A/N: THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS REVIEWED, FAVORITED, AND ALERTED ANY OF MY STORIES! I know that I haven't been on this site in over a year and I've barely have responded to any reviews or PM's and I sincerely apologize for that. I never thought that I would be as busy as I am...
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Cloud frowned as he continued to watch the snow fall from the cave entrance. The blizzard forced him and his friends to stop traveling to Wutai because of the close to zero visibility the snow had caused. He refused to stop to find shelter when Vincent shouted that they needed to, but he had no choice but to when Aeris fell into a ditch that was hidden in the snow and sprained her front paw. Cloud shook his head and sighed. None of this was going as he planned it would…
He turned to see Tifa standing behind him with concern on her face.
"You've been standing in the same place for hours now. Everyone's starting to get worried."
Cloud glanced behind her to see that Vincent, Yuffie, Aeris, Genesis, Angeal, and Zack were staring at them as they rested near the small fire that Vincent was able to start with the pieces of wood he found inside the cave.
"I'm fine. Really, I am…"
"It's easy to see that you aren't Cloud and we understand why you wouldn't be. With all of the things that have happened these past couple of weeks, its okay for you to say that you're stressed out."
"I'm not stressed."
"Oh? You don't think so? You told Aeris to suck it up when she told you that she couldn't walk on her paw after Angeal and Zack pulled her out of that ditch and for us to keep moving when we could barely see who was standing next to us! You've never said anything as cruel as that since you've been with Sephiroth! How do you not see that as a sign of stress!" Tifa growled as Cloud let out a growl of frustration.
"I'm the alpha male! I don't get-"
"The alpha male of what!"
Cloud's eyes widened as he stared at Tifa in shock. He'd forgotten that he gave that up in order to save his wife and pups…
Three Days Earlier…
"You should know him very well since you try your best to stay away from him. If that's not a big enough hint, he's the one that caused you to leave your mate at the puppy shower."
Cloud's eyes widened as he heard everyone gasp at what Vincent said.
"Rufus ShinRa? He's…he's behind all of this!" Cloud said in rage as he clenched his fists. The rich bastard would die by his jaws as soon as he got to Wutai.
"But why? It doesn't make sense! He's betraying his own kind by using wolf humanoids to make fur!" Genesis shouted in disbelief. He was finding it very hard to believe that a wolf who walked around with such elegance and class would be the mastermind of such an evil scheme.
"Whether you'll accept it or not, all of his wealth comes from his family's fur factory. All of those "extravagant" business deals he gloats about are all of his deals to make humanoid fur items for other wealthy businessmen and high end fashion brands. We, as in wolf humanoids, have been repeatedly trapped, killed, and skinned for many years because our fur is smooth and fluffier than pure wolf fur…and it's getting worse since fur factories are now seeking us out by fur colors and by our age, meaning that the younger we are, the fluffier and smoother our fur is. The rarer the color and young age of fur, the higher it will sell."
"And Sephiroth?" Aeris asked.
"He's the only wolf I know and have come across to have pure silver fur and is very high maintenance about it, meaning that an inch of his fur will sell for over half a million dollars."
Cloud couldn't help but slightly smile at the irony. His love's high maintenance and cleanliness would be the death of him…
"So when can we leave?" Cloud asked.
"I'm ready whenever you are." Vincent replied.
"Good, then we'll leave after-"
"No one is going anywhere..."
Cloud growled and turned around to see Hojo and the rest of the council standing behind his friends.
"What the hell do mean we're not going anywhere! My mate is in-"
"We are well aware of what has happened to the alpha female and we've declared it too dangerous for you or anyone else in this pack to try to recover your mate from that factory." Scarlet answered. Cloud narrowed his eyes.
"So you're saying that I should leave Sephiroth and our pups to die by Rufus' hands?"
"If you want to put it like that then yes, we are telling you not to rescue him. We realize how hard this would be on you so we decided to give you six extra months to find someone to replace him and have heirs with before we force you to step down. This is a decision that the council has decided is best for the pack." Lazard said.
