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Some Instagram posts set in the 'blame it on christmas' universe

A screenshot of a fictional Instagram post showing Riley in a suit with the caption 'First day on the job at @charmcityrollergirls'

A screenshot of a fictional Instagram post showing Abby leaning over with the caption 'the gorgeous @abby.holland tried roller derby today'

A screenshot of a fictional Instagram post showing a selfie of Riley and John with the caption 'congratulations to the lovely @janey_caldwell on your commitment ceremony'

A screenshot of a fictional Instagram post from the account frantastic showing Abby and Riley looking drunk with the caption 'can't believe my girl finally found someone! best birthday ever! love you @abby.holland and @rileyjbennett'

A screenshot of a fictional Instagram post showing Riley being hot in a lounge with the caption '#bringurgftoworkday @rileyjbennett'

A screenshot of a fictional Instagram post showing Riley and a tall, skinny Black woman in Christmas sweaters with the caption 'merry friendsmas w/ @cherieeee @abby.holland @john_davies @frantastic @evienture @taylor-made'

A screenshot of a fictional Instagram post showing Riley reading a book with the caption 'happy thanksgiving, grateful for @rileyjbennett'

A screenshot of a fictional Instagram post showing Riley video-calling John with the caption 'my two fave people @rileyjbennett and @john_davies'

The 'blame it on christmas' playlist

I listened to this on repeat for almost a year while writing this fic - the whole playlist is linked above, but I've highlighted one song for each chapter below. I've italicized songs by artists who I know identify as LGBTQ+. I particularly recommend Hollie Col and Paige.

Chapter 1: Bad Liar – Imagine Dragons

Chapter 2: Your Best American Girl – Mitski

Chapter 3: I Think You're Great – Alex the Astronaut

Chapter 4:  Unholy – Hollie Col

Chapter 5: New Rules – Dua Lipa

Chapter 6: Take A Bow – Rihanna

Chapter 7: Hit 'n' Run – Paige

Chapter 8: Hands To Myself – Selena Gomez

Chapter 9: Fix You Up – Tegan and Sara

Chapter 10: Chance – Hayley Kiyoko

Chapter 11: Happy Together – King Princess, Mark Ronson

Chapter 12: Make You Mine This Season – Tegan and Sara

 

Riley's break up playlist:

So What! – P!nk

Bad Reputation – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

All The Things She Said – t.A.T.u.

Just Another Girl – The Killers

Complicated – Avril Lavigne

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Miley Cyrus

Gives You Hell – The All-American Rejects

I Kissed a Girl – Katy Perry

 

The movies mentioned, Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) and Saving Face (2004) are both real lesbian movies. There are also multiple subtle references to The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018) and the book of the same name by Emily M. Danforth throughout the fic.