A/N: Thanks for all of the reviews, favorites, and alerts! I know it's been a while since I posted a chapter for this so I suggest rereading the previous chapters before reading this one.
Disclaimer: In first chapter
Warning(s): None really…^^
"I'm going to kill you once this is all over…"
Sephiroth couldn't resist smirking as he heard what Zack growled while Cloud kept talking about how excited he was to be going to the festival. He could see why Zack was angry. Not only was the Gaian dog wearing a collar and a leash that were hot pink, he made him wear a muzzle that was the same color as the leash and collar. He might have gone too far with the muzzle and the color of Zack's attire, but he didn't care since he found bite marks on his right foot when he was taking a shower. Besides, Cloud thought it looked great on Zack and Sephirou was laughing too hard to say his opinion.
"Aww don't be upset. Cloud thinks you look cute. Isn't that what matters?"
"Not if all of the other dogs keep laughing at me when they walk pass! This is embarrassing!"
"Hn. Not my problem mutt." Sephiroth grinned as Zack snorted.
After they passed through the park gates, Sephiroth changed his mind about leaving Zack on a leash and muzzle when he saw how Zack was eyeing the female dogs that were running around while purring in the back of his throat.
"Don't get one of them pregnant…" Sephiroth warned the Gaian before he unhooked the muzzle and the leash and watched Zack dart after a poodle while shaking his head. While Zack ran around, Sephiroth chose a nice size cherry blossom tree for him and Cloud to have a picnic under. He spread out the blanket he brought with them on the grass before motioning to the Gaian that he could sit down. Sephiroth leaned against the tree as he watched Cloud look around at the other people that were here and the band playing not too far away from them in excitement as he ate the sandwiches he made before they left his apartment.
"This is so cool! Thank you for bringing me here." Cloud said with a smile on his face. Sephiroth returned Cloud's smile with one of his own.
"You're welcome. Did you have festivals like this on Gaia?"
"Yes, but every time I wanted to go, Sephirou was working or didn't feel like going so I rarely went to them…"
"Oh yes, just blame you never being able to go to them on me…nevermind the fact that your parents didn't want you to attend them in the first place!"
Sephiroth smiled at what Sephirou said while snorting in anger.
"Sounds like your mate wasn't much fun to be around…" Sephiroth said to Cloud while grinning when he heard Sephirou growl at him.
"At times, yes, but he was the General of our army so I understood why he couldn't always do things with me and was strict at times. I didn't mind much because I loved him."
Sephiroth didn't miss the sad look in the Gaian's eyes when he said 'loved'.
"How did you two meet if you don't mind me asking? Sephirou doesn't sound like the type that would be the first one to say hello…"
"He wasn't… The first time I saw him was when I was 8 in your planet's years. He was returning from a mission and was speaking to my father about it when I walked into the throne room. I was going to tell my father about my day, but as soon as I saw Sephirou, I quickly hid behind one of the pillars and continued to watch him give his report to my father. Though I wasn't really able to see what he looked like since I was far away from him, I had fallen for him before I knew it. His voice alone was enough to make my heart skip a beat. After my father was finished talking to him, I stepped out from the pillar I was hiding behind and said hello to him when he was about to pass me, but since I was so short he didn't hear me and continued walking out of the room. Though I was disappointed that he didn't see or hear me, I kept thinking that if I try again another time, he would be able to see me.
For years I tried to get his attention, but it never worked. I would purposely bump into him, greet him when he left and came home from missions, deliver my father's messages to him, but all I got in return was a nod or barely any acknowledgement whatsoever. Though it continued to hurt my feelings, I refused to give up. That's when Zack started to get upset with me, saying that I was wasting my time on someone who barely knew that I existed and preferred to be alone and that I should quit trying to get his attention so that I could love someone who knows and loves me. All I could say was that he was wrong about Sephirou before I ran away from him while crying. Though Zack thought I was saying that because I didn't want to realize the truth, I was saying that because it was true. I could see it in his eyes that he was just as lonely as I was and hid it well from his friends and soldiers. It always renewed my ambition to get him to see me because I wanted to show him that we wouldn't be lonely anymore since we would have each other.
