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Convolutions of an Evil Mind
COI - just another very short COI snippet
I was in a ficcing mood and here's the result -- a very short COI snippet involving Sephiroth and Tifa and a third individual. Some interesting implications and foreshadowings going on here. ::evil laugh::


Tifa slammed the door open and stalked grimly across the room toward Sephiroth. He was cool and composed as ever, quite unruffled by her melodramatic entrance.

She came to a stop in front of him, nearly quivering with poorly surpressed outrage.

"I don't know what sort of sick mindgame you're trying to pull, but I warn you...."

His lips curved upward in a condescending smile as he raised an inquiring eyebrow.

"Cloud and I were having a perfectly civil conversation. I don't see anything objectionable in that."

Tifa ground out, "Don't you dare play innocent with me! I've seen how you look at Cloud."

"I find him rather interesting. Do you have a problem with that?"

"Hell, yes!"

"And why is that?"

"You know why!"

"Perhaps. But why don't you elaborate?" he said in deliberately provocative tones.

Tifa glared at Sephiroth and snarled, "Just stay away from Cloud."

"That's rather difficult, considering that we're supposed to be working together to defeat Jenova and Hojo." He eyed her with cool amusement.

"I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about the way you're always trying to catch him alone."

"And do... what? Besides have some quiet, private conversation?"

"Private conversations about what?" Tifa snapped.

"Well, if I told you, they wouldn't be private, would they?" He cocked his head slightly. "If you're that desperate to know, why don't you ask Cloud instead of constantly snooping around corners?" Observing Tifa's twitch and flush, Sephiroth added, "Oh yes, I've noticed your rather clumsy attempts at surveillance, and I'm sure Cloud's noticed as well. SOLDIER-types are rather alert to that sort of activity. You might consider asking your ninja friend Kisaragi for some basic training in stealth."

"Why you...!"

Sephiroth continued smoothly, "Cloud hardly needs a babysitter. From what I saw back at the weapons plant, he's quite capable of taking care of himself. And I'm not putting him under any kind of duress. He's free to walk away from me at any time."

Tifa made a derisive snort and said, "You expect me to believe that?"

"I don't particularly care what you believe," he said dismissively.

"I. Don't. Trust. You."

"And you don't apparently trust Cloud, either."

There was a few seconds of ringing silence, then Tifa leaned in close and said harshly, "When it comes to you... no, I don't."

"And why is that?"

Sephiroth already knew, or at least had a very good idea, but it would be interesting to see what Lockheart would say.

"Why? Because you ruthlessly played with his emotions, manipulated him into doing your dirty work! You used him as a scapegoat, forcing him to bear the blame for things that weren't really his fault at all...!"

But before she could say more, Sephiroth abruptly reached out, placed his hand on her chest and shoved hard. As she staggered back a few steps, a coffee mug hurtled through the air between them before smashing into the wall amid an explosion of stoneware and scalding hot coffee.

They both turned to see Cloud standing in the open door, his blue eyes narrowed in blatant hostility. Without a word, he whirled and disappeared down the hallway.

"Cloud!" Tifa cried. She shot Sephiroth a furious look of her own and ran out the door after the blond.

Sephiroth bent down to pick up a piece of broken mug and eyed it thoughtfully. Tifa obviously believed that Cloud's anger -- and therefore his coffee mug -- had been directed toward him.

She was wrong.

Cloud had been aiming at -HER-.

// Cloud! Why'd you bring Tifa to a place like this!
// What the hell's the matter with you!?
// What if she dies!?

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11 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
artimusdin From: artimusdin Date: January 7th, 2006 07:25 am (UTC) (Link)
*shivers* *goofy grin* Duuuude. I'm so happy to see this. Makes my day so much better. Thank you for sharing.
mistressnashya From: mistressnashya Date: January 7th, 2006 07:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Did I ever tell you I love you? WELL I'm telling you now!

