(06:07:23 PM) nagia: Tadashi.
(06:07:53 PM) leviathanmirror: What's it mean?
(06:08:50 PM) nagia: "loyal"/"true"
(06:09:05 PM) leviathanmirror: *amused*
(06:10:17 PM) nagia: ?
(06:15:51 PM) leviathanmirror: Just seems like an odd name for him.
(06:19:08 PM) leviathanmirror: Although I suppose most parents don't name their kids "Rapey McRaperson."
Context, for the weak:
I've been re-reading a lot of Western Ink's RK fic, because I've been wobbly emotionally and clearly Aoshi/Misao is the delicious pie to make me less wobbly, right?
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
All but two fics of hers have an Aoshi who is squicktastic (one's a silly piece of fluff with a faintly unnerving ownership undercurrent I choose to ignore; the other leaves Aoshi in crazypants mode and just extrapolates on possible WRONGWRONGWRONG scenarios from there -- so it's deliberate). In one of the fucked-up squicky fics, Aoshi apparently has not thought of Misao "bodily" until she mentioned scars, and did not think of Misao sexually until she mentioned a scar on the inside of her thigh. Which she later confessed she'd received in an attempted rape.
Does this disturb you yet? No?
It gets better: it's only after Misao has revealed that she was attacked and almost forcibly penetrated that Aoshi begins to think of her as available. Now that she's, direct quote from the fic, "stained."
Say it with me: "WHAT."
From a fandom perspective: Let's go into all of the ways this idea is fail: 1. STAINED IS JUST FAIL, 2. AOSHI WOULD KNOW THAT BECAUSE 3. HE'S THE LEADER OF A NINJA GROUP THAT 4. CONTAINS WOMEN. The odds of him NOT knowing a woman who had been assaulted (never mind men who had been assaulted, never mind the fairly high probability he's been assaulted himself) is staggeringly LOW.
Okay, fine, if that's just the way the character thinks and he has Meiji Restoration morals, then I expect the author to hint at this. There needs to be some kind of dividing line between author/narrator. I don't want to see this character think something so reprehensible, and then get everything he wants or asks for, get to force a marriage to a younger female character he's only recently decided was available, and... consequence free.
So I've been writing a what-could-have-been. Not just a faintly new spin on canon, but a "where 'Daughter Figure,' could have gone." Sort of a cross between a remix and a response fic, I guess.
More AIM logs of hilarity:
(following a discussion of what might happen if Misao were turned into an actual weasel:)
(10:10:34 PM) leviathanmirror: Okina would be forced to insist that Aoshi marry Misao.
(10:10:52 PM) leviathanmirror: His behavior was totally inappropriate for a man and unmarried weasel.