Scattered Shots


01; ACTION; LOCK AND LOAD; YUFFIE, VINCENT
Outside, there's the sound of gunfire; inside, Yuffie looks over at Vincent. How his fingers aren't trembling as he loads the Death Penalty, she's not sure.

02; ANGST; LIKE HOMESICKNESS BUT WITH PEOPLE; (YUFFIE), TIFA, CLOUD
"You know what's funny?" And from the look on Tifa's beautiful face, she's about to cry as she admits, "Sometimes he's standing right there, and I miss him anyway."

03; AU; NEW GUY; RENO, ELENA, TSENG
"Go easy on the new guy, will you?" Reno gives her that strange, amused look and Elena sighs. Later, her nails tap-tap-tap on the new guy's desk and he looks up, gorgeous Wutaian face serious and eager to please.

04; CHILDHOOD; SMALL GESTURES; CLOUD, (TIFA)
Cloud leaves flowers by her window, once, in a desperate bid for attention; she never says anything, she never looks at him.

05; DEATH; DO NOT GO GENTLE; YUFFIE, CLOUD, TIFA
"No, no, no," Yuffie is saying, "you're going to make it, you're strong, you're better than this," but they both know she's lying and Cloud just wipes one bloody thumb across her cheek, gives his strange, silly, sad little sister a smile and tells Tifa he's sorry.

06; HORROR; NEEDFUL THINGS; REEVE, YUFFIE
Someone's left a gift for him; Yuffie's the one to open it, her touch delicate, her hands graceful. Her gasp when she pulls out the kitten's mauled little body--tiny, perfectly formed, an almost exact replica of his model for Cait--is heartwrenching to hear.

07; HUMOR; HYGIENE; VINCENT, MARLENE
Despite his apology and explanation, Vincent has the sinking feeling that he is still in trouble with Marlene. One glance at her expression--such a little amalgam of Barret and Tifa; it's actually rather disconcerting--informs him that he will be participating in numerous tea parties in the weeks to come, and he had best brush his hair for them.

08; HURT/COMFORT; FEEL BETTER SOON; YUFFIE/TIFA
"I'm sorry for the trouble," Tifa says and then closes her eyes.

"Hey, no problem! It's not often I get to take care of you," Yuffie replies with a wicked murmur, and then settles into bed beside her. "Now shut up and drink your chicken soup."

09; LITERARY; THE DEATH OF PINK IN VARIOUS SENSES; CLOUD/AERIS
In one instant all the color bleeds out of his life. He becomes a black-and-white swirl of a shell of himself, gives up on being anything better, because she's dead.

10; WAFF; IN LAUGHTER CONSENT; VINCENT/YUFFIE
He's all the way on the other side of Tifa's bar, listening solemnly to Cid's rants about the efforts to build a second Highwind when he suddenly looks up, that bloody-looking gaze making eye contact with her. Yuffie smiles at him and, for an instant, she could swear his lower lip twitches up.