Aug. 1st, 2011 07:52 pm
sterling: (Reno phone)
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Title: Exposed
Challenge/Prompt: #113 - Bare
Characters: Reno, Tseng, (mentions Rufus)
Rating: PG-13 (Language)
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Square-Enix.

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.

One Chance

Aug. 21st, 2010 02:29 am
sterling: (Reno phone)
[personal profile] sterling
Title: One Chance
Challenge/Prompt: #66 - Over
Characters: Reno, (mentions Elena)
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Square-Enix.

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.


Jan. 11th, 2010 02:24 pm
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
[personal profile] sterling
Title: Nostalgia
Challenge/Prompt: #36 - Vincent
Characters: Cloud, Vincent, Reno
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Square-Enix.

"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."
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
[personal profile] sterling
Title: Perspective
Challenge/Prompt: #11 - Damage
Characters: Cloud, Tifa
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Square-Enix.

He needed to change everyone's perspective. When he allowed himself to be completely honest, a quiver of nervousness ran through his stomach, because he knew he had his work cut out for him.

The easiest person to start with was Tifa, right?

He stared at her without blinking for far too long, until she noticed his odd behavior. She looked at him with that patronizing, concerned expression that he'd seen a million times on the faces of all his friends.

"Cloud, what's wrong?"


The silence between them was long and almost completely unbearable.

"I'm not damaged goods... not anymore."


Jun. 1st, 2009 12:02 pm
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
[personal profile] sterling
Title: Meaningless
Challenge/Prompt: #4 - Cold
Characters: Vincent, Lucrecia
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Square-Enix.

Vincent stared at Lucrecia’s flickering computer screen, watching as the stock company picture of his father wavered and became distorted. He couldn't believe what he was seeing, despite the official Shinra seal of approval. His blood ran cold, as unanswered questions filled his heart with dread.

Lucrecia had worked with his father. Why hadn’t she told him?

Footsteps sounded behind him, as a startled Lucrecia gasped in surprise. Her eyes became distant, and her words were so jumbled, that he couldn't understand what she was trying to apologize for.

"I'm sorry," had only begun to lose its meaning.
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
[personal profile] sterling
Title: Proposition
Challenge/Prompt: #3 - Opportunity
Characters: Reno, Rude
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Square-Enix.

"You in or out?"

As Reno considered the proposition, he reached inside his jacket pocket for a cigarette. The bodyguard reacted to Reno's suspicious movements, pulling a gun from his belt, but the bookie made him put the weapon away.

Dropping the cigarette, Reno reached inside his jacket with both hands, swiftly drawing out two pistols, which incited instant panic from the distracted men in front of him. The bodyguard fumbled awkwardly, as Reno opened up on both of them.

"Couldn't wait, I see," Rude said.

Reno smirked, hearing his partner approach. He wasn't known for passing up perfect opportunities.
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
[personal profile] sterling
Title: Midnight Mission
Challenge/Prompt: #2 - Secret
Characters: Rude
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Language
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Square-Enix.

I’m sure it drives him crazy each time I purposely leave out the details. I'm not trying to fuck with him, he just ain't used to not knowing.

In the last two years, I’ve barely spent a minute without him, unless you count time wasted in the bathroom. Don’t get me wrong, Reno’s a great partner, but sometimes I just gotta do things on my own.

The shit's probably gonna hit the fan tonight and I won't have any backup. I'm not worried, but I wish that bastard hadn't been so easy to slip this time.
sterling: (Sephiroth - Creativity)
[personal profile] sterling
Title: A Father's Love
Challenge/Prompt: #1 - Bond
Characters: Barret, Tifa, Marlene
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Disclaimer: Characters belong to Square-Enix.

Barret stood silently in the doorway, waiting for his eyes to adjust. He couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the hushed breathing of his little daughter as she slept, and the creaking of quiet footsteps on the wooden stairs. He felt brief pressure on his upper arm, as warm fingers touched him cautiously.

“She forgot her blanket,” Tifa whispered, draping the tattered cloth over his shoulder. He covered her hand with his and squeezed gently. No words were necessary; he was sure she knew he appreciated the gesture.


"Daddy's here, baby," he said, his heart melting.


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