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Final Fantasy VII - Cloud Strife - #9 Sociopath & #13 Delusion [Mar. 1st, 2009|09:41 am]
Psychological Fanfic Challenge

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Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Title: Mercy
Characters: Cloud Strife
Rating: PG
Prompt: #9 Sociopath
Word Count: 271
Spoilers: None.
Warnings: A little dark.
Disclaimer: Neither Final Fantasy VII nor Cloud Strife belong to me.
A/N: Somewhat loose take on the prompt.

There was a stray dog in Nibelheim.

Nobody knew where it had come from. There weren't many pets in Nibelheim, and the nearest town was a lifetime away; the many beasts in the area made sure that the lost and the wandering didn't last long. Nibelheim wasn't kind to those who didn't fit in the norms.

"It's sick. Don't touch it." The children were ushered indoors and adults tried to hunt it, but for something sick and hungry it was fast and always got out of sight in time. But it always came back, haunting their doors night after night. It was beyond understanding.

Cloud thought of it often, listening as the dog whined and pawed at their door. He wondered if its endless hope was supposed to be some kind of sign.

"It's been with wild animals," his mother claimed and guided him away from the door, face heavy with pain. She had been suffering from migraine and was very tired. "Don't go near it. It will give up soon."

She stroked his head and went to sleep her ache away. Usually Cloud went to sleep too, and eventually the dog left.

This time he opened the door.

The dog crouched first, away from the lamp light and from him. But the hope won out; it pushed at him with its snout and sniffed at his hands. It smelled of dirt and illness.

Nibelheim wasn't kind to those that didn't fit.

Cloud offered it a bowl of water.

Next day, his mother left to the pharmacy for new medicine, and villagers wondered about the dead stray on the town square.

Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Title: Identity
Characters: Cloud Strife
Rating: G
Prompt: #13 Delusion
Word Count: 181
Spoilers: For the original game.
Warnings: None.
Disclaimer: Neither Final Fantasy VII nor Cloud Strife belong to me.
A/N: Somewhat loose take on the prompt.

"Were you in SOLDIER?" they asked, and Cloud always wanted to say yes.

Aloud, saying no had become easier over time. He still paused before replying, but one could barely tell that these days. His friends were happy for him. Cloud himself was annoyed.

"SOLDIER, First Class," he said to himself and it felt right. Sometimes he stood in front of a mirror for that, looking into his own eyes. "SOLDIER, First Class." He was always so sincere.

"Cloud Strife, SOLDIER First Class." A sneer, then the unpleasant part. "Zack Fair, SOLDIER First Class."

He knew better now, but the first words always felt more true.

Cloud was annoyed, but felt no guilt. There was a hole in his past and he would never find enough memories to fill it with it; a fake life was no different from any other stuffing he could have used. His strength and the glow in his eyes were real enough. It was a lie, but he had earned it.

"Were you in SOLDIER?" they asked, and whenever nobody was around, Cloud always said yes.
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[User Picture]From: windrider1
2009-03-01 12:50 pm (UTC)
CLOUD! Okay, jubilation and glee aside these were very deep. Especially for being so short. I'm constantly impressed by the punch you manage to pack into your work. **in awe**
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[User Picture]From: bofoddity
2009-03-01 02:07 pm (UTC)
You're always so good to me! Glad to hear there was depth in these, putting some in ficlets isn't an easy job.
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[User Picture]From: vanillalightey
2009-03-02 03:41 pm (UTC)
"Were you in SOLDIER?" they asked, and whenever nobody was around, Cloud always said yes.

It's a good close for a ficlet; it has style, ties perfectly to the rest of the story, and leaves him winning with subjective reality undefeated by majority expectations. Awww. :D

[What is it I have for somewhat off-the-correct-reality-perceiving people, as long as they're sensitive and sticking to their version of truth? O_o] *re-reads it* ... Still not any less perfect.
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[User Picture]From: bofoddity
2009-03-02 04:40 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear it worked for you! :D
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[User Picture]From: shardsofblu
2009-03-02 10:43 pm (UTC)
Sometimes he stood in front of a mirror for that, looking into his own eyes. [..] It was a lie, but he had earned it.

Well, DAMN.

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[User Picture]From: bofoddity
2009-03-03 04:52 pm (UTC)
That's what I was hoping to hear!
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