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Category: Final Fantasy VII > Threesomes/Moresomes
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“Meet the folks”Part one (An “Alliance” universe mini-fic) ~********************************~ (Warning: Possible spoilers for all FF7 game/movie titles) *Disclaimer: Final Fantasy and all related characters belong to Square-Enix. This fiction piece is strictly a non-profit exercise of creativity and entertainment for people (like me) who can’t get enough of this world and the characters.* ~***********************************************~
The conversation over the phone had been brief. Reno called up Cloud to inform him that he had a week off work. Cloud immediately invited him to come and stay with he and Zack and Reno in turn immediately accepted and began packing. The roads between Junon and their place in the country were repaired now, along with several other interstates leading from the major city to other points of civilization. Regular vehicles could now travel between most towns on the eastern continent. Reno took a company car and drove himself out to the foot of the mountains, miles from civilization. There, nestled in the foothills, Cloud and Zack had a recently built two-story home, sitting on a large block of land they had purchased a year ago. They intended to start a chocobo breeding farm and sanctuary together, eventually.
Reno couldn't get into that kind of country-boy simple life, but he was happy to back any racers they bred. He was going to enjoy this time off work—he was certain of that. Now that his wolves had a nice den to lay back in, coming to visit them wasn't a problem for Reno. Not that he really had a problem with it before, but when the barn was the only living space they had available, he woke up every morning feeling like bugs were crawling all over him.
"Face it man, you ain't cut out for the farm life," Reno sighed.
Many times since starting on their dream home together, Zack and Cloud had hinted that they would be happy to have him if Reno ever got an itch to try living out in the country with them for a while. While tempting, Reno wasn't ready to make such a drastic change. He'd have to commute to and from work all the time, making it harder to respond to emergency calls. He'd have a harder time keeping the seedier parts of his job classified, too. Reno knew Cloud and Zack weren't fools. They were aware that he still got his hands dirty and they accepted that as part of the package, but Reno would still prefer to keep them ignorant of the details.
From behind the lenses of his shades, he eyed the clouds in the distance. They were a long way off, but he estimated they'd reach the farm before sunset and they'd probably bring a hefty storm with them.
"Hope there's room in their garage for my ride," he grumbled to himself. He hadn't thought to ask Cloud if the building was finished yet.
Reno turned on the radio and surfed around for a weather forecast. His phone went off while he was tuning the stations and he quickly dug it out of his pocket, dividing his attention between the device and the road. He saw the ID on the screen and he grimaced a little.
"Yo bossman," greeted the redhead as he answered the phone, "if ya got an assignment, you'll have to get in touch with Rude or Elena. I've already started my time off and I'm almost to Strife and Fair's place."
"I'm not calling about that," Tseng answered. "I'm calling to ask you to give Zackary a message for me, while you're there."
Reno frowned. "Why can't you give it to him yourself? You've got their phone numbers."
"I do, but neither of them are answering. I thought since you'll be seeing them in person, you could deliver the message for me."
Reno shrugged. "They're probably fucking. So what's the message?"
"You really do have a one-track mind, Kitsune. I just wanted to warn Zack that the WRO is going to be doing some work around his home village of Gongaga. Unfortunately, this means the town must be temporarily evacuated for the safety of the residents. Once the remains of the old Mako reactor there have been excavated and tested for contamination, the site will be landscaped for reforestation and the townsfolk can return to their homes. I thought Zack might want to arrange someplace for his parents to stay, while this is going on."
Reno nodded. "Yeah, he'll want to do that. So when are they going to start this thing, so he'll know how much time he's got to make his plans?"
"Three days," answered Tseng.
"Three days? That's it?" Reno sighed. "Fair won't like that. Can't you stall it for him or something to give the guy more time?"
"I'm sorry, but no," answered the Wutaian. "I only found out myself a little while ago. There was a communication issue between departments and my notification is over a week late."
Reno clucked his tongue. "They're getting sloppy about shit like that, yo."
"Indeed," agreed Tseng. "I'm going to speak with Reeve about disciplinary measures for parties responsible for slacking off. We can't afford discrepancies in communication, if we're going to keep working together."
"Well, I'm up for helping you deal with the slackers when my vacation's over," Reno promised. "We've got enough shit to worry about, like you said."
"Just enjoy your time off with your companions," suggested Tseng. "Leave the work concerns at work, until you return."
Reno smirked. Tseng was usually quite the taskmaster, but he knew Reno hadn't had the opportunity to visit Cloud and Zack for almost the whole summer season. The man could be very thoughtful, when he wanted to be. "You got it, boss."
