Foolsamponk reincarnation AU
His heart skipped a beat that day.
He always knew that Ponk is the reincarnation of the soul that he's been in love with for centuries, he can feel the same energy that he felt decades ago resting within the shorter human. It's always been like this for centuries; they'll meet, Foolish wouldn't say a word about their past relationship, and they'll part again, waiting for a new vessel for the soul. But something is different this time. Something is missing.
The soul is incomplete. He doesn't know how to describe it, but something changed. It leaves an empty feeling, a slight uneasiness on Foolish's part, as if he's facing a different soul. There's no warmth, there's no quickened heartbeat, only a sense of familiarity. But there's no doubting that this is his lover, or at least it was. Whatever it is, he didn't let it cloud his mind. Maybe they're just not meant to be in this lifetime, maybe the higher Gods have a different plan for him.
So this time, Foolish stays by Ponk's side as a friend. It's enough, as long as he knows the reincarnate doesn't live a lonely life, as long as he knows the reincarnate is doing well. Then maybe on its next life they can be together again.
But that day, that day is different. That day changed everything. He felt his chest tighten, his face warmed up to the presence of Ponk... and Sam.
And that's when it clicked in his head. He felt dumb for not noticing this sooner, or even considering the possibility despite having seen it happen multiple times throughout his years of being alive. He felt like a fool for thinking that it won't happen to someone so dear to him.
His lover's soul was split into two, resting and resonating strongly within Ponk and Sam. And he finally found them, and it feels just as warm as he remembers. He couldn't fight the smile that forced its way to his lips, his head felt so light and for a moment his mind feels so loud yet so serene and he could only form one thought,
There you are.
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Heads up, I have several questions/suggestions for the Eye's Anti-Martin spiels that won't fit in one ask box (if you don't mind), and I have a bad hand so it'll be slow-going. The first is: do you think the Eye could/would communicate the technicality that Martin stabbed Jon, landing him in his coma? Asking, cause I figure the chances are that it can't actually play the tape, because Jon literally begs him to do it and Martin's sobbing. So the Eye's like, "It's just too terrible to show! Sob!"
Second, Martin was the one behind s4's intervention, which directly interfered with Jon's food supply, so would the Eye possibly make it look like Martin was intentionally starving him? This would also be a big deal since it directly interferes with Jon's relationship with the Eye and kept Jon from his full Archive potential. Plus, it might communicate to the Eyevatars that Jon truly does/did want to be closer to the Eye.
Last, would the Eye make the others around Jon s2-4 look just as bad? Cause It probably wouldn’t even have to edit some interactions! And most of them (Georgie? Who's that? Eye've never heard of her!) were even supposed to be servants of the Eye/Jon’s subordinates (shameful!) Clearly, the Eye is the only one who has Jon’s back, anyone who questions this is as bad as his former friends, and Jon’s interactions must be monitored!
Aaaah, I can't believe I forgot to mention the stabbing!!! That's like. One of the big things! Like
Eye: Y'know how Jon was stabbed
Eye: guess who did it
Eye: it was MARTIN!
Eyevatars: 0o0 nooooo we been knew!!!
The rest of the gang don't get as much play time as Martin, because they are neither romantic rivals nor in the same reality as Jon currently, but clips like Every time Daisy makes Jon bleed (his sad lil voice when she has a knife to his throat... lyk if u cri evry tiem, we must band together to protect this precious boy. Talking Basira thru shooting her WHILE Daisy's gnawing on his leg... so brave, so strong) (and what was martin doing? NOTHING, just LETTING our beloved archivist get nommed on!) When Jon's awake and this gets brought up his first reaction is very *John Mulaney voice* we know, but hey!
The intervention scene gets some creative editing so that all the times when Daisy and Melanie try to butt in and remind Basira that Daisy did kill people, etc., are gone, and it just sounds like everyone uncritically accepts that Daisy, whose many crimes you have just listened to, is like, yeah, I'm innocent here, Jon saved my life at great risk to his own but that's no reason to bother defending him. Melanie and I are going to yell at him to shut up, now listen to all the sad, shaky Archivist breaths. The bit about his rogue statements not being recorded bc he doesn't bother starting the tapes himself anymore comes up with the Eye like "I was trying to protect him from Them 🥺" Especially with the bits there and other times with Basira saying that if Jon can't get a handle on it she'll Kill Our Precious Archivist (even as Jon tries to explain that it's not that simple, he does need statements to like. live. and the paper ones are a bit like putting him on a bread and water diet. and he's doing his best)
S4 in general is GREAT for if you want to woobify Jon to your shiny new cult, especially if you cut out all the little bits of people defending him or being nice, and your audience accepts taking statements as an unquestioned good. If you cut out all the lil bits of chilling with Daisy and having ppl laugh at his jokes and everyone else's perspectives, it's really just like. Continuous Jon abuse. Jon gives EVERYTHING to these people, saving them from all kinds of other entities, trying to cut off fingers for them, successfully losing ribs, swimming in misery and all they ever do is yell at him. Look how terrible they are, you should all lovebomb Jon as soon as he's conscious
Georgie gets hit HARD with the villain stick too, because former romantic interest for Jon AND having some legitimate criticisms of her behavior (there's some v good meta about how she kind of sucks at the "cutting Jon out of her life" thing, ducking into his office to look for Melanie and not leaving when he tries to end the conversation, saying she wouldn't take him to therapy instead of staying neutral, bad-mouthing him to Martin. Poking around for confirmation that she made the right decision/trying to justify her decision, and in the process driving the knife a lil deeper for Jon). And she has terrible taste, dumping Jon and dating that awful Melanie who STABBED him (rip to Jon, do not love his stats on "percentage of acquaintances who have stabbed me")
Honestly, depending on how much independent access Jon has to the tapes, he might start to question his own memory. Like, if he knows that the intervention was caught on tape, but the version everyone else heard didn't have Daisy trying to reel Basira in, did that really happen? I don't think it'd be enough to truly shake his feelings for Martin, but he'd definitely start to question whether the prevailing opinion of "Jon wouldn't know a healthy relationship dynamic if it bit him on the nose" is more correct that he thought.