watch_the_nails: (Future!Verse - Bar Brawl Scowl)
I can still remember one of the first times me an' Jimmy went to the movies.

Sure, it don't sound like much now, but movin' pictures was a pretty big thing back then. Can still remember what we went to see, too - Buster Keaton's 'The General' - an' I can remember Jimmy almost hootin' his stupid hairy ass off. I swear, I recall thinkin' that I hadn't saved his ass from that sniper in White Oak Swamp just to have him die laughin' in a goddamn movie theater.

Can't even remember where that was, now. Somewhere 'round Virginia, I think. 'Course, the battles had already started t'blur into one by then. First World War'd been over for a while, an' for most of the kids watchin' that movie with us, it really had been their first war, an' their only one. For me an' Jimmy, shit, it'd been our - third? Fourth? Gettysburg, St-Mihiel, Santiago, Shenandoah - we'd already seen 'em all.

Couldn't help but start wonderin', even back then, how many more of 'em we would end up seein'. Sure, we knew we could heal, but how long was that gonna last? Just about everyone we'd known when we'd first signed up had died by then anyways, eaten up by old age if a rifle ball or a stray piece of shrapnel hadn't gotten to 'em first - an' that was just the ones what got killed by the other side. Jesus, an' people wonder why I don't wanna suddenly be B-F-fuckin'-F with every son-of-a-bitch that I bump into.

Shit, if Jimmy'd been laughin' any louder, he'd have been lucky to make it out of the damn theater in one piece.

((OOC: Random history!drabble is random. Mun apologises for any glaring historical inaccuracies. Commentary is more of an IC reflection than anything else, and other characters should not assume that they've 'overheard' this and have this knowledge.))

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Victor Creed

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