"How the fuck is it best for the pack when you're abandoning one of its pack members and future members!"
"How are we abandoning one of our pack members when we never saw him as one to begin with? Sephiroth was not suitable enough to be looked upon as an alpha female. He was nothing more than a distraction that has caused you to neglect your duties as the alpha male of this pack. If we let you go after him, that will show that you put a needless distraction before your pack and that is unacceptable on all levels."
Cloud stared at the council in shock and realized that after all that has happened, they still didn't recognize Sephiroth as the alpha female…and never would.
"You have a decision to make, Cloud. Do you choose your pack or a distraction?" Hojo said. Angeal growled in anger.
"You can't make him do that! It's completely uncalled-"
"It's all right Angeal."
Angeal's eyes widened in confusion when he noticed Cloud with a smile on his face.
"You don't have to say anything. I already knew it was going to come to this decision sooner or later and I think it's pretty obvious what my decision is."
Cloud turned away from Angeal to look at Hojo, still wearing a smile on his face.
'Sephiroth is going to kill me for doing this…'
"I suggest that you all go ahead and start looking for a new alpha male because without Sephiroth by my side, being the alpha male of this pack means nothing to me, not to mention that my silverette is pretty much irreplaceable. I could never turn my back on him and my pups and don't plan on starting now." Cloud chuckled. He meant every word he said. He loved Sephiroth too much to even think about leaving him to die by Rufus' hands and if that meant he had to give up what he worked so hard to become to save his and their unborn pups' lives, then so be it. They're worth more than anything the council could offer to give him as a replacement… Everyone stared at Cloud in shock, except for Vincent, who had a smile on his face.
"I believe it's time that we get moving. What do you say Cloud?"
Cloud let out a long sigh. Tifa was right. The stress of losing his mate and pups, being forced to step away from his pack in order to save them, having to wait for the blizzard to stop in a cave because no one could see, and Aeris' injury was starting to catch up with him.
"You don't regret giving that up, do you?" Aeris asked in worry.
"No. Though I know it's going to take a while for me to get used to not being in charge anymore, I made the right decision."
"Why do I get the feeling that Sephy will say otherwise? I don't know why, but I feel like he's going to kick your ass for letting his dream kitchen go." Genesis snickered, making everyone else laugh. Cloud couldn't help but smile as he chuckled along with them. He was well aware of how his mate was bound to react to the news of no longer being able to cook in the kitchen he dreamed of. He would be ready for any assault his wife would send his way when the time came.
"Hey, look! The blizzard's passing!" Yuffie said in excitement. Cloud turned around and let out a sigh of relief when he saw the snow falling at a slower pace than it was earlier.
"That's good. We should get going and make our way to Nibelheim now before it starts up again." Vincent said as he stood up to stretch. Cloud nodded his head in agreement. They still had a long way to go…
"Is he going to be alright?"
"He should be once that nasty wound to the back of his head heals up."
"And the pups?"
"They're fine, too. Luckily you got to him in time before Rufus kicked him. If he would've, Sephiroth here would've been severely damaged. He might've lost his life along with the pups he's carrying."
Reno let out a sigh of relief as he stood next to the operating table as he rubbed Sephiroth's paw. After he carried the knocked out pregnant male to Cissnei's office when he noticed her walking towards her room, she immediately injected him with a drug that made him change to his wolf form and sedated him before working on the wound to his head while he explained to her what happened. It didn't come as a shock to him when Cissnei and Elena, Cissnei's assistant, became disgusted with Rufus.
"I wonder why he wants this wolf so bad…" Cissnei said.
"Well, from what I heard in his office, he wants him to be his wife."
"I'm sure that's the majority of the reason, but something keeps telling me that there's something else."
"Revenge. You know that his father was killed by a wolf humanoid, right?" Elena said. Reno furrowed his brows.
"No, I didn't know that. Where did you hear that from?"
