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Title: "The Great Unknown"
Status: Complete
Fandom: The Evil Within
Pairing(s)/Character(s): Ruben "Ruvik" Victoriano, Leslie Withers
Disclaimer: Copyright @ Shinji Mikami and Tango Gameworks. No infringement intended.
Rating: T
Genre: Horror, AU, character introspection
Warning: none
Summary: Ruvik reflects on the matter called Leslie; perhaps also innocence. Or himself...

The Great Unknown

Ruvik watched from the shadows as the only compatible component of this batch - the last one, if the presence of Ms. Kidman was any indication - puttered through the ruins of Krimson City, or rather its cracked mirror reflection.

Leslie Withers, 25, diagnosed with multiple cognitive disorders, schizophrenia and echolalia, transferred to the Beacon Medical Hospital in 2001. - It was hard to perceive him as anything other than a child. He was a ripple within the STEM, a blip of stark white that had nothing to do with the canvas of his straightjacket. The physical held no sway in this world, this collage of roughly stitched together minds.

A strong will, however, had the potential to affect the layers of memories they were trapped in. Detective Castellanos' continued survival served as ample proof. A potential threat, eroded thanks to his emotional attachment to his partner.

Leslie, however, was different.

What protected him from the systems side effects, namely the slow destruction of brain cells and synapses, was his assortment of mental health issues. His innocence, if one was inclined to be more benign.

Somehow, he reminded Ruvik of his sister, albeit in the way of a pale imitation. She had shone with an inner light, the gentle and personable one. She had been his mediator, the one who understood people with the natural grace inherent in most human beings.

He had given in to the impulse only after... after, but the need had always been there, to dissect and analyze, to apply the comforting vehicles of logic and science in an effort to make social interactions more bearable.

Now, years too late, he knew better. All the qualities that Laura had possessed in abundance had no value in a world that crushed that which was pure.

A chord of fear twined around him then, reverberated in the foul air between buildings twisted at insane angles. Trapped, trapped, trapped, trapped... Ruvik tilted his head, his thoughts reaching out to his creations. The Haunted paused, eyes ablaze as his command reached them, before they moved to clear a path for Leslie.

That another creature's plight could still touch him, like an echo, in the dead center of his heart - would that make Laura smile? Ruvik hoped the answer was no. She had always known him better than that.

The End



( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 19th, 2015 04:51 pm (UTC)
Whoa - this was really good!
Apr. 10th, 2015 12:21 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ^.^
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