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Title: "Comforting Sounds" Chapter 6: "Uninvited" (6/17)
Fandom: The Last of Us
Characters: Ellie, Joel, Tommy, Maria, OCs
Pairings: Ellie/OC
Warnings: PLEASE SEE NOTES ABOUT WARNINGS IN FIRST CHAPTER
Word Count for this chapter: 6240
Rating (for fic as a whole): R
Author's Note: Chapter title from the Alanis Morissette song.

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Title: "Comforting Sounds" Chapter 5: "The Prisoner" (5/17)
Fandom: The Last of Us
Characters: Ellie, Joel, Tommy, Maria, OCs
Pairings: Ellie/OC
Warnings: PLEASE SEE NOTES ABOUT WARNINGS IN FIRST CHAPTER
Word Count for this chapter: 8145
Rating (for fic as a whole): R

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~Continue to Chapter 6~

Title: "Comforting Sounds" Chapter 4: "Safety In Numbers" (4/17)
Fandom: The Last of Us
Characters: Ellie, Joel, Tommy, Maria, OCs
Pairings: Ellie/OC
Warnings: PLEASE SEE NOTES ABOUT WARNINGS IN FIRST CHAPTER
Word Count for this chapter: 4159
Rating (for fic as a whole): R


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~Continue to Chapter 5~

"Keep Moving"

Title: "Keep Moving"
Fandom: The Last of Us
Characters: Joel & Ellie
Prompt: none!
Word Count: 2346
Rating: PG-13
Summary: "I would kill for something to eat right now" can be taken literally in the TLoU 'verse...
Author's Notes: While working on a scene for an upcoming chapter in my long fic, I created a memory for Ellie to think about, and I thought, "Hey that would've been fun to do as a one-shot." And then suddenly the words poured out! This takes place between the in-game events of Winter and Spring.


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Title: "Comforting Sounds" Chapter 3: "Nightswimming" (3/17)
Fandom: The Last of Us
Characters: Ellie, Joel, Tommy, Maria, OCs
Pairings: Ellie/OC
Warnings: PLEASE SEE NOTES ABOUT WARNINGS IN FIRST CHAPTER
Word Count for this chapter: 6268
Rating (for fic as a whole): R
Author's Notes: Chapter title from the R.E.M. song.

I feel the need to mention that although this is a WIP, I wrote the "skeleton" of it (more than an outline, less than a first draft) in its entirety before I began posting the story here -- before the Part 2 trailer was released. Thus, any similarities to the trailer are coincidental, any differences are unintentional.

WARNINGS for this chapter: Sexual assault/rape, and other violence. This chapter has a major shift in tone. The second half was difficult for me to write (I even gave myself a quasi-nightmare, writing the first draft). I tried not to be overly graphic, but it's still just awful. You may want to have some fluff on hand to wash it down with. Please don't hate me.


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~ Continue to Chapter 4 ~

Title: "Comforting Sounds" Chapter 2: "Monopolies" (2/17)
Fandom: The Last of Us
Characters: Ellie, Joel, Tommy, Maria, OCs
Pairings: Ellie/OC
Warnings: PLEASE SEE NOTES ABOUT WARNINGS IN FIRST CHAPTER
Word Count for this chapter: 5533
Rating (for fic as a whole): R

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~Continue to Chapter 3~

"Cargo Limits"

Title: "Cargo Limits"
Fandom: The Last of Us
Characters: Ellie & Joel
Prompt: All 8 (yay finally!) of puzzleprompts's prompts for November: Fire (flamethrower), avian, Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper" (I used the lyric "redefine happiness"), holiday gatherings or lack thereof + angst, hunting (tracking), chilly/windy/cold, socks, happy
Word Count: 1686
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Some decisions about how much to carry are easy; the others are best not to think about. Takes place in fall, at the university -- a "deleted scene," if you will, right before the horrible part.

Crossposted to AO3 and FFN.

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Title: "Comforting Sounds" Chapter 1: "Hand in Hand in Hand" (1/17)
Fandom: The Last of Us
Characters: Ellie, Joel, Tommy, Maria, OCs
Pairings: Ellie/OC
Disclaimer: I own nothing! Not The Last of Us nor any brand name references used
Word Count for this chapter: 3967
Rating: R
Summary: Ellie may be mature for her age, but she still has the brain of a teenager, and doesn't always make the wisest of choices; after living in the relatively safe town of Jackson for over a year, she is cruelly reminded of how precarious life is.
Author's Notes: Title comes from one of my all-time favorite songs of the same name, by the band Mew. The Comforting Sounds icon was made by the lovely owlofnevermore as a FFN cover, and doesn't show up quite so well on LJ :\ She took the famous window from the beginning of the game and made it look supercool by recoloring it to be nighttime, with a full moon.

***WARNINGS*** Violence, Murder, Rape, Disturbing Imagery, Suicide, Suicidal Ideation, Depression, Angst. Plus two more that are too spoilery to list here, but I will divide the chapters in such a way that the chapter-specific warning won't be a spoiler by that point (I don't think any reader who makes it through to the last one will be fazed by THAT warning, but better to be safe than sorry, right? And hopefully I will remember to allude to my reasoning on that when the time comes).

Please keep in mind that I am only going to give chapter-specific warnings for the two instances above, and for the most extreme chapters. The fic starts off fairly fluffy but don't be lulled by that, it does get bad O.o

The Jackson County depicted here is not as well-fortified as the one in my fic "Accretion" -- and this story is not connected to that one in any way. The relationship between Joel and Ellie is central to the story, but strictly as father & daughter. Jumping them ahead a year post-canon presented some challenges in characterization; my hope is that the initial changes are subtle enough that no one feels OOC, but distinct enough that it's not like no time at all has passed.

I expect to update approximately every 2 weeks, give or take a few days. I've already done a lot of work on this story and am absolutely committed to finishing it. I'm just not one of those people who can post new content every few days :)

Crossposted to AO3 and FFN.

Thank you for reading!

~I don't feel alright
In spite of these comforting sounds you make
I don't feel alright
Because you make promises that you break~

--"Comforting Sounds" by Mew

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~Continue to Chapter 2~

Yet another fic poll

But a quickie this time!

Poll #2056933 Fic warnings

How should warnings be handled for a fic that has warnings up the wazoo?

Post all applicable warnings for fic as a whole on the first chapter
2(28.6%)
Post all warnings in the first chapter, then warn for each specifically in each chapter where it occurs
5(71.4%)
Ask that if anyone wants to read but has concerns, to contact the author for more details or individualized warnings
0(0.0%)
It depends (please explain in comments)
0(0.0%)
dude, you forgot an option! (please explain in comments)
0(0.0%)


As a person who will read just about anything out there, I'm a little concerned that I might be insensitive when it comes to warning others of triggery or disturbing content. I would rather not spoil things in the story by over-warning, but maybe that's uncool of me. Does anyone have thoughts to share on this? Any insight from personal experiences, either as reader or author?

The warnings on the fic I'm worried about will probably scare off most would-be readers anyway. But still...

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"Weird Kid"

Title: "Weird Kid"
Fandom: The Last of Us (in spite of the Dookula icon lol)
Characters: Joel & Ellie
Prompt: none
Word Count: 288
Rating: PG
Summary: Convo fic -- Ellie questions Joel about trick-or-treating.
Author's Notes: This fluff just came to me in like 15 minutes while I was waiting to go trick-or-treating with my favorite 6-year-old :) I imagine it takes place shortly after they get to Colorado.

Cross-posted to FFN & AO3.

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