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Joined 01-19-03, id: 329018, Profile Updated: 08-11-18
Author has written 6 stories for Final Fantasy VII, and Bleach.

Favorite Stories and Why You Should Read Them


Schism - The first story to ever get a "favorite" out of me, this masterpiece has been rewritten (affectionately called "Schism 1.5" by the author) and condensed down without losing one bit of the gripping plot and perfect character writing. If you are here reading this: start with this story. Breakout star here is Auron.

Big Trouble in Little Wutai - There is a movie reference in the title I hope you get. The direct sequel to Schism, this tale takes on a very different approach. Since it features, predominantly, Yuffie, Reno, and Rude, the laughs are fast and entertaining... until the later chapters. Once the stage is set, this story becomes a riveting action tale worthy of its predecessor. Keep your eyes open for cameos and anything Rude says.

Choice - Mengde has a very big "thing" for writing Auron, which is good because no one can write him better. Crossing over with Kingdom Hearts, this tale is shorter but just as epic in plot and action. To watch Auron and... well, I won't spoil it for you. Watch out: this story will leave you addicted to Auron.

The Red Cloak - Not necessarily a sequel to Schism/Wutai, but somewhat set in the same timeline and vein, The Red Cloak is simply stunning and has imagery that will drop your jaw. There is little else to say, except: read this.

The Wolf That Hunts - Simply put, Wolf is the best one-shot ever written in the FFVII fanfiction area. I can not tell you how many times I have read this story during a bored moment and it made me smile. To understand the Turks, you must understand Reno; to do that requires this story.

Broken - Many people may find this "sequel" to Wolf somewhat disturbing, since it features Tifa/Reno and THAT CAN'T BE RIGHT, right? It isn't just correct, my friends, it's a one-shot that you will never forget. Read this after The Wolf That Hunts and you will be a better person for it.

At the End of All Things - I'm not sure if it's okay for me to say this, because I might be burned for blasphemy: At the End of All Things is, I believe, the single best story Mengde has ever written. To use words like "gut-wrenching" or "perfect drama" would be insufficient. The plot is a tad slow to pick up, but once it does you will not stop reading. There are several characters here who are my favorite OC's ever. Read this... right now. Why are you still here? GO.

Master and Hound - People forget about Rufus, I feel. A man that stood toe-to-toe with Cloud for a few minutes suddenly is seen as this physically inept businessman by most writers. You know who doesn't forget him? Mengde. This smells slightly of yaoi until the end ('tis not a long piece), but it truly isn't. The word to describe this tale is power. No sex or violation, I promise.

Willing Recruit - I can't spoil this story for you. It is /hilarious./

Plausible Deniability - Tidus is another oft overlooked character. If you've forgotten, he is the star of FFX, a pretty boy THAT CAN KICK A BALL OVER 90MPH IN WATER. Think about that... now think about someone kidnapping Yuna.

A Sweet, Naive Lie - This story is everything Kenshin. Even if you are a mild fan of the series (as I am), you must put this short piece in your brain. This is the best Kenshin fanfic I have ever read, period.


Nebula - Flawless Kisuke/Yoruichi with what amounts to the best romantic story ever conceived in the Bleach section. I can not express enough sentiment towards this tale.


The Heir Apparent - In my opinion, the best Bleach epic on FF, the writing skill of this author is growing by the chapter, but even his rather quick writing style can not hamper the sheer awesome that is this story line. All his ideas are backed by real canon, and fans of Shunsui and Ichigo/Rukia will drool on themselves. Seriously: this is better than the manga.


Uninvited Guests - You will never laugh as hard as you will reading this story. Though it has crackish moments, there isn't one that is out of character. The absurdity of the Bleach universe is here, in full glory.

