Human Moment - Sephiroth/Zack
Title: Human Moment Authors: skeren and icedark_elf Characters: Sephiroth and Zack Fair (matched as above) Fandom: Final Fantasy Seven Theme Set: HW1 Theme(s): 4. Children’s games Warnings and Notes: There's naked things! Warned!
Zack: So things hadn't really changed since Seph's little dating revelation, and Zack had settled into it. He was still blinking at the idea of Seph wanting to date him, but that was fine. He was awesome and highly datable. Still, time to work on that next vacation. And to be a bit more sneaky about it. Still, brrr. Had the orders in hand, and hummed as he walked into the office.
Sephiroth: He glanced up as he heard him enter, then quirked an eyebrow. "Zack.:"
Zack: He dropped the papers on his desk and then flopped down in a chair.
Sephiroth: He eyed him, then sighed and leaned forward to pick them up. Cautiously.
Zack: "Don't give me that look." Frowns faintly. "Why is it whenever I come in with papers, you give me that look?"
Sephiroth: "Because half the time when I'm not expecting them something bad happened." He flipped through them.... then blinked.
Zack: Zack quirked a brow at him.
Sephiroth: "What is this?"
Zack: "I think they are order." A dry, dry tone.
Sephiroth: "To the Northern Inn area."
Zack: "Which is full of -cold-." An almost mournful tone, because he didn't like cold. "Though relatively clean."
Sephiroth: "It snows there, of course it would be cold." He looked through them with a bit of notable interest. "They're short notice."
Zack: "How short?"
Sephiroth: "Day after tomorrow."
Zack: "Better pack, then. We staying at the inn up there, or do we get a house? I don't know what the area is like up there." And he didn't know a lot of details. Just that he had asked for clean, and that apparently meant cold as well.
Sephiroth: "At the Inn. Did you really think they'd give us a building to ourselves?"
Zack: "I don't know what they have up there. I know a few of the smaller towns just stick people in a house. They don't have inns."
Sephiroth: "Well, where we're being sent is the resort section."
Zack: Zack grinned.
Sephiroth: He eyed him. "Zack." He set the file down. "Don't you have things to be doing?":
Zack: "I see how you are now." He stood, and headed for the door. "Pack warm." He had a few things to get before they went up. Like lots of blankets. And hot chocolate.
Sephiroth: He blinked. "Why? It's just snow."
Zack: Zack just shook his head and headed out.
Sephiroth: He simply shook his head and finished the papers he had so he could make his arrangements and get his things ready.
Zack: It didn't take long for the time to pass, and he was packed and waiting for Seph at their transport.
Sephiroth: He had a bag, and was dressed in typical attire as he met up with him. "You have everything?"
Zack: A nod. "So, ready to go?" He smiled at Seph with a smile, hand tucked firmly into his pocket.
Sephiroth: "Quite." He then slipped into the machine they were riding over in after eyeing it a moment. Him and Zack with flying craft made him a little... suspicious... anymore.
Zack: Zack chuckled, and held up his now mastered Restore. "Just in case."
Sephiroth: He snorted, settling himself. "Yes, that reassures me so." His tone was flat.
Zack: "At least we won't be relying on a baby." He moved to sit as well, bag tucked away. "So, any plans this time?"
Sephiroth: "Plans?" He blinked, then arched an eyebrow. "Aside from sweeping the area, no."
Zack: "How long are we scheduled here?"
Sephiroth: "Four days. Didn't you look at the orders?"
Zack: "It's been a busy few days. Besides, I can always ask you, yeah?" He smiled at Seph.
Sephiroth: "I suppose." He lifted his chin slightly.
Zack: Zack just gave him a look, and then reached out to tug at his hair.
Sephiroth: He turned his head a little to watch his fingers.
Zack: He went for the hair, smiling a bit.
Sephiroth: Not minding, as he was fairly sure that nothing could rub off on him, he held still to allow it.
Zack: Giving the hair a light tug, he let his fingers slide off. Such fine hair.
Sephiroth: He tilted his head fractionally, then watched him sideways.
Zack: Zack smiled at Seph, pleased. He was still trying to tread through Seph's neurosis when it came to, well, most things.
Sephiroth: He hummed, then turned his head to look out the window, chin lifting as they took off.
Zack: It was a quiet flight. Which Zack was happy for. Though he did make a bit of a face when they touched down and the cold air came in.