"He told me a few nights back when I ran into him in the hallways when he was really drunk. He said something along the lines of finally being able to get back at the wolf that killed his father by stopping the wolf's bloodline from continuing before stumbling towards his bedroom. I wonder if he was referring to Sephiroth…"
Reno looked down at Sephiroth before frowning. He didn't like where this was going. If Rufus meant what he said to Elena, then that meant Sephiroth is carrying the pups that are the descendants of the wolf that killed Rufus' father. Though it was an assumption, it was one that Reno wasn't ready to dismiss just yet. He would have to do more research on Rufus' father's death in his spare time…
"How long before he wakes up?"
"He'll be awake in a-"
Reno chuckled when Sephiroth let out a small growl before opening his eyes and muttering a small curse about the bright lights in the hospital room.
"Welcome back, Silver Mama. Enjoy your nap, yo?"
Emerald eyes glared at him and he couldn't help but laugh. Sephiroth lifted his head and looked at his surroundings before trying to stand up, only to be gently pushed back down by the two nurses.
"Easy there. It's too soon for you to try to stand up yet. We don't want you to fall off the table and injure yourself." Cissnei explained with a smile on her face as she rubbed the silver wolf's ear. Sephiroth gave the woman and the other woman behind her a look over and found that his instincts were correct when they said he could trust them, especially since Reno appeared to be very relaxed in their presence. He sighed before wincing in pain at the throbbing he felt in the back of his head.
"I'm really going to kill that bastard…" Sephiroth snorted, making Elena grin.
"I don't blame you. Anyway, my name's Elena and I am Cissnei's assistant. Besides the gash in the back of your head that we stitched up, you and your pups-"
"Pup." Sephiroth corrected. Elena looked at the silver wolf with an eyebrow raised.
"You said pups, as if I'm having more than one. I can assure you that I'm only having one, which is going to be a girl by the way." Sephiroth said with a smirk, daring for the blonde assistant to challenge his motherly instincts. Elena looked to Reno for help, but all the redhead did was shrug his shoulders as Cissnei giggled in amusement.
"My apologies, you and your pup are going to be alright. We just recommend that you eat all of the food that is provided for you as well as walk around outside and in your cell for fifteen to thirty minutes three times a day as a way for you to stay in shape."
"I can do all except for the first part. Your lovely boss restricted me from eating for a while."
"Don't worry about that. I'll take care of it, yo."
"How?" Cissnei asked.
"It'll be easy. If he doesn't want his top five investors to be pissed off at the fact that their prime investment gave birth to a dead pup because he decided to starve the mother out of spite, he'll make sure that Silver Mama has twenty four-seven room service."
Sephiroth sighed. He didn't want to think about losing his pup over malnutrition, nor did he want to think about the people that wanted his pup's fur. All he wanted was some rest.
"Can we leave now?" Sephiroth asked the redhead, pleading with his eyes for him to say yes. He became relieved when Reno nodded his head and had Cissnei and Elena help him lift him off of the table and gently placed him on the floor. He thanked the two female doctors before following Reno out of the hospital room and towards his cell. When Reno opened his cell door and motioned for him to go in, he was grateful to find new blankets and pillows for him to sleep on as well as a nice helping of food and water. He nodded his head at Reno as a way of saying thank you before settling into his blankets and falling asleep, inwardly preparing himself for his long stay in this hellhole.
After Reno shut and locked Sephiroth's cell, he made his way to Rufus' office. He already had an idea of what mood the blond was going to be in since he lied to him about the phone call, removed the silver wolf from his cell without his permission, and had Cid clean the wolf's cell and give him new blankets and food, but he could care less. He opened the door and wasn't surprised to find Rufus behind his desk going over paperwork.
"I could've sworn you heard me when I said not to feed that bitch…" Rufus said to him while not looking up at him.
"I did sir, but I figured since he's only a few weeks away from giving birth, we would want him to eat as much as he could because we wouldn't want the pups to suffer from malnutrition, which would ruin their ability to produce their fur at the quality that you need it to be or worse, the silver wolf is unable to give birth to them naturally. Either way, it would harm the business more than increase it if the wolf doesn't eat."
"No, we wouldn't want that now would we?"
Reno raised a brow in confusion.
