Title: Return of the Departed
Series: Final Fantasy VII
Chapter Rating: M+ (mild Yaoi)
Pairs: Seph x Zack light
AN: Sorry I was on a Rufus kick this chapter >.>;
The red-headed doctor looked at the two new patients as Sephiroth lent against the wall.
She was looking at the results on her clipboard. At Sephiroth's request she reluctantly had restrained Zack's unconscious form to the bed.
Cloud had not stirred, he was alive but in some kind of comatose state.
Sephiroth or part of him wanted Cloud restrained in case the blonde awoke to find him there and reacted before asking any questions. He would never expect the blonde to forgive him, nor would he ask for it. He deserved the hatred.
“Well whatever this guy did to them, both results are completely different from each other. His cells, this alien's they're merging with the remainder of the other foreign cells in Zack's body. But Cloud... whatever it is inside him, it's slowly deteriorating his internal organs. It's like Geostigma if it was a form of internal cancer.” El looked to him. “This is above my expertise. I will admit that. I like that you have faith in me, but I'm not sure-”
“These infections are they organic?” Sephiroth interrupted her.
She stopped looking at the board to turn to him. “Organic in a metallic structure.”
Sephiroth looked thoughtful for a moment before he walked up beside Cloud. “Do what you can to keep him alive.” He glanced to Zack's unconscious form restrained. “Zack would never forgive me if Cloud died.”
She looked from Zack to Cloud then back again. “Are they... you know?”
Sephiroth let out a breath. “Once upon a time I suppose they were, despite the circumstances.”
“To what do I owe this honor Tuesti?” Rufus looked over his steepled fingers at the WRO director.
The other man for once instead of the hideous blue uniform was dressed in a suit, except as if to torment him wore a very colorful tie.
“I'm afraid we got some news regarding Jenova's unfriendly visitor or more or less a very unsettling visual.” Reeve replied.
Rufus frowned, he was annoyed at the creature for killing one of his own, even if she was retired, Reno had said it best when he said 'once a Turk always a Turk'.
“And what news would this be?”
“The alien attempted to kill Cloud this morning.” Reeve replied.
Rufus quirked a blonde brow. “Really now and how did he fair?”
“I've been informed Cloud is now in a coma, where as Zack started to show signs of insanity. Before Sephiroth showed up and took them both away.” Reeve replied.
Rufus shot Reeve a look. “Sephiroth.”
Reeve nodded. “It appears so. Ezekiel knows where Sephiroth took them and he has informed me that he knew of Sephiroth existence since Quinn's death. I was wondering if he ever divulged any of this to you?”
Rufus knew an accusation when he heard it and he shook his head. “I can say in all honesty Tuesti that this is news to me. My own don't normally keep secrets from me.”
Reeve nodded his head slowly. “Sephiroth is currently located in Mideel, in a small medical clinic out that way.” The WRO director paused for a moment. “This leads me to the reason behind this visit Rufus. I would like a favor.”
Rufus nodded. “The use of the ShinRa satellites based over that part of the continent?” He looked at Reeve, the man was even more so predictable in his concern for his friends than he had ever been while working under the ShinRa name. “I will get Elena to give you the access codes.”
“Thank you Rufus.”
Sephiroth stood over Zack waiting for the dark haired fighter to wake up, but he could see the inner battle as Zack remained in a state of unconsciousness. Perhaps it was a wrong move on his part to knock Zack out but the man had started attacking him in a blind fury of rage. Luckily the infection from the alien had not had time to sync with Zack's body to use the full strength of a 1st Class SOLDIER. But the longer Zack remained like this Sephiroth new the more likely the infection or virus would sync with him and that strength of a former 1st Class would be at the alien's disposal.
Part of him wanted to wake Zack, he was restrained, but that could mean nothing if they had properly synced by now.
Sephiroth glanced to Cloud, the blonde seemed feverish and he stared at Zack's friend and the one who had defeated him not once or twice but three times. In the past he would have heard her voice by now telling him to run the comatose blonde through so they could destroy this planet and use it as a vessel to start the galaxy take over.
She had implanted that thought into his head for so long, but now that he was of sane mind, he could not see the logic in it. He understood he was different from the others, he knew he was special. But Quinn's body the mortal weakness had seemed to humble him. He had been ready to continue on with Jenova's goal when he obtained this body, but the vow to protect and watch over the woman Quinn had loved came first, so he had told himself for a few months he would watch the female Turk.
What he hadn't expected was her to be pregnant, with the child from his host body. She had retired from active Turk duty and just carried out her days doing mindless paperwork for ShinRa then returning home to her child a young girl that would grow up fatherless.
Sephiroth paused in the thought of that child. Quinn had forced Jenova out, Clover and Walker had been there close by but protected the only other place her spirit could jump to that held her cells-
“It's not Angel... is it... it's her.”
Sephiroth wondered if Hloskova had figured out that the child he held in his possession was not his beloved Jenova but a normal child. A human child who had one enhanced parent and a former Turk for a mother.
He turned round ready to leave the room. But found himself face to face with Vincent.
“Sephiroth.” Those red eyes were on him narrowed.
“I see Ezekiel gave you this location.”
Vincent looked beyond him to where Cloud lay, then to Zack satisfied they both seemed unharmed he stepped aside.
“I need some air.” Sephiroth stated.
Vincent merely watched him walk past. “And what do you expect this woman to do if Zack were to awaken in his crazed state.”
“I expect her to stay clear.” Came his reply.
Vincent raised a brow. “You save him, to leave him.”
“I need to confirm something. I trust you to watch them.” Sephiroth walked outside before letting his wing out and leaping into the air and taking off in direction of that woman's house.
It made sense to him now. Sylvie, he believed her name to be, the daughter Celeste. Quinn had formerly held one of Jenova's eyes as his own, it would make sense even though he denied his mother's wishes, that the eye made her link for creating a host body stronger. She had used Quinn like she had used Zack hoping either of them would have spread their seed like a disease in order for her to have a new host body. Obviously she had picked the one less under ShinRa and the WRO eye. Zack's child was nothing but a decoy. He knew the child would not live when the alien figured that out.
It would be the final nail in Zack's coffin, to drive the man into complete madness.
It was hard to explain why he was running through ShinRa doors when he had been told to stay at the WRO. But Ezekiel had left early that morning to go and assist this doctor out in Mideel. Zack and Cloud were both out that way and with no body guard he had no choice but to return to what he knew.
The planet had spoken to him the first time ever, normally he would get just Aerith's voice, but the planet spoke using the voice of his dead sister.
He had to go and he had to leave, this second calamity knew what he was descended from.
