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COI - Yes, Strife is unquestionably a total psycho
Yup, I'm in major COI-ficcing mode this weekend. O_o

This is yet another random COI-snippet which takes place after the first major run-in with Strife. It's really a mood sketch, written more for the 'feel' and dialogue than anything else, so please ignore any continuity issues and just go with the flow. ::sweatdrop::

FYI, understand that Strife's view of the world is rather... em, skewed, so please take his version and interpretation of events with a healthy dose of skepticism.

WARNING: adult language and themes

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When the incoming transmission appeared on the large wall monitor in Reeve's office, Cid and the others were treated to the interesting sight of Cloud -- or Strife, as he was now calling himself -- lounging back in a leather-covered, executive-style chair with his booted feet propped up on the console and his hands folded behind his head.

Strife grinned at them, clearly enjoying their obvious stress and worry.

"I see you guys survived the little present I left you. Even the little Wutai bitch. Next time, I'll remember to kill the fucking chocobos first."

There was a feverish, manic glitter to those glowing blue eyes that sent chills down Cid's spine.

(Good friggin' god. They told me what happened but... Shit, Cloud's totally out of his flippin' MIND!)

Those overly brilliant eyes slid over to the black-clad figure leaning against the wall behind the others and the vicious little smirk broadened.

"Nothing to say, General? I'm not surprised, considering how hard I kicked your fancy leather-covered butt." Strife dropped his hands, propping them on the arms of the chair, and leaned forward toward the camera.

"Tell me, how does it feel to no longer be the nastiest badass on the block? Huh?" Strife leaned back, pulled off a glove and examined his fingernails smugly. "Bet that really stings, doesn't it? But it was inevitable, you know. I mean, here I am, super-SOLDIER version 2.0 and you're nothing but an obsolete prototype."

Sephiroth said nothing as Strife lolled back in the chair, and gazed dreamily at the ceiling as if savoring the memory. Then, without warning, Strife jerked his head back down and stared at them.

"And now, I bet you guys are pissing your pants, wondering what I'm going to do next. Especially, with this little bauble." Strife picked up the greenish-black chunk of materia and started to idly toss it into the air. With a sudden snap of the wrist, he snatched up the materia and held it before the camera.

"Well, that's for me to know, and for you to...." He shrugged eloquently ".... sit back and watch, I suppose. Because there's nothing you can do to stop me." Strife rocked back and forth in the leather chair for a moment, then drawled, "You know, you guys really should be grateful to me. I've already taken care of one of your biggest problems. Well, a problem for puny guys like you, but not for someone like me."

A small window opened in the corner of the monitor and in it, they could see something scaled and tentacled writhing slowly against a wall. It was firmly pinned in place by what was unmistakably one of Cloud's swords. After a moment, they all realized what, or rather -who-, was pinned to the wall like some sort of oversized bug specimen.

"Hojo!?"

After a few minutes of silence, a rather peeved looking Strife said, "What, no congratulations, no thanks for the hero who just saved your pathetic necks from this bastard?"

The old saying about jumping out of the frying pan into the fire never felt more true. Reeve heard Yuffie mumble hoarsely, "I know, I think I prefer dealing with psycho-Sephiroth."

From the quick sideways looks Yuffie got from her companions, it was clear that most of of them couldn't have agreed more. If insane Sephiroth was ice, coldly calculating and deliberate, then Strife was fire -- erratic and terrifyingly unpredictable.

Strife obviously heard Yuffie's muttered comment, but instead of being offended, he was clearly pleased.

"Maybe you're not as stupid as you look." Strife said, eyeing Yuffie thoughtfully. "But you're still an annoying, noisy little bitch."

The casual, almost bored way Strife spoke was a lot more unsettling than the actual words themselves. And there was an underlying nastiness in Strife's glowing blue eyes that made Yuffie twitch involuntarily.

Strife noticed that, too. He grinned, blatantly enjoying the girl's uneasiness.

"Don't worry. You're not pretty enough to tempt me into doing more than cutting you up into little chunks."

Her voice still raspy from Cloud's... no, Strife's near-fatal attack, Yuffie said, "Am I supposed to feel relieved or insulted by that?"

"Oh, definitely relieved."

Tifa finally managed to shake free of her horrified trance and uttered an agonized, "Cloud...!"

Strife's glittering blue eyes turned to the brunette, almost skewering her with the sheer intensity of his stare.

