mischief managed

[1076] Return to Civilization

My new laptop came today. Oh, is it beautiful. I've spent all evening setting it up just how I like it (I had forgotten how much went into making a computer your own!), and it is so refreshing to be back on the internet again.

I'm particularly excited because this means I can work on coldironbook again. I felt pretty awful about missing our deadlines, but when a computer dies there's not a whole lot you can do. I resume work on chapter four tomorrow evening.

Did I miss anything momentous from you guys while I was gone? Let me know!
mischief managed

[1075] Because my computer is dead..

...and this was on a locked entry and I'm bored and want to share. And who knows, maybe it will go somewhere again.


After two hours of dodging parked and abandoned cars, taking a turn dragging a backpack full of supplies or Shikamaru up an increasingly steep road, and nothing but static on the radio, Sakura was almost ready for some zombies to show up just so she could have something productive to do. No one spoke during the better part of two hours, except for Shikamaru, who occasionally called for brief rests and the switching of burdens. The silence didn’t bother her--it was the undercurrent of uneasy desperation that hid beneath it.

Shikamaru was still limping, and worse with every half hour, even after Lee had carried him up a particularly steep switchback. No one knew how to properly assess Neji’s injury; his irritability remained, but he at least seemed to have command of his short term memory again. Sasuke was growing more and more sullen, and the one time Naruto had vaguely hinted at Itachi, Sasuke had nearly ripped his face off.

The best weapon they had was knowledge, and trapped this deep in the mountains they hadn’t been able to hear any. How many counties were now on the list? As long as she’d had that mechanical voice droning in her ear, Sakura had been confident that they were at least heading away from the biggest sources of danger. Keeping that mental list updated had been something she could do--it was useful.

Was Cottonwood City still safe? Or had they headed straight into new danger with fewer supplies, less ammunition, and no vehicle?

Sakura got the answer to both of her questions when the windshield of a nearby car erupted in a shower of glass and the sharp, sudden sound of a gun going off. Someone screamed to get down, but Sakura didn’t need to be told. She found herself crouched down in the space between a Honda and a Toyota, her ax gripped tightly in both hands, and her heart hammering in her throat. From her hiding place, the only person she could see was Tenten, though she heard Naruto’s swearing loud and clear.

The older girl had taken cover, but she was also in the midst of pulling Sasuke’s rifle out of its case. It had been impossible to tell exactly where the shot had come from--the sound had echoed off the canyon walls--but Tenten would need to know where to fire if it came to that. Sakura peeked out over the hood of the Honda and scanned the surrounding landscape for their new enemies.

It wasn’t difficult to find them. Three people stood amongst the cars near the upcoming curve in the road. Two boys--the larger one with brown hair and one smaller with red--held rifles with the same casual ease that she held her ax. But it was the older girl, her wild blonde hair barely restrained by pigtails, that had her rifle out and ready to fire a second shot.

“Welcome to Cottonwood City,” the blonde said, her words a gleeful challenge. Sakura was too far away to be certain, but she would have sworn the woman was smiling. “Let’s get the rules outta the way first, shall we?”
eternity

[1070] Eleven months

It's been eleven months since I last used my meme tag, there are ducks outside the balcony quacking at each other, and I've got to be up in seven and a half hours and I'm still not tired.

So here are two time-wasters for you from years ago:



Name a character and I'll tell you three facts about them from my personal headcanon.



AND/OR


Leave me an anonymous comment pouring your heart out. Say anything. Tell me your stories, your secrets, those things no one ever asks but you wish to tell. Tell me about your love, your hate, your indifference, your joy. Tell me about what's inside of you when you're reading through these entries on your friends list, and tell me why you continue to come back here. Tell me anything. Tell me what you really think of me or yourself. Anything.

Post anonymously. Speak honestly. Post as many times as you like.
going down with you

[1052] As We Know It, Act II, Scene V

Shikamaru closes out Act II for us. Is that a hint of future plot I see? And look, I have a title now! As always, not beta'd. Constructive criticism, comments, etc. are all welcome.


As We Know It
A Naruto AU, zombie apocalypse style


Original drabble by askerian

Act I
Act II
Scene I, Sasuke Scene I, Naruto
Scene II, Shikamaru Scene II, Sasuke
Scene III, Neji Scene III, Tenten
Scene IV, Tenten Scene IV, Sakura
Scene V, Lee Scene V, Shikamaru


Hiashi side-story--the Hyuuga twins have box seats for the end of the world



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going down with you

[1051] Zombie Side Story: Hyuuga Twins

This one is also Askerian's fault, who asked for a drabble with Hiashi & Hizashi. The prompt was "I refuse." Said prompt didn't actually make it into this, but it's 1,200+ words long already, and I liked this stopping point.

As usual, this is in all its un-beta'd glory and comments are most certainly welcome. ♥


Original drabble by askerian

Act I
Act II
Scene I, Sasuke Scene I, Naruto
Scene II, Shikamaru Scene II, Sasuke
Scene III, Neji Scene III, Tenten
Scene IV, Tenten Scene IV, Sakura
Scene V, Lee



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For those of you that still care, Act II Scene V has close to 2,000 words already and should be completed sometime in the near future. I'm also very close to giving this series a name.
going down with you

[1039] Act II, Scene IV--Sakura

Welcome to the penultimate scene in Act II. This time we get to see this wonderful world from Sakura's POV.


As always, standard disclaimers apply, and I always love feedback. Hope you enjoy! ♥


Original drabble by askerian

Act I
Act II
Scene I, Sasuke Scene I, Naruto
Scene II, Shikamaru Scene II, Sasuke
Scene III, Neji Scene III, Tenten
Scene IV, Tenten Scene IV, Sakura
Scene V, Lee



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Act II, Scene V--Shikamaru
mischief managed

[1032] Act II, Scene II, Sasuke

In which Sasuke spends most of these 1,800 words grumpy. Poor kid. As always, in its unbeta'd glory. Comments, questions, constructive criticism, keyboard smashing, are all welcome.

Oh, by the way, I'm flattered by all you guys who have asked for me to friend you, but it's not necessary. I know you're here for the zombies and not me whining about work (which is most of what I do in my friends-only posts), so go ahead and just friend me so you know when the next scene comes out. Alternately, if you leave a comment to this post, I will provide you a link to the next scene when it's put up. I've done that for every scene so far, and I've no reason to stop...unless you don't want me to give you a notification. XD


Also, look, I made a table for your handy reference!

Original drabble by askerian

Act I
Act II
Scene I, Sasuke Scene I, Naruto
Scene II, Shikamaru Scene II, Sasuke
Scene III, Neji Scene III, Tenten
Scene IV, Tenten Scene IV, Sakura
Scene V, Lee




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[1028] Act II, Scene I

Because obviously I should be writing zombie fic instead of going to bed. A little short on action, though I hope it's more than adequate for tension. Also unbeta'd like all the rest because I'm still telling myself this is something I'll get over.



Original drabble by askerian
Act I
Act II
Scene I, Sasuke Scene I, Naruto
Scene II, Shikamaru Scene II, Sasuke
Scene III, Neji Scene III, Tenten
Scene IV, Tenten Scene IV, Sakura
Scene V, Lee




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Comments, keyboard smashing, constructive criticism, etc. are all welcome. Hope you enjoy! ♥


Act II, Scene II with Sasuke