"Don't forget to give Fair my message," reminded Tseng. "And should he require it, I can make arrangements for the company to transport his parents to stay at a suite in the Gold Saucer during the cleanup process."
The offer wasn't particularly surprising to Reno. In fact, it dawned on him that Tseng had a habit of extending an unusual amount of compassion and consideration toward Zack Fair. He used to think it was due to simple respect for the ex-Soldier's honor and bravery, but sometimes he wondered if there was more to his admiration than that.
"Hey Tseng...does my boy Fair make you hot?"
There was a moment's pause. "I'll see you when you return to work, Reno."
The call ended and Reno considered the phone before putting it away. Some people would have gotten flustered by his direct inquiry, but not Tseng. The non-answer was typical of the Turk director's style and Reno chuckled a little. Tseng hadn't even attempted to deny it.
"Yeah, he's hot for him. Subtle bastard."
Reno found a station with a weather forecast and he lit up a clove cigarette while he listened.
When Reno pulled off the main road to drive up the long gravel path to the farm, he wasn't expecting to see chocobos grazing in the fenced-in area out the front of the barn. His eyebrows shot up and he extinguished his cigarette butt in the ashtray as he followed the gravel path around the front of the fence. The birds got a little spooked by his approach and they strutted away from the edge of the fence and regarded his car with beady, curious eyes as he drove past. He wrinkled his nose at the smell of bird droppings and he hastily raised the windows back up.
"I hope that smell doesn't waft all the way over to the house," he sighed.
He retrieved a stick of gum from his blazer pocket and he unwrapped it and popped it into his mouth. He gave the barn a lingering look, remembering when it served as a house for his lovers. He had to admit, there were some nice memories in there—even if he did spend a lot of time slapping at imaginary bugs. He thought about the first time he saw the place, back when the final Deepground conflict ended and the boy scouts somehow talked him into taking a camping trip with him.
Reno began to grin and he shook his head. "How the fuck do those two always talk me into shit like that?"
His contemplation was brought to an abrupt halt when he drove around the huge oak tree near the paddock. There was Zack Fair—shirtless, tanned and sweaty—splitting wooden logs like some sexy lumberjack from a smut story. The summer had clearly treated him well. Reno slowed down and he unconsciously leered at the fighter, admiring the ripple of muscles on his back as he slunk past him on the gravel path. Zack had a media player attached to his denim jeans and he evidently didn't hear Reno's vehicle over the music playing through his ear buds—which explained why he hadn't answered Tseng's calls. Reno stared at Zack's ass and he itched to reach out and grab it. Fair was an amazing combo of pretty boy and manly-man, making him a unique catch.
Unfortunately, Reno was so absorbed in staring at the spectacle of Zack splitting logs that he failed to pay attention to the gravel path and he veered off of it—just enough to head toward a big tree stump. He didn't see the danger. His semi-chewed gum rolled out of his mouth as he stared at Zack and he cursed, hastily grabbing for it as it fell between his legs on the expensive leather seat.
"Shit...goddammit..." He picked up the putty-like, wet confection with a grimace and he tried to fling it out the window.
He'd forgotten that the window was rolled up.
The gum stuck to it, suspended on the glass for a moment before it began to slide down like a gooey pink slug. Reno glared at it and he started to reach for it, but the sudden impact of his slowly drifting car hitting the very solid tree stump caused the air bag to employ. Reno saw a blast of white before his face was buried in the inflated nylon.
"Moverfuffer!" cried the Turk around the muffling material as the company car began to beep its horn and flash its lights.
He struggled to push the airbag aside and his face was quickly becoming almost as red as his hair. He put on the parking break and he pushed some buttons to make the vehicle shut up. Out the corner of his eye, he spotted Zack running toward him. The fighter had yanked his headphones out of his ears and they whipped behind him wildly as he sprinted for the car. The look on his face was one of pure concern. Apparently, the sound of the impact was just loud enough to catch his attention—or maybe it was the panicked honking of the stupid horn.
Inappropriately, the sight of Zack Fair running toward him like that made Reno's thoughts spiral into even dirtier corners than before. The door was yanked open and Reno winced at the popping sound, hoping Zack hadn't pulled it off its hinges. He barely got the chance to tell the other man he was all right before his seatbelt was unbuckled and he was pulled out of the car.
"Reno! You okay there?"
