Epilogue: It is Only the Beginning


Cloud Strife slowly opened his eyes and grunted as he forced himself to sit up while rubbing the back of his head. "Damn…" he thought. It was already beginning to get darker and darker by the minute. Carefully, he got up with wobbly legs. He still felt shaken due to the fall. He turned back to the flowerbed where he landed. He blinked in wonder. It saved him again… just like the first time. He took a deep breath, shuddering as he gazed around… and then he heard a phone ringing.

Aerith's theme.

He searched for the sound, following it… and it led him to where Tifa and Rufus were lying on the ground and dead. It was Rufus's mobile phone ringing. The screen was exposed so Cloud picked up the phone and stared at it. There was no number flashing on the screen. Frowning slightly, he answered it but didn't say anything.

"…On the day that you were born the angels got together and decided to create a dream come true. So they sprinkled moondust in your hair; of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue…" he heard a soft and gentle feminine voice sing from the other line.

He smiled slightly upon hearing it, recognizing the voice, but he was interrupted when he heard a child's voice from the entrance of the church. "Cloud?"

Cloud turned to Marlene who was standing by the entrance with Denzel, staring curiously at him.

The call ended. Cloud blinked and stared at the screen again. Then he closed the phone and placed it in his pocket with his own mobile phone before running towards the children. "What are you kids doing here?" he asked in concern.

"It's getting dark. We got scared so we decided to find you so that you can stay with us for a while." Marlene said with a sad look on her face.

Cloud blinked. "Well… where's Tifa?" he asked hesitantly.

"She called up the house before we left. She said she won't be home for some time… but we should not worry because she is with Rufus in a far-away place now." Marlene explained with a sad smile on her face. Denzel was looking up at Cloud with a dazed look on his face before turning to the woman in pink who was standing beside Cloud. She was smiling softly at him. Denzel smiled back at her.

Cloud wondered why Denzel was smiling but didn't bother to ask why. He just took their hands and led the way out of the Church. "Oh well… looks like we'll just have to all live together in Tifa's house. Don't worry, I'll take care of you guys." He just said simply.

"Really? Yay!" Marlene cheered happily.

Denzel looked up at the woman again. She patted his head. "You're going to be safe. I'll be with Cloud, don't worry." She said softly. Denzel smiled and nodded his head.

Cloud helped them hop onto his Fenrir before he got on. He started the engine, and Marlene began to sing, "Why do birds suddenly appear everytime you are near?"

Cloud chuckled lightly. "Where did you learn that old song?" he asked in amazement.

Marlene just shrugged. "Hmm… somewhere… I think she taught it to me…" she replied.

"She?" Cloud asked.

Marlene did not answer. She just continued to sing as they sped off to Sector 7.

The end. (?)...