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A Final Fantasy 7 Fanfic by Hika-chan
Ralena and Vincent had taken in some of the refugees and children
into the house they purchased in Kalm not long after the destruction of
Meteor. The orphanage was alreay overflowing with kids. As it was beginning
to turn out most of the children had just been separated from their parents
during all the chaos. Yuffie and Reno were also staying with them to help
with the effort.
Vincent could already see that this house would likely be too big for
Ralena, Sephiroth and himself once everyone cleared out. There was a
definite plus side to this though, Sephiroth had managed to make friends
with most of the children though a few of the parents seemed wary of him
and his apparent likeness to the attempted destroyer of the planet. When
several of the refugee parents came to Ralena with this revalation she
simply smiled with an explination he was sure she had thought of before
hand. "Well you see, when he was born Sephiroth was still looked upon as a
hero by most. So, given his likeness, his parents named him after the
SOLDIER, when his parents died we agreed to take care of him as was his
mother's wish." For the most part this story was true and believable. But
when they had questioned about Vincent Ralena became rather adament about
the fact that he had helped to save the planet as well. When he later asked
her if she had anticipated the worries before hand or just felt it she had
simply given him a knowing smile and gone about her business.
There was some teasing of the boy though, white hair did set one
apart from the others and those children who weren't taught as much
tolerance as others picked on him often. While sitting on the fence of the
back yard that would later be used for Haretia, Vincent had heard another
boys tauntings. Sephiroth had punched the boy in the gut and ran crying to
Vincent about the mean things the boy had said. The boy, who was already
being tended to by Ralena (as Yuffie refused to assit the nasty little
brat), was now also crying.
For an instant he was worried that this violent outburst may be
foreshadowing of his former incarnatin. As soon as the thought formed he
had immediately scolded himself for thinking such a thing, it was a typical
reaction of a child, one that he would have to remedy. "Why did you hit him
"B..b..because he hurt my feeling..." the child sniffed.
"And what right does that give you to hit him?" The boy though a
moment before he continued, "Now listen to me, when someone hurts your
feelings, you can't just hit them back ok?"
Sephiroth nodded. "But what if they hit you?"
Vincent sighed and thought a moment, "You should try to defend
yourself but... You shouldn't go around hitting people."
"But how do I defend myself?"
Vincent let a wry smile touch his lips. "We'll teach you when you're
a little older."
Vincent lay in bed staring up at the cieling. Could he really be up
to this challenge? Raising a child... He had never really considered it...
not since, or even before, Hojo locked him away. But he had promised
Lucretia to do his best to take care of both of them long long ago. Having
failed her he had to do his best now.
And he was determined to not give up.
"Vincent...Vincent..." he opened his eyes just realizing that he had
fallen asleep some time ago. "Vincent get up." He sat up and saw her. She
was standing at the foot of the bed looking more beautiful than he could
ever remember. Her curly black hair flowed freely around her shoulders and
she donned a plain white dress as she almost seemed to glow.
"Lucrecia? H.. how?"
She smiled at him and his disbelief, eyes glowing happily. "A friend
of yours showed me the way. A cute young flower girl."
"Aeris?" he whispered. She gave a quick nod. "I can't believe your
here!" dispite the obvious excitement in his voice he did his best to
remain quiet so as not to disturb anyone else in the house.
She leaned over to him and touched his hand, "There's no need to keep
quiet, your not really awake you know." She pulled him up to stand next to
her, "Walk with me."
Passing a mirror he noticed that once again he had his old Turk
appearance. "Why do I always look like this during Lucid Dreams?"
"It's probably you're preferred self, you were still normal when you
looked like this."
He grinned, "You thought I was normal?"
She walked out into the hall leaning against the banister looking out
the small window in the ceiling. "I came to thank you Vincent."
"For what? I failed you."
She smiled, "No need to blame yourself for the past beloved. I'm
thanking you for taking care of Sephiroth. Thanks to you I'm sure he will
grow up to be a wonderful man."
"I haven't done much, I don't even know where to begin, Ralena saved
"She is a good woman, Vincent. And she is just as lost as you are.
But you're trying, both of you. And for that I thank you." She led him into
the room where Sephiroth was sleeping She sat beside him and stroked his
cheek. A small smile slowly spread across his face. "I only wish I could
truly be here with him, but this little time is all I have."
"Why are you spending this time talking to me?"
She smiled, "I have this night, I will talk to him later. I just
can't believe I'll miss seeing him grow up... the right way."
Vincent put a hand on her shoulder, "I'm sure there's a way you can
watch, If Aeris can bring you here, she can certainly teach you how to see
what he does."
"True but I can't be here for him. And it would be torture just
watching him without being here."
"Do not worry me and Ralena will be here for him."
She grinned, "You seem rather confidant all of a sudden don't you?"
"Now that I know you have faith in me, I know I can do it."
She shook her head, "You can be so silly sometimes. But I think I've
said all to you all I need. If you don't mind Vincent, I'd like to spend
the rest of the night with my son."
A steady rapping woke Vincent a second time. He sat up and walked to
the door, Ralena stood there. "What's wrong?"
"There's something weird," She wispered, "I sense something."
"There is no need to worry, It is only Lucrecia."
"Aeris showed her how to visit us in our dreams, but only for
tonight. She's spending the rest of the night in Seph's dreams."
Ralena smiled, "Oh in that case, I guess I'll go back to mine." With
a sly grin she turned back to her room, "Good night Vincent."
That's it there ain't no more!
Well… not yet anyway J
YAY!! all done!! all done!!
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