But it had urged him to pass on a very unusual gift, to hide the ability in a human of non-Cetra descent.
Clover pushed open the door to the president's office without knocking. Rufus was where he normally sat at this hour in the morning.
Dark Nation was curled up in front of the desk.
“I heard the planet!”
Rufus blonde brow quirked up at him. “Did you inform Reeve?”
“I tried to but he was busy and I do not have time sir. That... that thing knows what I am. So I gotta go.”
Rufus frowned. “Where exactly are you going?”
Clover bit his bottom lip. “I have to merge with the planet sir.”
Rufus didn't look impressed. “How do you intend to do that?”
“You don't want to know. But hopefully it won't require impalement or having my spine ripped out of my ass.” Clover replied.
Rufus pinched the bridge of his nose. He didn't need to be told why this guy was one of Reno's favorite working partners.
“Then take Reno and Rude with you.” Rufus stated.
Clover shook his head. “Can't. But I'm going to leave behind a link for you, I just can't tell you who yet.”
“A link to the planet?” Rufus looked at Clover. “Can you do that?”
“I didn't think I could do much, apart from look crazy hearing voices and seeing dead people. But according to Aerith I can.”
The blonde Turk looked ready to bound away in a rush at that moment.
“Who are you going to give it to?”
“Cloud, or Zack I guess, so I'm going to Mideel I can tell Zeik what's happening then vacate the area.” Clover let out a breath. “So gotta go.”
“They're both unconscious Clover.”
“Best time to do it.” The blonde saluted before running out the door.
Rufus pushed the intercom button. “Tseng can you get Elena to ready the car and Tell Reno to get the chopper ready.”
“Sir.” Tseng's voice came through the intercom.
Since the fall of ShinRa, Rufus had kept a count on the people he lost in various missions, from the Turks he had stationed in Wutai during the war to those killed by Geostigma and even long after.
It had irritated him to know he had a Cetra descendant in his ranks. But when he had found that out it had only been a matter of weeks after Clover had found out himself.
Rufus' father had hired the blonde under the guise that the kid was an excellent sniper. Turned out he was a much better hacker than he was at firing a gun. Another secret his father had kept from him, they just kept popping up everywhere. Regardless the kid knew mechanics. If Reeve's report on this alien being mechanical, Clover was what they needed to figure out how to hack this alien's data base and find a weakness to shut it down.
If Clover was going to run because it knew of him, then perhaps the real reason was it knew what he could do as a hacker and as a Cetra, even if he had only ten percent left of the Cetra bloodline in him.
Clover couldn't do anything fancy like Aerith, there was no Holy, no life or healing wind. He was more human, more in tune with technology and alcohol than he was with his ancestors. Rufus hoped it was the technology savvy side of Clover the alien wanted to destroy not the last living ancient. Even if he was trained by Reno giving Rufus twice the headaches, Rufus was not ready to lose another of his Turks to this creature. He needed to put a stop to it before it became personal.
Standing up and moving to the door Rufus looked to the panther sticking it's head up.
“Not this time. Stay here.” He informed his feline friend named after the original Dark Nation Cloud had killed.
The panther gave him a very expressive worried look.
Hloskova landed and he glanced to the child over his shoulder the small boy silent and unconscious to thanks to the virus he had injected into the boy's system.
He was hoping that it would connect him to the essence of Jenova but so far all was silent. All he had managed to pick up was the disconcerting feeling of a race out there. One he had learned from the file hacking that his beloved had wiped out, or thought she had. That meant she saw that race as a threat. He was using the systems of this world to track this being movements, he found it intriguing that the last of this kind would carry so much technology on his person.
But he felt the general direction it was heading and that meant it was in communication with his deceased race of this world.
“This will cease.” He spoke before leaping into the air taking flight.
Ezekiel stood in the room looking at Zack, the raven haired fighter was awake and fighting, thrashing against the binds that held him in place, Ezekiel had only just reinforced the bind to hold a SOLDIER's strength. He was glad he had when he watched.
He had no clue what was going on in the SOLDIER's mind, but he could tell it was painful. He looked to Vincent who stood by.
Vincent looked to the Turk, the dark skinned doctor or scientist was silent as he watched Zack thrash, obviously he was trying to analyze this situation and compare visible symptoms.
But he looked at a loss as much as Vincent was.
The Turk's phone warbled out and he pulled it out seeing the name flash on the screen he flipped it open.
“Clover what's going on?”
Vincent saw the expression and the blue bangs fell over his eyes.
“Are you sure?” The Turk sighed.
“Okay if that's what she wants I'll see you when you get here. Just becareful.” He flipped the phone shut.
Vincent wondered if the Turk would tell him what was going on.
“My friend has a plan. Hopefully what he does will either wake Cloud or calm Zack down.” The Turk spoke.
Clover was on his bike and heading out of Edge and beyond Midgar. But he could feel it, he could hear Aerith's voice as he traveled. He wouldn't make it to Mideel, it was mean of him to give Ezekiel false hope.
The ground in front of him burst skyward in the form of an explosion. Clover knew it Aerith had told him. The Cetra were never really given a break. But the planet had a plan and for it to work he had to pass it on to another. It wanted Cloud as a choice being that Aerith had communicated with Cloud in the past.
He swerved the debris and round them moving onward each time the ground exploded outward and up he managed to move the bike in time, glad that between Reno and Rod he had learned how to effectively NOT get killed while on a bike in the middle of a war zone.
The next hit missed but the debris covered the entire road. It forced him to skid to a halt. His expression frowned and he stepped off the bike. Yanking the fur collared navy blue jacket off he pulled the staff from the compartment. It wasn't a sword but it did the trick in the past, he reached in and pulled out a chain with his other hand and clutched on the end spinning the chain round his hand and clutching his fingers round it.
Clover looked up seeing the metallic golden armored figure drop to the ground.
“Yes hi to you to.” Clover commented.
The being merely glared at him. “My Jenova terminated your kind.”
“Yeah yeah, well she missed a couple obviously.” Clover huffed, he spun the staff round and looked at the alien.
'It'll be alright.' He could hear Aerith's encouragement.
“I hope you're right couz.” He whispered.
For someone who had been able to control his thought pattern and process in the past, he had no control over what his mind seemed to filter through. It was like it was being downloaded from his very mind. Each incident, each movement, each moment of happiness and each moment of complete and utter grief.
Everything was surfacing through his mind's eye. Not bit by bit, but more than that.
It was everything, all in an instant. He was unable to focus, unable to comprehend or control his reactions.
