Title: Runaway Train
Characters: Hawk, B.J. friendship
Warning: Discussion of rape. Angst/dark. No depicted violence.
Summary: When worse gets to worst, and who's left standing with those who remain. AU for "Comrades in Arms."
Many thanks to my infallible beta reader Tania.
a/n: This story is a stand-alone.
Why I wrote this: The topic of rape doesn't have a good track record on M*A*S*H. We're familiar with the bad jokes and the casual rape-as-plot-device eps. However, it's wartime, brutality is par for the course, and it's clear from Trapper's snotty "Rape a doctor?" to Margaret's sobering "Does the enemy rape female prisoners?" that sexual violence is an issue in the Korean War as depicted in M*A*S*H.
So, as a longtime fan, I've always felt that there should be a serious discussion, at some point, about who it could happen to and what would happen next. And especially the issue of male versus female victims, in the 50s, in the Army. That's what I explore in this story.
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