zara_zee: (Zara_zee)
So I really liked the last episode. It was one that seems to have divided a lot of people Some loved it, some hated it. I mostly just think it's great that Show can still generate so much passion after 11 seasons.
Anyway, I haven't done a coda for a while. Lots of reasons, but partly because I haven't been inspried to write anything. Often because I just felt there was nothing I could add and last week, because I utterly lacked the capacity to be articulate after such an intense episode.
This week...I guess you could call this a tribute to the badass women of Supernatural.
I  was delighted to see Rowena again and I had no issue at all with her coming back via a spell in her leg. We know witches are powerful--think Maggie and Don Stark who laid out leviathans with a flick of the wrist, but didn't want to get involved. Witches are not heros in this universe. They are selfish and they are survivors. Of course Rownena had a back up plan. I've also decided that I love Billie and Amara far too much to really view them as 'baddies'. And apparently I'm still not over Charlie's death...

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Title: Badass B!tches
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Beta: Not beta’d
Genre(s): Episode coda.
Rating: PG-13, Gen
Spoilers:  Episode 11.18
Word Count: ~ 1,000
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing in the sand box.

*Title inspired by [livejournal.com profile] milly_gal's voice recorded episode reaction post!



Summary:  The sisters are doing it for themselves

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zara_zee: (Zara_zee)
Loved the last episode. It made me think about the stages of life, about what gives a life meaning and how that can change.

The resulting story is for [livejournal.com profile] frozen_delight, whose episode tags I always enjoy and with whom I share head-canon about Dean's status as a card carrying clean-freak.


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zara_zee: (Zara_zee)
Firstly, happy birthday, Dean Winchester!
Secondly...there were things I liked and things I didn't like about the last ep, but I'm still engaged and intrigued and have many thinky thoughts about where things might be going, so all is good.

This piece is mostly an RIP for Rowena, even though I don't think she will (and don't want her to), this being Supernatural and all.

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Title: Moonrise
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Beta: Not beta’d
Genre(s): Episode coda. Rowena POV.
Rating: PG-13, Gen
Spoilers:  Episode 11.10
Word Count: ~700
Warnings: SPN 'verse God. Portrayal may seem sacrilegious to some
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing in the sand box.

Summary: “I want to remake the world.”

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zara_zee: (Zara_zee)
Now, see, I can't be having Sammy in the Cage.

Even if it's actually a small c cage of Rowena's creation. Nope. Uh uh. I mean, yes, the H/C fan in me is sort of rubbing her hands together, but...if Show's record on dealing with the Big Issues is anything to go by (Dean's Hell experience, Dean's alcoholism) then they'll give this some cursory treatment and then drop it like a hot potato and this time, they've actually got a lot closer to outright stating what might happen with the inneuendo than they usually do so...just...no. This is a Really Big Issue. Do it properly or leave it alone. Preferably the latter.

Don't get me wrong. I freakin' loved the episode. (And I love all the fabulous fic and meta that's come out of it too!) I'm just terrified of what's to come.

So this is sort of...sort of...a fixit fic...because I can't leave Sammy so powerless and vulnerable...


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Title: God’s in the detail
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Beta: Not beta’d
Genre(s): Episode coda.
Rating: PG-13, Gen
Spoilers:  Episode 11.09
Word Count: ~850
Warnings: Oblique hints at prior non-con
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing in the sand box.

Summary: They have a plan. God’s in the detail. The Devil’s in the detail too.

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zara_zee: (Zara_zee)
So, so late to the 11.08 party! For RL related reasons I only got to see the ep Monday night and have just had time to write a tag now! I haven't seen 11.09 yet...I get the impression, though, that it was a doozy.

So, on the offchance that anyone hasn't had 11.08 completely blown out of their head by now, here is my tag.

I really, really liked this episode and I'd love to see the Zanna again. :D

Also if anyone hasn't yet read [livejournal.com profile] frozen_delight's 11.08 coda Peter Pan, please do so. It's wonderful; chock full of brotherly feels!
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Title: Your time is gunna come
Author: zara_zee
Beta: Not beta’d
Genre(s): Episode coda. Outsider POV.
Rating: PG-13, Gen
Spoilers:  Episode 11.08
Word Count: ~700
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing in the sand box.

Summary: Weems looks down at the skeletal guitar player on his blood-stained tee and tries not to read too much into the tee-shirt’s words: Your time is gunna come.

