Day 13: Eating Icecream - Prompt by me
Sephiroth always had ice-cream in the his freezer. Cloud first noticed the first night he slept over, when after they made love Sephiroth brought him a bowl of chocolate ice-cream while they snuggled in bed together. From then on, Cloud couldn’t help but be aware of the sweet treat popping up more and more often in his life.
It wasn’t until he moved in with Sephiroth and opened the freezer just to check how much space it had that he realized why the man always seemed to have any sort of ice cream Cloud might want on hand.
It was filled with ice cream. Filled with it. There weren’t any frozen dinners or frozen vegetables, or even an ice cube tray. There were just lines and lines and lines of ice cream of every kind. Cloud stared into the freezer, shellshocked, until he heard Sephiroth clear his throat softly behind him.
"I wasn’t allowed sweets when I was young," Sephiroth said, glancing to the side, "So I keep some around."
"This is a little more than ‘some,’ don’t you think?" Cloud asked, raising an eyebrow.
"What kind I like…Depends on the day." Sephiroth murmured. "I’ll make you a proper one, if you’d like. The sort they have in Wutai…With fruit and chocolate and layers of mochi and…" he trailed off, staring into the distance as though envisioning a future with the kind of ice-cream he dreamed of.
It had taken all of Cloud’s strength not to burst out laughing. Instead he’d smiled and closed the refrigerator. “For a special occasion,” he said. “I’m not a super soldier, after all. I have to watch my figure at least a little.”
Special occasions came and went.
"Now?" Sephiroth asked after Cloud was promoted.
"Just some strawberry," Cloud laughed. "Between you and Zack I’m getting spoiled rotten."
"Now?" Sephiroth asked, brandishing an ice cream scoop like a blade after Cloud recovered from his first mission.
"I’ll take some chocolate," Cloud yawned, "but I’m too tired to appreciate the really good stuff."
"Now?" Sephiroth asked when Cloud received the news of his test date for second-class.
Cloud hadn’t even answered. He’d been too busy staring at the paperwork in shock, and eventually Sephiroth had given up on doing anything more than laughing softly and hugging him while he tried to process the news.
Then they got the news from medical. This time it was Sephiroth’s turn to stare at the paperwork. Cloud sat across from him in the living room, his hands crossed over his stomach and his expression worried. Sephiroth didn’t say anything. He just sat there, thinking.
"Seph," Cloud whispered. "I’ll take that fancy ice cream now."
Sephiroth lifted his head, and life sparked in his eyes. His smirk was delighted and filled with anticipation for the approaching challenge. Cloud didn’t even see him move, he was so fast on his way to the kitchen. By the time he worked himself up to standing and following, Sephiroth was already a blur of motion. Cloud leaned against the wall, watching him slice kiwis and strawberries, cut up bananas, and pull out a perfect selection of ice creams. It was like watching an artist at work.
When he lifted down the tall glass, that appeared to have been made specifically for the purpose of holding ice cream, Cloud gawked at the size of it.
"Um, you’re going to help me eat all that, right?" He asked as Sephiroth set to work lining the inside of the glass with fruits.
"If you like." Sephiroth said offhandedly.
When he was presented with the towering glass of ice cream, with chocolate freshly ladled on top, Cloud stared at it wide-eyed. He lifted his hands slowly to take it from Sephiroth’s outstretched arm, stunned by the skill and complexity. It looked incredible, peaking over the edges of the glass in sculpted perfection. His mouth watered at the very sight of it. Cloud couldn’t help the soft sigh of pleasure he gave. It was a masterpiece.
"I should have said yes ages ago," he murmured, lifting the treat from Sephiroth’s outstretched hand. It was wonderfully heavy.
"So long as you enjoy it now," Sephiroth waved a hand, already cleaning up the rinds and skins he’d peeled, but his eyes fixed on Cloud. "Go ahead."
The first bite was pure bliss. Cloud closed his eyes lightly and hummed softly in pleasure. He sank into a seat, savoring the sweet taste.
"It’s wonderful." He sighed softly.
"Good," Sephiroth said with a nod. "I’ll be sure to keep the ingredients stocked."
"You’ve kept the ingredients stocked for years," Cloud teased softly.
He offered the glass to Sephiroth when he walked over to join him where he was seated, and smiled as his lover took a bite, his eyes instantly lowering until they were half-lidded with relaxation. He sighed out a long breath.
"Seph," Cloud whispered softly. "We’re having a baby."
"I know," Sephiroth murmured, setting aside his ice cream to draw Cloud into a slow, sweet kiss. "I know."