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12 October 2006 @ 09:03 pm
[Tales of Symphonia] [Sheena-centric] Knocking on Heaven's Door #001-007  
Title: Knocking on Heaven's Door (also at ff.net here)
Fandom: Tales of Symphonia
Rating: T/PG-13
Length: 2,722 words (all drabbles are over 300 words except #1)
Pairing: Lloyd/Sheena, pre-series Zelos/Sheena
Prompts: [#001-007] 001. Angel, 002. Gravity, 003. Wounds, 004. Cry, 005. Fire, 006. Water, 007. Dark vs. Light
Disclaimer: ToS, not mine.
Warnings: Obviously, knowing who Sheena really is helps; Zelos is in 5, and 7 reflects on a scene near the end of the game.
Summary: For the tos_100 challenge at livejournal. One hundred legs of her journey, when she had nothing to lose, everything to gain, and someone to fight for. [Sheena centric]

This short fic collection’s full of mixed pairings and possibilities, so if that’s not your thing, here’s your warning.

Themes #1-7 (‘cause I couldn’t cry, ‘cause I turned away)

001. Angel

“So you really are determined to become an angel, aren’t you?”

It haunted her. The girl without the ability to speak, who voiced everything so loud and clear with more force than anyone else she had heard before; the one who burned that face, those eyes, that expression, into her consciousness. That expression of determination which showed her what the girl would do in the end.

And when she looked into her eyes, she knew that their thoughts were the same.

Because we love our own world, each of us. If it comes down to the end, I can’t let you win because of how many people it’ll hurt, how many lives will be lost that I was supposed to save.

But if it comes down to the end, I can’t hurt you to make sure my world survives. I can’t stop you and you can’t stop me and we both feel more than we should for each other’s worlds and if only there was another way. If only there was another way.

Isn’t that what we’re both thinking?
she wonders more often than not.

002. Gravity

If there was one number she was going to remember for the rest of her life, it would be 9.8. Measured in meters per second, the gravity constant. The rate at which the force of the earth had pulled her down, down, down, that one time, to land on hard rock at the bottom of a mine’s maintenance shaft…

And that had really hurt, damnit.

She tended to avoid pits and maintenance hatches after that, even if she couldn’t quite avoid the girl who tended to trigger all of the mishaps.

As long as she watched her step carefully from here on out, things would probably be more or less okay.



They had just emerged from a store, with her and the adults leading the procession. In that moment, she caught a glimpse of blonde hair toppling head over heels down the stairs, and sidestepped neatly in time.

Lloyd, who was in front of her, did not. Nor did Genis.


Everyone stopped and looked at the Chosen, who blushed, apologized, and tried to extricate herself from the mass of moaning and grumbling blue, grey, and red.

“Ow! Colette…”

“I’m sorry, Genis.”

“Hey, stop apologizing, all right? It was just an accident.”




“I’m sorry.” The girl attempted to push herself up and take a step, but her foot caught against one of Lloyd’s scabbards and she fell back on top of them again.


“I’m sorry, Genis…”


Yeah, things would probably be more or less okay. As long as she kept sidestepping.

003. Wounds

The first time she saw a severe injury was when her grandfather came home late one night.

It was complete with all of the trimmings – gore, makeshift bandages, red that she had been taught to call ‘blood’ but wasn’t sure of what that really meant until now. And even now, it was only a vague understanding somewhere in her head.

She asked him if he was okay, and she was concerned enough that he smiled and told her, “It’s fine, I’ll be up and early tomorrow, don’t worry about me.”

Her eyes stayed dry. If he said he would be okay, he would be okay.

If she couldn’t understand, the least she could do was to believe in what she knew.


The first time she saw her own blood, she had been sparring with sticks against Orochi.

The two of them had only been playfighting, neither having really been trained before, and before they knew it he had swung with too much force and she had lost her balance, skinning her arm against the tree. Her skin had stung, little pricks of red forming where the surface felt raw with that new burning sensation.

It was a new kind of awareness, one that brought her closer to understanding what her mind had touched upon before.

Her grandfather decided that they were old enough to start ninja training that day.


