oh god oh god oh god posting day has arrived. Ahem!
Many many thanks to my team of betas: templemarker
, my assorted advance-readers and cheerleaders, and Iulia forever as always! And thanks also to anyone I forgot. It's been a long road, and I have had a lot of help along the way.
The ratings/pairings/tags cover the entire story. More detailed warnings for each chapter are in the end notes. Please let me know if I missed something that should be tagged/warned, and feel free to ask questions if there's a particular warning you're concerned about! I've had this story living in my head so long I've lost track of which parts might be upsetting. (I think that everything that happens in the story is canon-typical at worst, for one canon or the other, but that doesn't actually eliminate much.)
Title is from Dutch
by Dessa: But you can't play for keeps if you never draw blood
You just brace and you breathe, you drive through the dust
At one time I planned to write the entire arc from Nate and Bo and Brad and Frost meeting in Afghanistan through to Iraq as one story, and I intended to call the whole thing You Just Brace and You Breathe
. When I realized I needed to break the story into two parts, I realized that the second half of the line was perfect for the Iraq part, so here it is.
(The working/alternate title/summary was "(Nate's got) 99 problems and a bitch is most of them.")
The story is in five parts, a loose attempt at five act structure (as described by Film Crit Hulk
). I'll be posting one part per day until Friday, so if you don't like to read WIPs the whole story will be up by the weekend!
And without further ado:You Drive Through the Dust
(15260 words) by Dira Sudis
Fandom: Generation Kill
, Iskryne Series - Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Brad Colbert/Nate Fick, Nate Fick/Original Female Character, Brad Colbert/Ray Person, Nate Fick/Mike Wynn, Pappy Patrick/Rudy Reyes, John Christeson/Evan Stafford
Characters: Nate Fick, Brad Colbert, Ray Person, Mike Wynn, Craig Schwetje, Ray "Casey Kasem" Griego, Stephen Ferrando
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Fusion, Psychic Wolves, Non-Monogamy, Animal Death, Harm to Children, Dubious Consent, Minor Injuries, Pack Dynamics, Wolf Pack, Mating Cycles/In Heat, Mates, Iraq, Kuwait, Hunting, The Grooming Standard, The Old Ways, Bitches Get Shit Done
Series: Part 7 of Every Marine a Wolfbrother
August 2002-August 2003. Nate and Bo lead their platoon to war and bring them home again.