"YOU, however, are a different story. Do you know how often I've dreamed about you, Tifa? Dreamed about ramming myself into you and treating you like the filthy slut you are? To say nothing about committing kinky atrocities with your bloody corpse." Strife leaned back, propped his feet back onto the console, folded his arms, and said with obvious glee, "I am going to SO enjoy making you scream."

Sephiroth's voice sliced through the stunned silence.

"Let. Zack. Go."

They all turned to stare at the ex-General. He wasn't looking at the monitor, at Strife. His head was bent, those ice green eyes hooded and hidden from view.

Strife dropped his feet to the floor with a thud and sat up abruptly in the chair.

"Let that son-of-a-bitch go? No fucking way! You think that I'm going to let that greedy bastard go after what he put me through!? If there's one person that I'm going to enjoy hurting more than Hojo or Tifa-bitch here, it's Mr. Hotshot SOLDIER First Class Zack!"

"And what the hell did he ever do to you?" Cid exploded, "Except save your... Cloud's... oh, whoever's life by getting you out of Hojo's lab!?"

"Save my life?" Strife yelled, jumping to his feet. Planting his hands on the console and glaring into the camera, he snarled, "Zack didn't save my life. He fucking STOLE it, you mean!"

Strife uttered a scornful laugh and shook his head. "I was the one who spent years taking care of that shit-assed, pussywuss Cloud. Years of having to listen to his constant whining and moaning about how nobody loved him, or even remotely cared about him. I was the one who had to clean up his screwups, the one with the guts to do something when he got hurt! I was the one who tried to protect him in Nibelheim and keep those damn scientists from ripping his mind apart."

"And you know what? Zack wasn't Cloud's friend. He was the ENEMY. Zack was the one destroying him, only Cloud was too fucking stupid to realize it!" Strife growled, slamming a fist on the console and leaving a sizable dent.

"I tried to warn Cloud, over and over again. I told him what Zack was doing to him, how those scientists were trying to turn him into a mindless puppet -- a puppet controlled by Zack."

"And do you know what thanks I got for all my effort? Nothing. Zip. Zilch. Not so much as a 'thank you'. That idiot Cloud wouldn't listen to me. He'd rather let Zack mindrape him into oblivion than face the truth about one of his 'heroes'. I mean, just how pathetic can you get? I guess after what happened with Sephiroth, Cloud wasn't willing to lose another idol."

Strife laughed viciously and raked a his hair from his eyes. "Rather than fight and endure the pain, Cloud let himself be filled with Zack-thoughts, Zack-memories...." He paused, bared his teeth before continuing, "....and Zack-feelings."

"But... but... Zack helped you... Cloud... escape from the lab," whispered Tifa. "Why would he do that if he was... helping the scientists?"

On the monitor, Strife grinned maliciously at her. "Who knows? Maybe he decided to double-cross his scientist buddies. Maybe ole Zack got greedy and decided that he didn't want to share his puppet-boy with anyone. Or maybe he thought that Cloud was becoming too good a copy and was afraid that he, the original, might be considered expendable."

He shrugged carelessly. "But you're right. Zack escaped and took Cloud with him. By that time, there really wasn't much left of stupid little Cloud. And after all I've done for him, I deserved -something- in return."

"A body of your own." It was Reeve that spoke, his voice sharp and precise.

"Yeah. So I took it."

"Then why kill Zack?" Reeve demanded, ignoring Tifa's shocked gasp.

"Because he knew, or at least suspected, I was there. He wanted to get rid of me." Strife smiled smugly. "I just got rid of him first. After all, a preemptive strike is a well-accepted military tactic. Any SOLDIER would tell you that."

"But something went wrong."

Strife laughed bitterly. "Oh yeah. Pathetic little Cloud got all upset that I killed off his 'friend'. After everything we'd been through together, he picks Zack. Cloud tried to get rid of me. For once in his miserable life, he nearly accomplished what he set out to do. But not quite." Strife snorted contemptuously. "How typical of him. It took me a while, but now I'm back. And now I'm going to make Zack pay for taking what was rightfully mine!"

He paused, then continued, "Do you have any idea what's like being forced to endure someone else's memories and emotions, their most intimate dreams and most secret fantasies. What it's like to deal with Zack's fucking memories of... well, you two fucking!" Strife jabbed a finger unmistakably in Sephiroth's direction.

