Haunted, a Cloud/Reno story
By Kigichi and Bekas Strife
Contains extremely OOC!Reno, slight OOC!Cloud, MPreg, angst and much more.
Disclaimer: These characters and the world where they live in aren't ours. Only the storyline is.
AN: Kigichi mostly writes Reno and Bekas Cloud.
Reno trusted Axel and spilled the whole story: he told him about the how they had discovered he had gotten pregnant, how it happened, why they moved to Costa del Sol and the whole Squall story, finishing it with the explanation on how Cloud fell into a coma. "... And this is how everything is my fault." Reno whispered, wiping his cheeks with his sleeves.
Axel stared, wide eyed. "...Wow..." It was so much to take in. That the hero of the world was in his bed, his little brother had gotten pregnant, all that this Squall guy did, all of story... Axel didn't know what to do. So he just did the first thing that came to mind. Reaching out, he lifted the smaller man's shirt and looked. There it was: an ugly sword scar. "You're not kidding…" Sitting back, Axel placed a hand over his mouth before sitting back up. "Listen." He said, getting his brother's attention. "None of that was your fault." He said sternly, waving a hand when Reno went to speak. "You couldn't have stopped Squall without killing the children and you couldn't have saved Cloud even if you were there. More than likely, Squall would have taken you hostage and then killed Cloud." Reaching out, he tilted Reno's chin up, looking him in the eyes. "This. Is. Not. Your. Fault. Got it memorized?"
Reno blinked back a new batch of tears. "... Yeah..." He whispered, nodding.
"Now, none of that…" Axel sighed, rubbing Reno's tears away gently. "You're making me wanna cheer you up the only way I know how." Looking over Reno's shoulder, he winked. "Kissy time…!"
"Huh?" Reno asked dumbly.
Grinning widely, Axel swooped down and began to place small kisses all over Reno's face. "Kiss time!" Reno squeaked, cracking a smile and letting out a chuckle as Marluxia was added into the mix. The two of them covered Reno's entire face and neck with kisses, Axel even going as far as placing a lingering one on his lips. Pulling back, he smiled. "Cheer up, okay?"
The younger redhead nodded. "Will do... Ifrit, it feels like I've known you for ages already, yo." He smiled.
"I feel the same! Must be that little twin bond people talk about…!"
Marluxia smiled at the two. "I guess we should get going." He said at last. "We need to meet the others."
Sighing a bit sadly, Axel nodded and stood up. "Right… Come back tomorrow and we can start having Cloud getting used to you."
Reno nodded, kissing Axel's cheek and hugging him. "Thanks again."
Grinning, Axel hugged back, bringing Reno off his feet. "See ya tomorrow, little brother!"
Reno smiled, waving. "Call me to mark a good hour for us to come here, my number is still the same." Marluxia said before disappearing with Reno. Humming happily, Reno grinned as he walked down the street. He was so happy! He had found Cloud and gained a brother at the same time. Marluxia smiled. "Happy?"
"How did you guess?" Reno grinned. "We found Cloud and it turns out I got an older brother! Who wouldn't be happy?"
"No-one, I guess."
"Exactly…!" Continuing his little walk/dance, Reno suddenly paused. "...oops... I forgot where we were supposed to meet…"
Marluxia rolled his eyes. "That's because we didn't arrange a place." He said, grabbing his phone.
Chuckling, Reno scratched the back of his head. "Yea... that could be a good idea!"
"C'mon, call them."
Chuckling again, Reno dialed the first number in his call list and placed the phone by his ear, waiting for someone to pick up.
"Yes?" Tifa said, exasperated.
"We found him!" Reno cried out joyfully.
"WHAT…?! How is he, is he okay?!"
Pulling the phone away, Reno cringed, still grinning. "He's fine! He's with Axel."
"That Axel, is he trustworthy? Why did he buy Cloud?"
"Calm down. He felt bad for Cloud and he is trust worthy." Grinning, Reno said the next part with pride. "He's my brother."
"... Huh? You have a brother? Since when…?"
Reno chuckled, scratching the back of his head. "Since...now…? I just found out."
Marluxia smiled as he watched Reno babble on the phone. He was happy... happy to know that his friend was once again smiling.
Humming lightly, the redhead stirred the cooking noodles. He sure hoped Cloud liked spaghetti and meat balls. Besides sandwiches and ramen, it was all he could make!
Jumping, and nearly slicing his finger off in the process, Axel turned and looked at Cloud. "What are you doing down here? You should be in bed!"
Cloud looked down, embarrassed. "I... I woke up thirsty... So I came here to ask if I could have something to drink... I'm sorry..."
Shaking his head, Axel put the knife down and walked over, helping Cloud sit down at the table. "Don't be. You just startled me." Walking to the fridge, he got the blond some water, handing it to him. "The next time you want something just call me, kay? I'll get it for you. When I healed you, I made you drink a potion but it isn't enough to cure all of your injuries right away."
"I said that I don't want to be a burden." Cloud murmured, taking small sips of the water to avoid chocking.
"And I already I told you ya weren't; remember?" Chuckling, Axel went back to the stove. "My home is your home, Cloud. Don't be ashamed to ask for stuff."
