|icedark_elf (icedark_elf) wrote in 25prompts,|
@ 2008-12-15 19:43:00
Fic: Family Legends(FFVII/Naruto Fern-PG)
Title: Family Legends
Author: GW Katrina/icedark_elf
Claim: Final Fantasy VII/Naruto
Warnings: Fusion fic
If he had heard it once, he had heard it a million times. He wasn't supposed to go out into the jungle alone, there were things out there that would like to munch on him.
Hadn't stopped him so far, and Zack was fairly confident it was one of those things his mom said just to try to keep him from getting his clothing dirty. Like that whole "don't play in the mud" thing. Or "stop wrestling with the chocobo." Silly things like that.
Or...maybe Mom hadn't been so off this time.
Zack had been trying to get a hold of the fruit just out of reach when he had heard the sound. Wasn't a frog, which was one big worry right now, but it was something that probably wouldn't mind making him into a snack. Things like that were -bad-.
The teen didn't recognize the creature that was coming at him, other than it was vaguely bird-like, but that didn't mean anything. There were lots of mutations in the area around the reactor, and he was pretty sure that he didn't want it to bite him.
Letting go of the branch he was hanging from, he dropped, missing a near strike and landing hard on the ground below. The jolt made him stumble, and he barely got out of the way a second time as the bird twisted around in just a moment to come at him again.
Mom was gonna kill him if he got tore up by something weird. She was strange like that. He wasn't too afraid of it, he was pretty fast and could hold his own in the fights that happened around town, but if he came home bloody, he'd never hear the end of it.
The strike was a lot closer this time, and he threw himself sideways, hitting a clump of ferns, cursing as he found a rock in them, and scrambled back to his feet. The thing was getting faster, a glow starting to radiate from the body-scales it had instead of feathers. Figuring that -that- probably wasn't a good sign, Zack darted away, aware it was following him, and gaining fast. And that glow kept getting brighter.
His knife wasn't going to do a bit of good against the monster, and he had no desire to see if his reflexes beat its, so he was happy when he found a stick that looked like it could survive a few thumps on something.
Zack could tell that he wasn't going to outrun the thing. Not here. There were too many things for him to stumble over, too many places where he'd lose the speed he'd need.
So that left scaring it off.
Twisting, he swung at the creature, who gave a startled noise, sounding very much like a chicken. Then it moved to the side, head snapping in to try taking a chunk out of him. And with the teeth he saw, Zack knew it could do it.
The problem seemed to be that he was going to get tired a lot faster than it was, and it was still getting quicker.
Then, something happened.
For a moment, the world slowed, and he couldn't figure out what was going on. All he knew for sure was that he could actually react fast enough for once.
He shifted, avoiding another hit, eyes focusing on it, then he swung. Hard.
There was a crack, and he felt the wood give in his hands. But it seem to have done the trick.
The creature screeched and fell. Claws digging into the ground, it got back up, but instead of coming at him again, it ran back the way they had come, leaving a few feathers floating in the air.
Panting, head hurting, Zack watched as those feathers seem to stay still in the air, barely moving. Then, just as suddenly as everything had slowed, it returned to normal, and the feathers floated to the ground.
Confused, he went to one and picked it up, wondering absently why his eyes itched so bad. There didn't seem to be anything odd about the feather that would make it float like that.
Eyeing his surroundings warily, Zack started back home. Later. He'd figure out what had happened later. Maybe ask Mom. She was always full of weird stories about the family. Maybe she'd have an idea.
The idea of asking did cause a bit of a wince. Man, she was going to give him one hell of a lecture for getting into a fight with the wildlife again.
Still, she was going to do that anyway, and he was curious. Mom had always said that some of her family had some cool powers. Not that he had believed her then.
Maybe there was something to it.
And he needed to see when the recruiter from Shin-Ra was coming to town again, anyway.
With a nod to himself, Zack headed back into town.