The first time she saw a man die was when one of their own was brought back to the village, mortally wounded.

He looked the same as when he smiled and waved farewell to her as she and Kuchinawa were chasing each other near the village entrance. As he smiled, said “See you later, you guys,” and walked out of sight, out of the village, out on a mission.

On his face were those same marks she had on her arm from when she had slammed into that tree. Although this time, there were more than just mere pricks of red oozing from the cuts. And the marks weren’t just on his face; they were on his arms, legs, torso, heart. Where his heart was, at least. And then she knew.

Her grandfather took them aside after that and tried to explain that this was what death was. Tried to explain to them, as young as they were, that the man would never come back, would never smile and wave to them again as he walked out of the village.

But by then, they were old enough to understand.

004. Cry

Through everything we’ve faced together, I’ve only seen you cry once. I don’t understand how you do it. Not that I can see you being sad for more than a minute, but…I don’t understand how you do it.

(Everyone shows signs of weakness. No one’s that strong, no one)

And you have enough of whatever that is that keeps you together to pass around, too. How many times were you there for me, when we were in Tethe’alla? I don’t know. How many times you gave me your shoulder to lean on, whether it ended up getting soaked or not, that I don’t know either. You even stood up for me when no one else would, from the very beginning.

(Thought it was just a trick, the village trains us to recognize these kinds of things)

Though, that comment to me in Luin? You…really didn’t need to say that. I thought you were just saying it to try to…I don’t know, to get me to like you guys or something.

(Never trust an outsider, you never know what they mean)

But now, after knowing you, I know that you could never have planned something like that, and I still don’t know what it was for. And you’ve probably forgotten the whole thing by now, anyway.

But whose shoulder do you have to lean on? Where do you go when you have the same problems that the rest of us have had to face? You’re the rock of the group, the one that doesn’t fall to false emotion. And yet you keep on smiling so easily, offering those words of hope, keeping everyone together.

I really don’t understand you.

(Do the others wonder too)

But I think that’s the mystery that keeps me here. With everyone.

(Because saving the world is not enough. Not for this. Not for you.)

005. Fire

“You’re a fiery one, aren’t you?” the Chosen said, smirking, the first time she met him. She had growled somewhat, which had only encouraged his jibes.

The fourth time, when they had started to get along better, he had commented on the fire in her eyes. Something inhumanly strong and fierce, everlasting, that would never burn out. She had blushed a little, but said he was ridiculous. She personally thought his own personality and appearance had more of that essence than any part of her did.

The last time before she packed up for the Imperial Research Academy, leaving him behind, he had commented on how a Summon Spirit of Fire would be the most compatible one for her, and she merely glared at him as she walked away and out of his line of sight.

The final time, before he left the human realm, his eyes had lost that spark and he was resigned to the fate that he cursed himself with. Her gaze burned into him, flaming and angry. Angry that he was such a damn fool. Angry at him, as his wings faded away, as he faded away, still with that damn infernal smirk.

He had faded away, like a dying fire, because he’d never had the essence that she believed he had. And, she supposes, she should’ve known all along.

But she didn’t, and he faded away.

006. Water

The feeling of having to kill, the rush of needing to slash through skin and flesh – of needing to destroy – it was strong enough to override any and all sense.

Emotions cloud up judgment, so always calm down. Whether you lose someone dear to you, whether a companion dies before your eyes, whether the battle’s almost lost or won – keep your feelings in check, as though they don’t exist. As though they don’t matter.

As though they don’t matter.

It was one of the first things she had been taught as a ninja, and the one rule that she broke the most frequently.

But right now, even it didn’t matter. Because her companions – her friends – they were dying around her, ribbons and rivulets of blood flowing from broken bodies, bodies still holding their trusted weapons in death grips.

Red clouded her vision. It was like a mist, submerging her and swallowing her whole. And as she charged forward at the wicked angels standing there, hovering in front of salvation’s symbol with dark sneers, she threw it all aside. It didn’t matter now, all of the damn rules, because she was the only one left and she needed to kill whoever was responsible –


She blinked rapidly, completely taken aback. Water dripped down her face.

