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12 November 2005 @ 10:05 pm
the alcohol to the flame  
Aaron Echolls! Next spectacle this Tuesday night, 6pm, after the premiere of "Beyond the Breaking Point", sequel to "The Breaking Point". Starring in this spectacle is Aaron, himself, as The Punisher; his wife Lynn Echolls (formerly the one time famous Lynn Lester) as The Pill-Popping Alcoholic and Ignorant Mother; and lastly, his son, Logan Echolls, will be playing his first, only, and greatest role as The Ungrateful Son. Watch as Aaron takes an all-deserving strap to his boy's back for all the shame that his son has caused his family.

Now only if we advertised realistically, huh? It would be one thing to tell me I deserved it if I had even intended to make a fool of my father or this family; but, alas, I disappoint him further. It was pathetic, the reasons my dad found today. I'm impressed though on how he kept his cool for the whole premiere. He smiled, messed my hair, and stated that "Boys will be boys."

What I'm betting is the idea that he wanted to wrap his hands around my neck and just squeeze. I suppose it's all about family and responsibility. This is something that he'll tell me that I'll learn when I grow up. Personally, if I turn into the exquisite mirror of him when I grow up? I think I'll commit suicide, shuffle off this mortal coil, and end my all-too glamorous life. If he's my fine example for all time, I'll go with the dreams and wishes that I've been adopted into this lifestyle.

"Beyond the Breaking Point" is a hit. I think viewers especially loved the scene in which beyond his entire life, Aaron shows regret for the way he's lived: all action, all fun, and no love. That's when, in the movie and on the set, he pretends that there's not nearly half as much chemistry between himself and his female co-star as they make sweet, sweet love and my mom on the side pops another pill. I slip some JD from my own flask myself and try not to gag.

You'd think if he was such a good actor that he'd be able to hide his affairs, but really everyone knows. Lilly's not so right. Sometimes the premieres are far more exciting than watching paint dry. Sometimes the actors slip up and sometimes someone out there makes the right joke with the perfect timing. Anything to keep you in publicity, Dad. Just remember, I'm the alcohol to the flame.

My backside is swollen as I drive to the Kanes. Lilly'll know right away as she always does. Duncan will stand by idly and, if Veronica is there, she'll just be in blissful ignorance and believe every lie I have about getting into fist fights.

I'm still wearing the black suit and I swallow hard, loosening the too-tight tie around my neck. There are no cuts this time, only hard, red marks. All I want to do now is move into my own ignorance. I'd rather keep up the usual image of false smiles and the sickeningly 'has it all' family. One day, I know, I'll get tired of it. I guess that's why I spoke up today and why I keep talking. Maybe, I just want to stop being invited to all the parties. Those are the real shows. That's when you find out if your actors can truly act.

Unbuttoning the first button of my shirt, I see Veronica in the quickly approaching distance heading towards what I assume to be the Kane house herself. I slow down beside her, turn down the music on the radio (some boy band crap) and roll down the window. I remember Lilly's words of "Play nice", but the thing is that Veronica Mars could use a little excitement in her life - other than the random stories of her dad being Sheriff and busting asses. No, Veronica needs some real drama.

"Hey, Ronnie," I say, a smile quirking on my face for the second time today. I'm ready to see her just roll her eyes at me. Let's face it, we don't always get along. At least, that's something real. "Need a ride?"

[[ open to Veronica - oh, lord. will they snark? ]]
 
 
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Veronica Mars: Renewed Soul - liz_guerinrenewedsoul_v on November 22nd, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
"They only exist because they make the studios easy money, built in audience and all, right? I mean that basically explains how your dad still has a thriving career." I commented when he pointed out sequels should be avoided at all costs.

"Sorry, Logan." I laughed as he tsked me. Wasn't really all that sorry and we both knew it. "Just don't really believe South Park was the sole factor in your warped brain. Contributor I'd buy."

"Would it really be as fun for you if I were to just tell you?" I questioned. Sure, it'd be faster, but if he wanted maximum amusement, why just tell him? He'd known me long enough, known the two people I was closest two outside of my parents long enough, to make a few decent guesses, I was sure.

"I mean, if you just want to get right to the teasing, I can tell you. Whatever." I shrugged. He was right though, if we weren't snarking we basically weren't talking unless we were forced to. Why mess with what worked?
Logan Echolls: secret - l/vlogan_echolls on November 22nd, 2005 07:46 am (UTC)
"My dad still has a career because of obsessive fan girls who like to see him with his shirt off and because of crack producers who like that he sells because of previously said girls." I corrected Veronica almost immediately.

Reasons or not my father had a career was past me. I was the epitome of not caring. "Come to think of it, I think they just let out one of his sequelled movies today. It's not nearly half as touching as the one he's putting out at Christmas."

If you want the real reason I have a warped mind, Veronica... - I shook it off, ignored the pain still spreading on my lower back.

"Let me guess. Since, yes, you did point out that it would be fun," I said, motioning towards her with the usual witty smile. "Among these movies would be... Spice World and Batman Forever. Though, I do suspect that out of the Travolta collection you'd own Saturday Night Fever and Grease. Like you said, at least Grease is a classic."
Veronica Mars: Renewed Soul - liz_guerinrenewedsoul_v on November 22nd, 2005 04:55 pm (UTC)
"Either way it's a built in audience." I countered. "A near sure bet of easy money to the tune of hundreds of millions for any studio involved."

"Well no offense to your dad, but the odds of me making an effort to see either is highly unlikely. His movies have never really interested me much."

"I'll admit to Grease, and to Batman Forever. Spice World, for what it was, isn't really that bad, and if you mock me for watching that you have to mock Lil, 'cause she was right there with me nearly every single time I watched it. In my defense though? I was 10. Long since over that." I Insisted. "There's also She's All that and Down to You. And let's not forget three quarters of anything Kirsten Dunst did before Spider-man. Some very funny movies, but not exactly the most well written."

I figure I'd give him what he was after. A nice long list of things to torture me about that weren't his insisting that there was something wrong with the way my life was. I like my life, thanks.
Logan Echolls: a long time ago we used to be friends -logan_echolls on November 22nd, 2005 10:14 pm (UTC)
"See, now I know exactly what to ask him to get me for Christmas." I snapped my fingers, the same smile rising again. "I'll ask him for my own group of raging fan girls, because this family just doesn't have enough."

"At least it sells, Veronica. There's nothing much more than selling things, keeping jobs and a house, when it comes to business." I shook my head towards her, "Believe me when I say that I wouldn't throw any money towards his films either. Or even Trina's, for that matter." Trina, god knows, wouldn't be anywhere if she wasn't leeching off dad's fame a bit.

"I can't mock you about Spice World. Lilly made me and Duncan watch that thing like five times a day for a week. But... She's All That? Geeky girl into Prom Queen - How sweet." I told her. No, that sounded nothing at all like what happened when the Kanes discovered Veronica Mars. Minus one bet, we could possibly be that story.

"You couldn't possibly get more cliche. You know, unless you were watching Down To You. So, is this a general love of Freddie and Kirsten movies?"