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Title: Lullabye for the New World Order, act one: where secrets lie (in the border fires)
Author: [personal profile] synecdochic
Beta: a whole host of people, but specific thanks to [personal profile] ilyena_sylph, [personal profile] ivorygates, [personal profile] niqaeli, [personal profile] rydra_wong, [personal profile] sarah, and [personal profile] ultranos for cheerleading work, [livejournal.com profile] ladysisyphus for initial brainstorming with me ages ago, and the other members of my old writing group for various bits of backstory and characterization I've no doubt borrowed.
Media Creator: [personal profile] ilyat; art gallery
Word Count: 102,000
Fandom: Final Fantasy 7; AU beginning pre-game
Characters/Pairing(s): Tifa/Tseng, Tseng/Rufus
Rating: R
Warnings: I generally don't provide public warnings on fiction; if you have concerns, please PM me and I'll provide private warnings on request. Due to how long ago I first began developing this story, it takes only the original game as canon and ignores the rest of the Compilation (and ignores the game itself when I thought my version was cooler.)
Summary: Two years ago, Tseng of the Turks heard Tifa, the newly-hired waitress at the Turks' favorite slum bar, drop a tray of glass and start swearing in Wutaian. Half an hour later, she was looking him in the eye and telling him she grew up in Nibelheim -- and was there when Nibelheim went up in flames.

Since that moment, he's been doing everything he needs to do in order to get her and Rufus in the same room, because he knows she has answers to the questions that have been plaguing him and the man he's loyal to since the moment they heard of the town's destruction -- answers that might mean Shinra's destruction, or its salvation.

And perhaps unfortunately for Tseng, his plan is about to work.



Note: Due to length, the fic is posted at its own page. Please comment to the announcement post in my journal!

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