Sephiroth: He paused as he got a feel for the air, then collected his bag and slipped out into the snow. How... pretty.
Zack: Zack held back a moment, then smiled. Well, looked like he picked a better place this time.
Sephiroth: He finally moved forward, picking his way deftly through the snow. He'd drop off his bag first.
Zack: Smiling, Zack followed. "Shouldn't take too long to do sweeps here."
Sephiroth: "No, it would be fairly obvious via tracks, hmm?" He slipped inside finally.
Zack: "True. Did you bring things to entertain yourself this time?"
Sephiroth: "I had things to entertain me last time."
Zack: That got a snort.
Sephiroth: "You didn't notice?"
Zack: Zack just gave him a -look-, and went to get the keys to their room.
Sephiroth: He waited patiently, then followed the man up once he had the keys.
Zack: Letting them into the room, Zack was pleased. They had one of the nicer rooms. Dropping his bag, he went to poke around.
Sephiroth: He looked around, then collected a key. "I'm going to do a sweep, I'll be back shortly."
Zack: Zack snorted and followed. "You know I won't let you go do a sweep on your own."
Sephiroth: "Because it will be so difficult?"
Zack: "Like that matters. There are charmers up here."
Sephiroth: "I have been to snow areas before Zack."
Zack: "I know that, Seph. Promise." He just looked at the man, though. "Do you not want me to come along?"
Sephiroth: "I wasn't going to argue, however, didn't you want to unpack?"
Zack: "I can unpack later." He just didn't like letting one person go out on a sweep without some sort of backup.
Sephiroth: "If you insist." He rolled a shoulder, gathering up his blade and heading back out.
Zack: Zack frowned at his back, and followed anyway.
Sephiroth: He didn't seem to notice the snow, picking his way through town to the outskirts so he could run a check, keeping an eye on Zack.
Zack: Zack moved easily through the snow. Didn't like the cold, but he really didn't feel it like he used to.
Sephiroth: "You're alright?" He eyed him occasionally, but wasn't concerned, making a slow full circuit around the town.
Zack: "I'm fine. I was just thinking about how I don't feel the cold as much as before." He looked around, eyeing the areas around town. "If we're going further out, though, we should get some birds."
Sephiroth: "Not today. Tomorrow. They haven't had any increased reports recently."
Zack: Zack nodded. "We don't have much to hunt up here. Which means more time to relax."
Sephiroth: "That was your idea, wasn't it Zack?" He padded back towards the inn.
Zack: "Of course. I was trying for someplace cleaner than the beach."
Sephiroth: "Snow is infinitely preferable."
Zack: "I'll remember that." He gave the man a smile.
Sephiroth: "Good of you." He arched an eyebrow and gestured him to go inside. "I'm going to stay out here, go on and unpack."
Zack: Zack paused for a moment, then looped an arm around Seph's shoulders for a hug, then headed in
Sephiroth: He blinked, stilling for a beat, then just moved to poke around a snowdrift. It would be dark in an hour or two, so he might as well look around now.
Zack: Unpacking, he went and started to poke in the kitchen area. Noting what they would need for the next few days, he went to go do a run to the local store.
Sephiroth: He had, apparently, found something highly fascinating about one of the harder to reach mounds of snow. That or he'd gotten inspiration from some kids he'd seen out on their round, because he left a stack up there of snow objects, following Zack back as he came through with groceries.
Zack: Zack glanced over, and then grinned. "Nice." He headed in.
Sephiroth: He arched an eyebrow, just knowing that the man couldn't properly see what he'd been doing. "Nice?"
Zack: "You look like you're having fun."
Sephiroth: "I suppose that might be a conclusion to draw." He eyed the bags. "What food did you collect?"
Zack: "Just a few things we can cook upstairs if we don't want to come down. Some drinks and such as well."
Zack: "Juices and such."
Sephiroth: "Which kinds?"
Zack: Zack offered a bag. "Apple. Orange. Some mixes."
Sephiroth: He took the bag to look through it with the air of intense criticism. "They'll do."
Zack: "So glad you approve." Dry tone. "You coming in?"
Sephiroth: "Of course." He swept through the door and set the bag down, moving to unpack his things.
Zack: Putting the food away, he came back out, and blinked. "You brought other types of clothes!"