In which Weems reflects on the Hunters he just met.

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zara_zee: (Zara_zee)
I always enjoy case based episodes and I like the old school creepy ones...and what is creepier than ghost possessed people in scary masks? The bunny was terrifying, as was the clown. I'm not a huge fan of Sheriff Donna, but she's starting to grow on me. She's hiding a lot underneath that chipper, darn tootin' mask.
Anyway, suffice to say I enjoyed the ep and I'm bummed that we don't get a new one this week. I guess that's because you're all too busy in America baking pie and stuffing turkey to watch television on Wednesday night? On which note, I hope my American Flisties have a wonderful Thanksgiving on Thursday...mmm turkey...
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Title: What women want
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Beta: Not beta’d
Genre(s): Episode coda
Rating: PG-13, Gen
Spoilers:  Episode 11.07
Word Count: ~930
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing in the sand box.

Summary: In which Sam tries not to  dwell on the cage by talking to Dean about Sheriff Donna Hanscum, gender studies and what women really want from a hot, unattached drifter.
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zara_zee: (Zara_zee)
Another sensational episode. I haven't been this speculative since we all wondered what was wrong with Sam! Did I say that already? I may have. Anyway...if you're going to mess around with religions on your Show, you may as well go the whole way and really poke at it.
You know, like suggesting that the Deity of one of the bigger patriarchal religions on the planet had a sister who he betrayed and locked away...
After this episode I had to go and re-read [livejournal.com profile] kalliel's wonderful story Every Little Girl's Favorite, because it just fits so well into what seems to be becoming canon!

The episode left me so intrigued for what's coming next in Amara's storyline and wondering how Sam and Dean--two boys from Kansas-- fit into the bigger cosmic picture.


Title: In Our Image
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Beta: Not beta’d
Genre(s): Episode coda
Rating: PG-13, Gen
Spoilers:  Episode 11.06
Warning: Biblical and religious musings and speculations which some may find sacrilegious
Word Count: ~890
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing in the sand box.

Summary: Amara walks among God's creations and ponders men, women, sibling rivalry and Dean.

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zara_zee: (Zara_zee)
The only things I knew about 11.04 were...that it was called Baby and it was going to be told from the Impala's POV. For some reason, I interpreted this as 'Baby gets turned into a person' and I was quite nervous about the whole episode. Consequently, I spent the entire episode waiting with trepidation for Baby to turn into a person and was quite perplexed when that didn't happen! It wasn't until my second watch-through that I realised that practically the whole thing was filmed from inside the car! So then I had to watch it again.

This episode had pretty much everything I want from an episode, which caused me no end of trauma when trying to decide what to write about, because apparently my episode tags are either fix-it fics or that one scene I wanted but didn't get. What to write about when you get everything you wanted?

I considered writing about Dean's: "I'm not little, like I actually was when he taught me to drive", but I've read more than one excellent fic written by really talented writers that deal with Dean learning to drive when he was a little kid, so I decided against that. In the end I decided to write about Piper, for the simple reason that I thought her scene was shot through her gaze and I appreciated that. Also, I do wonder if she's going to turn out to be something more. I always remember that Ruby was initially presented to us as an insignificant hook up...



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Title: I love the way you lie
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Beta: Not beta’d
Genre(s): Episode coda
Rating: PG-13, Gen
Spoilers:  Episode 11.04
Word Count: ~1,800
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing in the sand box.

Title from the Rihanna song of the same name.

Summary: When all is said and done, there’s no chance for a real relationship here and she doesn’t want to become just a regular booty call. This—last night—was something she chose. She wanted and she offered, on her terms.

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zara_zee: (Zara_zee)
There were things that I enjoyed about this week's episode.

Visually, I thought it looked good. I liked the look and feel and think that Jensen did a good job directing.

I enjoyed Rowena. I like her character and I think that Ruth does a wonderful job with her. Her, "but I'm in heels" comment made me laugh out loud.

I continue to be intrigued by the Darkness and find myself mulling over the fact that Death described it as amoral...unaware of or indifferent to 'right' or 'wrong'. Crowley may find the Darkness far harder to manipulate than he anticipates.

Dean's shirt (you know the one) made me think of an episode of Angel, where Angel dressed very similarly and assumed the role of somebody's driver so that he could get close without being recognised.
And I liked him getting shot down by the blonde woman too.

