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22 March 2013 @ 04:26 pm

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Title: The Making of an Artist
Author: later2nite
Time frame: Fluctuates between 3 distinct periods in
Justin's life - his childhood, his years in NYC, and the present.
A/N: Written for guavejuice's bday


"Brian, you're destroying my flow." You whisper the words without turning your head, lengthening a stroke of your brush on the canvas in front of you until it matches the one in your dream.

"Your flow?" He's in no mood. "It's two in the goddamned morning, Justin. You and your flow should be in bed. Blowing me."

You'll blow him when you finish working, but for now, he feels woefully neglected. You suspect he's jealous. Jealous of a painting. You'd laugh if you weren't preoccupied with mixing a touch of ash gray into the crimson.

You don't stop blending until you see the color of despair.



You know you're meant for bigger and better things when your kindergarten teacher calls your parents in for a talk.

"I'm afraid we have a problem, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor. Justin doesn't seem to be interested in anything other than finger painting."

Later that night, you fold the top back on the box of 64 Crayola crayons your mom gives you, fascinated by the variety of color. Searching for your tablet of blank white paper, you can't wait to recreate the children in vibrant snowsuits you see on their way to school each morning. Thinking they look like big huggable jelly beans, you giggle.

"Why can't he go outside and play with the other kids, Jen? Stop encouraging him to sit in the house with his crayons all day!" Your dad's problem seems to be directly related to your latest drawing affixed to the fridge.

Your mom's having none of it, though, proud of the fact that your coloring books go mostly ignored as you much prefer to make your own pictures. "Look at this purple he used."

Your mom is your hero.


New York City brims with humanity, its boundless energy welcoming you in, eager to see what you're made of. Determined to succeed from the moment your plane touches down, you're reminded yet again of the age old saying you've adopted as a personal motto: Uplifting art arises from suffering.

You figure you've got a lock on that department, armed with enough resources to make art so uplifting it'll float away if you don't bolt it down. You're going to choreograph a ball, compose a symphony, direct an epic film.

But first you need to find your way to the East Village.


It's two forty-five when you finally wipe the paint from your palette knife. You glance at the half-finished canvas in the corner of your attic studio and struggle to cast off the gloom, waiting until you're good and ready to tiptoe down Britin's creaky stairs and join your husband in bed.

Blowing him into oblivion at the crack of dawn, you lick your lips and settle in for a little more shut-eye while he heaves his breath in and out. "Wake me when you get it up again, old man. Don't think you're leaving this house till you fuck me."

"Hey, you're pushing thirty, Sunshine. That pretty face of yours is gonna age like Robert Redford's did if you don't start keeping some decent hours. Roll over."

You're not surprised when he proceeds to rim and ram you as if he were a teenager again, your seemingly offhand remark anything but. You curl up under the comforter when he shuffles out of bed, thankful for small indulgences like sleeping as long as you please after he heads for the office each morning.

Not intending to budge until noon, you admire your partner's still-perfect backside before it disappears into the shower. "Brian? Bring ice cream home tonight."

JonDH: Hunkthespian15 on March 22nd, 2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
That is really good. :)
Kind of a different perspective. If I am saying that correctly. :)
Hugs, Jon
later2nite: vered bdaylater2nite on March 24th, 2013 01:56 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. Yeah, it's really different for me to write in 2nd person. I've never done it before and wanted to try it.

Glad you enjoyed this first chapter. ♥
bksbraceletbksbracelet on March 23rd, 2013 03:28 am (UTC)
Loved loved loved it a strong motivated sassy Justin and a Brian who knows he's a lucky man lol
later2nite: vered bdaylater2nite on March 24th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
Thank you, Chris. Glad you liked this first chapter of my new fic.

I'd say you nailed the description of the guys!

Hope you enjoy the rest of the chaps. ♥
techgirl_on_ij: Gif 114 Dancetechgirl_on_ij on March 23rd, 2013 05:27 am (UTC)
This is so incredible good! I love reading it from Justin's pov and I love that there is so much love between them!

Smooch and kram
later2nite: vered bdaylater2nite on March 24th, 2013 02:00 am (UTC)
Thank you so much. ♥

Justin's POV is really different for me, but I've always wanted to try it. Glad you could feel the love coming through.

Smooch and kram
guavejuiceguavejuice on March 23rd, 2013 07:30 am (UTC)
I'm just... speechless.
To what do I owe this honor, Linda?
This was exquisite. totally brilliant. I LOVE each and every sentence and image you so artfully weaved into this colorful tapestry.
Can't thank you enough.
Can't wait for more ;)
*hugs you tight*
later2nite: vered bdaylater2nite on March 24th, 2013 02:03 am (UTC)
Wow! That is a really special comment! Thank you so much for this great feedback. I'm really happy that you like your bday fic. Hope you like the rest of it, too! ♥

Hugs back
shadownyc: b/j 512 Happy Kiss by stephmckshadownyc on March 23rd, 2013 10:13 am (UTC)
I loved the first chapter of this story and look forward to more! :D
later2nite: vered bdaylater2nite on March 24th, 2013 02:10 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm happy that you enjoyed this first chapter.

