ZERO :: the Fool (annwyd) wrote,
ZERO :: the Fool

the pairings meme, day 17

Instead of doing two today, I'm just going to pretend I didn't miss a day, because I still haven't filled out day 18 and I'm lazy.

Day 17 - A pairing you thought would never work out, but did?

Keith/Matsuka from Toward the Terra is a very strange pairing to choose as one that "worked out," considering how things ended. But choose it I did. So now I have to explain why.

It boils down to this. In the end, Matsuka got what he wanted, and the happiest ending possible for someone in his pitiful situation. Keith got what he needed, and the most redemptive ending possible for someone who'd done the things he'd done and lived the life he lived. And it was because of each other. Because of Keith, Matsuka was able to live a meaningful life and matter to someone in the end, instead of just being a cog eventually crushed by the system. Because of Matsuka, Keith was able to see the good in the Mu, humanity, and free will, and that finally let him change for the better.

In his last moments, Matsuka is happy, because he finally made a place for himself in Keith's heart, and in doing so he saved Keith. In his last moments, Keith thinks (among other things) of Matsuka, because it was Matsuka's sacrifice that paved the way for him to make the first and only true choice in his life. They never get together, and they don't have a happy ending, but they work for each other in a way I didn't quite expect, despite all that I correctly predicted about the endgame of the series.

Day 01 - What is your current favorite ship?
Day 02 - What was your very first ship?
Day 03 - A pairing that needs to happen now?
Day 04 - The pairing with the most chemistry?
Day 05 - The pairing with the least chemistry?
Day 06 - The best kiss?
Day 07 - The most heartbreaking scene?
Day 08 - The pairing with the most baggage?
Day 09 - The most believable relationship?
Day 10 - Why aren't these two married in real life?
Day 11 - What is your dream pairing?
Day 12 - Who had the best wedding?
Day 13 - What is your favorite television pairing?
Day 14 - What is your favorite book pairing?
Day 15 - What is your favorite real life pairing?
Day 16 - What is the absolute worst pairing?
Day 17 - A pairing you thought would never work out, but did?

Day 18 - What is the cutest pairing?
Day 19 - A pairing you've rooted for since the beginning?
Day 20 - The "can't stand the sexual tension anymore" pairing?
Day 21 - A pairing you like and no one else understands why?
Day 22 - A pairing you hate and no one else understands why?
Day 23 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out great?
Day 24 - A crazy love triangle/quadrilateral that worked out badly?
Day 25 - A pairing that was/would-be adorable, but could never work out?
Day 26 - A pairing that you hated and ended up loving?
Day 27 - A pairing that you loved and ended up hating?
Day 28 - A pairing that you will never understand?
Day 29 - What ship had the best proposal?
Day 30 - Your favorite ship forever and ever and ever?
Tags: memes, pairings, toward the terra

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