A/N: Thanks for all of the reviews and PM's while I was gone! I really appreciated all of them! I highly recommend re-reading the previous chapters by the way!
Disclaimer: In the normal spot!
Warning(s): Eh, nothing much...
Sephiroth stared at the tiger version of Cloud in horror as he growled and arched his back, getting ready to launch himself at Genesis. He was about to try and call out to him when Sephirou stopped him.
"This is the form Gaian cats take when they are enraged. He will not be able to comprehend anything you say since his mind is in a berserk stage. Anything you say or do will be taken as a threat and he'll attack and try to kill you."
"So then what are we supposed to do!"
"There's nothing much that you can do except to wait for him to calm down."
Sephiroth snorted in frustration and glared at his captor.
"Do you see what you've done, asshole!" Sephiroth yelled as he pushed Genesis' hands off of him to pull up his boxers and pants. Genesis rolled his eyes before turning towards the angry gold and black striped tiger and smirked.
"Aww the little kitten got offended? Well it's too bad that I don't give a shit! If it's a fight you want then come and get it! I've been waiting for this ever since I found out that a runt like you became the mate of the most powerful general on Gaia!" Genesis laughed before his body started to glow red and transformed into a ferocious looking fox that was twice the size of Cloud. Sephiroth slowly tried to move from behind Genesis to try to get to where Zack was since it was safer over there, but when Genesis' bushy tail pinned him against the door, it was apparent that the fox thought differently.
"Don't worry, lovely. I was the Commander of the great Gaian army and I used to eat tigers his size just for kicks... There's no way he's getting around me." Genesis said as he took his battle stance.
"Funny you say that because something tells me that you're bluffing..." Sephiroth gulped when he saw Cloud's eyes flash and lunged towards them, claws first.
"Oh yeah? Then watch this..." Genesis snorted as he lifted his right paw and swiped it at Cloud when he got close and sent the gold tiger crashing into the dinner table.
"Hey take it easy on him! We're suppose to help him calm down not kill him!" Sephiroth yelled in concern when he saw that Cloud wasn't moving in the pile of broken wood that used to be his table. Genesis snorted.
"Kid, you worry too-"
Genesis was cut off by Cloud slamming Genesis into the refrigerator, freeing Sephiroth from being pinned by the fox's tail. Sephiroth quickly ran over to the couch where Zack was sitting and whimpering.
"What the hell are you doing? Go over there and help!" Sephiroth yelled angrily while pointing to the fighting fox and tiger. Zack shook his head.
"No can do Baby Silver! I'll get annihilated! This here is as far as my transformation goes!" Zack yelled back. Sephiroth let out a yell of frustration before pouting.
"I'd move to the bathroom if I were you..."
"Because they're coming this way."
Sephiroth looked and his eyes widened and screamed as he grabbed Zack and ran into the bathroom to avoid being crushed by Cloud being thrown into the television. He placed Zack on the floor before slamming the bathroom door shut and sliding down the door to sit on the floor. Zack trotted over next to him and placed his head on his knee as they listened to the sound of his living room being torn to pieces, knowing that neither he or Zack could do nothing about it. Sephiroth sighed as he rubbed Zack's ear.
"So is this what it was like during war times for you on Gaia?"
"Yes and no. Back on Gaia I was the Second in Command on the Infiltration Squad. Gaian dogs were used to infiltrate the enemy's lair since we can't grow big like some of the other Gaian animals can, which made us the perfect candidates that were able to sneak around without getting caught. But when we were not needed, we couldn't help out the Combat Squad since we were like ants to them and would get in the way. All we could was lead the royal family and the citizens to safety and watch the fights from afar." Zack answered. Sephiroth made a sound of understanding before gasping when he heard a horrible sounding yelp.
"That was Genesis."
Sephiroth could tell that the fox must've been injured badly by how the way Sephirou said that. He motioned for Zack to get up and he turned himself around to slowly open the door wide enough for him and Zack to see what happened. His eyes widened when he saw Genesis laying by the window, heavily panting in between growls and Cloud standing not too far away, growling back at Genesis.
