|Date(s):||2007-07-17 (Everyday Mysteries In The Summertime)|
|Length:||22834 words (Everyday Mysteries In The Summertime)|
140615 words (Nightswimming)
|Fandom:||My Chemical Romance|
|External Links:||nightswimming at waxjism.org (archived); series on AO3|
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Nightswimming is a popular Bandom High School AU series written by Wax Jism. It consists of two stories: a Pete/Mikey novella called Everyday Mysteries In The Summertime and a novel-length Frank/Gerard sequel set during the same time period. "Nightswimming" is probably a reference to the song by REM, but also refers to a romantic scene when Frank and Gerard go swimming at night.
In "Everyday Mysteries In The Summertime" Mikey and Gerard work at the gas station their mother owns, while Pete Wentz attends the summer session at a nearby private school. The author's summary is Summertime and the livin' is easy...
The sequel is written from Frank's point of view. While Mikey's relationship with Pete continues in the background, Frank, also in summer school, sneaks over every night to hang out with Gerard. They fall in love. Gerard is 20, has dropped out of art school, and lives in the basement with untreated depression and incipient alcoholism. Frank is avoiding his soon-to-be stepfather. The ending is hopeful, but Mikey and Pete break up. Author's summary: My Teenage Romance
- greedy_dancer podficced "Nightswimming" and posted it in installments over four years; when completed (2016-05-01), the podfic was 15 hours long.
- Whiskey Filled Serenades, fanmix by paintthelockerswithyourbrains (April 29, 2014)
- everyday mysteries in the summertime fanmix by Justoffthekeyofreason (March 12, 2016)
- Nightswimming was also translated into Russian by stupidsadisticandsuicidal