A/N: I must say thank you to those of you who reviewed and favorited I Play for Keeps. I really enjoyed reading your reviews! ^^ So, without further ado, I present to you the sequel!
Disclaimer: I don't own FFVII.
Warning(s): Language, I'm not sure if there shall be lemons in the future or not. We'll see how it goes… Also, this will be a three-shot!
"As you can see, this flower arrangement here would go perfectly with this theme over here."
Cloud barely paid attention to the two wedding planners that Aeris hired. There was only a week left till the wedding date that Vincent set and Cloud hadn't done anything to get ready for it, hence the reason why Aeris decided to take the planning into her own hands. When she asked him why he hadn't done anything since he became engaged, Cloud didn't answer her because he didn't want her to know that he purposefully wasn't doing shit because he could care less. Hell, the wedding was all for fun and games as far as he knew. How did he know that? Zack, bless his soul, had overheard the conversation that Vincent and Sephiroth had on his birthday that was two months ago. After he had recovered from fainting, Zack pulled him into the kitchen and told him all that he heard. After Zack finished telling him everything, he just stared at Zack with suppressed rage. All of this…the entire situation he was in, was because of a game? When Zack said that he was going to tell everyone, Cloud stopped him and told him that he would take care of it. Of course Zack stared at him as if he had just said the most stupid thing, but he kept his mouth shut. Cloud meant what he said. If Vincent wanted a wedding, he was going to get one…after all, it's not like Cloud was paying for any of it.
"Now if you think that idea is kind of pricy, then we can –"
"No, I want the most expensive idea that you have! The best of the best! After all, he is marrying me. It should be something special, no?" Cloud faked smiled as the wedding planners and Aeris gaped.
"Uh, Cloud. Are you sure?" Aeris questioned with a serious tone.
"Of course, Aer."
If Vincent thinks he could just fuck around with his life then he had another thing coming…The first is a bill of $989,874.39 for the wedding design.
After Aeris and Cloud left the wedding designers' boutique, they met up with Tifa and went next door to find a wedding dress. After a while of searching, Cloud found one that he instantly fell in love with. After he found his size, he went into the fitting area to have the sales person help him with getting it on.
"Whaddya think girls?" Cloud said with a grin on his face as he opened the door to show it to them. Aeris and Tifa both gasped in awe before letting out twin squeals of happiness. The dress was ivory satin, strapless and it fit him perfectly around the curves and had a sweep train.
"It's beautiful Cloud! Seph will –"
Tifa slapped her hand over her mind to stop her sentence and the room became quiet. Cloud couldn't stop the tears from forming in his eyes. Sephiroth…he'd always sacrifice himself for everyone else's happiness. As much as Cloud wanted to run to Sephiroth and tell him that he knew everything and that they would be alright, he really wanted to slap the shit out of him as well. How the hell could he think that he would be happy with anyone else other than him! It pissed him off to know end! As smart as Sephiroth was, the decision for him not to beat the living shit out of Vincent to get him back was a stupid one…even though Sephiroth was a passive-aggressive person. If he wasn't going to fight for their relationship, then Cloud would handle that as well. He could care less if Sephiroth was playing the game along with Vincent or not when it came to him, which he knew deep down that Sephiroth never was. If Sephiroth was playing Keeps during their relationship, he wouldn't have reacted the way that he did that morning. If there was one thing that he knows like the back of his hand, it was how to read Sephiroth's emotions, even if he doesn't show them and Sephiroth's emotions he had that morning was nothing but hurt, pain, heartache, and betrayal. With that in mind, Cloud willed his tears away. He couldn't cry anymore, he had a game of his own to win.
"Oh, Cloud I'm sorry! I didn't – I never – I wasn't –" Tifa tried to say but Cloud cut her off.
"Tifa, it's alright…I understand."
"Yeah, but…I can't help but think that this is all a big mistake. I mean, you and Seph have yet to talk face to face about all of this…"
Good, just what he needed to hear.
"Well, I would like a male opinion on the dress and the dressing room locks from the outside, so if you don't mind making a phone call…"
Sephiroth sighed as he opened the door to wedding dress shop. Tifa had better have a damn good excuse for making him drive all of the way here, she knew that he hated driving and preferred walking, but he had to drive since he wasn't about to walk 12 miles to get here. When he began to walk to the back of the store, he had a feeling as if something wasn't right. Maybe he should get back in the car and call her back to tell her that he got sick from Genesis' eggs. As he turned back around to walk back out the door, a voice called him.
