Okay, so my laptop totally conked out on me and I've lost ALL my stories and chapters I had written, because foolish me forgot to back them up. This is just a get-back-into-writing thing I guess, before I start tackling my chapter stories again. Whoo-boy, this is gonna take a while... Anyway, this doesn't fit in with the what would you learn theme that is what this folder's all about, but that can be excused cause I can't be bothered writing out a whole proper thing... so this is just to tide you guys over cause I haven't updated in a LONG time, and you guys deserve something.
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Disclaimer: I don't own Final Fantasy VII, or anything associated with it. I wish I did.
A – Against
It went against everything he believed in morally – and ethically – so he couldn't really explain to Sephiroth why he helped Zack kidnap that small blond cadet and lock him in the general's office.
B – Below
He knew about the girl, the one who lived below the plate and grew the flowers in that abandoned slum church. Though he was happy for his student – he couldn't explain why he felt so put out by the fact that Zack never told him.
C – Crisis
"Crisis averted!" Zack grinned with enthusiasm, swinging his broadsword as he pumped his fist in the air. Angeal kept watch from further down the hallway, shaking his head slowly. Since when was a roaming spider considered a crisis?
D – Diffuse
He was a ticking time bomb – one that you couldn't diffuse. Maybe one day, Zack would understand that.
E – Energy
Zack rubbed the back of his neck awkwardly, his free hand loosely gripping his broadsword as he surveyed what used to be the cafeteria. He didn't know what was in that energy drink, but he most certainly wasn't drinking one again - Angeal would make sure of that.
F – Failure
He was a failure. He was degrading faster than he would have liked – but what could he do about it? Hollander was as useful as dirt, and Genesis wasn't getting any better either. His thoughts strayed back to his student – Zack Fair. How was he going to deal with that problem?
G – Grin
Zack had many a smile. He had that smirk he got when he did something he thought he was going to get away with, and he had that proud, beaming smile he used when he was praised by others – but mainly when he was praised by Angeal. He was also well known for his cheeky smile – the one he used to garner attention from the ladies, or when he was trying to form a plan in his mind. However, the one smile Zack Fair was really well known for… was his grin. His insufferable, whole-hearted grin that screamed I'm up to no good. Angeal feared the day that grin was aimed at him.
H – Hope
"But what I do know is that we can't lose Hope," Zack was enthralled, watching the TV screen with rapt attention. Angeal cautiously moved beside him, picking up the gaming case lying next to the gaming console.
"Final Fantasy XIII," he read aloud, before placing the case back onto the ground. He looked up at the screen again, only to see some pink haired lady wearing the shortest skirt he'd ever seen trying to console a young silver haired boy. He looked back over to his student, whose face might as well have been glued to the TV; he was that close to it. Angeal looked on curiously, shaking his head as it reminded him of some of the day-time soap shows his mother used to watch back when he was a child.
When exactly did Zack hit menopause?
I – Itch
It was a burning sensation, spreading right from the soles of his feet to the hair on his head.
"They itch so much… my teeth itch so much!" He groaned, scratching futilely at his mouth.
Angeal grunted with sympathy, rubbing his students back soothingly. Mako injections were never pleasant, but it seemed Zack had acquired some of the more uncommon side effects.
J – Jester
"No, I'd say he's more like the village idiot," Kunsel stated factually, folding his arms across his chest.
"No, no no no…" Luxiere disagreed, shaking his head. "He's definitely the castle Jester. Cause people like him, y'know? Village idiots are just crazies that everyone either laughs at or throws food at-"he paused mid sentence, reconsidering his thoughts. "Actually, I think you might be right."
Kunsel grinned knowingly, slapping Luxiere up the back of the head. No one could trump Kunsel in an argument regarding Zack and his… tendencies to be a little strange. He'd concluded long ago that there was something in the water in Gongaga… and Zack had drunk a lot of it.
K – Kill
"Kill, my pretties… Kill!" Zack laughed crazily, thrusting his arm towards Angeal. Zack's horde of baby birds fluttered uselessly on the ground, stumbling over each other. Angeal sighed good naturedly, gently picking up all the birds and placing them back in their cages.
"Zack, get out of the science department before I kill you."
L – Love
"Zack, focus!" Angeal reprimanded as his sword nearly sliced through his students left thigh, watching with concerned eyes as Zack snapped out of his daydream, quickly falling into his battle stance again. Angeal considered him for a moment, before lowering his sword.
"We aren't going to get anything done like this. Why can't you focus?" It was unlike his student to be so airy – he was usually so determined. Zack opened his mouth, before quickly shutting it.
"It doesn't matter… Don't worry about it. I'll focus," he promised, widening his stance a little as he adjusted himself. Angeal folded his arms across his chest, looking at Zack like a parent would to a child who was about to be scolded.