When I finally got my chance to talk to him, it came with a price. I was watching him train in the field at night and instead of watching him from my balcony like I normally did, I wanted to get a closer view so I quietly walked downstairs and out of the door that led to the field. I hid behind the tree that was a few yards away from him and became awestruck when I saw how well he used his sword, Masamune. I always heard stories about how deadly he was when he used it, but to see him using it to attack an invisible enemy was…beautiful to say the least. I was so mesmerized by his beauty that I didn't see him swinging his sword in my direction until it was too late. I let out a loud yelp when Masamune pierced through my right shoulder and I startled Sephirou so bad that he pulled the blade out of my shoulder so fast that it caused me to let out another yelp of pain.
The next thing I knew, I was in a bedroom that wasn't my own and I winced when I heard Sephirou call me a dumasa, which means dumbass in our language. All I could do while he continued to yell at me for almost getting myself killed along with him as well since my father would've had him hung for killing me was cry, not because I put my life in danger but because he was so angry with me. When he asked me why was I out there, I told him the truth as my crying got worse. He remained silent for a while as I tried my best to stop crying. He caught me off guard when he walked over to me and kissed my forehead. I asked him why he did that and he said that he couldn't kiss me on my lips since I was only 14 and I had to wait until I was 18. I couldn't stop myself from smiling as I threw my good arm around his neck and gave him the best hug that I could at what he was implying. He has no idea how happy he made me that day…"
"I'm sure he does…" Sephiroth said with a smile on his face as Cloud tilted his head at him.
"You think so?"
"Yeah, I do…"
Since Sephirou wasn't saying anything, he assumed that he had no idea that Cloud was in love with him since he was a kid, which explained why he was so hell-bent on finding him. Sephirou was the love of his life, the only one he ever wanted… Sephiroth inwardly frowned as he wondered if Sephirou truly understood how much he meant to Cloud and if keeping his whereabouts a secret was really a good idea. He could tell how much Cloud was missing the Gaian by how he relived the time they met when he was telling his story to him and it was probably going to get worse the more time he spent searching for him.
"Don't do it…Telling him will do more harm than good…"
Sephiroth inwardly growled in frustration.
"Can't you see how much this is hurting him! I can't keep this away from him and you shouldn't keep this a secret if you love him as much as he loves you!" Sephiroth yelled back at him inside of his head.
"Kid, you know so much, but understand so little…"
Sephiroth was about to cuss the Gaian out when he heard Cloud sniff the air before growling. Sephiroth looked around and his eyes widened when he saw that the people and the dogs in the park were frozen, as if time stopped.
"What's going on?" Sephiroth asked Cloud in worry.
Sephiroth was about to ask who he was talking about, but he decided against it when he saw a dark shadow appear a few feet away from them and Kadaj and another person step out of the void.
"Hello Clouderu. We weren't expecting for you and the reincarnation to be here. No matter, we'll just take him now and be about our way…" The other person said as Kadaj grinned.
"You're not taking him anywhere Yazoo!" Cloud said as he drew out his sword. Yazoo shrugged his shoulders.
Sephiroth's eyes widened when the spirit collector snapped his fingers and a giant three-headed monster appeared as Kadaj and Yazoo disappeared through the void they created.
"What the hell is that!" Sephiroth yelled as the monster roared.
"Spiky! Baby Silver!"
Sephiroth turned and saw Zack running up to them before transforming back into his human form.
"Was that Yazoo I saw?"
"Yes! I thought Kadaj was the only one that survived, but apparently he wasn't…" Cloud growled. Zack frowned before summoning a sword that was similar to Cloud's and darting towards the monster.
"Stay here Seph!" Cloud yelled before he followed after Zack. Sephiroth opened his mouth to stop the Gaian and sighed when Cloud jumped in the air to attack the monster's middle head before he could get a word out. He had no choice but to stand and watch the two Gaians fight. Though they were fairing well against the monster, he still felt useless because he couldn't do anything to help them.
"Don't feel useless. A Harpy is no where near as bad as a Behemoth, but it can be just as deadly…" Sephirou informed him calmly.
"Why the fuck are you so calm! If you failed to remember, it was you who defeated that Behemoth, not Cloud!"
"Cloud has Zack to help him out this time and if things don't go smoothly, you have that summon as a last resort."
"Hn, I swear you are a heartless bastard."
"Focus on the battle at hand and not what you think about me. The humans are starting to die."
"What!" Sephiroth yelled before looking around with wide eyes at what he was seeing. The head that neither Cloud or Zack was attacking was acting like a vacuum and sucking up a greenish white light that surrounded the people that were frozen.