The angel and the demon who walked into a bar..that amused me. But. I do hope that it doesn't become a thing. The rebel alliance. And suddenly they get their own story. [livejournal.com profile] twnchesterangel made the comment on [livejournal.com profile] cassiopeia7's journal that supporting characters are meant to support. And that's what I want to see. The supporting characters supporting Sam and Dean's story, not skipping off to the side with their own separate storyline.

I was pretty ho hum about Castiel's fairly quick and easy fix.I expected it,so there was no tension and they didn't do anything overly interesting with characterisation so, yeah. (Please Show, do something interesting with Castiel this season. There are possibilities this season, what with the Darkness and maybe even God getting involved. But see note above about supporting characters.)

And then Dean refused to let Cas heal him because he 'had it coming' and my heart shattered into a million pieces. Dean has a habit of breaking my heart and...I just couldn't stop thinking about Dean and that line. So of course, that's what I had to write about.


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Title: The harm that befell him
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Beta: Not beta’d
Genre(s): Episode coda
Rating: PG-13, Gen
Spoilers:  Episode 11.03
Word Count: ~1,100
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing in the sand box.

Summary: “It’s fine, Cas,” Dean says. “Besides, I had it coming.”

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zara_zee: (Zara_zee)
My all-time favourite ever season opener was Lazarus Rising, back in Season 4. The Season 11 opener hasn't bumped it from top spot, but there was plenty that I engaged with.

To be honest, I was a little ho-hum when I heard that this season's big bad, a pre-creation destructive force of pure evil, was going to be personified as a woman. Really? Again with the women are evil, women are dangerous, destructive forces schtick? Sigh. But actually...so far, I'm liking Amara. The actress who played the un-named Darkness definitely had an other-worldly allure and it got me thinking (which is always good when you're planning to write a coda!) The Darkness came into the world as thick black fog. Why is it suddenly a woman? Women hadn't even been created when the Darkness was locked away. Therefore, the Darkness must've chosen that form. Why?

So here is my episode coda...less a coda though, and more of a prelude. Darkness POV.

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Title: Deadlier than the male
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Beta: Not beta’d
Genre(s): Episode coda
Rating: PG-13, Gen
Spoilers:  Episode 11.01
Word Count: ~630
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing in the sand box.

Summary: She likes it here. With Dean.
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zara_zee: (Zara_zee)
Here is Oz we've sprung into Spring (and the weather is just gorgeous!). The Northern Hemisphere has fallen into Fall and that's important because it means it's no longer summer and thus the [livejournal.com profile] spn_summergen reveals have been posted!

There were so many brilliant entries this year. If you haven't checked them all out yet, do yourself a favour and head over to the comm! I had the good fortune to receive an amazing, inspiring set of prompts from [livejournal.com profile] sophiap which really set the muse off and racing!  Thank you for such wonderful prompts! And thanks also to [livejournal.com profile] cassiopeia7 and [livejournal.com profile] frozen_delight both of whom recc'd the story! Deb, your rec made my day...staying quiet and anonymous was hard! :D

So anyway, here is my entry:

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] summergen_mod at Too long in the Wasteland



Title: Too long in the wasteland
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] sophiap
Beta: [livejournal.com profile] 9tiptoes
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~11,000
Warnings: Dean-centric, immortal!MoC!Dean, swearing, violence, attempted assault, hurt!Dean, natural disasters, post-apocalyptic world, suicidal thoughts,major character deaths (with a happy ending!)

**Now also up at AO3 -- CLICK HERE**

Prompt:
Such a great set of prompts that I really had trouble picking just one. So…I’ve done a sort of hybrid mash-up of a few of them and done some thinking outside the box! I hope it works for you, [livejournal.com profile] sophiap.
Prompt 4: I would LOVE a Sam and/or Dean piece based on James McMurtry's "Too Long in the Wasteland."
Link to Song

With a little bit of:
Prompt 5: Decades or even centuries after they're gone, how are the Winchesters remembered?
And a wee bit of this one too:
Prompt 1:The boys get caught up in the aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster. There's no hunting things involved, but there's sure a lot of saving people. Or needing to be saved themselves?


Summary: The year is 2015 and Sam and Dean’s battle with the Mark of Cain is suddenly overshadowed by a series of catastrophic natural disasters that devastate the planet and irrevocably change life as we know it.

