OK. Hello out there. This is the first thing I've posted in a pretty long time. I want to apologize to anyone who might've had me on author alert and hoped this was an update to my Good Omens fic. I do plan to finish that soon now that I'm writing again, but this story is taking up most of my attention right now.

This fic will focus on a romance between Rufus and Tifa. Scarlet is also featured (yeah, really). The whole concept just dropped into my head the other day while I was trying to play my scratched copy of FFVII in my ancient monolith of a Playstation. I've hardly stopped writing since. God my hand hurts. Hopefully this will progress smoothly and I can finish the story in a timely manner. I warn you: the romance is a slow starter and the fic seems likely to be long. Feel free to leave threatening reviews. I find them rather encouraging.

Disclaimer: I don't own FFVII or any of the characters, and if any of them get drunk and/or violent I refuse to take responsibility!

Love is Like a War
Prologue

Blah, blah, blah, thought Scarlet as the Minister droned on about love or the sanctity of marriage or whatever…God, this was almost as boring as listening to Reeve talk about urban planning! She tapped one foot impatiently. Functions like this were always such a drag!

"Do you take this woman to be your wife?"

The groom was a bulky, dark haired man wearing the mindless grin of one hopelessly in love. Scarlet rolled her eyes.

"I do."

His smile reached his eyes, which sparkled with bliss. He carefully slipped the wedding ring onto his bride's delicate finger.

Dio couldn't believe his luck. He never would have thought such a gorgeous and intelligent creature would want to marry him…

"And do you take this man to be your husband?"

The Minister's eyes went wide as the bride threw back her veil, revealing narrowed blue eyes and red, red lips.

"Yes I do. Now can we hurry up and get it over with?"

She quickly pushed the ring onto her groom's beefy hand.

Dio sighed contentedly. She was so spirited, so full of life…

Scarlet raised her eyebrows at the befuddled Minister.

"Well?!"

His mouth opened and closed, the words stubbornly sticking in his throat.

"Uhhm…I…now pronounce you husband and wife. You may…kiss the bride?"

Scarlet made a derisive noise.

"Kyah! We've got better things to do. Let's make tracks, honey."

She grabbed Dio's hand and strode towards the back of the chapel, throwing the bouquet of roses over her shoulder. They landed at the minister's feet.

Dio squeezed Scarlet's hand.

"I'm the luckiest man on earth," he said.

Scarlet just smirked. We'll see who's lucky, she thought. This was too easy. Who would have thought the world's second richest man was such a chump? Maybe she was actually lucky that Rufus had refused her…

…but she wasn't going to think about that.

Her only designs on Rufus Shinra now were ones that led to him being mercilessly crushed beneath the feet of her new empire—rather, her husband's new empire.

Scarlet's smile grew as she eyed her beloved groom. The mindless fool smiled back.

And this was the beginning of a beautiful marriage.

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Hmm, what is Scarlet up to? She sure turned Dio into a sniveling wimp. I know he's rather…out of character…but what can I say? He was overwhelmed by Scarlet's charm.

We'll pick up with Rufus in Chapter 1. I hope you'll keep reading! Reviews appreciated.