Let me start this off by saying that I'm not homophobic nor am I anti-gay. Having said that I'm rather irked at the fact that the rule of thumb seems to be for far too many ships "Well these two cute people or interesting characters shared a scene so in fic they shall share a bed." Or the writer likes these two guys (or two gals) in these 2 different fandoms and ships them even though those 2 or more universes are mutually exclusive of each other. Then there is the fact that some just choose to ignore canon. While I don't really like her character that much, the one decent thing Lauren's arrival has done in Heroes is demonstrate that Noah Bennetis straight. Irregardless of screen caps taken totally out of context, the fact remains that with Sandra out of the picture, divorced from Noah, and dating Doug, who is Noah Bennet aka HRG chasing? That's right LAUREN a WOMAN!!!!! But long before Lauren ever showed up in a new view of the events of Season 1, I refused to accept Claude and Bennet were anything more than really close friends in the brotherly sense. Even if I bought for a minute that Claude was gay or even bi, I cannot accept that Claude would be that much of a jerk to Sandra. Stealing stuff is one thing ADULTERY against a friend is another and with what snippets we are given, we are lead to believe that Claude has not only his own ethical code but also that he was fairly close to HRG's family well. Claude even comments on how HRG was distant from Claire at about the time when HRG shot Claude. How would Claude have known that if he was not close with his coworker's family? Even if that is not the case and somehow, HRG being straight were not canon, I really don't buy that Claude would let Bennet anywhere near him after HRG shot him. This is Claude * freaking * Rains, you know the man who threw Peter off a building in an attempt to teach Peter to fly?!?!? I'm also guessing and hoping that a good many of you reading this have never been deeply betrayed by someone you cared about and truly trusted and, if you have, certainly not in such a manner that you almost died. I really hope you haven't and never are because I have. I forgave one betrayal and almost paid for that act of kindness with my life when I was betrayed yet again by that same person. If he tried to come back into my life now, after that, after almost costing me my life, he'd get yelled at, and screamed at, and told to stay the hell away from me, at the very least! I want nothing to do with that person and I figure the best revenge I can get on him is to live well after and despite the garbage he pulled and the absolute hell he put me through. I did love this person once but there is no way I'd ever let him back in my life. Having lived through that, I can't see how, or even believe that Claude would let HRG back in his life irregardless of how he felt about HRG before HRG nearly killed him. In canon, Claude BOLTED after HRG almost caught him and Peter and went not to HRG, nor anywhere near HRG, but back to the UK.And HRG and Rene the Haitian were only using tasers and not bullets, non lethal even if painful weapons. So those of you with your crazy contra-canon shipping, knock yourselves out, have a blast but don't ever expect me to believe or accept what ships you concoct, especially if they involve HRG and Claude being together. The only fic I wanna see right now with both Claude and HRG in it is Claude kicking the crap out of HRG and then walking away. As I said in the cut, nothing sinks a ship like canon.