What was that about no urge to write? XD

I had this idea while I was taking a shower, and decided to throw it out to y'all for prompts.

Give me a character (or characters), a season, and an adjective or sign of the season (ie, for winter, hot chocolate), and I'll write you a drabble or a fic, depending on how it goes.

ie: Fran, winter, cold (because the reason this was floating in my head was from watching Fran run around in the snow in her thong and thinking, "She must be freezing."

Spring: When a thing is wick, it has a life about it.
1. Cloud, thaw: The Thawwind
2. Zack, blackflies: Bug Lure
3. Fran, "the first one to make a '...like bunnies' joke will not live long enough to regret it": Mating Season

Summer: Fish are jumpin', and the cotton is high.
1. Zack, swimsuits
2. Zack (and/or Loz?), frisbee

Autumn: Thank you so much, for allowing me to have the beauty of the Autumn.
1. Zack, Angeal, harvest moon: Red Moon (lj)
2. Sephiroth, meditation over tea: Busadou [武茶道] (Bonus: audio version
3. Sephiroth and Lazard, scarves

Winter: Snow can wait, I forgot my mittens...
1. Sephiroth, storm: The Road North (lj)
2. degenerating!Genesis, camouflage: ~Always Look On the Bright Side of Life!~
3. Middish!Angeal, not going home for the holidays: ShinRa Policy 109.B (lj)

Bonus! Anyone who can name all of the song lyrics here gets a fic. I will even attempt pr0n if someone can name ALL FOUR. >XD [info]chibirisuchan with her l33t google skills found all four, including the one that's a translation from a Jay Chou song. So she gets a fic, and I'm doomed, because HC, Puppyverse, and the impending KH/FF12/FF:Tactics ficverse attacking me are all HER doing. DOOMED.
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Cloud, spring, thaw

=D ♥
Okie dokie!


title: The Thawwind

There was always something a little sad, in the seasons changing.

The Thawwind was blowing, and winter was going end.

Most people, Cloud knew, liked when spring came. People just seemed happier, knowing that life was about to start blooming again and warmth coming back into the world.

But he liked the cold. There was something about the stillness and sharpness of everything that almost resonated with him and inside him. The snow blanketing everything in Nibelheim made everything still and quiet. But when the Spring came, there was bustle and energy, and it seemed like Cloud was the only one to feel sad when the Thawwind blew in and the icicles began to drip.

He was the only one who didn't smile at the first stirrings of the Thaw, and it was another reason he knew he had to one day leave.
...oh Cloud. You can make everything emo. But we love your messed-up little chocobo head anyway. ♥
Cloud is so emotastic--hell, he is "German", and they gave us the word "Angst." It's in his blood.
Awwww. ♥ Going to Midgar away from all of the cold and the snow must have been utter hell for him, then. ♥

As to the song lyrics. Summer is...*stares at it* I can sing it, or at leas the chorus of it. "Summer time...and the livin' is easy..." Summer Time, from Porgy and Bess, or something like that. I watched it in middle school. ;-;
Yep, that's it! I had to do it as a solo in middle school. High school would have been reasonable, I would have had enough years of training by then, but middle school was cruel and unusual punishment even if I do have a four octave range - I've got a break in the middle of it and I hadn't learned how to compensate for that yet and it was just not nice... *cough* anyhow. XD

The first one is originally from the book The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and I *think* someone turned it into a musical at some point. :)

And the last one is Winter by Tori Amos.

I think you're cheating with the third one, though - that sounds like it goes in an Asian-language song because of the rhythms inside the English, and my top two guesses would be Jay Chou (knowing you) or Gackt (knowing him), but I don't know how to narrow it down more than that... :P
Four octaves? Dang. I've only got three and a half. XD

And yup, you called 'em. >XD It's from the musical version of The Secret Garden, the last one is Winter, and I'm so cheating with the third one. I'll give you a hint--check the subtitle of this ij to see which language, since the one listed here is a direct translation of it. That'll give you the language, and then you're on your own. XD
Okay, I'm going with Jay Chou and 黑色毛衣 because your subtitle line shows up in http://littleoslo.com/img/music/lyric/2005_jay.txt...

