Joel pulled the trigger on his shotgun, sending a round into the last man's skull, he watched as he crumpled to the ground and died an instantaneous death. That was the last of those military bastards. They are supposedly out to protect cities from Infected, but they wind up shooting at civilians instead.

Just like Ellie once said it was an 'Endure and Survive' world, and the way the military was surviving was wasting bullets on humans. It was fine though, they were all dead now and Ellie stood up from where she had been crouched behind a car.

She set her gun back in it's holster, and he watched as her eyes scanned the massacre of people now littering the streets.

"Wow, that was intense man," were the only words she could find, as she shifted from one foot to the other.

Joel sighed deeply and ran his fingers through his hair, "Yeah, but we're safe now that's all that matters. Let's keep going."

They were heading back towards's Tommy's in hope to find a place to stay where they wouldn't have to live in fear everyday of their life.

"Want to hear another one?" Ellie proposed, as they made their way through the city.

He felt his eyebrows furrow and asked turning around to face her, "Another wh-" He caught a glimpse of the worn joke book that she towed around everywhere in her hands and muttered, "Another one of those damn jokes," he muttered, chuckling lightly under his breath.

Ellie hurried up to catch up with him. "Hey they aren't that bad. So how bout' it? It will lighten the mood."

Joel shook his head, as he scoured the area for stray bullets, "No thanks, Ellie."

She groaned in frustration, "Come on Joel, I'm just going to tell one anyways, just pretend to listen at least, okay?" She asked. He listened to the sound of her flipping through the pages until he heard her chuckle. Then he knew she found one that she liked.

"Okay here's a good one," she paused waiting for him to pay attention.

Joel turned to her trying to hide a grin that was already growing on his face, "Hit me."

"What's brown and sticky?" She asked, trying to hold back a chuckle.

He sighed not even attempting to think of an answer, "What?"

Her small smile turned into a full on grin as she answered, "A stick."

Joel held back a laugh, it wasn't even funny, in all honesty it was dumb. "Ellie, that joke book of yours is dumb," he mumbled. Then he went back to checking for items.

"Okay, fine you're right, that one was kind of dumb. I got a really good one this time though. I swear," she said flipping the page.

"I have a feeling you're going to tell it whether I agree or not, so knock em' dead," he said as they continued through the city.

She grinned and asked, "What does a policeman say to his tummy?"

Joel turned to her and shrugged, "What does he say?"

She made her voice deep and gruff and in her best policeman voice she uttered, "I've got you under a vest!"

That time he genuinely laughed and Ellie joined in. "See I told you it was a good one," she remarked happy that she made him laugh.

"Seriously though we need to throw that book away," Joel said, then added, "Soon."

She smirked at him lightly, "No way, this book has magical properties that actually makes you laugh. So I'm keeping it and I'm going to tell you at least one joke a day. . .until I run out that is," she said proudly.

Joel just went along his way muttering, "That day can't come soon enough."


A/N Hope you enjoyed the jokes. There are a lot of serious fan fictions about the Last of Us so I thought I'd lighten the mood with a joke book fan fiction. I might add more chapters if people want me to. If not then it will just stay a one shot. (: Reviews are appreciated. Thanks.
-Krista