ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Act II, Chapter 15: Born To Run
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", Jimmy(/Tina), Olivia(/Kristen), Tucker, cameos, OCs.
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

Oh, baby, this town rips the bones from your back, it's a death trap, it's a suicide rap — we gotta get out while we're young.

(The final chapter. In which, among other things, we finally get to see this universe's Daily Show.)

Two interviews referenced, but watch them after reading, to avoid spoilers: one, two. And people would indeed do Jimmy and marry Stephen.

The big showstopper song: They Don't Know About Us.

And the medley at the end: Just The Way We Roll, Defying Gravity, All That Heaven Will Allow, A Whole New World, Ever Ever After, Born To Run, Cover Me, I'll Cover You, and Without Love.

Jon had never simultaneously wanted to yell at someone and hug them so much. )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Act II, Chapter 14: What Love Can Do
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", Jimmy/Tina, Olivia/Kristen, Steve, cameos, OCs.
Rating: Soft R
Contents: Teen/teen sexual contact, references to abuse
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

Stephen decorates his new home, fights through mood swings, and tries to pull his life back together. Olivia gets out of her fake relationship and on the right path. Jimmy and Tina deal with tinhatters. And Jon inches toward the door of the closet.

Songs referenced: Seasons Of Love; Mother Knows Best; Best Of Friends.

Stephen pressed the unfollow button a few times, spent a while in the 'colbewart' tag spitefully liking and reblogging everything he could find, then left the site entirely to go browse interior design retailers. )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: #stimmy is real
Characters/Pairings: "Stephen"/Jimmy, Jimmy/Tina
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

Collected Tumblr posts from a universe where teen idols "Stephen" and Jimmy have a massive tinhatting fandom.

Written as a bonus for the boy band AU, but can also be read as a standalone one-shot. (Happens roughly during Shout*For, Act II, Chapter 14.)

Contains animated GIFs. All images feature the IRL adults; just pretend they're images of the same people/characters as teenagers, doing exactly the same things. A few quotes are directly from real-world Larry Stylinson shippers. See if you can guess which they are!

I know we all have Stephen and Jimmy's best interest at heart, but if they aren't ready to come out yet, maybe all our posting and analyzing is putting on too much of a spotlight and too much pressure. )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Act II, Chapter 13: The Rising
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", Jimmy/Tina, Olivia/Kristen, Brian, Charlene, Trevor Potter, family, others
Rating: PG-13
Contents: Discussion of child abuse
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

Olivia's got all her ducks in a row, personally and professionally, and is set to make a fresh start. Meanwhile, Stephen still has some serious hurdles to climb...but now he has Jon's ruthless, righteous ferocity on his side, and there are more allies to be found when he gets brave enough to start looking.

With a cameo from Stephanie Tubbs Jones. The details of legal emancipation for child actors are based largely on the memoir Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter by Melissa Francis. Those events happened in the 1980s, and don't line up with 2011 law as I understand it (if, indeed, they were strictly in line with 198X law in the first place); but hey, it's already an AU.

He would have to put that on his to-do list. Item One: brush the dog. Item Two: anything other than volunteering to be known for the rest of his life as That Teen Pop Star Who Got Molested. )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Act II, Chapter 12: Long Time Comin'
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", Olivia/Kristen, Mac
Rating: R
Contents: Teen/teen sexual contact, discussion of abuse
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

Olivia starts clawing herself back up towards normal, with a couple of helping hands. And Stephen gives Jon (and himself) a long-desired gift, before finally opening up about the fight he's been going through alone.

The songs are Long Time Comin', Let's Be Friends (Skin to Skin), and The Dark I Know Well.

Also, check out the new Shout*For - The Best Of soundtrack, and associated cover art of the band.

Stephen, whose breath control was basically superhuman, didn't miss a beat. )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For - The Best Of
Fandom: Fake news, Saturday Night Live RPF
Subject: The fake news boy band AU
Rating: PG

Part affectionate boy-band parody, part soundtrack for the Disney teen pop star AU. A sampling of the kinds of music written for our dubiously-well-adjusted heroes (and breathlessly misinterpreted by the more enthusiastic shippers among their fans).

High-res version of the cover art.



