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Same As It Never Was

Fandom: FFVIII
Cast: Rinoa, Squall, Quistis, Laguna, Ellone (starring with Kiros, Watts, Zone, Ward, and Angelo)
Ships: Rinoa/Squall, Kiros/Laguna, Laguna/Squall, Quistis/Rinoa, Quistis/Squall, Quistis/Rinoa/Squall.
Rating: R (individual chapters PG-13 to R)
Warnings: Well, PLEASE reference the list of pairings for all relevant warnings!

Other Relevant Tags: oh shit it's a long final fantasy fic get in the car!, the fandom hell bus has arrived honk, no I am not going that way, sqwhale, incest, no seriously this fic is freaking long we are not kidding, meta, magic meta, suddenly bechdel, we ship everyone/kiros

Notes: Co-Written with [personal profile] justira, this is the fic that blossomed from our innocent desire to write some incest into one of the most epic and awesome projects I have ever worked on; it will likely be around 200K and 2011 by the time we're done with it.

Thanks: to [personal profile] renay, [livejournal.com profile] katmillia, and [livejournal.com profile] safety_caesars for beta, critique, comments, and cheering. ♥


Summary: Rinoa's gone public as a Sorceress and is campaigning for Timber's independence, Laguna's steering Esthar's re-emergence, Galbadia won't give up, Squall's dealing with the political fallout as Garden Commander -- and in case no one has enough on their plates, something's wrong with the Sorceress-Knight Bond. When terrorists attack Timber in the middle of Squall and Rinoa's argument over where the new Garden should go -- Timber or Esthar? -- they decide to take a break, hoping that if they can sort out the politics in their separate spheres, they can come back and sort through the quietly desperate mess of their private lives and repair their Bond.

Sorceresses still make the world nervous and Galbadia won't let Timber go; Esthar needs to come out of hiding and Garden needs to decide its place in the world. Four lives are unraveling -- but maybe, between them, they can find the answers...

Same As It Never Was
on AO3 || on ff.net


Reading Guide

This guide, like the story itself, contains massive spoilers for FFVIII.





The Incest-Free Guide to Same As It Never Was )

Read the Squall-flavoured summaries if you really really really want to avoid any hint of squick, don't mind being spoiled for plot-relevancy, and don't mind missing out on the character development.

Read the Laguna summaries if you want to avoid being spoiled for the story's plot, want to see the character development, and generally want to get as close as possible to reading the story without the Laguna/Squall.

So, let's go folks!

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Chapter 1
Free and clear!

Chapter 2
Free and clear!

Chapter 3
Free and clear!

Chapter 4
Free and clear!

Chapter 5
Free and clear!

Chapter 6
Action: Commence being wary. Most of the chapter is all right, just bonding stuff. The very last scene is NOT all right. If you're curious, feel free to read up until the late scene with Ellone on the train. If you are not sure, skip, and read one of the following summaries to stay caught up!

Squall's Summary, Chapter 6 )

Laguna's Summary, Chapter 6 )
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Healthy Competition (1)
or, Dear Draklor Mercenaries, Thank You For The Headache, Signed Quistis Trepe

Fandoms: FFVIII/FFXII(OGC)
Characters/Pairings: Quistis/Irvine, Balthier
Rating: PG-13

Summary: A competing mercenary team gives SeeD a run for their money while investigating mysterious ruins beneath Esthar's Presidential Palace. Irvine's amused. Quistis is not.

Notes: This stands alone, of course, but Balthier begs for a sequel in which he can be even more... well, Balthier. Plus my brain begs for a scene in which they can all make out. Thoughts?

For: [livejournal.com profile] astrangerenters, as promised so long ago. I am embarrassed and sorry that it took this long, and hope that you still enjoy it after so many weeks. >.>

Healthy Competition (1) )
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Keeping It Secret

Fandom: FFVIII
Characters/Pairings: Quistis/Irvine
Rating: PG ffffffff I am really bad at following through on my makeouts this week, sorry XD

For: The Alphabet Meme, [livejournal.com profile] astrangerenters, for S: "Keeping it Secret", Quistis/Irvine

Summary: "Mister Kinneas," she said slowly, enunciating the title. "I believe you have an assignment to complete."