"Wow, it looks like Spiky did a number on Genesis. He injured his left eye and I think one of his front and hind legs are broken. Meanwhile Cloud's standing there like the wound on his shoulder and neck are just scratches! How bizarre..." Zack said in surprise and in awe of Cloud not being able feel his wounds.
"Then that means the fight's over right?"
"No." Sephirou answered.
"No? What do you mean no! Genesis can no longer defend himself!" Sephiroth said angrily.
"Gaian cats fight to kill. They show no mercy, especially when it involves what they consider to be their territory. This instinct is amplified more when they change into tigers."
Sephiroth cursed as he watched Cloud change his stance into the one he saw earlier. He was about to deliver the killing blow. Sephiroth sighed.
"God I hope I don't regret this..." He muttered before darting out of the bathroom to stand between the wounded fox and the snarling tiger and gulped when his eyes locked with Cloud's hollow blue ones, letting him know that he was nowhere near being lucid.
"What the hell are are doing! You should've stayed where you were! I'm doing just fine on my own thank you very much!" Genesis growled at him before coughing.
"I was going to ask the same thing..."
"Well seeing as though I'm trying to stop Cloud from accidentally killing you, one would think that you would at least sound grateful, seeing as though you are unable to see out of one eye or stand up without injuring yourself further!" Sephiroth sarcastically responded back, ignoring Sephirou's comment. Genesis snorted before letting out a weak laugh.
"If this were a different scenario, one might think you we're being romantic..."
"And one would respond by saying that you're really delusional."
Sephiroth chuckled before hearing Cloud hiss. He narrowed his eyes at the tiger as he got into his crouching stance and held his arms out as a way of defending Genesis.
"Cloud, I don't know if you can hear me but if you can, I need you calm down. You won! You don't need to kill Genesis to prove that! He can't move Cloud! He can't touch me! Your territory is safe!"
Sephiroth turned around to glare at the smiling fox before turning back around and feel his heart skip a beat at the fact that Cloud was right in front of him instead of being a few feet away like he was a few seconds ago. He never saw a tiger in person before, but he now understood why some people felt nervous when they saw them at the zoo. Cloud was radiating power and it made him feel like folding in on himself, but he couldn't do that. Despite Zack's whimpers for him not to do it, he slowly moved his hand towards Cloud.
"It's okay Cloud, I won't hurt you, and I know you won't hurt me either. You promised to protect me...remember?" Sephiroth said as he closed his eyes and touched the top of Cloud's head. Though he knew it was probably stupid of him to close his eyes but he really didn't want to see Cloud's eyes narrow before he attacked him. He flinched when the Gaian let out a roar and what followed after that shocked him. Instead of him feeling claws on his face, he felt something very wet and...sticky...
"Good job, kid..." Sephirou chuckled happily.
Shocked by what the Gaian just said, he quickly opened his eyes to find Cloud giving his cheek another lick while purring. He looked into Cloud's eyes and smiled when he found that they were no longer foggy and were the bright blue ones he knew. He hugged the Gaian and laughed in relief.
"I thought I lost you for good, Cloud! Sheesh, you scared the hell out of me!"
"I'm sorry Seph! I-I didn't mean to scare you and ruin your apartment! I just got so mad at Genesisseru and the next thing I know I was - I'm so sorry..." Cloud said as he transformed back into his human self. Zack ran out of the bathroom nuzzled Cloud's leg before moving to do the same to Sephiroth's.
"Did... Did I hurt you?" Cloud asked in worry, while looking over Sephiroth. He shook his head no before stepping to the side to show the Gaian how badly he injured the redhead. Cloud gasped in shock as his eyes filled up with tears.
"Oh Genesis I'm so sorry! I-I know you and I don't get along so well, but I never thought our problems would go so far that I would do all of this to you! I-I'm so sorry!" Cloud said as he reached out to touch Genesis' injured ear with tears running down his cheeks. Genesis rolled his eyes before letting out a loud snort and pushing Cloud off of him with his good paw. Sephiroth caught the shocked blond Gaian before glaring at the fox.
"What the hell was that for?" Sephiroth asked heatedly as he watched Genesis slowly stand up.
"Because his apology and tears are getting on my nerves! One should never apologize for standing their ground. Besides, I'm a Commander. His attacks felt more like a tickle." Genesis grinned. Sephiroth rolled his eyes as Zack groaned.
