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Originally posted by [personal profile] lazaefair over on Tumblr, archiving here:

So there’s the pain. Pain he can deal with. Even excruciating, even with shattered bones and peeled skin and cigarette burns and probably internal bleeding. Always was cursed with high pain tolerance. And he’s pickled himself in enough alcohol it’s got to have had an effect on his poor nerve endings by now. So he’d been coping middlingly well with chronic injuries for years, before…before…well, if this’d been any other mission, he’d’ve survived the night. Even without using the rudimentary healing meditation techniques Storm had been teaching him.

But what would be the goddamn point?

Goodnight Robicheaux closes his eyes, too dehydrated to cry, too hurt for his body to muster the energy for it anyway. If he’s lucky, whatever’s bleeding will kill him inside of a decent timeframe. Or the cold desert night will freeze him before morning. Or he’ll choke to death in the next sandstorm. Either way, his body’ll decay to nothing but dust and ashes, heaped up next to the pile of dead tires they dumped him by, and Lord willing by then he’ll be far away scouring every fuckin’ corner of Hades, Diyu, Chiok, Yomi, or where the hell ever for that white-clad, son of a bitch, bastard of a ninja.

Because Storm Shadow is dead. Has to be. No other reason for them to let him go. Retired, aging, broken ex-Joes are not high value targets, anyone with two brain cells to rub together can deduce that. No, the only thing he’s worth these days is whatever value one particular renegade Arashikage had assigned to him for some unfathomable reason. And if Goody’s been released - means taking him hostage worked, and he’s back to being of zero use to anyone.

Didn’t even merit the honor of a proper execution. Got taken out like a goddamn bag of garbage.

So there will be no healing meditation. No gritting of teeth, no hitching up of bootstraps, no survival at all costs for God and country. It ain’t how he envisioned himself shuffling off this mortal coil - always figured it was either gonna be a grenade or cirrhosis of the liver - but it’s all right. This is about what he deserves.

He’s just gonna sit here with the rest of the trash, and let his life run out into the sand, and hope whichever divine judge rules the next dimension has enough mercy to at least let him be strapped to the rack next to Storm’s.
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Introduced The Magnificent Seven (2016) to another friend.

He is also of the opinion that there is no heterosexual explanation for Goodnight and Billy. And no, I did not need to prompt this observation. XD
 

Also, I decided to pick up the GI Joe: Retaliation soundtrack as background noise. So you know that scene where Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes beat the crap out of each other at the Red Ninja training monastery? 

Behold the track title:

I needa go find Henry Jackman’s Twitter…

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Not even the GI Goodnight scrap I was actually working on, but it popped up and I wanted to jot it down. XD (Also, it's not Wednesday.)

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“Do you know what this is?”

Storm Shadow evaded the COBRA agent coming at him. The man’s eyes were glowing with unearthly fire, but he held his M16 as if it were a club. Storm used the momentum of his step to get behind his guard. A thrust of his sword, and the fire went out. The corpse hit the ground.

“What, Goody?”

Goodnight snapped a glare Storm Shadow’s way; it did nothing to dim the bastard grin on Storm’s face.

“This is peak ninja bullshit!” Goodnight threw his machete at the nearest possessed agent and snatched up the abandoned M16. Gunfire cut down the last of their foes, and then they were bolting down the tunnel with Storm in the lead.

“This is it, Storm, I swear to fuck!”

“Jump.” Storm went over the pit trap without missing a step, then turned to haul Goodnight back from the edge as he landed.

“We are retiring after this,” Goodnight informed him, even as they sprinted forward again. “You’ll learn to fucking relax, sleep in on Sundays, all that good shit.”

No real chance of that, not with Storm still working off a lifetime of misdeeds for the privilege of not being handed over to international courts. But Storm was more than willing to let Goodnight keep spinning stories so long as it helped him keep his focus under pressure.

“I’m not living in your trailer, Robicheaux.”

“It’s bigger than our quarters. You’ll learn to love it. Fuck!”

They halted at a branching corridor. Three identical doorways. The floor of the first seemed to slope upward, but footprints over the dusty stone lead toward the middle door.

Goodnight frowned. “We head up and out into the open, maybe the comms start working again. We could meet up with Outlaw and the others.”

“If they’re still alive,” Storm pointed out. “And if that way even leads out. We know Sei Ten and his guards went this way.”

“You suggest we split up and I will shoot you where you stand.”

“We only have so much time, Goody.” Storm’s attention was fixed on the second door. “I trust you to watch my back. But if they wake that thing and you bring in the cavalry…”

“Better odds.” Goodnight swore again. He offered the rifle, but Storm shook his head.

“You keep it.” He smirked. “I’ll be fine. Sei Ten didn’t count on 500-years-dead Arashikage being shit with assault weapons.”

And then they were running again, but in opposite directions.
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Goodnight Robicheaux and Billy Rocks by LyttaV (adult content)

Billy and Goodnight from the Everybody Lives!AU. They didn’t come off with nearly the spectacular scarring that Faraday did, and they’re not inclined to complain. Time to count their blessings, settle down, and become respectable businessmen.