Reno would have answered, but his face was smushed against Zack's bare chest and all he could do was mumble as the bigger man dragged him away from the car like a rag doll. The Turk struggled instinctively against his companion's hold on him, though he heartily enjoyed being face-planted against those toned pectorals. Zack seemed to realize that he wasn't using proper victim carrying procedures and Reno's breath ejected from his lungs with a huff as the brunet picked him up and threw him over his shoulders.
"Yo Zack," Reno grunted, "Cool it!"
Zack immediately stopped and he shifted, easing Reno off his shoulders to his feet. His gaze was anxious on him and a lone lock of raven hair fell free from the rest of his spiked hairdo to hover over his left eye.
"What the hell happened? Did you pass out? You don't smell like you've been drinking. Did your breaks stop working? Maybe you had some kind of fume leak that made you—"
Realizing that Zack would probably keep going on and on if he didn't stop him, Reno grabbed the other man's frantically seeking hands. "Cripes, would you shut up for two seconds? I just ran into a stump, Wolfy. I got distracted and I...uh...didn't see it coming. I'm okay." He went to his car and ducked in to deactivate the alarm.
Zack frowned and he cast a look around, his Mako-enhanced gaze settling on Reno's car and the stump it was setting against. "Distracted by what?"
Reno swallowed his pride. "The hotness of you, dipshit. I got all distracted by the sight of a tanned, super-sexy Soldier boy all sweaty and half-dressed."
Zack began to grin. "Yeah? Super-sexy huh?" He approached the redhead and embraced him loosely, lowering his mouth to Reno's for a brief, tempting kiss.
Reno lost his train of thought, all too easily. He started to try and coax Zack into a fully kiss, but the frustrating man retained more common sense than Reno. Zack pulled away from him and he examined the car with a thoughtful tilt of his head.
"It looks like you only dented the bumper a little," Zack said, moving around the vehicle to be sure. "You couldn't have hit it that hard."
Reno sighed. "Nah, I just bumped the damned thing enough to set off the air bag. Blondie and I can fix it while I'm here. Say, wasn't there a tree there once?"
Zack nodded. "It got hit by lightning. I'm still chopping up the wood for kindling." He nodded at the pile of split logs he'd been working on and Reno grumbled.
"I hope to hell you've got weather protection in that house."
Zack smiled at him and he circled back around the car. He lifted Reno's shades up so that he could look him in the eye and he gave him another teasingly brief kiss on the lips. "Don't worry; all the buildings are grounded. That tree went down because of a freak strike and we always lock up the chocobos when a storm is coming."
Reno looked over his shoulder at the mentioned chocobos. "Now that you mention it, when did you get those?"
"Not long ago," answered Zack. "I found Daisy hurt in a field west of here and Sissy there was a rescue from one of the old breeding farms that was going out of business."
"So they're both girls," reasoned the Turk. "So much for breeding, eh?"
Zack shrugged. "We'll get a rooster, sooner or later." He nuzzled Reno's hair, breathing in his scent deeply. "So, you've got some bags, right? We've got a driveway now and you can pull up in the garage. We can have a closer look at the car once it's inside."
Reno glanced at the car with a practiced eye. "Sure. There's no rush though. Like you said, it's just a little dent and the car is insured anyhow. Hop in with me, Wolfy."
Zack looked down at himself and he self-consciously brushed his hands over his jeans. "I don't want to get your nice car all dirty inside, Red. I've got sawdust and woodchips all over me...not to mention I'm all sweaty."
Reno looked the fighter up and down and he grinned. Even the musky scent of body odor from Zack's exertion was arousing to him, teasing the Turk's primal urges. "I don't care about that. The upholstery won't fall apart from you sitting on it for a few minutes, yo. Get in."
With a shrug, Zack complied and climbed into the passenger side. Reno got in and since the car was still running, he shifted gears and backed carefully away from the tree stump. He pulled out onto the gravel road and he followed it up to the house. He smirked with amusement as Zack fooled with the various electronic features of the vehicle.
"Fancy stuff," complimented the fighter. "What's this do? Oh, it's a sunroof control. Cool. How about this one? Oops…that shifted the rearview mirror. Sorry Reno."
The redhead sighed and re-adjusted the mirror. He grabbed Zack's curious hand and slapped it down on his knee, holding it there. "Chill, baby. Damn, you'd think you've never seen the inside of a modern car before."
Zack gave him a wry grin. "Uh, hello…have you seen my truck? My radio is the most high-tech gadget I've got in there and it's about ten years old."
Reno chuckled. "Maybe sometime Blondie and I can do some alterations for ya. Hell, maybe we can get you a newer one." He pulled into the driveway and slowed to a stop in front of the big garage. It looked like it could fit four cars inside.