"You have got to be the most delusional person that I have ever met..." Sephiroth sighed. Genesis laughed.
"Tsk, you have so much more to learn about me before calling me delusional love..."
Genesis shook his body and Sephiroth watched in bewilderment as all of Genesis' injuries disappeared. The redhead changed back into his human formed and bowed before sending a smirk Sephiroth's way. He rolled his eyes when Zack changed back into his human form and started applauding.
"Who's the delusional one now dumasa?"
"Remember, he's a fox..."
"Oh yeah, I forgot, they're tricksters..." Sephiroth muttered as Cloud giggled.
"That was a good one Genesisseru! You always get me! Remember the time you acted like you we're dead? You even fooled Sephirou!"
"Oh yes, that was one of my best performances... Well, thats the last show for tonight since it's late and I need my rest." Genesis said as he brushed off the imaginary dirt from his kimono and made his way towards Sephiroth's bedroom.
"Who said you're staying here! It's bad enough I let Zack in-"
"-and now after all of that you think you can here too? Look at my apartment! It's a fucking wreck thanks to your lame performance!" Sephiroth yelled angrily. His anger rose when Genesis turned around and cut his eyes at him.
"If there's one thing that I never do it's giving a 'lame' performance... You would've known that if you would've let me finish what I started in the kitchen."
Sephiroth couldn't stop the blush that rose to his cheeks and inwardly cursed when Genesis laughed. He clapped his hands and his apartment returned back to normal before walking into Sephiroth's bedroom with Cloud running in right behind him yelling goodnight. Sephiroth sighed before turning to Zack.
"...Please tell me you know how to turn the couch into a bed..."
Sephiroth opened his eyes to find himself in a part of Gaia that he hasn't been to before. Judging by all of the tall trees, he figured that he was in a Gaian forest.
"And it's nighttime here, too..." Sephiroth said in awe as he looked up at the sky and saw what appeared to be stars of various sizes. Why would Sephirou bring him to a forest at night?
"Speaking of Sephirou, how come he hasn't appeared yet?"
Shrugging his shoulders, he started walking around once his eyes got adjusted to the dim light provided by the stars, listening to the sounds of the forest...until he tripped and fell. He cursed before rolling onto his knees to look at the ground to see what it was that he tripped over. His eyes widened when he saw that what he tripped over was the indent of a large paw print. Not knowing what Gaian animal made it, he nervously got up and quickly walked in the direction he knew would be safer until he stopped and thought about it.
"There's only one person here! Dammit, what the hell is wrong with me!" Sephiroth yelled in frustration before turning around to follow the paw prints that should lead him to Sephirou. He continued down the trail until it lead him to a clearing that left him awestruck. There was a large cliff that over looked the river that ran underneath it and the stars made the water look crystal clear. He looked around to see if he could spot Sephirou and he smiled when he spotted something big and white by the river that didn't appear to be too far away from him. He carefully climbed down the cliff and ran through the tall grass in the direction he spotted the white thing, inwardly cursing when his hair got caught in one of the blades of grass. He continued to run until tripped and fell again. Sephiroth let out a yell full of anger.
"Dammit! That is the last time I-" Sephiroth started to say until he looked down and realized what tripped over was a large white and black striped tail.
Sephiroth's eyes widened when the tail wrapped around his right leg and hoisted him up to be glared at by its owner, a white Siberian tiger that was bigger than Genesis and Cloud combined with green slitted eyes.
"How did you get here?"
"I'd love to answer you but I can't since all of the blood in my body is rushing to my brain and it's making it hard for me to think!"
"Hn, and yet it doesn't prevent your mouth from moving..." Sephirou said as he put him down by left front paw. Sephiroth got up and dusted all of the dirt off of his pajamas before looking at Sephirou's animal form. Needless to say, he could see why Zack is jealous of him and why Genesis would fight Cloud over him. Sephirou is a beautiful and powerful looking tiger and it made him feel quite honored to be his reincarnation.
"Why are you staring at me like that?" Sephirou asked with narrowed.
"Oh, no reason. I was just thinking about how you and Cloud's future cubs are gonna look..." Sephiroth grinned and chuckled when Sephirou let out a loud snort of displeasure.
