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Sayid drabble "Sharp"

Inspired by promos for next week's ep, "One of Us," using "sharp" prompt.



Sayid hones the strips of bamboo, carefully whittling them into fine points, mind blank as he concentrates on his task and the snik, snik of the knife.

He doesn’t know what he did with the bamboo he used on Sawyer. He couldn’t imagine the day he’d have to use it again. But now Jack has brought an enemy into the camp. Jack might trust her, but Sayid does not. She’s been branded by her people, cast out, left behind, but Sayid knows to look deeper.

He tests the tip of the bamboo. Yes. Sharp enough. He is ready.

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cmonkatiekatie
Apr. 7th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
Brilliant use of the prompt, so simple and perfect and I never would have thought of it. I love how detached he is and how I can work this right into the promo. I actually had to remind myself this wasn't in it.
halfdutch
Apr. 7th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you, m'dear! It's funny, it's the very first thing that leapt to mind for the word "sharp!" But then, I have a kind of one-track mind lately. I can imagine he will be getting out the bamboo, if only for the intimidation factor.
gemjam
Apr. 7th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
I like the mechanic way that he prepares for this, how detached he is from it, just like he'd need to be to go through with something like this. And I love the flashback to Sawyer, and yet how it leads him to wondering what he did with the instruments and not thinking about the actual torture. Again, very telling of the detached state of mind he goes into to be able to do this to another person.

I am of a firm belief that Sayid is the smartest person on Lost so I love that he doesn't trust Juliet and that he'll speak out and do something about it. That's why I love him :)

Great piece.
halfdutch
Apr. 8th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm really appreciating Sayid's cool detachment and level head right about now!

I am of a firm belief that Sayid is the smartest person on Lost so I love that he doesn't trust Juliet and that he'll speak out and do something about it. That's why I love him :)

Oh, absolutely! I'm in complete agreement there! Glad you liked this. :)
ladynutmeg
Apr. 8th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)
This is absolutely wonderful, love the way Sayid's both doing what needs to be done, and you can just see him using sharpening the bamboo to channel himself into the headspace for what he's about to do. Fantastico!
halfdutch
Apr. 8th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I think it is a way of mentally preparing himself. And I'm just loving Sayid right now. :)
gottalovev
Apr. 8th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
it gives chills in 100 words. that is great!

love all the reference to senses. I really love it!
halfdutch
Apr. 10th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
Merci. Sayid in pre-torture mode is indeed chilling. I don't think he'll do anything to her but I think he is certainly ready to.
inthekeyofd
Apr. 8th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
I have to say, I'm cringing just thinking about it..but believe me, I won't be as pissed as when he did it to Sawyer (which, yes, I do still hold a grudge about that.)
halfdutch
Apr. 10th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
Well, I can't blame Saiyd for going after Ben or Juliet -- you can't trust the Others! Although we know it's a bit hard for Sayid to keep perspective. He always seems to go too far. I guess I only care when it's Sawyer getting hurt though. And man, it took me forever to forgive Sayid and Jack for that but Sawyer's faced a lot worse enemies in the meantime -- they all have! I just hope they're all back on the same side again.
bachlava
Apr. 9th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC)
This is truly Sayid: he really, really doesn't want to go back to torture, but if there's a real danger and no alternative, he'll do what he has to. (Not to justify real-life torture, but there are fictional situations that can require it.) I don't know if he'll actually wind up using the bamboo on Juliet in canon, but she could certainly drive him to do some rather unpleasant things.
halfdutch
Apr. 10th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
Agreed. I do think Sayid sees this as a duty and one he cannot shirk. And with Jack (presumably) not looking out for the greater good here by allowing Juliet into their midst, it's up to Sayid to make sure she doesn't do any harm. Although, honestly, I'm expecting that she'll convince him she is harmless and then do a considerable amount of damage. Unless she runs off at the end of the episode or is killed, I think we're stuck with her and the only way that is dramatically interesting is if she is a ticking time bomb. It's just going to be hard to see Jack taking her side if we know she is really dangerous.
themoononastick
Apr. 9th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)
Ouch, chilling. I like the idea of him thinking things through while he prepares, almost as if he is convincing himself his actions will be justified.
halfdutch
Apr. 10th, 2007 05:49 am (UTC)
Thank you, love, that means a lot coming from you! I liked writing both sides as they mentally prepae for their showdown, with him distancing himself and her trying to project the image she wants him to believe. They both have to lie to themselves a bit to make that happen, because it is combat of a sort and they are each other's enemy.
lil_orli
Apr. 9th, 2007 10:47 am (UTC)
love this insight into Sayid the soldier from Iraq the torturer is always there under the surface waiting he's such an interesting character so dangerous but then he showed such caring, patience and love with shannon. love these 100 word insights into the characters, you write them so well.
halfdutch
Apr. 10th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC)
Thank you. I do think he is dangerous but at least we know he is working to defend the people he cares about and that he is capable of great compassion and sacrifice. He can sometimes go too far and takes things too personally and then he's even more dangerous. And now I wonder if Juliet is going to be able to manipulate him, possibly into provoking Jack against him and then he's going to have to use more subtle means to protect everyone. (Because I don't believe for an instant that she means them no harm! Because if that's the case, that's a pretty dull storyline!)

Anyway, thank you for the kind words! It definitely makes me think more about the characters and what's going to happen.
frightened
Apr. 9th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
Now that's chilling. And very in-character, even in the wake of 'Enter 77' - Sayid just seems to take one step forward and one step back when it comes to torturing people. It shouldn't be a difficult thing to stop doing, and yet...
halfdutch
Apr. 10th, 2007 05:57 am (UTC)
Thank you. Unfortunately, everyone seemed to look on the island as their chance to start over and leave the past behind when instead it's forced them to revert to their darkest selves. But they are in a kind of warzone and Sayid's skills are needed far too often, aren't they? Maybe that's the easy way out but in this case, I'm glad he's there and concerned that they're simply letting an enemy into their camp, unchallenged.
demonqueen666
Apr. 11th, 2007 04:28 am (UTC)
Ooooh. Short but well, sharp, and excellant Sayid voice.
halfdutch
Apr. 21st, 2007 11:33 pm (UTC)
Merci! The upside of S3 for me has been Sayid's reemerging as a strong character again and that's led to wanting to write him more often!
uhzoomzip
Apr. 16th, 2007 02:58 pm (UTC)
ooh, this is chilling. i love him detachedly wondering where the original "torture bamboo" is - the tone is perfect.

i'm kind of rooting for sayid to use it on jack if he keeps spouting this "under my protection" bullshit - who the hell is he, anyway?
halfdutch
Apr. 21st, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I love it when Sayid slips into torturer mode, or rather, just before, when he becomes coolly threatening. I like to think that he hopes that demeanor will get him the results he wants, without having to go any farther.

And good grief, yes, I'm all for siccing Sayid on Jack at this point! Sawyer only (apparently) endangered one life but Jack is risking all their lives. Oy! Worst plotline on Lost EVER. And that is really saying something, heh.
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