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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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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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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 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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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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Title: Nostalgia, Part I (Mother)
Fandom: FFVIII
Claim: Ellone
Other characters/pairings: Squall, Raine, Laguna
Table/Theme Name & Number: (VII) 2. Smile
Rating: PG
Warnings: n/a, other than punctuation abuse?

Summary: Ellone slowly introduces Squall to his family.

Nostalgia: Mother )


For [livejournal.com profile] over_look, FFVIII
XP: [livejournal.com profile] brokenprism
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Title: A Toast to Us
Fandom: FFVIII
Characters/Pairings included: Laguna, Kiros, Ward
Rating: PG-13, for mild language.
Warnings: Silly.
Summary: Kiros and Ward pump Laguna for the big wave.

For [livejournal.com profile] nashidesei. Written for Manly Request Week.

Here's to Us. )

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