I don't attempt real life sketches very often, so.....
This is a rare specimen.
Have no delight to pass away the time,
And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,
I am determinéd to prove a villain.”
(*This was from an abridged version of the play)
I paused briefly in my reading to leave the words hanging weightily in the air, letting their strange, pulsating rhythm enchant me as they always did. It also gave me the opportunity to take a glance away from the page and assess the reaction of my audience – the one, intriguing soul that listened ever so intently.
His face was a mask of concentration; eyes furrowed in deep, perhaps vexed, thought.
“I apologise, Mewtwo. Shakespearean language might have been too complex a start for our lessons. This may be a favourite of my mine, but I digress – a poor choice indeed!”
I ended my excuse with a light chuckle, hoping to lighten that troubled expression.
The Pokémon sat silently for a moment longer, watching the shifting pads of his right hand before looking from beyond the glass to acknowledge me. “No, the words make sense to me.” Mewtwo began slowly. “Their composition is rather fascinating. But this Richard; you say he is the main character?”
“Yes, the third English King by that name, and who truly lived over five hundred years ago!” I exclaimed with gusto, waggling my finger knowledgeably. “Though this is a work of fiction, so the story has been warped for entertainment’s sake.”
“Nonetheless, he is evil? He destroys those he shares blood with to obtain his objectives.”
It was my turn to become quietly reflective, as I prudently contemplated my answer. “Putting it bluntly, yes, he is evil. And by making him the main character, we as the readers are given a taste of what it would be like to hold such malicious power – from the perspective of the wrongdoer. To be fair, this is an extremely vilified version of the true story. But that’s not quite what it’s about, anyway.”
Mewtwo’s gaze furrowed impossibly further. “Then what is it all supposed to mean? What is this story’s purpose?”
I didn't miss Mewtwo’s use of that strange, foreboding word he used so often; purpose. He seemed bewitched by it – as I was too, I presumed. Nevertheless, I continued on addressing the matter at hand. “Well…. I suppose its meaning exudes from the eye of the beholder, but I see it as an ode to human nature at its most basic form. It’s about how our decisions shape us, and how the capacity for evil resides in us all. It’s not always a pleasant notion to accept, but to move forward -to strive for goodness and greatness – one must come to terms with every fibre of their being. To understand our strengths and weaknesses, our failings, and use them to achieve the greater good. Sort of like Yin and Yang…. Oh you wouldn't know what that is yet, would you? To explain it simply, it’s the balance of the world and everything in it; the knowledge that seemingly opposite or contrary forces are actually interconnected. We need both hot and cold, summer and winter, and light and darkness to thrive. This goes for both humans and Pokémon – so we too are connected.” I took a deep breath, staring down at the verse before me with a sad gaze. What was it I was trying to say? Was I defending Richard; human nature? Defending my own actions whilst employed under Giovanni? “As much as it has always perplexed me, it appears we need evil. For only in the face of evil do the powers of righteousness rise and fight back, and unify that which is usually divided. Necessary evil…. Perhaps that is why I agreed to wear this uniform.” I almost spat the latter, looking down at the red “R” on my chest with bitter contempt and ill-ease.
The cold warehouse fell into silence again. I could feel Mewtwo’s gaze upon me; those eyes were always assessing, calculating. In that moment I wished beyond anything that this fantastical, marvelous being had a better teacher and moral influence than I. He deserved the world and more – much more than I, a lowly criminal, could give him.
“From the very beginning, Richard accepts his evil fate. Accepts the circumstances dealt to him.” Mewtwo ,formulating the words with careful precision. I nodded along slowly and said nothing, unsure of where Mewtwo was taking this vein of thought. It was a long time before he finally whispered. “I am deformed and unfinished.”
My disastrous blunder laid clear and plain before me now. Too many parallels had been drawn.
“No, Mewtwo, that’s not…… I mean, I never meant…. Look, you are not evil. There’s not one evil bone in your body!”
“Bone?” Mewtwo asked, temporarily distracted from the crucial matter at hand.
I sighed in exasperation at myself and my continuing inability to evade human colloquialisms whilst talking to Mewtwo. “Yes, our bodies are made up of a skeleton that….. Oh never mind that now. Listen, Mewtwo…. We are not born evil. Even when we fall under poor circumstances, we never have to give in to evil. Even here, I have changed the outcomes of some of my missions—twisted solutions to give something back to those poor people Team Rocket have stolen from, and ensuring missions fail where I can. Even so, there’s not much hope for me now. But your life? Your life holds a much higher, extraordinary purpose than even I could imagine! Beyond this horrid, deformed organisation and out there, on this beautiful earth; your power has the potential to save millions, to bring long-lasting light to the world!”
Mewtwo was silent for some time before a small smile graced his alien face. “I…. like that purpose.”
“I have faith in you, my friend. And it is my dream to see your purpose fulfilled!” I moved on before Mewtwo could say anymore, and to block the fragile tears threatening to spill from my eyes; an emotional act I had forsaken for several years. Shuffling through the pile at my feet, I picked up a new book with a grin washing over my face.
“Come now, let us move on. Let me tell you a better tale; a story of a small fellow who faced great peril and experienced often the fierce temptation of evil, but chose goodness instead; When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton…..”
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Pokemon (c) Nintendo, Game Freak, etc.
Story (c) Moi
~ It was certainly not from the moment she met Valkyrie that Sayomi Amaya swore her undying allegiance; not even close. When the enigmatic woman took over the Arcadia Robotics Company and began her dubious affairs, Sayomi had planned to assassinate Valkyrie herself.
~ “Sayomi Amaya is under my employment; I alone am responsible for her.” Valkyrie declared calmly. Sayomi was about to sneer at the woman’s sense of ownership over her when, to her immense surprise, the strange foreigner added, “And I alone will endure her punishment.”
~ Sayomi had gasped in horror at the sight. She had expected soft, white, unblemished skin. She had expected she was about to watch a pallid, Western girl be broken beyond belief. But this woman…. She had known pain and suffering, for Valkyrie’s back was already mutilated in the extreme. Sayomi couldn’t tell if they were scars from the lashes of a whip, a knife, or something far worse. Covering her marred shoulders were two great black wings; strikingly poignant tattoos to reflect the title of their bearer.
~ “By my decree, I shall wipe the filth and darkness from the world. I am the rider of the night, the hand of righteous judgement, the chooser of the slain. I am Valkyrie.”
Characters and concept (c) me.
"History is written by the victors."
"Homo Homini Lupus" / "Man is a wolf to man."
~ An Old Roman Adage
"War does not determine who is right, but who is left...."
"An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind."
"If one is not prepared to serve his country, does he truly belong to it?"
Basically I would like points to contibute further in benefiting the dA community - getting commissions, donating to others, etc etc and just generally getting my friends names out there!! ^^
(You guys are great, <3 you all!)
Don't feel you have to though, by any stretch of the imagination!! I don't want to guilt anyone into anything!! I can do writing/sketching commissions for points too, but I'll still do requests as always!
Many thanks again,