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Convolutions of an Evil Mind
COI - random snippet: Sephiroth to the rescue (spoilers!)
44 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: March 31st, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
And god damn, you've ALWAYS gotta love an author that can reply with so much more in-depth stuff ^-^ Someone with time for her readers, fantastico~

Sadly, I must confess that I'm trying to avoid working. Bleah!

I like the way you can keep him human (despite what certain other characters may think), making him have to worry about Jenovaisms and the like.

I think he's really quite human, or at least wants to be. He hungers for human contact, but due to his upbringing, he's nearly incapable of recognizing the need. Similiarly, when people are afraid of him and/or treat him badly, it hurts but he doesn't really know why.

That's why in Enrichment, there are pretty obvious hints that all this repression is starting to cause Sephiroth severe stress and potentially making him unstable. A stressed out, hair-triggered Sephiroth is NOT a good thing. How bad, you might ask? Well, when Sephiroth found out that Zack was assigned to be his aide, just about the first real thing he said to Zack was, "I don't need a baby-sitter." Pretty much the second thing he did was to nail Zack's shoulder to a tree with Masamune because Zack told him the real reason for his assignment. Did I happen to mention that at this point, Sephiroth was dangerously stressed out?

But despite being stuck to a tree trunk like a butterfly impaled on a pin, Zack still manages to talk Sephiroth into working with him and basically saves Sephiroth's sanity (and keeps him out of Hojo's clutches). So believe me, President Shinra is willing to cut Zack considerable slack if it keeps Sephiroth productive and manageable. Who do you think is paying for fem!Zack's fancy evening outfit, hm? ^_-

Here's a tiny scene fragment from that confrontation:
"Why are you doing this? Why go through all this effort to supposedly help me?" Sephiroth demanded, glaring at Zack.

"Because I like you."

"That's impossible! You don't even know me!" Sephiroth hissed furiously, his hand tightening on Masamune's hilt. The blade quivered slightly, making more blood ooze from Zack's wounded shoulder.

But despite having one shoulder pinned to the tree, Zack still somehow managed a surprisingly eloquent shrug with his free shoulder.

"Yeah, well I guess I'm just stupid that way."

And about what you said in that last paragraph, I was going to half-quote something to you before I realised that it was actually FROM COI! Although I can't remember it word-for-word I think it was Reeve who mentioned/found out that is wasn't mere hero-worship, that it was a two-way friendship ...? I've always loved being able to see that in our lovely SOLDIERs.

It sounds vaguely familiar. ::scratching head.::

Here's one of my favorite songs. I orginally thought about it with respect to Heero and Duo (Gundam Wing), but I think it also applies beautifully to Zack and Sephiroth as well. (I'll see if I can upload a copy later).

I'll Stand By You - The Pretenders

Oh, why you look so sad?
Tears are in your eyes
Come on and come to me now
Don't be ashamed to cry
Let me see you through
'Cause I've seen the dark side too
When the night falls on you
and you don't know what to do
Nothing you confess could make me love you less.

I'll stand by you
I'll stand by you
Won't let nobody hurt you
I'll stand by you

So, if you're mad, get mad
Don't hold it all inside
Come on and talk to me now
Hey, what you got to hide?
I get angry too
Well, I'm a lot like you
When you're standing at the crossroads
and don't know which path to choose
Let me come along
'Cause even if you're wrong...

I'll stand by you
I'll stand by you
Won't let nobody hurt you
I'll stand by you
Take me in, into your darkest hour
and I'll never desert you
I'll stand by you

And when...
When the night falls on you, baby
You're feeling all alone
You won't be on your own

I'll stand by you...

__perplexity__ From: __perplexity__ Date: March 31st, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
^-^ I feel so comfortable reading this because in so many other fics I tend to think I'm reading too much into things, but it seems that with this, there is no "too much". That tiny suspicion at that slightly unusual phrasing is normally the right thing in the end ^-^ That really shows through with Sephiroth I think, and with deciphering CloudStrifeZack.

That snippet just sounds interesting because I want to see Sephiroth be so sudden with Zack. Desperately. *gnaws monitor* show me these things oh pretty kingdom-hearts-clokified screen of miiiine!

And i swear I know that song. It sounds familiar at least. But the lyrics in reference to our SOLDIERs ... fantastic. The last five lines just conjured the most fantastickest image of what i think of as "That Final moment", with the two of them in the Nibelheim Mansion basement.

... i should stop fangirling now. And leaving long comments. I'm sorry *whistles innocently*
44 hisses or Hiss in my ear....