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[The first, most visible thing when the feed blinks on is feathers. Sephiroth's wing almost seems to be dissolving from tip to base in a flurry of black feathers that blow away on the breeze. When those clear away a bit, Sephiroth himself becomes easier to see, taking a shaky step backwards. The angle on the video is such that it's impossible to see what he's retreating from, but the look on his face and the blood on Masamune's blade are both clear.

Even to the average observer, it's obvious that Sephiroth is pained and horrified. To the people who actually know him, and how subtle his displays of emotion usually are, the expression is like a blinking neon warning that he is in Bad Shape. When he speaks, it's barely audible and sounds... broken.]

No...

[The PCD feed jostles and eventually blinks out as Sephiroth snatches the device back up and, for the first time in his life, runs from something.]

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Date: 2011-09-06 03:51 pm (UTC)
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[Vincent is still beaten up from the previous altercation, but he'll be damned if he lets SEphiroth deal with this and the expected downfall that is bound to follow.

So he'll be going out on a wide area search to locate his wayward son SEphiroth as soon as possible.
]

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Date: 2011-09-06 04:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Sephiroth, when Vincent finds him, is settled on the roof of one of the many uninhabited buildings in the city. Masamune is halfway across the roof from where he is sitting, the blood slowly drying on the usually perfectly cared for and much valued sword.

His eyes are distant and he barely seems to even notice Vincent's arrival at first.]

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Date: 2011-09-06 04:28 pm (UTC)
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[Vincent won't come closer for now. Touching someone as battle-ready as Sephiroth when he is clearly breaking down is a bad idea, and he's been maimed enough for now.

Other people apparently think he is good at giving comfort, but the truth Vincent's comfort usually comes in the form of blunt honesty. And one of the things he can say he's said before.
]

You can't let this destroy you. You're stronger than that.


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Date: 2011-09-06 04:47 pm (UTC)
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[It takes a moment for Sephiroth to respond. Usually, blunt honesty is a fairly good tactic with him. Right now, Vincent's words don't feel like honesty, though. He doesn't feel strong. He feels like shattered glass.]

I killed my brother.

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Date: 2011-09-06 04:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ff_red_turk
Yes, you did. But you didn't do it alone. Jenova killed him, more than you did.

['And if I had been strong enough, you wouldn't have'. This part is not said, but it's clear that once again, Vincent feels like he's failed to protect Sephiroth from himself.]

You'd better be there when he wakes up. You deserve everything he's got to tell you.

... I'll deal with the others.

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Date: 2011-09-06 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Even when Sephiroth's head raises to look at Vincent, there's a blank, empty look to the green eyes that calls into question whether Sephiroth really sees him.]

Why would he want to see me? I don't even- [It might be a while before Sephiroth could even face his own reflection.] I shouldn't have let this happen.

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Date: 2011-09-06 06:58 pm (UTC)
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No, I shouldn't have let this happen. I should have seen it coming.

[The gilt is there both in his posture and in his eyes, but he'll deal with his own feelings later. Right now, protecting SEphiroth is the most important thing to him. He just failed. He won't fail again. Not this time, not now that he has the chance, even if it's temporary, to set right what was done wrong.]

It's not about him wanting to see you. It's about you needing to see him.

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Date: 2011-09-06 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
You couldn't have stopped Madara. You tried to stop me. I... wasn't listening. I should have. It shouldn't have taken... this... to make me fight her.

[There's something almost childlike in Sephiroth's vulnerable look.] What he needs should matter more. I did this to him.

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Date: 2011-09-07 07:40 pm (UTC)
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You have no idea of how strong someone has to be to resist it. Failing doesn't make you a bad person.

[Vincent has never wished to hug someone a smuch as he does right now, but he's really not sure it would be a good idea.]

He won't hate you. He knew what he was getting into. I told him.

[Vincent takes a few stepas away, and picks up Masamune. The blood is starting to crust on the blade.]

You'll go see him.

[It's not a question. Not exactly an order either. just a statement of fact.]

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Date: 2011-09-10 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[No, what he thinks makes him a bad person is that he succeeded after killing Riku. Whether or not a hug is a good idea is unknown, but he could probably use one. And this is one of the very rare times when he might actually allow one.]

That doesn't mean he'll want to see me. [He watches Vincent pick up the sword; usually he hates letting other people touch it, but this is Vincent and he's unusually ambivalent about the blade at the moment.] I'll contact him when he wakes. If.... he wants to see me, then I will.

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Date: 2011-09-10 11:02 am (UTC)
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[Well, that's good enough for Vincent.

