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Bloodletting: Prologue

Title: Bloodletting
Author(s): yours truly
Genre: Drama, mystery
Characters/Pairing(s): America (more to be announced)
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Dark themes
Summary: In an unknown future, the United States has collapsed, and Alfred F. Jones disappears in the resulting turmoil. Years later, a young doctor with an uncanny resemblance to the lost Nation appears in the midst of a country in ruin. (re-write of “No Known Cure” from the kink_meme.)

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Prologue: Death

In a twist of fate, this story does not start with a beginning, but rather, with an end.

This was not how the hero was supposed to die, buried in rubble and choking on dust. But that was how America found himself, his vision blurring as life slid away. So much pain...His ribs felt like they were shattered, and the taste of iron coated his tongue. An attack. Another goddamned attack on him, on the country. Yet, this time was different. Everything thing was different. It was–

America wished he could spend his last moments doing something else besides lying under crushed buildings. Bringing the bastards that did this to him to justice would be top on his list. A trip to Disney World was a close second though.

Hah, Disney World...America's blood-smeared lips quirked up in dark humor. The mind traveled to strange places when one was dying. Besides, the park was probably destroyed by now, just as so many other places that made up America were. His people, his cities, and his stability...gone now, all gone. The thought made something cold curl in America's stomach. How could this have happened to him? He was America! He was the hero! It wasn't suppose to end like this, not for him.

America didn't want to die. Not yet, not now, not like this...He had been a Nation for less than three hundred years. He was too young to die. He didn't want to die. He didn't want to die. He didn't want to die!

And as the darkness began to overtake his mind, America cursed and prayed and...

Oblivion.

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They say that every Nation goes through a Golden Age. They also say that every Golden Age ends.

America's Golden Age ends in a cloud of bombs and a hail of missiles. In the wake of this explosive destruction, trails a quieter, lingering foe. Disease roars to life so quickly, that no one doubts that it was manufactured by human hands as purposeful part of the attack. The biological weapon spread dark wings over the country, slowly claiming the lives the explosions missed.

No one is completely sure who ordered the attack. Most heads turned to Russia, but he had an alibi. Besides, was it not he who stood toe to toe with America during the Cold War? As much as he hated the capitalist Nation, Russia was wise enough (or at least not crazy enough) to know that any attack he made would be returned threefold. The United States was unable to retaliate. They didn't even know who the enemy was. And with most of the government in shambles in the wake of the attack, the country is in no position to strike back.

The country painstakingly pulls itself together. Cities rebuild. The trauma slowly heals. While no cure had been found for the man-made sickness, its spread had been slowed and managed. And while there is hope, there are also deep, deep scars. America can no longer stand on its own and relies heavily on allies.

And as for the nation's anthropomorphic persona?

He vanishes into thin air...

Author's Note:

As many people who have read my stories before might have guessed, this is a rewrite/deanon of “No Known Cure” from the kink_meme. After a lot of thinking, I decided that I would not finish “No Known Cure” on the kink_meme, but instead would have the fic be reborn as “Bloodletting.” When I first started writing “No Known Cure” I didn't really have a direction I was taking it in. I sorta wrote what I felt like and hoped the story would evolve as I went along (yeah, yeah, I know, bad habit). Well, the story did end up evolving, but I realized that a lot of what would appear later on in the story needed to have a stronger foundation in the earlier chapters, so I decided to do a complete overhaul of the story, and post it on my journal (that plus if I fucked up and needed to edit, I actually could edit, unlike the kink_meme).

Basically, just think of “Bloodletting” as the deanoned version of “No Known Cure” but be aware for those of you who have read the old version that things might be very different from what you read before. In any case, for both new and old readers, I hope you enjoy the ride.

Comments

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sppandaaa
Feb. 8th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
I was afraid this story was abandoned and doomed to never to continue. Glad to see you're just revising it. This is one of my fav fills from the kink meme~ <3
dreamslikeglass
Feb. 9th, 2010 04:22 am (UTC)
Yep, don't count me out yet!
krayonela
Feb. 8th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
This is really good and your concept is really interesting :D
I love these kinds of dark stories and it being APH makes it better~!
I'll look forward to your updates :)
dreamslikeglass
Feb. 9th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
Thank you XD
hetalia17
Feb. 8th, 2010 05:48 pm (UTC)
OH GOD I LOVE YOU.

