|The Shinra Affair: Were He Alive
Author: Deida PM
Were he still alive, Zack Fair would be in Midgar with Cloud Strife, working as mercenaries with an old childhood friend of Zack's: Larette Black. Larette would still be presumed dead by Shin-Ra, her memory impaired. Sequel to "Tears of Black".Rated: Fiction T - English - Adventure/Romance - Zack F. & Rufus - Chapters: 8 - Words: 13,411 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 3 - Follows: 1 - Updated: 08-05-10 - Published: 07-30-10 - Status: Complete - id: 6191074
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Even though you didn't request it, this is for you ShatterTheHeavens, and anyone else who didn't want Zack to die. As I explained, it felt like killing Zack was a necessary evil. I really, really do love Zack myself, so it was hard to do. Obviously, this a happy alternate ending, and the only one, but it's not that long, nor is it probably that good. It was was rush job so I could start "Chrome", and I also like to work as fast as possible for my readers! And the ending so vague for the reason that I couldn't pick which one to put her with. Now, that's up to you. Just assume what you will, as I often do with endings I don't like/endings that I just want, i.e. Supernatural. It should have ended at the third season, and unless the newest (5) improves my view (I do love that show dearly, but the last two season have sucked something fierce), I will assume that the show ended at season three. Sorry for that, I'm really passionate about Supernatural, and I was trying to make a point and explain it... P.S. Please be kind and review!
Even though you didn't request it, this is for you ShatterTheHeavens, and anyone else who didn't want Zack to die. As I explained, it felt like killing Zack was a necessary evil. I really, really do love Zack myself, so it was hard to do. Obviously, this a happy alternate ending, and the only one, but it's not that long, nor is it probably that good. It was was rush job so I could start "Chrome", and I also like to work as fast as possible for my readers! And the ending so vague for the reason that I couldn't pick which one to put her with. Now, that's up to you. Just assume what you will, as I often do with endings I don't like/endings that I just want, i.e. Supernatural. It should have ended at the third season, and unless the newest (5) improves my view (I do love that show dearly, but the last two season have sucked something fierce), I will assume that the show ended at season three. Sorry for that, I'm really passionate about Supernatural, and I was trying to make a point and explain it...
Please be kind and review!
After storming into the Turk's main office area, President Shinra demanded Tseng to open the storeroom door. He was searching for Larette and Zack, two ex-Shinra employees. Larette Black was a former Turk, who had violated her own morals when she fell in love with her employer's son, Rufus Shinra. She had been shot in the head and left for dead after she had "resigned". She lost all memories of her time as a Turk. Zack Fair was ex-SOLDIER 1st class, and Larette's first crush, a fellow townsman, and business partner. He went with her to help her get answers. While searching for Rude, the Turk who had saved Larette's life after being shot, they briefly met up with Tseng, who hide them in his office, and Rufus, who at once realized the woman he loved was within his reach. Zack and Larette had been found out, more or less, and now President Shinra was looking to finish the job.
Rufus glanced around anxiously, a weapon concealed within his person should Larette be found, "She's not here..."
"Don't lie! I saw the tapes and heard every word! That horrid woman who broken my son's heart is in here somewhere!" The president closely examined the faces of every Turk. He pointed at Tseng, "Open the storeroom closet."
Larette panicked. She knew that Zack would be killed once the door was open. "Zack, no!" She sprung from her hiding place, running to protect him.
Zack came out of the closet to shove Larette aside. He saw the gun pointed at Larette's back before anyone else did. He had to save her, even at the cost of his own life. He had to, because he loved her. She froze when she heard a gun fire.
"...!" Everyone looked around, trying to figure out what had happened. In a single moment, two people knew. Larette and Rufus looked into each other's eyes, something unspoken passing between them.
"Rufus...why...?" The President held himself, trying to staunch the bleeding. He looked around, waiting for someone to help him, but no one moved an inch for him. "Wasn't I a good father...? I fed you, clothed you, protected you... So why...?"
His son scoffed, not lowering his weapon should his father try anything, "You knew she was alive! You lied to me...You kept me from her...You made me chose between a life with her and the company..."
The president hacked up blood, "Her? You honestly...did this for...her sake? I am...your father, and that...woman...Scum...like her can...be bought...and sold...a million...times...over!"
Rufus shook his head, "Larette may have forgotten, but I haven't. I love her...Yes, I love you, Larette! You might not understand the full implications, but I spoke to my father one night about marrying you...something I regret just not going to you for... He made me chose between becoming the President someday, or marrying you. I chose the company for many reasons, one being that part of the deal was you being able to stay on as my bodyguard. I was being stupid..."
"Bah! You fools...still...haven't...caught on...have you...? After my...idiot son...came...to me...I...convinced her...into quiting...her...beloved job...All...of...this...!" He coughed again, this time for the last time. President Shinra died, revealing the reason behind Larette suddenly quiting her job.
With the treat gone, Rufus looked over at Zack and Larette. She was being held so she didn't sink onto the floor, her head rolling around in her hands. He slowly approached them...Meanwhile, Tseng and the other Turks began working on a cover-up.
"Is she alright?" At the moment, he could care less that Larette was in another man's arms. All he cared about was her safety.
Zack nodded, recognizing her behavior. This was similar to how she was before, after AVALANCHE's encounter with the former President of Shin-Ra. "She should be fine. The last couple of years are probably just catching with her."
He was right, Larette was back inside her own head, the years she had spent as a Turk flooding back. Her time with Rufus came much more quickly, but at the end. Larette...Remembered everything. Only this time, it took a full week for her wake back up. Zack and Rufus both stayed by her side, all else pushed back. Zack had told him everything that had happened to Larette since they had become mercenaries together, all the way up til meeting back up in the elevator.
Rufus was not entirely happy to hear what had to say, but at least he knew that Larette was happy and well looked-after. "Thank you, for looking after her. It's hard...not falling for her. She's...Well, you know Larette..."
"Hmm? Rufus, is that you?" Larette sat up, smiling at him, "You're a sight for sore eyes. Was it just me, or did you tell a room full of people that you loved me?"
He shook his head, "No, I didn't tell a room full of people that I loved you. I told a room full of Turks that I loved you and that I wanted to marry you."
Larette smacked him, "Jerk." She smiled, "I miss that."
We grabbed her hand, "Well, now you don't have to anymore."
She beamed, "You're right, I don't have to, but now, I also don't have to push you away. I can be free with you now, an ordinary woman..." Meanwhile, Zack was trying to flee the room without being caught. He was over the moon that Larette was fine again, but he didn't want to see her like this with someone else. Larette saw him about to grab the doorknob. "And just where do you think you're going?"
He stammered, "Erm...Cloud..." He sighed, "You're back with him now, so I figured that you don't need me."
Larette rolled her eyes at him, and clicked her tongue, "Zack, you moron, you can't leave yet! I may have found the last several years of my life, and Rufus, but that doesn't mean that I take back what I said...You know, about wanting to date you."
Rufus looked at her indignantly, "But-!"
"I never said yes, and we were technically never even a couple...And Zack...Well, I can't help that we like each other." Larette shrugged, though she did feel that a decision was in order. "I know, how about you both take me on five dates, and after, I pick the man I want to spend the rest of my life with!"
Rufus snorted, "Five dates? Isn't that a little low, considering your future is at stake?"
He had a point, "All right, as many dates as it takes for me to pick one of you, or until one of you changes your mind."