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Fic: Sod This For A Game of Soldiers

Title: Sod This For A Game of Soldiers
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII (pre-Nibelheim)
Rating: M for violence
Summary: A secretary to a board-level person is supposed to be able to act as their bodyguard. While nobody really thinks to enforce the rule for General Sephiroth's secretary, she doesn't see any reason to let this stand in her way.
Warnings: blood, guts, mess and nausea.

As always, all feedback is accepted.

Current Mood: cheerful cheerful
Fic: Shooting Fish In A Barrel

Title: Shooting Fish in a Barrel
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII (pre-Nibelheim)
Summary: Somebody is playing silly buggers. Fortunately for the General, Nesa knows all the rules.
Disclaimer: The only character I own is Nesa Conway, who appears in this story with the express permission of the ShinRa Electric Power Company's Personnel department. The rest are owned by their original creators, the wonderful people at Square Enix.
Warnings: paperwork, bureaucracy, administrative judo

Current Mood: devious devious
Current Music: "Flesh and Blood" - The Waifs
Fic: Rule One

Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Title: Rule One
Rating: Australian PG (mild swearing)
Summary: In any large organisation, there are rules.  A new SOLDIER has to start by learning Rule One.
Warnings: clerical work; paperwork; bureaucracy. 

Rule One )

All feedback greatly appreciated.

Fic: Planning the Perfect Party

Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Title: Planning the Perfect Party
Rating: G
Summary: Planning any party is annoying, but when ShinRa Personnel decide everyone has to attend this year's corporate celebration, the job rises to a new level of complicated.
Disclaimer: I don't own anyone except the original characters - and negotiating for their services with ShinRa personnel is one hell of a job at the best of times.
Warnings: committees, meetings, party planning, office politics, bureaucracy


As always, all feedback is greatly appreciated.  Is it believable, does it work, what works best, what doesn't work?  Anything you can tell me is great.

Fic: Homecoming

Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Title: Homecoming
Summary: Another working week over. Time to vent off some of the stresses of the day.
Rating: Australian R/X (equivalent to US NC-17, I think)
Warnings: femslash.
Disclaimer: The characters I own are Nesa and Sarai. Sarai negotiates her own rates (which are extortionate), as well as contracting for Nesa's services for this particular story. And I used to think ShinRa personnel were bad...
Acknowledgements: This story references events in "Lab Rats" by Sildil over on LiveJournal.


As always, all comments greatly appreciated. What worked, what didn't, what could be improved?

Fic: Straightening The Record

Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Title: Straightening the Record
Summary: A quiet drink, a quiet truth or two. Zack and Nesa bonding.
Disclaimer: I don't own anyone except Nesa, and the negotiations with ShinRa personnel are hell.

As always, all feedback is loved, cherished, and wanted. What works, what doesn't, does anything make you grin, or gurn?

Fic: "Friends Help Friends" - Final Fantasy VII

Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Title: Friends Help Friends
Summary: Another story from the SOLDIER admin office - Nesa pulls Zack's chestnuts out of the fire, and Zack learns something surprising about the clerk.
Disclaimer: Nesa is the only character I own, and I negotiate with ShinRa personnel to get her to appear in these stories.  You would not believe the fees they charge!

As always, all feedback is greatly appreciated.  Do the characters ring true?  Does the situation seem believable?  Is there a typo I didn't spot?  Let me know.

Fiction: Opportunity Knocks You Over

I've decided to use this journal as something of a fic storage/display area. It'll be fanfiction, mostly, and I'm going to start with the Final Fantasy VII stuff, since it's freshest. So here goes.

Fandom: FFVII
Title: Opportunity Knocks You Over
Summary: Occasionally, being knocked over can open whole new doors.
Disclaimer: The only character I own is Nesa, and I had to argue with ShinRa personnel to get her to appear in this story.

As per always, feedback is greatly appreciated. I'm most interested in queries about the character, suggestions on how to improve the story, and any questions readers have.

In Which Meg Reviews Games - Final Fantasy VII: Dirge of Cerberus

Overall, I enjoyed it. The gameplay is fairly easy to get the hang of, and once I'd realised that the "attack" and "jump" buttons were the other way around to the ones in Kingdom Hearts 2 (which I'd been playing before I started DOC) I was relatively okay. I'll never be an expert gamer, but I can definitely manage the "point and shoot" interface of this game without too many problems. My biggest annoyance throughout the whole game was when I was attempting to keep track of something which moved fast, I'd inadvertently drop into "scope" mode, which was rather annoying (particularly since at those times, I was attempting to keep track of it in order to dodge the bastard... dropping into a closeup of the surrounding scenery was therefore intensely distracting at such moments).

