This scene is unironically one of my favourite moments of the entire show. Because the differences in the boys’ reactions are just so interesting to me.
When Caleb mentions that they can be together, Reggie stands completely still and just stares at him with an unchanging expression. He’s completely frozen, to a degree we’ve never seen from Reggie. Every other time we see him get anxious, he ends up playing with something to release some anxious energy, but this time he’s just. Still. It looks like a complete fear response: he’s so nervous that he can’t even fidget.
He’s the most physical with Luke - which appeals to Luke’s love of physical touch. He can’t touch Julie but he can touch anybody else at the club. That combined with the offer of music should have made him incredibly interested, but the only reaction he gives is a minuscule drawing together of his eyebrows. He says himself, it would be cool to play at the club and it was awesome to be seen by lifers, so he’s interested, sure. But the appeal never went deeper than that. At the end of the day, Luke doesn’t care about the club. He’s never gonna do more than be slightly intrigued.
But then there’s Alex. When he realises Willie and their feelings for each other are being used against him, he has a complete postural change. He shifts his weight slightly backwards, putting space between himself and Caleb, and moving closer to the safety that is his friends. He starts in a neutral position but moves to hold his drumsticks in front of him. We see him use drumming and his sticks in general to help his anxiety: he’s literally using his comfort items as a block.
He’s the only one to do such a big physical change. Reggie’s terrified and Luke’s nervous, but Alex is clearly uncomfortable. Because he’s the only one with a genuine connection to the club, he’s the one being forced to choose between people. If he took the deal to be with Willie, he’d never see the boys again. But if he refused and crossed over/got destroyed alongside the guys, he’d lose Willie. The guys have nothing to gain by taking the deal (beyond the obvious), but Alex does. He’s the only one who wants to take the deal. It’s literally a single second but it shows so much about Alex’s uncertainty about his priorities and its so amazing
Julie likes to borrow people’s clothes as a comfort thing. A visual, sensory, physical reminder that she’s loved and she has a little piece of that person with her sometimes. It helps her feel more grounded and present and it helps when she has bad days.
Before her mom died, it was less about comfort and a little more about being one of her love languages.
She was only friends with Flynn for four months before she ‘stole’ Flynn’s monster slippers for a few days. Now it’s a standard part of their Christmas presents to each other. They get a new pair of slippers and wear them once or twice before swapping for the new year.
Before things went down with Carrie, the three of them had clothes stashed at each other’s houses and weren’t shy about wearing whatever they grabbed first. Julie came to school once when she was 12 wearing Flynn’s cheetah print hat, Carries pink sweatshirt, and her own jeans she’d doodled on.
She borrowed her dads shirts for playing pirate queen when she was little.
But after her mom died it became a little more about keeping the people she loved closer to her. A reminder that they were there and loved her and everything was okay. And she wears her moms clothes sometimes to help her feel a bit closer. Her mom was gone but sometimes, when julie pulled a sweater out from the back of the closet, it still smelled like her moms perfume, and when she wrapped herself up in the warm, soft material it almost felt like being wrapped in her moms arms when she was small. For just a minute, it’s like having her back again. Then the feeling fades and Julies left with a time worn sweater with its fading scent, and it’s still enough, for now. It’s not the same, not at all, but it makes it a little bit easier to get through the day when all she wants to do is crawl back into bed with her head under the pillow and forget the world for the day.
She wears one of Carlos’s hats the entire week he’s gone at baseball camp the first summer after her mom died, reminding herself that it’s fine, and Carlos is fine, and he’ll be home in a week, and everything will be fine.
We already see in canon that she wears a lot of her moms clothes for performances because it helps her to feel closer to her mom. You can’t tell me julie wouldn’t have her own. Eventually she stops wearing her moms clothes for everyday activities, but even years down the road, Julie still incorporates something of her moms into each performance outfit. A dahlia pin, a necklace, a belt, etc.
