Hearts in Chaos--chapter 13The Long Days of WinterHearts in Chaos--chapter 13 by ~GenesisArclite
Lightning woke up the next morning and croaked when she tried to groan. Surprised, she sat up and turned her focus inward, examining her throat. The phlegm had returned, jamming up her esophagus partway down; she cleared her throat, finally having to empty it out entirely just to be able to breathe. Her joints ached slightly and her forehead felt a bit warm while her fingers felt cool. Trying not to be concerned, she climbed out of bed and put on her uniform, tossing her nightclothes on the unmade bed. Her chocobo was on the floor; she picked it up and set it on the pillows, right side up, where it could gaze at the wall with its button eyes.
Noting it was only six-thirty, she then went to the bathroom, which, mercifully, was empty, and finished washing up within fifteen minutes. When she came back out, Caius was there at the bar as usual, looking more awake than she felt, and nodded a greeting.
“Morning,” she said, t
Hearts in Chaos--chapter 12Cocoon and PulseHearts in Chaos--chapter 12 by ~GenesisArclite
Autumn transformed into winter. Serah began to visibly develop, gaining a swollen belly as the baby continued to grow inside her. Snow, still scrambling to help Rygdea coordinate with the pillar settlement and several other places, including what remained of settlements on Cocoon, grew frustrated with his inability to spend time with her and his child. Serah continually assured him everything would be fine, even as she began to look into a position at the upcoming women’s security regiment. Rygdea brought up the idea of a militia that had jurisdiction in every area, but each branch would function independently, meaning that they would simply be homogenous within their structure but not necessarily to the outside observer.
Then he dropped the news on Snow that, yes, there would be an official New Bodhum Security Regiment that would ultimately report to the central government but operate under the growing
Hearts in Chaos--chapter 11Windows to the SoulHearts in Chaos--chapter 11 by ~GenesisArclite
The days passed slowly, autumn fading into winter, time feeling as though it were crawling along. The NORA household grew quiet as the only inhabitants became Serah, Snow, and Lightning, plus the calico feline Snow and the occasional neighborhood cat looking to play with her. With the weather regularly unpleasant, there were very few visitors to the household otherwise. Rain regularly swept the beach. Caius often secluded himself in the inn, becoming very quiet whenever Snow did see him, and for a while Lightning didn’t bother him. This went on for a week or two, and generally Caius turned up once a day as usual, though he didn’t say much. Rather, he seemed to be thinking, and Snow had to wonder what about.
Nearly three months after he and Serah had gotten married, he noticed his wife suddenly being much quieter than before, though he sensed it was not in a bad way. In addition to the stringy mu
Hearts in Chaos--chapter 10Promised EternityHearts in Chaos--chapter 10 by ~GenesisArclite
For the first month since the founding of the provisional government, things went smoothly. It had yet to have an official name, but as far as organization went, everything was going fairly well. The settlement at the base of the pillar continued to grow every day. The security regiments grew bigger, and when Rygdea showed off intelligence reports at the morning meeting, Caius saw images of the pillar settlement bristling with construction equipment, indicating explosive growth as the Gran Elevator grew closer to completion. At first, the stated goals of the new government were widely accepted: unifying the Pulse and Cocoon people, stabilizing society, and building a new future in the wilds of Pulse. No one said anything about it.
A week after Caius had made the deal with Lightning to someday have their “talk”, the first incident of this new arrangement occurred and caused a stir. Living in the sh