet!angel by sdwolfpup)
From: [personal profile] elisi
Oh this is beautiful!

Date: 2009-03-31 07:20 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-03-31 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/woman_of_/
Beautiful and a fitting tribute to a great character. Well done.

Date: 2009-03-31 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
Thanks a lot!

Date: 2009-03-31 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lycomingst.livejournal.com
Oh, yes. 8 ]

Date: 2009-03-31 07:21 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-03-31 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adoxerella.livejournal.com
I hopped over here from [livejournal.com profile] elisi's journal.

This is gorgeous. The ending brought about a couple of tears. Lovely.

Date: 2009-03-31 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
Thank you! *hanky*

Date: 2009-03-31 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angearia.livejournal.com
and then that VOICE kicked in and Lorne's heart jumped out of his ass.

Ha!

How beauty can come in brief, concentrated flashes and linger forever. How two minutes of heaven can wash away years of hell.

That's just perfect. This is the Lorne equivalent to Fred driving away from her parents' house in Texas at the end of Shells. You've made my heart ache.

Date: 2009-03-31 07:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
This is the Lorne equivalent to Fred driving away from her parents' house in Texas at the end of Shells. You've made my heart ache.

That's quite the compliment - thanks!

Date: 2009-03-31 07:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maureen.livejournal.com
Very nice. I love that song!

/M

Date: 2009-03-31 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
Thanks.

I love that song!

I always thought it was one of the most perfect pieces of popular music. Not a second wasted, not a note out of place.

Date: 2009-03-31 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piratescribe.livejournal.com
This was lovely! It really captured Lorne in a way I haven't seen before - away from the lights, the glitz, the glamour. I loved it :)

Date: 2009-03-31 10:18 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-03-31 09:50 pm (UTC)
gillo: (mayhem)
From: [personal profile] gillo
That last line is sheer poetry.

Excellent piece. RIP Andy.

Date: 2009-03-31 10:19 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-03-31 11:27 pm (UTC)
lynnenne: (nina by xlivvielockex)
From: [personal profile] lynnenne
Really lovely, and the last line is perfect. Excellent tribute.

Date: 2009-04-01 07:22 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-03-31 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petzipellepingo.livejournal.com
Very sweet as a tribute to both Lorne and Ms. Franklin.

Date: 2009-04-01 07:26 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-04-01 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] a2zmom.livejournal.com
A perfect and fitting tribute to Lorne and Andy. Without music what would we be?

Date: 2009-04-01 07:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
A lot worse off, that's for sure. Thanks!

Date: 2009-04-01 12:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rebcake.livejournal.com
Two minutes of heaven will always wash away a heaping helping of hell. Lorne was blessed to learn that. I hope you're happy. You made me cry.

Date: 2009-04-01 07:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
Sorry about that. :-) *hanky* Thanks!

Date: 2009-04-01 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notarealverb.livejournal.com
This is beautiful. It's exactly how I pictured this moment in Lorne's life. There's something amazing just from those few throw-away lines.

Lorne's heart jumped out of his ass.

You made me laugh in my university library. :P

RIP Andy. :(

Date: 2009-04-01 07:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
Thanks a lot!

Date: 2009-04-01 01:57 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The last time I wept like this was when I read Yahtzee's "Lifespan". The good die young ... the rest of us can only mourn our losses.

Date: 2009-04-01 07:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
I hadn't read that one before. I have now. Thanks a lot, both for reading and making me read a great fic.

Date: 2009-04-01 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ozma914.livejournal.com
That's the best tribute I've heard yet.

Date: 2009-04-01 07:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
Thanks a lot!

Date: 2009-04-01 08:26 am (UTC)
ladyjane: whipped cream and hand-cuffs. "Got Plans?" (Default)
From: [personal profile] ladyjane
Have I told you lately how much I love your writing? When I got to the end, I felt a bit like Lorne, ...refusing to believe it could be that short.

It's difficult to believe that Andy's life could be so short, as well. Was that line woven in deliberately, or was it a subconscious reference? Either way, this was quite beautiful.

Janie

Date: 2009-04-01 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
Thanks a lot! And yeah, that line was very deliberate. :-(

Date: 2009-04-01 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hello-spikey.livejournal.com
*bawls eyes out*

Oh that was beautiful.

*bawls some more*

Date: 2009-04-01 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
Aww, thanks! *hanky*

Date: 2009-04-01 05:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brunettepet.livejournal.com
This is a heart hitching tribute to a wonderful character and actor. Excellent work.

Date: 2009-04-01 08:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beer-good-foamy.livejournal.com
Thanks a lot!

Date: 2009-04-02 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nikitangel.livejournal.com
Beautiful.

Date: 2009-04-02 08:29 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-04-02 10:01 am (UTC)
goodbyebird: Batman returns: Catwoman seen through a glass window. (Angel Gunn not fade away)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
Awwww! Very well done. Thanks for sharing.

Date: 2009-04-02 08:29 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-04-02 09:25 pm (UTC)
shapinglight: (Default)
From: [personal profile] shapinglight
That was beautiful, and yeah, can quite see how Lorne would love that song.

Date: 2009-04-02 10:59 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-04-03 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cozzybob.livejournal.com
Perfect, well-rounded, and everything Lorne should be. Very fitting, and a great tribute. Thanks so much!

Date: 2009-04-03 06:42 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-04-05 09:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quietpoet.livejournal.com
here via petzi. this is beautiful and poignant. loved it.

Date: 2009-04-06 05:52 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-04-08 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] azraelz-angel.livejournal.com
What a beautiful piece. Thank you for sharing :) This was an excellent piece to remember Lorne/Andy.

Here from buffyversetop5

Date: 2010-01-08 07:44 pm (UTC)
yourlibrarian: Angel and Lindsey (Default)
From: [personal profile] yourlibrarian
Great little ficlet on Lorne.
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