ShinRa academy: A place for hopeless people who have no purpose, a place for people to follow their dreams, a place for people who want to protect what is right.

A place for just about everyone actually...

If they'vegot what it takes.

Chapter One

"It's crowded again," muttered the young cadet as he sat down at an empty table. It just hit twleve and this place is already crowded, he thought. The cadet stared up at one of the ceiling fans and began to pick at his slice of bread.

"Hey, Zack," said a soldier that called for him from the other side of the lunchroom. Zack slowly looked over at that area and he raised an eyebrow. The rowdy individual waved for the cadet wildly. "Come over here!"

"Heh, no thanks. I'd rather eat lunch alone."

The one that called him, Kunsel, ran over to his table and slid into his seat next to Zack, the others were following him. "Aw, come on. Don't be like that! Come and join us troops as we go out into battle!"

Zack shook his head and smirked. "You are seriously on something, dude."

"No, I'm not...! You're just acting like a shy brat! You are totally not shy. What happened to the fun guy that rooms with me, man?"

"I guess he doesn't feel like coming out today." Zack said starting to eat his lunch. Kunsel began to pout and he put Zack into a head lock. Zack struggled to get free but Kunsel tightened his grip and began to laugh.

"Be fun guy now!"

"Arugh...can't breathe..."

"Soldier!"

"Kunsel and Zack looked behind them and there stood a tall, muscular brute of a man. He had his arms behind his back, and looked down at them with an annoyed expression. One look at his apparel and they could tell that he was high in authority. Kunsel released Zack from the hold and rose to his feet as did his breathless friend.

"SIR!" they said in unison. The man turned his back on them and started to walk away. He stopped and looked back at them. "Come with me," he saidand started up walking again. Kunsel looked at Zack and Zack looked at Kunsel. The raven haired cadet held a blank expression. His blank expression usually meant he was very angry. They both followed their superior and received stares and laughter from everyone in the area.

They were soon in an office, standing side by side;the man was looking at both of them with the same expression he held in the lunchroom. He handed them both a piece of paper and sat down at his desk.He obviously wanted them to leave now. The boys blinked and Kunsel was about to say something but his superior's eyes scared the mess out of him. He just walked out as quickly as he could. Zack watched Kunsel leave but stayed behind. For some reasonhis feet wouldn't let him leave the office.Zack's superior looked at him and sighed. "Did you have a question?"

"....You're different."

"What?"

"I mean, sir, uh, all we have to do is do this stuff on this piece of paper and that's it? You're not going to yell at us or anything?"

His superior stood up and walked over to him."I really don't feel like raising my voice today so I figure that this is easier."

"That's a bit lazy, sir."

"That it is, cadet...that it is." Zack blinked and he looked at his superior's name tag on his shirt.

"Angeal...Hewley."

"What did you call me?"

"Uh, I mean, Mr. Hewley, sir!...Angeal is a...is a cool name sir!"

Angeal raised an eyebrow. "Trying to suck up to me, boy?"

"Not at all, sir!" Zack replied with a hint of red in his cheeks. Angeal noticed this and couldn't help but chuckle. "Very well then," he said going back to his desk. "Do what the paper says and we won't have any problems. Is that clear, cadet?"

"Sir, yes sir!" Zack said and walked out of the office. To his surprise, Kunsel was standing in the hallway waiting for him.

"Hey, did you read what was on this piece of paper!? It's unbelievable! He's making us serve lunch with the lunch ladies, clean the bathrooms, clean his office!" Kunsel crumbled up his paper and growled. "Why the hell didn't he just yell at us like a normal sergeant!?"

"He said that he didn't feel like raising his voice, so he gave this punishment instead." Zack said, looking at the paper curiously.

Kunsel crossed his arms and sighed. "Well, if I don't do this crap, I'm a be in serious trouble."

"...Yeah." Zack folded the piece paper and then was silent. Kunsel knew that Zack had something to say and nudged his arm.

"What is it?"

"His beard..."

"Huh??"

"It's a cool beard." Zack said touching his own chin. Kunsel looked at Zack suspiciously and then grinned.

"You dig that sergeant, don't you?"

"H-huh? What?? No way, man. I just thought he had a cool look to him. That's all!"

"Yeah right!"

"I'm serious! That's all! Get off my back with this!"

"No way, Zack. You will never hear the end of it!" Kunsel said wrapping his arm around his flustered friend. Zack gave up and sighed and started to walk back to the lunchroom. Kunsel was basically clinging to him. The red head continued to laugh it up about Zack's interest in the sargeant known as Angeal Hewley.