Slowly as Julie heals and grows, borrowing clothes slowly regains some of the playfullness and affection it had before. It’s still got some of the needing an anchor bit that it had before but it’s not the only thing keeping her afloat anymore.
The first summer after Julie and the Phantoms was formed. Julies summer wardrobe consisted half of her own clothes and half Luke’s cut off shirts because “It’s really fucking hot outside Luke and these are more comfortable than anything else I own.” Luke just about dies a second time the first time he pops into Julie’s room while she’s laying across the foot of her bed, scribbling in her song book, and he sees that she’s wearing a pair of cut offs and his Rush shirt. You would think after the first few times he would be used to it but the boys brain glitches every time. Flynn thinks it’s hilarious.
She falls asleep in the studio one night and walks up warm and content with Reggie’s leather jacket draped over her. The boys are out for the morning and she’s running late so she slips her hands in the sleeves and wears it to school for the day. Luke trips over the air when she walks in that afternoon wearing it because Julie and leather jacket and pretty and adorable. He doesn’t even clock that it’s Reggie’s until Julie is handing it back at the end of the night with a soft smile and a thank you.
Julie wouldn’t dare to borrow Alex’s fanny pack, it’s sacred. No ones really sure exactly what he keeps in there but he always has exactly what they need. Reggie’s convinced it’s magic and Julie almost agrees, but Alex’s pink sweatshirt on the other hand, that’s fair game. It’s softer and cozier than it looks and it becomes julies new favorite thing. Alex is fine with it. Sometimes he grumbles about being cold but he just curls into Willie instead and always cuts her off when she offers it back.
Flynn won’t say it out loud but sometimes she buys clothes that are more Julies style than her own because Julie hates buying new clothes but she loves borrowing (and keeping) them and Julie needs some new, cute clothes in her wardrobe because while her boys may be cute, none of them have good fashion sense. Except for maybe Alex, but his style is more 90’s gay icon which is incredible but not really Julies thing. So flynn gets a new sweater or a dress and wears it a few times, maybe leaves it out when julie comes over or throws an extra jacket in her backpack on days that she knows julie was up late writing with Luke and would likely forget her lunch, a text book and at least a jacket on her mad dash out the door. It’s what Flynn called working the system. Julie got to show her affection and cute clothes, and Flynn got to play stylist. It was the best of both worlds.
A year later, when Carrie wants to talk and apologizes, when they slowly work their way back into a friendship. Julie fishes one of the triple threat shirts she had stashed in the back of her closet that she liked to forget she kept and pulls it on under a hoodie before school that day. Thankfully they’d messed up when they were ordering the shirts and ordered adult sizing instead of youth. So it fit perfectly at 17 where they’d been night shirts at 8. Interestingly enough, Carries also wearing a sweatshirt that day and Julie catches a glimpse the familiar lettering of -antoms on the back of the shirt underneath when they’re changing for PE. The day they both wore something that reminded them of the other without talking about it or showing it off, was the day the tentative part of tentative friendship was finally removed. There’s still some days where old hurts ache a bit more than usual because even small wounds leave scars, and some of the wounds were far from small. Sometimes Carrie starts to mention rose and Julie flinches. Just a bit, it wouldn’t even be super noticeable if they hadn’t known each other that well, if carrie hadn’t spent a year watching Julie flinch every time she opened her mouth. Carrie hates a lot of things about herself, but that one, that one was by far the worst. Not everything can be forgiven, but they can move forward and sometimes that’s enough.
Idk this got super long and idk if it makes sense anymore and I’m too lazy to edit it but JULIE MOLINA IS A CLOTHES THIEF and I love that for her. Also I might fuck around and flesh this out into a fic later when I’m not so slammed with wips.
-Julie wears sweaters 24/7. She just finds them so comfortable and the weather gives her the excuse. (Bonus- Luke loves Julie with sweater paws and finds them adorable on her even though he'd never admit it)
-Flynn has the BEST candles for the season and they wear the most spooky themed outfits they can find.
