Defiance
I Just Wasn't Made For These Times

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Where Tenderness Leads

LAKE NOTHING

Rafe knows immediately what the boys have found, on the edge of the Lake, but he keeps quiet and tells them just to seal it off: He'll deal with it himself.

Gordon stands at the edge, looking down, with a gun pointed at him, ready to jump. And when Rafe asks to sit down, he can't say no.

Rafe: "How do you like the view?"
Gordon: "When you showed it to me, it seemed worth seeing. Closest thing to space, before I go."
Rafe: "It is good, I think, to test your limits. You make better choices when you know what you are and are not capable of. It helps you change."
Gordon: "I'm a weapon. That's never gonna change. It's what I am."

Everything that follows, follows from this: From what Rafe saw. If he was right, and Gordon was seconds from stopping himself before killing Amanda, then he really did die -- for a third time -- in that cell. He came back new, capable of choice. No longer a weapon. But if Rafe was wrong, seeing what he wanted to see, then this is tenderness that leads to death.

Rafe: "Huh. You know why I don't like Indogenes? No feelings. They never change, they're machines. But humans change, all the time. You raged, like Jonah, against your fate."
Gordon: "So am I Jonah... or am I Ishmael? Either way the whale won. The world ended while I was away."
Rafe: "My wife died and my son. You're wearing his clothes. I'm not gonna jump."

Rafe's wife was named Pilar. Gordon's wife was Grace.

Gordon: "I didn't get that, sorry. And how come, exactly, you go on living?"
Rafe: "I love life. I put the moral authority in the hands of something outside myself, my higher power or whatever. But I'll tell you this, when you get a second chance you take it. I'm still changing shape every day, because I love life."
Gordon: "I am a dead soul in a stolen body. Or a dead man's body with a stolen soul. She won't want me after thirty years. Not like this."
Rafe: "You know she won't care."
Gordon: "I don't think I'm as strong as you."
Rafe: "Then go ahead. This is tenderness too. Jump."
Gordon: "Thank you for trying."

And Rafe looks at this man -- this hero, older than Rafe; this boy, Luke's age -- and he reaches forward and he reaches back. The last hero Rafe McCawley ever got to have. We don't see what happens next, but everything follows from it.

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