the spy walked up to scout's mom
and he says
'not one day goes by zat i do not zhink about you"
and scout's mom cries and hugs him but scout sees this and is not pleased
so he runs up and takes his baseball bat and BONK! he brains the spy
unknown to the scout the spy has dead ringer, so the spy survives. as the scout congratulates himself the spy walks up from behind and stabs the scout in the back
scout's mom sees this and goes "well now you just killed my son"
and then the spy is shocked to see her pull out a flamethrower and gas mask from a nearby purse
and he says "you were the pyro all along"
and the only response he gets is "HUDDA HUDDA HA" and he gets burned along with the house
and he didn't survive that time because his dead ringer had not recharged yet
I'm tired of these things.
Dumb kid makes a dead joke
Just another day on TF2chan
A terrifyingly accurate and subtle portrayal of the concept of 'identity' - for really, what is identity but what we choose to show to other people? Scout's mother in this novella is cast into the role of Pyro, a jarring commentary on the idea of gender roles and the challenging of them. The language used during this revelation lends to the imagery; the flamethrower being removed from the purse is itself a metaphor for the Pyro's identity being removed from secrecy. It provokes thoughts of how we, as a society, hide aspects of ourselves for fear of persecution from others, and prompts us to begone of those fears and to embrace our true selves. This is a strong, healthy message to promote, and one that I fully support.
A secondary theme is that of betrayal. Not only does the Spy, in a traditional role of betrayer, literally backstab the Scout who he knows will be missed by his lover, but the Scout himself, in a break from modern showings, is willing to destroy the man his mother loves for the sake of personal fulfilment. Scout's mother then betrays herself with the aforementioned revelation of her identity. The theme is threefold and I believe is a clear commentary on how humanity acts towards other people - we are inherently selfish and so strive towards personal gain at the cost of the aims and affections of others. Truly the narrative between Scout and his mother is worthy of acclaim.
The final pin in the cushion appears to be the moral of always being prepared. The Spy, in the first instance, is alert enough to use his Dead Ringer to protect himself from serious harm, but is neglectful in allowing it sufficient time to recharge for the second attack, which ultimately leads to his demise. It is a message to us all to be prepared for the unexpected and to reaffirm our preparations once the unexpected has passed, so as to not be caught unaware.
Truly this is a masterpiece of writing, with a strong grasp not only on the narrative between the characters, but the poetry within the dialogue. I think we could all learn a lesson from Giggles. Bravo, I say. Bravo.
Has about the same amount of poetic meaning as my left buttock. Which is a surprising amount, given that it's lefty.
Still, though, I'm tired of seeing these sorts of fics. The comments on said fics, however, are enjoyable.
why would you even bother