The pain, throbbing through his head, causing him to let out an agonized cry. He was aware somewhere that he was being restrained, but his eyes could not focus as he thrashed against the restraints. He wanted to strike out, he wanted to scream, he wanted to cry, he wanted it gone.
“Zack can you hear me?” The deep voice asked.
He knew it and he was greeted with the image of Vincent in his head, the things Sephiroth had done to this man using his body.
Zack shook his head gasping for air.
“M-make... it... stop.” It was all he could do as if Hloskova was instantly downloading that information.
He felt stupid, like an idiot. Angeal had told him, he had tried to warn him. As if the thought of Angeal alone triggered several more memories, their first meeting, the mentor-ship and then the death. It was more pain, more grief and he never realized how much he had lost until Hloskova was downloading each moment.
“Clover is on his way Zack.” Vincent spoke. “Ezekiel believes he can fix you up.”
“S-Seph...” Zack gasped.
“He left I don't know where he's gone.”
Zack clutched at the restraints hissing as each memory of his interactions with Sephiroth were brought to the surface, from his days in SOLDIER to Sephiroth going mad, to the possession of his body. The mental torment, and even the sexual torment, while Sephiroth's mental form had been trapped in Zack's physical body. All of it he knew it was being downloaded. It was the only way he could describe it, Hloskova treated his mind like it was some kind of streaming download source of information that Zack could not stop.
“The data is being transferred... loading information.” Hloskova's voice was inside his head.
Zack's eyes flew open and for the first time he could focus on something solid. Ezekiel was leaning over him drawing blood. The scientist pulled back.
Zack had heard that voice as clear as back in the day when he had heard Sephiroth in his head along with Jenova.
He shook his head. “Get out of there! GET OUT OF THERE!”
Rufus left Elena and Tseng with the chopper and they were now in a new car following Clover's GPS. The blonde had managed to travel some distance.
“There's a road block ahead sir!” Reno called out from behind the wheel. “I can see Clover's bike. But I can't see him.”
“Remove the block.” Rufus stated.
Rude grabbed the bazooka and wound the window down leaning out it with the oversized weapon before he fired it.
The explosion making a path for the car to pass through.
Rufus saw Clover blink in shock at the car as Reno pulled in front of the blonde.
“Get in!” Reno shouted.
Clover shook his head. “I... can't.”
“Why the fuck not yo?!” Reno shouted.
Rufus caught the sympathetic look, and he saw it, their was some kind of synthetic metal corded round one of the blonde's legs the metal was embedded in to Clover's thigh. The cord lead to the ground and into the depths of concrete underneath the blonde's feet.
“Reno, Rude.” Rufus stated.
The two were out of the vehicle and Reno twirled the EMR round. Rude pulled his gloves on. They moved quickly, as they should have, both headed straight towards the enemy.
Rufus moved up to the blonde and he flicked out a blade and began to cut at the metal cord at the base.
“Sir.” Clover looked at him.
“If you had just waited I could have arranged transport.” Rufus cut through the cord.
He watched as the blonde dropped to his knees suddenly.
“I understand.” He whispered. He looked up at Rufus. “I'm sorry sir.”
Rufus let out an irritated breath. “This will just come out of your next pay check.”
“How about not worrying about the next pay check sir.” Clover stood up slowly.
Rufus felt the hand on his arm then he saw it the smear of red and Clover just smiled. “I'll be back when it's safe, but I can't stay here. I couldn't reach Cloud in time either. So I apologize for what I'm about to do.”
Rufus felt the other hand grab his other arm. There was a sudden flash of green and he felt the jolt go through his body, he fell back landing against the car. He heard Reno's 'oof' as the red head skidding past the car on the ground. Before Rude was slammed into said vehicle.
“Save Angel.” Clover whispered.
Rufus watched as Clover dropped to his knees and his hands clasped together then there was a giant green flash and the blonde was gone, the particles of the lifestream floating where he had been.
Rufus turned round in time to dodge the fist as it embedded into the side of the car. The being looked at him the purple tinted visor flicking up.
Rufus looked beyond the alien to see the child lying unconscious in the middle of the damaged street.
Pulling out his shot gun he pointed it between the beings eyes. Not wavering, not caring for the life of this thing that had taken the life of one of his own.
The bang echoed through the area, the several pellets bursting out through the back of the alien's skull.
Rufus moved past the collapsed heap and up to the child and he crouched down. It wasn't that he really cared for children but this one, was the child of one of his own people. He picked the boy up before looking to the car.
He could see it already the being was reconstructing it's own skull.
He moved quick.
“Reno! Rude! We leave now!” Rufus shouted.
Reno limped towards the car and opened the driver's side. “Heeeey Rude. That's one hell of a dent you made.”
Rude was pulling himself out of the side of the car.
Rufus saw the being suddenly stand up, he could still see through the hole in the head as gears began to digitize out of nothing and reform the skull. He could see Reno turn to look at him and he could see the red head through the giant gaping hole in the alien's head as the pieces began to reform.
“Oh that is fucken gross yo!” Reno shouted.
It dawned on him at that moment that the only way to kill this thing was to blow it to pieces and destroy every single microchip.
“Yeild to me the childe.” The alien spoke mechanically.
Rufus raised a brow. “Why? Have you not realized this child isn't the one you're after.”
The alien frowned. The visor snapped down and a purple streak flashed through the middle of the visor, as if he was accessing data.
Rufus checked the side of the child's neck, there was a pulse... at least, but the boy did not stir, not in the slightest. It was then he noticed the small puncture hole in the child's neck obviously from where the alien had either taken blood or given the child a dose of something.
“Data corroborates that you are positive... Data error, my Jenova was located within the SOLDIER is this not his son?”
“Jenova was housed within many in my company.” Rufus stated. “Who said the first host had to be the sole provider for her new vessel?” He smirked at the alien.
Rufus held the child in one arm the shot gun pointed at Hloskova before he fired another round through the alien's skull.
Sylvie stood at her door as she watched the long silver haired figure fly off, her hand moved to her mouth slowly.
Quinn's body it was now Sephiroth's and she sunk to her knees. He had come to tell her of news he thought she deserved to hear as a mother. Her child the last piece of Quinn was tainted, possibly housing the spirit of Jenova herself.
Standing up she moved into her house and she looked to her daughter the five year old lying on the ground coloring in a paint by colors book.
She crouched by her daughter's side, her hand moving to the girl's soft hair, fingers sifting through the brunette strands.
“Mommy?” Her daughter looked up at her with vivid blue eyes, devoid of evil, the innocence behind them did not scream Jenova to her. But now she had to know she had to prove Sephiroth wrong.
