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Life for a recruit at the SOLDIER Academy can be hell, and young Cloud Strife knows this very well. During the years prior to the Nibelheim Incident, Cloud's friendship with Zackary Donovan and the Commander of SOLDIER might mean the difference between sinking or swimming, especially when a murder draws Cloud into the light... as a suspect. Sephiroth x Zack x Cloud, some OC x Cloud, implied sex, and explicit language and violence.
Originally typed up in Summer/Autumn 2001. Edited during Winter/Spring 2003.