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FIC: Laugh, Clown, Laugh - Hotitudinosity
fiction by jalabert
FIC: Laugh, Clown, Laugh
Title: Laugh, Clown, Laugh
Author: Jalabert
Rating: Teen, preslash
Spoiler: minor spoiler for HSM 3, although, alas, there's no real Chyan to spoil *sigh*
Summary: Ryan's the director, right? He could so pull it off.

There were probably better ways to get Chad Danforth's attention. Being Taylor McKessie was one of them, but frankly, even Ryan didn't think he could pull off whatever it was that made Chad slavishly devoted to the brainy teen. Ryan knew that devotion was temporary; Taylor and Chad's relationship had an expiration date stamped on it. She was off to a summer program in Europe after graduation and headed for Yale in the fall. The couple had already agreed to part company and morphed into being just friends before the semester was halfway over. Ryan knew that his path was finally clear. All the reasons Chad and Ryan's interest in each other had amounted to little more than occasional heated looks and mild flirtation since the previous summer were rapidly disappearing.

So it wasn't that Ryan had to work too hard to get Chad's notice. The clown suit would do the trick. It was subtle--in a Ryan Evans sort of way. And it was genius--there was no way that Chad could ignore it, or the man who'd put it in his dressing area. After all, Ryan Evans was the director of the senior show, so it wasn't as though Chad could really ignore him, anyway. All Ryan wanted was a bit more of his attention. He had no idea what Chad's reaction to the clown suit might be or what he'd do once he had Chad's attention. But Ryan was never one to sweat the small stuff. He'd cross that bridge when he came to it.

The last thing Ryan ever expected was that Chad would actually put it on. That was too perfect a moment to lose. He'd be eternally grateful to Martha, who pulled out her camera and snapped a picture the moment Chad appeared on stage. Ryan would never forget that image or the one word that came from Chad's lips.


It was enough to indicate a mild threat and Ryan recoiled before he remembered that he was the director, the man in charge. He summarily ordered Chad off the stage and the petulant teen stalked over to sit at the vanity set located stage right. Ryan conceded major points to Chad for that. For the next ten minutes Ryan was found it virtually impossible to concentrate. Every time he caught a glimpse of Chad pouting at him he lost his focus. Ryan was grateful when Gabriella asked for a break. He looked across the set and nodded to Chad. He led the way to the dressing room and shut the door behind him, nearly trapping the voluminous clown suit in the door.

"Ryan, what part of this relates to my life at East High?" Chad asked bluntly.

"Where did you find that?" Ryan asked in perfect innocence. "You're playing an East High Wildcat, not Pagliacci."


"Pagliacci," Ryan repeated patiently. "He's a--. Never mind. Where'd you get the suit and why are you wearing it?"

"I--. It was--." Chad's mouth snapped shut and he blinked at Ryan in total confusion.

"It looks great on you, by the way; works perfectly with the hair," Ryan said casually, averting his eyes because he was sure Chad's glare would have melted steel at that moment.

"You put it--."

"No," Ryan insisted, hazarding a glance. He was caught in Chad's eyes in spite of himself. Only they weren't so much angry as confused. Ryan could handle confusion, especially when it was enveloped in 5'10" of hot. "You really do make that look good."

"Bullshit," Chad spat as he began to pull at the suit. The Velcro came apart under his hands and he stepped out of it, letting it drop to the floor. Ryan gulped at the sight of Chad wearing only a pair of charcoal grey boxer briefs and socks. Chad tossed the suit at Ryan and calmly turned to pick up a pair of jeans. Ryan found his voice and proclaimed that the clown suit must have been someone's idea of a joke.

"There isn't a clown in the entire show. You'll be wearing your basketball uniform in the opening and the tux in the prom scene. The rest of the time you'll be wearing street clothes," Ryan explained. But his eyes were still on Chad's body. They trailed over broad shoulders and down to the jeans that fit Chad like a second skin. Ryan could only stare as he looked down and frowned.

"These aren't mine," he declared, pulling them off again and tossing them aside. He bent to pick up another pair of jeans off the floor. They fit nicely, too, in Ryan's estimation, but not as nicely as the first pair. He finally forced himself to turn away and busied himself with hanging up the clown suit as Chad pulled on a tee and located his shoes. "I guess I'll need a fitting for the tux," Chad suggested, standing to unzip his fly and tuck his tee into his pants. Ryan nodded dully. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine he'd see Chad's underwear twice in five minutes. Of course, he'd never envisioned watching him strip out of a clown suit, either. Ryan cleared his throat and dug a little notebook out of his pocket to pencil in Chad for a fitting with the wardrobe crew.

"All set," he said.

"Cool. If we're done here…"

"All done," Ryan said crisply, refusing to let his distraction show. Chad gifted him with one of his disarmingly beautiful smiles and patted him on the shoulder. "Later, dude."

As soon as the door closed, Ryan exhaled deeply and collapsed into a chair fanning himself. He had enough fantasy material to last for months and if he developed a clown fetish after conjuring up images of Chad wearing that suit, so be it.

Outside the dressing room, Chad smiled. There were probably better ways to get Ryan Evan's attention, but playing along with the clown suit gag was a good one. Stripping down to his briefs was undoubtedly better. He grinned to himself and made a mental note to pick up the jeans he'd stolen from Troy's locker before the end of the day.