"No thanks," Zack said. "I like my truck, even if it is a fossil. The controls are simple and it gets me where I need to go."
Reno imagined Zack Fair behind the wheel of a new model, with all the special features and perks. "Yeah, you'd never make it out of the fucking driveway with all those buttons to play with, ya big kid."
Zack grinned sheepishly, flashing white teeth. He squeezed Reno's knee familiarly. "There's nothing wrong with a little playtime, Foxy. Hold up; I'll open up the garage so you can park this bad boy inside."
Reno watched his companion get out of the car and he admired his backside as he dug his keys out of a pocket and unlocked the left garage door. Zack raised it manually and stepped aside, motioning for Reno to pull in. The Turk pulled into the first parking spot, leaving a car space ahead of him so there would be room to inspect the damage he'd done. Satisfied that he'd left enough room for Cloud to pull Fenrir in, Reno put on the parking break and got out of the car. Zack shut the garage door again and he approached the trunk of the car.
"Open up and I'll get your luggage, Reno."
The Turk had something else in mind. He came up behind Zack and he embraced him.
Zack straightened up a little and turned his head. "I need a shower, sexy thing. You don't really want to fool around when I'm all dirty and sweaty like this, do you?"
Reno started feeling him up, running his hands possessively over the toned muscles of his chest and stomach. He nipped Zack on the shoulder playfully and inhaled his masculine scent. "I haven't had a piece of this ass for more than two months, Fair." He slid his hands around and squeezed the denim-clad ass in question. "Right now, you could be covered in mud and I'd still want ya. I've got a lot of missed lays to make up for with you and Blondie."
Zack turned around and a low, husky chuckle vibrated in his throat. "You sure you wouldn't rather wait for a quick shower…or you could hop in there with me." He lowered his dark head to Reno's and he nuzzled his ear, nibbling at the lobe.
Reno's breath caught and he popped the button on Zack's jeans, shaking his head. "Sometimes I like it dirty, baby. I want that big cock of yours right now."
Zack grunted softly as the redhead unzipped his fly and burrowed a hand into his pants to squeeze his rapidly hardening crotch. "Well, when you put it that way…"
Reno grinned as the normally chivalrous, light-hearted brunet growled softly and kissed him with aggressive passion.
Cloud noticed the darkening skies in the distance and when he returned home, he went to the barn first and he coaxed the chocobos into their stables. He patted each of them, giving them a scratch on the beak and an apple from their treat bag.
"I'll let you out first thing in the morning," he promised them with one of his quiet little smiles. He shut the barn up securely behind him and he got back on his bike. He temporarily parked Fenrir in the driveway as he fished out his keys and went to unlock the garage door. He paused just as he was about to insert the key into the lock, his sharp ears detecting noise coming from within the garage. He frowned when he recognized Zack's moan and his instant concern changed to suspicion when a second moan followed. He realized whom the second voice belonged to when he heard it again and his frown turned into a smirk.
"Didn't waste any time, did you?" Cloud muttered under his breath. Reno couldn't have been here for long, because Cloud spoke to him over the phone while he was at a rest stop and the Turk was just leaving Junon.
He bit his lip as Reno panted Zack's name in that slutty, encouraging way of his. He should go into the house and wait for them to finish. It was the polite thing to do, he was sure.
~But, it's going to rain soon. Maybe I'd better just…have a quick look…to see how close they are to finishing.~
It was a lame excuse and he knew it, but Cloud moved stealthily to one of the high windows situated on the wall of the garage anyway. He missed Reno and he doubly missed the sight of Reno and Zack having sex together. Blushing a little over his own perversion, Cloud reached up and grasped the sill of the window. He wedged the toes of his boots against the bricks for purchase and he cautiously lifted up to peek through the window.
Reno was bent over the back of a sleek black sedan—one of the newest model company cars. His pants were down around his ankles and he was getting a thorough pounding from behind by Zack. Zack himself was shirtless and his jeans were pulled down enough to expose his ass. He had hold of Reno's ponytail and he held the Turk's head back. He appeared to be biting his neck and by the ecstatic look on Reno's flushed face, he probably requested it. Zack's free hand was splayed over one of Reno's bare ass cheeks, his fingers digging into the smooth skin. Cloud thought he heard a muffled growl issue from Zack's throat and he swallowed.