I LOVE YOU!! OMG I can't wait to read the rest of this. I gasped at the end. Tifa was about to be OWNED. LOL. I love your Sephiroth. He's like... a nice condescending bastard. :D
From: fontech Date: January 7th, 2006 08:05 am (UTC) (Link)
....There is so, so much love right now. Just... ♥

Sephiroth, Tifa, Strife, HEE. Made my day. Thank you so much, I needed that ^_^

(Strife totally needs to bitchslap someone >__>)
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 7th, 2006 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
mimi_sardinia From: mimi_sardinia Date: January 7th, 2006 10:39 am (UTC) (Link)
You know, only a couple of days ago I was thinking about the various writers I live in hope of seeing updates from and your name appeared on the list. Well lo and behold if you haven't come out with another intreiging fragment.

*Hopes for more.*
kikotei From: kikotei Date: January 7th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whee! I knew if I poked you hard enough that something fic-ish would come out. ....-_- That just sounded a might pervy.

Now, back to ficcing with you. ^_^
mukanshin From: mukanshin Date: January 10th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
ZMG How many times can I say "I love you!"? An uncountable amount. <3 Me wuffles you! <3

*cough* During this little line here...

Quote: Tife
Tifa glared at Sephiroth and snarled, "Just stay away from Cloud."

The first time I read it I could have sworn she said, "Just say away from my Cloud." At which point I spit my water all over my 'puter and nearly died from the horror/amusingness of it all. Thank god I read it wrong. Though that would have been funny if it was like that and Sephy had picked up on it.

Thank you for this first little drabble to start of my day, which hasn't started out very well. Nothing like a little Strife in the morning to get a bright big smile on your face. ^______^. <3

Really can't wait to see out this volatile threesome unfolds itself. X3~
bard_linn From: bard_linn Date: January 11th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Sephiroth has the best lines in here. “If I told you, they wouldn’t be private….you need to take lessons from that ninja.” PRICELESS.

Tifa really does mean well, even if she has a secondary agenda and that’s sad. Wonder what’ll happen when Tifa figures out who whichever-of-the-personalities-in-the-blond-known-as-Cloud-Strife was aiming for.
katreal From: katreal Date: September 5th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
;__; I don't know why I'm torturing myself, going backwards through the journals and reading these little snipits. COI is wonderful...and addicting...I know that once I finish these I'm gonna want more...I don't want to want more!*endwhine* At least it might push me back into updating my own story *prods Zack and Vinny*

Anyways, much love to the Cloud/Zack and Sephiroth playing with Tifa~

Off to read more! *zooms away*
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: September 20th, 2007 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! FFVII provides such wonderful ficcing fodder, doesn't it? I have found that reading other people's fics motivates me to work on my own stuff.

Glad you liked the snippet! ^_^
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madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: September 27th, 2011 11:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Unfortunately, it's somewhat unlikely that this scene will make into Redux intact. Mainly, because the interplay between Cloud's and Strife's personalities are quite different. Also, Tifa's not quite so harshly antagonistic to Sephiroth (although she's still understandably suspicious) and Sephiroth will be much nicer to Cloud in his cool, extremely way (courtesy of his characterization in Crisis Core).

Why, you might ask? Because there's something SERIOUSLY wrong with Cloud's relationship with Zack, and Sephiroth really does care about Zack (and therefore, Cloud as well) in a combination of mentor and older, wiser friend -- you know, the sort that who follows behind a bouncy beloved puppy (aka Zack), mildly exasperated but amused and indulgent at the same time.

Sephiroth feels that he owes Zack in several ways. For one thing, Zack is his best friend Angeal's legacy. Secondly, because Sephiroth basically chicked out and shoved all the dirty work of dealing with (and ultimately killing) Angeal off on poor Zack. And now the sense of debt is even worse because instead of looking out for Zack, Sephiroth finds out that he nearly killed him and ultimately caused Zack's death!

So basically, instead of opposing each other as they did in the original COI, Tifa and Sephiroth are much more on the same side in Redux, because they're both seriously concerned about Cloud and his relationship with Zack... which is NOT a healthy one at all.

You know things are bad when of the three most dangerous and powerful people around -- Sephiroth, Cloud, and Rufus -- Sephiroth is the one who's the most emotionally and mentally stable of the three. O_o

11 hisses or Hiss in my ear....