Saturday, August 29, 2009

No Comebacks (possible spoilers)

Still taking a little hiatus with Chain of Memories thanks to Shadow Hearts: From the New World, but as an intermission, there is something I'd like to mention before I start up again:

"No Comebacks".

I actually thought of it a couple years ago in "Skies of Memory" after Axel told Marluxia that "You can't take it back". Worked even better towards the end of the game when he shot it all back at Marluxia, "You DID say to eliminate all traitors! I always obey orders!"

Again, "No Comebacks. There are no comebacks in assassination."

So, why am I talking about this? Because "No Comebacks" is a Frederick Forsyth short story about a Corsican assassin and how he goes about doing what he is hired to do. What makes the story so memorable is that it's a taste of just how good Forsyth is at showing the reader how assassins, spies, soldiers, agents, etc DO their jobs. He does this in ALL his novels/short stores. What makes "No Comebacks" stand out is the cruel irony near the end. Someone hires the Corsican to kill a rival(husband of the woman he loves), and quite simply, the job is done. The cruel irony comes when Mr. Someone's beloved walks into the room after the rival is killed. I don't think I need to say what happens after that. When Mr. Someone discovers this, he is, of course, horrified, but the Corsican says, "There are no comebacks in assassination".

That's the gist of it. The story itself is MUCH better than I described. So, what does this have to do with Axel? Two things:

1. Axel IS an assassin. That's his job in the Organization.
2. The cruel irony of the "killing all traitors" being used against Marluxia AND, by extension, Larxene.

Yea, "You can't take it back".

No Comebacks.

Heh. I need to read that story again sometime.

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