There are varying degrees of evil. We urge you lesser forms of filth not to push the bounds and cross over into true corruption, into our domain. For if you do, one day you will look behind you and you will see we three. And on that day, you will reap it.
So, a bit more than year ago, @endangeredslug started a fic in which Mr. Gold is a ruthless business man who stole Moe’s business. I adopted this fic, which she said is much more my MO than hers (she said that even back then when I reblogged the first part, thirsty for more). Oh god, I’m so excited for this thing… I WROTE SOME RUMBELLE FIC, GUYS! Also, you have no idea how grateful I am that Sluggy gave me this thing. Because I love it.
Okay, this is probably more a @grumplevonstiltskin fic than a dearie, but who cares. I’m reposting the first 2 chapters written by Sluggy here, along with the third chapter, which is the first written by me (all clarities cleared? Good xD)
Summary: A shocking discovery for Belle and an outrageous offer from Gold.
Rating: NC-17/Explicit (probably Mature for now, but… yeah, at some point, the rating will change)
move,” the voice whispered harshly in his ear as the cool, sharp blade of a
knife flicked against his throat. Gold stood still, not wanting to risk a slip-up.
his mouth to speak but the knife pressed further into his neck.
word. Don’t move a hair on that pretty head of yours and you won’t live to
@poorquentyn – who is an inspiration to me when it comes to ASOIAF – uses the term “existential victory” a lot and I think it’s a valuable lens with which to examine ASOIAF, so I just wanted to write down some untagged, disjointed, and probably incoherent ramblings inspired by PQ’s brilliant blog.
For example, I’m totally in agreement with PQ about how R+L=J will be devastating to Jon [x] [x] [x], and how Jon’s going to have to spend the next books grappling with being The Fantasy Hero of Prophecy, until he finally decides to save the world because he wants to, and not because he’s a part of Rhaegar’s War for the Dawn survivalist checklist.
And I think this post painted Dany’s choices very vividly in my mind, that Daenerys will actually be capable of having a child, and the continuation of the Targaryen dynasty will be the low-hanging fruit with which GRRM tempts her. I’ve been saying for years that Dany is going to die, but requiring her to sacrifice herself would mean so much more if she has the opportunity not to be the last (legitimate) Targaryen … and she willingly gives that up and sacrifices herself to save the world, to save all the world’s children.
And Tyrion – my child, my fav, GRRM’s fav, the reason I opened this post:
It all goes back and back, Tyrion thought, to our mothers and fathers and theirs before them. We are puppets dancing on the strings of those who came before us
^^It’s this Our Heroes have to overcome, the thread that unifies their individual “existential victories,” I think. Jon has to realize that he isn’t Rhaegar’s pawn of prophecy, dancing to Rhaegar’s tune, and Dany has to let go of the dynasty her ancestors worked so hard to build, and Tyrion, Tyrion, Tyrion … “Even from the grave, Lord Tywin’s dead hand moves us all.”
Tyrion’s story is not Jon’s; it’s the inverse of Jon’s. Jon’s secret father will wreck him, as much as Tyrion’s own father has nearly destroyed him. Tyrion’s father – his real biological father, Tywin Lannister – is the obstacle Tyrion must overcome. “If I had not loosed, he would have seen my threats were empty.” Throughout the books, Tyrion has modeled himself after Tywin: “He reached for his father’s voice, and found it.” And he continues to do this in ADWD, vowing vengeance that would almost make Tywin proud if it weren’t directed at House Lannister. Tyrion will have to choose between the War for the Dawn – the selfless war, the thankless war, the war for humanity – and his own personal war against House Lannister.
Vengeance is easy. Tywin’s mantle is an easy one to pick up and cloak oneself in. Vengeance is the poisoned apple proffered to Tyrion, complete with fiery dragon and knowledge of Casterly Rock’s drainage system, and Tyrion has to reject it, just as Dany will have to reject a Targaryen legacy.
I’m just so eager for Tyrion’s “existential victory,” for Tyrion to cast off Tywin’s legacy, to find his way out from Tywin’s long, black shadow that hangs over ADWD, and what better place to do that than beyond the curtain of blinding light at the end of the world?