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Outtake: Power, Responsibility (Ciara)


April 6, 2013 by Lyn

Luke had, probably for the sake of his blood pressure, started giving Niassa and Ciara separate sparring sessions from the boys.

Today’s session was a combination sparring session and lecture.  Ciara couldn’t help but wonder if that had something to do with the argument she’d had – in public, mortifyingly – with Amadeus the other day.

“The point of fighting.  Of being strong.”  He blocked three of Niassa’s punches and then caught her kick and gently toppled her over.  “Isn’t to be strong.  It’s not to be in control.”

“Being strong helps with being in control, though.”  Niassa threw another punch.  “So does being smart, of course.”

“I’m not training you to be little despots.  Of course you could be.  That is why the Nedetakaei have Hunters.  They like being in control.  They like being able to beat up on those weaker than them.”

Ciara bowed to the mat and took her turn.  “What about being control of those stronger than you?”  You approved of this Keeping when he was trying to break all my ribs.  She used primarily kicks; Luke was closer to her size than most of the people she sparred with, and there was still a height disparity.  She didn’t want to accidentally kick below the belt.

He grunted like she had anyway.  “Them either.  You have power, Ciara, so that you can protect those who can’t protect themselves.”

“Humans.”  Niassa, off the mat, had fallen into a comfortable split.  “Children.  Where does line fall, between protecting and controlling?”

“Kept, too.”  Luke wasn’t even sweating.  Of course he wasn’t. He was a thousand years older than her; Ciara would be worried if this was hard for him.  “Not always the easiest line.  You keep children away from fire.”

“Until they can learn that it burns.”  Ciara aimed a kick at Luke’s shins.  “And if your Kept knows that fire burns?”

“Low blow, Ciara.”  He caught her next punch with one hand.  “We protect.  Period. We are strong so that we can protect; we grow stronger so that we can protect better.

“Yes, sir.”

She was going to have to talk to Amadeus again.



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  1. Rix says:

    That would be an interesting conversation!

  2. Kuro_Neko says:

    I get where Luke is coming from, and what he’s trying to convey. But at the same time he’s being massively hypocritical, considering what he’s allowing to happen to the children under his care.

    • Wysteria says:

      If you look at cy’Luca, the people directly under his protection, they really very seldom end up in the bad Keepings. He pays attention. He just isn’t directly responsible for the entire school.

      No one’s directly responsible for the entire school. Part of the problem, there.

      • Kuro_Neko says:

        As much as I hate to give the staff any credit, now that I think on it, you’re right. I don’t know if I can think of any cy’Luca that have even been really bad Keepers. About the only thing that jumps to mind as a black mark against cy’Luca is Tolly raping Kai, and that’s not really fair. Yes it was Tolly’s choice, and he made the wrong one, in fact he screwed up royally. But that was at least in part Agatha’s fault, and had nothing to do with Luke.

        Still, as one of the founders he has more power then most and should be doing more, so I’m not letting him off the hook.

        • Kim says:

          He’s doing the standard Japanese thing. Raising smart kids who can protect others.

          Sticking within Regina’s idiotic fucking rules that /don’t work/ and are completely implausible.

          • Wysteria says:


            And, implausible? People are unpleasant and disassociated from humane behavior. It does happen.

          • Kuro_Neko says:

            The only thing that is implausible is that a bunch of American teenagers would accept this situation without rioting. And that is easily explained by the mind-control in the walls.

            Everything else can be explained by the ‘Lord of the Flies’ environment, and upperclassmen geasa and graduation requirements enforcing a vicious cycle of abuse.

        • Rix says:

          Since the Tolly/Kai incident, I’ve always suspected that Agatha’s innate ability has something to do with getting people to do what she wants.

          • Kuro_Neko says:

            That might be giving too much blame to Agatha and too little to Tolly. Agatha certainly deserves some of the blame. But as to Tolly, I think it’s not any sort of mind control but simply that he’s a follower and used to following Agatha in particular. It’s his own weak will that’s at fault, rather then any supernatural ability on Agatha’s part. This is supported by the admittedly variable-canon DW short where upon graduation Tolly decides he can no longer follow Agatha and simply leaves her. If she had any supernatural influence on him, he likely would not have made that decision. Though this is only my interpretation and, lacking any further information that we’re unlikely to get, yours is equally valid.

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