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[The feed blinks on as the PCD drops out of Sephiroth's coat pocket. The coat that Sephiroth is no longer wearing; the video catches him throwing it over a gravestone, hiding it from sight. The stone, of course, is only one out of a number he almost finds surprising. The names on them, however, are not surprising at all.

Angeal Hewley. Genesis Rhapsodos. Zack Fair. Faramis Gast. Lucrecia Crescent. Vincent Valentine.

All from his own world, with dates in Gaia's calendar. All people who have been important in his old life, even if he only found out about Vincent and Lucrecia here. But there are more stones, with more names that have nothing to do with his world.

Unohana Retsu. Gaignun Kukai Jr. Albedo Piazzola. Ulquiorra Cifer. Tsukino Usagi.

You get no prize for guessing what name is on the stone Sephiroth covered up.

His own grave is there, too, a monument topped with a guardian angel statue. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the statue seems to be missing a wing. There are three sets of dates inscribed on it, though on the third set, both dates are the same. He's already watched himself die at Cloud Strife's hands far more than could possibly be healthy for anyone, though not looking at the dates isn't any better thanks to the damn hallucinations. Listening to the bullshit spouted by his insane self is slightly less than entertaining.]

You betrayed Mother. [More voices speaking to him that no one else could hear.]

Jenova is not my mother and you are an abomination. I would almost consider these mercy killings if Strife were not such an ass.

[Despite the defiant words, Sephiroth looks more tired and depressed than anything, and the feed blinks out as he sits down by the covered grave.]

[Video]

Date: 2011-10-29 06:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reflectivedawn.livejournal.com
Covering it up won't change the fact that it's there.

[Or the fact that it actually belongs there.]

[Video]

Date: 2011-10-29 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
I know. Nothing will, even when the stone itself disappears.

I was supposed to be stronger than anyone, but I'm not strong enough to watch that moment again and again. [But then, he's always been more emotionally fragile than most people realized, hasn't he?]

[Video]

Date: 2011-10-29 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reflectivedawn.livejournal.com
Does calling the person who finally put an end to it an ass make you feel stronger then?

Is that how you would have thought of me if I had succeeded?

[Aka tread very, very carefully, Sephiroth.]
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[For once, Sephiroth thinks he can thread the mine field with the simple truth. Hopefully, he's right. He sighs and shakes his head slightly.]

That has nothing to do with it. Knowing what I know now, and having seen my deaths... all three of them... I have no issue with accepting that he did what needed to be done.

In that time, in that place, under those circumstances.

My issues with Cloud Strife stem entirely from his behavior while he was here. I imagine he believed he was justified. Perhaps Zack believed the same. Perhaps they are even right. For all I have learned, I do not truly know what they suffered because of my madness. However, the fact remains that I am not yet that man and I have not committed those crimes. Do I have no right to resent being held responsible for events I have not yet lived through? In our interactions, the man came across as overbearing, belligerent, and self-righteous. I would like to think I am as entitled to my dislikes, rational or otherwise, as anyone.

.....I would have preferred it if you had succeeded. If you had ended it, and me, without such cost to yourself.
From: [identity profile] reflectivedawn.livejournal.com
No. But he lived through it. And just because you haven't doesn't mean he can just let go of those memories and forgive you because you're not the same person he once fought against. He's entitled to dislike you the same way you're entitled to dislike him. But you can't expect someone who lived through that three times to not hold that against you just because you haven't yet.

I did the same thing he did. Only he was stronger and succeeded. My point is: If I had succeeded, how can I know for sure you wouldn't think that of me?

[See his point, Sephiroth? He sees yours, even if he thinks it's irrational.]

This isn't how you get someone's forgiveness, just so you're aware.

[And yeah, that last part sounds just a little bit angry.]

Oh and do me a favor? Stay away from Sora. I don't want him to be the victim the next time this happens.

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Date: 2011-10-29 07:15 am (UTC)
ff_red_turk: (brooding)
From: [personal profile] ff_red_turk
[Vincent doesn't care much about his own graves or hallucinations, because he's been living with them with almost forty years now.

But Sephiroth, this Sephiroth who hasn't lost his mind yet, who knows where he comes from ... his son doesn't deserve that.

So he'll be on his way.
]

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Date: 2011-10-29 10:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Sephiroth isn't going anywhere anytime soon. So Vincent will find him as the feed left him, shirtless and seated on the ground among the gravestones.

He got this broody streak from you, you realize.]

