The Longing of the Heart @otherealmwriter
Ivan's Letter to Katyusha

I do not own Hetalia okay? I am glad so many of you like this story. I don't have much else to say here so enough of this A/N, on with the fic!

October 25th 1917

Dear Katyusha,

I am sorry it has taken me awhile to reply to your letter. Today has been the first day in a very long time that I have had a day off and a chance to rest. We drive quickly into no man's land and then drive the injured to a field hospital. Not all of those we pick up ever get treatment sadly. We do the best we can however. I am just doing my duty, but a fellow driver named Ernest said he's in it for the danger and adventure. As long as the injured get the care they need, I guess he's doing no harm. We stabilize who we can others, we just put in the back and as I have heard, 'put the pedal to the metal' and get back to the hospital. I have had to cover a few of my fellow medics while they were treating a patient. Some of those Germans are just plain evil. We all have red crosses on our equipment so they should know better. I don't think they care at this point. I was talking with a Major Bonnefoy, the same one who made an advance on Fredka years ago, and he told me the Germans were slowly weakening and this was what he said was their death throws and they'd be more vicious. God I hope so. How did you handle it big sis? I know it isn't the same but I know many of those you treated might not have made it, by no fault of your own of course!

It's good to hear about Matvey finding you as someone he can talk to. You said he asked why you were still single? That is funny. I am sure he is a good man. But how is his ability to provide for you now? All seriousness though, I'm saddened to hear the war affected his mind as well as his physical health too. I had met him only a few times before the war and he seemed to be a good person. But the way you talk about him and Nikolai tells me that that good core is still there but in a delicate state. And I am very glad Natalya hadn't been too strict on him after what happened and is placing the blame where it should be.

Although one thing we are never really prepared for is when we are called to the trenches for nothing more than to take the sick men to the hospital. There is a flu brewing around and it is spreading rapidly. It's to be expected with how the trenches are, but at the same time something seems different about this. I just thank you for the extra socks you sent with your last letter. If you don't keep them changed, you get trench foot and it makes running damn near impossible. I promise you, I promise Natalya and Fredka and even Matvey that I will make it back alive. Between me and Ernest, we've been called some of the craziest, bravest and best drivers. With someone like him working with me too, we'll be okay. Don't worry and help Natalya when she does give birth. I want to see the pictures!

Your loving brother,

Ivan.

So how was that? Good? Bad? Short? Long? I know I time-skipped a bit but at the same time I want to get a big part done and it happens soon. A few historical notes on this chapter. Author Ernest Hemingway was an ambulance driver in World War 1, this the name. Real life Ernest was in the Italian front (this one is set in the French) and got injured in 1918 and sent home. His experiences led him to write A Farewell to Arms. I would recommend it as Hemingway is a good read. And some illusions to the start of the 1918 Spanish flu. No one knows where exactly it started and the name only came from the fact Spanish newspapers were freer to report it than other countries. Most sources do agree however that the conditions in the trenches helped to spread it. I do love putting historical references like that in my stories. I did it in Klondike with a reference to Jack London, who was part of the Klondike Gold Rush and that inspired some of his stories. Those aren't a bad read either. But enough pimping of my own fanfics and some of the classics. So anyway, remember to read (well you just did) and to review. Ciao for now,

otherrealmwriter

aka

Realm.