~Okay, I've seen it. Time to drop back down.~
His body disagreed with his mind's demand. Cloud hardened in his pants at the sight of Zack's flexing ass and Reno's lustful expression. He could see the Turk's naked erection bumping against the break lights of the car and there was a telling smear of clear fluid on the plastic. Reno wasn't going to last much longer. Zack must have sensed it too, because the brunet released Reno's ponytail to slip his hand between the redhead's body and the car and he started jacking him off.
"Zack! Oh baby…oh fuck…ah…ahhh…AHH!"
Cloud waited a few more precious seconds, until Reno bowed his vivid head and his blew his load against the break light. Zack's hoarse groan indicated that he was about to join the redhead in bliss…with or without adding his spunk to the equation. Cloud dropped down abruptly when Reno sprawled over the surface of his car's trunk and began to turn his head in his direction. The blond swallowed again when he heard Zack cry out in release, and he walked back around to the front of the garage. He looked ruefully down at the tent in his pants and he shook his head.
"You'll get your turn," he muttered to his crotch, willing it to go back down.
He waited for a few moments, listening through the door to the other men's sated murmurs. When he thought he'd given them enough time to recover, he rapped the door with the back of his knuckles and he checked his watch.
"You two finished in there? I've got to put Fenrir away for the night."
Cloud smirked when he heard muffled swearing, followed by Zack's unsteady call.
"Uh, yeah Sunshine. Just…give us a minute."
"Puh…like he ain't seen it all before," Reno's voice remonstrated. "Come on in, babe."
Cloud lowered his head and he laughed quietly under his breath. "Thanks, but I think I'll wait. Get your pants up."
"How do you know my pants are down?" demanded the redhead with a suspicious little grunt. Cloud could imagine him bending over to pull up the garment.
Cloud rolled his eyes and tugged his shaded riding goggles down to hang around his neck. "Because I heard what you were doing." He of course chose not to mention that he saw some of it as well, but Zack was onto him.
"I think you were peeping," Zack guessed with a snicker. "Whoops…sorry Reno."
"I can zip my own pants, Wolfy! Goddamn…you almost got my junk!"
"I said I was sorry. If you'd use underwear, you'd have it all tucked in before you—"
"I'm opening the door," warned Cloud, interrupting their banter. "If you left any spunk anywhere, you'd better clean it up."
A rumble of distant thunder warned that a storm was indeed coming, and the wind picked up a little to confirm it. Cloud unlocked the garage door and raised it. He found Reno wiping off the brake light he'd messed on, using one of those wet wipes he always kept on him for emergencies. Zack stood flustered but satisfied, looking unreasonably sexy in his unkempt state. Cloud smirked at them both, thankful that his boner had deflated enough to be less obvious.
"Did you even get unpacked before you jumped each other?"
Zack scratched his head and shrugged, shooting a little grin Reno's way. "You know how it is."
Cloud tried to look stern as he followed Zack's gaze to Reno. "Yeah, I know how it is."
The Turk gave an un-repentant shrug. He spotted the trashcan they kept in the garage for junk and he casually tossed his balled up sterile wipe into it. He strolled over to Cloud, sizing him up like a slice of pie he was thinking of having for dessert. Cloud tensed instinctively, wary of his unpredictable lover's intentions as the tourmaline gaze held his. To his surprise, Reno didn't utter a sly suggestion or a vulgar comment. Instead, he embraced Cloud and he nuzzled his cheek.
"Missed ya, Blondie."
Cloud was faintly annoyed with himself for the way the simple statement made him feel so warm inside. Knowing how few people ever got such a sincere display of affection from Reno only made it even more special to him. He found himself returning the embrace and he murmured a clumsy response.
"Me too. I mean…you know…back at you."
Reno chuckled, evidently forgiving Cloud's poor social skills.
After they brought Reno's suitcase in and stashed it in the master bedroom closet, Zack took a much-needed shower while Cloud and Reno started getting supper ready. When the dark-haired fighter finished showering and drying off, he slipped his robe on and joined them in the kitchen. He sniffed in appreciation of the aroma of cooking food as he entered the kitchen from the hallway. He found Cloud attempting to check something baking in the oven, but Reno was embracing him from behind and the redhead wasn't giving him much room to operate with.
"Reno, I've got to check the roast," sighed Cloud, managing to look put-upon even as his eyes fluttered shut with pleasure when the Turk nibbled his ear.
"I haven't had my Cloud loving yet,' complained Reno. "Let me play, man."
Zack snorted with laughter as the determined redhead tugged Cloud's sleeveless sweater free of his pants and started burrowing his hands under it. Cloud tried to ward the busy hands off without dropping the potholder in his left hand.
