Under Dust Painted Skies

Written by: Brittney (Alone In The Pretense)

After a traumatic encounter with a fan, Zac's world is shattered. Unable to conquer the fear, he leaves his music career behind along with most contact outside the walls of his home. As his tentative security within those walls begins to crack, Zac finds himself distracted by diving headlong into making sense of the odd behavior of the man across the street.

Chapter One
Chapter Two
Chapter Three
Chapter Four
Chapter Five
Chapter Six
Chapter Seven
Chapter Eight
Chapter Nine
Chapter Ten
Chapter Eleven
Chapter Twelve
Chapter Thirteen

Art by: Nikki (journal)

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By: Lana (journal)

01. Rewind by Paolo Nutini

Why can't we just rewind
Why can't we just rewind
Why can't we just rewind

Zac’s agony of returning on that fateful day every night.

02. Superstar by Taylor Swift

You smile that beautiful smile
And all the girls in the front row scream your name

just another wide-eyed girl
Who's desperately in love with you

And I'm invisible and everyone knows who you are
And you'll never see you sing me to sleep
Every night from the radio

So many parts of this cute song could seems fitting of the psycho fan.

03. Vesper's Goodbye by Nick Jonas & The Administration

See it turning red
Like a bullet through the chest
Lay me down to rest
It's a lover's final breath

This description was too good to pass up, and I love Nick Jonas solo work.;)

04. Goodbye Innocence by L.E.O.

goodbye innocence
tell me when the world stopped makin sense..
..you went away
a rainy cloud has followed me around
so why do you have to go away so soon?

I think the lyrics on this one is pretty self explanatory.

05. Disturbia by Rihanna

It's a thief in the night to come and grab you
It can creep up inside you and consume you
A disease of the mind it can control you
It's too close for comfort

This song pop up in my head the very first time I read the summary. I was a little wary to include in the playlist since is doesn’t really matches the rest of the songs, but I think in the right order is not so bad.

06. Everlong by Foo Fighters

If everything could ever feel this real forever.
If anything could ever be this good again,
The only thing I'll ever ask of you.

This is the only song inserted in the story. It had to make the cut!

07. In My Head by Anna Nalick

Under the weight of your wings
You are a God and whatever I want you to be
And I wonder if truly you are nearly as beautiful as I believe
In my head
Your voice
You've got all that I need
And this make believe will get me through another lonely night

You know those best friends that sometimes one works as the consciousness of the other? This song to me is about that and remind me about Remy and Zac’s relationship.

08. Now That You're Gone by Ryan Adams

Everything you ever touched, the fingerprints like
Crime scene evidence undisturbed in dust
I don't dare touch anything of yours,
Because it's evidence of us
And it means everything
Well sort of

Now that you're gone
Now that you're gone...for good

I love absolutely everything by Ryan Adams and I knew that I wanted to pick something from him, I choose this song for the overall feel of it, and the title matches perfectly the status that Kate finds herself in the story.

09. Easy Silence by Dixie Chicks

And I come to find a refuge in the
Easy silence that you make for me
It's okay when there's nothing more to say to me
And the peaceful quiet you create for me
And the way you keep the world at bay for me
The way you keep the world at bay

Zac’s gratitude towards Remy’s understanding of his condition.

10. The Sun by Maroon 5

But I cannot forget
Refuse to regret
So glad I met you
Take my breath away
Make everyday
Worth all of the pain that I've gone through

I immediately thought of this song because of the series of paintings with the sun as theme.

11. Homeless Heart by Jennette McCurdy

When you're lost in the dark
When you're out in the cold
When you're lookin' for somethin' that resembles your soul
When the wind blows your house of cards
I'll be a home to your homeless heart

Remy song for Zac.

12. 3x5 by John Mayer

You'll be with me
Next time I go outside
No more 3x5's

Trying to fit the world inside a picture frame

Another song inspired by the paintings, it came to mind the verse “Trying to fit the world inside a picture frame”, but checking the lyrics and listening to the song again the other bit matches the story like a glove.

13. Crazy People by The Wreckers

Only crazy people
Fall in love with me

For Remy….hehehe

14. Hello World by Lady Antebellum

Hello World
How've you been
Good to see you, my old friend
Sometimes I feel, cold as steel
Broken like I'm never gonna heal

When I first thought of this song for the story it came up for the part where Zac leaves the house, but after a closer look of the lyrics I think it suits more Zac’s mood after the accident.

15. Tonight, Not Again by Jason Mraz

And I'm all alone again tonight not again, not again, not again.

Jason is an absolutely personal favorite(perhaps more than Hanson, please don’t kill me!) …and from so many songs to choose from I went with one of the favorites from the favorite.

16. 1963 by Rachael Yamagata

Baby you'll be on my mind 'til I kiss you next time
I find it to be magical
I feel like I'm loving you in 1963

After the kiss…

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