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Elsie wrote:"Oh my God Lyndi what am I gonna do?!"
Having kept her pregnancy a secret from everyone but Matt for so long had taken it's toll on her and now here she was breaking down, on live television.
"I was so scared Lyndi... I was so scared. What are we gonna do? I'm sorry I didn't tell you but I was so scared."
Why wrote:In one fell swoop, Cody Jenson swung the axe and all Elsie Darroch saw was the gleam of the blade, followed by an intense black, as Cody completely severed her mid-section in half with the weapon. Elsie continued to stand for a moment, as if dumbfounded, before finally both her top and bottom half fell to the ground with a loud thump.
WHY wrote:Cody continued to marvel at the bloody speciman before him. As if finally deciding on a course of action, Cody once again raised the axe and severed the blonde's head from the rest of her body. The quiet sound of humming once again started to emit from Cody's throat as he went about using the blonde's hair to fasten her decapitated head around the handlebars of Loretta.
Elijah's handler seems to have gone inactive, because his final thread is a one-off DODDPOST. It is labeled with "(Intense and Extreme content warning)".Elijah Rice wrote:To sum it up, it was a very disappointing scene.
We then learn that Nanami secretly resents Madelaine heavily. Madelaine moved to the US, and then Nanami did too, but only a week before the abduction (and she was not at the same school as Madelaine). This is actually a thing I quarrel with somewhat, because its an end-of-school trip for Barry Coleson, and Im not really sure what use it is to stick Nanami into class for only a week or two of finals. It also has no bearing whatsoever on her abduction, since she was snatched on her way to school, rather than from it.wrote:Madelaine always stood out for her coolness and maturity, as well as her confident nature. She was always looking after others, and though she never paid attention to the fact, there were people who looked up to the older-sister figure Madelaine Shirohara. Comparing herself to Madelaine, Nanami saw herself as plain and mediocre, having no special qualities of her own, and even went so far to believe that Madelaine only befriended Nanami out of pity.
Nanami bargains in her head for more time, and that's a great little moment of desperation on her part. Madelaine finally notices her and this is where I start to have issues with the scene.wrote:It was bad enough that a girl with a shotgun, of all things, approached her. But this new stranger was a boy, much more rowdy, much more dangerous than any girl. She hid her eyes behind pale, shaking hands, letting out gasps and sobs as both girl and boy began to argue.
I'll bring this up more throughout the scene, but my huge gripe with Madelaine is she feels like a fanfiction character escaped into SOTF. Madelaine is special, the one who stands out, the one stuff revolves around... not due to anything she particularly does or says or is, but because of how the narrative and the other characters treat her. Her prose is notably more flourish-filled than anyone else's, and her plotlines are jam-packed with (sometimes unearned) drama. It makes tons of sense why she was a huge deal in V1, when a ton of characters had posts that were one or two paragraphs without punctuation, and honestly the era was much closer to BR fanfic than to the current styling. On the other hand, SOTF was developing into its thing alreadythe seeds of the current game can easily be seen in characters like Hawley Faust and Adam Doddand I feel like by comparison Madelaine has aged very poorly. Her interactions with Nanami showcase these issues repeatedly.wrote:One girl out of those 300...the chances were extremely slim...but somehow, Madelaine knew as soon as she saw her crying form, that it just had to be...
"...Nanami?" she murmured, trembling slightly. Her stance weakened a bit as she stepped forward, almost unsteadily. "It can't be..."
Nanami is apparently Madelaine's best friend. I think it's a bit telling that she didn't bother to figure out what made Nanami upset. She thinks Nanami's concerns are overreactions to little stuff.wrote:Now, she continued to hold onto Nanami, as the shorter girl buried her face into Madelaine's shoulder, letting out muffled sobs and soaking her blazer with tears. At this, Madelaine could not help but feel a tinge of nostalgia. She remembered holding onto Nanami like this while she cried over this incident concerning some boy, back in junior high...though she never knew the details. Nanami always got hurt over seemingly petty things...it was understandable how someone like her could break down completely in situation like this.
Callum Hadely's handler posts to remind everyone that Callum is still right there (doing what? No idea! Nobody's mentioned him at all, but apparently he just attacked them or something).wrote:Nanami had watched silently as Madelaine walked up to Adam to deliver a slap to the face, suddenly reminded of days long past. It was not the first time that Shirohara-san had defended her so fiercely. There was that incident when a group of boys tried to torment her, and Shirohara single-handedly scared them off with only words and a single slap.
I think we're not supposed to be sympathizing with Nanami here, but... Madelaine's being framed by the narrative as in the right even though she's really not so untouchable. She just escalated Dodd's inappropriate behavior to physical violence, made no effort to deal with the fallout, and is ordering everyone around without doing much explaining. Nanami's narrative goes on more about how special Madelaine is (and Nanami is not).wrote:What disgusted Nanami the most that for all that she was reluctant to admit it, Shirohara-san was right, as always. Leaving now could only mean death. But now, all Nanami could think about was how much she resented Shirohara-san at that moment, just because she was right. She was always right.