"Reno," grunted the blond, "Do you want me to burn myself?"
The redhead sighed and laid his forehead against Cloud's hunched back. "Fine, ya whiney bitch. I'll leave you alone till after chow. You owe me something special." He released Cloud and stepped back—but not before he gave him an open-palmed smack on the ass that nearly made the blond hit his head on the range hood.
"Zack, do something about this guy," Cloud demanded with a blue-eyed glance at his partner.
"You're the boss, kiddo." Zack crossed the room to Reno and pushed him up against the counter, muffling his subsequent protest with a kiss. "Tattooed brat," he murmured between smooches. He started to unbutton Reno's shirt as the Turk instinctively responded to his kisses.
Cloud turned to regard both men with annoyance after checking the food in the oven. "That wasn't what I meant."
"Hey, you told him to do something about me," Reno quipped, winking over Zack's shoulder at the blond as he received more love bites. "What'd you expect?"
"Cloud takes his food seriously," Zack announced. He licked Reno's neck and pressed a thigh against the smaller man's crotch. "Maybe we should take this into the living room, Cinnamon buns."
Reno combed his fingers through Zack's damp, slicked-back hair and he rubbed against him shamelessly. "Great idea, Wolfy."
"Not if you want to eat," warned Cloud. "Horse around later."
Zack exchanged a look with Reno. "Guess we'd better help, or he might send us home with a note."
It was like having a second family, for Reno. Zack changed into a pair of track pants and the three of them finished cooking the meal together. While it wasn't as good as one of Rufus' dishes, he thought it turned out pretty tasty. The greens and baby potatoes went well with the roast and as they ate heartily, Reno reflected on his current lifestyle.
Maybe moving in with these guys some day wouldn't be so bad. The house was nice. He'd have practically unlimited sexual access to his wolves and commuting wouldn't be too much of a hassle if he could convince Rufus and Tseng to let him keep his helicopter on the farm. He made enough to keep his apartment in Junon and still pitch in on Zack and Cloud's living expenses. He'd still have fairly regular access to his Turk lovers and Rufus. Over all, it was do-able.
Realizing where his thoughts were leading, the redhead was reminded of the message he'd been asked to give to Zack. He winced, putting his fork down. He got so caught up in seeing Cloud and Zack again that he completely forgot about the issue with Gongaga until now.
"What's the matter, Red? Did you find a hair in your greens or something?" Zack's tone was light but his handsome features were faintly concerned.
"Nah, that's not the problem." Reno looked at his lovers with a grimace, his eyes settling on Zack. "Don't be pissed, yo. I was so excited to see ya again, I just forgot."
Cloud's pale brows drew down with concern. "Forgot what, Reno?"
"Got a message for Wolfy here," obliged the Turk with a nod Zack's way. "Tseng tried to reach you guys earlier but Cloud was on the road and I guess Zack was chopping wood."
"So what's the message?" prompted Zack, cocking his head curiously in that lupine manner of his.
"It's about Gongaga," answered Reno. "The WRO is going to be clearing out that old Mako reactor there, and they're gonna want the village evacuated for the safety of the residents while they're doing it. Since your folks live there, Tseng thought you should know in case you want to help them make living arrangements, you know?"
Zack sobered and he drummed his fingertips on the surface of the table. "Yeah, good call. When are they going to start on this?"
"Three days." Reno winced again when both of his lovers blinked at him. "Yeah, I know it's short notice and I shoulda' told you as soon as I got here."
"A couple of hours isn't going to make a difference," reasoned Cloud. "Someone should have called Zack about this days ago."
"I know," agreed Reno, his eyes apologetic on the worried face of his brunet lover. "Tseng just found out today or he would have, too. There was some kind of fuck up in communications."
"But why didn't Reeve tell me himself?" Zack inquired in a mystified tone, his brows furrowed. "I mean, the guy's practically like an uncle to Cloud and I. He should have called."
"Don't be too hard on Tuesti," Reno said in the WRO commissioner's defense. "The guy's got both hands full and the scheduling doesn't always work out the way he plans."
As if by magic, Cloud's cellphone began to ring. With a frown, the blond excused himself and answered it. "Cloud Strife. Reeve?" His sapphire eyes flicked between Zack and Reno and he smirked ironically. "We were just talking about you. Yeah, Reno just told us. Why didn't you…oh. Well, your people need to work on that. Um, hold on."
He turned to Zack. "He wants to know if you've talked to your parents yet."
