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COI - random snippet: Sephiroth to the rescue (spoilers!)
44 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: March 31st, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whoo! Three continuations of this comment! Damn pesky character limits! >_>

^^;;; Am I being too fluffy with that? Maybe I *am* getting old... Because, even though no story is good when it's nothing but sunshine and sap, I really am just hoping to see my beloved Zack and Seph find a little bit of happiness... dame ka na, watashi? ^^;

No, no. Not fluffy at all! I'm all for reasonably happy endings! In the intermediate chapters of COI, with Zack!Cloud's increasing emergance, Cloud and Sephiroth start to actually become surprisingly (and for Tifa, disturbingly) comfortable with each other. Really, Cloud doesn't have much choice in the matter, because at the deepest levels, COI-Cloud is really much more Zack than he is Cloud, even if he doesn't know it. When Cloud doesn't think too hard about the situation and just goes with his gut instincts, he probably feels content and happy, because that's all Zack ever really wanted -- to be with Sephiroth by his side.

The people who suspect what's going on with Cloud and Zack (Reeve and now Cid) can see what's going on, but they really don't want to stress Cloud out by pointing his Zack mannerisms out. The same goes for Sephiroth -- the last thing he wants to do is cause Zack!Cloud any more emotional distress, so he just goes with the flow. Unfortunately, Tifa makes a constant habit of pointing out when Cloud behaves in a overtly Zackish way (i.e., friendly way) toward Sephiroth, which naturally only serves to put unneeded stress on Cloud (just another reason why Sephiroth dislikes Tifa). As for the others, it's one thing to keep an eye out for possible manipulation by Sephiroth, but the others don't see the point of making Cloud constantly second-guessing his every thought and action and possibly pushing him into a nervous breakdown.

Unfortunately, it's the very contentment and even happiness brought on by the reestablishment of the old Zack/Sephiroth bond and the evolution of that bond with respect to the present-day Cloud and Sephiroth which drives Strife beserk with rage and envy, which sets off the events leading to Strife's appearance.

LoL, well anyway, those are my random and incoherent thoughts. The piece was still extremely fun to read, don't get me wrong! In fact, I'm going to go through and read a few more of the many lovely presents you've given us this past month (sorry I've been so flaky and MIA lately~~ started a new job @___@;; ). Whether it's angst or gore or sap or bondage, if it's COI, I'm always happy to read it! ^^ <3

Well, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Good luck on the new job!
44 hisses or Hiss in my ear....