I've read your synopsis on Danish Slaughterhouse and OMG can you please make a synopsis as well on Gutters if you've read it? I am very curious about it but not really brave enough to read it. Thanks in advance!
Ok, Gutters is actually one of my favourites.
It’s set from Sealand’s point of view and how he’s living in a bunker. The world has ended and outside air is pretty much poisonous. He was split up from France and England and has no idea where the Nordics are as all communication is down and you have to look out for your own.
That is, until pure and utter chance, Denmark stumbles into his bunker and finds Sealand. Even though he’s half blind from the ash, he vows to protect Sealand and they go on a journey to Sweden to try and find the other Nordics.
On the way there they meet other nations- some have died already such as Romano- and some they stay with. Netherlands betrays them as some people are holding Belgium captive and gets killed himself. They find America and Canada who crash landed on a plane, but Canada’s dying. They then make their way to Poland as a certain Pole has a boat who might be able to get them to Sweden.
Anyway, Feliks finds them first and let’s them wonder around the town nearby whilst he prepares the boat. However, they anger the town and suddenly they all come after them- trying to kill Denmark and Sealand. They run to Feliks in the hopes of escape, but what Poland didn’t tell them is that it’s a boat that can only fit two people.
So, Denmark sacrifices himself so Poland and Sealand can go. Sealand is distraught and terrified and doesn’t know what to do, so Poland tries to comfort him, which kind of works as Sealand’s still angry at him for not telling them about the boat.
Anyway, Feliks leaves him in Sweden and goes back, promising that if he finds Denmark he’ll bring him. Sealand wanders around for a bit until he’s found by a group and they take him to a bunker.
Guess who’s at the bunker?
The Nordics. All four of them.
Sure, they’re battered and Iceland’s missing pretty much all his fingers, but they’re there.
Of course, then Sealand says they have to go back to find Denmark as he brought him there. Norway is a little snappy as he believed Denmark was dead. They go back and find Denmark- Poland brought him- but Denmark… the ash has got to him, so not only is he blind but he’s dying.
They bring him back to the bunker and get out some food and drink the duo found on the way- a bottle of beer and a can of tinned pineapples- and eat that.
Then, the next day, Denmark dies.
They hold a funeral for him at sea and go back (it’s sadder than I’m saying) after Sealand has a bonding moment with Norway over it (as the Norwegian begins crying).
Denmark left a will to Sealand, telling him that he’s left all of his land to Sealand- so now he’s a real country.
They get picked up in a submarine by Russia and get brought to America (I think) where they’re building a new civilisation. They meet some other countries there and join in.
It ends with Sealand writing a letter to Denmark about what’s happening.
It’s… very sad.