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Date Posted: Saturday, January 14, 11:25:09am
Author: Nell
Subject: I don't mean to put primary focus on it, not at all (r)
In reply to: JayBee 's message, "Re: Well...(r)" on Saturday, January 14, 10:34:32am

but I what I was thinking about was the absence of much focus on the issue of adultery, generally speaking, and in a fandom that writes mostly romance, I thought that was kind of interesting.

Just becuase adultery may be a 'smaller' or 'lesser' afront than others, doesn't mean it isn't one, or shouldn't count.

This one was one of hte few decision that was Michael's to control, really. And as several commentators have pointed out, he *did* seem to want very much to be a 'good and faithful' husband to Elena, within the narrow confines where he had some freedom of action to make that choice.

So - once I started thinking about it - I thought it was interesting that in canon the issue of voluntary sexual fidelity was important to both Michael and Nikita, maybe almost especially in an environment where they both had to deal with involuntary infidelity. That even in their environment, so full of other greater, more terrible things that people could and did do to each other, this one *still* mattered to them.

I thought that was interesting.

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