"Do you have any idea how often I had to relive that crap in his dreams, the feel of your cold bony fingers crawling all over his skin, your slimy tongue down his throat, about having your damn cock up his ass!? Just thinking about it makes me want to puke!" Strife choked out, before bursting into loud, nearly hysterical laughter and slumping back down into his chair.

As his laughter faded, Strife said breathlessly, "But you know what the worse part is? Being forced to constantly FEEL all the nauseating love and devotion he has for you, his dearest and closest friend. How's that for diabolical torture, huh? To be forced to feel -love- for your worst enemy!?" There was a wild edge to his laughter, a wildness bordering on outright dementia.

Throughout Strife's rambling outburst, Sephiroth had remained deadly silent. But at Strife's last words, something... changed, a subtle shift in demeanor that went unnoticed by the others, who were much too focused on Strife's behavior.

"Let. Him. Go," Sephiroth repeated, still not looking at Strife, still without any visible or audible emotion.

Strife said with blatant satisfaction, "No." He eyed Sephiroth, his mouth curving up into a gloating smile. "I will do whatever I fucking want to Zack and anyone else who gets in my way. And you know what? I killed him once before, and now I'm going to do it again. But this time, it's going to be much, much slower. And much, much more painful. It makes me hard just thinking about it. And you can't stop me!"

"Zack is mine. Let him go."

It was Sephiroth's third and unmistakably -final- warning. But apparently intoxicated on his newfound powers, drunk on the pleasure of finally having his own body, Strife either didn't hear or simply didn't care.

"Make me. If you can."

"Is that... a dare?" Sephiroth's question was quiet, almost gentle, more like a breath than actual words. But no one, sane or not, could miss the terrifying menace in that near-whisper.

On the monitor, they saw Strife's expression tighten and falter in mid-gloat, but only for an instant. He grinned nastily and said, "Sure. Why not? If you want Zack that badly, you're going to have to come and get him. You don't have a chance, of course -- I'm faster, stronger, and more powerful than you can ever be. But by all means, give it your best shot, Sephi-poo."

And with that last taunting insult, the monitor went blank.

Sephiroth finally lifted his head... and smiled.

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Comments
ardwynna_m From: ardwynna_m Date: January 8th, 2006 06:28 am (UTC) (Link)
My god, that's delicious insanity! It hit me like a craving for spicy food, for the burning on the tongue that won't go away unless you eat more and keep your mouth too busy to be on fire.
fontech From: fontech Date: January 8th, 2006 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)
.... omg I am in LOVE. SO MUCH LOVE. OMFG.

♥ Strife is evil and awesome and I want to see Sephiroth kick his ass. (And save Zack. omg. What's going to happen to Zack?!! ;____;)

You do dramatic/hella creepy so insanely well. I envy and enjoy it so very much, ^^; and I hope the CoI muse doesn't fade away anytime soon, >.>
uki_fune From: uki_fune Date: January 8th, 2006 07:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Should be interesting to see Strife and Sephiroth go at it. Lovely writing, as always.
artimusdin From: artimusdin Date: January 8th, 2006 07:51 am (UTC) (Link)
... you've left me utterly and completely breathless. So totally can't wait for more. *__*
mimi_sardinia From: mimi_sardinia Date: January 8th, 2006 09:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooooooooooooooooooh boy!

You know, up until this, I haven't been sure that Sephiroth and Zack's friendship was anything more than just friendship. It's nice to finally have confirmation that it is more - even if it's curtesy of Strike's foul mouth.

As for Strife, he really does have a warped idea of how the world is. I got the idea that Zack really didn't know anything about the transfer of his personality - his soul - into Cloud Strife's body and now that he is there he's only just starting to wake up (something Sephiroth said to him).

Anyhow... ^_^
mandy138 From: mandy138 Date: January 8th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Maybe I misinterpretted, but I don't think that's what Strife had meant. The line that I took to be confirmation of a romantic relationship between Sephiroth and Zack was the very succinct line of "Zack is mine". The other ranting, I believe, was Strife going off about how Cloud was dreaming of those things between himself and Sephiroth, wishing for them, and that's why Strife was so pissed. Strife was the one that avenged Cloud's mother and town after Sephiroth destroyed it. He's acting out in vengence of jealousy and resentment of Cloud completely ignoring him and pushing him away. It could be viewed that Strife is another jealous lover seeking the same thing from Cloud as Cloud seeks from another.

