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Solace
2015-03-10, 13:45
Welcome to the KanColle FanFiction Discussion thread.

This thread is meant for KanColle fanfiction and its discussion. Fanfiction works can be either posted in this thread or in the Fan Creations Forum (http://forums.animesuki.com/forumdisplay.php?f=14) and linked to in this thread. You may also link to Fanfiction works posted on other sites and discuss it here.

General rules of our forum (http://forums.animesuki.com/faq.php?faq=rules) still apply:

No sexually explicit material. Yes, this goes for text format as well.
Be polite to your fellow forum members
Have fun, but post intelligently


Please respect the authors, fanfictions are written in their free time, they have have no gain and owe you nothing; if they like a particular character and/or a particular pattern for their story, it's a personal choice and can't be blamed. In general, you are free to post constructive criticisms but not insults which (as in any other part of the forums) won't be tolerated. Remember that writers post here to get help and not to get troubles.

Thanks and have fun :)

LoweGear
2015-03-10, 22:58
A story by yours truly:

Spirit of Steel (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11103763/1/Spirit-Of-Steel), a Fate/Stay Night x Kantai Collection crossover. :)

Animesuki Thread (http://forums.animesuki.com/showthread.php?t=131175)

demino_hellsin
2015-03-11, 01:52
I wish there was a sane explanation for crossing over one piece and kancolle :3

wavehawk
2015-03-11, 01:58
I wish there was a sane explanation for crossing over one piece and kancolle :3- Ocean. Ships. PIRATES.

It wasn't a matter of a sane explanation as it was how long until someone did it.

Oh, and I fully expect someone (NOT me) to make a Sailor Moon X Kancolle crossover making jokes about the navy and sailor uniforms.

wavehawk
2015-03-14, 02:59
Hmmm. I was expecting a lot more activity on this thread. Mainly because I had a very bad idea:

Kancolle X Battleship The Movie.

And I'm just wondering (since I'm not that well-versed with Kancolle) would this be a good idea? As a parody fic, of course.

demino_hellsin
2015-03-14, 03:02
Kanmusu origins differ from writer to writer, kind of like how pokemon has at least 5 different manga series running.

That fic should be a maximum troll fic. I can't imagine anything else :heh:

blitz1/2
2015-03-14, 09:39
We need a Arpeggio X KC crossover. xD

wavehawk
2015-03-15, 02:12
We need a Arpeggio X KC crossover. xD - Technically the official game already did that witht heir Arpeggio promo crossover (when Arpeggio first aired in Japan), I'm afraid. Plus it'd be hard to explain. Even if we made it a solely parody fic it'd be difficult to put together.

Ithekro
2015-03-15, 02:45
There was one I read that had the ship named girls swap bodies/personalities. Some with very silly results. Kongo dominating the naval base rather than Burning Love for the Admiral was something odd. (This was done before I-401 was added to the game)

bhl88
2015-03-15, 04:05
Hmmm. I was expecting a lot more activity on this thread. Mainly because I had a very bad idea:

Kancolle X Battleship The Movie.

And I'm just wondering (since I'm not that well-versed with Kancolle) would this be a good idea? As a parody fic, of course.

Will you transport Myoko to a destroyer's body?

Ithekro
2015-03-15, 04:06
Modern destroyers are as big as old cruisers.

AC-Phoenix
2015-03-15, 05:51
Murasame Class Yuudachi is generally bigger than Shiratsuyu Class Yuudachi, except we are talking height here.

kaizerknight01
2015-03-15, 08:19
there a fan video of a Mecha Teitoku ( Armored core)X kancolle

In his quest on clearing 2-4

A32SB32jVHg

lolz on sub abuse

James Rye
2015-03-15, 19:50
So, uhm, I could need some help here.

I started a Kancolle fanfic, first chapter is written, nearly 4,8k words, uploaded on google doc to get proofreaded and corrected before I make a ff.net account to upload it there.
Biggest problem though... I think I start to fuck up the settings there.^^;
All I wanted was for my dictionnary to not be german but english so that not every word would be red marked and I could correct those words that are clearly wrong like nad instead of and.
But instead my dictionnary is STILL german whereas I made my whole account for some reason in english and now I cannot change either back...

Can anybody help me set my google doc dictionnary into english and my english google doc account back to german?

Also if possible is here somebody who got great Kancolle knowledge and is quite good at english grammar and stuff to proofread my first chapter? 'cause I could really need a helping hand in the world setting as well, since I do not play this game and have only watched the anime, read the 4-koma manga.
Thanks in advance if somebody volunteers for this job.^^

Estavali
2015-03-15, 22:23
So, uhm, I could need some help here.

I started a Kancolle fanfic, first chapter is written, nearly 4,8k words, uploaded on google doc to get proofreaded and corrected before I make a ff.net account to upload it there.
Biggest problem though... I think I start to fuck up the settings there.^^;
All I wanted was for my dictionnary to not be german but english so that not every word would be red marked and I could correct those words that are clearly wrong like nad instead of and.
But instead my dictionnary is STILL german whereas I made my whole account for some reason in english and now I cannot change either back...

Can anybody help me set my google doc dictionnary into english and my english google doc account back to german?

Also if possible is here somebody who got great Kancolle knowledge and is quite good at english grammar and stuff to proofread my first chapter? 'cause I could really need a helping hand in the world setting as well, since I do not play this game and have only watched the anime, read the 4-koma manga.
Thanks in advance if somebody volunteers for this job.^^

Hi James, not sure about the dictionary part, but to change your account language, you can do it at https://myaccount.google.com/language. Just click the pencil and choose the language you want =3

wavehawk
2015-03-19, 03:00
Kancolle X Battleship- Apparently, my idea isn't that original. Someone's already gone and made a game out of it.
http://i1325.photobucket.com/albums/u622/horokew/cda9ac95_zpsaac2d49e.jpg

demino_hellsin
2015-03-19, 04:16
What did they do to Akagi!?!!

D:

I think one of the biggest impediments to writing Kancolle is the feeling that you need to know the history of the actual ships before you can write about them. Considering how many kan-musu there are... that's a lot of history.

wavehawk
2015-03-19, 04:18
What did they do to Akagi!?!! - All of that bauxite had to go SOMEWHERE...

I think one of the biggest impediments to writing Kancolle is the feeling that you need to know the history of the actual ships before you can write about them. Considering how many kan-musu there are... that's a lot of history.- Which is why I haven't written it--I'm not too well-versed in ships or Kancolle proper, and if I do write a fic it'll be based on the anime---which will probably not do justice to the actual characters. Evn as a gag fic the jokes might not quite fit.

Still, it's worth a try once I have a proper idea to write down.

LoweGear
2015-03-19, 04:22
That really depends on what you're going for - if you want historical accuracy then why not, just do your research and whatnot. However, if all you're writing is about the Kancolle ships as the characters they are depicted as rather than the ships they came from, then you shouldn't really need much in the way of historical knowledge for that - I mean, do people bother trying to research the intricacies of Kongou's history if they want to write a fanfic about her BURNING LOVE with the Admiral? I'm not someone who plays the game, and only came into the fandom via the doujins and the anime, and yet I'm still writing a Kancolle crossover fanfic anyway (6 chapters and counting).

Tiresias
2015-03-19, 04:28
Eh just pick 4 destroyers, 2 cruisers, 2 carriers and 2 battleships that suits your fancy. That's merely ten kan-musu histories for your historical in-jokes.

demino_hellsin
2015-03-19, 04:29
I was thinking of something along the lines of a really long saga between abyssals, ship girls and humanity. Something really epic that uses the concepts of grudges and objectives.

wavehawk
2015-03-19, 04:59
Eh just pick 4 destroyers- DestDiv6, already picked.