"The light you see is their spiritual energy. The Harpy is gathering it for the Evil Spirit."
"That's it! I can't stand by and watch this happen anymore! Give me that sword you used before so that I can stop the third head from gathering anymore spiritual energy!"
"…Are you talking about Masamune?"
"Have you lost your mind! Masamune isn't some sort of stick that you can go and play superhero with! You don't even know how to-"
"Shut the hell up and give me the damn sword!"
"I cannot do that. She chose me as her wielder... Besides, she only comes to me when I call her."
"Dammit Sephirou!" Sephiroth yelled in frustration as he clenched his fists. He could tell by Sephirou's tone that he wouldn't have given it to him even if it was possible for him to lend him the sword.
"Wait… Technically Sephirou and I are the same person, which means…" Sephiroth said to himself before grinning. Though it was a slim chance that it would work, he lifted his hand above his head and closed his eyes.
"Sephiroth, what are you doing?"
"Will you shut up for a second! I'm trying to concentrate!" Sephiroth growled before focusing his thoughts on the sword he saw Sephirou wield in his school cafeteria. He felt himself being pulled towards the sword and when the pull was at its strongest, he called to it.
In a flash of green light, he was brought out of his thoughts and looked up at his hand and smirked.
"Suck on that Sephirou."
"Well I'll be damned… How the hell was that possible?"
"It's simple! You and I share the same soul. Whatever you can do, I can do as well…which includes summoning your awesome sword to use whenever I feel like it."
"Hn." Sephirou snorted, pretending to be unimpressed that his reincarnation could now summon his legendary sword.
"Whatever." Sephiroth said as he lowered Masamune. He was surprised that the seven foot sword was light and easy for him to swing.
"That's because you bonded with the sword, brat…"
"Aww! Is someone upset that his baby chose me as its wielder too?"
"Like I told you earlier, you should be focusing on the battle instead of me! Don't make me repeat myself again, kid."
"Oh, right!" Sephiroth said as he looked at the third head of the monster that continue to drain the people at the park.
"Well, what are you waiting for!"
"Um…how do I use this? Do I just run up to the monster and swing or do I –"
"OH FOR GAIA'S SAKE!"
Sephiroth gasped when he felt Sephirou take control of his arms and legs and screamed when Sephirou made him run towards the monster.
"Stop it you insane alien! You know what? I change my mind! I don't want to help them anymore!" Sephiroth screamed when Sephirou forced him to run up a nearby cherry blossom tree before jumping into the sky, sailing directly towards the third monster's head.
"It's too late to turn back now…" Sephirou chuckled. Sephiroth's eyes widened when the head turned towards them and roared.
"He spotted us!"
Sephirou placed Sephiroth's other hand on Masamune before performing the same attack he used in the cafeteria on the third head and body of the Harpy while Sephiroth had his eyes closed. He opened his eyes when he heard the monster let out a weak roar and watched in awe as the monster disintegrated into thin air, making the people and dogs in the park return to normal and stare at each other in confusion while asking what happened. Sephiroth let out a sigh of relief as Masamune disappeared from his hand and Sephirou gave him back his control over his arms and legs.
"Don't get too comfortable…"
"Eh? Why not?"
Sephiroth did as Sephirou commanded and his eyes widened in fear when he realized not only was he standing on a tree branch in the tallest cherry blossom tree in the park, Cloud glaring up at him as Zack looked worried.
"What should I say?" Sephiroth asked his Gaian counterpart.
"Tell him that you don't know what happened. Blame it on your instincts if you have to…"
"Old man, I don't think I can do that…"
"What other choice do you have?"
Sephiroth sighed before he carefully climbed down the tree and wasn't surprised when Cloud slammed him up against the tree after he landed on the ground.
"How did you do that?" Cloud growled. Sephiroth turned away from and closed his eyes, hating that he had to lie directly to Cloud's face in order to protect Sephirou's whereabouts.
"I don't know…"
"You're lying! Only Sephirou can summon Masamune, use Octaslash, and destroy a monster like that with only one attack! He had to teach you how to all of those things so where is he!" Cloud yelled as he tightened his grip on his shoulders, making Sephiroth wince in pain.
"I said I don't know Cloud! One minute I was watching you and Zack fight that thing wishing that I could help you two out somehow and the next minute I realize that I'm flying through the air with a long sword in my hand! I don't know how it all happened!" Sephiroth yelled back as the Gaian Prince continued to growl at him.
