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Disclaimer : the vast majority of the characters in this story (notably, Katie Fitch, Emily Fitch, Tony

Stonem, Effy Stonem, and Naomi Campbell) are being "borrowed" from Skins; consequently, all

creative rights to these characters belong to Company Pictures and their other respective owners.

Poetry is, as per usual, (c) Elizabeth Bishop.


To Cubed, for being the Effy to my Emily and becoming the Naomi to my Katie;

To B., for being the Effy to my Naomi (or perhaps my Katie);

To everyone who has a Tony or a Jimmy;

And to the two Katies, for helping me to do a little bit more, every time.


The tumult in the heart

keeps asking questions.

And then it stops and undertakes to answer

in the same tone of voice.

No one could tell the difference.

Uninnocent, these conversations start,

and then engage the senses,

only half-meaning to.

And then there is no choice,

and then there is no sense;

until a name

and all its connotation are the same.


elizabeth bishop, "conversation"


1. Alameda

If you're alone, it must be you that wants to be apart.

2. No Name # 5

A sweet, sweet smile that's fading fast, 'cause everyone's gone at last.

3. 2:45 AM

Hidden cracks that don't show, but constantly just grow.

4. Ballad of Big Nothing

You can do what you want to, there's no one to stop you.

Interlude. Between the Bars

Do what I say and I'll make them okay, and drive them away, the images stuck in your head.

5. Pictures of Me

Saw you and me on the coin-op TV: frozen in fear every time we appear.

6. Angeles

I could make you satisfied in everything you do; all your secret wishes could right now be coming true.

7. Rose Parade

They say it's a sight that's quite worth seeing; it's just that everyone's interest is stronger than mine.

Interlude. Cupid's Trick

She's shaking down, it's never over and done.

8. Punch and Judy

They don't read the same page, or speak easy, now they're gonna go say the words in the

wrong order again.

9. Speed Trials

You're such a pinball, yeah you know it's true; there's always something you go back running to.

10. Say Yes

I'll probably be the last to know, no one says until it shows.