She pulled out her cellphone. “I need to call someone sweetie and we might have to go out for a while, but I'll get you some cake on the way home okay?”
“Okay. Can I bring my book?”
Sylvie smiled. “Of course you can.”
“YAY!” The little girl cheered.
She did not act evil, Sylvie hoped she indeed wasn't.
Sephiroth could not fly fast enough he knew that now. He was trying to head back to Zack. When he felt it. He could feel Angeal near him.
“What is it?” He sighed in irritation.
Then he felt it shown to him where he needed to go without seeing Angeal, he knew his old friend was guiding him.
Sephiroth found himself heading towards Midgar, except he never really made it. He stopped in the air in time to see Zack's child in the arms of the president of ShinRa, Reno and Rude on one side near a damaged car the alien between them.
Sephiroth let out a breath.
“So be it old friend.”
Sephiroth summoned the masumune and he swooped down the blade passing through the armour and he picked the alien up on the blade watching as the hole in it's head finished reconstructing.
The visor flickered as the purple light streamed across the middle as if taking him in.
“Sephiroth.” The mechanical voice spoke.
Even though he was impaled on the end of Sephiroth's blade he did not react like he was injured or near death at all.
Sephiroth glanced to Rufus holding the child. “I would advise you to take the child and go.”
“Quick Rufus get the fuck in the car yo!” Reno shouted.
Rufus moved past Sephiroth his blue eyes narrowed at Sephiroth as he passed.
Sephiroth did not care for the glare behind the blonde's eyes. He did not care for anything ShinRa at all, but if it meant that child would be safe, then that was all that mattered.
If the child was alive and safe then perhaps Zack's crazed fits could be controlled.
“If this is some kind of redemption I believe you are far past your used by date.” Rufus commented from behind Sephiroth now by the car.
Sephiroth raised a brow not even glancing at Rufus as he spoke to him. “Hmph, you are one to talk... President ShinRa.”
The car door slammed, before it pulled off in a squeal of tires. Reno obviously behind the wheel. He drove as crazy as he flew.
Sephiroth flung the alien off the blade and moved quick.
“Cut!” The blade swiftly moving several times through the alien and severing limbs in the process. Jumping up the blade then struck downward in the middle of Hloskova's torso.
“To the promised land.”
The torso was sent out exploding in to parts.
He knew it wasn't enough to finish this alien off. He could feel it, but he had bought Rufus time to escape with the child. For now the child would be safe with them.
“Hmph.” He jumped up into the air and watched as the pieces slowly began to digitize pulling each part back together slowly. The more pieces the longer it would take, that was the point of this attack.
Letting his wing flap for a moment he then took off he had been away from Zack for too long. It was time to wake him up from his nightmare.
Sephiroth arrived back in time to see the scientist Turk staring at a message on his phone, his expression one of shock, perhaps grief was a better emotion. Sephiroth had only really grieved Angeal's loss when his good friend had died. But even he had kept his emotions in check, unlike Zack, but the Turk's expression reminded him of Zack's after Angeal's death.
“Is something wrong?” Vincent asked the Turk.
“He... he's gone. Rufus said that... that thing got to him.”
Vincent looked to Sephiroth. The former turk remained quiet.
“Lets leave them.” Vincent guided the shocked Turk from the room.
Sephiroth moved up to Zack's side the Mako blue eyes looking to him, dazed and he could see the pain.
There was the twitch as Zack gasped.
“Get him out...” It was a low hiss, before he began to thrash against the binds.
The scream of agony followed.
Sephiroth glanced to Cloud, the blonde not even stirring. His hand slapped beside Zack's head.
“I'm trying! I'm trying!” There was a flash of purple behind Zack's eyes.
Sephiroth's hand moved to Zack's face touching it lightly. “You son is safe. He is in the custody of ShinRa.”
The mouth moved and Zack let out a breath, soft and slow, it was relief.
Zack remained still trying to control his body, but he could feel Hloskova there bringing those strange emotions to the surface. It was dizzying. His throat felt sore, his head spun and his eyes hurt. His body was not his own right now. He could feel it, with each memory, the alien's mentality, his memories were becoming buried inside his subconscious as if it was an exchange of digital data.
“He wants you dead.” Zack whispered.
Sephiroth smirked. “I did just slice him up into pieces.”
“Oh. You're really not the step-parent type are you?” Zack quipped.
Sephiroth felt relief with those words, it was a piece of the old Zack the one he knew and remembered. Even if somewhat matured over time. He would always be Zack.
“How do you feel?”
“That I will probably kill you or try to if you untie me.” Zack replied, it was flat out honest. “Well not me me, but my body.”
“He's controlling your body. Interesting.” Sephiroth mused. “You will need to realign your body.”
Zack gave him a flat eyed look. “I can't even feel my freaken pinky move Seph, how the hell do you propose I do that huh?”
Sephiroth's hand moved along Zack's arm slow. “Can you feel that?”
“Then concentrate on it.”
Zack blinked and he let out a breath, he felt Sephiroth's hand move up his arm, the hand moving over his palm, the a single digit tracing around the edges of each of his fingers. Zack felt the shiver hit him and he held in the sudden breath. Sephiroth shot him a look.
“Zack.” The former General warned, scolding him.
“Sorry.” He mumbled embarrassed.
His body was definitely acknowledging Sephiroth's touch and he really wish it wasn't at this stage. He felt guilt at it, even remorse for the love he lost.
Sephiroth raised a brow and Zack could feel the flush on his face as those eyes seemed to stare into his soul.
“Something the matter?”
“Nothing.” Zack squeaked before clearing his throat. “Nothing at all.”
“You let him yield this response with intent, after her death?”
Zack's eyes widened at the sound of the alien's voice in his head.
He felt Sephiroth flick at his forehead.
Sephiroth let out a breath. “What do I have to do to get you to concentrate?”
“Can I get back to you on that?” Zack asked.
Sephiroth's hand slammed by his head and those green eyes glared at him, like they had back in the day, before the whole Nibelheim incident.
It was Sephiroth's 'Shut your mouth and focus glare' not his 'I'm going to destroy everything you love glare'. Luckily Zack had worked with Sephiroth long enough to know the difference.
Zack felt the other hand move over his stomach lower, Zack's breath hitched his face flushed, but he could not tear his eyes away from Sephiroth's face trying to read that poker face. But there wasn't even a smirk, he was dead serious.
Then he felt it the hand on his lower abdomen resting the fingers pushing up his shirt, the bare hand touching his flesh.
Zack felt his mouth open his body shivered in reaction and he shook his head trying to push those thoughts and memories away. He didn't need this not now.
