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oli/madi ([personal profile] runawayballista) wrote2014-09-19 07:08 pm

[FST] ...just when he was getting so good

...just when he was getting so good
(extended release)

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art by alex milne, colors by josh burcham

austere faultlines // xploding plastix

[ instrumental ]
Brilliant Pharma, the famous forged, a surgeon and physician of widely known skill -- a little controlling, a little arrogant, but no one can deny that he’s earned his fame. Ever confident and aware of the importance of appearances, he plays it close to the vest and doesn’t let those little faultlines show, however minute.
feed my fuckin' habit // electric six
[ lyrics ]
all those pills, they make you uptight
i'm surprised you still walk upright
you want to live the thug life, well
dance on the edge of my knife

Tarn makes his demands, and Pharma can try to twist the situation to his advantage all he wants -- but in the end, it’s the D.J.D. who have a hold on Pharma and not the other way around. He might have what Tarn needs, but Tarn controls the playing field.
monster hospital // metric
[ lyrics ]
you hold my arms down, i’ve been bad
you hold my hands down, i’ve been bad
i’ve been bad
i fought the war but the war won

Tarn makes his demands, and Pharma can try to twist the situation to his advantage all he wants -- but in the end, it’s the D.J.D. who have a hold on Pharma and not the other way around. He might have what Tarn needs, but Tarn controls the playing field.
sophomore slump or comeback of the year // fall out boy
[ lyrics ]
we’re the chemists who’ve found the formula
to make your heart swell and burst
no matter what they say, don’t believe a word
cause i’ll keep singing this lie if you’ll keep believing it
It’s time for Pharma to cut his losses. If he can’t beat Tarn, he’ll refuse to play the game at all -- he’s Pharma, brilliant and the best, and he can outsmart the best of them. The Red Rust is the perfect solution.
numb // marina and the diamonds
[ lyrics ]
yeah i’m no good, no good to anyone
‘cause all i care about is being number one
shine, looking for the golden light
oh, it’s a reasonable sacrifice
Delphi had nearly killed his career, a remote medical outpost in vicious territory, but once he’s had it shut down he knows he’ll come back out on top. It only took a crisis to get him there.
alexander in charge // tub ring
[ lyrics ]
there were a million questions, there was a helping hand
opportunity and a chain of command
and now the chain’s been broken by the chosen few
and when you’re all in line, i did what i had to do

Pharma is a master of self-deception. The process of rationalization and self-justification is a merciless one, and he has never been anything short of thorough in that regard. Ratchet should have known better by now.
guitar hero // amanda palmer
[ lyrics ]
what the fuck is up with this shit?
it’s certainly not worth getting upset
his hands are gone and most of his head
and just when he was getting so good
It’s when he’s confronted that it all starts to fall apart. Pharma’s plan had room for Ratchet’s intervention -- he’s always prepared, isn’t he? Always brilliant? -- but in the end, he gets in his own way.
addicted to bad ideas // world/inferno friendship society
[ lyrics ]
i wasn’t always a monster, i was a saint
now forgotten, so
addicted to bad ideas
and the blood that runs from my eyes and my hands and my throat
Pharma’s fallen a long, long way and he knows it. It changes everything and nothing at all, but there’s one thing he’s certain of -- he’s not going to stop.
i can’t decide // scissor sisters
[ lyrics ]
i’ve got to hand it to you
you’ve played by all the same rules
it takes the truth to fool me
and now you’ve made me angry
Ratchet declared war on his body, and Pharma intends to retaliate -- but he wants Ratchet to understand what he’s capable of first.
winner takes all // jang yeong-gyu

[ instrumental ]

But if Ratchet wants to level the playing field, to have a chance to prove his worth, then so be it -- over Ambulon’s dead body.
moral centralia // harvey danger
[ lyrics ]
feeling well...into my cups already
just until my hands are steady
the spins are setting in
i swear i’ll never never feel like myself again

Delphi had been hard enough to reconcile, but seeing one of his oldest friends turned to this, pushed so far -- Pharma’s so far from the person Ratchet once knew that it leaves him reeling.
dead! // my chemical romance
[ lyrics ]
have you heard the news that you’re dead?
no one ever had much nice to say
i think they never liked you anyway
The end comes swift and sudden for Pharma, but in the end, there are few left to grieve over him -- and fewer still who’d say he didn’t get what he deserved.


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