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    It’s just Len’s luck that magic is real. It’s just Barry’s luck that he got himself cursed. It’s just Iris’s luck that both of these idiots never do anything the easy way.

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    1
    He couldn’t keep the ice out of his voice as he quietly chastised, “now that’s just twisted—he’s in that condition and you want me to sleep with him, Doctor?”
    “He’s going to die if you don’t.”
    “Not exactly enthusiastic consent.”
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    “Barry… you do realize that I’m the one raping you?”
    “You’re really not.”
    “You can’t consent to this.”
    “I literally beg you for it,”
    “You can’t control that, that much is painfully obvious, Barry.”
    “Neither can you.”
    “I can. I did.”
    “You don’t and I die, that’s not consent!”
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    “Magic is… intuitive. It senses and responds to the world, to the caster’s Intent, to the recipient’s will. Magic is felt.”
    “I didn’t want to be at my enemy’s mercy,” Barry snarled, sitting forward again. How quickly he bared his teeth.
    “Don’t mistake me. It was no more your desire than Katherine’s. The Intent behind her magic was to have you… powerless? Intent is important in casting. But that is very nonspecific Intent, and nonspecificity is dangerous in my line of work. It opened the curse up. [...] And you are… strong willed. That will make things harder.”
    “My curse must be interacting with you—with your Will. You being strong willed means you’re not really giving yourself fully to Captain Cold."
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    “A strong Will is potent, and there are ways to bend without breaking. The curse is working with you, making so you don’t feel you can fake or fight this. It creates a desire to submit, I’m guessing? But you’re too stubborn to give yourself over genuinely, deeply, even with that magical incentive, the Intent of the curse bending you to give that power away. So the problem arises… You don’t recognize false submission within yourself. It’s always possible to give it truly, but with a Will like you must have, I suspect you have to deeply mean it. Within the burning heat, without it—you have to give yourself wholly and without reservation.”
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    “What is submission without the genuine desire to submit? It’s a shackle. And you, I imagine, don’t view a shackle as giving yourself fully?”
    Len watched Barry’s face. Around the eyes, the downcast look there, the disappointment. “Not… really.”
    “Just biding your time until you can break free.”
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    “a lesson about using magic on people with as strong a Will as The Flash, or as good a heart.”
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    "Mr. Allen, it’s clear you have a big heart but—and correct me if I’m wrong—you’re the hopeless romantic type?”
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    “And with her, with your lovers—your loves—there are parts of yourself you reserve only for them, things that you do that are unique to those relationships and not others. A short list of things, maybe, but one that includes sex.”
    “So the curse… so because sex is special to me—because I only—”
    “Because romantic love is special to you. Because you would do anything for Iris, and no one else. Because the only people you do give yourself to—in a way that you recognize as true submission, as truly giving your power and all that you are—are the people with whom you fall in love. And because one of the more meaningful ways that you choose to show that is by sharing sex with those people, a gift of your deepest self. Because lust and sex are tied to love inside of you. And maybe, too, because your love—your lust—was so fresh with Iris that it muddied what might have otherwise been your Interpretation of the curse, had you not been so suffused with it when this curse was cast.”
    “I—I don’t—”
    “You do. I’m sorry, Mr. A… Barry. I’m sorry. I don’t envy your position. Any of yours. “The sex allows you to survive, to make it a cycle, because it is a facsimile of a gift you give to those you love. But it will never break your curse. Only one thing can do that.”
    Iris inhaled, wet and deep. Tears were streaming down her face. Barry looked like he’d been stabbed and gutted. Len was going to throw up.
    “You have to fall in love—truly, genuinely in love—with your mortal enemy.”
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    Barry’s a ridiculous romantic who canonically treats the people he’s in love with different than anyone else in terms of what he’d do for them and how far he’ll go for them. Like I seriously did pull these ideas of will and interpretation straight from his canon characterization.
    (As for “why lust” if it still feels kind of opaque here, Iris will ruminate a bit more on that later. It’s really just a… personality thing.)
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    the same curse hitting Joe? Would’ve been like, him needing to adopt an enemy? Loving it like a child? He puts all of himself into raising his kids, gives everything he can and is to his children. The same curse hitting Cisco? Would’ve been a more in keeping with Kat’s intent. It would’ve been sacrificing and willing to die if an enemy willed it, not because he’s not strong willed, but because he sees submission more objectively. “I bare my neck, I submit, curse is over, bam.”

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