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Happily Ever After by Black Sun Upon An Icy Sky reviews
This isn't a story that ends with the words "And they lived happily ever after", this is a story about love, old and new. About new beginnings and old ends. /There is no real ending. It's just the place where you stop the story/
Bleach - Rated: T - English - Family/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,540 - Reviews: 25 - Favs: 42 - Follows: 11 - Published: 9/18/2016 - [Ichika A., Kazui K.] Ichigo K., Rukia K. - Complete
The Heir Apparent by KnightoftheWorld reviews
The war is over, but the aftershocks still shake Soul Society. New captains and lieutenants step up, including a certain carrot-top and his raven-haired sidekick. But sinister forces at work, gathering strength while nursing a 200 year old grudge.
Bleach - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 60 - Words: 236,939 - Reviews: 1258 - Favs: 1,248 - Follows: 1,008 - Updated: 8/31/2015 - Published: 5/14/2009 - Ichigo K., Rukia K., Shunsui K. - Complete
Avarice by Magery reviews
Steel in the hand, and blood on the blade; now your death is surely made. Urahara's Bankai is a terrifying thing. (A character study, of sorts).
Bleach - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,338 - Reviews: 21 - Favs: 263 - Follows: 67 - Published: 7/28/2014 - K. Urahara, Benihime - Complete
The Bringer on a Million Horses Rides by Mengde reviews
It's the twilight of the world, forty years into the future, and Cloud Strife is in the middle of it all once more. The only question - which side is he on, and why?
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 4 - Words: 8,717 - Reviews: 28 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 13 - Updated: 9/11/2012 - Published: 8/31/2012 - Cloud S. - Complete
Uninvited Guests by Moczo reviews
It began so simply. The 11th Division lost their barracks, and decided to move next door to bunk with the 10th Division. Surely such an ordinary beginning couldn't draw the entire Soul Society down into an ever-escalating spiral of chaos. Right?
Bleach - Rated: T - English - Humor - Chapters: 41 - Words: 138,240 - Reviews: 1896 - Favs: 2,648 - Follows: 1,226 - Updated: 11/24/2011 - Published: 4/23/2007 - T. Hitsugaya, R. Matsumoto - Complete
Schism by Mengde reviews
A day after Cloud and Sephiroth's final duel, a strange visitor named Auron appears on the doorstep of Seventh Heaven. His arrival starts a conflict that will decide not only their fates, but that of the Planet itself. Revised and better than ever.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Fantasy - Chapters: 30 - Words: 103,624 - Reviews: 109 - Favs: 113 - Follows: 54 - Updated: 6/1/2011 - Published: 2/10/2010 - Cloud S., Sephiroth - Complete
A Sweet, Naïve Lie by Mengde reviews
A group of government killers threatens Kenshin and Kaoru. Kenshin is willing to fight, despite his waning strength; his foes, however, may be less dangerous than his vow to not kill. He must choose between his life as rurouni - or losing Kaoru forever.
Rurouni Kenshin - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 5 - Words: 12,619 - Reviews: 43 - Favs: 41 - Follows: 12 - Updated: 3/10/2011 - Published: 2/24/2011 - Kenshin, Kaoru - Complete
Plausible Deniability by Mengde reviews
A group of rebels, looking for a valuable hostage, kidnaps Yuna. While the authorities argue about how to proceed, Tidus makes one thing clear. Whether they want him to or not, he is going to rescue his wife. Anyone who gets in his way will regret it.
Final Fantasy X - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 8,137 - Reviews: 11 - Favs: 41 - Follows: 3 - Published: 9/25/2010 - Tidus, Yuna - Complete
Willing Recruit by Mengde reviews
Genesis notices a young blonde in the newest troop of SOLDIER recruits. He aims to conquer this recruit, but Sephiroth arrives on the scene and complicates things. Who will end up claiming Cloud?
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Romance/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,569 - Reviews: 67 - Favs: 102 - Follows: 14 - Published: 2/20/2010 - Genesis R., Cloud S. - Complete
Master and Hound by Mengde reviews
Reno is taught a lesson about who is in charge.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,610 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 22 - Follows: 1 - Published: 5/14/2009 - Rufus, Reno - Complete
At the End of All Things by Mengde reviews
Forty five years after the Fall of Gaea, all of Vincent's friends are old, dead, or missing. When a new evil emerges, he must set out on a journey to find a long lost ally and to better understand himself and the disease that has ripped the Planet apart.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Horror - Chapters: 44 - Words: 175,938 - Reviews: 419 - Favs: 315 - Follows: 116 - Updated: 5/6/2009 - Published: 11/30/2008 - Vincent V., Cloud S. - Complete
Nebula by MatsuMama reviews
The first night of exile is always the hardest. UraYorui, too many cameos to name. Expect massive spoilers for the Pendulum arc and anything else in the manga. Rated T for fluff, language and angst.
Bleach - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 23 - Words: 69,542 - Reviews: 378 - Favs: 247 - Follows: 188 - Updated: 4/16/2009 - Published: 11/9/2007 - K. Urahara, Yoruichi S.
Broken by Mengde reviews
Tifa hates herself and doesn't have any idea why. Fortunately for her, Reno has a lot of experience with self-loathing.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 4,268 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 21 - Follows: 1 - Published: 8/5/2008 - Tifa L., Reno - Complete
