A/N: This will be the first and only author's note that is this lengthy. I promise to shut up and just write from now on... well, you'll get little notes here and there, but I swear none of them will be this long. I just need to get all the formal and legal stuff out of the way. Plus, I wanted to kind of give you all a little bit of the setup information. Okay?

So this here is my first story. The main pairing is Cloud/Vincent, but Sephiroth and someone else (not telling who! ^_^) will get their turns as well. The so-called "secret character" is also a guy, because, I mean, come on. This is a yaoi slash fic, people. If that bugs you, then don't read it. But don't worry, he's not an OC or anything. I'm not fond of OC's. This is fan fiction. I come here to read and write about the characters I like. Though that doesn't mean that they are the only characters on the planet. I did make up some people, but they are extremely minor characters, and have nothing to do with the overall plot.

Also, the time setting is a little weird. It's post-game, and technically post-AC, but we're going to just ignore the fact that the events from AC even happened. It's four years after the game, but there wasn't any Kadaj, or Yazoo, or Loz, or anything. I don't feel I know the movie well enough to write about it, so I didn't include it. However, some of the character descriptions go along with what you would see in AC. Cloud's wolf accesories (I dunno what else to call 'em, lol) and his motorcycle, Fenrir (though I don't actually call it that) are included in this fic, for example.

I am usually pretty egotistical when it comes to my writing but I suppose I could stand to hear what everyone else thinks. ^_^ No but seriously I would love reviews. I'm just giving everyone a head's up that I might get a little internally bitchy but it will just make me write better so please be honest!

Disclaimer: The author does not own any part of Final Fantasy VII, including any characters or places mentioned anywhere. The author also is not expecting to gain anything financially by submitting this story.

Rating and Warnings: It's not rated M because it's full of happy puppies and pretty flowers, people. Language, adult themes, probably some violence. Consider this fair warning for people who dislike or are too young for yaoi. Don't come complaining to me about this story's contents. I warned you and it's your fault if you either didn't read the warning, or read the warning and still read the story you knew you weren't going to like.

The Warrior Within


Any other morning that looked like this one would have been welcomed by the golden-haired beauty as he awoke. It was a typical storybook morning: clear, blue sky, birds singing, grass fresh with dew… why couldn't it have been raining? It would have been so much easier to wake up and feel miserable if it were raining. No, this day practically begged for giddiness and joy.

The young man refused to open his eyes; if he opened his eyes he would have to give up his misery.

Why must I endure this? Why did today have to come?

He lay in his bed, motionless, still looking at the darkness of his own closed eyes. Something tickled his cheek and he absentmindedly rubbed the spot. He sighed, fully intent on just rolling over and going back to sleep, when he again felt something tickle his cheek. His eyebrows furrowed as he rubbed it away a little more aggressively this time, trying to rid himself of the tingling sensation. He grabbed his sheet and yanked it over his shoulder as he growled and turned over rather violently.

The tickle came on his left ear now. The blond refused to acknowledge it in hopes that it would just go away.

It did after a minute and he was relieved. He cleared his mind of everything and just concentrated on sleep.

A/N: Okay, that's it for now. This sorry excuse for a prologue is really sort of a practice run, since this is my first time doing this and all. I do plan to post more. I've got a ton of stuff. Believe me, it's going to get better. I just wanted something to start it off. And I wanted to see if my HTML stuff would work. Again, I really, really apologize for the crapload of stuff in this first little thing here. Really, from here on, it's mostly just story. ^^;

WARNING FOR NEXT CHAPTER: It starts off with a slight lemon and some fluff. I know. I'm annoying. It sort of makes an interesting start for the story. At least I thought so. By the way, don't feel obligated to review just yet because this is nothing compared to what's coming. I mean, if you really want to review, go right ahead. I don't mind. Remember though, I'm currently equipped with a Fire Ring and a Fire Armlet, so I am totally protected against Flames!