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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

Summertime... and the livin' is easy, I think they say...Collapse )

~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.

Trick or Treat!Collapse )

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The Last of Us game summary

...if you can call 7500 words a "summary"?

This was inspired by dancingdragon3’s interest in the game, as her modly duties at puzzleprompts force her to read my TLOU fic :) Anyone is welcome to read though and I love talking about this game so feel free to comment!

It came out in 2013 for PS3 and won all kinds of game-of-the-year awards. Not being a hardcore gamer myself, I’d never heard of it until my brother started playing it in 2015, and told me enough to intrigue me but not spoil me. It’s been out on PS4 since 2014. Major spoilers here, obviously!

I loved it so much I even bought a PS4 of my ownCollapse )

If you read through all that, I love you and I thank you for taking the time :D

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"Accretion" Master List

Title: "Accretion"
Fandom: The Last of Us (see game recap here)
Characters: Joel, Ellie, Tommy, Maria, OCs
Word Count: 156,823
Rating: R
Summary: ac·cre·tion: /əˈkrēSH(ə)n/ noun 1. the process of growth or increase, typically by the gradual accumulation of additional layers or matter 2. the coming together and cohesion of matter under the influence of gravitation to form larger bodies. 3. Comic #6 in the Savage Starlight series! ~ Joel and Ellie's relationship isn't easily defined in the "new world." [Elements of Joel/Ellie, no smut] Picks up where the game leaves off, with Joel and Ellie arriving at Tommy's in the spring.
Author's Notes: Before this, I'd never written a fic that exceeded 3,000 words. I have no idea what crawled up my muse's butt this time but I am very pleased to have completed such a long piece. It only took me, oh, 13 months?

~crossposted to FFN and AO3...but I would love to find the elusive reader on LJ!~

Each chapter has a link at the end to continue to the next.

Chapter 1: "Package Deal" and 2: "Home Sweet Home"
Chapter 3: "Safe"
Chapter 4: "The Elephant in the Room"
Chapter 5: "A New Friend"
Chapter 6: "The Lay of the Land"
Chapter 7: "A New Enemy"
Chapter 8: "Do as I Say, Not as I Do"
Chapter 9: "Life in a Small Town"
Chapter 10: "Weight of the World"
Chapter 11: "Hunter"
Chapter 12: "Stairway to Heaven"
Chapter 13: "Heroes and Villains"
Chapter 14: "Promise Me"
Chapter 15: "More Than Words"
Chapter 16: "Bat Out of Hell"
Chapter 17: "Playing With Fire"
Chapter 18: "Leo"
Chapter 19: "Dear Abby"
Chapter 20: "Let the Games Begin"
Chapter 21: "Do Or Die"
Chapter 22: "Born Too Late" Part 1 and Part 2
Chapter 23: "Endure and Survive"
Chapter 24: "Mad World"
Chapter 25: "Drink You Away"
Chapter 26: "About Last Night..."
Chapter 27: "False Impressions"
Chapter 28: "Free Bird"
Chapter 29: "Riser"
Chapter 30: "All That Matters"
Chapter 31: "Point of No Return" Part 1 and Part 2
Epilogue

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"Accretion" : Epilogue

Title: "Accretion" - EPILOGUE
Fandom: The Last of Us
Word Count: 3132
Rating (for fic as a whole): R

FIN!Collapse )

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"Bury Them Deep"

Title: "Bury Them Deep"
Fandom: The Last of Us
Characters: Ellie & Joel
Prompt: 5 of puzzleprompts's 8 prompts for August: Janet Jackson's "Black Cat" (I used the lyric "not afraid to die"), cleaning up after others, warrior/guardian (technically Joel is a smuggler, but in the game he's Ellie's bodyguard for all intents & purposes), summer's heat/miserable, definitive right/wrong (wrong)
Word Count: 2823
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Joel and Ellie say goodbye to Henry and Sam... well, Ellie does, at least. [Title is from a Western I've never seen, but maybe Joel has!]
Author's Notes/Warnings: References suicide.

Crossposted to AO3 and FFN.

It's a dirty job, but...yeah yeahCollapse )

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Title: "Accretion" - Chapter 31: "Point of No Return" Part 2 of 2
Fandom: The Last of Us
Word Count: 12,082 for both parts
Rating (for fic as a whole): R
Chapter Summary: Joel kicks ass... for a while. ...and that's all the summary I'm giving, lol. I actually don't know why I've bothered doing summaries for LJ when on FFN/AO3 I didn't bother!

~Continued from Part One~

~Endure & Survive~Collapse )

And there's actually an epilogue, so not QUITE the final chapter ;)
~Continue to Epilogue~



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Title: "Accretion" - Chapter 31: "Point of No Return" Part 1 of 2
Fandom: The Last of Us
Word Count: 12,082 for both parts (yeah, cozy up with the cat and some popcorn...)
Rating (for fic as a whole): R
Chapter Summary: Joel kicks ass... for a while. ...and that's all the summary I'm giving, lol. I actually don't know why I've bothered doing summaries for LJ when on FFN/AO3 I didn't bother!

