Band(s): MCR. (Brief appearances by members of the Sounds, Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes, the Used, and Placebo.)
Pairing(s): Frank/Gerard. (Referenced Bert/Gerard, Bob/Jepha, Gabe/Maja/Travis.)
Word Count: 42198.
Rating/Warnings: NC-17. Includes frank descriptions of nudity, sexual activity, and alcoholism.
Author Notes: This story was, oddly enough, partly inspired by a prompt by immortal_lights for Gerard/Brian Molko. The other inspiration was from a wolfshirts post, specifically this one. Thank you for the help commenters gave me there and via email, particularly the sorely-needed factual information about nude modeling. Thank you, of course, to the mods of this community for providing me with the goad to write out the idea the story gave me.
eleanor_lavish and arsenicjade both read this story in earlier forms, and provided much-needed encouragement. My betas, bexless, hetrez, and algernon_mouse, were all amazing, patient, and helpful. Thank you as well to thesamefire for catching a few small errors.
I've always wondered why, when Gerard decided he wanted to save lives, he turned away from visual arts and started a band. This is an AU version of one answer. Gerard is still at SVA, having taken a while away to enter AA and get sober; Frank is a nude model and punk rocker who's moved to New York City. Romance (and sneezing!) ensues.
Art by clayeer: Gerard leans back, a smile on his face, and listens. Illustrates the last scene of the story.
You're the Answer to My What to Do, by thesamefire.
Music for the Soul, by ladyrocketdale.