Disclaimer: Finally, for the last time I do not own Kingdom Hearts 2 or any of the characters.
A/N: Well this is finally it. You guys should feel special, I'm going on vacation and wasn't going to update until I got back! Thanks to all my reviewers, if it weren't for you guys I never would have finished the story! Leave me one last review ;)
Yuffie got up the next morning after a long night of tossing and turning. Why didn't Cloud stay and comfort me? Was the main thought on her mind at the moment as she slowly got out a piece of bread and began eating it plain, chewing slowly, not even tasting the food.
Leon came into the room and did a double take. "Since when do you only eat that and not fifty pancakes?"
"Ha ha very funny… for your information I'm not really hungry this morning."
Leon dropped the glass he had in his hand but managed to catch it before it hit the ground. "You? Not hungry? I never thought I would live to see the day when you said those words."
Yuffie didn't answer so with a sigh Leon sat down next to her. "I can see something is wrong." He said quietly actually seeming to be taking her seriously for once. "I may not be able to give advice but I can listen."
"Very out of character for you Leon." Yuffie answered with a small smile. "I'm just confused about Cloud and I."
"You two do seem to have an interesting relationship, though you seem to suit each other well."
"Yes but… WAIT? How do you know, we haven't even told anyone!"
"It's more obvious then a monsoon."
Yuffie sighed. "So much for not letting the world know. Anyways, I just feel like I can't trust Cloud… I can't tell you why."
Leon leaned back in his chair and thoughtfully put her hands behind his head. "Then I can't give you much advice, but I've known Cloud for years… he is trustworthy."
"When it comes to some things but what about the matters of the heart?"
Leon didn't seem to be able to give her an answer so Yuffie just gave him a weak smile. "Don't worry about it Leon, I think that this is something I have to figure out on my own."
Aerith came in to talk to Leon about the wedding so Yuffie quietly slipped away a few minutes later. Just talking to someone had made her feel a little better even though she still wasn't sure quite what to do.
Yuffie gave Cloud a small smile as he came up to her. "Can we talk?" He asked her solemnly, seeming a little reluctant.
For some reason a nervous feeling came into her stomach but Yuffie just nodded. It was quiet as they walked along until Cloud broke the silence. "I can't make you trust me."
"You shouldn't have to." Yuffie answered.
Cloud looked a little surprised at her answer as he shook his head. "You have changed so much…"
"Isn't that good? I mean everyone used to tell me how annoying I was after all…"
"I never thought you were annoying, you were the one that kept everyone's spirits high in all of the hard times. Your spunk is what makes you unique."
"Then you want me to go back to the way I was?"
"NO." Cloud answered and then quickly took back his words when he saw the look on her face. "I mean yes… I mean… I want some of the spunk to come back but for the maturity to remain."
Yuffie accepted his answer and sighed. "I guess that a relationship isn't as easy as some people make it look. huh?"
"It's worth it in the end." Cloud answered before gently embracing her and pulling her close to him. "I promise you that I won't hurt you."
Yuffie closed her eyes. "You can't make that promise, unless you mean physically." She said with a small smirk.
"I will not allow myself to hurt you." Cloud answered. "If I ever do then you have my permission to ninja kick me."
Yuffie couldn't help but laugh as she put her arms around his neck and looked into his eyes. "You won't even know what hit you."
"I'm not worried." Cloud answered before closing the distance between them.
A few months later
"I now pronounce you husband and wife… you may kiss the bride." Yuffie kissed Cloud and then pulled away happily. "They make such a cute couple!" She exclaimed as Leon and Aerith kissed, married, for the first time.
"Why did you just kiss me then?" Cloud asked her as he raised his eyebrow.
"Because you look just too adorable in your suit! Heh heh seeing you in a suit… sorry, this is a day that I will have to remember though."
"Maybe you'll see me in one another time." He said and smirked at the blush that spread across her face.
"What are you saying?" She asked him but was interrupted when Sora ran up to them.