“W-What are you doing?” Zack dropped his voice glancing worriedly towards where Cloud's unconscious form lay in the other bed.
“Keeping your attention here instead of the voice in your head.” Sephiroth stated.
Zack nodded. “Ohhh kay then. It's working.”
Sephiroth huffed. “Of course it is. Because you have a one track mind.”
Zack saw the smirk then and he blew up at his bangs trying to get them out of his face.
Fingers moved along his skin. They grazed downward making Zack's back arch as his breath caught.
“I-It's probably not a good idea-” He was cut off as the mouth moved over his suddenly, the tongue pressing past his lips.
The physical sensation of Sephiroth's real lips over his made his breath catch as he felt the tongue curl round his drawing it out from his mouth to suck on.
Zack responded letting Sephiroth's tongue toy with his. His hands clutched at the restraints. That hand moved downward sliding into his pants and he felt fingers move into his boxers and graze his forming arousal.
“Loathsome creatures you humans are.”
Zack didn't care for the voice anymore, let him see and hear everything, his hips bucking into Sephiroth's hand his lips responding to Sephiroth's kiss with a moan.
It felt so much different in reality. Sephiroth wasn't forcing himself upon Zack he was taking it slow careful.
Those fingers gingerly moving round his length, Zack could only buck with impatience. He hated how guilty he felt for it, he hated thinking about Cissnei's soul suffering poisoned in the lifestream with his parents, but he couldn't stop his body and it's reactions to Sephiroth. Fingers started to stroke him off and Sephiroth's mouth moved down his neck. Zack could only gasp, he glanced to Cloud's unconscious body, his face heating up. His friend's state he hoped Cloud couldn't sense or hear this because Zack would be in for a world of hurt when Cloud woke up.
“D-Damn you Seph...” Zack breathed. “Not right... so not right.”
“Can you think of another way to keep you focused?” Sephiroth asked.
Zack closed his eyes. “It's wrong. Cissnei... Cloud... I-” He was cut off as Sephiroth's free hand placed a finger to his lips.
~*~*~To Be Continued... ~*~*~
Title: Return of the Departed
Series: Final Fantasy VII
Chapter Rating: PG (due to graphic violence)
AN: Cloud will be okay I promise! I'm not THAT heartless cause I luff the chocobo head!
Cloud carried Angel who had fallen asleep in the car, towards the entrance of the WRO. He saw Denzel wave to him before his adoptive son headed into the staff entrance.
Shifting the child in his arms. Cloud moved towards the entrance. It had been a long drive, but they were here, once Angel was okay Cloud would bring Freedom here to be with her brother. The young infant had reminded Cloud why he didn't want a second child. The middle of the night wake up calls and the crib bouncing.
A crash sounded behind him. Cloud stopped and looked over his shoulder.
The second Calamity landed in the middle of the road.
The long golden blonde hair whipped about him wildly and Cloud let out a curse looking to Angel in his arms.
The boy was stirring slowly waking up from his nap.
“Yield the childe to me and you shall survive the epitaph.”
Cloud shook his head. “Not happening.” He stated.
Angel's voice was quiet as he spoke tiredly. “C-cloud?”
Cloud looked down to the amber eyed child in his arms and he set Angel down. His hand ruffling up Angel's hair and smiling. “Run inside okay get them to hide you.”
Angel nodded and he took off inside through the revolving doors and vanished from sight.
Cloud stood up and he turned round looking to the alien.
“Who are you?”
“Hloskova.” The visor snapped up and Cloud saw those familiar purple eyes.
“What do you want with Jenova?” Cloud demanded.
The smile was cold, heartless. “To persevere our domination of the stars. Initiating with this one.” His hand flicked up skyward.
Cloud saw the sky begin to darken, clouds swirling around above them. Cloud's hand moved to his sword at his side and he drew the blade out.
“Find another planet.” He snapped.
Cloud saw Hloskova phase out of sight and he spun the blade behind himself, he felt the force of the blow. Cloud glanced over his shoulder seeing the taller blonde look down at him, the pupiless purple eyes flashed, before narrowing and the visor snapped down.
Cloud saw the spikes coming out from the alien's arm. The same arm that he had used to crush Cissnei's spine.
Cloud could feel his heart clench. The woman who had given Zack a reason to smile after all the torment Sephiroth and Jenova put him through. This creature took that from him.
The alien's arm blocked the blade like it was a sword itself. The hair moved on it's own accord and Cloud lept out of the way as the ends stretched out and they spiked the ground where he had just been.
Several holes and cracks remained in the concrete where he had stood mere seconds ago.
The hair moved like some weird mechanical tentacle creature. He had not fought anything like this man ever before. Even with the Weapons none of them... were like this.
Not a single emotion flashed across the alien's face as he phased out again in a puff of smoke. Cloud jumped up the ground beneath him cracking and he unclipped the second blade from his sword and blocked the several tentacle spikes flying up at him.
His blades moved about him preventing any direct hits, the sound of metal against metal reverberating in the air.
'Metal hair... If Jenova lived... would she have this kind of power?' He felt himself wonder worried.
This alien believed she was indeed out there.
'Stay hidden Angel. Please stay hidden.'
Cloud saw Hloskova vanish from sight again. He turned himself round and landed on a ledge outside the WRO and he looked behind himself and smirked. Reeve's office.
The luck of the draw.
Reeve was asleep on the couch underneath the window. Cloud pressed his back to the glass and watched as Hloskova appeared on the ledge on the building opposite the WRO.
Cloud tapped on the window.
It slid open and he saw Reeve half asleep look at him in confusion sitting up on his couch.
“Cloud... what in Gaia's name?” He sighed. “You could use the door you know.” The half asleep director commented.
“Angel is in the foyer. Get him to safety.”
Reeve blinked. “Cloud...”
Cloud just let out a breath. “This could take some time. He's not like anything we've ever faced before.”
Cloud heard the gasp of Reeve as the director stared beyond him. “That's him. Isn't it?”
“Yes, get everyone away from the windows and make sure Angel is safe.” Cloud jumped off the window ledge.
Reeve watched as the blades spun around the fighter but none of them seemed to pass the barrier of spikes on the alien's arms. Hair shooting out like a million needles Cloud deflected them.
The two spinning round in battle in mid air outside the WRO.
Reeve picked up his phone and dialed down to reception.
“Pania. Is there a young boy there with you?” He waited for the receptionist to give him an affirmative answer, she sounded confused but confirmed that the boy was there hiding under her desk. “Okay please inform all workers on any and all the levels that are near the windows to stay away. I will explain later. Also let Vincent know his assistance is required as soon as possible.”