But I could be wrong. >.>
mimi_sardinia From: mimi_sardinia Date: January 8th, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
The context I get from that part makes it seem to me that Strife is talking about Zack's memories and feelings, not Cloud's.
mandy138 From: mandy138 Date: January 9th, 2006 05:17 am (UTC) (Link)
It does have that quality to it as well. However, in retrospect, it feels as if it is quite possibly what both Zack and Cloud feel. After all, when Cloud throws the mug at Tifa, it is in a jealous 'stay out of my way/business' manner, I think, and leave me alone (with him). I feel as if Strife is twice vexed by the double stand against him in that regard. XD But like I said, not being the author or in any way intimately familiar with her, weight cannot be given to my views.
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: January 13th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC) (Link)
the very succinct line of "Zack is mine".

This may or may not be a confirmation of a romantic relationship between Sephiroth and Zack, but it definitely represents a possessive interest on Sephiroth's part. But I think you guys might have a good idea when possessiveness runs amok. ::drumbeat of doom::

The other ranting, I believe, was Strife going off about how Cloud was dreaming of those things between himself and Sephiroth, wishing for them, and that's why Strife was so pissed.

It's the Zack-part of Cloud (because at this point, they're very deeply intermeshed) that was dreaming of more pleasant times gone by. And considering how much Strife hates and fears Sephiroth, it must be almost unbearable.

Strife was the one that avenged Cloud's mother and town after Sephiroth destroyed it. He's acting out in vengence of jealousy and resentment of Cloud completely ignoring him and pushing him away. It could be viewed that Strife is another jealous lover seeking the same thing from Cloud as Cloud seeks from another.

Afraid not. ^_^; It isn't clear exactly who defeated Sephiroth back at Nibelheim (Zack or original Cloud), but it definitely wasn't Strife. Although I'm sure that Strife enjoys taking credit for doing so.

Maybe Strife felt something for Cloud long ago, but that feeling (if it ever existed) is long gone. Strife was originally a part of the original Cloud, spun off to cope with the things Cloud couldn't deal with himself. So basically Strife was dumped with all sorts of abuse and painful crap, and it's no wonder he develops a serious resentment to his creator. He doesn't want a relationship with Cloud -- Strife wants to wholly supplant Cloud.
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: January 13th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)
As for Strife, he really does have a warped idea of how the world is. I got the idea that Zack really didn't know anything about the transfer of his personality - his soul - into Cloud Strife's body and now that he is there he's only just starting to wake up (something Sephiroth said to him)

You're right. Zack didn't know what was going on. The scientists made considerable efforts to keep Zack from knowing about this mental invasion. As for why he didn't realize it from Cloud's behavior (assuming that they had contact toward the latter part of the Nibelheim years), there's a whole variety of possible reasons. Cloud may have been incapable of only the most rudimentary physical responses, Cloud may have had mental black outs, etc.

But Zack was definitely a wholly innocent party in the experiment. The sad thing being that the more he tried to help Cloud (by talking to him, etc.) the worse it got for Cloud.
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 10th, 2006 01:27 am (UTC) (Link)
MORE MORE!
mukanshin From: mukanshin Date: January 10th, 2006 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
*spazz fest of DOOM*

OMDFG I LOVE YOU! *sobbles all over you* How you torture me so~! X3!

The first thing that popped into mind whilst reading? "WHAT PRESENT!? OH DEAR GOD WHAT PRESENT???!!!" at which point I mentally slide out of my chair into a puddle of tormented fangirl goo. >.> Trust me, if I wasn't at work that would have been a physical slide out of me chair into a puddle of tormented fangirl goo. o.o

Over all me really likes, though I must admit, atleast to myself, Strife seemed a bit too....cold and calculating. Yes he was a little rantyish and all but it just seemed to...reserved..?...for him. I remember him being more agitated and worked up, more...expresive..? in his demeanor. Or something. 'cause I can't quite make my thoughts make sense on this. ^^;; His attitude seemed bit too Sephypoo-ish to me I supose, though again with more slightly unhinged rantingness sprinkled in.

