Back to where it all began.
Abby leans against her bulky backpack, tries to force it to become comfortable. It won’t. She folds her arms over her chest, sighs.
The fire’s almost too hot, too bright; Lev throws another dry, brittle log into the flames, and the shadows jump and flare on the gray, rocky walls around them.
Lev drops down heavily, glances at Abby. He shrugs off his own bag, leans back against it. Folds his arms over his chest.
Abby wishes he would stop doing that. Wishes she could make him understand that of all the people in the world he should be imitating, should be learning from–she’s the absolute last. The worst. The most terrible.
And yet, every little copied gesture also makes her desperate to change that.
Maybe, if she tries hard enough, she’ll be the person Lev thinks she is–someday.
The bad things can’t be undone, but the good things–those have to count for something. Don’t they?
Not that she’s particularly interested in redemption. Some things just aren’t redeemable. But being what Lev needs, protecting him from the shrieking madhouse of this world–that she can keep doing, one day at a time.
“Man…” Abby finally says, “I would kill for a hot dog right about now.”
Lev looks up at her, and his face is some mixture of confusion and horror.
“What, you don’t like hot dogs?” Abby asks.
“No,” Lev says, “Or cold ones, either. I’ve told you.”
“What? No,” Abby sighs with exasperation, “Not hot dogs. Hot dogs.”
Lev continues to stare, puzzled.
“Hot dogs,” Abby repeats with frustrated persistence, “You know–”
She holds her hands up, mimes the eating of a hot dog, but this only seems to increase Lev’s concerns.
“You put them in a bun,” Abby insists, “And put ketchup on them. Manny used to–” She pauses, struck with the loss again, “Well, Manny used to put pickles on his, whenever we had a fresh batch at the FOB.”
“Pickles?” Lev asks.
“What the hell, Lev…” Abby sighs, “Someday, I’m gonna find a hot dog for you. Hot dogs and pickles. We’ll eat, like, a hundred of them. It’ll be great.”
“But…they’re not…it’s not made of…” Lev pushes hesitantly, “…dogs?”
“No, Lev,” Abby sighs, scrubs a hand over her face, “No…it’s not made of dogs. There are no dogs involved in any way.”
“Cool,” Lev says with a similar sigh, “Hey, maybe I’ll understand if you show me again how you eat them–”
“No, Lev, I’m not doing it again–”
“Like this–” Lev does a bad, exaggerated interpretation of Abby’s overwrought miming, and begins to laugh at his own joke.
“You’re not as funny as you think you are,” Abby tells him defensively, but a grin hitches at the corner of her mouth, against her will.
“Still funnier than you,” Lev sighs.
me attempting to write an ensemble TLOU chapter: who the fuck is in the justice league again???
“I’m just a girl. Not a threat.”
Ellie Williams, from The Last of Us Part II
actually now that im watching it again i think it wouldve been better if nd didnt try to keep abbys existence a total secret and dropped that trailer before release. most ppl wouldnt be completely blindsided by the perspective shift, there would be less whining about false advertising and “fridging beloved characters” or whatever the fuck, and it would be so fun to speculate on how abbys and ellies story intertwine and what happens and why. maybe just throw out the joel scenes to keep that a bit more under wraps and bam, ur a lot more honest with ur trailers while still keeping the story vague and not introducing a new protagonist seemingly out of nowhere
me when i heard a new tlou trailer dropped but it turned out to be a trailer for the main game and not a dlc announcement
“that there is a hydroelectric power plant.”
“a… hydro who?”
tommy’s dam • the last of us
IM NOT GONNA FIGHT YOU. THATS UP TO YOU
“Oh, I’m tired as fuck.
Dry my eyes on the back of my sleeve–
–just wish me luck.”
–Tired as Fuck//The Staves
“The Last of Us Part II – Abby Story Trailer | PS4”
“Memory rushes in, then washes you away.
I am losing you to the sea.
You just could not last forever, could you?
You just could not last for me.”
–Lanterns Lit//Son Lux
i made a small playlist, you can find it here <3
Mostly is Lana del Rey, Hozier, some Glass Animals… But other artists as well :) I just put here every song that reminds me of their relationship. i’m open to suggestions of any kind, i always love discovering new music. feel free to drop any song i can add in the playlist!
Imagine Joel waking up from a nightmare and Tess comforting him
Summery: Joel has nightmares and Tess tries to comfort him through them
Word count: 446
The first time it had happened Tess was sleeping over at Joel’s shifty little apartment after they had just finished having sex, Joel was fast asleep with Tess on his stomach. Joel started shifting yelling out a name, this woke Tess up and she looked up at the man who was still sleeping and shook him awake “Joel. Joel!,” she said and he jolted up holding onto Tess panting. She grabbed his face and forced him to look at her. She wanted to know he was alright, he was tense and sweating “it’s ok” she said and ran her hand through his hair and he nodded. They fell back asleep a few moments later. The next moment was when Joel and Tess started dating and Tess had been sleeping there often, she hadn’t seen his nightmares as much but she knew one was going to come up again, she was sleeping when she felt her boyfriend shift beside her, the same thing as the first but this time Tess wanted to know what was going on. She woke up him and he jolted up in the small bed shaking “it’s ok I’m here” she said rubbing small circles on his back “wanna talk about it?” She asked. Joel and Tess knew almost everything there was to know about each other but there were still a few things they left a mystery. Joel nodded deciding he should tell her if they were going to be romantically involved with each other “um so there’s something you don’t know of about me” he said running his hand through his hair and sitting up a little, Tess just nodded “before all this, I um had a daughter. Her name was Sarah and she was my everything, I would have done anything and everything for her Tess, she was just perfect. Unfortunately when this thing started Tommy and I were trying to get outta the city and a soilder shot her” he said whipping whatever tears were spilling out his eyes “all I can remember is running with her then holding her in my arms as she died” he said and sighed. Tess knew he was heartbroken and may have even had PTSD so she decided to say nothing and instead hold him until they fell asleep again. The nightmares became an often thing until they had their daughter then they called down a bit but he would still wake up shocked and she would ease him back to sleep and make sure to let him know that she loved him and was there for him.
I’m playing TLOU 2 with my friends on chat and they have all been dying of laughter at my panicking running away from all the goddamn zombie hordes
Its so much sadder actually doing the walk through of his house than watching it through play throughs on YouTube. I’ve cried like 3 times already.