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The Fall and Rise of The Black Parade 
14th-Jun-2008 03:47 pm
black parade: the five of us are dying
The Fall and Rise of The Black Parade
Band(s): My Chemical Romance
Pairing(s): Frank/Gerard, Ray/Mikey
Word Count: ~53,000
Rating/Warnings: R (language, violence, sexuality, discussion of drug use). Deals throughout with death and related topics, including violent death, cancer, depression, and suicide. Character death on a pretty big scale.
Author Notes: I'd been toying with thoughts of a Black Parade AU since I first got into bandom, and then big bang came along and I figured, what better excuse to write something epic and massive? So, uh, here it is, and I apologize in advance for just how massive it ended up. The Black Parade concept and all songs from the album referenced herein are 100% MCR's, and this story is 110% fictional and just me riffing off of Gerard Way's crazy genius. Thanks to fragilistikal for betaing, and to everyone on my friends list who put up with my flailing and gave me encouragement and reassurances when I needed them. I hope you guys like it. <3
Summary: “I used to think this was Hell. I mean, I always figured that’s where I was headed, if there was any afterlife. And then when I got here…there were no lakes of fire, or anything, but I was stuck on my own in a place where nothing grows or changes, so I figured, okay, Hell’s just a little different than I always thought it would be. But then, after a while…it wasn’t so bad. I found a place where I could kind of belong, and I met Toro and Brian and Bob and Mikey…and you. And I figure…if I was in Hell, falling in love shouldn’t really be in the cards, should it?

So after that, I started thinking—okay, maybe this place isn’t anything I ever heard about in school or church. But then again, maybe it is. Maybe this is Purgatory. And I always had the idea that Purgatory was kind of like prison, y’know, you gotta serve your sentence and the only thing that’s gonna get you out quicker is good behavior or having friends in high places. But maybe—maybe you don’t have to just sit around waiting for someone to tell you your sentence is up. Maybe Purgatory ends when you get yourself out of it.”

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven
Part Eight
Part Nine
Part Ten

(...SO SORRY. Anyone who wants a cookie just for making it through the whole thing, let me know.)

Bonus Tracks/Enhanced Content
Fanart: Cover Art by clayeer

Fanmix(es): Our Broken City by sweetnovicane
15th-Jun-2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
Dude, this is amazing. I'll save this for another week till my exams are over, but god, am I looking forward to it!
18th-Jun-2008 11:51 am (UTC)
I don't know anything about bandslash/bandom, to be honest, but I read this yesterday on misspamela's recommendation, and wow it's good. Thanks!
7th-Apr-2011 01:17 am (UTC)
Oh my god. After years of looking for this fic again, I've found it! OMG. BRB, telling everyone I know.
27th-Jun-2011 05:58 am (UTC)
Years and years ago, I was lurking around on live journal, like you do, and reading random stargate aus, and I somehow stumbled onto this amazing monster epic of a story that was set in purgatory and starring these guys who were in a band I had never listened to (yes, I grew up under a rock). I loved this story. Seriously, words do not convey how full of awe I was at the plot, the characters, the attention to detail and all the little things that literally transported me to this new world. And then I looked up the band, and loved them too, and started diving into this crazy world called 'bandom' and finding more stories. But none of them were ever quite as original, long, creative, beautiful, evocative as that first one. Then, just a little while ago, I sat down to read a prohibition-era big bang, and loved it (sooooo much, seriously, I love everything you write) and going back and sorting through all your stories (the sick-frank-finds-Victorian-Gerard-in-the-attic story is yours too!!) I found my first and still favorite story. And I was too scared to tell you at the time, but at the end of my long, rambling comment I will say Thank You for writing, and being so creative (and so talented), and for introducing me to one of my favorite bands.
27th-Jun-2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
I tend to be really terrible about responding to new comments on older fic, but I wanted to say thanks for this. It's really great to know you were able to enjoy the story so much despite not knowing about the band or the album, and that it led to you looking up the band, and I'm really glad that you've enjoyed my other stories as well. Basically this comment made my morning, so thank you. ♥
26th-Jan-2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
Ive been into mcr for a long time but didnt get into fiction until a few months ago, i've read a lot of fanfiction in all the fandoms I've been a part of and I have to say this is definitively one of the best stories i've ever read. this story was amazing, very very well written im in awe of how strong every part of it is. I loved it. It is a perfect soundtrack for the album. I am speechless.
25th-May-2012 01:16 am (UTC)
I re-read this the other day and just wanted to let you know how much I still love it. Thank you. <3
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