[sticky entry] Sticky: CYO Guidelines & Discussion Post

Hey, guys! Welcome to the [community profile] strifehart_kink_meme's Choose Your Own Strifehart community!

We've started you off with a couple of fic ideas:
Here are some guidelines, just to keep things consistent:
  • Make a new post for the option you choose to fill (use the option as your title)

  • Please follow the format used in the story's first post

  • Art fills and comics are more than welcome, too!

  • Keep the number sequence going (ie: if you're filling option 1 of a story, your options would be 4, 5 & 6. If you're filling option 2, they'd be 7, 8, & 9)

  • Add the fic tag and your author/artist tag if available (if you're a new contributor, an admin will set your tag up asap after you've posted)

  • If things take a turn for the nsfw, please put it behind a cut and mark 18+

  • If your post gets a fill, please link to it!

Comments may be made here to discuss ideas for new stories, talk about how awesome current ones are, or just general thoughts about the comm itself. We could try a pass the drabble or a round robin...anyone interested in those? Anything else you'd like to see?

Anyway, go forth and have fun! <3

[sticky entry] Sticky: Strifehart Round Robin

As well as the kink meme and the choose your own adventure, we thought it might be fun to try some collaborative story writing. The basic idea is that one person starts us off with a chapter, and then someone else picks it up and runs with it, and then someone else, and then someone else, and... well, you get the idea.

In theory this should be pretty simple. I've been in communities that work like this before, and I stole the model and a good few of the guidelines from the old Kingdom Hearts Rockin' Robins comm on LJ.

Here are some Basic Guidelines. Please read through all of these before deciding to join in!

1. This community is open to anyone who wants to write Strifehart stories collaboratively.

2. Anyone can submit an initial post of a story (but please see #6). While the story needs to feature Cloud and Squall/Leon as the primary characters, they don't need to be romantically/sexually involved (unless you want them to be). Similarly, other pairings are fine, as long as they are secondary. Initial posts can include primary genre(s), rating, and a prompt/description so that other writers will know in what direction to be thinking. Alternatively, the OP can leave all of that open, and give other people a free hand.

3. Anyone can call the next section through comments, first come first served, but please be mindful of others. If you've recently written something, give others a chance before diving in again. Also, please don't claim more than one story at a time, and make sure that you've read the previous parts of a story before choosing to write the next section. May seem obvious, but you never know...

4. There is a negotiable minimum of 500 words per update, and a week in which to post. If we don't hear from a writer within that time, the slot will be opened again for another writer to take. (If you know that you won't be able to update in time, please notify a mod as soon as you can.) There is no maximum limit for the length of an update. Update directly to the community, please; don't post your update as a comment on the previous installment. Tag your post with the story title, chapter number, and your pen name.

4. The point of this is collaboration. Please don't undo events that others have set up in the story. And feel free to communicate with other writers to clarify previous events if you need to. Chat, play, have fun!

5. Spell and grammar check, please. This group is open to anyone who wants to join, but it is a writing community. You don't have to be the leading expert on the use of the semi-colon, but make an effort to avoid too many typos, spelling errors, etc. If you're nervous about your writing, say something. There are likely people here willing to offer advice if you'd like it.

6. If you want to start a new story, check with a mod first. We're the ones who will be tracking claims and whatnot, so let us know what you're planning so that we can make sure we've got the resources to handle it.

7. Everything here is subject to change. We've never tried to do this before so we have no idea what might go wrong, so apologies in advance if anything does!

Community Respect:

We're here to have fun and make friends. It goes without saying that everyone here will treat each other with respect. Abide by that simple rule and we should be fine.



That's it! If anyone has ideas, suggestions or anything they'd like to contribute, or if you have questions, feel free to contact the mods.

Otherwise, have fun writing!

Subterfuge (chapter 1)

Title: Subterfuge
Author: [personal profile] stellareclipse
Rating: T/M
Prompt: AU. Secret agent meets Don Corneo meets idek. Have fun!