I was thinking of something along the lines of a really long saga between abyssals, ship girls and humanity. Something really epic that uses the concepts of grudges and objectives.- I might actually think of something but I'll need help with this. Can I put up some snippets (haven't written them yet) and ask for a bit of help?

I might even...end up doing it differently from the TV series, but I'll need the time to put the ideas to text before anything else. I'm thinking of making it standalone, kind-of-sort-of meta (EG the ships are actually characters in a game--but not the kancolle browser game as we know it), but not sure if that will fly (or float). Will try to write somethign, hopefully will have better luck with that.

Ithekro
2015-03-19, 06:41
Something like that would require knowledge of at least a few divisions and squadrons (if not at least one fleet for the Japanese) and then par it against some variant of an American or other Allied Task Force. Fifth Carrier Division ran into Task Force 16 a lot. That being Shokaku and Zuikaku running into USS Enterprise and her escorts (a few heavy cruisers, maybe a light crusier, and a half dozen or so destroyers) across 1942 up to 1944 (after a fashion).

basinz123
2015-03-25, 20:15
Im trying to make a KanColle fanfic that has the US Navy in it but I need some answers to my questions b4 I can start XD

Are their relationships w/ each other and traits connected to their ship counterparts?
is it 1942-1945 their timeline or modern age?



ty for answering and sorry for bad english XD

Ithekro
2015-03-25, 23:33
Those are generally left up to you at the moment. There presently are no Allied (American, British, French, or Dutch) ships in the game, just Japanese and a few German (though that may change in the next few months). So relationships and reactions of the shipgirls to their American counterparts is unknown.

Generally it is thought that the setting is modern or modern like. Some could see it as an alternate universe 1942-45, but the shipgirls, at least some of them, seem to have some memory of what happened to them as ships, or the spirits they represent.

basinz123
2015-03-26, 05:15
Those are generally left up to you at the moment. There presently are no Allied (American, British, French, or Dutch) ships in the game, just Japanese and a few German (though that may change in the next few months). So relationships and reactions of the shipgirls to their American counterparts is unknown.

Generally it is thought that the setting is modern or modern like. Some could see it as an alternate universe 1942-45, but the shipgirls, at least some of them, seem to have some memory of what happened to them as ships, or the spirits they represent.

tnx a lot for the info....

HashiriyaR32
2015-03-26, 13:09
Anyone here read Hieda no Akyuu's Ambience series of fics?

He's got two of them up, Ambience: Platoon (Moebius Four) (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10804417/1/Ambience-Platoon-Moebius-Four) and Ambience: A Fleet Symphony (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10333897/1/Ambience-A-Fleet-Symphony)

In both stories, in the wake of 9/11, the US Navy, in collaboration with their Japanese allies, begin developing naval weapon platforms that were compact, like the size of a human. Essentially ship-girls. However, both of these fics are alternate universes of each other.

Platoon Moebius 4 is a diary of a USN Commander sent to Okinawa and tasked with commanding the fleet of ship-girls, which in this fic were made for the JMSDF, and essentially takes place in our 2014.

Fleet Symphony, however, is an alternate universe, where the project was rudely interrupted when the US and Iran started chucking nukes at each other in this universe's year 2010. In addition the project was developed by the USN, FOR the USN, and a handful of the girls never made it to their final destination when the bombs fell. The story opens, in 2029, with a post-war-born waste-lander having found a lead to where one of the girls were kept, leading him to a basement in the ruined suburbs of Houston, Texas, and comes face to face with Murakumo

I actually found Fleet Symphony to a very gritty spin on the franchise, despite verging into uncharted territory. Seeing the ship-girls fight as both conventional infantry, and then quickly switching to their naval roles was quite interesting too.

basinz123
2015-03-27, 02:11
I'll try to read that after I watch the documentary that Im watching at the moment bcoz it is an important reference for my fanfic XD

JameyoftheMegacosmos
2015-03-27, 18:38
What we need...IS MORE CROSSING WITH ARPEGGIO! Boy, those potentially have so much fun.

In relation, I though of an antagonist fleet for both series I called the Cross. Controversially, they're American using weapons to counter out the Fog and ship girls. The drive is how America was utterly humiliated when they, the considered mightiest navy and air forces were wiped out their respective Army/Marines were cut from their homeland. purpose to reclaim and reconnect the seas and world they once lost.

Because they're based off of American ships, they'd be Hero Killers. For those with Mental Models, they're made of adult fanservicey women rather than young moe girls.

Saint X
2015-03-28, 04:11
The first challenge for all of the writers here is to "fix" KCA's storyboard first.

Ithekro
2015-03-28, 04:56
A fanfiction story with Allied shipgirls. The question would be if they crossed over with their Axis counterparts, or if they are "trapped" in their own version of events againts the Abyssal threat. If they are trapped, than the reader might assume the Abyssal are allussions to the Japanese ships (if only in the Pacific), but there versions of certain boss types would start to resemble Allied ships lost in those event battles, rather than the Japanese ships. Allied shipgirl events might not be the same events the Japanese shipgirls are faced with, or the tale it different for them. A lot of Events in the game are allusions to battles. There are two sides to every battle. A winner and a loser. Though sometimes you can be both. (Win a battle, but fail the objective. Jutland is this. The Germans won that battle based on ships sunk, but lost the objective because they still could not sail freely of the Royal Navy blockade).

Allied events would be tragic for 1942, and into 1943 it there would still be some instances of loses, but by the allusions of 1944 and 1945, the Allied shipgirl numbers are such that tragic level events are rare. The only major one I can think of in 1944 was is actually a moment of heroism and an Allied victory (Samar). Taffy 3 was overwhelmed yet basically defeated the Central Force of the Japanese Navy just by shear deturmination, courage, and I suppose psycological warfare (hundreds of planes and destroyers that charged battleships would be enough to scare even an admiral. And is this case it was a Admiral that had lost his flagship earlier and didn't want to have another one sunk out from under him that day).

But if those Abyssal are to be Allied ships lost facing the Allied shipgirls. Yorktown would be the one at Midway. Arizona at Pearl. Prince of Wales and Repulse at Singapore. Four heavy Cruiser Hime at Savo. Destroyer Hime and Escort Carrier Oni and Destroyer Escort Oni at Leyte. And no torpedo cruisers.

Frosty
2015-03-28, 19:23
A fanfiction story with Allied shipgirls. The question would be if they crossed over with their Axis counterparts, or if they are "trapped" in their own version of events againts the Abyssal threat. If they are trapped, than the reader might assume the Abyssal are allussions to the Japanese ships (if only in the Pacific), but there versions of certain boss types would start to resemble Allied ships lost in those event battles, rather than the Japanese ships. Allied shipgirl events might not be the same events the Japanese shipgirls are faced with, or the tale it different for them. A lot of Events in the game are allusions to battles. There are two sides to every battle. A winner and a loser. Though sometimes you can be both. (Win a battle, but fail the objective. Jutland is this. The Germans won that battle based on ships sunk, but lost the objective because they still could not sail freely of the Royal Navy blockade).

Allied events would be tragic for 1942, and into 1943 it there would still be some instances of loses, but by the allusions of 1944 and 1945, the Allied shipgirl numbers are such that tragic level events are rare. The only major one I can think of in 1944 was is actually a moment of heroism and an Allied victory (Samar). Taffy 3 was overwhelmed yet basically defeated the Central Force of the Japanese Navy just by shear deturmination, courage, and I suppose psycological warfare (hundreds of planes and destroyers that charged battleships would be enough to scare even an admiral. And is this case it was a Admiral that had lost his flagship earlier and didn't want to have another one sunk out from under him that day).