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Date: 2011-10-29 10:53 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ff_red_turk
[Well, he had to leave his mark somewhere.

Vincent doesn't stop next to Sephiroth. Instead, he walks to the headstone that bears his own name, and crouches in front of it. His right hand softly traces the dates etched into the stones.
]

They even got the dates right. I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

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Date: 2011-10-30 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
I suspect they know far more than they admit, even if they cannot act beyond this world.

[He's not particularly surprised to see Vincent. In some matters, the older man is fairly predictable. Sephiroth leans back slightly to watch him examine the stone.]

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Date: 2011-10-30 06:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ff_red_turk
[Vincent doesn't remain fascinated with his own tombstone for too long. Nor does he linger on Lucrezia's, he's seen this one a hundred times this week.

He turns around to look at the big one, and his eyes turn golden as he does, the pupils slowly elongating into slits as Chaos comes closer to the surface, almost as a reaction to the presence he can feel.
]

You never learn, do you?

[The words are clearly not addressed to Sephiroth, as Chaos is watching the statue.]

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Date: 2011-11-01 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Sephiroth does his best to ignore the sneer on his hallucinatory double's face, watching Chaos a touch thoughtfully. He couldn't help wondering if the being that shared Vincent's body could actually tell...]

I will certainly learn nothing from you, dog of the Planet.

[Sephiroth pinches the bridge of his nose briefly between two gloved fingers. He could almost feel the headache coming on.]

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Date: 2011-11-02 08:51 am (UTC)
ff_red_turk: (chaos)
From: [personal profile] ff_red_turk
[The cape starts flapping wildly in a non existing wind, and suddenly solidifies into Chaos' giant, shredded, batlike wings. The transformation is now complete, the eyes completely gold, fangs in the mouth, claw turned silver.]

And that's why you will fail every time, scourge. I may be a dog of the Planet, but I am a part of it. You're not.

Date: 2011-10-29 12:34 pm (UTC)
bunny_flower: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bunny_flower
Why don't you head back inside, Sephiroth-san?

Date: 2011-10-30 05:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[He has a feeling that isn't actually a question or even a suggestion, but he's going to try anyway.]

I'm thinking.

Date: 2011-10-31 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
The past... and the future.

[Yes, he knows it's vague but he doesn't really want to admit to Unohana that he is brooding and being a little emo.]

Date: 2011-10-31 09:23 pm (UTC)
bunny_flower: (Default)
From: [personal profile] bunny_flower
[Please, Sephiroth. You're two thousand years too young to try this on her.]

And you cannot do it inside?

Date: 2011-11-01 11:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Probably but he is making the effort anyway. It's not like he got to have a rebellious teenager phase when he was actually a teenager.]

Inside seems less appropriate. I am unbothered by the current temperatures.

Date: 2011-11-02 08:14 am (UTC)
bunny_flower: (profile)
From: [personal profile] bunny_flower
Inappropriate how, exactly?

Besides, hiding one of them is hardly conclusive to reflection, don't you think?

[video]

Date: 2011-10-29 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theflower-girl.livejournal.com
[She's not sure what to say, it's taken her a lot to even open this up but she finds herself without words...until the end and then she speaks up suddenly. Her voice is strong, her gaze hard. It's one thing to kill her, but she definitely won't be silent when it comes to her friends.]

Cloud has his faults but he is not an ass, Sephiroth. I know this may be hard for you, this is hard for all of us, but there is no reason for saying that.

[video]

Date: 2011-10-30 05:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Sephiroth frowns slightly over the feed, his gaze intent. Clearly someone from his own world, and she seems vaguely familiar but he's fairly sure they've never met. ....Not in the time he comes from, at least.

It takes him a moment to pin down the distant sense of familiarity.]

You are the girl the Turks have been watching.

[Yeah, that's all she gets. Sephiroth doesn't really feel the need to justify himself to her.]

[video]

Date: 2011-10-30 08:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theflower-girl.livejournal.com
You can just call me Aerith.

[Oh but she's not letting him forget, even after everything she's not afraid right now.]

And don't think I'm going to let you off that easy though.

[video]

Date: 2011-10-30 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
Very well. Clearly you are already aware of my name.

[She doesn't have anything to be afraid of, whether she realizes it or not. Fed up as he is with catching flack for his future, Sephiroth still wouldn't go beyond sharp words, especially with someone he doesn't even know can fight.]