Sephiroth: "Of course I did." He set the soft material in the top drawer of the dresser.
Zack: "I didn't think you owned any."
Sephiroth: "Of course I do. They're private clothes."
Zack: "I'd never seen them. So I didn't know for sure." He heard mention of them, but given that he hadn't ever seen any.....
Sephiroth: "I wasn't -lying- Zack." He gave him a slightly irritated look. "Are we going for food or are you making something?"
Zack: Zack shifted. He hadn't said Seph was lying. Just...never saw them. Sighing, he ran a hand through his hair. "Figured we could grab something for dinner tonight."
Sephiroth: He nodded. "Then get a coat Zack, you looked cold earlier."
Zack: "Just don't like it." He did grab a coat, though. "It's been a while since I've been this far north."
Sephiroth: "But it's comfortable." He frowned a little at him, then shook his head. "Well, come along then."
Zack: "You're warmer than I am, Seph." He tugged on the jacket and followed.
Sephiroth: He waved a hand. "If I were willing to go outside naked I would still be comfortable."
Zack: "See. Warmer than I am." He bumped his shoulder against the other man's. "So, what sounds good to you?"
Sephiroth: He eyed him a moment, then considered. "A place a street over smelled good."
Zack: "Then lets go." Zack bumped him again with a grin.
Sephiroth: "Are you trying to knock me over?" He arched an eyebrow and eyed him, then moved along out of the building.
Zack: "Nah, if I was doing that, we'd probably be wresting on the street now."
Sephiroth: He looked appalled. "But -that- snow is dirty."
Zack: "So obviously I'm not trying to knock you down."
Sephiroth: "...I suppose I'll believe that.'
Zack: "Thank you, Seph." Yet another dry tone.
Sephiroth: "You're welcome." His tone said he was being quite gracious.
Zack: "Now you are just looking to get knocked down, aren't you?
Sephiroth: He tossed his head. "Of course not, we're getting food.
Zack: "I don't know about that. I think you are wanting to get knocked over." Zack was nodding his head as he said this.
Sephiroth: "No." He lifted his chin, picking up speed to head for the restaurant.
Zack: Chuckling, he followed.
Sephiroth: It didn't take long to get to the place, and the warmth coming from inside was like a wall as they passed through the door.
Zack: Shedding his jacket easily, Zack looked around. "Smells good in here."
Sephiroth: "I said it did." His voice was dry, and he flipped his hair behind him, heading to get them a table.
Zack: "And I didn't doubt you."
Sephiroth: "Good, I have very good judgment on such matters."
Zack: Zack rolled his eyes as he followed. "You are such a -brat- some days."
Sephiroth: "I am never any such thing." He eyed him, then looked over his menu.
Zack: "Fibber." He smiled at the waitress, who came to get their drink order.
Sephiroth: He gave his drink order then just snorted and ignored Zack for the menu so he could give a proper order when she came back.
Zack: Chuckling, Zack looked through the menu himself.
Sephiroth: He gave his order when she returned and then settled back to study the other man.
Zack: Returning the woman's smile at him, Zack also gave his order, then leaded back in his chair.
Sephiroth: He felt an eyebrow quirk, but stayed quiet for now, considering. He needed to look around their rooms.
Sephiroth: "Friendly of you."
Zack: Blank look from Zack.
Sephiroth: He just eyed him a moment, then deemed his reaction acceptable. "What sort of space do we have in the room? I haven't checked yet."
Zack: "Got a little mini kitchen area, another room off the bedroom area, a -big- bathroom." He liked that bathroom. Zack was a fan of baths.
Sephiroth: "Bathrooms are very good." He nodded. "I'll have to look at that later this evening."
Zack: "They apparently expect people to spend a lot of time in hot water up here." Zack hummed.
Sephiroth: "Because they're like you?"
Zack: "Maybe. I just like soaking. Mom always said I was a water baby when I was little." He paused, thinking about it. A trip home really needed to be in his future.
Sephiroth: He blinked at him. "That's depressing somehow?"
Zack: Blinking, Zack looked up. "Um...oh. No. Was just thinking it's been a while since I've been home."
Sephiroth: He pursed his lips, then focused on his drink. "I suppose."
Zack: "I think you'd like my parents."
Sephiroth: "Oh?" He eyed him at that.
