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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.

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