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Title: Five Easy Steps to Falling in Love
Artist: Gryph ([livejournal.com profile] gryphon2k)
Author: Severina ([livejournal.com profile] severina2001)
Fandom: Live Free or Die Hard
Characters/Pairings: Matt/John
Rating/Category: G/Slash
Warnings: none for story
Summary: Art for [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang story. The steps to falling in love are pretty standard. A couple meets, goes on a few dates, gets to know each other. They spend time together. There is some hand-holding, some snuggling, kisses that progress to more carnal pursuits. Eventually, they realize that they want to spend the rest of their lives together.
But when you meet your other half on a wild ride across the country chasing terrorists who are trying to destroy America's infrastructure, it follows that the courtship process might evolve a little... differently. The hand-holding might involve mutant rats, for example (at least, it does if you think like Matthew Farrell.) The cuddling may just include rope and a few bad guys (because you're John McClane, and it follows that you get to that stage of the relationship on a holiday.)
The road to true love doesn't always run quite as smoothly as one would hope -- but John and Matt will get there.

Link to fic master post: LJ | AO3
Art also on AO3


I worked with [livejournal.com profile] severina2001 last year on the smallfandombang, doing art for her lovely Walking Dead story, so I was thrilled when I got her as an author again. I did a banner and a mix, and chose some images of the guys for these that had expressions that I thought captured the light-hearted spirit of the story. The song choices for the mix, though, reflect what I see as a very tumultuous courtship, fraught with insecurity and tension. I like the organization of the story into chapters, and created a mix that followed the same outline.

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Five Easy Steps banner

Mix (click covers to embiggen)
Five Easy Steps front cover Five Easy Steps back cover

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Step One: Hold Hands
01 Keep Holding On by Avril Lavigne
You're not alone
Together we stand
I'll be by your side, you know I'll take your hand

02 Hands Remember by Seabear
Lately I've been feeling like the day is gonna come
You'll walk up to me and erase my memory
Can't wait to feel brand new
I can't wait to meet you again...friend
I think I must have known you
In another life
03 Both Your Hands by The Sweet Remains
Cause I don’t want to be without you
I’m falling, but don’t fade to black now
Hearts on fire, your love’s a broken empire
Rise and fall, one word to conquer all
If both your hands are free
Come down in the deep, won’t you help me?

Step Two: Surprise Him
04 No Surprises by Regina Spektor
A heart that's full up like a landfill
A job that slowly kills you
Bruises that won't heal
You look so tired, unhappy

Bring down the government
They don't, they don't speak for us
I'll take a quiet life
A handshake of carbon monoxide

05 No Surprise by Daughtry
I've practiced this for hours, gone round and round
And now I think that I've got it all down
And as I say it louder, I love how it sounds
'Cause I'm not taking the easy way out
06 It Took Me By Surprise by Maria Mena
I would react badly
To the slightest hint of hesitance
He’d bend awkwardly to suit my mood
No word from his defense

Step Three: Spend The Day Together
07 Get Together by Indigo Girls
Love is but a song we sing
And fear's the way we die
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the Angels cry
Though the bird is on the wing
You may not know why

08 Happy Together by Filter
Me and you and you and me
No matter how they toss the dice, it has to be
The only one for me is you, and you for me
So happy together

I can't see me lovin' nobody but you
For all my life
When you're with me, baby the skies'll be blue
For all my life
09 Together by Demi Lovato
Do you remember at all?
People walking hand-in-hand
Can we feel that love again?
Can you imagine it all?
If we all could get along
Then we all could sing this song together

Step Four: Cuddle
10 Here In Your Arms by Hellogoodbye
I like where we are,
When we drive, in your car
I like where we are.... Here

Cause our lips, can touch
And our cheeks, can brush
Our lips can touch here

11 Into My Arms by Nice Cave and the Bad Seeds
And I don't believe in the existence of angels
But looking at you I wonder if that's true
But if I did I would summon them together
And ask them to watch over you
12 Why I’m With You by The House Jacks
I see I hear I know you
I watch you, I learn, I know you
I’m hear, I care, I get you
All the reasons why I’m with you

Step Five: Kiss
13 The Mess I Made by Parachute
Should've kissed you there
I should've held your face
I should've watched those eyes
Instead of run in place
I should've called you out
I should've said your name
I should've turned around
I should've looked again

14 And Then You Kissed Me by The Cardigans
Man I’ve had a few
But they wouldn’t quit blow me like you
You gave me your name and sight
With a halo around my eye
And it hits me like never before
That love is a powerful force
Yes it struck me that love is as bored
So I pushed you a little bit more
15 Kiss Me by Ed Sheeran
Settle down with me
Cover me up
Cuddle me in

Lie down with me
And hold me in your arms

And your heart's against my chest, your lips pressed to my neck
I'm falling for your eyes, but they don't know me yet
And with a feeling I'll forget, I'm in love now

Epilogue: Live Happily Ever After

16 Ever After by Marianas Trench
Don't you move
Can't you stay where you are, just for now
I could be your perfect disaster
You could be my ever after
You could be my ever after, after all
I could be your perfect disaster
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