I'm like a shooting star / I've come so far / I can't go back to where I used to be )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Act II, Chapter 11: The Fuse
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", Jimmy, Anthony Weiner/Huma Abedin, families, others
Rating: PG-13
Contents: Referenced past emotional abuse + animal death
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

Concert time. Jon invites a couple of special guests, gets some surprise presents, and has an (unwelcome) unexpected visitor — which sparks off some thoughts that Stephen won't be able to put out.

Huma's dress is from her 2007 Vogue profile. Etsy provided the Batman/Superman friendship pendants.

The first few rows, where people were so close that they'd had to sign releases promising they wouldn't get sick from the smoke-machine fumes, were practically hyperventilating. Stephen wanted to hug every single one of them. )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Act II, Chapter 10: One Step Up
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", Olivia, family members
Rating: PG-13
Contents: Homophobia, alcoholism, verbal abuse
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

Dinner with the parents for everyone! With their mothers in town, Jon and Stephen get a chance to reminisce about their bandom-AU backstories. Plus, Stephen and Olivia get brave and take steps toward being more honest with their families (and themselves)...and deal with the blowback that follows.

(Still very fictional families, still not connected to the actors' relations.)

'I had a little unplanned fall on the set one day earlier this year, and Jon here is such a worrier, aren't you, Jon? Total hypochondriac. He's got like ten different medicines in his coat pockets right now, I bet.' )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Act II, Chapter 9: New York City Serenade
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", Jimmy(/Tina), family, others.
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

The band is in NYC once more: singing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, making plans for caroling season, and putting together their long-anticipated concert movie. Also on Stephen and Jon's agenda: dinner with Mom. Let's see how much of this actually goes according to plan....

Songs that have been appropriated for Shout*For's set list: All I Ever Wanted (lyrics tweaked where appropriate), Keep It Real, Nobody Compares. Songs the band are supposed to be doing covers of in-universe: A Whole New World, Walking On Sunshine.

Stephen also works on Another Christmas Song, and tries to inspire Jon to write Can I Interest You In Hanukkah.

Obligatory reminder that in-story family, especially for "Stephen", is unrelated to the actors' real families.

But here in person, he could see that when she talked, her expressions and the way her face moved were eerily identical to Jon's. She could have been computer-generated, Gollum-style, from a Jon-based motion-capture recording. )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Act II, Chapter 8: This Depression
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", Jimmy/Tina, Steve, others.
Rating: soft R
Contents: Mental health issues, trauma symptoms
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

Tina gets picked on by tinhats who are convinced she's a beard. Steve has some suggestions, and learns a few new things about his friends. And Stephen's ongoing emotional crash continues, with Jon left fumbling in the dark trying to figure out how to help.

New art: Teenage Jon and "Stephen" cuddling.

'So, these Stimmy people. Have you thought about just trolling them? Because apparently nothing is going to make them see reason, so you might as well go for broke.' )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Act II, Chapter 7: When The Lights Go Out
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", Jimmy/Tina, Olivia/Kristen, Tucker, Brian, cameos, OCs.
Rating: PG-13
Contents: Sexual situations, non-con touching
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

Olivia and Kristen wrangle what limited time they can get together, with a little help from their friends. Jon tries to be romantic for Stephen, with moderate success. And Stephen isn't going to be able to cope much longer unsupported.

'But if my grades tank, my parents can totally pull me out of acting for the year. They can still do that, you know. I don't have crazy-powerful managers who can roll right over them like you do.' )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Act II, Chapter 6: I'll Work For Your Love
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", Jimmy/Tina, Olivia/Kristen, Anthony, Tucker, others
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

Tina and Jimmy are in a much-too-sugary honeymoon phase. Everyone else is putting in some effort, with romances and friendships alike. Also, the guys ease into life on Twitter.

The boys' dance coach, as per this clip, is Betty White.

'Hello, 15K new followers! Be the one to RT me the most times in the next 24 hours, and I will PM you @Shout4JStew's favorite variety of shampoo.' )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Act II, Chapter 5: Growin' Up
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", Jimmy/Tina, Olivia/Kristen, Brian, cameos, others.
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

The boys all get on Twitter, Jon gets his driver's license, Olivia gets grounded (and then gets around it), Tina gets some advice, and Jimmy gets an excellent birthday present.

New bonus art: a magazine spread with Olivia.