Lloyd stood in front of her with his emptied cup in hand, disregarding the contents trickling down from her head and creating little puddles on the floor. “Sheena, get a hold of yourself!”

The muddle of thoughts and rage in her head dissipated like smoke upon seeing him alive and standing there, leaving her stunned with nothing to say and anxiety and worry and oh no this can’t be what was I doing? flooding back into her.

Beware of illusionatory techniques. Certain creatures in the world greatly favor them, turning comrade against comrade, friend against friend, and watching the last one left standing regain consciousness again and finally shattering to the point of irreparability.

Another reason to keep her emotions in check. How could she have been so stupid?

She lowered her arms slowly, seals dropping to her sides.

“It’ll be okay. We’re okay. You’re okay. Everything’s going to be fine.”

She slowly sunk down on her knees, dazed, while he repeated his new mantra, ventured forward to hold her and comfort her as if she hadn’t just gone berserk and tried to attack him like a stranger he never knew. As if she hadn’t snapped and immersed herself in raw, powerful, dangerous feeling and everything that a warrior shouldn’t have.

But don’t become a nonfeeling fighter. It’s a delicate balance, but the ones that master it are the strongest ones of all.

She had a long way to go, she knew, and hated herself all the more for it. For letting her companions down again, almost causing their deaths. Just like before.

Lloyd paid no mind to it at all, selfless as always and still trying to calm her down.

“It’s okay, everything’s going to be okay…”

Everything’s okay.

She just held on tighter, trying to feel and not feel all at once.

007. Dark vs. Light

He stands before her, clothed in red, clothed in fire. Whispering, hisses of sins and lies from his snake-like traitorous mouth. “It was your fault everyone died that day!”

She stands before him yet below him yet above him, somewhere and nowhere, staring in horror. “No, it wasn’t, it wasn’t…”

“If you were able to control Volt, the village leader wouldn’t have fallen into a coma! The ninja sent to the temple wouldn’t have died! My parents wouldn’t have died!”

Oddly, she feels like this has happened before, sometime, somehow. And she’s not sure why, yet she can’t believe it’s just another nightmare. “No, I couldn’t help it, I – “

Rage doesn’t hold back. “It was you! Everything was because of you! And you ran away. You left your mess for everyone else to deal with. You ran like the coward that you are. Why? Because it was your fault, and you knew it!”

And then, a figure also draped in red, yet such a different kind of fire. Like a beacon of light amidst everything else. And suddenly, his voice. “No, Sheena, it wasn’t your fault. You couldn’t have done anything about it. You didn’t know back then.”

“Sheena, are you going to listen to him? What a joke. Of course it’s your fault. He’s just giving you the soft, easy way out, the one without truth, the one without guilt. Can you really live with yourself, pretending like everything’s okay, like you weren’t responsible for so many innocent people’s deaths, for the destruction of so many lives? Don’t make me laugh.”

Something clicks into place, whatever it was that felt so wrong.

And then she finally knows, realizes the truth between reality and illusion, between truths and lies and dreams, things that should never happen again. “You’re lying. This is a lie. None of this is real.” She’s impressed, maybe even a little surprised, that her voice is so solid, somewhat strong.

He isn’t. He spits it out with a twist of his mouth. “You’ve grown weak, Sheena.”

Light stands by her side. “No, Kuchinawa. She’s grown stronger.”

He laughs, sneers like a slither. “So you’ve fallen in with them. You’re going to believe that nothing’s wrong, that none of it’s wrong. You’re going to keep a false happiness to avoid your real guilt. Foolish.”

She stands strong, stands tall by light. “Maybe I was once. But I won’t be taken for a fool again. Ever again.”


Sheena’s my favorite, by far. I really don’t like the way she’s portrayed half the time in fic, though. Either she becomes this pugnacious…harpy, or she’s the one whose role is nothing more than the girl Zelos cops a feel on. She has her share of happiness, angst, dreams, desires, and I-know-what-I’ll-never-have (but it doesn’t stop me)s, and she’s just so much deeper than that. So I really hope I’m doing justice to her in these.