…riiiiight. Because that’s entirely in their wheelhouse. ;)

Fantastic work by Lytta, as always! <3

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(Following from this post on The Good, The Bad, The Weird crack!shipping)

But also, consider! Goodnight x Billy GBW reincarnation AU

- Approx. 50 years after Billy Rocks and Goodnight Robicheaux die at Rose Creek, Park Chang-Yi wakes, somewhat patched up and in the custody of (what's left of) Ishihara's troops. Of course they want to know about the map. After being beaten so completely by the Finger Chopper, Chang-Yi is more broken than usual, and just doesn't have much to offer outside of an unsettling grin.

- Before the interrogation can get really nasty, a half-naked American breaks a chair over the head of the fellow questioning Chang-yi and asks (in very bad Mandarin) if he wants to leave. This... is interesting. So Chang-Yi follows. They steal a jeep, and they're off.

- The American is Francois Robicheaux, but his friends call him "Goody". (They aren't friends, but "Goody" is easier to pronounce, so "Goody" it is.) Communication is an issue, but Goody makes it clear he's good in a fight, guns and fists. Also, he can drive and Chang-Yi can't. It's a good enough reason to stick together for now.

- Chang-Yi starts patching together a new gang with Goody as his right hand; crime and vengeance hijinks ensue. Goody has his own agenda, but as he and Chang-Yi begin leaning on each other more (lots more, like "in bed" more), he starts dropping hints that Chang-Yi should leave behind this penny-ante lawless frontier bullshit and come back to America, the land of opportunity, with him. He has friends (read as: a gang) there, and Chang-Yi's a dangerous, capable fellow who would fit right in. (Also, there are people - mostly family - in America who are responsible for Goody being stranded on the fucking lawless foreign frontier, and who would look good with bullet holes in them, but oops, stupid American speaks bad Chinese and worse Korean, la la la what were you asking again?)

- Cue alignment-shifted Mag7 redo. XD
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 Death's Lover Went Riding

Chapters: 1/2

Fandom: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Warnings: Graphic Depictions of Violence, Major Character Death

Relationships: Goodnight Robicheaux/Billy Rocks

Characters: Billy Rocks, Goodnight Robicheaux, Sam Chisolm

Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Alternate Universe - Supernatural Elements

Summary:  Goodnight Robicheaux died at Rose Creek.
Billy Rocks will see that there’s a reckoning for for that.
But he’s not the only one with an interest in Goodnight’s death.

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 There Are None So Blind...

Chapters: 7/7

Fandom: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply

Relationships: Goodnight Robicheaux/Billy Rocks

Characters: Billy Rocks, Goodnight Robicheaux, Joshua Faraday, Vasquez, Emma Cullen, Red Harvest, Sam Chisolm, Jack Horne

Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Hurt/Comfort, Angst with a Happy Ending, Period-Typical Racism, Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies

Summary:  Billy strikes out on his own to assassinate Bogue. Those he leaves in Rose Creek can only hope for his success, and plan against his failure.

Billy and Goodnight’s chapter is up, and that’s all she wrote! Thanks for reading along!

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 Even aside from my fondness for the pairing, Marvel’s steadfast insistence in sidelining Northstar’s husband, Kyle, grates on my nerves because:

1) It’s the first storyline Northstar’s had for himself since 1992, and it cheezes me off that no one’s trying to explore what being married means for his character. It’s Marvel doing what they always do with Northstar - using him to appear progressive on the surface, but dropping the character as soon as the headlines fade.

2) It’s implicitly saying that there’s no room for a queer black man in a franchise that all about using mutants as a minority metaphor. Do I even need to unpack how many shades of tone deaf and ugly that is?

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Self: You know, I haven’t been out to an actual theater in almost a year. I think I’ll go see Into the Spider-Verse this weekend!

Universe: *dumps 6+ inches of snow on my pedestrian self*

Self: First of all, fuck you. Second of all, fuck you.

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Alpha Flight #7 (v.1) - John Byrne, 1984

In case anyone is wondering, I’m ordering these by original publishing date. It just seems easier than trying to figure out the internal chronology, since I’ll be bringing non-Alpha Flight books into this later.

The twins were absent for a couple of issues while other characters got their spotlight stories in, but here we are at Alpha Flight #7, where we get hints at some of Jean-Paul’s past and some more veiled references to his sexuality. The panel I’m putting front and center is the one with most direct reference to Jean-Paul himself being gay, but a lot of what we’re gleaning about Jean-Paul’s identity involves taking a look at the man who had so much formative influence on him, Raymonde Belmonde.
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 There Are None So Blind...

Chapters: 6/7

Fandom: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply

Relationships: Goodnight Robicheaux/Billy Rocks

Characters: Billy Rocks, Goodnight Robicheaux, Joshua Faraday, Vasquez, Emma Cullen, Red Harvest, Sam Chisolm, Jack Horne

Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Hurt/Comfort, Angst with a Happy Ending, Period-Typical Racism, Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies

Summary:  Billy strikes out on his own to assassinate Bogue. Those he leaves in Rose Creek can only hope for his success, and plan against his failure.