"Fine! Fine," Zack surrendered, throwing his arms up in the air as a peaceful gesture. "I think… I think I'm in love," he admitted shyly, rubbing the back of his neck as he stared awkwardly at the ground.
Angeal mentally cursed, his gaze softening. He knew this would happen sooner or later.
M – Maybe
Maybe… Maybe one day, Angeal would be able to tell him everything. And then – then, he could die peacefully.
N – Nag
"You're like some cranky mother Chocobo!" Zack sighed with exasperation, flopping down onto the couch. "It's always 'Zack, pick up this' or 'Zack, how many times have I told you to turn the lights off' or 'Zack, you're not allowed to keep ducks in the bath', he groaned, shielding his eyes against the glare from the sun. "All you do is nag, Angeal."
Angeal huffed in disagreement, folding his arms across his chest. Those were perfectly reasonable rules and chores, were they not?
"You know what; I'm not even going to call you Angeal anymore. From now on, you're Naggeal. Angeal is dead to me!"
O – Opportunity.
This kind of opportunity hardly came along – so when he had the time to bond with his student outside of training, Angeal was never one to turn it down.
Even if it meant taking him to the zoo.
P – Patience
If there was one thing those four years in that… that lab had taught him, it was patience. He just wished Angeal could see it.
Q – Question
"Alright. So if there are any questions, feel free to ask," the lady clapped her hands together, pleased that she had finally finished her presentation. Angeal smiled kindly at her, happy that she had completed her task. His happiness soon disappeared however, as he saw his students hand slowly snake up from the middle of the gathered Second Classes.
"Yeah, I got a question," he grinned wickedly, causing a few of the surrounding Seconds to snicker slightly. "When the chickens go to the farm, who decides which ones become roast chickens… and which ones become chicken salt?"
The lady blinked once- twice, her mouth gaping open slightly. "Uhm-" she stuttered nervously, adjusting her glasses as she fumbled for an answer. "I- I meant questions relating to the t-topic," she offered meekly, looking like she was about to faint.
"Oh… shoulda said so," Zack shrugged, lowering his raised hand. Angeal resisted the urge to facepalm.
R – Resist
The group of girls giggled madly while Zack encouraged them, pulling various poses and telling stories that had been blown way, way out of proportion. Angeal grunted to himself, before grabbing Zack by the collar and pulling him away from his fanclub.
"You have to learn to resist those temptations," he lectured the teenager, sighing as Zack's gaze strayed onto a passing woman. He couldn't wait till Zack grew out of his hormones.
S – Save
"Oh, save me, you handsome, strong man!" Zack whimpered girlishly, dangling outside Angeal's office's window. He didn't even want to know how Zack got there, considering he was on the 57th floor.
Angeal didn't dignify Zack with a response, he just pulled the blinds shut and continued on with his paperwork.
T – Terminate
"I have been sent to terminate you," Zack said robotically, pointing at the donut sitting on the counter. Angeal offered a weak smile at the lady who served Zack, who smiled back just as weakly.
Why did she always get the weird customers?
U – Undercover
He found Zack huddled under the Directors desk, clad in what appeared to be a glitter-blue Chocobo outfit. Zack glanced up swiftly, startled to see his mentor's disapproving – and slightly confused face.
"I'm undercover," was all he offered.
V – Valentine
"Be my Valentine?" Zack asked innocently, holding a rose towards his mentor. Angeal glanced down at it, before Genesis swooped in.
"It'd be my pleasure, Zack Fair," Genesis snagged the rose from his fingertips, before trailing off down the hall. Zack looked stunned for a moment, before he focused back on his mentor.
W – Wings
Wings didn't make you a monster… if only he could see that.
X – Xylophone
If there was one thing Angeal didn't expect to see that day – it was Zack walking out of a toy store with an xylophone tucked under his left arm. Curious, he tailed Zack as he adventured down towards the slums, smiling as he saw him gift the item to a young boy, who looked elated to receive such a gift.
Y – Young
What Angeal would give to be that young again, to not be suffering so harshly from the degradation. He watched his student enviously, before unfurling his only wing and flying away. He didn't want to taint him with his bitterness, after all.
Z – Zombie
"Z-Z-Zombie!" The cadets were all screaming, racing down the halls and out the hallway doors. Angeal quickly raced down the direction they were fleeing – fearing that maybe another bunch of monsters had escaped from the labs – but his fears were unfound as he arrived at the scene.
There, sitting in the middle of the hallway, was one heavily made-upped and outfitted Zack Fair and Reno, each one eating jelly – an attempt to make it look like brains, he presumed – out of a cadet helmet. Needless to say, as soon as they saw Angeal, it started a chorus of "brains… must eat brainsssss," from the two young boys.
The next day, each were ordered to stay at least 100 meters away from each other at all times, something that even Tseng agreed with.