colobonema
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Joined 03-08-19, id: 12132140, Profile Updated: 09-20-21
Author has written 19 stories for Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy VII, and Final Fantasy I-VI.

I heart FFVIII.

When I saved up my pocket money to buy it back in 1999, I didn't think I'd be writing fanfiction about it twenty years later. But here I am. Ignoring the increasingly dystopian world outside by retreating into the sweet comfort blanket of my teenage daydreams. And it's a whole lot of fun.

My longer fics tend to be Squinoa-focused. I like writing about the rest of the cast too, though, with a particular soft spot for Selphie, Irvine, Ellone and Laguna. Thanks for visiting!

If you're wondering, Colobonema is a deep ocean/mid-water jellyfish. Jellyfish are pretty great.


On hiatus for a little while. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to leave reviews on my stories over the last couple of years. I really appreciate it. (I still read and reply to reviews.)

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Everyone's Grudge reviews
Quistis' fear has a name. A name, a knife, and a lantern. Postgame. For the Bonus Round of the Successor Challenge 2021. Rated M for depiction of self-harm. (TW: suicidal ideation)
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: M - English - Angst/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,509 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 1 - Published: 9/6 - Quistis T., Xu - Complete
Implementation reviews
She can shatter the bonds of Time; flow through it like running water. But first, she must make Edea Kramer yield to her will. Pre-canon. 1000-word ficlet for the Successor Challenge 2021.
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Suspense - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,000 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 8/29 - Edea K., Ultimecia - Complete
Holding Out Hope reviews
Mid-canon. Snapshots from the period Kiros spent searching for Laguna after their plunge from the clifftop in Centra. A burning certainty that Laguna must be alive keeps Kiros going through a journey that brings its share of self-discovery. For the Successor Challenge 2021.
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: T - English - Drama/Friendship - Chapters: 2 - Words: 9,600 - Reviews: 4 - Updated: 8/27 - Published: 8/11 - [Raine L., Laguna L.] Kiros, Ward - Complete
Silver and Steel reviews
Swords, sorcery and Squinoa, in a feudal AU setting. In the underbelly of Esthar's castle town, far below the silver-leafed tower of the Lord's keep high on its hill, a band of thieves run afoul of the Lord of the domain's soldiers. *Leans towards the M rating in later chapters (for violence/sexual content) *Now Complete!*
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 20 - Words: 82,739 - Reviews: 112 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 14 - Updated: 7/14 - Published: 5/23/2020 - [Rinoa H., Squall L.] Laguna L. - Complete
Under the Mask reviews
The Galbadian government has pledged to send 10,000 healthcare workers as aid relief during Esthar's pandemic, and Rinoa signs up, determined to give all that she can. AU Squinoa oneshot written for the 2021 #PandemicChallenge.
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,540 - Reviews: 8 - Favs: 7 - Published: 3/7 - Rinoa H., Squall L. - Complete
Missing reviews
Terra struggles with the loss of her Esper self after the world is reborn. Postgame.
Final Fantasy I-VI - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort/Supernatural - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,097 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 2 - Follows: 2 - Published: 11/20/2020 - Edgar, Terra - Complete
The End of Days reviews
Selphie's life is altered forever by an encounter on a mission for the Duke of Dollet. The magic is stronger than the vessel, or so they say; but are all vessels equal? Postgame, multi-POV (Selphie, Irvine, Rinoa).
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Drama - Chapters: 8 - Words: 18,473 - Reviews: 22 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 11/13/2020 - Published: 5/23/2020 - [Rinoa H., Squall L.] Irvine K., Selphie T. - Complete
Gettin' Cozy in FH reviews
The night after the concert in Fisherman's Horizon, Irvine and Rinoa commiserate with each other about their failures to win over the objects of their respective affections. Mid-canon. Written for the Encore Round of the 2020 Successor Challenge.
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,975 - Reviews: 7 - Favs: 6 - Published: 9/3/2020 - Irvine K., Rinoa H., Squall L., Zell D. - Complete
Ten Thousand Dabs of Paint reviews
Esthar's most celebrated artist accepts an unusual commission from the Presidential Palace. Pre-canon. For the Successor Challenge 2020.
