Title: Pieces of a Whole
Disclaimer: Not mine in any way, shape or form. I just play nicely with the boys -- or let them play with themselves. No money made, no infringement intended.
Warning: Mentions of rape.
Summary: Growing up and falling in love, Strife style.
Archive: AJCS, RCoS, my LJ, my site.
Notes: [September 2003] The ending makes it obvious that this is merely the first part of a larger story, however that story has been on hold for months now and I don't know that it's going to be finished anytime soon. However, that story will explain and expound upon many of the ideas and events that take place in this story.
Credit goes to Candace for not only catching a few embarrassing mistakes in this, but for creating her vision of Thanatos and many of the Underworld characters. Obviously I've incorporated a few of those ideas in this story. Thanks go to her for creating such vivid characterizations.
[May 2003] Okay, I've been assimilated. I spent so much time browsing through the AJCS archive that every new story that pops into my head is now C/S. This, and the stories following it, are the results.
This is a much, well, *nicer* Strife than I've written before. I don't think I took away his dark edge completely but I've definitely given him a few soft spots -- plus a whopping inferiority complex. I'm not at all certain this is the right characterization of Strife, given what was on the show, but it's what my twisted imagination dictated so I went with it.
This does break the "good writing" rule of telling instead of showing in a major way, but it seemed appropriate for this story. This does shift between present and past tense, but I think I've made the shifts clear enough. "---------------------" indicates a shift to past and "^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^" indicates a shift within the present tense.
As usual, a better formatted, likely more corrected version as well, can be found on my site. Feedback is lovely and any suggestions/critiques are welcome.