Fighting the Wolf
"I think it's time soon." Cloud told Tifa, the pendant dangling from his neck. It was almost a month since he had received it from the witch named Celeste, and now the moon was full again. "Do you think it will work?" Tifa asked, a worried tone in her voice. "I don't know. I hope it does. It's not fun to wake up with hurting jaws and covered in blood....and it's also not fun to wake up and find out that you beat your girlfriend." Cloud answered. He still blamed himself for what he had done to Tifa the first time he had turned into a werewolf, although Tifa kept telling him that it wasn't his fault. Cloud slid the pendant under his shirt so it rested on his chest and took a seat, glancing out of the window from time to time. Tifa sat down next to him and took his hand. "It will work, Cloud." "Yeah, I hope so. Besides, where are Cid and Yuffie?" "Gone to the cinema." Cloud looked down. "They didn't want to stay around me tonight, did they?" Tifa quickly decided not to lie to him and answered: "They were afraid. Last time you threw Cid out of the window." "I did?? How come you never told me?" "Uhm, see..." Tifa stuttered. She was interrupted by Cloud suddenly gripping his head. "Cloud? Are you alright?" When he didn't response, Tifa got very worried. "Cloud? Cloud! Answer me!" she frantically told him while shaking his shoulders. "Hurts..." Cloud groaned. Tifa didn't answer. Instead her eyes grew wide. "Cloud, you're growing a beard." Cloud looked up to her before touching his cheek. His expression turned to horror when he felt the thick fur on it. "Run, Tifa." he told his girlfriend. "It's not working. Run!" Tifa quickly jumped up and dashed from the room. Behind her, a low growling sound could be heard, and then the pendant hit the wall next to her. "Damn old witch" Tifa muttered while smashing the door close and quickly locking it. The next second, Cloud crashed against the door. Tifa hurried over to the cupboard and tried to push it in front of the door. It wouldn't move a millimetre. Meanwhile the door was shaking like crazy, and the bangs on it from the other side got louder and harder. Tifa leaned against the cupboard with all her might, and slowly she managed to push it in front of the door. Inside, Clouds maniac growling could be heard, then he let out a loud, aggressive howl. Tifa leaned against the cupboard that stood in front of the door and let out a heavy sigh. "What am I supposed to do now?" she wondered. "What if Cloud breaks the window and runs off?" Suddenly Tifas thoughts were interrupted by unexpected silence. She raised an eyebrow and removed the cupboard a little bit to spy through the keyhole. Cloud was sitting in front of the fireplace, staring at the flames like hypnotised. "What the hell..." Tifa murmured, then realisation struck her. "He's more wolf than human...fire must fascinate him." Tifa removed the cupboard completely and poked her head through the door. Cloud heard her and turned his hairy head to look at her. Tifa gulped fearful, but her lover didn't do anything. He just sat there and stared at her, then he did something Tifa never would've expected: he started to wag his tail (His wolf tail of course). Tifa eyes grew wide when Cloud got to his feet and ran over to her. He knelt down and looked up at her, his tongue hanging from his mouth and his tail wagging like crazy. Tifa hastily entered the room and eyed her lover carefully. Then she slowly reached out to scratch him behind his left ear gently. Cloud immediately rolled on his back and looked at Tifa, his tongue still hanging out of his mouth. Tifa chuckled and started to scratch his stomach. Cloud let out a satisfied growl. "That is weird." Tifa thought to herself. "Maybe the pendant did work, but it didn't kill the wolf, it just made him more...doglike." Suddenly an image came to her mind, and she chuckled. In front of her inner eye, she could see werewolf-Cloud running after a stick she had thrown away for him. "You hungry?" she asked her lover. Cloud looked at her questioning. Tifa got up and went into the kitchen; she soon returned with a huge piece of raw meat. "There you go, boy." she smiled at Cloud before throwing the meat over to him. Cloud jumped at it and immediately began to tear bits from it and swallowing them with big gulps. Tifa knelt down next to him, watching him eat and stroking his soft fur. Suddenly the front door opened, and shortly afterwards Cid poked his head in. His eyes bulged out at what he saw. "Man, Tifa! How did you do that?" the pilot asked, too stunned to swear. Tifa softly chuckled. "It wasn't me, it was the pendant." "That's @$&%§ cool! Hey, do you think if I throw a stick he'll run after it?" "Cid! That would be mean." Tifa scolded her friend, not telling him that she had had the same thought just five minutes ago. "Just a thought." Cid defended himself, already looking for something he could throw. Yuffie entered the room and stopped dead in her tracks when she saw Cloud sitting on the floor eating his meat and Tifa stroking him. "What's going on?" she asked curious. Tifa quickly explained what had happened, and Yuffie wondered: "If I throw a stick, will he go get it?" "Why is everyone asking that?" Tifa cried out. "This is still Cloud! Don't forget that! And I won't let you throw sticks and watch my man run after them!" Cid and Yuffie both cracked up with laughter. Tifa got angry, grabbed the broom that was sitting next to the door and threw it after Cid who quickly dodged. Cloud on the other hand started to bark and ran after the broom. Cid and Yuffie stared at him for a second before cracking up again. "He...ran...after...it...." Yuffie managed to say between her giggles. Tifa just sat down and propped her head in her hands. "I. Can't. Believe. It." she stated. But, if she was honest to herself, she was happy that the pendant had made Cloud less dangerous, and she vowed to herself that she would visit Celeste the next day to thank her.