MEMORY- interlude part 1MEMORY- interlude part 19 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
I had a nightmare last night.
I dreamt of a room, all cold white tile and sterile walls, lined with scalpels and knives and specimen jars. I dreamt of a giant all clad in white, with fingers of ice and a body of fire and eyes that danced with reflections of Hell. I dreamt of a man with broken wings, bound nude to the floor by chains everlasting, struggling to fly and never leaving the ground.
I had a nightmare . . . and it was real.
I woke up this morning to the sound of rain pattering on the roof. Rainy days make me contemplative. I'm not sure why; the grey skies and quiet atmosphere turn on the nostalgia of when I was a kid and Mum would teach me little things as we waited for the rain to cease. Ah, halcyon days of youth! If only all memories could be like that . . . .
Memory . . . .
I shot straight up in the bed, the events of last night flooding into my mind. Vincent's quiet confession, his bitterly shed tears, the shame and the fear and the anger, my own helplessness and horror-
MEMORY- Interlude part 2MEMORY- Interlude part 28 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
"Whoa there, Mr. Tuesti. Let's start at the beginning. Cocoa?"
I blinked, nonplussed, as a mug of hot cocoa was thrust into my hands. There were even little marshmallows floating on the surface. "I thought I was clear about what I needed- I need the medical files dealing with prosthetics." At least it smelled good; the aroma of chocolate and peppermint schnapps made my stomach growl. For a second I felt like a kindergartener having break time with the teacher- but I doubt any good teacher would spike her student's drinks with alcohol. "Can you help me with this or not?"
"I don't think you understand the scope of what you're asking, sir. The information you've requested is protected by confidentiality statues. I can't just hand those over." She sat back behind her desk, her own mug sitting on top of a stack of files. "I'm not even sure I understand why you came to *me* for this. I'm not a medical doctor. I'm a psychologist. I know little to nothing about the procedures you're
The Demon Within... Part1-Ch.4It was now or never, I could feel myself begin to lose almost total control, and I felt myself begin to change… I could feel my incisors start to lengthen and become fangs, I could feel Chaos's bat-like wings threatening to burst free from their fleshy prison, I could feel my right hand begin to elongate and become more claw-like, my left becoming even more claw-like than usual… I could feel my eyes change from a crimson red to an eerie glowing golden color… But none of these sensations could compare to the utter look of horror on Yuffie's terrified face as I began to scream… and as that scream became a roar…The Demon Within... Part1-Ch.48 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
I could still hear Shelke faintly, even though she was screaming, addressing different members of our group to sedate me… Somehow… With anything… I finally managed to bite my lip and look up at my companions and nod to them saying that, "It's okay, I'll be fine." Cloud nodded in comprehension and ordered Barret and Cid to attempt to pin me down with his help, while Reeve went to g
The Demon Within...Part 3-Ch.1We all strode out of that accursed mansion with triumphant glee. The villagers all freezing in their activities to glance at this strange group of people. They all stared at us wondering why this company was striding out of the mansion, beaming, and much less alive. We just continued to nonchalantly stroll through the town to where everyones vehicles were stationed. Cloud had obviously transported himself and Yuffie on his motorcycle Fenrir, and the others had taken a huge truck to allow room enough for everyone to accompany Cloud and Yuffie in their pursuit of me.The Demon Within...Part 3-Ch.18 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Although I rather would have merely walked the entire distance home than sit in that stifling truck, I reluctantly consented after many of Yuffies playful pleas. So, the rides were arranged, Cloud would escort Tifa and himself home on his motorcycle, and the rest of us would go in the truck, Barret driving, and Reeve in the passenger seat, the rest of us would compress into the back. Although I was even less enth
The Demon Within... Part2-Ch.1Not wishing to clarify or linger any longer, I strode directly for the front door, oblivious to my comrades inquiring comments as to where I was headed. Finally, to put and end to their confusion, when I had finished opening the front door, I turned and addressed them all, " Thank you all for your kindness and concern on my behalf. I must depart from you now and wish you well." I proclaimed, slightly bowing on my way out. I was almost completely out of the front door when I felt a tug at my cape. I paused dead in my tracks and turned my head to see who was hampering my progress. It was Shelke, "Vincent… Why? You've just returned to us…" She quietly said, her eyes -like so many other's I had seen- becoming both rueful and concerned, "I cannot stay… I do not want to bring harm to any more of you. I'm sorry." I said drifting out of her grasp and exiting out the door, shutting it behind me.The Demon Within... Part2-Ch.18 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
I was almost completely out of Midgar's city limits when I paused and turned to look back at that sh