But if those Abyssal are to be Allied ships lost facing the Allied shipgirls. Yorktown would be the one at Midway. Arizona at Pearl. Prince of Wales and Repulse at Singapore. Four heavy Cruiser Hime at Savo. Destroyer Hime and Escort Carrier Oni and Destroyer Escort Oni at Leyte. And no torpedo cruisers.

If I were to make Fletcher-chan, research please ^_^

Ithekro
2015-03-28, 21:58
USS Fletcher was the first of her class, commisioned less than a month after the Battle of Midway. She made it into action just in time for the Battle of Guadacanal against Hiei and Yuudachi. A month later she was denied permission to fire torpedoes at the Battle of Tassafaronga for five minutes due to the Admiral thinking the Japanese were too far away. The target ship was the Yugumo-class destroyer Takanami, who was sunk by gunfire later that night. Fletcher later rescued survivors from USS Northampton.

In 1943, Fletcher sank the submarine I-18. She later escorted the carrier groups during invasions.

In 1944, Fletcher was used to partrol for submarine and support invasions with shore bombardment duties. She escorted the invasion forces to Leyte, but left the area before the Japanese fleets arrived, thus missing the Battle of Leyte Gulf. She most of the rest of the war supporting actions around the Philippines.


Post-war, Fletcher was rebuilt for more anti-submarine work and reclassified as a Destroyer Escort. She served in Korea, and spent most of her career in the Pacific until decommissioned in 1969. She outlived Yukikaze by only a few years. Fletcher was sold for scrap in 1972.

bhl88
2015-03-29, 03:41
There's one here called Guardian Office Days (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10097699/1/Guardian-Office-Days)

An independent auditor goes to check up on the base (female admiral).

Frosty
2015-03-29, 04:15
There's one here called Guardian Office Days (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10097699/1/Guardian-Office-Days)

An independent auditor goes to check up on the base (female admiral).

Wait, is there such thing as female admiral in military?

Ithekro
2015-03-29, 04:39
Rear Admiral Nora W. Tyson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nora_W._Tyson), commanding officer of Carrier Strike Group Two (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrier_Strike_Group_Two) from 2010 - 2012. First woman to command a US Carrier Strike Group. This was the carrier USS George H.W. Bush's first deployment.

Frosty
2015-03-29, 04:47
Rear Admiral Nora W. Tyson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nora_W._Tyson), commanding officer of Carrier Strike Group Two (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrier_Strike_Group_Two) from 2010 - 2012. First woman to command a US Carrier Strike Group. This was the carrier USS George H.W. Bush's first deployment.

Thanks for the info.

basinz123
2015-04-06, 04:38
Anyone here read Hieda no Akyuu's Ambience series of fics?

He's got two of them up, Ambience: Platoon (Moebius Four) (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10804417/1/Ambience-Platoon-Moebius-Four) and Ambience: A Fleet Symphony (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10333897/1/Ambience-A-Fleet-Symphony)

In both stories, in the wake of 9/11, the US Navy, in collaboration with their Japanese allies, begin developing naval weapon platforms that were compact, like the size of a human. Essentially ship-girls. However, both of these fics are alternate universes of each other.

Platoon Moebius 4 is a diary of a USN Commander sent to Okinawa and tasked with commanding the fleet of ship-girls, which in this fic were made for the JMSDF, and essentially takes place in our 2014.

Fleet Symphony, however, is an alternate universe, where the project was rudely interrupted when the US and Iran started chucking nukes at each other in this universe's year 2010. In addition the project was developed by the USN, FOR the USN, and a handful of the girls never made it to their final destination when the bombs fell. The story opens, in 2029, with a post-war-born waste-lander having found a lead to where one of the girls were kept, leading him to a basement in the ruined suburbs of Houston, Texas, and comes face to face with Murakumo

I actually found Fleet Symphony to a very gritty spin on the franchise, despite verging into uncharted territory. Seeing the ship-girls fight as both conventional infantry, and then quickly switching to their naval roles was quite interesting too.

thanks for suggesting this nice fanfics for me man

Wild Goose
2015-04-15, 21:46
I'm going to recommend The Greatest Generation (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11187030/1/Kantai-Collection-The-Greatest-Generation) by sasahara17, which is on ff.net atm.

Basically, a USN intelligence officer goes to Japan to learn more about kanmusu and figure out what's the deal with the Abyssals... but that's just the tip of the iceberg.

LoweGear
2015-10-07, 02:02
I'm going to recommend The Greatest Generation (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11187030/1/Kantai-Collection-The-Greatest-Generation) by sasahara17, which is on ff.net atm.

Basically, a USN intelligence officer goes to Japan to learn more about kanmusu and figure out what's the deal with the Abyssals... but that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Seconding this recommendation. :nod: It actually became so popular that the people working on the Pacific doujins recommend it as a must-read.

*****

For something else, here's some short crack I wrote, no idea how it came about:

"Commander, here's the reports- Commander?"

Akatsuki released an indignant pout at the empty office, her person of interest nowhere in sight.

"How rude! Telling me to come here then standing me up!"

As she walked over to the Admiral's desk to leave the sheaf of papers she carried with her hand she became aware of a very delectable smell that tickled her nose. A pleasantly burnt aroma, that smelled like...

"Coffee?"

Indeed, there was a cup on the table with the inky-black steaming hot beverage on the table, neatly prepared by the edge of the desk facing towards the door - the usual courtesy he gave to the shipgirls who came into his office. Akatsuki couldn't suppress the smile on her face even as she tried to look indifferent.

"Hmph! Preparing a treat for me, he shouldn't think this makes up for his in... in... inpro-", she coughed into her hand, "absence!"

Documents now firmly on the table, she held the prepared cup with both hands, savoring its smell as she blew on it. Truth to be told, Akatsuki did feel some trepidation as to the Admiral's choice of drink to serve today: he never served coffee before, only tea (she tried it once and didn't like it... only because the teas wasn't to her standard, honest!), warm milk ("Commander, I'm not a child!"), or hot chocolate ("Commander's the best!"). The alluring smell wafted over her nose, promising sweet temptations to Akatsuki's tongue. She paused.

But isn't coffee bitter? she rightfully thought, having heard the stories from her fellow shipgirls.

Then again, she was an elephant lady wasn't she? True, adult ladies should be able to drink coffee!

She breathed deeply, face scrunching as though bracing for a life-changing decision, with one last look at the concoction brought the cup to her lips, then carefully took a sip of the now lukewarm drink.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm-

It...

"IT'S DELICIOUS!"

It wasn't bitter at all like she expected, in fact it was very sweet, and slightly chocolatey too! Eyes wide with amazement, she drank faster now, her newfound ambrosia giving her tongue warm, silky pleasures as she savored it.

"Those guys, trying to scare me like that! It's not bitter at all!"

First thing she'll do after finishing this delectable cup of coffee was correct her sisters and Tenryuu on what coffee actual-

Why's it so hot here all of a sudden? And why do I feel... so... drowsy-

To her credit, despite the sudden onset of lethargy that came upon her Akatsuki had the presence of mind to put the cup down on the table, before she hit the ground with a nice view of the whirling ceiling fan above her. One spoken thought crossed her mind before darkness took her:

"So this is... coffee..."

**********

He kneaded his shoulders a bit, rotating them a bit to get some nice, satisfying cracks out of his joints. While the Admiral wouldn't say that he was an extremely busy man, he still had to do a lot of work to keep the base running, in this case keeping the supply acquisition paperwork in order. He had gone out to personally get some of the forms from the acquisitions department, and now he stood in front of the door to his office.

