Characters: Cloud Strife, Zack Fair, Aerith Gainsborough. Also (so far): Andrea Rhodea, Tseng, Tifa, Cissnei, Elena, Reno, Barrett,
Pairings: Zack/Aerith; Cloud/Andrea Rhodea (so far)
Word count: ~ 8k in this chapter
Story summary: Cloud did join Shinra, but there he stopped. He did his tour and got out. Once discharged, he moved under the plate, earning gil by doing odd jobs and monster hunting in the wastes around Midgar. On this particular day, it wasn't a monster he found, but a shot-to-hell SOLDIER who wasn't quite dead.
Contains: canon-typical violence; language; M/M, M/F; discussions of sex, massacres and human experimentation
Chapter 2: Stumbling into Safety
Zack heals physically, but emotionally he has a harder time. Cloud turns out to be pretty cool though. A hero in his own way.
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