Grazhir :: Crossover :: Tempest :: Story Detail


SL/CS Status: WIP
Sequel: No
Snapshots: No
Span: 27 October 2005 -
Post Mortem: No
Additional Pairings: one-sided Rinoa/Squall (one-sided Rinoa/Cloud?)

Summary: An experimental exercise in several themes. Two worlds cross and two men are given the chance to start over, this time with each other.

Spoilers: post!Ultimecia, post!Sephiroth, pre!AdventChildren

Warnings: Slash, crossover

Disclaimer: This story is based on characters and situations created and owned by Square [Squaresoft, Square-Enix]. No money is being made and no copyright or trademark infringement is intended.

Notes: This story began as an experiment in several things.

  1. Doing a crossover, in this case, FF8 with FF7.
  2. Using the titles of game music tracks to suggest the contents of each section of the story, such as instrumentals from games such as the Final Fantasy series, Chrono Cross, Xenogears, Xenosaga, Suikoden, etc.
  3. Using real life music to hint at certain things, though on the whole, I tend to cringe at the idea of songfics.

At a certain point, the track titles cease to really matter, mainly because I ran out of ones that had any relevance. Though, I was having so much fun when I got to that point, that I simply didn’t care. However, up to that point, it made for some interesting ideas on how to handle situations.

Also, most of the sections are split between a Squall POV and a Cloud POV, so you will see how things sort of parallel, though that isn’t always the case. Frankly, Cloud is a bit of a mystery to me, though I think he’s quite delicious (sorry, pictures for Advent Children make me squee). Of course, others do come into play.

I more or less listed out a bunch of titles I liked or thought I could use, shuffled them around for a while until the order satisfied me—like it was suggesting a storyline—then started writing. An interesting challenge for myself, either way. Some of it’s a bit forced, some of it’s just spiffy. On that note, the original writing runs out somewhere in the “Red Carpet” section, though, earlier bits have been revised and added to.

This is rather skippy. It jumps a lot. I realize that, and expect to some extent that when I get into the actual plot (this has a plot?) it should smooth out a bit. But I’m not sure, so no promises.

Please keep in mind that while I do mention actual songs (vocal) in this story, I do not include any lyrics. The songs themselves were chosen for content and how I could see them fitting into various themes here—mainly those dealing with Squall’s own thoughts on what happened during the Second Sorceress War and the people around him, though there is the odd exception or two.

In those instances I have provided, at the end of chapters which reference them, the title and artist in case anyone felt like looking them up at a lyrics site to see (or try to see) what I was seeing myself. Aside from that, don’t worry—I’ve not tried to force anyone to wade through reams of lyrics interspersed in the story itself. I’d sooner shoot myself.

It’s more your choice if you care to look them up and see if you can make sense of it.

At the point where the story started to slide right into (happily) Rinoa bashing, I stepped back (for about a year?) and thought about things, then came back with further ideas as to the plot progression (this has a plot?). I actually still liked what I’d done enough to keep going. Even so, there are a number of instances in the text which feature me making fun of myself for writing this story, though I’m not sure anyone will see them for what they are.

This supposes that Advent Children never happened.