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Fri, Feb. 3rd, 2006, 09:11 pm
laylah: "Strategy," Greed-centric, challenge #37 (win to lose)

Strategy
Worksafe. No obvious pairings. Manga chapter 55 spoilers. 450 words.


Strategy

Bad move, kid, Greed says, into the echoing space inside him, where the newest soul still roils, not yet assimilated. We can't afford to show our hand when we're still down here. Your friend has no patience, remember? No subtlety. And the old man must believe that we're on his side, if we're going to walk out of here a free man.

The prince from Xing throws images at him: some pretty girl in fighter's clothes, whole and happy on a long dusty road, dancing fast and agile through combat in a cramped alley, bleeding and mutilated in a tunnel in the dark.

Very nice, Greed agrees. She's worth keeping, no question. That kind of devotion can't be bought.

The new soul flares with something like rage.

No, hush. Greed keeps walking, down the tunnel, the captured alchemists behind him, Envy and the old man following after. We're walking in front because they don't trust us. Because we betrayed them last time, walked out on their plans instead of helping. We might be able to fight our way free of them here, but the victory wouldn't last. We were free for a hundred years last time, and we'll do better with what we've learned from our mistakes.

More complaint.

Yes, we. You're part of us. We are Greed. We have been many things before that, but those things are in the past. We are Greed, and we are not trustworthy. We refused to help once before, and we died still screaming our defiance.

He remembers the agony of melting, the dissolution of his entire being, and the new piece of himself quails, shrinks from it.

The old man must be convinced that he has re-made us in his image. He must think that we remember no lives before this one. His jaw is set, his teeth clenched. It feels good to have a shield to raise again, good to have a world to conquer, good to be free of the overbearing confines of the old man's self. We will lie, we will cheat, we will kill if we must. Nothing can be more important to us than that. Nothing.

The new part of himself writhes, reluctant to harm the alchemists, particularly the boy. Greed manages not to smile. He'd like to keep the boy around himself.

We'll avoid hurting them if we can. They could be useful. Envy hates them, and that's reason enough for us not to. It's so good to walk again, to plan and scheme and thirst for more. When we can ditch the old man, first we'll go find that girl. And then we'll see what it takes to become Emperor.

His new facet stops arguing.

Sat, Feb. 4th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
white_aster

Greed: :basks: Aaah, now this is the life. :rubs hands: Ok, I want one of him (:Elric:) and him (:other Elric:) and him (:Very Unhappy Envy:) and her (:Ross:) mmmm, all of them (:entire cohort of chimeras:)

Ross: Hey!

Chimeras: Wait a minute, we're DEAD!

Greed: :flaps hand: Details, details.

(has Ross shown up again, since hieing off to...Xing? She did go off to Xing, right? I wonder if things move there, if she'll show up again and be involved in Greed's plottiness. :)

Sat, Feb. 4th, 2006 03:49 pm (UTC)
laylah

No, she hasn't shown up again since heading off Xing-ward -- and omg, push my secret crack pairing buttons a little harder! ^^;;;

Sat, Feb. 4th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)
white_aster

:pushypushypushy like kid with toy telephone: ^_____^ I think they'd be AWESOME together.

Greed: What do you mean I can't have every member of their houses publicly executed?

Ross: >:(((((

Greed: :sighs: Ok...but the assassins, at least, are getting public beheadings. Don't look at me like that. I can't let people get AWAY with trying to kill me.

Sat, Feb. 4th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
laylah

...I want fic where he runs into crossdressing!inhiding!Ross and seduces her. And there's all kinds of genderbent weirdness when they get to the sex. Yessss.

...Assassins totally get public beheadings. *pets Greed, gives him a brand-new guillotine*
*does not have reasonable sense of restraint where giving things to Greed is concerned*

Sat, Feb. 4th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
white_aster

...I want fic where he runs into crossdressing!inhiding!Ross and seduces her. And there's all kinds of genderbent weirdness when they get to the sex. Yessss.

.......MRRRR. Yeah. I'd totally read that.

Sat, Feb. 4th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC)
laylah

...Curses. Well, it's going to have to wait until some of the Bijou boys have had a go. Or two. And...yeah. Um. I'll see if I can get it in there somewhere. Because nnngh.

Sat, Feb. 4th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
white_aster

Eh, throw 'em in an orgy and sneak it in while they're all messy and collapsed from exhaustion. ;P

Sat, Feb. 4th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
laylah

*eyes glaze over*
Mmngh.

Sat, Feb. 4th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
white_aster

^____________________________^

This is a fun new game. The Pelt Laylah With Bunnies game! ^____^

Sat, Feb. 4th, 2006 04:28 pm (UTC)
laylah

>>>>:O

actually, i seem to be incapable of following through and actually writing any sex scene with more than three active participants. i must need to have more foursomes for research purposes. *nod*

Sat, Feb. 4th, 2006 07:33 pm (UTC)
white_aster

More than three and it just gets CONFUSING without....visual aids. I'm so with you. I've got a foursome, sorta technically, but they're more really like two couples who switch off a bit, and they'll never get WRITTEN as a foursome, for just the ow head where's his hand again? factor.

Sat, Feb. 4th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
laylah

Oh god, yes. It's brutal!
I have 13k words of a PotC story on my hard drive that has been stalled for two years at this point because it's at the bit where I'd have to write the foursome, all in bed together, and I don't know how I would manage.