Oh, Stephen did not trust himself alone with Jon right now. Even with Briar Rose around to chaperone. )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Act II, Chapter 4: Hollywood Kids
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", Jimmy, Olivia(/Kristen) and family, Tucker, cameos, OCs.
Rating: PG-13
Contents: Tiger mothering, underage drinking.
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

Stephen's not sleeping well. Olivia's drinking gets bad enough that people are starting to take notice. And the band has a Q&A involving some fans whose impression of them is close to the truth, and yet so far.

'I think you may be confused? We're best friends, but that's all. Anything else you've seen is just fanfiction.' )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Act II, Chapter 3: Be True
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", Jimmy, Tina, Olivia/Kristen, Steve, cameos, OCs.
Rating: PG-13
Contents: Minor drug use
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

Jon's getting written into his first on-screen romance, sending Stephen's anxiety about his real feelings up to eleven. Offscreen, Tina bonds with Olivia over Star Wars and awkwardness; Kristen may have found her calling; and the guys experiment with some chemical aid that has fewer side effects than Vaxasopor.

Jon honestly couldn't tell if they were still friends, or if they had gone back to being sworn enemies and Stephen would be throwing Steve out as soon as they'd exhausted his Guest Expertise. )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Act II, Chapter 2: Dancing In The Dark
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", Jimmy, Olivia(/Kristen), cameos, OCs.
Rating: R
Contents: Emotional abuse, non-con events (mostly offscreen)
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

Dicey goings-on at the band's album release party. Jon stews all by himself, Olivia flutters from drink to drink, and Stephen is more popular than he wants to be. And what did Stephen do while he was sleepwalking?

Features a new Newsroom cameo; all you need to know about Leona Lansing is that she's played by Jane Fonda.

'Olivia, I realize that as a member of a boy band I sing some pretty deep lyrics sometimes, but that doesn't mean I have answers for all your philosophical questions.' )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Act II, Chapter 1: It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", Jimmy, Tucker, Olivia(/Kristen), cameos, OCs.
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

And we're back! With brand-new art of the band, from one of their newer and increasingly more suave photoshoots.

With their vacation over and their next album about to drop, the band is back to work, starting with a round of promotional events in New York City. You'd be surprised at how many ethical dilemmas can be packed into a couple of late-night talk show appearances (and one later-night raid on their suite's minibar).

Musical accompaniments: Stephen and Jimmy singing with Taylor Hicks; Stephen singing with Dolly Parton.

Stephen didn't really want straight Pepsi. He was, truth be told, kind of sick of Pepsi — in all its variations, from Original Pepsi to Pepsi Free to Pepsi Light Lime. )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Intermission, chapter 4/4: The Ties That Bind
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", Killer, Anthony, family, others
Rating: PG-13
Contents: Foreplay, alcohol
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

In which Jon finally has a couple of coming-outs, along with a couple of much-needed heart-to-hearts.

With a brief detour involving cameos from The Jaquie Brown Diaries, a New Zealand comedy starring a self-centered, status-obsessed, needy, pouty, and hilarious TV news correspondent played by an actress of the same name. If you enjoy shows with that premise, look this one up some time.

'And before you ask, yes, Olivia is faking her side of the relationship as a way to support him, and no, you still do not have even the tiniest sliver of a chance of getting with her.' )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Intermission, chapter 3/4: Local Hero
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", family, Anthony, Killer, others
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

Jon's in Jersey, it's summer, and there are traditions that must be followed. Fame or no fame, he's getting in at least one trip to the boardwalk. And if people start recognizing him, well, he'll sign that bridge when he comes to it.

(New bonus art: boy band AU Jon and "Stephen" meet canon Jon and "Stephen".)

'Can I get a photo? Just really quick? I don't want to interrupt you.' )
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Title: Shout*For, Intermission, chapter 2/4: Seaside Bar Song
Characters/Pairings: Jon/"Stephen", family, Anthony, Killer, others
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: See series Table of Contents.

Jon juggles awkward and/or truthy relationships with friends and family. When the whole group heads out to the shore for a few days, it just adds the complication of trying to guess which public places he can visit safely. At least Anthony's got his back. (And, increasingly, his merchandise.)

Involves some callbacks to the Stewart-versus-Cramer interview. The song given to Shout*For is Michael Stanley Band's "All I Ever Wanted"; just imagine a more sparkly-pop cover, with lyrics tweaked to fit California in the '10s rather than Ohio in the '80s.

The shirt is just the kind of thing I wear when nobody professional is dressing me )

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