Zack: "Yeah. Mom has the whole honor thing going on that I think you'd like. And Dad is just sword nuts, and would probably love you for your blade."
Sephiroth: He eyed him slightly incredulously. "Yes, that makes me just feel all warm inside."
Zack: Zack grinned. "They also produced me, and you like me, right?"
Sephiroth: "I suppose I do."
Zack: "Since we're sort of possibly dating, I'm glad of that." Wasn't he feeling loved now.
Sephiroth: "Of course we're dating." He huffed. "I thought we resolved this matter."
Zack: That got a chuckle. "I feel the love here. Though if we are, you really should meet my parents at some point."
Sephiroth: He drummed his fingers on the table with a little frown, but looked up when the waitress brought his food. Good, timing was good.
Zack: Zack watched his reaction, with barely any reaction to the food. "You need to, eventually."
Sephiroth: "I suppose." Then he picked up his fork.
Zack: Collecting his own stuff, Zack hummed faintly.
Sephiroth: He turned his attention fully to the food.
Zack: Sighing a bit mentally, Zack also started eating. Honestly, he didn't know how this thing was going to work.
Sephiroth: He could almost feel the odd mood and frowned a little at his food, then finally decided to do the man a great favor and offered him a taste of his food.
Zack: That got a blink, then Zack gave Seph a small smile and took that taste. Then he returned the favor.
Sephiroth: He accepted it and decided that all was better, relaxing.
Zack: Forcing himself to relax, Zack focused on his meal.
Sephiroth: He worked through the food as he settled back in his chair, then looked over at Zack. "You're being quiet."
Zack: "Just enjoying the food."
Sephiroth: "I upset you again." He sipped his drink.
Zack: "It's just...I'm not really sure what you're looking for with this thing between us."
Sephiroth: "I'm not sure what you mean."
Zack: "Just trying to figure out what you expect from me. Because I've dated before, and this isn't a lot like those." He gave the man a wry smile. "Not that I'm not interested."
Sephiroth: "I don't know a good deal about dating, you know that."
Zack: Zack nodded. "I know. That's why I was just asking on what it is you were looking for."
Sephiroth: He blinked at him, trying in vain to understand what the man was expecting to say. "But I'm not looking."
Zack: "So you're completely happy with how we are right now?"
Sephiroth: "I should be unhappy with you?" That made no sense with him whatsoever, and he cocked his head, eyeing him.
Zack: "I...no. No you shouldn't." He sighed. "Never mind." Looking at his food, Zack just started to poke at it.
Sephiroth: He watched him. "Should I get the check now?"
Zack: "If you're ready to go."
Sephiroth: He nodded, calling the woman back to pay her so they could leave.
Zack: Setting his fork down, Zack waited, trying to shake himself out of his suddenly quiet mood.
Sephiroth: He watched him, then stood after everything was taken care of.
Zack: Standing, Zack slid his jacket back on. "So, where to now? Wanna have a snowball right?"
Sephiroth: He quirked an eyebrow. "I suppose." Then he swept off ahead of him.
Zack: A blink, then a grin, and Zack followed right after, bouncing on the balls of his feet.
Sephiroth: He padded along back over to where he'd been before following Zack inside in the first place.
Zack: Curious, Zack followed.
Sephiroth: He climbed back up onto the ledge and peered down at Zack, leaning over to rest a hand on his pile. "Zack?"
Zack: Looking up at him, Zack tilted his head. "Yeah?"
Sephiroth: "Catch." Then he picked up one of the balls and tossed it, quickly going for another in his pile.
Zack: Yelping, Zack dove to the side, collecting a handful of snow and quickly flinging it at Seph.
Sephiroth: He ducked down, using his perch as the advantage it was and smirking as he tried to get Zack from where he'd gotten to.
Zack: Ducking under the edge of it, making Seph work for it, he collected some snow there.
Sephiroth: He gave a little growl, though it didn't sound upset, and leaned over to check where he was before flinging the next one.
Zack: Zack flung one at his face once the man looked over.
Sephiroth: He jerked back quickly and then gathered a few closer and started pelting them blindly.
Zack: Dancing to the side, Zack popped out the other side he had gone under, jumping up and throwing two snowballs at Seph before ducking back under.
Sephiroth: He hissed sharply at the abrupt sting of cold, then leaned over his pile to fling them down at Zack.
Zack: More scrambling underneath, laughing.
