By: General Quistis (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Xu (email@example.com)
Disclaimer: Oh, ya know… it goes a little somethin' like this… we don't own anything but the story plot and our sanities… duh… whatever… -_-
"Have you seen Rufus?" Tifa asked Heidegger. "Gyahahahaha! I da know, Mrs. ShinRa. Maybe he's in his office. You shouldn't have come here in your condition… especially the fact that you're going to give birth in a few days from now! Gyahahahaha!" he stated with a stubborn grin.
Tifa flashed him a sarcastic smile as she headed inside the newly constructed ShinRa H.Q. in Midgar. "Let's go, Kitty," Tifa motioned for Dark Nation to follow her.
Dark Nation walked and passed by Heidegger; and she hissed at him as she did so.
Heidegger made a face at the panther-like animal and then turned to the other panther-like animal trailing behind Dark Nation, but compared to Dark Nation, the little panther cub had red stripes. The cub hissed at Heidegger.
He raised an eyebrow. "Gee… Touchy… Gya~!" he muttered.
Then, he turned to Red XIII who was following behind Dark Nation and the cub. "What, you're gonna hiss at me too?" he demanded with a silly smile on his face.
Red XIII bit Heidegger's pants and pulled it so that it tore off. "I don't hiss, I fight back," Red XIII told him before he proceeded.
"Gya~…" Heidegger was stunned.
The security guard and the other ShinRa soldiers present in the lobby and all over the place greeted Tifa with a cheerful, "Good morning, Mrs. ShinRa."
Tifa pressed the "up" button and the elevator door opened. Before she could step inside, Vincent was already there with a blue folder in his hands with a "confidential" mark on the cover. "Hello, Vincent," she greeted.
Dark Nation, Red XIII and their little cub stayed behind in the lobby so Tifa just had to go up without them.
Vincent nodded his head in greeting. "How's Marlene?" he asked.
"She's doing fine. I left Yuffie to babysit her in the Mansion. And you? Are you enjoying your work here so far?" Tifa asked.
"So far, yes… despite the fact that I took over Scarlet's duties in this place. But it's okay… even though I never really thought that I'd be working here again…" he replied.
Finally, the lift stopped moving and Vincent waved goodbye to Tifa before he stepped out.
When Tifa reached the last floor where Rufus's office was located, she headed straight to the secretary's table, but Elena wasn't there. "Hmm… wonder where she is."
Then, the other elevator opened up and there was Rufus with 5 envelopes in his hands. He smiled as he raked his fingers through his hair. "Hi, Tifa," he greeted.
Tifa turned to him. "Hi, Rufus!" she said as he got to her and kissed her cheek lightly. "What are you doing here? You're supposed to be at home resting. What if something bad happened to you?" he asked with a hint of worry in his voice.
She chuckled. "Don't be ridiculous, Rufus. I can take care of myself. Besides, I have Dark Nation and Red XIII and their little kitten with me on my way here, but they wanted to stay downstairs." She explained.
"But what if on your way up here my future heir just tried to force himself out of you?" he snapped as he placed his hands on his hips.
"You worry too much. Hey, you said 'himself'… what if it's a girl? Can we call her Tiffany?" she asked.
He smiled. "Whatever… as long as we can give our dear Marlene a brother or a sister who's not deranged." He said as he led the way to his main office.
He opened the door and boy, they were in for a surprise upon seeing Reno and Elena inside.
"Pre..President Rufus!" they exclaimed.
Rufus's eyes grew wide as he dropped the envelopes. "What the?!" he began.
"We… we just delivered these papers to you, sir…" Reno explained.
Tifa's mouth dropped open as she felt pain. "Uh-oh… Rufus…" she said as she placed her hands over her big tummy. "I… I think it's time…" she said with a trembling voice. Rufus had this disgusted look on his face as he shook his head. "Can't you make out some place else? Why don't you do it in the bathroom?" he suggested.
"RUFUS?!" Tifa wailed.
Rufus turned to Tifa but he still looked a little shaken from what he had seen, though his voice reflected panic. "Oh no, Tifa?! Not now?!" he said as he assisted her.