This collection of stories will have Lloyd/Sheena and pre-game Zelos/Sheena. Honestly, I dislike Z/S. I don’t see the premise for it. Just because a guy is lewd towards a girl does not mean they have anything romantic between them. Besides, it’s pretty canon that Sheena likes Lloyd. He’s just too thick to realize it.

Uh, so yes. There will be 95 oneshots, and some might be connected and woven into backstories. There are several choice themes (5, plus several extra to make up for the fact that some of these oneshots are shorter than 300 words) with which I can maybe write a multipart fic.

Other author’s notes will not be as long, trust me.

Huge thanks to Dex, the amazing multipurpose beta who definitely helped spruce up 4 and 6, among others. If anyone’s interested in reviewing for characterization, I wouldn’t mind. Comments are great (you can leave them here or at ff.net, though I guess I prefer the latter? Or whichever, really, both are good XD), and hope you enjoyed :D

(PS: Damn, looks like "The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Suicide Is Press Coverage" - Panic! At The Disco" doesn't fit in the "music" box. That makes me sad. D: )
our hopes and expectations: refreshedrefreshed
black holes and revelations: The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Suicide...- P! ATD
( let's conspire to ignite )
Fluffy Sheep: Sexydarkfreakoid on October 12th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
I really like these ficlets. :D Not enough Sheena fics out there, or atleast ones that go into the depths of her mind.
a regular decorated emergency.: CCS - Tomoyodarkenedsakura on October 13th, 2006 10:15 am (UTC)
I'm too afraid to wade through most of the stuff at ff.net, if there is any, that's for sure. Most of it sounds like cheap harlequin stuff. D:

Thanks, glad you liked it!
Raerae00 on October 12th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
I like these.

'Gravity' was especially good - hilarious at the beginning, serious at the end. And I think you've kept Sheena fairly well in character.

I never saw much promise for either Z/S or L/S, though I'll freely admit I'm also much fonder of the latter than the former. It's just that, for a game which supposedly lets you choose who Lloyd gets closest to, they seriously skew it in favor of Colette.

I agree with what you said about how Sheena's portrayed in fics, too - but I'd like to add that she's pretty much portrayed that way in the game itself, too. Very, very few people actually do her justice. I'm hoping with this you'll prove that you're one of those few.

You're certainly off to a good start. XD
a regular decorated emergency.: Bleach - Uraharadarkenedsakura on October 13th, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
The problem with L/...well, okay, anyone, is that he's so dense the girl has to make the move, really. But yes, I don't get that point in the game. It's easiest to make Colette and Genis happy...and sure, they're his best friends, but really. Getting Zelos up there is pretty damn hard; I missed their first scene because he didn't have enough relationship points, sigh.

But L/S would be nice. I mean, I don't see her with Zelos, that's for sure. Though I heard that there was a line in the game (when you fight Seles with Sheena in the coliseum, I've never actually done it myself) that implied that they had a pre-game relationship at one point, so I'm working with that.

Hm, maybe I read too deeply into characters. I never saw her being like that - well, yelling at Zelos is one thing, since everyone loses their senses when they're yelling at him for being stupid - so I hate, hate hate it when I see how some writers write her as though she doesn't have a brain. I mean, just looking at her accomplishments and ordeals in the game, that's not possible.

But ah well. Thanks, and I hope I'll keep her in character, then. :D
Raerae00 on October 13th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Lloyd's pathetic lik that. You'd think anyone who could take out an entire organization trying to take over the world pretty much single-handedly (Nebilim; 'nuff said) would be smarter/cooler. But no...-_-

He greets her as if he's known her before, when they meet in-game, and Sheena pretty much tries her best (before/when Zelos joins) to get away from him - as if she knows him already - but other than that I can't really think of anything. It's been a while since I've played the game.

Oh jeez. Sheena's practically relegated to comic relief; they don't do her justice at all. I mean, even Suzu, from the other Tales game released in America (who is about 12, I think, and is on a 2-D screen to boot) is a much better ninja, and personality wise they practically made her the Sango (Inuyasha) of the game. Minus even the characterization Sango gets (which is little enough). But the skits are really the only characterization she gets, and there are few that actually mean anything. She talks to what's-his-name (the Tales verson of the kitsune; "C"-something) once or twice, and she speaks with the group a few times, but really she's just the person-who-hits-the-hentai.