Six chapters down, one to go! And apparently the most difficult thing in the world for me to write is Sam Chisolm being less than 100% self-assured.

Hm.

Jan. 15th, 2019 12:10 pm
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On the one hand, I'm thinking it might be useful to start a food journal again.

On the other, I'm pretty sure my friends would stage an intervention within a week.

WHEW!

Jan. 14th, 2019 08:52 am
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OK! I think that's all the "GI Goodnight" stuff transported safely over!
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More Mag7/GI Joe fusion. Not sure if this bit is ever going to be attached to anything bigger, but it was inspired by Lazaefair's mention of GI Goodnight seeing Storm in restraints.

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The door to the laboratory suite hissed open exactly twelve hours after Storm Shadow had been locked into restraints. Too precise. Someone who didn’t know a damn thing about him must have decided those twelve hours would be sufficient time to contemplate his situation and consider cooperating.

The light from the overheads gleamed off his presumed interrogator’s bald pate and the gold rim of his ridiculous monocle.

Dr. Venom. If Mindbender expected that Storm Shadow would be unnerved by the presence of a mere underling, he’d either badly misjudged Storm's mettle or finally gone completely insane.

Those who kill snakes get killed by snakes. )
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Scene from the sequel to that GI Joe/Mag7 fusion that may or may not get written. Because it would not leave me alone.



“Etienne. It’s Billy.”

Being roused out of a sound sleep at two in the morning went a long way toward earning “Goodnight” Robicheaux’s ire. Hearing his given name on the heels of that irritation meant he resolved himself to waking up fully, just so he could curse out the sonofabitch on the other end of the line…

Then the actual voice registered, and the identity of this particular, long-missed sonofabitch made itself known to Goodnight’s groggy mind.

Storm Shadow.

Goody bit down on the name, tucked his phone between his ear and his shoulder, and rolled out of bed. He hit the floor moving quick, his heart pounding, his voice steady.

“Well, hey, Billy. Been a while. How you been, cher? You get your timezones mixed up again?”

“I’m back at mom’s, actually. We should catch up sometime.”

Goodnight strained to pick up any inflection in that calm, impassive tone, drinking in the voice he hadn’t heard in over a year. Was he hurt? Run to ground again? He had a hundred questions. And they would all have to wait. If it had been safe for Storm to speak to him in plain talk, he would.

“Well, sure. That’d be fine. You got a time in mind?”

“Whenever. There’s no hurry. Sorry to wake you.” The line went dead.

Goodnight was already dressed and reaching under his bed for his bolt kit. Money, sidearm, extra ammo, first-aid kit, and a few other items useful for a man on the run. Whether he was keeping it for himself or passing it off, he had no idea yet. All he knew was that Storm was in some kind of trouble, and was giving Goodnight the chance to steer clear of it, rather than bringing it to his doorstep.

Like hell.

Goodnight pulled on his coat and gloves, grabbed the keys to his truck. He bowed his head against the wind and snowfall as he stepped out onto the narrow stairs of his trailer. Ready to go. Now he just had to figure out where the hell Storm meant them to meet up.
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Putting these here for later reference, because you know I'm gonna get back to this.
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GI Joe: A Real American Hero #165 by Larry Hama and SL Gallant)

Storm Shadow. At his best when being a smug fuckhead. XD

Woot!

Jan. 11th, 2019 11:46 am
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Buffalo Boys is out today!

Alas, the arthouse has let me down - no showings. :(

BUT! It's also available on VOD today as well, which means I now own it!


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OK, so musings on Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes.

 

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 There are so many plot holes questions!


1) No way Zartan walked around in old man make-up for ten years or so to raise Storm Shadow after he manipulated the Arashikage clan into turning against him. And he definitely wasn’t the one to complete Storm’s martial arts training. 

Thus I figure Zartan (or maybe McCullen; it would at least explain Storm being loyal-ish to him) was able to somehow arrange for Storm Shadow to be trained by others. Passed from hand to hand like a borrowed sword. (And at least one of his teachers had to be badass granny from that mountain monastery!) Lots of opportunities there to make him less of a complete sociopath. (But also mess him up more in other ways. Because I gotta!) 

That outside influence would probably why Storm and Zartan don’t get along at all - Storm is largely amoral, but has enough sense of personal honor that he has lines he won’t cross. Zartan is just a clever sadist out for kicks.

2) Why Storm Shadow? Why was he so special? I mean, the kid was a martial arts prodigy, but that’s still a lot of trouble to go through just to get one fighter who’s going to take another decade to come into his full potential. I might have to take a page from the comics on this one and delve into Arashikage’s founding. Originally the clan was supposed to be guarding a powerful ki-channeling gem, so maybe something along those lines - some treasure that requires someone with Arashikage blood to either get into the vault or operate it at all. And that someone also needs to be a hella skilled fighter to survive all of the security around said vault.

I suspect many Red Ninjas will have died trying to get at it by the time Storm comes back into the picture.

 
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