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"Karkat I seriously can't believe you burned yourself on a sparkler."

"Hey fuck you those things are deadly." The troll grumbled as you ran cold water over his finger. "I swear it was your goddamn stupid fire making tool."

"You mean the lighter? Yeah those are vicious. Watch it, it'll go for your hair next." You giggled and were rewarded with a shove. "Hey, want to go outside again? We still have more fireworks to see."

"Yeah, I'm fine," he put his finger in his mouth and followed you outside.

Today wasn't the fourth of July, it wasn't even the same day you first arrived on this new planet nor was it new years. But you were celebrating anyways. There was a local festival in town and everyone thought it would be fun to party. The house you shared with Karkat was the perfect place for a gathering. It was easily the biggest and had the best view.

"Is Karkat alright?" Rose asked as you returned to your front yard.

"Yeah he'll live, it's not life threatening," you laugh and look around your yard. There were tables set up and food everywhere. Jade was running around with her new dog, a sparkler in each hand. Dave was holding Terezi back from licking the fountains of sparks. While Jake and Dirk were shooting roman candles at each other.

"Everyone's having a good time," Karkat remarked.

"Yeah I'm glad." You reached for a sparkler for yourself and lit it. Karkat's eyes contracted and he watched the small glittering lights erupt from the stick. It was always fun watching fireworks with Karkat, his eyes were so expressive. The golden orbs would shift and look everywhere. You could see yourself in the reflection. "You're gorgeous in this light."

"Oh my god John, seriously? This soon?" He snorted and lit his own sparkler, successfully avoiding burning his finger that time. "You could at least wait until your friends are gone before attempting romantics."

You giggled and pulled him close, "Shut up Karkat, I'm just complementing you."

"I know nookwhiff," he kissed your forehead. "Thank you." His eyes looked out across the ocean and watched the multicolored fireworks burst in the air. "Remember last New Years?"

Laughing you hugged him. "Yeah I do. I'm in no hurry to repeat that."

Karkat rested his head on your shoulder, "That was pretty fucking terrifying; I think I prefer fireworks from far away."

"Me too," you paused and added with a smile, "though it was pretty exciting." Karkat chuckled and lit another sparkler. "Back on Earth, there was a holiday for the day our country became a country. It was called the Forth of July." A smile spread across your face as memories flooded in. "Dad and I used to watch the big fireworks display every year. It was also so cool. Then we'd go home and our neighborhood would throw a huge party. We would grill and set off tiny fireworks. It was amazing."

"We never had that on Alternia, but I bet it was fun." Karkat watched the bursts of color streak across the sky. "On this planet, we can have celebrations whenever we want. It's so peaceful, I like it."

A new voice appeared from behind you and Karkat, "On my Earth, we didn't have anything like this." Dirk stood with Jake at his side. "It's much more perfect in person than online."

"I never got the joy of seeing fireworks either buddy, only in movies. This is fantastic!"

A smile was already plastered to your face but you swore it got bigger. "I'm glad you two are having fun. It's really great to experience something like this with friends. It's even better to know that this celebration isn't because we won a war, something that isn't the result of lives lost."

Karkat added in softly, "We have a day for that," his gaze looked lost but you knew he was seeing things from a long time ago, "Our day for remembering the colonization of this planet is not a cause for celebration, but rather mourning."

"We all lost friends," Dirk replied calmly, "and you're right, I'm glad we're not celebrating that day, that day is for remembering."

"But tonight isn't, tonight is a night to relax." You pulled Karkat up and walked to the edge of your yard. Letting your legs hang over the edge you watched the waves crash against the cliff and the light from the fireworks dance across it. "I'm glad you made it."

"Yeah, it would be a fucking downer if I died." He kissed you again, "Trust me John; I know I'm the luckiest damn troll here." Jade's dog could be heard barking behind you. "I'm glad all these idiots are with us."

You shared one last kiss during the finale. Eventually the party wound down and everyone left. It was only you and Karkat left. As you walked back to the house you spotted one unlit sparkling cannon. "Hey Karkat, hold up." He waited as you set the tiny fuse on fire. After waiting small sparks began to erupt forth.

They started out blue with dashes of purple and red then green started to filter in. There was a pause before a rainbow of sparks and glitter spewed forth. You could pick out greens and purples, then a dull brown and vibrant yellow; finally the blue resurfaced and seemed to dance with a grey that bled into a fiery crimson.

"It's beautiful," Karkat murmured.

"Yeah," you tugged on his sleeve, "Come on, lets go inside. Need me to kiss your burn better?"

Karkat shoved him gently and pulled him closer. "I think my burn is fine," so instead you kissed his lips and shut the door tight.
Here's a short Forth of July-ish fic.

The main reason I wrote this was because I actually burnt my thumb today with a lighter while starting a sparkler. I'm a huge dumbass. hahahaha.

Anyways, enjoy this small Johnkat fic!