Sephiroth: He eyed the ledge, then scooped up an armful and leaned over on his knees to fling it all.
Zack: Catching them, he sputtered, and lunged forward for Seph.
Sephiroth: He yelped, slipping on his perch as Zack clipped him and immediately grabbed. He would not land on his head.
Zack: Once he had him, Zack twisted, not wanting to actually hurt the man.
Sephiroth: He did not land gracefully, and just sort of blinked for a moment. "Zack?"
Zack: A grunt from under him, and then a handful of snow rubbed into his hair.
Sephiroth: He made a noise that was highly indignant then, rolling over to retaliate.
Zack: A bit of a raspy laugh, and Zack did it again, twisting to try to keep Seph's hands off.
Sephiroth: He tried to skitter back at that point, batting at his hands. His -hair-!
Zack: Zack went to tackle him, grinning like mad.
Sephiroth: He twisted and grabbed a fistful of snow to fling into Zack's face, scrambling back. Feet! He needed his feet.
Zack: Spluttering, he paused to wipe the snow off his face.
Sephiroth: He gained his feet and tossed his hair back, though he eyed it worriedly.
Zack: Zack flung another snowball at him.
Sephiroth: He dodged and kicked snow at Zack.
Zack: Another snowball, and Zack was laughing happily.
Sephiroth: He wrinkled his nose at him and just dodged again, looking for all the world like a wet cat. "I need a shower."
Zack: Zack chuckled, and let up on the assault. "But didn't you have fun?"
Sephiroth: He eyed him consideringly. "You were only saved a surprise assault because of the food." Then he smirked, just a little, and turned to head off towards the inn.
Zack: That got a laugh, and Zack followed, shaking snow off himself.
Sephiroth: He was visibly trying to shake snow out of his hair as he walked.
Zack: Reaching up, he help brush some of the snow off.
Sephiroth: He glanced to him, eyeing him, then ruffling his hair which set off a flurry of snow out of the black. "Hmm."
Zack: A few more sweeps. "I think you got most of it." Zack felt...relaxed. Really relaxed. That had been fun, and not something he'd ever expected Seph to do.
Sephiroth: He eyed it. "You need a shower too."
Zack: "I'll take a bath once you've had your shower."
Sephiroth: "It's a combination one I take it?"
Zack: He thought about it. "You know...I don't know. I just saw it was a big bathroom."
Sephiroth: "Then we'll look." He slipped into the inn and headed for their room.
Zack: Nodding at the receptionist, he went up as well. Once they were in, he did strip out of the jacket and shirt. Weeeet.
Sephiroth: He paused to take off his boots by the door, then moved to look around the bathroom, stripping in there to hang the wet leather to one side. "They're separate in here Zack."
Zack: "Yeah?" He wandered that way, peering in.
Sephiroth: "Yes." He looked over, then moved to get into the nicely sized shower.
Zack: "I can wait until you're done." He rubbed his arms. Okay, cold skin plus air. Chilly now.
Sephiroth: "Don't bother, there's more than enough room in here." He closed the door behind him and turned on the water.
Zack: Debating it for a moment, he went in. If Seph didn't mind, and it wasn't like he hadn't seen the man naked before, thanks to the showers in Wutai.
Sephiroth: He listened, pleased the man had decided to join him, and he quickly started to scrub himself down.
Zack: Starting the bath, he went to collect some clothes and, after a moment, collected some for Seph as well.
Sephiroth: He didn't linger overlong, rinsing off the soap and listening to the man moving around.
Zack: Setting the clothing down where Seph would find them, he stripped down and slid into the tub with a low sound. Oh, nice hot water.
Sephiroth: He finally turned off the water, collecting a towel and wiping off his legs before moving to see how settled Zack was.
Zack: Soaking in the tub, Zack opened an eye, and grinned at Seph, then shut his eyes again. "I like this tub. Think they'd notice if we took it home?"
Sephiroth: "They might." He stripped off the towel and padded over, draping it nearby before nodding to himself and stepping down into the water, letting himself slide in one motion so he was pressed flush against the man's front, hands on shoulder and side respectively as he leaned in quickly to kiss him. Not that he knew how to really kiss but that wasn't the point.
Zack: Eyes flying open, Zack froze, making a highly confused sound. What the hell? He was being kissed. Naked Sephiroth was not being shy about contact and there was kisses!
