Raijin bolted every lock on the door. Then he ordered the scared security guard to move something solid and heavy in front of the glass door. It was probably the kid’s first week on the job. But at least he was smart enough to listen.
Raijin moved away from the door to check on his friend and had to hold back his outrage at the other people in the bank for not bothering to help a man that was very clearly bleeding. He turned to the nearest female bank employ. ”Tampons? Do you have them? If not get me one.”
She jade a sound somewhere between a yes and a squeak less then a minute later she had pressed an entire box and a first aid kit into Raijin’s hands. Raijin looked at Seifer and the amount of blood pouring from the wound. ”I’m sorry man, but this is going to hurt.”
Any other time, he would’ve thought this was funny as hell— really, they’d all had a good goddamned laugh over the fact that tampons of all things were in every field medical kit.
He wasn’t laughing now, though, as Rai tore the wrapper off of one of them, and there was no way in hell he was able to swallow the sheer volume of his obscenities at the sudden shoving of dry cotton into an open wound, his fingers digging for purchase along cold tile floor that refused to give.
"You gonna sew me up, too?" he worked out through gritted teeth.
Clear through, he prayed, just let it have gone clear through.
It was his phone chirping its text alert that hauled him out of his pain-fogged daze, and Seifer fumbled with his left hand for the device. Cid. Just wanted to make sure you were okay.
He thumbed out a “no,” and hoped that Cid wouldn’t be too fucking stupid to get the meaning behind that.
His voice cuts her concentration, and gloved hands reach out to stop the swinging bag. Fujin takes a moment to consider it, knowing the man can undoubtedly defend himself. The unasked question remains— will he hold out on her. Looking to him, Fujin doesn’t believe he will. More than likely, she’ll see him holding back and she’ll bluntly call him out on his ridiculous antics. The fighter moves her hands away from the bag, and moves to the padded floor. She moves her hands, outstretching them before her for him to tap against— initiate the spar the traditional way.
“— Put ‘em up."
He overtakes her stride as she heads for the mats, and taps his gloves against hers.
She’s not going to go easy on him. Good. They’ve been friends too long for that bullshit, regardless of what’s going on now.
"Three out of five," Seifer says, and it’s not a question. Five rounds should be enough to get whatever the hell her problem is out of her system.
“—- I don’t need you doing anything for me, Seifer. I can take care of myself." The anger taints her voice as she pulls herself from the floor and she catches her breath. It’s only a moment later does she feel a fraction guilty for addressing him in such a heated tone. Fujin is well aware he’s not to blame— but should he insist on being around her, she’ll focus on draining her energy rather than aiming it at him.
In doing so, she avoids any eye contact, then moves to the only other punching bag available. There’s only the sound of fists against a worn surface and she’s completely concentrated on her breathing rather than him.
He’s not going to argue her because they both know that’s true.
The chains holding the bag rattle and clank as he assaults it, and when he hears the one nearby start to move in discordant sync, he’s gotta wonder whose face she’s seeing in the canvas.
"You wanna spar?" he asks finally.
”PISS. OFF." Comes the ferocious command,
dripping with annoyance though sounding breathless.
She’s wired; angry, frustrated— and the best way to get rid
of all these emotions is a long, hard workout.
"Yeah, how about I don’t?" He takes up residence near her, and it isn’t long before he goes to town on the worn-out punching bag. "Anyone I need to kill for you?"
[GRATUITOUS BOOTY GIF HAS BEEN ACTIVATED]
I crave a childhood friends to lovers au. I don’t care how fricking corny it is. I love the idea of always being best friends and dating people and then growing up and realizing wow, I love you like fuck give it to me eee. e e!~
// MAMA G ADVISES YOU TO GO FOLLOW THIS MOST EXCELLENT RINGABEL.
he is very fasionaaaaaabluh. B)
**Bonus Points for explicit detail!**
revolutionary: LET ME JUST SIT HERE AND LOVE ON YOU FOR A WHILE.
