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Title: One Wing
Part: 8/20
Fandom: Kingdom Hearts
Disclaimer: No implied ownership, no financial gain, only fanwork.
Characters/Pairings: Implied pre-fic Leon/Sora and Cloud/Riku, eventual Leon/Cloud, Sephiroth/Riku, etc. Everyone/Everyone. Full cast.
Rating: MA overall
Summary: Cloud and Leon don't exactly get the action they were expecting
Notes: It's the sexy AU... *laughs*

Cloud didn't question, just watched as Leon dug through a pile of odds and ends on a nearby crate top. All he could think about was just how enticing Leon's ass was.

"Leon! Cloud! Help!" Fists pounded at the front door, causing both men to jump upright and stare at each other.

"Please!" The voice, Yuffie's, continued. "Cloud! The heartless have Aerith!"

Before Leon could even move, Cloud was off the bed and pulling his pants on. He didn't bother with anything else as he raced outside, almost running straight into the wide-eyed ninja.

"Cloud!" Yuffie caught him in her arms. "Over there!"

She pointed across the open area to a corner where darkness was swarming over something. A split second later Cloud saw a trace of pink beneath the pile.

"Aerith!" Without a second thought, Cloud pushed Yuffie aside and leapt off the raised area where their houses were.

Yuffie rushed to the railing, not noticing as Leon came up behind her. Both watched in awe as Cloud spread his wing, using it to glide near-perfectly through the air.

A moment later he'd dropped into the pile of shadows, which scattered quickly as he emerged holding Aerith against him.

The heartless looked oddly confused as they watched Cloud clutch the woman tightly with one arm, the other out to block any of the black creatures that dared try something.

"This one belongs to me!" Cloud yelled. "You do not touch her!" He wrapped his outstretched arm around Aerith, who was clinging to him as well. The shadows quickly vanished, either into thin air or around corners and into the brickwork of the district.

"Cloud?" Aerith raised her face from where it was buried against his shoulder.

"Are you okay?" Blue eyes looked into her green and he slowly fixed some of her disheveled hair.

"You saved me."

Cloud smiled, not wanting to let her go yet.

"It's about time."

They stared at each other a moment before bursting out laughing.

"Group hug!" A voice yelled as the pair was nearly knocked off balance.

"Yuffie!" Aerith exclaimed, removing one arm from Cloud and putting it around Yuffie.

The three of them stayed that way a moment, until Cloud suddenly remembered...

He looked up slowly, just in time to see Leon turn and walk away.

Pain. Anger. Frustration.

Leon walked into the kitchen, too upset to sit down.

He thought he'd found someone... He sat down after another minute of thoughtless angry pacing and put his head in his hands.

More rejection. All it took was one of those women... Sure, he liked them enough, but if anyone should have rescued Aerith, it should have been him. Not that... He slammed a hand down against the wood.

Aerith... He knew she and Cloud had some sort of history; he was so quick to rescue her, to not let her go after just letting him go...

He pushed the chair back so hard it fell over as he stood up. He'd never been good with his emotions but he'd finally tried to...

He was always getting rejected. Many of his memories were gone but the feelings were still strong. There was someone he... But, that person was gone.

And now Cloud. There was something supernatural about him. Not just the wing either. Just. Him.

Something about the blond that he would just offer himself.

Cloud... There was another blond once... Leon sighed.

There was another blond once... And Leon had offered himself...

How long had he been standing there? Long enough Cloud should have returned, unless... Unless he was just being toyed with...

Those supernatural blue eyes... Leon realized something as he locked the front door. Cloud may not be a heartless, but his heart was not his own.

He wondered where Sora was. Sora's heart didn't belong to either of them, but he gave his body willingly enough.

Leon walked back towards the bedroom and caught sight of the pile of clothing on the floor, both his and Cloud's...

He put his fist through the wall.

Cloud sighed, knowing the night was over before it had begun.

"...right, Cloud?" Yuffie looked up, expectant.

"What was that?"

Yuffie stuck out her tongue. "I said, good thing I got you when I did, right, Cloud?"

"Oh. I guess." He had an arm around each woman as they walked back across the open area.

"I'm just happy I had my bodyguard to save me," Aerith said before giggling. "This is just like old times."

"What were you doing out there anyway?" Cloud asked.

"Oh! I was just visiting Cid. I made him tea and we ended up talking for quite awhile," Aerith explained. "The shadows appeared right when I crossed back into the district. I guess I panicked and ran the wrong way."

"Good thing I saw you!" Yuffie exclaimed, beaming.

"Why didn't you rescue me?" Aerith asked, peering around Cloud at the other woman.

"Too many of them... I'm not strong enough," Yuffie said.

"Doesn't Leon practice with you?" Cloud asked as they started up the steps.

Yuffie shook her head. "Not since Sora first showed up."

"Practice with me?"

"Sure thing, Cloud!"

"And Aerith, you should be armed too." He really couldn't believe she didn't walk around with at least some sort of weapon.

Aerith nodded. "I once hoped to never have to fight again."

Yuffie opened the door to their house. "Coming in, Cloud?"

He shook his head. "I was in the middle of something."

Aerith giggled again, letting go to look at him. He'd almost forgotten he was wearing only a pair of jeans. He was basically naked, especially without something covering his wing... Aerith had been pressed close to that side of him... "About to get in the shower?" she asked.

Cloud quickly nodded.

"Shower here!" Yuffie exclaimed. "I have your clothes clean."

"I really need to go back to Leon, er, to Leon's house," the blond stammered. "My other things... Can I stop by in the morning?"

Cloud briefly thought about appending that to afternoon, as he hoped Leon would also take up his morning.

"Of course, Cloud," Aerith replied. "Just remember, you - wing and all - are always welcome with us." She smiled and followed Yuffie into the house.

He stood there a moment, realizing he had been accepted again, something he wasn't sure would ever happen.

Once alone, Cloud realized two things: The ground was cold to his bare feet and, a few steps later, Leon had locked him out.

The hot water ran over his body, tracing odd lines over his muscles on its way to the drain.

He didn't know what he wanted. Or, more correctly, he never could really tell anyone what he wanted. He claimed to be a loner... But he cherished the time he had with Sora, and Aerith and Yuffie. They didn't cling, often.

It was nice to have someone who... No, Cloud was just a heartless... One who was going to make him forget the shadows that lurked outside his door.

Little did he know that at that moment, as slightly soapy streams of water trailed down his body, Cloud was a shadow outside his door.



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