"I can finally try it..." he smiled with expectation, promises of the best drink he'll ever have putting him in a happy place, before he shook his head to remind him that he could do that inside his office.

He had mail-ordered this stuff he heard about from some friends called "Black Blood of the Earth", a coffee that supposedly contained 40x the amount of caffeine of a single coffee, which for the kind of job that this Admiral did was absolutely perfect - after a while, the usual coffees no longer did anything to his alertness, so having what amounted to the Godzilla of coffees was just what he needed to stay awake during long, boring nights with all the paperwork.

His friends had also shipped him a bottle of real Russian Vodka, saying that he spike the coffee with it for the best flavor. Given what he heard about Vodka from Hibiki - he was sure she only had second-hand knowledge of its effects, or he'd have some stern words with the destroyer shipgirl - he couldn't wait to try out the combination that would keep him wide awake and working even through the most mind-numbing of jobs.

The sudden summons from the acquisitions department had interrupted his first taste of the concoction, which he had left on his desk in a hurry, but now nothing can get between him and his coffee!

"Oh, Commander. A pleasant afternoon to you~"

The female voice that greeted him inside was smooth as velvet, filled with a raw sensuality that the Admiral had never before had the pleasure of being exposed to in his entire life.

Then he saw who had greeted him and his thought processes ground to a halt.

"Akatsuki?!"

The young destroyer girl giggled with a demure charm he had never seen from her, her crystal-clear laughter like honey to his ears.

"Ara, you seem surprised to see me Commander. Were we not supposed to meet at this hour? Should we meet later tonight maybe?" she smiled amusingly, her eyes reflecting her humor. "Ara"? Since when did she say stuff like that?!

"N-No, it's not that..."

She was sitting on one of the chairs, back straight, legs crossed like those businesswomen he had met before. On her left hand was a ceramic saucer, and on her right she gingerly held up a cup with two fingers as she took a sip out of-

Wait a minute-

"Akatsuki, that's my cup."

Of all the responses he was expecting, he didn't expect her to gently put the cup down on the saucer, meet his gaze, and then lick her lips.

"Indeed it is, Commander~" her thin smile and piercing eyes made him feel like a deer being stared down by a lion as she put away the tableware. "It was most delectable coffee..."

With grace and poise he knew only supermodels should possess, Akatsuki stood up, ran a hand through her hair to brush it aside with flourish, strutted towards him, and with a deft touch slowly ran a finger down his chest. With a tiptoe, she whispered by his ear in that silky siren's voice:

"... and now, it's time for dessert~"

Japanese men have always been taught to stand their ground, and face danger bravely and honorably even if it cost them their lives.

The Commander was not that Japanese though.

"IrememberedIhavesomethingtodogoodworkAkatsuki!"

He broke many land speed records on his escape that day as his brain was consumed by a single thought:

What the hell just happened?!?!!

**********

The office was empty once more, save for its lone female occupant, who simply giggled at the actions of the man who was once there. She put a finger on her lips, cocking her head sideways with a determined gleam in her eyes.

"I'll give you a headstart Commander, but know you can't escape from me~" the lilt in her voice bordering on feral. "But first,", she walked over to the table, and once again gingerly took the saucer and cup in her hands. "...a lady never wastes her drink."

Eisdrache
2015-10-07, 08:00
Akatsuki is my favourite ship girl and I approve of this version :3

blitz1/2
2015-10-07, 09:18
Akatsuki is my favourite ship girl and I approve of this version :3

So coffee + akatsuki = proper lady? Ok, time to order several tonnes of coffee supplies. xD

Master Assassin
2015-10-07, 12:09
A bit of a shameless self-advertising, but I sometimes write at the Kancolle Wikia because as far as writing is concerned, I have poor prose, I can mostly write it as dialogue exchange. Like how I would type out scripts.

Also writing quite casually using my in-game experiences so don't expect creative writing like what you would read on FF.net. I also am the kind of writer who tends to write by the seat of my pants (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants) so be warned for inconsistency in writing.

http://kancolle.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Tadano_Hitoshi

LoweGear
2015-10-08, 02:38
So coffee + akatsuki = proper lady? Ok, time to order several tonnes of coffee supplies. xD

Well technically, it's Black Blood of the Earth (http://www.funraniumlabs.com/the-black-blood-of-the-earth/) + Vodka, which is supposed to be quite sweet. Not to mention loaded with caffeine and alcohol - in fact, the recommended dose for Black Blood of the Earth is 100ml a day, about a shot glasses' worth.

Yes, the stuff I wrote about does indeed exist, and was more or less the inspiration for it. :heh:

Estavali
2015-10-08, 03:24
Well technically, it's Black Blood of the Earth (http://www.funraniumlabs.com/the-black-blood-of-the-earth/) + Vodka, which is supposed to be quite sweet. Not to mention loaded with caffeine and alcohol - in fact, the recommended dose for Black Blood of the Earth is 100ml a day, about a shot glasses' worth.

Yes, the stuff I wrote about does indeed exist, and was more or less the inspiration for it. :heh:

*reads product background*

Well.... I guess this concoction should put her off coffee for the rest of her life :heh:

LoweGear
2015-10-08, 05:23
*reads product background*

Well.... I guess this concoction should put her off coffee for the rest of her life :heh:

Not if her newly awakened alter-ego can help it :uhoh:

demino_hellsin
2015-10-10, 20:54
I'm wonder why no one has ever tried making a KCxFSN story where Rin summons Zuikaku. That would be utterly hilarious.

I can imagine Rin complaining about how bratty Zuikaku is and wondering why Zuikaku got summoned to be Archer. And all third party magi are just staring blankly as the two throw identical tantrums while sporting identical twintails and identical zettai ryouiki.

Saint X
2015-10-10, 22:51
I'm wonder why no one has ever tried making a KCxFSN story where Rin summons Zuikaku. That would be utterly hilarious.

I can imagine Rin complaining about how bratty Zuikaku is and wondering why Zuikaku got summoned to be Archer. And all third party magi are just staring blankly as the two throw identical tantrums while sporting identical twintails and identical zettai ryouiki.\

And then Rin Became Zui Zui.

:uhoh: :twitch: :eyespin: :eyespin: :eyespin:

demino_hellsin
2015-10-11, 02:00
Zuikaku as Servant Archer

Name: Zuikaku

Race: Servant Archer

Age: visibly 18

Appearance: long black hair in high twintails that reach her shoulder blades. Sh wears a modified kyudo gi with long armored leggings terminating into steel heelds with with like shields. She sports a normal wooden bow. Otherwise she is unremarkable with brownish black eyes and fair skin.

Personality: Brash and proud. She is highly confrontational but not beyond a little scheming. She can also be petty and spiteful despite that pride. Overall she has the rounded characteristics of a brat. But underneath all that she is a hardworker who strives to live up to expectations placed upon her. Unlike other heroes who grew into their destinies, she was made into an icon for victory even before her birth. The hopes of millions placed upon her before she ever ame to be. Even when poised to become the icon of the new generation, she was spurned by her predecessors and wanted to prove them wrong, that those hopes were not misplaced. She fought in one of the greatest wars known to man and memories of her battles and those she lost still haunt her despite putting up a strong front.

Parameters:

Strength: B

Endurance: C

Agility: A

Mana: D

Luck: A+

Noble Phantasm: C

Class Skill:

Magic resistance: C
- Normally as a knight class servant, Archer should have an A class magic resistance but her true nature as a machine hampers her natural reistance to magic and so she remains with C. Either way she still immune to most modern magi's spells short of rituals.