*sweatdrop/sheepish grin*
a regular decorated emergency.: ToS - Rainedarkenedsakura on October 14th, 2006 09:19 am (UTC)
He's too cliched. D: But at least he's not a Gary Stu. Just...very...Lloyd. XD

Yeah, somewhere in the game it said they knew each other from before/around when Sheena started to go to the Research Academy. And there were some other scenes with lines that showed they knew each other, etc. I think. I haven't played for a while either.

Well, there was all of the Mizuho stuff, the Temple of Lightning, her summoner role, and stuff. She didn't really smack Zelos around as much as Sango did to Miroku (and they actually -had- something romantic between them anyway, whereas these two do not), I thought. Most of the characters aren't fleshed out as much in the game anyway - you can easily delegate them to various stereotypes (Raine's the manic and obsessed teacher who has a sad past, Genis is the know-it-all, Colette's the klutz who smiles to keep everyone from worrying, Lloyd's...well, Lloyd, but we've been over this, Regal's the mature adult who wants to make up for his sins, etc).


Well hey, you could write something for her too. Disprove the whole comic relief theory. ;)
Raerae00 on October 14th, 2006 05:20 pm (UTC)
But Stus and Sues have to be inserted by fans or else they're just bad characters...*pokes Lloyd*

That sounds about right.

As for Sheena not smacking Zelos around as much...Well, gee, she's got these little strips of paper instead of a giant boomerang. >_> XD That was one of my problems with the way they made Sheena, for that matter: they were trying to be original, which is great...but I want kunai and shuriken and senbon and jutsu and...T_T

And Presea is the traumatized little girl, and Yuan is the bad guy who's actually a good guy, just forced to do stuff for _______, and Kratos is the traitor who's not really a traitor (Zelos kinda fits here, too, for that matter), and Yggdrasil is the good-guy-gone-wrong, and...Yeah. XD

Eh. It's been too long since I've played the game; I'd have to replay it. Well, no. I'd have to rererererereplay it. Again. XD

But I'm not going to. And really, characters show who they really are mainly by interacting with other characters, and I didn't like any of the other characters enough to have them act as a partner/foil/etc...Huh. Come to think of it, have you seen Maria-sama ga Miteru?
a regular decorated emergency.: (D)aisukedarkenedsakura on October 15th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
Nah, I've seen canon Gary Stus and Mary Stus. Even published authors can fall to that trap. D:

Oh, but I like the paper. They're more like seals for spells/casting, anyway. I especially love Pyre Seal and making a big bad boss go splat. Even if I have to run like hell afterwards. And if you want lots of ninja stuff, go for Naruto. XD

I think Presea has a lot more depth than most of them, especially since she's basically learning things most kids learn (emotions, etc) at her age, and in such a way. ("Then you're p-p-pretty too." XDDD)

I don't have time. Why life why. D:

Why not? (???) You'd be helping The Pit, and stuff. And yeah. I dunno, in ToS, I really like all of the characters (except Colette), maybe especially since my mind automatically fleshes out the characters a lot anyway? Maybe that's it. Not sure. And hm, nope, I haven't. What anime is that?
Raerae00 on October 15th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
...Wow. O_o Canon ones. Haven't really seen that before. But then, I've always been pretty good at suspending disbelief - when the author isn't an amateur fanfic writer.

S'true. Still they could've at least given her a better range. Or used the seals for close melee and given her at least one ranged attack. >_>

Part of the reason Presea had the most depth, I think, was because she had an actual, fundimental problem - one which was tied into the main plot, no less. Colette did, too, to some extent, but they didn't do as good a job with her. (That, and I just don't like her in general.) The rest, even Lloyd, were all just sorta along for the ride.

I don't hvae time right now either. But since I'm the type who procrastinates for a while, then does everything really fast, and then goes back to whatever game/anime/time-waster I was doing before, I tend to have lots more free time than I really should. I'm a spoiled brat. >_> XD

"The Pit"...?