PS: I referenced a few things, can you spot them?
PSS: It was a little longer than 20 minutes sorry about that.
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PugTime01 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014   General Artist
This is so cute!
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Thank you!
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DerpsAreMe Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SKREEEEE
YOUR JOHNKAT STORIES ARE SO ADORABLE
Its a top ship now to me because of them c: Can't wait to see more of Still the Same, Worth the Kill?, etc.
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
THANK YOU.
Still the Same will be updated soonish, and Worth the Kill? in about a month or so.
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DerpsAreMe Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :)
Alright then, I'll be looking out for that! C: Your work is really awesome! :D
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Musiclover553 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student General Artist
I love this! Misc Emoji-13 (Heart) [V1] Squishy Rainbow Dash Icon 
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Thank you!
I love most of my old one shots, they are filled with moments of too cute.
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Musiclover553 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student General Artist
I am debating on making some one-shots...I need to learn how to draw Karkat (my fav troll), Dave (my fav human), Gamzee, Sollux, John, Dirk, Kankri, and Mituna...I tried drawing chibi first, but it failed epically!
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Hahaha.
I can't draw well, so I feel your pain.
I'm sure with practice you'll get the hang of it!
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Musiclover553 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student General Artist
I can draw somewhat, like, if you seem my page, you'll see I drew one thing, and I've drawn Alec Lightwood and Magnus Bane from The Mortal Instrument series, but I just need to put it up, it's just when I try to draw Gamzee's hair, I fail! Crying Mako Komari Kamikita (Crying) [V5] Cry run happy cry XD 1 
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
You can only get better with practice!
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Musiclover553 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Yeah, I need to put the pictures on here! But Gamzee's hair is-UGH! *strangles Gamzee's hair*
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LareiSong Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
oh my god will you marry me so every anniversary you can gift me beautiful beautiful johnkat pretty please?
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
I am already taken, however I will still write more JohnKat!
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katnissLovesArt Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
:imwatchinyou: :imwatchinyou: :imwatchinyou: :imwatchinyou: :imwatchinyou: 
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
Oh...oh my...
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katnissLovesArt Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Can't Tame Meh! Rainbow Emote Rave 
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TheLegendofSimstuck Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
.... HOW DID I JUST REALIZE THIS WAS YOU?! HOWWWWWWWWWW?!
I still loved this tho.
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
????

Haha thanks, glad you liked the story!
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TheLegendofSimstuck Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I just never realized, or looked at who wrote it, but I knew the style was familiar lol XD
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
hahaha.
Well glad you liked it anyways!
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TheLegendofSimstuck Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
XD Who am I kidding, I might as well favorite everything in your gallery instead of commenting on every one!! It would be a lot faster.
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013
But I love comments.
They let me know what people think!
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TheLegendofSimstuck Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I see. I will continue to comment!!
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idohomestuckart Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*dies from cuteness* I love this so much! It's so well written and the fact that it's JohnKat makes it 413% more awesome :3
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Oh thank you!
I'm glad you thought so!
It was a silly story I wrote because I honestly burned myself on a lighter during the forth of July. hahaha.
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Ccry-The-Cat Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013   Writer
I don't ship JohnKat but this <3 very well written c:
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Well glad you could enjoy it even though you don't ship it.
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Ccry-The-Cat Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013   Writer

I probably should, its pretty cute

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Skrillexluver735 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My feels...I can't....this is beautiful! :icontearplz:
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Awwww I'm really glad you liked it!!!
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Skrillexluver735 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Moar?
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Probably not of this story.
I do write a ton of AU's so I'll have more JohnKat updates.
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Skrillexluver735 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay! :3
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desertdragonjem Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw that you referenced one of your other fics, where john takes karkat flying during a fireworks show and they almost get hit by said fireworks, but i think i was mostly caught up in the johnkat cuteness to notice much of the rest.
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Hahaha I did make a reference to the New Years fic I wrote two years ago.
Sometimes in these short "after the game" type fics I like to pretend they are all linked together, but in reality they probably aren't. haha.
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desertdragonjem Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was probably too caught up in the johnkat cuteness to notice the others, but I'm glad i remembered that one correctly.  I can remember story details really well, i just suck at remembering names most of the time. 
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
It's ok, I don't really reference the others too much, just occasionally.
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SonicInSBURBLand Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
<333333
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Glad you liked it!
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Ilikereadingfanfics Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*SQUEALS*
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Haha thanks.
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lazysummerangel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student
This is perfect!!!
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013
Thank you!!
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Tornado05 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That ending is so cute. :33
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Tien13 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Thank you!
Glad you liked it!
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Tornado05 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, no problem! ^.^
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Mosspatch Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TK: s0 th4ts th3 f0rth 0f july th1ng y0u celebrate...
Mosspatch: ya you dumbass |(
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Tien13 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Yeah man, we celebrate our nation by blowing shit up.
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DrGaellon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
Actually, it was John Adams, in 1775, who wrote to his wife that he envisioned a future time when we would celebrate our victory over the British with "fireworks and pageants, with pomp and parades."
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