Independent Action: D
- she can remain disconnected from Rin for 8 hours without suffering ill effects. But only exists up until the 12th hour.

Construct Physiology: EX
- Zuikaku was not truly alive during her time as a hero. She was a warship that gained her own consciousness due to the unified will of her crew and builders. Her body was literally steel, gunpowder, oil and fire. Her Strength, Endurance and Agility gain two permanent "+" modifiers.

Terrain Advantage: D
- as a warship she suffers no penalties when traversing over water. She is even capable of gliding over them at high speeds.

Noble Phantasm:

Breath of God: Heaven' Veil that Conceals That Which Exists between Heaven and Earth: C (support)
- A noble Phantasm that is based upon her exploits upon the Coral Sea where she was able to successfully sink USS Lexington with the help of her sister Shokaku. Though her sister was damaged badly Zuikaku did not sustain any damage during the skirmish because the enemies could not locate her due to a rain squall. This Noble Phantasm conceals Zuikaku's presence with an effect only one rank lower than the assassin class.

Dawn of Victory: the Sextet that Opened the Curtains to the Pacific Theater: A+++++
- Based on the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor. Zuikaku summons her sister and those that came before her as the original 6 carriers of the Imperial Japanese Navy to rain bombardment after bombardment upon the enemy. However this is a massive ritual class spell that requires a long time to prepare and deploy making it more suitable to a surprise strike than a skill used in the heat of combat.

Breath of God: God's Wind Blows When Hope and Despair Converge Upon the Ultimate Sacrifice: EX
- Zuikaku charges her arrows and launches them as Broken Phantasms. It does not really count as a Noble Phantasm but Zuikaku's history empowers her Broken Phantasms' destructive potential to grow fourfold. Zuikaku never wants to use this Noble Phantasm again, even if it means her death.

Note:

Zuikaku uses three kinds of arrows based on her armaments in real life. She also has minor guns on her but they do little more than deter attackers than deal actual damage.

Her arrows are actually miniature world war 2 fighter jets that deal ridiculously large damage in comparison to their stature. Each plane is piloted by a fairy. The three plane types are: Fighters, Dive Bombers, Torpedo Bombers.

Fighters are the most agile. Not very powerful but they are persistent combatants that can deal a decent punch.

Dive bombers are relatively slower and less maneuverable. They have a massive destructive ability that is difficult to limit. They are rarely used unless the target is very large or very sturdy.

I have no idea how to characterize torpedo bombers other than anti-ship. Can anyone suggest something for them? XD

Estavali
2015-10-11, 10:26
I have no idea how to characterize torpedo bombers other than anti-ship. Can anyone suggest something for them? XD

Maybe anti-Fortress? Since we do use them to bomb installation-types after all.

Router25
2015-10-15, 18:43
As someone who has no experience to the game and only has other's fanarts (plus some history) as source
What if there is an admiral that has destroyers a majority of his fleet and is not a ddcon?
I propose to you "The 'Shippy' Admiral of Manila Base" (non-canon comedy)

Duo Maxwell
2015-10-15, 20:32
As someone who has no experience to the game and only has other's fanarts (plus some history) as source
What if there is an admiral that has destroyers a majority of his fleet and is not a ddcon?
I propose to you "The 'Shippy' Admiral of Manila Base" (non-canon comedy)

I would say that the majority of admirals are like that, lol.

Sheba
2015-10-16, 03:03
As someone who has no experience to the game and only has other's fanarts (plus some history) as source
What if there is an admiral that has destroyers a majority of his fleet and is not a ddcon?
I propose to you "The 'Shippy' Admiral of Manila Base" (non-canon comedy)

Shino's Shitty Admiral would like to have a word with you. So yeah, a TTK with many DDs in the fleet and not a lolicon is possible.

Router25
2015-10-16, 04:18
When I meant "shippy", I meant an actual ship as an admiral. And the other reason for the almost DD-only population was a play on words on Manila (Manila>Manira "meaning to break/destroy"). Also Manila Bay is the place where the ship Akebono was sunk during WW2. I'm still planning on how to execute the whole plot so it would go smoothly so maybe some more researching from time to time.

Saint X
2015-10-18, 01:56
I have one headcanon about how shipgirls came to be.

That is they just appear washed up on the nearest major populated beach to where they sank, with only vauge memories.

This means that that countries with major numbers of sinkings would have a high population of these "raw" shipgirls.

But it also goes both ways....

NorthernFallout
2015-10-19, 10:38
This is so stupid.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/193nADbhOHtmoa0hHr9iGZJ9g7rslc0qdjXkjoY4yHp4/edit?usp=sharing

Master Assassin
2015-10-20, 07:38
This is so stupid.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/193nADbhOHtmoa0hHr9iGZJ9g7rslc0qdjXkjoY4yHp4/edit?usp=sharing

First page of your writing and there's one very appropriate image for your story courtesy of the image threads...

http://i.imgur.com/YKbuech.png

LoweGear
2015-10-20, 11:31
First page of your writing and there's one very appropriate image for your story courtesy of the image threads...

http://i.imgur.com/YKbuech.png

Actually, that was his inspiration for writing the awesome fic in the first place :D

Gx Hero
2015-10-27, 21:24
I was wondering for a fanfiction idea what if the fleet girl who sank came back as the enemy and they had to fight her. A story where they discover how said was possible and try to get her back.

AC-Phoenix
2015-10-28, 02:46
I was wondering for a fanfiction idea what if the fleet girl who sank came back as the enemy and they had to fight her. A story where they discover how said was possible and try to get her back.

That actually happened in the Anime she was the Flagship WO

Eisdrache
2015-12-11, 18:28
I'm going to recommend The Greatest Generation (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11187030/1/Kantai-Collection-The-Greatest-Generation) by sasahara17, which is on ff.net atm.

Basically, a USN intelligence officer goes to Japan to learn more about kanmusu and figure out what's the deal with the Abyssals... but that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Can someone enlighten me why the story was removed? I greatly enjoyed it.

Sheba
2015-12-11, 18:33
Drama at the place where it was originally posted. Stupid drama to boot.

CrowKenobi
2015-12-12, 06:46
Stupid drama combined with real life dumping on the author. However, a group of users from the Spacebattles (https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/kantai-collection-the-greatest-generation.336029/) forum have taken over with the author's blessing and will eventually get the story back on ff.net and continue where he left off. :D

LoweGear
2015-12-31, 16:16
So here's a New Year's Snip I suddenly had the urge to write. Wanted to finish it before my country's New Year came around, but what the hell.... this is a crossover story:
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She was no stranger to tranquility for the short life that she had, known to the darkness of the night sky above her, the depths of the pitch-black waters beneath her feet, and the ever present silence broken only by the occasional soft rolling waves by her feet. The cool breeze that blew through her sent no more than a light shiver, despite her outfit consisting only of her traditional sailor uniform - afterall, her engine rigging was more than enough to keep her warm, and she wasn't exactly human either, so a little cold and solitude shouldn't hurt.

The cold she was sure of, but the solitude... it was one of the things she hated about being part-human.

When she had been but a ship, a construct of steel that made its home on the waves, solitude was a fleeting sensation, if she even knew what it was back then. Between the presence of her crew busy with the hustle and bustle that kept her working, and her own sister ships in the fleet, she supposed she was never really "alone" before.

The first time she had been reincarnated as a shipgirl, loneliness became a tangible sensation, the feeling of being so utterly alone given meaning whenever she spent her nights away from her sisters, waiting for her namesake event as she performed her secret morning jogs day after day. Yet even then, she was only alone in the sense of not having her sisters or any other shipgirls or people within proximity, and when she came back to the dorms and reunited with her waking siblings that feeling disappeared.