That's it. The character's weren't really fleshed out enough for me to care enough about them...say, half a year (a few months? a year? O_o) after I stopped playing.

It's a really, really good anime that I suggest you check out. I won't spoil anything. What made me think of it, though, was a comment one character made to another - she said that a friend of the other character was like one of those lighting tools they use in photography to reflect light on the subject. In this case, the listener.
a regular decorated emergency.: in the darkdarkenedsakura on October 16th, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
I've been hearing that lately, that I'm not good at the whole suspending belief thing. Haaaa... -_-;

Well, she had cyclone seal, but it was a pain to use most of the time. Even waiting for her to take enough damage to go into overlimit and then summoning Maxwell was much better. But a lot of the characters are limited to certain ranges. I mean, Lloyd's the easiest to use, and I think most of his attacks are close/mid range only.

Hm, I'd say all of them had problems tied into the thing. I think Zelos is actually very deep - I just happen to not like him. There's the problem with his family (if you've ever seen his Flanoir scene, it's the only time you ever get to hear about it), his current problem as the Chosen, etc. Most of them are just haunted by ghosts from the past - Sheena, Regal, Raine, Kratos (though he has present problems of his own) - and I think they have some of the most depth in the whole game too. Out of them all, the one with the fewest problems really is Lloyd, family issues or no, that I'd have to agree. Him and Genis, actually.

Technically, I shouldn't have time. I should be working on my essay due Wednesday at 5pm that I, uh, haven't really started. But you know. Yeeeah. >_>;


The Pit = fanfiction.net, known for its...pitness. I mean, you know. Pit of despair and all that. XD

Once you say that, I think I really am good with just making things up about them or feeling something else for them in my head that the game doesn't show. It's the only explanation. O.o

I'll put it on my to-get-to list, which is currently quite long. XD;;
Raerae00 on October 16th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
You don't have to be good at it. It just makes anime more enjoyable. That, and otherwise you have the potential to become that infamous brand of critic who points at the screen, screams something like, "That violates Newton's first law!"; and goes on to detail giant mathematical equations while everyone else sorta stares at you and goes, "It's an anime. Calm down." XD

Cyclone seal didn't work on flying monsters though, if I remember correctly, and it took too long to use. Of course, it made pretty funny Lloyd-guarding-the-spellcaster moments when she was in Auto and I was playing Lloyd. *grins*

Er. I kinda remember going through the game for Zelos' story, but I don't remember it very well.

Genis has his past and lack of parents, though, and Lloyd as you said has family issues. What's with childhood trauma in anime/Japanese-origin games, anyway? It's like every main character (and most or all of the side characters, for that matter) either have a defining childhood trauma or are this super!ordinary teenaged highschooler.

I have a project due tomorrow. Yeeeah. >_>;

"Pitness". Geez, I should indict you for that, or grab a rusty chainsaw and find out where you live, or something. *rolls eyes but grins* I think I know what you're talking about, though.

Oh, I'm usually like that. Something about the ToS characters didn't grab me enough, though, I guess.

You just need priorities. Mine go something like this: 1) Anime/Manga/Video Games; 2) Everything else.
a regular decorated emergency.: CCS - mirrordarkenedsakura on October 17th, 2006 11:08 am (UTC)
Oh, I mean, I believe those things. I completely immerse myself in the world and everything. Just...I'll notice Mary Sues, and illogical plotholes, and so on. Maybe it's because I have an editor permanently instilled in me?

Nope, cyclone seal doesn't work on flying things. I always played with Sheena, Kratos, Presea, or Zelos, and sometimes Colette for item thievery. I hate the AI for Sheena, so.

Genis isn't as affected by it as Raine is, really (re: the Virginia scene). Neither is Lloyd compared to...er, his family. And you may have a point. I dunno, I could think of some counter examples if I wasn't so damn tired. XD

I have the PSAT, a philosophy-ish essay, a math test, and a biology test. And yet, I managed to blow things off and just...did other things. ;_;

Even the sections with the most tolerable fic at ff.net are pretty shabby - 1 in 20 fics being good is a great accomplishment, and a rarity. It makes me sad, but it's true - ff.net does attract a lot of not so polished stuff. Not that there aren't gems there, but a lot of great writers have been shying away from it.