Anonymous reviews have been disabled. Login to review. 1. Alfred's Journal 447 0 0 2. Natalya's Journal 344 0 0 3. Ivan's Journal 357 0 0 4. Alfred's Journal 2 433 0 0 5. Natalya's Journal 2 384 0 0 6. Ivan's Journal 2 398 0 0 7. Alfred's Journal 3 335 0 0 8. Natalya's Journal 3 357 0 0 9. Ivan's Journal 3 361 0 0 10. Letter to Matthew 473 0 0 11. Letter to Alfred 498 0 0 12. Alfred's Journal 4 393 0 0 13. Natalya's Journal 4 425 0 0 14. Ivan's Journal 4 415 0 0 15. Alfred's Journal 5 409 0 0 16. Natalya's Journal 5 388 0 0 17. Ivan's Journal 5 394 0 0 18. Letter to Matthew 2 548 0 0 19. Letter to Alfred 2 504 0 0 20. Alfred's Journal 6 346 0 0 21. Natalya's Journal 6 459 0 0 22. Ivan's Journal 6 453 0 0 23. Alfred's Journal 7 459 0 0 24. Natalya's Journal 7 570 0 0 25. Ivan's Journal 7 442 0 0 26. Letter to Matthew 3 590 0 0 27. Letter to Alfred 3 452 0 0 28. Alfred's Journal 8 467 0 0 29. Natalya's Journal 8 428 0 0 30. Ivan's Journal 8 470 0 0 31. Alfred's Journal 9 450 0 0 32. Natalya's Journal 9 417 0 0 33. Ivan's Journal 9 455 0 0 34. Letter to Matthew 4 560 0 0 35. Letter to Alfred 4 518 0 0 36. Alfred's Journal 10 500 0 0 37. Natalya's Journal 10 425 0 0 38. Ivan's Journal 10 412 0 0 39. Alfred's Journal 11 393 0 0 40. Natalya's Journal 11 363 0 0 41. Ivan's Journal 11 560 0 0 42. From Lt Col Kirkland 518 0 0 43. Alfred's Journal 12 417 0 0 44. Natalya's Journal 12 415 0 0 45. Ivan's Journal 12 493 0 0 46. Ivan's Journal 13 537 0 0 47. Katyusha's Journal 361 0 0 48. Matthew's Journal 491 0 0 49. Alfred's Journal 13 508 0 0 50. Matthew's Journal 2 442 0 0 51. Alfred's journal 14 480 0 0 52. Ivan's Letter home 455 0 0 53. Alfred's journal 15 497 0 0 54. Natalya's Journal 13 528 0 0 55. Matthew's Journal 3 410 0 0 56. Katyusha's letter to Ivan 614 0 0 57. Ivan's Letter to Katyusha 550 0 0 58. Alfred's Journal 16 484 0 0 59. Natalya's Journal 14 538 0 0 60. Katyusha's journal 2 523 0 0 61. Letter to Ivan 564 0 0 62. Ivan's letter to Alfred 518 0 0 63. Alfred's Journal 17 472 0 0 64. Natalya's Journal 15 515 0 0 65. Matthew's Journal 4 427 0 0 66. Ivan's Journal 14 627 0 0 67. Alfred's Journal 18 344 0 0 68. Letter from Ernest 509 0 0 69. Ivan's Journal 15 353 0 0 70. Alfred's Journal 19 483 0 0 71. Natalya's Journal 16 453 0 0 72. Matthew's Journal 5 558 0 0 73. Katyusha's journal 3 412 0 0 74. Ivan's Journal 16 370 0 0 75. Katyusha's journal 4 487 0 0 76. Alfred's Journal 20 479 0 0 77. Natalya's Journal 17 413 0 0 78. Matthew's journal 6 380 0 0 79. Alfred's Journal 21 439 0 0 80. Natalya's journal 18 463 0 0 81. Katyusha's Journal 5 368 0 0 82. Alfred's Journal 22 451 0 0 83. Natalya's Journal 19 459 0 0 84. Katyusha's journal 6 398 0 0 85. Alfred's Journal 23 478 0 0 86. Natalya's Journal 20 332 0 0 87. Katyusha's Journal 7 491 0 0 88. Natalya's Journal 21 405 0 0 89. Matthew's Journal 7 432 0 0 90. Natalya's Journal 22 486 0 0 91. Alfred's Journal 24 598 0 0 92. Alfred's Journal 25 484 0 0 93. Natalya's Journal 23 422 0 0 94. Matthew's Journal 8 393 0 0 95. Alfred's Journal 26 475 0 0 96. Natalya's Journal 24 472 0 0 97. Katyusha's Journal 8 443 0 0 98. Matthew's Journal 9 533 0 0 99. Alfred's Journal 27 717 0 0 100. Ivan's Journal 17 409 0 0