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19 January 2011 @ 10:47 pm
fanfic > country strong > the light still in our eyes (beau/chiles)  
the light still in our eyes; He puts a ring on her finger just south of Paris, Texas.; g; beau hutton/chiles stanton spoilers for Country Strong

They get an album and a half worth of songs written in less than two years. She surprises him with studio time for his birthday, so they go in and record as much as they can. He thinks it’s crazy that they’re doing this again, but he loves the way she looks in front of a microphone.

*****

Their label is small, but neither of them minds much. He’s just glad there are people who still want to hear songs that mean something

*****

She decides their first single will be ‘Give In to Me.’ He’s still hesitant to even pursue this, but she’s promised him they would take it slow.

The song tops out at #63.

*****

She thinks they’re destined to be a one hit wonder.

*****

He tells their label to release ‘Timing is Everything’ without letting her know. It’s a duet now and he has to admit that James was right - they sound amazing together.

She doesn’t know about the song until her alarm goes off one morning and it’s playing on the local country station.

She laughs through her tears loud enough to scare the cat.

*****

‘Timing is Everything’ tops the chart at #17.

*****

They’re booked for small venues across Southern California and Arizona. If they do well, it’s possible they’ll continue on to Nevada, Texas, and Louisiana.

He’s not sure they’ll go that far.

She is.

They do.

*****

He puts a ring on her finger just south of Paris, Texas.

It’s in the shape of a star.

He tries to make a joke about how one day they’ll see the real Paris, but she’s crying too hard to hear him.

Of course she says yes.

*****

They have a huge fight outside of New Orleans. Neither of them really remembers what it’s about later, but he storms off and she doesn’t see him until the next show.

They put on their best performance yet and then blow off the reporters to spend the night in their hotel room.

*****

None of their other songs ever do as well as ‘Timing is Everything.’ He doesn’t mind. He never wanted that much fame.

She doesn’t either.

*****

They go back to their ranch in California. The owner wants to sell it and move to Key West, so Beau makes an offer.

They sign the papers the next week.

*****

She holds his hand on the fifth anniversary of Kelly’s death and calls James as soon as she can talk again. It’s still hard to remember her.

*****

They write another album worth of songs, but this time they sell them. There’s not enough room for fame and love, and Chiles reckons they had their taste of one and have too much of the other. She’s surprised to find she’s okay with that.

*****

She tells him about the baby on her birthday.

*****

They name her Kelly and teach her how to play guitar and to fall in love with everything.
 
 
 
zidlerszidlers on January 20th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC)
AMANDA, I AM FREAKING OUT. THIS IS SO CUTE AND PERFECT AND TOTALLY THEM. AND UGH UGH UGH. WHY ARE YOU SO TALENTED?
a. / electric boobs / small potatoesaverypartofme on January 22nd, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
omg stop. i love you. this was all for you!