"It was a great idea to have the wedding here! It's awesome seeing everyone again." He said happily. "You and Cloud are a couple now right?"
"Yep… sorry Sora, I know that you were secretly in love with me."
Sora looked shocked for a moment and she laughed. "I was just kidding with you… I know that Kairi is the one for you."
As if on cue Kairi picked that moment to come up to them. "Hi guys, what's going on?"
"We were just discussing how great weddings at the beach are." Yuffie told her coolly without even glancing at the beet red Sora who looked relieved that she hadn't said anything. "Also, the fact that Sora can't get his mind off you."
"YUFFIE!" Sora and Cloud said at the same time glaring at her.
"Whatttttttt? It's so obvious that they like each other, it's time that they got together… seriously." With that Yuffie took Cloud's hand and dragged him off, leaving Sora and Kairi standing there awkwardly, glancing at each other shyly. "Go ahead and confess!" She called.
"I can't believe that you said that." Cloud muttered to her. "You shouldn't meddle like that."
"Trust me, I'm doing the two of them a favor." Yuffie whispered back. "They obviously weren't going to make a move on their own."
Cloud shook his head but had to smile slightly at her antics. "You are way too much, you know that right?"
"But you love me anyway!" Yuffie joked.
Instead of answering her Cloud took her hand and they walked away from the crowd along the beach. Yuffie glanced up at him, wondering what the heck could be going on in that strange mind of his.
After a long silence he said softly, "I do."
"You do what?"
"Love you." Cloud answered, looking ahead thoughtfully.
Yuffie didn't quite know what to say so she stopped walking, making Cloud almost trip in the process. "That's not how you tell a girl you love her for the first time!" Was the first thing that came out of her mouth.
"Hmm? Every girl dreams of having someone confess their love to them for the first time… I'm sorry but that was pathetic."
"Some people aren't good at expressing their feelings out loud." Cloud informed her. "I will try though. I think about you all the time, you are beautiful, talented and smart and I would give my life for you in a second… I love you Yuffie."
Yuffie felt her chin quivering and she fought to keep back the tears. "Ok that works." She said with a small smile before throwing her arms around Cloud's neck and burying her face in his shirt. Cloud gently stroked her head as she felt the dampness in his shirt that told him that Yuffie was crying. "Are you alright?"
Yuffie pulled away and looked up into his eyes. "I love you too you big bonehead." She said with a choked laugh.
Cloud smirked and then lowered his head and kissed her, tasting the salty tears on her lips. When they pulled away Yuffie smiled up at him. "We should get back to the party."
"Oh they can wait." Cloud answered before kissing her again and Yuffie didn't bother to argue.
One month later
"Whatcha working on Merlin?" Yuffie asked the wizard cheerfully as she walked around his workshop admiring many of the random items.
"A new instrument that could change everything as we know it!" The wizard answered excitedly.
"That's what you always say." Yuffie answered as she put her hands on her hips and raised an eyebrow at him.
"This time it really is." He answered. "This device will give people the ability to see the future, which could easily prevent many horrible events from happening.
"That's no fun, who would want to do that? Half the fun of living is not knowing your future." Yuffie asked him. Without waiting for an answer she skipped over. "How do you work it?"
Merlin shook his head at her. "You just put on this helmet and then look into the glass panel in front of you where you will see something that will happen in your future." Merlin helped Yuffie put it on and then pressed something on the wall.
"AUGHHHHH" Yuffie screamed a few seconds later and ripped the helmet off her head. "HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?"
"What did you see?" Merlin asked her concerned.
"I'm… I'm getting married."
"Aren't you and Cloud a happy couple? What's wrong with that?"
"It wasn't Cloud… IT WAS RIKU! I don't want to marry Riku! OH MY GOSH… this can't be happening!"
Before Merlin could stop her Yuffie ran out of the house terrified. "I forgot to tell her that I haven't worked out all the bugs yet…" He muttered before shaking his head. "It seems I've done it again."