fandom - utena
[genfic][souji mikage, utena-centric]
"I'm too rational to be insane," Souji Mikage said calmly, "What you're stating doesn't make sense Tsukiko."
"Tenjo Utena! That's what my name is!"
"My mistake," Souji Mikage said smoothly as if no broken bodies lay between them. Utena knew better. She had counted them herself.
ring-a-roses, pocket full of posies,
we all fall down!
"What do you want, Mikage?"
"What I want doesn't exist anymore," if Utena didn't know better, Mikage sounded mournful. But she knew better. Souji Mikage did not possess the ability to mourn, "I have never wanted anything in my life anyway."
"You wanted the castle. You wanted its illusions of eternity," Utena tried to gain courage by sounding victorious. her coffin was beside her, they were sealing her in, this is what she wanted, there's no such thing as--
"For another," Souji corrected, "Death is simply another step along the way. I knew better."
Her throat was dry. She couldn't remember screaming, but she was trying to claw her way out of the wood, the lid was closing, stop, stop stop--, "That's a lie."
"Who's being irrational now?"
"It's a LIE."
"As you wish," Souji Mikage said, settling into his chair, "Why do I need to convince you? Human convictions are stronger than truth. Isn't that why you took so long to betray the Prince?"
another lie. the prince was dead. he was the lord of flies, swimming in his dung and carrion, forcing his sister, the witch, to play marionette as he tried to reach for the shore. everytime his sister lost an eye, he smiled and cried. he was a hypocrite. not a prince. the lord of flies.
but he took away the coffin.
or did he simply give you a new one? one that fit you perfectly?
"I will not deny that I am insane," Souji Mikage said finally, "Aren't the sanest people insane?"
Tenjo Utena, the girl in the coffin, slept on.