I have read dozens of fanfics so far but I would like to mention these 4 writers for expanding wonderfully the world of The Last of Us. So many tears shed. So many smiles drawn. So many heartbeats skipped. So many “holy fuck”. So many losses. So many adventures.
So many feels.
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Outlasting a World | Rated T | 113,973 words
Jackson is welcoming to Ellie and Joel, but danger is always on the horizon in this world. A new group of Survivors draw close to the town, a group with remarkable similarities, and startling differences. This is the story of how they come together, carving out a place for their lives in the ravaged remains of the United States.
Series Straight on ‘til Morning | Rated T | 71,525 words
They’re okay. No, really. They are. Just because Joel’s getting way too old for this and Ellie’s way too young to know how to gut a man like she does, doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong. They endure. They survive. A series following Joel and Ellie (possibly not in entirely chronological order) and how they cope. After all, when you’ve managed to one-up the apocalypse in terms of screwing over mankind, what else can you do?
First Kiss | Not Rated | 6,355 words
An alternate take of the events that unfolded during ‘Joel’s Birthday’, set about halfway through that story. Grieving and a little drunk on the anniversary of the Outbreak, Joel very nearly ruins everything. Ellie takes it upon herself to prove him wrong. Cross-posted from Tumblr.
Because of This, Because of Us | Rated M | 5,652 words
You know the saying: The more things change, the more they stay the same. Why should it be any different now? Ellie and Joel get another shot at life, but by no means is it any easier. Nor is it the hardship it was before. If anything, it’s all much of the same.
Everything to do with you | Rated T | 3,137 words
In a world that is too sick to help itself, Ellie and Joel learn that it is only with each other that they can not only survive, but live.
Fighting to keep you here | Rated M | 18,407 words
Joel is injured. Most likely dying. It falls to Ellie to keep them going. To keep them alive. Most days, she’s not sure if she can do it on her own. Winter is cruel, and something happens while she’s out hunting that will change her forever.
Just a Four Letter Word | Rated M | 5,784 words
Ellie is getting older, so she’s also getting curious. How is Joel supposed to respond when she starts asking him to explain about love?
Aftermath (PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3) by thehammerofthor | Rated T | 153,511 words
This story bridges the gap between Winter and Spring. Joel witnesses the change that takes place in Ellie after the toll the Winter season takes on her, and does his best to help her deal with it while they press on towards Salt Lake City. The pair encounter obstacles, Infected, hunters, and plenty new experiences along the way. Concludes at the beginning of Spring in the game.
Picking up from the final line of the game, Joel and Ellie embark on a new adventure, unlike any they have had together: a life in the safe confines of Jackson. This story details their struggle to cope with the dramatic change, deal with the tension brought into their relationship by Joel’s lie, and more. This is a “sequel” to my previous story Aftermath: Part I. Read that first.
Third Part of the Aftermath series. The events that transpired in Part II have forced Ellie and Joel out of Jackson, but they aren’t together. Now, each find themselves in unfamiliar territory, bracing to survive the oncoming winter without each other’s company. The fracture in their relationship may prove insurmountable as they each cope with the miles that stand between them.