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sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
2011-10-15 11:43 am
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Taking Chances...

Title: Taking Chances...
Original Fiction
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 100
Warnings: Language.
Prompt: #123 - Imagine (for [community profile] fiction_drabbles)

"I can't turn you over to the council. Know why? They'll kill you. It's protocol."

"Shouldn't you, though? I mean, I'm a wizard, and... dangerous, right?"

"Eager to die, kid?" the old woman chuckled, as his expression turned to one of confusion and concern.

"But, what if I ruin everything?"

"I imagine you could. But I can tell you this—I'd rather be put to death for the mistake of keeping you alive, than live the rest of my life knowing I might have fucked up mankind's only chance to redeem itself."
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
2011-09-05 04:04 pm
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No Vacancy...

Title: No Vacancy
Original Fiction
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 100
Warnings: Violence, language.
Prompt: #117 - Space (for [community profile] fiction_drabbles)

“I just need a room for tonight,” I said.

The girl behind the counter seemed nervous. “We’re... full, sir.”

She was definitely lying to me; the “vacancy” light was on in the window behind her. The question was, why? For a moment, I considered confronting her, but decided against it. Something wasn’t right here. Whatever her problem was, I didn’t want to make it mine.

Before I turned to go, I made the mistake of looking at the floor in front of the counter. Spreading like warm maple syrup, a pool of crimson liquid was seeping from something underneath.

Shit.”
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
2011-08-09 04:54 am
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Revenge...

Title: Revenge
Original Fiction
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 100
Warnings: Violence.
Prompt: #114 - Value (for [community profile] fiction_drabbles)

"Hurry," he whispered directly to her mind. "Destroy me."

There was no way she could further protest his wishes; time was running out. A decision had to be made. And fast.

"Don't let our efforts be wasted," he said. His desperate mental scream forced her to action. "Please!"

She plunged the stake into his heart and fell to her knees. As his ashes settled onto her like a coating of freshly fallen snow, she felt the emptiness of his absence for the first time. A quiet whimper escaped her trembling lips.

Nothing mattered anymore, not even revenge.
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
2011-08-01 07:59 pm

Exposed...

Title: Exposed
Fandom: Final Fantasy 7
Characters: Reno, Tseng, (mentions Rufus)
Rating: PG-13 (Language)
Word Count: 100
Prompt: #113 - Bare (for [community profile] ff7_drabbles)

His palms were sweating. Reno couldn't remember the last time he'd been so apprehensive. He put his hands in his trouser pockets, and tried to wipe away the evidence.

"Reno," Tseng said. "Please correct your posture. The Vice President is here."

As he watched the door swing open, Reno blinked with disbelief at his sudden realization. He was afraid that Rufus wouldn't acknowledge him -- that he wouldn't remember the night before. The idea that he might be so easily forgotten weighed heavily on Reno's mind, but even heavier in his heart.

"So much for being a hard-ass," he thought.
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
2011-08-01 07:19 pm
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[Drabble] Influence...

Title: Influence
Original Fiction
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 100
Warnings: Violence.
Prompt: #113 - Influence (for [community profile] fiction_drabbles)

"There's been a breach downtown, m'lord," his subordinate said, as she turned on the television.

The elder directed his gaze reluctantly to the flickering screen in the corner of the room where the nightly news was being reported live. He hated all technology, especially television, but even he had to admit that keeping up to date on current events was better than maintaining his stalwart, old-fashioned standards.

"Have our contact in the police department cover it up," he said. He pointed his finger at the television with purpose. "And kill that reporter. She no longer works for me."
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
2011-01-15 12:18 am
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[Drabble] Shield...

Title: Shield
Original Fiction
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 100
Warnings: Violence.
Prompt: #86 - Cover (for [community profile] fiction_drabbles)

As the last moments of dusk faded from the evening sky, she tightened her grip on his hand. She could just barely make out the silhouettes of several men lingering in the darkness ahead.

"Trouble up there," he said, kissing her forehead. "Let's turn back."

Before they could escape, thundering footsteps overtook them. Hooded men cornered her boyfriend, punching and kicking him ruthlessly until he fell to the ground. Shoving her way into the crowd, she used her body to shield him from their blows.

With her last breath she whispered, "I love you," before her world faded into obscurity.
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
2011-01-11 06:00 am

[Drabble] Vampire...

Title: Vampire
Fandom: Final Fantasy 7
Characters: Vincent
Rating: PG
Word Count: 100
Prompt: #71 - Nightmare (for [community profile] ffvii_100)

"I’m not a vampire," Vincent thought to himself. It wasn’t the first time he’d been called that. Strangers, like the two at the table behind him, often made assumptions about his appearance.

