Chapter 1: Lillian Nightshade, Villain Turned Hero?

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'We are made
of all those
who have built
and broken us,'

Atticus

~

Anger.

Anger is, perhaps, other than love, the most powerful motivator found within humanity. So often do you indulge and immerse yourself in swashbuckling, untold, effervescent tales of intoxicating love. Love, which enables people and characters to push harder, further than they've ever gone before. Love, which motivates good and bad people to do anything for those they care about, to protect them by any means necessary. Love, something to vie for against all odds, no matter if the world is telling you otherwise.

Cleopatra and Mark Antony. Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. Eloise and Abelard. Romeo and Juliet. Lancelot and Guinevere. Orpheus and Eurydice. Both history and fiction have time and time again provided us with tragic and not so tragic fables and accounts of love, stories that you, to this day, find remnants of in every romance in pop culture. Splinters of classic tales burrowed within the likes of Hollywood movies, books and online fiction.

But stories of anger? Anger, the likes of which can result in the exchange of cutting, scarring words that never truly heal over. Anger, which seizes vengeance by the reins and steers those wronged down a treacherous path. . Anger, which can shatter families, monarchies, empires, friendships and loving relationships in a matter of seconds or years.

Anger, which is just as powerful as love.

Few people are adeptly skilled in twisting old wounds and past transgressions into a weapon as potent as anger. Anger is frequently blinding; emotionally eclipsing to the light of reason and definitive thinking, as is love. So many a criminal and villain have honed this blade, weaponized their anger, but the clever ones, the clever ones can do so without it controlling them, consuming them inside and out.

Take Bruce Banner; the poster child of honed anger issues. Always angry, yet you never see it, never know it unless he wants you to. Within seconds that man can turn green, for the Hulk is his anger. Anger, fused with spite, can motivate people to carry petty grudges and vengeances to the grave. But sometimes, anger and the results it reaps, come in more innocent forms, such as anger at one's self.

Tony Stark strives to do the best that he can do every day for everyone else around him. Despite the wall of egotism and sarcasm he throws up, I see through it, see through him. His anxiety sometimes drives him off the deep end, and because the media and other people often forget that little titbit of information, when he makes a mistake they persecute him for it, demonise him, like celebrities and heroes with mental illnesses such as PTSD and anxiety can't ever make human mistakes. No, they have to be perfect in every sense of the word, and its bullshit.

As someone with my own not so stunning track record of numerous, numerous mistakes, I am no stranger to this. Making mistakes, regretting it, even apologising for it, but society needs a villain. There always has to be someone they can paint as a horrid human being and not feel bad about it. When someone does something wrong, humanity seems to forget all the things they've done right. Even if that person tries to amend their mistakes, move on, become a better person, they're trapped in a prison of their own past transgressions, forged by a society telling them that they are a bad person, but unwilling to let them grow into a good one. Mistakes, in their eyes, are unforgivable.

Tony Stark made a mistake.

Tony Stark was scared to his core after seeing a dark, morbid future in which he failed to prevent. He grew scared, and he grew angry, and he allowed it to control him.

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