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Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Fandom: G.I. Joe A Real American Hero (Marvel)
Rated: G
Category: Double drabble. Storm Shadow POV. Angst, friendship, implied mild/pre Snake Eyes/Scarlett.
Setting: During Silent Interlude (issue #21).
Spoilers: General Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow back story, general for Silent Interlude.
Summary: Despite everything, Snake Eyes is still Storm Shadow’s brother. And Storm Shadow has always kept an eye on his brother – and those around him. What then might he know of Scarlett?
Disclaimer: My G.I. Joe belongs to Hasbro, Paramount, Sunbow, Marvel, IDW, and Larry Hama. I’m just marching with them for a little while. Yo, Joe!


You don’t know me, but I know you.

More than you know.

Because the cliché is true.

Actions really do speak louder than words.

And I’ve seen you in the field.

Enough to know not to underestimate you.

I’ve seen you with him, too.

Or more importantly, him with you.

Enough to know not to underestimate your value.

Because he’s never let anyone near him. He’s never lingered. An unintentional touch during gear check led to a step back, not a hesitation. And he’s never had a partner in the field. Not since Nam. Not since his sister.

It’s this, not orders from a lunatic, that stays my hand.

Because despite everything, he is still my brother. And I see what you are to him, even if you do not. I see him healing, just a bit, and I wish it didn’t have to be this way. I wish I could heal with him, as much as that is possible for men like us.

I also wish you hadn’t bitten me.

But if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

So I do what I must, and my hand throbs.

But at least now I know what he sees in you.

Every so often, one page of one comic gives you a plot bunny. When it's a page this good, well..

For my non- Joe readers, this is page eight of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero. (Marvel, 1984.) It's titled "Silent Interlude," and nary a word soils its pages. This issue is considered a seminal comic book, not just a seminal Joe book, as it's likely the best (or nearly so) silent issue in existence. G.I. Joe has paid homage to it a handful of times, most recently in the silent issue #214, but all of those pale in comparison to the original #21. It's a classic, and it's the most valuable comic I own, bar none (though it isn't top tier, a good copy will sell for anywhere from $300 to $700 - mine will not, as I chose to have it signed but not CGC graded some time ago, but whatever). A while back, a thirtieth anniversary version came out, in hardcover. I bought it so I can read this story without touching my copy. I just read it again today, and well, this fic happened. As it does. I love this page so much. There are many panels in this issue that speak to me, but Storm Shadow's gentle caress of Scarlett's face and its aftermath has always hit me in the feels.We don't even know Storm Shadow's name here. We have never met him (thus another reason why the book sells well - like Hulk #181 introducing us to Wolverine, first appearances always matter). We certainly don't know his backstory. But we know he's not all bad. We know he regrets hurting Scarlett. And we know he doesn't kill her when given an opportunity. Why? Well, that's for him to know and us to find out over many years of tales. Or, you know, for me to speculate on in this fic. *grin* Okay. I go now. Yo, Joe! (And yes, I counted this - it's just over 300 words. Oh, explanations being longer than drabbles! You kill me! :D



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