"Ooh the Drama!" By Stefi-chan

Aeris rolled over again. She just couldn't get comfortable enough to fall asleep. The bed was soft enough, the sheets were clean enough, but something was missing. Aeris rubbed her shin with the back of her other leg and pulled the blankets up over her shoulder. She tried counting moogles, it didn't work. She tried counting chocobos, it didn't work. She suddenly thought of Rex XIII and fell asleep.

The next morning, Aeris' sleep was assaulted by a loud knocking at her door. She rubbed her eyes sleepily and groaned. "Come in, it's open." She couldn't recall any conscious thought of why she hadn't locked her door. They were at an inn in a rather shady part of town. Was she waiting? Was she expecting something? It didn't matter now.

The door slowly opened. "Thought you were gonna sleep all day, hon." Tifa Lockheart. Aeris' best friend... and competition. She walked into Aeris' room past the bed and opened the curtains, letting sunlight into the otherwise darkened room.

"Good morning, Tifa." Aeris said sleepily. "What time is it?"

Tifa pointed to the clock on the wall. "Ten past One. You've been asleep all day. Late night?"

Aeris shrugged. "I just couldn't sleep."

"Well, your room is right next to Barrett's so that's understandable. The man sounds like he's sawing wood when he's asleep." Tifa fixed the curtains, then sat beside Aeris' bed. "Are you planning on getting out of bed anytime soon? Or do I have to send for Cloud to come get you?"

Aeris blushed. "He doesn't like me that way and you know it, Tifa."

Tifa cocked her head to one side. "So you're saying you're not interested in him anymore?"

"NO!" Aeris shouted. "...Um, I mean, I don't KNOW what you're talking about." She cleared her throat and stepped off the bed. The floor was freezing on her bare feet. "Yeesh, for what we paid, you figure that at least they'd HEAT this place."

Tifa smiled to herself thinking of ways one could generate heat. "Yeah, well, what can you do?"

Aeris walked over to the bathroom, slipping out of her nightie. "Well, you can tell everyone that I'm up now. I'm going to take a quick shower, then I'll be right down." She turned the water on.

"Okay." Tifa got up off the chair and walked out of Aeris' room. She forgot to lock the door behind her. Tifa made her way down the steep stairs to the dining area at the inn. Cloud looked up from a glass of beer he was enjoying with Cid.

"She awake now?" Cloud asked Tifa.

Tifa nodded. "Yeah, I woke her up. Girl slept with the door unlocked last night."

Cloud stood up and slammed his fists on the table, scaring Cid. "SHE WHAT?!? Does she know what kinda town we're in? Someone could have robbed her... or worse."

"Damn kid, settle down" Cid said, wiping the beer off the table that Cloud had spilled. "She's okay."

"But I'm supposed to be her bodyguard." Cloud said.

Tifa frowned. 'Just what is this bodyguard business?' "Oh Cloud, she's a big girl, she can take care of herself."

Cloud walked past Tifa. "I need to apologize for not protecting her." He said, walking up the stairs.

Cid shook his head and Tifa hid her face. She didn't want Cid to see the tears.

Cloud made it halfway up the stairs when he saw Aeris poke her head out of her room. She had all of her hair up in a towel and her face was all red from the steamy shower she had just had. She saw Cloud and smiled. "Hi Cloud!" she said, slightly blushing.

Cloud frowned and dropped his head, stopping in front of Aeris' door. He got on his knees and grabbed Aeris' hand.

"Cloud?" Aeris asked. "What are you... doing?"

"I couldn't keep my promise, I'm sorry." He said, never lifting his head. "I'm a terrible bodyguard and I shouldn't be allowed to protect you anymore."

Aeris' jaw dropped, so did the towel covering her naked body. She and Cloud blushed as she hurriedly picked the towel back up and threw it around her tiny body. "I-I'm sorry, Cloud."

"No, I'm the one who's sorry. Not only was I unable to protect you, but I just embarrassed you, too." He started to walk away.

Aeris grabbed his arm. "Cloud... "

He turned to face her. "Yeah?"

She smiled sweetly at him. "I wasn't embarrassed."

He smiled and went back down stairs. Once Cloud was gone, Aeris fanned herself with her tiny hand. "Woo, now I need a COLD shower." She went back into her room and started changing into her usual pink dress and red jacket. Once dressed, she let her long hair fall out of the towel. She brushed it lovingly, humming a nameless tune. She then gathered it at the back of her head and tied it up, placing her Holy Materia in the center of it. Aeris started to braid her hair when someone knocked, yet again. "It's open." Aeris called.

