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AERIS LEGACY
Chapter Eight
Ship × Costa del Sol × Phone Call
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Airis sat on deck as she watched the sailors at work. I'm going to call Reeve when we land, she promised herself.
Thinking of Reeve led to AVALANCHE, to Cloud, and...Aeros...
Turning to the sea, to the direction of Junon, she wondered.
Is he there?
If not, the search was in vain.

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Aero's mind finally cleared up, as he realized what had happened. "Oh, hell."
He ran down to the port. "Hey!" He yelled at a sailor, "Can you get me back across the ocean?"
"Nope. Sorry, kid."
Aeros turned towards Junon, where Airis was.
Will she be able to find me?
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The ship sailed into the harbor at Costa del Sol. Airis got off the ship. "Phone Reeve, phone Reeve..." She took her pink phone out of her pocket. A sudden thought struck her. "What's Reeve's number?"
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On board, Aeros ran a hand through the spikes on his head. "How the f*** am I supposed to explain this?" Leaning over the rail, he stared into the water, as if it would somehow answer.
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She came up with a 'brilliant' idea. Airis dialed Elena's cell. After two rings, Elena picked up. "Hello?"
"Hi Mom."
*Airis?*
"Yup. Hey, can you give me Reeve's number, or put him on the line?"
*I guess. I'll go find him. How are you doing?*
"Fine." Airis decided no to mention Aeros.
*Oh, here he is.* Airis heard Elena call out Reeve's name. A man's voice came over. *Hello? Reeve here.*
"Hi, it's Airis. I was wondering if you could give me some info on the group AVALANCHE, since you're basically part of it."
*Depends.*
Airis sighed as she walked down towards the beach. "Whatever. I need stuff on Cloud Strife and Aeris Gainsborough."
*Airis, they didn't have a child. And Aeris died.*
"I saw her picture last night, and she happened to look like me, so..." Airis sat down in the white sand and put her bag down.
There was silence at the other end. "Reeve? Anyone there?"
*Uh, yeah, I'm still here. Airis, you're right. Don't know how I never noticed it before. Now that I think about it, you two are exact matches. But I still can't see how it's possible.*
"Well, then...Can I see Cloud?"
*Um... I don't know. He's really busy. But I think if you can get to Rocket Town, you can talk to him.*
"Rocket Town..."
*Airis, I have a meeting in two minutes. I'm pretty sure you can find the place. I'm giving the phone back to Elena, okay?*
Airis dipped her toes in the sea water as the phone made it's transition. *So, Airis, what have you been doing so far?*
"I made it to the second continent. Currently I'm at Costa del Sol. I'll be heading towards the mountains."
*That's fast. Well, I have to run too. Call again.*
"Bye." Airis hung up. She had the rest of the day. Could probably make it through those mountains. As she picked up her bag, she noticed a folded piece of paper attached to it. Unfolding it, she read:
Airis:
I'm really sorry about what happened yesterday.
I swear I didn't leave on purpose.
Truth to tell, I was thinking about what you said.
About Cloud being my father.
It's a strange thought for me.
Anyway, I realized you realized I crossed over.
Meet me on the bridge from the port.
Aeros

PS: I'm really, really, really, really, really, really, really,
really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really,
really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really,
really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really sorry.
(And I mean it)
Airis folded up the note. She went up the stairs and looked across the square.

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I swear, the part where Aeros apologizes is seriously going to suck.
This chapter does too, but as they travel on, it gets WAY better.