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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 )
[identity profile] first-seventhe.livejournal.com
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] )
[identity profile] first-seventhe.livejournal.com
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 )
[identity profile] first-seventhe.livejournal.com
So, in the interest of finishing the Meme of Fives, I have cheated somewhat! I know that some people do this meme as a list rather than an actual fic. So I’ve compromised for the remaining “Five Things” challenges I have here. Some are embellished lists; some are short-fic ficlet drabble-y things. ENJOY. FINALLY. XD

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[livejournal.com profile] rosencrantz

5 times Penelo tried to tell her feelings to Vaan and the 1 time he actually understood.

FFXII; G; Penelo, Vaan )

(Note! I almost wrote the “humor version” in which Penelo’s “feelings” are actually “Vaan, you are a retard”.)

- - -

[livejournal.com profile] fanaticalone

FFIX, Five things that Amarant never regretted, and one thing that he does.


FFIX; PG, swearing; Amarant )


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[livejournal.com profile] xahra99

Five times the whole FF10 cast nearly died because they were wearing totally unsuitable clothing for the prevailing weather conditions.

FFX; G; Cast; if I write Auron/Kimahri, will more or less people read this one? )

(Note: this one was probably the most fun. I might write actual fic about it.)

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[livejournal.com profile] whoisus

FFXII - Five Times Ondore Lied and One Time He Didn't

FFXII; G; Ondore, Cast; I’m already laughing )
(Note: I hope you have a sense of humour.)

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[livejournal.com profile] bottle_of_shine

Five Times Quistis Triumphed Over Her Stressful Job, Seifer Almasy and Other Insurmountable Odds

FFVIII; G; Quistis, Squall, Seifer )

You'll notice that they start out serious, and then move very quickly into absolute ridiculousness. I CAN HAS ATTENTION SPAN?

[livejournal.com profile] ff_press, you don't have to list these tonight unless you are really that bored. ♥
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Missed
Fandom: FFVIII
Characters/Pairings: Squall/Ellone
Rating: PG-13

For: [livejournal.com profile] katmillia, Meme of Fives
Prompt: Five times Ellone tried to kiss Squall and the one time she actually did. :D :D

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATY.

Summary: Ellone and Squall meet again.

Missed  )

Notes:
(1) Please forgive the quotes from the script in #2; I had to be accurate. Stupid cheesy dialogue!
(2) Totally, uh, lax interpretation of the prompt! I totally couldn’t write this and ignore TIME COMPRESSION so I totally cheated. HA, HA.
(3) Wow, this one ended up being really long.
[identity profile] first-seventhe.livejournal.com
Title: Nostalgia, Part III: Father
Fandom: FFVIII
Claim: Ellone
Other characters/pairings: Squall
Table/Theme Name & Number: (VII) 6. Game
Rating: PG
Warnings: n/a

Notes: This was supposed to go with the other two “Nostalgia” pieces, and it’s been sitting on my hard drive forever. My bad. For reference: Mother :: Sister

Summary: Ellone slowly introduces Squall to his family.

Nostalgia: Father )


For [livejournal.com profile] over_look, FFVIII
XP: [livejournal.com profile] brokenprism
[identity profile] first-seventhe.livejournal.com
Title: Nostalgia, Part II (Sister)
Fandom: FFVIII
Claim: Ellone
Other characters/pairings: Squall, Raine
Table/Theme Name & Number: (VII) 5. Cheerful
Rating: PG
Warnings: Not cheerful, despite the theme.

Summary: Ellone slowly introduces Squall to his family.

Nostalgia: Sister )


For [livejournal.com profile] over_look, FFVIII
XP: [livejournal.com profile] brokenprism
[identity profile] first-seventhe.livejournal.com
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 )


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XP: [livejournal.com profile] brokenprism

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