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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
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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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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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These Days

Fandom: FFVIII
Characters: Rinoa, Edea
Rating: PG

Notes: for [livejournal.com profile] churched, for her prompt in the Valentine's Day Meme: "Rinoa/Edea, "There are other ways to grow things." Sorceress meta."... which I couldn't pass up.

These Days )
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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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The God of the Forge - tentative
Fandom: FFVIII
Characters: Squall/Rinoa
Rating: PG-13

Notes: A snippet that will not leave my head. May become something larger eventually, but for now...
I can only assume that this is somehow the fault of [livejournal.com profile] irish_ais.

Unedited/Unbetaed. Comments welcome.

Summary: The forging of bonds is not easy.

Forging )
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Witch

Fandom: FFVIII
Rating: G
Characters: Rinoa

Rinoa as a witch, for [livejournal.com profile] cockeyed_art. Very, very obviously unfinished sketch (what? she has knees?).

Witch )
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Yes

Fandom: FFVIII
Characters/Pairings: Rinoa
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~3000

Notes: This is more of a concept-piece; I’m experimenting with ideas. It’s a collection of idea-snippets. There will be a couple of these. Please let me know what works and what doesn’t so I can refine it into the final piece I want.
There is lots of meta in here, too. Again, I’m requesting feedback here as to what you like / do not like / find interesting / do not understand / etc.
UNbeta-ed. Much thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lassarina for helping me bounce ideas around – especially as I am sure she’s going to get stuck with betaing the final issue. XD
ETA Notes: Now represents the 'final version'.

Summary: She’ll never tell them she said yes. And she’ll never tell them why. Rinoa has always wanted to be more than she is. Magic, and the Draw of the Sorceress.

Yes )
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Title: Want

Themes: (2) Fear; (41) Left alone; (65) Irrational; (70) Fever; (81) Power
Relationship: Quistis/Rinoa; challenge
Rating: T? T+?
Warnings: mild molestation, XD. Unbeta’d; unedited.
Words: ~1500
Summary: The bond crumbles; the magic wants.

Rinoa didn’t answer, which wasn’t surprising – she’d told Quistis once that her worst dreams could swallow her sometimes – so Quistis gently unlocked the door with the spare key Rinoa had given her and slipped inside. )


For: [livejournal.com profile] fated_children
XP: [livejournal.com profile] brokenprism : [arc] : comments/crit will make me your best friend!
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blueblack : Quistis/Rinoa fic arc
for [livejournal.com profile] fated_children

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00 : Envy : Each is the other's idol, secretly.

01 : Warm : Rinoa's world has broken.
02 : Want : The bond crumbles; the magic wants.

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Random Notes on _blueblack_. )
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Title: Warm
Themes: (03) Freedom; (15) Home; (32) Coffee; (37); Separation; (40) Bitter
Relationship: Quistis/Rinoa; challenge
Rating: T
Warnings: angst?
Words: ~1250
Summary: Part of Rinoa’s world has broken.

Quistis was a soldier – she had been made to break, not to fix – but she’d thought of sun and coffee and the idea had held some promise, so she’d gathered Rinoa up and taken her, hoping the heat of the sun could mold her back together. )

For: [livejournal.com profile] fated_children, FFVIII
XP: [livejournal.com profile] brokenprism [arc]
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Notes: This is for part of my Quistis/Rinoa challenge: over 1000 words for each piece, and all pieces should connect into an arc. Since I'm connecting them, the relationship will probably take a while to develop, hence no hard-core yuri action just yet (I can't wait to write that from work WHAT A LOSER I AM).

Title: Envy
For: [livejournal.com profile] fated_children, Q/R
Themes: (21) Wishful thinking; (22) Hero worship; (52) Longing; (77) Contrast
Relationship: Quistis/Rinoa; challenge
Rating: K+
Warnings: none (no action just yet XP)
Words: 1071

Summary: Each is the other’s idol, secretly.

She wonders briefly if Quistis can tell how lonely she is; and if not, whether she wants to tell. )

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