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Convolutions of an Evil Mind
Feral-verse - Contagion 4/? (FF7 AU) (very VERY rough draft)
56 hisses or Hiss in my ear....
madamhydra From: madamhydra Date: September 19th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I guess not. And Cloud probably has that sort of control as well, if he's on a level with him.

He definitely does, even if he didn't go through the usual SOLDIER selection and process.

But I don't get the impression she's had any sort of 'success' in her efforts. Still, she can't help how she feels, I know that, I just don't really feel she has any claim on Cloud.

No, Tifa hasn't had any real success. But it's pretty natural for a person to feel upset and resentful when they work very hard to achieve something, only to have someone waltz in out of the blue and achieve that same goal (i.e., a close emotional bond) in such a seemingly casual, effortless manner.

Of course Zack's relationship with Cloud is actually the culmination of a lot of blood, sweat and tears -- literally, considering all the work, care, patience, and sacrifices Zack made -- but it probably looks effortless to Tifa.

[ I'm still trying to decide whether I'll have Cloud find out very soon or later on in the story.]

Sounds good. The real question is which will stress him more, and how mean are you feeling. I'd kind of like to see a nice slow build up to it, possibly an instinctive denial at first, then Cloud 'accepting' it when he revisits the idea.

Well, Cloud and Zack soon will be heading to Healin Lodge, so it's logical that they stop by Midgar/Edge together and visit Aeris's church -- Cloud wants answers about Aeris's warning and Zack's no doubt feeling really guilty about making both her and Sephiroth worry so much. That's an important decision point because it will be the first time in the story that all four of them are together (at least in spirit) and able to talk to each other.

Sephiroth's opinion on the matter is pretty clear -- he doesn't want to tell Cloud the truth, especially if Cloud is so traumatized that he can't remember it entirely on his own initiative. Naturally, Sephiroth is going to be decidedly annoyed with Zack when he finds out that Zack has already partially 'spilled the beans' by cluing Cloud in (via their private symbol) on the existance of a third lover.

On the other hand, both Zack and Aeris both think that Sephiroth and Cloud deserve to know the truth. The only real question for them is the matter of timing.

I don't want the story to get too drawn out, but the more I think about it, it really does make sense Zack and Aeris to NOT tell Cloud for a little longer at least, especially now Zack realizes the extent of Cloud's inability to identify Sephiroth as being one of his lovers. While the sight/scent/touch of Zack was enough to trigger Cloud's suppressed memories about Zack and Aeris, it clearly isn't enough to overcome Cloud's current case of 'hysterical blindness' with respect to Sephiroth.

56 hisses or Hiss in my ear....