If I had to place a central idea to this oneshot, it would be this: “Where is the line?”
Everyone draws their line somewhere different, everyone has another line where a person has gone too far to ever turn back (tvtropes calls this the moral event horizon). These lines change all the time. No two sets of circumstances are the same.
Almost the first thing Mugen does in the second episode is threaten to rape an unconscious Fuu. I instantly decided he was irredeemable – then episodes 13-14 and 25 happened, and I got all confused.
This story was the result.
Also, I needed to detox after the sweetness of O&M2.
Back to the fic:
I... have no idea how much Mugen’s lying. The only things we know for sure are that 1: ‘hell didn’t want me’ is NOT the reason he keeps dragging himself out of death. So we know he’s lying at least that much. And 2: he's telling at least a partial truth, since we know he was a pirate and we see brief images in his flashback. In one of them he's drenched in blood, and he's shown more than once walking out of a burning building/town. Reader's choice about how much is true.
I guess it’s a clever bit of trickery where the reader can go as far as they can and assume the rest is made up to try and drive Fuu away.
Mugen's wording implied that he killed only one pregnant woman . That's worrying, since if he was lying you'd think he would invent more than one.
re: the 'please'. canon!Mugen would never say please (except sarcasm). Being reduced to begging is ooc, but worked to show desperation here, so I left it.
Moving on -
It’s common fanon that the brothers did rapey things to Fuu when they captured her. I didn’t think they did when I first watched it, but on second viewing… it was definitely implied. We don’t know if eyepatch guy stopped with groping her or if he went all the way. He showed no hint of restraint in any other aspect, so I’d say it’s better-than-even odds he did more than just fondle her a little that one time that we saw.
Back to Mugen: Self-hatred is weirdly easy for me to write. I can’t explain it. I haven’t done anything really bad in my life, so it’s not personal experience. Huh.
Second person ‘half conversation /spoken words only’* style is completely new to me. Showing only one side of the conversation is weirdly intriguing. This was a cool stylization experiment if nothing else. It’s interesting how much we can glean about what Fuu is saying and doing just from Mugen’s spoken lines.
*Is there a term for this? It’s not ‘dialogue only’ because we only get one side of the dialogue, and it’s not ‘monologue’ because there’s more than one person speaking. Second person limited, maybe?