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[The PCD has apparently been set aside in a moment of distraction and turned itself on. Sephiroth doesn't notice the blinking red light as he frowns curiously at the man running the particular booth. He's really only gone out to examine the festival because he knows full well that if he doesn't go on his own, he'll likely be dragged to it by Riku, Jr., or both.]

That's right, sir, it's a test of dexterity. You have to be quick, precise, and careful, or else the paper net tears and the fish stay in the water. Why don't you give it a try?

Very well. [He hands the attendant a couple of vaguely coin-shaped slices of rock, having noted quickly that they don't require actual money. On the first try he only ends up with a broken net, but he works out quickly where he went wrong, and on the second attempt he scoops out a pretty white fish with red spots.]

Congratulations, sir! One quick learner you are. Here!

[Sephiroth looks a touch surprised when the attendant puts the fish in a bag with some water and pushes it into his hands. Apparently he didn't realize that succeeding meant you won the fish. What is he going to do with a fish?]
From: [identity profile] bcuzofmiasma.livejournal.com
[ One of Naraku's many mud-and-soil spies has happened upon you, Sephiroth. Carefully examining you from a nearby building it has holed itself up in, it is watching you extremely closely, while Naraku himself debates talking to you through his avatar. It's going to study you for just a little bit longer. ]

[action] Heh, it happens.

Date: 2011-08-04 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[A little too nearby. The number of people at the festival make it harder for him, but Sephiroth can still tell he's being watched, even if he can't pin down a location. The shift from semi-pseudo-relaxed to battle-ready is obvious to those who know what to look for.]

[action]

Date: 2011-08-04 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bcuzofmiasma.livejournal.com
[ While the puppet is certainly not capable of defending itself against someone like Sephiroth, the puppet raises one of its hands, and one of its fingers elongates into a long, spindling tree root. It burrows through the wood-paneling of the dilapidated building, through the ground, and over towards Sephiroth. The root would evolve into a single vine, bearing a few grapes. An offering of peace, of sorts, from the puppet, by will of its creator. ]
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Sephiroth examines the offering with obvious consideration, green eyes slightly narrowed. He plucks the grapes and keeps them as a sign he's not outright rejecting the peace offering, but, paranoid bastard that he is, there's no way in hell he's eating them.]

Action

Date: 2011-08-04 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] books-n-battle.livejournal.com
*Jr.'s practically bouncing up to Sephiroth with a half eaten stick of dango in one hand and a bag each of cotton candy and popcorn in the other and an amused grin on his face.*

Getting a new pet?

Action

Date: 2011-08-04 09:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Dear Gaia, why is he bouncing and what fresh horror does this signal for Sephiroth? He frowns in the face of Jr.'s grin, shifting the bag in his hands.]

I do not require a pet, and I am uncertain of how to care for a fish in any case.

Action

Date: 2011-08-04 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] books-n-battle.livejournal.com
*He is bouncing because he has way too much energy, Sephiroth.*

Huh. Well, if you don't want it, I've got a friend who likes fish.

Action

Date: 2011-08-04 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Way too much sugar, you mean. Hyperactive Jr.... This does not bode well.

And that suggestion gets you a bagged fish shoved towards you, Jr.] By all means, he is welcome to it, then.

[Video]

Date: 2011-08-04 09:21 pm (UTC)

[Video]

Date: 2011-08-04 10:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
I suppose it is, as fish go. I was not actually seeking one, however.

[Video]

Date: 2011-08-04 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] soldierofthesky.livejournal.com
What were you expecting?

[Video]

Date: 2011-08-05 05:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
Nothing in particular. I am accustomed to testing my abilities. [And unaccustomed to going to festivals. Your social fail is showing again, Seph.]

[Video]

Date: 2011-08-06 01:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] soldierofthesky.livejournal.com
What other abilities do you test?

[Video]

Date: 2011-08-06 05:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
Most commonly, my fighting skills and magical abilities. A good enough spar is also a useful gauge for speed, strength, stamina, agility... [He gives a faint, vaguely amused huff.] Life in Adstringendum is itself a constant test of my admittedly somewhat lacking social abilities.

[audio]

Date: 2011-08-04 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eightshoutpoles.livejournal.com
Haha, not bad!
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
It was not difficult to determine the maximum amount of time the net could remain in the water and the appropriate angles for minimum strain to the paper after testing its resilience on the initial attempt.

[audio] be her new bff Sephiroth

Date: 2011-08-04 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eightshoutpoles.livejournal.com
Wow, okay? So you did some kind of weird math shit? That's sliiiiiiiightly less impressive, but whatever!

So what are you going to do with the fish? It doesn't look like it's big enough to make a good meal.
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
I suppose it is a form of math, though largely performed subconsciously.

Someone I know has a friend who likes to keep fish as pets. I fail to understand the appeal, but they are welcome to have it.

[audio] fff

Date: 2011-08-06 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eightshoutpoles.livejournal.com
What can you even do with a pet like that?

[audio]

Date: 2011-08-07 06:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
I am uncertain. They are not intelligent enough to train and cannot leave the water.

[Yeah, Seph doesn't get why anyone would want to just watch fish swim around any better than Vriska does.]

[audio]

Date: 2011-08-07 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eightshoutpoles.livejournal.com
What a total waste of time!

[audio]

Date: 2011-08-09 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
Agreed, but if it relieves me of responsibility for the fish, I have no issue with it.

Date: 2011-08-05 08:16 pm (UTC)
bunny_flower: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bunny_flower
Looks like you have a new pet, Sephiroth-san!

Date: 2011-08-06 05:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[No, Mom. Seriously, no. Jr. is giving the fish to Ukitake. Everyone will be happier that way, including the fish.] I do not intend to keep it.