BAH -- I wanted this to be all in one post but it was too big for LJ to handle. Never had that happen to me before!

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I GOT THISCollapse )

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~Continued in Part Two~

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Yay it's a poll!

I thought this would be more fun than making a rambly post and hoping for comments. Please vote!

Poll #2051756 Fic Reading Habits

For how many fandoms are you currently reading fic?

none
0(0.0%)
1
2(40.0%)
2
1(20.0%)
3
1(20.0%)
4
1(20.0%)
5
0(0.0%)
6 or more
0(0.0%)

Please specify which fandoms, if you so desire:

Where do you look for fic to read? (choose all that apply)

AO3
5(45.5%)
FFN
2(18.2%)
Livejournal
2(18.2%)
Dreamwidth
0(0.0%)
Recs from tumblr or other similar sites
2(18.2%)
Other (specify in comments if you'd like!)
0(0.0%)

How do you select which fics to read? (choose all that apply)

the author is a friend
1(3.3%)
the author is someone whose work I've enjoyed previously
4(13.3%)
I look for specific pairings and/or characters
4(13.3%)
by genre (drama, smut, crack, etc.)
3(10.0%)
by length
1(3.3%)
I read the beginning and see if it pulls me in enough to read more
5(16.7%)
interesting title
1(3.3%)
by specific tags
2(6.7%)
the summary/premise has to appeal to me
4(13.3%)
by era or time period it takes place
0(0.0%)
by recommendation
3(10.0%)
cannot be a WIP
0(0.0%)
the spelling & grammar needs to be excellent
2(6.7%)
I read EVERYTHING for my fave fandom(s)
0(0.0%)
Other (specify in comments if you'd like!)
0(0.0%)

When deciding what to read, are you at all influenced by the # of comments/kudos/favorites a fic has?

Yes
2(40.0%)
No
1(20.0%)
Sometimes
2(40.0%)

How do you feel about tags/warnings/plot details? (choose all that apply)

the more I know about the fic before reading it, the better
0(0.0%)
too many of them are annoying
3(27.3%)
I would like to be warned for something extremely upsetting, such as major character death or noncon
3(27.3%)
I would rather be surprised than be warned of anything
2(18.2%)
I may ask the author for more info if something I'm concerned about is unclear
0(0.0%)
I don't want to read fic containing certain elements so I pass on it if it seems risky, tagged or not
2(18.2%)
Meh, whatever
1(9.1%)
Other (specify in comments if you'd like!)
0(0.0%)

Is there a certain length of fic you prefer?

Yes, I prefer epic fic with a million chapters
1(20.0%)
Yes, I prefer multi-chaptered but not so long that it takes eons to read
0(0.0%)
Yes, I prefer one-shots, ficlets, or drabbles
0(0.0%)
No, I will read any length of fic as long as it appeals to me
2(40.0%)
My preferences change with my mood
2(40.0%)
My preferences depend on how much time I've allotted to read (today, this week, etc.)
0(0.0%)

Do you like to read WIPs?

Yes, but only if they've been updated recently
0(0.0%)
Yes, but only if the author states that he/she has written most or all of the story already
0(0.0%)
Yes, I'd like to see the work get finished but no biggie if it doesn't
2(40.0%)
No, I'd rather not risk it being abandoned by the author
0(0.0%)
No, I don't like to wait for updates and would rather read it all when finished
2(40.0%)
No, didn't you read my answer above? I only read short fic!
0(0.0%)
It depends (on my mood, on the specific fic, or other stuff not mentioned here)
1(20.0%)

How do you feel about commenting/reviewing?

I will kudos/favorite/etc. but don't usually comment
0(0.0%)
I have to be moved/inspired by something in the work to comment
3(60.0%)
If I read it, I comment on it -- even if it sucked
0(0.0%)
If I read it, I comment on it -- but only if I liked it
0(0.0%)
I only comment if a fic doesn't have a lot of comments; if tons of people have posted stuff similar to my thoughts, I don't bother
0(0.0%)
I am a ninja -- no 'likes' or comments or anything to show I've read it
1(20.0%)
Other (specify in comments if you'd like!)
1(20.0%)

For those who like multi-chaptered fic: You like a fic in the beginning, but as it goes on, you find you don't like the direction the author is going. You...

stop reading and let the author know why
0(0.0%)
stop reading and don't let the author know why
3(60.0%)
keep reading it in the hopes that it will get better, or out of sheer curiosity
0(0.0%)
I dunno, that's never happened to me!
0(0.0%)
It depends on the situation, I don't always respond the same way
2(40.0%)
Other (specify in comments if you'd like!)
0(0.0%)

Is it weird that I can't seem to read fic that shares some aspects with what I'm currently writing?

Yes, what's wrong with you?!
1(20.0%)
No, I'm kinda like that myself
2(40.0%)
Meh, maybe it's a bit quirky but I get it
1(20.0%)
Um...what?
1(20.0%)


(Okay, so that last question was a little indulgent :D)


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