Strange Untitled Stockmarket!AUFandom:
Final Fantasy VII/Final Fantasy XII/The Stock ExchangeRating:
Tseng's in New York, Balthier's in London, and Rufus is in the sky as the world burns around them. Hedging on futures can be such tricky things.Functional explanation:
It's all logistika_nyx
's fault (on LJ). A good chunk of this belongs to her, adapted to fit the situation and tense. You can read the original crack-ery here
to see precisely which bits. Nyx: I apologise. Profusely. But probably not profusely enough.
Mostly, this is just a trader!AU: in which Tseng and Balthier make money on the gone-to-shit stock markets of our world. And Rufus waggles his eyebrows a bit. Hooray!2425 words and oh, such a hell I am going to for this. Beware un-beta'd tense shifts! ( 'Are you an optimist?' Balthier would say into the receiver, when Tseng picked up. )
First in the Triple Bill: three fics from three fandoms dealing with the topic-of-the-day. \o\ Today's exposition courtesy of Friedrich Nietzsche:"One has to pay dearly for immortality; one has to die several times while one is still alive."
Not my usual fare, I'll be the first to admit, but there's distinct fun in poking pain and torture at Tseng in a way that involves so few guns. 8DTitle:
To Pay DearlyFandom:
Final Fantasy VII (post-CC, pre-AC)Characters:
Creepy scientist man? Spoilers for BC.Summary:
Good specimens are always the most difficult to acquire.1062 words and mmmm, Shinra politics all over again.( Tseng kept his eyes on the electronic count of his heart rate. )
Written for kinkfest
, but in all honesty, this is probably so small a fandom that no one will quite get it anyway. In which case, here comes some context to save the day!
The book, The Left Hand of Darkness
, is an incredible story about everything from politics to gender to love to strength; its storyline focuses on a single human envoy, Genly Ai, sent to the planet Winter - where the physical norm is to be sexless until the short period of time each month where one goes into kemmer
and attains either one gender or the other. There he attempts to get them to integrate into a inter-planetary system, but his efforts are stalled by quibbles between the two native nations of Karhide and Orgoreyn --
But I'm not good at telling that story, and the fic is about Estraven - one of the main characters and the most beautiful man, I think, yet created in fiction, and I say that without caring how he looks like - a Karhidish man more in love with the whole than its parts. I typed out a few extracts of Le Guin's actual text for reference, and you can find it at the bottom of this post (and, if you've never read the book before, I suggest reading it first!).
Uh. Long story short: Le Guin is the master, I am merely the sad little slave.Title:
Once, In EstreRating:
The Left Hand of DarknessCharacters:
Once upon a time, in Estre, Therem Harth had been happy.Warnings:
Uh, "incest"?512 words and epic failure at living up to really great work.( Once upon a time in Estre, he had been a foolish youth. )( Around 6000 words of extracts. Any typos are mine. )
[and equal marriage still wants YOU for their fundraising army!]
Pathetic little offering from my brain, which is taking a while to get back into the swing of things.Title
: Awhile TogetherRating
: Death, Vetinari, Leonard cameoWarnings
Written for Springkink: Death/Vetinari: caught doing something he shouldn't have been doing - I think I could walk with you / Through the shadows of your nights.Summary
: They're oddly similar, Death and Vetinari, and it's not a comparison made for humour's sake alone.686 words. I have been terribly, terribly behind on SK. I apologise, and really, um, not too many excuses here. More gen-like than anything, really!( He comes, and comes quietly, almost unheard. )
Irrelevant to fic below, but: I want to write Turkfic so hard
right now, but I've got this block the size of Jupiter in my brain, or something. Leave prompts, flist? Cookies if they include Tseng? Extra chocolate chips if they include, say, a way a Turk'd... deal with a target?
(Turks on a no-kill job): Title:
5 Times Tseng Did Interesting NegotiationsRating:
Tseng, implied Tseng/Rufus and a whole bunch of cameosWarnings:
I jump canons like I jump rope.Summary:
Tseng doesn't have to get blood on his hands to make a point.1252 words and more timeline jumps than you can shake a stick at.( Looking back, Veld had found it as important to teach Tseng how to speak as it was to teach him how to kill. )
School Days (Are The Best Days Of Your Life) Pairing:
Tseng, Rufus, Reeve cameoRating:
Tseng's brilliant, but bored; Rufus is bored, but brilliant; Reeve just wants to build things and teach his classes in peace, damn it, so count him out of the Junon University ratrace, and he wouldn't mind them leaving off the world domination either.Warnings:
Written for roads_diverged
's theme of "college students". This one's a lighthearted jaunt through the woods; don't expect anything too serious from the boys. *g* Set in a quasi-Midgar universe, contorted and then spat out again.2393 words, with plenty of age!bending and Rufus in jeans.( 'Oh, no, Rufus, if you want to do any recruiting, do it on your own turf - leave my kids alone.' )
This is why syncing journals is a pain in the ass. D:
Another monster spawned from a prompt; (from Obabscribbler on LJ; something Cissnei/Aerith, post-Zack). Title:
Cissnei, Aerith, TsengRating:
Cissnei starts to Aerith; then Cissnei realises she can't stop. (What, she wonders, would it be like to have something and be someone normal?)Warnings:
Set after the Nibelheim mission. Slight timeline liberty taken, spoilers for Before Crisis.1121 words, and hooray for relationship ambiguity!( Cissnei could see why Zack'd fallen for Aerith. )
The calmer side of Shinra's corporate belly (the ones who don't kill anyone, or at least not first hand
) have a chat in the middle of SOLDIER's beaten up training room - about genial things, like bloodthirty inter-departmental undercutting, and temperamental subordinates, but definitely not about family
Speculation about Lazard's heritage (not overtly mentioned in game canon, but so strongly hinted at that I couldn't resist). Lots of invention regarding Shinra, but we're all used to that by now...1209 words. Lazard must have thrown some kind of a fit after Sephiroth, Genesis and Angeal did that number on the training simulator. As for Reeve - don't ask me, ask him.( The door to the training room slid open. 'Wait, they broke it again?' )
Title: Reins of History 2/?
Summary: Everyone wants to remember Ffamran, even those of House Solidor. Balthier, it seems, is the only one who believes that he is perfectly justified in leaving his past as it is - buried. It's painful, being this popular.
Characters: Cast, with emphasis on Larsa, Zargabaath and Balthier.
2292 words. This arc still determinedly attempts to remain as genfic, no matter how hard I plead and beg and moan and whimper. Part 1.
( Authority and Balthier do not mix )
Title: Reins of History
Rating: PG (genfic)
Summary: Vaan and Penelo play catch up with two sky pirates, one of whom is a leading man quite unwilling to act anymore.
Characters: Balthier, Fran, Vaan, Penelo, splitsecond appearance by Boobsy Woman Elza.
1536 words. First part (prelude, really!) to a planned series revolving around Balthier, because the boy won't shut up even when gagged. He'd probably enjoy it, too.
( It was what Master Reddas would have wanted, and in any case, you're the only one who's got enough decency and brains to take over the port, you pig headed, obstinate, self-centred dandy. )