Reeve moved to the window and he watched as the hair shot out. Cloud deflected the spikes again before the alien seemed to get frustrated and his leg swung round and kicking Cloud in the side of the ribs sending the blonde back into the building across the road.
Cloud didn't have the chance to move when the hair struck him in the shoulder pinning him to the building before it lifted him up. Pain coursed through his shoulder. Cloud felt the hair break though the other side of his body before it curled round his arm and looping back through the hole in his shoulder.
They were both lowered to the ground. Well almost. Cloud left hoovering a few feet in the air. Trapped by the hair.
“You are essential to his sanity.” Hloskova commented.
Cloud glared at the golden blonde alien. “So?” He snapped.
“To remove you... from existence, will cause his deterioration.”
More hair shot out and Cloud felt his skin punctured over and over again by a thousand needles.
He gripped his sword in his right hand then brought it slicing through all the hair.
Cloud hit the ground and he saw the blood dripping from his body. He glared up at the alien.
“I'm not that easy to kill.”
Hloskova merely smirked at him. “I bid your endeavor. Jenova's childe was defeated by your hand, however I conclude times of tranquility have dulled your skills. You are not my concern.”
“I won't let you hurt Zack.” Cloud pushed himself up picking up a blade in each hand before snapping them back into place together. He could feel the blood dripping down his arms as he pulled the blade back and spun it round dropping it in front of himself as he fell into a stance.
“You can not control the inevitable. He will discover your degrading corpse and I will terminate whatever sanity he has left.” Hloskova merely commented.
“Not happening.” Cloud growled.
Hloskova just seemed to smirk at him and before Cloud knew it the alien had vanished from his line of sight again.
Cloud moved to the side and he barely avoided the fist that appeared out of nowhere the smoke forming after Hloskova's body.
Cloud jumped back a couple of feet. He glanced up seeing Reeve looking down on him. The concern on the director's face visible even from this far away.
Cloud looked to the alien again and then he noticed the alien was holding out his left hand.
Purple energy seemed to formed around Hloskova's hand. A soft sound of unseen gears moved, the noise seemed to resonate in the air.
Cloud's eye twitched as the Alien's hand began to separate, bands of data forming a circle in a straight line from his forearm to several inches down encasing something that seemed invisible.
Metal of some description began to become visible, between the bands data forming from nothing.
Cloud blinked and when he looked at the Alien again. Hloskova held a sword, it was a cross between Sephiroth's Masamune and a gunblade, gold plated like his mechanical wings.
Cloud frowned. “What are you?”
This was not something he was aware Jenova's race could do. It just wasn't possible. She was organic like a virus last he heard, not mechanical based.
Hloskova's visor flicked up and the purple eyes flickered over Cloud. The smirk that tainted the alien's lips was enough to make Cloud's skin crawl.
“Reconstructed by cataclysmal design. I am their synthetic intention.”
Cloud frowned the way this alien spoke was like he had been programmed.
Zack could hear his phone ringing as he flew along side Seph. It wasn't a willing truce, he just had to reach Cloud and Angel before Hloskova did. For some reason Sephiroth decided to follow him.
Cursing Zack pulled out his phone and answered as he flew. “Vincent what's going on?”
Zack listened to the former Turk and he saw Sephiroth watching his expression he must have seen the look.
“Obviously we need to hurry.” Sephiroth commented.
“On my way I'll meet you there, Vincent distract him, make sure Cloud and Angel are alright.” Zack snapped the phone shut, he glanced to Sephiroth who flew beside him.
“Why...” Zack looked at former General beside him.
Sephiroth looked at Zack. “Because I will not let him drive you insane.”
Zack looked down at the ground beneath them. “It takes a lot to drive me insane Seph.” He stopped realizing he had reverted back to using his nick for Sephiroth's name.
Sephiroth did not seem to notice that or he ignored it. “He is my mother's life partner, I can feel that much.”
“So that would make him what your step-dad?” Zack scoffed. “Doesn't mean you have to help me.”
“I betrayed you, therefor I owe you this, perhaps more.”
Zack felt his face flush he looked away nodding. “You don't just owe me Seph. There are others out there that you hurt as well.”
Sephiroth sighed. “I hurt you the most. Mentally the damage I caused will take time to atone for.”
Zack nodded understanding. “Okay... but you don't have to start now.”
“Do you think you can fight him alone in your grief? If you recall after Angeal died.” Sephiroth stated.
Zack let out a breath. “Okay you made your point, but I'm not helping you if Cloud runs you through with a sword.”
“Fair enough.” Sephiroth replied.
Words became pointless now, all he had was the will to live to protect Angel like he had promised Zack. Another promise to keep, there was more at stake in this promise to Zack than the last one.
Cloud followed Hloskova's movements with his eyes and he blocked the sword blows, but he could feel the vibration rock through the blade pushing him back a few feet. Almost but not quite knocking him off his feet.
Drawing the second blade from his sword, the metallic hair shot out from around the alien and using the blade he sliced through the hair.
Each swing of the sword blocked more and more of the hair as it flew at him in a constant flow.
Hloskova's pointed the blade at Cloud and several bullets fired from the sword. Cloud flicked his wrist deflecting the bullets.
Hloskova flew at him and Cloud blocked the blade of the sword with his own. The fist struck the other blade the impact sending Cloud backwards several feet.
The alien phased behind him and Cloud felt it as the sword burst through his stomach.
The hair wrapping around his neck. Cloud gasped as he felt the blade twist round before. The mechanical gears began to turn and the sword was digitized to have several mini spikes on the edge of the blade each point directed back towards Cloud's stomach.
Cloud's hand gripped the blade and he growled fighting Hloskova's motion to pull the blade free and probably rip half of Cloud's stomach contents out through his back.
Lifting the taller alien up he spun round bringing the blonde alien's body slamming into a post not once but twice.
Holding one hand firmly on the blade Cloud sucked in a breath and he swung his sword down behind him and he could feel it pass through the metal.
Hloskova fell back and looked at the stump that had been his left arm.
Cloud jumped forward a few feet and he pulled the blade out through the front before tossing it at the alien's feet.
His hand moving to the hole and he looked at the blood that came gushing out of the wound.
He activated the materia on his bracelet letting the mastered Cura heal his wound.
Cloud watched as the alien picked up his blooded weapon that had once been his left arm and he held it to the stump.
Cloud watched as the digitized lights formed round the joint and the gears began clicking, the alien let go of his arm.
Just like that, his severed limb was reattached with not even a trace that it had ever been severed.