作詞∶周杰倫 作曲∶周杰倫 編曲∶林邁可

一件黑色毛衣 二個人的回憶
雨過之後 更難忘記 忘記我還愛你

你不用在意 流泪也只是剛好而已

我知道無法再留住你 也知道無法没有骨氣
感激你 讓我擁有秋天的美麗

看著那白色的蜻蜓 在空中忘了前進
還能無法 重新編織 腦海中起毛球的記憶
再説我愛你 可能雨也不會停
黑色毛衣 藏在哪裡 就讓回憶永遠停在那裡

一件黑色毛衣 二個人的回憶
雨過之後 更難忘記 忘記我還愛你

你不用在意 流泪也只是剛好而已

我知道無法再留住你 也知道無法没有骨氣
感激你 讓我擁有秋天的美麗

看著那白色的蜻蜓 在空中忘了前進
還能無法 重新編織 腦海中起毛球的記憶
再説我愛你 可能雨也不會停
黑色毛衣 藏在哪裡 就讓回憶永遠停在那裡

看著那白色的蜻蜓 在空中忘了前進
還能無法 重新編織 腦海中起毛球的記憶
再説我愛你 可能雨也不會停
黑色毛衣 藏在哪裡 就讓回憶永遠停在那裡

....and I don't consider Google as cheating in this case because I don't speak any version of Chinese and need all the help I can get. XDDDD
XD DING DING DING We have a winner--"Hei se mao yi" (Black sweater; Engrishy translation can be found at jaychoustudio.com)! Which means, you track down the title of the first song I listed and you get a honest-to-god fic, not drabble, of your choosing.

...I'm doomed.
Google says "Wick"? *knocks head against wall for not having just guessed that'd be what they'd call the song in the first place*

XDDDDDDD I am going to have to think on this one... ^_____^
...Yup. I'm doomed. *dies*
d'oh - switched referents in the middle of the post without a marker! First half is for Aikonamika, second half is for Jou... XD
Yup, "Summertime" from "Porgy and Bess". :D
Zack, summer, swimsuits
Also! (because delayed brainstorms are awesome) Winter, Vaan, and sledding/tobagganing. |3
Also also! My guess for the winter song is "Baby it's Cold Outside". ♥
.......are you really, really sure you want to let me in on this meme? XD

If so, take your pick from:

Tifa, (un)domesticity
Fran, "the first one to make a '...like bunnies' joke will not live long enough to regret it"

Zack (and/or Loz?), frisbee
Kadaj, deep pools of water

Angeal, inevitability
Sephiroth, meditation over tea

Balthier, mulled wine
degenerating!Genesis, camouflage
...*whimper* You and your plot cthulhus...

Also, *SNICKER* at the last one.
ChibiGrayGenesis: It's NOT gray hair! Gray hair is frumpy and unfashionable, and I am never unfashionable! It's... it's... camouflage! That's it, it's camouflage and it's entirely deliberate and not in the least homely looking and and and *sob* WHY HAVE THE GODS OF GOOD HAIR ABANDONED MEEEEEE?

*cough* er, something like that. XD
*dies* THIS. You know he must have freaked out so much at going grey, as vain as he is. >XDDDD
...I just want to let you know that the Fran one about bunnies is SO PINGING that frickin' KH-Fran areyougame fic 'verse. IT WANTS TO BE A 'VERSE. IT WANTS TO BE SAM BECKETT AND PUT RIGHT WHAT SQUEENIX HORRIBLY GOT WRONG.