"Thanks. Need help...?"
"Nope…! You keep yer ass in the chair. I'll cook."
"I still haven't moved a finger, Axel..."
Grinning cheerfully, Axel nodded. "And yer not gonna until you're all healed up!"
"I feel good."
"That's what they all say." The redhead replied, draining the pasta before adding butter, then going to slice some bread.
Cloud rolled his eyes. "Can I set up the table at least?"
"Nope…!" Running over, Axel quickly put down two plates, napkins and forks. "You don't know where everything is, anyway!" Chuckling, he dished out the pasta, making sure to put plenty of sauce and meatballs on both, before placing it on the table with two glasses of milk. "Eat up!"
"I'm starting to feel useless..."
Axel snorted. "Don't. You're my guest, for now. When you heal up, then you can start to help out."
Cloud sighed and twirled his fork in the spaghetti before putting it in his mouth. "Axel... Who was here earlier?" He asked quietly. "It's not like I have the right to know but... I was afraid that it was someone... from the brothel." That was actually the main reason he had came to the kitchen in the first place. He had been afraid of being all alone in that room... With everything that happened haunting him.
Sighing, Axel shook his head, swallowing his own bite of food. "Don't worry. It was an old friend of mine that moved to Costa del Sol a while ago. He was just here for a visit."
Cloud nodded, relieved… "I... I'm sorry; I shouldn't be sticking my nose into your business. You didn't have to tell me a thing." He apologized quickly.
Shaking his head, Axel put his fork down and stood up, walking over and kneeling next to Cloud. "Cloud..." Reaching out, he gently took hold of Cloud's chin and moved his head to look at him, smiling gently. "Don't worry about it. If I was in your shoes, I would be hiding under the bed when I heard someone in the house, not coming down." Cloud looked at Axel, nodding his head before he quickly looked away, frowning as his eyes suddenly became wet. Why were they watering?!
Frowning, Axel moved closer. "Hey...Cloud...look at me, hun." Was he crying? Realizing what was going on, Axel sighed and stood up, pulling the blond up and into his arms. "Let it out." He whispered. "It's okay to cry, you know…?" He guessed all the pain, all the stress was just getting to Cloud. The blond shook his head, gripping Axel's shirt. He wouldn't break, he wouldn't. Now that he was free, he would make sure he'd remain strong as he had been doing in the very beginning before Saix and Xemnas broke down his barriers.
Pulling Cloud closer, Axel sat on the floor, the smaller man on his lap. "Let it out. You can't heal unless you cry. You have been beaten, tortured, raped and tormented. You NEED to break. Once you break, you can heal."
Cloud bit his lip, feeling hot tears beginning to run down his cheeks. "Don't say it..." He whimpered. "Don't remind me, please..." He pleaded.
But Axel didn't stop. Cloud needed it. "They took you, made you bleed, made you love it and beg for more. They made you their toy and tried to make you a whore. Cloud... Don't hold it in, hun. You have put up with so much. Just let it out." Holding Cloud closer, Axel leaned down to whisper in his ear. "I'm here. Don't be afraid to break. I'll pick up the pieces."
Cloud broke with a loud cry as the redhead finished speaking, gripping his hair instead of Axel's shirt. "Shut up! Please, please, shut up!" He begged, sobbing madly as he tried to block everything around him. He didn't need to listen, he didn't!!
Removing Cloud's hands from his hair before he got hurt, Axel wrapped his arms around his waist and pulled him close, head resting on top of the other man's. "That's it." He muttered, rubbing the blond's back. "It's okay. I'm here for you; no one will hurt you again." The blond cried for a long, long time, hugging Axel close to him as he sobbed desperately against his neck.
Eventually, the cries died to down to occasional hiccups and the blond was just sitting there, slumped against Axel's chest as his head throbbed. Sighing, Axel gave Cloud a squeeze, the front of his shirt soaked. "There we go..." He whispered when Cloud settled down completely. "Feel better?" He knew the answer would most likely be no but he knew that it had helped. All Cloud needed to do was cry.
Cloud hiccupped, burying his face further into Axel's neck. "Sorta..." He whispered so very quietly. "... I'm sorry... Dinner cooled down... I'm so sorry…"
The redhead snorted. "Like I care about that… What matters the most to me right now is you."
Cloud shifted slightly on Axel's lap, sniffling. "Thanks..."
"You're welcome." Standing up, blond still in arms, Axel looked down at Cloud before settling him back on his seat and grabbing the plates. "I'm gonna heat this up."
The blond nodded, keeping his head down as he wiped his red, puffy eyes with the back of his hand. "Okay."
Reheating the food, Axel put it back on the table before leaning down after a second of hesitation, kissing the top of Cloud's head. "Relax. I'm not mad, or anything, like that."
Cloud closed his eyes with a sigh, nodding. "Thanks..."
Smiling, Axel gave Cloud another kiss before pulling away to sit down. "Eat up. You need food." The blond nodded and waited for Axel to sit down before starting to eat. Pausing a moment, Axel sighed. "Cloud... this is my home… But it's yours as well, now." He smiled. "You don't have to ask my permission for anything or wait for me to sit before eating." He chuckled. "Hell, if you wanna eat with your hands like a caveman, I say go for it!"
