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The SOLDIER Firsts Try Painting With a Twist

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Sephiroth, Angeal, and Genesis toast with wine while wearing casual clothes and aprons.


The session Sephiroth, Angeal, and Genesis attend is for beginners. The painting they will recreate is a simple still life featuring Banora White apples.


A wicker basket with a yellow bow on it. Inside is a "Banora White" apple, which has a blue peel, and one apple core. There is also an apple core outside and next to the basket.


Angeal drinks in moderation and paints diligently. He makes a generally faithful copy of the composition, but adds enough of himself to succeed at making the image his own.


The same painting as above, only that without outlines, and the center apple has Angeal's face on it.


Sephiroth long thought he was special, because he had been told that lefties were better at art than right-handed people. He finds the idea that inebriated amateurs could attempt painting insulting, and refuses to copy the example. Alas, his creative train of thought tends to stay on familiar tracks.

A Banora White tree to the left arches over sandy hills. In the foreground an apple has been cleaved in two by a paring knife sticking straight up in the ground. Beyond are other pieces of apple in pools of their own juice. The sky is a dark red-black.

Genesis thought he could out-drink and out-paint Sephiroth. But he gets so hammered he can barely keep his brush on the canvas. Ultimately, he decides to pour a bottle of wine over the canvas, break the bottle over it, and take a photograph of the resulting mess.

[You’re just gonna have to imagine this one because I really don’t feel like ruining a canvas and dealing with broken glass. Thank you for your understanding & cooperation.]

Genesis posts his photo to social media, and is awarded an honorary MFA in Performance Art from the most prestigious art school in Midgar. On paper, this gives him more education than Sephiroth, who only has the Certificate of Completion his governess created in MS Paint and printed out for him when he finished his home schooling for compulsory education.

Genesis is wearing a Master's cap & gown, holding a rolled up diploma, and blowing a raspberry at Sephiroth, who is holding a blue Trapper Keeper. He tells Genesis "Go rot," and text on the image points to Sephiroth saying "Getting his GED via correspondence courses."