You and your PLOT CTHULHUS.
*snerk* how much will you kill me if I tell you I had that in mind? Because if Fran's the last viera in the KHverse she needs to repopulate her species somehow, and even if humans aren't interfertile with viera, there's not much arguing with a biological clock ticking THAT loudly, and so she's got to give it the old college try, right? (ducks and hides)

I also was thinking Zack and a frisbee would probably fit nicely into Puppyverse. XD Especially if it's Soldier frisbee (bonus points for the more improbable objects you bounce off of in defiance of physics, demerits if you touch the ground, anybody with the nerve to bounce the Frisbee off Sephiroth automatically wins if he lives long enough to tell about it...)
*dies* Oh god, you're evil.

Also, I totally need to show you the "omake" ending to HC, because OH GOD you pinged that SO HARD with the Zack and a frisbee and Kadaj and water. OH GOD DID YOU. XD Heck, I'll just send it to you, even though it's not quiiiiiite done. And you'll see. XD
*gleeeeee~!* ^___^ man, looking forward to lunch hour for reading time!
I just mailed it to you, along with the thoroughly skeleton chapter 3 ending and epilogue, which you'll need to get the omake. ...the omake I wrote while heat exhausted, so you have been WARNED.XD
Craaaack! crack is goooood! (fidgets and eyes clock waiting for lunch)
And boy, is it ever crack. Did I mention I had heat exhaustion when the idea for it hit me? XDDDDD I blame that for my scrambled brains and the resulting fic. XD
Sephiroth, mediation over tea. This kind of wandered all over the place. x_x

title: Busadou [武茶道]

Nankyo was an old city, known for two things: its tea and its wars.

It had been the capital of Wutai, once long ago, and still remained a capital, albeit now simply of the Yamato Province. It was the city from which the great Wutai Expansion of the Warring Era ago had begun; the city from which the first Kisaragi emperor had sprung--the emperor who left Nankyo and established the capital to the north and rejected the warring expansion of the previous dynasties.

Ironic then, Sephiroth thought, that a place that was so warlike could be so peaceful when subdued. Or rather, when burning.

They had taken the city--it had not been easy, and the Yamatan Wutai had preferred death before dishonor, and had done their able best to kill as many ShinRa troops on their way out. The Battle of Nankyo had been long and protracted, but necessary--not so much for location, but for breaking the spirit of the Wutai. Nankyo was the second most important city in the entire island continent, and symbolized all the glory that Wutai was--Nankyo may not have been the capital for hundreds of years, but she was a city that never forgot that she was and that from her the longest-reigning dynasties had come.

It had once been a beautiful city. Aspects of it still were.

Sephiroth sat quietly in one of these places, in the palace that the last Kanagawa emperor had built as a testament to his own greatness, maps and notes laid out before him. He knew that he should be planning what was next, but for now he simply drank his tea and stared out at the ruined and smoldering city below him.

There was something to be said, for destruction. It was easy to understand that, in this place. Nankyo had burned before. This was not the first, and he doubted it was the last, because the city was so proud it seemed to dare any to have the audacity to attack it. Sacking Nankyo was not the same as another city; it was a sign that this was a war without quarter or mercy. This was one more mark in history; he would be remembered for this as well--the classics of Wutai literature of her warring times all spoke of the times when Nankyo had burned...and the price that befell those who destroyed her.

Nankyo was known for her tea and her wars...and for her revenge.

And so Nankyo smoldered and he sipped his tea, and wondered for a moment if he, like all who had burned the city, would fall as well, and then returned to his maps to plan.
...oh, ouch. *wibbles* And he's so calm and abstracted about it, and we Know What's Coming, and yet this isn't one of those 'crazy stuff impending' alert signs because for a warleader in the middle of a conquered country, this is normal even though he's just consigned the place to flaming hell quite literally. And I wonder if that's something that gets overlooked a lot, in the various omg-how-could-he-burn-Nibelheim reactions: burning the city was pretty standard in medieval warfare because it was ruthless and effective, and at Nibelheim he'd just declared war... just on a different battlefield, leading an army of one (and dozens or hundreds of halves)...