-Reggie pre-dying would probably get a sugar high and also try to convince the others to dress up and them to go as a group (One time he succeeded and got them to dress as ghosts. So the name of "The Phantoms" is fitting in two ways for them.)
-Luke loves and hates fall. He probably loves jumping in leaves and the general feeling of the holiday but the cold weather means that he can't wear sleevless shirts as often.
-Alex likes to go on walks and look at the changing colors, it calms him (especially when he gets anxious) he loves the colors that the tress turn in to.
-Willie will jump into leaf piles and would wear a lot of sweaters, too. But at the HGC it's much more classy so he doesn't get to go all out but they still love it. (Alex and Willie once went on a date which was just them walking around and having fun. Willie got Alex to jump in leaf piles with him)
-Nick's favorite part of the season is the activies for Halloween. Specifically the pumpkin patch and trick-or-treating. He loves to go with his little sister and dress up with her.
-Carrie likes to bake a lot during these seasons, she'll always have some kind of pumpkin spice food or drink. Her and Flynn have the best movie nights together. (I'm ignoring cannon and going to say they're currently friends and/or girlfriends.)
-Ray plans Halloween movies for the entire month leading up to it. When Carlos and Julie were little he made sure they weren't scary but now that they're a little bit older they watch some scary things.
-Carlos is in love with trick or treating, not so much the dressing up, but the candy.
-Rose made Carlos and Julie's costumes every year. (Julie and Carlos now find Halloween hard sometimes but it gets better as time goes on)
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“I know it’s tough, man,” Reggie said, actually sounding sympathetic. “People say you never forget your first ghost, and maybe that’s true. But I’m sure there’ll be others.”
Who says that? It didn’t matter; Reggie was just trying to make me feel better. “Thanks, Reg,” I said.
After talking about the thing, The necklace is probably how they recognized Bobby so instantly? Like he NEVER took the thing off, even when they were alive. It was something always constantly on him, it took a moment with the eyes , they look so old
So @pink-flame has been killing it with the one sentence drabble prompts and this one in particular got my brain whirring in a teensy bit different, crack-lite, way. So with her permission i’m using the original sentence and the first two sentences of her drabble to write it. It’s, of course, longer than a real drabble because i don’t know the meaning of brief, except as underwear. (i’d say that’s my only terrible joke for the day, but i’m kidding nobody😅)
Luke was running, panicked, dream box in hand. When they had figured out that Caleb was possessing that Nick kid, he had hoped that would be the worst of it. He hadn't realized how much worse it could get, that the light behind Julie's eyes could go out as Caleb slid into her mind and took control.
They had been so focused on what Caleb might do to the Phantoms, that him possessing Julie caught them by surprise. But Luke knew something that Caleb didn't. He knew that Julie was kind, compassionate, and a wrecking ball of talent. And on top of all that, she also had zero problem calling people out if they crossed a line, which he was hoping to remind her of in the dumbest way possible. Slowing to a halt in front of the studio, he pulls on the confidence he used to use to sweet-talk his way out of detention when they were alive. Stepping through the door, he holds the dream box up in triumph as three sets of eyes land on him, one unfamiliar from the coldness they directed at him.
"Luke! We thought you went to get something to help Julie!" Alex's eyes have started to bug out.
"Guys, relax. When will we ever get a better opportunity to see the killer lyrics kept locked away in this box?"
“Oohhhh. Julie is going to re-kill you when this is over.” Reggie mumbles.
Luke sets the box down on top of the piano and looks up at Julie's body, which has drifted closer to him. Behind Caleb's cold stare, he sees the beginning of sparks. It takes everything in him to not sigh in relief at the first sign he’s gotten that Julie is still in there. "Is this really what you want to do with the remainder of your freedom, Lucas?"
It doesn't even sound like Julie. The tone crisp and lacking the compassion Luke's used to. "Of course it is! Julie is a killer writer but she refuses to share that with the world!" he hopes he plays up the frustration in his voice convincingly. "She's too insecure. Unwilling to push herself out there and it’s been holding us back.”