"Ah, there you are Seph! I almost thought that you weren't going to show!" Tifa said.
'Oh, you have no idea…'
"Now Tifa, why would ever think that I would do such a thing?" Sephiroth turned around and said with a smile on his face.
"Because I know you. Now hurry, Aeris needs a male opinion on her dress."
"That's it? Why didn't she call Zack, her husband?"
"I don't know, I'm not Aeris." Tifa said as she pointed at the dressing room for him to go into. Sephiroth rolled his eyes before he opened the door and stepped inside. He quickly turned back around when he heard the door slam shut behind him and heard the door lock.
"What the – Tifa! Open the damn door!"
Sephiroth couldn't breathe. He definitely knew that voice wasn't Aeris'. He slowly turned to where the voice came from and gasped in shock. He knew it…this was definitely a bad idea…
"What do you think?" Cloud asked him, looking directly at him through the three-sided mirror.
Sephiroth couldn't say anything. Cloud looked too beautiful for him to say with words in that wedding dress. It fit his shape just right...
"You look…beautiful, Cloud…"
Apparently mini-Sephiroth did too as he tried to show through his pants, much to Sephiroth's discomfort.
"Thank you. I wasn't sure if the dress would look alright with this garter on. Do you think it all goes together well?" Cloud asked as he lifted the dress to show off the garter he had on underneath. Sephiroth gulped as he felt the temperature in the room become even hotter as he tried his best to keep his emotions in check…along with mini-Sephiroth. This was really a bad idea.
Cloud tried his best to suppress his smirk. He could tell that Sephiroth was turned on by how he kept changing his stance. That was a good sign. He was still very attracted to him, but Cloud needed to hear him say the one thing that will let him know that he wasn't about to do what he had in mind for nothing.
"It goes with the dress…very well…" Sephiroth said in a nervous voice. Cloud smiled. He also could tell that Sephiroth was trying to hold himself back from jumping him. As much as Cloud needed that, he had to get to the point of why Sephiroth was here. He put his dress down before he turned to Sephiroth and began to speak.
"We need to talk Seph…"
Sephiroth blinked before he sighed.
"So that's why Tifa called…"
"Yeah, it is."
"We couldn't do this someplace else?" Sephiroth asked with narrowed eyes. Cloud frowned.
"No we couldn't seeing as though you would try to avoid me, like how you're trying to do now, and Genesis would never let me talk to you over the phone."
"Now isn't the best time to have this discussion."
"What do you mean now isn't a good time! When the fuck would be a good time Seph! After I'm fucking married!" Cloud yelled as he moved closer to Sephiroth.
"I don't see why not."
"I don't see why so! Dammit Sephiroth just let me talk to you!" Cloud continued to yell as he stopped moving and stood directly in front of Sephiroth.
"Why! So you can tell me why you did what you did with my own fucking cousin in my own bed and you decided to marry him!" Sephiroth yelled back.
"No! I want to know why you gave up!"
"I never –" Sephiroth tried to say but Cloud didn't get a word in.
"Why didn't you believe me when I told you that it was a mistake! Why wouldn't you hear me out! Why didn't you kick his ass when you saw him lying next to me or when he announced our fucking engagement that I never knew about! WHY WON'T YOU TALK TO ME!"
"IT'S BECAUSE I STILL LO–"
Sephiroth turned away from Cloud, shocked at what he was about to admit. Cloud placed his hands on Sephiroth's face and turned it back towards him. He needed to hear him say it…just once…he was so close to doing so…he had to finish what he was going to say.
"Finish that sentence…" Cloud said, not caring how desperate he sounded.
"Finish it…I need to hear you finish it."
"Finish it! Please Seph! For once in your life stop sacrificing yourself for others and be selfish! Tell me what it is that you want!" Cloud yelled. He needed to hear him say hat he still loved him…still wanted him…still needed him…that's all he needed to hear.
"I…I want you to be happy, Cloud. That's all I want." Sephiroth said as he looked Cloud straight in the eyes. Cloud frowned as tears slipped out of his eyes. He was lying… Sephiroth's eyes held the truth that Cloud needed for him to say. Cloud let go of Sephiroth's face and he shook his head.
"Why do think that I willingly cheated on you with Vincent? Don't say that you don't know. You have some ort of theory that you still believe to be the truth."
