Flufftober Day 15 Save Your Scissors (formerly I Am A Rock) (silly traditions)
fandom: Julie and the Phantoms
relationship: Julie Molina & Alex Mercer & Luke Patterson & Reggie Peters
summary: When opinions clash about a new composition, the band settles it in an unusual way.
“I think Julie should take that line up high,” Reggie objected as the band was playing their new song.
Julie and Luke exchanged glances. “We wrote that line for Luke,” Julie said. “I have plenty of high notes to wail on in this piece.”
“But it’s just better going up, look,” and Reggie slid into the piano seat, then played the existing notes, then changed it up and played his proposed descant over the top. Julie nodded thoughtfully. It was rare for Reggie to attempt to overrule her and Luke on a project, but when he felt strongly about it, he was pretty much always right--at least about the music. His lyrics tended to be a little questionable.
Luke, however, was resistant. “Let’s settle it old school Sunset Curve style.”
Reggie nodded. “Rock, Paper, Scissors it is!”
Julie looked from one to the other in disbelief. “Um, guys, this is our careers. Our music . You want to decide it by throwing rock/paper/scissors? You might as well flip a coin or something.”
Surprisingly, it was Alex who intervened. “Don’t worry, Julie, it will be fine.” She raised her eyebrows at him. He smiled. “I’ve been dealing with these two a long time. Trust me.”
Reggie threw scissors. Luke threw paper. “I win!” Reggie crowed proudly. “Let’s get rehearsing on your new solo, Jules!”
The song was quite a bit better. Later that day, Julie tackled Alex.
"Okay, so, generally you’re the last person to be all relaxed about stuff like that,” she asked. “What gives?”
Alex smiled conspiratorily. “Ask yourself this: would Luke EVER let his pride get in the way of what’s best for the music?”
Julie shook her head without even having to think. “Not in a million years.”
“Exactly. So here’s the secret. Reggie always throws scissors.”
“But then Luke can win at any time-- oh! ” Julie got it. “ Ohhhh-- ”
Alex nodded. “They’ve been doing it since around 1993. This way Luke can give in--without giving in.”
Julie shook her head. “Your friends are lunatics.”
Alex nodded again. “Yep, but I like having ‘em around.”
“So do I,” she admitted.