Oh, if only I could. Just be glad you're not at this school - the pressure's pretty high. School has to go first, followed by after school activities, followed by internet-related things. Sigh.

Oh, I really wish I could do that.
Raerae00 on October 17th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
Probably that. I tend to notice those things too; though usually my reaction isn't *tell* but *click the Back button* Do you also have this (bad?) habit of noticing pretty much every technical mistake?

Ah. I used Lloyd 99% of the time, Sheena when I felt like it, and all of them only for the Coliseum.

S'true. And I could think of some actual examples and maybe counter examples if I didn't have so much junk to do. -_-

Haha. Sounds like me. Only my stupid conscience usually winds up making me do whatever-it-is anyway. *rolls eyes*

The larger the section, the larger the rough. And, by that logic, the fewer the diamonds. But there are some really good ones in there. "The Butterfly" and "Suiren" come to mind immediately - but it took digging through the 10k+ Naruto fics to find them.

Sounds horrible. But do have (less than) my fair share of random junk to do.

Off to do some of that work; observe the look of absolute glee on my face...-_-
a regular decorated emergency.: Arcueid - Tsukihimedarkenedsakura on October 18th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, I don't tend to review as much for fics with blatant...technical difficulties. Yeah, I pretty much do the same thing you do.

I'd use him during Torent Forest to prepare for the big bad solo battle, but otherwise. And since I'd be limited to maybe 5 linkable attacks on my actual commands, I figured a computer would be able to manipulate them better if I set the AI and commands right. Using Genis for the coliseum was insanely difficult. Thank god for the Abyssion weapons.

I've been slaving away, but my test tomorrow got cancelled, so I'm giving myself a bit of a break before I start studying for the -next- class. -_-

Well, there are lots of good fic, but I really don't feel like wading through 10,000 fics to get to them. I'm not the patient sort of person, even though I have gone through the 3,000-5,000 fic sections before.

That reminds me of theater. We had to scrunch up our faces in the most unhappy looks possible and say, "glee." Just like how school makes me feel. >_>
Raerae00 on October 18th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
It's definitely an editor thing, then. XD

Well, there was that Concentrate EX skill which meant a spell couldn't be interrupted...Or did you not know about that? *teasing grin*

Lucky punk. I've a million things to do; and everything has to be done by tomorrow. -_-

I haven't gone through entire sections. Usually I'll go hunting for fics about a favorite/certain character (or, yeah, pairing) which has this great effect of cutting down the number of fics I have to go through. In some cases (*coughdccough*) rather drastically cutting down.

Ahahahahahaha. Sounds like fun. XD

*never took theater because she hates acting*
a regular decorated emergency.: Swift like ninjadarkenedsakura on October 19th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
I had it, but it was still annoying watching him get pummeled in the meantime while casting, and having the wary eye on his HP despite the Black Onyxes and cooking. I dunno, I don't really like spellcasters. Besides, whacking people in the coliseum with Raine's rods are fun. XD

I'm just dying in general from tests and essays, so no, I'm not as lucky. They go on next week for me, on and on and on. Guh.

I mostly kinda did with Detective Conan but now I simply give up, I must've done it for Golden Sun at some point, and I did a long long time ago for Tales of Symphonia when there were only 900 fics.

It was either theater or art, and somehow I ended up choosing theater. No idea, really, but I'm okay with that. People think I'm good at it or something, so...whatever works?
Raerae00 on October 19th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
...? I never really had a problem with Genis' health. I think a combination of a Black Onyx and a Holy Seal (or whatever the heck that health regen item was called) worked well. But yeah, Raine + rod + A button = just plain awesome. XD (Too bad there wasn't a book-type weapon - can you imagine defeating monsters with a hardcover copy of War and Peace?)

I have a breather for a while, I think - but I'm not going to speculate on the length of "a while", because it'll jinx it; I know it will.