Keeping It Secret )
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The Odds Are In, Chapter 6

Fandom: FFVIII
Characters: Quistis, Irvine, Laguna, Ellone, Ward
Rating: PG-13

Summary: Squall sends Quistis and Irvine on a mission to Esthar, in the midst of political (and familial) unrest. Will they end up facing down the terrorists they suspect are behind Esthar's current political uprisings? Or is Laguna paying millions of gil for two very skilled Triple Triad partners?

The Odds Are In will be a series of connected ficlets / scenes / vignettes / pieces. Some will have plot, some will just be scenes. This month's goal: WORDS. The tag for this series is here.

Notes: TOAI is a total piece of comfort-fic, an excuse to write fun characters that come easily and catch up on some words.

The good news: I'm catching up on [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout. The bad news: I reset my spreadsheet to the non-NaNoWriMo numbers and now I'm over 15,000 words behind where I should be. Clearly I am good at this.

Further Notes: This chapter is really fricking long.

The Odds Are In [6] )
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Contact

Fandom: FFVIII
Pairing: Seifer/Quistis
Rating: PG-13

for [livejournal.com profile] irish_ais, for her birthday
for [livejournal.com profile] shanaqui, who requested it



Contact )
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The Odds Are In, Chapter 5

Fandom: FFVIII
Characters: Quistis, Irvine, Laguna, Kiros, Ward
Rating: PG

Summary: Squall sends Quistis and Irvine on a mission to Esthar, in the midst of political (and familial) unrest. Will they end up facing down the terrorists they suspect are behind Esthar's current political uprisings? Or is Laguna paying millions of gil for two very skilled Triple Triad partners?

Notes: This is a total piece of comfort-writing, after the hellish fuckjob that March has been. Somewhat inspired by the shenanigans at [livejournal.com profile] lunaticdiscord, but also simply somewhat an excuse for me to write some fun characters that come easily to catch up almost 10,000 words on [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout.

The Odds Are In will be a series of connected ficlets / scenes / vignettes / pieces. Some will have plot, some will just be scenes. This month's goal: WORDS. The tag for this series is here.

The Odds Are In [5] )
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The Odds Are In, Chapter 4

Fandom: FFVIII
Characters: Quistis, Irvine, Laguna, Kiros
Rating: PG-13 as a whole (this? PG)

Summary: Squall sends Quistis and Irvine on a mission to Esthar, in the midst of political (and familial) unrest. Will they end up facing down the terrorists they suspect are behind Esthar's current political uprisings? Or is Laguna paying millions of gil for two very skilled Triple Triad partners?

Notes: This is a total piece of comfort-writing, after the hellish fuckjob that March has been. Somewhat inspired by the shenanigans at [livejournal.com profile] lunaticdiscord, but also simply somewhat an excuse for me to write some fun characters that come easily to catch up almost 10,000 words on [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout.

The Odds Are In will be a series of connected ficlets / scenes / vignettes / pieces. Some will have plot, some will just be scenes. This month's goal: WORDS. The tag for this series is here.

The Odds Are In [4] )
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The Odds Are In, Chapter 3

Fandom: FFVIII
Characters: Quistis, Irvine, Laguna (Kiros, Ward, Ellone)
Rating: PG-13 as a whole (this? PG)

Summary: Squall sends Quistis and Irvine on a mission to Esthar, in the midst of political (and familial) unrest. Will they end up facing down the terrorists they suspect are behind Esthar's current political uprisings? Or is Laguna paying millions of gil for two very skilled Triple Triad partners?

Notes: This is a total piece of comfort-writing, after the hellish fuckjob (okay, PG) that March has been. Somewhat inspired by the shenanigans at [livejournal.com profile] lunaticdiscord, but also simply somewhat an excuse for me to write some fun characters that come easily to catch up almost 10,000 words on [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout.

