Turns out Zexion is insane.
I met him in the quad. Below is my best attempt to put recreate how our conversation went:
Zexion: "You came."
A: "What's this about?"
Z: "Just wanted to see how you were holding up. Being a hybrid and all."
A: "...So you've read my blog."
Z: "I have."
A: "How long have you known?"
Z: "[Roxas] told me a while ago. I've known all about it for weeks. Remember that night Shelby got real drunk, and me and [Roxas] had to take her home?"
I didn't like where this conversation was going. "Yeah?"
Z: "I kept watch. He impregnated her. Different genders in regards to the Camper and Human. Different strain of ink. EAT was hoping that it would yield different results."
A: "You're sick."
Z: "No. You're wrong. You, her, everyone... You all are the sick ones."
It was at this point I began to realize that he was crazy. But curiosity got the better of me: "What do you mean?"
Z: "You're afraid. You look at EAT and you see a monster. You're so comfortable in your own little lives that you don't realize the potential of the ink. It's different, so you fear it."
A: "Spare me the fake philosophy."
Z: "Fake? No. Why do people have wars? Why do they kill each other? Hurt each other? Because they don't understand each other. They are motivated by their own selfish needs. But if everyone had the same mind, if everyone had the same needs, without a sense of self, then there would be no pain. There would be only contentment."
A: "So you want to become a Camper, because you're too much of a coward to face pain."
Z: "Listen to yourself. So you don't want to jump of a cliff, because you're too much of a coward to face death? That logic is retarded. I've had enough pain in my life, thank you very much. EAT provides a safe way out. We are defined by our minds. The sum total of our knowledge and memories. When EAT takes those into itself, it is essentially taking us into itself. Mr. Frederick, from the diary, understood that. His followers understood that. Why can't you?"
I didn't have an answer for him, so he continued: "As it said in the diary, let your blood be blood no more. Consume the ink and become a full Camper. Jester and his boss won't care about you if you become a part f EAT. Replace your tainted blood with pure ink, and you'll be safe."
It made sense. As much as I hated it, as much as what he was saying repulsed me, it made fucking sense. "I'll think about it," I told him.
Zexion smiled. "Understandable. People always have a hard time when their introduced to new perspectives. [Roxas] gave me a bottle of ink. I'd be happy to share it with you."
I nodded. "Like I said, I'll think about it."
And then I walked away.