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Date Posted: Friday, January 13, 09:11:00am
Author: Nell
Subject: I don't know - 'least' seems over-reaching to me. *g* (r)
In reply to: Genevieve 's message, "This sentence here...(r)" on Thursday, January 12, 06:25:58pm

Especially as sexual jealousy and passion and betrayal are such powerful human emotions. Is it really 'less' of a sin than any other, short of murder, to mess around with them?

Because, from Elena's POV - or any wife's POV - there is a world of difference between "I married you on decietful grounds, but my love and honor and fidelty were real" and "none of it was real."

In the hiatus between the end S2 and the beginning of S3 there were a couple of fics that explored what Michael's section-mandated marriage might be like, and what his wife's reaction to his mission would be. Both of them zeroed in on the importance and level of the personal betrayal the wife would feel - and that this would motivate her reactions/choices afterward.

There is also that snippet of a fic that had Elena jogging, and then catching sight of Michael and Nikta on their boat during their AWOL cruise - and, naturally enough in the absence of knowing more, again it was her sense of personal betrayal and hurt that was the subject of the story.

I don't think that the 'duty-required' sex was the problem, here either. It was his marriage to Simone, and then his affair with Nikita - even though it was rarely an affair of the flesh - that is the 'adultery' - though, of course, it's hard to figure out exactly who 'the other woman' is. They were all wronged.

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