The Wolf That Hunts by Mengde reviews
..."Why should the wolves apologize to the one thing that was slower than everything else that they were hunting? It’s all they know how to do, and hurting people is all that I know how to do." The nature of all things Reno.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 3,609 - Reviews: 14 - Favs: 18 - Follows: 2 - Published: 7/6/2008 - Reno, Tifa L. - Complete
The Red Cloak by Mengde reviews
It's been a long time, Vincent Valentine. Things have changed and the world isn't what it once was. You're needed. It's time to wake up.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Mystery - Chapters: 32 - Words: 76,094 - Reviews: 265 - Favs: 157 - Follows: 60 - Updated: 12/12/2007 - Published: 7/3/2007 - Vincent V., Yuffie K. - Complete
Choice by Mengde reviews
When Sora and his friends leave the Underworld behind, Auron is propelled towards an explosive confrontation, driven by fate and his own painful past. He will fight to prove it is his story and his ending... even if Organization XIII believes differently.
Kingdom Hearts - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Drama - Chapters: 10 - Words: 32,491 - Reviews: 55 - Favs: 39 - Follows: 9 - Updated: 6/12/2007 - Published: 4/7/2007 - Auron, Saïx - Complete
Big Trouble in Little Wutai by Mengde reviews
Post Schism, Reno, Yuffie, and Rude choose to vacation in Wutai, ending up with gang wars, arranged marriage, and lethal isolationism on their plates. Reno will have to make a stand... or surrender Yuffie, and his few ideals, permanently.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Adventure/Romance - Chapters: 30 - Words: 113,660 - Reviews: 239 - Favs: 79 - Follows: 15 - Updated: 10/9/2006 - Published: 7/10/2006 - Reno, Yuffie K. - Complete
The Truth and the Tempest by Neon-Ronin reviews
After the wedding disaster, two people begin to open up... a mysterious warrior appears in Nerima... a terrible secret behind Jusenkyo is about to be revealed. RA pairing, possibly others. Read&Review please. Chap. 43 up
Ranma - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 43 - Words: 377,557 - Reviews: 649 - Favs: 312 - Follows: 135 - Updated: 8/13/2006 - Published: 12/7/2004 - Ranma, Akane - Complete
Dragon Ball Super Z Episode 1: Walk This World by Juuhachi-gou reviews
After returning to his apocalyptic future, Mirai Trunks destroyed the Jinzouningen and Cell. Then what...?
Dragon Ball Z - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 28,096 - Reviews: 80 - Favs: 115 - Follows: 23 - Published: 4/25/2000
Dragon Ball Super Z Episode 2: dead souls by Juuhachi-gou reviews
Miracles do happen, and the dead can come back to life...but sometimes the dead are better left buried.
Dragon Ball Z - Rated: K+ - English - Adventure - Chapters: 1 - Words: 23,488 - Reviews: 17 - Favs: 31 - Follows: 6 - Published: 4/25/2000
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Monsters at Rest reviews
There are moments only these two can share. Underneath it all, they are merely creatures waiting to show themselves. A short vignette with Kenpachi and Unohana unique to them. Rated Teen for suggestive themes and violence.
Bleach - Rated: T - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 697 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 11 - Follows: 4 - Published: 12/12/2016 - R. Unohana, K. Zaraki - Complete
Where Others Can See reviews
While the Vandenreich plan their next step, Captain-Commander Shunsui Kyoraku must take precautions against his own power. And the only person he can trust is, of course, his Nanao-chan. Romance, a little fluffy, but Shunsui-centric. Rated T for no real reason. Read and review please.
Bleach - Rated: T - English - Drama/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,994 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 28 - Follows: 4 - Updated: 7/21/2014 - Published: 6/30/2013 - Shunsui K., Nanao I. - Complete
Teaching Gods to Breathe reviews
In the aftermath of Aizen's fall, a former colleague finds the man who has overseen the death of his loved ones and the storm in his son's soul. Isshin "Kurosaki" has a message to deliver, even if the recipient is in no mood. -No Romance-. Read and review. Spoilers for Bleach 529. Rated K for a little language, maybe.
Bleach - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Family - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,409 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 36 - Follows: 18 - Published: 3/10/2013 - Isshin K., G.S. Yamamoto - Complete
The Lesson He Forgot reviews
The anger below is held by ice but not squashed, and one day, long ago, Toshiro learned a lesson he did not heed. -Non-romance-, based off Bleach 529. Read and review. K for a little blood, I guess, and Isshin being serious.
Bleach - Rated: K+ - English - Drama/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,666 - Reviews: 12 - Favs: 41 - Follows: 13 - Published: 3/9/2013 - Isshin K., T. Hitsugaya - Complete
Assembly Line reviews
The WEAPONS are not mindless drones. They have life, minds of their own. But how did they recieve them? A short piece based on the storyline of "Schism," by Mengde.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,661 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/12/2008 - Complete
Lore of the Planet reviews
You have heard both stories separately. Now, hear them from a man who has lived through it all. Based on "Schism," by Mengde.
Final Fantasy VII - Rated: T - English - Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,511 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/8/2008 - Complete