A/N: Okay, sorry to all my readers that I haven't updated in ages! But after many weeks of careful thought and planning, this fic is finally finished. sigh I loved writing this story and I hoped all ofyou enjoyed reading it! This story wouldn't have been made possible if you guys hadn't encouraged me like you did!
Enough of me! Onto the last chapter! Enjoy!
Tifa stared down at Vincent's limp body, her mouth gaping, still holding on fast to his scaly hand. Then like his hand had suddenly grown searing hot she dropped it and watched as it hit the stone roughly. His other hand lay casually on his chest. He looked so peaceful; like he was sleeping.
Aeris, Cid, Yuffie and Reno appeared in their object forms for it had passed midnight. They stared at the sight of their Master slain on the balcony, the rain mixing with his blood, and Tifa who stared, horrified, at him.
She carefully leaned forward to touch his face but just as her fingertips brushed against his cheek she pulled back almost as if she were afraid to touch him. She gingerly placed her fingers on his face as more tears began to fall from her eyes, mixing with the rain droplets that constantly hit her face.
"No..." She mumbled, sniffling. "No, this isn't happening! Please, you can't leave me like this!" She grabbed onto his shoulders and shook him, only managing a few tremors to shake him. She laid her head down on his still warm flesh and dug her fingernails into his scales, somewhat hoping that he was still alive to feel it. "Not now. Not like this." She stopped as her voice cracked, beginning to cry even harder. "I love you..."
Aeris, Yuffie, Cid and Reno all looked up at the rose as the purple glow vanished and the last petal withered and fell to the tabletop. If Aeris would have been human she would have been crying; if Yuffie would have been human she would be crying also, holding onto Aeris for dear life; if Cid was human he'd be cursing somewhere in the background; if Reno was human, he'd be kicking something.
Aeris turned to Tifa and began to try to go to her and comfort her but Cid held her back telling her it wasn't her place. For many moments the only sounds were Tifa's silent sobbing and the soft patter of the rain about them.
Tifa jumped as a glittering crash sounded. She looked up and her eyes grew wide at the sight of the very same woman she saw with Vincent the night he saved her from certain death. She smiled down at her, her white eyes glowing softly.
"So," she said, her voice soft and melodic, just like the first time she heard it. "You are the young woman that has captivated this young man's heart."
Tifa smiled weakly before looking back down at Vincent grabbing his still warm hand and hugging it to her chest. The young woman smiled once more and raised her hands to the heavens. "It is done," she said, looking at Tifa. "All will be as it was before."
Once she finished saying that, Vincent's body began to glow pure white just like the woman's eyes. Tifa dropped his hand once again and jumped away from him pressing herself against the balcony's railing.
Vincent's body lifted into the air, hovering ten feet off the ground. Tifa stared in wonderment and confusion at what she was witnessing. Then slowly the scales all over his body began to change from pitch black to creamy white. The young woman wove her hand in the air, covering his exposed body with a pair of black pants and white dress shirt. His wings shrunk and disappeared, his claws on his hands and feet disappeared also including the blades on his forearms. Long black hair replaced the black scales and his features grew soft.
The white glow disappeared from his body as he slowly lowered to the ground. Tifa stared perplexed down at the young man that used to be a hideous demon. She was almost scared that when he woke up, he wouldn't be the same person who she fell in love with.
The woman smiled once more before vanishing then the once dark and dreary castle turned bright and beautiful, the cold stone beneath Tifa's feet turning into shimmering marble.
Aeris, Yuffie, Cid and Reno turned back to their human forms, never to transform into objects ever again.
Tifa took a few tentative steps toward Vincent, or whom she thought was Vincent. She leaned down to touch him but jumped back again when he moved feebly.
Vincent rose from the ground, his legs a little unsteady. Tifa tried to maneuver her head so she could get a good look at his face but all she could see was the side of his head and his back.
Vincent stared down at his arms and hands, shocked to see his own creamy white skin instead of black scales and sharp claws. He turned around, almost reluctantly, and saw Tifa standing against the marble railing, eyes wide, and mouth agape.
He smiled at her as he put his hands on his chest and face to make sure he really was human again. "Tifa," he said, walking towards her. "It's me," he said, grabbing her hands gently in his.
She stared into his face, narrowing her eyes slightly as if he wasn't who he said he was. She reached up slowly and ran her fingers through his silky black hair then placed it behind his shoulder. She looked up into his eyes and observed them. The hate filled pools of blood now sparkled.
She smiled, gently placing her hand on his face. "It is you," she said, her eyes tearing up.
Vincent smiled as well, delighted that she recognized him. He ran the tips of his fingers along her cheek before pulling her face closer to his and gently kissing her.
He pulled away from her when Aeris and Yuffie began clapping and cheering before rushing over to him. Tifa stepped back so all of them could greet their Master without the fear of getting yelled at or worse.
Once Vincent had exchanged hugs with all of them he ran back to Tifa and picked her up by the waist, twirling her around in the air before placing her back on the ground. He placed one hand on her shoulder and the other on her cheek. He stared directly into her wine colored eyes.
"I love you," he said, pulling her closer to him.
Tifa smiled. "I love you too."
Vincent kissed her again, more passionately this time, happy that he had found what he had been searching for his whole life. Tifa herself was also very happy that, in finding freedom she also found love.
So, in the end, a woman's love saw through a hideous monster's mask and taught him to love as well.