Sephiroth: Absently taking note of that, he tilted his head to deepen the kiss a little. He tasted surprisingly good. Was that why he saw people kissing as often as he did? He slid his hands a little, pleased with the water since he -knew- it had dealt with any potential grime, and he indulged in finally getting a better sense of the man's muscles.
Zack: Wiggling some, hands making a grab for Seph's wrists, Zack pulled back from the kiss. "Woah," he rasped.
Sephiroth: He paused, eyeing him slightly at the halt.
Zack: Taking a deep breath, Zack looked at him. "What the hell?"
Sephiroth: He quirked an eyebrow.
Zack: "You...naked....in the tub...." Wide, wide eyes.
Sephiroth: "Yes." He nodded slightly, then gave a pointed look at his hands. "Is there something wrong with that?"
Zack: "You go from barely touching to naked in tub with me?" He was still rather startled.
Sephiroth: "Well, yes." He tugged lightly at his arm.
Zack: "You don't do subtle, do you?"
Sephiroth: "Should I?"
Zack: Zack took a deep breath. Wow, Seph really -was- warm. Then he let go of Seph's hand.
Sephiroth: He took that as permission, and he slid his fingers to run down his chest to his belly.
Zack: A squirm. "So, decided you wanted to have some contact?"
Sephiroth: "I've done a little research into the idea."
Zack: "What are you planning here, Seph?" A slightly high-pitched tone.
Sephiroth: "Planning?" He traced the fingers of his other hand over his collarbone and leaned forward to brush his lips across the base of his neck, where he wasn't submerged anymore.
Zack: Another shiver. "How far are you planning on taking this Seph? Cause I'm not sure how far I want to let it go." Though he -was- a teenage boy, and Seph was really hot.
Sephiroth: He blinked, tilting his head slightly. "You have something specific in mind?"
Zack: "I don't -know-." Is a bit distracted.
Sephiroth: "Oh. Hm." He considered, thinking over some of what he'd read, then grazed his teeth over where he'd been kissing, one hand sliding around between Zack and the tub edge to run down his spine.
Zack: A confused, sort of turned on sound.
Sephiroth: "I didn't plan that far." It was a murmur before he did it again, shifting around a little so he was properly straddling him.
Zack: Zack squeaked.
Sephiroth: He lifted his head slightly to look at his face, fingers resting at the small of his back as the other hand petted along his chest.
Zack: He was blushing. Zack was -positive- he was blushing.
Sephiroth: He blinked as he noticed that, and moved his hand to brush wet fingers over his cheek. "Zack?"
Zack: "Yes?" More squeaks in his tone.
Sephiroth: "Are you okay?" He nosed his cheek, fingers sliding to stroke his neck.
Zack: "I think?"
Sephiroth: He took that at value, and turned his head to kiss his proper again, purring faintly as his fingers slid back down his chest.
Zack: Okay, focus on the kiss. The kiss he could handle. Knew what to do with that.
Sephiroth: A little startled by the man returning the kiss, he paused, then resumed after a beat once he realized the other seemed to have a decent idea on that front.
Zack: After a moment, he rested his hands on Seph's sides. Focusing on kissing right now, and he could do that right.
Sephiroth: He shifted a little in place, the hand on his back wandering back up to pet the back of his neck as he got more absorbed in kissing.
Zack: Zack shivered again, making a small little sound into the kiss.
Sephiroth: Squirming closer, he moved his hand up so he could press flush to him, making a sound in the back of his throat. He really couldn't work up the ambition to do anything more than what he was doing.
Zack: Sucking up a sharp breath, Zack's fingers tightened. Okay, that felt -really- good.
Sephiroth: He made another noise and squirmed a little, breath catching at the friction before he tightened his legs on him a bit to fight buoyancy.
Zack: That definitely got a startled sound, eyes opening again.
Sephiroth: He hadn't closed his eyes, and the flash of color had him focusing on the eyes near his as he pulled off the kiss, drawing in a rough breath.
Zack: Panting a bit, Zack tried to focus.
Sephiroth: He kneaded the back of his neck and kissed the corner of his lips.
Zack: A little bit of a whine. "Really fast here, Seph."
Sephiroth: He blinked, a bit confused at that. "What's fast?"
Zack: "Our progress. Nothing to...this? Hard to wrap my mind around." He sucked in another breath.