The door creaked open and Yuffie came in. "Cloud told me to come up here and tell you we're almost ready to go."

Aeris smiled. 'I think I made him a little uneasy when he saw me naked... ' "Okay, Yuffie. I'll be down as soon as I'm done doing my hair."

"I could help, you know." Yuffie said, coming up behind Aeris.

"That's sweet Yuffie. I appreciate it." Aeris commented as Yuffie started to braid Aeris' long hair. "It gets really hard for me to braid sometimes because it's so long."

Yuffie smiled. For reasons unknown, even to herself, she admired Aeris. Her sweet temper, her gentle smile. Things Yuffie knew nothing about. Yuffie continued to braid Aeris' hair. "That clasp on top of your tie is very pretty, Aeris."

Aeris smiled. "Thank you. It was my mother's." She knew Yuffie was referring to the Holy Materia. "It means a lot to me."

Yuffie looked closer at it. 'Gawd, it looks like Materia, but I've never seen WHITE Materia before... ' Her hand twitched.

Aeris laughed. "Don't worry Yuffie, it's not useful for anything, so don't try to steal it."

Yuffie frowned as she finished braiding Aeris' hair. "I-I wasn't... '

Aeris smiled and turned to face her. "I know. Well, let's go downstairs, hmm?" She picked up her staff and grabbed her Materia. The two girls left the room and headed down the stairs of the inn. Everyone was down there, waiting on her. "Sorry I took so long, guys." Aeris said, apologetically.

"Quite alright." Red XIII said. "We've all had to have a room next to Barrett's at least once." Everyone laughed except for Vincent and Barrett.

"Wha' the Hell so funny? You sayin' I snore, cat?" Barrett said, quite offended.

"Never mind that." Cloud said, being the voice of reason. "We've gotta go." He walked toward the door, followed closely by Tifa. Cloud stopped short and Tifa bumped into him. "You know Tifa, you could give me some room to breathe."

Tifa blushed. "Sorry, Cloud." She stepped back a few steps and continued to follow him out the door. The rest of the group followed them outside the inn.

"Okay, time to split up into parties." Cloud said. "We'll meet at the next town." Everyone nodded, accepting his plan. "Barrett, you take Red and Tifa. Cid, you're with Yuffie and Vincent. I'll go with Aeris and Cait Sith."

Tifa frowned a bit, wanting to go with Cloud. Yuffie smiled, knowing that she'd have fun teasing Vincent and pissing Cid off. Aeris blushed, surprised Cloud wanted her to go with him.

Barrett waved his gun-arm, followed by Red XIII and Tifa. "We'll see you in the next town then." He started to walk away.

Cid nodded. "Okay, troops fall in." He said, jokingly to Vincent and Yuffie. Vincent took it seriously and saluted. "It was a joke, Vincent."

"Oh. " Vincent said. Yuffie snickered and the three of them headed off.

Cloud sighed and checked the batteries on the PHS. "Well, are we ready?" he asked, not looking up from the small phone.

Aeris nodded, as did Cait Sith. "Yeah, we're waitin' on you, Cloud." Cait Sith said.

"Well, I'm ready now, so let's go." Cloud said, agitated. They got into the buggy and Cloud drove. Aeris sat up front with Cloud, while Cait Sith sat in the back, turning himself off. The entire ride was silent, except when they got out to fight. The sun was coming down and Cloud decided it would be a good idea to set up camp for the night. He went in the back and grabbed a tent for himself, but noticed there wasn't another one for Aeris. He knew that Cait Sith wouldn't mind being in the truck all night, but Aeris?

"There's only one tent... " Cloud said to Cait Sith.

The stuffed toy nodded. "Yeah, I coulda' told ya that. Looks like someone's gonna have to sleep in here."

Cloud shook his head. "Aeris isn't. I'll sleep outside in my sleeping bag. She can have the tent." He went outside and started to pitch the tent, helped by Cait Sith. "I just don't understand... I knew we had more tents than this. Maybe the others took an extra one by accident."

"Maybe, Cloud." Cait Sith said, patting his stomach where he had hidden the tent. "Maybe... "

"Oh well, it doesn't matter now." Cloud said, finishing putting the tent up. He went into the buggy.

Cait Sith shook his head. "Kid's so dense, he's off the atomic scale."

Aeris was looking at a book she brought with her, 'Flowers And You', when Cloud came back into the buggy. She smiled at him. "Hey Cloud. All set for the night?"

