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Feral-verse - Contagion 3/? (FF7 AU, Feral-verse)
54 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
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madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: June 15th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, and I'm not sure which of them has had the worse life overall. I mean I think Cloud's childhood was marginally better than Sephiroth's, but then as an adult Cloud went through hell at Hojo's and Sephiroth's hands, and I'm not sure Sephiroth's adulthood was all that much better.

Well, it's always hard to say who had it worse. We don't know much about either Sephiroth's or Cloud's childhood, so they could have endured anything from moderate neglect to horrific abuse.

So determining who was worse off (Sephiroth or Cloud), as least as children, a lot depends on what you consider more damaging:
(1) being deprived and not knowing any better (Sephiroth); or
(2) being deprived and knowing exactly what you're being deprived of (Cloud).

As youngsters, I'm actually inclined to say that Cloud's life was more miserable, because Sephiroth didn't really know what he was missing, while Cloud definitely knew but could never get it (social acceptance).

Post-childhood to pre-Nibelheim, I'd tend to agree that Sephiroth's life was perhaps worse, because he was constantly treated as a tool -- a valuable and possibly unique tool, but a mere object nevertheless. So one can see how Sephiroth might not value himself as a person, and why he finds it hard to believe that Cloud would willingly forgive him. He can believe in Zack's forgiveness much more easily because he didn't manipulate or torture Zack the way he did Cloud, and... well, Zack is Zack (i.e., uniquely loving and more than a little crazy). ^_-

As adults, Cloud almost certainly wins the "miserable life" contest hands down, given all he went through first at Hojo's hands and then Sephiroth's.

I didn't think he would have escaped without any lasting effects, but Zack's changes are a lot less potentially dangerous to Zack than Cloud's are to him. (That did make sense didn't it?)

It makes perfect sense, although I won't necessarily say that it's a "lot less potentially dangerous" to Zack. ^_- Zack's issues could push him into dangerous situations. Even so, Zack is certainly better equipped mentally and emotionally to deal with the situations caused by his (over-)protective instincts. In comparison, Cloud is still quite vulnerable.

(continued below -- damn the character limit! >_> )
54 hisses or Hiss in my ear....