Yes, these heights are accurate.  Yes, Vincent really is THAT tall compared to Cloud.  

Jeez, Cloud.  If you want him at eye-level so badly, just yank him down by one of the belts on his collar.  Or just get him to sit next to you, since the extra height is all in Vincent’s legs, not in his torso.  

This is the line art!

I decided to turn this sketch into a proper drawing for full impact. 

Pick Your Poison

((Hello morning.  I accidentally wrote a Strifentine fanfiction instead of doing my homework.  Oops.  This is the first time I’ve posted any of my writing online in like five years, wow… not sure if I’m gonna put it anywhere else yet, we’ll see how it goes.  Uh, what else to say… post-compilation, slightly angsty, references to alcohol and sex, nothing graphic.  Here we go.))

In the dull chill of early dawn after three full bottles of vodka (hard for alcohol to keep up with a mako-enhanced metabolism) sometimes Cloud will admit that he is scared. After everything that they’ve gone through, after reaching a space, in normal waking hours at least, where he is comfortable with himself - at home in his own skin, at peace with who he has come to be - all of it gets stripped away and he is back to being sixteen and achingly lonely.

Vincent has learned to stop contesting it, that Cloud, at this point, is already treading water just to stay conscious, and any verbal attempt at reassurance is equally likely to elicit a violent reaction (ducked bottles thrown and shattered against the wall, ragged shouts of ‘what the hell do you know’) as it was to reduce the boy to undignified, if grateful sputtering. Either way he was left cleaning up the glass chips or the tissues and such exertions usually caused Cloud to lose consciousness halfway up the stairs and badly bruise himself.

Best to wait it out, best to let the tidal wave of old emotions come and recede without incident. The smoother its passage, the less Cloud will remember, and not remembering has always worked well for him. Waiting has always worked well for Vincent. Between the two of them, life is often stagnant.

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zencribnotes said:


Out of character:

"I have never played that before, but there are potentials. I did come across one or two Cloud that the ship might be possible for my Vincent though one went missing, whereas the other is quite taken from the start so I don’t really know." xD "I only know he is being quite rough toward the first with that Cloud being all dare-devil toward him, and being all teasing toward the second because …well, that one is adorable when he’s extremely awkward.."

So I was watching Advent Children Complete a few days ago while I put ice on my knee (fell and injured myself at work), and I thought it was odd that Vincent already knew about Cloud’s Geostigma.  I mean, SURE, Cloud is dying from what is basically magical cancer, but it’s not like Cloud to tell someone about it.  Look how he hid it from Tifa!  But then, I realized that one reason he MIGHT confide in someone is if he thought they might actually be able to do something constructive about it.  Vincent would be the only one in AVALANCHE who might have the connections and skills to find out more about it, being a former Turk.  Why ELSE would he know so much about Geostigma in the movie?  It has nothing to do with him, so he wouldn’t go out of his way to research it… unless it was as a favor to Cloud.

Not to mention that Cloud can trust Vincent to be blunt and give it to him straight, no sugarcoating.  And Vincent is cool and detached enough not to get too emotional over it.  He’d keep it to himself.

So, either Vincent has X-ray vision and could see the Geostigma through Cloud’s sleeve, or the above scenario could have happened.  I prefer the latter, honestly.  I mean, you know I ship it. 

Tifa somehow managed to talk Vincent into letting her cut his hair.  To be fair, she probably has lots of practice from looking after Marlene.  I imagine it’s difficult for Barret to manage it with only one hand.  Oh, and there’s Denzel, too.  

Cloud is flustered because there’s Vincent, looking sexy.  Cloud can’t help it, because EVERYONE finds Vincent attractive.  It’s like he’s got some kind of Vampiric glamour going on.  Well, not really. 

Speaking of Vampires, I realized that my idea for celibate zombie Vincent is really more like an Anne Rice Vampire, minus the blood drinking.   And in retrospect, I suppose Hojo’s experiments were what made him more or less indestructible, though it was Chaos that doomed him to immortality.  So post DoC Vincent is still very durable. 

