Sometimes you need to remind yourself that you were the one who carried you through the heartache. You are the one who sits with the cold body on the shower floor, and picks it up. You are the one who feeds it, who clothes it, who tucks it into bed, and you should be proud of that. Having the strength to take care of yourself when everyone around you is trying to bleed you dry, that is the strongest thing in the universe.
I absolutely needed to read that.
au: everyone is born with their soulmate’s name tattooed on their wrist like a birthmark.
what if shinies were considered bad in the wild since it meant they will get killed easier, which would explain why there are so hard to find…
- How bodies decompose
- Wilderness survival skills
- Mob mentality
- Other cultures
- What it takes for a human to die in a given situation
- Common tropes in your genre
- Average weather for your setting
I honestly don’t think either of them “needs” the other- it would be a pretty unhealthy relationship if they were that dependent on each other that they couldn’t survive separately, you know? And it would be especially unhealthy if one of them in particular was more dependent on the other. (Obviously they need each other professionally, because as a meister or weapon on their own they wouldn’t be very effective, but that’s a different thing.)
Soul is obviously very attached to Maka, he’s pretty much built his life around being her weapon, and she inspired him and helped him to become a better person. She taught him to start to believe in himself, and just the simple fact of her unconditional love for him and the faith she put in him was enough to help him really start to overcome those insecurities. The Soul we see at the end, standing proud in front of all of Death City, is a very different young man to the one who collapsed at Arachne’s feet, overcome by his own feelings of worthlessness and intense self-loathing.
But that’s the whole point, you know? Soul’s entire character arc is about learning how to stand on his own and believe in himself, and he proved in Russia that he could do it. He didn’t have to rely on Maka to pull him out of insanity- he did it all on his own.
As for Maka, it’s almost a perfect reversal. She’s so self-reliant, both by nature and by virtue of the (implied) neglect of her parents. She can only depend on herself at the end of the day… or so she’d like to think. But as time goes on and she and Soul grow closer, she learns how to let herself rely on him. She learns how to really be an equal partner in their relationship. At the start of the series she was basically dragging Soul around by the ear, forcing him into things and throwing around the weight of her role as his meister to get him to do what she wanted. By the end of the series, though, that’s done with. Maka-chops are pretty much a thing of the past, and rather than assuming she needs to force him into things and getting him to go along with her by immediately resorting to commands, she asks for his help in the things she wants to do. She’s opened herself up to him and realized that it’s okay to rely on him.
So at the end of the day, that’s what their relationship grows into: they discover that they can depend on each other, but they’re not dependent on each other. If they had to be separated, it would hurt- I think of my parents, and how after 40+ years together, neither of them can sleep well without the other one there- but it wouldn’t break them. They’re all tangled up in each other in every single aspect of their lives, they’ve forged an unbreakable partnership, but they can also stand on their own. Neither of them really “needs” the other, but they’re better together and they know it.