Sephiroth: "I'm not entirely grasping your meaning, but okay."
Zack: He took a few more breaths, trying to calm down.
Sephiroth: He nuzzled at his jaw, then shook his head and started to scoop water up into the man's hair. "You haven't shampooed this yet."
Zack: "I, um, not yet?"
Sephiroth: He nodded a little and leaned over to pick up the shampoo to start cleaning the man's hair for him.
Zack: Making a bit of a spluttering sound, Zack held still for that. Okay, this was helping him.
Sephiroth: He was quick about it, thoroughly scrubbing through the man's locks before wiggling backwards and tugging the man with him. "Rinse."
Zack: Gah. Not helping with the calming down. He did rinse his hair, and sat up again.
Sephiroth: Pleased, he focused back on his face, rinsing off his hand. "Better."
Zack: "Now what?" He was a bit fidgety here.
Sephiroth: "Now what what?" He blinked at him, resting his hand back along the back of his neck.
Zack: "Should we get out?" Nervous. He really wasn't sure what was going to happen here.
Sephiroth: He looked just the slightest bit disappointed at the prospect. He sighed, then gave him another kiss before pulling back.
Zack: Zack slithered out of the tub, heart thumping hard. Looking at the man, he snagged a towel and wrapped it around himself.
Sephiroth: He watched him, then finally climbed out of the tub himself, collecting the towel he'd had before to sweep water off himself.
Zack: Still rather flaily mentally, Zack took a deep breath, and he ran his hand through his hair. "We have got to have a talk about steps of progress, Seph. Really."
Sephiroth: He quirked an eyebrow and towelled out his hair. "Such as?"
Zack: "Naked is usually one of those -later- steps."
Sephiroth: "Well, you seemed to have been having issues -with- clothes." He tossed his hair back behind him and moved out of the room to collect his brush.
Zack: "What?" He followed, confused.
Sephiroth: "You heard me. I decided to determine once and for all if you were or were not properly interested since you seemed to be having difficulties."
Zack: "Seph, I'm interested. Trust me on that. But you just did a massive jump. From what I get about dating, you don't just jump to naked kissing."
Sephiroth: "Well, then you shouldn't have been so thoroughly twitchy at me before now. At least now it's settled that you are, in fact, not approaching me in obligation." He picked up his brush to start on his hair.
Zack: "Twitchy how?" Zack gave him a very confused look.
Sephiroth: "Every time I let you touch me you pull back rather immediately like I was about to bite you." His tone was mild as he worked out the new knots.
Zack: Zack just frowned at him. "Seph, the only time I pull back right away is when you twitch at me."
Sephiroth: "Zack, I let you touch me with hands -covered in visible dirt- and didn't consider pulling away from you. I think it's safe to say you're the twitchier one by and far in this instance." He gave a last pass of his brush them set it down, moving to pull on some clothing.
Zack: Zack frowned at him. That was such a -fib-.
Sephiroth: He let it rest as Zack fell quiet, settling the dark green tee shirt and black jeans comfortably on his frame before checking back through his bag for a pair of gloves.
Zack: Still frowning, he went and got dressed as well.
Sephiroth: "You can stop frowning at me any time Zack." He found both gloves and a hair tie. "It's hardly my fault you wouldn't hurry up and decide that my lack of throwing you off was a good thing."
Zack: "Seph, you.... Never mind. You know, I wouldn't have flailed nearly as much if you had decided on the kissing thing while I was -dressed-."
Sephiroth: "I got tired of waiting for you to do something and decided to use the track I felt most comfortable with."
Zack: "Kissing would have worked." He huffed. "The naked is just a bit...distracting." He felt his cheeks burn some.
Sephiroth: "I knew you were as natural as I was going to get you." He smirked slightly. "I certainly didn't mind." He flicked the braid down his back, then tugged on the wrist high brown gloves, feeling comfortable enough now to turn and quirk a brow at him.
Zack: More flushing. "Still, it was distracting to -me.-
Sephiroth: "Good." He smirked and turned to collect his boots.
Zack: Muttering about brats, Zack ruffled up his hair with his towel, keeping the wet from soaking his shirt too much.
Sephiroth: "With how little you enjoy the cold I might suggest a hair tie." He looked at him, then headed for the door.
Zack: "Where are you going?"