Zack's face screwed up. "Is he serious? I didn't even know I had a reason to! I mean sure, I call them up a couple times a week but I didn't know—"
"No, he hasn't," Cloud said into the phone, cutting off Zack's tirade. "Uh-huh. Well, how long is this going to take?"
Zack heaved a sigh. "I'd better go call my folks and see if they've got plans."
Reno watched him get up and the uncommon guilt he was feeling must have shown on his face, because Zack's expression softened on him and he walked over to him to squeeze his shoulders. "Hey, I'm not mad at you, all right? Like Cloud said; you only waited a couple of hours to tell me and at least you had an excuse to forget to do it right away. We'll work this out."
Reno nodded, but he still felt bad. If there was one thing the redhead could emphasize with, it was the desire to keep one's parents safe. "Hey, I'm gonna call up Tseng and see what kind of deal he can work out to help you get your folks someplace nice while they do this."
Zack brightened. "Really? Thanks, Reno. That'll help us out heaps."
"Don't mention it."
While Zack retrieved his cell phone and Cloud discussed the matter over his with Reeve, Reno pulled his phone out of his blazer and dialed up Tseng. If the three men weren't so used to multitasking communications, it could have been a horribly confusing situation. All three of them were carrying on different conversations on the same floor, pacing around and sometimes passing each other.
"This is Tseng."
"Hey boss, it's Reno. Remember that offer you made to help put up Zack's parents somewhere?"
"Well, I think he might take you up on that, since it's such short notice."
Meanwhile, Zack had reached his mother over the phone. "Mom, hey! Yeah, I know it's suppertime and I’m sorry, but this is kind of important. Have you gotten word about the WRO coming to town to…oh, you have?"
Cloud was simultaneously getting details from Reeve. "Just make sure nobody slips into a Mako stream this time."
Reno had to move into the hallway to hear Tseng's next words. "Sorry boss, what was that?"
"I asked you if Zackary has somewhere specific he would like us to take his family," answered the Wutaian. "I'm prepared to reserve a suite at the Gold Saucer because of its proximity, but if he has another location in mind, I can make arrangements."
"Hold on a sec, I'll ask him."
Reno lowered the phone from his ear and he walked into the family room to relay the question to Zack. The ex-Soldier saw the questioning look on Reno's face and he put his mother on hold. "What's up?"
"Tseng wants to know where you want them to take your parents. The company's gonna cover expenses, so whatever you want, baby."
Zack grinned. "That's so cool of you guys. Okay, I'll tell Mom." He put the phone to his ear again. "Mom? Hey listen, I don't want you and Dad going to some flea bitten hotel to stay. I'm going to send someone to come and pick you up and I want you to come stay with us until they're finished, okay?"
Reno blinked, but he really couldn't be too surprised that Zack would prefer his parents stay under his roof. He was a little disappointed to have his vacation plans disrupted, but he still had a day or so to enjoy his lovers before the Fairs arrived. He sighed softly and he picked up his phone again. "Tseng, I'm back. Zack wants his parents brought to his place."
"I see. That can be arranged. I'll have a helicopter collect them by the day after tomorrow."
Reno understood Tseng was stalling a little to give him more time alone with Cloud and Zack. "Thanks, man. I'll relay the message."
"Take care, Reno."
The redhead hung up and replaced his phone. He turned to Zack and he waited for the brunet to have a free moment to speak again.
"No…Mom, it's no trouble. Mom, listen to me…Cloud and I had two extra rooms built so you and the kids could all come visit. Trust me, it's okay! We want you and Dad to come. Well, no, I haven't actually talked to Cloud about it, but he isn't going to mind. Like I said, that's why we had those extra rooms built. Hold on a sec, Mom."
When Zack put the phone aside, Reno told him what Tseng said. The fighter nodded and he leaned toward Reno to give him a quick smooch on the mouth before speaking with his mother again. "Okay listen Mom, the arrangements are already made and some people from ShinRa are going to come and get you the day after tomorrow. No, it's all right…remember, they're under new management now. Yeah, they're with the WRO and I know the people setting this up personally. I trust them, okay? Tell Dad no arguments. Huh? Oh, uh…hold on a minute and I'll get him for you."
Zack put the phone down again and he motioned to Cloud when the blond passed by the family room archway. Cloud ended his call with Reeve and he approached Zack with a question on his face.
"Mom wants to talk to you," Zack sighed, handing his cell to the smaller man. He plopped down on the indigo blue couch and he grabbed Reno's arm, practically tugging the redhead into his lap.