Vincent stood up from the bar and approached them. Their expressions were filled with surprise and guilt.

"You are mistaken," he said, then he turned back to reclaim his seat at the bar.

Suddenly, he saw something that made his mind and heart race with fear. In the mirror behind the bar, he cast no reflection. He covered his mouth with his hand to muffle his inevitable scream.
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
2011-01-07 07:38 am
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[Drabble] Leaving...

Title: Leaving
Original Fiction
Rating: PG
Word Count: 100
Warnings: None.
Prompt: #85 - Pain (for [community profile] fiction_drabbles)

Abandoning her former life hadn’t hurt as much as she’d expected. Instead, leaving everything behind had filled her with an undeniable sense of satisfaction. She hadn’t bothered to say goodbye to anyone, nor had she made an effort to tell her landlord that she was moving out. She had simply quit her job, thrown away most of her belongings, and disappeared.

The pain came later, when a chance meeting revealed the truth of things: she hadn’t been missed. Most people hadn’t even realized she’d left.

For the first time, she knew what it meant to be truly and utterly alone.
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
2010-10-30 02:52 am
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[Drabble] Picture This...

Title: Picture This
Original Fiction
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 100
Warnings: Implied drug use.
Prompt: #76 - Wasteland (for [community profile] fiction_drabbles

Drug paraphernalia littered the bed, surrounding the two lifeless bodies he was supposed to be photographing. For a moment, the items strewn about almost seemed to take on a pattern, as if someone had thoughtfully placed them that way.

This was a routine crime scene with no suspects. Two junkies had gotten into some bad stuff without knowing it, no doubt trying to escape the wasteland their lives had become.

They looked so alive, so vital; it was creeping him out in ways he couldn't explain. The stress of seeing all these dead bodies was definitely catching up to him.
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
2010-08-25 02:24 am

[FanFic FF7] Loyalty Runs Deep

Title: Loyalty Runs Deep, FF7 (Rufus/Tseng)
Author: [personal profile] sterling
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~1901
Prompt: Rufus/Tseng: Orders – Will you really do anything I say? (for [community profile] areyougame)
Warnings: None.
Contains: Mild M/M.
Author's Note: Occurs about three years before FF7 starts.
Summary: During a routine business deal, Rufus discovers that Tseng is willing to do a lot more than his actual job description.

Loyalty Runs Deep... )
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
2010-08-21 02:33 am

[Drabble] One Chance...

Title: One Chance
Fandom: Final Fantasy 7
Characters: Reno, (mentions Elena)
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 100
Prompt: #66 - Over (for [community profile] ff7_drabbles)

One chance, that's all I've got: no do-overs. If I fail, and my target is still walking around, well, I might as well forget that raise I was hoping for. Hell, I might not even have a job to go back to. Maybe not even a life to keep living. I guess you could say that failure isn't really an option.

I wait for the signal, as the predetermined time draws near. Elena will be parting the curtains, and then I'll have a clear shot. I'll just pretend that I don't know him; then I'll be sure not to miss.
sterling: (Reno phone)
2010-08-12 11:46 pm
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[Public] The list...

I'm trimming my friends list. There's a bunch of people on there that either: 1) have been absent for a long time, 2) never respond to anything I post (some don't even respond to replies I post in their journals), or 3) don't really have anything in common with me.

If you feel I've removed you in error, drop me a line, but otherwise, no offense meant. I just like to keep things tidy.
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
2010-07-09 05:28 am
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[Drabble] Hero...

Title: Hero
Original Fiction
Rating: PG
Word Count: 100
Prompt: #61 - Mouth (for [community profile] fiction_drabbles)

When confronted with the reality of having to go into the gaping mouth of the cave to rescue our friend, I wasn't surprised to see Simon balk. He wasn't one to take kindly to anything that resembled actual work, unless it benefited him personally in some way.

"If you don't want to go, you don't have to," I said.

"Well, hurry up then," he said. "You've got ten minutes."

I left him behind and stepped into the darkness alone. My voice quieted, betraying the nervousness I was feeling. "Someone's got to be the hero. Guess it's going to be me."
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
2010-07-07 04:38 am

[Flash Fiction: Original] On the Radio...

Prompts are interesting. Sometimes a prompt can inspire a work that really, has little to do with the actual prompt itself. Sometimes your work is clearly centered around the prompt as the main idea. However it may happen to be, the prompt ends up managing to jog something in your mind that then creates a little scene to go along with whatever you were thinking about. Sometimes it's a big scene. Sometimes not.

