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Title: The Things He Carried
Author: Starzki
Fandom: Full Metal Panic
Characters/Pairings: OC, Sousuke, Sousuke/Kaname
Genre: Action
Rating: K+
Word Count: 884
Summary: "The Sickness" universe.  Sousuke comes back to Jindai after scavenging and turns over his goods.


Like I said in the author's notes in the story, I just have a ton of head canon for my zombie fic.  This one kind of came about because of the running app "Zombies! Run!"  In the game, as you run, you hear a kind of radio program of the story of a group of survivors after the zombie apocalypse.  You are a runner for them and, in between story snippets, as you listen to music, you are also informed of all of the supplies you're gathering.  After the run, you can review all of your supplies and I couldn't help but imagining the same kind of thing happening in my zombie fic.

Really, the thing that got me to get up and write it was thinking about the title.  I liked the war memoir/fiction story The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien and I do see a lot of similarities between war stories and zombie stories.  When I told [ profile] scribefigaro about the premise of the story, he immediately said, "You should call it 'The Things He Carried!'"  It sealed the deal.

Writing this story wasn't great.  I first wrote it with Sousuke's perspective, but I kind of thought that it was boring and too much in line with the way I write the zombie fic.  I wanted some kind of different perspective.  Ideally, I'd try to tell the story using the inventory sheet Jin was working on, but it wasn't feasible.  So I gave the perspective to Jin, one of my OCs, to get an outside view on Sousuke and Kaname's relationship at Jindai after the zombie apocalypse.

I don't hate it!  I just hope that it isn't horribly boring to readers. It also perfectly fits [personal profile] luxken27's Summer Mini Challenge "hold" prompt!

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