<3 The maybe affirmation that Sephiroth & Zack were lovers. <3

Loved it. Especially the implication that Sephy was seme. <3 For some reason I can never picture him as being uke. You know giving up the control and such though it would be a big sign of trust and whatnot it just does not compute. o.x

As has been mentioned above by other commenters. This is quite an interesting maybe affirmation. On one hand it could be confirming the suspitions and little hints and glimpses of a true Seph/Zack moment or it could be the whole Psycho Sephy/blankminded Cloud/Stife/Zack puppet incident that occured during a previous snippit. Or even a little mixture of both. Strifes last lines of pointing towards said snippit seems to allude to that as being the case, certainly touched a nerve in Sephy X3!, but I think a mixture of a true pairing and that incident would certainly put a more...complicatedly deliciuos spin on things. (espcecially within Cloud/Zack/Stife's mind) X3~~

Meanwhile O.O Sephies demeanor slightly changing errmm.... Oh boy. My little fangirl heart's all a twitter over this one. Could it be a little foreshadowing of Psycho Sephies to come? *gets a mental image of Psycho Sephy & Strife facing off* ^___________^. Happy thought!

*gives lots of Strife shaped cookies* Sank you for the two little drabbles. They have me extremely happy and please ^^;; forgive my ramblingness.

madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: January 13th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC) (Link)
::cough wheeze::

The first thing that popped into mind whilst reading? "WHAT PRESENT!? OH DEAR GOD WHAT PRESENT???!!!"

Oh, I don't know -- perhaps the equivalent of a small nuclear warhead? ^_-

Over all me really likes, though I must admit, atleast to myself, Strife seemed a bit too....cold and calculating. Yes he was a little rantyish and all but it just seemed to...reserved..?...for him.

Well, Strife is blatantly crazy, but he's certainly not the gibbering, frothing at the mouth type of crazy. He can be sly, cunning, calculating, and even patient if it allows him to ultimately get what he wants. Think about this -- Strife has been doggedly picking at the original Cloud's self-image for YEARS, magnifying the original Cloud's insecurity and sense of inadequacy. Who knows, maybe the events in the game and Last Order (i.e., Cloud defeating Sephiroth) actually took place in COI. It's Strife who has been dropping poisonous whispers that it was really Zack who defeated Sephiroth at the Nibel Reactor, etc. Strife's had a long time to brood about the 'crimes' against him, a long time to plan his revenge, and now he has the chance to carry out his dreams -- now he can finally grind everyone's face in the fact that he's 'the best, the strongest', etc.

<3 The maybe affirmation that Sephiroth & Zack were lovers. <3

Yup, semi-affirmed in the most sordid way possible, considering how Strife phrases it.

Loved it. Especially the implication that Sephy was seme. <3 For some reason I can never picture him as being uke. You know giving up the control and such though it would be a big sign of trust and whatnot it just does not compute. o.x
I have never quite 'gotten' the apparent fixation people have for categorizing characters as seme or uke. ^_^;; Yes, I agree that Sephiroth does seem the type to be seme, because of his need to control things. But on the flip side, if there was anyone that he would 'graciously allow' to top him, it would be Zack.

As has been mentioned above by other commenters. This is quite an interesting maybe affirmation. On one hand it could be confirming the suspitions and little hints and glimpses of a true Seph/Zack moment or it could be the whole Psycho Sephy/blankminded Cloud/Stife/Zack puppet incident that occured during a previous snippit.
Yes, I did deliberately leave things quite vague, didn't I? ::grins evilly:: The others (and thus the reader) can't read Strife's mind, so they can't possibly know exactly which memories or incidents he's thinking about when he rants on like this. Hell, for all they know, Strife's totally delusional or flat out lying -- although this is somewhat unlikely considering the other hints lying around.

Meanwhile O.O Sephies demeanor slightly changing errmm.... Oh boy. My little fangirl heart's all a twitter over this one. Could it be a little foreshadowing of Psycho Sephies to come? *gets a mental image of Psycho Sephy & Strife facing off* ^___________^. Happy thought!
Considering how powerful Strife is, poor Sephy may not have a choice but to resort to extreme measures. ::innocent whistle::

*gives lots of Strife shaped cookies* Sank you for the two little drabbles. They have me extremely happy and please ^^;; forgive my ramblingness.
::takes cookies with tongs, in order spreading nasty nasty respiratory bug::
mukanshin From: mukanshin Date: January 13th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I don't know -- perhaps the equivalent of a small nuclear warhead? ^_-

O= The equivalent of a small nuclear warhead you say? Ewww~~~ Pretty! You're just making me giddy all over again.