The year is… actually, Dean is damned if he knows. He stopped keeping track of shit like that after Sammy died. He’s just trying to make it through eternity one step at a time, only ever venturing out of the Wasteland to trade, and to listen to the stories people tell themselves about Before.
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zara_zee: (Sam Dean Guns)
To be honest, I'm still processing the finale. I'm hoping that reading everyone's codas will help with that!
I'm excited about Rowena's storyline. Perplexed by the Darkness and the 'death' of Death. Cautiously optimistic that the boys appear to be together and on the same page and that S11 will see them as a united front and I thought Jared and Jensen were fantastic. Such intense performances from both of them, particularly Jared. It's really little wonder he was so exhausted and wrung out by season's end.
I have to say, I did roll my eyes a little when I saw Dean in the Tight Black Tee-shirt of Evil. And then I settled in to thoroughly enjoy watching Dean smash things up, wearing said tee-shirt.


So anyway, one of my goals for the year was to write a coda for each and every episode and I've done that!

It's been so much fun, not just writing mine, but also reading everyone else's. It has really enhanced my enjoyment of the show and I've loved my interactions with everyone! I'm sort of sad now that it's over.

I want to acknowledge all the peeps at [livejournal.com profile] spn_bunker who were so enthusiastic about codas and [livejournal.com profile] kalliel for starting [livejournal.com profile] spn_x, to give us somewhere specific to squee about S10 and share our S10 works.

I've also been incredibly impressed by the amount of support the members of this fandom give to the Show (the outpouring of support for Jared was just...amazing and awesome and impressive), and to each other. And to other things too, like fandomaid. I didn't do that love meme thing, but I did want to say that I think you're all amazing, genuine, generous people and I feel very privileged to know you all, even if it's just a little.

Alrighty, enough sap. Here is my last S10 coda. Probably the last. Unless further inspiration hits.

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Title: Today could be the worst day of your life
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Beta: Not beta’d
Genre(s): Episode coda
Rating: PG-13, Gen
Spoilers:  Episode 10.23
Word Count: ~1,100
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing in the sand box.

Title from The Chronicles of Life and Death, by Good Charlotte.

Summary: In which Dean is a rock star, Sammy closes his eyes and Death ruminates on life and death and everything between.

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zara_zee: (Demon_dean_slouch)
There were a lot of things I loved about this episode.Competent, lethal Dean was one of them. So hot. I know, I know, shallow. Jared's brilliant performance was another. That man gives everything he's got to his performances and to this fandom and when you meet him he's so lovely and giving. I was so sorry to hear that he's struggling right now, but it honestly doesn't surprise me, given how much of himself he gives, so much of the time. It takes a toll.

Also, if you haven't read it yet, [livejournal.com profile] frozen_delight wrote an awesome coda to this episode, No matter how bad it gets which they kindly gifted to me. It's a brilliant and inspired missing scene (and has become my personal head-canon...this happened...it did) with the added bonus of also being a voicemail fix-it fic! I'm not gonna lie, I teared up a little reading it. So if you haven't read it yet, run, don't walk! :)

Here be my fic.

Title: Deliverance
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Beta: Not beta’d
Genre(s): Episode coda
Rating: PG-13, Gen
Spoilers:  Episode 10.22
Word Count: ~650
Warnings: Violence
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing in the sand box.

Summary: Without your brother, you would’ve gone over the edge years ago.

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zara_zee: (Demon_dean_slouch)
Denial. It's not just a river in Egypt. Nor is it the exclusive domain of the Winchester brothers. Since the last episode, it is also my preferred place to hang out.I love Charlie. I know she's not everyone's cup of tea, but I thoroughly enjoyed her character and would've been happy to see a lot more of her.

Image credit: http://i-cant-draw-irl.deviantart.com

It was a grief-filled discussion on [livejournal.com profile] cassiopeia7's journal that led to the idea for this fic. Thank you, Deb for starting this thought process. It made me feel a little better. And unless Show (or another fanfic writer) comes up with a better idea, this will be my Charlie headcanon from here on in... :)






Title: Catastrophic System Failure
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Beta: Not beta’d
Genre(s): Episode coda
Rating: PG-13, Gen
Spoilers:  Episode 10.21
Word Count: ~1000
Warnings: Canon character death
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing in the sand box.