But now, looking up at the void that surrounded her in this cold, dark night, for the first time she realized just what it meant to be alone.

Her sisters were not here with her. None of the other ships had returned. Why would they, when they rested so far away, out there in their home planet among the sea of stars. She was the only one to have returned once more as a shipgirl, and on a completely different world no less.

Why her? Why had she appeared in a place so foreign to her, so alien? Why had only SHE appeared, and not any of her sisters? There were no familiar faces here, no one with which she could relate the experiences of her past life with, no one who understood what it meant to be her, an existence unable to decide whether it was flesh and blood, or built of steel.

Every night since she came here weeks ago, she had wished to whatever god granted prayers here, that she would like to see her sisters again. Ushio, Oboro, Sazanami... Then she prayed that she would like to see the shipgirls from the Naval Base back then, Nachi-san, Yamato-sama, Hiryuu-san, Mogami-san...

As the weeks went by, she started praying for anybody, anyone that she knew, a face that she would recognize anywhere. She'll even take seeing that cursed Admiral- no, she wouldn't, why would she think that? It wasn't like she missed him or anything... it's not like she missed the times when she would call him out on his most unbelievable of failures as a human being; it's not like she missed the times when he was patient with her faults, when she expected the finger pointing and the blame shifting to become a scapegoat once more, and instead had surprised her time and time again by his fair judgement and due credit of her accomplishments. It wasn't like she missed seeing his stern, solid figure in the office, a pillar of strength and wisdom in the madness of the Abyssal War.

It wasn't like she missed him.

It wasn't.

She didn't miss him.

She didn't miss just him.

She missed all of them, the days of fire and fury in the open seas when every thrilling moment teetered on the edge of life and death, the nights of laughter and warmth with her sisters, her comrades, that cursed Admiral and the times they walked the sunrise waves together...

The distant pitched whine that rose from behind her caught her attention, and at first she couldn't see its source, as blurred as her eyes had become. Yes, she just had bad eyesight tonight that's all... she blinked, and clearly saw the bright yellow dotted lights in the distance, and the lights clad in a myriad of colors that rose into the heavens before they burst into an explosion of beautiful colors. Silence gave way to the distant, intermittent staccato of light and sound, of festivities that would last till the morrow.

The fireworks were as pretty as she had ever known since her days as a fighting ship, and as a ship girl. Yet they felt so lifeless, so dull, monochromatic. The people over there in the city by the waves had much to celebrate in the passing of the year for a new one.

For her, there would be nothing new, just another year.

Just another year that she would be alone.

"AKEBONO-SAN!!!"

Her name cried out into the night broke her out of her thoughts, and she turned to the source of the call where she found another light, larger and closer than the lights of the city beyond. Compared to the glare of searchlights she had seen the light was soft and gentle, and thus she was able to make out the figure behind it, a young girl standing atop a dark gondola, sculling with the long oar held in both hands. A familiar face, only because up until now, she was one of the only people she was company with.

"You," the shipgirl growled in annoyance - Akebono might have an inkling of why the girl was approaching her, and she'd rather not deal with it right now. A dinky gondola was something her engines, already primed, was capable of outrunning even at quarter speed. She'd rather not have to resort to such a thing afterall, since she might easily capsize the gondola with her wake from this distance, but there was nothing the girl could do if she really wanted to escape. She didn't want to go back, not right now.

The girl, oblivious to Akebono's thoughts, closed the distance between them.

"I finally caught up to you!" she declared cheerfully, as though she didn't just row a gondola 30 nautical miles away from the city. Considering that the shipgirl left two hours ago, Akebono had to admit she was rather impressed with how fast this girl had caught up to her, enough to ask:

"How did you do that?"

"Do what?"

"Catch up to me."

"Ah, I picked up a few tricks..." the girl admitted sheepishly, and it was then that Akebono saw that there was something wrong with this picture: she had seen enough of the gondolas in the city to know that the gondolier should be rowing at the back of the boat, yet this girl was at the front. No, on closer examination the girl was at the back, but she was rowing the thing backwards. What kind of unholy...

"Whoever taught you that trick must be out of their minds," Akebono sighed in resignation, still trying to process the madness behind it all.

The girl laughed nervously. "Akari-senpai would be very shocked if she heard that..."

And with that name, the brief respite from her melancholy was broken.

"Akari... senp-"

"Akebono-san, can I join you?"

And once more the shipgirl's thoughts came to a halt at the unexpected. Of all the things the girl could say, that was not what Akebono had in mind.

"Ah- " the shipgirl tried to find the words, but her lips found them before her brain did. "I don't mind."

"I'm glad," the girl sounded sincere in her relief, as she descended into the gondola's seats to rest, but not before producing a lunchbox that tickled Akebono's nose with promises of delicious food. "This was all I could pack on short notice, but I guarantee they're still good!" the girl reached for one of the packed sandwiches, one of those cream cheese panninis that Akebono loved, and handed to over to Akebono who accepted with barely audible gratitude. Truth be told, the shipgirl was ready to kick herself silly not having packed anything to eat. What use is sulking if she didn't have the resources to keep it up, and she thought she was a veteran of the Tokyo Express runs...

"Itsh goof," Akebono appraised with her mouth full, unwilling to let it become empty enough to show her true appreciation of the food she just received, delicious in ways that she never imagined such a simple sandwich can have. Compared to Mamiya-san or even Yamato-sama's cooking, Akari-senpai's cooking was godlike!

Yes, it was truly delicious in lots of ways, because of Akari-senpai...

Akari-senpai...

"Akebono-san..." the questioning concern in the other girl's voice was plain as day, but Akebono was having none of it, so she tried to stifle as much of her emotions as she can.

"It's.... it's... just the onions in this d-d-damned sandwich.... bad for.... eyes..."

The girl never pointed out the obvious lie and let her be in silence, which the shipgirl was silently grateful for. She didn't know how long she spent like that, mechanically consuming the food handed to her, but by the time the lunchbox was emptied Akebono felt similarly devoid of emotion.

"How was it?" the girl asked.

"It...was very delicious," Akebono replied weakly, though perhaps some of her sincerity went through, for the other girl smiled at the answer.

"Of course it is, Akari-senpai made them afterall."

"I know tha-"

"She made them especially for you, Akebono-san."

The shipgirl flinched at the factual way it was delivered, and the truth of it stung her more than anything today.

"Why...." Disbelief permeated every aspect of Akebono's trembling question. Confusion, anger, irritation, annoyance. "Why would she... when I..."

"Akebono-san, do you really believe Akari-senpai is such a weak person?" with a finger on her chin, the girl asked with an innocent confusion that told Akebono that the thought never crossed her mind.

The flighty Akari-senpai, who needed help in the home, who could be airheaded at times, who was far too na´ve for her own good... who showed her that expression that haunted Akebono's thoughts as the shipgirl's words threatened to tear apart everything the other knew about this idyllic, fragile life.

"She wouldn't make that face if she wasn't." Just recalling it made the shipgirl glad she was as far away from the subject of her thoughts as possible.

"Of course she will," the other girl spoke with such agreement that Akebono didn't know whether she was messing with her. "Akari-senpai was my best friend before she became my mentor, and she has her own worries and failings. Of course she'll feel distressed at you saying those painful things."

Of course, she'll feel distressed, of course she'll start to fear her, of course she'll...

"Then shouldn't she ha-"

"Akari-senpai is strong, Akebono-san." The conviction from the girl's earlier statements followed through to her declaration. "Did you know, Akari-senpai was almost killed by a ghost once?"

