the vietnam

notevenjokingrightnow  asked:

Burning Questions!!! 1) In Vietnam AU, when the Frasers have kids will they know that Mama was married once before? How do Jamie and Claire handle that? 2) When those North Carolina hurricane rains hit, is Claire afraid? How does Jamie help her cope? 3) Would the Frasers encourage their children to go into the military? 4) What kind of pet do they get?

Thanks, friend! (and readers - please send in similar questions for any of my AUs!)

1. Yes, when they are old enough. They will be honest with their children - because they are honest with each other. And it will be hard to understand, but they will see how much Mama loves Da so it will make sense.

2. She is at the beginning - but then she gets used to them over time. The children are more afraid - Jamie helps them cope by inviting them to snuggle with him and Claire. Something they keep doing until the children are grown up.

3. Claire would be hesitant, but Jamie would be supportive. Frasers served in every war - the Revolution, the Civil War, the Word Wars, Korea, and of course Vietnam. Jamie was traumatized by his war experiences - but he never regrets serving. Never regrets sacrificing for his country. How could he - especially when that service brought him to Claire? When Murtagh’s service in Normandy brought him to Suzette? The only thing that both Jamie and Claire insist on is that the children attend college first - so that if they go into the military, they do so as officers.

4. The farm has sheep and cows and horses, and Jenny and Ian already had dogs and cats. So the wee Frasers adopt hedgehogs and rabbits instead!

Men and women born in the 1930s who experienced wartime as they were growing up often compared the Vietnam War with Japan’s fiasco in China during 1937-1945. Marius B. Jansen has written that despite different goals, both Japan and the United States became unexpectedly trapped in guerrilla warfare, underestimated local nationalisms, fell victim to self-doubt, and resorted to tactics of vast destructiveness. It is easy to understand why so many Japanese in 1965 tried to warn the United States not to repeat such bitter mistakes–and why so many antiwar intellectuals thought American imperialism was thwarting self-determination by the Vietnamese.
—  Fire Across the Sea: The Vietnam War and Japan 1965-1975 by Thomas RH Havens, page 33.