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Long Way Down, page 16

8th Dec 2014, 7:24 AM in Long Way Down
Long Way Down, page 16

Author Notes

Zomburai 8th Dec 2014, 7:24 AM edit delete
I ... I actually don't have anything to add to this one. Thanks for your patience while I finished it up, everybody.


Page 3 of my guest run on Love Kills Slowly is up, and honestly, I got emotional working on it. People don't generally think of Love Kills Slowly as being poignant, but this story is in spades.


See you on Friday, everyone!


JustSomeGuy 8th Dec 2014, 8:15 AM edit delete reply
damn... I mean, given what has been revealed of his past, everything he says here makes perfect sense... but, still... damn. Makes your heart ache just a little more for the guy.
Also shows his nature.
It is apparent that Nick is a true Warrior. Many people misinterpret Bushido, The Way of the Warrior... they see it as a code of honour, while not really understanding what the "honour" of that code is. The "honour" is the commitment... following through with it no matter what(“There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.”
― Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai). The only thing to stop a warrior from following through with his task is death (“Even if it seems certain that you will lose, retaliate. Neither wisdom nor technique has a place in this. A real man does not think of victory or defeat. He plunges recklessly towards an irrational death. By doing this, you will awaken from your dreams.”
― Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)... therefore, win or lose, success or failure, a warrior who went as far as they possibly can in their task, and accepted their death throughout it all, has lived and died with honour. I think (based on what we've seen thus far), Nick has realized and accepted this way of thinking.
Zomburai 8th Dec 2014, 6:26 PM edit delete reply
That's an absolutely fascinating take on his character man, and I think you're completely spot-on. Doubly interesting, too, because he'd be coming to it from a completely different place than the samurai (I see Nick as quite distrustful of anything that could be called a "code of honor" given his experiences with omerta ...).
Draginbeard 8th Dec 2014, 1:04 PM edit delete reply
Excellent work on this whole page, everything came out beautifully!
Zomburai 8th Dec 2014, 6:28 PM edit delete reply
Thanks, Dragin! I hope it was worth the wait!
Delta-v 8th Dec 2014, 5:45 PM edit delete reply
I know it's nothing you haven't heard before, but I really like the play of emotions here--it just makes the whole page more real, somehow.
Zomburai 8th Dec 2014, 6:29 PM edit delete reply
It's okay, I like hearing it! C: Lets me know that I'm staying on track.