The Demon Within...Part 1-Ch.5It was light outside when I opened my eyes again. When I did open them to peer out at my surroundings I noticed I was resting on a bed, most likely Cloud's. I also discovered that I had been left shirtless revealing all of my hideous scars of the past left by that madman Hojo and his experiments on my body; and even where my prosthetic left arm met my remaining, flesh-and-blood, half of my arm. I also felt a huge bandage around my middle, but for what reason, I could not comprehend. It took me a moment to orient myself though… My rapid breathing had awoken me from the darkness I had fallen into, and the horror I had just experienced for a second time. For about a minute I found myself asking the question "Where am I?" repeatedly and scanning my surroundings frantically until the current memories resurfaced and I began to recollect the present situation. "It was… just a nightmare…" I finally murmured after examining my left arm, the claw I remembered now substituting my genuine arm. I lThe Demon Within...Part 1-Ch.58 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The Demon Within... Part2-Ch.2The sound of a motorcycle coming to halt only a few yards away… "No…" I gasped in disbelief as my eyes widened in utter dread and alarm. My worst fears were only more so confirmed when I comprehended the sound of Yuffie's voice and her hurried footsteps drawing nearer to me. In excess amounts of pain, all I managed to do to warn her was scream at her. She abruptly halted even drawing back a little in fear. Once again, I felt myself begin to transform, I was overwhelmed at how swiftly that it had taken place, but I soon recalled that I was still very frail from last night's "excitement." I managed to stand up as I hissed under my breath, gasping for air with every word, " Stay…back… Don't… come… any… closer…" I managed, my voice in the midst of changing and Chaos's features emerging, its wings quickly bursting forth, piercing my shoulder blades. I winced in agony but did not cry out. My hand's tips lengthening to become claws and my fangs starting to make their appearance. My skin turniThe Demon Within... Part2-Ch.28 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The Demon Within...Part 1-Ch.6So, there I lay… in utter silence… It made me uncomfortable… It reminded me too much of my coffin… I also didn't prefer that I had no clothing covering the upper part of my body… I felt so awkward with all of my past wounds, and so much of my pale, almost white, skin showing… A few moments later, I began to shelter my hideous body from everyone's eyes with the covers, even though no one was there to witness it. I was almost completely underneath them when a gentle knock came at the door, accompanied by a meek voice, "Vince… You still awake? Can I come in?" It was Yuffie. This time I did not yield unto my pain, I propped myself up on my elbows and, grunting with discomfort, I hoisted myself up into an upright sitting position, " You may enter."The Demon Within...Part 1-Ch.68 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
She tried as peacefully as she could to open the door without making much cacophony, even though the door, moving at such a slow speed, managed to creak on its hinges. "Sorry…" she said through clenched teeth, finally managing to shut the door, "
The Demon Within...Part2-Ch.6The look on her face was indescribable. The pure look of joyful sorrow and love all written into her features and actions. She embraced me even more tightly as tears started streaming down her face and as I had enough energy to support her now. Everyone drew nearer to us, overjoyed tears rolled down their faces as I scrambled out of my coffin to embrace Yuffie. "Vincent… You're alive…" she cried as she pressed her head against my chest, reassuring herself that this was no hallucination. I did not reply, I only smiled and allowed my own tears to issue forth.The Demon Within...Part2-Ch.68 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Eventually I stood up, aiding her in doing so also. Once I had finished, everyone came to speak to me. Tifa and Shelke embracing me, Barret giving me a backbreaking squeeze, Cid placing his hand on my shoulder and exclaiming, " Damn you Valentine… Makin' me get all teary-eyed…" wiping away his tears with his other hand, and Cloud just grinning at me in the corner as everyone commenced in his or her actions. Even Red brushed against
The Demon Within... Part2-Ch.3I now knew where I was headed but not particularly my motive as to why I was headed there. Maybe it appeared the most appropriate place for me… Maybe it was just the first thing that came to mind… Whatever the reason, I was headed for the ShinRa mansion in Nibelheim. I had strenuous journey there; the relentless rain pounding my throbbing back, trying to prolong my imminent demise and to maintain control just long enough to get there… To get to it… I finally landed just outside the mansion after recognizing the little town surrounding the mansion. The sun was in the midst of setting when I had finally sighted it. I disregarded the random outcries and screams of the villagers as they spotted me coming in for a landing. The children ran for cover, the men stood there astounded, the women sheltered their children and began to mutter some prayers under their breath while never shifting their wary eyes away from me. This landing was not one of my more graceful landings. As soon as my feet tThe Demon Within... Part2-Ch.38 years ago in General Fiction More Like This