2018, chapter 47: ‘Pretty Girls’ by Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea (nr. 159)

Two women, Chainsmoker and Little Mix, need a break. So they hide their identity behind fake names, Iggy and Brit, and travel around the world, attracting boys. They get drinks and play with their affection, but don’t put out.

Their civil war is temporarily forgotten.

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This is the last chapter of this particular story. Starting next week I begin a new one in the same universe, possibly involving some of the same characters (think sequel). I do this to keep some kind of focus. Merry Christmas and happy New Year.

2018, chapter 46: ‘Better When I’m Dancing’ by Meghan Trainor (nr. 158)

Chainsmoker is falling apart from magically controlling an army. Her co-leader, Little Mix, has had a much easier time and has not noticed how it has affected her friend. So when she finds Chainsmoker falling apart by herself, she tries to pull her back together by cheering her up. And since dancing always makes Little Mix feel better, she suggests that they go dancing like they used to.

They can still run the revolution together and Chainsmoker can stay in control. And while Chainsmoker isn’t the best dancer, Little Mix is sure it’ll make her feel better – be therefore be better in general.

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2018, Chapter 41: ‘Human’ by Christina Perri (nr.153)

Chainsmoker is the leader of an army. She controls her troops with magic, and it’s weighing on her.

But she believes in her cause and gladly carries this burden. She can fake a smile, force a laugh and generally pretend she is okay and be the strong leader if it frees her people.

But she is only human. And one day she’s had enough. One day she is listening to her demons and suddenly it feels like she has knives in her heart. She falls apart…

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2018, Chapter 40: ‘Hold Me Down’ by Halsey (nr. 152)

Chainsmoker has magical powers. They are tough to live with. They enable her to command others, but they also command her. When she speaks, it’s because the demons in her head want her to and it comes out mechanically. And she needs them to control her army.

She got her powers from the devil in a three-piece. She sold her soul to get them. He told that she was holy, but he knew what he was selling her, and didn’t tell her how it would hold her down and knock her out.

So now she is barely holding it together, feeling helpless and powerful at the same time. But she is running out of time, the demons tell her. She has to keep fighting, even at this cost.

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2018, chapter 38: ‘Lithium’ by Evanescence (nr. 150)

History wants to happen. So when one sister gets rid of a curse, the other is cursed instead. In her, it turns into the ability to convince people to do as she wishes. She has kept in check with something called Lithium. But after she broke up with her lover, she needed it to rally her troops, who formerly had been a group of violent individuals creating havoc. She turned them into an army fighting a war. And she has to keep using her powers to keep them motivated.

But like with her sister, the powers have as much control over her, as she has over them. She feels empty, sad and wanting something real. At the same time, though, she feels powerful and truly herself in a way she couldn’t with Lithium. Lithium locked her up inside and made her feel less.

She loves her sadness and darkness and finds herself in it. But at the same time, she hates it and wishes she could let it go.

She invites another man into her bed, so she doesn’t have to sleep alone. But he showcases her emptiness rather than hide it. She lashes out and blames him for not saying he loves her.

He cowers but does not leave. She sees his reaction, forgives him and calls him Darling. After all, anything is better than to be alone.

Once she is alone again, she curls up in a corner. She can feel that her having these powers, and feeling this, is wrong somehow. Something is wrong with her

But she needs her powers, needs to let them loose, to get what she wants. She has to fall into this feeling and keep the fight going.

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2018, chapter 33: ‘Shut Up and Dance With Me’ by Walk The Moon (nr. 145)

A bartender is dating a woman, who has an antagonistic attitude towards commitment. Because of this, their relationship hasn’t progressed in years, even though he wants it to.  He has known from the first time she grabbed his arm and dragged him onto the dance floor, that she was his destiny and that they were bound to be together. He remembers the backless dress and beat up sneaks, she was wearing that night fondly. She looked like a discotheque Juliet teenage dream.

He tells her that she’s holding back. She should give herself to the relationship completely.

She disagrees. She urges him to not look back on his old life and expectations, quit his job and just live and dance with her without commitment.

He sees the future in her eyes. He realises that this is his last chance to change her mind.

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2018, chapter 30: ‘Good Times’ by All Time Low (nr. 142)

Little Mix is trying to talk some sense into Chainsmoker. From her perspective anyway. Chainsmoker sees her concerns but doesn’t agree with them. She tries to tell her that it’s alright. She gets it. She remembers how their friendship and movement started; driving together, singing under the stars. And she’ll never forget.

And while the “punks” in their movement have started picking fights with skater kids in the city, she still remembers when it was just the two of them laughing ’til they cried. how they, with a “Devil may care”-attitude and middle fingers up, angrily challenged society. She’ll never forget, how they first started recruiting people, seeking out boys in black smoking cigarets and girls, who didn’t know love yet and saving them from it.

And she knows that one day, she’ll probably have to leave her lover. She doesn’t want to and will absolutely hate it, but she’ll probably do it. Just not yet.

So really, Little Mix has nothing to worry about. Chainsmoker will never forget what they set out to do and she will always be her friend.

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