What Madelaine really has is that she's the character favored by the narrative, and Nanami is not. :(wrote:It annoyed her slightly, that she was able to make friends and allies so quickly. But that was Shirohara-san...she was always like that. No matter how cold or scary she may seem at times, she always managed to make friends with others. She always seemed to possess something special that Nanami did not.
Whatever it was...Nanami had no idea even now, and it made her feel envious. As she crawled to her feet, hugging her daypack and keeping to herself a bit, pacing around. She began wondering if there was anything at all that was special about herself, and if anybody saw it at all.
Madelaine returned to the group, deciding to continue helping out with Marcus' injuries. She was silent in deep thought for a few moments, and it seemed as though her prior irritation towards Adam had faded. But that was Madelaine after all, she was not one to hold grudges against others, no matter what they did.
In any event, Nanami is distracted for a second and Madelaine pulls herself together enough to draw her own pistol (of which Nanami was unaware, failing to realize Madelaine had only disclosed her assigned weapon and not the one Amanda gave her earlier) and shoot Nanami in the back. She then immediately rushes to Nanami's side, trying desperately to save her, and this sort of highlights a bunch of my issues with Madelaine, in this scene and overall.wrote:She raised her eyes to look at the group again. "Why else would Shirohara-san show that sort of kindness to me, other than to act out of pity? Why else would she even tolerate me, when no one else would? Like you guys just said...I AM pathetic. I AM a weakling. And because I was weak and helpless and so pitiful...Shirohara-san befriended me. Just how stupid is that? I wanted to be one in control...I wanted to show her that I no longer needed her pity, by doing this to her!"
Desperate for them to understand her, she cried out with fury towards the group, "Why are you trying to protect her, anyways? You've barely even known her for that long, but are you saying she's that important to you? Tell me....what's so good about her? Everyone says she's so great, but she's just a normal person like me! What is it that makes her so wonderful and precious, that you're so willing to let yourself get killed just to give her a living chance? How is it that she's worth so much?!"
So, in case it's not clear, I've got some real issues with Nanami and her arc but mostly as it relates to Madelaine. Nanami is pretty much a propone better developed than many in V1, but perhaps more frustrating for thatwho exists to push Madelaine. The span from Nanami's first post to her death is eight days OOC, and every aspect of her narrative is focused around pushing Madelaine. In the moments where Nanami herself gets to shine through, I think she's cool and interesting. I think her plot has real meat to it, and could've gone amazing places were it allowed to play out a little more naturally, were the other group members allowed actual agency, were it not so rushed. As it is, though, the whole affair is flawed in some ways that are really frustrating to me.wrote:Shirohara-san would pay for it all. Nanami would leave this would soon. It would all end easily for her. But Shirohara-san would live on, enduring all of the pain that came from the mess Nanami caused. It was as though Shirohara-san had inherited Nanami's sin, and was paying the price in her place. How awful was that...?
There's a fine line between tragedy and black comedy, and I think his handler used it as a jump rope.wrote:As Vince stared at his mothers brains which at that point where spread against the floor of his house he promised himself not to cry.
Then Vince decides that he's going to ogle a girl's breasts while a shotgun is being trained on him. But that's okay because:wrote:"Put a gun to my head and paint the walls with my brains. Just great, I say. Really." Vince told the boy evilly. "I know you wont, because youre just an idiot kid. You have been lied to about your individuality, there is no such thing as an individual and there is no such thing as you!"
Look, I'll just abbreviate it for you. He talks about his mother again. At this point, everyone's ready to shoot him, but first, Bohemian Rhapsody. No real point to it. His handler just posts the lyrics to a Queen song. He takes a shotgun blast to the...feet? Look, I don't know what happened there. This is what Clare Shepherd does:wrote: "Pull the damn trigger, youll just be helping me out " he looked up to the sky "When I was three years old I had a gun pointed at my head
And this somehow sends Vince flying, right onto a convenient rock that impales him through the chest. Undeterred by, you know, an object poking out of his torso, he fires off all but one round at the group and then serves himself the last one right in the mouth, but not before delivering one last speech about his mother, then his last thought is of his mother, and really, how do you milk a single character trait for this long?wrote:With a quick movement she stepped to the side, blocking Ryan who was still sprawled on the ground, and shifted her gun to aim at the ground directly in front of Vince.
What a saint. To Dodd's credit, he actually calls out Slayer for how he acts in the subsequent fight scene, since in typical Slayer fashion, he no-sells every move and fires off multiple shots in a single post. Both Amanda and Madelaine are shocked and disturbed by David's antics as well, and it's clear to basically everyone that he's in no proper state of mind, so the two ladies go their separate way from him.wrote:He had been attacked, now he wasn't going to stop until she was dead.