Title: In the Poppy Fields
Disclaimer: They captured my imagination and made me crazy enough to write this, but they aren't mine. Aaron Sorkin is the wunderkind who devised my playmates here. I just tell stories he doesn't tell.
This story is part of my "universe" and there are references to my other stories within it. I don't necessarily think it's necessary to have read all of the previous stories before this one, but it may help.
The rest of these notes are explanations and references. Feel free to jump right into
the story if you wish.
The title refers to a song called "Children's Crusade", by Sting. Here are the relevant verses:
"Young men, soldiers, nineteen fourteen
Pawns in the game are not victims of chance
All other songs used are identified with their excerpts. Fair warning- this may be difficult to read. It deals with a variety of dark things, and the battles they bring, and the amount of effort it can take to fight them. If that bothers you, feel free to not read this story.
A note on format. Each chapter has three parts. Parts 1 and 3 deal with the same event. Part 2 is a separate event, but it connects to the other two parts. I think it makes more sense once you start to read it, but I hate reading things and being confused, so I wanted to give some sort of explanation.
And finally, as I said above, this is part of my "universe". And as I said, I don't think you should have necessarily had to have read all the other stories for this one to make sense, but I personally would not choose this to be the first story you've read in this conglomeration. In chronological order, the other stories are: "Beyond Misconceptions", "Nervous", "Invincible Summer," "Choices Revisited", "Winter Warriors" and "Garden Thoughts". I tend to stick fairly close to the show, but certain aspects are a bit different.
Feedback is as always welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if anyone is looking for someone to collaborate with on a new story, I have an idea that I would like to try out that might work better with two people, so if anyone's interested, email me.
I've rambled enough, onto the story. Enjoy :o)