"Sorry... It's an old habit..."
"Old habit…? Oh, well, that's different... I thought it was something you were taught…"
Cloud swallowed hard, shaking his head. "No."
Realizing his mistake, Axel dropped his fork with a sad sigh. "I'm sorry. I keep saying things that upset you."
"I need to fight it. I can't cower or cry every time it's mentioned."
"Well, you can't keep it all bottled up inside either." Cloud didn't answer, just picked on his food. Picking up his own fork, Axel started eating as well, not wanting to break the mood. After a moment, the blond managed to eat all the food on his plate to Axel's surprise. He had been famished, being away from food for so long. "I'll do the dishes."
Not wanting to upset the other again, Axel nodded. "'Kay…"
Cloud actually smiled softly. "I'll wait until you're finished."
Looking down at his plate, Axel quickly finished eating, scooping up the leftover sauce with some bread. "Done…!" Cloud nodded and started gathering the plates, forks and cups to start to wash them quietly. Standing up, Axel walked out of the room and went to go sit on the couch, keeping his ears open for any signs of distress.
"May I join you...?" Cloud asked quietly from the doorway once he was finished. He had done the dishes, cleaned the table and the rest of the kitchen. He hoped it was a good start to pay Axel back for his kindness.
Smiling, Axel nodded and patted the spot next to him. "No need to ask. Hop on."
The blond did as he was told, sitting besides the redhead and pulling his knees to his chest. "Thank you."
Looking over after a comfortable moment, Axel sighed and stood up. "I'll be right back." Walking out of the room, he went upstairs and fished around in his desk for a moment, coming back with a piece of paper and handing it to Cloud. "Here..."
"... What is this?"
"Your contract of ownership..." Sitting back down, Axel gave Cloud a smile. "Rip it up."
Cloud stared wide eyed at it. "W-What...?"
"Rip it up." Axel repeated. "I already told you that I don't own you. Go ahead and tear that thing to pieces."
The blond stood still before shaking his head. "No... I want you to keep it." He said softly, sure of his words.
Axel frowned, confused. "Keep it? Why?"
"If Xemnas comes back, I'll know for sure that I'm safe with you." Cloud stated softly, looking up. "If I rip that up, I'll be available to be taken again... And I don't want to leave."
"...okay then." Taking the paper back, Axel placed it in the drawer by his side. "But remember Cloud. I wanted to rip it up. I feel no sense of ownership towards you what so ever."
Cloud nodded. "I know."
"Then relax. You don't need to ask me for permission to do everything." The redhead chuckled. "This is your home too now. Go ahead and treat it like it."
"Does that mean that i can mess it all up?" Cloud asked with the smallest hint of mirth in his voice.
"Why not…? I do it on a daily basis!" Axel grinned, kicking a stack of papers and books onto the floor when he stretched. "...ya see?"
Cloud shook his head. "I was joking. I won't do it."
Chuckling, axel stretched again, yawning lightly. "Hmm...Go ahead. I won't care."
"No...!" Cloud exclaimed before slapping a hand against his mouth, eyes wide. He couldn't raise his voice! "I-I'm sorry… I didn't mean to raise my voice...!"
Axel just chuckled unaware of the other's sudden change of behavior. "Yes!" He cried, as loud as Cloud did, giving him a smile. Cloud curled more, just shaking his head. Smiling, Axel leaned over and gently tickled Cloud's side, determined to make him smile. Shiva, did he love his smile… "Make a mess!"
"Axel... Don't push it..." Cloud asked quietly.
Sighing, Axel nodded and sat back. "Sorry..."
The blond shook his head. "I shouldn't have raised my voice. It was r-rude and... And..."
'Disobedient... My good little whore...'
"And exactly how you should act…" Axel finished, slicing through Cloud's flashback. Turning, he reached out and ran a hand through Cloud's hair. "That life is gone, Cloud. And it's not coming back. You are FREE. I know it will take some time getting used to it but you are. You don't have to be scared anymore. Run, laugh, yell and kick things, slid across the floor in your socks. I don't care. You can just be yourself." Cloud nodded, placing a hesitant hand over Axel's. Grinning, Axel ruffled his hair again.
Cloud silently scooted closer a long moment later, leaning against Axel hesitantly. He felt safer that way. "Thank you." He whispered, carefully thanking the other for reassuring him when he got his voice back.
Blinking at the sudden add of warmth to his side, Axel smiled and happily wrapped one arm around Cloud's shoulder, holding him close. "You're welcome." the blond nodded, his head falling onto Axel's shoulder after a few minutes as he fell asleep. He was still so tired... so tired. Smiling gently, Axel carefully stood up and picked up Cloud. "Let's get you to bed." He whispered, carrying the blond upstairs and back into the master bedroom. Tucking Cloud in, the redhead gave his forehead a kiss before walking into the spare bedroom for a good night's sleep.
Shiva knew they both needed it.
Bekas: Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanother chapter 3