Back on an Inception kick. Um, not the part where you get shot in the head to wake up. You know. But I've just finished an Ariadne vid and I'm trying to slam my head against the brick wall that is this fucking Eames(&Arthur) fic, in which I am discovering a great deal about Cobb but utterly failing to figure out how to put it into writing in, like, an engaging and yet succinct manner -- oh, whatever, it makes sense in context. POINT BEING, what I'm really trying is to write a believable military backstory for Eames. But my experience with the US military is pretty much limited to: 1. watching Band of Brothers obsessively, 2. other war movies, 3. my dad's cracktastic stories about being in Army Intelligence in West Germany in the early 60s, 4. Skippy's List
, and 5. two of my friends bitching about Basic, one of whom is currently in Afghanistan and I really don't like thinking about it too much.
None of which has terribly much to do with the British
military. My only reference point for the SAS is that one Tom Clancy book where Clark and Chavez head up an anti-terrorism team based out of Hereford. So basically NIL.
You know how people tell aspiring writers to write what they know? THIS IS WHY.
So while I'm trying to be vague enough on specifics that I don't commit any truly appalling inaccuracies, which I'm sure I am JUST THINKING ABOUT WRITING THIS, I'm trying to distract myself with other military-background fics. Of which I can find several, and they are good, but not the one that I'm bloody well looking for. The last time I turned to my f-list for fic-finding assistance, you provided SPECTACULARLY, so this is worth a shot:
Fic. Long. Arthur/Eames backstory, Arthur POV. Military. Their names kept changing throughout, in keeping with the plot -- first their real names, then they went black ops, then they went AWOL together and became criminals. I'm pretty sure it started by giving Arthur the surname Cole. It was a really well thought out look at one possible way dreamsharing was developed in the military. When the army decided to end the dream program, they basically sent their team (including Arthur&Eames) into the desert and tried to assassinate them all. The fic went on from there, and I remember thinking the romance was a little too sweet for my usual tastes, but what the hell, it was a DAMN good story. And I don't think it was written by one of the more popular writers in the Inception fandom -- I'm pretty sure I stumbled across it mostly by accident the first time, or on one of the ginormous sprawling delicious rec lists of DOOM rather than somewhere I can easily track down. (Although I'm currently trying.)
...anyone have the slightest idea?
Seriously, when I'm in the first rush of a new fandom, I read a metric fuckton of fic, and never remember how to find it again later
. It is a failing.ETA:
Ask and ye shall receive, holy shit, sandwich_armada
wins. For anyone curious, the fic was The Music-Makers
. And now that I see the title again, I think it probably was
recced all over the place when it was first posted. Deservedly.