Disclaimer: Final Fantasy VII, its characters, and settings are all property of Square Enix so I can take no credit nor claim any ownership of that. I do take some credit for the story’s plot.
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Abused and tormented for over a century, the last Cetra finds strangest salvation.
A novel length FFVII fanfiction with additional chapters added as I edit them.
*******MAJOR CONTENT WARNING*******
I cannot express enough the magnitude and myriads of warnings this story has for content. It is almost safe to say it has all of them. Please read at your own discretion and feel free to stop at any time if it becomes overwhelming. Even while I was writing and editing it, I had to take numerous breaks and/or switch gears for the evening because it became too much for me to bear.
Consistent and sustained graphic descriptions and mentions of rape/ sexual assault, sexual slavery/bondage, slavery, human trafficking, physical abuse, graphic descriptions of violence, mental abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, body shaming, starvation, torture, forced pregnancy, forced childbirth, miscarriage, forced miscarriage, abortion, and other potential disturbing and triggering topics.
The Broken Rose takes place in a similar AU world to my other novel length fanfiction Northern Lights with only slight variations. The setting is the same seaside town that Aeris and Sephiroth end up in that prior tale. Reading NL might help ground you in the location, but it’s not really necessary. I can’t speak to whether or not having played FFVII is integral to enjoying this tale. I want to say it isn’t especially considering the subject matter and the reason I wrote it, but I’ve had people who weren’t familiar with the game express they found Northern Lights a bit inaccessible in terms of understanding the significance of their relationship. It was there, but the details and magnitude couldn’t be fully comprehended without the experience of the game.
The Broken Rose converged from several sources, and I must give credit where credit is due and laud the appropriate authors. One of the main inspirations is a fanfiction entitled The Smell of Lilies, an FFVII AU that occurs prior to the Nibelheim Incident by AO3 author Up_sideand_down.
The second inspiration is one of my favorite fanfictions Slumbering Mountains by Fanfiction.net author mihojonagi. It takes place after canon where both Aeris and Sephiroth are revived by a particular individual for selfish and depraved purposes.
I obviously highly recommend both of these stories. The Smell of Lilies is a short one-shot whereas Slumbering Mountains is novel length.
TBR was supposed to be a brief 10k word venture to see if I could write a story about horrendous abuse as a sort of practice for an original paranormal romance I’m planning. In the original the assault happens once and (as such things do) utterly alters the main character’s world view. It doesn’t feel right to say that TBR is more brutal because it happens more times than can be counted, because just once is enough. Just once is a murder upon the psyche, a ravaging of the soul. Can you multiply infinity? But in ways TBR is perhaps portrayed more brutally because of the longevity and severity of the abuse.
I am not a glutton for punishment, nor am I doing this for shock value. Rather the entire point of this story is to show how victims/survivors of such horrors should be treated. Given the current climate, I wish stories like this were in greater abundance by far more relevant writers, authors of renown instead of just me (though I’ve heard the show Jessica Jones does a bang up job).
Every single chapter will have that content warning at the top, because it is prevalent throughout the entire tale. Please don’t hesitate to send me a message through Contacts and of course comments are always more than welcome.
Thank you for reading.