*sends him more tea, because tea usually makes it better at least for a while?*
Yeah--he's just calm in the face of razing the place, because this is what he does. It's really no shock he burned Nibelheim; it was what he was taught to do, especially as a way of sending a signal. They didn't set fire to all the cities in Wutai--they left the captital city of Wutai in place--just the symbolic ones to break people's spirits. Burning Nibelheim was more an announcement of intent and to send a signal than anything else, a lesson he learned in war--kind of the same as the giant Zolom he left impaled on a tree in the game as a kind of warning. Seph's got style when it comes to sending messages of "I will own you."

Also, related to nothing, I am enjoying filling in Wutai and its history far too much. I've dropped references in two of these drabbles so far (this one and the other Seph one, about storms) to the megafic I haven't had time to work on, and one of the references is going to show up in the next TTYKNAP chapter because the "road trip" is to Wutai. I am earning my stripes in the Overthinkers Club, because only people that know about Chinese mythology are going to get some of the names of these places and the significance behind them. XD;;;
...and I totally just realized I read the prompt wrong--I read it as "meditation over tea" and not "mediation over tea."

Durrrrrrrrr, I am so smart, S-M-R-T!
XDD Meditation is what I typed; I think you put mediation on your repost? So it works out!

*hands over bonus Overthinkers Club stripes in the process*

*goes to fall on face*
LOL, oh, good, I just can't type! Either way, SMRT-points for me! XD

And sleep is a good thing, you should do it! *shoos you*
Fran, "the first one to make a '...like bunnies' joke will not live long enough to regret it". KH/FF12/FFT crossover 'verse. I will hate you so much if this turns into another verse, because that will make, what, three, that you will have set me off on. You and your plot cthulhus.

This would happen at the end of this looming 'verse's arcs, probably an epilogue or omake, because the whole point of it would be, of course, going the Sam Beckett route and putting right what Squeenix cocked up once went wrong of Fran and Balthier being split up and Balthier ending up 500 years in the future.


Title: Mating Season

The thing of it was, they really had no place to go back to. Thanks to the way the Dark had been called to Ivalice, they couldn't return there, no matter what the time. It was possible for them to return to the Ivalice of the future, but...but something about that Ivalice was horribly wrong, too much changed, and the very thought of stepping foot in the Mistless world made her feel sick--it was a barren place, now, even the Forest long changed. And going back to their time was impossible--they way there was barred to all save the humes, and even if she had been able to return, the thought of being the last of her kind there, of watching the Forest fall silent forever around her because she had long ago lost the ears to hear its voice, had filled her with such despair that even her two Moments of Troubles had seen fit to fall blessedly silent...or rather, Riku had clapped a hand over Sora's mouth and Kairi dragged the two of them away, and that was blessing enough.

It was bad enough to be the last of her kind and on a world that had never known those such as herself; it was entirely another to be the last when all around you knew what the loss meant.

And so they were here. She had wondered, briefly, if Balthier would return to Ivalice and home; the wonder of it was the way he instead starting badgering Cid for a gummi ship, because obviously a Space Pirate of his callibre was going to need the finest vessel that man could build, and surely none save Cid Highwind could do that.

It almost amused Fran, in a morose kind of way, how Balthier was careful to use Cid's full name or his last name. But then, all things considered, they had reasons.

And so it seemed he was staying, and she was almost sickly relieved at that, and simply not being alone.

Of course, this lead to other problems. It had never been much of a problem, on Ivalice. She of course knew that eventually the time would come; it did for all of the Viera, caused them to seek out males and...yes. Continue the species. Most Viera lived, of course, in their enclosed, female-only world until either curiousity or the time impelled them out of it. And the problem now, of course, was that as the last of her species, it seemed the ingrained biological imperatives were crying out a bit more forcefully than they ever had before.

And it wasn't as if Balthier was complaining.

Much. And usually it was more of a "You're killing me, woman, but I'll die a happy man" kind of complaints that were fairly easy to ignore.

Less easy where the comments of the Two Moments, as she thought of them in her head.