I'm so glad you're deciding to continue this...I'd been afraid that you'd sorta abandoned it. But seriously, I love your style...I want your writing skills. <3

Can't wait for the next update!
dreamslikeglass
Feb. 9th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
Nope, haven't abandoned it! I have such things planned for this story...
wistfulmemory
Feb. 8th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
I like the start of this story, and I can't wait to see where you go with it.
dreamslikeglass
Feb. 9th, 2010 04:25 am (UTC)
Thanks, hope you'll stick with me
awww_applesauce
Feb. 8th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
N-no...NOT DISNEY WORLD! ; A; ANYTHING BUT DISNEY WORLD! *flail*

I can't wait to see more of this. C:
dreamslikeglass
Feb. 9th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
I know, I <3 Disney World!
Thanks for reading
(no subject) - awww_applesauce - Feb. 9th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
saturn_onyx
Feb. 9th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
I....have no words.

I always wondered how the end of a country would come. I mean, HIdekaz doesn't really go into it and all...the countries who have died (like Rome-jii-chan), didn't really have that much of a detailed explanation, they just...disappeared I think?

Meh, I don't know. Oh but I do love these kinds of dark fics. While I love the silly, I also love the dark. Bittersweet person that I am...

D: And why Disney? Dangit! I live five hours away from it. ;__;

ANyways, good write like always. D: I admire you so much~
dreamslikeglass
Feb. 9th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
I <3 Disney, which is why I had to write it in, to make the grief/darkness of the story feel even more real/personal to me. (I find it helps making the writing a little better if I'm in a similar mood to the story.)

Thanks XD
(no subject) - saturn_onyx - Feb. 9th, 2010 01:13 pm (UTC) - Expand
seebearrun
Feb. 9th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
Oh yay, I'm so glad you're continuing/revising this! It really is a good story and I can't wait to see what changes you make and direction you go in
dreamslikeglass
Feb. 9th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
Glad you're enjoying it so far! I hope I won't disappoint ya, then
allyoucaneater
Feb. 9th, 2010 06:11 am (UTC)
HOLY SH--- YOU WROTE THIS!? :'D
I totally was in LOVE with this fic ;w;
and the last chapter you posted at the kink meme didn't help matters, son >:C
Cliffhanger of evil.
dreamslikeglass
Feb. 10th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah...apparently cliffhangers are my bad habit of doom. I'll try to get back to that part soon tho!
(no subject) - allyoucaneater - Feb. 11th, 2010 09:15 am (UTC) - Expand
dauphkantus
Feb. 9th, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
I agree with allyoucaneater (except I knew from the author!anon hi-jinx that you wrote it, and had a pillow!face moment when the fic trail went cold)

...aaand I had much more to say but forgot it all when I saw the captcha. But smooched indeed. *sniggers*

You better get up to that cliffhanger moment again fast you! We aren't going to be kept waiting this time! OR WE'LL PROTEST AT DISNEY WORLD. YOU HEARD ME.
dreamslikeglass
Feb. 10th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
captcha's brain sucking powers strike again! (It's haunted I tell you!)

:O You can't protest at Disney World! I-It's Disney World! I fucking love Disney World! T~T
(no subject) - dauphkantus - Feb. 10th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
rheoster
Feb. 10th, 2010 04:55 am (UTC)
I have read No Known Cure in the kink meme, so I am very excited to see it being rewritten and continued!
dreamslikeglass
Feb. 10th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
Hehe, hope I won't disappoint ya then with the re-write. Glad you're enjoying it so far!
blulious
Feb. 15th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
What the eff?

How come I didn't see this before?! *is shamed* Gosh, I was wondering when you were gonna update all your unfinished fills (tho I didn't want to bother you cause that's plain rude).

Can't wait for moree!! <33
dreamslikeglass
Feb. 15th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
It's because I have ninja posts. XD
meihime_sama
Feb. 20th, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
...Don't mind me as I stalk you for updates on this~<3333
dreamslikeglass
Feb. 20th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC)
Nope, not at all XD
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dreamslikeglass
Feb. 20th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
Re: I love this fic and I <3 you.
Glad you enjoyed!
sephydark
Feb. 21st, 2010 09:46 am (UTC)
why did it take me so long to find this, dammit?
Oh man, I remember this from the kink_meme. I really loved it but I thought you weren't going to continue it, so it made me sad. I'm really happy that you're rewriting it!
dreamslikeglass
Feb. 22nd, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
Re: why did it take me so long to find this, dammit?
Yep, hope I won't let ya down!
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dreamslikeglass
Feb. 22nd, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: оченавь даже
One moment, let me put this through a translator. Sorry, I'm an American with the typical American problem of being bad with foreign languages.

OH! Well, this is just the prologue, the rest of the story is coming. So there is no ending yet.
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