Cloud nodded. "Yeah. You can go in your tent now."

Aeris stood up. "Thank you." She made it outside and noticed that only one tent was up. "Cloud, what about you?"

Cloud shrugged. "I'll manage."

"Oh no you won't. You get the tent, I'll sleep in here."

"I don't think so, Aeris. YOU get the tent."

"No, no, Cloud. I insist."

"Oh, so now you're too good to take up my offer?" Cloud said.

"I never said that, Cloud. I just want you to have the tent." Aeris said, defending herself.

"Well, you aren't going to sleep in here. Go outside and get in that tent, Aeris."

Aeris shook her head.

"Look, if you don't go out there and get in it, I'll PUT you in there myself." Cloud said, getting agitated.

Aeris folded her arms across her chest. "I won't take the tent."

"You asked for it, then." Cloud picked her up and brought her outside.

"CLOUD! STOP IT!" Aeris kicked her legs and pounded on his chest. "I won't sleep in that tent, knowing you have to sleep in the buggy."

He put her down. "I'm not sleeping in the buggy. I'm sleeping outside."

Aeris shook her head. "No, you're sleeping in the tent, now get in!"

Cait Sith had just about as much as he could take. "WHY DON'T YOU BOTH SLEEP IN THE TENT?!?!?"

Aeris and Cloud looked at him, then at each other. "I never thought of that." Cloud said to Cait Sith.

Cait Sith sweatdropped and went into the buggy. "Well, I'm off for the night. Later, you two."

"Good night." Aeris said, crawling into the tent.

"Yeah, 'night." Cloud went in behind her.

The tent was a little small for two people, but it at least fit both of their sleeping bags in it. Aeris pulled off her boots and took her jacket off, getting comfortable. Cloud took of his boots, armor, and his belt. He laid on his sleeping bag, his hands behind his head. Aeris laid on her side after crawling into her sleeping bag. She watched him stare at the ceiling of the tent for about ten minutes.

"Cloud?" she asked.

"Yeah?"

"What are you thinking about?"

"Things." Cloud answered vaguely.

"Like what kind of things?" Aeris prodded.

"Like you earlier."

"Oh, I'm sorry I argued with y-"

"No, earlier than that. Back at the inn." Cloud said.

"At the inn?" Aeris asked. "Oh! You mean when-"

"Yeah. I'm sorry I just told you that. You're probably embarrassed now."

"No I'm not, Cloud." Aeris said "And I'm not embarrassed now, either."

"You're not?" Cloud asked.

Aeris shook her head. "No, I'm not. So don't worry about it, okay? It was an accident, not your fault."

Cloud sat up and unzipped the tent, letting the moonlight in. "Well, I'm just glad that you're not mad at me."

Aeris smiled at him. "I could never be mad at you."

Cloud blushed. "Never?"

Aeris shook her head. "Never."

Cloud sat back on his sleeping bag and contemplated what to do next.

Aeris studied his anxious face. "Are you alright, Cloud?"

Cloud didn't answer, he was too deep in thought.

"Cloud?" Aeris asked. He still didn't reply. She scooted over to him and waved her hand in front of his face. "Cloud, are you listening?"

He grabbed her hand at her wrist and pulled her closer to him. He looked into her beautiful green eyes as she closed them, leaning toward his face. Cloud licked his lips and shut his eyes tightly, brushing his lips against Aeris'. She sighed with contentment as she wrapped her arms around his neck. Cloud's arms found their way around her tiny waist and he pulled her even closer to him.

"I've been wanting to do that since I met you, Aeris." Cloud said.

"But what about Tifa? I thought that you two-"

Cloud kissed her again. "She's just a childhood friend, nothing more."

"She doesn't think that." Aeris commented.

"Well, she won't be thinking that anymore." Cloud said, caressing Aeris' soft skin on her exposed leg.

Aeris blushed. "Cloud, I-"

"Shh. No pressure here. We'll go as slow as you want." He took his hand off her leg.

Aeris smiled and put his hand back on her leg. "Go ahead. I want you to, Cloud. I've wanted you to for the longest time. Please?"

A few hours later... He took his time with her, savoring every moment. He had wanted to make love to her since the minute he laid eyes on her, yet just hours ago, it was happening. He looked down at her beautiful face and kissed her lips sweetly. "I love you, Aeris."

Aeris smiled at him. He was all she needed, even if the world ended, if he was there, she'd be alright. A tear fell from her eye. "I love you, Cloud. I never want you to leave me. Ever."

