How the fuck does this have only 18 upvotes and no comments?
This is great. I love Ian and Kyouko's characterization here and their struggles outlined here (it helps that I have a certain voice/personality in mind whenever I read Kyouko's dialog), and the portrayal of the Chaos Insurgency here actually makes sense for me. It's still not great, but the fact that it's told through the eyes of a party that isn't the Foundation or the CI makes this much better for me. And the action scene here wasn't over-the-top in a way that broke immersion for me (though the end with the heart nearly toed that line for me, but at least justified why someone had to die to get through the Way).