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Final Fantasy VII

Conflicts of Interest


Sephiroth, Zack, and Cloud
Three lives forever changed at Nibelheim...

Sephiroth, Zack, & Cloud (by The Captain)

CGI graphic courtesy of The Captain
Rocket Town: The Shinra 26



Everyone knows that there are many secrets in Cloud's past. But just how dark and tangled are those secrets? And how does Cloud's friend Zack fit into the picture?

award animation From the SquareSoft Fan HQ! ^_^


The WEAPONS have reappeared, signaling the existence of a new danger to the Planet -- or the return of an old one. Suspecting that Jenova is somehow involved, Cloud and his friends set out to locate and neutralize the mysterious threat.

But as Cloud encounters people from his past, he gradually begins to remember what happened to him between his first departure from Nibelheim and his reunion with Tifa at a Midgar Train station seven years later -- dark and terrible things.

In the meantime, strange monsters raid a half-forgotten Shinra storage facility. The resulting theft leads Cloud and his companions even deeper into his murky and disturbing past.

Cloud also discovers that his ties to both his old friend Zack and his arch-nemesis Sephiroth are deeper and stronger than he could ever imagine.

Cloud thought that he had forever escaped his role as Sephiroth's shadow.

He was wrong.

And the most important question still remains....

Who is the real Cloud Strife?


CONFLICTS OF INTEREST: the original version

SUMMARY of parts 1-7

Part 1: Dread Harbingers (48 K)
Part 2: It's a Great Day... For Science (87 K)
Part 3: Fire & Blood (92 K)
Part 4: Conspiracies of Silence & Omission (86 K)
Part 5: Shards of Truth (96 K)
Part 6: The Jaws of the Beast (86 K)
Part 7: Reunion (170 K)

Part 8
   Teaser 1 - 06/20/1999 (17 K)
      a tense conversation between Sephiroth and Cloud

   Teaser 2 - 06/21/2001 (100 K)
      the COI version of what happened on that very first
      mission to Nibelheim 7+ years ago


Conflicts of Interest: Redux


A major rewrite of COI - currently in progress

Part 6 Redux -- 2/15/2003 (101 K) new (draft)
major changes - reorganizing and adding details to the flashback scenes


COI: side-stories


Mind Game (8 K)
A forgotten, but critical confrontation between Sephiroth and Cloud in the Shinra Building's detention area

The Fall of Wutai (10 K)
One woman stands in Sephiroth's way as he seeks to conquer of Wutai... but not for long.

Puppets -- 10/21/2002 (21 K)
A desperate, murderous act on the cliffs overlooking Midgar initiates the awakening of Sephiroth.

Hollow: Part 1 -- 11/12/2002 (55 K) (draft)
Cloud and Zack manage to survive the massacre at Nibelheim, but can they survive the attention of the Shinra scientists?

A Minor Inconvenience -- 03/02/2003 (9 K) new
President Shinra resolves a minor domestic crisis.


COI: associated works


 "Angel" - *Yaoi/Slash Warning!*
a 'what-if' videofic about Sephiroth and Zack, based on a song by Sarah McLachlan

"Sad But True" - *spoiler warning!*
videofic about Cloud's fractured mind, based on a song by Metallica

"Turn the Page"
videofic about Sephiroth's past, based on a song by Metallica


Fanart related to "Conflicts of Interest", by assorted artists




"Until It Sleeps"
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Where do I take this pain of mine
I run, but it stays right by my side
So tear me open, pour me out
There's things inside that scream
and shout
And the pain still hates me
So hold me, until it sleeps

Just like the curse
Just like the stray
You feed it once, and now it stays
Now it stays

So tear me open, but beware
There's things inside without a care
And the dirt still stains me
So wash me, until I'm clean

It grips you, so hold me
It stains you, so hold me
It hates you, so hold me
It holds you, so hold me
Until it sleeps...

So tell me why you've chosen me
Don't want your grip
Don't want your greed
Don't want it

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I'll tear me open, make you gone
No more can you hurt anyone
And the fear still shakes me
So hold me, until it sleeps

It grips you, so hold me
It stains you, so hold me
It hates you, so hold me
It holds you, so hold me
Until it sleeps...

I don't want it

So tear me open, but beware
There's things inside without a care
And the dirt still stains me
So wash me, 'till I'm clean....

I'll tear me open, make you gone
No longer will you hurt anyone
And the fear still shapes me
So hold me, until it sleeps...
Until it sleeps....

    -- by Metallica
    -- © 1996 Creeping Death Music
    -- used without permission

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