"Hello?" Cloud looked at Zack with quiet amusement in his eyes as he spoke into his phone. "Hi Mrs. Fair. Yeah, I know what's going on. He did?"
Zack made a pleading gesture with a puppy face at Cloud and the blond huffed a soft laugh and turned away from him. "No, it's okay. You're always welcome. It's no trouble. Yes, I'm sure. You want to talk to your son again? Okay, good night."
Cloud handed the phone back to Zack and the brunet spoke to his mother one last time. "See, I told you he'd be okay with it. Oh and just so you know, we've got another houseguest staying for the week, too. You'll like him."
Reno ogled Zack. Cloud didn't seem too surprised or worried.
"He's from the department that's setting up your transportation," Zack went on. "His name's Reno. Yeah, that's the guy. He works with Cissnei, remember?"
Reno grimaced, wondering how much Zack's mother knew about him and his history. Either Zack had mentioned him before or she'd heard of him from other sources. Either way, he wasn't confident that everything she'd heard about him was good.
"Okay Mom, I'll see you in a couple of days. Love you. Goodbye."
Zack hung up the phone and he sat down on the couch again. Cloud sat on Reno's other side, effectively sandwiching the Turk as Zack took a deep breath and put a hand on Reno's knee.
"Well Cinnamon buns, I've been wanting to formally introduce you to my folks. It looks like I finally get my wish."
"Sure," Reno agreed, trying to sound chipper. "I'll come by for visits while they're here. There's this bed and breakfast not too far down the road from here, so I can book a room there for the rest of my vacation when your folks come."
Zack shook his head. "No you wont."
"I thought you said you wanted me to meet your folks," Reno said in confusion.
"He means you aren't staying at the bed and breakfast," Cloud explained.
"Why the hell not? Do they have rats or something?"
Zack chuckled. "That's not it. I mean you're staying with us, like we planned. There's no reason for you to leave just because my folks are coming, Reno."
As much as it warmed him to feel welcome, Reno was hesitant. "Hey, I appreciate what you're trying to do babe, but this is your family. I don't want to get in the way of that."
"You're my family too," insisted Zack. He and Cloud shared a little smile and he put an arm around Reno, leaning in to brush his lips over the redhead's jaw. "I want you to stay."
Reno shivered involuntarily at the feel of those lips tickling his skin. It didn't help that Blondie was gazing at him with those big, earnest blue eyes of his too. "That's…uh…that's cool, Feathers. I guess I could do that. You've got that second guest room for the kids, after all. I'll just put my suitcase in there and—"
"No, you're sleeping in our room with us," Zack said.
"You sure?" Cloud asked quietly, tilting his head.
Zack nodded. "I'm sure. It's time for me to tell my parents the whole truth."
"Whoa, Zack," Reno said, unable to hide his alarm, "don't go jumping the gun, yo. We talked about this before, remember? You got lucky with Cloud, but you don't know how they'll react if you tell 'em you've got a second man in the scramble, know what I'm saying?"
"That's why I want them to get to know you a little," Zack explained. "I was going to try to set something like this up, but it's hard to organize with your work schedule. Please, Reno? Just give it a chance. I trust my folks to understand, once they see what a great guy you are."
"But I’m not a great…you're making a…" Reno sputtered, flustered by Zack's proposal and that damned look on his face. "Look, I'll be happy to sneak into your bedroom at night after lights' out but I don't think we should throw it in their faces, man. Cloud, talk some sense into your boy, here."
"Maybe he's right," Cloud said cautiously, siding with Reno. "I think you should play it by ear first, before you go telling them we're all three together, Zack. They accepted me but it didn't happen overnight. You don't want to rush it and have it blow up in your face."
Zack frowned and lowered his gaze. "I…guess I see what you mean. I just hate hiding it from them, you know? I just want it to be over with, so we can all move on."
"Don't get too eager and fuck up your relationship with your parents, is all I'm saying." Reno smirked and ruffled Zack's drying hair. "You've got a good heart, Wolfy, but you don't always use your brain."
"So we'll play it cool," Cloud said, betraying some relief in his tone. "By the time Reno's vacation is up, we should have an idea how they might react."
"And you can tell 'em after I leave," suggested Reno. "Well, now that we have that settled—"
"I'll be telling them while you're here, if I tell them at all," Zack insisted.
Reno groaned. "Bad move, man."
"I know my folks," Zack said. He looked at Cloud with warmth. "They know a good thing when they see it. They want me to be happy, more than anything else."
"Let's hope you're right," muttered Reno.
-To be continued
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