TCampbell wrote:Avagadro? Seriously? What, because he outwitted Kharisma?
More like because he doesn't seem to have the sorts of weaknesses Cyndi tend to exploit (other people they care about; idealism; sense of guilt and/or regret and/or shame over past experiences in life; basically, a sense of -good-).
That, and as Kharisma had sadly tried; even some methods of direct murder doesn't really affect him. (dead) Old guy is tough.
I'm not talking about outwitting; more like -surviving-. I'm sure Cyndi could even spin the most disadvantageous situation and/or position to her advantage (even her situation with Charlotte are thisclose, wasn't it).
Granted; she could just walk away and find another target. Or manipulate someone else to do the job, if push comes to play. I totally can see her doing it.
...It's scary. You're really creating a sociopath, aren't you, T? *shivers again*
(I wasn't here when Missing Person arc happened, so I might miss the depth and extent of Cyndi's monstrosity. Apologize for any belittling remarks I might have sprouted.)
It does depend on who's writing it, for sure, but in my view, the S*P cast's best defense against a real monster like that is their friendships. Viewed individually, most of them seem like they should've slipped into bitter, miserable wastes by now, and the remainder sometimes seem a bit naive. But that's why they have each other, and why they work. And there are certain things about friendship that Cyndi, for all her insight, will never fully process. You'd need a heart to do that.
I wholeheartedly agree; with Freemage's words too. If taking this matter seriously, I'm pretty sure Davan and co. have bigger chance to see the warning siren blinking from far, far away, as far as monsters like Cyndi are concerned.
And to tie it with the topic, I think it's that sense, feeling, and understanding of related camaraderie and very close friendship that Helen lacks, and doesn't understand yet? So far her most meaningful relationship has been with Nancy only. I can only hope by the time of Six Septembers Later; she'd have known and learned close, non-parasitic friendships -- and opening herself to it, too.