Julie’s left hand slowly started to clench during his speech and it doesn’t look like Caleb noticed.
“wha- mph!” Alex slaps his hand over Reggie’s mouth, eyes picking up the clenched fist like Luke had.
“So if you will give me just a second, I’m going to see what I can salvage.” Luke makes a big show of going to open the dream box.
“BOUNDRIES!” Luke can’t help the grin and sigh of relief at the familiar shout. “You guys can’t just going into people’s personal stuff! And Caleb, you can’t just take over random people’s bodies. It’s creepy and weird. Get out, get out, GET OUT!”
Julie’s body stumbles forward but catches itself with the piano, a purple cloud pouring out of her mouth. Caleb appears on the floor, winded and confused. Julie looks up, glaring daggers at Luke.
His smile gets even bigger. “Welcome back, Boss.” Human wrecking ball indeed!
Ok I love Caleb’s little scoping out of the boys’ desires at the club. He clearly knew there was something going on between Willie and Alex, its why he targeted the magic line at Alex instead of Luke, despite him clearly being the more confident ‘leader’ of the group. He was trying to get a reaction out of Alex to see how useful his bond with Willie would be as a manipulation approach. And just as he likely hoped, Alex got super flustered and Willie bailed him out while clearly knowing what Alex was thinking about. Clearly Alex had strong feelings for them and Willie was similarly into him in return.
And when he does the whole spiel about them disappearing after songs you can see his eyes flickering between all the boys to gauge their reactions. Alex swallows and diverts his gaze a couple times and Reggie looks slightly less confident, but Luke’s entire face falls and he starts doing self-soothing gestures by twisting one of his rings. It struck a chord (pun not intended) with them all to a degree, but Luke was clearly the most impacted.
With Reggie, he puts out a couple feelers with the Paris comment, but it’s Reggie’s own comments that tell him how much he loves his friends. He refers to Bobby as ‘this old buddy of ours’, he’s the one to call out for Alex that they forgot Julie, and he openly tells Caleb about Julie and how good Flynn is at DJing. Most of his lines around Caleb are around his friends.
Even Luke’s habit of touching people was on show at the club. He spends half of TOSOH resting his arm on Reggie’s shoulder, physically picks him up when he gets ignored, then pulls Alex along after him as they leave. He clearly enjoys physical contact and what does Caleb do when he’s trying to appeal to Luke? He straightens his bow tie for him then puts his hands on his shoulders. He was trying to associate the positivity of physical contact with being at the club.
Everything Caleb picks up on in the club comes up again when he’s making the final pitch, it’s so clever and I love it
"hey reggie, just out of curiosity... what on earth are you wearing?" for that first sentence thing 👀
atlas!!! thank you so much, this escalated ahdashdasf i thought i'd write like 300 words maximum but then i didn't
i've been talking with about ralexie with @wadewaits and @sunset-bobby so i had to put them in here, and i'm always down for jukebobby, i hope you like it!
(send me a first sentence and i'll write a short fic)
“Hey Reggie, just out of curiosity… What on earth are you wearing?”
Reggie looks up from his phone to see Luke leaning in the doorway, curiosity and a good portion of glee written across his face. He’s not entirely sure what Luke wants him to say, since it’s literally just clothes, or why he’s grinning as stupidly as he is, but Reggie doesn’t even get to say anything before Bobby appears behind Luke.
They slide their arms around Luke’s waist and kiss his cheek before focusing on Reggie, a similar grin spreading across their face. “So, Reg. Good night yesterday, huh?"
“I have no idea what you’re talking about,” Reggie says honestly but they just grin wider, obviously not believing him like the bastards they are. Reggie doesn’t even know why he’s friends with them, they’re awful. Julie appears in the doorway, effectively blocking it completely for any other students who might want to try and get into their classroom before the bell rings to kiss her boyfriends hello, then turns to Reggie.