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: K+ - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,028 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 4 - Published: 8/16/2020 - Kiros, Laguna L. - Complete
Even If You Don't Stand Out reviews
Finding his place, and his role to play, gave him the confidence to take his first steps across a social distance that seemed insurmountable. Nida/Quistis, mid-canon. For the Successor Challenge 2020.
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: K+ - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,906 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 4 - Published: 8/5/2020 - Nida, Quistis T. - Complete
The Last Spark reviews
She always felt the moment a soul joined the Lifestream, but this one was different. Aerith and Zack one-shot, immediately prior to the game.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: K+ - English - Supernatural/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,182 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 16 - Follows: 5 - Published: 4/19/2020 - [Aerith G., Zack F.] - Complete
Angel's Scar reviews
A year after the events of the game, Squall finds himself troubled by Rinoa's growing unhappiness and fleeting glimpses of a woman who causes him to doubt his girlfriend's state of mind, as well as his own sanity.
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: T - English - Suspense/Romance - Chapters: 14 - Words: 36,508 - Reviews: 65 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 20 - Updated: 4/7/2020 - Published: 12/24/2019 - [Rinoa H., Squall L.] Quistis T., Zell D. - Complete
The Balamb Underground reviews
Zell entrusts Selphie and Irvine with the task of investigating Ma Dincht's unexplained source of income. Postgame, one-shot.
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: T - English - Humor/Crime - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,257 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 5 - Published: 1/25/2020 - Irvine K., Ma Dincht, Selphie T., Zell D. - Complete
Stopped reviews
With Sorcery, a moment of snatched time can stretch on and on... until she decides to release it. Postgame, Rinoa/Squall one-shot.
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: T - English - Supernatural/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,346 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 10 - Follows: 2 - Published: 1/11/2020 - [Rinoa H., Squall L.] - Complete
Loneliness of the Sharpshooter reviews
It sucks, being the only one who remembers. Pre-game and in-game Irvine and Selphie.
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,436 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 5 - Published: 11/26/2019 - Irvine K., Selphie T. - Complete
Eye of the Storm reviews
Three years after the defeat of Ultimecia, Rinoa's magic has spiraled out of her control and destroyed everything she fought for. But perhaps the fabric of reality can be reshaped, and a world completely cleansed of sorcery may bring back what she has lost…
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 12 - Words: 64,810 - Reviews: 43 - Favs: 25 - Follows: 23 - Updated: 11/14/2019 - Published: 6/30/2019 - [Squall L., Rinoa H.] Ellone, Laguna L. - Complete
The Prospect of an Eternity with Selphie Tilmitt reviews
Irvine inherits an unexpected gift from his grandfather - the Kinneas family ghost, who would like to point out that actually, she's technically undead, thank you very much. AU.
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Humor - Chapters: 8 - Words: 25,478 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 11/2/2019 - Published: 8/26/2019 - [Irvine K., Selphie T.] [Rinoa H., Squall L.] - Complete
Three Anniversaries reviews
A routine medical examination stirs up some memories. Squinoa one-shot celebrating the twentieth anniversary of FFVIII, written for the Encore Round of the 2019 Successor Challenge.
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: T - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,663 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 13 - Follows: 2 - Published: 9/1/2019 - [Rinoa H., Squall L.] Dr. Kadowaki - Complete
Contract Breaker reviews
Newly-graduated SeeD Squall Leonhart is hired by General Caraway for a solo mission, working undercover in a resistance organization in Timber. However, he starts to find the mission objective harder and harder to stomach. AU/What If? For the Successor Challenge 2019.
Final Fantasy VIII - Rated: T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 5 - Words: 11,176 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 7 - Follows: 6 - Updated: 8/22/2019 - Published: 8/18/2019 - [Squall L., Rinoa H.] General Caraway - Complete