The factoid certainly threw Akebono's thoughts into disarray by the horror building up within her. "She what?!"

"It's true, just remembering what she told me..." the young girl shivered, holding her arms together. "It was during one summer, when she encountered a woman who requested to take her to the cemetery at Isola di San Michele in the dead of night. Akari-senpai didn't expect the woman would have no head, or that it'd try to kidnap her..."

"That Akari-senpai is too trusting..." Akebono growled in frustrated irritation, "you Undines shouldn't even have to take requests at night, yet to do so..." she paused, realizing that she was holding up the girl's story, "so how'd she escape?"

The girl's eyes shone with admiration, "She was saved by Cait Sith-san like a dashing prince!"

"Ah, that fat cat guy," Akebono muttered, remembering the name of one of the few other inexplicable beings in this world, herself included. "He seemed like a show-off when I met him."

"Now that you mention it, he does have the habit of showing up at the best times for Akari-senpai and properly dressed too. Stalker?" the other girl mused, before suddenly letting out a surprisingly clear giggle. The thought somehow amused the shipgirl, and soon she let out her own soft giggle.

"As I thought, Akebono-san, you look cute when you smile."

Abruptly, the shipgirl's mirth was ruthlessly ended, though not as well as Akebono would've liked from the remaining blush on her cheeks. "T-t-that was..." she cleared her throat while looking away at the now interesting stars, "so, what happened next?"

The girl's amusement showed no signs of disappearing, much to the shipgirl's chagrin. "Akari-senpai was taken home, woke up, and went back to practice," the girl took a sip out of the cup of hot tea she had somehow produced sometime in her story, "though she's been afraid of going to the Isola di San Michele at night since."

"At least she's learning," the shipgirl sighed in relief, and thus missed the mixed expression on the other girl's face.

"But you know what she told me the other day when we passed by the cemetery during practice? She asked if the woman was alright, and if she's found a friend who'd willingly keep her company in there."

Something snapped in Akebono then, and for a moment she felt her 12.7cm guns load.

"That idiot, what is she thinking?! Does she want to get herself killed again?!"

"Ahaha," the girl laughed nervously once more, "I asked her the same question, why she would be worried about something that scary." Her eyes took on a gentle expression. "She admitted that she'd been afraid at the time, but that just because she was afraid didn't mean she shouldn't try to understand. Because as scary as the ghost woman was, it was still an experience beyond what she imagined, a mysterious encounter." Her lips curved into a similarly gentle smile. "Yes, for her, it was another wonder that Aqua gave, and she accepts that no matter what happened."

Inexplicable. That's what Akari-senpai was in Akebono's eyes. For someone like her, a destroyer living up to her name of eliminating the things that scared or threatened her and her companions, the thought was unbearable, unimaginable.

"It's foolishness that's what it is... "

A more earnest laugh came from the young girl, before settling into a wan smile. "But that's why Akari-san," the change in honorific didn't go unnoticed by the destroyer, "can't possibly be angry at you."

"Why?" The destroyer asked once again, this time resolute.

"Because she accepts even the you that hurt her so much."

"BUT WHY?!" Akebono raged startling the girl, unable to hold the conflicting emotions within, "why would she accept me after what I said, why would she..."

Her knees touch the inky dark waters, and she grabs on to the gondola's side as if it was the last thing keeping her afloat. It was then that Akebono felt the girl's hands on her own, giving her the first taste of human warmth she had tonight.

"Akebono-san, do you think Akari-san's foolish and idiotic?"

There was no hesitation in the destroyer's reply. "Yes, she's an idiot, a very big idiot!"

"Then... do you hate her?"

"Of course not!"

Her own reply was so sudden that even Akebono was taken aback, but it was true. All the while listening to this girl's story, the worry, the anxiety that built up with the growing dread of just what their mentor went through, and Akebono could no more deny what she felt than she could deny her very nature as a ship of war: that she could never hate Akari-senpai.

"Akebono-san, I think you've been mean to us, to Akari-senpai and myself." The girl's choice of words made Akebono look up, and for the first time tonight she saw a frown on the girl's face, and the pain that lingered in her eyes. Yet the hands that held hers maintained their firm, yet gentle grip. "And yet I was also worried about you when you went out. We were worried when you left without saying goodbye. Despite what you did, I don't hate you. I can't."

"You should."

The lone tear that fell along the girl's cheeks was unbearable to the destroyer, a seeming affront to existence. "Don't say that. I won't."

"... why won't you?"

"Because..."

The words died on the girl's lips, so she simply released Akebono's hands, and with an embrace pulled the destroyer close to her, sharing the girl's warmth with her own. "Because I won't hate someone who only wished for her friends to come back to her, to be with the people who understand you the most. You say we don't understand, but that's why I want to get to know you better, so one day I might understand the you who does all this. So I can understand what makes you mean, and what makes you laugh. I want to know what you like, and what you don't."

The girl pulled away, and for a moment Akebono wished she hadn't. But then she saw her eyes once again, almost pleading.

"Akebono-san... you're all alone in this world, where there are no wars, no battles to fight with your guns. I... don't understand that. But until your sisters and friends who understand that about you do, can I not try to know the you right here? I want to know the Akebono-san who likes Akari-san's cooking, the Akebono-san who has a mean tongue, the Akebono-san who secretly buys idol-"

"Hey, I'll really get angry if you mention that..." Akebono threatened weakly, but without anger, prompting a strained giggle from the girl.

"This Akebono-san, who would get angry for something so silly." The girl pulled Akebono closer again. "This Akebono-san who worries about the people she's wronged to the point where she wants to be hated for it. The Akebono-san who wants to be punished even when she did nothing wrong. I want to know Akebono-san more..."

The distant, uneven melody of fireworks were dissipating now, but still their last throes filled the pregnant silence between them that seemed to last an eternity.

"... can I?"

It was so weak, so faint that Akebono could dismiss it as her imagination. But like all things she was certain of, she would not hesitate to say them.

"Yes."

For a moment, the stillness in the air worried the destroyer, the girl who had bared her heart to her unmoving and silent. Then she felt the wetness on her cheeks.

"I'm glad Akebono-san, I'm glad..." the girl's reply was broken, strained, but through the sobs now erupting from the girl, was a very evident relief.

"You... don't cry here.... my clothes..." the destroyer wrapped her arms around the girl who had buried herself in the shipgirl's chest, "Why are you the one... crying anyway? Didn't you come here... to comfort me... how foolish..."

She groaned out a laugh, forcing it out as her vision blurred. Even as the weight of the girl in her arms grew heavier by the second, perhaps minutes, maybe even hours, Akebono felt might lighter than she had before, lighter than she had been since her arrival in this world, as if the world had become clearer, the haze in her mind dissipating from the revelation laid out in front of her: that in this world, she would be accepted, that in this world, perhaps she could have friends here. For this girl who had chased her down - no, for the friend who had chased her down on the night when the world was in celebration at the turn of the year, forsaking her own enjoyment in the process, away from her own family, from friends, from Akari-senpai... there was still guilt in Akebono at having forced the girl to do that, set up the circumstances leading to it due to her own pride and fear, due to her own weakness. Akebono shook that feeling away as much as she could. It was guilt that led her to this, and she would not allow it to trip her up into another mistake.

It was that moment of clarity when she realized an expectation of hers that had not come to pass, when her mind was still addled by fear at the bonds she had broken. It was something she thought they would ask of her... but it was time that this destroyer did what she did best: eliminate the problem that plagued her. It was time she owned up to her own foolishness.