"I don't care about that! Where is Sephirou! I know you know where he is! Just tell me!"
Sephiroth's eyes widened. It was then that he realized how desperate Cloud was sounding as the Gaian's nails pierced his skin. He guessed that Zack realized that too since he ran over to them.
"Hey, take it easy, Cloud! Maybe he really doesn't know…" Zack said, trying to pry Cloud's hands off of Sephiroth's shoulders, but it only caused Cloud to tighten his grip.
"I don't believe it! I refuse to!"
"Why? Because only Sephirou can do what we just witnessed! Face it Cloud! Sephirou is gone and Sephiroth is Sephirou's reincarnation so it's only natural that he'll inherit all of Sephirou's abilities and instincts!" Zack yelled as he finally pried Cloud's grip off of Sephiroth. Cloud stared at Sephiroth and Zack in shock as his eyes became watery before he ran away.
"Cloud!" Sephiroth yelled as he was about to chase after him until Zack caught his arm.
"It's alright; he'll run back to your apartment. I know what I said was harsh, but it was the only way to keep him from breaking your shoulder blades and from finding out that Sephirou is hiding inside of you…" Zack said before sighing. Sephiroth nodded as Sephirou remained silent.
"Thanks for helping, I think… How long will he be upset at us?"
"Until he realizes what I said was the truth…"
"Oh…" Sephiroth said sadly as Zack let go of his arm. There was no telling how long that could be…
"So, was it fun getting to kill your first monster all on your own?" Zack chuckled. Sephiroth rolled his eyes.
"I didn't kill it. Sephirou did because he didn't want to tell me how to use his 'precious' sword…"
"That sounds like Old Silver alright!"
"Whatever…" Sephiroth huffed before walking over to their picnic area with a chuckling Zack in tow, never noticing the figure hiding in the cherry blossom tree that overheard his and Zack's conversation…
Sephiroth sighed as he lazily flipped through the channels of his television as Zack slept curled up next him on the couch in his dog form. It had been three hours since he and Zack came back to his apartment and Cloud still hadn't said a word to them since he locked himself inside his bedroom. Sephirou claimed that the Gaian Prince would be alright, but Sephiroth wasn't so sure he would be. He sighed in annoyance when he heard his doorbell ring and got off of the couch to see who was at his door at 12a.m, waking Zack up in the process.
"Isn't it kinda late for you to have guests over at this hour?" Zack said while yawning as he stretched his front legs.
"Uh huh…" Sephiroth said with his brows furrowed as he tried to look out of the peep hole on his door to see who it was, only to find that he couldn't see anyone since the hallway lights weren't on.
"That's odd…" He muttered to himself as he unlocked his door and opened it. His eyes widened when he found a large red fox sitting in the hallway and furrowed his brows when it purred at him.
"Oh shit…" Sephirou muttered. Sephiroth didn't get the chance to question Sephirou because of the fox pouncing on him, making him land on his kitchen floor with a thud as Zack growled at the fox from his stance on the couch. Sephiroth stared at the fox in shock as he watched the fox change into a beautiful redhead with blue eyes wearing a red kimono that matched his hair and instantly knew that the fox was from Gaia as well. He opened his mouth to say something, but the redhead placed a finger over his mouth as he leaned down to where his nose brushed his, making Sephiroth blush at the close proximity of his captor.
"It's okay, Sephiroth. I won't bite you…much…" The redhead said with a smirk on his face. Sephiroth's eyes widened before he narrowed them and moved his captor's finger off of his mouth.
"What the hell are you talking about! Get the hell off of me!"
The redhead grinned before he quickly pressed his lips against his. Sephiroth screamed into the kiss when he felt the redhead moving his hips against his and frantically tried to push the redhead off of him to get away from the perverted Gaian. He inwardly sighed in relief when Zack tackled the redhead to the floor and sat on the redhead's back as he continued to growl at him.
"Get off of me immediately you filthy mutt! This is kimono costs more than your life and you're getting it dirty!"
"Well, well, well…if it isn't Genesisseru. I'm surprised you're on this planet, too." Zack said as he wagged his tail. Sephiroth sighed in annoyance before getting off of his floor to go shut his front door.
"No shit! I was sent to help Clouderu find Sephirou and I believe I found something much better…" The redhead said as he turned his head towards Sephiroth and smirked before licking his lips. Sephiroth leaned against his front door and snorted.
