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"See Naples and Die": A Short Story

"See Naples and Die": A Short Story

Postby Robert_Frazer » Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:08 pm

I've recently been introduced to the Gunslinger Girl franchise, and I have to say that cracking stuff from beginning to end, and that I can't sing its praises highly enough. I'm so taken with it, in fact, that I spent the previous weekend writing out a fanfiction instead of the assignment that I'm supposed to be researching... :smalleek:

If you're not familiar with Gunslinger Girl, or don't like anime & manga in general, before you hit the "Back" button I urge you to give it a try - I've endeavoured to make the story stand on its own merits as an independent tale, and any necessary background information (and it's kept to an absolute minimum) is referenced in the text itself.

Gunslinger Girl: See Naples and Die

The full story runs to some 13,300 words, divided into three chapters. Sorry for linking out of the forum, but the chapter divisions and cleaner interface on Fanfiction.net make the story more convenient to read than a thick wodge of text put up here, I find.

The story does reference a number of specific landmarks in Naples, Italy. To help visualising scenes, I've included links to them below:

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Domenichino's fresco: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ApparitionBVM%26Gennaro.jpg

Mount Vesuvius: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ViewofNaplesBay.jpg

Villa Floridiana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS4erY7vZjU

Spanish Quarter: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sipitaly/3188110287/

Duomo di San Gennaro: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Duomo_di_Napoli_(facciata).jpg

Piazza del Plebiscito: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piazza_del_Plebiscito

Borgo Mariano alleyway: http://www.napolia.it/napoliborgomarinarogk.jpg

Borgo Mariano marina:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Castel_dell-Ovo.JPG

Bersagliera: http://www.labersagliera.it/Immagini/cartolinabig.gif


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Enjoy! Comments and criticism, both positive and negative, detailed or just quick first impressions, are always appreciated.
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