"Your girl's here," Tifa murmured, taking a sip of her drink and discreetly glancing across the room.

Leon followed her gaze and nodded.

"Be careful…"

Another nod.

Tifa sighed and slipped off of the tall stool, pressing a chaste kiss to Leon's cheek before disappearing into the crowd.

Leon watched her leave, then finished off his scotch and slipped a few bills beneath the glass. He dipped his chin at the bartender's acknowledgement and turned his attention to the pretty blonde near the entrance, clad in a flattering off-the-shoulder dress from what he could see through the throng of people.

He made his way across the smoky room, allowing his gaze to rove unchecked over long blonde waves and pale skin and dark, shimmering fabric. Unlike much of what this night would hold, his appreciation of his lover's body was honest, and he allowed a hint of that honesty to reflect in his eyes as he extended one hand and canted his head towards the crowded dance floor.

"She kissed you."

Leon laughed quietly at the annoyance in that soft-spoken voice, taking the obediently proffered hand.

"She means nothing to me, baby," he said wryly, pulling the blonde in to his arms. He nodded in approval as deceptively strong arms twined around his neck, allowing his hands to roam boldly over the slinky black fabric, partially for show and partially to satisfy his curiosity. His fingertips encountered the top of the nearly hip-high slit on one side of the dress, and he raised his eyebrows, intrigued.

Cloud rolled his eyes and tightened his arms around Leon's neck in warning. Leon just smiled, slipping his fingers just beneath the silky cloth, the touch subtle and teasing, not once breaking the rhythm of the dance.

"Smooth," he observed, the words a bare, husky whisper against soft golden tresses.

"How did I know you'd like that?" Cloud muttered crossly. "New dress. Meg's idea," he added, nodding towards the slender, exotic-looking brunette behind the bar. "Apparently it'd look suspicious if I'd worn the other one twice. Not sure why it had to be cut this fucking high, though."

Leon hummed in sympathy, glancing around the dimly-lit club in a deliberately casual manner, though his fingertips were quite focused on their task, still stroking Cloud's thigh and enjoying the feel of satin-soft skin over hard muscle.

"Watch it, Leonhart," Cloud hissed, digging his nails into Leon's nape. "Someone might begin to think you've got a thing for women."

That earned him a rough chuckle.

"Trust me, I know exactly how much of a man you are," Leon purred, just barely loud enough for his partner to hear. He emphasized the sentiment with a subtle roll of his hips and smirked at the involuntary shudder that pressed Cloud's lean body that much closer to his own. The amusement faded when the concealed holster attached to Cloud's padded bra pressed against his sternum, bringing him right back to the mission. "Think it'll happen tonight?"

"Fucking better. I don't know how you guys roped me into this, but—"

One word, one single name whispered into his ear was enough to remind Cloud why, exactly, they were doing this. By the time Leon drew back, Cloud's bristling irritation was gone and his vibrant blue-green eyes had become solemn and guarded.

"We can't risk any more of the girls," Leon added unnecessarily, then he fell silent, suddenly feeling the weight of someone's measuring gaze upon them. Without looking, he said softly, "The fish are biting. Eleven o'clock."

He took Cloud's hand up into the air and spun him around slowly, maneuvering him so that Cloud's back was to his chest. They had to be convincing to pull this off, so he fitted his hands lightly just below Cloud's ribs to hint at curves that weren't really there, guiding their movements in time with the heavy, sensual beat of the music.

Cloud's eyes immediately fell upon the balding man leaning against the wall in the back corner, though he was smart enough not to let his gaze linger. "Mm. And the suit over by the bar?"

"Yes." Leon dipped his head to nuzzle the exposed skin of his lover's shoulder, brushing aside blond locks to trace his mouth up the line of his neck. Once his lips reached the base of Cloud's ear, he murmured, "Be careful."

Cloud turned to kiss him, brief but meaningful. "You too."