The Odds Are In will be a series of connected ficlets / scenes / vignettes / pieces. Some will have plot, some will just be scenes. This month's goal: WORDS. The tag for this series is here.

The Odds Are In [3] )
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The Odds Are In, Chapter 2

Fandom: FFVIII
Characters: Quistis, Irvine
Rating: PG-13 as a whole (this? PG)

Summary: Squall sends Quistis and Irvine on a mission to Esthar, in the midst of political (and familial) unrest. Will they end up facing down the terrorists they suspect are behind Esthar's current political uprisings? Or is Laguna paying millions of gil for two very skilled Triple Triad partners?

Notes: This is a total piece of comfort-writing, after the hellish fuckjob (okay, PG) that March has been. Somewhat inspired by the shenanigans at [livejournal.com profile] lunaticdiscord, but also simply somewhat an excuse for me to write some fun characters that come easily to catch up almost 10,000 words on [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout.

The Odds Are In will be a series of connected ficlets / scenes / vignettes / pieces. Some will have plot, some will just be scenes. This month's goal: WORDS. The tag for this series is here.

The Odds Are In [2] )
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The Odds Are In, Chapter 1

Fandom: FFVIII
Characters: Squall, Quistis, Irvine
Rating: PG-13 as a whole (this? G)

Summary: Squall sends Quistis and Irvine on a mission to Esthar, in the midst of political (and familial) unrest. Will they end up facing down the terrorists they suspect are behind Esthar's current political uprisings? Or is Laguna paying millions of gil for two very skilled Triple Triad partners?

Notes: This is a total piece of comfort-writing, after the hellish fuckjob (okay, PG) that March has been. Somewhat inspired by the shenanigans at [livejournal.com profile] lunaticdiscord, but also simply somewhat an excuse for me to write some fun characters that come easily to catch up almost 10,000 words on [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout.

The Odds Are In will be a series of connected ficlets / scenes / vignettes / pieces. Some will have plot, some will just be scenes. This month's goal: WORDS. The tag for this series is here. For anyone who's curious, I'll be uploading it to fanfiction.net, a little delayed from when it's posted here; link to the ff.net version.

Title from Dance Commander by Electric Six; in this work, I think Laguna must have been the Dance Commander / you know that / he's the only one / who gives the orders here / alright

The Odds Are In [1] )
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Teaching

Fandom: FFVIII
Pairing: Quistis/Rinoa
Rating: PG

Notes: for [livejournal.com profile] churched's prompt on [livejournal.com profile] ff_kissbattle. It became much too long! This always happens!
Also for [livejournal.com profile] fated_children, Q/R claim.

Summary: A sleepless night in Balamb; Rinoa looks to understand, and Quistis can't really explain.

Teaching )
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Love Notes
Fandom: FFVIII
Pairing: Quistis/Laguna
Rating: G

Another [livejournal.com profile] ff_kissbattle prompt, this time from [livejournal.com profile] venefica_aura. Another example of Sev breaking the comment limit. There are no motorcycles in this piece, but it does suffer from a surplus of post-it notes.

Further notes: This is entirely the fault of [livejournal.com profile] lunaticdiscord.

Love Notes )
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NOTE: Moved from the original post for archiving purposes. [livejournal.com profile] ff_press, please ignore. Original post is here for anyone who wants to read the original comments. Sorry for the confusion.


Guardian of Respite

Fandom: FFVIII/FFX
Pairing: Quistis/Auron
Rating: PG-13

Prompt: 1 (Auron), 2 (Quistis), "rash"

Guardian of Respite )
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Here's a summary post, for anyone who wants to read yesterday's prompt work. This was an awesome meme! I am going to try to do this once a month, because it was so much fun!

[livejournal.com profile] ff_press, feel free to skip (I can't figure out a good way to list this anyway!). ♥

Post Rating: PG-13
Note: everything copy/pasted directly from the comments -- which means it's all totally lacking in italics and I am too lazy to go back and code it in. Originals are here.