I think this is why I love the flexibility that prompts provide. In a world of people who can't focus on anything for more than a few minutes at a time, it's amazing what actually happens if you sit down and just mull over a certain block of words, or just a single word for a length of time, until your imagination takes over and wanders you to an interesting place.

Anyway... here's an original intro bit, inspired by the prompt "city commute".


Title: On the Radio
Original Fiction
Rating: PG
Word Count: 480
Prompt: City Commute (for [community profile] dailyprompt)


Click to read. (The formatting looks better if you click the link rather than expand...) )

There... that was fun. ^_^
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
2010-06-25 02:00 am
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[Drabble] Understand the Difference...

Title: Understand the Difference
Original Fiction
Rating: PG
Word Count: 100
Prompt: #60 - Accident (for [community profile] fiction_drabbles)

"It won’t happen again. You have to believe me."

"What makes you think you deserve any of my trust?" He turned away, either unable or unwilling to look at me. He was shutting me out and I was losing him. "You cheated on me. With him. After you told me so many times that you were just friends."

The sinking feeling in my gut only intensified as I tried to explain. "I didn’t mean to. It was an accident--"

"No," he said, with a coldness that I hadn’t expected. "It was a mistake. You don’t seem to understand the difference..."
sterling: (Default)
2010-04-06 07:23 am

[FanFic FF7] Headlights Off (Chapter 3)

Title: Headlights Off
Rating: R (Language, Violence, Adult Themes)
Genre: Action/Suspense
Chapter Word Count: ~1900
Characters: Reno, Rude (Turk-Centric)
Disclaimer: FF7 is owned by SquareEnix. I'm not making a profit with this writing.
Summary: Post-Crisis Core, Turk-Centric, Rated R for Language, Violence, Adult Themes. A mysterious attack sends Reno and Rude on a mission to discover the truth about what's happening to their organization.
Chapter Links: one - two - three

Reno didn't have to wait long... )
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
2010-04-06 05:12 am

[Drabble] Not This Time....

Title: Not This Time
Fandom: Final Fantasy 7
Characters: Tifa, Vincent
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: 100
Prompt: "Character's Children" (for [community profile] ffvii_100 from several weeks ago)
Warnings: Subject of death.
A/N: I finally decided to post this drabble, despite the depressing nature of it. It's a snippet of a larger story idea I have, that is set about five years after Advent Children.

Tifa stood silently in the misting rain, staring at the freshly chiseled gravestone long after the others had left. For some, the marker was a peaceful memorial, but for her, it would only be a constant reminder of her beloved child: the one who would never grow up to be a man. She lingered, trying to find the words that would grant her the strength to carry on, and give meaning to it all.

Day turned to night, but the words never came. She stayed until Vincent finally came to escort her home.

"I'm sorry," she whispered.

"It's not your fault."
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
2010-01-12 03:33 pm

[Drabble] Stay...

Title: Stay
Fandom: Final Fantasy 7
Characters: Cloud, Tifa
Rating: PG
Word Count: 100
Prompt: 2 a.m. (for [community profile] ffvii_100)

Just after closing time, he found Tifa sound asleep at the bar, her head resting on folded arms.

"C'mon, let's get you to bed," Cloud said, gently lifting her.

He cradled Tifa in his arms and carried her upstairs, carefully placing her on her bed, and tucking her in. On his way out, he paused as he heard her speak.

"I wish you'd stay," she said, "but, only if you want to." She pulled her blankets back, offering him warmth and companionship. Two things he wouldn't refuse.

"Alright," he said, not wanting to be alone. "It's cold in my room, anyway."
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
2010-01-11 02:19 pm

[Drabble] Nostalgia...

Title: Nostalgia
Fandom: Final Fantasy 7
Characters: Cloud, Vincent, Reno
Rating: PG
Word Count: 100
Prompt: Vincent (for [community profile] ff7_drabbles)

"Do you ever miss it, you know, working for Shinra?" Cloud asked, staring at his beer.

Vincent didn't reply immediately, surprised by the question. Instead, he looked directly across the room where Rude and Reno, off duty and still in uniform, were playing cards with two other patrons of the bar. Reno caught his gaze and smiled at him discreetly. It had been a genuine and respectful smile; one that had much more meaning to Vincent than he thought could easily be explained.

"Yes, sometimes," Vincent said. "But..."

"You can never go back," Cloud said, finishing Vincent's sentence. "I know."