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Feb. 8th, 2007 | 10:19 pm
posted by: darkranger in ff_13themes

[Author]: darkranger
[Title]: Alone
[Fandom]: Final Fantasy VIII
[Pairing/Character]: Seifer/Squall
[Theme]: Phobia
[Rating]: G
[Summary/Warnings]: Squall Leonhart was afraid of only one thing



Squall Leonhart was afraid of only one thing. He wasn't afraid of spiders, or storms or even the dark. He wasn't afraid of clowns, balloons or caterpillars. The only thing he feared was being alone. It was a strange fear for a child who spent most his hours in solitude, but it hadn't always been that way.

He used to be a happy child, constantly giggling and laughing – that was before though. Before Ellone left. The girl he called 'Sis', the girl he followed around day after day. He had put all his trust and faith in humanity in that one relationship only to be left alone and broken.

Since that day he had hardly smiled, rarely spoke. He spent his days staring out over the grass to the Centra plains, hoping and praying that Sis would appear. The other children stopped bugging him after awhile, stopped asking him to play with them, stopped asking him to share their toys. All of them except Seifer.

Everyday he would take a toy to Squall, leave it at the boy's feet and then go away, knowing that once he wasn't watching, the young brunette would pick it up and play silently. One day Seifer brought his treasured rabbit teddy Flopsy – it was torn and missing an eye but it was his most cherish possession in the entire world. He held it out to Squall with a soft smile, urging the boy to take it.

Eventually Squall grabbed the toy, clutching it to his chest silently, before resuming his staring out the window, knowing Seifer would soon leave him alone. The blonde didn't leave this time. He reached out, touching Squall's shoulder lightly. “You don't have to be alone, you know? You always have me. You don't have to be scared anymore.”

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