The left hand pointed at him and Cloud dropped back into a stance one sword in front the other resting by his leg. He could feel his body wasn't going to last much longer, not without proper medical attention.
'Cloud... hang on...'
He heard the soft familiar female voice on the wind.
The gentle breeze drifted around him, the light scent of flowers filled the air around him.
He smirked. “Thanks...”
'Zack's on his way...'
It was the news he needed to hear. He only had to hold this alien off until Zack arrived. He just hoped Zack wasn't too far away.
Reeve had been just watching the scene below, he had been ready to send some of his men out there to help when Cloud got impaled. But once again the blonde had proved harder to kill.
Reeve opened the drawer to his desk and he rummaged through it. He had a spare one lying around somewhere. He just had to find it.
He made a mental note to really organize his notes better before the day was out.
The door to his office opened. The red cape billowing behind his old friend.
“Vincent. Thank Gaia.” Reeve exclaimed. It was as if that was the moment the missing item decided to peek it's head out and say 'here I am'.
Reeve picked up the yellow feather. Walking up to Vincent he placed the golden feather in the gunman's hand.
“Take this to Cloud outside. He will need it.”
Vincent looked at Reeve. “What is going on?”
“Take a look for yourself.” Reeve opened the window up again.
The gunman stepped up to the window looking at the spectacle below. Red eyes followed the battle raging below. The frown on the gunman's face was obvious, he knew this. Cloud did not look like he was fearing too well against the alien.
Reeve looked to him. “To take Angel I'm afraid. Cloud is doing his best. Do you think-?”
Vincent placed a golden boot onto the ledge stepping up onto it.
“You do not need to ask.” He stated. The breeze blew the cape back into the office as the gunman lept from the ledge free falling towards the ground.
Reeve ran up to the window and watched as Vincent landed on a balcony on one of the lower levels. Stepping onto the railing Death Penalty was loaded and pointed in the direction of the alien and the shots rang out.
The visor of the alien flicked down as the head tilted to look in Vincent's direction.
“Vincent be careful!” Reeve shouted out to his friend.
Cloud was glad for the distraction Vincent gave. It would ease the battle a bit on his body. He knew his energy was running on low.
The gunman landed next to him the cape flapping out behind him as he stepped in front of Cloud.
Cloud was aware of the feather thrown at him.
It landed on his shoulder and activated.
“From Reeve.” He stated.
“Thanks. I just got a boost from Aerith too.”
Vincent's red eyes narrowed at the alien. “Then she obviously knows the outcome of this battle.”
“Zack's on his way.” Cloud stated.
“Can you hold out till then?” Vincent asked.
Cloud just smirked grateful for his friend's company. “I can now.”
A purple stream of light flashed across the middle of the alien's visor, it flickered like a loading screen. Vincent quirked a dark eyebrow.
“He's completely mechanical.” Cloud stated.
“Unusual.” Vincent stated.
Cloud nodded. “I don't think bullets will work on him.”
“Then we have to just get in close.” Vincent lept off the ground and flipped over Hloskova Cloud charging the alien from the front.
The golden claw struck through the golden alloy breast plate and the claw ripped at the plate, drawing it from the alien's body. Cloud moving in stabbing Hloskova through the chest and lifting the alien up on the sword he flung him to the side and down the street.
The alien's right hand grabbed the ground, the claws on the edge of his fingers tearing long scratches down and breaking through the concrete.
The head looked up at them as the visor flipped up and purple eyes glared at them. The wires exposed in the alien's chest seemed to 'bleed' red. But the smell was like that of an oil leak.
The echo of gears turning, then the purple digitized lights appeared over the chest of the alien as he digitally repaired himself on the spot.
“His abilities would intrigue Reeve.” Vincent stated.
“Well if we can kill him, we can give him the parts to study later.” Cloud huffed, he was getting more than annoyed with this alien.
The more Cloud fought him and saw his abilities, he understood. If this golden alien had originally been of Jenova's race and they had parted ways to meet up later. It was quite possible like Jenova Hloskova's abilities came from another planet that 'tested' on him like Hojo had on Jenova.
“You look like you figured something out.” Vincent commented.
Cloud nodded. “He said something to me before you arrived. 'Reconstructed by cataclysmal design. I am their synthetic intention.' I believe he meant he was experimented on like Jenova, but not here, somewhere else.”
“That world probably doesn't exist now either.” Vincent added.
“Probably not. They could have given him an expiry button though.” Cloud looked to Vincent. “When we get out of this I need you to see if Shelke can net dive for us.”
“I will ask her.” Vincent glanced to the alien in time to see the visor snap down and the alien phased out of their sight.
Zack could see the WRO in the distance and he could hear the sound of a metal based battle and he frowned.
“Not a good sign.” Zack growled, trying to kick up the speed of his flight.
Sephiroth seemed to hang back and Zack looked back understanding. Sephiroth would not show himself to Cloud, not yet.
Zack did not mind.
Flying over the area Zack saw Hlsokova vanish from sight and he growled. He knew what was going to happen next.
“CLOUD WATCH OUT!” Zack shouted.
The blonde looked up at him, before he spun round and blocked the sword of the alien.
Zack saw the flash of digitized light.
And the sword passed through Cloud's sword through his chest bursting out the back the hair shot out like blades one through Cloud's leg, the other through his stomach and the last through his neck. All of it in one single motion.
“CLOUD!” Zack swooped in landing.
Hlsokova looked at him.
The sword and hair retracting from the blonde's body, Cloud falling over backwards.
Zack dashed in catching Cloud and he saw the flash of yellow and let out a breath of relief as the phoenix down brought a moan from Cloud's lips.
Blue eyes looked up at him, tired, weak.
Zack growled glaring up at the alien.
The metal clinked as the alien walked up to him.
Metal and blood glistened together along the blade of the alien and he brought it up to his lips licking the edge of the blade, tasting Cloud's blood.
“Human blood taints her essence.” He seemed to purr.
Zack saw Vincent, the gunman suddenly behind the alien, death penalty pressed against the back of Hlsokova's head.
There was a flash as the gun went off. Metal, blood, oil, brain, sparks flew as the body dropped to the ground.
Zack pulled Cloud up to him. “Hey buddy... you did good, you can hear me right?”
Cloud nodded. “Y-yeah... but...” The gloved hand moved to his own chest as he sucked in air. “Something... else is inside... me.”
Zack's eyes went wide. “Something else? What something else?” He asked worriedly.
“Don't know.” Cloud's eyes closed.
Zack pulled out his materia activating trying his best to use the cura to heal whatever it was inside his friend.
'It's the infection Zack, it's touched his soul...'