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] achenar, [livejournal.com profile] irish_ais, [livejournal.com profile] katmillia, [livejournal.com profile] lassarina, [livejournal.com profile] mrsteninch, [livejournal.com profile] ovo_lexa, [livejournal.com profile] safety_caesars, [livejournal.com profile] shanaqui, [livejournal.com profile] siva630, and [livejournal.com profile] venefica_aura for playing with me and amusing me with prompts. ♥

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FFIV: Edge, Edward, Rydia, Valvalis )

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FFVI: Celes, Terra )

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FFVII: Elena (Turks) )

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FFVIII: Edea, Edea/Seifer, Ellone, Kiros, NORG, Quistis, Rinoa, Seifer, Seifer/Selphie, Ultimecia, Zell )

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FFX: Yuna )

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Firefly: Inara )

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Chrono Trigger: Marle )

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House MD: Cameron/Thirteen )

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How Not to Date Blondes, Ch 18: In Which Quistis Loses Her Composure
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] first_seventhe and [livejournal.com profile] rosencrantz
Fandom: FFVIII
Characters/Pairings: Quistis/Zell
Rating: NC-17

ff.net for censored version || [livejournal.com profile] enkida also contains uncensored version || or see below

Part II )
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How Not to Date Blondes, Ch 18: In Which Quistis Loses Her Composure
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] first_seventhe and [livejournal.com profile] rosencrantz
Fandom: FFVIII
Characters/Pairings: Quistis/Zell
Rating: NC-17

ff.net for censored version || [livejournal.com profile] enkida also contains uncensored version || or see below

Note: The full version hasn't been posted here in its entirety (my apologies)... you can check the ff.net version or [livejournal.com profile] enkida's tags for the other parts. They will be reposted here eventually!

Part I )

Ch 18, Part II
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Seifer Attempts To Woo His Trenchcoat

By [livejournal.com profile] mrsteninch and [livejournal.com profile] first_seventhe
Fandom: FFVIII
Characters: Seifer, Quistis, Coat
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: absolute crack

From here.

Seifer and the Trenchcoat )

Feel free to continue in comments. I am definitely on crack.
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From the Mouths of Monsters (3)
Canon: FFIV / FFVIII Crossover
Rating: PG-13, for now
Characters: Quistis, Rydia

Notes: This is complete crack. Take with grain of salt and sense of humor. THIS IS EVEN MORE CRACK THAN THE LAST ONE. Seriously, I don't even know what this is.

No, Quistis thought, harder and slightly more frantically - she'd never lost control of her GFs like this; even as a SeeD, the youngest SeeD in Garden's history, she'd always been able to control her Summons: her teachers had said she was a natural.

From the Mouths of Monsters (3) )
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From the Mouths of Monsters (2)
Canon: FFIV / FFVIII Crossover
Rating: PG-13, for now
Characters: Quistis, Rydia, Kadowaki
Notes: This is complete crack. Take with grain of salt and sense of humor.

"What do you want me to do?" Squall asked finally, sliding the top piece of paper towards Quistis. "I have to sign off on whether or not I believe this woman could be a threat to Garden. And all I've got to go on so far are the two of you spouting things about how her magic feels."

From the Mouths of Monsters )
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From the Mouths of Monsters (1)
Canon: FFIV / FFVIII Crossover
Rating: PG-13, for now
Characters: Quistis, Rydia

Notes: KATY. JANA. THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT. ALL. I BLAME YOU BOTH BLATANTLY.

This is complete crack. And should definitely not be read as self-insert [livejournal.com profile] first_seventhe/[livejournal.com profile] katmillia porn.

Seriously, take with grain of salt and sense of humor.

[Edit]: Wow, this could really use a good edit. Haha. I suck. Ignore the horrible writing, people!

From the Mouths of Monsters (1) )- - -

Now, watch as I use this as an excuse to meta about my two favorite characters of all time and also make them make out. A WINNAR IS ME

i've sunk to a very new low

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