"I won't. I promise you." He laid on his back and pulled her over to him. She rested her head on his chest as he stroked her soft hair. He kissed the top of her head and whispered his 'I love you's' to her as she drifted into sleep.

Meanwhile, somewhere else...

"GAWD! It was just a joke! Get a sense of humor Vincent!" Yuffie shouted, stamping out of his tent.

"You seemed awful serious, Yuffie." Vincent remarked. Yuffie growled and ran into her tent. "Why do guys have to be such a big bunch of jerks?"

Vincent shrugged and laid back down. "What an odd girl." He then had an idea. He sat back up and walked over to Yuffie's tent. "Yuffie, give back my Materia."

"What makes you think I have it?" She shouted from inside her tent.

Vincent rolled his red eyes. "Gee, I don't know. Perhaps the fact that you've done it before?"

"Well, it wasn't me this time!" She hollered, throwing a Counter Materia at him.

Vincent ducked and sweatdropped. "Well, if it wasn't you... then who was it?"

"How the Hell should I know? Just leave me alone!" Yuffie buried her head under a pillow.

Vincent sighed and crawled into her tent. He placed a hand on her shoulder. "Yuffie, I'm sorry for... Are you crying?"

"No, I'm not >sob< crying." Yuffie shook as he touched her. His hands were so warm for someone with such a cold personality. She lifted her head up from under the pillow and looked at his haunting red eyes. Without the jacket he wore to cover his face, Yuffie noticed he was rather handsome. His bangs were hanging a bit in front of his eyes. The black hair against his pale skin made him look only more beautiful. Yuffie found herself thinking nice things about Vincent. She shyly blushed, then shook her head to clear it of any thought she might regret having.

"Are you alright now?" Vincent asked. His quiet, deep voice made Yuffie shiver.

"Y-yeah, I'm fine. You can leave now." Yuffie hurriedly answered.

Vincent nodded and got up off his knees. He walked toward the exit of the tent. "Good night, Yuffie." He said before leaving.

"Yeah, good night." Yuffie said, hiding her blushing face. As soon as he was gone, Yuffie let out a sigh of relief. "Get a grip girl, this is Vincent." She told herself.

Vincent smiled as he walked back to his tent. "Well, I got her back for that little joke she tried to play on me." From his tent, Cid saw Vincent leave Yuffie's tent. "What the Hell?" Cid asked himself. "I don't think I even want to know." He closed his eyes and went to sleep.

Barrett put out the fire he, Tifa, and Red XIII were sitting around. "Well, I'm tired, so I'm goin' t'bed. 'Night, y'all." He stood up and went to his tent.

"Yeah, I'm getting tired too." Tifa said with a yawn. She stretched a bit and went inside her tent as well. Red XIII went to his tent and fell asleep.

Laying down, Tifa found herself thinking of how the others were doing. "Yuffie's probably teasing Vincent or making Cid angry. Cait Sith is most likely off for the night." Then she thought of Cloud and Aeris. "I wonder what those two are up to? Maybe they're talking about the ancients or Sephiroth or something." A sudden thought occured to Tifa. She knew that Aeris liked Cloud, and that Cloud was rather fond of her. She didn't know if they would ever progress beyond uncomfortable blushing, but they were alone now. No one was around them. "Would they make their feelings known to eachother?" Tifa asked herself. "Cloud... I wonder if you feel the same way she feels about you."

** "You know Tifa, you could give me some room to breathe." **

Cloud's words echoed in her head.

** "I'll go with Aeris and Cait Sith." **

'Did he do that on purpose?' Tifa wondered.

** "He doesn't like me that way, and you know it, Tifa." **

Aeris's voice re-played earlier that day. Earlier still...

** "Right. With Cloud." **

** "The deal was for one date, right Cloud?" **

Tifa's fists clenched.

** "Cloud's star and Aeris's star, a perfect match!" **

Cait Sith. A fortune teller. Is that the future?

Tifa then remembered what she had over heard Cid saying to Cloud one night at an inn.

** "So, which one do you like better?"

"Better? What do you mean, Cid?"

"You know, Cloud. Which girl do you like better? Aeris or Tifa?"

"I like them both." Cloud answered simply. "... but I do love one of them."

"Oh yeah?"

"Yeah."

"Who?"