I wasn't sure how it would turn out since I've never attempted 2nd person before. I thought it would be rather limiting, but it wasn't. ♥

Edited at 2013-03-24 02:11 am (UTC)
Rena: Birthdayrainbow1907 on March 23rd, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
This is all around perfect!!! I love how perfectly in tune they are with each other, the easy bantering, the love shining through every word and gesture, the comfortable every day routine that still manages to remain extraordinary for them :))) Great job with this, Linda ♥ Hugs, Rena
later2nite: vered bdaylater2nite on March 24th, 2013 02:13 am (UTC)
Oh, Rena - this is a beautiful comment. Thank you so much for the kind words. I'm happy you enjoyed this first chapter. ♥
techgirl_on_ijtechgirl_on_ij on April 16th, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
OMG The picture of little Justin is almost too adorable! I'm still deeply in love with this story. And your banner is looking perfect.

later2nite: vered bdaylater2nite on April 17th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm a little in love with that pic. I think it's so cute!

So happy you like my new story. Thanks for all the cheerleading and confidence you've given me. ♥

And my banner - still can't believe Tanya did such a beautiful job!

smooch and kram
mander3_swish: randy redmander3_swish on April 16th, 2013 06:40 pm (UTC)
Apparently I missed seeing this! wonderful!
excited for the new story...*skips off to ch1*
later2nite: vered bdaylater2nite on April 17th, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
I think you were gallivanting around Ireland on Vered's bday. LOL I wrote the prologue for her EKG project.

I'm so happy that you're excited for my new story. Thank you for the sweet comment. ♥
landlady_4rentlandlady_4rent on April 17th, 2013 03:45 am (UTC)
Omg, Linda! Love it. This is going to be great. Love it. I have no other words. You write so well and different. On to the first chapter. Excellent Start! Hugs! Annie
later2nite: vered bdaylater2nite on April 17th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, Annie, you're so sweet to leave this fabulous feedback! Thank you so much. I'm happy to know you think it's going to be great. That means the world to me. ♥

*Hugs you back*

(did you get my last PM?)
(no subject) - landlady_4rent on April 18th, 2013 12:33 am (UTC) (Expand)
urugwajurugwaj on April 17th, 2013 09:02 am (UTC)
Why am I not noticed this before? I really like that it is written in the second person and the subject of artistic touches. Banner is fantastic! Full of color! I run to read the next chapter :)
later2nite: vered bdaylater2nite on April 17th, 2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
So happy you noticed it now! LOL It must have slipped by you before.

Thanks for this awesome feedback. I've always wanted to try 2nd person. This is my first time writing in it. Yeah, Tanya did a fantastic job with my banner. I love it.

Hope you like the next chapter! ♥
Kmacorinakmacorina on April 17th, 2013 12:56 pm (UTC)
Yei! New fic! What a joy... A very good begining and I want to read more!!!
later2nite: vered bdaylater2nite on April 17th, 2013 08:45 pm (UTC)
Hi! Thanks so much for this sweet comment. I'm glad you liked the beginning of my new story and want to read more - hope you like Chapter One, too! ♥

*kisses back to you*
Daphne: spiral rainbowduffy_60 on April 17th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)
Love the flow of this. And for God's sake, who is the kid?? Isn't he just adorable. :-)
later2nite: vered bdaylater2nite on April 17th, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
Hi! Thanks for this sweet comment. ♥ Glad you like the flow. It's kind of different for me to write this way, but it seems to be the best way to tell the story.

Yeah, the kid . . . found this pic floating around in cyberspace and have no idea who it is or whom to credit - but doesn't he look just like 3 yr. old Justin? LOL Too adorable for words!
Yvonne Reidyvonnereid on April 26th, 2013 12:01 am (UTC)
Yaaay, Yvonne loves this!!! Um,that's me. I have no idea why I call myself Yvonne sometimes but yea, I loved this lol hehehe. Thanks for telling me to have a look,I don't honestly know how I missed it ~ Yvonne xx
later2nite: vered bdaylater2nite on April 26th, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
Thanks, Yvonne! I was hoping you'd like it. This little prologue was written for Vered's bday. There is Chapter One already posted, and Chapter Two will be posted this weekend. Hope you'll keep reading and letting me know what you think. ♥
7WildWaysUp7wildwaysup on April 29th, 2013 01:20 pm (UTC)
So far simply brilliant! ~ Kathleen
later2nite: vered bdaylater2nite on April 30th, 2013 04:51 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I really appreciate the sweet feedback.

Glad you decided to read. ♥
908718908718 on November 14th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)
Love the past present playing out.
later2nite: j at PIFAlater2nite on November 14th, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
Re: wonderful
Thank you so much! I hope you read on and enjoy the rest of this story. I'm working on the last 2 chapters right now.