“Damn dude, good for you.” she grins and Luke cackles, following her inside. Bobby shakes his head at the two of them affectionately but follows them anyway as they take their seats next to Reggie.
“Good morning to you all, I hate you,” Reggie informs them, earning him another laugh. Julie leans over and onto his table, patting his arm. “We knew your date would go well, but this really is something.”
“What?” Reggie looks at her, and then, finally, down at the jacket he grabbed in a hurry while running late for the school bus. It’s not his. It’s not the soft grey zip up hoodie he usually wears, it’s one of the jackets from the guys on the swimming team, and he knows exactly who it belongs to.
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His friends seem to know as well. Reggie groans and lets his head hit the table with a thud. “Fuck.”
“So I take it you had fun yesterday?” Julie asks innocently.
“It was great,” Reggie says. “They’re both really really nice, and I got cold so Alex gave me his jacket but I forgot to bring it back and now this is embarrassing and I’ll have to change schools and flee the country.”
Bobby snorts and pats his shoulder. “You don’t have to flee the country, they both wear each other’s jackets all the time.”
“Yeah but they’re boyfriends!”
“And you aren’t their boyfriend?” Luke is sitting in his chair backwards, dangling his legs and watching Reggie with an eyebrow raised expectantly. Reggie feels heat creep up his neck and into his cheek and buries a little deeper into the jacket.
“I mean. Maybe?”
Julie whoops and Bobby claps him on the back, congratulating him. “Well done bro, it’s about time!”
Reggie can’t help but laugh and then launches into a detailed account of last night, when Alex and Willie went on a date with him, to the cinema and then for food and then they just sat on the beach and talked for hours, and yeah it wasn’t their first date and also by far not their first kisses either but it’d felt different, in a way.
“You’re a goner,” Luke informs him but there’s nothing but affection in his voice, and Reggie grins. He’s happy and his friends are happy for him, and even a double block of history with Mr Johnson can’t ruin that.
He does feel a bit awkward in the hallway later, with the jacket that’s so clearly not his announcing Alex’s last name in embroidery on his back, but the others stay close to him and he only gets a few thumbs up from Flynn and Carrie. Nick whistles after him but smiles and Reggie’s fully prepared to tell him everything at lunch.
They run into Alex and Willie on the way to biology and of course, because they’re all awful friends, Bobby, Luke and Julie abandon Reggie with a wink and knowing smirks.
And okay, he gets it. He’s been crushing on Alex from PE who swims competitively for the school and Willie from art class, who also happens to be the team captain of the volleyball team for years, and he knows he’s been annoying about it but so were the three before getting together.
Willie and Alex are a couple literally everyone in the school knows and they’re great and Reggie’s still not entirely sure how the fuck he managed to talk to them in the first place, let alone end up in a school hallway wearing Alex’s jacket. But here he is. And they’re both smiling at him, speeding up to meet him.
“Hi,” Reggie says. “I’m sorry about your jacket, I know this is a bit weird but I swear I didn’t mean to put it on, I was just in a hurry.”
“Don’t worry, it looks good on you,” Willie says and lets go of Alex’s hand. Reggie stares at them and their pretty smile for a moment. Alex nods. “We share stuff, so don’t worry Reg. Just gotta make sure to let us have some of your stuff too at some point.”
Reggie nods. “Of course- sure, yeah. Uh. Do you guys wanna have lunch with my friends?”
Willie grins and leans in to kiss Reggie on the cheek, before tangling their fingers together. “Sure, it’s about time we fully get to meet them.”
Alex throws his arm over Reggie’s shoulder. “I’ve wanted to for a while, but I wasn’t sure if they’d like me- us.”
Reggie smiles up at him. “Oh they’re going to love you guys, don’t worry.”
So some take the ability to make gifs away from me. I just- Luke in this scene is everything. The across the piano move, the stuttering and the way he just straight dives onto the couch without thinking.