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Zombie Apocalypse? Oh, Well, It’s Not the End of the World

Everyone loves a good zombie apocalypse AU, right? Or story, if we’re talking origfic. After all, it’s a cool idea, inherently dramatic - our intrepid heroes trapped and desperate as they fight off hordes and hordes of monstrous, mindless, slavering, hungering, rotting mobile corpses -

Wait. Rewind that a bit. No, no, past there:


Okay, hold that thought. Now: how do you kill a zombie?

Answers vary - fire, various religious methods, cut off its head, et cetera. Most agree that the last works, though, or at the very least that caving in the brain will do it. No more brain equals no more zombie, just a lump of now-harmless flesh. (Yeah, don’t eat it, don’t go near it, but it won’t jump up and eat you anymore.)

Okay, now back up to that thought you’re holding. Zombies are rotting. All of them - including that very vital brain. Shambling around will most likely not slow down this process, and many forms of zombie apocalypse don’t re-animate the normally dead, which means that they won’t be embalmed. Sure, some variants of the virus that cause zombies to exist will also slow down decomposition, but they can only do so by so much. After all, they aren’t very good zombies if they aren’t rotting.

Say the embalmed come back to semi-life. Say the virus slows decomposition. Say the infection takes a while to spread around the globe. I’d still say that within ten years at the absolute outset - with a little luck, maybe within less than one -  every last zombie will have rotted to a pile of bones.

Survivors, the world is yours. And given that your apocalypse was zombies rather than bombs or war, then there’s probably a fair bit left - buildings, roads, cars, et cetera. Is society as we knew it going to be immediately restored? If we got the the apocalypse stage, then eh, probably not. Is the human race as a whole fucked? It depends on the numbers of survivors - I don’t know enough about genetics to say how many you’d need - but I’d put my money on a bounce-back, there. Even if not, said survivors might just have a decent while left to live and find each other, might even be happy. And the rest of our planet’s flora and fauna, well, according to the rules of most zombie viruses then they’re fine. (They kind of have to be - imagine if you had to worry about zombie bugs. Or even mice. You ever try to keep mice out of a
place when they really want to be in there?) Who knows, the bears or the dolphins might develop sentience.

I still don’t want to look out my window and see zombies, but I don’t think it would be the sign that it’s time for the species to throw in the towel.
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Title: Left and Leaving
Fandom: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
Characters/Pairings: Alice/Tarrant, sort of
Rating/Warnings: PG, Victorian concepts of 'madness'
Written for: ficcinintherain, mix "When the Sun Shines."
Wordcount: 850
A/N: Title from an album by The Weakerthans; I don't actually have any idea what they sound like, but I know I got the title from somewhere and that's what comes up when I Google it. So.

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Meme swiped from evewithanapple :

+ Pick one [or more!] of my icons.
+ I will (try my best to) write you at least one sentence of something vaguely resembling fiction based on said icon.
This would, I think, work better if I had more icons. If we share a fandom for which you have icons, use said icon and I might write something based on that as well?
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and I wanna tie your wrists with leather, and drill a tiny hole into your head

Title: what swapped your blood
Fandom: Brick
Characters/Pairings: Kara/Brendan
Ratings/Warnings: R. Er, sex - or more precisely foreplay with a fade-to-black, but sex is pretty clearly incoming. D/S. Underage [due ONLY to the restrictions of canon, not through intent to fetishize youth; characters are of an age where people in real life are quite likely to have sex voluntarily without being scarred by it, are the same age, and said age does not inform the dynamic. Also, the reader is invited to envision the actors, who were in their twenties at the time the movie was made.]
Written for: ficcinintherain mix-to-fic challenge, the 'fall to your knees' mix.
Wordcount: ~3,000
A/N: ...I can't believe I wrote this. No, really, I can't. SARA EVERYTHING IS YOUR FAULT. Title is swiped from "Fake Palindromes" by Andrew Bird. I originally intended to write one other scene, but a) I'm not sure it's necessary, b) I'm not sure I can do it justice, c) I'm not sure holding this back another day will cause me to write it, and d) I suspect that if I do not post this now, I never will.

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Probably won't significantly affect anyone, but I look to be incommunicado until Friday, should anyone want to say hello. Catching up on everything should be fun.
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Title: War Without End
Fandom: X-Men: First Class
Characters/Pairings: Raven, Charles, [Erik, Angel, Emma, Brotherhood]
Rating/Warnings: PG, allusions to assault, discussions of extreme poverty
Written for: N/A
Wordcount: ~600
A/N: This is, essentially, a story about privilege. As some of it is about the kinds I have (not quite to the degree portrayed, but sort of), please let me know if there's anything offensive here. I promise not to start a shitstorm.

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Title: The View From Up Here
Fandom: X-Men: First Class
Characters/Pairings: Charles, Erik, Angel, Raven, Sean, Alex, Armando [Skip] Implied Charles/Erik, Raven/Angel, and Alex/Armando.
G, barring lots of exceedingly foul language.
Written for: At the encouragement of gyzym  and littledust after a conversation with gyzym  about this picture.
Wordcount: 1900
A/N: ...well, this is a hell of a way to start on a new fandom. I don't even know, you guys. This is ridiculous crack (except it has bits that aren't.) AU wherein everyone lives and remains on the same side, and I do not apologize for that element, but I do apologize for everything else.

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Here there are graphics.

First: A Softer World remixes!

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Second: there was a meme on Tumblr wherein one's friends proposed a hypothetical cast and then you created a false movie poster and synopsis with that cast and inspired by a randomly selected ("randomly") song. I ended up making three. Two had the casts suggested by 1st_eggokage; the first was inspired by "Turning" from Les Miserables (sort of), the second by "In My Veins" by Andrew Belle. The third synopsis was all me, inspired by "St. Stephen's Cross" by Vienna Teng.

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Dialogue from the family on X-Men: First Class:

My youngest brother: All the superhero girls in that movie were evil or turned evil, though!

This was after five minutes of gushing, but the dude is ten - if he's having that thought process at that age, I'm keeping him.

Further thoughts on the movie include that it could have been a truly incredible story about oppression and intersectionality and how a lack of privilege in one area does not mean you can't be a total asshole in other areas, particularly by combining the mutant stuff with the real-world stuff and making the gay text, so you'd have the mutants and the presence or absence of visibility and also being gay or Jewish or non-white or female or any and many combinations of all of it, which sounds really dull on paper but could just HURT SO GOOD on screen. It'd be about both those moments when someone says "I understand" and you know they don't and can't, and those moments when someone tells you their story and you love them incredibly in that moment because you've felt the exact same thing and finally someone else does, and most of all about the incongruity of having both of those moments with the same person.

And I'm not sure that that sounds any more interesting because it's a hard thing to sum up, but if the movie had gone there and been that story I would be flapping my hands and shouting "MY BOOOYYYSS, MY GIIIIRLS" for about six months. As it isn't, I really want someone to write fic about that, one that leads up and builds up to a satisfactory conclusion where they all understand as much as they can and grasp that some things they can't understand and everybody builds the school all together all at once and a lot of people get married.

For those who don't feel like reading or writing an epic novel but got annoyed by Charles's smarmy arrogance and its general acceptance by everyone who wasn't a villain, have Strategy by apiphile, which dives into those, explores it, and ends up quite terrifying.