"After having to go through this ordeal and having to listen to you and your problems, I do not want any at all..." Sephirou said while turning his head away from Sephiroth.
"Aww, come on! You can't mean that! You've only known me for a few days!"
"Those 'few days' were enough to change my mind. Hell, the night we first met did the trick."
"Okay now you're just being an ass! Last I checked it was you who rudely awakened me by threatening to set my bed on fire so technically that was your own damn fault since I didn't do a damn thing to you!" Sephiroth said while pouting. Sephirou chuckled before turning to face him again.
"You never did answer my question... How did you get here?"
Sephiroth raised a brow.
"Didn't you call me here?"
"No. I didn't want to bother you tonight after the stressful day you've had and yet, here you are... "
"Well, so much for that! The night I have off to get some rest, I don't get any since my mind sent me here on its own!" Sephiroth sighed. He really appreciated that Sephirou tried to let him sleep but his mind wanted him to be here instead for some reason. He walked over Sephirou and climbed on top of his paw, knowing that Sephirou wouldn't object to him doing so. Wanting to look up at the stars, he leaned back and rested his head against the fur on Sephirou's paw, secretly enjoying how soft and fluffy it felt.
"Why are the stars different sizes here?" Sephiroth asked as he pointed to the big and medium stars.
"The small dots are stars, the rest are planets."
"Oh..." Sephiroth said, feeling a little stupid for not thinking of that. Sephirou chuckled.
"Don't worry about it. Cloud asked the same question when I first brought him here."
"Oh wow! Was this where you brought him as a first date?"
"What did you two do while you both were here?"
"...I don't think it's appropriate for me to tell you."
"Well that was all I needed to hear."
"Yes, it was! I don't swing that way so I don't want to know the...details..."
"Hn, keep telling yourself that..."
"I will keep telling myself that since it's true! Once I tell Tifa how I really feel, she'll dump her lame ass boyfriend and start going out with me instead! Just you wait and see... We might even get married!"
Sephiroth glared at the tiger when he started to laugh. He wouldn't be surprised if Sephirou lifted up his right paw to wipe the tears that ran down his cheeks because he was laughing so hard.
"Asshole..." Sephiroth muttered before closing his eyes to try and get some sleep.
"I don't understand what you see in her... Why do you want to date her so bad? From what I've seen, it seems like she doesn't pay attention to you that much."
"How would you know? You haven't met her! You have no idea what she's like!"
"I don't need to meet someone in order to know them. I can sense everything I need to know about someone before they even say a word to me."
"And yet with that 'magical' sensor you have, you never knew that Cloud was head-over-heels in love with you before you met him..."
When Sephiroth heard the Gaian grumble about smart-ass teenagers, he allowed himself to drift off to sleep with a grin on his face.
Sephiroth woke up when he heard the doorbell ringing. He pushed the sleeping Zack off of his legs to get up and answer it cautiously.
"Who the hell would it be at this hour anyway?" Sephiroth grumbled when his clock hanging on the wall read 6:30. His eyes widened when he noticed it was Tifa through the peep hole.
"Fuck!" He whispered before sprinting over to the bed to wake up Zack. He couldn't let her in because she would see the bed in the middle of his living room and no matter what kind of lie he told her, she would never believe him.
"Wake up you mutt!" Sephiroth whispered into the dog's ear as he violently shook him. When he got no response but his snores, he let a frustrated sigh.
"Try waking Cloud. Zack sleeps like the dead until he smells food..." Sephirou suggested. Sephiroth rolled his eyes. He wasn't surprised...
"Good idea, especially since he already met her." Sephiroth said as he heard the Gaian yawn before making a sound of agreement. Sephiroth flinched when the rings turned to heavy knocks. He had to wake Cloud up fast or else Tifa would break down his door in order to find out why he wasn't answering. He ran over to his bedroom and gently knocked on the door.
"Hey Cloud wake up! I need your help!"
Sephiroth grinned when he heard shuffling and the sound of footsteps coming from behind the door. When the door opened, Sephiroth felt his face turn red at the sight of a disheveled haired Cloud with watery blue eyes who was wearing his pajamas that were two sizes too big on him since his right shoulder was exposed. He looked really...