Tifa decided to stop listening in at that point. She wanted it to be a surprise when Cloud would tell her that he loved her. **

'Some surprise.' Tifa thought. 'Oh well, it's not like I didn't see this coming a mile away. I've seen the way he looks at her. He's never looked at me like that, with such tenderness... such love. All I am is the girl next door, the childhood friend. It's high time I noticed that.' Tifa rolled onto her back and fell asleep.

The next day, that afternoon...

Cid sat in the living room of the inn that the group had decided to rendezvous at. He eyed Vincent with suspicion. 'Just what the hell went on between him and Yuffie last night? Hell, it's none of my business, I'll just forget about it.'

Vincent felt Cid's eyes on him as he paced the floor. 'What's his problem?' Vincent wondered. 'Maybe he's out of cigarettes.'

Yuffie watched Vincent out of the corner of her eye as she polished her Materia. 'Gawd he's fine... Shit! What am I thinking?!?' Yuffie kicked herself in her mind just for thinking such things. 'Still, he is kinda cute. I wonder if he was seriously trying to come onto me last night? Well, can't say I blame him. Just look at me! I'm waaay hotter than Tifa OR Aeris.' She smiled to herself and continued to polish her Materia.

At that moment, Barrett and Red XIII walked in with Tifa. Barrett waved his gun arm at Cid and sat down on the couch with him. "Hey man, Spikey-Ass ain't here yet?"

Cid shook his head. "Nope. And he's NEVER late. I wonder what's the hold up?"

Cloud rolled over and placed a protective arm around the sleeping Aeris' waist. He had no idea what time it was. He didn't care either. He didn't want to move from that spot for anything. The previous night, she had given him a beautiful gift and for that he would always love her. He sighed with contentment and kissed her hair.

Aeris stirred. She stretched out a little and rolled over to face Cloud. "Mmmm, good morning." She snuggled closer and kissed him on the cheek. They stared at eachother for a small portion of eternity, then decided to get ready to leave. They put on their clothes and took the tent down, bringing it into the buggy. As she walked by, Aeris flipped on Cait Sith's 'on' switch.

The stuffed moogle/cat wiggled a little bit, then stretched out its arms. "*yawn* 'Mornin' all." He said. "I trust you two slept well?"

Aeris blushed and waved a hand in front of her face, giggling. Cloud raised his eyebrows and started the buggy. "Slept?" Cloud said. "Heh, barely."

"Hah! See Ah told you! You two ARE a perfect match, I was right!" The toy exclaimed, proud that his prediction came true.

Cloud smiled as he continued to drive. "Yup. You were right." He patted Aeris' leg and smiled at her.

She returned his smile and opened her book.

"Wooooo-eee! Wait 'til the gang hears about this one!" Cait Sith said.

Cloud and Aeris snapped their heads in his direction. "NO!" They both shouted.

"W-why not?" Cait Sith asked.

"It's not something to talk about in front of people. When a man and a woman meet, it's their private moment. It's not to be shared with anyone." Aeris said, trying not to blush.

"Well, it was shared with me!"

"That's only because you guessed, Cait Sith." Cloud said. "Tell no one. If they guess it out of nowhere, that's fine. But it's our business, not theirs."

"Oh okay... just take all the fun outta life, why don'cha?" Cait Sith grumbled.

A few hours later, they reached their destination. The three of them got out and stretched, then walked wearily into the inn.

Barrett looked up from his lunch. "Well it's about damn time y'all decided to show up. Whu' th' HELL was the hold up?"

"Car trouble." Cloud lied. "The, uh, the buggy ran out of fuel and we had to find some."

Tifa saw right through that excuse. "Cloud, there's always an emergency supply in the back, you know that."

"Yeah, I know. We just... had to look for it." Cloud said.

Tifa folded her arms. "I'm sure."

"Well, they're here now, so what difference does it make?" Red XIII said, trying to maintain some sanity in this derranged group of people. "Let's just eat and get ready to leave again, ok?"

"Fine by me." Cloud pulled out a chair for Aeris, which she sat in. He took the seat next to her.

Yuffie eyed them suspiciously. 'Something happened between those two... '

Vincent bent over into Yuffie's ear. "Is this seat taken?" He breathed into her ear.

Yuffie shivered and pointed to the chair next to her. "N-nope."

Vincent smiled and shook his head as he sat down. Cid didn't know what to think, so he said the first thing that came to mind.

"You two fucked, didn't you?"

Cloud, Aeris, Vincent, and Yuffie all spit out their water and looked at Cid, blushing.

"Wow" Cid said. "Didn't expect THAT reaction."