Elena tucked a lock of her blonde hair behind her ear as she rushed to them. "Shall I call an ambulance?" she asked.
Reno raked his fingers through his hair as he walked past them. "Hey, hey, hey! You stay here until you explain why you and Elena were making out in my office!" Rufus scolded.
"Let him be, Rufus… I NEED A DOCTOR!" Tifa wailed.
Rufus pointed an accusing finger at the Reno and Elena. "I'll deal with the two of you later. Don't you remember my dad's rule that there shall be no honky-honkies in the workplace?" he asked as he carried Tifa in his arms and rushed to the lift. "Man, you're heavy!" he remarked as Reno pressed the down button.
"Honky-honky?" Reno asked with a ridiculous look on his face.
"What does that mean?" Tifa asked, trying to mind off the pain.
"An example is what we had just witnessed between Reno and Elena making out in my office." Rufus replied before he stepped inside the lift and flashed Reno and Elena threatening glances. "You and you! Guard my office, I'm taking my wife to the hospital." He snapped.
"Y…yes, sir," Elena replied with a slight blush on her face.
"Aw, Rufus, you didn't have to be harsh on them! They love each other! Ow…" Tifa winced in pain.
"Hang on, Tifa…" he said with a weak smile.
Tifa studied him despite the pain. "Are you okay? You look afraid," she said.
He shook his head in denial. "N…no! I'm not afraid… why should I be afraid if in a few hours, you'll be giving birth to our baby?" he asked with a wink, but he was trembling.
Tifa smacked his face gently with her fist. "Silly! I can take this!" she told him.
"Ow, that hurt!" he snarled.
She laughed, but she began to wince again when the pain became unbearable. "RUFUS?!" she wailed.
"Okay, okay! I'll hurry it up! Stupid lift! It's slow! Better upgrade the system…" he muttered.
Hours later, Tifa gave birth to a handsome baby boy. He got Tifa's hair and Rufus's eyes and they were very proud of him, the way they were proud at Marlene. Two years later, a baby girl followed who got Rufus's features: his blonde hair and blue eyes.
The ShinRa Electric Power Company had changed for the better, compared to what it was before. Rufus was a good leader and he never goofed off, and with the help of Tifa and their remaining friends, they managed to return the good reputation of ShinRa from way back before Rufus's father took over.
As for Reno and Elena…oh, ya know…
And if you're asking, Rude's alive (go ahead, cheer… :]); he just had this severe injury so he had to remain in the ShinRa Mansion for months before he completely got well.
Tifa looked up at the night sky from the balcony of their bedroom.
"What are you doing there? Come inside now." Rufus told her as he joined her and took her hand.
"I was just watching the stars… it's so beautiful out here." She told him with a gentle smile on her face.
Rufus looked up and smiled gently. "Yeah…" he told her before he wrapped his arms around her from behind. "You know what," he said.
"What?" she asked as she turned her head to the side so that she could see his face from the corner of her eye.
He gave her a kiss. "Oh, nothing… I just want to tell you that no matter what happens, I'll never let you go." He told her.
Tifa smiled. "Oh yeah?" she asked with a challenging tone.
"Yeah," he replied with a low tone which sent shivers down her spine. She began to walk inside but she realized that she was dragging him along with her as she did so. "Rufus?! Do you have any idea how heavy you are?!" she demanded.
"No. My fats and muscles are not yet sagging… besides, I'm only 26 years old." He told her as he followed her lead.
She laughed. "Could you release me? We might fall." She told him.
"I don't care, I'm falling with you." He teased.
"You're really serious when you said that you'll never let me go, huh?" she asked with a silly smile on her face.
He chuckled lightly as he flipped his hair and clung to her again. "Yeah. Because what ShinRa wants, ShinRa gets!" he snapped with a threatening but joking tone.
"Oh really?" she asked.
"Really." he told her.
She smiled and touched his arms. "Okay, I'll never let you go either," she told him.
Outside, a star fell from the skies…
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