swordage: Sephiroth, hair morphing into a wing. (x one winged angel)
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Title: Continuum
Series: Final Fantasy VII
Rating: G
Summary: I like fics where everything turns out almost okay, alright? I admit it. I also blame it on Laylah, because she wrote the woobie fics where AC ends alright, and that made me want everything to work out. And I am unrepentant in my adoration of Sephiroth. First part of the Eternity arc.

1. Continuum 2. Perpetuity 3. Ubiquity 4. Evermore

Sephiroth is slow to wake. He's conscious for brief periods here and there, half a sentence floating into his mind in someone else's voice, the knowledge that there is a warm weight on his chest even though he can't feel it. He knows his eyes are open, but he's yet to see; for now it is sound and sensation that slowly, slowly tug him from the sticky cocoon of green around his mind.

It's the cat that does it.

They've put him by the window today, he thinks slowly. He has come to this conclusion after some length of time, based on the evidence he's painstakingly noted. His face is warm from radiant heat; his skin is cooled intermittently by gusts of air; there is a weight in his lap, humming softly. No, purring. It must be a cat, because cats are roughly this size and weight and make that distinctive sound. He tries to remember what one does with a cat, what their purpose is, and gradually it comes to him that one pets a cat.

He doesn't manage more than setting his hand on its back, but the sensation of fur is new and takes time to absorb. When his other senses return, when he's done focusing on the feeling from his hand, there's voices in the midst of speaking.

"...Did that by himself," one says with a tone he recalls is upset.

"The cat sure as hell didn't do it for him," a gruff male says. Sephiroth feels the corner of his mouth twitch. No, the cat didn't do anything.

"I told you," a younger male says patiently. "The recovery takes time. Tifa, you of all people should understand that."

"I know that!" The first voice is more upset. Sephiroth vaguely wishes his sight would return; he suspects he knows these people, but their voices only tickle his memory in unpleasant ways. For lack of anything better to do, he tilts his head toward the voices, careful not to upset his balance. "But it's been months, and this is the first sign of anything. Cloud, you're holding onto-"

A deafening silence for a moment, and then footsteps approach him. Someone kneels next to him. He turns his unseeing eyes toward the sound, using a faint memory to tell him male, solidly built but slight, carrying something heavy, shorter than me by less than a foot. He doesn't know how he knows these things.

"You know we're here," the young male voice says with surety. "You're aware of that much, if nothing else." A hand touches his cheek, pushes something light and ticklish away from his face. Hair. The corner of his mouth twitches again, and he lifts his hand off the soft fur of the cat towards where the other face should be. He can't lift his hand high enough - it begins to tremble barely a breath above the arm of his chair - but then a hand is under his elbow, gently supporting him. He doesn't feel his brows draw into a frown, concentrating on this one motion, nor does he hear the female take a breath sharply; he simply reaches out.

He sinks back into unconsciousness the moment before his fingertips touch that face.


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Date: 2006-01-18 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maho-kiwi.livejournal.com
woob woob woob woob woob <3

kitty. Loves it. ^^ *helpful commentary*

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Date: 2006-01-19 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] owleyes-arisen.livejournal.com
Incredibly good.

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Date: 2006-01-20 03:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] empty-geas.livejournal.com
First of all. I love the point of view, the way everything has to come together logically for him to consider it and the way everything is half-remembered and not-quite-new-again. The cat, despite its small part, somehow manages to come across as adorable. It's very interesting how the little details build up one at a time like puzzle pieces to give you a glimpse of the surroundings as Sephiroth sees them. The closing moment is heartbreaking, even knowing it's a good sign and a step forward. To fall just that short…. On the whole, a lovely piece.

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