"Ai-chan..." Akebono called out the girl's name for the first time, making the other girl still, "... I'm sorry. For what I did."

Ai, buried herself deeper onto the shipgirl's chest. "It's alright," she replied faintly, but Akebono could hear the relief from the girl, and that was enough.

"Guess I should apologize to Akari-senpai too..."

Even with Ai wanting to be friends with her, there were still remnants of trepidation within Akebono, fear of what she would see if she met Akari-senpai again. Would she see fear? would she see disappointment?

As if picking up on her thoughts, Ai released herself from Akebono's embrace, and put her hands on the destroyer's hands.

"Akebono-san, the same feelings that make you care for the Akari-san whom you think is foolish, and that which makes me want to be friends with you, is also the same that Akari-san feels at this moment. Please don't worry."

Could it really be so simple? All of them with the same feelings? Was it that easy to understand?

"Oh...."

As if the word was a switch, Akebono's realization went out unto her lips.

"Oh."

And then, it spilled forth unto the clearest and heartiest laughter that Akebono had brought forth into this world, a pleasant sound not heard since her days at the Naval Base.

"Akebono-san?" now asked a confused Ai, pleasantly surprised but uncertain of her friend's actions, prompting the destroyer to calm herself.

"You should've just said that earlier Ai-chan," Akebono replied, wiping tears from her eyes. "Thank you."

The young girl smiled, laughing sheepishly, "You're welcome, I guess..." it was then that the girl looked up, making Akebono realize what she saw: the first hints of violet tinting the sky. "It's almost morning!" the girl pointed out in panic, "We should be getting back!"

Akebono was about to agree, but the sliver of light encroaching its way through the darkness called forth a memory she had thought long forgotten, of a similar situation in days of distant past, a deja vu. Of an act she shared with a human she was with, or was it a stunt?

Ai had already missed the New Year's festivities, and Akebono would damn herself if she let the girl row back to shore and miss the first sunrise of the year. The words from that memory came back to her, words of the only human she had ever trusted, and with those words, she knew what to do next.

"Ai-chan," she called out. "Do you trust me?"

"Of course." The girl's immediate reply warmed Akebono's heart almost as much as her boilers. With those words, Akebono took Ai's hands into hers, giving them an assuring squeeze.

"Then, hold on to me, and follow what I say." She got a nod in response. "Stand up, and no matter what happens, don't let go."

The gondola rocked slightly as Ai, followed by Akebono, stood up for the first time in hours.

"Ai-chan, when I say so, step onto the water with both feet as fast as you can."

The young girl's eyes widened in surprise. "Akebono-san?"

"Please..." Akebono's tone, and the look in her eyes was almost pleading. "Trust me."

To the destroyer's relief, Ai smiled. "I don't know what's happening, but I'll place my life in your hands."

"Right." Akebono breathed in deeply, inhaling the ocean's cool aroma. "Now."

With a hop, Ai stepped out of the gondola, and unto the seawater slowly gaining a azure hue. She opened her eyes, and to her visible surprise found herself standing on the water, tiny rolling waves washing around her shoes. The slack-jawed look of astonishment that Ai gave Akebono that moment was one the destroyer was sure to remember as long as she lived.

"Akebono-san, this is..." Ai uttered breathlessly.

"Try it, take a step forward."

Akebono took a step back, extending her arms to give Ai some space. The young Undine took an experimental step forward, her left foot landing unto the water, and once more staying on the surface.

A pleasant laugh escaped Ai's lips. "Aha, how mysterious... how are you doing this?!"

"I picked up a few tricks," Akebono replied cockily, and before long both girls were giggling the time away.

With each step Ai grew more confident, and soon Akebono had lead the girl far from the gondola, but still within sight. Finally, when the sky bright enough to see the first outlines of dark purple clouds hanging over a dark blue sky, Akebono led the girl to where she wanted.

"Stand over here, and I'll let go of your left hand. Don't let go of my other hand no matter what."

Hesitantly, Ai loosened her grip on Akebono's hand, and the destroyer found herself holding the other girl by one hand as she stood beside her.

"What now, Akebono-san?"

"Now we wait."

They didn't have to wait long, as first light broke over the horizon, and crowned the clear blue horizon in a brilliant gold. And by the waters surrounding the two girls in defiance of natural law, golden light spilled over them, reflections blanketing the water with a magnificent sparkling layer, as if the oceans were made of shining crystal. In the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the cold ocean breeze and the countless waves, all that was around them was light.

"It's... beautiful..." Ai forced the words out of her breathlessness, as though not speaking of it would be injustice to what she beheld, before all her words were taken away. Akebono let the girl bask in the moment they shared, the moment she had only shared with one other before. When the golden horizon began to fade, Akebono broke the silence.

"Ai-chan, do you know what my name means?" the shipgirl asked, receiving only a muttered moan of reply and a shake of the head from her companion. "It means daybreak. And I thought that if you wanted to understand me better, then letting you see my most cherished moment in the manner in which I see it might be a good start..."

"Akebono-san..." the young girl teared up with a smile as bright as the morning sunrise that dawned over them, "this moment, I'll treasure it too, forever!"

"Y-you better, I'm only doing this once you hear!" Akebono tried to quell the happiness welling up at the sight of her friend, but let the smile on her own blushing face show through. "Oh, and how do you say it? Auguri Buon Anno," she greeted as an afterthought.

Ai's hands gave her a gentle squeeze in reply. "Auguri Buon Anno, Akebono-san."

Fubuki-class Destroyer Akebono, part ship, part human, was alone still, the last of her kind in existence. But in the upcoming year, perhaps she need not be lonely anymore.

Daybreak
A Kancolle x Aria One-Shot

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Happy New Years AS!

CrowKenobi
2016-02-09, 23:16
However, a group of users from the Spacebattles (https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/kantai-collection-the-greatest-generation.336029/) forum have taken over with the author's blessing and will eventually get the story back on ff.net and continue where he left off. :DAnd finally that has come to pass: The Greatest Generation (RESTART) (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11775552/1/The-Greatest-Generation-RESTART) :D

Wild Goose
2016-03-01, 03:21
And finally that has come to pass: The Greatest Generation (RESTART) (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11775552/1/The-Greatest-Generation-RESTART) :D

Just when I was thinking I should amble along here to make a note that The Greatest Generation is back. :p

For those wondering, part of why it's taken so long to come back is well, while the original story was good, it could be made better, and I've always been a little dissatisfied with my first BETA run at the story, so a lot of the past few months was spent on polishing and revising, as well as assisting the committee with plotting out the future direction of the story. As you can see, from some minor touchup and retcons in Chapter 1, Chapter 3 has had some extensive revision which IMO improves the story a fair bit (tl;dr more development to Tenryuu, some pretty hilarious lines, and the replacement of the admiral from generic random wise old dude Admiral with Japanese!Gibbs!Admiral). ;)

I am also helping Sheo Darren out with Eternity (https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/eternity-a-kantai-collection-story.372481), an AU with several interesting points of depature:

- Yamato was damaged in an air raid on Kure, meaning that Nagato was sent to Ten-Go
- US Marines, securing Kure, captured Yamato
- MacArthur, in full ego, had the surrender ceremony on Yamato, and later had Yamato used to support Iowa and New Jersey in naval gunfire missions during Korea
- in 1957, Fleet Admiral Bill Halsey offers MacArthur a deal: Help him save Enterprise from the breakers by selling her to the JMSDF, and he will use all his influence and pull every string he can to help MacArthur keep Yamato as an American war prize.

It's basically a vehicle for modern!Japanese!Enterprise and modernised!American!Yamato. :p Surprisingly enough though Nagato has made more appearances. :p