Description: After a night of confessions and difficult truths, Lightning and Fang are forced to acknowledge that their relationship has ascended to a new level.
She was your best friend, once.
Her hair is splayed out on the pillow, a tangle of knots, sweat beaded on her forehead. She’s a gentle sleeper, surprisingly, considering the arrogance and confidence of her waking hours, but now in the light of the early morning she merely snuffles softly, the remnants of last night preying heavily on her body as she refuses to wake. Your hand trails along her side, grazing the contours of a shape you grew to know, learned to master, until you weren’t sure which limbs were hers and which were yours.
name a more iconic duo than lightning farron and lesbianism. i'll wait.
i promised a post on how the lightning saga games highly imply and most likely intentionally imply lightning farron to be a lesbian, and here it is!
this will be prefaced with a brief note on the way lgbt content is handled in japanese society and media, which is essential to understanding all of this. in japanese society, acceptance of lgbt issues is tenuous in a strange way. while lgbt people are accepted in theory, in japanese society you are often expected to be at least relatively closeted, especially if you are in the public eye. business marriages between lesbians and gay men are not only common but are what is largely expected. this attitude is less common with younger people, but it is very prevalent in japanese media, especially video games and anime. the concept of “q*eerbaiting” in discussion of japanese media even gets complicated due to the fact that in much of japanese media, subtext is looked at the way that most of us would look at confirmed lgbt characters in western media.
due to the complicated nature of how lgbt characters are handled in japanese media, the common western media argument of “this character is not lgbt because if they were they would be shown in a relationship with a character of the same gender or it would be directly mentioned” is not very valid in discussion of japanese media.
after that, now i will move on to actual discussions of the games themselves! 😊
-Final Fantasy XIII-
-much of the proof in the first game of the lightning saga is the things always pointed out in discussion of evidence for the fang x lightning ship (flight, fangrai, whatever you want to call it). the difference in lightning’s interactions with fang and her interactions with every other character in the game, the romantic undertones there, the looks they exchange, the way that lightning’s pupils dilate when she looks at fang, pretty much everything about lightning’s interactions with fang. i have seen very few people in the final fantasy xiii fandom who try to argue that lightning is not at least sexually attracted to fang.
-in final fantasy xiii, there are two characters who are the personality archetype lightning would be attracted to, and those characters are fang and snow. fang and snow are both the same
heroic protector type of character. lightning is obviously attracted to fang, and obviously not attracted to snow, even after she has accepted him as a friend but before she has accepted him as family. a scene in particular i will point to here is the scene in the estheim house where lightning talks to snow after he wakes up after being injured (before the fight with the psicom airship). snow is shirtless and is what most people who are attracted to men would consider to be extremely attractive at least sexually, and lightning does not notice or acknowledge this in any way, and as i have pointed out before, snow is precisely the sort of man lightning would be interested in if she were attracted to men, because in so many ways snow is male fang, and is the hero archetype that would be lightning’s “type”.
-this game fucking ramps up alot of the gay, which is not exactly part of my argument but like oh goddess this game is a goldmine of proof for lesbian lightning. nearly every interaction lightning has with anyone in this game screams “socially awkward lesbian”.
-first of all, there is a massive contrast in this game between the way lightning interacts with women and the way lightning interacts with men. in every conversation with a woman, lightning is much more attentive than she is in her conversations with men. lightning often seems nearly interested in women’s troubles, where the troubles of men are listened to in a way that is much more “this is just my job” than “i maybe care”
-there is alot more with fang here, but it has all been discussed in depth in shipping conversations. lightning and fang’s constant flirting, the “it’s a date” line before fang leaves the dunes, the fact that lightning effectively starts to ask fang to go out on a date with her before fang tells her she is going to leave, lightning’s awkward intensified shyness during that conversation, etc.
-there is literally a quest in this game where lightning only agrees to go on a “date” with a man because he says he will pay for her meal at an expensive restaurant, and she spends the entire quest until he starts discussing his backstory complaining about him trying to be romantic instead of just buying her food and letting her eat.
one of the lines in this quest is “i’m just here for the steak”. this is not the reaction of someone attracted to men.
-lightning is always obviously uncomfortable when heterosexual relationships are discussed unless the relationship reminds her of serah and snow’s relationship or can be related back to serah and snow. if lightning were attracted to men in any way, she would not be so obviously uncomfortable around straight and straight-passing romance. contrast this to lightning’s visible reactions to romantic dialogue and romantic gestures between fang and vanille. lightning is not uncomfortable around sapphic relationships, but is around straight-passing relationships.
-the dialogue with the ticket seller in yusnaan during the main quest is a big thing. (some slight paraphrase in the quote here because i am pulling from memory but the idea of the ticket seller’s dialogue is there and lightning’s line i know is correct.
ticket-seller: what’s wrong? did your boyfriend break up with you? trust me, i know what a woman wants.
lightning: you obviously don’t know me.
-also, the difference in the way lightning responds to fang’s flirting contrasted with the way she responds to hope’s flirting. lightning encourages fang’s flirting, and literally threatens hope over his flirting.
there are probably some more things i am forgetting from my playthroughs of the games, but those are the key points. if anyone would like more in-depth analysis, i am planning on doing a 100% run of lightning returns soon and could take notes, and i would not mind replaying xiii in the not too distant future. all of this was mostly pulled from memory of having played through the games recently. if you would be interested in some more in-depth thoughts, feel free to ask! 😊
Drawing random stuff that leads to me drawing a ship.
Feel free to fill in the blank bubbles or add anything like background lol I suck at that. I wanted to do a post like this where fellows shipper of Fangrai or any ship that was drawn get to create something out of a drawn situation.
fangrai? (this is incredibly mysterious my identity is not glaringly obvious to anyone shhh)
Oh, gosh, I just can’t imagine who this is. But thank you for asking anyway^^
•falls asleep on the couch
Lightning is constantly falling asleep on the couch. She’s usually pretty exhausted at the end of the day because the people who show up in the shop are usually very demanding.
•makes friends with the neighbors
Fang does but it’s mostly because she thinks it’s funny to irritate Lightning.
•is the adventurous eater
Also Fang and she thinks it’s hilarious the first time she introduces Lightning to sushi. (Long story short, Fang ordered octopus and waved the tentacle in Lightning’s face.)
•hogs the covers at night
Lightning does, much to Fang’s chagrin. So it’s usually struggle for the covers at night.
•forgets to do the dishes
Fang forgets and it irritates Lightning to no end, so she ends up doing them herself, even if it was Fang’s turn to do them.
•tries to surprise their partner more often
Despite enjoying her game of irritating Lightning, Fang does like to give her little surprises like cooking lunch and bringing it to the flower shop or getting Lightning the tickets to the concert she’s been dying to go to.
•leaves dirty laundry on the floor
Fang, Fang, FANG. Always. But even though it annoys Lightning, she refuses to pick it up and Fang is eventually forced to do it.
•stays up til 2 AM reading
Fang likes to read late because she insists it gives her new ideas for tattoos.
•sings in the shower
Fang sings quite often in the shower and at first, it was to annoy Lightning but eventually, she does it because Lightning likes to hear her sing.
•takes the selfies
Fang does and it’s usually with a newly finished tattoo.
•plans date night
Neither. Date night usually consists of whatever bar a local band happens to be playing at and getting bar snacks.