FVII cast: So what's new about that?
FVII cast: O_o
Hydra: Oooh Cloud, dear? I've been plotting... emmm, thinking....
Cloud: But why me? Aren't you doing enough to me already!? ::whimper::
Hydra: Sorry, it was a choice between you and Rufus. And since someone else has already claimed you for the challenge, that means Rufus, basically by default, gets to be the main focus and protagonist of my challenge fic. ^__^
Rufus: ::sarcastically:: What an enthusiastic endorsement.
Cloud: ::whine:: But why not pick on Sephiroth!? He's got lots of practice in this sort of role!
Sephiroth: ::betrayed and wounded look:: Keep me out of this mess.
Hydra: True, but the whole purpose of this AU challenge is to put a different twist on things....
Cloud: ::muttering under breath:: Like you haven't been doing this all along in every one of your damn fics?
Hydra: Did you say something?
Cloud: ::guilty twitch::
Hydra: Anyway, this setup fits the source material for the crossover much better.
Zack: ::worried:: But hell, it's going to be dark and nasty!
Hydra: ::pats the Zack:: Yes, I know, but it really can't be helped in that regard. I'll make it up to you guys with warm fuzzies -- or would it be 'warm furries'? -- in Feral-verse.
Cloud: Why does Zack the one to get comforted and petted? He's not even going to BE in this fic! ::sulk::
Hydra: Habit, I suppose. Besides, Zacks aren't meant to be depressed and morose. Post-Nibelheim Clouds, on the other hand... well, I guess I'm just too used to seeing them that way.
Turks: ::reading source material:: Uh-oh... considering what happens to the buddies of the protagonist in the other series, this doesn't look good for us. NOT. AT. ALL.
Elena: I really don't want to end up as a charred bloody skeleton....
Hydra: Unlike the source material, I'll do my best to keep you guys alive, intact, and sane. Really, I will.
Reno: Yeah, riiiight.
Tseng: I think this qualifies for extreme hazard pay.
Rufus: Already done.