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The Words and What they Meant: Grey

Title: The Words and What they Meant: Grey
Rating: PG
Summary: The path they have chosen isn't easy, as blood, sweat and tears are shed, and the moral compass is not always pointing due north. But they both know their intentions are for the best.

Previous words:   Wow




Grey

Of a colour intermediate between black and white, as of ashes or lead.

The world can be seen in black and white, but they had seen enough that the lines were quickly blurred. Black and white, right and wrong, they are concepts that held validity, but not always does good win over evil.

His parents were wrongly killed, her mother was practically forced to live catatonic state, there was no way this was what good people deserved. So their childhood, their innocence, were things they lost at an early age, and there were no signs of them trying to regain it.  To them, the ends justifies the means, a concept that causes friction with a certain Kryptonian, but that's why the inclusion of lead is interesting.

It's the mineral that protects people from Kryptonite radiation, that helps shield Clark from his weakness, yet lead itself can be poisonous. It is also the only substance that Clark can't see through; fitting because they are the two people he cannot read.  So while they're allies, they often don't see eye-to-eye with him, and more than once they have betrayed their friend's philosophy. Yet despite the fragmentation of friendships in moments, they find their way back to peaceful terms.

Because even Clark would learn that the world is full of grey, of shady business dealings, of questionable decisions. It's an aspect of humanity, but in their case, it goes a little further than they would like to admit, as some of their actions has caused bodies to turn to ashes. But they wear the guilt on their hearts every day, more than aware of the hurt they create. Yet they don't change their ways, knowing that what they are doing is right.

The Green Arrow was considered a vigilante, a thief, but he's a man that returns items to where they belonged. Watchtower on paper is a hacker, but she figures out information that puts bad guys behind bars. However, these are merely the names behind the alter egos of the individuals who have made further morally questionable decisions as themselves.

He couldn't handle commitment, so he scared away his girlfriends. He would betray their trust because he figured it would hurt less than the day he inevitably let her down.

She couldn't be honest with her husband, and her marriage imploded quickly after the disaster day itself. She wanted him to be safe, to be normal, no matter how different her life and her job was. All that time, she thought that it was best to lie to him, except when he understood the truth, he still loved her. But that didn't help anything, as he died seconds later, at the hand of the serial killer she had been harboring in her basement.

She thought she could save him, that he wasn't just the beast that terrorized the streets. She really thought that beneath Doomsday was a controllable Davis. She was willing to sacrifice herself for that.

He wasn't going to let her do it; he wanted to kill Davis before anyone else got hurt, before she gave up everything for a martyr-like cause.

Murder is wrong, he knew that, but he also knew it wouldn't be his first. He had gotten away with it, framing someone else, a killer. He really thought one more dead body wasn't going to make a difference, but she had reminded him otherwise, more than once.

He did feel guilt for what he did, but he still couldn't regret it. The world had been a safer place without Lex, and the world improved without Davis, even if Jimmy would be the one to take down the human, and Clark buried the beast.

Yet he never forgot her face, the way she told him what he had done. Hypocritical at the time, yes, because she had killed someone too. But it could have Brainiac, and to this day, Oliver doesn't know the actual answer. The difference between then and know is that he doesn't care now.

After Doomsday, he gave up on everyone, on everything, to save everyone from mistakes that he wrongfully takes full responsibility for. This is his punishment for his actions, or so he believes. Regardless, once his 'time' had been served, she reminded him there was something to live for.

But Chloe wasn't doing much better, as she continues to punish herself by giving up on finding happiness. She had her chance and she had screwed it up enough. However, he reminds her that happiness isn't that easy to cast aside.

The path they have chosen isn't easy, as blood, sweat and tears are shed, and the moral compass is not always pointing due north. But they both know their intentions are for the best. Even on days that go wrong, they are there for each other, reminding the other to keep going.

Because sometimes doing the right thing requires a person to get their hands dirty, to blur the lines. Because there is no such thing as perfection in their world, and if it helps save the world, they will sacrifice what is necessary to ensure everyone else can live another day, unaware of what they do.


~End~




Next word: Insecurity




Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
chlollie_4ever
Jul. 22nd, 2012 11:38 pm (UTC)
Awesome!!! Just awesome!!!!!

I'm in love with this series and can't wait for the next word. This idea is fantastic and you're doing a great job.

Congrats!!!!

:D
serafina19
Jul. 23rd, 2012 01:47 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm really glad to hear all those things. I hope to update soon.
chlollie_4ever
Jul. 24th, 2012 01:55 am (UTC)
Oh, and this series are already been translated and posted, and of course, loved by our readers...

Here's the links if you wanna take a look at the comments, there's a translate option in the sidebar.

http://www.chlollie4ever.com/2012/07/words-and-what-they-meant-wow.html

http://www.chlollie4ever.com/2012/07/the-words-and-what-they-meant-grey.html

Again, congrats for this awesome series!!!!!

:D

Edited at 2012-07-24 01:56 am (UTC)
serafina19
Jul. 24th, 2012 03:51 am (UTC)
Aww... thank you so much for the links. Everyone is so sweet on your blog. I might have to do a shout-out as a thank you.
kachica
Jul. 23rd, 2012 12:22 pm (UTC)
another nice story for this series! Great job, Sera! :D
serafina19
Jul. 24th, 2012 03:52 am (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback Keiko!
chlollifan84
Aug. 2nd, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
You're right, everything is not black or white. That's what I like about them, they're not perfect, they made mistakes and that's what makes them human.
serafina19
Aug. 3rd, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
It's one of the things I love most about them too and this word probably inspired the whole thing. I'm glad you liked it.
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