Pairing: SephxCloud

Warning: Shounen Ai; "M" Rating is for a reason.

Disclaimer: Chars Not Mine


"Captive Runaway"

Chapter 1: Racing

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Cloud found himself pacing the room of the cabin; his bare feet hitting the wooden floor as he walked with his arms clasped behind his back. He had been held here in this secluded cabin for just over a week and had yet to leave this room. He was restless, but he dared not venture into the rest of the house. He stopped pacing to listen for the other occupant of the cabin; it sounded like the silver haired General was in the kitchen doing the dishes from the midday meal. He stared at the round door handle of the room and his fingers twitched, but every time he thought about opening the door it brought back the memories of his first night in the cabin, tucked away in some forest somewhere.

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Cloud had woken up with a start and quickly looked around trying to figure out where he was. He was laying in one of two twin sized beds parallel to each other; there was a nightstand between them with a lamp on it. He flicked on the lamp and gasped at the tall figure standing at the end of the bed. "You're awake", Sephiroth said, looking slightly surprised at how soon the blonde had woken up after just placing him in the bed and after not even the slightest twitch whilst be picked up and taken from his home. Slightly surprised being a slight twitch of the eyebrow. Cloud just sat there his mouth slightly agape, staring at the face of his idol, his General, his friend, and his enemy. "Wh..what's going on?" finally made its way from Cloud's lips. "I'm sorry, Cloud. You're going to have to stay here with me for a while." Sephiroth said. There was no menace or sly threat in the voice, just a sad fact that rumbled from the General's throat.

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Cloud's head was spinning, first, he thought about his sword which was nowhere in sight. Then, he thought of escaping, but Sephiroth was standing between him and the only door out of the room. "Why did you bring me here?" he asked hoping the taller man would move or just stop looking at him; he couldn't think with those green eyes resting on him. Sephiroth sighed and sat on the edge of the bed, Cloud instinctively scooted up away from him. "To keep me company and to save this planet you care so much about." Sephiroth paused and then added in a whisper as he lowered his head, "She can't control me if I'm near you." and louder he said "and we have both seen how well "killing" me has worked; this is the only alternative, so like I said, I'm sorry, I know it's not really fair."

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Not fair. Not Fair! This was ridiculous. Sephiroth had been crazy around him before, why now is his presence some kind of barrier to the Jenova cells within him. He was panicking; if Sephiroth had been threatening him or even just armed he could have reacted by fighting but the General was just sitting there, like he had accepted his fate and expected Cloud to just do the same. He had to do something! Cloud leapt up from the bed at the same time as Sephiroth stood up and they ended up face to face inches from each other and froze. Cloud's breath hitched in his chest as Sephiroth leaned down and left a chased kiss on his lips before turning and walking from the room, his silver hair steaming behind him. The door closed with a soft click and Cloud was alone in that room where he slumped onto the bed and fell asleep.

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When he woke that morning he thought about leaving. If Sephiroth tried to stop him he would fight, and lose or win he would be out of this situation, but then he thought about his friends. What if Sephiroth was telling the truth, what if Cloud left and he goes on to kill more people? It's not like Cloud was making some big sacrifice by leaving everything behind, if he could make sure they were safe by staying; why shouldn't he? As he was sitting on the edge of the bed contemplating this, the General walked in with a plate of food. Cloud smelled the bacon and eggs before he saw them. Sephiroth said nothing as he placed the plate on the bed and walked out, closing the door behind him.

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Cloud stared at the plate for a minute, but figured if Sephiroth wanted to kill him, he would have tried already. So he devoured the plate and went to investigate the rest of the house, but as he reached for the door he stopped. He could hear Sephiroth moving outside the door and flushed at the memory of the kiss from the previous night. He decided to stay in the room for now. A couple of hours later Sephiroth came in and took Cloud's plate from breakfast saying nothing to the blonde as he came and went.

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This was the way it was for every meal Cloud ate for the past week. Sephiroth would bring in the full plate, Cloud would eat and Sephiroth would come and get it later. Neither man spoke to the other; this was the extent of their interaction until today. Cloud was restless and needed something to happen, he would try and say something to the General today.