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Rieka ([personal profile] ranty_rie) wrote2007-05-25 10:27 pm
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155 - Saint Seiya - Gemini Saga/Virgo Shaka - "Tender."

Title: Tender.
Fandom: Saint Seiya.
Characters: Gemini Saga, Virgo Shaka.
Rating: PG-13.
Genre: Romance.
Notes: Tenth in my thirty themes for saintseiyayaoi. Theme 10, Our World.

Saga has never been particularly good with analogies, but he thinks this is quite like the skin around a wound, tender. Tender because the skin next to it is rough and calloused, insensible under the reinforced scar that protects the healed wound.
He and Shaka, they are that type of tender.
They are the tenderness that remains after great scars, great betrayals, and great wounds. Deaths and suffering, and the loss of innocence, all adding up to the distance that stands between them, but which paradoxically pulls them together.
Now Saga’s older, wiser than when he was fourteen and he listened to his master and his lover fight and make love upstairs; now he understands the hated words uttered by that hated man that took away his master’s smile and hid it behind his own smirk. He understands, because he can see what he didn’t before, that like he and Shaka step around the coarse scars, Cain and Pollux taught him the dance long ago.
Theirs is a world defined by fights and struggles, but the Goddess they serve encourages them to take comfort in whatever they can find it. Their Goddess indulges their tender, strange love, and Saga wonders, absently, if there’s someone outside, watching them and misreading tenderness for hatred and silence for indifference.
He wonders if there’s a child who wishes to fight for the greater good that looks at them and cringes, if they’re perpetuating the cycle that sustains their world.
Saga wonders, but then Shaka drowns him and he thinks no more.

[identity profile] cirdan-havens.livejournal.com 2007-07-26 07:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Shaka drowns him? *perks up* I wanted to hear more about that. O:) I do like the way you brought it back to Saga understanding more as he gets older. And, of course, it's true that every world has their own way so the way outsiders might misunderstand tenderness for hatred and silence for indifference is spot on. You tackled that topic wonderfully and masterfully.

Oh boy!

[identity profile] roninlvr.livejournal.com 2007-08-23 12:04 am (UTC)(link)
Out of curiosity I followed your journal from kakairu, and what do I find but Saint Seiya! Now, admittedly, it has been a while since I have read the manga and seen the anime, but reading this made me happy. I lost interest when the manga began to bore me and the dvd's stopped being released. However I do remember that when I was more interested in the series, there was not much fan fiction that I liked. I like your writing so maybe I will revisit the manga and read your stories. I do hope that this is o.k.
BTW, can I friend you here and on your other journal? Thanks.

Re: Oh boy!

[identity profile] ranty-rie.livejournal.com 2007-08-23 01:53 am (UTC)(link)
Sure friend me and I'll friend you back. ^__^

If you're interested in reading about my other works, I have a complete, updated list here: http://ranty-rie.livejournal.com/65403.html

Re: Oh boy!

[identity profile] roninlvr.livejournal.com 2007-08-23 02:04 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! I did friend you and I look forward to you friending me back. :D I also went and looked at your Master List. Hmm.......... Cardcaptor Sakura, Yu Gi Oh and Saint Seiya???? Oh boy, I have a lot to read. Now I have to see what other series we both like. Ever watch Samurai Troopers??

[identity profile] redcrest.livejournal.com 2007-09-09 02:16 am (UTC)(link)
<3 That's all I can say. ^___^ <3

Oh, and-- PLEASE WRITE MORE SAGAXSHAKA!! Like a long fic, this time... ^__^ Let's get all the goods on how they finally hook up! =P (wow, I just made the whole, beautiful relationship you've built sound so cheap... =__=;; Bad, bad me...)

Thank you so much for writing all these wonderful stories! I just realized I've probably flooded your inbox with all these story reviews, but hopefully, this will encourage you to write more? ^___^ <3