Summary: Every IT geek knows how important it is to have a plan for recovery from a system failure.

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zara_zee: (Demon_dean_slouch)
I really enjoyed 10.17.There was Dean hustling pool in a dive bar and well-integrated storylines and did I mention the pool hustling? This episode was definitely up there with the best of this season. :)






Title: Snow Day
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Beta: Not beta’d
Genre(s): Episode coda
Rating: PG-13, Gen
Spoilers:  Episode 10.17
Word Count: ~1,200
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing in the sand box.

Summary: A witch, a Winchester and the King of Hell walk into a bar.

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zara_zee: (Sam Dean Guns)
There were highs and lows in this week's episode.It gets a great big thumbs up for smart!Sam solving the problem with research and knowledge and for that lovely scene with Dean in the confessional. Jensen nailed the delivery--from the slightly comic oversell of Dean's shortcomings for the ghost's benefit, to his more serious revelations about his hopes for the future. I thought the lighting was particularly well done too; the way the shadows played over Dean's face like the bars on a cage was lovely.
Isabella's story and the Rowena/Olivette scenes I thought were very poorly integrated--jarringly so--and Rowena's storyline dragged. And I actually really like Rowena's character, so I can imagine that for those who don't those scenes must have been excrutiating.

Please writers, may we have more smart!Sam solving problems and kicking ass? And more Sam and Dean working together and supporting each other.


And now, here is fic:





Title: A tendency toward impulsivity
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Beta: Not beta’d
Genre(s): Episode coda
Rating: PG-13, Gen
Spoilers:  Episode 10.16
Word Count: ~400
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing in the sand box.

Summary: His brother’s gung-ho, take-violent-action-first, ask-intelligent-questions-later attitude is how they got into this whole Mark of Cain mess to begin with.

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zara_zee: (Sam Dean Guns)
I've only watched this episode once so far. There were some things about it that didn't quite gel: The sloppy assumptions about the parasite. Cole's overuse of nicknames. The lost opportunities - for Dean to address the fact that Cole tortured Sam, for Sam to bond with Kit's wife, to talk about his feelings, for Dean to take his shirt off.

The ep did make me think a lot about Sam and Dean as soldiers in a never-ending war and the impact that must've had on them.

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Title: Combat survival
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Beta: Not beta’d
Genre(s): Episode coda
Rating: PG-13, Gen
Spoilers:  Episode 10.15
Word Count: ~500
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing in the sand box.

Summary: Kit could’ve been saved. He hadn’t been turned; he’d just been infected.

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zara_zee: (demon_dean)
So there's been a whole heap of speculation on my flist about 10.14.Specifically, did Dean actually kill Cain? It brought to mind a quote from Dune: "Do not count a human dead until you've seen his body. And even then you can make a mistake." In the SPN 'verse, truer words were never spoken.

I managed to horrify myself with some of my speculation and it has made me drabble... or as close as I get to drabbling anyway. Just some fangirl 'what if'-ing... a possible alternative...




Title: Little steaks
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Beta: Not beta’d
Genre(s): Episode coda
Rating: PG-13, Gen
Spoilers:  Episode 10.14
Word Count: ~230
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing in the sand box.

Summary: Dean has a nightmare

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zara_zee: (Demon_dean_slouch)
Another Hellatus! Ahhhhh!

Now that I've got that out of the way, I thought this episode was pretty solid.
Timothy Odmundson's performance as Cain was outstanding. He was frightening in a very other-worldly kind of way, and he looked good while doing it. :) I enjoyed Cas and Crowley and Rowena, because this week their stories were a part of Sam and Dean's story. Jared and Jensen knocked it out of the park, although I could've done with a little more of Sam. The scene where Dean admitted that he was scared, was it just me, or did that feel as if it had been cut? I felt like there should've been something more.

Anyway, I've tried something a little different this week. Just some snippets that I wanted to explore more. The POV changes part way through.

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Title: Remission and Relapse
Author: [livejournal.com profile] zara_zee
Beta: Not beta’d
Genre(s): Episode coda
Rating: PG-13, Gen
Spoilers:  Episode 10.14
Word Count: ~1,100
Disclaimer: Not mine, just playing in the sand box.

Summary: You don’t believe there’s a cure; you never have. And now, in the face of Cain’s spectacular relapse, how can you truly believe that you, with all your weaknesses and failings, will be able to do better?

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