"Let me get one thing straight with you Reno, I could care less about what happens to Sephiroth, all that matters to me are those pups of his. If he can't give birth to them, I'll just simply cut them out his stomach, one by one, and let him bleed to death, plain and simple. And if something's wrong with their fur, I'm very sure that Sephiroth's fur will be more than enough to make up for theirs. Do you understand what it is that I'm telling you?"
"Yes, sir." Reno said, holding back his anger at Rufus' gruesomeness. What his boss just told him proved Elena's theory to be correct, which was going to make Sephiroth's stay here that much worse.
"Good. Now I'm sure Cissnei gave him an ultrasound when you took him to her. How many pups is he having?"
"She couldn't make out an exact number. From what I've seen, it looks like there are no more than ten…maybe…"
"Oh my! That's even better than what I was hoping for! Let's hope for ten shall we?"
"Yeah…" Reno said before Rufus waived at hand at him to be dismissed. Reno made his way towards the door in relief.
"Oh and Reno, try your best not to get attached to the little bitch. Things may not go in your favor if you do." Rufus chuckled. Reno's eyes widened before he nodded his head, understanding Rufus' implied threat completely, but won't have a huge effect on him since he already made up his mind. He would set Sephiroth free, even if that meant getting killed by Rufus.
Two Weeks Later…
Sephiroth sighed after he sat down on the cold concrete and stared out into the forest that surrounded the factory. He would've socialized with the other pregnant females that were outside with him during his only hour of seeing sunlight, but their mindset was already set on dying in the factory and he didn't want to start thinking like them…again. He was grateful to Cid and Rude who spent all morning shoveling out all of the snow that had fallen last night so that he and the other pregnant wolves wouldn't accidentally slip and fall in the factory's outside field where they were allowed to get some form of exercise. Sephiroth snorted at that.
Too bad the field's marked off by an electric fence…
For the past two weeks, Sephiroth and Reno were coming up with ways as to how he could escape, but the only idea that would work is to cut a hole in the fence since it was the only barrier between the factory and the forest, but it was too risky. He thought about telling Reno that maybe they should hold out on an escape plan just in case Cloud comes to save him, but he crushed that idea before he voiced it since it didn't make any sense. Cloud has no idea that it was Rufus who took him, yet alone where he is so it would be futile to wait on a rescue that would never happen… Sephiroth shook off the depressing thought and let his mind go back to the electric fence. The electric fence was tall and carried enough voltage to kill an 800 pound bear and to make matters worse, the fence had security guards posted around it. In other words, there was no way out…until two week's time. Reno had Cid tap Rufus' phone lines and discovered that Rufus was having a repair man come by to make sure the fence was still functioning, which meant it would have to get turned off for a little while, three hours to be exact. Though it sounded like a semi-solid idea to escape within the three hour time slot, there was another problem that was out of their control. His pup was due the exact same day that the repair man was coming and if his instincts were right, his little girl would be right on schedule.
Sephiroth snorted at that. He'd be damned if he had his pup here in this place. His pup deserved to be born in a place where they will be safe and away from harm and he would do his best to find that place after he got out of here. Sephiroth sighed before letting his mind drift off…only to be brought out of his daydream of being inside his warm and cozy home with Cloud when something brushed up against his nose. He opened his eyes to see a medium size blue bouncy ball in front of him. He raised a brow, not knowing where it came from until he heard a small bark. He looked up and saw a small brown haired pup that couldn't be much older than seven weeks old wagging his tail in excitement. Sephiroth looked at the pup in confusion. From what he gathered from Cissnei, all of the pups stayed inside at all times, never socializing with the adult wolves for…obvious reasons. Sephiroth came out of his thoughts again when the pup huffed before it growled. Sephiroth snorted and used his nose to push the ball back towards the pup. He returned his head to its previous resting position, only to be struck in the face once again, more forceful than the last time. Sephiroth aimed a glare at the pup, only for the said pup to start laughing.
"Don't expect me to roll it back at you if all you're going to do is hit me in the face with it. That's rude…"
The pup tilted its head with a grin on its face.