"Why are you here?"
"Like I told the mutt, I was sent here to find Sephirou. Needless to say that my mission is complete…sort of…"
Sephiroth's eyes widened.
"How did you-"
"For starters, if you and Zack are going to have conversations, make sure that no one is around for someone to hear you both. You're lucky that it was me who was hiding up in that cherry blossom tree that you two were talking under and not someone from The Evil Spirit's camp."
"Yeah, I guess… Well, my name's Sephiroth, though you already know that…"
"And mine's Genesisseru, but you can call me Genesis or Luvaisa if you want…"
Sephiroth raised a brow when Zack busted out laughing to the point where he rolled off of Genesis' back and continued to laugh as Genesis stood up and dusted off his kimono.
"Sephirou, what does Luvaisa mean?"
"That word is used to describe someone as your significant other in an intimate way…"
Sephiroth's cheeks turned red as he glared at the grinning redhead.
"I should stab you with Masamune!"
The Gaian chuckled before he vanished and reappeared in front of him before trapping Sephiroth in between his front door and his body.
"Oh? Is that what you nicknamed it? I didn't know you were that kinky… If that's the case, you can stab me all night long if you want to. I'll even scream if that'll make you perform better…" The redhead purred in his ear as he slowly moved one of his hands down to his pants as Sephiroth stared at him in horror.
"Sephirou, this perv can't be serious, right!"
"Well, speaking from past experience…yes…"
"What! Oh please don't tell me that you two-"
"It was only once…maybe six… I can't really remember. All that I'll say is that he's really good with his tongue."
"EWW! I did not have to know-"
Sephiroth gasped when he felt Genesis' hand grab his member. He looked down and his eyes widened when he saw that his pants and boxers were pooled around his ankles.
"How the hell did he do that in the matter of seconds!"
"Genesis is a Gaian fox… They are very cunning when it comes to the things that they want…"
"Will you please stop talking to Sephirou? It's quite rude…unless you're trying to turn this into a threesome…" Genesis snorted. Sephiroth blinked before narrowing his eyes as he yelled at the redheaded Gaian.
"WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU!"
"Seph, are you okay? I heard you yelling…"
Sephiroth's eyes widened before he looked over Genesis' shoulder to see Cloud rubbing his eyes sleepily as he leaned against the wall.
"Were you sleeping this whole time?" Sephiroth asked.
"Uh huh…" Cloud said as he blinked a couple of times before his eyes widened when he saw Genesis and smiled.
"Genesisseru! I'm so glad to see- what are you doing to Sephiroth?" Cloud asked in confusion. Genesis grinned before kissing Sephiroth's cheek.
"We're having some fun time… Care to join us? You're more than welcome to…"
Cloud looked at Sephiroth before narrowing his eyes.
"Get your hands off of him… I can tell by his face that he's not giving you his consent to touch him…" Cloud growled. Genesis snorted.
"And what are you going to do if I don't? Turn into a tiny, little kitten and bite my ankle? Get over yourself Clouderu. You aren't the Prince of Gaia anymore so you can't tell me what to do, especially since the only reason why you're telling me not to touch Sephiroth is because he looks like Sephirou. You're just jealous that I can touch him and you can't!" Genesis said before he busted into laughs.
"He shouldn't have said that…"
"Why do you say that Sephirou?"
Sephiroth did and he furrowed his brows when he saw a blue aura appear around Cloud as he fiercely growled, making Zack stop laughing and stare at Cloud in shock. The aura engulfed Cloud and changed into a shape much bigger than kitten. When the blue aura faded, Zack let out a whimper as Sephiroth screamed.
"HELP! PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME! THERE'S A FUCKING TIGER IN MY APARTMENT!"
To Be Continued…
A/N: Hehehe… Looks like there's more to Cloud than meets the eye! XD I know some of you are wondering why I haven't posted anything in literally two months and the answer to that is this: college. I had a rough quarter that required all of my extra time to be spent on projects for all of my classes, leaving me with no time to update any of my stories. Also, I think it's because I haven't read much fics that have inspired me to truly say: "I need to finish my stories ASAP!" I don't know why since I've read some very great fics… Maybe my interests are changing, eh, I don't know… Just thought I should share that since maybe some of y'all are going through the same thing I am. And if you are, HAVE NO FEAR! We'll get through this together (hopefully! :})!