Memoirs of A Clone
Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
— Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness
Indeed every monad must be different from every other. For there are never in nature two beings, which are precisely alike, and in which it is not possible to find some difference which is internal, or based on some intrinsic quality.
— Gottfried Leibniz, The Monadology
All things truly wicked start from an innocence.
— Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
None is stranger than this tale—of the most powerful Pokémon of all…
— Narrator, Mewtwo Strikes Back
Archive, Index, and Notes:
Part One: Awakening
Part Two: Giovanni
Part Three: Wilderness
Part Four: Reckoning
[FONT="Palatino Linotype"]Complete Archive (Offsite):[/FONT]
Striking Back: Memoirs of a Clone
Welcome! You may be wondering: what exactly is this thing? Well, Striking Back is a long and unusual fanfiction I've been working on for a while. What it is, at its core, is my attempt to retell the story of Mew and Mewtwo in a radically different format. Think Gregory Maguire crossed with Satoshi Tajiri. I don't adhere precisely to events as they are told in the movie Mewtwo Strikes Back, but nonetheless, I've used both the English and Japanese scripts for the movie as very heavy inspiration. It's a hybrid approach that tries to show the Pokemon world in a different light.
It's unusual in being very long, 77,000 words at last count, and in being divided into six or so "parts" instead of chapters. I liked the idea of doing that from the beginning, but these parts can get rather long, particularly part two. So that I don't test your patience, I won't be waiting until a part is completed to post it: whenever I finish a scene or a large idea, I'll add it here, until the entire part is completed. I'll keep you informed about the date of my last update.
As I mentioned, I've already written quite a lot. All of it is available in that offsite archive I linked to above, but in this thread, I think we're going to have to play catch-up for a little while. My plan is to start with the Prologue and a large chunk of the first Part, and post updates regularly until we've caught up with what I've already written and put in the archive (late part two). Then I'll press full steam ahead, updating both. (Note: I think that should be copacetic with the Workshop rules. If it isn't, please let me know.)
At any rate, I hope you enjoy what I've created. I welcome any questions, comments and critique; I'm curious to know what you think.
Without further ado, let us begin!