Sephiroth's eyes widened at the purr of approval Sephirou made and shook his head to rid himself of the lewd picture of Cloud the ghost Gaian created in his mind.
"I need you to turn the bed back into a couch and become a kitten again! Tifa's here!"
Cloud nodded his head sleepily before snapping his fingers and changed into a kitten. Sephiroth picked him up and smiled when he saw Zack sleeping on his old couch. He walked over to the door and opened it just before Tifa could knock again.
"What the hell took you so long to answer?" Tifa said angrily.
"Last I checked it was 6:30 in the morning and it's the weekend!" Sephiroth scoffed as Cloud let out a sleepy meow. Tifa pouted before folding her arms.
"Well Yuffie and I were wondering if you wanted to come with us to the zoo today, but since you obviously have plans to sleep all day, we'll just-"
"No, no that's fine! I'd love to go with you two!" Sephiroth said in happiness at the chance of going on a semi-kind-of-sort-of date with Tifa...and her best friend that hated him...sort of...
"Really? That's awesome! Then meet me over at Yuffie's around 12 and then we can all leave together!" Tifa said with a smile as she rubbed Cloud's ear, who purred in response. Sephiroth nodded in agreement and Tifa waved goodbye before heading back to her apartment. He closed the door and started to cheer at the opportunity to Sephirou wrong. He forgot that he still had Cloud in his hands until the Gaian let out a long and tired meow.
"Oh, sorry Cloud." Sephiroth chuckled as he placed Cloud on the ground. He watched Cloud slowly walk back towards his room before going over to the couch to get a few more hours of sleep. He rested his head against the armrest as he made sure not to accidentally kick Zack as he stretched out his legs. He closed his eyes and let out a sigh of content.
"You know you have to find a way to take Genesis, Cloud, and Zack with you, right? It's not safe for you to be on your own."
"Do I really have to?"
"Why? I think they will be okay in my apartment as long as I leave them enough food."
"Hn... You'll see..."
"Awwwww that's not fair! I wanna go! Please? I'll be a good Gaian, I promise!"
"I agree with Zack. I've never seen a zoo before and it sounds exciting!"
"I just want to go to make sure this Tifa girl doesn't touch what is mine..."
Sephiroth felt a vein in his head getting ready to explode as he continued to listen to the three Gaians complain about not being able to go with him while brushing his hair. They've been begging him to go since he made them breakfast around 9 and it took him longer than it normally would to get dressed thanks to Zack and Genesis making his towel, clothes, shoes, and wallet disappear until Cloud made them reappear while giggling. He was thankful that he didn't hear 'I told you so' from Sephirou because that probably would've made him snap. He stepped out of the bathroom to look at the time and felt anger rise more when he realized that it was 15 minutes to 12 and it took him a good 30 minutes to get over to Yuffie's apartment complex. Needless to say, he would be late and have hear an earful from Yuffie.
"No! None of you are going and that's final! I think it's fair to say that I deserve a little break from all of you and the opportunity to get back into the normal lifestyle of a teenage boy who doesn't have alien animals staying at his apartment. I don't want to hear another reason as to why I should let all of you go so just stay here and keep quiet!" Sephiroth yelled.
"Psh! Normal? You are far from being a 'normal' teenager! Last I checked, humans aren't born with silver hair!" Genesis said all-knowingly, causing Zack and Cloud to bust out laughing.
Sephiroth growled as he walked back into the bathroom and slammed the door shut to ignore the laughing Gaians.
"It's not fair..." Sephiroth muttered to himself as he continued to brush his hair.
"A lot of things aren't fair, but its how you deal with the situation that can make it better."
"You really think I should take them, don't you?"
"Yes. The Evil Spirit and her minions could be anywhere and there's no telling what it is that they have planned. You saw what happened yesterday. If that were to happen again while you're at the zoo and they are here, you would have to wait for them to arrive before they can help you. It's too risky for you to be by yourself anymore until the Evil Spirit is destroyed."
"So then what am I suppose to do? I can't take them with me as animals because the zoo will think that I'm smuggling them into the zoo."
"Hmm... I think I have an idea that should work..."
A/N: whew finally another chapter from one of my stories is completed! It feels good to have updated two stories this year instead of none! I think I'm on a roll here!^^