I actually have a whole theory that Ultimecia warped Edea’s appearance JUST ENOUGH that Seifer was willing to comply, but he wasn’t 100% sure whom it was he was actually following, and by the time he did realize it was Edea, it was way too fucking late to do anything. Because, let’s be real here, if he KNEW it was his mother/mother-figure (as I am aware not everyone is 300% as down with the worst-family life as Helena and I are), he would have tried to do something to save her, not blindly piss off and conquer the world.
But yeah, he has a LOT of respect for Squall, as they’re the only two in the entirety of Balamb Garden (and, tbh, probably Garden as a whole), to master this insanely difficult weapon, even if he’s not passed for whatever reason— aka not following orders, even if he still accomplished the set goal, got his squad out intact and together, and I’m willing to actually give him some leeway on this due to the fact that he and Squall were both going into this THE DAY AFTER sustaining major head injuries, which tbh would have lead to bad decisions all around.
tl;dr, they’re not friends, they’re not buddies, they’re certainly not screwing around in the shower, but they have A LOT of respect for each other, and Seifer is more than willing to acknowledge this, because Squall worked just as hard as he did for this exam and it paid off for at least one of them.
This scene is one that I absolutely adore because of how subtle yet significant it is.
Anyone that knows of Seifer, regardless of their feelings towards him, knows that he is not one to be forced into doing what he does not desire. He shows the Garden, the player and his peers this very thing time and time again. Keeping that in mind, it’s clear that he doesn’t have to do what he does in this scene. Seifer doesn’t need to await the emergence of the new SeeDs, he doesn’t need to stand there and clap for them, either. Everyone’s views of Seifer are already perfectly transparent: he’s nothing but a troublemaker. With that, I ask, what’s there to gain?
Yet, he does. Seifer chooses to stand there, front and centre, and clap for Squall, Zell, Selphie and Niida. He chooses to stand there and clap for his once-fellow cadets, his once squad-mates.
To those that deny the importance of this moment, the importance in the addition of this scene…well, I honestly haven’t a clue as to what to say. I’ll allow that the significance of it is easy to miss, but to deny its very notability thereafter? To that, I give an ever so imperceptible shake of my head.
There’s a great deal of meaning in the scenario writers, the director, and the entire Final Fantasy VIII team clearly wanting the inclusion of this scene. The mere seconds-long scene, in which there is no exchanging of words or relevance to the plot otherwise, would be wholly unnecessary…were it not included for the specific purpose of showing the player that there is more than meets the eye in regards to Seifer. I feel that, with the inclusion of this scene, there’s a particular meaning and significance that the team wanted conveyed, an additional notch to Seifer’s already complicated characterization, if you will, to show that Seifer is clearly not as cut-and-dried as some may assume.
Another note-worthy aspect of this scene is that they chose to do it in a manner that is clearly the opposite of Seifer: subtle, silent and subdued.
((While I agree it’s a nice scene I wouldn’t call it that significant. The game portrays Seifer as a rebel and loose cannon up to this point but I wouldn’t extend that to mean that everyone views him as “nothing but a troublemaker”. He’s rebellious, potentially violent, clearly an experienced and respected cadet who just doesn’t apply himself.
This would been one of Seifer’s many failed examinations, and as shown with his brief conversation with Xu he has a fairly dismissive attitude to them by this point. I doubt a scene like this would have happened after his other failures, he likely would have just nodded and walked off after failing so many times, respecting the SeeDs who pass but not regretting his examination attempt.
As I said the game has shown Seifer as only a troublemaker up to this point. Instead of looking at this as abnormal behavior I would see it as the game giving you a first glimpse into the rest of Seifer’s personality. Rebellious but not afraid to swallow his pride, unsuccessful but still respected by the other cadets, even capable of appreciating his other “friends” when it comes down to it.))