Well, Strife is blatantly crazy, but he's certainly not the gibbering, frothing at the mouth type of crazy. He can be sly, cunning, calculating, and even patient if it allows him to ultimately get what he wants. Think about this -- Strife has been doggedly picking at the original Cloud's self-image for YEARS, magnifying the original Cloud's insecurity and sense of inadequacy. Who knows, maybe the events in the game and Last Order (i.e., Cloud defeating Sephiroth) actually took place in COI. It's Strife who has been dropping poisonous whispers that it was really Zack who defeated Sephiroth at the Nibel Reactor, etc. Strife's had a long time to brood about the 'crimes' against him, a long time to plan his revenge, and now he has the chance to carry out his dreams -- now he can finally grind everyone's face in the fact that he's 'the best, the strongest', etc.

:2 He still seemed just a wee bit too reserved to me, though things you say I know. Although the quite ones more scary. :X These things you say of the inconsistancy of the gamea & last order working in COI would be very good. The more you think of it there more it seems that Last Order was made specifically with COI in mind. O.o Or is that just me?

I have never quite 'gotten' the apparent fixation people have for categorizing characters as seme or uke. ^_^;;

Niether do I actually. O.o; Though I tend to be very set on a particular order if one is formed in my mind. Same with pairings. ^^;; Mayhaps it was just the way that I wormed my way into the yaoi/slash fandom.

Yes, I did deliberately leave things quite vague, didn't I? ::grins evilly:: The others (and thus the reader) can't read Strife's mind, so they can't possibly know exactly which memories or incidents he's thinking about when he rants on like this. Hell, for all they know, Strife's totally delusional or flat out lying -- although this is somewhat unlikely considering the other hints lying around.

Truth be told I was actually suprised when no one in the group seemed to have any kind of reaction to ah..news of Sephy & Zack being maybe lovers. At the very least I would have expected some kind of reaction from Reeves since he was suspecting and such.

Considering how powerful Strife is, poor Sephy may not have a choice but to resort to extreme measures. ::innocent whistle::

WEE!!!!!!!!!!! ~~^____^~~
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 10th, 2006 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
*Shudders* oh my fuckin’ god....*Fanning herself* So many questions, not enough answers...must...have more...

When did they find out that he was Zack? how?

And Strife, what did he do, what is he doing to Zack?

And oh...Seph's lines...God, his whole attitude.....*Melts into a puddle* Must have more...COI......This was just…delicious….
bard_linn From: bard_linn Date: January 11th, 2006 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Yup, I'm in major COI-ficcing mode this weekend. O_o This does not distress me! <33333

Strife, WHY are you juggling with Meteor, hm? Didn’t we learn ANYTHING last time? You won’t succeed. *smacks him with a 2x4(1)*

If insane Sephiroth was ice, coldly calculating and deliberate, then Strife was fire -- erratic and terrifyingly unpredictable. I really like this analogy. Helps me feel like I’m getting a bit better view of your characterization too. :)

I can’t help but finding I like what Strife said to Tifa. Not because I want it to happen but because it feels right, if that makes any sense. The same thing with what he says about Zack.

Though I do wonder what the others are thinking when Sephiroth told Strife to let Zack go. For that matter, if he did let him go where would Zack go? Would he pass on? Take control? Hm….

STRIFE ARE YOU A MORON AND DID YOU FORGET WHAT SEPHIROTH DID? Duh….*head meet desk, repeatedly*

This makes me sad most of all because it means more scenes like the ones with the chocobos won’t be happening. :(

(1)And I don’t mean the pairing!
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: January 13th, 2006 01:07 am (UTC) (Link)
::crawling feebly to my computer::

Strife, WHY are you juggling with Meteor, hm? Didn’t we learn ANYTHING last time? You won’t succeed.

That materia he's playing around with ain't Meteor. It could be considered worse... ::hoarse evil wheeze::

I really like this analogy. Helps me feel like I’m getting a bit better view of your characterization too. :)
Thanks! Both psycho-Sephiroth and Strife are quite insane, but in considerably different ways. Sephiroth's madness could almost be considered... well, ideological in nature -- it's grandiose, detached, looking at the cosmic picture, etc. Strife's madness is much more in-your-face personal. Sephiroth views his enemies with more of an intellectual contempt and disdain, while Strife is much more emotional about his enemies, with much more of one-on-one, get-your-hands-dirty style.