"It's not my fault you're not catching it before it hits you. Besides, it's rude for you to be trying to sleep while someone's playing a game with you."
Sephiroth's ear twitched in irritation.
"Excuse me, but I didn't know I was playing a game since I wasn't asked."
"Well, now you're well aware so roll the ball back already!" The pup commanded. Sephiroth let out a louder snort. If he didn't know any better, he would say that this little pup was just as bossy as he was…and sneaky too since he was outside and able to avoid the guards' eyes. The pup was lucky that there were a lot of adult wolves out today. Sephiroth did as the pup commanded and rolled the ball back towards the pup a little stronger than he meant to and chuckled when the ball went passed the pup and ran to catch it before he was able to roll it back towards him. They continued to roll the ball back and forth until the pup became tired. The pup walked up to him while rolling the ball with him and sat down next to him. It was then that Sephiroth realized how small the pup was. If he accidentally were to step on him, he could cause some serious damage to him.
"Thanks for playing with me." The pup said happily.
"Don't mention it…" Sephiroth replied as he returned to his previous position, laying down and staring out into the forest. He inwardly rolled his eyes when his vision of the forest turned into him staring into small, light blue eyes surrounded by light brown fur that felt like sitting on his snout.
"Are you new here? Because I haven't seen you around before…"
"When did you get here?"
"Two weeks ago."
"Where'd you come from?"
"Far away from here."
"What's Midgar like?"
"Everything that this place is not. You don't have people telling you what you can and can't do."
"Are there others like you there?"
"What do you mean?"
"Are there other silver wolves there?"
"Oh. Nope there isn't."
"I'm one of a kind."
The pup giggled and Sephiroth couldn't help but smile. At first he was becoming very irritated with how many questions the pup was asking, but then it dawned on him that the pup in front of him wouldn't live to see anything beyond the fence, which made his heart ache.
"I like you."
"Because you're the first big wolf that talks to me. All of the others don't say anything."
"Probably because you hit them with your ball instead of asking them to play with you."
"Hey! I don't do that to them! The reason why I hit you with the ball is so that I could get your attention. You didn't look as lonely as the others did and I didn't want you to become like them!" The pup pouted. Sephiroth's eyes widened some. The fact that he looked lonely bothered him. Did he feel that way on the inside? Yes, but he didn't know that it was visible. Sephiroth smiled.
"Then I suppose it's a good thing that you hit me with that ball then. Do you have a name?"
"Yep! It's Denzel! What's yours?"
"It is? Awesome! Then you're the wolf that the red-haired guy's always talking to us about!"
"I-I am?" Sephiroth asked with surprise.
"Yeah! He says that you're very pretty, smart, and funny and that he feels like a better person when he's around you. He also says that he wishes he could introduce us to you."
"Did he now?" Sephiroth said as he felt himself beginning to blush.
"Yep! That's why I snuck out of my pen in order to find you to see if what he was saying was true."
"Well? Was it?"
Sephiroth narrowed his eyes and growled at Denzel as he started laughing. Sephiroth's ear twitched when he heard the whistle being blown, a sign that the hour was up and that it was time to return to their cells. Sephiroth let Denzel climb off of him before he slowly stood up and stretched his legs as best as he could. As the other wolves piled at the door to get back inside with the guards closing in behind them, he started to become nervous for his new tiny friend.
"Do you know how to get back inside?"
"Yep! Just you stand here and watch! I'll be back inside in no time! See ya later!" Denzel said as he pushed his ball towards the door. Sephiroth chuckled as he watched the pup go in between the legs of the other wolves and guards and right into the factory, all the while maintaining control of his bouncy ball.
A/N: I know this chapter has been looooonnngggg overdue and it feels good to start off 2013 by posting a chapter for one story and finishing up a chapter for another^^ Even though I've been very busy between work, college, and family, any spare time I have it goes to one of the three things I already mentioned. Hopefully that changes now that I have an iPad and downloaded an app that allows me to type up documents ^^
P.S. HAPPY BE-LATED HOLIDAYS! :)