Date: 2011-08-06 06:33 am (UTC)
bunny_flower: (surprised)
From: [personal profile] bunny_flower
Then what are you going to do with it? It needs a home.

Date: 2011-08-06 07:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
Jr. says he knows someone who likes fish.

Date: 2011-08-06 11:54 am (UTC)
bunny_flower: (soothe)
From: [personal profile] bunny_flower
Ah, excellent.

[Notice how she did not ask if this person liked them as food or pets?]

Date: 2011-08-09 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Yes, well, someone Jr. knows who likes fish = Ukitake is probably not a difficult logic jump for her...]

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Date: 2011-08-05 09:15 pm (UTC)
ff_red_turk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ff_red_turk
[Vincent is most definitely not having fun at the carnival. In fact, he's trying to extricate himself from him after lighting some incense sticks in the little temple he found some way away.

But that scene is just too much from him to walk away from, so he'll just wait until Sephiroth notices him. Vincent is good at being invisible ina crowd, but when he wants to be seen, he's rather hard to miss.
]

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Date: 2011-08-06 07:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[He is hard to miss and Sephiroth is attentive, so it doesn't take long. This look is almost daring Vincent to comment on the entire fish business or the fact that Sephiroth is at the festival in the first place.]

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Date: 2011-08-06 11:37 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ff_red_turk
[Vincent slowly comes closer, and while he won't comment on the fish ...]

It's your first time in one of those, isn't it?

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Date: 2011-08-09 08:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
I suppose it is obvious. Yes, I have never encountered a street festival before. I was generally sent to Costa Del Sol or the Gold Saucer for leisure time. [And yes, this expression easily gives away that he did not particularly enjoy either place.]

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Date: 2011-08-10 07:13 pm (UTC)
ff_red_turk: (brooding)
From: [personal profile] ff_red_turk
...

[Vincent looks around, his eyes softening under his bangs. This place brings back memories. Bittersweet memories, but not exactly unwanted ones.]

We had lots of those when I was a kid.

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Date: 2011-08-11 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Sephiroth is aware that most people do not spend their childhoods in labs, so this is not a total shock.]

Did you enjoy them?

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Date: 2011-08-12 06:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ff_red_turk
[A small nod.]

I don't know if they still have them. I haven't been back in a while.

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Date: 2011-08-14 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
Your hometown? [There is some mild interest there, because, of course, Sephiroth does not consciously remember that Nibelheim is technically his hometown.]

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Date: 2011-08-14 06:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ff_red_turk
[A glance in Sephiroth's direction before he turns his gaze back to the fish.]

... I'm from Wutai.

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Date: 2011-08-17 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Well, fuck. Sephiroth frowns slightly, mulling over the new information.]

You know about the war, I presume?

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Date: 2011-08-17 03:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ff_red_turk
[This time, it's not just a glance. Vincent looks at Sephiroth straight in the eyes.]

I know everything there is to know about you.

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Date: 2011-08-20 04:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[That right there is an impressive amount of creeper, Vincent. Seriously.]

A disconcerting concept, I must admit.

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Date: 2011-08-21 10:46 am (UTC)
ff_red_turk: (brooding)
From: [personal profile] ff_red_turk
... You can ask me any question you want.If I don't want to answer, I'll tell you.

[But really, he probably would be honest with you. He doesn't believe telling you your future will make you go off the deep end. Especially since he's already told you about your actual mother.]

... You don't even know what Jenova is.

[What, not who.]

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Date: 2011-08-24 04:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[He catches that 'what', too, and his eyes sharpen.] No. I was simply told that Jenova was the name of my mother. Zack seemed relieved when he heard that I now knew otherwise, but he did not provide a proper explanation.

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Date: 2011-08-26 10:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ff_red_turk
[Blink.

Asking a question implies ... asking a question, Sephiroth.
]

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Date: 2011-08-27 04:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[He doesn't like asking questions. He prefers to make leading statements. His lips twist slightly before he gives in on the matter.]

What is Jenova, then?

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Date: 2011-08-27 05:31 pm (UTC)
ff_red_turk: (calm 2)
From: [personal profile] ff_red_turk
It's an alien life form. It crash-landed on the Planet with a meteor. No one knows when exactly.

[Looking at the fishies swimming.]

Professor Gast excavated it from Norther Crater. He thought it was a Cetra. Shinra's original goal was to recreate the Cetra.

They had no idea of what they were actually dealing with.

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Date: 2011-08-28 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
I remember... Professor Gast was always very interested in the Cetra.

An alien life form... What were they dealing with, Vincent? Why does everything seem to revolve around Jenova, and why was I told that this creature was my mother?

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Date: 2011-08-28 08:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ff_red_turk
To recreated the Cetra, they tried to hybridate humans with what they found. That's how SOLDIER was started.

Hojo told you what he needed you to hear. He needed you to only have him or the people he decided were good for you around you. Your mother ...

[He closes his eyes, and takes a deep breath.]

As far as he was concerned, Lucrezia was a willing incubator. Nothing more.

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Date: 2011-08-30 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
Project G. [And, apparently, him. Sephiroth looks away, his expression tight with barely-hidden fury that Vincent will probably see easily. He'd always known he was different, but this...]

Why did she allow it?

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Date: 2011-08-30 08:24 pm (UTC)
ff_red_turk: (brooding)
From: [personal profile] ff_red_turk
I wish I knew.

[This is one of the many secrets Lucrezia left him with.]

I don't think she knew that you'd be taken away from her. she wouldn't have agreed if she'd known that.

She was a scientist, but she wasn't ... like them.

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