So one hilarious scenario would be Vincent as the oblivious charmer who attracts everyone who spends too much time around him without meaning to.  Thus yet another ship is born.  I’d say OT3, but the “OT” would be wildly inaccurate, since I don’t limit myself to just one ship. ;D



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  • when or if I started shipping it. 2005.  I played the original game in 2004 but really didn’t ship anything until I saw Advent Children… the way they interacted with one another was so different from the way either of them interacted with any of the other characters in the movie that it got me wondering…
  • my thoughts: hgsadkjfdlskfskdjhsdaklasdjklfld I don’t even know what to say here, this is like my oldest ship that I realized I was shipping… they have a special place in my heart and give me some serious warm and fuzzies… even though the fandom has slowed down a bit lately I’ll always have intense nostalgia looking back on them.
  • What makes me happy about them: This probably seems like an odd thing to be happy about but… I just picture them so vanilla… and so content to be that way.  I don’t see them NEEDING any level of intensity or ever getting bored with one another, or maybe it’s just that they would ENJOY being bored with one another.  Their lives have been so crazy for so long… and I think the various sequels demonstrate pretty clearly that these two really just want to settle down and put the past in the past.  I’m not usually one for domestic fluffy stuff but with these two I think it makes the most sense.
  • What makes me sad about them: God, it would just take SO LONG for them to chip away their own defenses and open up to a relationship in spite of all their similairites.  They may both be heroes and main characters in their own games but they’re also both very passive people whom outsiders have to urge into action…  Without that input, with their relationship left just up to them… There’s such a high risk of failure.  Think how many times they could miss making a connection either out of fear or just plain obliviousness, how easily they could miss their chance, how plausible it would be that they live out their entire lives and never realize their potential, never act on it.  The tragedy of them realizing too late.  Just pass me the tissues please.
  • things done in fanfic that annoys me: This annoys me with any fanfic in any ship but I guess I’m particularly bothered by it with these two.  I hate to see them fall into typical ‘seme’ and ‘uke’ roles.  That’s not to say that I dislike consistency (though I can see things going either way with them), I just don’t like when their personality traits are exacerbated for the sake of maintaining those roles.  Like say… Cloud becomes a helpless emo boy and Vincent becomes a demonic rapist.  How about no.
  • things I look for in fanfic: Fanfic.  XD  There’s just so little of it for them… at one time I had literally read every single one.
  • Who I’d be comfortable them ending up with, if not each other: This is hard because ‘ending up’ implies that you can’t pick people who are already dead.  I’ll just list my other ships… actually I don’t really have any for Cloud, he either gets Vincent or stays alone. ><  As for Vincent, I love seeing him with Lucrecia or Shalua (holy crap, the parallels) and I could even see him with Sephiroth.
  • My happily ever after for them: They retire early on the wealth from their adventuring and live quiet lives.  They’re both loners by nature, and while they no longer shut their comerades out, they prefer to remain somewhat removed from the politics of the WRO and the antics of their more outgoing members.
  • what is their favorite non-sexual activity: This may seem silly, but… learning new things.  They both lost large chunks of their lives due to imprisonment or grief, so now they don’t like to waste a minute.   Teaching and learning from one another is the most comfortable way to keep from idling… Cloud teaches Vincent how to snowboard and ride Chocobo and Vincent teaches Cloud to speak Wutaian. Cloud used to wield a gun back when he worked for ShinRa but has since gotten rusty, so Vincent insists that they do target practice.  Cloud gets back at him by watching Vincent awkwardly try to wield a sword.  When they’re feeling particularly adventurous and don’t mind looking incompetant they’ll both do something completely new, which neither of them have any experience with, together.  They don’t tell anyone about it, the last thing they want is jeering onlookers.

(…sorry that it’s so long and riddled with headcanons… I’ve been with these two almost a decade, so shit happens…)


To celebrate my 7777th post, I decided to do the redraw meme with none other than my first and favorite OTP, Cloud Strife and Vincent Valentine from Final Fantasy VII.  

The first picture is circa 2004, when I first got into the fandom.  The second picture I drew yesterday, approximately ten years later.  I’m not gonna lie, nowhere near the same amount of time went into each of them.  The first one I’d guess took maybe 45 minutes, and as you may be able to see I totally copped out on drawing their second hands as well as Cerberus because 14-year-old me was very lazy.  XD  The second one took more like three hours between sketching, shading, and staring pleadingly up at my ceiling trying to recall specific details of their outfits without a reference.

For those of you who wonder what fancy pants software I use?  It’s just Gimp 2.4.7, which is FREE.  It’s under the GNU license, and there’s a version available for pretty much any OS. 

Also, 26 layers?  I think I might need to start a new sketch document. XD

And bonus points to anyone who can guess what’s on my desktop background, based on the tiny amount of it that you can see.  Hint: It’s a screencap of a game.