Though I do wonder what the others are thinking when Sephiroth told Strife to let Zack go. For that matter, if he did let him go where would Zack go? Would he pass on? Take control? Hm….
I'm assuming for this snippet that the others somewhat realize that Zack exists as a semi-distinct persona within Cloud which gives his mind stability and structure, thereby making him the person that they know and trust. The only way Strife could seize control is if Zack was forceably shoved out of the way. So as for letting Zack go, the others would know that Sephiroth is wanting Strife to free Zack and allow him to take control again -- yeah, fat chance, but he had to try.

STRIFE ARE YOU A MORON AND DID YOU FORGET WHAT SEPHIROTH DID? Duh….
Trust me, Strife is definitely NOT going to be pushover -- he's going to push Sephiroth extremely hard and force Sephiroth to make certain very difficult choices. The only good thing about the situation is that Strife's so focused on personally persecuting his enemies, he doesn't have that much time to think of how to screw over the world. Although I'm sure he'll get around to that if given the opportunity.

In some ways, Strife is quite smart and cunning. The problem is that he's incredibly emotionally immature. So what you've got basically is an wholly self-centered, hostile teenager with a vicious temper and a chip on his shoulder about the size of Wutai -- except this teenager has the strength and power to deliver a fairly nasty beatdown to Sephiroth.

This is SO not good.

This makes me sad most of all because it means more scenes like the ones with the chocobos won’t be happening. :(
::pat pat:: Sorry about that. But there's quite a way to go before Strife makes his full-blown appearance. ^_^;;

bard_linn From: bard_linn Date: January 13th, 2006 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
*gives you honey-tea and soup* Feel better!

That materia he's playing around with ain't Meteor. It could be considered worse... ::hoarse evil wheeze::

YOU HAVE MANAGED TO SCARE ME NOW. T.T

Dangit. And poor Cloud is caught in the middle. :( I hope he gets to make some contribution on one side or the other by the end....

Yay! More Zack/Cloud and Seph interaction! ^.^
deruebersetzer From: deruebersetzer Date: January 11th, 2006 09:27 am (UTC) (Link)
I just knew all along that there was a reason why I love you so much. :)
__perplexity__ From: __perplexity__ Date: January 13th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Jeez. I know you must be bored of people telling you they love you but ... is there anything else TO say?

I know it was mentioned above but i do love how vague you kept the whole Sephy-Zack thing. You always know they were solid companions, but then there was always "did it end there?". Then your (ok, MY) brain would kinda think "naaah, stop looking for deeper stuff" but then "but y'know...". Masterfully done, totally.

Personally i still kinda like the idea of them JUST being really close ... but hey, who am I to complain?

My god, any god in existance, reading this has woken me up. This has pretty much made my week. Goodness it makes me so happy to see new COI sections landing! Thank you so much for posting new things *thinks of something really cool to do, but words and actions fail*
__perplexity__ From: __perplexity__ Date: January 13th, 2006 04:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
UNLESS *new notion just popped into mind* ... *thinks back to COI chapters* ... Sephiroth ... hurt Zack, right? *hopes she isn't just making up memories* . Sephiroth hurt Zack ... "You two fucking!" ... *ranting to herself now*

... no, that would be too cruel. I don't think that would fit in at all. Probably just sprouting from my will for them to have gone no further than solid companions ... maybe it wasn't ... maybe Zack didn't ...

...no, i'll stop that thought right there. Sorry for ranting twice in a row -.-`
cephy From: cephy Date: February 7th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC) (Link)
GHAH. Ok, I've been casually reading through this storyline over the last few days, and this? This made me break my lazy silence and comment. Good lord, but Strife is a nasty bastard. And I can't wait to see Sephiroth swat him. Though it could be tricky, getting everything to settle out in the end...

Anyway, just wanted to let you know that I was really enjoying this. Thanks for sharing!
From: alei_shigami Date: February 21st, 2006 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Pant pant...

Whew! My mental voice ended a bit rough after so much Strife's yelling ;), but it really is interesting to think about what will come next.
fire_by_fire From: fire_by_fire Date: May 20th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've just found your LJ and yours fics and I'm madly in love with them <3 I haven't read COI yet, but I'm going to start reading it (hopefully) today :)

I can't even tell you how much I liked this fic. I love insane!Cloud. His conversations with Sephiroth was amazing and I can't smiling thinking about how possessive Sephiroth can be about Zack.

I have a question: this fic will appear in one of COI's chapters? Or it's just an one-shot?

Thank you for this amazing piece of work!
24 hisses or Hiss in my ear....