Yes, that’s right, today is a double recommendation day here at my blog. Exciting!
Called to Serve by Bells. Just Bells and St Lo A soldier’s story by lel2768 are both one-shots that sort of deal with the same idea so, since I’ve already told both others to read the story, I thought I’d rec them together.
I may have mentioned before that I love history above all else so, when I found not one but two Twilight fanfics dealing with what the Cullens, in both cases Emmett and Edward, would have done during World War II, I read them without delay. I was not disappointed.
It’s something that I’ve wondered about, especially given that World War II and the later wars up until Vietnam had a draft that Edward, Emmett, and even Carlisle would have been eligible for. We know from Stephenie Meyer that Edward desperately wanted to fight in World War I and I can’t see him giving up the chance later without a fight to figure out some way that he could serve. Emmett’s younger, in vampire years, but I think he’d be the same – desperate to do whatever he could to protect his land and his people.
In Called to Serve, Bells. Just Bells has the Cullens living in Alaska after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It’s not a well-known fac that the Japanese also attacked Alaska during the war. So the way she’s written Emmett and Edward volunteering to do whatever they can, almost as resistance fighters who can disappear on a moments notice more than literal soldiers, to help keep the Japanese out of Alaska. The Denali sisters make an appearance, amusing the soldiers stationed there, which is classic. I love how the true historical aspect is mixed with my favorite sparkly vampires!
In St Lo A soldier’s story, lel2768 picked Europe as the location for Edward and Emmett to make their stand. She’s put them in uniform, in some of the biggest and most important battles of the war. It could be a tricky thing, given the blood that filled the battlefields, but it’s handled perfect her. Edward is more “in the thick of things” while Emmett’s a bit more removed. The descriptions of Edward’s struggles with thirst and how he has to hear every single dying thought is absolutely heart-breaking. The last few paragraphs, though, will make you cry. Guaranteed.
So, yeah, I definitely think everyone should read these stories. You won’t be disappointed.
And, if you know of any other stories like these (even ones with Carlisle as a vampire in war), please let me know. I love them and I want to read them!