Sephiroth: "To look at the snow." He looked over his shoulder at him. "Unless you wanted me to stay?"
Zack: "You are going to give me mental issues. You know that, right?" Zack huffed, but he just made sure his hair was as dry as he was going to get it, and moved to follow Seph.
Sephiroth: He laughed lowly and eyed him. "Get a coat for yourself Zack."
Zack: "It's by the door, Seph." He did collect it once he was close enough.
Sephiroth: He hummed, then slipped off towards outside, having noticed it had turned dark.
Zack: Zack followed, slipping the jacket on. It was more psychological than really useful, but he liked the feel of the jacket.
Sephiroth: he smiled slightly to himself and slipped out into the snow, glancing up at the darkening sky before moving a bit away from the buildings so he could still see the light reflected off the falling snow. "This might be quite boring for you."
Zack: He moved up to bump his shoulder against Seph's. "Maybe."
Sephiroth: He hummed, pleased when he looked up that the affect was what he'd been hoping for. Snow, one of the few things he'd ever liked about being outside.
Zack: Settling in a bit, he didn't watch the snow. He watched Seph.
Sephiroth: He just relaxed to watch the snow fall. It was a private thing, but Zack didn't count as a proper intrusion, so he was satisfied with that.
Zack: Zack shifted, just a little, to lean against Seph, soaking up the warmth from him.
Sephiroth: He glanced to him then, studying the man a moment before moving to brush snow out of Zack's hair.
Zack: Smiling at the man, Zack pondered something for a moment, studying him.
Sephiroth: He quirked an eyebrow.
Zack: "Come'er," Zack tugged down at Seph, just a little.
Sephiroth: He eyed him, then leaned into the gesture.
Zack: This time, it was Zack who initiated the kiss. See, much less flailing when he wasn't naked.
Sephiroth: He let it go like that a moment before leaning into him and pulling him close. He felt free enough with this for the moment.
Zack: Fingers curling into the front of Seph's shirt, Zack made a pleased sound into the kiss.
Sephiroth: He pulled up after another moment, watching him.
Zack: "I like kisses."
Sephiroth: "I wasn't sure after your near panic attack."
Zack: "That was more the fact you were suddenly on me while naked. Naked was a bit startling."
Sephiroth: "I really don't see the difference myself." He shook his head slightly and released him, turning his eyes back to the sky.
Zack: Resting his head against Seph's shoulder with a chuckle, Zack grinned. "Trust me. For most people, naked together and touching is a big step."
Sephiroth: "Zack, for me, I've already dealt with my 'big steps' about you."
Zack: "Then give me time to work on mine."
Sephiroth: "I did say I had been. I decided to give you a nice kick to see if that helped."
Zack: "Seph, you'd go tense so often when I went to touch you that I was afraid you'd hurt yourself." Zack just gave him a look.
Sephiroth: "I was waiting to see if you were going to do anything."
Zack: Zack kissed him again.
Sephiroth: He didn't protest that, hesitating a moment before pulling him close and sliding an arm around his lower back.
Zack: Leaning in against him comfortably, arm looping around the back of Seph's neck, Zack hummed into the kiss.
Sephiroth: He considered, then slid his other hand up to thread firmly into his hair.
Zack: Another happy sound as he focused on the kissing.
Sephiroth: He pulled the man up a little, considering a beat before deepening the kiss. An instance of germs he'd end up with anyway.
Zack: Rising up to meet the kiss, he was balanced on the balls of his feet and enjoying the kiss. Not expert, but they were both rather enthusiastic.
Sephiroth: He finally pulled back from the kiss, tightening his fingers in his hair slightly.
Zack: "Much nicer." A soft purr.
Sephiroth: "Mmm I don't know about that."
Zack: "You preferred me flailing?"
Sephiroth: "Well you feel interesting when you squirm."
Zack: That got Seph a bop on the shoulder.
Sephiroth: He simply released him from his hold.
Zack: "I think we'll be able to work up to naked squirming, Seph."
Sephiroth: "I suppose that relies on you, doesn't it?" He closed his eyes and tipped his face back to the falling slow.
Zack: Hooking his chin over Seph's shoulder, Zack just listened to the man breathing.
Sephiroth: He decided not to say anything and relaxed into the quiet of the snowfall.
Zack: Keeping his arms looped around Seph, Zack was content where he was, eyes shut.