Zack could hear Angeal's voice behind him and he pulled Cloud even closer shaking his head.
“No.” Vincent stated. “The Phoenix down worked fine. But something else is preventing him from returning to consciousness.”
Zack heard the revolving doors turn and he saw Denzel stepping outside walking up to them slowly, his expression one of shock.
“C-Cloud.” The teenager spoke his voice shaking.
“DAD!” Zack saw Angel race past Denzel and up to him, clinging to his side.
A woman was close behind. “Please Angel the director said to stay indoors!”
“Is Cloud sleeping?” Angel asked hanging onto Zack's arm.
Zack nodded. “Yes.”
Angel looked up at him. “Like mommy?”
“No... luckily.” Zack was relieved at that.
Zack smiled as Angel ran his hand through the feathers in one of his wings. “You look good with wings daddy.” He smiled. “Like an angel.”
Zack rested his forehead on his son's head. He looked to the woman standing over them.
“I can take him back inside sir.” She looked to the wings blinking.
Angel shook his head. “I wanna stay with you.”
“Angel it's just for a few moments we have to get Cloud looked at okay.” Zack looked to the wings. He reached into them and pulled out a loose feather before placing it in Angel's hands. “Since I can't come inside with you just yet. Take a part of me instead. Is that okay?”
Angel looked at the feather and grinned. “Okay!”
Zack smiled at the woman. “Thank you- uh.”
“Pania. I don't expect you to remember. It's okay.” She took Angel's hand and walked back to the door with the child.
Vincent moved to Zack side and crouched down picking up Cloud and draping him over his shoulder. “I'll take him to the medic.”
Denzel moved up to Vincent, his hand moving to touch Cloud on the back of the head.
“They'll make sure he's okay right?”
“They will do their best.” Vincent stated to the youth.
“Okay... thanks Vincent.” Zack stood up and he walked past Hlsokova's body.
The sound of gears shifting and changing made Zack stop before he saw the hand of the body twitch, the gears in the back of the skull moved and Zack saw it. Hlsokova's body was reconstructing itself.
“Shit! EVERYONE MOVE!” He shouted.
The alien stood up suddenly then phased out.
“No! GET AWAY!” Zack shouted.
Pania pulled Angel away and Zack saw the blade pass through the left side of her chest. Her body falling limp on the blade. It was obvious Hlsokova had pierced her heart making her death instant. He flung her body to the side before grabbing Angel by the arm.
“NO! LET GO OF HIM!” Zack growled drawing his sword and charging at the alien.
The sword arm digitized and returned to an arm with a hand and it caught the buster sword like it was nothing. Zack pushed against the blade driving it through mixture of bone, metal and tissue.
The left arm was sliced vertically up the arm in half.
Angel looked up at him and Zack froze seeing those amber eyes looking at him.
That noise formed again and Zack heard the gears turning. He saw the two halves of the arm move independently of each other.
“Zack get away!”
Zack could hear Sephiroth's shout and then one half of the arm twirled round his body locking him in place, crushing him like a snake to prey.
The other half of the arm twirled round by his neck and Zack saw the needles forming.
Zack felt the needles pierce the side of his neck, it wasn't just one needle. It felt like at least twenty.
Hlsokova's visor flashed, the line flashed across the middle before jumping up like a pulse. Then the lines started moving faster, the pulse falling into a steady beat matching with Zack's racing heart.
“Instillation in progress.”
Zack could feel something passing through the needles into his skin and he let out a cry trying to break free.
“Stop it!” Angel screamed. “You're hurting him!”
Zack's body felt stiff, like whatever this infection was froze him to the spot, his eyes moved to look at Angel's tear stricken face.
“Due to complete system update in three minutes.” Hlsokova's needles retracted and Zack was let go. He felt his body dropped to the ground before the two halves of the alien's arm began to digitize back together.
Zack saw the metal wings activate and the alien pulled Angel to him before jumping up and shooting off into the sky.
Zack felt his body pulled up and he gasped for air.
The former general held him like how Zack had held Cloud only moments ago.
The hand touched the side of his face. “I know a doctor, let me take you and Cloud to her.” Sephiroth's voice sounded calmer than his own frantic heart jumping a million miles a minute.
“Zack...” Vincent moved up to him, glancing to Sephiroth.
“Trust him Vin...cent. If he- wanted us, dead, we- would be... already.” Zack spoke through gasping breaths.
“Zack are you sure?” Vincent asked.
“Y-yeah...” Eyes closed.
He didn't want to think what was going to happen when this 'program' had fully been 'installed' into his body.
Sephiroth looked to Cloud over Vincent's shoulder.
“This doctor is a friend of Ezekiel's, currently she is located in Mideel. You can get the address from the Turk, but they both need to be tended to.”
Vincent frowned glancing to Zack, Sephiroth was about to sling Zack over his shoulder, when Zack let out an agonized cry, pulling free from Seph, his hands going to his ears.
The raven haired fighter falling to his knees doubling over.
“It's begun.” Sephiroth looked to Vincent. “I do not trust the WRO, for they are funded by ShinRa, I do not trust ShinRa. Not with his life.” He shot Vincent a challenging look. “What do you think Cloud's first question will be when he wakes up?”
“Zack.” Vincent stated and sighed.
He did not want to do this, he did not trust Sephiroth, but what Zack said held truth. If this was the Sephiroth of old then they would all be close to death, all of them.
Vincent reluctantly handed Cloud over, the scowl never leaving his face.
“Forgive me Cloud.” Vincent whispered.
Sephiroth flung the blonde over his shoulder before walking up to Zack.
Vincent saw the flash of the blade. Sephiroth did too obviously and dodged with ease. Zack lunged at him in some weird possessed rage. The buster sword flying past Sephiroth as he dodged the next swing and the third. Each movement fluid like water, he didn't even quirk a brow at the crazed Zack.
Sephiroth frowned he dodged and phased behind Zack.
“Your movements are slow in comparison to how you normally fight.” His hand striking out to clip the raven haired fighter across the back of the neck.
Zack slumped forward instantly unconscious and Sephiroth caught him over his arm before he flung Zack over his shoulder.
He looked over his shoulder to Vincent.
“Remember Ezekiel knows the location. If you do not believe me I will get her to call Reeve when we arrive.” Sephiroth lept up into the air, his wing shooting out and using the wind to glide away from where Vincent stood.
Vincent looked up at Reeve, who had just witnessed the entire thing. He let out a breath before looking to Denzel who was looking at him.
“Go find Ezekiel. We need to have a talk with him.” Vincent stated.
Denzel nodded before running inside the WRO building.
~*~*~To Be Continued...~*~*~