Tifa slammed her fists on the table. "CLOUD, HOW COULD YOU?!?!"

Cloud blushed.

Aeris thought she'd die right there. "Oh my... " She blushed a deep red and found a fun spot on the hard wood floor to look at.

"I was talking about Vincent and Yuffie, not you two." Cid said.

Yuffie ran outside she was so embarrassed. "OH MY GAWD!!!!" She shouted from outside.

Everyone looked at Vincent.

"What?" Vincent asked, taking a bite of his food. "why is everyone looking at me?"

"Cradle robber!" Cid shouted.

"Cradle robber? One who robs cradles?" Vincent asked. "I've never robbed a cradle." He honestly had no idea what the hell a cradle robber was.

"You're screwing that little girl, aren't you?" Cid asked.

Vincent coughed up a bit of food. "Excuse me?"

"We've all seen the way you flirt with her, Vincent. You're sacking up with Yufiie aren't you?" Barrett asked. "Merciful Heavens no!" Vincent shouted. "My only love is Lucrecia, I would never give myself to any woman but her!"

Everyone was silent for a brief moment before Tifa smartly remarked. "Yeah right."

Vincent scowled and continued to eat. Now that he thought about it, Yuffie wasn't all that bad. Sure, she was difficult at times, but she was free-spirited and care-free. He had admired that. 'Dear me, what on earth am I thinking?' He thought. 'She is still a teenager. I can't allow these thoughts.' Vincent shut his eyes tightly and never opened them, fearing he'd see Yuffie. Everyone at the table looked at Vincent and shrugged, then resumed their meal.

Tifa eyed Cloud and Aeris suspiciously. 'Traitor... ' she thought about Aeris. 'She knew I liked Cloud. How could she do this to me. I'll get him sooner or later.' Tifa smiled to herself.

'Am I the only NORMAL one here?' Cid thought.

'Damn, man... Vincent and Yuffie? That's just damn scary.' Barrett thought to himself.

Outside the inn, Yuffie blew her nose again and hiccuped. "I have never been so >hic< embarrassed in my >sniff< whole life! GAWD, that Cid sure has nerve. I'll show him a thinger two... no one messes with Yuffie Kisaragi and gets away with it!"

A young man walked over to Yuffie. "Excuse me, but I couldn't help but over hear you. Did you say you were Yuffie Kisaragi?" He had on a blue suit and carried a rod with him. His eyes were blue and his hair was a fiery red.

"Yeah, I'm Yuffie." Yuffie said. "What's it to ya?"

"Nothing." He said. "I'm just a fan."

"A fan?"

"Yeah. A big fan. I was wondering if maybe you could come to my place. I want you to meet my friends." He said, smiling.

"Sure, I'll go with you." Yuffie said. 'Pal around with some Shin-Ra oppressors and suddenly I'm famous. Cool.'

"It's just this way." He led her into a small house. "Have a seat, Yuffie."

Yuffie sat down at the table in the small, dirty kitchen. 'Looks like this house has been abandoned... ' she thought. "So, like, where are your friends?"

The young man smiled. "They'll be here soon. Just relax." Yuffie didn't see the Seal Materia in his hand until she fell asleep.

Aeris was drinking some tea in the living room of the inn when she thought she saw someone she knew. "Tseng?" she called to the man going out the door.

Cloud looked at the guy, then at her. "You know that guy?" Cloud put on his 'Don't- Touch- My- Girl- Or- I'll- Punch- Your- Lights- Out' face on as he put a protective arm around her shoulder.

"I thought I knew him. Oh well, it must have been someone else. Tseng would have at least said 'hi'." Aeris said.

"Hmmm... where's Yuffie? She still hasn't come back yet." Red XIII noticed.

Everyone looked at Vincent.

"WHAT?" he asked.

"It's YOUR fault. You should go find her." Tifa said, folding her arms.

Vincent sighed and stood up. "FINE, but this doesn't mean anything."

"Whatever." Cid remarked, face in a magazine.

Vincent rolled his red eyes and walked out the door. The second he stepped out he heard his name.

"Valentine."

Vincent turned his head in the voice's direction. "L-Lucrecia?"

end part 1

Ooh, the drama. Originally this was supposed to be a love story between Aeris and Cloud, but I just had too much fun. SO, I've decided to make a fun little series out of it. Hope you enjoyed it and part 2's coming soon! =^_^= Questions or comments can be mailed to my e-mail address JessiTeamRocket@AOL.com. LATER!