Fandom: Panic at the Disco
Pairing: Brendon Urie / Spencer Smith
Word Count: ~42,300
Notes: I couldn't have finished this without the amazing beta assistance of harriet_vane, who very kindly didn't laugh at me for sending her a document full of English slang, or heartequals, whose beta email arrived just at the point where I was about ready to delete the whole file in frustration. I really couldn't have done this without jocondite, who read this when it was still only a draft, and then read it again and sorted out what had become a crazy, tangled web of different tenses. She was also amazing at pointing out where I deviated too much from canon.
A bunch of other people have read this or heard me go on and on about this at various stages along the way, and if it hadn't been for their encouragement then this would still be languishing in WIP hell. Thanks should also go to miznarrator, for reading this at the very beginning, but also for stepping in at the last minute to put my mind at rest, and for being a source of Mormon knowledge. Still, any inaccuracies should be attributed to me and me alone. I would thank kraken_wakes but unfortunately she's been entirely useless so I've just left her name here so I can mercilessly mock her ineptitude. Although she did come up with the title, so she has redeemed herself at the close.
This was part inspired by interviews like this one and others like it, where Brendon talks about high school being a lonely experience. However it mostly inspired by my own slavish devotion to a sub-genre of fic I like to call "oblivious failboats in love". Mostly canon compliant, apart from the parts where it isn't.
There is a picspam here of high school era Panic.
Summary: Oblivious High School Failboats in Love, or, Brendon Urie: The High School Years.