The End

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grindell107 From: grindell107 Date: October 25th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ehheehee! Yeah, I was convinced Ryan planted the clown suit while I was watching the movie. Your writing had me giggling a lot too, so great job! Double thumbs up!
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 26th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

There's no other possible explanation, is there? ;)
From: sagiegurl Date: October 25th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice!!! Very nice!!! I was wondering why Chad came out wearing that clown suit and went straight over to Ryan. This story explains it nicely! Thanks for sharing! :)
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 26th, 2008 11:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you enjoyed it!
magicalrachel From: magicalrachel Date: October 25th, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heehee... love it! Fits perfectly with the utter randomness that was Chad in the clown suit too; I should have guessed it was all part of Ryan's plan to get in his pants again. :D
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 26th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I think so. Since that one-off hook-up back at Lava Springs, Ryan's been obsessed and waiting for the perfect moment... ;)
coloursofsouls From: coloursofsouls Date: October 25th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
hahaha this was a cute one(?)shot. The clown costume was definitely a random highlight of the film.

I've missed your writing btw!
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 26th, 2008 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! It's nice to know I've been missed. I hadn't planned on writing more Chyan (except for the unfinished sequel to Rivals that was lost when my hard drive went belly up--not impossible to resurrect but I just haven't done it) because I didn't have a story to tell. This one demanded to be written and I just obeyed my muse. If it speaks again--or I get the urge to start the other story over--I'll write more Chyan.

BTW, you referred to me as "he" in a post in erikssiren's LJ. I'm a girl!
iivul From: iivul Date: October 26th, 2008 12:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Omg squee! :D I so loved the whole clown scene in the movie. Made me wish for a remote so I could rewind the part again and again. xD

And I so love you for writing a fic about it. There should be a little fic like this for every Chyan scene from HSM3 (and there should have been a lot more Chyan in the movie too! Almost all we got was a flash of an arm around shoulders :/)

This is so adorable and well written. Actually almost the same I thought when I saw Chad walk up to Ryan wearing that cute outfit. Great job!
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 26th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I have to see it again, too. I'm sure my memory is faulty and that Chad was wearing the suit over his clothes. But I have a dramatic license and I'm not afraid to use it.

I'm glad you enjoyed the story!
musicaldiscord From: musicaldiscord Date: October 26th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Yaaay, this is adorable! Nice explanation of how that came about <3
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 26th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Just filling in where the writers left the gaps (almost the entire movie...)

Thank you!
morena_donn From: morena_donn Date: October 26th, 2008 12:24 am (UTC) (Link)
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 26th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
From: daspiano87 Date: October 26th, 2008 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I was just rereading you coming to terms 'verse yesterday. I thought you had given up on HSM fanfiction, so happy you are back!!! Loved this story. You picked the one bright chyan spot in a movie that had very little. The movie was fantastic and Ryan was fabulous, but I wish we could have had more Chad/Ryan moments. I am so happy we have fanfiction to make it right. Also love chads thoughts at the end, having to give Troy back his pants because he planned it all.... wow so perfect. Love this! Thank you!
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 26th, 2008 11:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I had run out of ideas and had (have) other pressing obligations, so I haven't written much of anything lately. Maybe I'll find my second wind and write more. My love for Ryan and Chad certainly hasn't diminished, but there's so much good fic out there I don't feel any great lack of stories.

The movie gave Chyan shippers so little to live for I felt compelled to write something to make us all smile. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
briecheesie From: briecheesie Date: October 26th, 2008 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)
So cute! Ryan cracking the eff up at Chad in the clown suit was probably one of my favorite parts of the movie.

Loved this <3
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 26th, 2008 12:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved Ryan's reaction, but it I knew he couldn't be that surprised. Now we know why. :D

Thank you!
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jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 26th, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't planned a sequel. This story popped into my head full blown as a one shot. But if the muse force feeds me another plot I would not be averse to writing it.

Glad you enjoyed this bit of silliness.
lil_1337 From: lil_1337 Date: October 26th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I haven't seen the movie yet, but the fic worked well regardless. I love the mutual scheming going on here.
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 26th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
You wouldn't have to have seen the movie to enjoy the fic, but I predict that you'll enjoy that scene that much more now. I've always argued that, despite the preponderance of stories that say otherwise, Chad is no dummy.

From: unelma_92 Date: October 26th, 2008 07:23 am (UTC) (Link)
The ending made me giggle like crazy :D perfect, fits with the movie perfectly. Amazing work!
a sequel would me more than great! ^-^
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 26th, 2008 12:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad I made you giggle. I made me giggle, too.

Sequel, sequel, sequel... Everyone wants to make more work for me... ;)
purelyfic From: purelyfic Date: October 26th, 2008 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
ohhh Chad is so awesome. The ending was a total surprise to me and hell yes on Troy's tight jeans. *g*
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 27th, 2008 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee! I'm sure Troy's jeans look so much better on Chad than they do on him.

applepiecrust From: applepiecrust Date: October 27th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

I missed you!

And this is sooooooo good. Really funny, even though I haven't seen the movie yet (I haven't seen the oter two movies either... for me, the reality of these movies exists in this fandom, exclusively)
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 28th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think it's amazing that you've held out this long!

I'm glad you enjoyed the story.
la_pina_colada From: la_pina_colada Date: October 28th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Awesome. I like Chad's plotting and going that extra step with stealing Troy's jeans. From now on I'm totally going to think about this during the random clown scene.
jalabert From: jalabert Date: October 30th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, those jeans--what with Troy, being the assless wonder that he is--would be the perfect thing for getting Ryan's attention. I need to go back and see that scene now, too. ;)
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