This snippet is a continuation of last week’s for the Weekend Writing Warriors project. I included the link below. Writers share an 8 sentence snippet from their WIP. It is from the last chapter of my current fantasy story. It has a complicated back-story, but I’ll give you the bare bones. Zack and Cloud were trapped in a mad scientist’s lab for several years, they broke out, and are being hunted down. They were both in the military prior to their enslavement. And Cloud is in a comatose like state, so Zack is dragging him around the world hoping he’ll wake up. Zack is trying to get back to Midgar because that’s where his girlfriend lives, and she has no idea what happened to him.Here is a link to last week’s snippet: Snippet #1
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[Zack] remembers standing amidst the charred ruins, struggling to breathe through soot-covered lungs while flying sparks danced around him to the tune of bloodcurdling screams. Sephiroth took the lead in this waltz of death, walking with slow, even steps through the chaos like he was Ifrit himself raised from the underworld. As Zack followed him up to the Mako Reactor, thick clouds of smoke rose towards the blackened sky while flames licked at his boots. He had failed Sephiroth, but he wouldn’t let the same dire fate befall on Cloud, not as long as he was on this planet.
It wasn’t possible to do this journey alone because a hero was no one without someone to save. He didn’t want to admit that there was something else behind the altruistic notions that had motivated him to save his friend, but he knew, could feel it in his heart even if his mind had convinced him otherwise. At first he thought he was rescuing Cloud, dragging his lifeless body out of a vat of poison and into the fresh mountain air, but as the months passed with no significant improvement in his condition, Zack wondered if he was actually helping Cloud. At times he wondered if there was even anything left to save. . .
So the fire Zack referenced was both metaphorical and physical. Sephiroth burned down Cloud’s hometown after he had a psychotic break. Fire is symbolic of one’s spirit, and Cloud’s burns as bright as Sephiroth’s. The interesting thing about Cloud is that unlike Zack, he is not really good or bad, and could swing either way depending on circumstances, similar to Sephiroth.
And I wanted to explore Zack’s reasoning for rescuing his friend (Cloud) from the lab. I don’t believe anyone is 100% good or 100% bad, so I was exploring some of his darker thoughts.
I’m not sure if I should share the next part in this chapter because it is from Cloud’s POV, and he’s fading in and out of consciousness in addition to the fact that he has amnesia. So he starts incorporating Zack’s memories into his thoughts, which become an amalgam of reality, Zack’s memories, his memories, and nightmares. I’ll think about it. . . I like the way it turned out, but it might not make sense XD