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Convolutions of an Evil Mind
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Feral-verse - Contagion 2/? (FF7 AU, Feral-verse)
56 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
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madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: May 27th, 2007 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're a lot more inventive than I would be. And it sounds like a good approximation of hell.

Thank you, thank you! ::flamboyant bow::

How long would it take before things got to the point where Sephiroth would never do anything sexual with Cloud unless Aeris and/or Zack were there? Or do Cloud's PTSD episodes happen often enough with non-sexual happiness that Sephiroth doesn't make that particular connection?

Well, I think after the first few episodes, Sephiroth would be somewhat cautious about being alone with Cloud, period, much less engaging in anything remotely sexual. However, not only will Zack and Aeris try to persuade Sephiroth that avoidance isn't the best way to handle things, I don't think Cloud himself will accept Sephiroth's avoidance, either.

Cloud's PTSD are actually quite rare. But unlike a phobia which occurs nearly every time a particular trigger is present, Cloud's episodes are highly unpredictable. For example, they don't always happen even when Cloud and Sephiroth are alone AND sexually engaged. There are certain situations that increase the probability of an episode, but his PTSD episode might occur in only 1 out of 20, or even 1 out of 50 occasions. That's what makes it so hard to deal with, because on those other 19 (or 49) occasions, things will be just fine.

Cloud really and truly loves Sephiroth. Cloud wants to be able to hug and be hugged, kiss or be kissed, etc. by Sephiroth, even if Aeris and Zack aren't there. Unfortunately, there's a unruly part of Cloud's mind that reacts on its own, regardless of what Cloud himself wants. Just as Sephiroth is much harder on himself for causing Cloud's trauma, Cloud is also much harder on himself for not being able to overcome his PTSD by sheer common sense and willpower, and viewing that failure as a sign of weakness. And we know how the thought of being weak tends to tie Cloud up in emotional knots. ^_-

So Sephiroth doesn't want to avoid being alone with Cloud, but almost feels obligated to do so for Cloud's own good. Cloud doesn't want Sephiroth to avoid being alone with him, but he also hates the idea of hurting Sephiroth if something does happen.

Oh, I definitely want to see that. Plus possibly some face-licking on Sephiroth's behalf?

feline!Sephiroth: (claws digging into the floor) YOWL!!!
Aeris: (pulling on Seph's tail) Get back in that bedroom and love Cloud, damn it!

Seriously, though, I can see Sephiroth going decidedly more feline (fur, ears, tail, etc.) in appearance when he's alone with Cloud, just to help heighten the contrast between the past and the present. And naturally, Zack, Aeris, and Cloud will notice him doing it.

Oh, and can Cloud use the Lifestream at all, and how does he compare?

Hmmm. I would say that after he goes fully feral, Cloud will be somewhere between Zack and Sephiroth. He probably do the defensive things Zack can (e.g., concealment, barriers, etc.) and some of the offensive things that Sephiroth can do with the Lifestream.

So as for ability to use the Lifestream:

Aeris ->->->->-> Sephiroth -> Cloud -> Zack

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56 hisses or Hiss in my ear....