For DC I just poke my head in and search for Ai-related fics once every...month or so. Usually there's nothing there; if there is I've probably seen it before at the Aicoholics comm. Though lately the comm has been pretty much dead. Work is killing everyone's plunnies; but we aren't as happy as we thought we'd be when they died less-than-glorious deaths. >_>

O_o I would die with a choice list like that. No, seriously, I'd find a nice dark corner, curl up, go to sleep, and just never wake up. I'm a tech/electronics person. If I went a single day without touching a keyboard, I think I'd go into withdrawal (haven't tried it yet XP).

But hey, whatever works for you...Come to think of it, "people" may say you're good at it, but the real question is: do you like it?
a regular decorated emergency.: Bleach - Rukiadarkenedsakura on October 20th, 2006 01:04 pm (UTC)
Well, you know I'm the unluckiest person in the world. I think it had something to do with that. I had more trouble getting his special kendama from the Tet'healla Bridge, anyway. And ahaha, if only that was her trick weapon. But I like the deck brush too. XD

Since I have my writing circle with a prompt a week, I -need- plunnies. Unfortunately, my muses like to deck me on the head and then run away cackling. I hate them so much.

Haha, I'm your opposite. I'm into all of the arts/humanities. So I actually had a hard time choosing, but I eventually chose drama/theater because I've never taken an art class in my life and I don't think I'd have enjoyed the experience as much. Plus, the IB Art class demands such an enormous portfolio at the end that the class is an insane amount of work. I couldn't do that.

I dunno. I guess I like being on stage and performing and making people go 'wow' and stuff. And we definitely do enjoyable things in class, and I'm in the fall drama production. So...yeah, yeah, I guess I like it.

Just, some days in class make me hate everything, so.
Raerae00 on October 21st, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
Tet'healla Bridge...? If I remember correctly, Genis' Devil's Arm came from that night-time casino thing on...oh, Altivera? It's been too long; how do you spell that? Deck brush was...weird. O_o I guess it gives new meaning to "mopping up the opposition". XD

Eh. I don't really have muses - I have MRT. That's my acronym for Muses of Random Thought, which is basically another name for my subconscious.

Really? O_o Different strokes for different folks, I guess...And yeah, art tends to require huge portfolios in any case. I had a few friends in art, and they were always talking about the latest huge portfolio assignment.

...? I won't ask. I've never really had problems with Comp Sci, though of course there are days when I stare at the screen at seven in the morning and go, "I really don't want to be here. Can I go back to sleep now?" But they're suprisingly few. I'd be proud of myself, but it has nothing to do with personal conditioning. *shrugs*
a regular decorated emergency.: breaking outdarkenedsakura on October 21st, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
That was the one with the game with the Katz, for the...I think it was called the One World kendama? Either way, that was the most annoying one to get. I absolutely sucked at that game because the kids just loved to run -into- my character and drive him into the wall, so. >____> And it's Altamira, and getting his kendama was a pain there too because sometimes the guy wouldn't appear for me and I'd forget which requirement I missed because I'm stupid. So yes. Kendamas.

My muses only like to torture me. So maybe MRTs are the better way to go.

The IB art program demands more than any regular class does - the entire art class is stressing out over their paintings/collages/etc right now. It'd make me freak out. And they have art exams and everything too.

Haha, I've probably ranted about it at one point or another. I can't remember right now, anyway. I dunno, it's not healthy to be me since I hate school and homework with such a driving passion (yet, I'm supposedly a good student), so. I wish I could make myself like it, and at the same time I hope I'll hate it for all of eternity. -_-
Raerae00 on October 21st, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
Haha. I don't think that's a 'luck' problem so much as a 'not doing your research' problem. XD

Nah. They only come awake when I'm trying to go to sleep, and then they're very irritating until I write whatever they have to say down, and they only shut up once I actually do something about the notes. 'Course, them being silent is equally annoying: I need them to come up with something for "Untitled", but they've been deathly silent since the issue came up. -_-

IBs, eh? Tough, but good for getting into college, I kind of remember hearing.

"It's mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." - Anonymous

Words to live by, those. They've certainly worked well for me so far. XD

But whoops, I have stuff to do over the weekend. Ja!