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Fic: On Time as a Tide (DCUs, PG13)

Title: On Time as a Tide
Fandom: DCU(s)
Rating: PG13

A being less patient, or just less immortal, would have despaired long ago. But Metron is both, and his work continues. There must be some version of the universe, he feels, in which someone breaks the Wall and gets to see what lies behind.

Metron will be looking over its shoulder, and know the answer to the last question he has left to ask.

.finis.

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runespoor7
Sep. 16th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
I had a horrendous instant of whiplash as I read "the Wall" and my mind immediately went to the Amanda Waller place (to be fair, I am more familiar with that Wall). And the DCnU. *cries*

Aside from that, it's really good.
__marcelo
Sep. 16th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Reading "the Wall" as Amanda, and in the context of the current DC fuckery with her... ouch.
liquidengineer0
Sep. 17th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
Not that I love evil/amoral nearly unbeatable government conspiracy agents (Section 31 was the most frustrating thing ever on Star Trek), but what have they done to Waller?

Also, this is awesome. I like to imagine there's something really hilarious and pointless behind the Source Wall. Like, Chocolate Pudding and Naked Ice Cream Nymphs. Forever. Because the Presence is a jerk like that.
__marcelo
Sep. 17th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
She now has a "comics-standard" supermodel body and fashion style.

Thanks!
liquidengineer0
Sep. 17th, 2011 08:29 pm (UTC)
I saw a picture (really a screen grab from Linkara) after I posted. That's just ... that's horrible. I don't like Amanda Waller, but I respect her as a powerful and unique individual who is comfortable with herself and doesn't need to conform to anyone else's expectations. She didn't deserve to get fed into the Generic Comic Book Hottie Extrusion Device.
__marcelo
Sep. 17th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
She didn't deserve to get fed into the Generic Comic Book Hottie Extrusion Device.

Yeah. Nobody does.
liquidengineer0
Sep. 17th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
I've actually played with this idea a bit in my Lal AU, which we have discussed before: the difference between looking generically hot for no reason and being deceptively attractive. After nearly getting killed by Lore,* Lal upgrades herself. Her father is hardwired for pacifism and non-violence, and has to be confronted with a major threat to become seriously violent: something like Lore himself, or the Borg.

Lal lacks this hardcoding, since Dr Soong wasn't the one that put her together, and Data didn't know how to hardcode anything without hampering her free will -- though he certainly thought she had the same limitations as he did. But since her emotional matrix is based on Lore's without the psychosis ... well, she's a bit freer with the superhuman strength.

Thus, Lal redesigns her chassis. Most people assume she just wanted to look more feminine/curvaceous -- since she has emotions and Data doesn't, they figured she desired to look desirable -- on the surface her hips are slightly wider, her shoulders are more defined, and her artificial musculature appears more toned.

In reality, she upgraded herself with internal armor plating and other systems designed to absorb (some) directed energy weapons, and other features to make it more likely she would survive a confrontation with Lore -- since he is stronger and far more experienced, though she is faster -- or other similarly powerful being. She's also moved her "off" button. Only Data and Jim Kirk know where it is. All the aesthetic changes that make her "hotter" are merely camouflage to hide the fact that she's modified herself to be more combat capable. The fact that any potential enemies tend to underestimate her because of her appearance is an added bonus that she did not originally anticipate.

I doubt very much there was any sort of deliberate forethought on the part of the writers or Amanda herself when it came to changing her body. Her frame is completely different. She was (is supposed to be) built like the Kingpin. She's not lithe or hyper-feminine or gorgeous, because she doesn't have to be, because she is The Wall, and she will roll over you like a tank. And she is awesome because of it. She was physically imposing and a presence and power just rolled off of her. Even if you don't like her, you can't say she's weak or a poseur.

The "new" Amanda Waller can't be taken seriously as the same character. She's not The Wall. She's like, I dunno, the Temporary Roadside Barrier.

* Lore nearly kills Lal when she attempts to interfere during "Brothers," when Lore steals Data's emotion chip. Being almost murdered by her psychotic uncle accounts for most of Lal's more ... aggressive ... life choices in comparison to Data. When Lal wants to get under Lore's skin, she's sure to point this out in detail. ("Before you came along, I would have been perfectly content to simply spend my time exploring ruins and piecing clay tools back together, but I must admit you did an excellent job of ... rearranging my priorities. Anthropology and archeology just don't seem quite as important anymore, for some reason.")
__marcelo
Sep. 17th, 2011 05:21 pm (UTC)
*dies*
droolfangrrl
Sep. 17th, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
*snerk*

it just seemed to make sense in my head to post that, and now i can't quite remember why...

oh oh
as to what is behind the wall :D
razorsmile
Sep. 19th, 2011 06:44 pm (UTC)
Metron is a wuss ... as Lex amply demonstrated in the final ep of JLU.
__marcelo
Sep. 19th, 2011 07:58 pm (UTC)
:) That was a BAMF moment if there ever was one.
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