The first time Reeve felt like a villain. [In-Game Reeve/Rufus.]
- This ia a very insightful and excellent short piece. Comparing Rufus and Reeve is an interesting concept.
I like the way that Reeve sees himself as a stereotypical villain and Rufus as the stereotype of a successful and ambitious man. This says subtle things about Reeve's sense of self-worth more than anything else.
Rufus' observations about the various members of Shinra and about the way in which he can use Reeve's conscience to his advantage are very apt. I like Reeve's quick comeback too.
I find the final scene with Rufus kissing Reeve to be thoroughly disturbing, but then, that is what you intended I believe.
You are very insightful about Reeve's character.
- I called it a train wreck mostly because FicWad hasn't, unfortunately, got a category for "WTF?" - Considered entirely on its own, it's not a bad piece. However, Reeve's not reacting like an adult businessman or an executive; he's thinking and reacting a lot like a teenaged girl. And the reaction, placed in the context of Cait Sith's words and actions later in the game - and even Reeve's, both before and after this point in the game - don't mesh at all. This isn't the man who could be seen shaking in rage, visibly holding himself back from decking someone when Sector Seven was due to fall. This scene only makes sense if the moment with the keystone is taken entirely out of context from the wider story; I can't draw from it how he got to this point from agreeing to use Cait Sith in the first place, nor can I extrapolate from this point how he could reach the stage where he sides against Rufus. (And honestly, I can't see how Rufus would not have seen it coming, since he clearly knows Reeve has a conscience.) So. That'd be why.
(#) Kasan_Soulblade 2012-10-15 08:40:37 PMI was not expecting the yaoi twist at the end. It started as a reflective piece that seemed geared to make you feel for Reeve. A potential reflective peice.
But that moment of weakness capitalized upon by Rufus... You are left wondering if he really feels remorse, or if he could ever act upon it while there is anyone more powerful than him left standing.
It's a snapshot of a hero, and a coward, all at once.