She had come out of her room needing food and drink, and outside of the kitchen of Aerith's home where they stayed until their gummi ship was ready, she could hear the two of them talking.

"I don't think they've come out of that bedroom for two days," Sora said, sounded vaguely impressed and horrified at the same time. "Aren't they gonna, like, die of whatsis, when you don't have enough water. Dehydration."


Pt. 2

Riku made a sarcastic comment about fluids that set the hair on Fran's ears bristling.

"I don't even believe you went there!" Sora groaned, but laughed.

"Like you weren't thinking it."

"No comment."


"I knew she was glad to see that guy, but dang, y'know?"

Riku snickered, and Sora groaned. "Oh, come on! I didn't mean it like...OK, I did, and...OK, for it to work I would have had to say he was happy to see her and...I hate you!"

She was going to drug them again, promise to Aerith be damned.

"Yeah, well, they're definitely glad to see each other, given how they've been screwing like--"

"Finish that sentence and it will not be a sedative I put in your drinks next time," she said from the doorway, and both of them went white.
I should be sleeping la de da de da...

degenerating!Genesis, camouflage


Title: ~Always Look On the Bright Side of Life!~

"Camouflage? Camouflage?!" Genesis yelped. "What the fuck, Ange?!"

"You'll blend in perfectly if we have to go back to Modeoheim or go to any of those other -heims out in Hel's frozen north," he said, knowing he was only digging myself in deeper, but not able to help in. "No one will spot you from above now."

Genesis' hands twitched for his sword and he scowled. "Maybe I can just dye it back red."

Angeal rolled his eyes. "Yes. You'll just walk into a store and buy hair dye. No one will ever notice you," he said, pointedly looking at Genesis' wing, which was still twitching and bristling in outrage.

Genesis cursed, and Angeal just laughed. "And on the bright side, at least you're only going grey. No wrinkles."

Angeal had to have a death wish. It was the only way to explain the next word that came out of his mouth.


Genesis let out a pained howl and his face just crumpled. "Wrinkles?!"

This was going, Angeal thought with a sinking stomach and a grin that just wouldn't go away, to be a very long day.
I'm gonna stop now....
Fall,Genesis,apple harvest
Summer,Reno, mosquitoes
Summer,Rude,beach tanning
Winter,Cloud,candy cane
Winter,Cloud,holiday savings
Fall,Genesis,witch hunt
Cloud,fall,black cat
spring - blackflies - zack
hee--I had to look up blackflies. I guessed they were some kind of biting insect, and yay, I was right!


Title: Bug Lure

"...and then when you--Motherfucker!" Zack yelped, and slapped his neck.

"...I haven't done that, no," Angeal said, chuckling slightly.

Zack ignored him in favor of raising both hands up and getting an almost crazed look on his face. "OK, that's IT, this is frickin' war!" he yelled. "That's the third little flying vampire in the last hour to bite me, and no more!"

Angeal laughed. "I swear, between you and Genesis, I'm completely safe from all the bugs on this insane island. It's like you two have Lure equipped and every bug in a three kilometer radius has to come over. The blackflies eat you and the mosquitoes eat him."

"Yeah, yeah, yeah," Zack said, rolling his eyes but still tense and obviously on the hunt. "Must be nice, not to get bitten every other min--AHHA!!" he finished, and slapped his hands together suddenly. "How'd you like THAT you little--oh, come on! How did I miss?" he whined, looking stunned.

And while he stared at his hands in utter disbelief, the blackfly landed on his arm where he couldn't see, and Angeal bit his lip to keep from laughing.
*snicker* Well, now I know you're not from around here. Blackflies are the Bane Of All Life in early spring. ;)

Get 'em, Zack. Get 'em all. XD
LOL, are they? I've only had exposure to mosquitoes, and all of the little flying vampires need to DIE.

I can just see Zack on his own private mission to kill all the blackflies. And making an agreement with Genesis--you help me kill the blackflies, I help you kill the mosquitoes. They would team up together just for that, big time.