2) Seek shelter from the heat in an abandoned building

“He says a couple of hours, he’ll more likely be a couple of days,” Cloud shrugs. “There’s no point standing around here waiting for him, and besides,” he wipes the back of one hand over his perspiring brow, “it’s hot.”

Leon nods. Normally, he’d have some blunt remark about staying out of the kitchen, but this time Cloud is right. Coming here had been like stepping through the door of a furnace into a solid wall of heat. The hard glare of the small spiteful sun directly overhead hurts his eyes. Cloud’s naked torso glistens in the harsh light, and Leon can feel the slick sweat clinging to his own skin.

“It is a little warm,” he nods again. “let’s see if we can’t find some shade.”

Cloud gestures towards the dark mouth of an alley opening onto the marketplace. “It looks cooler down there.”

“Always leading me into dark holes, Strife.” Leon strides off across the plaza, heading for the yawning gap.

After the noonday glare of the market, the alley is almost dark. Lines of laundry hanging out to dry criss-cross the space above their heads; windows shuttered against the heat of the day. Ahead of them, a door stands half off its hinges, one sunken corner buried in the warm sand. “Over there,” Leon says.

Inside the abandoned building it is a lot cooler. Cloud glances around at the heaped-up boxes and barrels, the shattered remains of who-knows-what, and shrugs. “It’ll do, I suppose.” As he is settling himself against the wall, a sudden noise comes from outside.

“What the ..?” Leon leaps to his feet.

7) Guards burst in
8) Iago comes down the chimney
9) Sora

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Trouble In Traverse Town

Leon looked around the room full of anxious faces, his brow creased in worry. He'd called them all together, here in the big room of the empty house where they'd set up their base, because he had something he had to tell them. Except that - looking at them now - he had no idea how he could say it; how he could bring himself to break the news to them.

He looked again from face to face. Aerith's kind concern; Yuffie chewing a fingernail with impatience; Cid watching him with just a flicker of doubt in his eyes. Even Merlin was there, one grey eyebrow hopping up and down his forehead like a drunk caterpillar.

"Leon, what is it? You can tell us. Whatever it is, we'll handle it together." Aerith's voice was soothing, gentle, and for a moment he almost believed her.

Leon reached down and lifted the thing he had been concealing by his feet. As he laid the roughly-bandaged shape on the table he heard their gasps of surprise, the sharp intake of breath, a quiet "oh no!" For a moment he remained silent.

"I guess we have a problem," he said. "It's....."


1) Perdita
2) The Buster Sword
3) Sora

Journey to Agrabah

This is based off the Desert drabble from my Journeys fic. I've always wanted to see them in other worlds. :D

Sora jogs away to talk to a merchant, leaving Cloud and Leon alone in Agrabah’s busy marketplace. Neither is sure why they've been chosen to come along on this trip, nor are they particularly comfortable with the native garb—billowy white pants belted low around their waists and...well, not much else—but it's not in their nature to complain.

Cloud glances at the broad, curved scimitar at his hip, then at the matching one at Leon's side, feeling even more naked without the Buster. He shifts his weight, testing the feel of the unfamiliar weapon, then catches an amused glint in Leon’s eyes.

"Can't handle it, Strife?"

"Well, it is smaller... Quicker strikes, I would imagine," Cloud murmurs, his low voice just loud enough for Leon to hear. "Nice, subtle curve to it..." He smirks, just a little. "I think I’ll manage."

Leon's lips twitch into what might be considered a grin, but before he can reply, their wry exchange is interrupted by Sora's abrupt and excited return. The boy skids to a halt in front of them, eyes bright as the sun.

"Hey, guys! I've gotta go to the palace. This guy says Aladdin knows something, so I'm gonna check with him, 'kay? Back in a couple hours! Bye!"

And then he was gone again, leaving two stunned warriors blinking at the vacant space that had momentarily housed a Sora-shaped apparition.

Leon lifts a brow and looks over at Cloud. "So, what now?"


1) Wait around in the marketplace
2) Seek shelter from the heat in an abandoned building
3) Chase after the kid who just pilfered Leon's munny pouch

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