The gunman comes closer and puts the blade down in front of Sephiroth. Then, he does what usually doesn't do and initiate some physical contact by putting his right hand on Sephiroth's shoulder.
]

You will get stronger. You are Lucrezia's son. And Lucrezia didn't give up. She never gave up on you. I'm not about to start now.

[That's as close to saying 'you're my son and I'll protect you if I have to die trying' that Vincent has ever come. For someone like Sephiroth, though, that should be clear enough.]

You should clean that.

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Date: 2011-09-13 04:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Sephiroth's shoulder is tense under the touch, but he's just tense in general. There's no real sign of his usual intense desire for personal space.]

I don't know what to do. [Sephiroth can't really remember ever admitting to that before. Even when he didn't know what to do in the past, he'd always had to give the impression that he did. But the idea of pretending infallibility when he just failed so badly is almost nauseating. And a part of him wants to let himself rely on Vincent and believe in his underlying message.]

I will.

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Date: 2011-09-14 09:23 pm (UTC)
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You will do what you have to do.

[And Vincent turns around and leaves the roof ... but he won't be too far. Prepare to see a lot of flashes of red through the window of the Clinic.]

Date: 2011-09-06 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] books-n-battle.livejournal.com
Seph? *It comes out practically a squeak, before he manages to shout.* Seph!

*And he's to the skies, off searching for his little brother.*

Date: 2011-09-06 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[He's still on the same rooftop he was on when Vincent found him. Masamune is still half the roof away. He's.... a tiny bit more responsive by the time Jr. finds him, though. He actually glances up, though he doesn't say anything.]

Date: 2011-09-06 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] books-n-battle.livejournal.com
*He lands on the roof, looking a bit shaky himself. His voice is quiet and a little hollow, as if he doesn't trust his emotions not to burst out if he lets them show at all.*

Seph...it's not your fault.

Date: 2011-09-07 04:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
My hands. My sword. How is it not my fault?

[He sounds tired and almost numb. Not quite numb enough that none of his grief and pain leaks out, unfortunately.]

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Date: 2011-09-06 07:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bunny_flower
Sephiroth-san?

[Voice, sorry]

Date: 2011-09-06 07:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Oh Gaia, had he really said those things to her? asdfjkl!]

I'm sorry.

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Date: 2011-09-06 07:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bunny_flower
I know, Sephiroth-san.

I would like you to come to the Clinic. As soon as you deem it possible.

[Voice]

Date: 2011-09-06 07:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[There's a very bitter tinge to this faint chuckle.] The clinic is full of people I put there right now.

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Date: 2011-09-06 08:09 pm (UTC)
bunny_flower: (black and white)
From: [personal profile] bunny_flower
And that is exactly why I need you to come.

You are an intelligent man, Sephiroth-san. I am quite sure you are not expecting any of this to be easy. But I am trying to help.

[Voice]

Date: 2011-09-06 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[The first three words are barely audible and he will deny it if anyone ever claims to have heard them.] I know, Mama.

[Then louder.] I... will be there later. I need to do other things first.

[He really hopes you won't mind having half a Gillian outside your clinic for a little while. He's pretty sure half is all that will fit in the street there. Seph is going to bring Ulquiorra apology food.]

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Date: 2011-09-07 06:32 pm (UTC)
bunny_flower: (dark smile)
From: [personal profile] bunny_flower
[Oh, that's fine. She wasn't fancying finding something herself anyway.]

I shall be waiting, Sephiroth-san.

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Date: 2011-09-07 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] checkmychainyo.livejournal.com
I'm glad to see you've ceased.

[text//private//unhackable]

Date: 2011-09-07 04:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[He is really not in any condition to talk to people he's not close to right now, and he also doesn't trust himself not to respond to that with anger. So Kurapica gets text.]

My apologies for your injuries.

[text//private//unhackable]

Date: 2011-09-08 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] checkmychainyo.livejournal.com
Edited Date: 2011-09-08 07:06 pm (UTC)

[text//private//unhackable]

Date: 2011-09-08 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
Complicated. I was being influenced. It does not excuse my actions.

[text//private//unhackable]

Date: 2011-09-08 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
Yes and no. Madara was the catalyst but not truly the cause.

[text//private//unhackable]

Date: 2011-09-10 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Kurapica deserves some sort of explanation since Sephiroth beat the shit out of him, but he's not giving too many details to someone he doesn't know.]

Certain difficulties originating in my own world were given free reign due to what Madara did to me.

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