One other thing I've realised since starting a different game (Dragon Quest: The Journey of the Cursed King) is that this game has a very good mid-game, which is where a lot of RPGs tend to fall down. There's the early game, in which your character is underpowered and you're just starting to collect the plot coupons. Then there's the late game, where you have all the plot coupons and you can send away for the major mcguffin, and in between there's a lot of pointless running around collecting levels so you can beat whichever boss character is next on the list. I tend to find the mid-game section the most boring of anything, since I tend to get annoyed by having to do the same thing repeatedly for no real reason. FFVII:DOC avoids this, by having mid-game sections which largely serve to advance the plot and which don't require an endless repetition of the same basic process. No, I'm not fond of level-grinding, why do you ask?

So, now on to my comments about the plot and suchlike. Most of these are within the context of Final Fantasy VII fandom, and relate the game to previous episodes in the continuity, such as the original game, the Advent Children movie, and what we know of the plot of Crisis Core (which is as yet forthcoming). There will be spoilers (although they're mainly mild ones, and tend more toward characterisation than actual plot points), and there may be obscure jokes.

* Shinra has apparently done a graduate recruitment sweep through Trans Poly U (Transylvania Polygnostic University of Mad Science) in order to have netted both Doctor Hojo and Doctor Lucrecia Crescent.

* Shalua Rui is wearing an outfit which would make the average hooker reach for a nice warm jumper and some comfortable shoes. She's supposed to be a scientist, so why wasn't she portrayed as wearing jeans and a t-shirt, rather than an outfit which makes it look as though she gets her main scientific funding by selling BJs on the outskirts of Edge? Putting a lab coat on over the top doesn't help at all.

* As per the standard anime trope, it appears uncovered female skin is invulnerable. This explains the skimpier armour on both the WRO and Deepground female troopers. I suppose it also explains Shalua's outfit, to a degree, while Rosso the Crimson, being a psychopath, needs no explanation for anything she does anyway (mind you, they should have trimmed the bathmat they attached to her arse - how does she manage to avoid tripping over the silly thing?). Given Shelke appears to be wearing pretty full armour, the development of feminine invulnerability on Gaia is presumably a function of puberty (and Shelke's had hers delayed for about ten years).

* I'm sure there's a reason why Vincent Valentine gets to have all the younger chickibabes (Yuffie, Shelke) throwing themselves at him. I just wish he didn't seem so completely kerflummoxed by it.

* Vincent appears to have a thing for women in lab coats (given he appears to fall arse over ted for Shalua having only seen her twice).

* Vincent on waking up after the events at ShinRa manor: "I'm in hell, and it's full of Yuffie".

* Lucrecia should say what she's sorry for, rather than just being sorry all the time. It'd make everyone's life a lot easier.

* Yuffie appears to have a killer crush on Vincent. Pity he's not able to reciprocate at this stage (maybe she needs to wear a lab coat?).

* It's interesting that they use guilt and emotional manipulation on Shelke, despite the fact she's been effectively living as a computer plug-in for the past ten years. What's even more interesting is that it works!

* More than three words in a row from Cloud Strife - presumably he's now going to remain silent for another three to six months to make up for it. Or maybe he needs to find another "dialogue" materia.

* The phone conversation with Cloud, Barrett and Tifa appears to happen while they're in the middle of a battle - presumably this is just the right time to stop and phone a friend.

* "I don't want the world to end. I just don't want there to be any more pain." - Shelke, showing she is a child after all.

* This story has plot by the bucketload - both in volume and delivery. I'm sure I have bruises from some of it landing on me in lumps.

* Yuffie really has a crush on Vincent. Unfortunately, I doubt he's even noticed, aside from her being a little more annoying than usual. (She really does need that lab coat.)

* I'm picturing a conversation between Cloud and Vincent along the lines of "Now you see why I went off into the wilderness and sulked, right?" - the consequences of saving the world. I can't help but think Cloud's probably glad to be able to hand the job on to someone else.

* I'm not certain what the relationship between Vincent and Shelke is going to turn out to be. I have a feeling she's still dealing with the after-effects of sharing her brain with Lucrecia Crescent, which may mean she's going to wind up treating Vincent as surrogate family. I can see him picking up the role of "big brother" or "random older male relation". I can't really see him feeling anything sexual for her.

* Some questions I'd love to be able to find out the answers to:

- Will Shelke resume the normal aging process now she's not actively required to perform her Deepground function?
- Now Chaos has returned to the planet, will Vincent pick up aging where he left off?
- Given the "G Reports" hint very strongly that Genesis is still alive and with us, can we expect more Jenova-related problems in future?
- What was the story with Cloud and Tifa not being picked up by Deepground in the attack on Edge? Were they forewarned, or just lucky?

[PS: This is also on my LiveJournal and my page at Blogspot]

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