I do not care. Perhaps Strife is the warmest, most caring man in the world to those he calls friend. However, my interactions with the man while he was here were highly unpleasant and I am entitled to my own opinion.

[video]

Date: 2011-10-30 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theflower-girl.livejournal.com
I know Cloud isn't perfect, but he's still my friend and I know that even if you may not think the best of him, he's still a good person even if he didn't act like it. But I know it's hard not to judge someone for their actions, it's easy to forget...

[A pause as she decides to switch topics and then...]

What happened between you and Cloud? Here I mean....

[video]

Date: 2011-10-31 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
It's simple enough to explain. Strife was already here when I arrived. I knew nothing of what I would become. Even by the time he left, I knew very little.

I would imagine any sane and essentially blameless man would take poorly to being treated as a monstrous, genocidal madman. I suppose not killing me on sight was his idea of a concession to the fact that I had done nothing in the time I came from.

[video]

Date: 2011-10-31 08:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theflower-girl.livejournal.com
[There is a long pause, she's choosing her words carefully. She looks a bit sad though, she can't tell him what happened.]

I am sure it was hard for Cloud.

But if it means anything, I won't blame you for things you haven't done.

[She'll try at least.]

[video]

Date: 2011-11-01 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[He's learned a lot since then. He doesn't know everything that happened, or will happen, rather, but he knows quite a bit.

....He doesn't know he's going to kill her, but it wouldn't exactly surprise him to hear.]

It would be greatly appreciated. There are some here who have remained for years. I would be content to be one of them. [That is to say, he doesn't have much interest in going home and losing his mind and doing all that stuff.]

[Video]

Date: 2011-10-30 04:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] licensedhero.livejournal.com
[Okay, so this is kinda weird for him. Forgive him if it sounds like he's uncomfortable.]

Uh, Sephiroth? Are you okay? You've been outside for a really long time now.

[Video]

Date: 2011-10-30 06:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Sephiroth is not bothered by it. If anything, he kind of prefers it over the drowning flow of derp and good cheer. Not that he will say so.]

I am highly resilent to the elements. Prolonged exposure to the current weather will not cause me any problems.

[Whether or not Sora will realize that Sephiroth is hiding a distinct lack of emotional 'okay' behind the strictly physical answer is up in the air.]

[Video]

Date: 2011-10-30 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] licensedhero.livejournal.com
[Can't make any promises on any sort of lack of derp and good cheer.]

Um, okay. But you've been standing near those tombstones for a while now. I don't think staring at them is very healthy...

[He seems to be thinking for a moment or two.]

I can ask Riku if he'd be okay with you coming over. Then you at least wouldn't be alone.

[Video]

Date: 2011-10-31 06:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Yeah, he figures it won't last long.]

Perhaps not, but it can be informative.

[That last suggestion gets the closest Sephiroth will likely ever come to a wince. Sora just has.... no idea.]

I will not be alone. In any case, this is not the best time for me to be visiting Riku.

[Video]

Date: 2011-11-01 04:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] licensedhero.livejournal.com
How much can you learn from staring at tombstones? It's kinda sad, isn't it?

[He looks just a bit dejected.]

Oh. Okay. Are you two having a fight or something?

[Video]

Date: 2011-11-02 12:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
Some might find it so. [Yes. Yes it is, but Sephiroth does not admit to that sort of thing.] But they still have stories to tell. [He's being vague with Sora because he doesn't want the boy going tombstone-hunting.]

....It is complicated.

[Video]

Date: 2011-11-02 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] licensedhero.livejournal.com
Yeah, sad ones. I think we should celebrate the life that we have, especially for those that don't have it anymore. They deserve that much from the people who loved them.
[He made a promise to Riku that he wouldn't leave the house until the event was over. Although he's kinda itching to see what's under Seph's coat.]

That's just code for you aren't going to tell me, isn't it?

[Video]

Date: 2011-11-03 09:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] argentimperator.livejournal.com
[Sephiroth is unimpressed by your optimism, Sora. And no way in hell are you seeing that covered stone.] Things are not always that simple.

Yes. [Blunt Sephiroth is blunt. It's the truth, after all. If Riku wants Sora to know why things are....awkward between them right now, he'll tell him. Sephiroth is keeping his mouth shut until then.]

[Video]

Date: 2011-11-04 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] licensedhero.livejournal.com
[You'll get used to it.] I think that people are the ones that make things complicated.

Err...Okay. [Sora gets the feeling no one is going to be telling him anything of this sort any time soon.]

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