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21 August 2007 @ 10:17 pm
(15 pairings) theme #13: star gazing  
Title: insomnia
Pairing: Rydia/Edge
Rating: G
Word Count: 883
Disclaimer: No part of FFIV belongs to me. All hail Squaresoft.

Ever since they'd reached the Moon, Rydia had been having trouble sleeping. It was easier to move here, but harder to breathe - an oddly taxing combination that left her feeling drained but restless at night.

On nights when sleep seemed especially hopeless, she quietly got up and left the cabin. It was unwise to stray too far from the shelter, as the monsters here were anything but weak; still, being outside was preferable to lying awake inside.

And the view was incredible.

When they were on the Earth side, she filled the sky. Huge, white-swirled and blue, she was almost frightening to look at. As though if you so much as jumped, you would begin to fall upward. Or as though she could engulf you entirely at any moment, and simply chose not to.

The Earth was far more awe-inspiring from a distance. When you were actually there, you were awed by her components - elements, oceans, creatures - but the whole was too close to understand.

Perhaps that was why they'd had to leave to save her.

Tonight, though, they were on the dark side. On Earth, the Moon would be full; here, tonight, they were behind the scenes, looking out on a different splendour.

The stars were innumerable, and so bright. Even out here, their light was not comparable to that of the Moon on the Earth, but it was just enough to see by. It was a strange light, one that made you feel you ought to open your eyes more properly, or perhaps wake up.

Such odd light made Rydia more restless still. Their cabin was set up in a valley of sorts, near one of the cliff faces. It was not sheer, and there was a shelf not too far up. Dissatisfied with the valley floor, Rydia began to climb.

The shelf was only slightly higher than the roof of the cabin, not drastically far removed from her previous location, but the vantage was entirely different. Everything looked mysterious, exciting; yet somehow peaceful. It made Rydia want company.

She peered carefully over the lip of the shelf. "Edge," she called softly.

A shadowy figure emerged from between two boulders next to the cabin. Even without detail, she could see chagrin in every line of his body.

"Come up here. You have to see this." The ninja made short work of the climb and soon stood next to her, gazing at the starlit moonscape.

"You were right," he said after a moment. "This is really something." He paused. "How... did you know I was there?"

Rydia smiled crookedly.

"I know you're supposed to be a ninja and everything," she said, sitting down against the continuing cliff face and drawing up her knees, ignoring the small indignant sound from her companion, "but I was raised by monsters. Remember? Not a lot gets by me." They were still speaking quietly. There was a quality to the stillness that made a person not want to disturb it. Edge sat down next to her.

"Well. I suppose that makes sense."

"Besides," continued Rydia, "I know you. I know you haven't been sleeping either. I see you every day; I fight beside you. You're fighting like I'm fighting." She rubbed at her face with one hand. "We have to start sleeping or this isn't going to work."

He was silent. No response was necessary; they both knew she was right.

They sat together for some time in the vast stillness. Edge, normally flamboyantly garrulous, was hushed by the strange quiet around them. Naturally more taciturn, Rydia felt no inclination to break the silence.

Both were wide awake. It was difficult to become accustomed to pure starlight. Time seemed not to pass. There were only the strange light, the rocks, and each other's presence.

Eventually Rydia shifted her position and discovered how cold she was.

"Oh." She shivered. "It's chilly up here."

Edge tried not to laugh. "I have always felt that your, ah, attire was not really all that practical...."

Hunched into herself, arms folded for warmth, she shoved him with her shoulder.

"You are not allowed to criticize me for impracticality. Capes are not stealthy at all. I bet it took you ages to stop getting it caught on things." He made a strange sort of sound that she took as affirmation. "So there," she finished.

It was all right to be childish in the starlight.

"In the present situation," said Edge, and Rydia was surprised to notice that he sounded rather smug, "you must admit that my cape is rather useful than not." As he spoke, he drew out one side of his cape and settled it, and his arm, around her shoulders.

Rydia sat completely still.

Misinterpreting, Edge made to withdraw his arm and leave the cape, but she grabbed his hand.

"No, stay. You're warm." Carefully, she leaned into him. He was very warm and very solid. Carefully, he adjusted his arm until she was snugly against him. She let her head rest on his shoulder.

They could feel one another breathing. It was calming, being aware of the breath of another. It made them less aware of the strangeness of the starlight and the impossibility of normal fatigue. It made breathing itself easier, deeper.

They slept.
misterknucklesmisterknuckles on August 22nd, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, I like this one a lot ^^ the relationship between rydia and edge is fun, and very very sweet :)

My criticism for this one is in your use of pronouns when you're describing celestial bodies in the feminine... "When they were on the Earth side, she filled the sky. Huge, white-swirled and blue, she was almost frightening to look at." It took me a few seconds to realize what you were actually saying. I was like "omgzorzz, rydia's not huge and massive and swirling blue!?!!1!1 oh wait... she's describing the view of the earth." For me it could've been a little clearer but I figured it out. Lol.
chibifrieza: rydia - oekakichibifrieza on August 23rd, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks! ^_^ Yeah, I anticipated that some people might have difficulty with that... I don't know how to make it clearer without also making it more cumbersome, so I'm leaving it as it is. I like the female pronoun for Earth; I tried it gender-neutral and it just didn't sound right. Oh, well.
Calebsong_of_silence on August 23rd, 2007 06:20 am (UTC)
There's a minor character in Watchmen who dies when he tries to stop a bank robbery and his cape gets stuck in a revolving door.

I like this one. Nice take on life on the Moon. Reminds me of old science-fantasy.
chibifrieza: rydia - oekakichibifrieza on August 23rd, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
Ouch. What a way to go.

Thank you! I found it a bit hard to take into account certain aspects of existence on the moon while ignoring others (like, for example, the complete and utter lack of atmosphere O_O). I'm glad it worked.
bumble_ant: Sephbumble_ant on August 31st, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
This fic really made me remember why I always liked this pairing so much. You made them sweet without it being sappy.

Well done!
chibifrieza: rydia - oekakichibifrieza on September 1st, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
Oh, thank you! I'm so glad you like it. Yeah, if any pairing needs to stay completely away from sappy, it's these two. ^_^ If I may ask, how did you come across my fic?
bumble_ant: Cecil Rosabumble_ant on September 1st, 2008 11:50 am (UTC)
I've been hopping around LJ looking for a day or two, so I'm not entirely sure how I found your fic. I guess through an old edition of Final Fantasy Press or something^^
chibifrieza: rydia - oekakichibifrieza on September 4th, 2008 08:03 am (UTC)
Ah, I see. Yeah, that sounds likely. ^_^