"Hey, guys... I know yer scared, nobody wants no one tuh die... but c'mon. If we calm down'n'think 'bout it, we'll come up with somethin'. We always do."
A Left 4 Dead 2Nick/Ellis fanfic by ladyredms that takes place in a presumably alternate universe where the group doesn't meet up on the roof of the evacuation center. Rather than a campaign-by-campaign story, this story spins a different twist to the survivors' adventures, giving the universe a more realistic take while exploring their adventures during the zombie apocalypse in search of salvation.But mainly, the story focuses on the characters, following each of their interactions with each other and each of them developing as people as well as learning to trust each other.It's currently at 119 chapters and can be read here .
And if you're especially suicidal, then you'd harm Ellis in front of Nick. It doesn't matter if he's unarmed, he will try to annihilate you and all of your friends with his bare hands. Unfortunately for him, Brenda had a katana, so all he achieved through that was a katana through the shoulder.
To date, Rochelle had to witness Chris getting his armed ripped off by a Witch when he saved her and Coach's lives. And then she had to hear his cries of agony as his arm was cauterized. And Ellis had his optimism in humanity challenged many times, starting with the ruthless female robber to getting almost tortured then slaughtered by Jerry. Then he had to watch Jerry die.
Chekhov's Gun: Sugar and the bullet that Nick slipped into Jerry's gun.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Ellis. His cheery countenance and happy ramblings tend to either amuse, confuse, or irritate his teammates. How he manages to recount Keith stories at the drop of a hat during the zombie apocalypse is a miracle in and of itself.
Door Stopper: This fic is 119 chapters long and is still continuing.
Elite Mook: The Tanks serve as this big time. Each time they appear in the story, you can expect all hell to break loose. Especially when one Tank manages to chuck a slab of concrete right at them, some of the fragments striking Coach in the back of the head, causing them to lose their car and leaving him incapacitated.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Brenda goes almost hysterical with rage when she believes that the Survivors brought Chris to his doom.
Evil Gloating: Brenda delivers a rather nasty one to the survivors about how Jerry was probably viciously torturing Ellis. And how she would kill them after Jerry delivered Ellis's corpse to them in pieces.
Eye Scream: Almost happens to Nick, courtesy of a particularly grabby zombie.
Handsome Lech: Nick. Although his amorous exploits don't only extend to women.
Heroic BSOD: Coach suffers a minor one after seeing a Charger, which makes him remember about how a lot of the football team he was coaching turned into them and pounded the rest of their teammates to death. Nick snaps him out of it, though.
Left for Dead: Just like its namesake. However, it seems that it's taken a much darker tone. It's heavily implied that the military abandoned all the surviving humans, and did something so horrible that it left even Brenda shaken.
Mercy Kill: A thoroughly pragmatic one by Nick. He shoots three zombies that were dissolving in Spitter acid to get the rest of his horrified group moving. And, debatably, when he shoots a chained-up zombie.
The Sociopath: A pretty good case could be argued that the Angels are this, excluding Chris.
Tranquil Fury: Nick has a rather terrifying one when a robber smacks Ellis across the face with a gun.
True Companions: All of the survivors become this to each other. It's more or less summed up the best in this passage:
In silence, pressed close, there was an instant of examination. They took stock - let it sink in that they were all together again, alive. Hurt, but safe. Scared - but safe. Something had long since settled between them, an unspoken but very real tie. Something familial, forged out of a bond as strong as blood.