"I was always on business trips…every time that I came back, we would always argue as to why I would take them and leave you by yourself when I knew that you hated to be alone…you weren't happy with always arguing with me and never getting to see me and being by yourself so you went to someone that would give you what you were looking for…"
"And your cousin is what I was looking for?"
"That's how it appears to be…"
"Sephiroth, I love you. I will always love you, no matter how many times we did argue and never got to see each other in the past…that has never stopped me from loving you. What hurts me the most is that you're willing to give me, the one who has been in love with you since I first saw you, up to someone else because you believe that I'll be happier with him when I was already happy with you..."
"… I have to go…Genesis needs the van back to do grocery shopping."
"That's all you're going to say to me Seph?"
"…you can't love me anymore, Cloud…you're only going to hurt yourself and Vincent longer than you need to."
Cloud shook his head again.
"You still don't get it Seph…you still don't get it…" Cloud said as he heard the door slowly unlock and watched as Sephiroth walked out of it.
"But I'll make you understand…just give me a little more time and I'll make you understand." Cloud whispered to himself. His game was still in play.
"You know, I can't decide what to make for dinner tonight. Should it be stir fry or should I just go ahead and make a pot roast? What do you think Seph?"
"SEPHIROTH! I SWEAR IF YOU DON'T ANSWER ME I'LL BEAT YOU WITH THIS GODDAMN CELERY UNTIL YOU SAY SOMETHING!"
"Sorry, I was lost in thought…what did you say?" Sephiroth finally answered his redhead friend that was currently glaring at him while waving a bundle of celery in the air, attracting the attention of the other shoppers around them. Genesis turned to look at the people that were staring at them, well him.
The shoppers flinched before quickly pushing their shopping carts away from the short-tempered redhead, much to Sephiroth's amusement.
"It never amazes me how fast people are quick to vacate the area around you when you start to yell Genesis."
Genesis chuckled as he put the celery in the cart and began to move onto other vegetables.
"I asked whether you think that I should make a stir fry or a pot roast."
"Oh, it doesn't matter to me. Why don't you call Angeal to see what he thinks."
"But I asked you."
"I know, but it doesn't matter to me what you make. I'm sure that I'll enjoy it either way." Sephiroth grinned. His grin fell when Genesis looked at him sadly.
"What's wrong? Was it something I said?"
"No, you said nothing wrong… You know Seph, it wouldn't hurt you if you just tell someone what you wanted, and no one will fault you for doing so. I know that you always let someone else make the decisions or you let someone else have something you want because you know that it will make them happy. It is noble of you to do so, but at the same time, what does that leave you with? It's okay for you to be selfish every now and then. If there's anyone that deserves to be it's you…"
Sephiroth stared at Genesis in shock. Where did that come from? Cloud had said the same thing to him earlier…
"Genesis, why did you –"
"I have a pretty good guess as to why you've been spacing out. You've been doing it ever since the break up and it's gotten worse since the engagement. All that I'm going to say about it is that…maybe it's time for you to say what you want Seph."
"I want him to be hap-"
"Oh don't say that shit again! The only person that will be happy is Vincent! What about you! What about Cloud! What about Cid! Did you forget about how Cid's dealing with this! The man has yet to be seen without a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other! Vincent gets be happy because he gets to come home to Cloud, but who will you and Cid come home to, huh? Whose smiling face will you see as soon as you step through the door! Vincent may get to see Cloud's fake smile but you don't get to see shit! That's what makes me completely upset with you, Sephiroth. You're getting the shitty end of the stick and you act like you don't care when I know that you do!" Genesis said as he wiped his face from the tears that ran down his face. Sephiroth couldn't answer Genesis…all he did was wrap his arms around his best friend and rest his head on top of his. Sephiroth sighed. This was really not his day… He knew what Cloud and Genesis were asking of him, but he couldn't do it. Where would that leave Vincent? Sure, he may deserve it, but that was still the only blood relative that he had left.
"I think you should make a pot roast…we had stir-fry all last week and I don't think I can take another day of it." Sephiroth said after a few minutes. Genesis laughed.
End of Part I
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I do apologize to those who suspected there to be a happier beginning, but there was no way. Seph and Cloud had to work some things out and it wasn't going to be pretty, but fear not! It does get better! As for those of you wondering what Cloud has planned, it shall be revealed next chapter! :) Until then, stay tuned!