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COTW_Cloud-Strife Chapter 8CHAPTER 8
Madness and Ashes
TWO YEARS LATER
The time was around ten, Zack was wandering around the Slums of Sector Five he had to find his friend. With the events of a year ago, well the pain of it all had changed him slightly. He was still the same man, but he had grown up somewhat since the whole affair around Genesis.
Thinking back, with Avalanche now in virtual ruin thanks to the Turks, Zack couldnt think it a more fitting punishment for what happened to Cloud.
He had found him just leaving the compound, his bag over his shoulder and a forlorn expression on his face, if the knowledge the Jerikson had been a member of Avalanche secretly planted in the program and had tricked Cloud into getting hi
COTW_Cloud-Strife Chapter 7CHAPTER 7
Last Test/Lost Chance.
Cloud finally stopped his exercising; he had completed his final tests on examinations and had passed them. Now there was only one thing left and if he made it, hed be a SOLDIER.
Giddiness had entered him at first, but the growing feeling of fear had welled up in Cloud, hed soon either be out on the streets or a member of SOLDIER. Did he have what it took to get back home if he didnt make it?
No, he wouldnt go home. He couldnt, that letter from Tifa the letter from his mother, he wouldnt ever be able to face them.
But there was still a chance, a one in at least sixty chance that hed make it.
Giving a nervous laugh Cloud looked around the large auditorium where the remaining 112 SOLDIER candidates were being kept. The barracks had been filled with the next group of hopefuls. Cloud didnt envy them.
The first ten weeks of basic SOLDIER training had been brutal, hed seen a
COTW_Cloud-Strife Chapter 6CHAPTER 6
The First Meeting.
Sephiroth stood on the outskirts of Midgar, staring out at the ocean. The war was coming to an end, the Wutai had all but surrendered and were now camped up inside their own city limits. He had delegated the tasks to his subordinates to return here. It wasnt exactly against orders, but he needed to be in Midgar right now, those boys needed supervision, he was sure they would make it to the SOLDIER program, any of the main high three ranks to be sure. Leaving them in the care of Shinra wasnt a good idea, he didnt think that they would end up in any necessary condition if they kept hold of them.
Hed heard him approach not too long ago but a pair of boots announced the arrival of a friend.
He turned to Angeal and smiled. Good to see you.
Angeal nodded and smiled himself. Back from the war again whats that, fourth time in a month?
I am interested. Sephiroth muttered. I
COTW_Cloud-Strife Chapter 5CHAPTER 5
The Third Test.
Three weeks it had taken Cloud to break through his rage and every night hed heard the voice telling him to release his past. While thinking on it, it usually meant remembering the bullying he had been victim to, which got him angry and added to his rage.
He sighed as he sat alone one day while the barracks were empty, he began to rifle through his personal possessions to find the pants hed had on when he got here. In the back pocket was a small charm-possibly off a bracelet. Then it hit him, hed already gotten one of them, it was one of the charms that Tifa had worn on her wrist when shed-.
Cloud shook the memory away and reached into his duffel bag. Inside was another-obviously more tarnished. He held the two in his hands, a carving of a Chocobo and a small charm of the symbol of the Nibel Mountains.
Why had she given it him?
Cloud looked up to see a man in a Shinra-issue mail suit walking throu
COTW_Cloud-Strife Chapter 4CHAPTER 4
Cloud landed low on the floor, his wooden practice sword held in defence against the attack that was going to come, since the incident with Jeaezelle and Zacks disappearance Cloud had redoubled his training and in doing so, gotten several of the others in the Barracks to join him, hed made friends with them easily while they worked on their techniques together. He was currently fightin against a guy called Jerickson, he was a good guy, hed come from Corel and wanted to gain the same respect of his town that Cloud wanted.
Deflecting the wooden practice sword Jerickson had, he pushed him back then sent a shoulder charge to his gut. But-as they had been taught-he fought off Clouds wooden point to his neck and started back at him.
SOLDIER training had been the toughest experience Cloud had ever had and it was getting tougher, they had daily training regimes and physicality tests to perform, more than once Cloud had pulled th
COTW_Cloud-Strife Chapter 3CHAPTER 3
History is Written by
Cloud pulled uncomfortably at the new uniform he was wearing, as soon as the proceedings had been finished Colonel Roberts had stormed into the gymnasium and demanded to know why they had dared to alter the uniforms they had been given. Suffice to say that Zacks explanation of individuality didnt sit well with him, they had both been forced to strip down to their underwear-luckily both of them had their own none Shinra issue-and brought before the entire squadron of cadets to have their individual clothes burnt. They had then been taken to the head of the whole of the Cadets training regime-a Colonel called Vang- and he had explained that they would be getting their new uniforms on credit, that their first pay checks would go straight to Shinra and pay for their training uniforms.
The whole ordeal had been a mess, he and Zack had been taken-purposely, by Clouds thoughts-through two training regimes of the fe
1420 MHzHe keeps a list wadded in the depths of his front, left pocket: where he holds his keys, and the forgotten/abandoned shell of a lone pistachio. The list is his biography, written in the shape of Argentine Spanish:
Me gustan los tomates en verano.
Yo amo a mi novio.
Nos besamos. (Mi novio chupa mis dedos de los pies.)
Las estrellas cantan sus canciones.
Mi nombre no es Eduardo.
Vivo con Jacobi ahora.
His pants are wadded, now, on summer-warmed hardwood; his shirt is draped over the back of a cane-back chair, the most incongruous of antiques in Jacobi’s tech-nerd lair. Headphones clamp his ears, and fill his head with the lisping whisper of interstellar hydrogen, broadcasting itself at a neat 1420 MHz. Bedroom is the wrong word for a place like this, despite the sorts of furnishings one might expect. There is a bed, a dresser, a bookshelf and two nightstands cramped with magazines, graphic novels. An alarm clock
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